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Saturday, December 17, 2005

UDON GOES BACK TO PRESS

One week after the launch of Street Fighter II #1, both the Alvin Lee and Ed McGuinness covers have sold out at Diamond, despite "significant" overprinting. Also sold out is the first issue of UDON's new fantasy title, Exalted, based on White Wolf's RPG franchise.

UDON will be going back to press on both titles and will be providing new covers for the second printings.

Exalted #1 2nd Printing will feature a new cover by Chris Stevens that will include the entire cast of Exalted Solars. Street Fighter II #1 2nd Printing will have a new cover by Alvin Lee featuring Sagat. The new Sagat cover will replace the Ed McGuinness cover and can be linked with SFII #1 Cover A.

"We are extremely happy with the fan response to our new #1s, especially considering this is UDON's maiden voyage into self-publishing," said Erik Ko, UDON's chief of operations. "Now we'll continue to try our best to make sure the quality of our books keep readers coming back for more!

Ko credits the brisk sales not only to the special $1.99 Street Fighter II #0, but to heavy cross promotions between UDON and both its licensors, Capcom and White Wolf.

UDON will also be extending the recently announced Street Fighter II RAW Edition incentive offer to retailers for second printing orders. Beginning with SF II #1, for every 15 copies ordered, retailers will receive a complimentary RAW edition of that issue while quantities last.



FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Star Wars: Empire #38 from Dark Horse Comics, Dragonlance Chronicles #5 and Snake Eyes Declassified #5 from Devil's Due Publishing, Jova's Harvest #2 from Arcana Studio and Gray Horses from Oni Press.

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X3 UPDATE

Sources told The Continuum there will "almost certainly" be guests affiliated with X3 at both WonderCon and Wizard World Los Angeles.

In other X3 notes:

* Not only is Nightcrawler not in the film, it's likely he won't even be mentioned.

* As seen in the trailer, a different actor is playing the president.

* Burger King will have international promotions, but there's no word yet on domestic tie-ins.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a first look at the covers to Sonic X #6 from Archie Comics, Twin Blades #1 from Alias Comics, Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2 from Avatar Press, Marvel Team-Up #16 from Marvel Comics and Bomb Queen #1 from Image Comics. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

* Batman Begins is one of seven films in consideration for the Academy Award for Visual effects, joining Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and War of the Worlds. The field will be trimmed to three for Oscar night.

* Coming Saturday: TV news -- and much more!!!

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Monday, Dec. 12: DC Comics for March, Blade TV, Cyborg on Smallville, Neal Adams covers Green Lantern and Dave Sim on Gun Fu.

* Saturday, Dec. 10: Teen Titans, Cyberforce and Archie news.

* Friday, Dec. 9: Painkiller Jane's Emmanuelle Vaugier, Marvel toys, Timothy Truman on Conan and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, Dec. 8: Fantastic Four movie toys, X3, Image Comics First Looks and Batman Beyond and Justice League DVDs.

* Wednesday, Dec. 7: Dark Horse Comics for March, Moonstone books for April, Sin City sequel, V for Vendetta images and Constantine on Cinemax. Star Wars - Vader

* Tuesday, Dec. 6: IDW Publishing for March, Marvel news.

* Monday, Dec. 5: X3 images, Fantastic Four sequel, Heroic Publishing for March and 360ep's 7-cent issue.

* Saturday, Dec. 3: Kelsey Grammer talks Isis movie, The Batman, Claypool Comics for March and First Looks.

* Friday, Dec. 2: X3, Transformers and Devil's Due First Looks.

* Thursday, Dec. 1: X3, Marvel First Looks, Paul Jenkins exclusive to Marvel, Pang Bros. on Darkness movie and DC Comics stamps.

* Wednesday, Nov. 30: Marvel, Image and Dark Horse First Looks, The Simpsons DVD and Paul Storrie writes The Muse.

* Tuesday, Nov. 29: Ultimate Avengers' Captain America, The Batman and Lois & Clark DVDs, Iron Man: The Inevitable, DC Comics First Looks and Alias Comics' solicitations for February.

* Monday, Nov. 28: Jimmy Palmiotti talks Painkiller Jane, Peter David's Mid-Ohio-Con panel, Superman Returns, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Saturday, Nov. 26: Tom Scioli talks Godland, Mid-Ohio-Con Hulk panel and Image First Looks.

* Friday, Nov. 25: Avatar Press' February solicitations and First Looks.

* Thursday, Nov. 24: Painkiller Jane, Hellboy, The Batman and Paula Peril.

* Wednesday, Nov. 23: Marvel First Looks, Chris Claremont's next project, X-Men: Deadly Genesis second printing and Ramon Bach exclusive to Marvel.

* Tuesday, Nov. 22: Teen Titans, Krypto, DC and Marvel First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing's February solicitations.

* Monday, Nov. 21: Image Comics' February solicitations, Bomb Queen, Judo Girl and The Batman.




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