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Friday, February 24, 2006


The Continuum today continues its coverage from its recent visit to the set of X-Men: The Last Stand in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Part 3 is an interview with John Bruno, The film's visual effects supervisor. To read the interview, CLICK HERE.

Look for more X-Men: The Last Stand coverage soon here in The Continuum.

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All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #4, the next issue of the series written by Frank Miller and illustrated by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, will feature a six-page foldout of the Batcave.

The illustration will give readers a view of Batman's underground lair in "unprecedented" detail.

"As always, the madness started with Frank Miller's script," Lee said. "Always looking for new and exciting ways to frame sequences, Frank called for a 6-page spread of the Batcave. The trick for me was to top the previous shot of the Batcave I had done in Hush. Simply working on six pages made it a challenge because of the dimensions; when a spread is so much wider than it is tall, the art runs the risk of looking like a mundane police lineup of objects in the Batcave. Flat. Small. Lifeless."

"Luckily, there's always a way of weaving method into the madness. To create depth, I spotted blacks and shadows on the immediate foreground elements to better pop them off the background. Multiple vanishing points helped create the sense of unending vastness that Frank envisioned for the new Batcave while canting the whole windscreen image with a slight upshot. A fisheye-lens angle helped complete the illusion of size and scope. In many ways, you have to compose the piece more as an abstract piece of art to keep it dynamic and interesting as your eye moves left to right, pulling in and out, taking in the individual parts and the whole all at once. And of course, we all prayed that the computer would be robust enough to handle the metafile for coloring this piece."

The issue will arrive in stores on March 22 and will also have a variant cover by Miller. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.


Comicraft president Richard Starkings in July is launching Elephantmen, a new monthly pulp science fiction series at Image Comics.

The book will serve as a monthly companion title to Active Images' title Hip Flask.

"Ever since I took on the publishing gig at Image I've been trying to persuade Rich Starkings into coming on over and bringing his books with him," said Image publisher Erik Larsen, "The guys here in the studio are just crazy about Hip Flask and all the other books Richard has published on his own. We've begged, we've pleaded and finally, after all this time, he's caved in and we'll be publishing Elephantmen-- a monthly, ongoing book set firmly in the world of Hip Flash!"

"Way back in 2002, it was my intention to take Hip Flask to Image," said Starkings, "but I was so uncertain about the publishing schedule, given that Ladronn was painting every issue, I decided it was best to self publish. Then, at San Diego Comic Con last year, Comicraft's Secret Weapon, John 'JG' Roshell, and I were discussing a big thick one-shot anthology for this coming summer to bridge the gap between issues of Hip Flask: The Big Here & The Long Now. Within a couple of months I had written so many scripts and lined up so many artists that I realized that what I really needed to be doing was a monthly! I'd been having a great time putting Godland together for Image so I dropped Erik a line and boom, we were all set!"  

Starkings describes Elephantmen as an ongoing monthly which will include one or two Elephantmen stories per issue.

"Ace artist and all around nice guy, Justin Norman, presented me with a beautiful painting of Hip Flask at that same Comic Con last year, as a way of thanking me for publishing his book with Steven Seagle, Solstice, which had been looking for a home for 10 years," Starkings said. "I looked over Justin's online gallery and was blown away by his versatility and range. When I conceived of Elephantmen as an ongoing series, Justin was my first choice. You'll be seeing his work in just about every issue, but I already have some terrific short stories in the can, by artists including Henry Flint, Tom Scioli, Duncan Rouleau, David Hine and a whole issue by Chris Bachalo, all of which mesh with the issue-to-issue continuity."


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Kids' WB! will air four repeat episodes of The Batman during Saturday mornings in March.

Episodes will feature a different villain.

"Brawn" on March 4; "Riddled" on March 11; "Fleurs du Mal" on March 18; and "RPM" on March 25.

For the network's complete schedule for the month, CLICK HERE.

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* To the right is a look at the cover to Fantastic Four #536. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* According to the Hollywood Reporter, Peter Dinklage will play The Scientist in CBS' pilot for Ultra.

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

* Sunday, Feb. 19: V for Vendetta, Dabel Brothers Production for May and First Looks.

* Saturday, Feb. 18: Alias Comics for May, Spider-Man action figures, First Looks, January sales and Ultimate Avengers.

* Friday, Feb. 17: Movie/TV special: Ultimate Avengers 2, Superman Returns, X-Men: Evolution, Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes, Ultraviolet, Just a Pilgrim and more.

* Thursday, Feb. 16: Marvel Legends preview, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 15: Marvel Comics for May, Oni Press for May and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, Feb. 14: Image Comics for May and Archie Comics for May. Free Shipping from!

* Monday, Feb. 13: DC Comics for May and, from WonderCon, Superman Returns, Frank Miller, DC Crisis and WildStorm.

* Sunday, Feb. 12: From WonderCon: Superman Returns, X-Men: The Last Stand, DC Universe and Dark Horse Comics.

* Saturday, Feb. 11: From WonderCon: Mike Mignola, Bongo Comics, Vertigo Comics, Image Comics and Boom! Studios.

* Friday, Feb. 10: X-Men: The Final Stand, Just a Pilgrim movie and First Looks.

* Thursday, Feb. 9: Marvel's Annihilation, Justice League Unlimited, Rising Stars: Untouchable and First Looks.

* Wednesday, Feb. 8: Mike Deodato's New Avengers and First Looks from Marvel, DC and Image.

* Tuesday, Feb. 7: Supergirl, The Batman, Dark Horse and DC First Looks and Moonstone Books for June.

* Monday, Feb. 6: X-Men movie game, Spider-Man 3's Captain Stacy, Aspen Comics for May and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

* Sunday, Feb. 5: Sin City, Heroic Publishing for May and Doctor Strange movie.

* Saturday, Feb. 4: Smallville, Alias' Valkyries and First Looks.

* Friday, Feb. 3: Dark Horse Comics for May, First Looks and Death, Jr. returns.

* Thursday, Feb. 2: Smallville's Cyborg, Marvel and Devil's Due First Looks and Infinite Crisis.

* Wednesday, Feb. 1: Spider-Man 3's Gwen Stacy, Marvel and DC First Looks and SLG's Tron.

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