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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2006

COMING SATURDAY

Pittsburgh Comicon coverage -- and much more!!!

PITTSBURGH COMICON: TIM TRUMAN TALKS CONAN

Appearing at the Pittsburgh Comicon on Friday, Timothy Truman told The Continuum he is contracted to write 18 issues of the monthly Conan title for Dark Horse Comics.

And that doesn't count a Free Comic Book Day issue story, and a five-issue Conan mini-series he is drawing.

"All this Conan stuff seemed to come at once," Truman said, "But I've been a huge Conan fan since I was 12 years old, reading the Robert E. Howard paperbacks."

Truman's run begins with Conan #33, with Cary Nord remaining as artist.

"We're going to try to stay as close to Robert E. Howard as we can," Truman said. "And then we're going to pick up on different threads that Howard left in his stories."

Truman's first arc will be three issues and serves as a prequel to "Rogues in the House," which will be his second arc.

"I've been re-reading the stories, trying to pick up as much as I can," Truman said. "It's a lot like doing historical research."

The Free Comic Book Day story is "The Spear," in which a sorcerer receives a vision about a tremendous force washing over the world, and decides it's a prophecy ordering him to revive his sleeping god. Pat Lee provides the art.

Truman reunites with his Jonah Hex collaborator Joe R. Lansdale on Conan and the Songs of the Dead #1, a five-issue series that kicks off on July 5.

Truman said this story is not an adpaptation.

"It's pure Joe," Truman said, laughing. "It's a rip-roarin' Conan adventure. It's pure Joe and it's pure Howard. It's something Robert E. Howard would have enjoyed."

Here's how Dark Horse describes the first issue:

"This five-part series begins in the wretched wastes of Stygia, a burning, grinding stretch of desert so desolate the only thing more unforgiving are its inhabitants. There, Conan comes to the aid of an old ally, uncovers a scheme to acquire untold-of wealth, and punishes his foolish enemies most cruelly. Yet when his treasure hunt reveals an alluring spirit with long unsatisfied needs, the Cimmerian knows a gentler touch is required to win the day."

Truman said he's into the second issue of the mini-series.

Look for more Pittsburgh Comicon coverage this weekend here in The Continuum.



VIRGIN COMICS FOR JULY

Virgin Comics has released its solicitations for July.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

Below is a rundown of The Continuum's July solicitations listings. Click on the publisher name for the solicitations, with images.

* Alias Comics.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Claypool Comics.

* Dabel Bros. Productions.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Image Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Heroic Publishing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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ALIAS COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of upcoming Alias Comics titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Blackbeard Legacy #2, Judo Girl #2, 10th Muse #11 and Orion the Hunter #2.

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BRIEFLY

Marvel Zombies #5, the concluding issue of mini-series, has sold out, and Marvel is going back to press with a new variant cover by Arthur Suydam that will go on sale on May 24. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

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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.

* Saturday, April 16: Absolute Dark Knight, Ultimate Avengers and Emily Edison..

* Friday, April 15: The Simpsons, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes animated and Transformers: Evolutions.

* Friday, April 14: Storm's wedding dress, Superman movies on Cinemax, Family Guy, Aspen Comics for July, Big Bang Comics and March sales figures.

* Thursday, April 13: DB Pro for July, Moonstone Books for August, Justice League Unlimited, Tom DeFalco press conference, Archie First Looks and DC Comics' second printings.

* Wednesday, April 12: Superman Returns, DC Comics' second printings, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, April 11: X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel First Looks, Marvel Legends and Skye Runner.

* Monday, April 10: Dark Horse Comics for July, X-Men: The Last Stand, Heroes for Hire artist and White Tiger artist.

* Sunday, April 9: Justice League Unlimited, Heroes for Hire, V for Vendetta and Smallville.

* Saturday, April 8: Batman movies on HBO, Heroic Publishing for July and First Looks.

* Friday, April 7: Superman Returns, Civil War press conference, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, Boom! Studios for July and Claypool Comics for July.

* Thursday, April 6: Fantastic Four sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and The Batman.

* Wednesday, April 5: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, X-Men: The Last Stand, G.I. Joe: Declassified and Astonishing X-Men.

* Tuesday, April 4: Fantastic Four animated series, X-Men: The Last Stand, Superman Returns, Diamond Select Toys, Ultimate Fantastic Four and First Looks.

* Monday, April 3: McFarlane Productions' projects, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville and IDW First Looks.

* Sunday, April 2: Smallville, V for Vendetta and First Looks.

* Saturday, April 1: Ultimate Avengers and First Looks.

* Friday, March 31: 300 Video Journal, Superman Returns, Annihilation: Ronan, Fantastic Four and Red Sonja.

* Thursday, March 30: Krypto the Superdog, Ms. Marvel, Aquaman TV pilot, First Looks and Cyberforce.

* Wednesday, March 29: Teen Titans, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Marvel/Panini deal and Devil's Due.

* Tuesday, March 28: X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four sells out, Justice League Unlimited and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, March 27: IDW Publishing for July, Blade: The Series, Image Comics First Looks, Rex Mundi to Dark Horse and Nova.




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