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FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006

COMING SATURDAY

Reports from Heroes Con in Charlotte, N.C. -- and much more!

HEROES CON: ROSARIO DAWSON

Rosario Dawson is looking forward to a trip back to Sin City.

Appearing at Heroes Con in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday and promoting her new comics series, Image Comics' Occult Crimes Taskforce, Dawson said she's "really excited" to reprise her role of Gail.

"They're going to be doing A Dame to Kill For, which precedes the first movie," she said. "It will explain why I'm so mad at Dwight."

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BLADE: THE SERIES UPDATE

The premiere of Spike TV's Blade: The Series on Wednesday drew record ratings for the network with a 2.0 household rating and 2.5 million viewers, the highest premiere in network history for an original series.

According to Spike TV, Blade: The Series was the No. 1entertainment show for the night with Men 18-34 and 18-49.

Blade: The Series tallied triple-digit gains in all key male demos versus last year, including plus-517 percent in Men 18-34 (2.6 rating, 680,000 viewers), up plus-472 percent in Men 18-49 (2.2, 1.17 million), up 277 percent in viewers (2.5 million), and up 247 percent in household rating (2.0, 1.8 million).

"We promised action and adventure with our first scripted series and really delivered," said Doug Herzog, president, Spike TV. "Our targeted audience of men came through for us with big numbers. Blade: The Series serves as a launch pad for future original scripted shows."

In other Blade news:

* Users of iTunes can download a free copy of the two-hour premiere through July 11. New episodes will be available for purchase on iTunes the day after their premiere on Spike TV.

* Above are new images from upcoming episodes. Click on the thumbnails for larger and fuller images.

* Look for more on Blade this weekend here in The Continuum.

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WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?

Sci Fi has released seven images from the second episode of Stan Lee's reality television series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

The episode is scheduled to air on Thursday, August 3 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Among the contestants are Tonya Kay as Creature, Mathew Atherton as Feedback, E. Quiny Sloan as Tyveculus, Chris Watters as Major Victory, Steel Chambers as Enforcer, Darren Passarello as Nitro, Tonatzin Mondragon as Lemuria, Chelsea as Cell Phone Girl, Mary Votara as Monkey Woman, Tobias Trost as Levity and Nell Wilson as Fat Momma.

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ASPEN COLLECTS SOULFIRE: DYING OF THE LIGHT

Aspen Comics on Thursday announced details for its Soulfire: Dyaing of the Light trade paperback, due in in stores in September.

The collected edition will include the mini-series with the #0 issue, as well as entirely new Dying of the Light Beginnings story, only available in the trade paperback. Also featured is a complete cover gallery featuring the art by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald.

"The Dying of the Light mini-series was a great run for Aspen last year and we're excited to release the entire collected work in this format," said Frank Mastromauro, Aspen's executive vice president. "We really wanted to thank fans for the great support they showed the series, so we decided to include an entirely new story packaged with the trade."

Written by J.T. Krul and featuring the artwork of Micah Gunnell, Soulfire: Dying of the Light was a spin-off of the regular Soulfire series and centered on a new cast of characters, along with regular series cast members Grace and the malevolent Rainier.

Aspen plans to release the Dying of the Light trade paperback in September to coincide with the mini-series Soulfire: Chaos Reign by J.T. Krul and Marcus To. Both mini-series provide the essential history of the Soulfire universe and set the stage for the regular Soulfire series by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald.

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BLUE WATER'S LOST RAVEN

Blue Water Productions and Alias Comics in October will release Lost Raven, a 96-page graphic novel that focuses on a man who finds out he has the HIV virus and is forced to make changes in his life. The book is written by Darren G. Davis, with art by Keu Cha, Renato Arlem and Mike Miller.

Here's how Blue Water describes the book:

"After learning that he has contracted the HIV virus, attorney Zak Raven leaves his practice behind to set forth on a mission of relaxation until his peaceful trip goes wildly astray, leaving Zak shipwrecked on what he thinks is a deserted island with only the words in his own journal to keep him company.

"Unknown to Zak, however, four miles below the surface of this quiet island secretly hides a government experimentation center where scientists play God by trying to artificially evolve a human-based species to combat a coming Armageddon. Unfortunately, all they've created so far are deadly monsters ... and they're about to meet their new neighbor, Zak Raven!"

"The book isn't about sexual relations, but what it's like to live with this disease day to day, said Davis, who has been HIV positive since 1999. "I want people to know if you contract the virus, there are options. I've been enjoying a successful career publishing mainstream comic books, and now I want to tell a personal tale, about a journey I'm taking with millions of others.

"Excerpts from my journal were used in the comic book, exposing very raw emotional periods such as the initial diagnosis, surrendering to living with the side effects of medication, and grappling with the social stigma and mental strain often associated with this disease."



BRIEFLY

* To the right is a look at the box art for The Batman: The Complete Second Season. The two-disc, 13-episode collection will be in stores on Sept. 13.

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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.

* Sunday, June, 25: Blade: The Series, Superman Returns, Oni Press for September and First Looks.

* Saturday, June, 24: Spider-Man 3, Starz's Comics on Film, Ali Russell writes Isis, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 23: Iron Man movie, NBC's Heroes, Zack Snyder to direct Watchmen, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroic Publishing for September and Family Guy's 100th episode.

* Thursday, June, 22: Superman Returns, Devil's Due for September, Marvel Comics First Looks and Criminal.

* Wednesday, June, 21: Ultimate Avengers 2, Blade: The Series, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Tuesday, June, 20: Marvel Comics for September, Image Comics for September, Civil War #2 second printing, Marvel First Looks and Top Cow First Looks.

* Monday, June, 19: DC Comics for September, Archie Comics for September, Boom! Studios for September, Civil War: Cable and Deadpool and First Looks. Save up to 75% off your new comics!

* Sunday, June, 18: Image Comics First Looks, Justice League DVD, Witchblade animated and Teen Choice awards.

* Saturday, June, 17: Sci Fi's Amazing Screw-On Head, Spider-Man 3, Lois & Clark DVD, After Hours' Impossible Tales and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 16: Spider-Man Unmasked, IDW Publishing or September, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, BlueWater/Alias First Looks, DC tops May orders and Ezra model winner.

* Thursday, June, 15: Aspen Comics for September, Civil War #5 cover, Civil War press conference, First Looks, Superman Returns and Liberty Meadows: Cover Girl.

* Wednesday, June, 14: Superman Returns, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Sam Noir: Samurai Detective, 12 Gauge's James O'Barr and Cully Hamner and Snakes on a Plane comic.

* Tuesday, June, 13: Ray Harryhausen comics from BlueWater, Superman Returns, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and JLA Classified.

* Monday, June, 12: Superman Returns' Kevin Spacey, Ultimate Fantastic Four variant, Archie's Halloween comics and First Looks.

* Sunday, June, 11: Dark Horse Comics for September, X-Men: The Last Stand box office, Superman Returns' Parkey Posey and Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman.

* Saturday, June, 10: Superman Returns interviews with Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Sam Huntington, Marvel Comics' Beyond!, Image expands Afterworks 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand box office.

* Friday, June, 9: Superman Returns, Marvel Westerns and DC First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 8: Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, Superman Returns, Civil War sell-outs, Moonstone Books for October and First Looks.

* Wednesday, June, 7: Smallville Season 6, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and X-Men: The Last Stand.

* Tuesday, June, 6: Mythos, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Smallville Season 5 DVD and Virgin Comics for August.

* Monday, June, 5: Black Widow movie stalled, First Looks, Blade: The Series' David Palffy, Superman Returns, Hawaiian Dick, WildStorm panel at Wizard World Philadelphia and IDW's Super Deluxe Hero Happy Hour.

* Sunday, June, 4: MTV Movie Awards, X-Men: The Last Stand and Marvel's Civil War panel at Wizard World Philadelphia.

* Saturday, June, 3: Erica Durance, Blade: The Series, DC Comics and Marvel's Cup o' Joe panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Ultimate Avengers 2 and DC Comics First Looks.

* Friday, June, 2: X-Men, Mondo Marvel and DC Nation panels at Wizard World Philadelphia, Aspen's Shrugged, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Thursday, June, 1: X-Men press conference, X-Men: The Last Stand, Smallville, Transformers and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, May 31: X-Men: The Last Stand deaths, Avi Arad steps down, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Superman Returns.




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