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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2006

COMING THURSDAY

Marvel news, DC news and much more from Comic-Con International!!!

COMIC-CON: HELLBOY ANIMATED MOVIES

The Hellboy animated movies will be featured in a panel at Comic-Con International on Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PT).

The Continuum caught up with Tad Stones, supervising producer and supervising director, to see how the films are progressing and what con-goers can anticipate at the panel.

To read the story, which includes new images, CLICK HERE.

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COMIC-CON: FRANK MILLER TO DIRECT THE SPIRIT

Frank Miller is adapting and directing The Spirit film, based on the late Will Eisner's character, sources have confirmed for The Continuum.

Miller will be at a panel devoted to the film at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday, where the announcement will be made. Production is expected to start next spring.

The Spirit will come from Odd Lot Entertainment and Michael Uslan's Batfilm Prods., with Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker and Uslan serving as producers. Odd Lot's Linda McDonough and Comic Book Movies' FJ DeSanto will co-produce, and Benjamin Melniker will executive produce.

The Spirit will mark Miller's first solo directing gig; he co-directed Sin City with Robert Rodriguez. He is also developing the screenplay for Sin City 2, and Zack Snyder is directing an adaptation of his 300 graphic novel for release next year.

"When (Uslan) invited me to do this, first I said I can't do this and then I said I can't let anybody else touch it," Miller, a friend of Eisner's, told Variety. "I intend to be extremely faithful to the heart and soul of the material, but it won't be nostalgic. It will be much scarier than people expect."

Jeph Loeb was originally attached to write the film and appeared at a panel at last year's Comic-Con, but dropped out.



COMIC-CON: DARK HORSE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dark Horse Comics announced five new projects on Wednesday, including the return of Samurai by Ron Marz and Luke Ross.

For the rundown, CLICK HERE.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and two- to six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on July 19, CLICK HERE.

Titles include X-Men #189, Captain America #20, Black Panther #18, Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1, Amazing Spider-Man #534 and Exiles #84.

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DC COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to five-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on July 26, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Jack of Fables #1, Astro City: Samaritan Special, Birds of Prey #96, Loveless #9, The American Way #6, Cartoon Network Block Party #23 and Hawkgirl #54.

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DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING FOR OCTOBER

Devil's Due Publishing has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

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IDW'S SPIKE: ASYLUM

IDW Publishing is launching Spide: Asylum, a five-issue mini-series in September. Making their IDW debuts in the book are screenwriter Brian Lynch and Italian artist Franco Urru.

Here's how IDW describes the book:

"Spike is offered the opportunity to be a hero -- as well as earning a hefty fee -- by helping the Monahan Family find their missing daughter, Ruby. As luck would have it, Ruby is a half-demon and has been checked into the Mosaic Wellness Center, a rehab facility for vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night. Spike s 'simple' solution is to check himself in as a patient, but there's a slight problem -- the numerous super-powered, supernatural patients at the center happen to know Spike, and they want him dead. Can Spike survive the onslaught of mad monsters, much less the therapy?"

"The fun of doing a comic series featuring Spike is that we have a far bigger budget than any TV show," Lynch said. "Not in how much we're getting paid, but everything and anything can happen. We can go as epic as we want to be and not worry about working within the restrictions of a weekly TV budget.

"I've been a fan of the Joss Whedon's work and characters since the very first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy and Angel -- and later Firefly and Serenity -- have inspired and influenced me as a writer. The chance to play in his universe is a dream come true.

"The fact that Franco and I get a full five issues to tell a solo Spike tale lets us really delve into the character in ways that -- hopefully -- haven't been seen. Spike's a complicated character; he's been both a ruthless killer and a hero who's saved the world a handful of times. And he's still not sure which role suits him best.

"I'm approaching the series as if it's a full-on, big-budget Spike summer movie. Huge set pieces, fight scenes, and a supporting cast of hundreds demons, vampires, and other assorted monsters. But we don't lose the character moments and serious smart-assery that Whedon fans have come to expect."

IDW will be announcing two other projects based on Whedon's classic characters at Comic-Con International.

Click on the thumbnails below for pages from the first issue.





FOX ATOMIC COMICS

Fox Atomic, the youth focused entertainment unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, has announced a partnership with HarperCollins to publish and distribute branded graphic novels from Fox Atomic Comics.

Up to four graphic novels are planned for release in 2007, with content tied to Fox Atomic theatrical releases as well as original content.

The structure of the deal allows all creative direction to come from Fox Atomic Comics, with all publishing rights to graphic novels being handled exclusively by HarperCollins. In addition, HarperCollins will concentrate marketing efforts on in-store merchandising, while Fox Atomic Comics will extend awareness via online, regional, media and theatrical-based promotions.

"With a focus on high-quality, creative product, we hope to make Fox Atomic Comics a destination for top-tier writers, artists, filmmakers and content creators to develop and publish high-end graphic novels through the brand, said Peter Rice, president of Fox Atomic. "Our creative strengths coupled with HarperCollins' publishing expertise will enable us to effectively establish ourselves in the marketplace."

Fox Atomic Comics plans on releasing four graphic novels in 2007, based on upcoming theatrical films as well as original content. The first title slated for release is 28 Days Later: The Aftermath (due out spring 2007), written by Steve Niles and edited by Jimmy Palmiotti, which bridges the gap between the original film and its sequel, 28 Weeks Later. Next up will be The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning, inspired by Wes Craven's film The Hills Have Eyes and the upcoming sequel The Hills Have Eyes 2. Due out fall 2007 is The Nightmare Factory, adapted from the anthology series by Thomas Ligotti, which will be a recurring anthology series of one to three separate horror tales per novel.

Additional titles will be announced shortly.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is the first look at the covers -- with trade dress -- for Ultimate X-Men #73, Beyond! #2, Ultimate Spider-Man #98, Daredevil: Father #6 and New Excalibur #10.

* Activision will be showcasting its upcoming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Spider-Man 3: The Game and Spider-Man: Battle for New York games in the Activision/Marvel booth at Comic-Con International.

Show-goers will be among the first to see live demos of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance as Activision will reveal three new playable characters. Comic-Con also marks the last opportunity for auditions for the chance to be the in-game voices of Jean Grey and Namor in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

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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.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

* Thursday, July 13: Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane, Wolverine: Origins press conference, X-Men titles, First Looks, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited DVDs and Virgin Comics teams with John Woo and Garth Ennis.

* Wednesday, July 12: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Spider-Girl returns, Aspen's Civil War: X-Men cover and Moonstone Books for November.

* Tuesday, July 11: Smallville's Jimmy Olsen, Marvel First Looks, Sabrina trade paperback and Star Wars Lithographs.

* Monday, July 10: Spider-Man 3, Incredible Hulk DVD, Kid Kosmos, Model Operandi and First Look.

* Sunday, July 9: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars: Dark Times, weekend box office and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 8: Blade: The Series episodes, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Fantastic Four on HBO, Who Wants to Be a Superhero contestants and Superman Returns box office.

* Friday, July 7: Dark Horse Comics for October, The Amazing Screw-On Head, The Batman and First Looks.

* Thursday, July 6: Spider-Man Unmasked press conference, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes animated.

* Wednesday, July 5: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel TV/movie roundup, Marvle Zombies hardcover and First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 4: Cliff Chiang on Doctor 13, First Looks and Bandai's Witchblade manga.

* Monday, July 3: Wolverine: Origins' Daniel Way, First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

* Sunday, July 2: DC Comics' 52 and Marvel panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns box office and Narwain's Fiendish Fables.

* Saturday, July 1: DC Nation, Joe Quesada and Warren Ellis panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 30: Rosario Dawson panel at Heroes Con, Blade: The Series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero, Aspen Comics' Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Blue Water's Lost Raven and The Batman.

* Thursday, June, 29: Image Comics First Looks, Superman Returns, Image Comics' The Cross Bronx and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

* Wednesday, June, 28: Superman Returns, Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Krypto the Superdog in July.

* Tuesday, June, 27: Spider-Man 3, Marvel Comics First Looks, Civil War, Wolverine: Origins, Top Cow's Freshmen, Arcana Studio for September, The Batman in July, Lone Ranger and DC First Looks.

* Monday, June, 26: Civil War special, Superman Returns, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans episodes, Komikwerks for September and Silent Devil's Antigone.

* 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.




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