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Cartoon Network will air the Hellboy: Sword of Storms animated movie on Saturday, Oct. 28, in time for Halloween and well before the Feb. 6 DVD release.

Supervising producer Tad Stones said that the network has been a great partner for the film, noting that Cartoon Network vice president of programming Terry Kalagian was able to quote Hellboy source material.

Stones also noted that the film probably won't have to change much for television.

"If standards and practices says we'll have to trim a scene, that's fine, we'll do it," Stones said. "But there will only be one version on the DVD and it will be the unedited cut."

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola noted that the animated universe stands on its own from the comic books or the live-action film.

"It's not radically different," Mignola said. "It's recognizable, but it's a little different, which I kind of like. It's nice to keep them different."

Stones added, "There were places to revisit scenes and stories that are in the comics in an entirely new context. I think that was the right call, because you get a new adventure and then at certain point you'll say, 'Hey, wait, I know that. I know that. I know where it's going to go.' Not so much. You'll get a surprise, too."

In other Hellboy animated notes:

* In the animated universe, Professor Broom is still alive.

* Tom Nelson, who was a director on HBO's Spawn series, did storyboards for the second movie.

* Below are images from Sword of Storms. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

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Marvel Studios tentatively scheduled The Incredible Hulk for 2008 and named Zak Penn as writer of an Avengers movie on Thursday during its webcast.

Penn also wrote The Incredible Hulk script and also has worked with Marvel on X-Men: The Last Stand, X2 and Elektra.

Among the other highlights of the presentation:

* The Iron Man crew will include J. Michael Riva as production designer, John Nelson as visual effects supervisor and Michael Libatique as director of photography.

* The studio's official description of the Ant-Man movie: Small-time crook Scott Lang stumbles upon an old uniform once worn by the reclusive Dr. Henry Pym, aka Ant-Man. Now the troch is passed and an unlikely new hero is born.

* The studio's official description for Nick Fury, written by Andrew Marlowe: "Super-spy Nick Fury use high-tech equipment and a team of agents from the most powerful spy organization in the world to fight an evil group determined to send the world into chaos."

* A Teen Avengers animated project was also announced.


For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on August 16, CLICK HERE

Titles include Ant #8, Casanova #3, Girls #16, Retro Rocket #3, Rocketo #11 and ShadowHawk #14.

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For covers and four-page previews of upcoming Dark Horse Comics titles, CLICK HERE

Titles include Usagi Yojimbo #96 and Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident #1.

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Cartoon Network has announced two anime series, Trinity Blood and Bleach, that will join its Adult Swim late-night animation line-up on Saturdays beginning Sept. 9.

Trinity Blood, based on the serial novels by Sunao Yoshia, will air at midnight.

Here's how Cartoon Network describe the show.

"Trinity Blood is set in the future in a world rebuilt from the Armageddon that destroyed civilization 500 years prior. Now, new cities have been built in gothic styles, elaborate airships patrol the sky and it seems that peace and harmony reign. But underneath the surface, the threat of the war-seeking order of Rosen Kreuz looms. The vampires, once believed to be extinct, have risen again and brave defenders of humanity, now armed with advanced weaponry, hunt them at every turn."

Bleach will air following Trinity Blood at 12:30 a.m.

Here's how Cartoon Network describe the show:

"Born with the ability to see spirits, Kurosaki Ichigo is far from the average 15-year-old boy. But Ichigo's life becomes even more unusual when he and his family are attacked by a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul. They are aided by a Shinigami (Death God) named Kuchiki Rukia, who was sent to rid the world of tormented Hollows. But when Rukia is attacked by the Hollow, she is forced to transfer her powers to Ichigo. With these new powers, Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicated to maintaining the peace between the living world and the afterlife. Ichigo's life takes a drastic turn as he begins his training to protect the innocent and help tortured spirits find peace."

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At a telephone press conference on Thursday, writer Mike Carey said that he's taking Ultimate Fantastic Four in a completely different direction with "God War," the six-issue arc that begins in Ultimate Fantastic Four #33.

For more from the press conference, CLICK HERE


* SLG Publishing has announced that GloomCookie #28 will be the final issue of the series. After the publication of GloomCookie's fifth trade paperback, collecting #24-28, writer/co-creator Serena Valentino will continue to work on GloomCookie graphic novels with current artist Vincent Batignole.

"Issue 28 is the perfect place to end," said Valentino. "It ends this story arc but hints at the characters' futures."

"I've spoken to a lot of Serena's fans who say they wait for the trade," said SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman. "They're often not typical comic-book readers, and they prefer a perfect-bound book to a floppy."


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, August 5: Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, and from Wizard World Chicago: DC Universe, Civil War and Ultimate panels.

* Friday, August 4: Top Cow, DC Nation and Mondo Marvel panels at Wizard World Chicago, X-Men: The Last Stand DVDs, Hellboy sequel and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, August 3: Spider-Man 3's Thomas Haden Church, Virgin Comics for October, Arcana Studio's OutlawScorn 3030 A.D. and Blade: The Series.

* Wednesday, August 2: DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 1: Doctor Strange animated movie, Spider-Man 3, Blade: The Series, Ultimate Spider-Man and Phoenix Warsong variants, Boom! Studios for October and Bongo Comics for October.

* Monday, July 31: Warner Bros. announces The Dark Knight movie, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, Iron Man animated movie, Claypool Comics ceases print operations, The Batman, Icon's Criminal and Top Cow's Madame Mirage.

* Sunday, July 30: David Lloyd's Kickback, Superman Returns and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 29: Heroes, Spider-Man 3, Teen Titans DVD, Transformers DVD and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Friday, July 28: Blade: The Series, Anita Blake, First Looks, Hellboy animated and Krypto the Superdog.

* Thursday, July 27: Legion of Super Heroes animated, The Batman, The Simpsons, Teen Titans, Marvel Comics First Looks, Aspen's Soulfire: Chaos Reign and TMNT.

* Wednesday, July 26: Marvel Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Blade: The Series, Aquaman pilot, Smallville, Spider-Man 3 and Aspen Comics convention specials.

* Tuesday, July 25: Image Comics for October, IDW Publishing for October, Marvel Comics First Looks, Blade: The Series' Jon Kroll, Fantastic Four animation and Aquaman pilot.

* Monday, July 24: From Comic-Con International -- Ghost Rider movie, Marvel Studios panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Universe panel and Blade: The Series.

* Sunday, July 23: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Iron Man movie, Image Comics panel, Todd McFarlane panel and The Batman.

* Saturday, July 22: From Comic-Con International -- Superman Returns sequel, Superman II DVD, Hellboy sequel, Spider-Man 3, Bruce Timm, Vertigo panel, C.B. Cebulski's Image books, IDW panel, WildStorm panel and Marvel Legends.

* Friday, July 21: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Ultimate Avengers 2, Teen Titans/Legion of Super Heroes, Marvel's Civil War, Aspen Comics and Fantastic Four sequel...

* Thursday, July 20: From Comic-Con International -- IDW's Transfromers, DC Nation panel, Legion of Super Heroes' Matt Wayne, Ghost Rider movie toys, Incredible Hulk director, Fantastic Four sequel, Dark Horse announements, Top Cow news and Avatar Press news.

* Wednesday, July 19: Hellboy animated, Frank Miller to direct The Spirit, Dark Horse news, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, IDW's Spike: Asylum, Fox Atomic comics and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Tuesday, July 18: Marvel Comics for October, Green Arrow on Smallville, Oni's My Name is Earl, Marvel First Looks, Boom Studios' Warhammer 40,000, Ant's new writer and Civil War second printings.

* Monday, July 17: DC Comics for October, 52 origin artists, DC promotes Karen Berger and Archie Comics for October.

* Sunday, July 16:Superman Returns, First Looks and Archaia Studio's new titles.

* Saturday, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Returns.

* 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.

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