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Aspen Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for December.

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Doug Jones is returning to play Abe Sapien in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army -- and he might be doing the voice this time, too.

David Hyde Pierce voiced over Jones' acting in the first film. Jones, who reportedly is also playing Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, is doing the voice of Abe Sapien in the two Hellboy animated movies.

"I think Guillermo (del Toro, director) always had David Hyde Pierce in mind," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola said during a recent convention appearance. "We talked about Doug doing it. I think it was just something that he heard when he read the comic.

"I think it's very funny that it's Doug's body in one thing and it's his voice in another. And I believe that Doug is going to the voice in Hellboy 2."

Mignola said casting Abe Sabien in the first film was difficult.

"We went throug a long process, in London, looking at mimes, dancers, to get an Abe Sapien," Mignola said. "And we found one. And then we did a makeup test and he looked like a dwarf. It was just horrible. And then they said, 'Doug Jones lives just up the street. We used him on Mimic. He'd be great.'

"'Oh, OK."

Mignola said he's fine if the sequel doesn't have an extraordinary budget.

"I like dealing with the money issue a little bit. Let's find a cheaper way to do it," Mignola said. "A lot of my notes on Hellboy 2 have been that this scene's too long or this scene's too big. Let's cut it down. I'm the guy, the non-filmmaker, looking for places to make it smaller.

"And also having worked on the first one, I've seen the nightmare of trying to build giant sets, trying to do big special effects. So I'm almost trying to make the film smaller. But Guillermo wants to make a big movie."


Marvel Comics on Thursday released details following the recent announcement of a deal with Dabel Brothers Productions adapt of fantasy, science fiction and horror novels into comic books and graphic novels.

Through the partnership, Marvel has signed on as the exclusive publisher for DB Pro, obtaining the marketing, print and distribution rights. The Dabel Brothers will continue to operate as an independent entity working with science-fiction, fantasy and horror authors on story development.

The first project to be released under the agreement features Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake. A series called Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter in Guilty Pleasures, featuring art by Brett Booth will launch in October.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing Anita to a new medium," Hamilton said. "The Dabel's artwork and attention to detail are what made me say yes to them.

Below are Booth's character designs for the series. Click on the thumbnails for larger images.

Here's how DB Pro describes the book:

"The premise of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels centers around an alternate reality where the U.S. government has declared the undead as legal beings, so that vampires, zombies and werewolves can come out of the shadows as they attempt to co-exist with human society. But there are times when these creatures get out of control, and that is when Anita Blake steps in. Armed to the teeth with specialized weaponry and blessed with the abilities of an 'Animator' (a special occupation that involves raising the dead), Anita is a threat to any vampire who gets out of line. But even she is unnerved when a vampire shows up in her office wanting her to help solve a case involving the murder of his fanged brethren. And as Anita descends into the fantastic and strange undead underworld of St. Louis, she finds herself caught in a rapidly unraveling mystery that may claim her own life in the end."

Other upcoming projects from Marvel and DB Pro include George R. R. Martin's Hedge Knight series, Orson Scott Card's Red Prophet and Raymond E. Feist's Magician: Apprentice (part one of the Riftwar saga).

"Dabel Brothers Productions has always been extremely devoted to producing a high quality product," said Ernst Dabel, CEO of DB Pro. "Our mission has been to offer fantasy and science fiction fans the very best visual translation of their favorite books without skimping or cutting corners and we feel our new partnership with Marvel will only continue to improve our ability to put out the best literary adaptations in the industry."

For a rundown of shipping dates for DB Pro/Marvel titles, CLICK HERE.

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For covers and two- to three-page previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Sept. 20, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Betty #159, Pals-n-Gals Double Digest #106 and Sonic X #12.

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Marvel Comics staged a press conference on Thursday afternoon regarding the launch of Amazing Spider-Girl.

To read an edited transcript of the question-and-answer with writer Tom DeFalco, CLICK HERE.

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* DC Comics has released a promotional image for an upcoming arc in Jonah Hex. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* According to Variety, Terminator 3's Jonathan Mostow is now attached to direct Marvel's Sub-Mariner movie at Universal Pictures.

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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.

* Saturday, September 9: Dark Horse Comics for December, Boom! Studios for December and Smallville Season 6 opener.

* Friday, September 8: The Batman Strikes!, Spider-Man animated, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer's Michael Chiklis, Oni Press' Wasteland, Devil's Due First Looks and Marvel's First Looks.

* Thursday, September 7: Family Guy, Civil War: Choosing Sides, DC First Looks, Archie First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, September 6: Fantastic Four ratings, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Blade: The Series, Heroes, Image First Looks, DC First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 5: The Batman and Legion of Super Heroes episodes, Battlestar Galactica, First Looks and Runaways creators leave.

* Monday, September 4: Hellboy animated and First Looks.

* Sunday, September 3: From Canadian Fan Expo -- DC Comics' Big Guns, Mike Mignola and Geoff Johns.

* Saturday, September 2: Blade: The Series, X-Men: Evolution's Brad Swaile and Marvel's Civil War.

* Friday, September 1: Jim Lee at Canadian Fan Expo, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Superman serials on DVD and First Looks.

* Thursday, August 31: Blade: The Series, Diamond Select/Marvel products for November, Smallville Season 5 DVD, Robert Kirkman press conference and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 30: Fantastic Four animated, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Blue Water First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 29: The Punisher DVD, The Batman season opener, Fantastic Four press conference, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, August 28: Virgin Comics for November, Viper Comics for November, The Batman and First Looks.

* Sunday, August 27: Spawn Series 30 action figures, Fantastic Four animated and First Looks.

* Saturday, August 26: Image Comics First Looks, Family Guy and Oni Press for November.

* Friday, August 25: Blade: The Series, Arcana Studio for November, Ghost Rider's Nicolas Cage and First Looks.

* Thursday, August 24: Devil's Due Publishing for November, IDW Publishing for November, Ultimate Spider-Man's Brian Michael Bendis, The Tick DVD and First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 23: Fantastic Four voice cast, DC First Looks, Marvel First Looks and Blade: The Series.

* Tuesday, August 22: Marvel Comics for November, Image Comics for November, Who Wants to be a Superhero?, Gen13, Civil War new printings and First Looks.

* Monday, August 21: DC Comics for November, Boom! Studios for November, Archie Comics for November, Spider-Man 3's Topher Grace and Wolverine: Origins' new arc.

* Sunday, August 20: The Simpsons and Smallville win Emmy Awards, The Spirit's Frank Miller and First Looks.

* Saturday, August 19: White Stripes on The Simpsons, Cyberforce/X-Men, Krypto the Superdog and First Looks.

* Friday, August 18: Smallville Season 6, Teen Titans for September, Fantastic Four for September, James McAvoy attached to Wanted movie, First Looks, Civil War checklist and Highlander.

* Thursday, August 17: Legion of Super Heroes' Shawn Harrison, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo on Cartoon Network, Superman DVDs, Aspen Seasons, IDW's Angel: Masks, Moonstone Books for December, Top Cow First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 16: Smallville: Season 6, Dwayne McDuffie at BET, DC First Looks, Image First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, August 15: X-Men: The Last Stand DVD, The Batman Season 2 DVD, Blade: The Series, Marvel First Looks and Civil War books delayed.

* Monday, August 14: Dark Horse Comics for November, Teen Titans DVD, The Fountain and First Looks.

* Sunday, August 13: Hellboy animated, Spider-Man action figures and Triumph Comics First Looks.

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