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BlueWater Productions, the company behind such comic books as the 10th Muse, Victoria's Secret Service and The Legend of Isis, is moving from production studio to publisher beginning in May.

The mantra of BlueWater will be: "solid comics that are on time," said BlueWater Productions president and managing editor, Darren G. Davis.

"The reason Marvel and DC is on top is because their books are of high production value and on schedule," Davis said. "We have been working towards self-publishing for a while and we are way ahead on our books. I want people to feel confident that our titles will be released when they were solicited."

BlueWater will be working with legendary mythological filmmaker Ray Harryhause, on several titles. Other talent will include Randy Green, Billy Tucci, Tone Rodriguez, Randy Queen, Nadir Balan, Ryan Scott Ottney, David McIntee, William O'Neill, Paul Storrie and Matt Wieman.

Each Ray Harryhausen Presents comic will feature five pages of original artwork from Harryhausen's collection, thanks to a partnership with Every Picture Tells a Story: the Santa Monica-based gallery that sells Harryhausen's works.

"Ray Harryhausen is one of the reasons I create comics," Davis said. "Clash of the Titans made a priceless impression on my career, and I'm honored to work with Ray. He inspired and motivated me to take Legends into different media. These books are a chance to do a real a real collaborative effort with Ray, and not just another licensing gimmick."

"As an artist, I've always enjoyed exploring new and interesting areas," said Harryhausen. "Although many of my feature films, beginning with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, were adapted into the comic-book format, I have never been directly involved with that particular art form -- until now. I am very happy to be working with BlueWater Productions, who have already done wonderful work with their 10th Muse and Isis comic books, and look forward to seeing these characters in new and exciting adventures."

BlueWater art director Nadir Balan said he was excited to work with Harryhausen.

"Ray Harryhausen's films have a timeless appeal that extends beyond special effects and monsters. My goal is to capture the essence and charm of his films and adapt them to action-packed comics so both new readers and existing fans can catch up on the ongoing adventures. I'm thrilled to be part of the team dreaming up new futures for these great characters," Balan said.

Among Harryhausen's involvement with BlueWater Productions is a series of books titled, Ray Harryhausen Presents, featuring such classics as Wrath of the Titans, 20 Million Miles More, Sinbad Rouge of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts: Kingdom of Hades, Back to Mysterious Island, The Elementals and Harryhausen's all-new rendition of a classic BlueWater heroine, The 10th Muse.

For a rundown of BlueWater's publishing schedule for 2007, CLICK HERE.


For two- to six-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Betty #162, Jughead & Friends Digest #17 and Sonic the Hedgehog #171 from Archie Comics; Flower and Fade from NBM Publishing; an newuniversal #3 from Marvel Comics.


WizKids has unveiled is latest colossal HeroClix figure, Fin Fang Foom, which will be available at conventions beginning with Wizard World Los Angeles.

Here's how WizKids describes the figure:

"A formidable figure with three dials (nearly 50 slots!) full of powers and combat values that will make him a challenge to even the strongest forces of HeroClix characters, he's also equipped with his unique Rampage Dial, which grants him the ability to reshape the battlefield. As Foom attacks and is attacked, new terrain will erupt from the ground, existing terrain will be shattered, and mighty quakes will send terrain moving across the battlefield -- sweeping heroes along with it!"

Fin Fang Foom is sculpted by Brian Dugas and painted by Chris Hart.

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* Top Cow Productions has provided The Continuum a first look at The Darkness Ultimate Collection Trade Paperback, in stores late next month.

The book was recently expanded to 352 pages total with a price of $19.99.

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* Avatar Press has named David Marks its marketing director.


In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Tuesday, January 16: Marvel Comics for April, Marvel First Looks, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, 2006 sales and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, January 15: DC Comics for April, Archie Comics for April, Doctor Strange animated movie, December sales, Image Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Painkiller Jane.

* Sunday, January 14: Legion of Super Heroes, DC Comics for April preview and Marvel First Looks.

* Saturday, January 13: Painkiller Jane, Smallville, Flash Gordon and Heroic Publishing roundup.

* Friday, January 12: Fantastic Four animated, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, January 11: Painkiller Jane, Legion of Super Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 10: Halle Berry talks X-Men 4, Smallville, Marvel First Looks and Civil War collections.

* Tuesday, January 9: Dark Horse Comics for April, Civil War #7 delayed, Smallville, Marvel First Looks and IDW Publishing's Tank Girl.

* Monday, January 8: Smallville's Erica Durance, Painkiller Jane, Bloodrayne one-shot and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, January 7: Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks and Masterpiece Comics' Wild Boys.

* Saturday, January 6: Aspen Comics for April, Smallville and Battlestar Galactica.

* Friday, January 5: Smallville, TMNT, Devil's Due First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Bluesman movie.

* Thursday, January 4: Marvel Comics First Looks, Painkiller Jane, Justice League Unlimited and Heroes.

* Wednesday, January 3: Smallville, Spider-Man 3, IDW Publishing for April, Marvel First Looks and Zenescope's Return to Wonderland.

* Tuesday, January 2: Smallville's Allison Mack, IDW's Star Trek: Klingons, The All-New Atom, David Mack writes Se7en, Heroic Publishing for April, TwoMorrows Publishing for April and Trials of Shazam.

* Monday, January 1: Smallville's Allison Mack, DC First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and IDW Publishing First Looks.

* Sunday, December 31: Batman Beyond and Image Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, December 30: Ghost Rider, Heroes and 300.

* Friday, December 29: Diamond Select/Marvel and First Looks.

* Thursday, December 28: Spider-Man 2 on FX, Marvel First Looks and Heroes.

* Wednesday, December 27: 300, TMNT, Archie Comics' new look and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 26: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and First Looks.

* Monday, December 25: Image Comics' Dynamo 5 and Arcana's Dark Horrors.

* Sunday, December 24: Marvel Animated Gift Set and Archie First Looks.

* Saturday, December 23: Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Batman, Devil's Due First Looks and Ape Entertainment for March.

* Friday, December 22: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Legion of Super Heroes and Virgin Comics for March.

* Thursday, December 21: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Top Cow's First Born, Battlestar Galactica, IDW's Transformers prequel and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, December 20: Heroes, Marvel First Looks, Archie Comics' new style and Virgin Comics' Gamekeeper.

* Tuesday, December 19: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Smallville, Marvel First Looks, Dynamite First Looks, Madman movie and Jack of Fables.

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