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NEW YORK -- Tad Stones said he couldn't decide what scenes of Hellboy: Blood and Iron to show at New York Comic Con on Saturday.

So the animated film's supervising director/producer showed the whole thing, coupled with free T-shirts to make quite a treat for attendees.

After the movie finished, Stones and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola answered questions.

Following are highlights:

* Blood and Iron, which will premiere on Cartoon Network on March 10, will be released on DVD on May 8.

* At the end of Blood and Iron a brief glimpse at what could become the third animated Hellboy film was shown, with Lobster Johnson. Although the clip said the title was Hellboy: Shadow of the Claw, Stones said the correct title is Hellboy: The Phantom Claw.

"We've been given the green light for a script, but not a green light to production yet," Stones said, noting the franchise's future in animation will hinge on how well the DVDs sell.

* Although there are elements of the "Wake the Dead" story line from the comics, Blood and Iron is an original, new story. It is based on Elizabeth Bathory and involves the B.P.R.D. crew, including Professor Broome, investigate a haunted house.

Stones said he was encouraged by producer Lloyd Levin to come up with a new story. "When we got into the story, it just seemed natural to bring in some of the elements of Wake the Dead."

* Extensive flashbacks were inserted, Stones said, after the film came up short on running time. They are not shown in order but detail Professor Broome's first encounter with the villain/vampire.

* All the live-action, animated and comic-book versions of Hellboy are all slightly different, and Mignola ackowledged that Guillermo del Toro's live-action version will be the most known.

"If 10 percent of the people who see the movie pick up the books, then that's good for me," he said.

* Mignola said the second animated film is closer to the comics than the first. "And what we have planned for the next one will be ever better," he said.

* Mignola noted there will be a Lobster Johnson mini-series later this year.

* Mignola said he wants each of the animated films to have an individual feel, and that a third one would probably have some of the Nazis and mad scientists feel of the comics, and that it would also have some feel of the Universal monster movies.

"Nazis, apes and floating heads," Stones said.

* Stones said a series of movies is what he wants, rather than a weekly television series. "I hope they don't say yes to a third one, I want them to say yes to a third, fourth and fifth, so we can really plan out what we want to do."

* Stones said the third film will not feature Abe Sapien and Liz, just Hellboy and Kate.

"We have to remind them, it's not the Fantastic Four," Mignola said. "It's Hellboy. We don't have to give all the characters specific time."

* Kevin Hopps wrote Blood and Iron, following Matt Wayne on Sword of Storms. He basically took a story conceived by Stones and Mignola and pitched it back to him before writing the script.

* Stones said when it comes to making decisions, he's always willing to go with Mignola's thinking. "Because it's Mike's voice," he said.

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