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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2007

COMING WEDNESDAY

Animation news, First Looks -- and much more!

DARK HORSE COMICS FOR MARCH

Dark Horse Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for March.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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DC COMICS ROUNDUP

DC Comics on Tuesday announced that the final chapter of the story "Kryptonite," written by Darwyn Cooke and illustrated by Tim Sale, is now scheduled to appear in Superman Confidential #11, scheduled to arrive in stores on Jan. 16.

The story that was solicited to appear in Superman Confidential #11, written by B. Clay Moore with art and cover by Phil Hester and Ande Parks, now will appear in Superman Confidential #12.

In other DC news:

* Dave Gibbons is providing a variant cover for Vertigo's Northlanders #3.

In the issue, due in stores on Feb. 6, Sven's one-man guerilla campaign to unseat his corrupt Uncle Gorm kicks off, with Sven exploiting Gormıs superstitions and reverence for the "old gods." Meanwhile, the Hunter's Daughter and Sven grow closer, but not as close as the enemy slave girl sharing Sven's bed nightly.

* Y: The Last Man #60, the series' final issue, is now scheduled to be in stores Jan. 23, three weeks later than the issue was originally scheduled.

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VIPER COMICS FOR MARCH

Viper Comics has provided The Continuum its solicitations for March.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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BLUEWATER EXPANDS RAY HARRYHAUSEN LINE

Bluewater Productions will be expanding its Ray Harryhausen Presents line in 2008, adding nine new titles.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Harryhausen films, Sony is releasing It Came From Beneath the Sea and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers on DVD. Bluewater will release comics inspired by these classics as well, and Sony's DVDs will feature previews of the comics as part of the special features.

"There are some cool stories that we are working with," said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis. "The Elementals was a story that was not made into a film and we wanted to bring that cool story to life."

Bluewater will also be launching its first ongoing series based on Wrath of the Titans.

"We wanted to test the waters before we jumped into ongoing series, and 2008 is the time to start," Davis said. "We will also be looking at developing an ongoing Jason & the Argonauts series."

For a rundown of eight of the new titles, CLICK HERE.

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TRANSFUZION PUBLISHING LAUNCHES

Transfuzion Publishing has announed that it is launching with its first titles in February. The company, co-founded by comics veterans Gary Reed and Rafael Nieves, will focus almost exclusively on trade paperbacks, blending collections of previous published material and new material.

Leading off in February will be Of Scenes and Stories, a collection of short stories written by Reed. The other three trade paperbacks shipping in February will be Ghost Sonata, Jack the Ripper and Saint Germaine: Tales of an Immortal.

"We're excited to explore the possiblities with many of these titles,not just in the direct comics market but other areas as well," Reed said. "Many of these titles have long been out of print so I think that there are a lot of fans who will get their chance to pick up some of these stories in a nice collected version."

Nieves said that since the initial announcement of Transfuzion, quite a few things have changed.

"The main thing," Nieves said, "was the response we got from a lot of creators who wanted to come on board. And a lot of them want to do new material."

One of the roles that Nieves will plays in the company is to handle submissions and creators for the series of anthology titles that Transfuzion will be launching.

"We're planning to do a number of thematic anthology titles and much of it will be all new material," Nieves said. "We won't announce anything specific until it is ready to go."

For a rundown of Transfuzion's initial offerings, CLICK HERE.

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FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to five-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include What If? Spider-Man vs. Wolverine from Marvel Comics and Ant Unleashed #1 from Big City Comics.

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FEBRUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously published solicitations for February, click on the publishers' names below.

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Arcana Studio.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* Image Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

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BRIEFLY

* The Thursday, Dec. 27 episode of The CW's Smallville will be a repeat of "Action."

In other Smallville news, executive producer Al Gough told The Continuum that Erica Durance and Laura Vandervoort are now offering to support the Writers Guild strike through the Pencils2MediaMoguls campaign. Both actresses will make a phone call to a fan who is picked at random in an e-raffle.

* Marvel Comics has announced that What If? X-Men: The Rise and Fall Of The Shi'Ar Empire and What If? Annihilation have sold out. The publisher said it currently does not have plan to go back to press on either issue.

* The Dec. 4 episode of NBC's Heroes ranked No. 4 among all programs on the broadcast networks for the week of Dec. 9-Dec. 9 in adults 18-49 and No. 2 among adults 18-34, behind only Grey's Anatomy.



COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

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.

* Thursday, December 6: Punisher War Zone, The Batman, First Looks and The Darkness.

* Wednesday, December 5: Wanted on June 27, I Am Legend, Marvel press conference: Dan Slott, Smallville, Swamp Thing, Doctor Who and First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 4: The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Smallville, 10th Muse optioned, Dabel Brothers roundup and First Look.

* Monday, December 3: Heroes, Hulk, BlueWater Productions for March, Moonstone Books for March, First Looks, Alex Simmons at Archie Comics and Image Comics' Gutwrencher.

* Sunday, December 2: Heroes' Kristen Bell and First Looks. PokeOrder.com, World's Largest Trading Card Store

* Saturday, December 1: Devil's Due Publishing for February, Archie First Looks and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 30: Marvel First Looks, Legion of Super Heroes, Ape Entertainment for February and Fantastic Four animated.

* Thursday, November 29: Dynamite Entertainment for February, The Simpsons, Antarctic Press for February, First Looks, Kids' WB! in December and DC Comics second printings.

* Wednesday, November 28: Marvel press conference: Brian Michael Bendis, Legion of Super Heroes, Smallville, Avatar Press for February, Oni Press for February, Markosia Publishing for February and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 27: Justice League: The New Frontier, Blade: The Series DVD, DC Comics roundup, Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios for February, Aspen Comics for February, Arcana Studio for February and Punisher: War Zone movie.

* Monday, November 26: Marvel First Looks, Hulk, Smallville, DC First Looks, IDW Publishing for February, Desperado Publishing for February and Red 5 Comics for February.

* Sunday, November 25: Teen Titans and Mirage Studios for February.

* Saturday, November 24: Groo panel at Mid-Ohio-Con, Bongo Comics for February and First Looks.

* Friday, November 23: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons and First Looks.

* Thursday, November 22: Comics movies on television and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 21: First Looks and Smallville.

* Tuesday, November 20: Marvel Comics for February and Image Comics for February.

* Monday, November 19: DC Comics for February, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, November 18: From Wizard World Texas -- Scott Porter on Justice League movie, Smallville's Laura Vandervoort, Top Cow panel, DC Universe panel and Ethan Van Sciver panel.

* Saturday, November 17: The Spirit's Deborah Del Prete, Marvel First Looks and from Wizard World Texas: Greg Pak and DC Nation.

* Friday, November 16: Marvel First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Bionic Woman and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Thursday, November 15: The Spirit's Gabriel Macht, Image First Looks and Transformers animated movie.

* Wednesday, November 14: The Spirit's Frank Miller, Legion of Super Heroes and First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 13: Top Cow Productions for February, Brian Reed, First Looks and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

* Monday, November 12: Marvel Comics roundup, Archie Comics for February and First Looks.

* Sunday, November 11: Ghost Rider on Starz and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Saturday, November 10: Beowulf's Neil Gaiman and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, November 9: Dark Horse Comics for February, Family Guy, Marvel First Looks and Iron Man.




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