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Dark Horse Comics has provided The Continuum with its solicitations for May.

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Warner Bros. Pictures on Wednesday announced that it will release a theatrical Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie on Aug. 15, to be followed by the debut of the animated series this fall on Cartoon Network and TNT.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is produced by Lucasfilm Animation, using computer-generated animation. The TV series will have premieres on Cartoon Network, followed by airings on TNT.

"I felt there were a lot more Star Wars stories left to tell," said George Lucas, executive producer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. "I was eager to start telling some of them through animation and, at the same time, push the art of animation forward."

Here's how the series is described:

"On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains - led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous - are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars."

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For covers and two- to four-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include X-Force #2 from Marvel Comics and Archie #582, Archie's Double Digest #186 and Veronica #187 from Archie Comics.

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With the annual American International Toy Fair coming up later this week, Hasbro on Wednesday outlined highlights for its upcoming licensed lines, including Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Transformers and Star Wars.

For Hasbro's outline, which notes a March 23 launch for Iron Man toys, CLICK HERE.

Look for more from Toy Fair soon here in The Continuum.

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Bluewater Productions has announced a July launch for Pistolfist, an ongoing monthly created by J.S. Earls that tells the story of a masked, runaway slave who becomes an American Revolutionary War legend.

The series was originally scheduled to be released by Alias last year.

"I remember seeing this issue floating around Alias and I loved the concept as well as the art," said Darren G. Davis, publisher at Bluewater. "It is one of the most polished books I have seen come across my desk. J.S. Earls and his creative team are the perfect fit for Bluewater. We are not really looking to pick up books, but when one comes to me that I am excited about - how can you turn it down?"

"To say I'm excited about bringing Pistolfist to Bluewater would definitely be an understatement," Earls said. They're as passionate about and as committed to their creations as I am about mine. We definitely share certain standards of quality - not just with the usual stuff, but logos and everything. Those details are things which help keep you a notch above your competition...and that you can be proud of. Several publishers have expressed an interest in Pistolfist, but none of them were as honest or as focused as Bluewater Productions."

For Bluewater Productions' June solicitations, CLICK HERE.

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For previously posted April solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Big City Comics.

* BlueWater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

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* Marvel Comics on Wednesday announced that Ultmates 3 #2 has sold out and is going back to press. The second printing will feature a cover with interior art by Joe Madureira and Christian Lichtner and will be in stores on March 12.

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* With the WGA strike ending, look for five additional episodes of Smallville to be produced for this season, pushing its Season 7 total to 22.

Because of its serialized nature, Heroes will not likely return to NBC's lineup until next season.

* Lady Pendragon will be part of Top Cow's Pilot Season for 2008.

* Teen Titans Go! #55 will be the final issue of the DC Comics title.


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.

* Friday, February 8: Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Battlestar Galactica and Iron Man movie.

* Thursday, February 7: Family Guy, The Simpsons, Captain America and First Looks.

* Wednesday, February 6: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Marvel Comics roundup, NBC's Knight Rider and Archie First Looks. Make Your Own Custom Valentine!

* Tuesday, February 5: Chassis to Bluewater Productions, Dark Horse First Looks, MAD Magazine and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, February 4: The Batman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, First Looks, Archie Comics' Mayhem and Ben 10: Alien Force.

* Sunday, February 3: Iron Man and First Looks.

* Saturday, February 2: Smallville, The Spectacular Spider-Man and First Looks.

* Friday, February 1: Punisher: War Zone, Iron Man, Marvel First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Thursday, January 31: X-Men: Legacy, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Middleman on ABC Family, Moonstone Books for May and Bluewater Productions First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 30: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Bluewater Productions teams with Legend Films, First Looks and Markosia Publishing for April.

* Tuesday, January 29: The Spectacular Spider-Man's Tricia Helfer, The Batman, DC Comics roundup, The Simpsons, Antarctic Press for April, Arcana Studio for April, Marvel Comics First Looks and Dynamic Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, January 28: Smallville, Boom! Studios for April, Ape Entertainment for April, Red 5 First Looks, Dark Horse First Looks, Marvel First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Sunday, January 27: Dynamite Entertainment for April, Avatar Press for April, Aspen Comics for April, Dabel Brothers Productions for April, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, January 26: Family Guy, Desperado Publishing for April and Big City Comics for April.

* Friday, January 25: Marvel First Looks, The Simpsons, Image First Looks, Marvel/WGA deal, Digital Webbing for April, New Exiles, Dabel Brothers' Mercedes Thompson and Marvel/Soleil deal.

* Thursday, January 24: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, X-Force, Devil's Due Publishing for April, Bongo Comics for April, Oni Press for April and Meet the Spartans.

* Wednesday, January 23: X-Men: Divided We Stand solicitations, Red 5 Comics for April, Smallville, Bluewater Productions' 2008 titles, The Stranded, First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Tuesday, January 22: The Dark Knight's Heath Ledger dies, DC Comics for April, Marvel Comics for April, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Archie Comics for April, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Boom Studios' Cthulhu Tales.

* Monday, January 21: IDW Publishing for April, Turok: Son of Stone, The Spectacular Spider-Man, First Looks and Cinemax's Month of 300.

* Sunday, January 20: Justice League of America and First Looks.

* Saturday, January 19: Smallville's Black Canary and First Looks.

* Friday, January 18: Flash Gordon, Fantastic Four, Marvel First Looks, Transformers Animated, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Image First Looks and Archie First Looks.

* Thursday, January 17: Image Comics for April, Top Cow Productions for April, Viper Comics for April, Smallville, Dabel Brothers' Wild Cards and Marvel First Looks.

* Wednesday, January 16: Justice League movie on hold, Jeph Loeb press conference, Dark Horse First Looks, Marvel First Looks, Flash Gordon and The Spirit.

* Tuesday, January 15: The Simpsons, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Blade: The Series, Archiblad Saves Easter and First Looks.

* Monday, January 14: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Iron Man movie, Smallville, Perhapanauts and First Looks.

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