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Smallville has received an early pick-up for an eighth season, The CW announced on Monday.

"Happy the show is back," executive producer Al Gough told The Continuum.

Smallville's Thursday night parter, Supernatural, was also picked up for another season, its fourth. Six shows in total were renewed.

It is unclear what night Smallville will air next season; the network's complete line-up is expected to be announced at the network's upfront event in May.

At least most of Smallville's cast is expected to return, with the firm lineup expected to be announced in May.


Kids' WB! on Monday announced that World of Quest, an animated series based on the Komikwerks graphic novels by Jason Kruse, will premiere on Saturday, March 15.

The series will air at 10:30 a.m., following The Spectacular Spider-Man.

World of Quest comes from Cookie Jar Entertainment -- which also produces Kids' WB! series Will & Dewitt, Magi-Nation and Johnny Test -- and is executive produced by Stephen Sustarsic. Thirteen half-hour episodes are planned for the first season.

Here's how the network describes the series:

"World of Quest is a comedic action series following the spoiled young Prince Nestor and his pumped up reluctant protector, Quest, and a rag-tag team of cohorts on a mission to save Nestor's parents and their kingdom. Along Prince Nestor and Quest's travels, they meet an array of weird and wonderful characters who liven up their journey."



Bluewater Productions has provided The Continuum its solicitations for July.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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Marvel Comics on Tuesday announced that Kick-Ass #1, the premiere of the Icon series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. has sold out

Marvel is going back to press with Kick-Ass #1 Second Printing Variant, featuring the interior art of Romita on the cover.

"Okay, first of all, this is insane," Millar said. "Because our pre-orders were really, really high and I didn't think for a minute these were going to even sell out, never mind sell out so quickly. But a hearty thanks from me and Johnny because we really love this book. It's a very personal work and we've put out heart and soul into it."

The second printing will be in stores on April 2.

In other Marvel news:

* Ultimates 3 #3 has sold out. Marvel is going back to press on the issue, with a wraparound cover by Joe Madureira and Christian Lichtner featuring interior art.

The second printing will be in stores on April 2.

* The publisher released another "Who Do You Trust?" teaser image.

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DC Comics on Tuesday announced that the cover price of the Batman: Death Mask mini-series has been lowered to $2.99 per issue.

The black-and-white mini-series no longer will be in Prestige Format, and will be saddle stitched instead of squarebound.

Batman: Death Mask is written and illustrated by Yoshinori Natsume, creator of Toguri, who makes his American comics debut with this original Batman manga tale.

In Batman: Death Mask #1, in stores on April 9, there's a new serial killer in Gotham, one who may have ties to the training Bruce Wayne acquired as a young man in Japan. Does the murderer know that Bruce Wayne is the Batman?

In Batman: Death Mask #2, in stores on May 7, Bruce Wayne must confront his past and examine how the time he spent training to become Batman affected him -- and whether those experiences led to the killer now rampaging through Gotham Cityšs underworld.

In other DC news:

* Vince Letterio, a member of DC's staff for 16 years, has been promoted to director -- direct sales. Letterio is responsible for DC's day-to-day relationship with key comic-book retailers, as well as working closely with Diamond Comic Distributors.

* Batman #675 is now scheduled to be in stores on April 16.

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Blue Dream Studios announced on Tuesday it is becoming an imprint of IDW Publishing.

"I have to admit to being overwhelmed by the success wešve seen in such a short time," said Blue Dram's Scott Christian Sava. "But one year of success as an animation-company-turned-small-publisher is just a baby step. Ted (Adams) was so generous with his time and insight. He knows what it takes to build a publishing company from scratch. Seeing him turn IDW into the publishing powerhouse it is today is awe-inspiring.

"Working with Ted and his company is a dream come true, and if this year has been good... I can't wait to see what a year with IDW will hold.˛

"I know Scott had offers from many publishers and I'm thrilled that he choose IDW as the home for Blue Dream Studios," Adams said. "I love the books he's created and I look forward to helping him reach an even bigger audience."

The third book in the six-book The Dreamland Chronicles from Blue Dream is expected later this year.


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

Titles include Young Liars #1 from DC Comics and Dynamo 5 #11 and Scud, The Disposable Assassin #22 from Image Comics.

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on March 5, CLICK HERE.

For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on March 5, CLICK HERE.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Big City Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Markosia Pubishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Comics.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.


* Heroes' Hayden Panettiere will be a presenter at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards on March 29 in Los Angeles.


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, February 28: Justice League: The New Frontier's Phil Morris, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Red 5 Comics First Looks and Radical Comics for May.

* Wednesday, February 27: Battlestar Galactica, Marvel Comics press conference, Marvel First Looks, The Simpsons, Batman: Gotham Knight and Digital Webbing for May.

* Tuesday, February 26: Oni Press for May, Markosia Publishing for May, DC Comics roundup, First Looks and Red 5's Atomic Robo.

* Monday, February 25: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Boom! Studios for May, Smallville and DC First Looks. Free Shipping from!

* Sunday, February 24: From WonderCon: Iron Man movie and WildStorm Productions, plus: First Looks and Red 5 Comics for May.

* Saturday, February 23: From WonderCon, DCU panel, Aspen Comics panel, Wanted presentation, DC Nation panel, Astro City panel and Terry Dodson panel, plus: IDW Publishing for May and Dabel Brothers for May.

* Friday, February 22: Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks, Devil's Due Pop and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Thursday, February 21: Bongo Comics for May, Columbia Pictures options The Boys, Dark Horse Firsts and Archie Firsts.

* Wednesday, February 20: Image Comics for May, Justice League: The New Frontier's David Boreanaz, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Smallville and Marvel First Looks.

* Tuesday, February 19: X-Men Origins: Wolverine casting, Marvel Comics for February, DC Comics for February, Top Cow Pilot Season winners, First Looks and Marvel's Secret Invasion.

* Monday, February 18: Archie Comics for May, Painkiller Jane on DVD, Incredible Hulk toys and Fantastic Four.

* Sunday, February 17: Moonstone Books for June, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Knight Rider and First Looks.

* Saturday, February 16: Justice League: The New Frontier's Jeremy Sisto, Knight Rider's Justin Bruening, First Looks, Marvel Second Printings and Hasbro's Marvel toys.

* Friday, February 15: Top Cow Productions for May, Marvel First Looks, Image First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Thursday, February 14: Justice League: The New Frontier's Brooke Shields, Knight Rider's David Hasselhoff, First Looks and Family Guy.

* Wednesday, February 13: Dark Horse Comics for May, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, First Looks, Hasbro's 2008 highlights and Bluewater Productions' Pistolfist.

* Tuesday, February 12: The Batman, The Simpsons, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and First Looks.

* Monday, February 11: Steve Gerber dies, Marvel Comics roundup, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Dark Horse First Looks.

* Sunday, February 10: The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gnome.

* Saturday, February 9: Bluewater Productions for June and First Looks.

* 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.

* 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.

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