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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008

CARTOON NETWORK LANDS FIREBREATHER, THE VANISHERS, MICE TEMPLAR

Cartoon Network has kicked off development to adapt three comic-book titles: Firebreather, The Vanishers and Mice Templar.

Image Comics' Firebreather, created by Phil Hester, and Mice Templar, by Mike Avon Oeming and Bryan Glass, will be developed as animated original movies. IDW Publishing’s The Vanishers, created by Chuck Dixon, will be produced as a live-action original movie.

"We're thrilled to expand our movie slate with both cinematic quality CG and live action," said Ramsey Naito, vice president of long-form at Cartoon Network. "As we bring these and other titles into development, we'll be seeking out projects that combine distinct voices with striking, contemporary visual worlds."

Firebreather tells the story of awkward teenager Duncan Rosenblatt, a typical high school kid in most respects, but atypical in one very big way: his dad is a fire-breathing dragon, and Duncan's destiny is to protect the earth. Duncan must go to school, try to fit in, and in his off time, fulfill his destiny. Created and co-executive-produced by Hester, Firebreather is executive-produced by Julia Pistor and co-executive-produced by artist Andy Kuhn. Jim Kreig is the writer.

Mice Templar is a comic book series about a young mouse named Karic and the prophecy that leads him to reunite the long disbanded order of the Mice Templar. Karic, chosen to be a warrior, bravely rescues his village and carries on the tradition of this mighty band of mice-knights.

The Vanishers is Dixon's action-packed tale of fifth graders Andy and Arvis and their adventures through time. The duo sets out on their trans-dimensional mission to collect precious information from Arvis' time-traveling family. It turns out the Arvises are on the run from a group of treacherous villains who are armed with deadly robots and are intent on taking control of time itself in an effort to enslave humanity. The Vanishers is executive-produced by Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs, David Alpert and Ted Adams, president of IDW Publishing.

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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD

Booster Gold will be featured in Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and a couple of Justice League voice actors will be reprising roles for the new series.

Tom Everett Scott (right) is providing the voice of Booster Gold and Billy West is providing the voice of Skeets.

They previously did the voices of those characters in the Justice League Unlimited episode title "The Greatest Story Never Told" that premiered on Sept. 11, 2004.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold will be featured in a panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday. Guests will include producers Sam Register and James Tucker, story editor Michael Jelenic, directors Brandon Vietti, Ben Jones and Michael Chang, voice director Andrea Romano and Dierdrich Bader, the voice of Batman.

Look for more on the series soon here in The Continuum.

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BOOM! STUDIOS TO PUBLISH PIXAR COMICS

Boom! Studios and Disney Publishing Worldwide announced on Wednesday that they will bring new stories from Pixar properties to the comic book medium.

Comics will feature characters from Toy Stroy, Finding Nemo and Wall-E. Boom! editor-in-chief Mark Waid will be writing The Incredibles comic book, featuring cover art by Darwyn Cooke.

"Today, American comic books are aimed primarily at an older readership. Comics produced for an upcoming generation of readers are scarce - and Boom! Studios aims to do something about that," said Waid. "There will be comics for kids again!"

To commemorate the partnership, Boom! will be releasing a special preview book featuring sneak previews of upcoming projects and commentary by Waid.

"It's nothing short of an honor to work with Disney Publishing Worldwide and Pixar for this project," said Boom! Studios co-founder Ross Richie. "We found kindred spirits in the creative counterparts we have at both companies, and have just really had a fantastic time finding the right writer and artist combinations to do the source material justice. I think young and old alike are going to love these books!"

The Pixar preview book will be available for $5 at the Boom! Studios booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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BONGO COMICS FOR OCTOBER

Bongo Comics has released its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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ONI PRESS FOR OCTOBER

Oni Press has released its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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THE MIDDLEMAN: "THE ECTOPLASMIC PANHELLENIC INVESTIGATION"

ABC Family has released a description for "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation," the Monday, August 4 episode of The Middleman.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"When something scarier than a bunch of girls dressed alike chanting peppy lyrics hits the Omega Theta Nu sorority house, Wendy and The Middleman try to track down the ghostly culprit. But to do so, Wendy must go against all of her moral fibers as she goes undercover to track down the source of the paranormal occurrences. As Wendy starts looking around, the ghouly apparitions start to raise larger questions. Could the top sorority house on campus be really haunted, or is there something else going on?

"Meanwhile, Tyler resurfaces looking for the soul mate he met the day of his Lucha Libre attack only to mistake Lacey as the wonderful woman he is searching for."

Look for more news on The Middleman soon here in The Continuum.

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OCTOBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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BRIEFLY

* Above is a look at UDON Studios' exclusives for Comic-Con International, including the Street Fighter Tribute hardcover and Street Fighter Remix #0.

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* The Dark Knight pulled in $20.8 million on Tuesday, pushing its total to $203.7 million.

* Marvel Comics has announced a second printing for the sold-out Guardians of the Galaxy #3. The new printing features a new cover by Clint Langley and will be in stores on August 20.

* Jenna Dewan and Luke Goss are attached to star in Magdalena, an adaptation of Top Cow's comic book from Top Cow, Platinum Studios and Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures.

Dewan will play Patience and Goss, fresh off Hellboy II: The Golden Army, will play Kristof.

* Harris Comics has announced that Dan Brereton is providing the cover and writing a story for the Halloween issue of Vampirella Quarterly.

Brereton's story features art by John Heebink and involves religious fanatics who have captured Vampirella and thrown her into a maximum security prison for demon women.

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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.

* Friday, July 18: The Dark Knight, Watchmen trailer, Image Comics First Looks and Aspen Comics' convention exclusives.

* Thursday, July 17: The Spirit, The Dark Knight, Punisher: War Zone, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Terminator: Salvation, Marvel second printings and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 16: The Dark Knight's Heath Ledger, World of Quest, The Cleveland Show, The Remnant, Savage, Zeroids and Archie Comics First Looks. WORLD WIDE SHIPPING!

* Tuesday, July 15: The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman, BET's Black Panther and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, July 14: The Dark Knight, Aspen Comics' tribute to Michael Turner, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

* Sunday, July 13: Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Fear Itself.

* Saturday, July 12: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Friday, July 11: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks and Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Mike Mignola.

* Thursday, July 10: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Guillermo del Toro, The Dark Knight, Aspen Comics for October, Image Comics First Looks and Watchmen movie.

* Wednesday, July 9: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Ron Perlman, The Dark Knight, Dark Horse Comics for October, The Middleman, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 8: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Luke Goss and Anna Walton, The Dark Knight, Batman Gotham Knight, Fear Itself, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Monday, July 7: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Doug Jones, The Dark Knight, The Middleman, Moonstone Books for October, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Longshot.

* Sunday, July 6: Wanted and The Dark Knight's Morgan Freeman.

* Saturday, July 5: Top Cow Productions First Looks and The Dark Knight.

* Friday, July 4: The Dark Knight's Christian Bale and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, July 3: Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 2: The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Middleman, Archie Comics First Looks and Fear Itself.

* Tuesday, July 1: The Middleman's Natalie Morales, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Monday, June 30: Punisher: War Zone, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and The Middleman.

* Sunday, June 29: Wanted, Vampire Hunter D and The Corps!.

* Saturday, June 28: Michael Turner dies, Wanted box office.

* Friday, June 27: From Wizard World Chicago: Ultimate Universe panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Nation panel and Vertigo panel; plus -- The Dark Knight and Marvel First Looks.



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