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Hugh Jackman, star of the three X-Men movies and the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, made a surprise appearance on Thursday during Fox's presentation at Comic-Con International.

For highlights, CLICK HERE.


Lionsgate and Marvel screened the Hulk vs. Wolverine portion of its upcoming Hulk vs. movie on Thursday at Comic-Con International.

The movie featured lots of violence and key roles for Weapon X members Deadpool, Omega Red, Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike.

For highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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Marvel Comics kicked off its Comic-Con International programming on Thursday with a panel devoted to the X-Men.

For highlights, including something called X Infernus, CLICK HERE.

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The Continuum presents the first in a series of audios from Comic-Con International, featuring the entire G.I. Joe panel on Thursday.

Among the highlights were G.I. Joe: Resolute, a webisode animated series written by Warren Ellis, plot details of the film and more.

To listen to the panel, CLICK HERE.

As a bonus, to the right is a first look at October's G.I. Joe: A New Beginning dollar book from IDW Publishing. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

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Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios, a producer of digital animation, announced Thursday at Comic-Con International a collaboration with Grant Morrison on MBX, , a new intellectual property and animation franchise based on India's iconic myth The Mahabharata.

Morrison's re-imagining of the epic tale of two families at war and the fate of the universe that hangs in the balance features an ancient world fused with incredible technology and super beings.

MBX is a flagship title in a Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios ongoing joint venture formed in November to co-produce a diverse range of original animation and publishing properties. The companies expect to announce several animated MBX projects in the coming months, including feature film and video game adaptations.

"Right from our initial meeting, it was clear that Virgin Comics and Grant shared a passion for Eastern mythologies," said Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics' Chief Creative Officer. "Of course, since Grant did not simply want to retell the same original story, we knew we needed to partner with Perspective Studios and their innovative artists and animators to truly capture Grant's vision."

"This is not a strictly accurate historical portrayal of events, but a poetic, fantastic interpretation of the original text," Morrison said. "The world of MBX is a place of incredible art and technology. This kingdom of sages, warriors, noble men and women is stronger, faster, fitter and smarter than we are, but still prey to the same emotional foibles that lead us all into disaster."

A trailer created by Pespective and a limited-edition sketchbook were debuted at the convention.

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At a press conference at its booth on Wednesday at Comic-Con International, IDW Publishing announced that it will be releasing four original graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke based on the Parker crime fictions series of novels by Richard Stark (a pseudonym for author Donald Westlake).

To read more from the press conference, including Cooke's comments, CLICK HERE.



Pretty, Baby, Machine, a graphic novel conceived by Clark Westerman with illustrations by Kody Chamberlain, has been acquired by Landscape Entertainment to be developed as a feature film.

Landscape topper Bob Cooper will produce with the company's Brian Truman overseeing development along with executive producers Clark Westerman and Rodney Wilson.

Pretty Baby Machine debuted in May from Image Comics.

Here's how the property is described:

"Pretty, Baby, Machine, a mystery thriller, is set during the long, hot summer of 1933, when prohibition was in full swing and Al Capone was king. Three of the world's most infamous gangsters, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson and Machine Gun Kelly make a pact to put Capone in the dirt."

"Pretty, Baby, Machine is a fabulous story with compelling characters and stunningly beautiful graphics that we feel will resonate with audiences worldwide," Cooper said. "We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Clark and Rodney in bringing their work to the big screen."

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Spike TV announced that a new original movie, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, will air on the network in January.

The film -- produced by Japanese studio GONZO in association/partnership with GDH K.K. and FUNimation Entertainment -- stars and Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu. The RZA once again provides the original score.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is based on the original art and story telling of manga artist Takashi Okazaki, of a black samuraišs quest for revenge and justice for his murdered father. Jackson, who also serves as an executive producer, reprises his role as the uncompromising hero, Afro and his motor-mouthed sidekick Ninja Ninja. When his fatheršs body is stolen from its grave, Afro is forced to pick up his sword and wreak bloody vengeance against an army of deadly foes lead by a sadistic mastermind.

Lucy Liu will give voice to Sio, a beautiful, seductive and sadistic mastermind plotting to destroy Afro Samurai. Additional casting includes Mark Hamill as Bin, Sio's manservant and protector and Yuri Lowenthal as Kuma, the teddy bear-headed warrior from the original Afro Samurai series.

The trailer premiered at Comic-Con on Thursday.

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Radical Publishing has announced that Peter Berg, fresh off of directing Hancock, is attached to produce and develop to direct Hercules: The Thracian Wars, based on the Radical mini-series written by Steve Moore.

Hercules will be a co-production of Spyglass Entertainment, Berg's Film 44 and Radical Pictures. Ryan Condal, recently hired to adapt Warren Ellis' graphic novel titled Ocean for Nick Wechsler and Hollywood Gang Productions, will write the script, with the film to be co-financed by Spyglass and Universal. Spyglass' Jonathan Glickman, Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber will produce with Berg and his Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey, with Barry Levine producing for Radical. Jesse Berger will executive produce.

"We are very excited by the opportunity to explore a new chapter in the Hercules mythology," Aubrey said. "Barry and everyone at Radical did an amazing job taking a big story and grounding it in a complex and unique character. We've never seen this Hercules before."

Levin said, "When I first read the treatment for Hercules, what drove me to want to publish this was the tremendous set pieces, but they were more or less backdrops to who our character is. Hercules' band of mercenaries each have their own burden to bear and hidden demons that are consuming them. One of the most interesting aspects of the comic book series is not only how they deal with these conflicts, but how they persevere and fight for a cause that is greater than themselves.

"This is not just another sword and sorcery kind of film. This is truly a character driven piece. As a comic book publisher we know that you really have to buy into the characters before you can buy into the universe." - More Product. More Exclusives.


The lid is finally off. It's been in development for months and Cartoon Network on Wednesday announced that Firebreather, the comic by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn, will be an animated movie.

Hester and Kuhn are co-executive producers for the movie. Hester told The Continuum he has seen writer Jim Kreig's treatment.

"Andy and I are very excited with the direction of the flick," he told The Continuum. "It's a faithful adaptation of what we're doing in the book. Of course, there are plenty of changes, but it's all stuff I wish I would have been smart enough to think of myself."

Hester said there was some talk of a taking a live-action approach to the project.

"But that would have busted some budgets," he said. "I think animation best captures the spirit of Andy's artwork, anyway. It's a larger-than-life world, and animation, CGI or traditional, is the best way to capture that.

"We're holding our breath until air-date. Hope fans of the character can be proud of the final result. I know we're confident CN will knock it out of the park."

In terms of Firebreather comics, Image Comics in October will release Firebreather #6 and Firebreather Vol. 2: All the Best Heroes are Orphans trade paperback.

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Red 5 Comics has released its solicitations for October.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

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* According to Variety, Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Capeshooters, an upcoming comin from Rob Liefeld. The film will be produced by Bryan Singer's Bad Hat Harry production house. J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani will write the script.

The concept invovles two slackers become paparazzi and specialize in shooting covert videos of superheroes. They find themselves on the run after they stumble onto evidence that a revered superhero is actually a villain.

* BloodFire Studios has announced the appointments of Chad Smith as the new chief executive officer and Dave Fawley in the newly created post of chief operations officer. Smith will replace Lee Kohse, who will return to his post as creative director of BFS.

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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.

* Saturday, July 19: The Dark Knight box office, Watchmen movie, John Woo to direct Caliber and First Looks.

* 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!.

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