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Star Wars creator George Lucas said that Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- the animated movie that opens in theaters on Friday and then spins into a television series on Cartoon Network beginning on Oct. 3 -- allows viewers "to go more places" in the Star Wars universe.

At a recent press conference, Lucas said the mythological arc of the live-action saga won't continue in new Star Wars offshoots.

"That was a story," he said. "It has a beginning, middle and end. It's the story of one man's struggle against eveil and the redemption of his son.

"This is more episodic. It's more like Indiana Jones, actually. You have themes and things that still throught go through it, but it's now what it's based on. This is bigger."

Lucas said that Clone Wars allows stories about the clones, what Jabba the Hut's family is about and other topics that don't have anything to do with the journey of Annakin Skywalker, or as, Lucas put it, "this mythological uber-story of the psychological underpinnings of why somebody turns out to be a bad person."

Lucas said he skipped over the Clone Wars in the live-action movies because they didn't impact Anakin's story, "it was a huge canvas to be mined."

"I got to fill in a blank and go around in a universe that is not restricted and therefore not quite as dark," Lucas said. "And we can have a lot more fun with it."

Lucas said when he saw the first shots of the series come back, he was so encouraged by how they looked on the big screen, he decided he wanted to do a feature that introduces the new character, Ashoka Tano, a teenaged Togruta girl assigned by Yoda to serve under Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan apprentice.

"I wanted to develop a character that would help Anakin settle down," Lucas said. "Because, at the end of Episode II, he was kind of a wild child and he and Obi-Wan don't get along. So, the idea was to see how they become friends, how they became partners and how they become a team."

Lucas said that forcing Anakin to become a teacher helps him become more responsible.

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Paul Dini's line of humor comics from Top Cow Productions, Dini Cartoons, will kick off in November with Jingle Belle: Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein.

The one-shot will be written by Dini, with art by Stephanie Gladden and covers by Gladden and Greg Horn.

In the story, Jingle finds Frankenstein's monster in the Arctic wastes and rehabilitates him to fit in the with elves at Santa's workshop. An ultra-PC city declares Santa Claus taboo and awakens Frankenstein's monstrous side.

The new line will feature what Dini called a "stable of wacky characters."

"They are more cartoony-style books," Dini said. "This won't be a kids line. It will be books that have a bit more of a humorous bent. Dini Cartoons is sort of taking characters that are a little looser, a little funnier, and telling interesting stories about them.

"I've talked to J. Bone about bringing over the Mutant, Texas stories, and I've also talked to the guys about doing a humor anthology taking in some of those characters."

Dini said he hopes to work with some of his animation collaborators and that the books will serve as a launching pad to new characters and concepts.

Dini's Madame Mirage will also return next year from Top Cow. "It picks up the story and continues that," he said.

Dini also said he plans on doing super-hero work in the "Batman animated vein."

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Marvel Studios' Craig Kyle said that Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, the fifth movie in the Lionsgate/Marvel animated series, will appeal to a younger audience than the previous four films.

The film, due in stores on Sept. 2, features the sons of Captain America/Black Widow, Black Panther and Giant Man/Wasp and the daughter of Torunn dealing with the threat of Ultron.

"We wondering if there is a way to broaden the audiences a little more without losing some of the edge that we can't do on Saturday morning fare," Kyle said during a recent roundtable interview at Comic-Con International, where the film was screened

"So we said, can we keep the fans happy with a classic character like Tony Stark or Ultron or Hulk and then give (something to) the kids that kind of snuck in and sat on the couch next to their parents or older siblings to watch the first four movies and make everybody happy?

"It's always a challenge because fans want this and kids usually need this. And I think in this one we kind of found this nice Goonies blend of fun, action family fare without losing what the fans need feel like it's a Marvel adventure or a Marvel project.

"So it's a mix of new and old."

In exploring the new ground, Kyle said it was important to honor the tradition of the characters.

"The fans just need to know you're being respectful," Kyle said. "They're not going to agree with every choice you make; there's just no way for them to feel that way because they wouldn't necessarily make those kind of decisions. But if they feel like they're taking the care that's needed when you make these choices, they respect that."

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Oni Press.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Viper Comics.

* Virgin Comics.



* The Tuesday, August 26 episode of Smallville on The CW will be a repeat of "Justice" from Season 6.

The episodes features Justin Hartley as Green Arrow, Kyle Gallner as Impulse, Alan Ritchson as Aquaman and Lee Thompson Young as Cyborg.

The Thursday, August 28 episode will be a repeat of "Apocalypse."

* Kraven the Hunter will become a member of the Sinister Six after his first appearance in Season 2 of The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.

* Marvel Comics has announced a second printing for the sold-out Hulk #5, marking the fifth consecutive sell-out/second printing for the title.

The second printing of Hulk #5 will have a cover featuring Ed McGuinness' interior art and will be in stores on Sept. 10.

* Marvel has released the cover image -- with trade dress -- for Secret Invasion #5, due in stores on Wednesday. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Encore is airing a 4-day marathon of science-fiction movies over the Labor Day weekend. Among the films are Tank Girl on Friday, August 29 at 9:20 a.m. and Judge Dredd on Friday, August 29 at 6:15 p.m.

* DC Comics has announced that Action Comics #866, a "Sightings" issue featuring the first chapter of the "Brainiac" storyline by writer Geoff Johns and artists Gary Frank and Jon Sibal, is going back to press for a second printing.

The second printing will feature a recolored version of the cover and will be in stores on Sept. 3.



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.

* Wednesday, August 6: The Dark Knight, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, First Looks, Greg Horn, Marvel Comics roundup, DNAgents and Viz titles.

* Tuesday, August 5: Batman: The Brave and the Bold's Tom Kenny, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Shirly Manson, Marvel Studios, The Dark Knight, Heroes and Bluewater Productions' manga.

* Monday, August 4: The Middleman, Morgan Freeman in accident, Bluewater Productions for November, Moonstone Books for November, Marvel Comics roundup, Dark Horse First Looks, Image First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks and Top Cow's Berserker. Get FREE SHIPPING. Use code CSJCF8.

* Sunday, August 3: The Dark Knight and Avatar Press for October.

* Saturday, August 2: The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Friday, August 1: Watchmen movie, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Hasbro's 3.75-inch Marvel figures, Heroes and Boom!'s 2 Guns at Universal.

* Thursday, July 31: Heroes, Knight Rider, Dark Horse's Comic-Con announcements, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow and War Heroes.

* Wednesday, July 30: Magdalena movie, Top Cow Productions for October, Dynamite Entertainment for October, IDW Publishing for October, Viper Comics for October, Dabel Brothers Productions for October and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 29: Virgin Comics for October, Punisher: War Zone, IDW Publishing's plan, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Monday, July 28: From Comic-Con International: Smallville, Wolverine and the X-Men and Terminator Salvation.

* Sunday, July 27: From Comic-Con International: Marvel animation, Heroes, DC Universe, Aspen Comics, Final Crisis, Vertigo, Batman, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.

* Saturday, July 26: From Comic-Con International: Wonder Woman animated, Ultimate Universe, Secret Invasion, Black Panther animated, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Bryan Singer to produce Freedom Formula movie, The Spirit, Family Guy, DC Nation, Superman, J.G. Jones and Bill Willingham.

* Friday, July 25: From Comic-Con International: Watchmen movie interviews, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spectcular Spider-Man, Image Comcs, Marvel Studios, Knight Rider, Marvel's Cup O' Joe, Ed Brubaker, Red Sonja, Punisher War Zone and Devil's Due; plus: Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, July 24: From Comic-Con International: X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Hugh Jackman, Wolverine vs. Hulk, X-Men, G.I. Joe, Grant Morrison's MBX, Darwyn Cooke's Parker, Landscape Entertainment's Pretty, Baby, Machine, Afro Samurai, Peter Berg to direct Hercules and Firebreather animation; Red 5 Comics for October.

* Wednesday, July 23: Cartoon Network develops three comics properties, Brave: The Brave and the Bold, The Middleman, Boom! Studios to publish Pixar comics, Bongo Comics for October and Oni Press for October.

* Tuesday, July 22: Marvel Comics for October, Image Comics for October, Christian Bale arrested, First Looks and Robert Kirkman becomes Image partner.

* Monday, July 21: DC Comics for October, The Dark Knight, Archie Comics for October, Thulsa Doom, Caprica, Len Wein at Bloodfire, Image Comics First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, July 20: The Dark Knight.

* 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.

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