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Image Comics has released its solicitations for December.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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

Titles include Vampirella Quarterly Halloween 2008 from Harris Comics and Labor Days Volume 1 from Oni Press.

Look for more First Looks on Thursday here in The Continuum.

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The Hero Initiative has announced a December release for The Hulk 100 Project, a collection of the covers from The Hero Initiative's Hulk #1 project.

The book will feature art from J. Scott Campbell, John Cassaday, Frank Cho, Terry Dodson, Dale Keown, John Romita Sr. and Jr. and more.

According to The Hero Initiative, the book will be limited to one printing and it will feature more pages that the Ultimate Spider-Man #100 Project.

The book retails for $10.

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Top Cow Productions has announced that the winners of the 2008 Pilot Season campaign are Twilight Guardian by writer Troy Hickman and artist Reza and Genius by writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman and artist Afua Richardson.

For more than a month, readers went to the Top Cow website, the Pilot Season website or other sites once per day to vote for their favorite 2008 Pilot Season one-shots. Pilot Season is an annual initiative Top Cow began in 2007 that borrows its concept from the television industry: Six "pilots" are submitted for consideration to be "picked up for a season." Last year's top two vote getters, Cyblade and Velocity, will debut with new series later this year. 2008's winners will debut with new series in 2009.

Twilight Guardian and Genius beat out Urban Myths by Jay Faerber and Jorge Molina, The Core by Jonathan Hickman and Kenneth Rocafort, Alibi by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Jeremy Haun and Lady Pendragon by Matt Hawkins and Eru.

Twilight Guardian is about an average woman with a particular kind of OCD that drives her to patrol a nine-block area in her neighborhood every night, and about the other "night people" and situations she encounters because of it. Genius asks the question, "Alexander, Hannibal, Napoleon, Patton. What if the greatest military mind of our generation was a 17-year-old girl who grew up on the tough streets of an urban war zone?"

"Holey crullers! I really don't know what to say," Hickman said. "I feel like I did once at a convention years ago when I somehow wound up on an elevator with Mr. Curt Swan, and I remember thinking, 'Something's gone terribly wrong. They've accidentally let me on the important elevator!' The creative teams on the other Pilot Season comics are just terrific, some of the most talented people working in this, or any, medium, and I feel so proud to even be included in this competition. And big congrats to Genius for winning the other spot!"

"I'm shocked, really," Freeman said. "Genius is not a traditional comic and I suppose that is one of its greatest assets as well as its biggest obstacle. We weren't sure how readers would react but we knew it was a story we were passionate about. Kudos to Top Cow for being the only publisher willing to take that risk with us. Someone wiser than me once said, 'Never underestimate your audience' and, truth be told, we did a little on this one. We didn't think people would 'get it' but apparently they did."

"Hell, I'm just thrilled to have won something," added Marc Bernardin. "Seriously though, it's like Adam said: We knew Genius was an uphill battle, but every now and then, those uphill battles get won."

"I blew my voice squealing like a happy pig for a half hour and came up with at least five victory dances," said Afua Richardson when she found out Genius was one of the winning titles. "I feel like I won one for all the oddballs out there -- all the artists left of center, for the chicks who fight stigmas in comics, all of them!"

Now that the winners have been declared, the creative teams will work with Top Cow's editorial department to start planning out their series, which will debut in 2009.

"Issue #1 of Genius sparked a few pretty heated debates in some circles but that was only the first act to a much larger story," Freeman said. "There is a lot more to tell. I am very curious how the future issues will be received because, trust me, this book is not going where you think it is.

"We're going to dip a bit into Destiny's back-story and the forces that combined to make her the woman she is today," Bernardin said. "And we're going to show just how bloody revolution can be."

"I look forward to a) seeing what happens next; b) getting the chance to work with Marc and Adam again; and c) really getting a chance to show my stuff," Richardson said. "I just really want put my best foot forward on this."

"Well, now comes the fun part: making comic books," Hickman said. "Let's see if we can take Twilight Guardian where comics haven't gone before. I don't want to give anything away, but I promise you there will be comedy, and drama, and plenty of the unexpected. Maybe she's a Skrull..."

"Everyone here at Top Cow wants to wish a hearty congratulations to the teams on Twilight Guardian and Genius for a hard-won victory in this year's Pilot Season," proclaimed Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik. "It was an incredibly close race across the board and these two teams campaigned hard for the fans' votes. The fans have spoken and we've already got the wheels in motion to give them more of what they want!"

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

* Archie Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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* The Saturday, Sept. 27 episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward on 4Kids TV is "Home Invasion."

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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, September 13: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Smallville.

* Friday, September 12: Heroes and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, September 11: Smallville, Knight Rider, DC Comics First Looks and IDW's Locke & Key.

* Wednesday, September 10: Dark Horse Comics for December, Scream 2008 Awards, and Archie Comics roundups.

* Tuesday, September 9: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Back to the Sewers and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Monday, September 8: IDW Publishing's G.I. Joe, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronciles and Knight Rider.

* Sunday, September 7: The Simpsons, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Saturday, September 6: Smallville, Family Guy, Boom! Studios First Looks and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Friday, September 5: Heroes, Marvel Comics First Looks and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Thursday, September 4: Family Guy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Archie Comics First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, September 3: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The CW 4Kids, Knight Rider, Marvel Comics First Looks, Bluewater Productions First Looks and Red 5 Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 2: Heroes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Moonstone Books for December, Bluewater Productions for December, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Monday, September 1: Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, August 31: The Dark Knight passes $500 million and Knight Rider.

* Saturday, August 30: Smallville and First Looks.

* Friday, August 29: Smallville and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, August 28: Smallville, Avatar Press for November, Mirage Studios for November, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Brian Austin Green and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 27: The Middleman, Smallville, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Oni Press for November.

* Tuesday, August 26: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Summer Glau, Bluewater Productions teams with Roger Corman, Ape Entertainment for November, Viper Comics for November, Arcana Studio for November, Smallville: Season 7 DVD, Virgin shuts down New York offices and Top Cow Productions' The Impaler.

* Monday, August 25: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, no Preacher on HBO, Knight Rider, Antarctic Press for November, Dabel Brothers Publishing for November, Desperado Publishing for November, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing for November and Legion of Super Heroes.

* Sunday, August 24: Laura Vandervoort returns to Smallville and Radical Publishing for November.

* Saturday, August 23: IDW Publishing for November and The Dark Knight.

* Friday, August 22: Aspen Comics for November, Marvel First Looks and Kick-Ass movie.

* Thursday, August 21: Heroes, Boom! Studios for November, Red 5 Comics for November, Marvel Comics roundup and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, August 20: Top Cow Productions for November, Dynamite Entertainment for November, Bongo Comics for November and Archie Comics First Looks.

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