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MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008

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Movie news -- and much more!

MID-OHIO-CON: DOUG JONES

Doug Jones, fresh off last summer's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, hopes to play both comics characters Abe Sapien and the Silver Surfer again, but ackowledges neither is on the immediate horizon.

Appearing at a panel at Mid-Ohio-Con in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Jones said that director Guillermo del Toro has a commitment to The Hobbit before he could return to the Hellboy franchise, and there has been no movement that he's heard regarding spinning off the Silver Surfer from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Jones entertained the panel's audience with anecdotes from his various genre roles, discussing such topics as voicing Abe Sapien, an appearance on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series and his upcoming projects.

For more from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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MID-OHIO-CON: ALAN DAVIS

At his Mid-Ohio-Con panel on Saturday, Alan Davis announced that he will be writing and drawing three of Marvel Comics' 2009 annuals.

ClanDestine will be supporting characters in the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Wolverine annuals, Davis said. Davis' upcoming Thor: Truth of History will "sort of leak" into the stories as well, he said.

"All of the ClanDestine stuff I've ever done has been to the same plan," Davis said. "All of the appearances go to that same long story."

Making his first appearance in the United States in five years, Davis said that, despite several recent projects appearing on stands, he's not been in full production in 18 months, especially with a wrist injury and his children getting married.

"Everything's been coming out in a short period of time, but that has more to do with Marvel's production schedule," he said.

Davis said next year's annuals will be 38-page stories.

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MID-OHIO-CON: CHRIS CLAREMONT

Chris Claremont was a little late for his panel at Mid-Ohio-Con on Saturday, but made up for it by extending his time for the question-and-answer session.

He talked about the X-Men, of course, but also his attempts to extend the Marvel Universe through his current projects, as well as his creator-owned graphic novel.

For highlights from the panel, CLICK HERE.

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MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Ender's Game: Battle School #1 and The Stand: Captain Trips #2.

For previously posted previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six- to 10-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Lone Ranger #14, New Battlestar Galactica: Ghosts #1 and Giant-Size Red Sonja #2.

For previously posted previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.



BOOM STUDIOS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on Oct. 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Cthulhu Tales #6, High Rollers #3, Necronomicon #2, Pulp Tales #1, Scream Queen #4 and Warhammer: Crown of Destruction #1.

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WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN TITLES

The Continuum has obtained a rundown of the 26 episode titles from Nicktoons' upcoming Wolverine and the X-Men animated series.

To view the list, CLICK HERE.

Look for much more news and interviews from the show soon here in The Continuum.

For coverage of the Wolverine and the X-Men panel from Comic-Con International, CLICK HERE.

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DEVIL'S DUE PUBLISHING TO DISTRIBUTE HACK/SLASH

Devil's Due Publishing has announced it will distribute the previously solicited Hack/Slash #16 and #17 directly, rather than through Diamond Comic Distributors.

According to the publisher, the decision follows Diamond's receipt of a cease and desist letter regarding the issues from a recently registered company, Re-Animator, LLC, in connection with Dynamite Entertainment's Nick Barrucci.

Hack/Slash #15 will be available for re-order as well.

According to Devil's Due, a property dispute has arisen between Brian Yuzna -- the producer and owner of the Re-Animator film franchise for over twenty years -- and Re-Animator LLC over the rights to the Re-Animator logo, which appears in the current Hack/Slash story arc, "Cassie & Vlad Meet the Re-Animator."

"Devil's Due have done a fantastic job of keeping the spirit of the Re-Animator films alive in the Hack/Slash cross-over," Yuzna said. "It has been a pleasure to collaborate with such a talented crew. And I am proud to be working with them after the admirable stand they have taken in the face of economic coercion. This company exemplifies the independent spirit of the genre film and comics community. It may seem crazy to Re-Animator fans to think that a company that had nothing to do with the classic films could actually claim ownership of the Re-Animator brand and threaten to stop anyone else from creating comics, films or merchandise with the word 'reanimator' or 're-animator' in it- even the actual producer of the films that created the brand -- but in this wacky world that is exactly what has happened."

"We deliberated internally long and hard," says DDP President Josh Blaylock, "But this was in good conscience not something I felt we could roll over and just accept. I've reviewed the facts, spoken to copyright, corporate and entertainment attorneys, and resolved that this, in my own personal opinion, is a ridiculous bully tactic that only hurts Tim (Seeley) and all of the creators who work so hard to make Hack/Slash the great book that it is and abuses the Diamond policy of staying out of legal issues."

"Unfortunately, a dispute over the publishing rights in regards to the Re-Animator characters has arisen between DDP and Re-Animator LLC, and we have been advised by Diamond's attorney's to not distribute issues #16 and #17 of the series Hack/Slash, plus process any additional reorders for #15 as well," said Bill Schanes, Vice President of Purchasing for Diamond.

To order Hack/Slash, retailers can visit DevilsDue.net.

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TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES: "THE TOWER IS TALL BUT THE FALL IS SHORT"

Fox has released nine images from "The Tower is Tall but the Fall is Short," the Monday, Oct. 20 episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox.

Here's how Fox describes the game:

"What would a T-1001 need with a doctor? Sarah, John and Cameron may soon find out as they track down another name on their list. Elsewhere, a woman from Derek's past surprises him in the present."

Stephanie Jacobsen guest-stars as Jesse.

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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS RATINGS

Cartoon Network has announced that Friday's premire of Star Wars: The Clone Wars scored as the most-watched series premiere in network history, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media.

The new Lucasfilm Animation series also reigned as the No. 1 program from 9-10 p.m. among all major kids networks in Kids 6-11, Kids 2-11, Tweens 9-14, Teens 12-17 and Persons 2+, earning triple-digit increases compared to the same time period last year.

The series also attracted the largest tweens 9-14 audience for any premiere telecast of an original series in Cartoon Network's 16-year history.

"This is a great start for our new night of fantasy-action-adventure programming," said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer of Turner Broadcasting¹s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media group. "Kids and their parents made it a point to tune in to the amazing storytelling and brilliant animation of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Clone Wars. ³We are looking forward to building on this foundation and are thrilled with this turnout and record numbers for Cartoon Network."

Compared to the same time period for Cartoon Network in 2007, Star Wars: The Clone Wars' audience grew 125 percent in Kids 2-11, 120 percent in Kids' 6-11, 91 percent in Tweens 9-14, 150 percent in Boys 2-11, 160 percent in Boys 6-11 and 133 percent in Boys 9-14.

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DECEMBER SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Publishing.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* DC Comics.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.

* UDON Studios.

* Viper Comics.

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BRIEFLY

* Cartoon Network will rebroadcast the two Scary Godmother specials -- based on Jill Thompson's characters -- in October.

Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular will air on Monday, Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.

Scary Godmother 2: The Revenge of Jimmy will air on Monday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.

* Archie Comics has announced a Jan. 21 release for Archie New Look Series Volume 2: Jughead "The Matchmakers," which collects the story by Melanie J. Morgan and Joe Staton from Jughead's Double Digest #139-142.

The 112-page book, printed in a 6- by 9-inch format, will cost $9.95.

* The final episode from the third season of Robot Chicken will air on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11:30 p.m. (ET, PT) on Adult Swim.

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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.

* Wednesday, October 1: Amazing Spider-Man variant, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Graysons at The CW, The Simpsons, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, September 30: Iron Man DVD, DC Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Monday, September 29: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing for December, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Family Guy.

* Sunday, September 28: The Simpsons and UDON Entertainment for December.

* Saturday, September 27: The Dark Knight on DVD/Blu-ray, Heroes, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Smallville, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Friday, September 26: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Thursday, September 25: Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Heroes, Family Guy, Bluewater Productions for January, Moonstone Books for January, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, September 24: Stephen Colbert in Amazing Spider-Man, Antarctic Press for December, Bongo Comics for December, Liquid Comics and Knight Rider's Deanna Russo.

* Tuesday, September 23: Avatar Press for December, Ape Entertainment for December, Digital Webbing for December, Heroes, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Knight Rider and Hillary Clinton comic.

* Monday, September 22: Boom! Studios for December, Oni Press for December, Dabel Brothers Publishing for December, Radical Publishing for December, Heroes' Hayden Panettiere, Boom! Studios First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Sunday, September 21: Aspen Comics for December, Mirage Studios for December and Heroes' Brea Grant.

* Saturday, September 20: Dynamite Entertainment for December, Red 5 Comics for December, Viper Comics for December, Heroes, Smallville, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Marvel First Looks.

* Friday, September 19: Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Top Cow Productions for December, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, September 18: Image Comics for December, First Looks, The Hulk 100 Project and Top Cow Pilot Season winners.

* Wednesday, September 17: Wolverine and the X-Men, Heroes, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, The Simpsons and Top Cow's Dinicartoons.

* Tuesday, September 16: Marvel Comics for December, Framelight's comics movies, William Shatner teams with Bluewater Productions, Heroes and First Looks.

* Monday, September 15: DC Comics for December, IDW Publishing for December, Archie Comics for December, Image Comics First Looks and DCU online game.

* Sunday, September 14: Family Guy and The Dark Knight.

* 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.



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