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MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009

COMING TUESDAY

Animation news -- and more!

MARVEL COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and seven- to 14-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Cable #10, Dead of Night Featuring Werewolf by Night #1, Eternals #7, Invincible Iron Man #9, Marvel Illustrated: Kidnapped! #3, Marvel Zombies 3 #4, NYX: No Way Home #5, Punisher #1, Secret Invasion: War of Kings #1, Spider-Man: Fear Itself #1, Sub-Mariner: The Depths #4, Wolverine and Power Pack #3, Wolverine: Switchback, X-Men: Manifest Destiny #5 and X-Men Noir #2.

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TOP COW PRODUCTIONS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and a seven-page preview of Broken Trinity: Angelus from Top Cow Productions, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 7, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on Jan. 7, CLICK HERE.

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Jan. 7, CLICK HERE.

Titles include The Boys #26 and Xena vs. Army of Darkness: What, Again? #3.

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RADICAL PUBLISHING FOR APRIL

Radical Publishing has released its solicitations for April.

For a rundown, with images, CLICK HERE.

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BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: KAMANDI

Kamandi will make his first appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold this month on Cartoon Network.

Kamandi will be featured in the teaser portion of the "Dawn of the Deadman" episode, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 16. The character is a prominent part of the opening theme sequence.

The main portion of the episode pits Batman and Deadman against Gentleman Ghost.

The episode was written by Steven Melching and directed by Ben Jones.

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WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN ROUNDUP

Nicktoons has announced that Wolveirne and the X-Men -- the animated series scheduled to premiere on Friday, Jan. 23 -- will be available through the OnDemand cable service.

The series will have a dedicated category in Nick's Video OnDemand offering beginning on Monday, Jan. 19.

Wolverine and the X-Men video content will be available on TurboNick and via Nickelodeon's wireless platforms.

In other Wolverine and the X-Men news:

* The series will be supported by a website, www.areyouamutant.com, which will launch on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Users may have their DNA "scanned" to determine if they have mutant genes and, if so, they can enter the mansion of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters. In the mansion, they can visit one of four X-Men-hosted rooms or the Common Room, which will feature Instant Replays of the series post on-air premiere, polls, message boards, as well as episode descriptions and characters profiles.

The site, updated weekly, will also feature a link to Nick.com's Game of The Week, Wolverine and the X-Men: Sentinel Slash, where Wolverine's quest brings him claw to face with a host of deadly robots in a fast-paced, action-packed 2D battlefield where his reflexes and his mutant healing factor will be just as important as muscle. Players control Wolverine to defeat the enemies in each level, and keep Wolverine alive as long as possible.

* Phil LeMarr is providing the voice of Gambit. LeMarr's many credits include Static in Static Shock and Green Lantern in Justice League/Justice League Unlimited.

For a rundown of the first 13 episodes of the series, CLICK HERE.

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FARSCAPE SECOND PRINTING

Boom! Studios has announced that, after selling out in five days, Farscape #1 will be receiving a second printing.

The second printing will have a slightly altered cover to distinguish itself from the first printing.

The second printing of Farscape #1 will tentatively be in stores on Feb. 4.

"All of us involved with the Farscape comic books are ecstatic that the fans have embraced the project in such an overwhelming way," said Boom!'s managing editor Matt Gagnon. "I couldn't be happier with the team we have in place. We're having a blast continuing the Farscape mythos, and we hope it shows."

Farscape #1 is written by television series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon with script by Keith R.A. DeCandido, interior art by Tommy Patterson and cover art by Dennis Calero and Joseph Corroney.

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DEVIL'S DUE REBOUNDS, ANNOUNCES JANUARY SCHEDULE

After what it called "a rough fourth quarter in 2008 and a brief delay in production," Devil's Due Publishing has announced its schedule for January.

According to assistant publisher Sam Wells, DDP books scheduled for January shipping include:

Jan. 7: Mercy Sparx #2 and Rest #2.

Jan. 21: Spooks: Omega Team #4 and Hack/Slash #19.

Jan. 28: Sheena: Dark Rising #2.

"I want to personally thank all of the retailers and fans who have loyally stuck by our side during this difficult time," said DDP president Josh Blaylock, President. "2008 was not easy for anyone, but for those of us who pull through we'll all come out stronger. We have a tremendous amount of inventory on order and you will see over a dozen releases coming through the pipeline by the end of February."

DDP plans to release its 2009 publishing slate in the near future, including the new Vampire Hunter D, Bionic Commando and Humanoids series.

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ARCHIE COMICS: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Archie Comics has released the cover images for both of its Free Comic Book Day offerings.

The eighth annual event is scheduled for May 2.

One of the FCBD issues will feature the return of the Mighty Archie Art Players, who were a mainstay of several Archie titles throughout the years, including Laugh and various digest comics.

The concept was simple: present stories that exist in an alternate universe separate from the continuity established in the mainline Archie titles. This was achieved by framing each story as a play put on by Archie and his friends. Each took on a character role to tell tales set in various times and places.

In the FCBD edition, the Mighty Archie Art Players have a rip-roaring good time in the old west, put a modern-spin on the classic Snow White fairy tale, tell a big fish story with Betty as a mermaid, and cater to the whims of Veronica, transformed into the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

Archie's other FCBD offering is a Sonic the Hedgehog story by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley. "Evolution of A Hero" will explore the connection between Sonic and the Freedom Fighters, Shadow the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna? There will also be a sneak peek in Sonic the Hedgehog #200.

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MARCH SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

For previously posted March 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.

* DC Comics.

* Del Rey Manga.

* Desperado Publishing.

* Digital Webbing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Red 5 Comics.

* Studio 407.

* Top Cow Productions.

* UDON Entertainment.

* Zenescope Entertainment.



BRIEFLY

* Marvel Comics has released Marc Silvestri's variant cover image for Astonishing Tales #1. The issue -- featuring Iron Man, Wolverine, Punisher and the New Mutants -- will be in stores on Feb. 4.

Marvel has also released another Black Panther teaser image.

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* The Producers Guild of America has nominated the producers of The Dark Knight for its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. Other films nominated are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk and Slumdgo Millionaire. The winner be announced Jan. 24.

* The X-Men movie returns to HBO in February.

Air dates and times include Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 16 at 11:15 a.m.; Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

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COMICS CONTINUUM BACK ISSUES

If you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, following are links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Wednesday, December 31: Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 30: Wonder Woman's Michael Jelenic, DC Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Knight Rider.

* Monday, December 29: Marvel Comics First Looks and IDW Publishing First Looks.

* Sunday, December 28: Moonstone Books for April and The Spirit.

* Saturday, December 27: Studio 407 for April and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

* Friday, December 26: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Spirit, Battlestar Galactica, Boom! Studios First Looks and Hulk vs.

* Thursday, December 25: Judges grants Fox's Watchmen claim, Antarctic Press for March, Dabel Brothers Publishing for March and Desperado Publishing for March.

* Wednesday, December 24: Dynamite Entertainment for March, The Spirit and Smallville.

* Tuesday, December 23: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and UDON Entertainment for March.

* Monday, December 22: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Paradox movie, Boom! Studios for March, Zenescope Entertainment for March, Knight Rider and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, December 21: Digital Webbing for March, Oni Press for March, Ape Entertainment for March and Smallville.

* Saturday, December 20: Del Rey Manga for March, Red 5 Comics for March and The Spirit.

* Friday, December 19: Avatar Press for March, The Spirit, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Red 5 Comics First Looks and The CW 4Kids' new lineup.

* Thursday, December 18: Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer, Radical Publishing for March, Bongo Comics for March, The Spirit and Marvel Comics roundup.

* Wednesday, December 17: Surrogates movie, Top Cow Productions for March, Image Comics for March, Wonder Woman, DC Universe collections, Archie Comics First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Tuesday, December 16: Marvel Comics for March, DC Comics First Looks and Bluewater Productions First Looks.

* Monday, December 15: DC Comics for March, IDW Publishing for March, Archie Comics for March, and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, December 14: Whiteout, Watchmen, Heroes and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Saturday, December 13: Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Image Comics First Looks, Punisher: War Zone and Archie Comics.

* Friday, December 12: Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes Boom! Studios First Looks and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Thursday, December 11: Wolverine and the X-Men, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aspen Comics for March, Studio 407 for March and Wonder Woman's Alfred Molina.

* Wednesday, December 10: XIII, Free Comic Book Day titles, Marvel Legends, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Boom! Studio's Farscape.

* Tuesday, December 9: The Spirit, DC Comics First Looks, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Clone War, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Monday, December 8: The Spirit, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Legends Icons, Boom! Studios First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and Archie Comics' Salem.

* Sunday, December 7: Punisher: War Zone and First Looks.

* Saturday, December 6: Punisher: War Zone, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Hulk vs.

* Friday, December 5: Marvel Comics' Dark Reign solicitations, The Dark Knight returns to theaters, Marvel Comics First Looks and The Spirit.



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