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MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009

THE DARK KNIGHT'S HEATH LEDGER WINS GOLDEN GLOBE

Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded with the Golden Globe in the Supporting Actor category on Sunday night for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Ledger beat out a star-studded field that included Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Ralph Fiennes (The Dutchess), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt).

The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan accepted the award on Ledger's behalf. A scene highlighting Ledger's performance was shown.

Ledger's victory concluded a week for The Dark Knight that included five People's Choice awards, two Critics' Choice awards and nominations from the Writers Guild Association and Directors Guild Association.

Mickey Rourke, who reportedly is in talks to star in Iron Man 2, won for Best Actor in a Drama.

The awards were televised live by NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.

The Dark Knight's Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart presented an award together. Other presenters included The Spirit's Eva Mendes, Iron Man 2's Don Cheadle, Heroes' Zachary Quinto and Haden Panettiere, Whiteout's Kate Beckinsale and Transformers: Rise of the Fallen's Megan Fox.

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WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN ROUNDUP

Nicktoons has released six new images of Wolverine from the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series, which premieres on Friday, Jan. 23.

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For a rundown of the first 13 episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men, CLICK HERE.

For a feature on Steve Blum, the voice of Wolverine, CLICK HERE.



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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS: "JEDI CRASH"

Lucasfilm has released a video preview from "Jedi Crash," Friday's new episode of Star Wars: the Clone Wars on Cartoon Network.

To view the clip, CLICK HERE.

Here's how the episode, which marks the series debut of Jedi General Aayla Secura, is described:

"When Anakin is gravely injured in battle, General Secura must teach Ahsoka the Jedi philosophy of having no personal attachments, even as they brave an unfamiliar planet in search of medical help for their stricken leader."

A Twi'lek Jedi Knight, Aayla Secura first appeared in Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars: Republic series, and made brief-but-memorable appearances in both Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The episode of Clone Wars marks her first speaking role.

"This was our opportunity to really find out what she was like," said supervising director Dave Filoni. "When we were developing her, the original concept for her voice was street tough and recognizably American. Then we hit on the idea of giving her more of a French accent, and that really helped us define her personality. Jennifer Hale does a great job voicing Aayla, adding new dimensions to the character and making her into something like a tough, older sister to Ahsoka."

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Dynamite Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

Titles include New Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War #1 and The Death-Defying 'Devil #2.

For previews of IDW Publishing titles arriving in stores on Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Boom! Studios titles arriving in stores on Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Top Cow Productions titles arriving in stores on Jan. 14, CLICK HERE.

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SECRET INVASION, MARVEL TOP 2008

Marvel Comics' Secret Invasion #1 was the best-selling comic book title for 2008 based on total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

All eight issues of Secret Invasion placed in the top 10 comics of 2008, and were joined by Uncanny X-Men #500 and DC Comics' Final Crisis #1.

Marvel Comics closed out 2008 as the top publisher, leading both Retail Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 46 percent Unit Market Share and a 41 percent Retail Dollar Market Share. DC Comics was second with 32 percent Unit Market Share, and a 30 percent Retail Dollar Market Share.

2008's top-selling graphic novel was DC Comics' Watchmen TP, which enjoyed renewed success in the wake of the upcoming feature film in 2009. DC Comics took seven of the top 10 graphic novel sales spots.

For a chart of the top publishers, CLICK HERE.

For a chart of the top 10 titles, CLICK HERE.

For a chart of the top 10 graphic novels, CLICK HERE.

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BLUEWATER SPOTLIGHTS CAROLINE KENNEDY

As part of its continuing series to feature influential and iconic women, Bluewater Productions has unveiled the next subject for it Female Force comic series: Caroline Kennedy.

Written by Neal Bailey and drawn by Ryan Howe, the one-shot will be in stores in June.

The daughter of President John F. Kennedy and current aspirant for Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacated U.S. Senate seat, Kennedy, an accomplished author, attorney and education advocate, will be featured in the June issue of the bi-monthly series.

Bluewater chose Kennedy as its next comic book subject before the news broke of her interest in New York politics. "She was on the short list before all the hype about the Senate seat. She is an amazing person who has done a lot for education," said publisher Darren G. Davis.

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ARCHIE COLLECTS FRESHMAN YEAR SAGA

Archie Comics has announced an April 29 release for The High School Chronicles Volume One: Freshman Year, a trade paperback collecting the "Freshman Year" saga.

The 112-page book collects Archie #587-591, written by Batton Lash, with art by Bill Galvan.

The story provides readers with the back-story behind Riverdalešs cast of characters and serves as the first edition of Archie's "The High School Chronicles."

The Freshman Year trade paperback will cost $10.95



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

* Activision has released a 360-degree screenshot for its upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine video game.

To view the entire screenshot, CLICK HERE.

* Punisher: War Zone will be released on DVD on March 17.

* Marvel Comics has released an image from Fantastic Force, a new comic by Joe Ahearne and Steve Kurth spinning out of Fanastic Four that will debut in April.

Marvel also announced a second printing for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1, in stores on Feb. 11.

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* FX will rebroadcast the first Fantastic Four movie on Monday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m.



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, January 7: Dark Horse Comics for April, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2 talks, Wonder Woman's Virginia Madsen, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Disney XD launch, Watchmen, Archie Comics First Looks and Shrugged.

* Tuesday, January 6: DC Comics First Looks, Final Crisis, Marvel Comics First Looks, Super Hero Squad and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Monday, January 5: Wolverine and the X-Men, Radical Publishing for April, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Farscape, Devil's Due Publishing's schedule and Archie Comics for Free Comic Book Day. Incredible Hulk

* Sunday, January 4: Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

* Saturday, January 3: Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks.

* Friday, January 2: Hulk vs.' Fred Tatasciore, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Bluewater Productions for April, Night Projectionist movie and Knight Rider.

* Thursday, January 1: DC Comics roundup and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* 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.



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