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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009

RADICAL PUBLISHING FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page preview of The Last Days of American Crime #1, arriving in stores on Dec. 23 from Radical Publishing, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Radical Publishing titles arriving in stores on Jan. 6, CLICK HERE.



DARK HORSE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and three- to 10-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Dec. 23, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: Willow, Hellboy: The Bride of Hell, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #48, Star Wars: Legacy #43 and Usagi Yojimbo #125.

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TOP COW PRODUCTIONS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and six-page preview of Tracker #2, arriving in stores on Dec. 23 from Top Cow Productions, CLICK HERE.

For previews of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Dec. 23, CLICK HERE.

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MARVEL MOVIE ROUNDUP

Marvel Studios has announced that Rene Russo has joined the cast of its Thor movie.

Russo will play Frigga, the wife of Odin and the mother of Thor.

Russo's credits include two of the Lethal Weapon movies, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ransom, Tin Cup and Get Shorty. She also starred in the short-lived television series based on the Jon Sable comics.

Russo joins a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Stuart Townsend as Fandral, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun and Ray Stevenson as Volstagg.

Kenneth Branagh is directing the film, which will begin production early next year and is scheduled for release on May 20, 2011.

In other Marvel movie news:

* According to a report on MySpace, Bryan Singer said he has just signed a deal to direct X-Men: First Class.

A representative of Fox said the studio does not have a statement on the report.

* FX wil rebroadcast Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.

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THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW: "MYSTERIOUS MAYHEM AT MUTANT HIGH!"

Shawn Ashmore, who played Bobby Drake/Iceman in the three X-Men movies, returns to the character as his voice in Saturday's new episode of The Super Hero Squad Show on Cartoon Network.

Ashmore guest-stars in the "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!" episode.

Here's how Marvel describes the episode:

"Wolverine takes the Squaddies back to Xavier's School to earn his remaining credits and graduate -- but nothing's ever simple for ol' Canucklehead! The Ringmaster hypnotizes the X-Men and it's up to the duo of Wolverine and Reptil to save the day!"

"Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High!," which premieres on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), will also feature Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde and Colossus.

The episode was written by James Krieg, whose credits include the Ben 10: Alien Swarm movie, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Fox's Spider-Man.

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ASTONISHING X-MEN MOTION COMIC: VOICE CAST

Marvel Comics has released a behind-the-scenes video from its Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic. This one features the voice cast.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.



ONI PRESS MANAGING EDITOR RESIGNS

Oni Press has announced the resignation of long-time managing editor, Randal C. Jarrell, who is leaving the company to enlist in the United States Army Reserves, where he will serve as a medic while attending nursing school.

Jarrell will be succeeded by new hire George Rohac, who will be taking over his managerial duties as Oni's operations director. Jarrell's editorial workload will be divided amongst Oni's editorial department run by editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones. That department will be adding new associate editor Charlie Chu, formerly of 20th Century Fox, and promoting assistant editor Jill Beaton to associate editor.

Jarrell said leaving Oni "was easily the hardest decision of my professional life."

"I love this company and the people I work with, and I am so incredibly proud of the work we've done over the last six years," Jarrell said. "I just feel I have a calling to serve not just this country, but the men and women in uniform who have already sacrificed so much."

"I'm extremely grateful to Randy for his incredible dedication to this company," saaid Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. ³His hard work, intelligence, and taste have been absolutely essential in helping us grow into the company we are today. James, the rest of the Oni staff, and I would like to thank him for his years of service and wish him great luck in this exciting new endeavor. While there is sadness about his departure, there's also much excitement about the future as we add two amazing new people to the Oni Press family."



FEBRUARY SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Ape Entertainment.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* BOOM! Studios.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Devil's Due Publishing.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Mirage Studios.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Radical Publishing.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* Bluewater Productions has announced a third printing for the sold-out Tribute: Michael Jackson, King of Pop comic book for early January.

The new printing will feature a new Thriller-inspired cover by Giuseppe Mazzola from Jackson's official fan club. Mazzola also provided the foreword to the expanded 30-page edition.

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* Lionsgate will release The Phantom, the 1996 film starring Billy Zane, on Blu-ray on Feb. 9.

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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.

* Saturday, December 11: IDW Publishing First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Friday, December 11: Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

* Thursday, December 10: Iron Man 2 poster, Free Comic Book Day titles, Moonstone Books for April, Radical Publishing for March, Dollhouse, Marvel Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks. Buy advance tickets to Avatar

* Wednesday, December 9: Iron Man 2 toys, Jonah Hex's Josh Brolin, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, Ape Entertainment's Scratch9, Bluewater Productions First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, December 8: DC Comics roundup, Marvel Comics roundup, Radical Publishing First Looks, Archaia Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Monday, December 7: Watchmen on HBO, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, BOOM! Studios First Looks and DC Comics roundup.

* Sunday, December 6: Cartoon Network episodes and Dollhouse.

* Saturday, December 5: BOOM! Studios First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Harris Comics First Looks and Oni Press First Looks.

* Friday, December 4: Jonah Hex, The Losers, Marvel Comics First Looks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dynamite acquires Dabel Bros. titles.

* Thursday, December 3: Marvel Comics First Looks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and J.T. Krul talks Minefield.

* Wednesday, December 2: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earth's Chris Noth, DC Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, The Super Hero Squad Show, Family Guy, The Simpsons and Dollhouse.

* Tuesday, December 1: Iron Man 2, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Super Hero Squad Show, Bluewater Productions for March, The Impaler and Archaia Comics First Looks.

* Monday, November 30: Iron Man 2, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and DC Comics First Looks.

* Sunday, November 29: Heroes and Antarctic Press for February.

* Saturday, November 28: Oni Press First Looks and Dark Horse Comics First Looks.

* Friday, November 27: Wolverine and the X-Men, Devil's Due Publishing for February, Ape Entertainment for February and Mirage Studios for February.

* Thursday, November 26: BOOM! Studios First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Dollhouse, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Aspen Comics for February.

* Wednesday, November 25: BOOM! Studios for February, Fox's mid-season schedule, Heroes, Thor movie and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 24: IDW Publishing for February, The Super Hero Squad Show, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archaia Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics roundup and Dark Horse Comics' Terminator.

* Monday, November 23 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, IDW Publishing First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, IDW Publishing's Mercy Thompson, Heroes and Avatar Press for February.

* Sunday, November 22: Oni Press for February, Marvel Comics First Looks and Boomerang episodes for December.

* Saturday, November 21: Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, IDW to publish Desperado titles and The Simpsons.

* Friday, November 20: Top Cow Productions for February, Marvel Comics First Looks, Last Days of American Crime movie, Heroes, BOOM! Studios First Looks and The Super Hero Squad Show.

* Thursday, November 19: Bongo Comics for February, Image Comics for February, Unthinkable movie, Star Wars: Legacy, Heroes, Dollhouse, DC Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 18: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Heroes, Nicktoons episodes, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Top Cow Productions First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.



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