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SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010

THE SUPER HERO SQUAD: CORT LANE TALKS SEASON 2

During The Continuum's recent visit to Marvel Animation offices in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Kate Jewell sat down with Cort Lane to talk about the second season of The Super Hero Squad Show.

Lane provided initial details about the show's direction for the second season, as well as new characters in the spotlight and at least one guest-star.

To view the interview, CLICK HERE.



PLANET HULK: CHARACTER DESIGNS

Marvel Animation has released character designs from Planet Hulk, the animated movie that will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

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Look for more on Planet Hulk here in The Continuum leading up through the film's release.

For an interview with Planet Hulk writer Greg Johnson, CLICK HERE.

For an interview with Rick D. Wasserman, the voice of the Hulk, CLICK HERE.

For an interview with supervising director Frank Paur, CLICK HERE.

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BLUEWATER SPOTLIGHTS ROBERT PATTINSON

Bluewater Productions has announced it will spotlight Twilight film star Robert Pattinson in its Fame imprint in May.

The 32-page comic will trace Pattinson's career, from his first performance in Tess of the D'Urbervilles at London's Barnes Theatre to his star turn in the Twilight movies.

Writer Kim Sherman said that she is eager to introduce fans to the many sides of Pattinson.

"I love having the ability to introduce high-profile people to readers through an unexpected medium that is both written and visual," Sherman said. "These biography comics are designed to illustrate interesting tidbits to fans about their favorite figureheads, and inspire them to learn more. I chose to conceptualize A-lister Robert Pattinson from a unique perspective, immersing the reader into the life of the talented actor beyond his most famous role."

Interior art will be by Nathaniel Ooten.

The Pattinson book follows a November release of a bio-comic based on Stephenie Meyer, the Twilight writer, which sold out multiple printings.

According to Bluewater, future Fame comics will include 50 Cent, Tiger Woods and David Beckham.

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ARCHAIA COMICS' FRAGGLE ROCK

The Jim Henson Company and Archaia have announced that the three-issue Fraggle Rock mini-series will launch in April.

The first issue will be followed by the release of Archaia's Free Comic Book Day flip book, featuring Fraggle Rock and Mouse Guard, available for free on May 1.

"All of us at Archaia are so proud of how Fraggle Rock is turning out," said Stephen Christy, director of development for Archaia. "We're taking a lot of unique approaches with this series, from launching it in our popular 8" x 8" Mouse Guard format to bringing in incredibly talented indie creators such as Jeffrey Brown, creator of Incredible Change-Bots, and Jeremy Love, creator of Bayou, to share their visions of this classic Jim Henson Company creation."

"Fraggle Rock has devoted fans who have told us they want more adventures from Gobo and the gang and we know Archaia is the perfect partner to tell these new stories," said Melissa Segal, The Jim Henson Company's Sr. Vice President, Global Consumer Products. ≥With exceptional attention to detail and excellent storytelling, Archaia is especially suited to introduce Fraggles to young readers who may be meeting these characters and their fantastical world for the first time."

The Fraggle Rock comic book series closely follows the themes and tone set forth in the original television program. Each Fraggle Rock issue features one main story and two back-up tales.

The first issue contains contributions from Jeffrey Brown, Katie Cook and newcomers Jeff Stokely and Heather White. There are two covers for issue #1, to be distributed in a 75/25 split. The main cover is by Jeff Stokely and Lizzy John, and the chase cover is by Brown.

Upcoming issues will feature works by Adrianne Ambrose, Heidi Arnhold, Ross Cambell, Joanna Estep, Jake Forbes, Sam Humphries, Neil Kleid, Chris Lie, Jeremy Love and Grace Randolph.

Additionally, each comic will contain activity pages for kids, such as games, puzzles and arts and crafts projects.

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THE SIMPSONS: LA BOMBA

A character created from The Simpsons Character Contest will make his debut in "Million-Dollar Maybe," Sunday's new episode on Fox.

Ricardo Bomba, nicknamed La Bomba, is one of Springfield's newest eligible bachelors and the brainchild of Peggy Black of Orange, CT.

Here's how Fox describes the the episode -- which also guest-stars Chris Martin of Coldplay"

"Homer (Dan Castellaneta) blows off a date with Marge (Julie Kavner) to buy a lottery ticket. When Homer wins the million-dollar jackpot, he fears how Marge will react when she finds out why he missed their date. Homer keeps his newly inherited fortune a secret, and instead spoils his family with "anonymous" gifts.

"But when Bart (Nancy Cartwright) finds out, he shows Homer how to have some fun with the money. The pair purchase front-row seats at a Coldplay concert and find themselves close enough to the stage to talk to band member Chris Martin."

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IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and five- to six-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 3, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Berserker #4, God Complex #3 and Savage Dragon #157.



ONI PRESS FIRST LOOKS

For cover and 26-page preview of Crogan's March, arriving in stores on Feb. 3 from Oni Press, CLICK HERE.

For a preview of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 3, CLICK HERE.

For a preview of Archie Comics titles arriving in stores on Feb. 3, CLICK HERE.



APRIL SOLICITATIONS ROUNDUP

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

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Bongo Comics.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* IDW Publishing.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Top Cow Productions.



BRIEFLY

* Caprica's Alessandra Torresani will be a guest on TBS' Lopez Tonight on Thursday, Feb. 4.







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