Director DJ Caruso on Y: The Last Man:

Q: Is "Y: The Last Man" going to happen?

Caruso: It's probably going to be happening, yeah. With New Line now part of Warner Brothers, Warners is now very high on the project. And Carl Ellsworth and I are probably going to deliver the script to WB/New Line by next week.

Q: Can you elaborate on what you mean when you say that you've cracked "Y: The Last Man"?

Caruso: What I mean by that is that there's so much to choose from. Just trying to narrow down the story, and in all the drafts written over the years there's a lot of great stuff in there, but what I think "Y" was missing in screenplay form was a ticking clock. So we did something where we separated Yorick from [pet monkey] Ampersand for a brief period of time where Yorick gets very sick, which kind of opened up the movie in the middle of the act. And also the Agent 355 / Yorick relationship to me has always been sort of a De Niro / Grodin thing. And so I was working on that and not quite getting it right, believe it or not. Because Yorick to me is so solid, it's really like 355 and her journey with Yorick that's been…and also Act 3, where do you end the first movie and how can you go from there? But I think we licked it.

Q: So is this a trilogy?

Caruso: I see it as a trilogy. I definitely see it as a trilogy. I see the first movie ending anywhere basically when you pick up after the incident you're picking up about six weeks later, meeting Yorick six weeks later after the incident and progressing down, I think it's about… only a five or six week journey from that point to the end of the first movie. It's been hard, in a good way, just because there's so much good stuff to choose from, and every time you start throwing certain scenes in the screenplay you'll see that it sort of dislodges and starts to head a different way.


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I really didn't think Smallville would last as long as it has, but I'll keep watching just because I want to see Clark fly and maybe put on the suit. Writers/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have left the show, and many things will change starting this fall. Until then...

* Kara is not returning as a regular this season, only appearing in a few episodes permitting scheduling. I'm hoping they'll use Kara more and get her out of the Phantom Zone soon!

* Justin Hartley will be back as Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) as a more prominent supporting character

* Kristin Kreuk (Lana) will be in a limited number of episodes next season as will Michael Rosenbaum (Lex)

* Geoff Johns will be writing an episode of Smallville featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes.

* Davis Bloome (Doomsday) and Cassidy Freeman (Tess) are set to fill the void from Rosenbaum exiting the show

* some Justice League members will show up in the season premiere




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Anyway, IGN reports that at Comic-Con, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production (wotta title), was asked if a new Marvel vs. Capcom game was possible someday. His reply: “Yes. And maybe sooner than you think.”

IGN goes on to say that a Capcom under-production title, probably for Japan release only, could provide the guts for the game, allowing it to be turned around in a relatively short time.

The new Batman movie "The Dark Knight" smashed the weekend record set by "Spider-Man 3" last year, selling an estimated $155.3 million worth of tickets during its first three days of release across North America. The Caped Crusader also generated $40 million from 20 foreign markets. More recently, "The Dark Knight" was the number-one movie for the second week in a row, raking in $75.6 million.

The Dark Knight' has just become the first movie ever to gross $300 million in its first 10 days, beating 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which took 16 days. Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman is anticipating that The Dark Knight will reach the $400-million mark in 18 days -- topping over 2004's Shrek 2, which took 43. If The Dark Knight keeps this up, chances are it'll surpass 1997's Oscar-winning massive epic Titanic, which still holds the record as the highest-grossing film of all time at $600 million dollars domestically.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold is set to debut on November 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network. The series will have Batman team up with various DC Comics heroes. This trailer was shown at Comic-Con.



DC Universe Online is an MMO being developed by Sony Online's Austin studio. Jim Lee serves as Executive Creative Director, with Ale Garza, Carlos D'Anda, and Scott Iwahashi. EverQuest developers, Chris Cao and Shawn Lord are also involved. Some of the details have been revealed in a recent issue of U.K.’s Edge magazine, and summarized by Eurogamer.

While you won’t be able to play Superman or Wonder Woman, you may fight alongside them — or against them — as you create your own superhero or supervillain. Metropolis and Gotham City will be the two large shared environments.

Jim Lee has said "in the future, it’s possible we could see models, environments and costumes from the game turning up in other DC Comics properties, and there are plans for plot crossovers. We can tie-in future DC tentpole events and translate the stories for the gaming world, and have them occur simultaneously. The possibilities are numerous and very exciting."

DC Universe Online for PC & PlayStation 3 is due for release sometime in 2009. For more info you can click here.

Press Release

The comic book blockbuster event of the summer, Secret Invasion, continues to have everyone asking, "Who do you trust?" as Marvel is pleased to announce that Secret Invasion #3 has sold out at Diamond. To meet popular demand, it will return with Secret Invasion #3 Second Printing Variant featuring a stunning new cover from the interiors of superstar artist Leinil Yu! Join award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis as he presents the third chapter of the epic invasion of the century with the fate of the Marvel U resting in the balance!

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Secret Invasion and all tie-in issues, as they continue to sell out quickly at Diamond! It's the series you've read about everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to The Wall Street Journal--don't miss Secret Invasion!

SECRET INVASION #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAY088314)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by LEINIL YU
Cover by LEINIL YU
Rated T+ ...$3.99
FOC--7/31/08, On-Sale--8/20/08

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.

Punisher:War Zone is the upcoming Punisher reboot, which will be directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. It will be released December 5th, 2008.

Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

Starring Ray Stevenson (HBO's "Rome") as Punisher, "Punisher: War Zone" is directed by Lexi Alexander and produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Ari Arad. The film's executive producers are Kevin Feige, Ogden Gavanski, Oliver Hengst and Jeremy Latcham.


LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Stan Lee, the former Marvel Comics mastermind, and the Walt Disney Company are looking to a time machine to take them to the future of comic books.

Together they're launching "Time Jumper," a franchise featuring a cell phone that makes it possible to go back in history, as a digital comic book that will play out on multiple platforms. Lee's POW! Entertainment will also see an extension to the first-look deal it signed with Disney in June 2007, covering all media.

"I am honored to be in association with Disney, not only through the extension of our original deal, but also in breaking ground by creating a new superhero," said Lee, who on Friday will tout "Jumper" at Comic-Con, the annual comics-related event in San Diego.

The franchise will be brought to life through collaboration by several Disney divisions, including home entertainment, online and publishing.

"Jumper" is the latest high-profile example of the trend in digital comics, which activate the traditionally static panel-based art with moving graphics. Warner Bros. recently released "Mad Love," an online companion to the film "The Dark Knight"; in August, MTV Networks will unveil "Invincible," an adaptation of the Image Comics title.

Press Release

Two new FINAL CRISIS tie-in issues - FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM and FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #1 - are going back to press for new, second printings after quick sellouts at DC Comics.

FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM Second Printing (MAY088350) features a recolored version of the issue's cover by Doug Mahnke, and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 13.

FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #1 Second Printing (MAY088351) features a recolored version of the issue's cover by Scott Kolins, and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 13.

Both these issues have a final order cutoff date of July 24. Retailers may order these items by contacting their Diamond Customer Service Representative or DC Sales Representative, or by email at reorders@diamondcomics.com .

Upcoming issues of FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE are available as follows:

- FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #2 (JUN080184) is on final order cutoff on July 30 and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 20.
- FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES' REVENGE #3 (JUL080109) is solicited in the July Previews and is scheduled to arrive in store on September 17.

Other FINAL CRISIS issues are available as follows:

- FINAL CRISIS #1 (MAR080124) is available for reorder.
- FINAL CRISIS #2 (APR080166) is available for reorder.
- FINAL CRISIS #3 (MAY080145) is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 6.
- FINAL CRISIS #1: DIRECTOR'S CUT SPECIAL (JUN080183) is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 6.
- FINAL CRISIS #4 (JUL080107) is solicited in the July Previews and is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 17.
- FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS #1 (JUN080179) is on final order cutoff on July 24 and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 13.
- FINAL CRISIS: REVELATIONS #2 (JUL080108) is solicited in the July Previews and is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 10.
- FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #1 (JUN080180) is on final order cutoff on July 31 and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 20.
- FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #2 (JUL080110) is solicited in the July Previews and is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 17.
- FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND #1 (JUN080182) is on final order cutoff on July 24 and is scheduled to arrive in stores on August 27

Press Release
The Skrulls are here and the God of Thunder himself is ready for battle, so True Believers better brace themselves for Secret Invasion: Thor #1! Matt Fraction, the acclaimed scribe behind Thor: Reign of Blood and Ages of Thunder returns to Thor for this Secret Invasion tie-in and this time he's teaming up with fan favorite, and newly Marvel exclusive, artist Doug Braithwaite!

The Skrulls are invading Asgard and it's up to Thor to fight off their armies, but to make things wors,e the citizens of the small innocent town of Broxton, Oklahoma may end up as collateral damage! Now that there are two cities to defend Thor is going to need a lot of help and Beta Ray Bill is just the man for the job. He's back and ready to help Thor teach the Skrulls what it means to mess with a God!

"Once again, Matt Fraction puts on a clinic entitled 'How to Freaking Write Thor Comics' and anyone utilizing the character should pay attention." - ComicsBulletin.Com

"It's abundantly clear that Fraction spent more than a few nights researching what makes these myths tick, as he perfectly encapsulates the strident atmosphere in which ancient cultures used to control the masses through fear." - IGN.Com

Marvel urges all retailers to check their orders on Secret Invasion: Thor #1 and all of the other Secret Invasion tie-ins as they continue to sell out at Diamond!
























































































SECRET INVASION: THOR #1 (JUN082354)
Written By: MATT FRACTION
Penciled By: DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover By: GABRIELE DELL"OTTO
RATED T+...$2.99
FOC--7/24/08, On-Sale--8/13/08

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.

Press Release

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has launched a new wholly-owned Hollywood-based company named VIZ Productions to produce and license live-action theatrical film and TV projects based on animated and manga (graphic novel) series. The new company will draw on a vast catalog of manga properties owned by its Japanese parent companies Shogakukan, Inc. and Shueisha, Inc., as well as publishing giant -Hakusensha, all of which are among the largest publishing houses in Japan.

VIZ Productions will also serve as liaison between Japanese creative licensors and Hollywood production houses, studios and agents and plans to produce or license live action films covering a wide range of graphic novel genres. Projects lined up include science fiction, fantasy, action adventure, horror, thriller, comedy and drama. The VIZ Productions launch is timely as Hollywood is looking actively for new material and a myriad of Japanese graphic novel material remains untapped in Hollywood. VIZ Productions' parent company VIZ Media dominates the burgeoning North American manga market and its stable of animation titles are seen on Cartoon Network and other distribution outlets. Among some of its most popular titles include NARUTO, BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, INUYASHA and NAOKI URASAWA'S MONSTER.

"VIZ Productions will give Hollywood a unique conduit to some of the most innovative and unique entertainment properties from Japan. Hollywood has always looked to comic books and graphic novels and has recently discovered the untapped pool of Japanese manga for development into live action features. Worldwide, the creators of manga are viewed as artists, and the rich storylines are already a hit with the coveted 12-34 demographic," says Jason Hoffs,

Head of Production for VIZ Productions. "With our pool of resources of dramatic storylines and incredible characters coming from manga and animation, we are confident that the development of many new projects will attract the best talent, actors, directors, writers and bring a new array of films to domestic audiences."

Adds Hidemi Fukuhara, President and CEO of VIZ Media: "We are proud to have Jason Hoffs as Head of Production for VIZ Productions; he brings a great deal of knowledge gained from over 15 years in Hollywood and has a keen eye for great stories. Our parent companies Shogakukan and Shueisha are the top manga publishers in Japan and hold a wealth of rich characters and storylines in their extensive catalog. Jason Hoffs will helm the effort to bring these wonderful stories to Hollywood and to build a bridge between the creative talents both in Hollywood and in Tokyo."

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. For more information on VIZ Productions Contact: 310-385-0824. For General Press Inquiries contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at Press Release

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has launched a new wholly-owned Hollywood-based company named VIZ Productions to produce and license live-action theatrical film and TV projects based on animated and manga (graphic novel) series. The new company will draw on a vast catalog of manga properties owned by its Japanese parent companies Shogakukan, Inc. and Shueisha, Inc., as well as publishing giant -Hakusensha, all of which are among the largest publishing houses in Japan.

VIZ Productions will also serve as liaison between Japanese creative licensors and Hollywood production houses, studios and agents and plans to produce or license live action films covering a wide range of graphic novel genres. Projects lined up include science fiction, fantasy, action adventure, horror, thriller, comedy and drama. The VIZ Productions launch is timely as Hollywood is looking actively for new material and a myriad of Japanese graphic novel material remains untapped in Hollywood. VIZ Productions' parent company VIZ Media dominates the burgeoning North American manga market and its stable of animation titles are seen on Cartoon Network and other distribution outlets. Among some of its most popular titles include NARUTO, BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, INUYASHA and NAOKI URASAWA'S MONSTER.

"VIZ Productions will give Hollywood a unique conduit to some of the most innovative and unique entertainment properties from Japan. Hollywood has always looked to comic books and graphic novels and has recently discovered the untapped pool of Japanese manga for development into live action features. Worldwide, the creators of manga are viewed as artists, and the rich storylines are already a hit with the coveted 12-34 demographic," says Jason Hoffs,

Head of Production for VIZ Productions. "With our pool of resources of dramatic storylines and incredible characters coming from manga and animation, we are confident that the development of many new projects will attract the best talent, actors, directors, writers and bring a new array of films to domestic audiences."

Adds Hidemi Fukuhara, President and CEO of VIZ Media: "We are proud to have Jason Hoffs as Head of Production for VIZ Productions; he brings a great deal of knowledge gained from over 15 years in Hollywood and has a keen eye for great stories. Our parent companies Shogakukan and Shueisha are the top manga publishers in Japan and hold a wealth of rich characters and storylines in their extensive catalog. Jason Hoffs will helm the effort to bring these wonderful stories to Hollywood and to build a bridge between the creative talents both in Hollywood and in Tokyo."

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. For more information on VIZ Productions Contact: 310-385-0824. For General Press Inquiries contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at http://www.viz.com/

It seems 'The Dark Knight' game will be on sale this fall close to the DVD release... hopefully it'll be more polished than 'Superman Returns' game was when it was came out.

In the Dark Knight preview Gary Oldman told Kristin (G4) with loose lips that there really is “a Dark Knight Game in the works.” In the preview he joked about a “small scene in the game about his character on a roof top all alone while Batman jumped off the building and opened his wings to fly away to save the day.” He also talked about how it will look when Batman glides in the game. The game is set to be released around the same time as the DVD, near the end of this year.





Press Release

How big of a Deadpool fan are you? Do you know the true roots of Wade Wilson? Before making his triumphant return during the Secret Invasion, you now have the chance to catch yourself up to speed with everyone's favorite "merc with a mouth" - Deadpool. Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited is proud to present the DEADPOOL SAGA free of charge at Marvel.com to Wade Wilson fans everywhere!

Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited is your one stop shop for all things Deadpool. Learn how Wade got his healing ability and became the best mercenary in the Marvel U. Did he have any love interests? Of course he did, he's Deadpool for crying out loud! But to find out who, and the answers to many other questions, be sure read DEADPOOL SAGA.

Once you're all caught up, you are all set for Wilson's Skrull-whooping return in Deadpool #1 hitting store shelves in September. But before that, head on over to Marvel.com and read the Digital Comic right here--courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited: http://marvel.com/digitalcomics/titles/Deadpool_Saga.2008.0

DEADPOOL #1 (JUL082316)
DEADPOOL #1 LIEFELD VARIANT (JUL082317)
Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
Variant cover by ROB LIEFELD
Parental Advisory ...$3.99
FOC - 8/14/08, On-Sale - 9/3/08

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.


Comics superstar Dan Brereton brings all of his talents to the very special Halloween issue of Vampirella Quarterly, available for preorder now using Diamond code JUL08 3628!

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with the sexiest icon in horror: Vampirella! Comics maverick Brereton (Nocturnals) writes what’s sure to be an instant classic, featuring art by John Heebink (Doll and Creature, Elvira). Religious fanatics on a rampage have captured Vampirella and thrown her into a maximum security prison for demon women. These madmen think they can reform her, redeem her, change her. Well, Vampi’s got other plans! Jaw-droppingly gorgeous cover by Brereton!

We’ve lowered the price and added more original story. There’s no reprint in this one: just all-new pulse-pounding action!

Get ready for a red-hot Halloween!



Press Release

The X-Men get caught up in the comic book blockbuster of the summer! Get ready for an epic action packed, super powered rush in Secret Invasion: X-Men #1 (of 4)! The Skrull invasion is in full effect and the country is being torn apart, but the Skrulls missed one minute detail - the X-Men have relocated to San Francisco. Join fan favorite superstar writer, Mike Carey (X-Men: Legacy, upcoming X-Men: Manifest Destiny), as he shows us what happens when the Skrulls collide with the "astonishing" might of the X-Men. With jaw-dropping interiors from acclaimed artist, Cary Nord (Ultimate Human), just about anyone who ever called themselves an X-Man will show up to wage war! Plus, a shocking revelation will leave X-fans talking for years to come!

Mike Carey told Marvel.com, "[Cary is] a major talent and I can't wait to see what he does with this story...It really plays to his strengths. I know he's going to take the big battle set pieces and make them play like poetry. It's going to be fun."

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Secret Invasion and all its tie-ins as they continue to top the sales charts and sell out at Diamond. Do not miss this explosive first issue as fans continue to ask "Who Do You Trust?"

What do the Skrulls have in store for the Children of the Atom? What is Cyclops willing to do to ensure the future of the mutant race and lead his team to victory? Find out the answers to these questions and more, True Believers, in Secret Invasion: X-Men #1 (of 4)!



































SECRET INVASION: X-MEN #1 (of 4) (JUN082355)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by CARY NORD
Cover by TERRY DODSON
Rated T+ ...$2.99
FOC--07/24/08, On-Sale--08/13/08

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.


A Warner Bros. executive says the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" has set a single-day box office record by taking in $66.4 million on opening day.

The movie's Friday haul surpasses the previous record of $59.8 million set last year by "Spider-Man 3." "The Dark Knight" also might break the opening weekend record of $151.1 million that also was posted by "Spider-Man 3."

Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman says the death of co-star Heath Ledger and the buzz about his frenzied performance as the Batman villain Joker was a big part of the movie's allure.


Press Release

Marvel is proud to unveil superstar artist Simone Bianchi's new covers to Astonishing X-Men #26 and Astonishing X-Men #27, continuing his red-hot run on Marvel's popular mutants along with award-winning writer Warren Ellis!

With a quick sell out of Astonishing X-Men #25, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on this critically-acclaimed series! The X-Men have a new home, a new mission and face a deadly new threat--but is returning member Storm enough to help Cyclops' team emerge victorious? Find out in Astonishing X-Men!

ASTONISHING X-MEN #26 (JUN082385)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils and Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Rated T+ ...$2.99
FOC--7/24/08 ON-SALE--8/13/08

ASTONISHING X-MEN #27 (JUL082347)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Pencils and Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Rated T+ ...$2.99
FOC--8/28/08 ON-SALE--9/17/08

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook

Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.

Via ComingSoon:
NBC has released a promo commercial for "Heroes" season 3, which will begin on Sept. 22.

Geoff Johns and George Perez talk LO3W. Posted just in case the page is taken down later.

You couldn't find two creators better suited to reboot the Legion of Super-Heroes in Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds. With artist George Pérez…well, the preceeding pages tell you all about his staggering résumé with super-teams. And with Geoff Johns, you have a writer who's successful revamped Green Lantern, Hawkman, Flash's Rogues Gallery and several others.

With the five-issue Three Worlds miniseries, Johns and Pérez unite all three incarnations of the Legion throughout DC history in a single adventure to halt the menace of Superman-Prime. Gearing up for its Aug. 20 launch, we caught up with Johns and Pérez to see just how pumped they are for the challenge.

On working on the Legion:
JOHNS: Everyone brings passion to [the project]. I bring passion to the story that I'm telling and the characters that I'm working on. George brings passion to the Legion because this is the one book he's wanted to draw for forever. It's just a real honor to be able to work with someone like George on these characters at this time.
PÉREZ: It was just one of those things where everything aligned perfectly. [DC] mentioned the fact that they were doing a story which would incorporate [the original Legion] in addition to the current version and what I call "the Intermediate Legion" by Abnett and Lanning. That was the first time I actually heard the concept of using all the versions of the Legion, and I said, "Well, doesn't that seem to have my fingerprints all over it without me even touching the page?"

On working with each other:
PÉREZ: Geoff usually writes full scripts. This time he's working [plot style]. I draw the artwork, I make notes and then he scripts it from there. It allows me to contribute to a story. I'm a little hamstrung if I'm forced to follow every single panel and every angle that's described on paper. Geoff has been, thankfully, very happy about the little twists and turns I take with the plot and little character bits I add in.
JOHNS: My plots on this are so long and so detailed that it's actually more work than that of a full script. [Laughs] The important thing is not who is punching who. It's what that character is going through and how the characters are interacting. I need to have those beats and those scenes described intricately so George can pick up on all those. I really like it because he knows exactly what he's doing. So, when he comes up with an idea to choreograph something a little differently or make a change, it's been wonderful.

Favorite Legionnaires:
PÉREZ: I have so many. I love trying to get my hands on the female characters. I'm looking forward to doing [Dawnstar], and I like to be able to do a flashback somewhere where she's wearing her old classic costume. I'm hoping that somewhere along the line I will have drawn every member of the Legion in as many of their costumes as they appeared in.
JOHNS: I basically pulled at my favorite characters I remember liking [when I was a kid] and they're the central characters of the piece. The three founders—Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl—Dawnstar, Wildfire, Brainiac 5, Polar Boy, Sun Boy…those are my main characters.

New Legion ongoing?
JOHNS: I'd love to do it. It's just a matter of the right person to do it with and the time. But I'd absolutely love to write a monthly Legion of Super-Heroes book. I really want to write a Superman the Legion of Super-Heroes book. I don't know if it'll be a reality or not, but it's definitely something I want to do.
PÉREZ: In my case, probably unlikely. If nothing else, the ability to do that kind of a book on a monthly basis may be getting beyond my years. And by doing this where I get to draw all the Legions, what really is there left for me to do with [the team]? Revisiting past glories is not something I can easily do. Although, I would love to do at least one issue of Wonder Woman just so I can work with Gail Simone! [Laughs]

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After the first issue debuted to critical acclaim, Marvel is pleased to announce Ultimate Origins #2 has sold out at Diamond and will return with Ultimate Origins #2 Second Printing Variant! As more secrets are revealed, the demand for this March on Ultimatum tie-in has been staggering! The second issue of the shocking series by superstar team Brian Michael Bendis and Butch Guice, shined light on the origin of everyone's favorite Ultimate Star-Spangled Avenger, Captain America! Plus, an explosive new cover featuring the interiors of Butch Guice!

James Hunt of ComicBookResources.com raves, "As with the last issue, however, 'Ultimate Origins' is proving itself to be a strong read that expands the history of the Ultimate Universe -- past and present..."

How does Captain America's transformation from everyday, ordinary guy to super hero affect the very core of the Ultimate U? What is the exact truth behind the Super Soldier Experiment? Make sure not to miss your second chance to find out in Ultimate Origins #2 Second Printing Variant!

Marvel would like to thank retailers for their tremendous support of Ultimate Origins!

ULTIMATE ORIGINS #2 (of 5) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAY088336)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by BUTCH GUICE
Rated T+ ...$2.99
FOC--07/31/08, On-Sale--08/20/08
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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com.

Response to Warren Ellis' and Simone Bianchi latest tale is nothing short of "astonishing." Marvel is pleased to announce that Astonishing X-Men #25 has sold out at Diamond and to satisfy everyone's craving for everyone's favorite mutants, Marvel is going back to press with Astonishing X-Men #25 Second Printing Variant. This new printing features an all new cover from the talented Simone Bianchi!

X-Fans everywhere agree, that this issue is a must have! Timothy Callahan of Comicbookresources.com exclaims "...this is Bianchi's best American work so far... X-Men have rarely looked better!" and "Ellis and Bianchi are more than up to the task of making this one of Marvel's premiere books." Jesse Scheeden of IGN.com says "Ellis wastes no time showing off his skill for characterization and dialogue."

JustComics.Com exclaimed, "It's a new beginning for the X-Men. The artwork is stunning. The distinctive dialog is witty and character-defining... This comic WILL impress you."

Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Astonishing X-Men as the series continues to astound readers. With a new home, a fresh new base and complimented with some familiar faces, this book is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Be sure to keep up with all of the nonstop action in Astonishing X-Men!

Please note that Astonishing X-Men #25 may still be available at the retail level.

ASTONISHING X-MEN #25 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAY088164)
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Art & Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Rated T+ ...$2.99
FOC--7/24/08, On-Sale--8/13/08

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Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the development of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit .

Press Release

Following the recent tragic passing of artist and creator Michael Turner on July 27th, 2008, Aspen MLT, Inc. is planning a very special tribute at the San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday from 1:00pm -2:30. Aspen Comics highly encourages any industry colleagues and fans wishing to pay their respects and help honor Michael Turner’s life both inside and out of comics to attend this special tribute event.

In addition to Michael Turner’s family and close friends and co-workers, Aspen will be honoring Turner’s legacy with a host of special guest speakers from the comic book industry and beyond, all who were touched by Turner in some form or fashion in his tremendous life. As well, Aspen will be revealing an inspirational look into Turner’s life and career throughout the tribute.

For more information on this special Michael Turner memoriam, please check www.AspenComics.com or visit the Aspen Comics Booth at San Diego Comic-Con booth #2321.

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Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Premiere announced today a new way for graphic novel fans to connect with their favorite characters and the stories they know and love through short-form digital content. “Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics” draw on a massive amount of source material to bring a visually engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork. The highly anticipated debut episode of DC Comics “Watchmen” is now available exclusively as a free iTunes download for the next two weeks via Entertainment Weekly’s website (www.ew.com/watchmen). Beginning August 2, the debut “Watchmen” Motion Comic will be available on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) for purchase and download for $1.99. In addition, the Eisner Award-winning “Batman: Mad Love” starring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn can be downloaded to own from Xbox Live and available on Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Video service starting July 22. A full lineup of “Warner Premiere’s Motion Comics” and release dates will be announced shortly after Comic-Con.

Watchmen – Motion Comic
“Watchmen” takes viewers through the critically acclaimed DC Comics and Hugo award-winning graphic novel by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Set in 1985 at the height of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union, costumed avengers have been banned with the exception of two – The Comedian and Rorschach. During this time the mysterious murder of a United States government official named Edward Blake occurs in New York, possibly by Soviet Communists. It is later confirmed that Blake is actually a costumed avenger – The Comedian. The news of the murder is discovered by his fellow costumed avenger, Rorschach who sets out to discover the murderer.

During his search viewers discover whether Rorschach is really insane or if he’s uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians. On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives. But what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet. Following two generations of masked superheroes from the close of World War II to the icy shadow of the Cold War comes this groundbreaking comic story — the story of The Watchmen.

In the July 18 edition of Entertainment Weekly fans will find a special link through EW.com (www.ew.com/watchmen) that provides access to the episode via iTunes. Additional episodes for purchase will also be made available via iTunes and other distribution partners in the coming months leading to the theatrical release of Watchmen in 2009.

Batman: Mad Love
“Batman: Mad Love” is taken directly from the pages of the Eisner Award-winning single issue graphic novel by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. The story revolves around The Joker’s sidekick Harley Quinn who is madly in love with him. She uses crime to demonstrate her love for her “Puddin’” and sets out to commit the ultimate act of love – killing Batman.

The “Batman: Mad Love” Motion Comic will be available to purchase from Xbox Live and viewing on mobile phones enabled for Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Video service starting July 22. “Batman: Mad Love” episodes will also be available from other distribution partners in the coming months.

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Joe Kubert; legendary Hawkman, Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Batman, Sgt Rock artist and critically acclaimed graphic novelist of Tor, Abraham Stone, Fax From Sarajevo, Sgt Rock, and Yossel, has signed a publishing agreement with Vanguard Productions (R). Vanguard(R) publisher J. David Spurlock said, "Since teaching at his school many years ago, to our Jesse James graphic novel, to convention appearances and now, Vanguard's new KUBERT How To Draw book, it is always an honor to work with such an artistic giant."

Active since October 1990, Vanguard is a noted publisher of pop culture books, graphic novels, mystery, science fiction, comic books, and more. Vanguard is best known as the world's leading producer of authorized art book biographies on illustrators and cartoonists and has garnered acclaim from The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The IPPY Awards, Starlog, National Public Radio, Video Watchdog, The Eisner Awards, Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, Publishers Weekly, The Society of Illustrators, Rue Morgue Best of the Year, Variety, science fiction's Hugo Awards, Amazon.com, Library Journal, The Rondo Awards, Locus Best Science Fiction Reading, and more. Having served most of his life as an advocate for artists rights, founding various scholarships, and authoring many books, Vanguard publisher, J. David Spurlock has worked with many (and represented some) of the greatest names in the history of comics. Vanguard's biography on Hal Foster inspired the Society of Illustrators to induct the Prince Valiant creator into their Hall of Fame, and inspired Foster's hometown to erect a life-size bronze statue.

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Kubert, who founded The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. in Dover, New Jersey--the first and only accredited school devoted solely to the art of cartoon graphics--has taught many of today's leading cartoonists including Kubert sons Adam and Andy Kubert. In 1998 Kubert expanded his career as an art instructor with a series of correspondence courses. Kubert's first instructional book for major bookstore release, Superheroes (1999) was aimed at a young audience interested in cartooning. His new book in the works with Vanguard (R), JOE KUBERT: How to Draw from Life, is designed for more mature art students, professionals and enthusiasts. Kubert presents a wealth of his own drawings from nude models spanning his years as an artist and art instructor. This book is accompanied by Kubert's commentary on drawing from life. Subjects include gesture drawing, contour drawing, the figure in motion, short studies, long studies, drawing women, the figure in perspective, form and structure, anatomy, and lighting. This is surely the most significant How-To book from a major comics creator this year. The book, scheduled for October, 2008 relese, will also be available in a Deluxe, Limited Edition, Leatherette Slipcased edition with 16-page bonus folio SIGNED by JOE KUBERT!

-128 big 8.5 x 11 pages on premium stock

Color & Black & White illustrations

-HC ISBN-13: 978-1-934331-15-6 retail $34.95

-DLX Slipcased HC with 16-pg bonus folio SIGNED

In an interview with TV Week about the upcoming season of “Family Guy,” Seth MacFarlane let drop that “Family Guy: The Movie” will be going into production within a year. “We want to do it. And it is time. In the past six months we have seriously started talking about it,” MacFarlane said. “And my hope is that we will get it going within the next year. Doing the show is a seven-day a week process, so I don’t know how we will squeeze in a movie. But we will figure it out. I have an idea about what it will be. It is definitely something you wouldn’t be able to do on the show. That’s the only reason to do a movie.” When he was asked if there would be nudity and obscenities, MacFarlane added, “Oh, yeah!”

Considering the success of the "Simpsons Movie" this seems like it makes good financial success.


IGN chatted with Transformers actress Megan Fox this week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour where the beauty spoke about the Michael Bay-directed sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as well as her forthcoming thriller Jennifer's Body. You can read the interview here. Revenge of the Fallen will have a release date of June 26, 2009.

It's opening in the most North American theaters ever! From The Hollywood Reporter:

The film's more than 4,366 domestic playdates is a record, surpassing the 4,362 theaters for May 2007's bow of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Double- and triple-screening at many venues means "Dark Knight" will play on 9,200 screens in the U.S. and Canada.

Its engagements include 94 Imax venues -- Nolan shot long segments using Imax-format cameras -- and most of those giant-screen auditoriums were sold out by midweek. A Warners exec estimated that Imax presales totaled $3.5 million, with advance ticketing for other venues adding considerably to that total.

"Dark Knight" also bows in more than a dozen foreign markets this weekend and several more the following frame, but some of the bigger territories won't get the film until August because of calendar-driven marketing considerations in some countries. "Dark Knight" rung up a big first-day estimate of almost $2.3 million Wednesday in Australia, where the territory's usual Thursday bow was moved up one day to take advantage of a final week of school holidays.

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The SNAKED comic series, which IDW Publishing considers its most controversial comic series to date, is being collected in a new graphic novel with plenty of extras. A cleverly concocted political thriller, SNAKED tells the story of Bill Timmons, who is born with scales and a latent ability for bloody outburst... but when Timmons makes it to the high-profile political scene, he finds out who the *real* snakes are.

Conceived by author Clifford Meth and artist Rufus Dayglo, with cover art by Ashley Wood, the SNAKED graphic novel includes all three issues of the reality-based political thriller as well as the original short stories that inspired the series with illustrations from Dave "X-Men" Cockrum. In addition to never-before-seen art, there's also a new introduction by Gene Colan, the creator of "Blade."

SNAKED has been optioned by Elysium Films with Meth scripting.

TPB * FC * 104 pages * 6.625" x 10.187" * $17.99 * ISBN: 978-1-60010-304-9

About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; Hasbro's The Transformers, and the BBC's Doctor Who. IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children's book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at http://www.idwpublishing.com.

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Prism Comics, which promotes LGBT comics and creators, is excited to announce its biggest slate of programming ever at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International (July 23-27, 2008), featuring Perry Moore (Lambda Literary Award winner for Hero, executive producer of Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia series), Ariel Schrag (Awkward and Definition, Showtime's L Word), and Phil Jimenez (The Amazing Spider-Man, Infinite Crisis) among many others. Along with four panels, the Gays in Comics Mixer, an expanded booth, and a Superhero Dance Party, Prism is also proud to offer, for the first time ever, portfolio review for up-and-coming creators!

"We're in our sixth year of exhibiting at Comic-Con, presenting a larger booth and more panels and events than ever before," said Ted Abenheim, Event Chair of Prism Comics. "It's exciting to see how Prism has grown and how diversity is accepted at Comic-Con."

The Prism Comics booth (#2146 and 2148)--the official LGBT epicenter of Comic-Con--expands into two booths this year, partnering with creators including Charles "Zan" Christensen, Dave Davenport, Steve MacIsaac, Ron McFee, Joe Phillips, Sean Platter, Tommy Roddy, Sam Saturday, and Sean-Z. Featured guests scheduled to appear include Perry Moore, Ariel Schrag, Phil Jimenez, Lynx Delirium, Tony Lawrence, and everyone's favorite superhero group, Lucky Legendary! Fans can also pick up a free copy of "The Gay Agenda", Prism's guide to all things LGBT at Comic-Con.

Prism is very proud this year to offer Portfolio Review--exclusively for those interested in applying for this year's Queer Press Grant (established by Prism to encourage new LGBT talent). Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, Otherworld) will be one of the industry professionals offering advice and critique, appearing on Thursday, July 24 from 4-6pm, at the Prism booth. A second session will held on Friday, July 25 from 4-6pm, with a third session on Sunday, July 27, 2-4pm. Before attending the sessions, applicants are required to read through the application guidelines at http://prismcomics.org/grant.php.

Perry Moore (Hero, Director/Writer of the upcoming Lake City) is featured in Prism's first panel, "LGBT Portrayals in Comics", on Thursday, July 24, from 11am-12pm, Room 10. Moderator Patricia Jeres (Prism Board Member and Talent and Industry Relations Chair) hosts this insightful discussion on the state of LGBT characters in comics today, with panelists Moore, Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey), Judd Winick (Titans, Pedro and Me, Green Lantern), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), and Bob Schreck (Group Editor, DC Comics).

Legion fans rejoice! Roger Klorese (President, Prism Comics) moderates Prism's second panel, "50 Years of Gay Legion Fandom" on Friday, July 25, 12:00-1:00pm, Room 3, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Legion of Super-Heroes with Chris Companik (Interlac APA central mailer and HIV + ME cartoonist), Denise Sudell (Sequential Tart), Tom & Mary Bierbaum (writers, Legion of Super-Heroes), and more. Find out which male Legionnaire coveted the name "Light Lass", how Matter Eater Lad consumed planets without gaining an ounce, plus what's up with Element Lad.

Ariel Schrag (currently serialized on OurChart.com, an L Word website) is featured in the third panel, "Emerging LGBT Voices", Saturday, July 26, from 10:00-11:00am in Room 10, which showcases tomorrow's LGBT superstars in the comics industry. Joining Schrag will be Tommy Roddy (winner of the 2008 Prism grant for Pride High), Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Joveth Gonzalez (Editor, PinkKryptonite.com), Mari Morimoto (Naruto), and Rex Ogle (writer and DC Comics staff member).

Beginning his third decade moderating this ground-breaking and popular panel, Andy Mangels (best-selling author of Star Trek novels and Iron Man: Beneath The Armor) presents the "Gays in Comics Panel: 21 and Legal!" on Saturday, July 26, 5:45-7:15pm, in Room 6A, which takes a thrilling look at the diversity in the comics world today with an all-star panel of GLBT creators (and one straight one) including Roger Klorese, Ariel Schrag, Greg Rucka (Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Queen and Country), Jeff Krell (Jayson Goes to Hollywood), Jack Mahan (Executive Director - Editorial Administration for DC Comics), and maybe a surprise panelist!

The "Gays in Comics Mixer and Silent Auction" hosted by Prism takes place directly after the "Gays in Comics Panel" in Room 6A on Saturday, July 26, from 7:15-8:15pm. Mingle with LGBT comics fans and creators plus stay for the special drawing of a "Comics Gift Basket" and the silent auction of hot comics items including The DC Encyclopedia signed by Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and a host of DC creators; a 13" DC Collector's Flash figure signed by TV's Flash, John Wesley Shipp and the complete Flash series on DVD; a specially-signed book from Neil Gaiman; a Superman Returns poster signed by Brandon Routh; Heroes autographed memorabilia; and more!

Party with Prism Comics as Comic-Con Board Member, Ned Cato, presents "Heroes vs. Villains Comic-Con Night" at Rich's, one of San Diego's most popular queer dance clubs, on Friday, July 25, from 10pm-2am. Compete for great prizes in the Costume Contest, get free face and body painting, enjoy drink specials, and meet comic creators such as Joe Phillips (Adventures of a Joe Boy) among many others! Come in costume or bring your Comic-Con badge and get a discount on the door charge! Rich's is located at 1051 University Avenue, San Diego, CA (619) 295-2195, richssandiego.com.

For expanded information on all panels and events described above, go to prismcomics.org.

Via Blog@Newsarama:
Dogmatic Films is putting together a documentary about Comic-Con and is looking for young artists who plan to share their portfolio or comic with publishers in San Diego next week. Here are the details:

Throughout Comic-Con in San Diego next week, Dogmatic Films is filming a documentary about the experience from the perspective of several attendees. In addition to showcasing the cultural phenomenon that Comic-Con has become through interviews with celebrities, industry executives, comic book store owners, costumed veterans, first timers, and so on, we will be following several attendees throughout the convention. Like many Comic-Con attendees, our main subjects are either looking to be discovered or are hoping to discover something new for themselves.

We have lined up most of our participants, but are actively looking for a young artist who is bringing his/her portfolio to be reviewed by DC Comics, Marvel, etc, in hopes of getting a job as an artist. Secondly, we are also looking for someone with an independent comic book hoping to get it picked up by a bigger publisher or attract a wider audience.

In addition, if you’re an industry executive, comic book store owner, professional artist, and so on, we’d love to interview you. One of our cameras will be dedicated for these interviews, so we can accomodate your schedule at the convention.

If you or someone you know would be interested in this exciting project, please email us at: dogmaticfilms@gmail.com and we will arrange to meet at the convention. Thank you!

Press Release

World-renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta filed a complaint today with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, against publisher J. David Spurlock and Vanguard Productions. The complaint alleges that in publishing the book FRAZETTA DEFINITIVE REFERENCE, featuring Frazetta's artwork and prominently displaying his unique signature, Spurlock and Vanguard used the artist's name for advertizing and trade purposes without obtaining prior approval, thus committing a violation of Section 50 of the Civil Rights Law of the State of New York.

The complaint further alleges that, during the period beginning on or about April 8, 2008, Spurlock and Vanguard knowingly, willfully, and in bad faith released in New York State and elsewhere literature prominently using Frazetta's name in advertizing the book, including solicitation materials clearly stating, "endorsed by the artist," despite possessing knowledge that such statement was contrary to fact and made without the artist's consent. No agreement exists, oral or written, between Spurlock or Vanguard and Frank Frazetta.

Section 50 of the Civil Rights Law of the State of New York guarantees the right of privacy, and states that, "A person, firm or corporation that uses for advertising purposes, or for the purposes of trade, the name, portrait or picture of any living person without having first obtained the written consent of such person, or if a minor of his or her parent or guardian, is guilty of a misdemeanor."

Section 51 states, "Any person whose name, portrait, picture or voice is used within this state for advertising purposes or for the purposes of trade without the written consent first obtained ... may maintain an equitable action in the supreme court of this state against the person, firm or corporation so using his name, portrait, picture or voice, to prevent and restrain the use thereof; and may also sue and recover damages for any injuries sustained by reason of such use ..."

Stating in the complaint that Spurlock and Vanguard have been "unjustly enriched by unlawful use of the plaintiff's name and reputation as an artist," Frazetta demands that Spurlock and Vanguard be enjoined and restrained from using his name, image, or likeness in distribution, promotion, or sale of the book.

Based on Section 51 of the Civil Rights Law of the State of New York, Frazetta has further asked for compensatory damages of $2,000,000 and exemplary damages of $500,000, while requiring that Spurlock and Vanguard provide an account of all proceeds received from sales of the book. Frazetta is represented by The Law Office of Tedd Kessler, PC, located in New York, NY. Vanguard Productions is located in Clinton, NJ and is represented by Penino & Moynihan, LLP, White Plains, NY.

About Frank Frazetta
Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, Frank Frazetta began his career as an illustrator at the age of 16. In the 1950s he illustrated comic books and comic strips, then in the 1960s began painting covers for magazines, record albums, and movie posters. Those, along with his award-winning paperback book covers propelled him to fame, establishing him as one of the most popular and influential artists of the 2nd half of the 20th Century. In 2003 the artist was the subject of the documentary film Frazetta: Painting with Fire.


Variety is reporting that Justin Theroux has been tapped by Marvel Studios to write the screenplay for "Iron Man 2." Theroux, an actor known for his work on HBO’s "Six Feet Under," recently wrote the screenplay for the upcoming comedy "Tropic Thunder."

Marvel is currently is negotiations with star Robert Downey, Jr. and director Jon Favreau to return to the sequel. The studio plans to release "Iron Man 2″ in April of 2010.

"Iron Man," released in May, has earned more than $314 million at the domestic box office and collected another $252 million overseas.


The trailer for Watchmen, set in a world where costumed crime fighting heroes have been outlawed, was posted on Empire earlier. Since then the trailer was taken down (for legal reasons or site issues I don't know) but Cinema Blend has it up if you can't wait. The trailer will also be shown in US cinemas before "The Dark Knight."

Watchmen, starring Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie and Carla Gugino will be released March 6, 2009.

update: You can also find the new trailer on the Apple site!


Beginning with with October's issue #34, Sterling Gates, Jamal Igle & Keith Champagne will become the new creative team on Supergirl. I can't wait! Hopefully with this team working on Kara, her personality will be fleshed out more, as well as giving her a decent supporting cast and her own enemies. Well that, and tighter integration with the other "Super" titles of course.


The New York Times reports that "Invincible: The Series," an animated version of Image Comics’ hugely popular superhero title created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker will be developed by MTV New Media and available July 22 on iTunes, Xbox Live, MTV.com, MTV2 and MTV Mobile.

The show uses actual pages of Kirkman and Walker’s comic book and animates them through a process called Bomb-X. The stories are filled with motion, music and vocal performances similar to those of a traditionally produced cartoon. MTV2 will air an “Invincible” special at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

You can watch the trailer by clicking here!



Yahoo Movies has the first teaser trailer for Terminator Salvation. The film is set in 2018, focusing on the original war between humanity and Skynet.

Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale is set for release on May 22, 2009.

HBO's First Look special for "The Dark Knight" has made its way online. You can watch it below:




She was lost to us in MESSIAH COMPLEX, now see Layla Miller in her very own extra-sized one-shot! That's right, the girl "who knows stuff" triumphantly returns this August in...X-Factor Special: Layla Miller! After sacrificing herself in the pages of X-Men: Messiah Complex, Layla Miller has been stuck in a dystopian future. Join fan favorite and Award-winning writer, Peter David (X-Factor, She-Hulk, The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home), as he picks up right where Messiah Complex left off with Layla Miller incarcerated in a mutant prison camp. With beautifully stunning interiors from artist Valentine De Landro (X-Factor, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane), Layla Miller is going to find herself smack dab in the midst of the Summers Rebellion! With the help of some old and new faces, the liberation of mutants rests on the shoulders of Layla Miller! Plus, a devastating truth is revealed, drastically impacting the future of the Marvel Universe! And check out the special variant cover from new rising star artist Boo Cook!

The fans and critics alike couldn't agree more on Peter David's X-Factor:

"Peter David is consistently one of the best writers to handle the X-Men universe each month." - Jesse Schedeen of IGN.com

"There's a lot of interesting concepts that David weaves into his writing, and the amazing thing is how fluidly he makes it not only work, but work magnificently." - Adam Chapman of Comixtreme.com

"Peter David could write just about anything, and does just about every month with X-Factor. " - Michael Colbert of Comicsbulletin.com

Since her departure from X-Factor, Jamie Madrox, the Multpile Man, has imagined seeing Layla Miller in his head. Now see her for real in X-Factor Special: Layla Miller, a must have for all X-Factor fans!

X-FACTOR SPECIAL: LAYLA MILLER (JUN082396)
Written by PETER DAVID
Penciled by VALENTINE DE LANDRO
Cover by BOO COOK
Rated T+ ...$3.99
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Graphic novel aficionados rejoice! Now for the first time since its original publication in 1984, the black and white comics from Scott McCloud's classic series Zot! are being reprised in their entirety. This commemorative compilation marks the first time that these comics are being offered together in one volume. In Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991 (Harper; Trade Paperback Original; On Sale July 22, 2008; $24.95), McCloud not only includes never-seen-before art, but he also provides extensive commentary about his creative process, his evolution as an artist and the state of the comics industry during this incredibly pivotal period.

McCloud first created Zot! at the age of 23, when both he and the comics world were poised on the threshold of adulthood. In fact, it was this series and its frenetic and innovative exploration of comics' potential that ultimately helped shape McCloud's views and set the stage for his ground breaking theoretical works, Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics.

Hailed by Samuel R. Delaney, author of Dark Reflections, as ". . .refreshing, lively, and truly entertaining," this collection of McCloud's stories combines the best ideas from Manga, alternative comics and superheroes and in many ways serves as a formal precursor to the wave of American Manga that was to come.

The series follows the adventures of Zachary T. Paleozogt, A.K.A. "Zot", who lives in "the far-flung future of 1965," a utopian Earth of world peace, robot butlers and flying cars. When Zot's travels take him to a world of disappointment and broken promises--the Earth we live in--his one consolation is meeting the lovely Jenny Weaver. Stepping across portals to each other's world, Zot's and Jenny's lives are forever changed.

Celebrated by comics fans throughout the world, McCloud's books have been published in more than 16 languages. Among his many honors, Scott is the recipient of the Quill Award for Best Graphic Novel in 2007 for Making Comics. The legendary Will Eisner, has called McCloud's work "a landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium."

In so far as Zot! is the fictional series that made all subsequent McCloud books on comics theory possible, this commemorative edition deserves a special place on every comic collector's bookshelf.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Scott McCloud is a widely acclaimed illustrator, and the author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics. He lives in California.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991
By Scott McCloud
Harper; Trade Paperback Original
ISBN: 9780061537271
Price: $24.95/576 pages
On Sale: July 22, 2008