|Madman releases Peacemaker on DVD - 22/12/2004|
|Bringing peace to the world is a BIG ask... but Madman Entertainment is doing its bit by releasing the highly anticipated anime series PEACEMAKER, a samurai action saga that is full to the brim with merciless action and hilarious comedy.|
Created by GONZO DIGIMATION, the production house that brought you the fan-favourites HELLSING, FULL METAL PANIC and BLUE SUB NO. 6, PEACEMAKER is an anime masterpiece adapted from the ultra-popular manga PEACEMAKER KUROGANE.
The series is set in 19th century Japan, at the beginning of the Meiji period. PEACEMAKER follows Tetsunosuke Ichimura, a 15 year-old orphan who is haunted by the vicious murder of his parents. Childhood innocence has given way to a blinding thirst for revenge. Tetsu decides to seek out the Shinsengumi, an elite group of swordsmen sworn to protect the capital. In the name of justice - and against the will of his older brother - Tetsu desperately hopes to join the Shinsengumi because they are the bitter rivals of the Choshu rebels, the same ruthless killers who murdered Tetsu's parents.
Bloodthirsty incidents force Tetsu to face reality. The Shinsengumi reveal their capacity for the same brutality as his parents' murderers. Wading through a sea of espionage, intrigue, and flowing blood, the young boy must decide whether to shed his humanity and become a demon of the Shinsengumi, or to relinquish his hatred and become a Peacemaker in the spirit of his father. Revenge is sweet, but is it worth losing your soul?
Visit the Peacemaker website at madman.com.au/peacemaker/
|Sci-Fi Legend Orson Scott Card to Pen Ultimate Iron Man Series for Marvel - 19/12/2004|
|Iron Man, the crusading super hero first introduced by Marvel in The Avengers series, will receive his own book in the Marvel "Ultimate" universe this January as Marvel Comics launches Ultimate Iron Man. |
The series, which recreates the history of the super hero and his alter ego Tony Stark, will be written by Orson Scott Card, the best-selling science fiction writer best known for his books, "Ender's Game" and "Speaker of the Dead," which each received the Hugo and Nebula awards for best science fiction.
Launched by Marvel in 2000, the Ultimate line re-introduces several of Marvel's most popular characters in 21st-century settings. Featuring hyper-realistic computer graphics, the Ultimate books allow a new generation of readers to grow up with their favorite Marvel superheroes. The series' showcase the ever-popular Marvel characters as teenagers facing the same problems as today's kids.
|New Avengers Sells Out! - 11/12/2004|
|It's official: Marvel Comics' The New Avengers #1 has sold out! Diamond Distributors confirms a complete sell-through of the entire first-print run of the House of Ideas' hot new super-hero series.|
The New Avengers spins out of Avengers: Disassembled, the cataclysmic ending to the long-running series. The new title relates the events that bring together a new team of Avengers, comprised of some of Marvel's most popular characters and foundational heroes: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage, and more.
Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada is jubilant over the news and has specific praise for those who made it happen. "We at Marvel greatly appreciate every single one of you who bought New Avengers #1, fan and retailer alike, and we hope you agree with us that it was one enjoyable read."
New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and series editor Tom Brevoort were equally happy at hearing the inaugural issue had sold out. "In a million, billion years I could never have hoped for the amazing week we had with the debut of this book," said Bendis. "I am so proud to be associated with David Finch, Danny Miki, Frank D'Armata, Tom Brevoort, and Andy Schmidt. They gave this book everything they had. My undying thanks to Joe and Dan for going full blast with this and to the creators who came before us who created these amazing characters in the first place." Brevoort added, "It's gratifying to know that so many people are interested in New Avengers and what the future holds for Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Here's a hint: Snikt!"
Retailers are also giving the book high marks. Ed Katschke, Manager of Monarch's Cards & Comic in Toledo, Ohio, said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the enthusiasm and sales generated by the first issue. "Most fans from my store are really intrigued by Bendis and Finch's new direction and are looking forward to the new configuration of the Avengers. At this point, I'm selling nearly 3 times my pre-Bendis numbers on the book and after reading the first issue I'm anticipating a strong sell-through on the proceeding issues," reports Katschke.
Internet comic book message boards have been buzzing over the introduction of the new all-star Avengers team. Fan Terry Anderson of Lexington, Kentucky was excited by the debut. "I really like the artwork here and the story is intriguing," he posted. "This new direction was a good opening for me to break into with the Avengers. I'm curious how the new team will operate. And I do like the inclusion of Spidey. He and Cap both are more about heart than their powers. I think it is a good nucleus for a team."
For those who may have missed out on New Avengers #1, Marvel reminds fans that there will be another printing available next week that offers a Joe Quesada variant cover. The cover features the original sketch, now inked and colored, that served as the inspiration for the first printing's several alternate covers. In addition to the second printing of #1, there is also a special New Avengers #1 Director's Cut, featuring the original story plus a bevy of extra goodies.
As always, more exciting information on The New Avengers and the Marvel Universe can be found online at Marvel.Com.
|Lopresti, D’Armata and Ryan go exclusive with Marvel - 2/12/2004|
|Enquiring minds want to know what fan-favorite penciller Aaron Lopresti is going to do next, now that he’s just signed an exclusive 3-year contract with Marvel Comics.|
"I’m going to Disneyworld!" bellowed Lopresti, apparently fraught with joy.
In between treating his inner child to numerous trips to the Magic Kingdom, Lopresti has worked on such stalwart Marvel projects as What The?!, Amazing Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and, of course, his current art assignment on the heavy-hitting X-series Excalibur. True Believers everywhere are waiting for this astonishing artist to stop spinning around in giant teacups and return to drawing the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe.
"If Aaron’s happy, we’re happy!" grins Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "No matter where he spends his vacations, it’s good to know he’ll be coming back home to good ol’ Marvel."
Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley concurs. "What Joe said!"
Lopresti could not be reached for further comment, but operators of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" have quoted him as saying "Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!"
|Tom Raney goes exclusive with Marvel - 2/12/2004|
|There's a new source of energy at the House of Ideas, as artist Tom Raney has announced he has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel. "I’m absolutely loving the energy that’s pervading Marvel these days!" says penciller extraordinaire Tom Raney. Tom, the artist of past mighty Marvel titles such as Thor, Mutant X, Warlock, and a bevy of X-Men projects has been rewarded for his efforts with a 2-year exclusive contract with Marvel Comics...and he’s one happy camper. "There’s so much cool stuff going on! I’m thrilled to be part of it!"|
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada is pretty happy himself. "Tom Raney can always be counted on to deliver high quality work, and the fans love him for it."
"Marvel’s just as thrilled as Tom about his coming aboard," says Dan Buckley, Marvel Publisher. "We’re ready to see some more of that beautiful artwork!"
Raney is currently working on a What If?! X-Men 5th week book with X-Daddy Chris Claremont, to be followed by a few issues of Uncanny X-Men, also with Claremont. Tom added "I’d love to tell you what’s up after that, but everybody’s got to have a few secrets."
|TV Guide picks Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1 Trade as Top Holiday Gift - 26/11/2004|
|Thinking outside the box, the American TV Guide has included Marvel’s ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL. 1: GIFTED TPB in their gift guide for TV lovers. Citing the legions of Buffy fans, TV Guide lists Astonishing X-Men as a showcase of the sharp writing that’s become synonymous with Joss Whedon.|
Said Marvel’s Director of Marketing John Dokes, "We’re thrilled that TV Guide has selected this book for their Holiday pick, and it once again highlights the relationship of A-List Hollywood talent and Marvel Comics. Combining that talent with superstars like artist John Cassaday has proven to be a winning combination."
"These are the most phenomenal orders for trade paperbacks we’ve ever had." said Marvel’s Sales and Marketing Manager David Gabriel. "We’d like to thank retailers and the fans for their incredibly strong support of this title, clearly they love this book...also special thanks to trade editors Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald, Mark Beazley and everyone in our Manufacturing department for making this trade available for the Holiday's on December 15th!
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men has been at the top of the sales charts since it launched in May…and Wizard Magazine has just announced it as their 2004 Book of the Year. The second story arc, "Dangerous", starts with issue number 7, on sale late December!
|Love as a Foreign Language Vol. 2 from Oni Press - 24/11/2004|
|Oni Press is pleased to announce the second installment of J. Torres & Eric Kim’s LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. Slated for a February release, the new 72-page graphic novel continues the story of Joel’s Korean adventure. He spends his days teaching English to a variety of age groups. His nights are spent dreaming of Hana, the school’s new secretary. But will his pining pay off or would he be better off on a plane back to Canada?|
"In the past two or three years I’ve mostly worked on comics about super powered teenagers," commented Torres. "I really enjoy that stuff, but I also wanted to get back to my roots. My first series COPYBOOK TALES was a slice-of-slice comedy about growing up and finding your place in the world. I return to those themes with this, plus I explore a romantic relationship that somewhat resembles my own sometimes, er, laughable love life."
"And here I would have assumed your love life was more funny sob-sob than funny ha-ha," added editor James Lucas Jones. "LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE provides the perfect outlet for J.’s wit and heart and J. gives Eric Kim the chance to show off his impressive cartooning skills. The pair has a special kind of chemistry and people are already sitting up and taking notice."
"The critics are almost tripping over themselves to praise this book," added Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. "It got a 10/10 and ‘Best of the Week’ from the Fourth Rail. ComicBookResources.com’s Augie DeBlieck said ‘I care about these characters and want to see more.’ And iComic.com’s Greg McElhatton got into the act, too, calling the book ‘a winner from start to finish.’ We know that the second book is going to live up to the high expectations the first volume created."
"LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE is a perfect gateway comic. Joel is a likable protagonist that’s easy to relate to," Jones concluded. "His story give superhero fans an easy-in to a broader comics world while the subject matter and presentation is an ideal entry for manga readers looking to expand their horizons."
LOVE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE is a quarterly graphic novel series. The second installment retails for $6.95 US and features an all-new, color cover by Eric Kim. It’s available this February.
|Anime catalogue online - 20/11/2004|
|The Madman catalogue of anime DVDs being released in November and December is now online and available from the Graphic Action anime section. Highlights of November include:|
. Visit the anime section to see what's new.
- The 10 DVD Astro Boy Deluxe Collection in special collector's edition tin case.
- Volume 1 of fan-favourite R.O.D - The TV Series. The first volume is also available in a book-style collector's box.
- Production I.G's latest super-wacky anime Dead Leaves
|Marvel announces third variant cover for Avengers #1 - 15/11/2004|
|The response to Marvel Comics’ make-over of their blockbuster super hero team the Avengers has been nothing short of phenomenal. As unveiled in USA Today, Marvel’s “Dream Team” of costumed classics like Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Spider-Woman, and Luke Cage has set fire to fans’ imaginations and has led to intense interest in The New Avengers #1. Due to popular demand, Marvel will go back to press on this introductory issue...and they’ve got it covered with yet another spectacular treat for frantic followers of this newest super-team.|
The third variant cover of The New Avengers #1 will feature an extra-special new cover by none other than Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada.
The variant cover’s amazing origins are linked to the star-studded alternate covers for The New Avengers #1-6; it’s Quesada’s original sketch for the complete six-part art that’s formed by the covers. Fans will be able to possess this titanic image in two distinct formats: Quesada’s new cover and by linking the 6 alternate covers together as one.
Marvel is also pleased to announce that retailers orders are not tied in to any of the other variant printings of The New Avengers #1...but fans will still want to grab theirs fast because when word gets out, this new printing of the introduction of the greatest super-team ever is going to FLY!
This additional version of The New Avengers #1 is due in comic shops in mid-December. Visit Marvel.com to view every one of these legend-in-the-making covers.
|Star Wars Episode III Trailer - 5/11/2004|
|TheForce.net is reporting that the Star Wars Episode III teaser trailer will be screened with 'Taxi' in Australia from November 11th. |
Hoyts currently has the info on their Taxi film page.
The 'Revenge of the Sith' trailer can also be seen today (November 5th) when it airs on the 'Today' show.
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