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ADV Films announces live-action version of Neon Genesis Evangelion - 21/05/2003
In an announcement sure to make waves in the entertainment industry, ADV Films President and CEO John Ledford has publicly confirmed industry rumors that the firm has acquired the rights to produce, and has already begun development of, a live-action feature-film based on the Japanese animated television series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," a multi-million dollar worldwide franchise and perhaps the most influential anime title in the history of the art form. The project is a collaboration between ADV Films, Gainax and Weta Workshop, Ltd.

ADV Films is the leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation in North America. The Japanese anime and game studio Gainax Network Systems was one of the original production studios responsible for "Neon Genesis Evangelion," and Weta Workshop, Ltd. is the New Zealand-based special effects studio that created the effects for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

"The three main players here represent something of a 'dream-team' for a project like this one," said Ledford. "Between the quality and significance of the Gainax title, Weta's industry-leading skill in the creation of special visual effects, and our expertise in the marketing and promotion of anime and anime-related content, this project is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

"Neon Genesis Evangelion" is the story of a reluctant young hero, called upon to pilot an immense robotic weapon in battle against alien invaders. Including both a 26-episode television series and at least two animated motion pictures, "Neon Genesis Evangelion" has long been both a fan favorite and an extraordinary critical and commercial success, with the worldwide franchise producing many millions of dollars in revenue.

The "Neon Genesis Evangelion" live-action motion picture is in the earliest stages of development. Ledford confirmed, however, that the timetable is an aggressive one, and that more information on the project is forthcoming.

Jason and the Argobots return - 21/05/2003
This August Oni Press plans a second summer getaway to Shimmer City, the exotic metropolis and home of local hero Jason and his giant robot Chiron. In a new book that follows the events of June's JASON & THE ARGOBOTS: BIRTHQUAKE collection, Jason and his cybernetic pal are thrown into a graphic novel-length adventure featuring Egyptian mechs, freaky looking aliens, and a mysterious beam of light that might just mean the end for his troubled hometown. Reuniting for JASON & THE ARGOBOTS II: MACHINA EX DEUS are writer J. Torres (SIDEKICKS) and artist Mike Norton (VOLTRON).

"The first set of ARGOBOTS stories lent themselves to the miniseries format," commented Torres. "Every issue was like a half-hour episode of an anime or cartoon series. Each one played on what happened before but still presented a self-contained story with its own conflict and resolution. Well, if BIRTHQUAKE was the TV show, MACHINA EX DEUS is the big budget blockbuster movie!"

"Mike Norton is becoming one of the comic industry's 'go-to' guys when it comes to big bots," added series editor James Lucas Jones. "His work on the new VOLTRON comic from Image proves it. But while renditions of the GO LION gang are impressive, they can't compare with his work on ARGOBOTS. From the initial robo-designs to the staggering sequentials, these characters, both human and robot, just kick butt." (Read More)

Enter the Dragon' s Lair...Your Quest Awaits - 17/05/2003
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of master animator Don Bluthís Dragonís Lair, the heroes and villains of the history-making arcade game make their comic book debut this summer! The six-issue DRAGONíS LAIR miniseries, joining SPACE ACE as the second title based on Bluthís cult hit video games, follows the exploits of Dirk the Daring, his beloved Princess Daphne and the diabolical dragon Singe! In the debut issue, Singe, swearing revenge on his hated arch-nemesis, swoops up the Princess in his cruel claws! Now the brave knight must survive the dangers of the Dark Kingdom to save his true love! Brought to you by CrossGen publishing client MVCreations, the six-issue all-ages adventure thunders your way on August 6th.

"Weíre absolutely thrilled to bring this best-selling video game to comics! And working with Don Bluth is a dream come true!" said MVCreations president Val Staples. "The game made a huge impression on me as a kid, as the beautifully drawn game graphics really pushed the envelope of what was being done in the early Ď80s. And in my humble opinion, Dragonís Lair set a benchmark for other video games to follow." (Read More)

Third Blue Monday TPB in September - 15/05/2003
When it's time to go back to school and all the kids are getting boring old books stuck in their hands, Oni Press will be lightening everyone's load with the third volume in the BLUE MONDAY trade paperback series. September's INBETWEEN DAYS collects the three holiday-themed one-shots from the last year under one cover, as well as various related short stories, all by series creator Chynna Clugston-Major (SCOOTER GIRL).

"When we first started talking about doing these one-shots, it was supposed to be a stopgap before the next big BLUE MONDAY story," explained Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "What we ended up with were several loosely connected stories that end up having an arc all their own, as the relationships of our characters deepened and grew."

"I love holidays, with all the fun they bring," Clugston-Major said. "That includes all the pain, heartache, and ridiculous accidents that make these celebrations such emotional nightmares. Any girl who knows the pain of not getting a card from the guy she's crushing over on Valentine's Day will identify with the LOVECATS story, and any guy who has a dark secret from his past will appreciate Victor's fast dancing to cover his shame in his star-turn in NOBODY'S FOOL." (Read More)

Better Homes & Gardens Tout Crossgen Bridges - 14/05/2003
CrossGen's innovative educational program BRIDGES has generated coverage in the May 2003 edition of School Library Journal and the June 2003 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Combined, these two publications introduce the BRIDGES program to thousands of teachers and librarians across North America.

The BRIDGES program offers teachers and parents the opportunity to re-ignite students' interest in reading through exciting visuals and stories provided by CrossGen's comics and one-of-a-kind Teachers Guides. Using MERIDIAN as the basis for intermediate elementary students (grades 4-8), and RUSE for high school students (9-12), CrossGen has engaged the help of seven teachers with more than 100 combined years of classroom teaching experience to create a truly universal supplemental reading program. (Read More)

Read Demonwars #1 for free! - 13/05/2003
The first issue of R.A. SALVATORE'S DEMONWARS: TRIAL BY FIRE, the adventure that expands the famed fantasy writer's best-selling series of novels, is now available at CrossGen's comicsontheweb.com. As with all of CrossGen's first issues, DEMONWARS: TRIAL BY FIRE #1 can be read online for free.

"With the TRIAL BY FIRE graphic novel now available, and with the first issue of EYE FOR AN EYE just reaching comics shops, this is a great way for readers to enter R.A. Salvatore's amazing world," said DEMONWARS editor Ron Marz.

R.A. SALVATORE'S DEMONWARS: TRIAL BY FIRE is the first comic book that further explores the New York Times best-selling author's fantasy series. Scripted by novelist Scott Ciencin and drawn by Ron Wagner, the five-issue saga stars the barbarian Ranger Andacanavar, one of the most popular continuing characters from Salvatore's novels. When the wild-haired warrior uncovers a plot to wipe mankind from the face of Corona, Andacanavar, along with the heroic Abellican nun Moira and the devious Red Cap Dwarf Grave Mungo, must face the magic-wielding Frost Giants and their terrifying demonic masters. The Traveler-sized graphic novel, which features a new cover by Brandon Peterson, also contains a brand new short story by Salvatore, with spot illustrations by Butch Guice.

The first issue of R.A. SALVATORE'S DEMONWARS: EYE FOR AN EYE, penciled by superstar-in-the-making Greg Tocchini, is now on sale.

The Comics Journal index goes online - 12/05/2003
The most frequent demand that THE COMICS JOURNAL editors get from readers is for a searchable index of back issues. While it's still in a preliminary stage, the magazine's good friend and colleague PETE COOGAN is putting a comprehensive TCJ index on-line. You can check it out now, but be assured, it'll be even better when complete:

http://www.english.ufl.edu/comics/scholars/TCJ_Index.html

Sentinel 1 & 2 newest Marvel Must-Have - 11/05/2003
Sean McKeever and UDON's SENTINEL was the first Marvel Tsunami title to make its debut last month, so fittingly, it'll be the first Tsunami title to receive a MARVEL MUST HAVES collection. But the series isn't being collected solely for being first ... it earned its MUST HAVES on merit.

Due to hit stores on 6/4 - the week before SENTINEL #3 goes on sale - the 48-page Marvel Must Haves: Sentinel 1 & 2 collects the series' first two sold-out issues, to help introduce even more new readers to the highly-accessible, critically-acclaimed new series. And to further encourage new readers to give the series a try, beginning with SENTINEL #3, the series' cover price will be dropped from $2.99 to $2.50!

"Making the first two issues available again to anyone who wants to read them was one way to show support for Sean and UDON's efforts," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "But SENTINEL is quickly becoming a favorite new title for everyone here at Marvel, so we decided to go that extra mile and show readers how strongly we believe in it by lowering the price." (Read More)

Jaimie Hernandex covers 2003 SPX Anthology - 9/05/2003
SPX and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have released a sneak peek at the cover of this year?s SPX anthology, drawn by master cartoonist JAIME HERNANDEZ. The cover kicks off the book's focus on travel comics, and features Maggie from LOVE & ROCKETS! Check it out at http://www.spxpo.com/

Space Ace Blasts Off! - 8/05/2003
Saving the universe, rescuing damsels in distress, battling malevolent menaces, and experiencing puberty a second time. Itís all in a dayís work for a hero, right?

SPACE ACE, based on legendary animator Don Bluthís cult classic video game, follows the intergalactic exploits of the amazing Ace, astro-babe Kimmy, and one-time nemesis Baby Borf, in a hilarious cosmic thrill ride. Brought to you by CrossGen publishing client MVCreations, the six-issue all-ages adventure blasts off on August 20th.

"Building on our MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE series, MVCreations recently landed the exclusive rights to produce comic books based on the hit video game Space Ace from the Don Bluth Group and Dragonís Lair, LLC," said MVCreations Marketing Director Jonboy Meyers. "With popular Ď80s toy lines enjoying success in the comic book format, video games are a natural choice to be given the illustrated treatment." (Read More)

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