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Headline News Expose 6: The Finest International Collection Of Digital Art

Ballistic Publishing announces EXPOSE 6, the latest book in its groundbreaking series celebrating the world's finest digital art.

EXPOSE, the flagship title of Ballistic Publishing, has become an institution in the digital art world. Acclaimed for their high quality, every year the EXPOSE books showcase the best digital art from all over the globe.

Headline News Saturday Is Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book is Saturday, May 3. Participating comic book stores across North America and around the world will give away comic books for free to anyone who comes to their stores.

The annual promotion is sponsored by Dark Horse Comics, DC, Marvel, VIZ Media, IDW, Virgin Comics, Image Comics, Archie Comics and Dynamite Ent., among many others.

To find a retailer near you, go to www.freecomicbookday.com.

Headline News Excerpt From Prince Caspian Book

Offering a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of PRINCE CASPIAN (out May 16 from Disney/Walden Media), an excerpt from unit publicist Ernie Malik's book THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN follows:

Making a full-scale motion picture like PRINCE CASPIAN is a journey unto itself -- not only a physical one that took hundreds of filmmakers thousands of miles across two hemispheres, but also a spiritual and emotional voyage for the film's family members.

Headline News Miley Cyrus To Pen Her Memoir

Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old star of HANNAH MONTANA, will write a memoir about her journey to stardom, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The book will be published by Disney-Hyperion Books and will hit the shelves next spring. It will follow Cyrus from her early childhood in the South to Hollywood celebrity and will have pictures of her famous family, including country singer dad Billy Ray Cyrus.

Headline News Manga Giant Extends Publishing Portfolio

Leading manga publisher and youth-oriented brand Tokyopop is unveiling the latest addition to its rapidly growing publishing family: Tokyopop Graphic Novels. For years, European and Asian publishers have produced captivating, inspiring, and stunning full-color graphic novels that have not found a home on North American shores until now.

Beginning in February 2009, Tokyopop will cross the color barrier to publish a truly unique selection of rich, inventive, and stunningly original full-color graphic novels from some of the world's most talented artists and writers.

Headline News Sci Fi/Virgin Comics Get Neighborly With The Superheroes And Spouses Of Superbia

Sci Fi/Virgin Comics, the year-old joint venture between Sci Fi Channel and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics, announced today the imprint's second title, SUPERBIA.

Imagine if the members of the Justice League moved to Wisteria Lane with spouses in tow, and you get a hint of what life is like in Woodshire Village, a planned community for superheroes, their spouses, girlfriends and domestic partners. SUPERBIA is created and written by Lisa Klink and Jordan Gorfinkle. It is expected to be released this summer and is in development for a TV pilot.

Headline News Watching The Watchman - New Acquisition For Titan Books

Voted among TIME magazine's 100 Best Novels from 1923 to the present, a perennial bestseller over the past 20 years and widely considered the greatest graphic novel of all time, WATCHMEN is a gripping, labyrinthine piece of comic art.

Written by comics living-legend Alan Moore and featuring the iconic artwork of Dave Gibbons, it has earned an acclaimed place in modern literary history.

Headline News Viz And Stan Lee To Collaborate

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reported this week that Stan Lee and Viz Media are going to create a new manga series for Japanese audiences.

Lee was the former president of Marvel Comics and Viz publishes the bestselling manga series NARUTO and BLEACH. Lee and his entertainment company Pow! Entertainment will collaborate with manga creator Hiroyuki Takei (creator of SHAMAN KING) on ULTIMO.

Headline News Transformers Comic Series Continues Story

IDW Publishing is releasing the official continuation of last summer's blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movie, from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with Hasbro.

The first storyline to spin out of the hugely successful movie, TRANSFORMERS MOVIE SEQUEL: THE REIGN OF STARSCREAM continues the story from where the movie ended.

Headline News Pendragon Author Signs Multi-Year Book Agreement

Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing has signed a multi-book agreement with D.J. MacHale, screenwriter and author of the PENDRAGON series.

The deal builds on the amazing success of the PENDRAGON series (more than 3 million copies in print) and encompasses two trilogies, a four book series and two picture books to be published over an eight-year span under the Aladdin imprint.

These books will be the first major hardcover acquisition for Aladdin under the new S&S Children's Publishing restructure.

Headline News Director Mostow Collaborates With Virgin Comics

Director Jonathan Mostow has taken American politics into his own hands with Wednesday's release of THE MEGAS, an action-packed science fiction comic book series from Virgin Comics.

"I have always admired the medium of comic books and graphic novels, so I am incredibly excited to have my own new entry in the field. From concept to story to visual design, my experience on THE MEGAS has been as creatively rewarding as working on a movie." Mostow said.

Headline News New Rigging Book Puts Muscle in CG

Award-winning 3D animator TJ Galda announces the publication of ADVANCED CHARACTER RIGGING, the first of a new series of books on the subject. The initial book explains how to create muscles and tendons using computer graphics software such as Autodesk's Maya, and is designed to make the techniques as accessible as possible, so that even beginners can create and animate lifelike muscles for their animated characters. ADVANCED CHARACTER RIGGING is available through digital publishing site Lulu.com and major outlets such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Headline News CN Magazine Invades Middle East

Teshkeel Media Group, KSC and Cartoon Network have partnered to publish Arabic and English versions of CARTOON NETWORK MAGAZINE in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Under the terms of the agreement, Teshkeel will publish nine issues of the magazine a year, bringing popular characters such as FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, DEXTER'S LABORATORY, and CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR to newsstands in the MENA region. Each 32-page issue will include comics, puzzles, games, and give-aways targeted at boys and girls ages 6-12.

Headline News Ray Harryhausen Presents Expands Comics Line in 2008

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:00am

Bluewater Prods. has expanded the RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS comic line with nine new titles for 2008.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of some of the Harryhausen classic films, Sony DVD is releasing IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA and EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS. Bluewater will release comics inspired by these classics as well. The Sony DVDs will include previews of the comics as part of the special features.

Headline News Titan Gets The Spirit

Titan Books has acquired worldwide rights to a deluxe making-of book for the Lionsgate and Odd Lot Ent. production of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT. Featuring interviews with the cast and crew, color photos, storyboards and production art, plus the full screenplay, the book is slated for publication Dec. 2008, ahead of the movie's release on Jan 16, 2009.

Headline News New Nick Book Tells All

A new coffee-table book chronicling the animated hstory of Nickolodeon's Nicktoons will hit the shelves of major retailers this month. NOT JUST CARTOONS: NICKTOONS (Melcher Media, $40.00), edited by Jerry Beck, is the first book to cover the entire Nicktoons story that began on Sunday, Aug. 11, 1991, when Nickelodeon first unleashed REN & STIMPY, DOUG and RUGRATS on an unsuspecting nation.

Headline News I Am Legend Returns to Graphic Novel Format

IDW Publishing is set to re-release the definitive visual adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic vampire novel I AM LEGEND. When IDW Publishing first released its graphic adaptation of I AM LEGEND, the trade paperback became an immediate best-seller and quickly sold out. Now IDW will resurrect the out-of-print book with a new deluxe edition that showcases the original novel's vision in advance of the December film adaptation, starring Will Smith, from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Headline News Scott Shaw! Comic Sprouts Up Oct. 10

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 12:00am

This coming Wednesday, October 10, the first issue of DC Comics' three-issue mini-series, CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK, co-created by Scott Shaw! and Roy Thomas, hits stands. CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK has been written by Bill Morrison, drawn by Scott Shaw!, inked by Al Gordon, colored by Tom Luth, lettered by Ken Lopez and edited by Joey Cavalieri.

Headline News TOKYOPOP & Jim Henson Co. To Release Dark Crystal Graphic Novel

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 12:00am

TOKYOPOP and The Jim Henson Co. have announced LEGENDS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE GARTHIM WARS, the all-new manga prequel to THE DARK CRYSTAL. The graphic novel was written by Barbara Randall Kesel, with illustrations by Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim and a special cover painted by Jae-Hwan Kim (WARCRAFT, WAR ANGELS, KING OF HELL).

Headline News EA & BL Publishing Announce Warhammer Novel

Electronic Arts Inc. and BL Publishing, a division of Games Workshop, announced that BL Publishing will release an original novel based on the highly anticipated MMORPG, WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING. The first book in the new series of novels set in the Age of Reckoning, EMPIRE IN CHAOS, will be available in all major bookstores and on the BL Publishing website in early 2008.

Headline News Dan Dare Will Fly Again Via Virgin Comics

Aviator and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Comics will be bringing legendary superhero Dan Dare out of retirement with an all-new comic book series. The monthly series, to be written by legendary comic author Garth Ennis (PREACHER, THE BOYS, HITMAN, JOHN WOO'S SEVEN BROTHERS), will premiere in November 2007.

Headline News Scholastic & DK Ink Indiana Jones Book Deals

Scholastic, DK and Penguin have inked deals with Lucas Licensing to bring the adventures of Indiana Jones to children's books in connection with the May 22, 2008, release of the fourth installment in the INDIANA JONES film series.

Headline News Disney to Publish Historical Cinderella Book

Disney Press will publish a new edition of CINDERELLA featuring artwork by long-time Disney designer Mary Blair, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY reports. The book, with new text by Cynthia Rylant and illustrations based on Blair's design work from the 1940s, is due out this month. Disney Press ordered a first print run of 50,000.

Headline News Dark Horse Acquires Gantz Manga

Dark Horse has acquired the enormously popular seinen manga series, GANTZ. Hiroya Oku, creator of GANTZ, has put together a cast of characters that are both sympathetic and strong in a hardboiled universe of ultra-stylish violence, pathos and sexiness. The wildly renowned anime, also entitled GANTZ from ADV, primarily follows the same story and has been translated in several different languages.

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