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Angora Napkin Goes to Print and Small Screen in 2009

IDW Publishing will release the new graphic novel by Troy Little entitled ANGORA NAPKIN in January 2009. An animated pilot of ANGORA NAPKIN is also in production and set to air on Teletoon in Canada in March 2009.

ANGORA NAPKIN is an adult comedy about a pop music trio of girls who constantly find themselves mired in the horrible and confronted with the macabre. Unable to recognize the dark side of any situation, they always seem to come out on top (with the help of their impromptu peppy songs).

Film Headline News

Pit and Pendulum Gets Graphic With Comic Book Deal

The success of Ray Harryhausen Presents: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, a short stop-motion animated film produced by Hand Made Heroes Film & Television has resulted in a comic book deal with Bluewater Productions. The comic will arrive in February, 2009.

When Bluewater President Darren G. Davis and Director Marc Lougee of Hand Made Heroes discovered they were both producing work independently under the Ray Harryhausen Presents banner, Bluewater penned a deal with Lougee to further develop film and comic book cross-over properties.

Star Headline News

IDW Publishes Star Trek Comicbook Series

IDW Publishing has joined with Paramount Pictures, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Kurtzman/Orci Productions and CBS Consumer Products to publish a four-issue limited comic book series tied to next summer's new STAR TREK movie, which will be released in theaters on May 8, 2009.

Painting Headline News

Ballistic Releases Matte Painting 2 Book

The seventh book in the d'artiste series from Ballistic Publishing -- MATTE PAINTING 2 -- features master artists Yusei Uesugi (the first digital movie matte painter), Max Dennison and Chris Thunig. With more than 30 Hollywood blockbuster movies to their credit, they show you the approaches and techniques used to create unforgettable movie environments.

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Dead Space Hardbook Comic In Stores Now

Today, in association with Image Comics the hardbook comic titled DEAD SPACE hits comic book stores nationwide and will hit Amazon, Border's and Barnes and Noble at the end of the month. The DEAD SPACE hardbook serves as a prequel story for the award-winning videogame that tells the gut-wrenching tale of a deep space mining colony that unexpectedly pulls an ancient and vicious alien life force from the dark rock.

Film Headline News

Book Release: Indie Film Guide

THE INDIE FILM RULE BOOK is a strategic guide to independent filmmaking -- and everything you can't possibly learn in film school. This book is designed to help the inexperienced (and experienced) filmmaker go from zero to Park City while optimizing their chances of succeeding in the world of truly independent film.

Animation Headline News

The Alchemy Of Animation

The swift stroke of a pencil, the delicate positioning of a puppet, and the intricate process of building a 3D-render: these are but a few of the magical elements presented by Academy Award nominated producer Don Hahn in his upcoming book THE ALCHEMY OF ANIMATION.

Available October 7 from Disney, it comes seven years after Hahn's first animation book, ANIMATION MAGIC. A trailer for the book can be found on YouTube.

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IDW Releases Fubear Studios, Based On Short Film Meatdog

What is FUBEAR? FUBEAR is the schism that exists between "funny ha-ha" and "funny-strange." At least that's what creator David Slade says.

Coming this August from IDW Publishing, FUBEAR is a nice, small, square hardcover collection of the illustrations which served as inspiration for the animated comic/horror short MEATDOG: WHAT'S FER DINNER, a short film that premiered at Comic Con in July 2008 and will play to the over seven million users of Xbox LIVE this fall.

Game Headline News

EverQuest Legacy Honored With 10th Anniversary Commemorative Book

In celebration of the upcoming 10th anniversary of the genre-defining EVERQUEST online game franchise, Sony Online Ent. is releasing EVERQUEST: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR'S EDITION early next year. The retrospective celebrating the first decade of the EVERQUEST phenomenon will be available online and at select retailers in North America.

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Debut Of Stan Lee and Hioryuki Takei's Ultimo This September

VIZ Media and Stan Lee's POW! Ent. have announced the North American debut of the exciting Prologue Chapter of ULTIMO in the September 2008 issue of SHONEN JUMP magazine, which hits retail outlets nationwide on August 5 for $4.99.

ULTIMO is the result of a historic collaboration between comics legend Lee, creator of many iconic superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, and Hiroyuki Takei, the creator of the popular SHAMAN KING manga series.

Books Headline News

Atlantyca Appoints Acclaimed Author Baccalario

Milan, Italy-based animation production company, Atlantyca Ent. has appointed one of Italy's most prominent authors, Pierdomenico Baccalario, as editor-in-chief to head the company's content-publishing division, which is dedicated to creating and developing new content for book products based on popular entertainment properties and characters.

Autodesk Headline News

Elemental 3 -- The World's Best Autodesk Art

The ELEMENTAL series showcases the world's best digital artwork created with Autodesk software. ELEMENTAL 3 is packed with exciting imagery from Autodesk customers with a strong emphasis on architectural and design visualization. For the first time in an ELEMENTAL title, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Mudbox artwork are also included.

Black Headline News

For All The Tezuka Fans, Black Jack Teasers

Among adult readers in Japan, BLACK JACK is Osamu Tezuka's most popular achievement, and perhaps the most close to the creator's heart, as Tezuka considered entering the medical field -- majoring in medicine in college -- before devoting his life to comics.

Animation Headline News

Character Animation Crash Course Finally Here...Almost

Eric Goldberg's CHARACTER ANIMATION CRASH COURSE!, published by Silman-James Press, is available for pre-order on It's 240 pages of cartoon goodness, all geared to getting great performances from your characters on the screen. It comes with an accompanying CD that has animation movie files of selected sequences in the book.

Star Headline News

Fringe To Have Comic Book Prequel

DC Comics will release a prequel to upcoming TV show FRINGE, according to USA TODAY. FRINGE, from J.J. Abrams (ALIAS, LOST, CLOVERFIELD, upcoming STAR TREK) is set to start airing this fall on Fox.

Writers and artists are still being hired, but DC will release the comic on August 27, two weeks before the two-hour premiere on September 9.

Digital Headline News

Ballistic Publishing Announces d'artiste: Digital Painting 2

The sixth book in the d'artiste series -- DIGITAL PAINTING 2 -- features Master Artists Don Seegmiller, Melanie Delon, Daniel Dociu, and Marta Dahlig. For the first time, Ballistic Publishing offers pre-order customers the opportunity to download the majority of the Photoshop/Painter brushes used by the Master Artists in their tutorials.

Disney Headline News

Disney's Got A New Kingdom For Comics

The Walt Disney Studios has signed a multi-year deal with Ahmet Zappa, Harris Katleman and Christian Beranek to oversee the newly christened Kingdom Comics. It is designed as an innovative new venture of developing graphic novels to create new film projects for the studio as well as re-imagining and rejuvenating motion pictures from the Disney live-action vault.

Games Headline News

Capcom Games Morphing Into Devil's Due Books

Comics publisher Devil's Due and Capcom have signed a deal to turn some of Capcom's popular video games, starting with BIONIC COMMANDO and LOST PLANET, into graphic novels.

The first in the four-property deal will be BIONIC COMMANDO, VARIETY reports, with writer Justin Marks hired on for writing duties.

Marks has been busy recently spinning pop culture properties into pictures, including VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, GREEN ARROW: ESCAPE FROM SUPERMAX and Fox's upcoming STREET FIGHTER: LEGEND OF CHUN LI.

Headline News

The Hellboy Universe Is Heating Up This Summer

With HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY coming to theaters in July, there's no better time to get up to speed on what's happening with the characters in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.).

Dark Horse will be releasing three new B.P.R.D. titles by Mike Mignola and B.P.R.D. vet John Arcudi into the Hellboy Universe for summer reading pleasure -- with new revelations for Liz Sherman and the origin story for Johann Kraus, as well as a bit of backstory for the Bureau's battle with the infamous frog creatures.

Series Headline News

Corus Extends Scaredy Squirrel Books To Multimedia

Corus Ent. will develop its successful book series SCAREDY SQUIRREL, by bestselling author and illustrator Melanie Watt, into a multimedia entertainment property.

The scope of this multiplatform venture, which is a collaboration between the company's book division Kids Can Press, Nelvana Studios and Nelvana Enterprises divisions, includes plans to publish additional titles in the series, produce a television series, develop animated shorts for on-air, online and on-mobile distribution and launch an international merchandise and licensing program for the series.

Series Headline News

The Twilight Zone Enters Another Dimension

The Savannah College of Art and Design along with Walker Publishing announce the upcoming release of ROD SERLING'S THE TWILIGHT ZONE graphic novel series.

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the cult phenomena comes the only graphic novel series based on the legendary show. The first two of eight graphic novels will be published this fall: WALKING DISTANCE and THE AFTER HOURS. These two classic THE TWILIGHT ZONE episodes from October 1959 and June 1960, respectively, are based on the original and unedited scripts in their entirety, written by Rod Serling.

Digital 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.

Comics 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

Movie 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.