Graphic album BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE and graphic novel SUPERMAN: RED SON are being developed into short-form digital Motion Comics from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
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At ComicCon, Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced a new way for comic book fans to connect with their favorite characters and stories they know and love through short form digital content called Motion Comics. These draw on a deep reservoir of source material to bring a new visually engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork.
The first Motion Comic to debut was WATCHMEN which was taken from the critically-acclaimed Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore graphic novel.
THE NIGHT OWLS, based on the comic strip from Zuda Comics, is about to start its second season this October. To celebrate, series creators Peter and Bobby Timony have teamed with Untitled Project Productions to bring their first episode to life in this short cartoon
Untitled Project Productions is an animation and editorial house based in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo. Visit them online at www.theuntitledproject.com.
For the first time, Marvel Ent. is creating comic book series exclusively for the Web with new IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK series coming this fall. They will only available via an online subscription service, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited at www.marvel.com/digitalcomics.
New filmmaking studio Framelight Productions is looking to add to the volume of comic book and graphic novel film adaptations, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Launched by producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepreneur Robert Robinson Jr., they have options on properties including Marvel Comics' DR. DETH WITH KIP AND MUFFY from G.I. JOE author Larry Hama. Framelight has plans to make six to eight films in the next five years, all within the $20 to $80 million range.
Just two years since the founding of Virgins Comics, the joint venture between Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Indian comics publisher Gotham Ent., the company has closed its doors and laid off its New York-based eight-member staff, per PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
Attempts to confirm the closing with Virgin Comics CEO and co-founder and President of Gotham Ent. Sharad Deverajan were not successful, but sources tell PW the unit has been closed and an official statement is likely coming soon.
David A. Goodman, showrunner and exec producer on FAMILY GUY, will write LAST BLOOD, a feature film from Benderspink from the Blatant Comics horror property, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The comic, created by Bobby Crosby and Chris Crosby, is about a group of human survivors who escaped a zombie massacre, who are protected by a group of vampires who need their blood to survive.
Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios will collaborate with acclaimed comics scribe Grant Morrison on MBX, a new intellectual property and animation franchise based on India's iconic myth The Mahabharata.
Morrison's re-imagining of the epic tale of two families at war and the fate of the universe that hangs in the balance features an ancient world fused with incredible technology and super beings. At San Diego Comic-Con 2008, animation for the project will get its first public look.
Global manga giants TOKYOPOP and Gentosha Comics have entered into a worldwide partnership to advance the cause of the manga revolution. Under the terms of the alliance, TOKYOPOP will provide sublicensing agency services (outside of Asia, France, and Italy) for Gentosha Comics's world-class library of manga hits, including titles like GRAVITATION, LAMENT OF THE LAMB, and ARM OF KANNON.
The companies will also pursue a wealth of co-development opportunities in the digital, film, and merchandising spaces.
Over the past few weeks, Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov and Warner Bros. Pictures president Kevin McCormick have been meeting with DC Comics executives and talent to discuss a new direction for their film adaptations, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
This regrouping is said to have been brought about by Marvel Studios' success with their films IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and their plan to link the characters across the films in a strategic way. DC's comics at Warner Bros. are famously disorganized, a hodgepodge of developments.
Summit Ent. is venturing into the comic book adaptation arena with the acquisition of WildStorm/DC Comics' RED, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber are penning the script for the action film, which will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and his longtime exec Mark Vahradian. This marks the first time a DC Comics title won't be produced by parent company Time Warner.
DC is however remaining active in this adaptation. DC SVP of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck will serve as exec producer and will oversee RED.
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.
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.
Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man and the Marvel Comics Universe of superhero characters, announced he will be forming a new partnership with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics.
The animated trailer for GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER, the acclaimed comic book from Virgin Comics' Director's Cut imprint, has been selected as featured content on MySpaceTV, the viral video community of MySpace (www.myspacetv.com).
Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social networking site's comic book community, MySpace Comic Books (www.myspace.com/comicbooks)
Dark Horse Comics has announced that the popular ALIENS, PREDATOR, and AVP comics series are now available for digital download on IGN Entertainment's Direct2Drive.
For $1.99, customers can now purchase digital copies of individual ALIENS, PREDATOR, and AVP comics that virtually mimic the first run of each issue by featuring the original cover art and trade dress.
Fans of these comics can now enjoy classic stories by the likes of industry luminaries Mark Verheiden, Mike Mignola, Chris Claremont, and Andrew Vachss from the comfort of their own computers.
Legendary comic book writer and creator Stan Lee will be a special guest of New York Comic Con this year.
He will appear on several panels, as well as receive the first-ever New York Comics Legend Award at a special VIP party at the Virgin Megastore in New York City's Times Square.
Celebrated by millions of fans worldwide for building Marvel into a comics and motion picture powerhouse, Lee is revered for co-creating Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, and the Incredible Hulk, among other original and wildly popular characters.
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.
Steve Gerber, creator of Howard the Duck, passed away Sunday at the age of 60 in Las Vegas.
The comics legend lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, but lost his battle to pulmonary fibrosis in a Las Vegas hospital.
His friend Mark Evanier posted the news Monday on Gerbers blog (www.stevegerber.com/sgblog), just a week after Gerber himself had reported on his work on a new Doctor Fate book.
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Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation announced the all-new original movie JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER on Feb. 26, 2008, on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, distributed by Warner Home Video. The movie will also be available the same day OnDemand and Pay-per-View as well as available for download.
Imagi Animation Studios has acquired all rights to FLUORESCENT BLACK, a futuristic biopunk story set in Singapore and the Malaysian peninsula. The screenplay by sci-fi writer Matt Wilson will first be adapted into a graphic novel, to be illustrated by Nathan Fox with text by Wilson. The graphic novel will be the cover feature of a special edition of HEAVY METAL magazine to be distributed at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 24-27, 2008, in addition to the publication's regular readership base.