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Steve Gerber Passes Away

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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It Was a Comic Strip with a Dog: Find It on CartoonResource

CartoonResource.com is providing a central Internet location for comic strip fans, collectors and professional communicators to find what they need. CartoonResource.com provides online access to all cartoons and comics: single-panel and strip syndicated comics; cutting-edge teen and children's comics; political cartoons; manga comics; and animated feature stills.

Also, CartoonResource.com has partnered with IllustrationBase to offer an exhaustive illustration database for those who want a quick, simple way to search the vastness of the Web for the perfect illustration.

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Justice League: The New Frontier to Fly on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray

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.

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Imagi Paints It Fluorescent Black

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.

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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.

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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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Animation Groups & Die-Hards Man Panels at Comic-Con 2007

Animation groups and animation pros with a flair for comics will be out in force manning panels at the 38th annual Comic-Con 2007 in San Diego this year.

ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles chapter of The International Animated Film, will have a major presence at Comic-Con this year, including booth 5434 in Hall "C." Here is a quick rundown of its offering or you many find the updated list at www.asifa-hollywood.org/blog/con2007/combinedschedule07.pdf:

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DC Comics to Launch Zudacomics.com for New Comic Concepts

DC Comics announced today (July 9, 2007), the creation of Zudacomics.com, a new web comics imprint, where DC Comics will soon publish new, never before seen online content featuring new characters and concepts through Zudacomics.com.

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Scott McCloud Selected as Second SIGGRAPH Featured Speaker

Graphic novelist Scott McCloud has been selected as the second featured speaker at SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Aug. 5-9, 2007, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

For 2007, SIGGRAPH will replace the single keynote speaker presentation with three featured speakers that will discuss the themes of industry/commerce, art or research as they relate to the SIGGRAPH community.

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Legendary Comic Artist Marshall Rogers Dies at 57

Marshall Rogers, who was instrumental in revitalizing BATMAN in the 1970s, died unexpectedly at his home in Fremont, California, on March 25, 2007, reports various news outlets. He was 57 years old. His family is still waiting for the official cause of death.

Rogers was a relatively inexperienced outsider when he took over the plum assignment of penciling Batman's adventures in "Detective Comics" in 1977. Paul Levitz, president of DC Comics now and a writer then, recalled that Rogers became "one of the radical young stylists bringing new looks to DC in the '70s."

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Shazam! Corpse Bride Scribe To Pen Superhero Pic

CORPSE BRIDE writer John August has been tapped to adapt DC Comics' SHAZAM! into a feature film for New Line, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Peter Segal (TOMMY BOY, ANGER MANAGEMENT) is set to direct and will also produce with Michael Ewing.

The film will chronicle the easygoing Billy Batson and his superhero alter ego Captain Marvel. Batson changed by saying the word "shazam," giving the attributes to six Greek gods. The character appeared in DC Comics in the 1970s and originally appeared in the 1940s as a Fawcett Comics title.

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SCI FI & Virgin Comics Team on Multimedia Banner

The SCI FI Channel is teaming up with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics to create a co-branded multimedia partnership called SCI FI/Virgin Comics.

SCI FI/Virgin Comics will develop fresh properties that integrate the unique spirit and vitality of both brands. Original concepts will be considered across all mediums from publishing, film and television to digital and gaming. Five new comicbook titles will serve as a jumping off point.

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Kahani World & Virgin Animation To Produce Secrets Of The Seven Sounds

Kahani World Inc. a Toronto-based independent animation company, and Virgin Comics Llc. have teamed up to co-produce SECRETS OF THE SEVEN SOUNDS, a full length animated feature, inspired by the ancient Indian myth Ramayana.

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Virgin Comics Sets Up Animation Shop In Bangalore

Virgin Comics has set up an animation studio in Bangalore where artists work on themes with a strong eastern influence. Reports NDTVPROFIT.COM.

"Bangalore is the true R&D centre for Virgin animation," said Suresh Seetharaman, president, Virgin Comics & Virgin Animation. "It creates all the content, be it art, content and works with a complete network of people abroad who help us put it all together."

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DC Comics & Warner Bros. Unveil Slate of Original, Animated DVD Movies

DC Comics, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) announced the start of production and distribution of DC Universe, a series of original, animated PG-13 movies. The slate features two to three action-packed films per year.

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Del Toro Brings Life to DC’s Deadman

Guillermo del Toro is in talks to partner with Don Murphy's Angry Films to bring cult DC Comics DEADMAN to the big screen for Warner Bros. Pictures, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Del Toro will develop comics-to-film adaptation with Murphy and Susan Montford.

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Middle Eastern Superheroes Coming To Comic-Con

AK Comics Jalila, Rakan, Zein and Aya hit Comic-Con via newly published U.S. issues featuring AKs roster of caped Middle Eastern superheroes.

From a booth, attendees will be introduced to pages of four U.S. titles featuring the visually striking superheroes, as well the creative team bringing them to life. The L.A.- and Cairo-based company also will assemble artists, writers and editors for a panel to be presented 10:30 am in Room 8 on Thursday, July 20, 2006.

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Crazee Comics Heads to Licensing Int’l 2006

Fledgling publisher Crazee Comics, known for titles like COSMICWARS and RUSS5377, is heading to Licensing Intl to promote its products.

With the successful launch of its weekly podcast show CATCH DA CRAZE PODCAST AUDIO MIX and appearances on UPN, radio & public television and numerous critic reviews, the publisher is now ready to test their products marketability.

For the show, Crazee Comics has produced a Flash animated trailer of THERE'S AN ALIEN IN MY TOILET and some prototype latex models of the main character Doodie.

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Alex Toth Dies at 77

Comicbook and animation maverick Alex Toth died May 27 at his drawing table at home in Burbank, reported THE L.A. TIMES. He was 77.

"For 50 years he did what he wanted to do smoke cigarettes, sit on the couch and draw," his daughter Dana Palmer said. "But in his final year there was such a great spirit in him, and he had made peace with everybody on Earth that he needed to make peace with."

Toth is best known for his character designs for such Hanna-Barbera productions as SUPERFRIENDS, SPACE GHOST and HERCULOIDS.

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Larry Lieberman to Head Marketing for Virgin Comics/Virgin Animation

Larry Lieberman joins Virgin Comics Llc./Virgin Animation as chief marketing officer, to overseeing the company's U.S. operations, Global Licensing Business, Strategic Marketing, Publishing and Advertising Sales Divisions. Lieberman is also charged to grow the company's worldwide online and wireless content initiatives.

He will be based in New York City, working closely with Sharad Devarajan, ceo, Virgin Comics/Virgin Animation, to whom he reports.

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Sgt. Rock Finds Writer

John Cox, who has projects in development at the USA Network and ESPN, has been tapped by by Joel Silver for Warner Bros. Pictures to write SGT. ROCK, an adaptation of DC Comics' World War II adventure comic, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Sgt. Frank Rock was the leader of his infantry unit called Easy Company. He first appeared in a 1959 issue of OUR ARMY AT WAR. As the characters popularity rose, the comic was renamed SGT. ROCK in 1977 and ran until 1988.

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