XIII In English In 2010

You know what a good game on the original XBOX was? XIII. That, and Black were my two of my fave games on the old chunky console. XIII was based on the popular French comics, and now it’s being published in English through Cinebook, who specialise in bringing European comics to the West. The last time XIII was adapted for English readers was in 2006-07 with Dabel Brothers and Marvel, but was never finished. That’s about to change. Press release below.

Cinebook to publish cult graphic novel series “XIII” in English from May 2010

XIII French ComicOver the last 25 years, the dark, engrossing graphic-novel series “XIII” has attracted a cult following in French-speaking countries and beyond, with readers eagerly awaiting every one of the 19th instalments published so far.

Launched in 1984 by two Belgian authors, Jean Van Hamme and William Vance, “XIII” has been turned into a video game by Ubisoft as well as a TV miniseries starring Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer, which premiered on France’s Canal+ in October 2008 and on NBC in the US in February 2009. Such is the popularity of the graphic novel that a gallery of its characters drawn by Vance was used to illustrate special-edition “XIII” scratch card tickets in France since 2000.

The central character in “XIII” is an amnesiac on the run, caught in the crossfire as he tries to understand his true identity while attempting to make sense of various conspiracies swirling around him. With many twists and turns, it’s a compulsive read for teenagers and adults alike and has already been translated into several languages.

XIII FilmInitially serialized in Spirou magazine in 1984, “XIII” was created by Jean Van Hamme, the author behind “Thorgal” and “Largo Winch”–the latter in comic and book form as well as on the big screen,” and William Vance, illustrator of the bestsellers “Howard Flynn,” “Bruce Hawker ,” “Bruno Brazil”, “Bob Morane and Marshall Blueberry.”

From May 2010, Cinebook will publish “XIII” in English at the rate of one new volume every two months. Only three episodes of the cult Franco-Belgian bande dessinée originally saw the light of day in English in the late Eighties, so this will enable fans new and old to discover and rediscover the mystery series.

The Canterbury-based publisher has acquired the English-language publishing rights in an exclusive agreement with Mediatoon.

“I’m delighted that Cinebook has committed to publishing “XIII” alongside “Thorgal,” “Largo Winch” and “Lady S,” as well as “Blake & Mortimer.” “XIII” is another one of the many prestigious series Jean Van Hamme has been associated with over the years,” says Mediatoon director of Foreign Rights Sophie Castille.

“I’m proud to add this legendary series to our catalogue, especially as readers have been clamouring for it for several years,” notes Cinebook founder Olivier Cadic.

“XIII” joins internationally-famous series such as “IR$,” “The Scorpion,” “Insiders” and “Aldebaran,” already published by Cinebook in addition to other Van Hamme series, further strengthening its portfolio of English-language titles particularly popular with teenagers and adults.

Star Wars On iPhone

Sure, you can turn your iPhone into a lightsabre and impress your friends, but now you can go one better and read a slew of Star Wars comics on it too.  Check out a preview of Legacy Volume 1, right here.

STAR WARS™ COMICS ARRIVE ON iTUNES!

LUCASFLIM, THQ WIRELESS AND DARK HORSE COMICS PARTNER TO BRING STAR WARS™ TO THE iPHONE

Star Wars Legacy Vol. 1In a partnership that will echo through the cosmos, Lucasfilm, THQ Wireless, and Dark Horse Comics will release Star Wars™ comics to the iPhone mobile platform for the first time ever!

The selection of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Vol. 1 – Shipyards of Doom, Star Wars: Empire Vol. 1 – Betrayal and Star Wars: Legacy Vol. 1 – Broken represents three of the most important time periods in the history of the Star Wars galaxy. The three collections will span the time between the Clone Wars era, the Classic era and the distant future.

Star Wars: Empire Vol. 1 – Betrayal is set just weeks before the events of the original film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and follows a faction of disgruntled Imperial Officers attempting to overthrow Emperor Palpatine. But the plot is complicated by the emergence of the bounty hunter Boba Fett and by the loyalty of Darth Vader to his dark master. Betrayal will be released in four chapters, written by Scott Allie and drawn by Brian Horton.

Star Wars: Legacy Vol. 1 – Broken takes place more than a century after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and focuses on a fifth-generation Skywalker named Cade, a rogue Jedi and bounty hunter who travels the galaxy living by his own code. Broken will be released in two parts, written by John Ostrander and drawn by Jan Duursema.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Vol. 1 – Shipyard of Doom is based on the wildly popular animated series from Lucasfilm Animation and highlights events from the epic time period when Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padawan Ahsoka Tano struggled to maintain order and peace in a war-torn galaxy. Shipyards of Doom will be release in its entirety, written by Henry Gilroy, and drawn by the Fillbach Brothers.

Working together with Lucasfilm and THQ Wireless, Dark Horse Senior Editor Randy Stradley and Senior Web Designer Mike Denning carefully reformatted each panel and page to maximize the visual grandeur while staying true to the original comic books. All parties involved ensured that the material would transition to the new medium in the best format possible, delicately considering every word balloon and background image.

Dark Horse President Mike Richardson is delighted with the new program, stating, “Lucasfilm has been a proud and longstanding partner of ours, and I’m equally excited to be working with the wonderful people at THQ Wireless on this program. The stories of The Clone Wars, Legacy, and Empire embody some of the best comics in the Star Wars universe that Dark Horse has ever released. I think it’s wonderful that these key tales will be available to fans everywhere in a new and accessible way.”

Adam Comiskey, Vice President THQ Wireless commented, “Bringing a selection of some of the finest comic books to the iPhone mobile platform is an exciting chapter in our relationship with Lucasfilm. Our partnership with Dark Horse means that for the first time, Star Wars Fans will be able to use their iPhone to view a fantastic line up of comics.”

Detective Comics #856 Preview

Out today is the third part in the Elegy story arc in the new-Batwoman-focused Detective Comics, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III. Seeing as the bad girl is an Alice in Wonderland inspired villainess, it’s fitting that William’s luscious art is trippy.

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Splinter Cell: Conviction Trailer

Trailers for games these days often match, or exceed their Hollywood counterparts. This trailer has been out for a while now, but it’s definitely worth sharing. This is the fifth game in the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell franchise, starring Sam Fisher (voiced as always by Michael Ironside). Fisher’s on the run but is still able to be the tough guy and look cool at the same time. The much-delayed game gets released early next year.

Comics On Comics With Jonathan Hickman

Good news everyone! The appropriately titled Comics on Comics show is back with Jonathan Hickman, the creator of The Nightly News and current writer of Fantastic Four. Here’s the skinny.

Comics on Comics returns with a vengeance with its first-ever show at Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park!

Host Juan-Manuel Rocha welcomes rising comics superstar Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News, Pax Romana, Secret Warriors, Fantastic Four) along with comedians Ed Salazar (Tournament of Nerds, Portland Comedy Festival), Paul Cibis (TheAtrox.com) and Geekscape.net founder Jonathan London for another unforgettable round of comics & comedy!

After the show, Hickman will meet and greet fans in his first-ever Southern California signing appearance!

It all goes down Saturday, August 29 at Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park! The show begins at 1 p.m. and admission is FREE! Hickman’s autograph session will begin at 3pm.

Also, be sure to check out our video teaser for this event!

You can RSVP for this event on facebook or you can find us online at ComicsOnComics.com

Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave. in Canoga Park, CA.

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Newsarama And Image Talent Search

The headline below says it all, but here’s the lowdown on a unique opportunity for budding comic artists.

FRANK CHO AND DOUG MURRAY TEAM UP WITH IMAGE COMICS AND NEWSARAMA TO FIND THE NEXT COMIC SUPERSTAR WITH 50-GIRLS-50!

LIBERTY MEADOWS’ Frank Cho and THE NAM legend Doug Murray announce talent search with Newsarama!

Frank Cho Character DesignsAs announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, LIBERTY MEADOWS creator Frank Cho and THE ‘NAM writer Doug Murray are teaming up with Newsarama to seek out new talent for their upcoming Image Comics project, 50-GIRLS-50!

“When creating 50-GIRLS-50, Doug and I knew we wanted to go with a very different look than we’ve had on any previous collaboration,” Cho said. “Given the immense wealth of talent online, we decided an open call would be the best way to find someone. We’re open to seeing all styles for our prospective illustrator and look forward to the results.”

50-GIRLS-50 will be a science fiction, action adventure miniseries conceived and written by Cho and Murray with the artist working off Cho’s designs. Newsarama and Image Comics will keep contenders updated on their respective sites, with Newsarama giving you an exclusive inside look at the process and Image Comics’ brand-new 50-GIRLS-50 message board playing host to the submissions. Artists will also have the opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from Murray at this year’s Baltimore Comic Con, October 10th & 11th.

Murray added, “I can’t say we have a definitive style in mind, which is what makes this whole process all the more exciting. We’re eager to see what the emerging artists of the world have to offer.”

For full details and rules on The 50-GIRLS-50 Talent Search please go to Newsarama and Image Comics.

Metallic Attraction Trailer

From what I’ve gathered on this Hong Kong flick, it’s described as a romantic sci-fi film, a slapstick comedy and a CGI martial arts film. What I do know is that it’s set in the future, with warring robots, in which a cop becomes a cyborg. Could this be the Eastern version of Robocop, with a splash of Transformers spectacle and Jet Li-type action thrown in? The trailer has to be watched all the way through to make slightly more sense of it. It’s already been released in China and Hong Kong as Kei Hei Hup and selected, unprepared cinemas in the West as Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg. From the UK Guardian website:

“Lau, one of the producers on Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, came up with the idea after watching Bay’s films and noticing that the various Autobots and Decepticons lacked martial arts skills. “I burst out laughing when watching Transformers,” he says. “The effects were amazing but the robots didn’t know how to fight. So I decided our Chinese superheroes should be kung-fu experts.”

Kung Fu Cyborg was reportedly made on a budget of $14m (£8.5m), a third of which went on motion-capture and CGI technology to produce the robot action. That’s an awful lot less than the most recent Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, which cost an estimated $200m.”