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Weekend Reading: The Damned, Apes, Simpsons and Tex Avery

The Sixth GunHurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, power outages. It's been a wild couple of climate change-enhanced weeks. Let's play catch-up across the internets:

Cullen Bunn is having a career year and let’s hope it’s the first of many. The creator of The Sixth Gun got his Oni Press series, The Damned, picked up by Showtime for a series. He’s already gotten The Sixth Gun optioned to SyFy for a series. If they both make it to air, Bunn will have two more shows on the air than DC Comics.

Apes: Rich Handley reviews the fourth issue of Darryl Gregory and Carlos Magno’s Planet Of The Apes, from Boom! “BOOM!’s Apes run stands on a pinnacle, one sure to end badly for humanity.” But all good for readers and fans.

Republicans: My pal Doug Molitor from Funny Or Die looks at 12 Republican super-heroes. My favorite? The Human Torturer!

Jack: Man, that’s a lot of nice Jack Davis work that Michael Sporn posted. I really love those western covers, too.


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Leonardo On CBBC

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Television

LeonardoAttention Great Britain!

If you're going to be around what you folks call a telly on Monday evening April 11, you might want to check out a TV series called Leonardo that's airing on CBBC at 5:15pm (17:15).

The first episode is called "Anything Goes." UK's Telegraph has already given the show a thumbs up, saying it "has its roots in traditional adventure drama. And thoroughly engaging it is too."


Showtime Picks Up Chew Script

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Television, Image Comics

ChewTony Chu will soon be taking literal bites out of crime... on TV.

Showtime recently purchased a script -- written by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer -- based off of John Layman and Rob Guillory's Chew, which chronicles FDA Agent Chu's detective work, primarily performed thanks to the psychic impressions he receives from eating things (which aren't always the most edible).

Circle of Confusion, the company behind fellow Image TV adaptation The Walking Dead, is fueling the project, which Stephen Hopkins is set to direct and executive produce.

While I imagined back-to-back marathons of Chew and The Walking Dead on AMC, I take comfort in the fact that Chew has found its TV home at Showtime, which has seen a show centering on a serial killer continue past five seasons.

The biggest question, of course, is whether or not Ken Leung will be cast as Tony...

Read More | Deadline

Comic Book Jobs: Checking Out Craigslist

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Television

Jimmy KimmelLet’s take a look at the job offerings on my favorite employment-based website.

Do you have a bit of Alex Trebek or Jimmy Kimmel lurking inside you? Well, they’d like it back. Oh, wait. No, there’s a production company that’s looking for a host for the pilot of their new comic book show.

A different TV pilot, this one in New York, needs extras for a fight scene between a superhero and a super-villain.

Do you play music? Do you have a band? You could be chosen to be on the soundtrack for a comic book mini-series.

Hound Comics has a deal for the blogging community involving Miami Wizard World 2011 and some press credentials.

An “established and award-winning production company” is looking for an artist to create a style guide for their upcoming animated series.

And finally, the call is out in Canada for “Female Ninjas.”

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: Jimmy Kimmel]


Winner: Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode III

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Television, DC Comics

Robot Chicken Star WarsIn the pantheon of Star Wars material, my favorite movie is The Empire Strikes Back. My next favorites? The Robot Chicken specials.

So I was thrilled to read that over the weekend the writers on Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III just won an Annie Award for Writing In A Television Production.

The credited writers are Matthew Beans, Zeb Wells, Hugh Sterbakov, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, Mike Fasolo, Douglas Goldstein, Tom Root, Dan Milano, Kevin Shinick & Hugh Davidson along with one other guy: DC Comics' Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

Congratulation to all the winners!

The Brewmasters at Cartoon Brew have all the details on all the winners. Be sure the read through the comments while you're there!

[Artwork: Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode III]


MySpaceTv to Air Quarterlife

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet, Videos

QuarterLifeMySpace has decided to enter the world of reality shows, at least that’s how it appears. Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, creators of “My So-Called Life,” are putting together QuarterLife on MySpaceTV. While we are not exactly sure of the content, the preview shows it to be a group of twentysomething friends that do odd things to each other on and with the net. We visited the site itself where we discovered that it may be an interactive show, or perhaps just a tie-in to get others to the second site. The show will make its debut on November 11 on MySpace and the day after on the QuarterLife site.

Read More | MySpaceTV

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