Saturday, October 21, 2006

Dark Horse Comics January 2007 solicitations

AKIRA CLUB
KATSUHIRO OTOMO (W/A)
On sale Mar. 7
FC, 256 pages
$29.95
HC, 8 ½" x 11"
Katsuhiro Otomo's epic manga, Akira, is considered by many to be the finest work of graphic fiction ever created, a work of astonishing power and visionary scope, and possessing a level of illustration skill unmatched in the annals of the medium. Now available for the first time in an English-language edition, Akira Club is an essential companion to Akira, a dazzling collection of Otomo's mind-blowing visions, including over one hundred title-page illustrations created for the original serialization but not included with the published collections of Akira. The book also features rarely seen alternate art, preliminary drawings, production sketches, and a variety of Akira posters, advertisements, and products, all accompanied by fascinating commentary by the artist himself. No Akira enthusiast, manga fan, or devotee of fantasy and science-fiction illustration should be without Akira Club.

BANYA: THE EXPLOSIVE DELIVERY MAN VOLUME 3
KIM YOUNG-OH (W/A)
On sale Mar. 14
b&w, 184 pages
$12.95
TPB, 5" x 7"
The cunning and intrepid Banya faces his greatest challenge yet! The unstoppable delivery man finds himself in the middle of a mysterious dispute at the heart of a sacred temple-trapped between devout warrior-priests and the vicious, ruthless Torren! But Banya pledges allegiance to no religion or country, only to the motto of the Gaya Desert Post Office: "Fast. Precise. Secure." Banya's certainly no stranger to mayhem, and he proudly asserts, "There isn't a delivery I can't make!" This time, however, have he and his young cohort Kong bitten off more than they can chew?

BERSERK VOLUME 16
KENTARO MIURA (W/A)
On sale Mar. 28
b&w, 240 pages
$13.95
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"
Warrior supreme Guts has been marked for sacrifice to the armies of the damned, and now he has the blood of a village of possessed children on his hands, a horde of elf-demons straight out of a fairy-tale fever dream. But now Guts must deal with the Queen of the Elves herself, and though she may be cute as a button, she has hideous power and lethal intent, and in her wake, no one lives happily ever after!

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #121: THE SPARROW NET part 4 (of 4)
HIROAKI SAMURA (W/A)
On sale Jan. 10
b&w, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
Crazy little Döa may have the quickest temper out of all the Ittö-ryü warriors, but this tigress turns into a kitten when she thinks she's lost her beloved Isaku forever.
Downstream from their quick, puzzling battle with Edo policemen, Döa and Rin rest for a moment and ponder their next move. Rin finds her relationship with Döa taking an odd turn, and a long journey is about to begin for both of them. Samura finally gives some hints regarding Döa's past before returning us to Manji's cell and the sick experiments being performed by Kagimura's new doctor!

CLASSIC DC CHARACTER #1: SUPERMAN
On sale Mar. 7
5" tall
Limited edition of 2,000 pieces
Each statuette is packaged in a litho-printed full-color tin box and includes a vintage-style pinback button, and booklet about the character
$49.99
In an exciting collaboration, Dark Horse Comics and DC Direct, DC Comics' action figure and collectible company, are teaming to create a new series of vintage-style statuettes featuring four of DC Comics' best-known characters. Modeled after products that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s, the four new statuettes being produced by Dark Horse are designed and manufactured consistently with earlier "syroco"style figure.

CLASSIC PEANUTS CHARACTER #4: SCHROEDER
On sale Mar. 14
5" tall, limited to 1200 pieces, includes booklet and button
$39.95
Inspired by "syroco" sculptures that were popular in the 1930s and 40s, the 10 new statuettes from Dark Horse are designed and manufactured in a style consistent with the earlier figures. This month we feature the fourth statue-Schroeder. Produced in a limited edition of hand-numbered copies, the figure is fully painted and ready to display. Pigpen will be the fifth release, followed by the rest of the gang in a pattern of monthly releases.

CONAN #36
TIMOTHY TRUMAN (W), PAUL LEE (P), DAVE STEWART (C), and TONY HARRIS (Cover)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
"Crom curse Picts and Prophets!"
King Conan has traced the treachery to its source: a dark Prophet who has rallied the Picts to arms. Now, the Cimmerian must place his life in the hands of a mysterious Pictish witch as he ventures into the depths of the ocean to find the only weapon that can stop the Prophet.

CONAN AND THE MIDNIGHT GOD #1 (of 5)
JOSHUA DYSART (W), TONE RODRIGUEZ (P), MICHELLE MADSEN (C), and JASON ALEXANDER (Cover)
On sale Jan. 3
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Conan has won the throne of Aquilonia and the hand of the beautiful Zenobia. With a kingdom to rule and an heir on the way, will the Cimmerian finally put up his sword for good?
Don't bet on it.
When his bride and country are attacked by a sinister Stygian sorcerer, Conan strikes back at Stygia with all his might-and the might of Aquilonia-in a move that threatens to throw all Hyboria into chaos!
The long-awaited reunion of Violent Messiahs creators Joshua Dysart and Tone Rodriguez, Conan and the Midnight God #1 opens an exciting new chapter in the adventures of the barbarian king.

THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS
ROD ESPINOSA (W/A)
On sale Mar. 7
b&w, 240 pages
$9.95
TPB, 8" x 5"
Once upon a time, a greedy dragon kidnapped a beloved princess . . . but if you think she just waited around for some charming prince to rescue her, you're in for a surprise!
Princess Mabelrose may not be the fairest of the land, but she has enough brains and bravery to fend for herself in a fantasy world of danger and adventure! From a mighty dragon with an army of trolls, to a tyrant tiger king, Mabelrose meets each challenge with courage and pluck, her bravery winning her the help and friendship of many of the people, creatures, and magical beings she encounters in her quest to find her way home.

CRIMINAL MACABRE: TWO RED EYES #2 (of 4)
STEVE NILES (W), KYLE HOTZ (A), MICHELLE MADSEN (C), and TIM BRADSTREET (Cover)
On sale Jan.24
FC. 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
A hospital bed might seem like a nice, safe place for an injured man to be, but not if he's Cal McDonald. As if it weren't bad enough that Cal was hospitalized after being on the receiving end of an extreme case of police brutality-now he's enduring an even more surreal horror, one known commonly to drug addicts as "withdrawal." Cal's body may be healing but the nightmare visions the withdrawal brings threaten to tear what remains of his sanity to shreds. And when Cal finally does make it to the other side of this ordeal, he wakes up only to discover that the world's deepest, oldest evil-the vampire Nosferatu -came calling and took Cal's ex Sabrina with him!

CRIMINAL MACABRE: SUPERNATURAL FREAK MACHINE
STEVE NILES (W), KELLEY JONES (A), and TIM BRADSTREET (A)
On sale Apr. 7
FC, 120 pages
$17.95
TPB, 7" x 10"
Escaped mad doctors and possessed muscle cars are all in a day's work for supernatural investigator Cal McDonald and his undead sidekick Mo'Lock.
When an old enemy Cal sent to prison escapes, his sights are set on exacting cold revenge on the guy who put him there. And it looks like he'll have to cut through everyone Cal loves to get to him . . . perfect!
Cal knows what he's up against, and he's hardly batting an eye. He's already put this guy away once, and it's not like prison makes people bitter, right? And besides-things are looking up. He's even got a new car to brag about-a spiffy 1973 Nova. Too bad the guy who died in the car before Cal bought it has no intention of leaving!

CRYING FREEMAN VOLUME 5
KAZUO KOIKE (W) and RYOICHI IKEGAMI (A)
On sale Mar. 14
b&w, 384 pages
$14.95
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"
Once a humble ceramics artist, the infamous assassin known as Crying Freeman has risen in power to become the head of the 108 Dragons, the most powerful criminal organization on earth. But power has its price, and there is no end to the number of rival groups gunning for 108 Dragons's turf-and for Freeman's head. Faced with an army of kidnappers and a host of assassins, each more deadly than the last, how long can Freeman's luck hold out? Will the Dragons be torn apart by warring rivals or poisoned by betrayal from within? Will Freeman's sensitive, compassionate heart be the Dragons's redemption or their downfall? Can Freeman and his loved ones survive the painful realities that come with living in a world of vicious gangland warfare? All questions will be answered in this, the final volume of Crying Freeman!

DIARY OF INDIGNITIES
PATRICK HUGHES (W)
On sale Mar. 21
Novel, 256 pages
$14.95
TPB, 4" x 6"
A hilarious account of life's daily disappointments and victories, as told by blogger Patrick Hughes. From reminiscing about being a teen in the '70s to chronicling another family Christmas with Jello shots, Hughes has the right amount of candor, wit, and perversity for these vignettes to really pack a punch.
Diary of Indignities first came to public notice on the popular blog Bad News Hughes
(http://badnewshughes.blogspot.com), where thousands of readers are flabbergasted, disgusted, and amused every day by Hughes's whimsical stories of soul-melting shame. The indignities generated by the author's uncanny life and talent for personal failure include more than your average share of embarrassment, heartbreak, carefree violence, booze, bodily injury, hypochondria, inappropriate nudity, painful rashes, neuroses, colonoscopy procedures, and unpleasant smells, and are all totally true. Well, except for the bits that are really obviously just kind of made up. Most people can tell the difference.

DWIGHT T. ALBATROSS'S THE GOON NOIR #3 (of 3)
THOMAS LENNON (W), ARVID NELSON (W), SCOTT ALLIE (W), THOMAS SNIEGOSKI (W), ERIC POWELL (P), MARK FARMER (I), GUY DAVIS (A), HUMBERTO RAMOS (A), ROGER LANGRIDGE (W/A), and TODD HERMAN (A)
On sale Jan. 24
b&w, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
The final issue of this anthology miniseries goes out with a bang as comics and Hollywood stars alike unite for one last romp through the world of Eric Powell's The Goon.
The issue begins with the return of Powell's pal, co-creator of the Comedy Central hit show Reno: 911! Thomas Lennon to the comics scene, teamed up with B.P.R.D. artist-extraordinaire Guy Davis! Further stories come from Arvid Nelson, creator of Dark Horse's newest horror title Rex Mundi, along side Humberto Ramos, hot off the heels of his debut on Marvel's Wolverine and co-creator of the Dark Horse miniseries Revelations; as well as a very special appearance by British indie artist Roger Langridge, creator of the critically acclaimed Fred the Clown! And as a special bonus, Dark Horse's own intrepid editor Scott Allie also brings to life his own little corner of The Goon universe with the help of Jefferson Street Studio-mate Todd Herman, as they examine the life of one of the book's most underrated heroes, Willy Nagel.

EMILY THE STRANGE VOLUME 1
COSMIC DEBRIS (W/A)
Available Now!
b&w w/red, 160 pages
$19.95
TPB, 7" x 10"
Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl-she's got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats, and famous friends in very odd places! She's got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you're invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER
HOWARD CHAYKIN (W) and MIKE MIGNOLA (A)
On sale Mar. 14
FC, 200 pages
$19.95
TPB, 7" x 10"
Discover the stories that defined the genre of sword & sorcery through the eyes of legendary comics writer Howard Chaykin and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola!
Since their first appearance in 1939, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have ranked among the most beloved characters in fantasy. Their rollicking adventures in the fantastic land of Nehwon have influenced the work of some of the best in modern fantasy, including Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett, and countless others.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 1.5: HUMAN-ERROR PROCESSOR #4 (of 8)
SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 24 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Top cybercrime agent Motoko Kusanagi has returned-or has she? Well, whoever "Motoko" is-or isn't-she's back on the job with Batou, protecting a comatose key witness from assassination, a killing designed to end the investigation of a case involving lethally defective micro machines. But the bad guys don't only have little machines, they also have great big combat mecha perfectly capable of taking apart the hospital-not to mention Matoko and Batou-to terminate the target!
Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor presents for the first time in America the "lost" Ghost in the Shell stories, created by Shirow Masamune after completing work on the original Ghost in the Shell manga and prior to his tour-de-force, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface. This deluxe-format issue concludes "Drive Slave," the second of four Ghost in the Shell tales.

GREMLIN WITH PIPE STATUE
On sale Mar. 15
3.5" tall
$44.99
One of the publishing events of this or any other year is the re-presentation of a long-lost jewel, Roald Dahl's Gremlins. Purchased by Disney in the 1940s, and only published once as a book, Dark Horse brought the book back in October and has also been creating new Gremlins stories. Are we excited? You bet!
But wait . . . that's not all. Dark Horse, working closely with the creative talents at Disney Consumer Products and Gentle Giant Studios, has been crafting an ambitious program of toys, dolls, and other collectibles based on Gremlins.
This month, we offer you the Gremlin with Pipe statue-taken directly from the pages of the Gremlins book! Made of polyresin, this is the first Gremlins statue we have produced, but more will follow. No expense has been spared to create the most animated, detailed, and mischievous interpretation possible!

GUNSMITH CATS: BURST VOLUME 1
KENICHI SONODA (W/A)
On sale Mar. 21
b&w, 192 pages
$10.95
TPB, 5" x 7"
Rally Vincent and Minnie-May Hopkins are two regular American girls. Regular American girls who own a gun shop, and might have dabbled in prostituion, respectively. And who happen to be a crack shot and an explosives expert, respectively.
These might be odd skills for American girls, but these two happen to be Chicago's top bounty hunters. Rally can shoot the trigger off a gun from a good distance, and May generally wreaks havoc with explosions and cuteness. And together, with some very useful friends and associates, they make up the Gunsmith Cats.
"Burst" finds our ladies back at work, back in action, and . . . back in trouble. Now presented in the favored Japanese, right-to-left fomat, Gunsmith Cats: "Burst" aims to please.

HEART OF EMPIRE: THE LEGACY OF LUTHER ARKWRIGHT 2ND EDITION
BRYAN TALBOT (W/A)
On sale Mar. 2
FC, 296 pages
$27.95
TPB, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"
In a future alternate-reality Earth-one existence in a swirling maelstrom of parallel worlds-a vicious totalitarian British Empire reigns supreme. But in Rome, the dying Pope sets into motion a dark plan to place the throne of Britannica under papal control-by any means necessary. And while such temporal machinations threaten the world's political and social stability, a monstrous force is building across the multiverse, and a countdown begins to almost certain dimensional apocalypse! Luther Arkwright has saved a universe before, but with an infinity of universes threatened with annihilation, all of Arkwright's preternatural talents are needed. If only Arkwright weren't dead . . .

HELLGATE: LONDON #3 (of 4)
IAN EDGINTON (W), STEVE PUGH (P), DAN JACKSON (C), and ALEKSI BRICLOT (Cover)
On sale Jan. 10
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Betrayed by the traitor Wyvern, the search party of Jessica Sumerisle, Saul Petrus, and the mysterious Seeker Jane was attacked on an abandoned London Underground platform and had their blood-won prize abducted by demons. The desperate team now must venture into the rotten heart of London, infested by gruesome hellbeasts, to reclaim their last hope for survival. This ancient tome, the Harbour of Knowledge, may be the key to driving all of Hell's loathsome creatures back from the face of the Earth . . . but have they judged a book by its cover?

IT RHYMES WITH LUST
ARNOLD DRAKE (W), LESLIE WALLER (W), and MATT BAKER (A)
On sale Feb. 28
b&w, 112 pages
$14.95
TPB, 7 1/4" x 5 1/8"
In 1950, writers Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller, both attending college on the G.I. Bill, envisioned a sophisticated, novel-length comic tailored to their peers. Collaborating with comics art master Matt Baker, known for singularly defining the genre of "good girl art" on titles such as Phantom Lady, they crafted a film-noir inspired masterwork of romance, intrigue, and moral relativity. When cynical newspaperman Hal Weber reunites with old flame Rust Masson, he finds the beguiling widow of a mining magnate willing to do anything to undermine the local political machine-her only opponent for total control of Copper City!
This painstakingly restored replica volume includes a new introduction by writer Arnold Drake providing a first-hand history of the graphic novel. Before winning the Bill Finger Award for lifetime achievement in comics writing, before creating Deadman, or writing Doom Patrol and X-Men, Drake helped bring the original "picture novel" to life, a true milestone in the history of comics!

ORION 2ND EDITION
SHIROW MASAMUNE (W/A)
On sale Feb. 14
b&w, 280 pages
$17.95
TPB, 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
In the mighty Yamata Empire, magic and technology are one and the same. Now, the Empire is preparing its ultimate feat of psycho-science: the destruction of all the negative karma in the galaxy! But will this mystical purification be the salvation of humanity-or the trigger of its ultimate destruction? Only one being can save the Empire from its folly: Susano, the God of Destruction. Wild, arrogant, and homicidal, Susano has come to teach the world the true nature of power!
Shirow Masamune, creator of Appleseed, Dominion, Intron Depot, and Ghost in the Shell, has earned a huge worldwide following with his unique, eclectic, and visually stunning blend of science-fiction and fantasy. Orion is Shirow at his wildest, and is now for the first time in America published in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan. Plus a variety of great bonus features: art gallery, Orion glossary, and notes on the text composed by Shirow himself!

OUTER ORBIT #2 (of 4)
ZACH HOWARD (W/A), SEAN MURPHY (W/A), HANS RODIONOFF (W), and Charlie Kirchoff (c)
On sale Jan. 17
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
What do you get when you mix two down-and-out space-idiots, an angry space-sexpot, a priceless space-idol, and a herd of murderous, revenge-seeking space-zealots? How would we know-we asked you! See Quinn and Krunk try to entertain the trigger-happy 3-Dog and his faithful cohorts with their butt-clenching tale of high adventure. See Quinn finally sort out his relationship with the irresistible Neoki with the simple aid of a breaching bomb. See Krunk tackle the awesome task of figuring out what his mom wants for Mother's Day (what do you get a lady who wears a welding mask to the hair salon?), but figures out how to cure his insomnia-with a brick!
Created without a lick of shame by Zach Howard (Shaun of the Dead) and Sean Murphy (Scarecrow: Year One; Off Road), with screenwriter Hans Rodionoff, Outer Orbit is high-velocity, intergalactic action that puts the ass in assinine, featuring more grown men in thongs than a Lance Bass calendar shoot!

THE PERHAPANAUTS: SECOND CHANCES #4 (of 4)
TODD DEZAGO (W) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (A)
On sale Jan. 24
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
In this issue-everything happens!
Seriously.
"From the slightly deranged and feverishly creative minds of Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau…" -Augie De Blieck, Jr., Comic Book Resources
"…good clean comics fun." -Augie De Blieck, Jr., Comic Book Resources
"…it would be a shame to see it get lost in the flood of new titles arriving on shelves these days." -Augie De Blieck, Jr., Comic Book Resources
"…even the letters column continues the mirth and mayhem of the comic." -Augie De Blieck, Jr., Comic Book Resources
"#@&%!! Can't you guys find anybody else to pimp your crappy book?!?" -Augie De Blieck, Jr., Comic Book Resources

PREDATOR: FLESH AND BLOOD
MICHAEL JAN FRIEDMAN (W) and ROBERT GREENBERGER (W)
On sale Mar. 7
Novel, 250 pages
$6.99
TPB, 4" x 6"
Humans have all but destroyed the Earth, creating an opportunity for unscrupulous moneymakers to take advantage of the destruction. One family, the Ciejek clan, have made their fortune exploiting Earth's misfortunes. But with power comes corruption. The members of the Ciejek clan are at each other's throats, enlisting the help of the fearsome Predators to settle the score . . . When the Predators arrive, however, the brutality the warriors unleash is far beyond what the Ciejek family could have imagined.

REIKO THE ZOMBIE SHOP VOLUME 6
REI MIKAMOTO (W/A)
On sale Mar. 14
b&w, 192 pages
$12.95
TPB, 7 1/4" x 5 1/8"
The rip and slash horror action gets nastier in this installment of Reiko the Zombie Shop! This time Reiko faces off against a cabal of new superzombies brought together by a mysterious new necromancer, a young man with the power to rob Reiko of her "gift" and who may be the greatest threat she's ever faced!

THE RETURN OF THE GREMLINS #3 (of 3)
MIKE RICHARDSON (W) and DEAN YEAGLE (A)
On sale Jan. 31
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Poor Gus will never look at England the same way again. He arrived from the States only days ago in order to sell a house willed to him by his grandfather. Seemed simple enough! But since then he's been beset by mysterious hauntings, accosted by real-estate thugs, tied up, roped into saving Gremlin creatures from eviction, and literally knocked off his feet by Molly, a lovely young librarian with a black belt. To top it all off he's landed in jail, and his house is about to be bulldozed! What he needs now is a brilliant plan . . . and hundreds of tiny friends up for uncontrollable mischief. Hold on to your hats, everybody-the Gremlins are going to fight back in the only way they know how!

SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH VOLUME 2 #3 (of 5)
RON MARZ (W), LUKE ROSS (A), and ROB SCHWAGER (C)
On sale Jan. 10
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
The samurai Shiro has crossed continents and the Mediterranean Sea in order to be reunited with his love, Yoshiko. Now he finds himself searching Egypt's crowded bazaars and empty sands for her. But unknown to Shiro, Yoshiko has been taken to the desert stronghold of a powerful warlord and locked away in his harem. And her only hope of escape may well be the villainous Spaniard, Don Miguel.
The superb team of Ron Marz (Ion) and Luke Ross (Jonah Hex) continue their sexy, swashbuckling, romantic epic.

SATSUMA GISHIDEN VOLUME 3
HIROSHI HIRATA (W/A)
On sale Mar. 21
b&w, 264 pages
$14.95
TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"
Water is a force to be reckoned with. It can break metal in an instant, or over time. And it surely can shatter a society crippled by politics and fear. This is the story of Edo-era Japan, of a nation divided by social strata and infighting. A few bold samurai must force many disparate and poor regions to sacrifice their very lives for the future in order to hold back the nation's raging rivers. In this original tale of blood, guts, brutality, and anger, the history of Japan unfolds in true period drama.

SOCK MONKEY: THE INCHES INCIDENT #3 (of 4)
TONY MILLIONAIRE (W/A)
On sale Jan. 17
b&w, 24 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
In this thrilling third chapter of the adventure we find the Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow drifting out to sea with the Captain at the helm of a floating piano. All is far from well, though! On the horizon they spot the terrifying dolly, "Inches," sailing after them with a large and dangerous-looking cannon pointed straight at them. High-seas horror is the inescapable order of the day in the latest chapter of Tony Millionaire's comics masterpiece Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident!

STAR WARS: 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION VOLUME 1-THE FREEDON NADD UPRISING
TOM VEITCH (W), TONY ATKINS (A), DENIS RODIER (A), SUZANNE BOURDAGES (C), and DAVE DORMAN (Cover)
On sale Mar. 14
FC, 56 pages
$16.95
HC, 7" x 10"
The planet Onderon, almost four thousand years before the Battle of Yavin and the events in A New Hope: Freedon Nadd is dead, but his dark spirit lives on, and it has been used to abduct Jedi Master Arca! Nomi Sunrider and Ulic Qel-Droma lead the mission to free their Master, but not before the evil King Ommin spreads the seeds of Sith evil to a new generation . . .
Out of print for a decade, this deluxe hardcover limited-edition of The Freedon Nadd Uprising kicks off Dark Horse's year-long celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Star Wars!
Each month, the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection series will bring readers a limited-edition hardcover of the best of Dark Horse's Star Wars graphic novels. Available only through Direct Market retail outlets, each volume's print run is limited to initial orders and will not be reprinted.

STAR WARS: BOBA FETT-MAN WITH A MISSION
THOMAS ANDREWS (W), RON MARZ (W), JOHN OSTRANDER (W), JOHN WAGNER (W), CAM KENNEDY (A), ADRIANA MELO (A), FRANCISCO RUIZ VELASCO (A), and TSUNEO SANDA (A)
On sale Mar. Mar. 14
FC, 104 pages
$12.95
TPB, 7" x 10"
The greatest bounty hunter in the galaxy faces four of his most dangerous missions in this volume of hard-to-find Boba Fett adventures!
Whether it's taking on an Imperial ship designed to wipe out entire alien species or battling amidst a vicious civil war fueled by both the Rebellion and the Empire, entering an abandoned Star Destroyer seeking a mysterious prize or settling a dispute between an Imperial outpost and the local leadership, there's no job too deadly for the man in the Mandalorian armor-if the price is right!

STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #4-THE PATH TO NOWHERE part 4 (of 5)
WELLES HARTLEY (W), MICK HARRISON (W), DOUGLAS WHEATLEY (A), and RONDA PATTISON (C)
On sale Jan. 31
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
How many bad deeds can be justified by one good deed? In order to help his friend Bomo Greenbark, Jedi Dass Jennir has been forced into a series of questionable actions-and none is more potentially destructive than the one he now contemplates.
Or is this the true genius of Palpatine's evil? The Jedi, their status destroyed and their order broken, must now become outlaws and lawbreakers in order to do what was once considered their duty.
The dark times have barely begun, and already Dass Jennir is so engulfed in darkness, he wonders if he will ever find his way back!

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #13
JOHN JACKSON MILLER (W), DUSTIN WEAVER (P), MICHAEL ATIYEH (C), and BRIAN CHING (Cover)
On sale Jan. 31
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, the wildest space adventure in the Old Republic begins a new story arc featuring stolen starships, killer droids, and the debut of a dangerous villain!
When fugitive Padawan Zayne Carrick and his small-time con artist cohort Gryph part ways with their friends on the Last Resort, the odd couple sets out to score a new ship. Soon enough, the two find that helping themselves to something they can't afford carries a much higher price than they bargained for! Meanwhile, a sinister power from across the galaxy begins hunting the Last Resort, determined to stop at nothing until the ship's owners are within his grasp!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #8
JOHN OSTRANDER (W), ADAM DEKRAKER (A), and BRAD ANDERSON (C)
On sale Jan. 10
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing
The first issue of Legacy revealed the facts of the attack on the Jedi Academy on Ossus and of the betrayal of Emperor Roan Fel by Darth Krayt and the Sith. Now it is time to learn of the machinations and of the secret alliances behind those actions.
Grand Moff Nyna Calixte supervises intelligence gathering for the Empire. Darth Maladi does the same for the Sith. Together they could form an unbeatable team, able to sway the course of a galaxy. That is, if they don't destroy one another first!
From the ambush of the Galactic Alliance's fleet to Roan Fel's narrow escape from assassination, the true story of the Sith overthrow of the Empire can at last be told!

THE TWO FACES OF TOMORROW
JAMES P. HOGAN (W) and YUKINOBU HOSHINO (A)
Available Now!
b&w, 576 pages
$19.95
TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Midway through the Twenty-first century, an integrated global computer network manages much of the world's affairs. A proposed major software upgrade-an artificial intelligence-will give the system an unprecedented degree of independent decision-making power, but serious questions are raised in regard to how much control can safely be given to a non-human intelligence. In order to more fully assess the system, a new space-station habitat-a world in miniature-is developed for deployment of the fully operational system, named Spartacus. This mini-world can then be "attacked" in a series of escalating tests to assess the system's responses and capabilities. If Spartacus gets out of hand, the system can be shut down and the station destroyed . . . unless Spartacus decides to take matters into its own hands and take the fight to Earth.

USAGI YOJIMBO #100
STAN SAKAI (W/A), WITH SPECIAL GUESTS SERGIO ARAGONÉS (W/A), GUY DAVIS (W/A), MARK EVANIER (W), RICK GEARY (A), FRANK MILLER (W/A), JAMIE S. RICH (W), MIKE RICHARDSON (W), SCOTT SHAW (A) JEFF SMITH (W/A), and ANDI WATSON (A)
On sale Jan. 31
b&w, 32 pages
$3.50
Ongoing
Stan Sakai's biggest admirers-who also happen to be some of the hottest names in comics-come together to celebrate one hundred issues of Usagi Yojimbo at Dark Horse!
Featuring eight extra story pages for a total of thirty-two, Usagi Yojimbo #100 is structured as a good-natured roast of both Usagi and Stan, kicking off with an opening by publisher Mike Richardson and artist Rick Geary before launching into unforgettable contributions from Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, Guy Davis, Mark Evanier, Scott Shaw, Jamie S. Rich, and Andi Watson-not to mention Stan Sakai himself!
This extra-special issue is the ultimate introduction to the world of the rabbit ronin and his inimitable creator, a perfect entry point for anyone who ever wondered why the adventures of this long-eared hero have been among the most acclaimed all-ages comics for over two decades!

Friday, October 20, 2006

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Halloween Comics!



Image from the Grand Comic Book Database.

New "Fantastic Four 3" pictures

Superhero Hype has posted a few new set pictures from the film, depicting the wedding of Sue Storm and Reed Richards.





See the Best Fantastic Four Sites on the Web.

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 20, 2006

Comics artist Neal Adams plans a feature cartoon based on his Bucky O'Hare character.

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A movie spin-off of the old Jim Henson "Fraggle Rocks" TV show is in the works. From the press release:

The untitled film will for the first time take Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red on an adventure outside of Fraggle Rock where they will interact with the strange beings in "outer space" (also known as humans). The treatment is being written by author Ahmet Zappa (The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless) who will also executive produce the project with Brian Henson and Jason Lust. Lisa Henson will produce.

Lisa Henson said, "'Fraggle Rock' has remained a favorite project at our Company and has certainly continued to be loved by its many devoted fans, so we are thrilled to begin work on this project. With its message of celebrating diversity and its ambitious goal of promoting world peace, now is the perfect time to embark on a new Fraggle adventure."
"I'm very excited to be working with The Jim Henson Company on this project," said Ahmet Zappa. "So much of my childhood was spent watching 'Fraggle Rock' ... I never missed an episode! I'm also really looking forward to using music to tell the story; it played such a central role in the original series and truly helped create the 'Fraggle Rock' that we know and love today."


Ahmet Zappa, incidentally, is the son of late musician Frank Zappa.

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Check out Flash Hembeck's latest cover recreation!

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Naomi Watts has been offered the Tippi Hedren part in a remake of Hitchcock's "The Birds."

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NBC is rerunning three episodes of "Heroes" as a mini-marathon Sunday night. Check yer local listings.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Pop Artifact! Trick or treat!

Halloween Comics!

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 19, 2006

20th Century Danny Boy posts some rare pencil art by the great comics artist Ross Andru.

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Ain't it Cool reviews the "Doctor Who" spin-off show "Torchwood."

The basic premise of the show is that there is a secret organisation, Torchwood, who work outside the Government protecting against alien threats and scavenging any technology left behind. They are led by Captain Jack from Series 1/27 of Doctor Who, whom we last saw being resurrected by a superpowered Rose and abandoned in the 50th century.

The episode we saw last night was the first one and it did all the jobs a pilot should do - introduced the set-up and the characters and added enough mystery to make you want to keep watching.


More info on the show here.

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Indy comics publisher Fantagraphics is opening a Seattle retail store.

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Scar Stuff serves up a big batch of Halloween-themed LPs for sharing.

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Yoko Ono is suing the EMI label saying she's been shorted royalties on John Lennon's record sales.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, accuses EMI and Capitol Records Inc. of violating a half-dozen agreements by "willfully and knowingly underreporting royalties" by hiding the "true use and disposition of Lennon's recordings."

Ono's three-page filing, which included a summons and notice but no detailed complaint, also accuses EMI and Capitol of "intentionally and systematically rendering dishonest and grossly deficient accounting statements."


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Meanwhile, George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison says long-awaited reissues of the Traveling Wilburys CDs are slated for release sometime soon. The disks have been out of print forever.

UPDATE: Pre-order and see full info about the Traveling Wilburys reissue here.

"Lost" clues: "Further Instructions" Ep. 3, Season 3



Synopsis:

We catch up with Locke, Desmond and Eko after the Hatch implosion. Locke and Desmond are battered but ok. Eko is missing.

Back on the beach, Locke quickly builds a sweat lodge where he retreats in order to meditate and determine what to do next. He has a series of visions, in which he talks with the deceased Boone and determines Eko has been taken by a surviving polar bear. With Charlie, Locke rescues a half-dead Eko from the bear's lair.

Also, Hurley returns to the beach camp and updates everyone on what's happened to Jack, Kate and Sawyer.

In flashbacks, we see Locke living on a farm/commune that supports itself by growing marijuana. The settlement is infiltrated by an undercover cop picked up hitchhiking by Locke. Locke has finally found happiness in the commune and wants to do anything he can to protect the situation. He lures the cop alone into the woods, planning to kill him, but he can't force himself to commit murder. We see the cop leave, not knowing how the situation resolves.

Clues, observations, speculation:

* There are bones and remnants of a Dharma uniform in the bear's lair. Along with a Tonka dump truck!



* Eddie, the undercover cop, is wearing a Geronimo Jackson t-shirt, which is remarked on by Mike, the leader of Locke's farm/commune. Eddie said the shirt belonged to his dad. Last season, a Geronimo Jackson LP is discovered in the Hatch.



* The Hatch implosion blew off all of Desmond's clothing.

* Desmond remarks to Hurley about Locke's speech about going to rescue Jack, Sawyer and Kate. The thing is, Locke hadn't yet made this speech. Hurley is duly freaked out.

* Is Desmond psychic? Does Locke project his thoughts somehow (last season, he and Eko exchanged dreams)? In this episode, Eko seems to awake from unconsciousness to give Locke guidance, but we're not sure if Locke imagines this or if it really happened. Are the three implosion survivors somehow sharing a mind link or something?

* In Locke's vision, he sees all the other key plane crash survivors. Charlie and Claire are shown and Boone tells Locke "they'll be ok... for a while." Is this a clue to future problems for the couple?



* Speaking of Charlie, could he be any more self-centered and annoying? His lack of concern for what became of Locke, Eko and Desmond is startling. By episode's end, though, a glimmer of his old self seemed to be coming through.

* Does Locke's vision give us a view of the future, with people getting on planes to go home after getting off the island? Or does it refer to before the crash?

* In the vision, Sawyer is holding what appears to be a tourist pamphlet for San Francisco, with the Golden Gate Bridge on it. Last season, there was an upside-down pic of the bridge on the wall of the Australian psychic's place.



* Desmond is shown in the vision as a pilot, followed by flight attendants. In a way, it appears he's responsible for the "trip" everyone is on--his inaction resulted in the plane crashing and his girlfriend is somehow tied in with Dharma and everything that's going on with the island. Boone says Desmond is "looking after himself."

* And Benjamin Linus is depicted as an airline security guard.

* Looking at the remnants of the Hatch (basically now just a big hole in the ground), how in the world did anyone survive the implosion?

* The tip of Eko's walking stick features a verse from John 3.05: "Lift up your eyes and look north."



* An error or clue: Locke has different birthdates on his driver's license and gun registration when he's pulled over by the Sheriff's deputy.



* Charlie tells Locke: "You can't tell me what I can't do." Variations on this sentiment crop up often on the show. Locke, Jack and others have said it.

* Is the drawing on this promo shot for the episode a joke, or an outtake?



* The episode includes a jokey reference to the film "Altered States" when Charlie cautions Locke about changing into a monkey when entering the sweat lodge. Another possible in-joke, Charlie remarking about tree being good conversationalists. Is this a reference to Dom's previous role in the "Lord of the Rings" films?

New and upcoming action figures Oct. 19, 2006

Complete List of Marvel Legends Action Figures
Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

Here's a look at action figures available via your local comics shop or via the TIP!-supporting links below:

DC Direct Action Figures

Alex Ross Justice League Action Figures Series 4
--Shazam
--Black Adam
--Hawkman
--Zatanna
--Solomon Grundy

Batman Dark Victory
--Batman
--Commissioner Gordon
--Scarecrow
--Robin and Penguin

Crisis on Infinite Earths Series 3
--Weaponer of Qward
--Doctor Light
--Superboy prime
--Batman
--Huntress

DC Direct Reactivated Action Figures
--Batman
--Wonder Woman
--Lobo
--Superman

DC 13-inch Figures
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Green Lantern
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Lex Luthor
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Two-Face
Deluxe Edition 13-inch Aquaman

Elseworlds Action Figures Series 2
--Red Son Batman
--Red Son President Superman
--Kingdom Come Jade
--Kingdom Come Spectre and Norman McKay
--Gotham By Gaslight Batman

Infinite Crisis Action Figures Series 1
--Powergirl
--Omac
--Mongul
--Earth Prime Superboy
--Alexander Luthor

JSA Action Figures
--Mr. Terrific
--Hawkgirl
--Dr. Midnite
--Hourman
--Golden Age Atom 2-pack

Hanna Barbera Series 2 Action Figures
--Captain Caveman
--Fred Flintstone and Dino
--Johnny Quest
--Magilla Gorilla
--Penelope Pitstop and Muttley
--Tom and Jerry
--Yogi Bear
--Flintstones at the Drive-In

Hasbro Spider-Man Origins Figures
--Set of 8
--Spider-Man
--Spider-Man Venom costume
--Green Goblin
--Doctor Octopus
--Iron Spider-Man
--Wolverine
--Captain America
--Daredevil

John Lennon
--JOHN LENNON 18" Action Figure

Lost series 1 action figures
--Jack
--Charlie
--Hurley
--Kate
--Locke
--Shannon
--Hatch box set

Lost series 2 action figures
--Crash site box set
--Sawyer
--Jin
--Sayid
--Desmond
--Sun

Marvel Figure Factory Sets
--Angel
--Beast
--Black Costume Spider-Man
--Deadpool
--Invisible Woman
--Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Action Figures

Hasbro Marvel Legends Figures Series 1
--Emma Frost
--Ultimate Iron Man
--Movie Beast
--Planet Hulk
--Banshee
--Hercules

Hasbro Marvel Legends Action Figures Series 2
--Wolverine
--She-Hulk
--Yellow Jacket
--Quick Silver
--Lord Asgard Thor
--Magneto Xorn
--X3 Jean Grey
--First Appearance Storm

Marvel Legends Series 14
--Original Armor Iron Man (variant)
--Longshot
--Baron Zemo (variant)
--Luke Cage: Powerman
--The Falcon (variant)
--Psylocke

Marvel Legends Series 15
--Mandarin
--Beta Ray Bill
--Moon Knight
--Spider-Woman (variant)
--Quicksilver (variant)
--Thor-Buster Iron Man
--Wasp (variant)
--Captain Marvel (variant)

Marvel Legends Masterworks Sets
--Spider-Man Vs. Green Goblin
--Fantastic Four Vs. Mole Man
--Hulk Vs. The Thing
--Galactus Vs. Everybody

Marvel Select Figures
--Cloak and Dagger

Best of Marvel Select Figures
--Grey Hulk
--Thanos
--Ultimate Spider-Man
--Green Goblin

Marvel Studios
--Dr. Doom with Mask
--Dr. Doom unmasked

Star Wars Transformers
--Millennium Falcon With Han Solo and Chewbacca

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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Halloween Comics!



Image from the Grand Comic Book Database.

Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 16, 2006

Members of Monty Python reunited for the London premiere of "Spamalot."

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"Veronica Mars" producer Diane Ruggiero is developing a superhero/comedy series for the CW.

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Indy cartoonist Daniel Clowes ("Art School Confidential," "Ghost World") is recovering from open heart surgery performed earlier this week.

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The mainstream press finally cottons to the fact that pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was a plagiarist, swiping his "comics panel" paintings wholesale from real comics panels by the likes of Irv Novick, Russ Heath and other folks who toiled throughout their careers as work-for-hire freelancers with no benefits or royalties.

Comic book companies owned the original copyrights. DC Comics declined to comment for this article. Russ Heath, a DC artist whose work Lichtenstein used, says the publisher was never interested in suing Lichtenstein, probably because there wasn't much money to be made. ``He never even had me over for a cocktail, and then he died. So I guess I'm out of luck."

Ninety-year-old artist George Tuska couldn't come to the phone, but his wife, Dorothy, says they had no idea that a 1961 Buck Rogers panel drawn by her husband became ``Emeralds," a valuable Lichtenstein canvas. ``Oh my God," she says. ``That is unbelievable." Sotheby's sold ``Emeralds" to an anonymous buyer for $1.6 million in 1999.

One artist whose work Lichtenstein appropriated, Joe Kubert , says he doesn't care. ``My focus is on what is happening today." As it happens, the Lichtenstein Foundation uses an exact copy of a Kubert picture of a fierce dog, titled ``Grrrrrrrrrrr!!" to illustrate a warning to copyright violators on its website. Grrrrr indeed.


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Oct. 29 is Wonder Woman Day in Portland, Ore.:

...as a charity benefit for Portland's most protective women and children's shelters — Raphael House and Bradley-Angel House — Excalibur Comics will host "Wonder Woman Day" on Sunday, October 29th from 2pm to 6pm. The free all-ages event will include a trio of comic book artists signing Wonder Woman comics and special art prints, as well as a silent art auction with over 100 of the world's top artists contributing original art, plus raffles, costumes, rare memorabilia, and more!

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Via Drawn!: Check out the Comics Cover Browser.

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"Lost" secrets: Here's the transcript of a long interview with "Lost" creators J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

"Lost" preview Oct. 18, 2006: "Further Instructions"

See a video teaser for tonight's show.

Read ABC teaser copy about tonight's show. Spoilers may apply.

Read about what happened last week, including This is Pop Culture's roundup of clues and observations.

See promo pics for tonight's episode.

See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Come back here tomorrow for a roundup of clues and observations from "Further Instructions."

The Beatles' Love album out Nov. 21

Here are details from the official press release:

APPLE CORPS LTD/CAPITOL RECORDS TO RELEASE THE BEATLES "LOVE" ALBUM IN STEREO AND 5.1 ON NOVEMBER 21, 2006

Apple Corps Ltd/Capitol Records are to release the Beatles LOVE album in stereo and 5.1 November 21st. This will be the first Beatles album available in 5.1

The stereo CD will contain 78 minutes of music. The DVD surround sound version on DVD disc album will be a slightly extended version with 81 minutes of music.

After being asked by the remaining Beatles, Ringo and Paul, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, to make experimental mixes from their master tapes for a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Sir George Martin, The Beatles legendary producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create LOVE. The result is an unprecedented approach to the music. Using the master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles have created a unique soundscape. The release of this album, which is also featured in the Cirque du Soleil/Apple Corps collaborative production of the same name at The Mirage in Las Vegas, has been much anticipated.

"This album puts the Beatles back together again, because suddenly there's John and George with me and Ringo," said Paul McCartney. "It's kind of magical."

"George and Giles did such a great job combining these tracks. It's really powerful for me and I even heard things I'd forgotten we'd recorded." commented Ringo Starr.

"The album has the feeling of love and that's why the title is Beatles LOVE," added Yoko Ono Lennon, "They have let everything that is beautiful and daring come out." "The music is stunning. I think the most amazing thing about it is that you can pull it apart and find that all the elements carry with it the essence of the entire song," said Olivia Harrison.

Andrew Slater, President & CEO, Capitol Records said, "The Beatles and George Martin invented everything we love about modern recorded rock music. It is only fitting that they now shake things up and create the new blueprint for rediscovering and falling in love again with the soundtracks to our lives."

The 5.1 disc is a DVD-Audio/DVD-Video hybrid. The audio is presented in high-resolution 96/24 5.1 surround on the DVD-Audio part of the disc. The DVD-Video part carries 5.1 surround in DTS and Dolby Digital as well as a PCM stereo mix. This DVD album is designed to be played on DVD video equipment but will carry no video component.

The "LOVE" CD and DVD track listing is:

1. Because
2. Get Back
3. Glass Onion
4. Eleanor Rigby
Julia (Transition)
5. I Am The Walrus
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing
8. Gnik Nus
9. Something
Blue Jay Way (Transition)
10. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter
11. Help!
12. Blackbird/Yesterday
13. Strawberry Fields Forever
14. Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows
15. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
16. Octopus's Garden
17. Lady Madonna
18. Here Comes The Sun
The Inner Light (Transition)
19. Come Together/Dear Prudence
Cry Baby Cry (Transition)
20. Revolution
21. Back In The U.S.S.R.
22. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
23. A Day In The Life
24. Hey Jude
25. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
26. All You Need Is Love

You can pre-order both the
special edition and standard versions of the album now on Amazon.


New Comics Oct. 18, 2006

See complete lists:
DC Archives
DC Showcase
DC Trade Paperbacks
Marvel Masterworks
Marvel Essentials
Marvel Trade Paperbacks
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 17, 2006

Pete Townshend tells Rolling Stone about the first Who album in 24 years.

...Roger had committed publicly to the idea that we were going to make a record, and he felt he'd look like a complete idiot if we didn't make any new music.

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Patrice Holloway, who voiced Valerie Brown on the "Josie and the Pussycats" toon has passed away.

Before her singing role as Valerie, Holloway recorded records for Motown and Capitol Records and co-wrote the hit song "You've Made Me So Very Happy" with her sister Brenda, which became a hit for Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1969.

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"Lost" episode preview: "The Cost of Living" Nov. 1, 2006

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"The Cost of Living" - A delirious Eko wrestles with demons from his past, while Locke and some of the other castaways head back to The Pearl -- one of the Dharma Initiative's island stations -- hoping to find a computer that they can use to locate Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Meanwhile, Jack doesn't know whom to trust when two of "The Others" seem at odds with one another, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"Lost" stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.

Guest starring are Kiele Sanchez as Nikki, Rodrigo Santoro as Paulo, Michael Bowen as Pickett, Adetokumboh M'Cormack as Yemi, Muna Otaru as Amina, Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Emeka, Jermaine "Scooter" Smith as Daniel, Michael Robinson as trader, Ariston Green as guard, Lawrence Jones as soldier and Alicia Young as blind woman.

"The Cost of Living" was written by Alison Schapker & Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Jack Bender.


See the Best "Lost" Sites on the Web.

Upcoming DC Direct items January 2007

See DC Comics Solicitations for January 2006

See a Complete List of DC Direct Action Figures

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FABLES STATUE: BIGBY & SNOW WHITE
Designed by Mark Buckingham, sulpted by Jim Maddox.
This statue of Bigby Wolf and Snow White from Vertigo's Fables series statue stands approximately 10.5" high x 8" wide x 9" deep (including base), includes a four-color Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a four-color box.
$195, in stores on June 6.


BATMAN/SPAWN STATUE
Designed and Sculpted by Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Toys.
Tying in to the Image comic Spawn/Batman: Inner Demons, this incredible, limited-edition hand-painted cold-cast porcelain statue of Batman and Spawn measures approximately 12.5" high x 12.75" wide x 10.75"deep. It is packaged in a four-color box and includes a four-colorCertificate of Authenticity.
$225, in stores on June 20.


REACTIVATED! KINGDOM COME SERIES 2: ACTION FIGURES
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base. Figures include Batman (7"), Superman (6.75"), Wonder Woman (6.75") and Green Lantern (6.75").
Price TBA, in stores on June 13.


WHO'S WHO MYSTERY BOX SET #3
A new series of Mystery Box figures featuring the JLA on Apokolips! This series of 2.5" scale micro trading figures features six JLA figures battling on Apokolips! In addition, bonus parts included with each character can be assembled to create a miniature Darkseid statue! Each includes a full-color collectible character profile card. These 6 figures are individually packaged in a closed four-color box (with a check on the back of the box designating the figure inside). Shipped in a counter-ready four-color display. Some minor assembly required.
Includes Superman (3.5"), Batman (3.5"), Plastic Man (3.75"), Big Barda and Mr. Miracle (3.5"), Wonder Woman (4") and Orion and Kalibak (4.25").
Price TBA, in stores on June 6.


BATMAN DELUXE VINYL STATUE BY KOTOBUKIYA
Under special arrangement with Japanese manufacturer Kotobukiya, DC Direct brings this deluxe 1:6 scale vinyl statue of Batman back in a new production run! This statue stands approximately 11.5" tall and is packaged in a 4-color window box. This new production run of the Batman Vinyl Statue is manufactured to order.
$99.99, in stores on June 27.


THE JOKER DELUXE VINYL STATUE BY KOTOBUKIYA
Under special arrangement with Kotobukiya, DC Direct presents this brand-new, deluxe 1:6 scale vinyl statue of The Joker, Batman's deadliest arch-nemesis! This statue stands approximately 9.75" tall and is packaged in a 4-color window box. The Joker 1:6 vinyl statue is manufactured to order.
$89.99, in stores on June 27.

CD new releases Oct. 17, 2006

Live to Win by Paul Stanley

One More Drifter in the Snow by Aimee Mann

Real Live Roadrunning by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou

Hill Country Christmas by Willie Nelson

More CD releases

DVD new releases Oct. 17, 2006

Over the Hedge (Widescreen Edition)

Charmed - The Complete Sixth Season

La Femme Nikita - The Complete Fifth Season

C.S.I. New York - The Complete Second Season

Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Fourth Season

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Two

That '70s Show: Season 5

Starsky & Hutch: Complete Fourth Season

Big Love - The Complete First Season

The Omen (Widescreen Edition)

Icons of Horror: Boris Karloff

The Other

The Magus

The Very Best Of Sabrina - The Animated Series

Monty Python albums -- now remastered on CD

The recorded works of Monty Python have received a sonic sprucing up and are now available on CD with added bonus tracks.

Click the titles below to order any of the albums from Amazon.

B000NJWJB6 Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Buy New: $11.98

B000HT3RYA Another Monty Python Record
Buy New: $12.97

B000HT3RXQ Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Buy New: $15.99

B000HT3RX6 Monty Python's Previous Record
Buy New: $12.97

B000HT3RYU Life of Brian
Buy New: $12.97

B000HT3RZ4 Meaning of Life
Buy New: $14.97

B000HT3RY0 Live at Drury Lane
Buy New: $15.99

B000NJWJBG Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
Buy New: $11.98