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Mirror Mask, Demon Gun, Whiz Kids, More: Comics2Film wrap for July 16, 2003

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Mirror Mask, Demon Gun, Whiz Kids, More: Comics2Film wrap for July 16, 2003


On Friday evening Jim Henson Pictures will present attendees of Comic-Con International
with “Mirror Mask.”

new movie is written Comic-Con guest of honor Neil Gaiman and directed by
Gaiman’s frequent comic collaborator Dave McKean. The movie tells of a circus
performer, Helena (Stephanie Leonidas), caught between the kingdoms of light and

Gaiman and McKean will conduct a Q & A and show preview images from
the film. Executive producers Lisa Henson (“Good Boy!”) and Michael
Polis (“Kermit’s Swamp Years”) will also be on hand. 

Fans who won’t be going to
Comic-Con can find a first look at the movie in the latest issue of Entertainment
. The magazine presents this image (right) of Dark Queen Gina McKee
pondering Helena’s fate.

The “Mirror Mask” presentation runs from
4:30pm – 6pm in rooms 6CDEF.



From a press release:

Grand Design
, a global licensing agency representing comic book and
cartoon based properties, announced yesterday the completion of a motion picture
option agreement for Gary Cohn and Barry Orkin’s graphic novel, “Demon

Hat Productions has optioned film and television rights for the graphic

“Demon Gun” was originally published as a three issue series in
1996 by Crusade Publishing, and was recently published as a graphic novel in the
French market by publisher Esprit Livres. The graphic novel, written by Cohn and
illustrated by Orkin, is represented for worldwide licensing by Grand Design

“Demon Gun,” a chilling, supernatural story of vengeance set in the
old American west, tells the story of Preacher Howe and his quest for revenge
against the man who murdered his family and flock. The book brings together
meticulous historical research with an understanding of the Bible and Psalms,
resulting in a tale of frontier justice — with a twist.

Cohn is well known for his writing work at DC Comics and Crusade Fine Arts.
At DC, Gary and frequent writing partner Dan Mishkin co-created the titles
“Blue Devil” and “Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld.”

“I’m really excited about the prospect of ‘Demon Gun’ reaching a whole
new audience via television and film,” Cohn says. “When I first
created Preacher Howe many years ago I felt a strong affinity for the character,
and once Barry Orkin brought him to life with his stunning visuals, I knew we
had a property with great potential. Now that Grand Design and Yellow Hat have
arranged this option deal I believe that the tale of ‘Demon Gun’ has only just

“I loved working on this book. The old American West is rich with
interesting clothing, weapons and scenery to draw. It was also fun to depict the
supernatural elements,” says Orkin, a resident of Jackson Heights, New York
who attended LIU Southampton and studied fine art under Robert Munford. He also
attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he studied Illustration
under Andrew Gernt and Herbert Katzman

The principals of Yellow Hat are Paul Davids and Hollace Davids. 

Paul has produced, written and or directed such films as “Roswell”
(starring Kyle MacLachlan and Martin Sheen), “Starry Night” and
“Timothy Leary’s Dead.” 

Hollace, who has produced several films with her husband, Paul, is Sr. V.P.
of Special Projects for Universal Pictures and for three years was President of
Women in Film. Paul’s background is with Marvel Productions, where he
coordinated production of 90 episodes of “The Transformers,” some of
which he also wrote.

“Gary Cohn and Barry Orkin have created a compelling and unforgettable
work in ‘Demon Gun,'” says Paul Davids. “It’s truly haunting, and I
think it is powerfully dramatic material for a film. Preacher Howe is a dynamic
character just waiting for his chance to burn his power into the public mind. I
feel Yellow Hat was truly fortunate to develop a creative and business
relationship with Gary, Barry and David Bernstein of Grand Design

The Davids are also noted for a series of six “Star Wars” novels
they wrote for Lucasfilm and Bantam in the early 1990’s, which have been
international best sellers.

“I’m very happy that ‘Demon Gun’ is the first Grand Design
Communications represented property to be optioned for filmed entertainment
rights,” said Grand Design Communications President David Bernstein.
“Grand Design as been the leading American licensing agency representing
comics for foreign publication, and with this move we continue to grow in new
areas. We have several more properties we are shopping around for film and TV
sales, including ‘The Futurians’ by X-Men co-creator Dave Cockrum. We hope this
is just the first of more announcements to come”



AAA American Entertainment chief Philip Cable has announced an upcoming
casting call for his new comic-based feature “Whiz Kids.”

The movie is based on the nostalgic comics of the same name, spinning out of
“Big Bang Comics” and published by Image.

“Whiz Kids” is the code name for a team of wholesome teenage
superheroes and superheroines who are being trained in the effective use their
powers by a mysterious senior citizen who was once a masked crime fighter. AAA
will be seeking actors to fill out the team roster.

The audition will take place on Tuesday, July 29th, between the hours of 6:30
pm and 9:00 pm at the “What’s Up Europe” apparel gallery in Visalia,

The gallery is located on 124 West Main Street. Click
for directions.

The movie will star Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane in the 1950’s TV show
“The Adventures of Superman.” 

It will also feature martial arts star Lorin Taylor as the comic book
character Masker. Taylor previously played Masker in the direct-to-video film
“Knights of Justice”, also based on “Big Bang.”




Malcolm Harris of Manga Graphix writes
in to ask fans bound for Comic-Con International
to stop by and visit booth 1849, where the all-ages publisher will be making
their first appearance at the convention.

If you stop in and tell them, “Comics2Film sent me” they’ll give
you a discount on the first issue of their new books “Witch Girls” and
“Witch Girl Tales.”

So stop in with the secret password, or at least say, “hi.”



“Daredevil” DVD is due in stores July 29th, but Comics2Film and 20th
Century Fox are giving you the chance to claim your own copy for free!

Fox is providing us with five copies of the 2-disc set to pass
on to you, the faithful reader.

Just sign
up for our giveaway
between now and July 27th for your chance to win. 



has teamed up with Devil’s
Due Publishing
to give fan artists a chance to see their artwork in

We’re looking for a few good pencil and ink
gurus to work up a faux cover for the “G.I. Joe” comic. The top three
entries will be published in the pages of upcoming Devil’s Due comics.

just launched the contest, so there’s still plenty of time to enter. Click over
to the
website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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