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Turns out there was good reason Adult Swim was taking its time on deciding to renew their iconic animated series “Rick and Morty,” and it wasn’t a question of if so much as ‘how big a renewal’. Today comes the news and it’s a whopper.

THR reports that in a new ‘longterm deal’, the network has handed out a 70-episode order of the cult cartoon from co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. That is more than double the 31 episodes that have aired to date across three seasons and pushes it past the 100 episode number which allows for rich syndication deals.

Should it stick to the current episode count, it would take the show through to a tenth season airing sometime well into the late 2020s, though no time frame for the episodes has been announced.

“Rick and Morty” has become the flagship show of Adult Swim, ranking as TV’s No. 1 comedy, cable or broadcast, among millennials in 2017. To celebrate the news Adult Swim is rolling out a multi-city pop-up, the Rickmobile, to cater to the fervent fan base kicking off May 17th in Atlanta and ending at San Diego Comic Con in July.

Source: “Rick and Morty” To Get 70 New Episodes – Dark Horizons

 

In this new format, join AJ and he sits down and discusses his comic book ideas.  This will be the first in a long series to help relaunch the podcast.

AJ is joined by The Plagued creators Daniel Whitfield and Camille Alaras-Whitfield as they discuss Stephen King, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and their creative process as a newly married couple.

Fans will experience a cyberpunk take on the RAT QUEENS by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Will Kirkby from Image/Shadowline this July in an electrically thrilling one-shot, RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: NEON STATIC.

“This one shot is an opportunity to take the Rat Queens to a space that we’ve never been before,” said Wiebe. “With Will Kirkby, the Neon Static issue is unlike anything we’ve ever done before, and his artistic style is the perfect opportunity to experiment with any wild ideas that come to mind. It’s all the personality you’d expect in a setting you’d never expect. Cyberpunk sass and sorcery.”

Readers will need to strap themselves in for a ride to an alternate and futuristic world, where the Rat Queens take to the neon streets of Palisade as an elite team of shadow operatives. An anonymous fiend creeps through the dark web, stealing identities and blackmailing innocent civilians for cold, hard Goldyen—and only the Queens can stop him!

RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: NEON STATIC one-shot hits stores on Wednesday, July 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 25th.

Source: RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: NEON STATIC—an electric new one-shot

Amazon Studios has put in development two hourlong genre drama series, East of West and Transhuman, from comic book creator Jonathan Hickman based on his graphic novels. He is teaming on both projects with another comic book creator, The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman who will executive produce via his company’s Skybound Entertainment’s first-look deal at Amazon Studios.

Both projects will be created and executive produced by Hickman and Nick Dragotta and J.M. Ringuet, the artists on Hickman’s Image Comics books East of West (Dragotta) and Transhuman (Ringuet). East of West will be written by Hickman, I hear search is underway for a writer to pen the Transhuman adaptation.

Also executive producing both shows are Skybound’s Kirkman, Alpert, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst (Dice). Additionally,  Transhuman will be executive produced by Josh Adler (Stash House).

East of West is set in a reimagined Western landscape where America is divided into seven nations. This iconic science fiction series follows “Death” as he braves his fellow riders, monsters, and corrupt gunslingers in his quest to save his mortal family from the Apocalypse.

Transhuman is a science fiction drama set in the near future. The show centers around a divorced couple, who ran rival major corporations, offering humans the ability to genetically and robotically enhance themselves.

“Nick, J.M. and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Skybound and Amazon,” said Hickman. “We feel very strongly about each project and couldn’t be more appreciative of how far both companies have gone to make us feel welcome. We look forward to doing the work and hopefully doing it well.”Hickman is behind the award-winning East of West, Black Monday Murders and The Manhattan Projects comics series. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author who wrote the Avengers, Secret Wars and the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics.

Hickman is repped by Verve, Circle of Confusion and Katz Golden Rosenman.East of West and Transhuman are part of Amazon’s push in big-scope genre drama series as the streaming service is looking for a tentpole series in that arena.

Source: Amazon Developing ‘East Of West’ & ‘Transhuman’ Genre Series | Deadline

A new report indicates DC Films is currently seeking writers to work on a movie version of the 2007 limited series “The Highwaymen” being set up at New Line reports That Hashtag Show.

The 2007 limited comic book series followed a pair of elite deliverymen with a special knack for handling hazardous cargo, who are now both over the hill and separated by bad blood. The retired pair are then reluctantly called back into action.

In the wake of the report, creators Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin both took to Twitter to express delight at the news.

Source: New Line Planning A “Highwaymen” Film? – Dark Horizons

The hot new series, GIDEON FALLS, from the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man LoganNew York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, DESCENDER) and critically acclaimed artist Andrea Sorrentino—is being rushed back to print again. Issue #1 of the dread-inducing series is being rushed back to print a third time in order to keep up with the frenzied customer demand.

GIDEON FALLS is a series that explores the lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets. At the heart of the town’s secrets is the mysterious legend of the Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

GIDEON FALLS #1 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

 

Source: Lemire & Sorrentino’s GIDEON FALLS is unstoppable

In celebration of SyFy Channel’s forthcoming TV series adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s bestselling DEADLY CLASS, Image Comics is pleased to announce Google Play and ComiXology digital sales going on now through Monday, April 23rd.

It’s back to school for fans of DEADLY CLASS! Stock up on digital editions of the bestselling series by Rick Remender and Wes Craig and binge-read the series before the forthcoming SyFy TV show airs. Bone up on this ’80s punk-influenced story about a school for assassins—because at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

SyFy ordered DEADLY CLASS to pilot in September of last year, and Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott adapted the popular series for television. They will also serve as executive producers alongside Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Mike Larocca. Adam Targum from Chipmunk Hill also served as executive producer on the pilot, along with Lee Toland Krieger, who also directed. Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions will produce.

Source: Image Comics celebrates the forthcoming SyFy adaptation of DEADLY CLASS with digital edition flash sales 

A new rumor has popped up indicating that this year’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” will NOT include a traditional single-player story mode, the first mainline game in the series to ship without a campaign.

Polygon reported the story and when reached for comment, an Activision spokesperson told them: “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th.”

Sources for the site say as the release date approached, it was evident the single-player campaign wouldn’t be completed and so Treyarch has refocused development on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode.

There will also be an emphasis on co-op as a potential stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience. The game series initially built acclaim around its single-player campaigns but those have gotten shorter and shorter as the series became increasingly synonymous with multiplayer.

Activision is expected to ship a remaster of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” this year as well, and that will focus on the single-player campaign as it will be shipping without the original game’s multiplayer component.

“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” is scheduled for release on October 12th on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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