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

Wed, July 16th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist



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

Weekly. 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

Communications, 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

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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

here 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

at Comics2Film.com 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 Comics2Film.com

website for complete details and official rules. Then draw that cover!

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