DC Animated Universe

Storrie Provides Update On Classic “Gotham Girls” Comic Series

With the thirty-episode Gotham Girls web-series soon be available on DVD, as part of the upcoming Birds of Prey: The Complete Series DVD box set, it seems like a perfect time for the acclaimed Gotham Girls animated comic mini-series to be collected in the popular trade paperback format. However, according to Paul Storrie, there are no current plans for a collection.

“To the best of my knowledge, there are no plans for a collection of the Gotham Girls mini-series,” says Storrie.

However, when asked, Storrie did provide some words of encouragement for fans wishing to see this series collected.

“As to how fans might be able to encourage such a collection, while letter writing campaigns and the like are always nice, the best way to convince a publisher that there’s demand for a product is to convince your local comics retailer that there is demand for a product, ” says Storrie.

“After all, the retailer is really the first customer,” he continues. “Their orders determine how profitable a particular product will be for the publisher. When it comes to what gets collected, the biggest factor is potential sales. If the retailers convince DC that they’d sell a lot of Gotham Girls collections, I’m sure DC would do one.”

Storrie has fond memories of working on the mini-series, something he hopes the fans were able to pick up upon when they read it.

“When it comes to the mini-series itself, all I can say is that I had a great time writing it and I think that the excellent work of all involved still holds up,” says Storrie. “Illustrator Jennifer Graves (with layout assistance from Brad Rader and Rick Burchett on issues three and five) and inker J. Bone did a wonderful job on the art, Shane Glines and Rian Hughes did terrific covers and, I hope, my story was a fun ride for the readers.”

For fans looking for more from Storrie, he provided a quick update on what he has coming down the pipeline, as well as a few other recent happenings.

“Don’t have a whole lot of projects right now at a stage where I can talk about them, but I do have a one-shot coming out soon from Moonstone Books called Gabriel: Angel of Destruction,” Storrie says. “It’s part of their “Twilight Crusade” event, which is five books by five creative teams telling different stories involving the War between Heaven and Hell, played out in the modern world.”

“Also, later this year, I have another book coming out in the Graphic Myths & Legends series, this time featuring William Tell.”

Storrie also had a pleasant surprise earlier this year, with one of his book placing as a finalist in a prestigious category.

“I’m also pleased to report that my Graphic Myths & Legends book Beowulf: Monster Slayer is a finalist in this year’s Children’s Choice Book Awards,” Storrie says, “and Amaterasu: Return of the Sun is named in the 2008 Edition of The Best Childrens Books of the Year from the Childrens Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education.”

The World’s Finest would like to thank Paul Storrie for taking the time to answer a few of our questions. For more from Paul Storrie, please check out both his official website and blog for more.

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Note: The World’s Finest has also recently interviewed comic creators J. Torres and Todd Nuack. Please check out those recent interviews in the Teen Titans Go! subsection.

Further Details On “Justice League: Season One” Blu-Ray Release

The ad above states the following as extras on the August 2008 Blu-Ray release, as listed below.

-Creator’s Commentary on 3 Key Episodes
Inside Justice League: Creators’ Panel Discussion
Storyboards: The Blueprint of Justice
The Look of the League: Character Design
Justice League: The First Mission Never-Before-Seen Promo
The Blackhawks Theme Music Video

Warner Home Video is expected to release a full press release, with the official rundown of bonus material, shortly.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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“Justice League: Season One” Blu-Ray Release Announced

The Justice League: Season One Blu-Ray release is scheduled to hit shelves on August 19th, 2008. While no content details are known at this time, the collection is expected to have the same extras as the standard DVD release of Justice League: Season One. The entire first season of Justice League will be collected on three Blu-Ray discs. Suggested retail price is $59.95.

Warner Home Video is expected to announce the official details in the near future.

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Online Kids’WB! Venture, DC Hero Zone Press Release

Press Release:

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP LAUNCHES
COMPREHENSIVE STUDIO ANIMATION DESTINATION
REIMAGINING KIDS WB! AS A MULTIPLATFORM BRAND

KidsWB.com Is an Immersive and Engaging Destination Where Kids Call the Shots

Mattel and McDonalds Among Charter Advertising and Promotional Partners

Mattel to be the Launch Partner for the DC HeroZone area of KidsWB.com

Comcast to Be an Inaugural Distribution Partner

The Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) continues its multi-destination digital entertainment strategy with the launch of KidsWB.com, a premium, ad-supported destination built around youth-oriented, immersive entertainment which unites the Studios libraries of animated characters and programming, including Warner Bros. Animation, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics. The announcement was made by Bruce Rosenblum, President, Warner Bros. Television Group.

The launch of KidsWB is an opportunity for a cross-company initiative to reinvigorate and re-imagine our legendary characters and the way our businesses can work together, said Rosenblum. A compelling consumer destination that complements our existing television business, it will be an invaluable resource in developing properties and a strong addition to our digital strategy.

The Kids WB! broadcast network for children launched in 1995 and rapidly grew to become the number one programming block for kids aged 611. Todays unveiling of the new KidsWB.com (formerly announced as T-Works) signals the brands extension into the digital marketplace. Designed for children aged 612, KidsWB.com marks the first time that characters from across Warner Bros. unmatched collection of animation libraries have been assembled in a single online destination. KidsWB.com will give kids the ability to interact with these iconic characters in a new way, offering tools for them to personalize and customize their own online experience in a unique fashion.

At launch, the site includes a wide array of free entertainment features and content at both the main KidsWB.com destination and at two dedicated areas inside KidsWB.com: the DC HeroZone and KidsWBJr., focusing on pre-kindergarten users.

KidsWB.com features will include the following:

Games: More than 100 animation-themed games, including puzzle and card games, action, adventure, sports and arcade titles

Video: Thousands of videos from all the libraries of the vast Warner Bros. Animation collection

Prizes and rewards: One-of-a-kind weekly giveaways with prizes that only Warner Bros. can provide, such as real-world opportunities to interact with world-famous entertainment icons

Original programming: Original, made-for-digital animated video from some of the industrys most acclaimed creators, including new series Plastic Man and The Wizard of Oz, released under the Studio 2.0 banner

Monthly themes: Every month brings a new adventure, beginning with Mash Up May, which will enable kids to mix and match characters from all of Warner Bros. animation libraries through all facets of the site, including games, video, and downloadable content

Once inside KidsWB.com, users can explore the DC HeroZone, a thrilling destination for all DC Super Hero fans, complete with secret files, videos, games and exclusive downloads featuring the Worlds Greatest Super Heroes from the DC Universe including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a vast array of favorites.

For the pre-kindergarten set, KidsWB.com will also contain KidsWBJr., a walled garden of age-appropriate content and activities for kids aged 25 and their parents. KidsWBJr. will also feature video, games, activities and digital downloads.

Mattel, a close and longtime partner of Warner Bros., will have the rights to launch advertising and promotional partnerships for the DC HeroZone, which will feature a gallery showcase of their DC product. Mattels involvement with the new site will incorporate a number of fun and interactive ways to further engage kids on the site while also integrating deep online brand features, offline cross-promotions and other marketing-related support.

When we were first made aware of Warner Bros. plans for its new KidsWB.com destination and DC HeroZone area, we immediately knew we had to be a part of it and jumped on-board with additional ideas to help maximize the site and its offerings, said Doug Wadleigh, Vice President of Action Play Marketing, Mattel Brands. DC HeroZone serves as a fantastic vehicle for introducing kids to the world of DC super heroes, while also supporting our lineup of DC Super Hero action figures, vehicles, role play items and more, and provides a great opportunity that is a natural fit into our overall marketing mix.

KidsWB.com also launches with McDonalds as an advertising and promotional partner.

Plans for the next phase of KidsWB.com development include the fully immersive virtual worlds DC HeroZone and Warner Zone.

The DC HeroZone will combine the best of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation to create a rich storytelling experience with interactivity and game play that allows kids to go deep into the world of DC Super Heroes and uncover secret files, gadgets, locations and more.

Warner Zone will serve as a toon universe featuring rich interactivity between users. Kids design highly customized and personalized avatars from the Studios animated library and then connect with one another to explore many different worlds and environments.

An inaugural distribution partner for KidsWB.com is Comcast, which will offer programming on multiple advertiser-supported platforms, including its online entertainment destination, Fancast.com, for free streaming and its video-on-demand service for no additional cost. Titles available include The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Looney Tunes cartoons, Batman: The Animated Series, Smurfs,Superfriends, Space Ghost and Josie and the Pussycats, among others. (Additionally, WBTVG announced today that Comcast and Fancast.com will also serve as an inaugural distribution partner for programming from the newly announced destination TheWB.com, which includes hundreds of titles from current and original series, as well as those from the Warner Bros. collection.)

Comcast will have access to more than 1,000 TV episodes from the Warner Bros. library that it will make available for free streaming on Fancast.com and on video-on-demand. For the first time, consumers will have the ability to watch Warner Bros. hit series, kids shows and classic TV programs wherever and whenever they want to watch them, said Matt Bond, Executive Vice President, Content Acquisition for Comcast. Adding Warner Bros. brand and vast catalog of television entertainment across platforms is part of Comcasts Project Infinity, our vision to make exponentially more content available to consumers online and on TV.

KidsWB.com delivers on the promise of interactive animated entertainment, said Sam Ades, Vice President, Digital Animation, Warner Bros. Television Group. We are showing up with the right content, at the right time, on the right platform, and with an incredible user experience that will attract and engage todays savvy youth audience.

AOL will feature a KidsWB.com branded channel. The broadband channel will stream hundreds of episodes of animated programming from across the Warner Bros. Animation, DC Comics, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera collections.

Created by Warner Bros. Animation, KidsWB.com is WBTVGs next venture into targeted digital programming, following in the footsteps of TMZ.com, the leading entertainment news destination on the Internet and number one new syndicated television show; and MomLogic.com, a web destination for moms at all ages and stages.

The KidsWB.com design, development and operations teams are based in Burbank, Calif. The advertising inventory for KidsWB.com is handled by WBTVGs Digital Media Sales team.

As an industry leader in programming for children, Warner Bros. Animation and KidsWB.com adhere to strict standards with regard to online safety for kids. The KidsWB.com destination and all its features will fully comply with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, Sinkin in the Bathtub. Since then, WBAs characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, WBA is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studios rich cartoon heritage. WBA also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on, classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards, 36 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, five Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards.

About DC Comics
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics Web site is located at www.dccomics.com. DC SUPER HEROES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

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