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Review: Nnewts: The battle for Amphibopolis

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Nnewts: The battle for Amphibopolis

By Doug TenNapel

215 pages, Scholastic Graphix, $19.99/$9.99

Doug TenNapel concludes his most ambitious work yet, the fanciful, energetic world of the Nnewts in this final volume, As with every other series from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint, it provides no synopsis so one hopes readers can keep track of the sprawling story with volumes coming a year apart.

And that’s the biggest concern with this book aimed at 8-12 year olds: it is so large and complex a tale, with so many characters, and a complicated mythology and internal logic that on the surface it’s a confusing mess of kinetic energy.

As introduced in Escape of the Lizzarks, we are introduced to the residents of Nnewtown and its wide assortment of characters. They are being threatened and it falls to young Herk to embark on a journey to save everyone. The Rise of Herk raised
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Review: Nnewts Book Two: The Rise of Herk

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Nnewts Book Two: The Rise of Herk

By Doug TenNapel

202 pages, Scholastic Graphix, $19.99 (hc)/$10.99 (pb)

I admire Doug TenNapel’s imagination and productivity. A new year and a new book from the cartoonist. This year’s offering is the second instalment in his new Nnewts universe, a follow-up to last year’s Escape from the Lizzarks.

It’s a colorful, imaginative world of varying races and creatures but the basic battle between good and evil remains recognizable to readers. The Nnewts are one of the predominant races and poor Herk was intentionally born with weak legs, all part of some master destiny. He gains magical powers and is called upon to use them to protect Amphibopolis from the threat of the vile Snake Lord.

The story is also about family, the one made from blood and the one made from love. He’s been separated from his brother Zerk, raised
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Review: Bone: Out from Boneville Tribute Edition

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Bone: Out from Boneville Tribute Edition

By Jeff Smith

192 ages, Scholastic Graphix, $14.95

Bone is a phenomenon that just keeps growing, it seems. Jeff Smith’s self-published debuted in 1991 and charmed readers who discovered the black and white fantasy. However, he found a brand new audience when Scholastic added the series, in color for the first time, to their Graphix imprint. There now are the nine volumes, Rose (with art by Charles Vess), Tall Tales, Bone Handbook and three illustrated prose novels from Tom Sniegoski.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this incredibly successful partnership, Scholastic is releasing next week a hardcover Tribute Edition of volume one. The complete, still-charming is on hand but there is also additional material. We start with the 10-page poem “An Ode to Quiche”, written by and critiqued by the monsters who plague the fellow from Boneville. There are nine pinups culled from the other
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Graphix’s 10th Anniversary Celebrates with new art, new artists

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New York, NY—January 29, 2015—Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking Graphix imprint in 2015, with a yearlong celebration to include collectible giveaways, special events, and new publishing. Graphix is dedicated to publishing engaging, age-appropriate graphic novels for children and teens. Supported by librarians, teachers, and most important, kids, Graphix titles have become bestsellers around the globe and continue to receive awards and critical acclaim including multiple Eisner Award wins and nominations, a Stonewall Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, an Edgar Allan Poe nomination, and 14 New York Times bestsellers to date.

In celebration, twelve Graphix artists have each created original art in honor of the 10th anniversary of Graphix: James Burks, Nathan Fox, Jimmy Gownley, Matthew Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Mike Maihack, Dave Roman, Greg Ruth, Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Doug TenNapel, and Craig Thompson. Prints by these
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Review: Nnewts Book One: Escape from the Lizzarks

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Nnewts Book One: Escape from the Lizzarks

By Doug TenNapel

186 pages, Scholastic Graphix, $19.99 (hc)/$10.99 (pb)

There is no doubt Doug TenNapel is a highly imaginative and creative storyteller. I look forward to the day when he works with an editor to bring out the very best in his worldbuilding and stories. After a series of one-off stories, including Cardboard, Tommysaurus Rex, Ghostopolis, and Bad Island, he embarks on a series set in a new reality.

In Nnewts, he pits amphibians versus lizards in a realm that is far from Earth and focuses on Herk, a young Nnewt who yearns for being fully amphibious but his weak legs, a product from birth, prohibit that. Still, when disaster strikes Nnewtown, he is the sole person to make it out and embarks on the Hero’s Journey to find help.

At one juncture, he encounters the Lizard God and a few things are
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How Hasbro Wants to Take the Financial Reins of its Movies Starting with ‘My Little Pony’

How Hasbro Wants to Take the Financial Reins of its Movies Starting with ‘My Little Pony’
After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.

The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.

“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great stories to activate our brands,
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'Cardboard' Adaptation Lands New Writer

Fox Animation is giving Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Cardboard another go. The studio has hired Dance of the Dead's Joe Ballarini to write the script.

Back in 2012, Fox announced that it would adapt the graphic novel, with TenNapel as executive producer, but it's been a long process. There was also a rumor that Tobey Maguire would voice one of the main characters, but that remains to be seen.

Cardboard tells the story of a young boy and his father who must battle cardboard monsters that magically come to live. The film is being produced by Gotham Group.

Ballarini previously wrote the script for Atlantic 7. He also sold a spec titled Lockdown at Franklin High to Sony, with Michael Bay producing. He also sold a medieval action fantasy pitch called Merlin to New Line Cinema.

Source: Deadline
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Script News: Avatar, Idolmaker, Cardboard

Avatar 2, 3, 4

James Cameron has confirmed which writers worked on which scripts for all three back-to-back "Avatar" sequels. After much work, the first screenplay is expected to be ready within weeks.

"Avatar 2" was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, "Avatar 3" was written by Josh Friedman, "Avatar 4" was written by Shane Salerno. James Cameron will score a co-writing credit on all three. Writer Steven Gould has also been involved with the process and has been tasked with writing the novelizations for each movie. [Source: The New York Times]

Idolmaker

MGM has hired Sascha Penn to pen the latest version of "The Idolmaker" remake which has Craig Brewer attached to direct and Justin Timberlake circling to star.

The original 1980 film followed the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered the likes of Frankie Avalon and Fabian. [Source: Deadline]

Cardboard

Joe Ballarini ("Dance of the Dead") has been tapped to pen Fox Animation's upcoming
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Joe Ballarini To Script Graphic Novel Adaptation ‘Cardboard’ For Fox Animation

Exclusive: Fox Animation is moving again on animated adaptation Cardboard. I’m hearing Dance of the Dead‘s Joe Ballarini has been tapped to adapt the graphic novel written by Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel, which the studio optioned in 2012 with Epic‘s Chris Wedge attached to direct. Story tracks a young boy and his father who must battle cardboard monsters that magically come to life. Gotham Group and Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures are producing. Ballarini previously scripted Atlantis 7 for Walden Media, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, and Gotham Group. He also sold spec Lockdown at Franklin High to Sony with Michael […]
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Thomas McCarthy Adapting Tommysaurus Rex For Universal

Studios aren’t just looking to superhero comics for inspiration for their blockbusters; less “super” graphic novels and stories have also been adapted, to varying degrees of success throughout the years. Films like 300, Sin City, Cowboys & Aliens, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Red come to mind and now, Universal has set its sights on a story from Image Comics with big box office potential: Tommysaurus Rex.

Universal actually bought the rights to the project a decade ago, when Mary Parent was the co-president of the studio. They even paid $1 million for the rights and tried to make the film happen under David O. Russell’s direction. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground and wound up getting shelved. Now, it seems Universal is blowing the dust off the comic book’s pages and trying again, with news that the studio just hired Win Win director Thomas McCarthy to pen the screenplay and possibly direct.
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300 Sequel Rises, Zorro Reborn, Claudia Kim Joins Avengers 2, Tommysaurus Rex Lives, Sony Nabs New Max Brooks Comic

Box Office Despite the failure of other recent swords-and-sandals movies and the fact that it's been seven years since the original, 300: Rise of an Empire is expected to rule the box office this weekend. In light of its $3.3 million Thursday late-night take and estimated $16 million-plus Friday, the sequel to 300 is predicted to have a $40 million-plus debut at the domestic box office. The movie is also doing well overseas, taking in an estimated $12.1 million in its first two days.

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Reboot Sony Pictures is looking to reboot its Zorro franchise and they've tapped competitive fencer-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal (Old Man's War) to craft "a new backstory" that combines "gritty realism" with an "emotional core." Though the studio wants to avoid making a "traditional swashbuckler," there will be plenty of sword fights and bare knuckle boxing, reports Deadline. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, currently
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"Grasshopper," "Sermon," "Rex" Adapted

Grasshopper Jungle

Scott Rosenberg ("Con Air," "High Fidelity") is in talks to adapt Andrew Smith's young adult novel "Grasshopper Jungle" which Sony Pictures has just acquired. Matt Tolmach will produce.

The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating. [Source: Deadline]

Fire Sermon

"Guardians of the Galaxy" co-scribe Nicole Perlman has been hired to adapt the first book of Francesca Haig's young adult sci-fi novel trilogy "The Fire Sermon" for Dreamworks.

The story is set centuries into a post-apocalyptic future in which humans are born in sets of twins, one perfect, the other with mutations. The mutations are segregated into separate settlements. This follows a brother-sister pair and what happens when he becomes the leader of one side.
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Tom McCarthy Writing & Possibly Directing 'Tommysaurus Rex' Movie

Tommysaurus Rex and Tom McCarthy - sounds like a perfect match. Over at Heat Vision they're reporting interesting development news on a comic book adaptation that's been in the works since 2004. Universal first acquired the rights to adapt Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex back in 2004, ten years ago, for around $1 million. The project has been bouncing around at the studio ever since, but now they've picked up Tom McCarthy, an actor/writer/producer and director who will be co-writing the script and possibly directing the movie, too. Now I actually have some hope this might turn out pretty damn good. Most may recognize Tom McCarthy from the Meet the Parents series, or Michael Clayton, 2012, The Lovely Bones and so on. However, McCarthy is actually an award-winning director, behind the films The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, as well as a writer, credited on the script for
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Tom McCarthy to Write and Possibly Direct Tommysaurus Rex Adaptation

Tom McCarthy is best known for writing and directing small-scale dramedies like Win Win and The Station Agent, but he may soon be adding “comic book movie” to his resume. McCarthy has been tapped to write with an eye to direct an adaptation of the Doug Tennapel graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex for Universal Pictures. The studio has been trying to get the project off the ground for some time, and the story revolves around a boy who moves in with his grandfather for the summer after losing his pet dog. When he discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a cave, his life (obviously) changes and he must prove to the townspeople that the giant dinosaur means no harm. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, McCarthy will co-write the script for Tommysaurus Rex with John Bland, and the family adventure story marks a sharp departure for the filmmaker as a director.
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The Visitor's Tom McCarthy Is Going Dino-Big With Adaptation Of Tommysaurus Rex

Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy had one of the greatest directorial debuts of the modern age with 2003.s solid comedic drama The Station Agent, and though he only has two other films under his belt since (with one on the way), he.s a storyteller whose work is impossible to get enough of. His next project looks like it will take all the heart and emotion of his earlier works and will scale it up a bit by adding a huge dinosaur. McCarthy has signed on to write Universal.s long-gestating big screen adaptation of Tommysaurus Rex, the 2004 graphic novel from Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel. McCarthy is crafting this story with John Bland while also considering taking over directorial duties, which would make this movie about as credible as it could get. Published by Image Comics, Tommysaurus Rex follows Ely, a young boy who goes to his grandfather.s house for
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Tommysaurus Rex Getting Ready to Lick His Way into Your Heart... and Spine... and Abdomen

Growing up and to this very day, I would Kill to have a dinosaur for a pet. Can you imagine the possibilities? Man, would I love to sic a Raptor on the Jehovah's Witnesses who seem hellbent on waking me up at 7:00 Am on a Sunday morning.

Can you think of a quicker way for them to find God? No matter how you slice it, it's a win-win. In any event...

THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, and adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.

Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner.

Taking cues from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rex, published by Image Comics in 2004, as the following synopsis:

It tells of a boy who,
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Tom McCarthy Writing 'Tommysaurus Rex' for Universal (Exclusive)

Tom McCarthy Writing 'Tommysaurus Rex' for Universal (Exclusive)
Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is going big for his next movie. How big? Dinosaur big. McCarthy is writing with an eye to direct Tommysauraus Rex, Universal's long-in-the-works adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner. Elaine Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of the Gotham Group are also producing. Rex, published by Image Comics in 2004, tells of a boy who, after losing is pet dog, moves

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Tom McCarthy Digs Up Tommysaurus Rex

Normally found, in his writing and directing career at least, working on smaller dramas and comedies, The Vistor/WIn-Win director Tom McCarthy is not opposed to cropping up on big, high concept films as an actor. For a potential future stint behind the camera, however, he’s looking to tackle something with a little more mass. Universal has him writing and potentially directing the adaptation of Doug TenNapel’s comic book Tommysaurus Rex.TenNapel’s book, which hit shelves via Image Comics in 2004, follows a boy trying to get over the death of his beloved pet dog. Moving in with his grandfather, he discovers a T. Rex in a cave, and quickly learns it isn’t the scary beast of legend. Before long, his huge new playmate is helping tackle our hero’s bully problem, but also causing serious concerns among the local townspeople.Universal originally scored the rights to
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Review: Tommysaurus Rex

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Tommysaurus Rex

By Doug TenNapel

Scholastic Graphix, 136 pages, $10.99

The concept of a boy and his canine best friend is nothing new at all and has provided us with countless heartwarming stories through the years. That the dog dies and is resurrected as a tyrannosaurus rex is a fresh spin on the story; one so fresh that in 2004 Universal bid $1million to preemptively option the property. I have no idea what happened with that, but it was based on an earlier version of Tommysaurus Rex, which Doug TenNapel released as a miniseries through Image in 2004 and then a collection in 2008. This month, though, a revised, expanded and apparently recolored version of the story is being released from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.

Ely is shy, without a lot of friends, except for Tommy, the golden retriever who is his companion, friend, playmate and security blanket. Overenthusiastic in all ways, he pulls free
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Crowdfunding Friday: heroes, pulp fiction, stop-motion & Lionel Richie

Feature Ryan Lambie 7 Jun 2013 - 06:10

Superheroes! Books! Games! A giant head! Here's another batch of worthy, geek-friendly crowdfunding projects for your perusal...

We're now into our second month of these weekly crowdfunding posts, and trundling around the internet has become a really fun weekly ritual. From compelling new ideas to bizarre, 'what were they thinking?' schemes, each trawl through the web's crowdfunding sites turns up a fresh surprise at every turn.

Although some of the things we've stumbled on our downright cheeky - unless we read it incorrectly, one person appeared to have set up a project to fund their overseas holiday - many are perfectly worthy. This makes the task of choosing just three or four projects each week extremely tricky - particularly as we always try to pick lots of varied things, rather than focusing exclusively on, say, movies or games or books.

To this end,
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