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The Luna Brothers

24 July 2008 9:01 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

It's been two years since Jonathan and Joshua Luna attended a comics convention, but they're planning to attend the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. They have a lot to celebrate: In 2007, they wrapped up their 24-issue alien-invasion series Girls, and Image released a slipcovered hardback edition of the complete series. This year, they launched their follow-up series, the modern-day fantasy The Sword, which just reached issue 10. It's the third series (after Girls and the superhero miniseries Ultra) that the Lunas have created entirely on their own, from conception to completed art. It seems odd to describe the collaborations of two men as having a singular vision, but all three series stand out as smart, sophisticated, highly idiosyncratic works in which recognizably real people are drawn into horrifically unreal situations. In Ultra, the friendship between three superheroines is visualized like a relationship between celebrities, who are down-to-earth in »

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Circle rounds up deal at Sony TV

25 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Circle of Confusion Prods. has inked a one-year exclusive deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Under the pact, which has an option for a second year, Circle is busy developing about a dozen projects for the studio.

The 17-year-old management and production company headed by partners David Alpert, Lawrence Mattis and David Engel has deep roots in the sci-fi/comic book/video game universe, with a client roster that includes the Wachowski brothers and Simon Kinberg ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith").

It entered the TV arena in 2006 with the CBS Par pilot for CBS called Ultra, a Barbara Hall-written comic book adaptation toplined by Lena Headey.

Under a first-look deal with CBS Par, the company scored another pilot order last year with the graphic novel-based Them at Fox, which was penned by David Eick and John McNamara and directed by Jonathan Mostow.

Although it will continue to draw from its library, Circle is looking to branch out with original concepts and go for "big, unique ideas for both drama and comedy," said Engel, who is shepherding the company's TV efforts with Alpert. »

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