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BOOM! Studios Plus Samuel L. Jackson Equals ‘Cold Space’

After becoming the face of the Ultimate and film Nick Fury the next logical step would be for Samuel L. Jackson to create and write his own comic, right? Well, here it is, a new series from BOOM! Studios called COLD SPACE created and co-written by the man who has faced snakes and sith alike.

This April, BOOM! Studios teams up with legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson and Emmy nominated writer/producer Eric Calderon — the folks that brought you the Emmy award-winning AFRO SAMURAI — to deliver their next original comic book series, COLD SPACE. A hard-boiled sci-fi action-adventure with covers by Eisner Award-winner Dave Johnson and IRREDEEMABLE cover artist Jeffrey Spokes, COLD SPACE is sure to be the most talked-about comic of the spring.

COLD SPACE follows the adventures of an on-the-run outlaw as he crash-lands on a hostile planet that is on the brink of civil war. Finding himself in the crossfire between two warring factions, Mullbery realizes that in chaos lies opportunity — because where there’s war, there’s money to be made.

Samuel L. Jackson says, “I’m a long time comic reader and big fan of many genres in graphic novels and manga – from crime thrillers, westerns, & super-hero books, to samurai dramas, science fiction and horror. So I actually do read the stuff – and lots of it. Now’s my chance to put my stamp on the medium with something new, but with a classic taste of the stuff I already like.”

“It’s my honor to continue my creative relationship with Samuel L. Jackson and to work with the passionate people at BOOM! Studios,” said COLD SPACE co-writer Eric Calderon. “I hope everyone will dig the excellent covers by Dave Johnson, Jeffrey Spokes and the tight interior line work by Mr. Jeremy Rock.”

“C’mon, who are we kidding, this is a fanboy dream! Don’t pinch me, I don’t wanna wake up!” said BOOM! Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “This is going to be a straight-up blast!”

COLD SPACE is a four-issue miniseries written by Samuel L. Jackson and Eric Calderon with interior art by the sensational Jeremy Rock. The first issue features two covers in a 50/50 split, with art by Dave Johnson and Jeffrey Spokes, a 1-in-10 incentive cover and carries a Diamond Code of FEB100744. Each issue will retail for $3.99.

Samuel L. Jackson IS Nick Fury…Accept No Substitutes

Finally, we can all rest easy. According to Variety, Samuel L. Jackson has signed a long-term deal with Marvel Studios to play the part of Nick Fury for the next several years. Jackson first appeared as the character in a scene after the end credits of 2008’s Iron Man. This new deal will see him don the eyepatch for Iron Man 2 and at least eight other films, presumably, at least, The First Avenger: Captain America, Thor, Avengers and now also a S.H.I.E.L.D. film and the possible sequels. If that last one happens, who’s gonna play Dum-Dum Duggan? Let the speculation begin. I’m betting on Rip Taylor as he looks the part. The deal with Jackson is welcome news indeed as there has been some doubt about whether or not Marvel was interested in keeping him in the role. Honestly, after the Ultimates comic book series, I just can’t see anyone else playing the part. Sound off below on what you think of this news.

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SDCC 08: LIVE coverage of the ‘Afro Samurai’ panel

Afro Samurai is returning in a big way.  The animated series, which debuted last year on the Spike network and features Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of the title character, will be back in early 2009.  Plus, fans will be able to put on the Afro themselves as there is also a video game in the works (for PS3 and XBox 360).  We are in room 6B now awaiting all the news surrounding Afro’s return to the the world.

In attendance is creator Takashi Okazaki, Samuel L. Jackson… The RZA arrived late after being stuck in traffic.

“When this project came along, it was the perfect marriage of everything I like.  Swords, blood, sex and rock & roll.”

– Samuel L. Jackson

There will be a feature-length film called Afro Samurai: Resurrection. The film will be shown exclusively on Spike TV in January ’09. This will feature the resurrection of Afro’s father (in skeletal form) who raises an undead army to fight Afro. Lucy Liu will play the voice of the villain, who is also has a history from Afro’s past. Jackson also confirmed that the character of Ninja Ninja will return in the film.  A trailer for Resurrection was shown and it proves to be filled with just as much gore, action and drama as the first series.Not to mention, this time Afro sports a beard!

We also learned that there will be an upcoming Afro Samurai manga, which has already been completed by Takashi Okazaki.  The manga will took three years to complete and will span 300 pages.  The first volume will be out in September 2008 and the second will be available early 2009.

Takashi Okazaki made the comment that he came up with the concept of Afro Samurai after doodling on Kleenex boxes.  The RZA explained that he had always been a big fan of Ninja Scroll and first heard of Afro Samurai when he saw a toy of the character.  He was was offered the project and told that it would be within the same vein of Ninja Scroll.  At that point, he jumped at the chance to be involved.  The RZA will also have a cameo in the upcoming film.

The upcoming Afro Samurai video game (Namco Bandai) will feature the same story from the original series.  A trailer was shown and the game is as beautiful as it is bloody.  It will feature voice acting from Samuel L. Jackson (Afro Samurai, Ninja Ninja) and Ron Pearlman (Justice).  The game will be released early next year in conjunction with Afro Samurai: Resurrection.

“I see you came dressed as your favorite character… guy who dies like a motherf***er.”
– Ninja Ninja from the upcoming Afro Samurai game

During the Q&A portion of the panel, Takashi Okazaki revealed that he has a 1000-2000 year timeline for the character of Afro Samurai and what has been revealed so far is only a small segment.

If you are eager for your first look at Afro Samurai: Resurrection, you can visit the official website and catch the Comic Con exclusive premiere trailer, courtesy of Funimation!

To see images of the slides presented at the San Diego Comic Con 2008 Afro Samurai Panel, check out our photo gallery!

Trailer Hits for Frank Miller’s ‘The Spirit’

MTV has unveiled the first glimpse of footage from the upcoming Frank Miller pic The Spirit. The film, an adaptation of the long-running Will Eisner golden age comic, was written and direct by Miller and looks to have the similar noir style that fans saw in his Sin City project with Robert Rodriguez.
The Spirit stars Gabriel Macht as the title character, Samuel L. Jackson as the villain Ocotpus and a bevy of damsels-in-distress, including Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes and Jaime King. The film is scheduled to hit theaters early next year.

Also, AICN has an exclusive first look at the new teaser poster for the movie. Click on the image below for a hi-res version. See the original story on this over at Aint-It-Cool-News!