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CrosshairTop Cow's next 'Pilot Season' may not begin until October, but they've already picked a winner.

According to Variety, Mandeville Films (a subsidiary company of Disney) and Top Cow made a deal during last week's San Diego Comic-Con International to bring "Crosshair" — one of the 2010 "Pilot Season" books — to the big screen. "Crosshair" was created and co-written by Marc Silvestri and Jeff Katz, with art by Allan Jefferson.

The one-shot comic — which will be released this October — follows a former CIA assassin turned family man named Justin Weller who discovers that he's been brainwashed to kill the President and he has less than two days to uncover the conspiracy behind it before someone triggers his "programming," which may be irreversible once active. Read More...

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Celebrity Death Ray Celebrity-created sequential art is always a sensitive subject among serious comic book fans. Many stars, such as “Mayhem” creator Tyrese Gibson candidly address their motivations for entering the medium, while others take a less hands-on approach to addressing audience skepticism. While it’s far too early to tell which route a given star will take, there should be plenty of opportunities to tackle the topic as Jeff Katz's American Original puts comics behind comics with the production of a new line of graphic novels collected under the “Comedy Death Ray” banner.

Announced during San Diego Comic-Con, the line is planned to feature titles by Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman (pictured), Patton Oswalt, B.J. Novak, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Scheer and Zach Galifanakis among others. Read More...

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Jeff KatzLate last year, I spoke to comic book writer and former studio exec Jeff Katz about "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the various characters he helped bring to the big screen during the last decade. Along with co-writing DC's "Booster Gold" series and work on other titles, Katz has been a driving force in bringing comics to Hollywood as adaptations received well by both comics fans and mainstream audiences alike (including the "Blade" and "X-Men" franchises).

That's why today's announcement about American Original, the new entertainment company created by Katz for developing genre content across comics, movies, television, gaming, toys and just about every other possible medium, really didn't come as much of a surprise.

I spoke with Katz about the American Original announcement to get a "Hollywood-to-English" translation of what his new company will involve, and how it's likely to affect comic book readers and creators in the future. Read More...

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