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SDCC ’13 | A roundup of pre-convention news

robotech-voltronPreview Night doesn’t begin for another 11 hours, but judging from the flurry of announcements, Comic-Con International has been well under way since, oh, about Monday. So, if it feels like you’re already falling behind, that’s because you probably are.

To help you catch up, we’ve rounded up early news from DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Madefire and Marvel, along with a few other convention-related items.

• Dynamite Entertainment came out of the gate running this week with news that Steve Niles and Dennis Calero will reboot Army of Darkness, James Robinson will launch his crime romance Grand Passion, the Legends of Red Sonja miniseries will team Gail Simone with an all-female creative team that includes Marjorie M. Liu, Nancy A. Collins, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mercedes Lackey, Nicola Scott and Devin Grayson, Peter Milligan will debut his sci-fi action series Terminal Hero, Duane Swiercyznski will expand the publisher’s crime line with Ex-Con, Howard Chaykin will return to The Shadow with the miniseries Midnight in Moscow, NBC’s Heroes will get a “fifth season” in a series written by Cullen Bunn, the acquisition of the Robotech license spawns a Robotech/Voltron crossover, and The Heart of the Beast, the graphic novel by Dean Motter, Judith Dupré and Sean Phillips, will receive a 20th-anniversary prestige-format edition.

• DC Comics announced that Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti co-write their first ongoing series, Harley Quinn; the artist has yet to be named.

• Speaking of Palmiotti, Marvel revealed he’ll return to Painkiller Jane in a four-issue miniseries, featuring art by Juan Santacruz and Sam Lofti. The publisher also announced “Iron Metropolitan,” the next Iron Man story arc by Kieron Gillen and Joe Bennett, in which Tony Stark returns to Earth determined to change how people live in, and interact with, cities. There’s also an X-Men: Battle of the Atom mobile game on the way.

• Digital comics studio Madefire has partnered with BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Top Cow Productions and iTV to adapt select titles as Motion Books.

NBC San Diego offers tips on how to avoid being scammed at Comic-Con.

Variety, meanwhile, warns fans to avoid television cameras, as frequently “the reporters who show up are looking to both tap into the audience curious about the next Captain America or Thor movie while simultaneously lampooning those who would invest so much time and energy in such trifles — characterizing them as divorced from reality, or at the very least, hungry for an escape from it.”

• The Advocate provides “Your Queer Guide to Comic-Con,” highlighting panels that may be of particular interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fans.

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