Archive for July, 2009

"Green Lantern: First Flight" – Code Four on the Outer Space Beat

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2009
Although he’s never had the same degree of name recognition amongst the general public as Superman or Batman, DC Comics’ Green Lantern is still one of the A-list superheroes in the DC stable. At least part of the reason why is the powerful wish-fulfillment aspect of the character: it is easy to imagine being granted […]

Otakon 2009: The Wrap Up

by Weathermanon July 29, 2009
Jellyfish…Dinosaurs…OTAKU!!!!!!!!!! The otaku have come, and it was good. Otakon 2009, bigger than ever. Better, well, depends on who you ask. Unoficially so far there were a touch over 26,000 attendees at Otakon this year. That’s about twice the full house capacity of the arena where they staged the cosplay masquerade this year. That number […]

Otakon 2009: Masao Maruyama

by Weathermanon July 29, 2009
Masao Maruyama, founder of Studio Madhouse, was kind enough to come to Otakon again for the seventh time. He showed off a number of the new theatrical productions from Madhouse including “Redline”(spring 2010), “Summer Wars”(summer 2009), “Trigun”(2010), “My My Shin-Ko”(Spring 2010) and “Yona Yona Penguin”(winter 2009). In particular “Yona Yona Penguin” looks to be a […]

"Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection" Vol. 7 Coming in October

by Classic Speedyon July 29, 2009
The seventh volume of the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series, which is slimmed down versions of the much meatier, 4-disc Golden Collection sets, has been announced for 10/13/09. All the cartoons on the seventh set have appeared on previous Golden Collections. It is priced at $26.99. Cartoons included, as sorted by which Golden Collection they […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: “Green Lantern: First Flight” Roundtable Interviews

by Jeffrey Harrison July 29, 2009
Following the sneak preview of Green Lantern:  First Flight on Thursday at Comic-Con, the following day, members of the press were given access to select members of the cast and crew in attendance at the convention including the movie’s director Lauren Montgomery, voice over director Andrea Romano, voice actress , and producer Bruce Timm.  Please […]

ADV Films/Sentai Filmworks Announce New October Titles Including "He Is My Master"

by Classic Speedyon July 28, 2009
The Gainax-animated maid comedy series, He is My Master, hits DVD on 10/6/09 in a complete collection. It is priced at $39.98 and only contains Japanese audio with English subtitles. Another show making its R1 DVD debut is Ghost Hound, a Production I.G. horror series. Its first collection (running 275 minutes) gets released on 10/20/09 […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: IMAGI Convention Breakfast

by Jeffrey Harrison July 28, 2009
After waiting in line for hours for the chance to get into an early convention only screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, Toon Zone headed over to the Ivy Hotel for food and discussion with the executives and filmmakers at IMAGI for a special Con breakfast.  In October, Summit will be releasing the new IMAGI […]

SDCC2009: Bone Movie Still Being Developed At Warner Bros. Says Jeff Smith

by Jeffrey Harrison July 28, 2009
Right before preview night started at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, ICv2 held a mini-conference featuring guest attendees, writers, and producers. Bone and RASL creator, Jeff Smith, was featured in the How To Say No to Hollywood panel, where Smith discussed his troubles in adapting Bone to become a feature film. Despite Smith’s troubles […]

SDCC2009: X-Men and Blade Getting the Marvel Anime Treatment

by Jeffrey Harrison July 28, 2009
For the Marvel Animation panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Warren Ellis, the leading story and scenario writer for the upcoming Marvel Anime projects being co-produced with Studio Madhouse for Iron Man and Wolverine, also revealed that there would be four total anime co-productions with Studio Madhouse and Marvel and that Iron Man and Wolverine […]

Bloomberg News on "Waltz with Bashir" Impact on Israeli Animation Industry

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2009
Bloomberg News has taken note of the positive impact that the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir has had on Israel’s nascent animation industry, with a growing number of studios and animators producing animation in the country and drawing an estimated $100 million in investments over the past five years. The growth in animation is also […]