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"Dilbert" Comic Strip Licensed for Live-Action Movie

The Dilbert comic strip has been licensed by director/producer/screen writer Christopher Columbus for the production of a live-action movie. No further information on dates or potential casting has been released at this time. [Source: MovieHole.com via ICv2.com]

Graphic Novels Estimated To Have Outsold Comics in 2006

According to estimates released today by ICv2.com at the New York Comic Con, the graphic novel outsold the traditional periodical form of comics by over 20 million dollars. ICv2 credits the increased popularity of graphic novels with younger readers and the buying of graphic novels by library systems for much of the increase. [Source: ICv2.com]

Tokyopop Releases Details of New Manga Rating System

Tokyopop has released the details of their new manga rating system. The system will go into effect with the fall 2007 releases. The new ratings will include content advisories printed below the ratings symbol in addition to the symbol itself. The rating sybols will be “A” for All Ages, “Y” for 10+, “T” for 13+, […]

Tokyopop To Launch New Rating System This Fall

As part of the celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tokyopop is preparing to launch the most comprehensive rating system ever applied to graphic novels. The new ratings guide will include more than 40 content indicators divided among five age ranges. Starting this fall, a general set of content indicators, in addition to the ratings icon, […]

Toon Zone Was There: Anime USA Overview

For anyone asking what Anime USA is, it’s an anime convention. To be a little more direct to the point, Anime USA is an anime convention now in its 7th year held in Northern Virginia–as of late in the Sheraton Premiere Tyson’s Corner. For a convention that started with about 75 non-staff people, Anime USA […]

Anime NEXT 2006

Having recently covered Anime Boston, Toon Zone decided to send me off to the very heart of suburbia, the Meadowlands, for Anime NEXT. Staged across two hotels and the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Anime NEXT 2006 was the fifth edition of the event. Having grown from just over one thousand to over five thousand this year, […]

Del Rey at Anime NEXT

* Del Rey Publishing has announced the licensing of the one-shot Shoujo version of the Train Man story. The company plans to announce many more properties at Anime Expo and at San Diego Comic-Con. * Del Rey does not have any current plans to engage in the business of downloadable manga due to hesitancy from […]

FUNimation at Anime NEXT

* At Anime NEXT, FUNimation announced the licensing of Origin-Spirits of the Past (a.k.a. Gin-iro no kami no Agito), a theatrical movie from Gonzo. Additional titles will be announced at Anime Expo. * The FullMetal Alchemist movie will debut in theaters on September 12, along with volume 12 of the television series; volume 11 will […]

JEWEL to Assist with New Nickelodeon Character

Pop star JEWEL is developing a new girl-power character for US cartoon network Nickelodeon. The singer’s creation will be called PUNK ROCK ANGEL GIRL. [Source: ContactMusic.com] (via AntiMusic.com)

Metallica and Other Metal Acts Lend Voices to New Cartoon Network Series

Metallica members James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have lent their voices to the new Cartoon Network series Metalocalypse, which follows a Norwegian heavy metal band called Dethlok and the mayhem they cause. In addition to the Metallica stars, members of Nevermore and Arch Enemy are also contributing their voices to the series. [Source: Gigwise.com] (via […]

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