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DC Comics Announces "Countdown"

DC Comics has announced a new weekly series entitled Countdown to serve as the “spine” of the DC Comics universe once 52 reaches its end in May 2007. The project will count down from #51 to #0 over the course of one year. Paul Dini will run the story line. [Source: ICv2.com]

Marvel Releases News Regarding Movie and Television Schedule

Marvel Studios head David Maisel confirmed details of the upcoming slate of movies from the company. The Incredible Hulk will be filmed in Toronto starting early summer 2007 with a release date of June 13, 2008. Iron Man begins principal photography on March 12, 2007. Both movies will have a budget of between $100 million […]

"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 […]

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