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Anime Network Signs Subscription Video-on-Demand Deals with Insight, RCN, Cogeco

The Anime Network has just signed three new cable TV networks to offer their subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Insight Communications and RCN will begin offering the service in the United States in September and October, respectively, while Cogeco’s Ontario cable TV systems will begin in November.

"Naruto" Wins 2006 Quill Award

Naruto Vol. 7 has won the 2006 Quill Award in the Graphic Novel category, according to a press release from VIZ Media. A full list of all the 2006 Quill Award winners can be found here.

Press Release: Naruto Manga Wins 2006 Quill Award

*VIZ MEDIA’S MANGA SHONEN JUMPâ„¢ NARUTOâ„¢ NAMED WINNER OF 2006 QUILL AWARD* Volume 7 Of Hit Manga Series Declared A Winner Of “Consumer’s Choice” Literary Award To Honor Excellence In Writing And Publishing* San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2006 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, […]

Press Release: Dark Horse Announces Upcoming "Gremlins" Products

Dark Horse Comics Celebrating 20 Years 1986 – 2006 Roald Dahl’s Gremlins become 3-D in all-new collectible vinyl figures and PVC sets! Marking one of the biggest publishing events in Dark Horse Comics’ twenty-year history, Roald Dahl’s Gremlins will be released this year for the first time since the 1940s. In conjunction with the book’s […]

Ed Benedict, "Flintstones" Artist 1912 - 2006

The Los Angeles Times has posted a belated obituary for Ed Benedict, who passed away in his sleep on August 28, 2006 (free registration required). Benedict was a key artist and animator at the Hanna-Barbera studios, designing the cast and many of the gadgets on The Flintstones. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

Tad Stones on "Hellboy Animated" with Exclusive Preview

Comic Foundry’s Tim Leong has published a 2-part video interview with Hellboy Animated director Tad Stones (click here for part 1 and here for part 2). The interviews are in QuickTime format and also include some exclusive preview images and a trailer for Hellboy: Sword of Stones, which is scheduled for Spring 2007.

Teshkeel Media Gets Funding for Animated Islamic Superheroes

The Teshkeel Media Group has received $25 million in funding from a Bahrain investment bank to help finance the company. Some of the funding will be used to start development of an animated television series based on The 99, Teshkeel’s comic book series about 99 international superheroes who embody the 99 attributes of God in […]

PBS Animation Now on iTunes

Several PBS animated shows are available for purchase and download on the Apple iTunes store, including Arthur, Cyberchase, and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. Like most other shows on the iTunes store, pricing for the shows is $1.99 per episode and there is an option to purchase entire seasons.

"The Little Mermaid" Platinum Edition: Grand Release of an Almost Magical Film

Confession time: I have never been a huge fan of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and was never really able to articulate why. It could be that I’m just not in the target demographic for the film, or because I missed it in theatres and first saw it on pan-and-scan VHS on a tiny screen surrounded […]

ADV Announces "Saiyuki Complete Collection," "Paniponi Dash," "Papuwa" DVDs

ADV Films has announced details about three upcoming DVD sets. The Saiyuki Complete Collection will package all 50 episodes of the anime saga based on the famous Chinese novel Xi You Ji. The special thin-pack DVD-only release will be available on October 31, 2006, with a suggested retail price of $99.98. More details are available […]

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