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More Details on Hayao Miyazaki’s "Ponyo on a Cliff"

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2007
Nausicaa.net has posted a few more details about Ponyo on a Cliff, Hayao Miyazaki’s next animated film currently scheduled for release in the summer of 2008. The movie will supposedly feature parent/child relationships as a central theme of the film, and was inspired by the elder Miyazaki’s musings on his contentious relationship with his son […]

"Witchblade Anime" Preview from Wizard World Los Angeles

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2007
At last weekend’s Wizard World Los Angeles comic convention, representatives from Studio Gonzo, FUNimation, and Top Cow comics gave audiences the first look at the English dubbed Witchblade anime, and also a preview of the Witchblade manga titles coming later this year. In addition to the sneak preview, the panel participants also detailed how this […]

Mike Mignola’s "Busiest Year Ever" as Hellboy Hits Comics, Film, and Animation

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
Newsarama.com has interviewed Mike Mignola on the many different Hellboy-related projects coming out this year, including new Hellboy/BPRD-related comic books, the sequel to the 2004 live-action movie, and the Hellboy Animated direct-to-video movies. Mignola discusses the plans for each and how they differ from each other.

Animated Shorts Interviews Bruce Timm (UPDATED with Part 2)

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
Newsarama.com’s Animated Shorts column has posted part 1 of an interview with Bruce Timm, discussing his early career in animation with Filmation, Don Bluth, Ralph Bakshi, and the early days of Batman. UPDATED March 20, 2007: Part 2 of the interview has been posted, where Timm discusses the new direct-to-video movies coming soon. Timm discusses […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators Support Shyamalan’s Live-Action Version

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
A brief notice on SciFi Wire quotes the co-creators of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender supporting the live-action movie version to be written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko both expressed great enthusiasm for the project and Shyamalan’s work in particular, and stated that it was, “too soon to comment […]

WFMU Pays Tribute to Walter Tetley, Voice of Sherman (of "& Mr. Peabody")

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
The weblog of Jersey City radio station WFMU has posted a lengthy appreciation of voice actor Walter Tetley, whose career began in radio and then extended to being Sherman of the “Sherman and Mr. Peabody” segments of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Tetley was born with a rare hormonal disorder that prevented the full effects of puberty, […]

Alan Burnett to Write "Superman/Batman" in June

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The latest DC Comics advance solicitation information for June 2007 has been released, and reveals that Alan Burnett will be writing a six-part story arc for Superman/Batman. Superman/Batman #37 will begin “Torment,” which promises to “challenge Batman’s and Superman’s very souls.” Burnett has served as writer and producer for Batman the Animated Series, Superman the […]

Anime Network to Televise American Anime Awards

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
ADV has announced that the Anime Network will be airing its “all access” coverage of this year’s American Anime Awards, held at the 2007 New York Comic Con in February. The coverage will be aired on March 23 (broadcast) and April 5 (Video on Demand).

Song Yang Aims for "Bad Girl" to be Chinese Cartoon Icon

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
An article in the Independent Online Edition profiles Chinese cartoonist Song Yang, whose Bad Girl comic is spreading to a variety of other media, including animation and advertising. The comic’s heroine, Little P, reflects life in China’s cities, focusing on fashion and the latest mobile phones. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

NY Times Profiles Amy Poehler

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The New York Times has profiled actress and comedian Amy Poehler (registration required) and her ascent through Hollywood. The article closes with her upcoming projects, one of which is the animated show The Mighty B on Nickelodeon where Poehler plays the title character, “a girl she described as “superoptimistic and a super spaz.”