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Viz Dominates Bookscan GN Charts; "Naruto" a Top Seller

Viz Media has announced that their manga series dominates the Bookscan graphic novel chart, taking the top thirteen spots on the chart. Naruto manga volumes are six of the thirteen books listed, with Naruto Vol. 8 taking the top spot on the sales charts.

NY Times on the Long Shadow of Yogi Bear

An item in the New York Times notes the influence Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear has had on animation (registration required). Noting that Yogi himself is a pastiche of then-current pop culture sources, the article further points out how Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters were innovators by instigating a practice of cultural homage that has continued to […]

Pixar's Characters as 19th Century Toys

An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

"Witchblade" Anime Coming to Japan in April

Newsarama.com is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.

Comics Previews for December 9: Street Fighter II, GLX-Mas Special

Several previews for comic books have been released throughout the web. AVAILABLE AT COMIC SHOP STANDS NOW – The Webcomics Examiner has selected the best Webcomics of 2005, and included links to all the selected webcomics. – previews for next week’s Marvel and DC Comics releases, and has also made the Street Fighter #0 preview […]

"Incredibles," "Polar Express" Pick Up Grammy Nominations

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.

National Academy of Sciences Criticizes Toons Marketing Junk Food

A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]

Oh Bother! Pooh's Christopher Robin to be Replaced with Girl

USA Today is reporting that Disney will replace Christopher Robin with an as-yet-unnamed 6-year-old girl character in an animated Winnie the Pooh series to be released in 2007. The computer-generated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh will be only one of several events arranged for the 80th anniversary of the Pooh character.

Adam Beechen Talks "Robin"

Writer Adam Beechen has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his imminent takeover of DC Comics’ Robin solo comic book title in the wake of DC’s Infinite Crisis crossover. Beechen talks about his approach to the title and the character, describing it as “teenage CSI,” and the frustrations of not being able to talk […]

2005 Annie Award Nominations Announced

The 2005 Annie Award Nominations have been announced. DreamWorks’ Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was nominated for awards in 16 categories, including Best Animated Feature, easily making it the top-nominee. The Annie Awards ceremony will be held on February 4, 2006.

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