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How to Be a (Cos)Player

Newsarama.com has posted an interview with Christian Smith, who founded Superherostation and Prima Showcase to construct elaborate superhero costumes to model at comic book conventions nationwide. Smith discusses the challenges and rewards of his hobby/job, recommendations for other cosplayers, and the hardest costume he has made so far. Several photos of his handiwork are included […]

"Family Guy" Comics Preview Available

Devil’s Due Publishing has released a preview of Family Guy Vol. 1: 100 Ways to Kill Lois by Stewie Griffin, their new comic book based on the Fox animated TV series. The 48 page comic will be released later this month. In a related story, Devil’s Due has announced a “Rip Off” promotion, which lets […]

Disney Reports $733M Profit in 2Q 2006

The Walt Disney Company has reported a 3 million profit for the second quarter of 2006, largely due to increased ratings on ABC and cable networks and increased attendance at their theme parks. The profit represents a 19% increase from the same period a year ago. Despite the growth on television and theme parks, the […]

How Animated Dodos Got Into Evolution/Intelligent Design Movie

An article from the University of Southern California about Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus covers the contribution of veteran animator Tom Sito to the film. Sito’s resume includes classic films ranging from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to The Little Mermaid to Shrek; Sito is currently an adjunct faculty instructor at USC. Sito and […]

NY Times on the Secret Origins of "Over the Hedge"

The New York Times details the path taken from newspaper comics section to silver screen for the upcoming Over the Hedge feature film (registration required). The movie from DreamWorks Animation is scheduled for release on May 19.

Rare 1st Edition Preston Blair "Animation" Book On-Line (UPDATED)

The first half of a rare 1st edition of Preston Blair’s Animation textbook is available at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project weblog. Originally published in 1947, the book used several characters from MGM without permission, which resulted in the book being pulled and replaced with a new version that is still in print. The second […]

Pixar Shareholders Approve Disney Merger

Pixar shareholders approved the takeover of the company by the Walt Disney Company in a special shareholders meeting held on Friday, May 5. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $7.4 billion.

Free Comic Book Day Hits on May 6, 2006

Free Comic Book Day will be hitting comic shops across the United States and Canada tomorrow, May 6, 2006. Full information about the day and the comics to be given away by participating stores can be found at the Free Comic Book Day website, and individual publishers describe their offerings and why they are participating […]

SEC Drops DreamWorks Animation Probe

DreamWorks Animation SKG has stated that the SEC will drop an informal probe investigating the company begun nearly a year ago (free registration required, see Toon Zone’s earlier coverage of this news). The investigation came after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings due to disappointing home video sales of Shrek 2. The SEC documentation filed with […]

"Animated Shorts" on IFC Toons and Toonami Jetstream

The latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com contains a profile of the growing animated content available on the Independent Film Channel, including Samurai 7 and Bob Balaban’s Hopeless Pictures. Discussions with IFC VP of Acquisitions and Scheduling Jerry Lentz also reveals details about the channel’s MediaLab initiative, intended to showcase up-and-coming animators. The second half […]

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