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NYCC: Anime Network Continues Growth; Bringing "Oh My Goddess!" S2 and More in May

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2007
On the first day of the New York Comic Con, the Anime Network’s Stacy Dodson (Director of Operations and Programming), April N. Brem (VOD & Programming Manager) and Emily Olman (Director of Advertising) presented the state of the Anime Network. In one form or another, they said, the network is currently carried in 96% of […]

NYCC: Bill Plympton Presents "Shut-Eye Hotel" and "Idiots & Angels" Excerpts

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2007
The New York Comic Con hosted an hour-long panel with renowned independent animator Bill Plympton on its first day of programming. Plympton spent most of the panel showing clips from a variety of projects. A short-film biography was followed by two music videos from last year: one for “Heard ‘Em Say” by Kanye West and […]

Brad Bird Talks "Ratatouille" on "Good Morning America"

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2007
Brad Bird’s appearance on Good Morning America on February 20 to the interview segment from director Brad Bird’s appearance on Good Morning America on February 20, where he discussed Ratatouille and showed a variety of clips from the movie. The same segment also talks with production designer Rick Heinrichs.

Jackson Publick Talks "Venture Brothers" on Sound of Young America Podcast

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2007
Jackson Publick, creator of Adult Swim’s Venture Bros, has been interviewed in the latest podcast from the Sound of Young America. Publick discusses his personal life and how he went from a comic book shop clerk to television writer. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Osamu Tezuka Exhibit Opens in Australia

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
An exhibit showcasing the artwork of Osamu Tezuka will be opening soon in Sydney, Australia, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga will run at the Gallery from February 23 to April 29, 2007, before coming to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Read Toon Zone News’ prior coverage of […]

Paul Dini on DC’s "Countdown" and Top Cow’s "Madame Mirage"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
Wizard magazine has spoken to writer Paul Dini about DC’s new weekly comic book series Countdown, which will begin on May 9 and which Dini describes as “the ultimate tentpole movie.” Dini discusses his partners in the exercise, the driving plot behind the book, his selection of cast members, and what exactly the series is […]

John Ledford and Kevin McFeeley on the Success of the Anime Network

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
The “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has an in-depth look at the Anime Network and has spoken with John Ledford, head of the Anime Network, about the channel’s origins and success in the video-on-demand (VOD) space. Ledford discusses how VOD proved the demand for anime programming on cable, how they select timeslots for their programming, […]

Toon Zone Interviews John Delaney on "Futurama" in Comics and "Chaotic"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
Longtime readers of the Toon Zone Forums will remember the John Delaney sketch poll with fondness. Familiar to many readers as the artist for Justice League Adventures and other animated tie-in comics from DC, Delaney is now leading the team bringing Chaotic to the 4Kids! Network. Chaotic centers on two teenaged boys who discover a […]

"Binky Goes Nuts" on DVD to Teach Kids About Health Issues

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2007
WBGH Boston Video has published a press release announcing Binky Goes Nuts, a compilation DVD debuting on April 24, 2007. The DVD will contain 4 stories from the PBS Kids’ series Arthur, and is meant to highlight health issues like nut allergies and the importance of exercise. Read the full press release here.

NYCC 2007: CBLDF Announces Raffles and Auctions

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2007
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has issued a press release detailing auctions, raffles, and other programs scheduled for this weekend’s New York Comic-Con. Raffle prizes will include original artwork, autographed comics and prints, and anime from FUNimation and ADV. There will also be auctions for sketches by artists at the con and premiums at […]