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CLAMP Makes First U.S. Appearance at Anime Expo 2006

CLAMP, the Japanese artist’s studio of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, will be making their first U.S. appearance at this year’s Anime Expo 2006, to be held in Anaheim, CA, from July 1-4, 2006. CLAMP debuted as manga artists in 1989, and have been behind some of the most popular manga and […]

Legendary Animator Alex Toth in Hospital

Comic Book Galaxy is reporting that Alex Toth has been in the hospital for the past several weeks and “can use some words of encouragement, humor and appreciation.” Toth is one of the seminal comic book and animation artists of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and is credited with designing Space Ghost, Birdman, and The Herculoids. […]

Nick Renews "Backyardigans" and "Kappa Mikey"

The latest “Animated Shorts” column by Steve Fritz reports that Nickelodeon has renewed The Backyardigans and Kappa Mikey, with orders for 20 and 26 additional episodes, respectively. Other news in the column includes coverage of the Adult Swim upfront (which mentions Dexter’s Laboratory/Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s involvement in Korgoth of Barbaria), a screening of […]

Where "The Wild" Things Aren't

Jim Hill Media is reporting a rumor that Toys ‘R Us has declined a chance to produce an exclusive plush toy from Disney’s upcoming film The Wild after watching a rough-cut of the movie. According to the website, this rejection is even more surprising considering a rather prominent “cameo” in the film by the Toys […]

CPM Anime Content Available from IFILM

Central Park Media has announced that IFILM.com will begin carrying their anime content. In addition to several previews and trailers, IFILM is hosting the first seven minutes of Kakurenbo and the U.S. trailer to Negadon: The Monster from Mars, with more content coming soon.

2006 Eisner Award Nominations Announced

The 2006 Eisner Award nominees have been announced by the organizers of Comic-Con International, San Diego. Nominees of interest to animation fans include the following: Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): The Bakers by Kyle Baker and Solo #5 by Darwyn Cooke Best Continuing Series: Rocketo by Frank Espinosa Best Limited Series: Nat Turner by Kyle […]

Pixar's Catmull to Receive 400K Shares in Disney Deal

An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Pixar Studios President Dr. Ed Catmull will receive 400,000 shares of Pixar stock as a result of the merger deal with the Walt Disney Company (free registration required). The shares will be worth $25.64 million at Tuesday’s closing price of $64.10/share, and come in addition to […]

"South Park" Wins Peabody Award

Comedy Central’s South Park has won one of the 65th annual George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in radio and TV broadcasting. The committee described South Park as “Comedy Central’s notoriously rude, undeniably fearless lampoon of all that is self-important and hypocritical in American life, regardless of race, creed, color or celebrity status.” A full […]

Siegel Heirs Win Ruling Calling "Smallville" Ownership into Question (UPDATED)

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the WB network’s TV show Smallville may infringe on the copyrights on Superboy held by Joanne Siegel and Laura Siegel Larson, the wife and daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. Siegel’s heirs successfully recaptured the copyright to Superboy in November 2004, and this ruling now brings the ownership […]

Larry Hama Returns to "G.I. Joe"

Devil’s Due Publishing has announced that writer Larry Hama will be returning to G.I. Joe this June in a three-issue run on G.I. Joe: Declassified. The mini-series promises to show the origins of the counter-terrorist team, and will be drawn by Pat Quinn.

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