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Christian Slade Talks "Korgi"

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2007
Former Disney animator Christian Slade is publicizing his new original graphic novel Korgi, set in a fantasy world where people live alongside magical creatures who resemble Welsh Corgi dogs. Korgi will be part of publisher Top Shelf’s Free Comic Book Day offering in a flip book alongside Andy Runton’s Owly.

DC Direct Shows "Superman: Doomsday," "Afro Samurai" Action Figures

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2007
At this past week’s New York Toy Fair, DC Direct showed off several new action figure lines, including a collectors set that will tie-in to the announced Superman: Doomsday direct-to-video animated movie and a set of figures based on the manga and anime Afro Samurai. The Superman: Doomsday figures are currently scheduled to go on […]

Ryan Larkin, Canadian Animator, 1943 – 2007

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2007
Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew is reporting that Canadian animation legend Ryan Larkin passed away on February 14, 2007, due to complications from lung cancer. Larkin was the director and animator of the Academy Award-nominated short film Walking, as well as Sphinx and Street Musique.

"Azur and Asmar" to be Distributed by Weinstein Company

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2007
TwitchFilm is reporting that the Weinstein Company has bought Michel Ocelot’s Azur and Asmar, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year to rave reviews. There was no further news at press time whether the film would receive a theatrical run or just a DVD release. (via Cartoon Brew)

Brad Bird Interviewed at Spline Doctors Podcast

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2007
The Spline Doctors weblog, run by two Pixar animators, has just posted Cartoon Brew. The interview runs for nearly an hour, and covers both Bird’s personal history and professional opinions on animation. (via Cartoon Brew)

Mark Evanier on the Birth of Scrappy Doo

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
Writer Mark Evanier has begun a series on his weblog about the origins of Scrappy Doo. The first installment discusses how stories were pitched on the show, the threat of cancellation looming over the show, and how Scrappy Doo entered into the picture.

"Avatar" Season 2, Volume 3 Coming May 22, 2007

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
AvatarSpirit.net is noting that volume 3 of season 2 of Avatar the Last Airbender is scheduled for release on May 22, 2007. As with volumes 1 and 2, the DVD will be packaged with an exclusive mini-comics. The disc will include episodes 211 (“The Desert”) through 215 (“Tales of Ba Sing Se”).

A Note of Recognition for: Filmation’s "Star Trek" Animators

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
There are a lot of fond childhood memories surrounding the assorted products of Filmation Studios, but it’s pretty safe to say that none of them involve shockingly high production values. This becomes painfully evident when watching the recently released Star Trek: The Animated Series boxed set. Watching the first few episodes, the animation is almost […]

SLG’s Dan Vado Talks Disney Licensed Comics Issues (Updated)

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
In a recent weblog posting, Slave Labor Graphics’ owner, president, and publisher Dan Vado discussed the state of the Disney licensed comics deal that produced comics based on Haunted Mansion, Tron, and Gargoyles. Vado acknowledges that there have been bumps in production and that the line “has not been what one might call a success […]

Montreal Museum Announces Programming for "Once Upon a Time: Walt Disney"

by Ed Liuon February 14, 2007
The Montreal Museum has announced its public programs in conjunction with its “Once Upon a Time Walt Disney: The Sources of Inspiration for the Disney Studios” exhibition, which will be on view at the Museum from March 8 – June 24, 2007. The programs will include a lecture series on Disney and his impact on […]