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Taking a Dim View of "A Scanner Darkly"

by Ed Liuon August 11, 2006
There are few science fiction writers who have had as large of an impact on pop culture as Philip K. Dick. Underappreciated in his own time, Dick’s prolific imagination rooted itself in the belief that objective reality did not truly exist – a perception exacerbated by a powerful sense of paranoia and a long stretch […]

Making "Foster's" Part 2; "Foster's" on iTunes

by Ed Liuon August 11, 2006
The second of a series on producing an episode of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends has been posted on the series’ production weblog. This installment deals with story outlines and dealing with Cartoon Network and the dreaded Broadcast Standards and Practices (BS & P) department. A second post on the weblog notes that the first […]

UPDATED: "Variety" and "Financial Times" on CGI Cartoon Glut

by Ed Liuon August 11, 2006
An article on Variety.com discusses Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew, most of which have had lower-than-expected box-office returns. The article begins with the industry assumption that CGI animation was a sure-fire formula for box-office success, which was partially responsible for the current increase of CGI animated films, and goes on to analyze current and upcoming CGI […]

Scott McCloud Announces East Coast "Making Comics" Tour Leg

by Ed Liuon August 10, 2006
Comic book writer/artist Scott McCloud (Superman Adventures) has announced the dates and locations of the first leg of his 50-state Making Comics tour. The tour will begin on September 5 in New York City as Making Comics is released, and will visit locations in Cambridge, MA; Syracuse, NY; Princeton, NJ; Bethesda, MD; Washington, DC; White […]

Authors Want to Know How "Peanuts" Changed Your Life

by Ed Liuon August 10, 2006
Two authors are collecting anecdotes on how Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips, cartoons, and characters have affected people. The anecdotes will be collected for a book tentatively titled Security Blankets: How Charles M. Schulz Touched Our Lives. Anecdotes should be between 500-600 words and can be submitted at PeanutsStories.com. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

"Afro Samurai" Trailer On-line

by Ed Liuon August 9, 2006
The trailer for Spike TV’s Afro Samurai has just gone up at the show’s official website. The show is scheduled to debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson voicing the title character. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Original Unpublished Superman Comic Restoration

by Ed Liuon August 9, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier points out an effort to Mark Evanier’s weblog from 1940 which debuted the concept of “K-Metal,” a radioactive chunk of Krypton that would strip Superman of his powers that would eventually be named “Kryptonite” in the Superman radio show. As of press time, 9 pages (out of 26) plus the cover have […]

Brazilian Brother & Sister Win World Cosplay Summit 2006

by Ed Liuon August 9, 2006
Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog covers the World Cosplay Summit 2006, just held in Nagoya, Japan, won by a Brazilian brother and sister duo who dressed as Roseil and Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary.

Supervising Producer Eric Rollman Talks "Ultimate Avengers 2"

by Ed Liuon August 9, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com talks to supervising producer Eric Rollman about his work on the Ultimate Avengers 2 direct-to-DVD animated feature. He also briefly discusses the status of the upcoming Fantastic 4 cartoon and the recent annoucement of the direct-to-DVD Spider-Man animated series. Other news in the column includes Gumby’s 50th Anniversary […]

Archie Announces "Sonic the Hedgehog Archives" Series

by Ed Liuon August 9, 2006
Archie Comics has issued a press release announcing the Sonic the Hedgehog Archives series, which will reprint the earliest issues of their hit Sonic comic book series. Each archive volume will be 112 pages in a 5″x7.5″ “digest” size with a retail price of $7.49. Archive #1 will be released in November, reprinting issues #1-4; […]