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NY Times on "Avatar: The Last Airbender" Origins

The New York Times looks at Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nick’s belated entry into territory staked out by cartoons like Dragonball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh (free registration required).

Pixar Receives Request from SEC

Pixar Animation Studios reports receiving an “informal request for information” from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which it has complied with fully. A report in the Wall Street Journal states that the inquiry is related to their second quarter earnings results, which fell short of estimates due to lower-than-expected sales of The Incredibles DVD. DreamWorks […]

Disney's "3 Wise Men" DVD Exclusive to Wal-Mart

The Walt Disney Company has given Wal-Mart exclusive sales rights to The 3 Wise Men on DVD. Scheduled for release on November 1, the disc will retell the Biblical story with a voice cast including Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Eddy Martin, Jaci Velasquez, and Marcos Witt. Wal-Mart will provide promotional and marketing support as part […]

Gail Simone Talks "Birds of Prey" #85, Barbara Gordon

Writer Gail Simone has spoken to Newsarama about Birds of Prey #85, which ended with a potentially major change for Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Oracle. The article contains major spoilers for the issue. Birds of Prey #86, due out on September 21, 2005, will be a self-contained story with artwork by Bruce Timm.

Studio Ghibli Short Film DVD Scheduled for Region 2

Nausicaa.net is reporting that a region 2 DVD containing several short films by Studio Ghibli has been scheduled for release this fall in Japan. The disc will include the films “On Your Mark,” “Sorairo no Tane,” “Portable Airport,” and “Space Station No. 5.”

Clark County Library Hosts Stan Lee, Garrison Keillor

The Clark County Public Library in Ohio has announced its lineup for its Speaker Series for 2005-6, which includes Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee and Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. Sadly, the two will not be appearing together.

On-Line Comics Preview Pages

Buzzscope.com has posted a set of on-line comics previews for comics to be released on August 31, 2005. Included are Death Jr. #3 by Gary Whitta and Ted Naifeh (Image), Robin #141 by Bill Willingham and Scott McDaniel (DC), Astro City: The Dark Age #3 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (DC/Wildstorm), Astonishing X-Men #12 […]

How Manga and Anime Fans Guide the Industry

Jake Forbes has written an article for Comicon.com’s PULSE News about how manga and anime fans are the force which really drives the industry, citing the rise of Naruto and Yaoi manga as being largely fan-driven before being picked up by corporate interests.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Trashes Tickle U.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has issued a statement condemning Cartoon Network’s claim that their Tickle U. block of programming will aid in developing a child’s sense of humor. The CCFC claims that the block is a ploy designed for marketing rather than education or development, while Cartoon Network counter-claims that they maintain a […]

"Transformers: Infiltration" #0 Preview Available On-line

Newsarama.com has posted a 5-page preview of IDW’s Transformers: Infiltration #0, which will return the Robots in Disguise to comic book shop stands in October.

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