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Free Comic Book Day 2006 Offerings Announced

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the list of offerings for 2006′s Free Comic Book Day. Animated offerings include Bongo Comics’ Free for All 2006 Simpsons tie-in comic, DC’s Justice League Unlimited #1, Devil’s Due’s G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, and IDW’s Transformers: Beast Wars. Free Comic Book Day will be on Saturday, May 6. Full details […]

WonderCon to Premiere "Avengers," "Broken Saints"

A press release from Comic-Con International has announced that the WonderCon comics and pop-culture convention will host the world premieres of two new animated projects. Marvel and Lion’s Gate’s Ultimate Avengers: The Movie direct-to-video animated film will premiere at WonderCon on Saturday, February 11, 2006. The next day, Fox Home Entertainment will screen the first […]

"Four-Dimensional" Animated Racing IMAX Film in Shanghai

A news report in the Shanghai Daily states that the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum has spent $140,000 to upgrade its IMAX theatre to show a “four-dimensional” animated racing movie for the Chinese New Year’s holidays, beginning on January 29, 2006. The improvements will allow shaking chairs and blowing wind and snow to simulate being […]

New English Dubs of "Totoro" and "Whisper" Tonight on TCM

Nausicaa.net is noting the debut of the two new English dubs for Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Whisper of the Heart tonight, January 19, 2006, on Turner Classic Movies. They note that this is the first time Disney has aired a movie on commercial TV before the home video release. Both movies are due […]

Satellite TV Providers to Offer "Family-Friendly" Channel Packages

DIRECTV and EchoStar, the nation’s two largest satellite TV providers, have announced that they will offer “family-friendly” channel packages to their subscribers, bowing to regulatory pressure that has also compelled Comcast and Time-Warner Cable to offer similar packages (registration required). DIRECTV’s offering will begin in April, offering 40 channels including Toon Disney, Boomerang, Noggin, PBS […]

Viacom and Kellogg Face Lawsuit over SpongeBob Marketing

Two consumer groups have announced their intention to sue Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, and the Kellogg Company over their use of SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters to sell food of “poor nutritional quality” to children under 8 (registration required). The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, […]

Bandai Announces "Eureka SeveN" DVD Release Date, Manga

Bandai Entertainment has announced a release date of April 25 for volume 1 of the Eureka SeveN anime series on DVD. The same announcement also announces plans to release two tie-in manga series and a tie-in soundtrack, as well as possible broadcast on a “premier TV network.”

Timm and Tucker Talk "Justice League Unlimited"

Newsarama.com’s latest “Animated Shorts” column has spoken to Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker about the upcoming episodes of the show and the “Legion of Doom” story arc. Columnist Steve Fritz also engages in some speculation on the future of Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans, and also reports that Warner will […]

BET Hires Denys Cowan as Animation Executive

A press release states that one of three new executives hired by BET is Denys Cowan, who will be tasked with developing animated productions for the television, home video, on-line, and wireless channels. Cowan co-created Static Shock with Dwayne McDuffie in both comic and TV incarnations and was producer and supervising director for The Boondocks […]

"Transformers: Evolutions" Teaser Image Posted

An image of what looks like Transformers based on steam-powered locomotives has been posted at Newsarama.com. The image is from IDW Publishing’s The Transformers: Hearts of Steel #1, the first issue of a monthly “alternate reality” Transformers comic book title. The first issue will be written by Chuck Dixon with art by Ted McKeever.

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