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Behind the Scenes of "Black Jack" Anime

An article in the Daily Yomiuri Online goes behind the scenes of the Black Jack anime TV series currently airing in Japan. The series, about a brilliant but unlicensed surgeon, debuted in October 2004 and is now in its second season, while a live-action movie was released last week. The movie was directed by Macoto […]

The Ultimate DVD Extra: 20 Years of Pixar at the MoMA

In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]

New Short Films Debut at Ghibli Museum on January 3

Three new short films will debut at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting on January 3. Details and still frames from all three movies (House Hunting, Mon-mon the Water Spider, and The Day I Harvested a Star) are available at walkerplus.com, with a translation of the picture captions and the accompanying article provided by Nausicaa.net.

Mark Andrews' "Colossus" Previewed

Newsarama.com has an article and several preview pages from Mark Andrews’ Colossus, a 224-page original graphic novel to be published by Image Comics in March 2006. Andrews is a Pixar animator and co-director of their latest short film, One Man Band. The comic book will have a forward by Incredibles director Brad Bird and will […]

Rare and Early Disney Animation Found in Japan

BBC News is reporting that some rare and very early Disney animation, sketches, and background pictures have been discovered in a warehouse at Chiba University, near Tokyo, Japan. The material includes “Flowers and Trees” from 1932, which was Disney’s first color short film. The material was apparently donated in the 1960s to the National Museum […]

Kagan Research: Animated Films Are Hollywood's Most Profitable Genre

Kagan Research, a consulting and publishing research firm, has released a study estimating that animated films were the most profitable “genre” for films released between 2000 and 2004. According to the report, animated films in that time period averaged $194.5 million in gross profit and $166.3 million in net profit. The full report is available […]

12-Page "Transformers: Beast Wars" Preview On-line

IDW Publishing has released a 12-page preview of Transformers: Beast Wars #1, written by Simon Furman with art by Don Figueroa. The issue is scheduled for release in February.

"Publishers Weekly" on Disney/SLG Comics Deal

Publishers Weekly has published a brief article about the licensed Disney comics coming from Slave Labor Graphics, a publisher usually known for darker, more adult fare. SLG publisher Dan Vado is quoted on the approach being taken for the new comics. The Haunted Mansion comic debuted in October 2005, with Tron, Alice in Wonderland, and […]

Devil's Due Publishing Announces 1Q Trade Paperbacks

Devil’s Due Publishing has announced the trade paperbacks scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2006. Included are two G.I. Joe volumes, collecting the closing issues of the first Devil’s Due G.I. Joe series and the first story arc of the G.I. Joe: America’s Elite reboot, coming in January and February, respectively.

Joe O'Brien Talks "Planet of the Apes" Comics

Writer Joe O’Brien has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about the new Planet of the Apes comic books he is writing with Ty Templeton for Mr. Comics. O’Brien delves into his opinions about the original movie series and how the comic ties into it, speaking briefly about the directions the comic will take. Several preview […]

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