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China Bans Human/Toon Movies

A report in Variety states that the Chinese government has banned foreign films that mix human and animated characters, as done in Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The ban will only apply to future films. At least one industry analyst belives the ban is driven by a desire to boost China’s domestic animation […]

Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?

Surveillance video camera footage has caught superhero Spider-Man brazenly robbing a comic book shop in broad daylight. A man in a Spider-Man mask walked into Dream World Comic Books of Culver City, CA, smashed a display case, grabbed several rare comics, and fled the scene on foot. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

New Zealand Bishops Protest "South Park" Episode

A group of Catholic bishops in New Zealand is protesting an upcoming episode of South Park. The seven bishops sent an open letter to all Catholics to boycott the news services and advertisers of TV3. The episode has drawn criticism from New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and from Muslim groups expressing solidarity with Catholics. […]

New "Ultimate Avengers" Clip at Yahoo! Movies

According to a report on Comic Book Resources’ Comic Reel report, a new clip from the Ultimate Avengers direct-to-video movie is available at Yahoo! Movies (note that this link will automatically open a video file in your browser).

IDW Teases Big "Transformers" Event

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has released a single image to promote a new Transformers series or event coming in July 2006.

The Economics of Otaku via Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.

Washington Post Covers Katsucon

The Washington Post has published an article covering the 12th annual Katsucon, a manga/anime convention held in Washington, DC, this past weekend. The article goes into the origins of manga and anime, current hot trends, the diversity in the audience, and the cosplay phenomenon.

Billy Dallas Patton on "Zoom Suit" and Fill-in Comics

Artist Billy Dallas Patton has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his work on Zoom Suit, the tie-in comic to John Taddeo’s award-winning animated short film about a boy who discovers an alien suit of battle armor. Patton gives some advice to people wanting to break into the comic book artist business. 8 pages […]

Templeton, Torres, Cooke Nominated for 2006 Shuster Awards

A partial list of the 2006 Shuster Award nominees has been posted, with outstanding writer nominations going to J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures) & Joe O’Brien. Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) has also been nominated as outstanding comic book cartoonist (writer/artist). The Shuster Awards are named for Joe Shuster, co-creator […]

Mark Evanier on Disney's "Oswald"

Writer Mark Evanier has posted a history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on his weblog. He follows Oswald’s winding path through Hollywood, which has finally returned him to his roots at Disney in return for sportscaster Al Michaels, and even details how a Presidential assassination caused trouble for the character.

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