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MTV Germany Tries "Popetown" for 1 Episode but Offends with Ad

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2006
MTV Germany has changed course again regarding the controversial animated show Popetown (see Toon Zone News’ prior coverage here and here). Originally scheduled to run in its entirety starting on May 3, MTV Germany has now decided to air one episode on May 3 to be followed by a televised discussion involving church representatives, a […]

Comic Foundry Names "Batman: The Animated Series" in Top 25 Comics Events

by Ed Liuon May 1, 2006
The latest issue of the on-line Comic Foundry magazine contains an article titled “The 25 Most Important Events in the Past 25 Years,” naming their choices for the most influential events in the comic book industry since 1981. #25 on the list is Batman: The Animated Series, cited for creating a miniature boom in comic […]

Find 2nd "Zoom Suit" Animated Short via Clues in Comic

by Ed Liuon May 1, 2006
A press release from Superverse notes that you can find the second hidden Zoom Suit animated short film by following clues nested inside Zoom Suit #1, the tie-in comic book released last Wednesday. Fans that find and view the short will also be eligible to receive other Zoom Suit prizes, including limited edition comics, DVDs, […]

J. Torres Wins Shuster Award

by Ed Liuon May 1, 2006
Writer J. Torres has won this year’s Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer, partially for his work on DC’s Teen Titans Go! tie-in comic book. The Shuster Awards, named for Superman co-creator Joe Shuster and recognizing Canadian comic book talent, were awarded this past weekend at the Toronto Comicon.

"Ben and Izzy" Tries to Mend US-Middle East Bridges

by Ed Liuon May 1, 2006
An article in the New York Times covers Ben and Izzy, a new CGI-animated series from Jordanian media company Rubicon, which focuses on the sometimes rocky friendship between two 11-year-old boys, one Arab and one American (registration required). The series itself crosses borders in many ways, being led by Jordanian Randa Ayoubi and American David […]

Animator Mark Page Talks "Kana's Island," "Journey of Henry Box Brown"

by Ed Liuon April 28, 2006
Animator and illustrator Mark Page has been interviewed for Buzzscope.com’s “What’s a Nubian?” column, which focuses on comic books starring characters of color. Page discusses his new self-published, all-ages comic book Kana’s Island and his work on The Journey of Henry Box Brown–an award-winning direct-to-video feature about a young runaway slave’s unusual means of escaping. […]

Jobs Says No to Disney CEO Position

by Ed Liuon April 28, 2006
At a meeting of Apple Computer shareholders, Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs stated that he had no desire to take any senior management position at Disney after the Disney/Pixar merger is completed. Jobs further stated that he intends to spend more time at Apple once the merger is complete and expressed his confidence in […]

Pixar Animators Do Comics in Image's "Afterworks 2"

by Ed Liuon April 28, 2006
A press release from Image Comics is touting Afterworks 2, an original anthology of comics from several employees at Pixar Animation Studios, with topics that range from retellings of classic myths to fact-based accounts of the assault on Fallujah. Some of the creators involved include Scott Morse (Noble Boy, Soulwind), Bill Presing (Rex Steele: Nazi […]

Wanda Sykes Talks "Over the Hedge" Voice Acting Job

by Ed Liuon April 28, 2006
Comedienne Wanda Sykes has been interviewed by ComingSoon.net about her role as Stella the skunk in the upcoming CGI animated film Over the Hedge, including the amount of improvisation she was allowed to do, the differences between live-action and voice-over acting, and why she dislikes the adjective “sassy.” The movie is based on the newspaper […]

Onion Recommends 15 Animated Films for Grown-Ups

by Ed Liuon April 28, 2006
The Onion A.V. Club has posted their short-list for 15 animated films for grown-ups. The #1 spot is taken by Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, followed by Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat, Richard Adams’ The Plague Dogs, Richard Linklater’s Waking Life, and René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet rounding out the top 5.