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"Gargoyles" Comes to Comics in June

by Ed Liuon April 27, 2006
A press release from Slave Labor Graphics states that the new Gargoyles comic book is available for pre-order now for shipping in June 2006. The new comic book will be written by Greg Weisman, creator of the original TV show, and will pick up where season 2 left off. The press release states that each […]

Larry Hama Talks "G.I. Joe: Declassified"

by Ed Liuon April 27, 2006
Comic Book Resources has spoken to writer Larry Hama about his upcoming run on G.I. Joe: Declassified, which will present the earliest days of the counter-terrorist team and the beginning of its battle with Cobra.

Mark Evanier Remembers "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan"

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2006
A post in writer Mark Evanier’s weblog provides a behind-the-scenes look at Hanna-Barbera’s The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan animated series. Evanier discusses the origins of the series in 1972, including the novel attempt to cast all Chinese (or Asian) actors in the leading roles and the problems that resulted. The tie-in comic book […]

Dini Confirms Harley Quinn Episode of "The Batman" This Fall

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2006
In a post on his weblog, writer Paul Dini has confirmed that he will be scripting an episode of WB’s The Batman which will debut Harley Quinn into that animated continuity. He expects that the episode will debut this fall. The same blog entry also provides some details on his upcoming run on Detective Comics […]

Seth MacFarlane vs. FCC and "South Park" at Stanford

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2006
Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, spoke at the Stanford University Memorial Auditorium last week, with his comments being reported by the Stanford Daily student newspaper. Among the topics discussed were tussles with the FCC, the history of Family Guy and its production, and his opinion on the lampooning of Family Guy on recent episodes […]

"Nausicaa" Voice Actor to Appear at Anime Boston

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2006
Sumi Shimamoto will be appearing at the Anime Boston convention, which runs from May 26-28. Shimamoto is the voice actress for the title character of Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, and has also provided voices for Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. (via Nausicaa.net)

NY Times Covers the Return of "Captain Planet"

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2006
An article in the New York Times covers the return of Captain Planet to the airwaves (registration required), starting last Earth Day on Boomerang with new episodes never before broadcast in the United States. The article covers the history of the show and Ted Turner’s influence on it, along with the state of the Captain […]

"Gedo Senki" ("Tales from Earthsea") Synopsis Posted

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
Ursula K. LeGuin, the author of the Earthsea series of novels, has posted an English translation of the plot synopsis for Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea). The movie will be directed by Goro Miyazaki and is scheduled for release in Japan in July 2006. (via Nausicaa.net)

Studio Ghibli Ranked Number 1 Consumer Brand in Japan

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
A survey by Nikkei BP Consulting has named Studio Ghibli as the top-ranked business-to-consumer brand in Japan, ahead of Toyota. The studio also ranked 4th or higher in all the sections organized by demographic.

NY Times on Robert Smigel and SNL's "Saturday TV Funhouse"

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
The New York Times has profiled comedian and animator Robert Smigel in advance of the April 29 airing of Saturday TV Funhouse, which will collect the best of his animated shorts originally aired on Saturday Night Live (registration required). Among other topics, the article covers Smigel’s career through Hollywood, the often last-minute rush to get […]