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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
The New York Times takes a look at the Ultimate Avengers DVD and the deal between Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Marvel that birthed it (registration required). Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad and Lions Gate president Steve Beeks are briefly quoted discussing the economics of the decision and their sales expectations.
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted a feature article commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lee Falk’s The Phantom comic strip. In addition to the newspaper comic strip (still in syndication from King Features Syndicate) and several comic books, Falk’s mysterious purple-clad crime-fighter has starred in two feature films (one 1943 serial and one cult-favorite 1996 film […]
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Marty Sklar is stepping down as principal creative executive of the Walt Disney Imagineering division (free registration required). The 72-year old Sklar is one of the few remaining Disney employees who worked closely with Walt Disney, who stated that he planned to retire after the 50th anniversary of […]
Disney has debuted a $50 a year service targeted at pre-schoolers, according to a report in the New York Times (registration required). The fee and an 85 megabyte download will grant access to Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, which will host Web features and downloadable content like “fast-playing games and TV-like animation.” In a related […]