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"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.

Cartoons and Newspaper Comics at LA Times Festival of Books

by Ed Liuon April 27, 2006
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will take place this weekend, April 29-30, 2006, and included among the programming are panel discussions on animation and newspaper comic strips. The “Animation: New Frontiers in the Art & Medium” panel will be held at 10 AM on Sunday, and will include cartoon historian and New York […]

Matt Groening Interviewed by Onion AV Club

by Ed Liuon April 27, 2006
Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening has been interviewed by the Onion A.V. Club. Among other topics, the interview covers Groening’s history with Fox on his two shows, the movie-length Simpsons and Futurama projects, Groening’s collection of bootleg Simpsons merchandise, what makes him laugh, and the odd greetings he gets from rabid Simpsons fans.

"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.