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Planned Parenthood Animated Video Triggers Pro-Life Backlash

An animated video on the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate website has triggered accusations of hatred and religious bigotry from several pro-life organizations. Members of the American Life League and Life Decisions International believe that the video may instigate violence against people of faith.

DC Announces Collected Editions for Nov-Dec 2005

A press release from DC Comics details the collected editions that will be available in November/December 2005. Highlights include several collections of the current Infinite Crisis crossover event; the I Can’t Believe It’s Not the Justice League mini-series by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire; Fables vol. 6; and The Best of the Spirit […]

Upcoming Comics Previews On-Line

Buzzscope.com has advance previews of many upcoming comics from DC and Marvel. Highlights of the Runaways #7 are Birds of Prey #85 by Gail Simone and Joe Bennett and The Defenders #2 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire. Marvel has also released advance previews of comics scheduled for August 31, including Astonishing X-Men […]

Judge Rules for Disney Board in Shareholder Lawsuit

Chancellor William Chandler III handed down a decision in favor of the Disney board of directors in the shareholder lawsuit over the hiring and firing of Michael Ovitz as president in 1995. Disney shareholders sued the board for breaching their fiscal responsibilities in paying Ovitz a hefty severance package after supposedly poor corporate governance.

WizardWorld Chicago News Wrap-Up: Slott on "Blackjack," Simone on "Gen13"

This past weekend’s WizardWorld Chicago convention served as the platform for DC and Marvel to announce many of their initiatives for the rest of this year and early 2006. Summary pages of news coverage have been provided by Newsarama.com and ComicBookResources.com. Highlights include the creator and character line-up for Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15, including “Blackjack” […]

New On-line Comics Previews

Mile High Comics has posted several on-line previews for comics from DC and Marvel scheduled for release on August 10. Highlights include Action Comics #830 by Gail Simone and John Byrne, Green Arrow #53 by Judd Winick, Captain America #8 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, and Incredible Hulk #85 by Peter David and Jorge […]

"DisneyWar," "Complete Peanuts," "1602" Nominated for Quill Awards

The Quills Literary Foundation has named their 2005 Quill Award nominees. James B. Stewart’s DisneyWar was nominated in the “Business” category, Fantagraphics’ Complete Peanuts 1953-1954 was nominated in the “Humor” category, and Marvel Comics’ 1602 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Richard Isanove was nominated in the “Graphic Novel” category.

VIZ Media Announces "Zatch Bell" Manga and Anime Releases

VIZ Media has announced scheduling information for the first Zatch Bell manga and home-video anime releases. The first two volumes of Zatch Bell manga will be released in August for $9.99 each. The first volume of anime will debut on November 4, featuring 4 episodes for $19.98.

From Graphic Novel to Hollywood

A lengthy article in Animation World Magazine covers the growing phenomenon of graphic novels being adapted into Hollywood movies, in live-action and animated formats.

"LA Times" on the Rise of Direct-to-Video Features

An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.

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