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Stan Berenstain 1923 - 2005

Stan Berenstain, writer, artist, and co-creator of the Berenstain Bears, passed away last Saturday in Pennsylvania at the age of 82. The Bears were created by Stan and his wife Janice, starring in over 200 books and adapted for animation on three different occasions. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

C.S. Lewis Would Have Preferred Animation for "Narnia"

A letter from 1959 posted by the website nthposition.com reveals that C.S. Lewis was opposed to a live-action adaptation of his Narnia works, stating that “Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare.” A brief follow-up comment notes that, “Cartoons (if only Disney did not combine so […]

Todd McFarlane Talks Up "Spawn"

Comic Book Resources.com has published a lengthy interview with the creator, and Newsarama.com has published a lengthy interview with the creator. The interviews focus on McFarlane’s Spawn comic book reaching the 150 issue milestone recently, although McFarlane also comments on Spawn spin-offs in movies, TV, and other comic books as well.

Comics Previews for November 25: Perhapanauts, JLA: Classified, Generation M

The following comic book previews are available throughout the Internet: – A feature article about Perhapanauts #1 at Newsarama.com includes a 4-page preview, and more pages are A feature article about Perhapanauts #1. The comic by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau centers on a paranormal team of investigators fixing rips and tears in reality. It […]

AnimationMentor.com E-School Teaches to the World

An article in the Los Angeles Times profiles AnimationMentor.com, a web-based “e-school” founded this spring in Berkeley, CA (free registration required). The school currently has a teaching staff of more than 50 teachers, many of whom are working professionals in the industry, and approximately 400 students from 35 countries.

Origins of PBS's "Zula Patrol" Animated Series

A brief article in the New York Times covers PBS’s upcoming animated series Zula Patrol, which will send a group of strange alien explorers out to “take the sting out of science education for children” (registration required). Deborah M. Manchester, creator and executive producer for the show, details the origin of the show from a […]

JLU's Adam Beechen Takes on Robin; Other DC Creative Teams Announced

An article on Newsarama.com notes that Adam Beechen, current writer for the Justice League Unlimited tie-in comic book, will be the New York Times covers the two big “tent-pole” events for both Marvel and DC Comics starting next year. The announcement comes along with several announcements of new creative teams for DC’s superhero comic books […]

Aaron McGruder Interviewed at Onion A.V. Club

The Onion A.V. Club has interviewed Aaron McGruder about his Boondocks comic strip and new animated TV show. Topics covered include the genesis of the show, what McGruder is feeling angriest about, and his opinion on the state of politics and the press.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Animation Tie-Ins

The New York Times reports on the importance many companies are placing on floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (registration required). Cartoon characters are a perennial favorite among the floats, and this year’s batch will include Scooby Doo, Disney’s Chicken Little, Dora the Explorer, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Garfield, and Puffy Ami Yumi.

Bill Plympton Animates Music Video for Kayne West

An animated music video by Bill Plympton for Kayne West’s “Heard ‘Em Say” debuted on MTV on Monday, November 21. Plympton’s 12 Tiny Christmas Tales is also one of several programs on a “viewer’s choice” poll at CartoonNetwork.com. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

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