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"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.

Lucas Ramping Up Singapore Facility for "Clone Wars" TV Show

Variety‘s coverage of George Lucas’ address at the annual SIGGRAPH convention revealed that Lucas Animation is currently ramping up a facility in Singapore for production of the 3-D computer animated Clone Wars show. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Disney to Open Shanghai Theme Park in 2012

An unsubstantiated report in the Hong Kong Economic Times states that Disney is planning to open a theme park in Shanghai, with construction to begin in 2008 for an opening date of 2012. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

WizardWorld Atlanta Moved to 2007

In the wake of much negative publicity, Wizard Entertainment has stated that they will not be running a WizardWorld convention in Atlanta in 2006 as previously reported. CEO Gareb Shamus stated that Wizard is planning for an Atlanta show in 2007 which does not conflict with other comic conventions in the region. In a related […]

San Diego "Spawn" Animation Teaser Available On-line

A press release announces that the animated trailer to the new Spawn movie is available for downloading at Spawn.com. The footage was shown at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

NY Times on Spider-Girl's Domestic Abuse Story, Alex Ross' "Justice"

A one-paragraph report in the New York Times’ “Arts, Briefly” section notes that Spider-Girl #89 will deal with teenage dating abuse, and will include facts on domestic violence and resources to assist victims. The same article also notes the release of Justice #1 by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithwaite, which will pit DC […]

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

A report on Nausicaa.net states that director Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle) will be receiving the Golden Lion for career achievement at the 62nd Annual Venice Film Festival.

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