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Origins of Telling Stories: Creator Biographies and Further Reading

There are nine comic book creators interviewed in the Telling Stories DVD. As a aid to those who are not familiar with all nine of them, Toon Zone’s Comic Book Culture staff has assembled these brief biographies of all nine, along with recommendations for further reading and links to relevant websites. Howard Chaykin Howard Chaykin’s […]

Norm Prescott, R.I.P.

Norm Prescott, a co-founder of Filmation Studios with Hal Sutherland and Lou Scheimer, has passed away at the age of 78, according to writer Mark Evanier. Prescott also was a frequent voice actor in Filmation cartoons, often acting as narrator.

Toon Boom Studio Goes to Version 3

Toon Boom Animation, Inc. has announced Toon Boom Studio v3, a major upgrade to their 2D animation software for MacOS and Windows. New features include a Free Transform tool, improved sound scrubbing to adjust lip synchronization, and anti-aliasing support under MacOS X.

Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center Announced

Lisa Kirby, daughter of Jack Kirby, has announced the creation of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center. The new museum will focus on the study, preservation, and appreciation of Kirby, best known as the co-creator of many of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters.

Disney and Sprint to Launch Mobile Phone Service

The Walt Disney Corporation is teaming with Sprint to launch a national wireless phone service in the United States next year. The service, to be called Disney Mobile, will be designed for families and will be part of the Walt Disney Internet Group, which currently offers Disney-branded content for mobile phones.

Selby Kelly, 1917 - 2005

Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of Selby Daley Kelly over the July 4th weekend. Kelly was the wife of cartoonist Walt Kelly (Pogo). She worked for multiple Hollywood animation studios before marrying Kelly and assisting on the Pogo comic strip. (CORRECTION: Evanier notes that Kelly’s passing was two weeks ago and only reported […]

Ben Burtt Moves to Pixar; Possible Director for "Chassis"

Academy Award winning sound designer Ben Burtt has left his position at Lucasfilm for Pixar Animation Studios. A recent news item on Comicon.com’s The Beat weblog suggests that Burtt may be directing Chassis, an adaptation of a comic book series from Hurricane Comics that centers around an independent rocket car driver from an alternate history […]

Credit But No Cash for Kirby in "Fantastic Four"

A brief column in the Los Angeles Times states that Jack Kirby, co-creator of Marvel Comics’ Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men, will be receiving some kind of recognition in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, but his estate will still receive no monetary compensation for his contributions. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog; […]

Disney's Daughter Plans Family Museum in San Francisco

According to an article in the Vacaville Reporter, Diane Disney Miller, the last surviving daughter of Walt Disney, is overseeing the construction of the Walt Disney Family Museum at a refurbished barracks building at the Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Miller is also planning a visit to the California Disneyland park on July 16 for […]

Salon Examines Replacing Voice Actors

In the wake of the passing of Paul Winchell and John Fiedler, the voices of Tigger and Piglet in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons, Salon.com has published an article examining what happens when a cartoon character’s voice actor dies. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

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