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IDW Announces "Transformers: Beast Wars" Comic

IDW Publishing has announced a Beast Wars mini-series to join its new Transformers comic books. Beast Wars: The Gathering will be a 4-issue mini-series launching in February 2006 by Simeon Furman, with art by Don Figueroa and Josh Burcham, following the relaunch of Transformers in January.

Comics Previews: "Defenders," "Revisionary," "Red Sonja," "Action Philosophers"

Several new comics previews are available on the Internet: – Mile High Comics has advance previews of Marvel and DC comic books hitting stands on September 28, including Defenders #3 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire (Marvel); and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere #4 by Gaiman, Mike Carey, and Glenn Fabry (DC/Vertigo) – Newsarama.com continues […]

DreamWorks Animation Announces Future Film Projects

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced several of their forthcoming movie releases through 2009, including Kung Fu Panda with Jack Black in the title role and a sequel to this year’s Madagascar. Other projects listed include Over the Hedge and Flushed Away for 2006 and How to Train Your Dragon, Rex Havoc, It Came From Earth! […]

"Futurama" Writer Elected to Head of Writers Guild of America, West

Patric M. Verrone was elected to head the Writers Guild of America, West, winning a 69% majority of 2,012 ballots cast. Verrone’s credits include writing for Futurama, Muppets Tonight, and Rugrats. In his campaign, Verrone stated a need to better organize animation, cable, and reality TV writers.

Owen Dunne Webcomic Optioned by Fox for TV Series

Owen Dunne’s You Damn Kid! webcomic has been optioned by Fox TV to become an animated television show. Based on the content of the comic, the show is expected to follow in the tradition of irreverent animated family cartoons on Fox from The Simpsons to Family Guy. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

David Mirkin on Simpsons' 17th Season, DVD sets, and Movie Progress

Simpsons producer-writer David Mirkin has been interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about all things Simpson, from the behind-the-scenes of the show’s 17th season, the sixth season DVD set, and the slow progress of the Simpsons feature film. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Marvel Announces 2006 Comics Plans

Marvel Comics announced details for several of its projects coming in 2006 over the weekend at the Diamond Retailer Summit. Highlights include a project by Neil Gaiman involving Jack Kirby’s Eternals, the Supreme Power: Squadron Supreme relaunch in March, the return of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday to Astonishing X-Men in February, and the Omega […]

Dwayne McDuffie Interviewed at Comics Foundry

Dwayne McDuffie has been interviewed by the Comics Foundry website about his work on Justice League Unlimited, the difference between writing for comics and for TV, and the nature of collaboration with DC and the rest of the JLU production team.

NY Times on "Tetsujin" and Manga for Girls

The New York Times Arts section briefly discusses Tetsujin, an anime series debuting on DVD tomorrow that centers on scientists who must confront the fruits of their wartime research (registration required). A separate article covers the shojo (manga for girls) phenomenon. Discuss this news on the Anime Forum.

NY Times on Disney's Move Away from Hand-Drawn Animation

The New York Times covers the path that led to the dissolution of Disney’s hand-drawn animation department (registration required). The article includes extensive comments by David Stainton, current president of Walt Disney Feature Animation.

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