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McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Identity Theft

McGruff the Crime Dog will star in a new ad campaign to counter identity theft (free registration required). The animated dog in a trench coat has been a longtime fixture of public-service announcements from the National Crime Prevention Council. A publicity campaign to celebrate his 25th birthday starts today.

Shark's Fin Soup Off the Menu at Disneyland Hong Kong

A report in the New York Times states that Disney has taken shark’s fin soup off the menu at Hong Kong’s Disneyland theme park, concluding that shark fishing cannot be conducted in an environmentally sensitive way (free registration required). The dish is a Chinese delicacy often served at wedding banquets and other social occasions.

John Fiedler 1925 - 2005

Veteran voice actor John Fiedler passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2005, at the age of 80 (free registration required). Fiedler was the voice of Piglet in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons since the 1960s. He also performed on Broadway and in numerous other live-action films.

Paul Cassidy 1910 - 2005

The Comics Reporter weblog is reporting the passing of Paul Cassidy on May 15, 2005 at the age of 94. Cassidy was an early assistant to Joe Shuster, artist and co-creator for Superman, and contributed many elements to the Man of Steel including the iconic five-cornered “S” shield.

Diana Wynne Jones at "Howl" Screening in Cambridge

The Nausicaa.net in the United Kingdom, running from July 7 to July 17, will show several Studio Ghibli films, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Whisper of the Heart, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Castle in the Sky. The festival’s screening of Howl’s Moving Castle will be introduced by Diana Wynne Jones, the author of the novel […]

IDW Gears Up for "Transformers: Infiltration" in October 2005

IDW has released solicitation information for Transformers: Infiltration #0, the first issue in its relaunched Transformers comic book line. The issue is scheduled for release in October 2005 with a $0.99 cover price with four covers shipping in equal quantities. Simon Furman will write while E.J. Su provides the artwork.

On-line Comics Previews: Solo #5 (Darwyn Cooke), Iron Man: House of M #1

Buzzscope.com has several advance comic-book previews. Highlights for the June 29 comics include DC Comics’ Solo #5 (which focuses on artist Darwyn Cooke) and Runaways #5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. (UPDATE: The previews now include Spider-Man/Human Torch #5 by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton.) Highlights for Marvel comics scheduled for a July […]

Naruto Announcements at Licensing Show

Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog covers the Naruto announcements made at this week’s Licensing Show in New York City. Bandai will be producing a Naruto video game, and the Hot Topic mall-based clothing store will begin carrying Naruto clothing and manga.

"Sailor Moon" Manga Rights Revert to Original Owners

The Comics Reporter weblog is reporting that Tokyopop has let the North American reprint rights to the Sailor Moon manga revert back to their original Japanese owner. There is currently no further information if any other manga publishing company will attempt to acquire these rights.

Gail Simone Talks Superman and "Action Comics"

Writer Gail Simone has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about her current run on DC’s Action Comics and her perspectives on Superman as a character. Three preview pages from Action Comics #829 are provided with the article.

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