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"South Park" Wins Peabody Award

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
Comedy Central’s South Park has won one of the 65th annual George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in radio and TV broadcasting. The committee described South Park as “Comedy Central’s notoriously rude, undeniably fearless lampoon of all that is self-important and hypocritical in American life, regardless of race, creed, color or celebrity status.” A full […]

Siegel Heirs Win Ruling Calling "Smallville" Ownership into Question (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the WB network’s TV show Smallville may infringe on the copyrights on Superboy held by Joanne Siegel and Laura Siegel Larson, the wife and daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. Siegel’s heirs successfully recaptured the copyright to Superboy in November 2004, and this ruling now brings the ownership […]

Larry Hama Returns to "G.I. Joe"

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
Devil’s Due Publishing has announced that writer Larry Hama will be returning to G.I. Joe this June in a three-issue run on G.I. Joe: Declassified. The mini-series promises to show the origins of the counter-terrorist team, and will be drawn by Pat Quinn.

Ghibli Museum Super Special at GhibliWorld.com

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
The new website GhibliWorld.com has just posted a special feature about the Ghibli Museum in Japan. The feature takes readers on a virtual tour of the museum and includes numerous photographs. (via Nausicaa.net)

Incredible Ink: The Te Wei 90th Birthday Collector's Edition DVD

by Ed Liuon April 4, 2006
China may manufacture and export many things in an increasingly globalized world, but animation does not seem to be one of them. Japanese animation is a well-known quantity, and Korea is growing as an animation outsourcing destination and for a growing amount of original content. However, China’s modern animation industry seems to be rather moribund, […]

"Ice Age" Sequel Breaks Box Office Doldrums

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown took the top spot at the box office this past weekend, with an estimated $70.5 million in ticket sales. That total makes Ice Age: The Meltdown the top March opening for a film ever (a record held previously by the $46.3 million opening weekend for the original Ice Age).

"Simpsons" Movie Trailer Debuts

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown moviegoers were treated to a surprise screening of a trailer for The Simpsons movie, currently scheduled for release in July 2007. The trailer also aired during Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. Some small details about the movie appeared when writer/producer Al Jean and creator Matt Groening were interviewed by USA Today, […]

"Over the Hedge" Comic Collections Get Re-Release

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Editor and Publisher is reporting that the first three Over the Hedge books are to be re-issued to tie-in to the upcoming CGI-animated feature film. The film, based on the daily comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, will be released by DreamWorks on May 19, with voices provided by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, […]

NY Times Covers Tokyo International Anime Fair

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
The New York Times has coverage of the Tokyo International Anime Fair (registration required). The article focuses mostly on the experiences of anime writer Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop and Eureka seveN) at the fair, although brief digressions cover cosplay, the hardcore American otaku who traveled to Tokyo for the fair, and some provocative comments by […]

Comicon.com's PULSE Covers New Japanese Anime

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Jen Bomford has published a column at Comicon.com’s PULSE News covering new anime TV shows debuting this season in Japan. The shows she highlights are Gintama (debuting April 4), a new Shonen Jump series set in a quasi-Meiji Era Japan populated by aliens and strange beings; Nana (debuting April 5), based on a popular manga […]