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 […]
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 […]
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; […]
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 […]
The United States Postal Service will begin selling “Art of Disney: Celebration” postage stamps starting tomorrow, June 30, 2005. The series of 4 stamps uses classic Disney animated characters to express celebration via music, food, parties, and dance. A First Day of Issue Ceremony is scheduled to occur on June 30 at Disneyland Park at […]
Howard Chaykin has been tapped by Disney Italia to write and draw Century, an original graphic novel centering on aging gunfighters living in Texas between the turn of the century and World War I. The book is scheduled to be released in Italy first, but Chaykin states his publisher is working on an American distribution […]
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.