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Mark Waid Talks Superman for "Superheroes and Philosophy"

Newsarama.com has posted the table of contents for Superheroes and Philosophy and reprinted the entirety of chapter 1, an essay on Superman by Mark Waid. Waid is currently finishing a run on Marvel’s Fantastic Four, and is the author of Superman: Birthright, the recent graphic novel re-telling Superman’s origins. Other contributors to the book include […]

"DisneyWar" Good for Publishers; Maybe not for Disney

The New York Times has published another article about DisneyWar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom, the upcoming book by James B. Stewart about the power struggles within Disney (free registration required). The article focuses mainly on the book’s role in reviving sales of the corporate tell-all, but does contain many new revelations on the […]

Studio Ghibli Severs Ties with Parent Company

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli is separating from its parent company Tokuma Shoten by the end of March. It is not yet known how this will affect existing distribution rights and contracts or the output of the studio.

Coke Adopts Anime for Ad

In an article about February advertising, The New York Times notes that the Coca-Cola Company will air a 60-second Japanese anime styled advertisement during the Daytona 500 broadcast on Fox. The print edition of the paper includes a still photo from the ad which is not available in the on-line version.

"Batman: The Man Who Laughs" According to Brubaker

Writer Ed Brubaker has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about Batman: The Man Who Laughs, a prestige-format comic drawn by Doug Mahnke that details the first encounter between Batman and the Joker. Batman: The Man Who Laughs was released to comic shops last Wednesday with a cover price of $6.95.

Miyazaki to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Fest

Nausicaa.net is reporting that director Hayao Miyazaki will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Venice International Film Festival in August. The director of the festival declared that September 9 will be “Miyazaki Day,” commemorated with screenings of his films.

Floyd Norman on "Song of the South"

Veteran animator Floyd Norman has written another column for Jim Hill Media about his difficulties trying to write a comic strip using characters from Disney’s Song of the South. Norman also comments on recent rumors that the movie will finally be released on DVD. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

Viz Launches "Shojo Beat" Magazine

Viz Comics has announced the launch of Shojo Beat magazine, a sister publication to the company’s successful Shonen Jump magazine. The new magazine, aimed at the burgeoning young female manga audience, will hit newsstands in June 2005 with a cover price of $5.99.

Toon Boom Studio Express Update Adds QuickTime Export

Toon Boom Animation has MacCentral.com. The $19.95 update to the stripped down animation software package adds QuickTime export functionality and compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3, among other features. (via MacCentral.com)

White Castle Seeking Kumar Cast in "Superman Returns"

Director Mira Nair has confirmed that Kal Penn has been cast in Superman Returns. Penn most recently played Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and is currently filming Namesake with Nair. According to Nair, Penn will play “Superman’s best friend.”

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