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Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

Six-page Preview of "Runaways" v2 #1

Newsarama.com has a six-page preview of Runaways v2 #1, the relaunch of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s critically acclaimed series from Marvel Comics. The comic focuses on five children of supervillains trying to maintain order in Los Angeles. Runaways #1 will hit comic book stands on February 16, 2005.

"Totoro" R1 DVD Delays Due to Transfer Issues

Nausicaa.net is reporting that the delay in releasing a region 1 DVD of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro was due to technical problems in the DVD transfer. Originally scheduled for release in February with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso, Totoro was replaced at the last minute with The Cat Returns. […]

Updated: Secretary of Education Criticizes PBS Cartoon

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has criticized an unaired episode of the PBS animated series Postcards from Buster for depicting lesbian characters, according to an article in the New York Times (free registration required). PBS has stated that the episode will not be distributed to affiliate stations, but that this decision was not due to […]

Ringo Starr: Superhero?

An article on CNN.com reports that former Beatle Ringo Starr will become an animated superhero in direct-to-DVD animated movies, courtesy of a team-up with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. In a departure from prior animated projects, Starr will provide his own voice as well as original songs and incidental music. (via Comicon.com’s PULSE News)

Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

Brandon Jerwa Talks Storm Shadow in "G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II"

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted an interview with Brandon Jerwa about G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II, an upcoming mini-series focusing on Storm Shadow, the elusive and enigmatic Cobra ninja operative. The interview includes several preview pages for the comic.

On-line Preview for "Superman: Strength" #2

PopCultureShock has posted a four-page preview for Superman: Strength #2, by Scott McCloud and Aluir Amancio. This three-issue limited series reunites the creative team from their Superman Adventures days. The site also has previews for Power Pack #1, which reunites the pre-teen super team from Marvel Comics, and We3 #3, the final issue in Grant […]

"New Teen Titans" Co-Creator Writing Graphic Novel on History of Israel

A press release from Valor Comics states that Marv Wolfman and Mario Ruiz are working on Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel. The original graphic novel is scheduled for release in November. Among his many achievements, Marv Wolfman co-created the New Teen Titans comic book with George Perez, on which the Teen […]

Will Bob Iger Become the New Disney CEO?

The New York Times covers Disney’s search for a new CEO, focusing on current frontrunner and Disney President Robert Iger (free registration required). Disney representatives have met with the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, and while it seems that Iger is being groomed for the position, other names being mentioned currently include Peter Chernin […]

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