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Gene Hazelton, 1919 - 2005

Veteran animator and artist Wesley “Gene” Hazelton passed away last week, according to a report in Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter weblog. Hazelton began working for Disney in 1939, working on films like Fantasia and Pinocchio, before moving to Warner Brothers in 1941. Later, Hazelton was a fixture of the Hanna-Barbera studios, working on both the […]

Counterfeit "Incredibles" Merchandise Flooding Asia

Disney is consulting its legal staff to determine the most effective method to deal with a flood of counterfeit Incredibles merchandise throughout Asia. The counterfeits are apparently filling demand for Incredibles merchandise that is not being met adequately by Hasbro. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Hayao Miyazaki, Art Spiegelman Among "Time 100"

Animator Hayao Miyazaki and comic book artist Art Spiegelman are two of the the “Time 100,” a list of the 100 most influential people in the world as selected by Time magazine. Miyazaki is the director of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, while Art Spiegelman’s Maus remains a seminal work in […]

"Swamp Fox" Chronicles American Revolution with Animals

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted an article highlighting Jonathan Myers’ Swamp Fox, an all-ages anthropomorphic animal comic book that is based on the life of Francis Marion, a renowned colonial-era American patriot who battled the British with early guerilla warfare tactics.

Bendis Talks Marvel's "House of M"; Sketchbook Preview Released

Writer Brian Michael Bendis has spoken at length to Newsarama about House of M, Marvel’s upcoming massive crossover event growing out of last year’s “Avengers Disassembled” storyline. Newsarama also has a preview of the House of M Sketchbook, slated to be in comic shops on April 27.

Disney Files Post-Trial Brief in Shareholder's Lawsuit

Final post-trial briefs have been filed in the Disney shareholder’s lawsuit in Delaware over the hiring and firing of former Disney president Mike Ovitz. In the brief, Disney lawyers characterized the lawsuit as “character assassination” and unsurprisingly suggest that Disney should not be liable for the $130 million payout made to force Ovitz out of […]

Colombian Comic Transforms Late Pope into Superhero

An article on MSNBC.com spotlights the Incredible Popeman, a comic book to be published soon in Colombia that transforms the late Pope John Paul II into a full-fledged superhero. The debut issue will supposedly feature a meeting where the late pontiff will meet Batman and Superman for superhero lessons. Supposedly, reaction to the comic book […]

Ben Avery on "Lullaby", "The Imaginaries" (UPDATED with Lullaby #2 Preview)

Writer Ben Avery has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his two mini-series from Image Comics: Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker, which puts the lead characters of several children’s stories on a quest to defeat an encroaching evil, and The Imaginaries, a series about the land where imaginary friends go to retire. The first issue of […]

Robotech to Appear in Animated PSA for United Nations

A press release states that Robotech will appear in a special Public Service Announcement (PSA) commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations. It will be the first animated PSA for the UN in many years and will air side-by-side with PSAs starring Sean Connery, Michael Douglas, Colin Farrell, and Lenny Kravitz.

Dudley Do-Right Emporium Facing the Wrecking Ball

Mark Evanier and Jerry Beck are both noting that the Dudley Do-Right Emporium on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is facing destruction. The Emporium was opened in 1971 by Rocky & Bullwinkle creator Jay Ward, who often manned the registers with his wife Ramona. The Emporium closed earlier this year.

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