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CN’s Terry Kalagian Interviewed at

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column at has interviewed Terry Kalagian, Cartoon Network VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Among the topics discussed are the ratings for CN’s various anime properties, new acquisitions (or the inability of Kalagian to say anything about them), and details behind the airing of Marvel’s new animated movies.

Pixar Reports Record 2005 Revenue on Lower 4Q Results

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
Pixar Animation Studios announced profits of $30.9 million on revenues of $55.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, for earnings of $0.25 per diluted share. These results are significantly lower than those from a year ago, whose $55.2 million profit rivaled this past quarter’s entire profit. However, the quarterly numbers capped off Pixar’s most […]

Pixar’s "Cars" Website Goes Live

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
The official website for Pixar’s Cars has opened with content about the film. Jim Hill has run through the material available there now, pointing out highlights of the site along with in-jokes and missing content. Cars is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 9, 2006. In a related story, Hill has also written […]

Devil’s Due Publishing Announces 2Q 2006 Trade Paperbacks

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
Devil’s Due Publishing has announced their trade paperback release schedule for the second quarter of 2006, which will include two Familiy Guy original graphic novels and a collection of the Snake Eyes: Declassified mini-series which was spun off from their regular G.I. Joe comic book series.

Todd Nauck on Drawing DC’s Teen Heroes, "Wildguard"

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
Artist Todd Nauck was just interviewed by about his work on Teen Titans Go!, a brief stint on the recent regular Teen Titans book, and his own creator-owned series Wildguard, which combines superhero genre fiction with reality TV.

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Writing Workshop with Ty Templeton Beginning March 23

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Max the Mutt Animation School will be conducting a workshop on writing for comics with writer/artist Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures, Bigg Time), beginning March 23, 2006, at the school’s campus in Toronto. Enrollment is limited, and full details can be found at the Max the Mutt Animation School website.

Robert "Tiger" West, Animation Xerographer, Passes Away at 81

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
A post at the Big Cartoon Forum reports that Robert “Tiger” West has passed away at the age of 81. After a brief career as an infant silent film actor, West began working at Walt Disney under legendary animator Ub Iwerks in 1944. He was a key developer in Xerox equipment used for animated cartoon […]

Bill Cosby vs. Web Animated Series

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Legal counsel to Bill Cosby have sent cease and desist notices to blogger Andy Baio, demanding the removal of the on-line animated series “House of Cosbys” (registration required). The series centers on a fan who creates a machine that creates Cosby clones, each with a special super power. The series was originally posted on the […]

Peri Gilpin to Play Kate Corrigan in Animated "Hellboy"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Peri Gilpin will be voice-acting Kate Corrigan in the upcoming animated Hellboy series, according to a recent entry in the official weblog. Gilpin is best known as “Roz” from the NBC sitcom Frasier, but she has voice-acted numerous roles in the past, including Volcana from Superman: The Animated Series and Officer Jane Proudfoot in the […]