A report in Publishers Weekly states that ADV has laid off as many as 40 employees, with perhaps 25 coming from the manga side of the company. The company confirmed the layoffs without stating specific figures, and claimed market saturation and more discerning customers leading to new challenges in selling their product.
Frank Miller, comic-book writer and artist for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, has expressed an interest in doing an animated project in an interview with Heidi MacDonald of Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Miller describes the innovative “green-screen” techniques used to film the live-action Sin City movie as “essentially doing animation” and seems […]
In an interview with the Calgary Sun newspaper, Robin Williams has suggested that a public falling out with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1992 has prevented him from working in animated films for Disney or DreamWorks. The original feud was over the use of Williams’ voice as the Genie in Aladdin in toys and […]
The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]
Writer Steve Englehart has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his iconic take on Batman originally published in the 1970′s. Englehart also answers questions about his upcoming mini-series Batman: Dark Detective, which promises a gubernatorial run by the Joker and the return of Silver St. Cloud, one of Batman’s most enduring romantic foils.
The Portland Press Herald of Maine reports on a dispute over “racy” manga in the public library system centering on the perceived sexist depiction of female characters. Tokyo Mew Mew and Peach Girl are mentioned specifically as racier manga of questionable artistic merit. In a rare show of common sense, an editorial in the paper […]
Two different articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times speculate on the future of the Disney Corporation under its new CEO Robert A. Iger, who will replace outgoing CEO Michael Eisner in September (free registration required for both). Both articles place a heavy emphasis on the Disney-Pixar relationship and the often […]
Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl ruled on Monday that Disney cannot recoup 4,000 in court costs incurred during their court battle over Winnie the Pooh royalties with the Slesinger family. The amount is more than half of the $1 million Disney sued to reclaim. The judge will rule on the remaining expenses on a […]
Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, has been interviewed for DVD Talk Radio by DVDTalk.com’s editor Geoffrey Kleinman, who has posted the interview as a 4.7 MB MP3 file ready for download. In addition to answering many of the same questions asked since The Incredibles debuted, Bird comments at length on the background behind […]