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New "Ultimate Avengers" Clip at Yahoo! Movies

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
According to a report on Comic Book Resources’ Comic Reel report, a new clip from the Ultimate Avengers direct-to-video movie is available at Yahoo! Movies (note that this link will automatically open a video file in your browser).

IDW Teases Big "Transformers" Event

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has released a single image to promote a new Transformers series or event coming in July 2006.

The Economics of Otaku via Chicago Tribune

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2006
The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.

Washington Post Covers Katsucon

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2006
The Washington Post has published an article covering the 12th annual Katsucon, a manga/anime convention held in Washington, DC, this past weekend. The article goes into the origins of manga and anime, current hot trends, the diversity in the audience, and the cosplay phenomenon.

Billy Dallas Patton on "Zoom Suit" and Fill-in Comics

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2006
Artist Billy Dallas Patton has been interviewed by’s PULSE News about his work on Zoom Suit, the tie-in comic to John Taddeo’s award-winning animated short film about a boy who discovers an alien suit of battle armor. Patton gives some advice to people wanting to break into the comic book artist business. 8 pages […]

Templeton, Torres, Cooke Nominated for 2006 Shuster Awards

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2006
A partial list of the 2006 Shuster Award nominees has been posted, with outstanding writer nominations going to J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures) & Joe O’Brien. Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) has also been nominated as outstanding comic book cartoonist (writer/artist). The Shuster Awards are named for Joe Shuster, co-creator […]

Mark Evanier on Disney’s "Oswald"

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier has posted a history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on his weblog. He follows Oswald’s winding path through Hollywood, which has finally returned him to his roots at Disney in return for sportscaster Al Michaels, and even details how a Presidential assassination caused trouble for the character.

NY Times on "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2006
The New York Times takes a look at the Ultimate Avengers DVD and the deal between Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Marvel that birthed it (registration required). Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad and Lions Gate president Steve Beeks are briefly quoted discussing the economics of the decision and their sales expectations.

"The Phantom" Celebrates 70th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon February 17, 2006’s PULSE News has posted a feature article commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lee Falk’s The Phantom comic strip. In addition to the newspaper comic strip (still in syndication from King Features Syndicate) and several comic books, Falk’s mysterious purple-clad crime-fighter has starred in two feature films (one 1943 serial and one cult-favorite 1996 film […]

Marty Sklar Steps Down as Disney’s Head Imagineer

by Ed Liuon February 17, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Marty Sklar is stepping down as principal creative executive of the Walt Disney Imagineering division (free registration required). The 72-year old Sklar is one of the few remaining Disney employees who worked closely with Walt Disney, who stated that he planned to retire after the 50th anniversary of […]