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Toon Zone Throwdown Round 4: Top 5 Comedy Fights

Here at Toon Zone News, we firmly believe that non-violent solutions to Real World problems are the ones that should be actively sought out and implemented. These solutions are harder to do, but if done correctly, they will tend to be more permanent, resulting in less ancillary suffering of innocent bystanders and more long-term happiness […]

One Piece of Advice: "First Voyage" Rocks

A few months ago I had the pleasure of being forced out from under my rock to experience the One Piece, the animated adaptation of the world-wide best-selling manga comic. I was given the opportunity to plunge into the One Piece universe cold through the DVD release of the uncut, yet slightly compressed Alabasta story […]

Toon Zone Throwdown Round 2: Top 5 Duels

Here at Toon Zone News, we firmly believe that non-violent solutions to Real World problems are the ones that should be actively sought out and implemented. These solutions are harder to do, but if done correctly, they will tend to be more permanent, resulting in less ancillary suffering of innocent bystanders and more long-term happiness […]

"Black Cat": Frantic Feline Fun

I must confess that I’m not a big cat person. Generally speaking, I have little to no time for people or animals that are far cooler than me, and you can’t get cooler than a cat—especially a black one. But for Gonzo’s Black Cat, I’ll make an exception. Black Cat is another long-running manga series […]

Headline Act: "Beck" Ends Loud and Proud

It has been said that music, like a good story, is a journey. Both narrative and composition have a beginning, middle and end, and are carried along by a mix of pacing, textures and contrast. I think it’s an apt comparison, especially with Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. To strum it out on my own allegoric […]

Luck Will Have It!: Toon Zone Talks to Comic Book Artist Dan Davis

Dan Davis is a professional artist working as a penciller and inker for many mainstream titles. He has worked on Justice League, The Batman Strikes!, and Green Arrow. He’s currently working on The Simpsons comic, Samurai Jack, a new DC mini-series called Family Dynamic with J. Torres and Tim Levins, and the Harry Potter 6 […]

Out for Blood: "Black Blood Brothers" Bites Back

Vampires: Like them or loathe them, contemporary fiction just can’t get enough of them. But the first volume of Black Blood Brothers proved a very promising start to a story full of fangs, blood and wooden stakes. Now we return to the Special Zone to catch the middle and end of this twelve-episode tale with […]

Time To Get Mushi: Goodbye to Ginko as "Mushi-Shi" Ends

As with everything great in life, it’s all about timing. In television, it’s about finding the balance between “too little” and “too much,” between bowing out too soon and going on too long. It seems like a lost art these days, but on rare occasions a show will get it right. And after 26 episodes, […]

Girls on Film: "Speed Grapher" is Dirty, Disturbing Entertainment.

As much as I enjoy the arts, photography is one art I’ve never been seduced by. So when I realized that Speed Grapher—a Gonzo-produced series recently released in a formidable box set, complete with a bunch of special features and 12-page color information booklets—I can hardly say my adrenaline started pumping. The story takes place […]

Monster Re-Vamp: "Black Blood Brothers" Brings Fresh Blood to an Old Genre.

There are immortal entities roaming this world, forever cursed to tread a parasitic, singular path, blemished with the stain of timelessness in a progressive society. Long in tooth but full of bite, these monsters are unstoppable. Yep, vampire films. Will we ever be rid of them? The story itself is a neat weaving of past, […]

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