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"Green Lantern: The Animated Series": Beware Not

My first impressions of Green Lantern: The Animated Series were formed at Comicon, and they weren’t good. The clips were action figure theater. But my eyes have gotten somewhat used to the show, especially after viewing the first episode, “Beware My Power.” It breaks conveniently in half for broadcast, and more than half of it […]

SDCC2011: "Batman: Year One" Panel Report and Review

DC Animation’s latest DTV Batman: Year One made its world premiere at San Diego’s ComicCon on July 22, 2011 (with general release on October 18). A prevalent theme at the post-screening panel was the movie’s faithfulness to its source material, Frank Miller’s epochal miniseries from 1987. The production crew “tried to be as faithful to […]

"Love and Honor": Precious Commodities

We hear about ronin (unemployed samurai) all the time. We hear less often about employed samurai, perhaps because many had boring jobs. Take Shinnojo (Takuya Kimura), a lowly food taster tasked with little more than making sure his rarely glimpsed lord doesn’t gag on poisoned sushi. Even that can’t be accomplished without sitting through an […]

WonderCon 2011: "Tribute to Dwayne McDuffie" Panel

On Saturday I attended “Writing for TV Animation.” As with my very first panel, everyone agreed it was harder to get into the industry—even harder than getting into live action, since the animation industry was small, insular community. Two of those panelists, Matt Wayne and Eugene Son (Ben10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex, etc.) showed up at […]

WonderCon 2011: "Writing for TV Animation" Panel Report

For me this year’s WonderCon had a lot to do with writing and writers—not surprising, you might say, since I’m a reporter. But since I dream of leaving my office job to write for animation, my interest in two of this year’s panels is personal.  That’s why my first stop at WonderCon, after leaving the […]

Toonzone Goes to WonderCon 2011 (UPDATED Apr 7, 9:45 AM)

WonderCon is underway, and Toonzone News’ Revelator is there. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from WonderCon all weekend long. ADDED April 7, 9:45 AM Eastern: WonderCon 2011: “Writing for TV Animation” Panel Report ADDED April 5, 3:35 PM Eastern: WonderCon ThunderCats Panel Photos ADDED April 5, 1:26 AM Eastern: New Wondercon 2011 “Cars 2″ […]

WonderCon 2011 - Activision Spider-Man Panel Report

The Activision Spider-Man panel, which took place on Saturday, April 2, 2011, was moderated by Dan Amrich, Social Media Manager for the famous video game publisher. He introduced the panelists: Dee Brown, studio head of Beenox, the Quebec-based video game development company; Gerard Lehiany, Creative Director of the upcoming Spider-Man: Edge of Time game; veteran […]

WonderCon 2011 - Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Iron Man Anime Panel Report

It’s Saturday, April 2 at The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Iron Man Anime Panel. “There are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents… that are posted throughout this place,” said Jeph Loeb. “You can see them, they’re wearing blue suits. Believe or not, these guys have night vision goggles on—I am not making this up. If you are recording […]

WonderCon 2011 - "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights" Panel Report

Mystery Train: All Aboard "Baccano!"

If the past really is another country, then Baccano! is doubly foreign; a view of America’s past seen through Japanese eyes. Set in the early 1930s—the heyday of Prohibition, gangsters, and the Great Depression—the show is an intricately constructed mare’s nest. Put in motion by a mob family feud in New York, it relates what […]

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