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SDCC2010: Marvel Anime and G4 Go Excelsior

On Friday at the San Diego Comic Con, Marvel presented the long-awaited debut of the new Iron Man anime series co-produced with Sony and Madhouse Studio. The episode was shown in Japanese with English subtitles. In the new twelve episode series, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, goes to Japan in order to unveil a new […]

SDCC2010: Avengers Assemble and Man of Action Goes "Ultimate"

Marvel Animation screened the first two episodes of their new animated series, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on Saturday at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con. The story focuses on the formation of the Avengers, featuring the original members from the first issue of the original Avengers comic created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in […]

SDCC2010: "Transformers Prime" To Roll Out On October 10

Hasbro and the producing staff for the new animated series, Transformers: Prime, previewed the new CG animated series at the San Diego Comic Con. Among the panel were executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the screenwriters for Transformers and Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Here are the highlights: The staff showed character design […]

Toonzone Interviews Writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio on "Despicable Me"

TZN: Did either of you ever think of a back story for the minions? Were they created by Dr. Nefario? KEN DAURIO: Well if you pay attention and look closely in the background, there are visual clues as to where the minions came from. You can see some blueprints in the background on the walls. […]

Anime Expo 2010: Days 3 and 4

ANIME EXPO – DAY 3 VIZ INDUSTRY PANEL  Representatives of VIZ Media gave away prizes and presented their upcoming titles to attendees.  VIZ showed a preview for one of its recent anime licenses, Vampire Knight, which will get volume 2 and 3 DVD releases in September and November respectively.  The next uncut DVD boxset for Naruto Shippuden […]

"Despicable Me": Far From Despicably Bad, Yet Not Admirably Good

Over the last few years, CG animation has become a familiar fixture on the big screen. Its quality runs the usual range, from the truly exceptional (Toy Story 3 and Up) to the better-than-average (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) and the only-average (Monsters vs. Aliens), and to the execrable (Battle For Terra). Universal’s new […]

Anime Expo 2010: Toonzone Interviews FUNimation's Adam Sheehan

US anime distributor, FUNimation Entertainment, definitely presented one of the best, if not the best, showings of any company represented at the 2010 Anime Expo. On Saturday, I caught up with FUNimation’s Marketing Manager, Adam Sheehan, to talk about the company’s business and big announcements at the convention. This interview shortly took place before the […]

Anime Expo 2010: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Kyle Hebert

Voice actor Kyle Hebert was one of the special guests of honor for the 2010 Anime Expo. Early in the convention, Toonzone caught up with Hebert for an exclusive interview to discuss his latest voice acting work, the state of the anime industry, and much more: TOONZONE NEWS: I hear you are working on the […]

Anime Expo 2010: Toonzone Interviews Character Designer Toshihiro Kawamoto

For nearly twenty years, Toshihiro Kawamoto has been a leading character designer, storyboard artist, and animation director in Japan. Kawamoto has served as a designer and animator for such fantastic shows as Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain, Golden Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083, and Ghost Slayers Ayashi. Currently, Kawamoto serves as the chief animator for the […]

Anime Expo 2010: Day 2

The Anime Expo 2010 adventure continued on Friday.  I started the day at the Geneon Universal industry panel which I recapped in another story.  Geneon is now back under the banner of Universal International Pictures.  Attendees received a fancy bag that also featured a Japanese anime preview magazine.  Now, if only I knew Japanese.  ANIME […]

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