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NYCC: Costume Photo Gallery

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2006
Everybody wants to see the photo galleries from the bigger comic and anime conventions, and everybody always goes straight for the people in costumes. This gallery has the cosplayers, booth models, and cool looking people that Toon Zone News managed to photograph at the New York Comic-Con. Click on each thumbnail to get a bigger […]

"Samurai 7" Vol. 4: Beautiful, Brutal Battles With A Side Of Great Story

by on March 1, 2006
Previously on Samurai 7, it was the calm leading into the storm as the last Samurai of the group was chosen. The town prepared for the incoming onslaught of Nobuseri (aka bandits), hoping that with enough weapons training, a lot of hard work and 7 strong warriors backing them, they could face the mechanized bandits […]

NYCC: The One-Minute Interview Part 2 – People

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
This is the second of Toon Zone News’ “One-Minute Interviews” from the New York Comic-Con, where we asked a bunch of different individuals at the con the same three questions and print all the answers together. As with yesterday’s One-Minute Interviews, subjects are in alphabetical order by first name. Click on the thumbnails to get […]

NYCC: Central Park Media Calls Otaku Unite! over VOTOMS, Negadon, and Manhwa

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
The Central Park Media crew set the tone for their panel early by handing out snacks and declaring their panel “The New York Comic-Con Panel and Nacho Party.” Run by John O’Donnell and Peter Tatara, the panel was easily the most entertaining of the panels run by the anime companies. In between a lot of […]

NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut Naruto, Full Moon, Inu Yasha & Maison Ikkoku

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
If VIZ Media has a problem in the industry, it’s that public demand is too great. This is a problem that most companies would like to have. The VIZ Media panel at the New York Comic-Con was run by Anthony Jiwa, Liza Coppola, and Gonzalo Ferreyra. The hottest news of the panel was the announcement […]

NYCC: ADV Films Acquires Prefectural Earth Defense Force, Expands Anime Network

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
The ADV Films panel at the New York Comic-Con was run by co-founder Matt Greenfield, who went almost immediately to a question-and-answer with the audience after a very brief introduction. The highly interactive nature of the panel ensured the maximum content of interest to the attendees. Greenfield announced Prefectural Earth Defense Force, with a release […]

NYCC: The One-Minute Interview Part 1 – Companies

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2006
On the closing day of the New York Comic-Con, Toon Zone asked a variety of companies and individuals the same 3 questions in a “One-Minute Interview.” The following are the answers that the company representatives gave us, alphabetized by first name just to be different. Any photos that may seem unflattering are no doubt caused […]

"Panda-Z" Vol. 3 & 4: So Cute!

by on February 26, 2006
There are few things in life so adorably cute and charming as a giant panda robot. It doesn’t really matter what said giant panda robot is doing, it’s cute just the same. Cuteness will override any sense of judgement a person has and compel them to buy anything. Case in point: Panda-Z Volumes 3 and […]

NYCC: Funimation Goes "Big Gonzo" in 2006

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2006
At the New York Comic-Con, Toon Zone News spoke to Adam Sheehan of FUNimation Entertainment about their upcoming releases. Rumbling Hearts was announced last week, presenting a dating sim as an anime series. Desert Punk, coming on February 28, is the first of their “big gonzo” anime TV shows, which will be followed afterwards by […]

NYCC: CPM Announces VOTOMS, Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Negadon

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2006
The Central Park Media panel at the New York Comic-Con provided mayhem and anime news. The first volume of Armored Trooper VOTOMS was just released, bringing the classic hard sci-fi series to DVD. Otaku Unite!, a documentary film on anime fandom, will be released on March 7. In addition, CPM announced street dates for several […]