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Anime/Manga Programming for NY Comic-Con Announced

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2006
A press release has details for anime and manga programming for the upcoming New York Comic-Con. Companies attending the con include Viz, Tokyopop, ADV Films, Central Park Media, and Del Rey. The New York Comic-Con will be held at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City from February 24 – 26.

"Team Galaxy" Preordered By Cartoon Network

by on January 26, 2006
Cartoon Network has pre-ordered Team Galaxy, an action-adventure comedy series from Marathon — producers of CN’s Totally Spies and Martin Mystery. The 52-episode series, set to premiere this fall throughout the world, including on Canada’s YTV, is one of the most expensive original non-CN-produced acquisitions by the network at $16-17 million for the entire series. […]

Bandai to Release "Samurai Champloo" Cine-Manga

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2006
Bandai Entertainment has announced a series of “Cine-Manga” based on the anime TV series Samurai Champloo. The volumes will also include bonus material, with the first volume containing an interview with series director Shinichiro Watanabe. Volume 1 will be released in April 2006.

TCM to Air Miyazaki Films Through May

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2006
A posting on Nausicaa.net notes that the Turner Classic Movies channel will be airing the films of Hayao Miyazaki through May, although the on-line schedule only shows a rebroadcast of Spirited Away at the end of March. The same article notes that Only Yesterday will be aired this Thursday on TCM in a subtitled version, […]

Larry Schwartz Talks "Kappa Mikey"

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2006
The “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has spoken to Larry Schwartz of the Animation Collective about Kappa Mikey, a new series debuting on Nicktoons later this month. The series focuses on an American animated actor sent to star in a Japanese anime show, and combines American and Japanese animation styles to send up the culture […]

"Animation Runner Kuromi 2" Coming May 9, Soundtrack Coming Soon

by on January 24, 2006
On the latest episode of the Toon Zone Podcast, Central Park Media founder John O’Donnell announced that Akitaroh Daichi’s Animation Runner Kuromi 2 OVA will be released on May 9. The soundtrack is also due out sometime this year, Mr. O’Donnell said. He also noted that the documentary about anime fans by Eric Bresler, Otaku […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 6: John O’Donnell & Co. of Central Park Media

by on January 24, 2006
Editor-in-chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, staff reviewer Chad Bonin, graphics editor Matthew Williams and, for the first time, reviews editor William C. Maune gather ’round the digital campfire to tell these tall tales: The decay of Boomerang begins? Astroboy on DVD Train Man and the otaku mentality Boondocks gets serious Plus, a trio of […]

Japanese Anime "Kite" Turns Live-Action

by Zeddon January 22, 2006
Mexican commercial directors Jorge and Javier Aguilera will helm a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime Kite, AWN reports, citing Variety.

CPM Announces New York Comic-Con Guests

by Zeddon January 19, 2006
Central Park Media will be attending the February 24 – 26 New York Comic-Con on the East Coast. In addition to hosting numerous panels, offering show specials, screenings and premieres, CPM is bringing four guests to the convention whose works are representative of the diverse catalog of anime, graphic novel and live action releases that […]

New English Dubs of "Totoro" and "Whisper" Tonight on TCM

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
Nausicaa.net is noting the debut of the two new English dubs for Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Whisper of the Heart tonight, January 19, 2006, on Turner Classic Movies. They note that this is the first time Disney has aired a movie on commercial TV before the home video release. Both movies are due […]