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Vertical to Publish Tezuka's "Apollo's Song" in June 2007; "To Terra..." in Feb 2007

Independent publisher Vertical, Inc. has announced that they will be publishing a translation of Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song (Apollo no Uta) in June of 2007. The 500-page graphic novel tells the tale of a young man named Shogo, who is condemned to an eternity of heartbreak by the Goddess of Love because of his own […]

"Ode to Kirihito": 2.3 Pounds of Comic Book Masterpiece

Before he began the work that would establish him as the God of Manga and the father of the anime industry, Osamu Tezuka was trained as a medical doctor. No doubt his experiences in that prior life informed Ode to Kirihito, a grand-scale work from 1970 that has just been released in English by Vertical, […]

Tad Stones on Hellboy: Blood and Iron Delays, Third DTV Script

Tad Stones’ latest update to the Hellboy Animated production blog details some delays that Hellboy: Blood and Iron has encountered and the impact that it will have on the production crew. Reportedly, the overseas animators refused to hand in scenes until they were done do their satisfaction. At the end of the post, Stones notes […]

Dark Horse Comics Profiled by NY Times

The New York Times profiles Dark Horse Comics on its 20th anniversary in the comic book business (registration required). The article includes extensive comments by Dark Horse founder and president Mike Richardson and Dark Horse creator Paul Chadwick (Concrete), along with some brief mentions of upcoming projects, including a tie-in comic for the Hellboy Animated […]

"Ranma 1/2" Manga to Conclude on November 14

VIZ Media is reporting that the 36th and final volume of Ranma 1/2 will be released on November 14, 2006, after a 14-year run in the VIZ catalog. The beloved manga by Rumiko Takahashi centers on Ranma Saotome, a martial-arts student in training who turns into a girl whenever he gets wet. The manga has […]

State of Image Comics According to Exec. Director Eric Stephenson

Eric Stephenson, executive director of Image Comics, has given a lengthy interview to Newsarama.com about the state of the company and its current slate of titles. Among other topics, Stephenson discusses the many different anthology comics from Image, ranging from the Flight anthologies from 2004 and 2005 and the 2 Afterworks collections, which feature comics […]

J. Torres Talks "Ninja Scroll" Comics

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has interviewed writer J. Torres about his adaptation of the Ninja Scroll anime into a comic for DC/Wildstorm. The interview covers how he landed the job to write Ninja Scroll, where it fits in between the movie and the TV series, and how he approaches writing his many different licensed property comics […]

NY Times on "Hellboy: Sword of Storms"

The New York Times has published a brief article about Hellboy: Sword of Storms, the direct-to-video animated movie based on the comic book by Mike Mignola (registration required). The article contains comments by actor Ron Perlman on what it’s like to be Hellboy and from creator Mike Mignola on the success of the property and […]

Darwyn Cooke's "The Spirit" #1 Preview

DC Comics has released a three-page preview of The Spirit #1 by Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond, Catwoman) and J. Bone, currently scheduled for release on December 20, 2006. The comic is based on Will Eisner’s iconic Spirit comic strip and character about a police detective who operates incognito after his own supposed murder. DC also […]

Hellboy Interviews with Mike Mignola and Tad Stones (UPDATED Oct 26)

Several interviews with the creative forces behind the animated direct-to-video feature film Hellboy: Sword of Storms have been interviewed. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is interviewed in the Word Balloon podcast, hosted at Comic Book Resources.com. Meanwhile, writer/director/producer Tad Stones gets an extended interview at Major Spoilers and a shorter feature article at Sci Fi Wire. […]

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