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CON TV To Launch With Zombies

by Alex Beanon August 8, 2014
CON TV – the new digital network from Wizard World designed to provide programming for fans of various Comic Con-like conventions around the country – will be launching later this year with “Fight of the Living Dead” where a smattering of YouTube stars see if they can navigate the first 24 hours of a post-zombie […]

Review: “Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (UK Edition)”: Puts All Its Eggs In One Basket

by Grant Whiteon August 8, 2014
It’s become something of a pocket tradition since 2012 for me to review each successive film in the Mardock Scramble animated trilogy. I went into the series absolutely blind and found something that while fairly dark was also oddly engrossing. Of course with this being the third consecutive summer, it means we’re now at the […]

Autodesk Launches SketchBook Pro 7

by Alex Beanon August 6, 2014
Digital artists rejoice! Autodesk has launched SketchBook 7 Pro for Windows and Mac, as well as a new membership offering for their digital and painting apps. SketchBook Pro 7 boasts new community-requested features including Perspective Guides with 1 point, 2 point, 3 point, and Fisheye modes; Flipbook mode with animation timeline; a new drawing engine; […]

Smith Micro Debuts Animation Apps For Unity Game Devs

by Alex Beanon August 5, 2014
Smith Micro Software has announced new versions of its Poser and Anime Studio software designed to help Unity game developers create and integrate 2D and 3D content directly into their projects. New Poser Pro Game Dev allows content developers to quickly transform high resolution Poser 3D characters into efficient assets suitable for real-time gaming while […]

Golden Globes Changes Animation Category Rules

by Alex Beanon August 5, 2014
The Hollywood Foreign Press – which operates the annual Golden Globe Awards – has changed the eligibility rules for its animation categories. The first major rule change was defining what constituted an “animated” movie and the Golden Globes settled on a film having to be at least 75% animated – where “the work is done […]

TomoNews Establishing A USA Office

by Alex Beanon August 4, 2014
TomoNews, the Taiwanese-based arm of the Next Media Animation company known for their animated versions of news events around the world is moving back into the USA for another attempt at establishing a base of operations after a failed 2011 attempt in New York City. The new attempt will also be in New York but […]

It’s Official – Studio Ghibli Feature Films On Hiatus

by Alex Beanon August 4, 2014
As expected, Studio Ghibli made the announcement that they will be putting their feature film producing on temporary hiatus while concentrating on “restructuring and rebuilding” the famed animation studio. The high cost of the animation production process combined with the Studio Ghibli’s tradition of relying on its own workforce rather than sub-contracting studio work has […]

SDCC2014: “The Boxtrolls” Roundtable Interview with Sir Ben Kingsley

by Christopher Glennonon August 4, 2014
Sir Ben Kingsley is an Oscar-winning actor with nearly fifty years of experience, having appeared in such films as Gandhi (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), and Sexy Beast (2000). He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 and currently runs his own production company. He plays the villain Snatcher in The Boxtrolls. During the 2014 […]

James Shigeta, Actor, 1929 – 2014

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2014
Actor James Shigeta passed away on July 28, 2014, in Hollywood, CA, at the age of 85, due to pulmonary failure. Shigeta was born in Hawaii but first became an acting and singing star in Japan in the 1950’s while taking Japanese language lessons. His fame in Japan ultimately led to appearances Las Vegas, and […]

SDCC2014: Marvel Animation Presents! Talks Fall Premieres and New DTV

by Christopher Glennonon July 30, 2014
Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, introduced Cort Lane (VP), Stephen Wacker (VP – animation), and Eric Radomski (SVP) to talk about what’s coming up for Marvel Animation. The upcoming third season of Ultimate Spider-Man, which is titled Web Warriors will be about Spider-Man chasing the Green Goblin throughout other realities and meeting various version of […]