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Film & Video Interviews Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2008
The Film & Video website has posted an interview with independent animator Nina Paley about her film Sita Sings the Blues, which tells the parallel tales of The Ramayana and her own painful breakup with her husband. The interview digs into many technical details on the production of the movie and the many problems that […]

World’s Finest Interviews Matt Wayne and Carlo Barbieri on Ending "JLU" Comics

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2008
The World’s Finest Online has interviewed writer Matt Wayne and artist Carlo Barbieri on wrapping up the Justice League Unlimited comic book series that tied-in to the Justice League Unlimited series on Cartoon Network. Both discuss their work on the issue, how the knowledge that it was the last issue of the comic affected their […]

"Venture Bros" Premieres June 1 Along with T-Shirt Club

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2008
The Venture Bros. will be returning to Adult Swim for its third season on June 1, 2008 (read the full press release here). The producers of the show at Astro Base Go! have also launched the Venture Bros. T-Shirt of the Week Club, which will offer 13 limited-edition, episode-specific T-shirts for $22 each. Subscribers to […]

NY Times on Warner Bros’ Hopes for "Watchmen" Animated DTV

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2008
The New York Times is reporting how a direct-to-video animated project connected with the Watchmen movie fits in with Warner Brothers’ strategies to revive the flagging DVD market (free registration required). The feature film adaptation of Watchmen, based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, will be hitting screens in […]

Headline Act: "Beck" Ends Loud and Proud

by on May 26, 2008
It has been said that music, like a good story, is a journey. Both narrative and composition have a beginning, middle and end, and are carried along by a mix of pacing, textures and contrast. I think it’s an apt comparison, especially with Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. To strum it out on my own allegoric […]

"Hell Girl" Vol. 6 Finally Delivers on Its Premise

by Ed Liuon May 25, 2008
TV shows don’t get to use the financial analyst disclaimer that past performance is no guarantee of future results. And shows that start off in a rut of formulaic, simple-minded stories usually don’t climb out, so it’s a great surprise that Hell Girl volume 6 manages to do exactly that. Considering my earlier reviews, it […]

Luck Will Have It!: Toon Zone Talks to Comic Book Artist Dan Davis

by on May 24, 2008
Dan Davis is a professional artist working as a penciller and inker for many mainstream titles. He has worked on Justice League, The Batman Strikes!, and Green Arrow. He’s currently working on The Simpsons comic, Samurai Jack, a new DC mini-series called Family Dynamic with J. Torres and Tim Levins, and the Harry Potter 6 […]

Bandai Entertainment Live News from Fanime 2008

by on May 23, 2008
Bandai Entertainment is currently holding a panel at Fanime Con 2008. News out of the panel so far follows and will be updated as needed: Code Geass collectors box Aug 5 episodes 1-9. Boxsets will finish by January for season one. Steve Blum to play Ryūdō Yukiatsu in the series Ayakashi Ayashi (Ghost Slayers Ayashi) […]

Bandai Visual USA to be Absorbed by Bandai Entertainment

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2008
Bandai Namco Holdings has announced a merger between its two American video/audio content subsidiaries starting on July 1, 2008. Bandai Entertainment and Bandai Visual USA will be combined and the Bandai Visual USA brand and company will be liquidated. The combination is expected to be complete by September.

"Sasami: Magic Girl Club" Voice Director Leah Clark Interviewed

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2008
Leah Clark, voice director for the Tenchi Muyo! spinoff Sasami: Magic Girl Club, has been interviewed at the AstroNerdBoy weblog. Clark discusses why the English dub uses adults while the original Japanese soundtrack used children, differences in pronunciation between the two soundtracks, what appeals to her about the series, and why older Tenchi fans should […]