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"Speed Grapher Vol. 3": A Strong Marriage Built on a Solid Foundation of Deception

One of the most challenging things for a critic is to review the new volume of a serialized show without giving away all the turns it takes. After all, what point is there in watching it for suspense if I just give it all away right up front? It’s an unavoidable problem. All I’ll say […]

Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

"Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2": Independence Day

One of the things I love about independent animation is that there are no limits. There are no network suits telling the artist to change something because it won’t appeal to the kids, it is too violent or sexual, or it isn’t cost-effective. If the artist wants to draw someone getting mutilated, they do so. […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror Of Shamballa": Whuppin' Nazis Faster than Indiana

Alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange: to obtain, something of equal value must be lost. What happens in a world without alchemy? Edward Elric, formerly known as the Fullmetal Alchemist of the State, has to deal with that situation. Having been transported to a country called “Germany” for some time, he is having to adapt […]

"Krypto the Superdog": Dog-gone Fun on DVD!

Krypto the Superdog sails onto DVD with his second volume containing five more episodes (10-12 minutes each). With this volume, Streaky gets his superpowers, Mechanicat returns and Ace the Bathound shows up for his first appearance. The series, while meant for kids, retains a certain amount of enjoyability even for older audience members. I’m sure […]

"Negima Vol. 2: Magic and Combat": Legend of the Mild! Mystic Boring Stuff!

You are the newest professor at the Mahora Academy, an all-girls school… where most the girls are older than you, and they can’t know that you’re a master of magic. One student does, because your father put the bloodsucker at that school in the first place. Another does, because she’s got the mad ninja skills […]

"MoonPhase Vol. 1 with Box": The Cute But Bratty Vampire Girl Strikes!

There are four things which will please any true fanboy (or perhaps fangirl): Mecha, cute girls (or boys), catgirls and vampires. Well, take away the mecha and you have one of FUNimation’s newest series MoonPhase. Eh, well, I guess you can take away the catgirl, since Hazuki’s not really part cat, she just wears the […]

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