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Jackson Publick Talks "Venture Brothers" on Sound of Young America Podcast

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2007
Jackson Publick, creator of Adult Swim’s Venture Bros, has been interviewed in the latest podcast from the Sound of Young America. Publick discusses his personal life and how he went from a comic book shop clerk to television writer. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Tokyopop To Launch New Rating System This Fall

by Weathermanon February 22, 2007
As part of the celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tokyopop is preparing to launch the most comprehensive rating system ever applied to graphic novels. The new ratings guide will include more than 40 content indicators divided among five age ranges. Starting this fall, a general set of content indicators, in addition to the ratings icon, […]

CORRECTED: "Cinderella III" Tops DVD Sellers

by Maxie Zeuson February 22, 2007
Cinderella III debuted as the number-one selling DVD during the week ended February 11, Video Business Online reports. In its second week Open Season fell from first to fourth place. Cars and Barnyard, which have been in release for fourteen and nine weeks respectively, filled the thirteenth and sixteenth slots. Cinderella III fared less impressively […]

"Mooninite" Marketer Talks About Boston Fiasco

by Maxie Zeuson February 22, 2007
The head of the guerilla marketing agency whose billboards for Aqua Teen Hunger Force panicked Boston last month says Boston police reaction was not out of line and has criticized the contractors who put up the signs for their remarks at a subsequent press conference. In an interview with Brandweek, Interference CEO Sam Ewen said, […]

Negima "Magic Outside The Classroom": Going on a field trip! A field trip! A field...

by Chad Boninon February 22, 2007
Mahora Academy is getting boring this time of year (especially for those who have been students for 60+ years), so the class of Negi Springfield heads out to Kyoto for a field trip. While there, Negi will have to defend his students against the forces of evil—which involve a giant teddy bear. Though when your […]

Courage Is the Ultimate Proof of Magic, but "Negima" Isn't

by Chad Boninon February 22, 2007
Negi Springfield, ten-year-old teacher at Mahora Academy, is paid to be the teacher when semester’s in session, but when summer vacation hits, he may just have to do some extra teaching. When you’re the mystically powered target of a class of teenage girls, you’re required to— Well, to apply suntan lotion, traverse a haunted school […]

Osamu Tezuka Exhibit Opens in Australia

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
An exhibit showcasing the artwork of Osamu Tezuka will be opening soon in Sydney, Australia, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga will run at the Gallery from February 23 to April 29, 2007, before coming to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Read Toon Zone News’ prior coverage of […]

Paul Dini on DC's "Countdown" and Top Cow's "Madame Mirage"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
Wizard magazine has spoken to writer Paul Dini about DC’s new weekly comic book series Countdown, which will begin on May 9 and which Dini describes as “the ultimate tentpole movie.” Dini discusses his partners in the exercise, the driving plot behind the book, his selection of cast members, and what exactly the series is […]

John Ledford and Kevin McFeeley on the Success of the Anime Network

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
The “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has an in-depth look at the Anime Network and has spoken with John Ledford, head of the Anime Network, about the channel’s origins and success in the video-on-demand (VOD) space. Ledford discusses how VOD proved the demand for anime programming on cable, how they select timeslots for their programming, […]

Toon Zone Interviews John Delaney on "Futurama" in Comics and "Chaotic"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
Longtime readers of the Toon Zone Forums will remember the John Delaney sketch poll with fondness. Familiar to many readers as the artist for Justice League Adventures and other animated tie-in comics from DC, Delaney is now leading the team bringing Chaotic to the 4Kids! Network. Chaotic centers on two teenaged boys who discover a […]