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VIZ Media Launches Feature Live-Action Film Production Company (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2008
Variety is reporting that VIZ Media has launched a new production company to make feature films from their catalog of manga and anime properties. Former Amblin and DreamWorks executive Jason Hoffs will lead the company. There is no information whether they will be producing live-action or animated remakes of the properties under their control. UPDATED: […]

Spline Doctors Interviews "Presto" Director Doug Sweetland

by Ed Liuon July 20, 2008
The Spline Doctors weblog, an educational weblog run by Pixar animators, has posted the first part of their podcast interview with Doug Sweetland, the director of Pixar’s latest theatrical short Presto. (via Cartoon Brew)

New York Times on "Kung Fu Panda"’s Success in China

by Ed Liuon July 20, 2008
The New York Times has taken a look at the success of Kung Fu Panda in China (free registration required), discussing how many in China are asking why an American studio could produce a movie using Chinese symbolism when Chinese moviemakers cannot. The article also briefly follows Asian-influenced entertainment in Western art from Gilbert & […]

"The Dark Knight" Is A Bright Dawn For Superhero Movies

by on July 20, 2008
Why are you reading this? The Dark Knight is out in theaters; you need to go see it. The Dark Knight focuses on Bruce Wayne’s second year as Batman. With Wayne Manor destroyed, he takes up residence in a penthouse apartment in Gotham, and has an underground bunker under some Wayne Industries construction. His relationship […]

PR: Imagi Prepares for Secondary US Listing on OTCQX

by Ed Liuon July 19, 2008
Imagi Prepares for Secondary US Listing on OTCQX First Hong Kong- Listed Company to Take Advantage of New Exchange FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE Hong Kong (July 18, 2008) – Imagi International Holdings, Limited (HKSE Stock Code: 585) today announced that it had entered into an agreement with Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. whereby the bank will […]

"Sozin’s Comet" Produces an Epic Season Finale for "Avatar the Last Airbender"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2008
Fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender have had a long and frustrating wait for the conclusion to book 3. That wait is finally over as “Sozin’s Comet,” the show’s four-part season finale, finally hits the airwaves on July 19. The wait was worth it. “Sozin’s Comet” truly is the culmination of the preceding 57 […]

Wizard Interviews Josh Elder and Russell Lissau on "Batman Strikes!"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2008
Wizard magazine has interviewed writers Josh Elder and Russell Lissau on their issues of DC’s The Batman Strikes! comic book series. The pair discuss one-upmanship among the stable of writers for the title, the constraints and creative decisions that result from the comics’ all-ages mandate, the books and comics they look to for inspiration, and […]

Mike Kleinhenz 1951 – 2008

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2008
Anime News Network is reporting that Mike Kleinhenz, veteran voice actor, passed away on July 11, 2008, at age 56 of a heart attack. Kleinhenz played Kalinin in all the Full Metal Panic! anime series, the Raven in Princess Tutu, and Friday Monday in Madlax. (via Toon Zone member Funaktron)

Wall Street Journal on Mort Walker’s National Cartoon Museum

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2008
The Wall Street Journal has taken a look at the long and trouble-fraught history of Mort Walker’s National Cartoon Museum, which holds more than 200,000 pieces of artwork from comics, cartoons, and animation, but was not able to find a stable location for the museum until recently. Last year, Ohio State University announced that it […]

Warner Brothers Announces "Motion Comics" for "Watchmen," "Batman: Mad Love"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2008
Warner Brothers has announced a new line of “Motion Comics,” which will take original comic book pages and bring them to life through “the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork.” The first title to get the Motion Comics treatment will be Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, which […]