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Lasseter, Catmull Sprinkling Disney with Pixar Dust

by Maxie Zeuson February 26, 2007
Ed Catmull and John Lasseter are trying to “Pixar-ize” Walt Disney Feature Animation by turning into a director-driven studio, Variety relates in a lengthy profile of the duo and the changes at the Disney Studios. The article also predicts that The Frog Princess will be the first traditionally animated feature to be released by the […]

NYCC: The Venture Bros. Panel Actual Factual Report

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2007
One of the most popular panels at the New York Comic Con was the Venture Bros panel on Saturday, where creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer were joined by voice actors James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture), Michael Sinterniklaas (Dean Venture), and Steven Rattazzi (Dr. Orpheus). Everything in this article is actual factual information from the Venture […]

NYCC: The Black Panel with Denys Cowan, Reginald Hudlin, Mike and Mark Davis, & More

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2007
The New York Comic Con was host to “The Black Panel” on Saturday afternoon, where a variety of black voices in comics and animation discussed their upcoming work. At the panel were BET’s Vice President of Animation Denys Cowan, musician Prodigal Sunn, AllHipHop.com CEO/Founder Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, Jackie Ormes Society’s Cheryl Lynn, Blockhedz creators Mark […]

"Happy Feet" Dances Away with Oscar

by Maxie Zeuson February 26, 2007
Happy Feet has won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of 2007, beating out Pixar’s Cars and Sony’s Monster House. This marks the first year since 2002 that a Pixar picture in competition has not won the Oscar. The Incredibles was named the Best Animated Feature of 2005, and Finding Nemo took the trophy […]

"Cars," "Monster House," and Animated "Star Trek" Up for Saturns

by Dan Collinson February 25, 2007
The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror films have announced the nominees for the Saturn Awards. The nominees for Best Animated Film are: Cars (Disney) Flushed Away (Dreamworks SKG) Happy Feet (Warner Bros.) Monster House (Sony) Over The Hedge (Dreamworks SKG) A Scanner Darkly (Warner Independent) On the DVD category, Bambi II is up […]

NYCC: The Stan Lee Panel

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2007
The New York Comic Con reserved one of its warmest welcomes for one of the comics world’s elder statesmen: the legendary Stan Lee. One of the biggest rooms in the conference hall filled to capacity with fans wishing to see and hear the man whose name is virtually synonymous with comics. Lee held court with […]

NYCC: Frogs and Bucks at Matt Greenfield's ADV Panel

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2007
Matt Greenfield’s ADV Panel at the New York Comic Con was largely taken up by a screening of the new Sgt. Frog anime series. The screening began with a parody of NBC’s Heroes before launching into madcap comedy as the Hinata family encounters the frog-like Sgt. Keroro. At the end of the screening, Greenfield would […]

NYCC: Tad Stones and Mike Mignola on "Hellboy: Blood and Iron"

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2007
The second day of the New York Comic Con started with a bang at the Hellboy: Blood and Iron preview panel. Attendees to the panel were treated to a full screening of the direct-to-video movie, followed by a brief Q&A session with director/writer Tad Stones and with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. During the Q&A session, […]

"Baki the Grappler" Vol. 10: Only Going Forward

by Dukeon February 24, 2007
Baki the Grappler has always impressed me with its variety of fighting techniques. Unlike other anime, each and every character in Baki has his own distinct style, which makes for quite a refreshing series. Nowhere is this shown to better effect than in Volume 10 of the series. Yujiro, ashamed of his apprentice’s performance against […]

NYCC: Anime Network Continues Growth; Bringing "Oh My Goddess!" S2 and More in May

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2007
On the first day of the New York Comic Con, the Anime Network’s Stacy Dodson (Director of Operations and Programming), April N. Brem (VOD & Programming Manager) and Emily Olman (Director of Advertising) presented the state of the Anime Network. In one form or another, they said, the network is currently carried in 96% of […]