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Toon Zone Goes to New York Anime Festival 2008 (UPDATED Sept 30, 2008 with Pictures)

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The New York Anime Festival is underway in New York City at the Jacob K. Javtis Convention Center, and Toon Zone News is on the scene. Below are links to all of our convention coverage. Keep watching this article for further updates, including more panel reports, news items from the show floor, and a link […]

NYAF2008: Digging into Anime’s American Success with "Japanamerica"

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The “Japanamerica” panel was one of the last of the 2008 New York Anime Festival on Sunday afternoon. The description said that author Roland Kelts would “share the raw experiences that were the basis for his book, Japanamerica,” but the end result stretched well beyond that. When time was up, the small but rapt audience […]

"The Mindscape of Alan Moore" Offers Many Fascinating Observations on Reality

by Jon Ton September 29, 2008
There are few comic book creators as critically acclaimed as Alan Moore. For as long as I have been collecting comics, his work has been held up as some of the finest latter-day writing the medium has ever seen. The first Moore story I read was from one of his brief forays into true mainstream […]

NYAF2008: "State of the Anime Industry" Panel Report

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The annual “State of the Anime Industry” panel was held on Sunday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival. In attendance were Ken Iyadomi, President and CEO of Bandai Entertainment; Christopher Macdonald, owner and Editor-in-Chief of Anime News Network; Kevin McKeever, Marketing Coordinator for Harmony Gold; and Adam Sheehan, Senior Events Manager for FUNimation […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" The Complete Book 3’s Flawed Triumph

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. If you already own the first two boxed sets of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, you don’t really need me to tell you that the Avatar the Last Airbender Complete Book 3 Collection is an obligatory purchase. If nothing else, you need to know how […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

NYAF2008: Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever Gets Bowled Over by "Anime in China"

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
On Saturday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, Harmony Gold’s Marketing Coordinator Kevin McKeever hosted a panel titled “Anime in China.” This turned out to be a slightly deceptive title, since the panel really focused on McKeever’s trip in May 2007 to the 3rd Annual China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) in […]

NYAF2008: Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano Talk "Vampire Hunter D"

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
In 1983, the first Vampire Hunter D novel debuted in Japan. Soon afterwards, it was adapted for anime, soon becoming one of the first exports to the United States. Its following has never abated, with new novels still coming out and the anime gaining new fans all the time. The 2008 New York Anime Festival […]

NYAF2008: Oliver, Hebert, and Blum with Bandai and Aniplex at "Gurren Lagann" Panel

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
The New York Anime Festival played host to 3 of the voice actors from the new series Gurren Lagann: Tony Oliver (who also serves as the voice director), Kyle Hebert, and Steve Blum. Also in attendance were Bandai producer Toshifumi Yoshida and Hiroe Tsukamoto of Aniplex of America. During the panel, Oliver said that they […]

"Superjail": Visually Insane But Comedically Average

by Karl Olsonon September 27, 2008
Adult Swim originals, even to this day, are often exceedingly low-budget affairs with stiff-as-a-board, Flash/After-Effects animation. Sure, there are a few highlights like the visually rich Boondocks and co-productions like Family Guy and American Dad, but the 11-minute shows don’t typically get smooth animation. That’s not at all been a bad thing, as the writing […]