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Marvel Q1 2008 Profit of $45.2M; "Avengers" Movie and More DTV News

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2008
Marvel Entertainment Inc. reported First Quarter 2008 results of a $45.2 million profit (PDF format), a slight slip from the $46.8 million profit of the same period in the previous year. Some upcoming animation projects were updated in the report (compared to the Fourth Quarter 2007 earnings announcement news): Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: […]

Newsarama on Nicktoons’ "Speed Racer: The Next Generation"

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has taken a look at the new Speed Racer: The Next Generation series that debuted this past weekend on the Nicktoons Network. The article mentions how strong DVD sales of the original series led to the new series and also goes into how the Animation Collective got the assignment to revive Speed […]

"Ghost in the Shell" The Individual Eleven Can’t Even Make One Good Movie

by on May 3, 2008
After the successful, if highly flawed, Laughing Man movie, based upon the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, it is of no surprise to see a second movie based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG. Now, thanks to Bandai and Manga Entertainment, the latest Ghost in the […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment to Release Kozue Amano’s ARIA Sept 30, 2008

by Ed Liuon May 3, 2008
RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT to Release the Anime Adaptation of Kozue Amano’s ARIA Season One box set scheduled for September 30, 2008 GRIMES, IA, May 1, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment announced plans to release ARIA on DVD – as box sets with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles […]

Free Comic Book Day 2008 on May 3, 2008

by Ed Liuon May 3, 2008
2008’s Free Comic Book Day is today, May 3, 2008. Participating comic book retailers will be offering a variety of free promotional titles to customers. Included in the Gold Sponsor offerings are Simpsons and Futurama comics in the Bongo Comics Free-for-All! Edition (Bongo), the Transformers Animated FCBD 2008 Edition (IDW), and a 2008 Shonen Jump […]

"Iron Man": I’m With Iron Man, And You Should Be Too

by on May 3, 2008
Traditionally, Iron Man has been one of those second tier superheroes. He’s not Captain America, he’s not Batman (although he can be a startling parallel); nor is he a mutant or alien who gets his powers from some outside source. He’s Tony Stark, a womanizing, borderline alcoholic … genius. Same with the casting of Robert […]

"Ben 10: Alien Force" Getting Game

by on May 2, 2008
D3Publisher of America Inc. will develop and publish Ben 10: Alien Force The Game, a new 3D action videogame based on the Cartoon Network title, Animation Magazine reports. The game will give players eight characters, including Gwen and Kevin Levin, to use in battling intergalactic invaders. Other playable characters will include new aliens Swampfire, Jet […]

Crunchyroll to Host Anime Innovation Tokyo Titles

by on May 2, 2008
THINK Corp. of Japan will showcase its Anime Innovation Tokyo (AIT) properties on Crunchyroll under a new deal announced today. The project will include a digital channel dedicated to AIT content, through which THINK hopes to get early feedback for its overseas plans. The channel will carry trailers and clips as well as polls, discussion […]

Viacom Sees Sales, Profit Surge

by on May 2, 2008
Net earnings at Nickelodeon-parent Viacom jumped 33% to $270 million in the first quarter of 2008, the company announced today. Sales rose 15% to $3.1 billion. First quarter revenues at the Media Networks division, which includes Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and TV Land, rose 16% to $2.0 billion, and operating income rose 15% to $694 million, […]

"SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next" Takes a Quirky, Experimental Journey

by Ed Liuon May 1, 2008
It doesn’t take very much time watching anime to realize that the Japanese are just more serious about animation than Americans are. From the incredibly wide breadth of subject manner to the innovations of technique, the Japanese seem much more willing to experiment with animation. Just as animators all over the world have had to […]