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NYCC: VIZ Media Gives Anime Fans "Death Note," "Bleach," and More "Naruto"

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2007
Toon Zone News missed the VIZ Media Anime Panel, but we did catch up with Wendy Shimamura, VIZ’s associate product marketing manager for home entertainment at the VIZ booth on Sunday. She recapped the successful launches of Shonen Jump home video, Naruto, and the Toonami Jetstream in 2006, before going into VIZ’s plans for 2007. […]

NYCC: Bandai Brings "Flag," "Ghost in the Shell," and "Haruhi"

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2007
Bandai executives Robert Place Napton and Ken Iyadomi hosted the Bandai Banzai panel at the New York Comic Con on Sunday afternoon, giving anime fans a taste of upcoming anime and manga from Bandai Entertainment. Bandai debuted their latest anime, titled Flag and directed by Ryosuke Takahashi (Blue Gender, Samurai 7). Bandai showed the opening […]

NYCC: The 2007 One-Minute Interview Part 1 - Companies

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2007
To repeat the experiment from last year, Toon Zone News wandered the 2007 New York Comic Con’s show floor and “Artist’s Aerie” for the “One Minute Interview,” where a variety of companies and individuals were asked the same 3 questions about this year’s convention. The company answers follow, alphabetized by each company representative’s first name. […]

NYCC: Central Park Media is "Back, Live, and Kicking"

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2007
Toon Zone News caught up with Central Park Media’s John O’Donnell at the New York Comic Con to see how things were going for the company. O’Donnell stated that they were back to their full production schedule in the comic book line, with Be Beautiful manga putting out a new release once a month. The […]

Marvel Profits Fall in 2006

by Maxie Zeuson February 26, 2007
Marvel Entertainment earned $11.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 on revenues of $85.2 million, the company said today. Both figures were down significantly from the fourth quarter of 2006, thanks to lower licensing fees. For the full year, Marvel earned $58.7 million on sales of $351.8 million, compared to profits of $117.1 million […]

"Tactics" Vol. 3: The Plot Begins to Thicken

by Dukeon February 26, 2007
From the beginning, Tactics has concentrated on stand-alone stories rather than a serial storyline. Now that we’re at the series’ midpoint, it’s time for things to change a bit. Back in Volume 2, priest-for-hire Kantaro Ichinomiya and his trusty sidekicks/partners Suzu, Haruka the Demon-Eating Goblin, and Yoko the Fox Demon were hired to investigate a […]

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 […]