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Adult Swim Mid-February Ratings

Adult Swim returned to ranking #1 among ad-supported cable for monthly total day delivery of adults 18-24, men 18-24 and men 18-34, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The late-night service also topped all other basic cable networks for the number of telecasts that ranked among the week’s top 50 programs with adults […]

"Dragon Booster" Tons of Unlived Potential

When Disney created Jetix for its ABC Family and Toon Disney channels, the star players on the block were Digimon and Power Rangers. Unfortunately, only one of those had new episodes being made (at the time), and one show does not an action block make. Dragon Booster is one of Disney’s first efforts in airing […]

"Enchanted" May Revive Hand-Drawn Animation at Disney

A report at Jim Hill Media is deducing that Enchanted, a new hybrid animated/live-action movie, will resurrect the currently moribund Disney hand-drawn animation division. Hill states that the movie, which features an animated fairy-tale princess flung into live-action modern-day Manhattan by an evil queen, will use traditional hand-drawn animation for its fairy-tale segments. Prior reports […]

LeSean Thomas Talks "Boondocks" TV Show

This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com features LeSean Thomas, co-director of the Boondocks animated series on Adult Swim. Thomas discusses his path from comics to animation, his animation influences, and his upcoming projects in animation and comics. Other features in the column include an article about Dougal, an upcoming CGI film from the Weinstein […]

IDW Teases Big "Transformers" Event

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has released a single image to promote a new Transformers series or event coming in July 2006.

"Kaleido Star" New Wings, New Characters, New Goodness

Kaleido Star is an odd little release. Instead of the usual world-in-danger, bloody martial arts, fast-paced shooters, or high-tension sports storylines, this series is basically an anime version of the Barnum and Bailey circus, except without all the animals. After greatly enjoying the first series, I highly anticipated the second season, entitled Kaleido Star: New […]

The Economics of Otaku via Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.

Washington Post Covers Katsucon

The Washington Post has published an article covering the 12th annual Katsucon, a manga/anime convention held in Washington, DC, this past weekend. The article goes into the origins of manga and anime, current hot trends, the diversity in the audience, and the cosplay phenomenon.

"Outlanders": I Love The '80s, But The Horny Heroines Are Striking Back!

20 years ago, Japanese soil was invaded by warriors from outer space. One man was kidnapped upon taking pictures of the buxom, bikini’d babes slaughtering soliders. Truly an odd couple, the horned heroine and this horny hero just may have saved the planet from destruction. Now, we dig into the past to find out the […]

Templeton, Torres, Cooke Nominated for 2006 Shuster Awards

A partial list of the 2006 Shuster Award nominees has been posted, with outstanding writer nominations going to J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures) & Joe O’Brien. Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) has also been nominated as outstanding comic book cartoonist (writer/artist). The Shuster Awards are named for Joe Shuster, co-creator […]

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