Shockwave.com will produce and distribute a custom online game and animation series based on Mattel’s Hot Wheels: Battle X toy line, the company announced today. Both the game and animation episodes will also be featured on a DVD to be distributed with the toy. The game can be found at the Shockwave website; a downloadable […]
A Beta Research survey says that Anime Network is scoring high interest among cable operators, placing third after NFL Network and College Sports Television among cable operators with more than 25,000 subscribers, Anime Network says. The survey of 151 cable operators was designed to measure provider interest in adding emerging or digital networks in 2005. […]
Marvel Enterprises has awarded Kids Headquarters the rights to produce and market all kids and adult apparel featuring certain Marvel franchise characters, the company said today. It has also awarded Mad Engine the right to produce and market T-shirts and related knit tops based on Marvel characters. The deal is part of Marvel’s continuing drive […]
A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]
Newsarama.com has a six-page preview of Runaways v2 #1, the relaunch of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s critically acclaimed series from Marvel Comics. The comic focuses on five children of supervillains trying to maintain order in Los Angeles. Runaways #1 will hit comic book stands on February 16, 2005.
Nausicaa.net is reporting that the delay in releasing a region 1 DVD of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro was due to technical problems in the DVD transfer. Originally scheduled for release in February with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso, Totoro was replaced at the last minute with The Cat Returns. […]
The Sci-Fi Channel may have stopped running The Twilight Zone in the afternoon, but if Gregory Horror Show, a strange computer-animated release from Geneon, is any indication, the symbolic, abstract, and, of course, campy style of science fiction Rod Serling’s masterpiece epitomized is still alive and well in Japan. Though the DVD case makes the […]
Joanna Priestley’s oeuvre, recently self-released and self-distributed on the two DVD volumes Relative Orbits and Fighting Gravity, comprises some of the most boring animation I have ever seen. These shorts are so dull they are almost restful: you will feel suspense or engagement only when wondering if their perfect and undifferentiated tedium could possibly be […]