"Persepolis" Animated Production Blog and Stills On-line

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
A production weblog has been started for Persepolis, an animated film based on the graphic novel memoirs of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. The weblog will track Satrapi’s progress as the days of her youth in post-revolution Iran are chronicled in animated form. Several still photos from the film are available on the official […]

Nicktoons Shows Now Available on iTunes

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
Animation World Network is stating that Nicktoons Network will be launching new content on the iTunes Store, including their new Skyland cartoon that debuts on November 18. All offerings will be $1.99, and presumably season discounts will be available.

Class of 3000, Nick’s Skyland, and King of the Hill Renewal at Animated Shorts

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
This week’s Animated Shorts column at covers three major news events in the animated world: the upcoming debut of Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network and of Skyland on the Nicktoons network, the renewal of Fox’s King of the Hill for an 11th season, and the addition of Basilisk and Gunslinger Girl to the […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

"Hello Kitty" Is Taking Over the World…Starting With Disney

by Dukeon October 25, 2006
When people think of Disney, they think of old childhood stories re-imagined into major motion pictures that the whole family can enjoy (the quality of said films will be saved for another time). When people think of Hello Kitty, they think of a mass-merchandised Japanese icon that’s so popular it even has its own store […]

VIZ Media Announces Shonen Jump Naruto Road Tour

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
VIZ Media has issued a press release announcing a special Shonen Jump Naruto road tour, meant to promote the Naruto anime and manga series, and the Shonen Jump magazine from which it originated. The tour will begin on November 4 in Atlanta, GA. Read the full press release here, which contains more tour dates and […]

Urban Alchemist Launches to Produce Otaku and Gamer Clothing

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
Two former employees of Central Park Media have joined forces to found Urban Alchemist, dedicated to creating original licensed clothing aimed at the serious anime and video game fanbase. Kevin Sopko and Peter Tatara debuted their line of yaoi-inspired clothing at the Syracuse Heroes Expo on October 22, 2006, and are taking orders now at […]

"Nerima Daikon Brothers" on Anime Channel Nov 30, DVD Dec 19

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
The series Nerima Daikon Brothers will be premiering on the Anime Channel on November 30, according to a press release from the Anime Channel. The series focuses on a rock band — composed of two cousins, their friend, and a panda shaped like a daikon radish — that battles crime and evil-doers. The series will […]


by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NATIONAL ROAD TOUR FOR SHONEN JUMP NARUTO Fans Are Invited To Visit Select Mall Locations To Take Part In Exciting and Fun Activities Related To Best Selling Manga And Anime Series San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2006 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and […]


by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
OTAKU AND GAMER CLOTHING COMPANY URBAN ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES Anime Industry Veterans Announce The Creation Of A New Clothing Company New York, NY (October 23, 2006) — Former employees of Central Park Media and Be Beautiful Manga today announced the formation of Urban Alchemist, an independent clothing company dedicated to creating high-quality, original shirts and accessories […]