PR: VIZ Media welcomes Bleach Manga Creator Tite Kubo to San Diego Comic Con 2008

by Matt Hazudaon May 21, 2008
San Francisco, CA, May 21, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that its SHONEN JUMP magazine will welcome prolific manga (graphic novel) creator Tite Kubo for a series of rare in-person appearances beginning on Friday, July 25 at […]

Onion A.V. Club Interviews "South Park"’s Matt Stone and Trey Parker

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
The Onion A.V. Club has interviewed Matt Stone and Trey Parker, co-creators of South Park. The interview digs into how the two work and collaborate, the sacrifices and benefits of the show’s grueling nine-day turnaround schedule, how they approach writing episodes of the show, the genesis of the Imaginationland 3-part episode, how much supervision they […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg Profiled at Cannes

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
The Associated Press has published a profile of Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, as the studio’s latest film, Kung Fu Panda, debuts at the Cannes Film Festival. Katzenberg details how he became an animation executive by accident at Walt Disney under Michael Eisner, the founding of DreamWorks, and how envy of […]

Newsarama on Animation Pioneer Georges Melies

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has posted a two-part profile of film and animation pioneer Georges Melies (part 1 and part 2). The profile chronicles his contributions in the earliest days of film in conjunction with Flicker Alley’s Georges Melies: The First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913) five-DVD retrospective of his work.

"Bleach" Creator Tite Kubo to Appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2008 in July

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
VIZ Media will be hosting Tite Kubo, the creator of the Bleach and Zombie Powder manga, as a special guest at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008 on July 25-26. Kubo will be appearing at the Bleach the Movie screening on July 25, and at the Shonen Jump panel and two autographing sessions on July […]

Briefly: Computer Animation Degrees, Brazilian Cons, and mc chris at NY Anime Fest

by Maxie Zeuson May 21, 2008
* The Los Angeles Film School will begin offering an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Animation this September. [AWN] * Brazil’s 7th Annual Kodama Manga, Anime, and Cartoon Convention will be held May 23-24, 2008. [via TZ member Marcos] * Hip hop artist mc chris will be performing at this year’s New York Anime […]

Nina Paley’s Path to "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
It’s not every filmmaker who can combine an ugly divorce, an ancient Indian epic, and the work of a 1920’s blues singer to produce their first feature film, but Nina Paley isn’t just any filmmaker. Paley’s professional career began as an underground cartoonist, with Nina’s Adventures, her semi-autobiographical first comic strip, spreading to a number […]

Media Blasters Announces New August Titles Including "GaoGaiGar" Collection 2

by Classic Speedyon May 20, 2008
A few complete collections have been announced by Media Blasters for August releases: * Beast King GoLion Set 2: 425 min. – $34.99 – 8/12/08 * GaoGaiGar Premium Box Collection 2: 600 min. – $34.99 – 8/19/08 * Gokusen TV Collection (re-issue): 325 min. – $19.99 – 8/5/08 New volumes in August include: * Kujibiki […]

"Origin: Spirits of the Past" SE: Very Pretty, But Haven’t We Seen This Before?

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2008
The good news and the bad news about Origin: Spirits of the Past (or Gin-iro no Kami no Agito in the original Japanese) is that it feels a lot like a Hayao Miyazaki movie. The bad news is that Origin breaks precious little new ground in animated storytelling, but the good news is that Studio […]

No Second Wind for "Racer" at Box Office

by Maxie Zeuson May 19, 2008
Iron Man grossed $31.2 million at North American box offices over the weekend, giving it a domestic cumulative of $222.5 million. The film came in second at the box office, behind Prince Caspian, but it outdrew the Narnia sequel overseas with a gross of $25.6 million, lifting its foreign take to $206 million. Speed Racer, […]