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VIZ Media Announces New Pokémon DVDs, Manga, and Activity Books

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
VIZ Media has announced a flood of new Pokémon material coming to store shelves this holiday season. Top on the list is the Pokémon Season One Boxed Set, containing all 26 episodes of the first season that introduced fans to Ash and Pikachu. The boxed set will be available in November 2006 with a suggested […]

Press Release: VIZ Media Announces a Variety of New Pokémon Materials

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A VARIETY OF NEW POKÉMON ANIMATED SERIES AND MANGA TITLES TO DELIGHT FANS THIS FALL New Releases Make Fun Gift Selections For The 2006 Holiday Season San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, […]

"Little Mermaid" Sells 4 Million DVDs in 1 Week

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition 2-disc DVD set has sold over 4 million copies in its first week of release. The sales make it the top-selling animated DVD debut in October. The movie was also available as a digital download from the iTunes Store for $12.99; Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Bob Chapek stated […]

Dark Horse Announces New "Gremlins" Products

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Dark Horse Comics has announced vinyl figures and a PVC figure set based on Roald Dahl’s Gremlins, with release dates in November and January, respectively. Dahl’s Gremlins was illustrated by Walt Disney animation artists and was to be an animated feature film until the project was shelved. Read the full press release here.

American RadioWorks Looks at "Japan’s Pop Power"

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
American RadioWorks has just aired a segment titled “Japan’s Pop Power,” examining the impact of Japanese exports on pop culture, including anime and manga. The segment speaks to American manga fans, Japanese cultural experts, convention organizers, and the impact of anime and manga internationally. A transcript of the segment is available, as is an MP3 […]

Anime Network Signs Subscription Video-on-Demand Deals with Insight, RCN, Cogeco

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
The Anime Network has just signed three new cable TV networks to offer their subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Insight Communications and RCN will begin offering the service in the United States in September and October, respectively, while Cogeco’s Ontario cable TV systems will begin in November.

Press Release: Naruto Manga Wins 2006 Quill Award

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
*VIZ MEDIA’S MANGA SHONEN JUMPâ„¢ NARUTOâ„¢ NAMED WINNER OF 2006 QUILL AWARD* Volume 7 Of Hit Manga Series Declared A Winner Of “Consumer’s Choice” Literary Award To Honor Excellence In Writing And Publishing* San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2006 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, […]

"Darkwing Duck Vol. 1": Let’s Get Nostalgic!

by SB20xxon October 12, 2006
Let’s face it, much like many other cartoons from the late ’80s and early ’90s released on DVD, for many folks the main reason to watch them is nostalgia. If you really examine many of those shows with a critical eye, the faults become easily evident. While Darkwing Duck does hold up better than most […]

Tad Stones on "Hellboy Animated" with Exclusive Preview

by Ed Liuon October 11, 2006
Comic Foundry’s Tim Leong has published a 2-part video interview with Hellboy Animated director Tad Stones (click here for part 1 and here for part 2). The interviews are in QuickTime format and also include some exclusive preview images and a trailer for Hellboy: Sword of Stones, which is scheduled for Spring 2007.

Teshkeel Media Gets Funding for Animated Islamic Superheroes

by Ed Liuon October 10, 2006
The Teshkeel Media Group has received $25 million in funding from a Bahrain investment bank to help finance the company. Some of the funding will be used to start development of an animated television series based on The 99, Teshkeel’s comic book series about 99 international superheroes who embody the 99 attributes of God in […]