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Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

Brandon Jerwa Talks Storm Shadow in "G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II"

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted an interview with Brandon Jerwa about G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II, an upcoming mini-series focusing on Storm Shadow, the elusive and enigmatic Cobra ninja operative. The interview includes several preview pages for the comic.

On-line Preview for "Superman: Strength" #2

PopCultureShock has posted a four-page preview for Superman: Strength #2, by Scott McCloud and Aluir Amancio. This three-issue limited series reunites the creative team from their Superman Adventures days. The site also has previews for Power Pack #1, which reunites the pre-teen super team from Marvel Comics, and We3 #3, the final issue in Grant […]

New "JLU," "Teen Titans" Eps Score Strong Ratings

The premiere of much-anticipated new episodes drove Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited to triple-digit gains in the ratings, Cartoon Network said today. Overall, the network saw its prime time and total day ratings for the week jump by impressive amounts. Teen Titans and Justice League Unlimited were the number one basic cable shows in […]

Updated: "Futurama" One-Disc Collection Due in May

Fox will release four Futurama episodes to DVD on the Futurama: Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection on May 10, according to TVShowsOnDVD (citing Video Business). Details have not been announced. Update: TVShowsOnDVD has the episode list for the new disc: “Hell is Other Robots,” “Anthology of Interest I,” “Roswell That Ends Well,” and “The Sting.”

Nicktoons Picks Up Worldwide Rights to "Kappa Mikey"

Nicktoons has picked up the worldwide broadcast rights to Kappa Mikey, a fish-out-of-water animated action comedy about an American actor who becomes a top star in Japan, the network announced at NATPE today. The deal covers 26 episodes, which will premiere on the channel in 2006. [Source: PR Newswire]

"The Incredibles," "Shrek 2" Get Multiple Oscar Noms

The Incredibles was nominated for four Academy Awards this morning, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay. Shrek 2 and The Polar Express also received multiple nominations. In the Animated Feature category, The Incredibles, from Pixar and Disney, will face off against two DreamWorks features, Shark Tale and Shrek 2. Animated films will also […]

New "B:TAS," "S:TAS" Box Sets On Shelves Today

Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series return on two multi-disc sets, both hitting shelves today. Offering more bang for your buck, both sets include a hefty collection of episodes and extensive extras. Batman: The Animated Series – Volume TwoFor more information on these individual DVD releases, click on the links below: -Superman: […]

"The Batman" Finally Worthy of the Cape and Cowl?

It’s amazing what twelve episodes can do for a series. It worked wonders for X-Men: Evolution and now it’s doing the same for The Batman. After an almost embarrassing pilot episode and a season full of mediocre-to-average episodes, the show takes a giant leap forward in quality with the two part season finale. The episodes, […]

Studios Make NATPE Plans

World Screen Daily has a set of announcements about the upcoming NATPE trade convention. Among the news it is carrying: IDT Entertainment will bring Boom Boom Goes to the Circus, Stan Lee Presents and a new 70-minute Inspector Gadget special (story); 4Kids Entertainment will be showcasing Mew Mew Power, F-Zero and twenty-six new episodes of […]

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