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Kevin Conroy to Appear at Florida Supercon June 22-24, 2007

by Ed Liuon December 8, 2006
A press release from Florida Supercon is announcing that Kevin Conroy will be a guest for their show being held from June 22-24, 2007. Conroy was the voice actor for Batman starting with Batman the Animated Series and on through Justice League Unlimited. He also provided the voice for John Grayson, Dick Grayson’s father, on […]

"Shinobi": Silent and Deadly Dull

by on December 7, 2006
In recent years flamboyant period action films from China have enjoyed considerable success internationally, most notably the Academy Award winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and most recently the Jet Li epic Fearless. Perhaps envious of its neighbor, Japan has begun fielding its own bigger and bolder productions. Takeshi Kitano’s offbeat Zatoichi has been the most […]

G.I. Joe Goes to Antarctica

by Ed Liuon December 7, 2006
Comic Book Resources has spoken to Andrew Dabb and Mike O’Sullivan of Devil’s Due Publishing about G.I. Joe Special Missions: Antarctica, the latest installment of the intermittent comic book series. The two discuss the rationale behind the series, the story behind the choice of venue, and what’s coming up next for the title.

Propaganda from "Happy Feet" and Soviet Animation

by Ed Liuon December 7, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama digs into a swirling controversy around Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet, as conservative critics and reporters blast the film for what they perceive as thinly veiled political propaganda disguised as a movie about tap-dancing penguins. Other news in the column includes part 3 of the Soviet-era animation article series, […]

"Ode to Kirihito": 2.3 Pounds of Comic Book Masterpiece

by Ed Liuon December 7, 2006
Before he began the work that would establish him as the God of Manga and the father of the anime industry, Osamu Tezuka was trained as a medical doctor. No doubt his experiences in that prior life informed Ode to Kirihito, a grand-scale work from 1970 that has just been released in English by Vertical, […]

Ode to Tezuka: "Kirihito" Classic Is a Must Read

by on December 6, 2006
I doubt few eyebrows would raise if I was to declare that we all live in “uncertain times.” However, beyond the concerns of the upcoming global catastrophes, the political deceit, the uncontrolled growth of technology and of course, this generation’s most profound question, just who will Britney Spears eventually settle down with, there is one […]

Hanna-Barbera’s Art Lozzi Explains Background Techniques

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2006
Art Lozzi, artist for Hanna-Barbera during its heyday, has made a guest appearance on animator John Kricfalusi’s weblog with an in-depth discussion of color techniques, with copious examples from Yogi Bear cartoons. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Scott Kurtz In-Depth on "PvP: The Animated Series"

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2006
Scott Kurtz has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the upcoming launch of PvP: The Animated Series, based on Kurtz’s popular webcomic. Kurtz discusses into the rationale behind turning the strip into a series, the changes that will occur in the translation, and the differences between PvP and other Flash-based animation projects on the web. […]

FUNimation Announces New 2007 Titles

by on December 6, 2006
FUNimation has released its DVD schedule for January through April of the new year. New series include Gonzo’s Solty Rei, the shoujo title Peach Girl and Afro Samurai which will also be airing on Spike TV. Additionally, series Baki the Grappler, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Burst Angel, Samurai 7 and Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki will all […]

"A Scanner Darkly": What Does a Scanner See? Confusion and Delight.

by on December 5, 2006
When I first saw the trailer for A Scanner Darkly, my perception of the story, characters and director was thrown out the window. All I cared about was this animation style that they had chosen to use for this film and I knew I had to see it for that alone. The only drawback to […]