Osamu Tezuka Exhibit Opens in Australia

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
An exhibit showcasing the artwork of Osamu Tezuka will be opening soon in Sydney, Australia, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga will run at the Gallery from February 23 to April 29, 2007, before coming to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Read Toon Zone News’ prior coverage of […]

Paul Dini on DC’s "Countdown" and Top Cow’s "Madame Mirage"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
Wizard magazine has spoken to writer Paul Dini about DC’s new weekly comic book series Countdown, which will begin on May 9 and which Dini describes as “the ultimate tentpole movie.” Dini discusses his partners in the exercise, the driving plot behind the book, his selection of cast members, and what exactly the series is […]

John Ledford and Kevin McFeeley on the Success of the Anime Network

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
The “Animated Shorts” column at has an in-depth look at the Anime Network and has spoken with John Ledford, head of the Anime Network, about the channel’s origins and success in the video-on-demand (VOD) space. Ledford discusses how VOD proved the demand for anime programming on cable, how they select timeslots for their programming, […]

Toon Zone Interviews John Delaney on "Futurama" in Comics and "Chaotic"

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2007
Longtime readers of the Toon Zone Forums will remember the John Delaney sketch poll with fondness. Familiar to many readers as the artist for Justice League Adventures and other animated tie-in comics from DC, Delaney is now leading the team bringing Chaotic to the 4Kids! Network. Chaotic centers on two teenaged boys who discover a […]

"Angel Wars" Is a Heavenly Gift

by Dukeon February 21, 2007
When you think of Christian cartoons, you rarely think of action/adventure epics with cool designs, intricate plots, fierce battles, and a relatively dark color palette. Well, Angel Wars: Guardian Force strives to change that. Previously, angels-in-training Eli and Kira had saved humanity by foiling the demon Morg and the forces of darkness. Well, Morg is […]

Mutant Turtles Movie Getting Help from McDonalds, Wal-Mart

by Maxie Zeuson February 21, 2007
McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, and Toys “R” Us are among the companies that have signed up to promote the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, 4Kids Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today. In addition, 4Kids TV will air a “lost episode” of TMNT on March 24 and new episodes of Fast Forward throughout the month. The […]

Euro Phone Users Get "Bernard"

by Maxie Zeuson February 21, 2007
Episodes of Bernard will be available for download to European mobile phone users, following a deal between producer BRB International and various phone companies, c21 Media reports. The deals with such providers as Ohm:tv and Kitio Mobile will also let users download wallpaper and ringtones.

Jetix Europe Gets "Iggy Arbuckle"

by Maxie Zeuson February 21, 2007
Jetix Europe has picked up selected European pay-TV rights to Blueprint Entertainment’s Iggy Arbuckle, World Screen reports. The series follows the adventures of a nature-obsessed piglet.

France 3 Gets "Storm Hawks"

by Maxie Zeuson February 21, 2007
Fifty-two half-hour episodes of Storm Hawks are joining the France 3 lineup, World Screen reports. The 3D animated series, about a team of mismatched teens and their animal sidekicks fighting an evil empire with flying motorcycles, is produced by Nerd Corps Entertainment and Canada’s YTV.

FUNimation Led Anime Market in 2006

by Maxie Zeuson February 21, 2007
FUNimation was market share leader in its industry for the sixth straight year, the company said yesterday, citing data from Nielsen VideoScan. The company accounted for 23.2 percent of market sales. [Source: FUNimation]