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.

"Naruto" Wins 2006 Quill Award

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Naruto Vol. 7 has won the 2006 Quill Award in the Graphic Novel category, according to a press release from VIZ Media. A full list of all the 2006 Quill Award winners can be found here.

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, […]

Press Release: Dark Horse Announces Upcoming "Gremlins" Products

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Dark Horse Comics Celebrating 20 Years 1986 – 2006 Roald Dahl’s Gremlins become 3-D in all-new collectible vinyl figures and PVC sets! Marking one of the biggest publishing events in Dark Horse Comics’ twenty-year history, Roald Dahl’s Gremlins will be released this year for the first time since the 1940s. In conjunction with the book’s […]

"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 […]

Ed Benedict, "Flintstones" Artist 1912 – 2006

by Ed Liuon October 11, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has posted a belated obituary for Ed Benedict, who passed away in his sleep on August 28, 2006 (free registration required). Benedict was a key artist and animator at the Hanna-Barbera studios, designing the cast and many of the gadgets on The Flintstones. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

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.

"Case Closed": The Time Bomb is Set to Go Off

by on October 11, 2006
With over 400 episodes under its belt in Japan and hundreds of mysteries solved, it’s only natural that Detective Conan (known as Case Closed here in America) would spawn a movie…or 10. The first of those has finally arrived in the form of The Time Bombed Skyscraper. After helping private detective Richard Moore solve another […]

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 […]

PBS Animation Now on iTunes

by Ed Liuon October 10, 2006
Several PBS animated shows are available for purchase and download on the Apple iTunes store, including Arthur, Cyberchase, and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. Like most other shows on the iTunes store, pricing for the shows is $1.99 per episode and there is an option to purchase entire seasons.