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SDCC: Tokyopop Announces Three Titles And A Secret Project

by on August 1, 2006
Tokyopop brought a big crew to their panel including Kim Jae-Hwan, manwha author on King of Hell and the Warcraft manwha trilogy. They announced a new title that he’s making directly with Tokyopop that is as-yet untitled, but is nearly complete as far as artwork is concerned. They announced three new acquisitions as well: Rure […]

"Tales from Earthsea’s" Hit Debut Weekend; Goro Miyazaki Interview

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) beat out all its competition at the box office on its debut weekend, taking in at least 10 billion yen according to early estimates. The same article also links to an English language interview with director Goro Miyazaki published by the Daily Yomiuri.

Making "Foster’s Home" via Craig McCracken

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Craig McCracken has begun a series of posts on the Foster’s production weblog taking readers through the process of creating an episode of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Part 1 covers the Story Meeting.

National Library of Medicine to Screen Rare Medical Cartoons in October

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that several medical cartoons from the 1920’s to the 1960’s will be screened in a special weekend event titled “The Cartoon Medicine Show: Animated Cartoons from the Collection of the National Library of Medicine”. The screenings will be held on October 25 – 26 at 6:00 PM at […]

Old TimeToons Find Home on Black Family Channel

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that several older animated shorts are being aired regularly on the Black Family Channel, offered on some digital cable channel packages. Mentioned specifically are King Leonardo and Friends and several public-domain Warner Brothers cartoons.

Mainstream Media on Animation Tech Advances

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
The Los Angeles Times details how the “Massive” system was used in the production of The Ant Bully (free registration required). Originally created by Stephen Regelous for animating massive battle sequences for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the system was used in The Ant Bully to control vast crowds of computer-generated ants. The system […]

"The Legend of Prince Valiant Volume 1": A Series Fit for a King

by on July 31, 2006
Once upon a time the newspaper comic strip sections were robust and full of not only the usual comedy but also action adventure. Though it has a lower profile today, one of the most famous such strips is “Prince Valiant,” which has portrayed the dashing exploits of a young Arthurian knight since 1937. Though there […]

"Eiken": Big Busts and Brain Damage

by on July 30, 2006
Densuke’s made it into the prestigious Zashono Academy, which is odd, as he’s neither that smart nor that attractive. What does the latter have to do with the Zashono Academy? Apparently, every other student is a female with at least a D-cup, and if they’re less than that, they’ll be sure to let you know. […]

"The Pink Panther": The Case of the Missing Laughs

by on July 29, 2006
There’s no such thing as a sure thing in Hollywood, but the odds were stacked heavily in The Pink Panther‘s favor. It boasts not only one of the most beloved comedic characters in film but also two formidable comedic talents in stars Steve Martin and Kevin Kline. Oh, and, uh, Cheaper by the Dozen director […]

The Track Team Talks "Avatar" Music

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2006
AvatarSpirit.net has posted the first of a 3-part interview with the Track Team’s Jeremy Zuckerman, half of the team that creates the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Zuckerman discusses how he and his musical partner Benjamin Wynn formed the Track Team, how they landed the Avatar job, and how they interact with the […]