American RadioWorks Looks at "Japan’s Pop Power"

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
American RadioWorks has just aired a segment titled “Japan’s Pop Power,” examining the impact of Japanese exports on pop culture, including anime and manga. The segment speaks to American manga fans, Japanese cultural experts, convention organizers, and the impact of anime and manga internationally. A transcript of the segment is available, as is an MP3 […]

"Pale Force" Webtoons Spin Off from Conan O’Brien

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Jim Gaffigan’s Pale Force cartoons will be leaping from NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien show into a new web-based cartoon. The series has been available on the website for about a week. Pale Force focuses on a superhero named Pale Man and his sidekick Conan O’Brien as they “use their paleness to fight […]

DreamWorks Animation to Sell Shares in Second Public Offering

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
A report in the New York Times states that DreamWorks Animation will be forced to sell stock shares to the public in a second public offering (registration required). The offering comes due to an option being exercised by an investment firm controlled by Microsoft founder Paul G. Allen, who stated his interest in exercising the […]

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 Classic Speedyon 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.