Bandai Acquires Namco

by Zeddon May 2, 2005
Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]

SpongeBob Starts Fourth Season This Friday

by Javeon May 2, 2005
After many months of reruns, Nickelodeon’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants returns with new episodes starting May 6 at 8:00pm (ET). This new season will consist of 20 half-hour episodes, as reported by Yahoo! News.

NY Times Covers "Family Guy Live!"

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2005
The New York Times covers “Family Guy Live!”, where cast members performed a script for live audiences last Friday and Saturday (free registration required). The article notes Family Guy’s resurrection on network TV and briefly analyzes the show’s fans.

VIZ to release 3 "Howl's Moving Castle" Titles

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2005
VIZ Media, LLC, has announced three published tie-ins to Howl’s Moving Castle, the latest animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle will be a full-color coffee table picture book featuring production artwork and interviews. Howl’s Moving Castle Film Comics Vol. 1-4 will use movie frames to tell the […]

LA Times on Disney's Theme Park Strategy

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2005
The Los Angeles Times delves into the Disney Corporation’s efforts to update and upgrade their theme park attractions on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland (free registration required). The article addresses Disney’s strategy to compete with other theme parks as well as other entertainment media competing for recreational dollars.

Templeton, Cooke Win Shuster Awards; Harvey Award Nominees Named

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2005
The first annual Shuster Award winners were named over the weekend, recognizing outstanding Canadian comic talent for the past year. Ty Templeton shared top honors in the “Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer” category for his work on DC’s Batman Adventures, while Darwyn Cooke won in the “Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist” category for DC: The […]

Cartoon Network Looks for Big Wig

by Maxie Zeuson May 2, 2005
Kids will get a chance to program a special three-hour Cartoon Network marathon, thanks to a joint promotion by the network and ConAgra Foods, the companies announced Friday. The winner of the “Big Wig Gig!” sweepstakes will be given a trip to Cartoon Network headquarters in Atlanta to take a behind-the-scenes, VIP tour of the […]

Justin Timberlake Joins "Shrek 3"

by La Parkaon May 2, 2005
Justin Timberlake will play a rebellious young King Arthur, nephew to King Harold, in Shrek 3, the Associated Press reports. It will be Shrek’s job to teach “Artie” how to act like royalty.

Pooh "Halloween" DVD Coming in September

by Maxie Zeuson May 2, 2005
Disney will release Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie to DVD on September 13, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $19.99.

"Model Operandi" Creators Head to Wizard World

by Maxie Zeuson May 2, 2005
Dennis Budd and Joe Caramagna, creators of “Model Operandi,” will be at Wizard World Philadelphia, where they will be signing copies of their first trade paperback. The convention will be held June 3-5, 2005, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. [Source:]