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ADV Lays Off Staff in Manga and Anime Divisions

A report in Publishers Weekly states that ADV has laid off as many as 40 employees, with perhaps 25 coming from the manga side of the company. The company confirmed the layoffs without stating specific figures, and claimed market saturation and more discerning customers leading to new challenges in selling their product.

TV Schedules Update

Several schedule updates are now available on the Toon Zone Schedules Page.

"Gravion Zwei Volume 1": Return to the "Eye Of The Storm"

Soldiers of the Gran Knighthood, combine once again! After a period of peace, the Zeravire have returned to invade the planet. But the pilots of the Gran-Divas won’t be the only ones to form a giant robot. The Earth Federation Government has now initiated the G-Soldier Squadron program to find pilots for man-made mechs officially […]

Frank Miller: I Want to Do Animation

Frank Miller, comic-book writer and artist for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, has expressed an interest in doing an animated project in an interview with Heidi MacDonald of Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Miller describes the innovative “green-screen” techniques used to film the live-action Sin City movie as “essentially doing animation” and seems […]

Robin Williams Suggests Personal Feud Led to Animation Blacklisting

In an interview with the Calgary Sun newspaper, Robin Williams has suggested that a public falling out with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1992 has prevented him from working in animated films for Disney or DreamWorks. The original feud was over the use of Williams’ voice as the Genie in Aladdin in toys and […]

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

Steve Englehart Interviewed about Batman, "Dark Detective" Mini-Series

Writer Steve Englehart has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his iconic take on Batman originally published in the 1970′s. Englehart also answers questions about his upcoming mini-series Batman: Dark Detective, which promises a gubernatorial run by the Joker and the return of Silver St. Cloud, one of Batman’s most enduring romantic foils.

Fred Patten Hospitalized by Stroke

Pioneering manga and anime enthusiast Fred Patten has been hospitalized by a stroke, according to a report in Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Patten co-founded the first anime fan club in 1977 and has written articles about anime and manga for more than 20 years.

"Kim Possible" Soundtrack Returns on March 22

Disney’s Kim Possible TV series soundtrack is returning with all the music from the original soundtrack as well as three new songs — “Could It Be,” “Rappin’ Drakken,” and “Call Me, Beep Me” — from Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama. The Kim Possible soundtrack and Disney’s Karaoke Series: Kim Possible will be available […]

Manga Makes Mess in Maine

The Portland Press Herald of Maine reports on a dispute over “racy” manga in the public library system centering on the perceived sexist depiction of female characters. Tokyo Mew Mew and Peach Girl are mentioned specifically as racier manga of questionable artistic merit. In a rare show of common sense, an editorial in the paper […]

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