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Previews for "Batman Strikes" #8, "JLA: Classified" #6

Mile High Comics has released a 4-page preview of The Batman Strikes! #8, the tie-in comic to the new Batman animated television show. They also have a preview for JLA: Classified #6, which continues the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not the Justice League!” story by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire.

DC Comics Ends Humanoids, 2000 AD Publishing Relationship

DC Comics has confirmed via press release that they are discontinuing their publishing initiative with the European publishers Humanoids and 2000 A.D./Rebellion due to low sales. The last titles to be published were advance solicited last month, and all titles will continue to be available as back-list items. At this time DC Comics’ manga imprint […]

Int'l Animation Roundup: Broadcasters Strike Multiple Deals for Toon Series

There’s lots of international licensing and news today. Highlights: * France 2 has commissioned twenty-six new half-hour episodes of Delta State (AWN). * Nelvana has picked up global distribution rights, excluding certain territories, to Being Ian (World Screen). * MNET South Africa has licensed the animated TV/web series Odd Job Jack (World Screen). * Broadcasters […]

"Inspector Gadget" To Premiere at Cartoons on the Bay

DIC and Mainframe Entertainment will premiere Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever: The Case of the Flying Lizard at Cartoons on the Bay, AWN reports. The CG-animated movie will screen at 9:30pm on April 27 at the Cartoons Village in Positano, Italy.

"Atomic Betty" To Get Holiday Special

Production has begun on a one-hour Atomic Betty Holiday Special, World Screen reports. Cartoon Network and Teletoon have already picked up broadcast rights to the special.

"ReBoot" Coming to Web

ReBoot will be available for download throughout North America under a deal announced by Mainframe and CinemaNow. The series will be made available through the CinemaNow website. [Source: Mainframe Entertainment]

Govt Issues Recall of Nick-, Disney-Themed Fishing Poles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is ordering a recall of a line of fishing poles bearing cartoon character images. The “Zebco” and “Floating Catch ‘Em Kit” poles, which feature pictures of SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, Dora the Explorer, Tigger and Rocket Power, are being recalled because their paint contains lead. [Source: PR […]

"Family Guy" Changing TV Economics

Today’s Los Angeles Times (link requires free registration) has an article about Family Guy and the new economics of television entertainment. How will it do in the ratings the second time around? News Corp. executives say it doesn’t matter much. This time, their business model is not built around ratings-driven advertising but relies instead on […]

Nelvana Promotes European Execs

Nelvana has announced a pair of executive changes at its European arm. Emmanuele Petry has been named to oversee the company’s European Development and International Co-production division, and Lynn Chadwick has been promoted to vice president of European sales and distribution. [Source: Corus Entertainment]

"Neon Genesis Evangelion" Platinum Edition Vol. 5 and 6 Make No Sense, But Still Rock

The Evangelions versus the Angels. That’s how the fight has been set up in Neon Genesis Evangelion, and if you’re part of the everyone who’s seen it category, you’d know that. But for those of us just now catching the series, how does the drama and mystery hold up on the first run? The discs […]

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