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Buena Vista Games Acquires Avalanche Software, Launches New Studio

Buena Vista Games Inc. will both acquire acclaimed Salt Lake City-based videogame developer, Avalanche Software Lc. and establish a startup development studio in Vancouver, Canada, led by former Electronic Arts Canada senior development and business staff, AWN reports. The announcements come as part of the company’s plan to strengthen its internal game development capabilities and […]

Disney Challenger Convicted of Fraud

French children’s book author Franck Le Calvez, who sued Disney claiming Finding Nemo infringed on his creation, was convicted of fraud on April 20, 2005, AWN reports. He must now pay nearly $80,000 in damages and legal fees.

Nickelodeon and Mattel Renew Contract

Nickelodeon Latin America and Mattel Latin America are renewing a multi-platform contract to further strengthen relations with Latin American customers, PlayThings reports. The alliance covers traditional advertising, original programming, online components, and programming rights for Nickelodeon, including Mattel’s My Scene property.

Disney's Australian Animation Studios Downsize

AAP reports on the downsizing of Disney’s animation studios in Sydney.

eBay's Meg Whitman Joins DreamWorks' BOD

Margaret (Meg) C. Whitman, eBay President & CEO, will join DreamWorks Animation’s board of directors, the company announced Thursday. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Howl's Moving Castle" U.S. Trailer Online

Ain’t It Cool News has posted links to the new domestic trailer for the upcoming American release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Quicktime: Small (240 x 142 37Kbs) Medium (320 x 176 80Kbs) Large (640 x 336 192Kbs) Very Large (640 x 336 360Kbs) Real Player: Small (176 x 100 42Kbs) Medium (240 x […]

$90,000 "Peanuts" Comic Strip Flushed by Naked Woman

A news report from Springfield, OR, reveals that a naked woman tore up an original Peanuts comic strip and flushed it down her toilet. The strip was owned by her neighbor, who believed it to be worth as much as $90,000. No motive was discerned by the police, and the strip was not recovered. (Via […]

Namco Lands "Peanuts" Video Game License

Namco has been awarded the rights to create and publish video games based on Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. Namco will have the license until 2009, and plans to publish Peanuts games for all current and upcoming game platforms.

Paul Storrie and EricJ Talk "Revisionary"

Writer Paul Storrie (Justice League Adventures, Gotham Girls) and artist EricJ (Rex Mundi) have been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about Revisionary, their new series coming in June from Moonstone Comics about a psychic charlatan who acquires genuine precognitive abilities. Several pages of unlettered preview art are included with the interview.

"Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040" Vol. 3: Robopocalypse Now!

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Essential Animé Collection Volume 3 Episodes included in this set Disc One: Episode 19: Are You Experienced? Episode 20: One of These Nights Episode 21: Close to the Edge Episode 22: Physical Graffiti Disc Two: Episode 23: Hydra Episode 24: Lighty My Fire Episode 25: Walking on the Moon Episode 26: […]

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