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Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

Six-page Preview of "Runaways" v2 #1

Newsarama.com has a six-page preview of Runaways v2 #1, the relaunch of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s critically acclaimed series from Marvel Comics. The comic focuses on five children of supervillains trying to maintain order in Los Angeles. Runaways #1 will hit comic book stands on February 16, 2005.

"Totoro" R1 DVD Delays Due to Transfer Issues

Nausicaa.net is reporting that the delay in releasing a region 1 DVD of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro was due to technical problems in the DVD transfer. Originally scheduled for release in February with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso, Totoro was replaced at the last minute with The Cat Returns. […]

Updated: Secretary of Education Criticizes PBS Cartoon

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has criticized an unaired episode of the PBS animated series Postcards from Buster for depicting lesbian characters, according to an article in the New York Times (free registration required). PBS has stated that the episode will not be distributed to affiliate stations, but that this decision was not due to […]

Marvel's "Man-Thing" Going Straight To TV

Fangoria reports that Lions Gate Films’ and Marvel Studios’ Man-Thing will indeed bypass a theatrical run and head straight to the Sci Fi Channel in April. It will later hit DVD in June.

"Gregory Horror Show" Vol. 1: Just Think Square-Headed Hitchcock

The Sci-Fi Channel may have stopped running The Twilight Zone in the afternoon, but if Gregory Horror Show, a strange computer-animated release from Geneon, is any indication, the symbolic, abstract, and, of course, campy style of science fiction Rod Serling’s masterpiece epitomized is still alive and well in Japan. Though the DVD case makes the […]

Joanna Priestley: Cartoons as Cultural Seminar

Joanna Priestley’s oeuvre, recently self-released and self-distributed on the two DVD volumes Relative Orbits and Fighting Gravity, comprises some of the most boring animation I have ever seen. These shorts are so dull they are almost restful: you will feel suspense or engagement only when wondering if their perfect and undifferentiated tedium could possibly be […]

Cartoon Network Ratings Report for 1/17 to 1/23

Claiming a four-week winning streak, Cartoon Network earned double-digit ratings and delivery growth across all its target demos in both prime time and kids total day, according to Nielsen Media Research. Standouts from the network’s line-up of original series include new episode premieres of Teen Titans (Saturday, 8 pm) and Justice League Unlimited (Saturday, 8:30 […]

Ringo Starr: Superhero?

An article on CNN.com reports that former Beatle Ringo Starr will become an animated superhero in direct-to-DVD animated movies, courtesy of a team-up with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. In a departure from prior animated projects, Starr will provide his own voice as well as original songs and incidental music. (via Comicon.com’s PULSE News)

Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

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