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Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

Bowie goes to Bikini Bottom

The Sci-Fi Wire reports that Rock Star David Bowie will appear in a future episode of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Bowie said that his 6-year-old daughter loves the show, and she’s a huge fan. Bowie will play a character called Lord Royal Highness. The episode will be out next year.

VIZ Media Announces New Pokémon DVDs, Manga, and Activity Books

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VIZ Media has announced a flood of new Pokémon material coming to store shelves this holiday season. Top on the list is the Pokémon Season One Boxed Set, containing all 26 episodes of the first season that introduced fans to Ash and Pikachu. The boxed set will be available in November 2006 with a suggested […]

Press Release: VIZ Media Announces a Variety of New Pokémon Materials

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A VARIETY OF NEW POKÉMON ANIMATED SERIES AND MANGA TITLES TO DELIGHT FANS THIS FALL New Releases Make Fun Gift Selections For The 2006 Holiday Season San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, […]

"Darkwing Duck Vol. 1": Let's Get Nostalgic!

Let’s face it, much like many other cartoons from the late ’80s and early ’90s released on DVD, for many folks the main reason to watch them is nostalgia. If you really examine many of those shows with a critical eye, the faults become easily evident. While Darkwing Duck does hold up better than most […]

Dark Horse Announces "Akira Club," "Usagi Yojimbo" #100

Dark Horse Comics has released their advance January 2007 comic book solicitations, which includes Akira Club, a companion to the famous manga by Katsuhiro Otomo that will be available for the first time in English. The 256-page book will be available for pre-order next month, with an estimated street date of March 7, 2007. More […]

Pokemon USA Launches "Pokemon Learning League"

Pokemon USA announced the launch of the Pokemon Learning League, a Web-based program that uses Adobe Flash to deliver a series of lessons on language arts, math, science, and life-skills for kids aged 8-12.

Press Release: Ad Council Joins 3 Leading Environmental Groups to Promote Ocean Aware

AD COUNCIL JOINS THREE LEADING ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS IN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE OCEAN AWARENESS Massive PSA campaign to feature Disney’s The Little Mermaid Characters WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 4, 2006 – The Advertising Council announces today in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Defense and […]

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