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Cartoon Outkast: "Class of 3000" Misses the Grade

I’ve never been overly comfortable with cartoons based on established media persona. Having celebrity personalities voicing fictional cartoon characters, fine. Celebrity personalities voicing themselves, spat into the middle of a fictitious universe in which they themselves play the central hero just seems rather indulgent. After all, it’s the fact that Batman or Bugs Bunny cannot […]

Viz Announces New January and February Titles

During January, expect Bleach (vol. 2), Flame of Recca (vol. 10), Hikaru No Go (vol. 6), Naruto (vol. 8), and Pokemon Advanced Battle (vol. 5 & 6). All volumes listed above are $24.98, except for Pokemon, which will be $14.98. February should bring us Inu-Yasha (vol. 50 & 51), Naruto (vol. 9), One Piece (vol. […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The "Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 1 Collection

Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]

Matt Wayne Casts a "Storm" With Hellboy

After you unleash an army of supervillains upon the Justice League, where do you go from there as a writer? Straight to Hell, apprantly. Toon Zone News managed to catch up with Hellboy: Swords Of Storms screenplay writer Matt Wayne via e-mail to talk about his work on the movie, which will air this Saturday. […]

Sifu Kisu Talks Martial-Arts of "Avatar" to AvatarSpirit.net

AvatarSpirit.net has posted the first section of an interview with Sifu Kisu, the martial-arts consultant to Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Included in the topics discussed are how Sifu Kisu discovered the martial arts, how he got invovled with the show, what his involvement in the show entails, and how to develop a martial-arts style […]

Matt Thompson and Adam Reed Talk "Frisky Dingo"

The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama speaks to Matt Thompson and Adam Reed about Frisky Dingo, the latest premiere show on Adult Swim. The two are the co-creators of Adult Swim’s Sealab 2021 as well, and discuss what it’s like to work with Adult Swim, how the show got its name, and the driving […]

"Avatar" Season 2 DVD Volume 1 in January 2007

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the first DVD of Avatar the Last Airbender‘s second season will be released on January 23, 2007. The disc will include the first five episodes of the second season (up from the 4 per disc for all the season 1 DVD releases); it is expected that a boxed set will be […]

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 […]

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