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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 […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

Teshkeel Media Gets Funding for Animated Islamic Superheroes

The Teshkeel Media Group has received $25 million in funding from a Bahrain investment bank to help finance the company. Some of the funding will be used to start development of an animated television series based on The 99, Teshkeel’s comic book series about 99 international superheroes who embody the 99 attributes of God in […]

"The Little Mermaid" Platinum Edition: Grand Release of an Almost Magical Film

Confession time: I have never been a huge fan of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and was never really able to articulate why. It could be that I’m just not in the target demographic for the film, or because I missed it in theatres and first saw it on pan-and-scan VHS on a tiny screen surrounded […]

James Tucker Talks "Legion of Super Heroes"

Producer James Tucker has spoken to Comic Book Resources about his work on the new Legion of Super Heroes cartoon, now airing on the CW network. The article covers the past history of both the Legion and Tucker himself, the backgrounds and motivations behind several key cast members, and the connections between the show and […]

Sony Announces "Transformers: The Movie" DVD Details

Sony BMG Entertainment has announced details for the Transformers: The Movie 20th anniversary special edition DVD. The DVD will feature a remastered 16×9 enhanced transfer of the movie, a full-screen version of the movie, and a raft of special features including full-length commentary tracks, alternate and deleted footage, all-new featurettes, and more. Read the full […]

Parents Television Council Challenges "VeggieTales" Edits

A report in the Los Angeles Times states that L. Brent Bozell’s Parents Television Council has challenged NBC over several cuts to the VeggieTales animated series which seemed to edit out references to God (free registration required). NBC issued a statement claiming that the shows were edited for time constraints, but show creator Phil Vischer […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators Appearing at Pacific Media Expo on October 28

The Pacific Media Expo has announced that Avatar the Last Airbender co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Koznietzko will be appearing on October 28, 2006 as the conventions’ Guests of Honor. The con will be held on October 28-29 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel; full details are available at the convention website. (via […]

Glen Murakami Talks "Titans: Trouble in Tokyo"

Glen Murakami has spoken to Steve Fritz about the new Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo movie, which makes its debut on Cartoon Network tonight and its debut on DVD in November. During the interview (which contains spoilers for the movie), Murakami discusses the long time between proposing the movie and making it, important changes for […]

Imagi Animation Studios to Make "Astro Boy" Movie

Superhero Hype! is reporting that Imagi Animation Studios has optioned the rights to Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, with an eye towards making a new CGI-animated feature film tentatively targeted for release in 2009. Imagi is currently at work on TMNT and Gatchaman feature films. (via Comic Book Resources’ Comics Reel)

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