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Anime Boston 2009 Day 3-This is the End, Beautiful Friend the End...

Anime Boston, Day three. Sunday, traditionally the dead day of the con as half the attendees make an early break for the exit, or just have an early flight to catch. Generally speaking there aren’t too many major events going on during Convention Sunday. Anime Boston 2009 was no exception. In fact, the only events […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 2: Marching on Boston

Saturday. The big day. The one where the heavy hitters come out to play. The concerts, the costume masquerade, the hentai dubbing party. Yes, you heard me right, a panel dedicated to fan dubbing animated porn, but more on that later. Lots of fun to be had all around today and thankfully a lack of […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 1: The Times They Are A Changin'

Stepping back into the Hynes. So many memories, both good and not so good. All good so far this year, starting off with a far improved registration process that had everyone flying right through. Thank you Thursday night registration. Overall the crowd this year is good without being too overwhelming, though we shall see what […]

From "Gotham Knight" to Rising Sun: Discovering Anime via Gotham City

Walking into the anime section of your local video store or retailer can be a rather intimidating experience. It’s like walking into the jazz or classical section of the CD section: without a little bit of knowledge, the breadth of the selection and the many similar-sounding names can result in confusion, bewilderment, and a lot […]

The Looney Tunes Campaign

A couple of days ago, an acquaintance—someone who knows I have every one of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD sets—pointed me toward this Slate article by long-time political analyst Jeff Greenfield. Obviously, my friend thought I’d be interested in the way Greenfield tried developing a key political insight by referencing some of my favorite […]

Katsucon, Katsucon, How I Love Thee, Katsucon, Let Me Count the Ways

Well, maybe not that many ways. And it’s a little off from Valentines Day this year, though next year it’ll be right back to Valentines Day weekend, possibly leading to a reprise of years past, when an elevator in the hotel was completely blocked off so people could get to the restaurant upstairs. At least, […]

A Dressing Down for...Comic-Con International

Cutting a wide swarth of condemnation through a large event, massively planned and attended by so many, is an exceedingly difficult task. That’s why I’m not gonna do it. Only a fool, or an exceptionally bitter person, would find the need to lambast the San Diego Comic-Con on the whole. After all, no matter what […]

A Note of Recognition for...the Top 5 Fathers and Top 5 Father Figures in Animation

We had so much fun with the Top 5 Animated Mothers article for Mother’s Day that we decided that we had to do a follow-up for dads. Presented for your enjoyment are Toon Zone News’ opinionated picks for the top 5 animated dads in honor of Father’s Day, plus a collection of the top 5 […]

A Note of Recognition For: Ren and Stimpy's Music

Music is, and always has been, a huge factor in entertainment. Imagine Jaws or Star Wars without their legendary John Williams scores; try telling the story of Casablanca with no “As Time Goes By”. This is even more true for animation, a medium that has been timed and sold along with its accompanying music for […]

A Dressing Down For....The Worst Sons/Daughters in Animation!

As Mother’s Day rounds the bend once again, we take the time to remember all the good things our mothers and our parents have done for us, and Ed Liu celebrated that with a look at the finest of animated mothers. But it’s not enough that we simply take our collective moms and pat them […]

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