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NYCC 2014: "Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy" Fan Panel Report

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On Sunday afternoon at New York Comic Con 2014, a crowd of fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra gathered for the “Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy” Panel to celebrate the two series. In attendance were artist and cosplayer Monica McClain, “puppetbender” Kevin Coppa, Nick magazine editor Alison […]

Elizabeth Peña, Actor, 1959 - 2014

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Groundbreaking Hispanic actor Elizabeth Peña has passed away at the age of 55 of natural causes after a brief illness in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, on September 23, 1959, to Cuban immigrant parents, Peña’s career began early on the New York theater scene and graduation from the High School of Performing Arts, […]

NYCC 2014: Voice Acting with the Velvet Hammer - the Andrea Romano Panel Report

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New York Comic Con 2014 was host to voice director extraordinaire Andrea Romano on Friday, October 10, as she spent an hour talking about her career and her advice on being a professional voiceover actor. In the middle of the panel, she was joined by voice actor Greg Cipes, whose first professional audition was for […]

NYCC 2014: The Secret Shortcut to Animation Voice Over, via Nickelodeon and Rob Paulsen

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Toonzone Interviews Dee Bradley Baker & Steve Blum on How to Speak Boxtroll

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The title characters of Laika’s The Boxtrolls make quite an impression, and a good portion of the reason why is the vocal performances of a stable of voiceover actors who used their gibberish language to lend them distinct characterization and depth. Toonzone leapt at the chance to interview the voiceover actors who brought two of […]

CLIP: New Excerpt and Behind-the-Scenes Videos from "The Boxtrolls"

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Joan Rivers, Pioneering Comedian, 1933 - 2014

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Pioneering comedian Joan Rivers passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the age of 81. Rivers went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness after minor outpatient surgery on her vocal cords. Rivers was a trailblazing stand-up comedian, fighting her way to stages in nightclubs during the 1950′s, and made a name for herself with […]

Otakon 2014: Tony Oliver's Adventures in Voice Acting

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Tony Oliver, voice of numerous anime and video game characters over the many years of his career, gave a panel presentation on some of the ways to train yourself to be a voice actor. His first piece of advice, as is heard from pretty much any voice actor that on “How do you become a […]

Otakon 2014: Linda Ballantyne, Katie Griffin, and John Stocker on the 1990s "Sailor Moon" Dub

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Long before Before VIZ Media’s reacquisition of Sailor Moon and even before its arrival on DVD in the early 00s, the edited DiC / Cloverway English dub of the seminal magical girl show was making its mark and enrapturing a generation of fans in the course of a tenacious run on television. At first, a […]

Otakon 2014: Charlene Ingram, Stephanie Sheh and Robbie Daymond Discuss the "Sailor Moon" Redub

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Sailor Moon has spent years in the status most vexing for English-speaking animation fans: that of the fondly remembered classic out of print, kept unavailable by a seemingly intractable “licensing hell.” All that began to change starting in 2011 when Naoko Takeuchi’s original classic shoujo manga was reprinted and retranslated by Kodansha Comics USA. Then […]

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