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Toon Zone News Gets Makeover

by on January 20, 2005

Welcome to the new version of Toon Zone News!

For the past year we’ve been listening to reader suggestions, batting ideas around internally, and brainstorming ways to make our news pages more informative, more eye-catching, and more reader-friendly. After a lot of testing and tweaking (and a little shrieking and screaming) today we’re unveiling the changes.

We’ve done our best to keep what was good about our old design while adding new elements. On the Front Page (at our main address) you will still be able to read all the day’s news in a continuous scroll of posts. But for those who want a quick glance to see what’s new, we’ve added a display at the top that shows headlines only.

We have also added new pages that sort the day’s news out by subject. The TV & Film section carries news about animation (or animation-related) projects on North American television and movie screens. The DVD section highlights the latest on DVD releases. The Anime/International section sorts out toon news that is happening outside North America, and the Industry section highlights news about the animation industry itself. And the Comics, Etc. section focuses on news in the comic book world as well as such ancillary fields as videogames, books, music, and toys.

We also have new sections devoted to our longer, in-depth articles. The latest reviews by our staff can be found on the Reviews page, and interviews with creators and industry figures are collected on the Interviews page. Finally, one of our long-range plans is to add general opinion articles focusing on the state of the animation art and industry. These will be located on the new Opinion page.

You can leap quickly from section to section using the new menu bar at the top of each page. And the new graphic elements–those big, splashy images on the Front Page and on each section page–will take you to the latest major articles we’ve published.

You will be able to access Toon Zone News at this web address (news.toonzone.net); you can also find it through the Toon Zone homepage (www.toonzone.net) and through the Toon Zone Forums (forums.toonzone.net).

My thanks to all the readers and staff members who offered suggestions and critiques. And thanks most of all to Eileen Delgadillo and Brian Cruz, who made this new version of the news a reality, and to Adam Tyner, who designed the backstage code that makes it all a breeze to manage.

–Maxie Zeus,
Editor-in-chief, Toon Zone News

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