FUNimation Licenses "Bamboo Blade", "Druaga", "Dragonaut", "Blassreiter"

by Classic Speedyon February 14, 2009
At Katsucon ’09, FUNimation announced that they have acquired the following anime titles: * Bamboo Blade, a 26-episode comedy/martial arts series from AIC. * Blassreiter, a 24-episode sci-fi series from Gonzo. * Dragonaut, a 24-episode mecha series from Gonzo. * The Tower of Druaga, a 12-episode fantasy series from Gonzo based on the Namco video […]

Marvel Animation Age Talks with Kaare Andrews on "Hulk Vs." Cover Art

by Ed Liuon February 14, 2009
The Marvel Animation Age has spoken with artist Kaare Andrews about his covers for the Hulk Vs. direct-to-video movie, digging into how he got the assignment to do the cover, what he aims for when he is putting a cover together, and his feelings about the movie. The article also includes several pieces of concept […]

World’s Finest Online Catches Up with Matt Wayne on "Brave & Bold" Comic

by Ed Liuon February 14, 2009
The World’s Finest Online has spoken with writer Matt Wayne about his work in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold tie-in comic book. Wayne is the regular writer for the comic book, saying that, “After a dark ‘n gritty Batman for my entire adult life, it’s great to see a superhero back where the […]

NY Times on "Sita Sings the Blues;" Airing on NY PBS Station on March 7, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 14, 2009
The New York Times has taken a look at Nina Paley’s film Sita Sings the Blues (free registration required), her animated movie that adapts the Hindu epic The Ramayana with events in her own life set to the music of 1930’s blues singer Annette Hanshaw. The article follows the painful divorce from her husband that […]

Anime Today Previews "Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games"

by Ed Liuon February 14, 2009
The latest episode of Right Stuf’s Anime Today podcast hosts a visit from Joe Earle, the director of the Japan Society of New York’s gallery, to talk about the new exhibit “KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games” at the Japan Society, which opens on March 13, 2009, and runs through […]

Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment Announces "Maria Watches Over Us" Season 4 Box

by Ed Liuon February 14, 2009
Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment has licensed the fourth season of Maria Watches Over Us, which is still currently airing in Japan. The specific release date has not been announced, although the third season boxed set will be released on March 24, 2009. The DVDs will include a Japanese soundtrack, along with two different English subtitle […]

"Dora the Explorer" receives NAACP Image Award

by MonkeyFunkon February 13, 2009
The 40th NAACP Image Awards, held in Los Angeles on the twelfth of February, presented the award for Outstanding Children’s Program to Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. The full press release follows. NICKELODEON’S DORA THE EXPLORER AND TRUE JACKSON, VP‘S KEKE PALMER HONORED WITH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS NEW YORK- Feb. 13, 2009 –Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer […]

Newsarama Interviews Steve Blum on Being "Wolverine For Life"

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2009
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has spoken with voice actor Steve Blum about his career and his current status as “Wolverine for Life,” appearing in the Hulk Vs. direct-to-video movie and the series Wolverine and the X-Men. Topics discussed are how he broke into the voice acting business, the breadth of his roles, how being TOM for […]

Disney XD Launches; NY Times on the "Boy-Focused, Girl-Inclusive" Network

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2009
At midnight on Friday, February 13, 2009, Toon Disney quietly went off the airwaves and was replaced by Disney XD, the new network that is currently described by Disney executives as “boy-focused, girl-inclusive,” with programming targeted to appeal to boys aged 6-14. The New York Times has taken a look at the new network (free […]

NYCC2009: One Note Samba – Thoughts on This Year’s Con

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2009
New York Comic Con #4 is done now. Random thoughts while I can still remember them. – Don’t think this is the big wrap-up. There’s still more NYCC stuff coming. I have roundtable interviews about Wonder Woman with Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery, and Michael Jelenic coming up. – I should point out that I took […]