RIP: Carl Macek (1951-2010) | Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation

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Tweet Carl Macek, a pioneer of bringing anime to America, died of a heart attack on Saturday, April 17th. He was 58. Jerry Beck, who founded Streamline Pictures with Macek in 1988, has his thoughts here, and the conversation is ongoing in the comments. It was Macek who put together three Japanese cartoons — Macross, […]

Quote of the day on ASTRO BOY

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Tweet Topless Robot reports that the lackluster new CGI Astro Boy movie tanked in Japan and sticks the knife in a little deeper: PERHAPS YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN JAPAN’S MOST BELOVED CHARACTER AND STUCK HIM IN A SHITTY CG MOVIE WITH VIRTUALLY NO REGARD FOR HIS ORIGINAL STORIES, WHICH MOST OF JAPAN KNOWS BY […]

Giant Gigantor strikes terrorizing pose

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Tweet O Japan, you so crazy. Now they are building life size models of the giant robots, Gizmodo reports. This Gigantor stands 60 feet tall and weighs 50 tons. Many more awe-inspiring pics in the link.

Meanwhile at NYAF…Attendance up 16 percent

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TweetWe’re hearing that the New York Anime Fest was a big hit. Lance Fensterman, who runs the show, reports: Saturday was by far the most insanely busy day in the history of the New York Anime Fest. Unbelievable numbers of people. But even with the crowds, we managed to count them all and this year’s […]

Tonight: NYAF kickoff party

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TweetAs the New York Anime Fest starts on Friday, tonight Del Rey and the NYAF sponsor a kickoff party. Free! The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) and Del Rey Manga today announced a party taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Dave and Buster’s (234 West 42nd Street) in […]

RIP Yoshito Usui

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Tweet Very sad news out of Japan as the body of manga-ka Yoshito Usui was found over the weekend. Usui, 51, had left the house on September 11th, telling his family he was going hiking on Mt. Arafune. When he did not return by nightfall, his wife alerted the police. Over the past weekend a […]

A.D.V. broken up, emerges as several new companies

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TweetThe Biggest News Week Ever in Comics ® continues with news that ADV, a leading provider of anime films and, for a while, manga, has been broken up and reassembled as four new companies, three set up by Griffin D. Vance, ADV’s former SVP Business & Legal Affairs, and one of them run by former […]

GUNDAM wedding

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Tweet Previously only Tweeted, now blogged, Click through for bigger, even more astounding, photos. Link submitted by Isaac Alexander.

Shogakukan and Shueisha acquire Euro Japanime companies

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TweetVia PR: The Japanese manga and animation powerhouses Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc. and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd. (Shogakukan & Shueisha Group) announced today their joint acquisition of Kaze S.A.S. (Kaze) and Anime Virtual S.A. (Anime Virtual), two of Europe’s leading distributors and licensees of Japanese animation.  With this acquisition, the group positions itself as a […]

PONYO at the Box Office

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Tweet Continuing coverage of all things Miyazaki at THE BEAT, let’s look at the opening weekend in the United States for PONYO. The picture finished ninth this weekend at the box office, with $3.5 million weekend gross on 927 screens, for a per-screen average of $3,782. It was fourth among new films opening last weekend, […]

Not SD09: Miyazaki at Berkeley

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Tweet Posted by Mark Coale During our high-powered breakfast (maybe brunch by the time Ace and FMB got there), The Beat requested that I try and write more for the site. So, here’s the first article about the non-SDCC portion of my travels recently. I had always planned on only doing one day of San […]

Dash Shaw looks at Groundwork of Evangelion

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Tweet Today’s must read: BODY WORLD’s Dash Shaw joins the Comics Comics blog and in his first outing examinesGroundwork of Evangelion: 1.0 , a sketchbook for an upcoming anime. He finds it a treasure trove of semiotic information: They’re marked with little notes that I don’t understand. All of the Japanese I once knew is […]

SD09: Marvel Anime toons preview with Warren Ellis

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TweetWe’d heard rumors that Warren Ellis would be at San Diego, turns out he’s there to host the presentation of Marvel’s new anime Iron Man and Wolverine. UPDATE: on his blog, the notoriously con-shy Ellis wrote: Okay, the word got out a while ago, and I’m being drowned in emails tonight, so let’s get this […]

FREE: Honey and Clover

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TweetFREE cool things! FREE! VIZ Media is offering the popular anime HONEY AND CLOVER on iTunes and until August 31, 2009 it’s a free download. Plus, every purchase of the complete first season of HONEY AND CLOVER will include a free, bonus episode download. Based on the popular manga series created by Chica Umino (with […]

When Worlds Collide, Part II

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Tweet As we write, Anime Expo ’09 is taking place at the LA Convention Center (not Anaheim as we stupidly wrote) which is right next door to the Staples Center, which is where…something is going to happen next week. Or as Diamond’s Kuo Yu LIang twittered: #AX09 all the networks are here at Staples Ctr […]

Central Park Media files Chapter 7

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TweetA key piece of Manga/Anime history slides into the sunset, as ICv2 reports that Central Park Media has filed Chapter 7. Many will remember CPM as one of the trailblazers of the anime (Patlabor, Uetna, Grave of the Fireflies) and manga fields, with manga titles like Record of Lodoss War and Slayers, as well as […]