Disney Explains Importance of Life Drawing

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  When someone thinks of the name “Disney,” many things can come to mind; Some may think of their theme parks. Some their animated films. Some may look back on fond childhood memories. And others might think of a cartoon mouse that wears pants, gloves, and shoes. But when I hear “Disney,” my first thought […]

Webcomic: alert: What goes on at a cartoon focus group

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Giancarlo Volpe, showrunner of Green Lantern the Animated Series has drawn a comic about a focus group test of the cartoon. It’s an interesting behind the scenes of how the testers said the kids wanted the opposite of what Volpe thought would work for the show. Luckily Bruce Timm comes to the rescue. Focus groups […]

“She Has to Adapt Right Now” Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone on Transformers: Windblade [Interview]

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Next month sees a launch which The Beat has been following on and off for the last few weeks. A new Transformers miniseries will be launching at IDW in April, chronicling the introduction of Windblade. A female Transformer – causing raised eyebrows from fans who think Transformers are genderless despite being obvious blatant big male […]

Two cartoons return without their creators: Jem and the Holograms and Boondocks

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There was much rejoicing last week when it was announced 80s cartoon mainstay Jem and The Holograms is coming back as a live-action movie, with
the production crowd sourced in some cases. . The movie will be directed by Jon Chu who previously made both Step Up and GI Joe Retaliation, which is the perfect resume for a movie about a female rock band that has adventures.

Boom gets first look with Cartoon Network starting with Steven Universe

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Following their huge success with their Adventure Time and Regular Show comics, Boom! Studios has signed a “first look” deal with Cartoon Network, meaning they get first crack at getting the license to adapt their cartoons — and theyr’e kicking off the new deal with Steven Universe. Rebecca Sugar’s cartoon about a boy who deals […]

Just the nerd cetagories in the 2014 Oscar nominattons

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Just in case you didn’t get up to see Thor announce this year’s Academy Award nominations—Inside Llewyn Davis wuz robbed!—here’s a cheat sheet to just the ones that nerds are interested in: Best Animated Feature: The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises While Frozen is a lock for this, it’s […]

31 days of winter festivals: SuperF*ckers Save Christmas

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James Kochalka’s unspell-out-able in a family website superheroes are back in a special digital only release called: SuperF*ckers Save Christmas. YOu can purchase it on Comixology. Currently starring in a web series from Cartoon Hangover, (uncensored version here, censored here) The Superf*ckers always sink to every occasion, and Christmas is no exception. Kochalka writes: I’ve […]

Plotagon lets you make your own animated movie with the help of Stan Lee

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Okay, so there’s this new software thinger called Plotagon and once you upload your screenplay and make a few other settings it uses Sims-like animation to make a little movie out of it. Screencraft has more details, but apparently you can also purchase a Stan Lee plug-in that helps you make a superhero movie. Settings […]

Boom teases Bee and PuppyCat series

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Just in case you missed the memo, Natasha Allegri‘s Bee and PuppyCat is the new Adventures Time. Not only is it a viral video that has racked up 1,5 million views on YouTube, it’s a Kickstarter with $427,000 of a $600,000 goal in the can.

Beware The Batman should have bewared Cartoon Network

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I haven’t really been following all the animated DC cartoon news, but Beware the Batman, the dark (!) CGI cartoon telling Batman’s early days and team-up with Katana, has been pulled by the Cartoon Network, although tweets indicate it may return in January, when the heat will be on. It’s scarily reminiscent, in fact nearly […]

Disney launches toyetic shonen Avengers cartoon in Japan

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The main reason Disney acquired Marvel was to finally break open the boy market bank, and their simple plan worked pretty well. They’re even conquering Japan, it was just announced, with “the first Japanese Marvel animated television series targeted at boys.” It’s called Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers. “Disk” wars, eh That sound highly, highly toyetic.

You won’t believe this Chester Brown Louis Riel cartoon

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A tiny snippt of a lost project that would have animated Chester Brown’s great graphic novel of Canadian history.

Gene Deitch’s Nudnik joins Tumblr, Twitter and so on

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As long as we’re talking about the groovy 60s, the angular, sketchy cartoons of Gene Deitch (father of Kim) were a staple of the decade, from Tom and Jerry to Tom Terrific. Fantagraphics recently published Nudnik Revealed, a retrospective of a series of animated shorts Deitch created to run before films of the time. (Apparently, […]

Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper’s Pig Goat Banana Cricket will entertain innocent children on Nickelodeon

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One specializes in beautifully rendered erotic paintings of Rubenesque women. The other is a comics bad boy known for his hilarious X-rated comics soaked in jizz, blood, and severed penises. Together they have created a cartoon for young kids called Pig Goat Banana Cricket. And it looks wonderful. Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan have been […]

The Powerpuff Girls are back today! And here are all the retail variant covers

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Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are back! The proto riot-grrls of Saturday morning were created by Craig McCracken for the Cartoon Network back in 1998, and created an immediate sensation. While the show hasn’t been on the air in a while, IDW is bringing them back in a new comic written and drawn by Troy Little […]

Mark the Tenth Birthday of ‘Hey Ya!’ with Peanuts

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Joe Hughes points out the painful fact that Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya!’, the song that led us from post 9/11 PTSD, that taught us how to shake it in the early years of social media, that signaled everyone get on the floor for months and then years, is now 10 years old. And whether it’s the […]