Animated Achewood may rescue a world mired in gloom

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After a long, lonely world without the seminal webcomic Achewood, creator Chris Onstad busted out a big rainbow of hope yesterday with the epic news that he’s been working on an animated series. He even gave us a clip of his efforts, above. And from there, to the big show:

IDW and Cartoon Network team up for Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Ben 10, etc.

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The people at IDW are no slackards. After taking a look at the sales of their My Little Pony comics — their best selling comics EVER — and the current 90s cartoon nostalgia trend, they’ve pacted with Cartoon Network to bring out a bunch of old favorites—and current hits —in comics form, in a deal announced at last week’s ComicsPRO meeting in Atlanta. Titles include The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo and Generator Rex.

The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Oscar® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2013

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So, once again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences tonight, at the 85th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]

Everything you always wanted to know about The Adventures of Tintin

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The opening titles of The Adventures of Tintin, while not technically part of the screenplay, offer a jaunty, tongue-in-cheek symposium on the action-adventure  genre.  Or, that is to say, on the films of Steven Spielberg.  There’s a boy, he’s got a companion, in this case a dog, and there is danger and bad guys and all […]

The lesson of South Park: just do it

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The other day the New York Times interviewed South Park’s Matt Stone which you should be able to read unfirewalled here, and Stone delivers a confirmation of Content as King:

Die hard Young Justice fans stand up to studio execs

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For those of you that don’t have cable or watch television, CBR broke the heart breaking news that Green Lantern and Young Justice was not renewed for another season to make room for Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! There are some die hard fanboys and girls are not going to let the Warner Bros. studio […]

Corsetto and Sterling craft original Adventure Time graphic novel

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Adventure Time comics have been a huge hit for Boom Studios, with variant covers by a who’s who of indie ad animation stars as eagerly sought after as the latest Alex Roos variant. And the franchise has shown enough legs to warrant a stand alone original graphic novel by Danielle Corsetto and Zack Sterling. The cover is by Stephanie Gonzaga.

A Smurfy Preview Review: THE BABY SMURF by Peyo from Papercutz

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It seems appropriate to ring in the new year with a blue moon and a stork-bourne baby Smurf. THE BABY SMURF, including the title story and several other comics by the legendary Belgian native Peyo, is set for release on February 26th, 2013, a date that seemed all too futuristic even last week. For those […]

Must See: The 1992 X-Men Cartoon Intro in stop motion

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Wow, come crazy nutters spent four months and 4000 photos to make this action figure stop motion recreation of the 1992 X-men cartoon’s opening. That bit where Logan morphs in Wolverine– TOTALLY BOSS. It’s the work of Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe, who have made several other stop motion intro sequences which you can see […]

A Matt Bors cartoon from AUGUST

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Tragically still relevant.

Studio Coffee Run: Arrow, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, etc.

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Christopher Nolan can’t talk about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s rumored appearance (which has already been completely and totally denied by JGL’s peoples) in Man of Steel as The Bat. And while we are on the subject of Man of Steel, I am just going to assume that you saw the trailer that everyone went frikkin’ batsh*t over […]

Video: Dash Shaw animates Sigur Rós

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Seraph from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo. Describing the work of Dash Shaw as “unique” strains the meaning of the word: childlike and formalist, preoccupied with the physical body and and the larger body of the family. Since his books the massive family drama Bottomless Belly Button and eerie sci-fi Body World, he’s […]

Exclusive UNCENSORED clip from SUPERF***ERS cartoon debuting tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the day human history changes direction and sets sail for the future, as SUPERF***CKERS, the cartoon based on the James Kochalka superhero epic, debuts on the Cartoon Hangover video channel.

RIP: Lucille Bliss

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Over the weekend I see that voice actress Lucille Bliss died earlier this month at the age of 96. The NY Times has an obituary here. Bliss voices Crusader Rabbit, one of the wicked stepsisters in CINDERELLA, and many other parts, including her best known role, Smurfette. In one of my earlier incarnations, I saw […]

SpumCo comics are back from Yoe and IDW

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In the early 90s, nothing was cooler than Ren and Stimpy, John Krisfaluci’s transgressive cartoon about mudskippers and nose goblins. And the space madness spilled over into comics with THE COMIC BOOK an oversized, newsprint comics anthology of comics by the many talented artists ar SpumCo the production company that put out R&W. Now, courtesy […]

Pre-Orders for ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ are gigantic; great news

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I imagine that most people read articles about comic book sales in a darkened room, in a enclosed and private space – perhaps curtained off – so nobody can see their shame. But comics sales aren’t just for predicting cancellations – in the case of IDW’s forthcoming My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the sales […]