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 […]

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 […]

Kupperman Kartoon: Twain’s Garbage River Rambles

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Cartoonist Michael Kupperman is, as we all know one of the world’s funniest humans. Tales Designed to Thrizzle proves that. He’s also obsessed with Mark Twain, something also proved by Thrizzle. And now, he’s made a cartoon about Twain’s wacky adventures aboard a raft made of garbage, now available on Adult Swim. If you poke […]

Badger’s Star Trek Pie Eating Contest from Breaking Bad is already animated

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Although it only aired Sunday night, in a Flash (heh heh get it????) Vulture hired Matt Czap to animate the proposed Star Trek episode pitched in a stoned haze by supprting character Badger. The story involves pie and a transporter, may possibly be a sequel to Stand By Me, and was actually debated for years on the Breaking Bad set.

Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer writing the Metal Men for DC Nation

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Well. when he isn’t talking about how to deal with rejection, it turns out Evan Dorkin and partner Sarah Dyer have been writing some Metal Men shorts for DC Nation. This is a particularly nice circle to come full since year’s ago he had a Metal Men mini series stopped mid-stream. Dorkin also worked on […]

Riddick Motion Comic explains how a three-picture epic went back to a smaller action film

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THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK is one of my favorite SF films of the last decade, even though it’s a mad jumble of elements: wanted criminal Riddick, last of the Furyons, necromongers, scheming for a throne, a strange underworld, and ethereal sprites played by Judi Dench. As I wrote in my original review, it was confusing, […]

Burka Avenger — Pakistan’s First Animated Female Superhero

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The best superhero stories are all about inspiring people, and the first trailer for Burka Avenger, the first-ever animated series produced in Pakistan, certainly does that. Created by Haroon – one of the bigger pop stars in the country – the series will be about a burkha-wearing superhero called Jiya.

SDCC ’13: To Do – Adventure Time ConQuest!

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If you’re going to wander around exhausted and bewildered at The Con, you might as well have a reason. That’s where this year’s Adventure Time ConQuest comes in, an actual quest for treasure among the licensees! If I didn’t have to cover the damn thing, this is all I would do at the show. The […]

Gender-shifting superhero may save Hub cartoon channel

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Hub, a cable channel for kids owned by Discovery and Hasbro, is hoping its new cartoon “SheZow” can turn the channel’s fortunes around. Hub has struggled to gain viewers since its debut in 2010, but it’s betting a 12-year-old boy named “Guy” who transforms into a female superhero, complete with a purple skirt and cape, […]

Marvel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ Call – Avengers Assemble!

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Phone time! Earlier today our lovely old antique phone started ringing from somewhere in Stately Beat Mansion’s attic, so I braved the cabinets and cobwebs to pick up the receiver and see what was going on. It turned out Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, VP of Animation Cort Lane and Executive Producer, Man Of Action Studio’s Joe Kelly were on the line, to discuss the new Marvel cartoon series Avengers Assemble which’ll be airing on Disney XD!