Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category
SAN DIEGO – Publisher Archaia Entertainment is adding another layer to their digital offerings by hosting the worldwide debut of 10 original graphic webisodes centered on their latest graphic novel, Bleedout. The webisode series is set to launch on Wednesday, July 20, opening day of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con.
Based on the expansion to the Massively Multiplayer Online shooter, CRIMECRAFT, from Vogster Entertainment, Bleedout tells the frighteningly plausible tale of a world destroyed by its own greed and shortsightedness. When every oil well on the planet mysteriously runs dry, utterly dissolving the cornerstone of modern civilization, global economies wither and nations fall like bone-dry dominoes, including the seemingly impervious United States. Caught in a zenith of chaos, Sunrise City now lies in the hands of a criminal cabal who may or may not hold the key to the future… and the secrets behind the planet’s tragic ruin.
The deluxe hardcover graphic novel, which also hits store shelves on July 20th, collects chapters from some of the comic industry’s hottest superstars, including Nathan Fox, Zach Howard, , David Williams, Ben Templesmith, Gary Erskine, Howard Chaykin, Glenn Fabry, Vince Proce, and Trevor Hairsine, with cover art by Tim Bradstreet. Written by Mike Kennedy, this graphic novel presents the world of Bleedout in all of its grim, pulp noir glory, with page after page of supplemental graphic and story material that further explores this tragic future, and the frighteningly familiar current events that lead there in the first place.
The webisodes will go even deeper into Bleedout’s ambitious storyline, taking fans on a visual whirlwind tour through the graphic novel’s gritty and frightening world. The short films, written and directed by creator, Mike Kennedy, feature high-quality animation illustrated by the same stellar line up of artists featured in the book. The webisodes also feature original music by industrial legend Jason Novak of Cracknation, and narration by animation veteran Tom Fahn.
After the July 20 debut, new episodes will roll out every day leading to the dramatic conclusion on Saturday July 30. A sneak-peek can be checked out at http://vimeo.com/channels/bleedout.
Archaia will host several signings at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the launch of this exciting new book and webisode series, with featured signings by artists Tim Bradstreet, Nathan Fox, and Sanford Greee, as well as author Mike Kennedy. Vogster will be distributing a limited run of free CRIMECRAFT game discs at each signing as well.
About Archaia Entertainment:
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned ongoing and stand-alone titles, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Okko, The Secret History, Tumor, , The Engineer, and a graphic novel line for The Jim Henson Company. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for publishing innovative, imaginative, and indelible stories, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending its popular titles into film, television, gaming, and digital media.
Los Angeles, CA – Toei Animation Co., Ltd., Toei Animation Inc.and FUNimation Entertainment will stream the official English-subtitled episodes of “Toriko”, an action/adventure anime series for teen audiences.
Starting Thursday, April 14th 6:00 p.m. PST, four days after the Japanese broadcast, each episode will be available on www.hulu.com as well as www.funimation.com/video . A new episode will be rolled out weekly as “Toriko” continues its Japanese television run.
“Toriko” is an anime series based on the popular manga written by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro and published in Weekly Shonen Jump. Toriko is a legendary gastronomic hero chasing rare ingredients across the world to realize his dream: complete the ultimate full-course menu.
In North America, the manga is published by VIZ Media, LLC. A digital preview of the first chapter is currently available at http://www.ShonenJump.com/. VIZ Media will release the next volume, Volume 5, on June 7th.
About Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Paris, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Toei Animation (Jasdaq: 4816) ranks amongst the world’s most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing. Since its founding in 1956, Toei Animation has produced more than 10,000 episodes of TV series (more than 200 titles) and more than 200 long feature films as of January, 2010.
About Toei Animation Inc.
Toei Animation Inc. (TAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toei Animation Co., Ltd. established in Los Angeles in 2004, looks forward to spreading the world-renowned Japanese animation studio’s extensive library and pursuing co-production projects in North and Latin America and other English-speaking territories worldwide. The main business operations of TAI include film licensing in all media and digital platforms, merchandise licensing and co-productions with local establishments.
About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.
Hester and Cartoon Network will celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of FIREBREATHER with an advance screening of select Blu-ray and DVD scenes and bonus features, a Q&A session and giveaways galore!
The event will be held in Chicago, Saturday, March 19, 2011, at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., in Room 470B.
Based on the comic book series written by Hester and Andy Kuhn, FIREBREATHER follows 16-year-old Duncan (Jesse Head, Summerland) as the new kid in school, struggling with normal teenage problems like making friends and bad luck with girls – while also dealing with orange skin and an appetite for coal instead of sandwiches. After all, it can’t be easy having an overprotective mom (Dana Delany, Tombstone, Desperate Housewives) who wants you to lead a normal life and a dad (Kevin Michael Richardson, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien) who wants you to take over the world! Watch what happens as Duncan struggles to find his place as half-human and half-Kaiju – a race of ancient, powerful creatures.
Available on March 22, 2011, both the FIREBREATHER Blu-ray and DVD versions will include a variety of bonus materials including a 2-D animation test, deleted scenes, animatics and visual development featurette, and will be available for the suggested retail prices of $28.99 and $19.97, respectively. Directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), written by Jim Krieg and executive produced by Julia Pistor, FIREBREATHER garnered amazing ratings for Cartoon Network when it premiered on the network on November 24, 2010, attracting 3.7 million persons ages 2 and up – beating all other television networks by double digits and winning the night.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — An African film company is gaining global attention by producing award-winning 3D animation titles made from an African perspective. TransTales Entertainment was started in 2005 on a budget of less than $5,000 dollars by Segun Williams and Obinna Onwuekwe, and is the first film company to produce African themed 3D animation films to fill the void in animation with myriads of authentic African stories. The titles produced by TransTales are widely acclaimed by industry experts and the animated series “Mark of Uru” recently won the United Nations World Summit Award for the use of technology to promote African culture.
According to the UN World Summit Awards website, “Mark of Uru” is an exciting web animation series combining digital expertise with local folk story, imagery and culture. “Mark of Uru” is written and directed by Obinna Owuekwe and produced by Segun Williams. Owuekwe also lends his voice to two of the characters: The Warrior and Isi Agu. The costumes and makeup are authentically African and the series has a woman empowerment theme embedded in it. The voices also feature varied accents, mostly Igbo and Efik from West Africa. According to TransTales, very few countries rival the diversity of Nigeria across the world; with 250 ethnic groups, 500 languages and a population of over 160 million.
“Such diversity brings with it unique experiences and stories that need telling. While Nigerians have explored film, music, arts and literature to tell their stories, animation has been absent; but this is about to change.”
In “Mark of Uru”, Azuka is a girl born with a birthmark identical to the tattoo of a sinister sorceress Uru, who died long ago. Despite her mother’s effort to conceal the birthmark, it is eventually discovered, and the annihilation of the child becomes imminent, in order to protect her people from the curse of Uru. The intervention of the earthbound elemental spirit Isi-Agu and his protégé Etido forestalls Azuka’s execution. She is taken to a sacred mountain well beyond the reach family, friends and foes. The moment she grows into a woman under the protection of Isi-Agu and Etido, the news of her survival sparks a deadly manhunt initiated by people bent on her annihilation. With the assistance of a band of outcasts, she embarks on a grueling journey, through the most treacherous terrains to unravel the mystery behind her bizarre birthmark. For more information, visit www.transtales.com