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Headline News Aardman Secures Wallace & Gromit Deal

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:24am

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Aardman Rights has secured a deal with leading publisher and distributor of practical books, manuals and DVDs Haynes, to produce a brand new Wallace & Gromit manual.

The series of books will finally reveal the exact inner workings of Wallace’s vast array of vehicles, inventions and contraptions which feature in the duo’s award-winning TV series and films. The first format will be released autumn 2009.

Headline News ThinkTank Emporium To Represent Ace Lacewing

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 12:39pm

Entertainment branding/consulting company ThinkTank Emporium has teamed with Charlesbridge Publishing and author David Biedrzycki to identify and develop licensing and media opportunities based on the ACE LACEWING, BUG DETECTIVE series.

Headline News Chorion Reaches For The Stars With The Little Prince

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:13am

Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has been appointed to represent the licensing rights to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s much-loved literary property THE LITTLE PRINCE in the U.K. and Eire.

Headline News Further Films Adapts Jackson’s Castle

Michael Douglas' Further Films is developing Shirley Jackson’s 1962 novel, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE.

CASTLE tells the tale of a reclusive, potentially murderous family and was adapted for Broadway in the 1960s.

The HollywoodReporter notes Further will produce with Literal Media, the firm that reps Jackson's work. Laurence Hyman, Jackson's son and literary executor, also will have a role as producer.

Headline News Disney, McFarlane and Mechner Team on Prince of Persia Project, SDCC Panel

Press Release from Disney Book Group

Los Angeles, CA -- July 21, 2009 -- Disney Book Group announced today the PRINCE OF PERSIA graphic novel anthology, the first-ever graphic novel written by the creator of PRINCE OF PERSIA, Jordan Mechner. Todd McFarlane (SPAWN, SPIDER-MAN) created exclusive art to be featured on the cover, and interior art will include some of the most talented names in comics.

Headline News VIZ Media Releases Trio of Ponyo Books

Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC

San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will publish a series of new releases based on Ponyo, the new animated film from Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.

Headline News Animation Process Book Coming this Fall

From Hollywood blockbuster to striving independent filmmaker, from mobile phone games to characters advertising products on television, from pseudo live action through to virtual environments, animation is able to transcend boundaries to reach new audiences.

New book ANIMATION IN PROCESS shows how artists, designers, filmmakers, programmers, directors, writers, and producers have seized the chance to entertain using a versatile and compelling medium.

Headline News Captain America to be Resurrected by Marvel Comics

Two years after being killed, Marvel Comics will bring back to life Captain America, according to the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (via IESB.net).

"The original Captain America is finally coming back," Marvel Comics editor in chief Joe Quesada said. "We've been patiently planning for this moment for 21/2 years."

Headline News Lincoln Butterfield Taps Mike Vosburg to Ink RIP, M.D. Graphic Novel

Press Release from Lincoln Butterfield Animation

Burbank, CA -- May 27, 2009 -- On the heels of signing its publishing deal with Fantagraphics, Lincoln Butterfield Animation has secured one of the industry's preeminent comic book artists to ink its new RIP, M.D. graphic novel. Mike Vosburg, whose multifaceted background is steeped in horror and fantasy projects, has been tapped to work on the edgy, teen-targeted series.

Headline News Lincoln Butterfield Inks Publishing Deal for RIP, M.D. Animated TV Property

Press Release from Lincoln Butterfield Animation

Burbank, CA -- May 19, 2009 -- Lincoln Butterfield Animation has signed a deal with Fantagraphics Books to publish a graphic novel series based on its newest animated television concept, RIP, M.D. From veteran animation producer Mitch Schauer, RIP, M.D. is an edgy, teen-targeted property that takes a comical look at the real-life problems of monsters. Fantagraphics Books -- a respected publisher of sequential art since 1976 -- plans to release the first volume of RIP, M.D. in Q1 2010.

Headline News Details on The Art of Up

After an Academy Award win for WALL-E, where else could Pixar Animation Studios go but UP? Their latest film tells the heartwarming story of Carl Fredrickson (voiced by Ed Asner), a 78-year-old widower who feels that life has passed him by -- until a twist of fate takes him on a fantastic journey across the globe to fulfill his destiny.

Headline News Cartoon Net Hires Del Rey Manga for Secret Saturdays Comics

Cartoon Network Enterprises will work with Del Rey Manga to develop graphic novels based on the animated adventure series THE SECRET SATURDAYS, reports KIDSCREEN.

The first title is set to debut in September, with volume two coming before the end of the year. Featuring detailed, full-color stills from the series, the SATURDAYS comics will follow the same format as those based on BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE and BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS.

Headline News Ballistic Publishing Announces Expose 7

Press Release from Ballistic Publishing

Adelaide, South Australia - 27th April 2009 -- Ballistic Publishing is proud to announce the pinnacle of digital art with EXPOSE 7, the latest book in its groundbreaking series celebrating the Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe. With more art, more artists, and a judging panel unanimous in its praise for the remarkable standard of work, EXPOSE 7 showcases a talented community of digital artists and their inspirational art.

Headline News Iwao Takamoto Tells His Story

Press Release from University Press of Mississippi

Iwao Takamoto (1925-2007) spent a lifetime in the animation industry and was influential in the creation of some of the most beloved characters in the medium's history. Among the characters he designed are Scooby-Doo, Atom Ant, THE JETSON'S Astro, THE FLINTSTONES' Great Gazoo, and THE WACKY RACES' Penelope Pittstop and Muttley. IWAO TAKAMOTO: MY LIFE WITH A THOUSAND CHARACTERS (now out from University Press of Mississippi) is the story of this legendary and influential American artist, told in his own words.

Headline News IDW Publishing Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Limited Edition Book

Press Release from IDW Publishing

San Diego, CA (April 16, 2009) -- Ten years ago this month, four young entrepreneurs launched a small creative services company. A decade later, IDW has grown to be the fourth-largest comic book and graphic novel publisher, with a diverse catalog of new and classic books, representing every major entertainment genre. To commemorate its tenth anniversary, the company will release the two-volume hardcover IDW: THE FIRST DECADE in May, 2009. Volume 1 of IDW: THE FIRST DECADE is currently available online at IDWPublishing.com.

Headline News Dark Horse Announces Participation in Diamond FOC Program

APRIL 13, MILWAUKIE, OR -- Dark Horse officially announces participation in the Diamond "Final Order Cutoff" program, or "FOC" for short. Dark Horse first announced the intent to participate in this program at last fall's Diamond Retailers summit in Las Vegas, Navada to a roar of applause heard throughout the casino.

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