This month James Brusuelas reviews Death Note Vol. 5, Hell Girl Vol. 1, Mushi-Shi Vol. 1, and Naruto Uncut Box Set, Vol. 8.
In this month's column, Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla checks out Metal Gear Solid 4, Mario Kart Wii, Ninja Gaiden II, Lost Planet: Colonies Edition and Okami.
Eric Post takes us on a ride through some of the summer tools that are setting new standards for vfx excellence.
Andrew Farago reviews five short films: Berni's Doll by Yann J, Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor by Koji Yamamura, Ron the Zookeeper by Darcy Prendergast, Sebastian's Voodoo by Joaquin Baldwin and Presto by Doug Sweetland.
The former work-for-hire power transitions into a source of proprietary animation for the global market.
Ryan Lesser tests the new 3ds Max 2009 and is pleasantly surprised at how useful the new tools are, even for a humble game developer.
Karen Raugust reports on how the famed AI-based 3D animation system is being adopted by key VFX/animation schools.
Alain Bielik visits The Ruins with Rising Sun Pictures, which devised a new system for animating the nasty, man-eating vines.
In this month's "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla checks out Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Army of Two, Patapon and Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz.
Anupam Das of EA tests Houdini 9.1 and discovers several improvements, including FBX support and new additions to fluid and animation tools.
Andrew Farago reviews four short films: Life Line by Tomek Ducki, Procrastination by Johnny Kelly, Tale of How by The Black Heart Gang and To Shoot a Rurf by Shane Sheils and Paula Sheils.
In his inaugural column as AWN's anime reviewer, James Brusuelas brings us up to date on three long-running franchises.
On the eve of the Academy Awards this Sunday, Bill Desowitz chats separately with Visual Effects Supervisors Scott Farrar, Mike Fink and John Knoll about CG robots, daemons and the Maelstrom.
For the February 2008 edition of "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla makes his thumbs sore playing Portal, Burnout Paradise, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, No More Heroes and Buzz! The Mega Quiz.
Mary Ann Skweres focuses the spotlight on the animation that appeared at the Sundance Film Festival.
Mary Ann Skweres highlights some of the top of the crop of animated shorts from this year's Slamdance Film Festival.
Andrew Farago cracks open three new books from Jerry Beck to see if they stack up to the high standard of his previous work.
For the first "Press Start" column of 2008, Peter "Rizk" Rizkalla takes a look at Unreal Tournament III, NiGHTS Journey of Dreams, Assassin's Creed and Dementium: The Ward.
In the first "Career Coach" of 2008, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson discusses the only constant in life -- change.