DuckTales is back next summer with the whole crew

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Disney dropped the debut date and a teaser for their DuckTales revival this morning. The series will debut on Disney XD next summer with 21 episodes and two hour specials. Creative personnel include executive producer Matt Youngberg (Ben 10: Omniverse), story editor/co-producer Francisco Angones (Wander Over Yonder), and art director Sean Jimenez (Gravity Falls). As […]

Nib News: a new strip by Ruben Bolling and an animated series in the works

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Regular Beat readers know we’re huge fans of The Nib, the non-fiction comics site run by political cartoonist Matt Bors. You can imagine they’ve had no dearth of fodder in this election campaign. And Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug) has just launched a new DAILY strip called “Donald and John” which parodies a certain […]

Ben Hatke’s ZITA THE SPACEGIRL series picked up by Fox Animation

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that Fox Animation has picked up Eisner Awarding-winning writer Ben Hatke’s series Zita the Spacegirl with Chernin Entertainment to produce.  According to Deadline, screenwriters Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles are set to adapt Hatke’s graphic novels.  The story focuses on Zita, a young girl who is forced to become an intergalactic hero […]

RIP C. Martin Croker, animator, voice artist, cartoonist

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Over the weekend I was devastated to learn of the sudden death of Clay Martin Croker, best known as the voice of Zorak and Moltar on Space Ghost Coast to Coast, but also an animator, cartoonist, and general renaissance man. He was only 54, and died after a sudden, acute illness. You can read about […]

FREEDOM FIGHTERS: THE RAY Set to Introduce the First Gay Lead Superhero to CW

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Today, CW announced that their digital network, CW Seed, would adapt the story of the classic DC Comics character The Ray in a new animated series called Freedom Fighters: The Ray.  The cartoon, executive produced by Arrowverse masterminds Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, will feature the first gay superhero lead. In addition to his cartoon, The Ray […]

Dash Shaw’s animated film about high school to be shown at two acclaimed film festivals

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Add comics formalist/experimenter Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button) to the list of cartoonist/movie directors: his animated film My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea will debut at be shown at both the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) (its world premiere) and New York Film Festival (NYFF). Pretty prestigious places to be shown. Shaw […]

SDCC ’16: Samurai Jack creator drops details of show’s return

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It’s been over a decade since Samurai Jack aired, but an ending for the series – in the form of a movie or otherwise – has been on creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s mind since. After last year’s announcement that the series would finally return with a fifth season, Tartakovsky sat down with press at SDCC to explain what that return would look like and what brought it about.