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Daily News Bytes: Joan Lee, ‘Despicable’ China Opening, End of Artland & More

VIDEO: Remembering Joan Lee
Marvel released a touching tribute to Stan Lee’s wife of 69 years and a key player in comics history, who passed away July 6 at age 95. The video is a discussion between Stan and Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada shot in April.

‘Despicable Me 3’ Nearly Catches Animation Single-Day Record
It really is good to be bad for Illumination and Universal this week, as the threequel came this close to the record with its mainland China release with $24M — less than 3% under the biggest single day score by Zootopia. DM3 opened in the US at No. 1 with $75M last week.

The End of an Era for Artland Animation Studio
The Tokyo-based toon shop behind Seven Mortal Sins and MUSHI-SHI filed for bankruptcy June 30, after four decades in operation.

A Small Animation Shop Is Trying to Break Up a Movie Monopoly
Can the open-source solutions wizards at Blender cut a niche for lower-budget films with comic adaptation Agent 327?

LIMA Unveils New Board
Execs from Striker Ent., Sony Pictures and other join the L&M association’s Board of Directors. Ciaran Coyle, global VP for licensing at Electrolux, continues as Chairman, with Hot Topic merchandise & marketing SVP Cindy Levitt as Vice Chairman.

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