‘Big Hero 6’ Comics Coming from IDW
With the new 2D toon premiering on Disney Channel June 9, IDW Publishing will continue the new adventures with an all-ages, ongoing comic-book series starting in July. The Big Hero 6 The Series will be lead by up-and-coming writer Hannah Blumenreich penning the debut issue, with Nicoletta Baldari (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) providing stylish artwork. Issue No. 1 will also feature covers by Gurihiru (Gwenpool) and Sophie Campbell (Jem and the Holograms, TMNT).
In other IDW news, John Barber has just returned to the company as Editor-in-Chief after two years away writing for comics, film and other media. Anita Frazier has also joined as SVP of Sales & Marketing.
2018 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Awards
The 17th edition of TFF, presented by AT&T, gave its Short Animation Award to Late Afternoon by Louise Bagnall (Ireland), which comes with a $5,000 prize purse. The Jury commented: “This film portrays memory in an insightful and impactful way that opened our hearts. As the animation moves from colorful blobs into meaningful shapes and finally breaks through to her realizing the person she loves the most, we realize the experience of Alzheimer’s with a poignancy that stayed with us all.” [Trailer]
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Festival Stop-Motion Montreal
Directors, producers and film distributors in the stop-motion animation community are invited to submit short films to the 10th edition of this celebration of all things stop-mo, from puppets and claymation to objects and pixilation! The festival, set for Sept. 14-16, will also feature introductory workshops for all ages, special guests and more. Entry deadline: June 30, 2018.
Reallusion Announces 2018 CrazyTalk Animator Animation At Work Contest
Artists of all experience levels can participate by animating real projects for business promos, educational and training materials, how-to videos, animated comics, webtoons and more using CrazyTalk Animator (free 60-day trial provided) for a chance to win cash prizes ($2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $800 for third) as well as software from sponsors like VEGAS Pro 15, VEGAS Movie Studio 15 Suite and Affinity Designer. Deadline: June 20, 2018.
New Shinichiro Watanabe Anime Extends Worldwide Open Voice Call
Vocal auditions for Japanese and English language main character singing voices for Carol & Tuesday — the newest TV series from the anime icon behind Cowboy Bebop and Bones, the studio behind My Hero Academia — have been extended to May 6 at 11:59 p.m. JST. The series is set to debut in April 2019.
WATCH: ‘Batman Ninja’ – Grodd & Batman
With the Blu-ray/DVD release coming up, Warner Bros. Home Ent. has unveiled a new clip in which Gorilla Grodd (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) proposes an alliance with Batman (Roger Craig Smith). WBHE is also hosting back-to-back evening events in New York City this week: a May 1 screening & panel at the Directors Guild of America, and May 2 filmmaker and key voice cast appearance/signing at Kinokuniya Bookstore.