November 2004

I don't know R. Kelly through his music...I know him through the news. Posted Sunday, November 21, 2004, 12:12AM by TylerL
"Wait, Toonami's on Saturday?
GI Joe Valor vs Venom Promo
DJ QBert has the interview this week. Scratchin'.

Harry ''The Flash'' Lampert dies at 88 Posted Monday, November 15, 2004, 12:38PM by Andromaton
"Harry Lampert, the illustrator who created the DC Comics superhero 'The Flash' and later became known for his instructional books on bridge, died Saturday. He was 88.

Lampert, who had been suffering from cancer, died at Boca Raton Community Hospital, according to his family.

Click Read More For the whole Article.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

Six years later, Lampert created the DC Comics original ""Flash Comics {PI:EF}1"" in 1940, collaborating with writer Gardner Fox. The first-edition featuring the physics-defying superhero has become a classic among comic book collectors.

""He based it on the character in mythology (Hermes) ... the wings on his feet,"" said daughter Karen Lampert Akavan. ""He had no idea how big it would be.""

Lampert received a steady stream of fan mail and requests for his early 'Flash' drawings. But his favorite illustrations were gag cartoons, which appeared in publications including Time, Esquire, The New York Times, Saturday Evening Post and Saturday Review.

""Up to the last week he was redrawing 'The Flash' and selling it to people,"" his daughter said.

Lampert spent much of his life as a cartoonist, and he taught at the New York School of Visual Arts. He also started an advertising agency in New York, which won several awards, including The Golden Lion at Cannes.

After retiring in Florida, Lampert was known as an avid bridge player. He became president of the American Bridge Teachers Association, and wrote several books on the subject including ""The Fun Way to Serious Bridge,"" largely considered a bible of the game.

Besides his daughter, Lampert is survived by his wife, Adele Lampert; and two grandsons.

Calls to DC Comics in New York were not immediately returned early Sunday.

White-Hat Script Kiddie Posted Friday, November 12, 2004, 10:53PM by TylerL
"Yeah, so I got a new job. It pays more than this site.
Welcome to a week ago...and the week before too.
Megas vs. Mystery Machine Drag Race
Kenshin Mini Toonami Intro

...and all aboard the D-Train.

Historic Fleischer HQ building to be torn down. Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 11:44AM by Andromaton
"The New York Times reports that the building at 1600 Broadway, built in 1902 as a showroom for Studebaker Brothers vehicles, facing 48th Street and Seventh Avenue, and served over the years as the backdrop for countless postcards and snapshots of the Great White Way, is being demolished.

Max Fleischer moved his animation studio there December 1st, 1923. For 15 years the studio produced it's cartoon masterpieces - Koko The Clown, Bouncing Ball ""Screen Songs"", Talkartoons, Betty Boop, Grampy, Bimbo, Color Classics and of course, Popeye - in this building. 1600 Broadway is directly across the the street from 729 Seventh Avenue which, in the 1930s, was the home of rival Van Beuren Cartoon Studios. According to the Times:

Click Read More for the NY Times Article.

Change, as It Does, Returns to Times Square

By DAVID W. DUNLAP

The old Studebaker Building, which rose at the dawn of the last century over Long Acre Square (better known as Times Square), is about to come down. An apartment building will probably take its place.

Built in 1902 as a showroom for Studebaker Brothers vehicles - luxurious horse-drawn carriages like the Grand Victorias, dashing Spider Phaetons, smart single-seat traps and, for the truly adventurous, those self-propelled devices called automobiles - the once elegant 10-story building at 1600 Broadway, also facing 48th Street and Seventh Avenue, served over the years as the backdrop for countless postcards and snapshots of the Great White Way.

Its rooftop has been a pedestal for enormous signs advertising Maxwell House, Chevrolet, Braniff and Sony. Long after the Studebaker roadsters and coupes moved out, its ground floor was home to the Ripley Believe It or Not! Odditorium (""Curioddities From 200 Countries""), Howard Clothes and Tony Roma's A Place for Ribs.

Columbia Pictures may be said to have been born there, since it was in an office at 1600 Broadway that Harry Cohn, Joseph Brandt and Jack Cohn formed the C.B.C. Film Sales Company in 1920. Four years later, tired of the nickname ""Corned Beef and Cabbage,"" they renamed the company Columbia. The building also housed the National Screen Service Corporation, suppliers of movie posters and other promotional materials.

In other words, 1600 Broadway was one of New York's most familiar unknown buildings.

As recently as the 1980's, its architectural integrity was intact and it still looked much the way it did when Long Acre Square - like the London street, Long Acre - was the heart of the harness and carriage trade.

But in the 1990's, the building fell under the shadow of the 26-story Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square, immediately to the south. Its deep cornice was stripped off and V-shaped sign boards sprouted from its upper corners. Finally, much of its facade was wrapped in a four-story vinyl billboard for Absolut vanilla vodka.

Now there is another addition: demolition scaffolding.

Sherwood Equities, the owner of the property and the developer of the Renaissance hotel, has applied to the city's Buildings Department to construct a 25-story, 136-unit apartment tower at 1600 Broadway. It would be designed by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Achitecture & Engineering, working with Schuman Lichtenstein Claman Efron. It would rise 290 feet, almost three times as high as the Studebaker Building, which is not a landmark.

Jeffrey Katz, the chief executive of Sherwood, said that he had seriously explored renovating the 102-year-old structure but that doing so would not be feasible.

""It's drastically out of place at this time,"" Mr. Katz said. ""It wants now to become something else.""

Indeed, the history of the building itself is one of constant change.

Designed by James Brown Lord, the architect of the Appellate Division courthouse on Madison Square, the Studebaker Building was notable for its broadly arched ninth-floor windows framed by ornamental stonework medallions. Its corners were slightly cut away, or chamfered.

Studebaker Brothers had been at Broadway and Prince Street, and its emphasis soon shifted from horse-drawn carriages to motor cars.

""No other concern in the world manufactures and markets as great a range of self-propelled vehicles,"" Studebaker boasted in a 1909 advertisement, which invited readers to its ""mammoth emporium"" on 48th Street. ""You should seek the Studebaker headquarters as a haven of refuge from the silvery tongued salesmen who, not knowing themselves, blindly essay to lead the blind.""

Only a year later, Studebaker was on the move again, as the center of gravity of Automobile Row shifted northward along Broadway. By the 1930's, the clothier Joseph Hilton & Sons had an outpost at 1600 Broadway, where it sold $22.50 worsted suits.

The base of the building was remodeled in 1939 for the Odditorium, exhibiting the curios collected by Robert Ripley in his travels around the world. ""In addition to the inanimate objects,"" The New York Times reported, ""there also will be presented daily performances in which individuals of varied talents will take part.""

The Odditorium filed for bankruptcy within a year, after which Howard Clothes moved in, offering $73.95 Dacron-worsted men's suits in the late 1960's.

Atop the building was a commanding sign position, especially in the days when the block between 47th and 48th Streets was occupied by low buildings. Sony had the last spectacular sign on the rooftop, which Mr. Katz, the landlord, said was designed personally by Sony's co-founder, Akio Morita.

By agreement with Sherwood, the horizontal crossbar of the Sony sign went dark when the Renaissance hotel grew high enough to obscure it. In recent years, Sherwood has installed smaller vinyl signs on the rooftop, now for Amstel and Heineken.

Sherwood purchased the building in 1986 from the Robbins family, which controlled National Screen Service. ""We took it over it at a low point, when Times Square was the old Times Square,"" Mr. Katz said. ""When we bought it, we knew we wouldn't develop it for a long time.""

But that time has come. Because Times Square has changed again.

The other .hack is back Posted Monday, November 8, 2004, 12:04PM by TylerL
The schedule pages at cartoonnetwork.com now list .hack//Legend of the Twighlight Bracelet Friday at 1:30AM instead of Cyborg 009.
Click Read More for the new Stealth Friday lineup.

1AM Gundam SEED (new)
1.5AM .hack//Legend of the Twighlight Bracelet

Another year, another Dragon Ball game lineup..." Posted Friday, November 5, 2004, 11:03AM by TylerL
"Atari has recently announced its collection of games using the esteemed Dragon Ball license to premiere in 2005. Dragon Ball Z: Sagas is slated to be an action-adventure title for the Xbox, but should find its way to other consoles as well. Dragon Ball GT: Transformation will continue the Game Boy Advance RPGish games, though this will be the first one to focus on GT's storyline. Two more unnamed titles are in early production, one for the PS2 and the other for the Game Boy Advance.

Also, be on the lookout for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, which should see a PS2 release in mid-November of this year.


Source(s): This Gamespot.com article and GameFAQs.com

Bandai and Cartoon Network. Does their scheming ever end? Posted Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 1:46PM by Andromaton
"Let's hope not. Bandai has just announced that aquired another series from them. This one is called D.I.C.E. (DNA Integrated Cybernetic Enterprises).

D.I.C.E. is scheduled to premiere on Cartoon Network this January, features non-stop action and adventure for 6 to 11 year-old boys. Transforming dinosaur vehicles are brought to life in this new anime entertainment property created by Bandai. This will most likely end up on either Toonami or Miguzi.

Click Read More for Bandai's full statement.
Source: Bandai-ent.com

Cypress, CA (November 3, 2004) – Bandai Entertainment and Cartoon Network announced today the acquisition of the brand new animated adventure series D.I.C.E.. Created by Bandai and animated by renowned animation studio, Xebec (subsidiary of Production I.G.), the series showcases the latest in cutting-edge CG/cel animation.

D.I.C.E (DNA Integrated Cybernetic Enterprises) is a large organization established to deal with emergencies occuring throughout the Sarbylion galaxy. D.I.C.E F-99 is the only unit comprised entirely of highly trained kids. When a problem arises, D.I.C.E is called to the rescue. And when their special training and skills aren't enough, they rely on their Dinobreakers to help get the job done. Always on call, always on alert – D.I.C.E is ready for action!

D.I.C.E. is scheduled to premiere on Cartoon Network this January, features non-stop action and adventure for 6 to 11 year-old boys. Transforming dinosaur vehicles are brought to life in this new anime entertainment property created by Bandai. .

Cartoon Network has acquired 26 episodes of D.I.C.E.

For more information about D.I.C.E, please visit the official website at www.diceofficial.com

Bandai Entertainment Inc. is the premier distributor of Japanese animation on DVD home video and leading Japanese animated programming distributor for television broadcast in North America. The company has distributed notable titles like Mobile Gundam SEED, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, .hack//SIGN, and Wolf’s Rain. Bandai Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Bandai America Inc., who makes the toys for the hit television series, Power Rangers, Digimon, and Mobile Suit Gundam. All U.S. operations are headquartered in a large, ultra-modern facility in Cypress, Calif. Bandai Co., Ltd is the third largest toy company in the world comprising 53 subsidiaries in 18 countries. In addition to toys and children's entertainment, Bandai Co.'s global interests include video game software, multimedia, music and full-length feature films, vending machines, trading cards, candies, and licensed apparel. Bandai Entertainment is headquartered in Cypress, California and additional company and product information is available through our website at www.bandai-ent.com.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teen Titans, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Cartoon Network also features Adult Swim, a late-night block of animation for grown-ups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable’s highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network’s Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

Pepito Launches Campaign Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 6:42AM by TylerL
"With 19 hours left in the presidential campaign, Pepito has launched his campaign for what he calls the position of ""Supreme Ultimate World Dictator"".
Early polls indicate that every state is Too Close to Call.

You can view Pepito's statement and his 3 Easy Steps for voting here.

Oddly enough, the voting begins for him at 7:01pm today.

I am Pepito, and I have approved this message." Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2004, 12:03AM by Pepito
"Hope is on the way? Not likely.
Sentient flesh-sacks: You have been lied to.
Your vote doesn't count. Your opinion doesn't matter.
All that matters is my rise to power and the eventual exploitation of the entire human race.
Let's not turn this into a struggle where many of you will die. The full cooperation of Earth's population will help hasten the day where you can all call me ""Emperor"", ""Master"", and other wonderful names fitting of my greatness.
That day is today.
I urge all of you to let go of your thoughts--let go of your opinions--let go of everything that makes you an individual..
Vote for me as your Supreme Ultimate Dictator.
Click here to find out how.

Also, it seems that the barely-worth-keeping IDIOT webmasters of this site ""neglected"" to make me an email account on the new server.
From now on, send your laughable spittle-soaked questions on Anime or my upcoming empire to tdapepito@gmail.com

Update by Zogg: pff, I think I'll give my vote to a third party dictator!

Update by Zogg 1 minute later: Hmm, now that I think about it, I'm not sure if any of us have an email account on the server. Heck, I don't think sendmail even listens for outside connections. Whoops. Of course, the real question right now is: How did a plastic box swing a gmail invite?!?!