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Director Of Aborted White ‘AKIRA’ Remake Still Determined To Make It Despite Lack Of ‘Strong Characters’ In Japanese Culture

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While promoting what's surely a startlingly insightful drama about richly textured character portraits trapped on a CGI plane with Liam Neeson and a bomb or something, director Jaume Collett-Serra stopped talking about Non-Stop long enough to remark that his next project might be the on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again live-action adaptation of AKIRA. The director hopes to expand a whitewashed version of the story into a trilogy despite the fact that he doesn't actually like the characters at the heart of the most iconic Japanese comic book and animated film to ever be released in the United States, or believe that strong characters are even to be found in Japanese culture.

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Katsuhiro Otomo, Frozen, Adventure Time, Futurama and Mickey Mouse Win Top Honors at 2013 Annie Awards

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The competition was brutal during last weekend's Annie Awards, the International Animated Film Society's celebration of an uncommonly strong year in animation for film, television, commercials and games. For example, it stung to see our beloved Teen Titans Go! lose the award for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience, but that the winner was the similarly excellent Adventure Time made the pill easier to swallow. But easier still was the master Katsuhiro Otomo taking home the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation. That pill is good for health.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): RoboCop, Daft Punk, Empowered, American Flagg, Bettie Page & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – Preacher, Lost, Tetsujin, Game of Thrones & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Metropolis, Pacific Rim, Transformers, Venture Bros. & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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The Prophecy Of The Ancient Text ‘Akira’ Comes True; Tokyo Gets The 2020 Olympics

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Over the weekend, the International Olympic Committee announced that Tokyo will be the host for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

That's great news for the city, except, as basically everyone on social media pointed out after the announcement, it could possibly mean Tokyo will be destroyed by psionic super-people and overrun by teenage motorcyle gangs. Why, you ask? Because the exact same thing happens in Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 08.30.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Funimation Announces ‘Akira’ 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD, Including Both English Dubs [Video]

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That feeling you just felt? That was at least a little of the grossness of the potential Warner Bros. live action Akira movie being rinsed from your soul by the righteous news that Funimation has announced plans to release a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Katsuhiro Otomo's original manga-turned-animated feature by the end of the year. It's not just a feel-good nostalgia bomb for longtime fans either, since the release will mean North American fans and potential new viewers will have easy access to a feature-rich Akira Blu-ray/DVD containing Streamline's 1988 English dub and Pioneer's 2001 version, plus the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

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Good for Health: ‘AKIRA’ Bike Rides Across Japan for Autism Charity [Video]

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Shinji Tejima spent several years and the equivalent of about $120,000 American dollars to create a flawless replica of the iconic red motorcycle seen in AKIRA, the landmark 1980s manga and anime written and drawn by Katsuhiro Otomo. The justification for such an endeavor is manifest, and th

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‘AKIRA’ Creator Katsuhiro Otomo to Return to Long-Form Manga

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The great mangaka Katsuhiro Otomo is recognized around the world for his enormous influence on comic books and anime, a legacy cemented in his seminal work, AKIRA -- a 2,000-page opus that remains Otomo's only long-form manga. That is set to change, however, when Otom

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