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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Must Be Thursday....

Ah, I get to do so few Oilers games these days. Lots of evening events to go cover. But, on those rare nights I still do Oilers games, I can do long, rambling blog entries!

Well, here's some sad news for the world of animation. it seems that DreamWorks and Aardman Animation have parted ways.

DreamWorks, of course, the big, boom-bad movie studio sold to Paramount last year.

Aardman Animation, is, of course, the UK-based animation studio that gave the world Chicken Run, Flushed Away and everything Wallace & Grommit.

The original deal was for Aardman to produce 5 animated films for DreamWorks. With 3 done (Chicken Run, Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away), DreamWorks decided to end it early. The official statement is that they've just grown apart as businesses, and I can see that. I sure hope Aardman finds a new distributor soon. they make good movies.

I've blogged this before, and I'll blog it again. The Star Trek expanded universe just doesn't get the same respect as the Star Wars expanded universe. While the average Star Wars fan will take every novel and comic that comes their way and devour it for any kind of new insight into a beloved character, most Star Trek novels and comics are dismissed as fanfic with a marketing campaign.

I was thinking about this the other day as I was catching up on the world of Star Trek comic books. For thsoe who don't care, the comic book company IDW Publishing has picked up the comic book rights to Star Trek, and has started churning out new comics. Their first mini-series, Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Space Between just hit store shelves. It takes place in the first season of TNG, so you got Tasha Yar mixing things up.

But the one comic announcement that's making headlines is the 5-issue mini-series Star Trek Klingons: Blood Will Tell. This mini-series is going to take some classic Federation/Klingon skirmishes from the original series, and tell them from the Klingons' point-of-view. And, in the grand tradition of variant covers and other comic book marketing gimmicks, there'll be two versions. One published in English, and one in Klingon.

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