Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (4/30-5/6)


Welcome back to another “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet to find all the news you need to know so that you don’t have to. This week has been pretty full of the discussions and news surrounding Free Comic Book Day. I hope you all had a chance to head down to your local shops and check out some of the cool special issues yesterday, I know I did! In other geek news, we have DC making announcements left and right, especially about its new streaming platform. We also have a surprising amount of discussion and criticism of “Violet Evergarden” going around still, a testament to just how much an impact that series made on the anime community. If you have a chance, make sure you check out the last three categories for some interesting articles and videos. As always, if I’ve missed something, feel free to let me know in the comments.

Anime and Manga News

  • New “Yu Yu Hakusho” anime OVA reveals cast, staff, and story details in the 23rd issue of “Weekly Shonen Jump”.
  • Two new manga are set to launch in “Shonen Jump” this month: “Momiji’s Shogi Time” and “Invade You!”.
  • A new “Digimon” project has been announced and you can find it on Crunchyroll right now.
  • “Love Live! Sunshine!!” director comments on Twitter harassment and considers legal action.
  • The anime adaptation to “Dropkick on my Devil” will debut July 9th.
  • Shueisha has announced the cast, staff, promotional video, and October premiere date for the anime adaptation to “Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemy Knights”.
  • New announcements for the anime adaptation of “Ensemble Stars” reveals cast and a 2019 premiere date.
  • An anime adaptation of Osamu Souda’s “Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou” novel has been announced for 2019.
  • “Love is like a Cocktail” anime set to get a 14th episode, with no announcement of its premiere date yet.
  • The licenses for “Case Closed” and “KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple” have expired with Funimation and the shows have been removed from both Funimation and Crunchyroll.
  • “Uma Musume Pretty Derby” cast and staff reveal key information about the show’s world.
  • “My Sweet Tyrant” mangaka releases new manga series entitled “Can’t Catch Up, Can’t Go Back” on LINE Manga.
  • Japanese children’s novel “Our Seven-Day War” is set to receive an anime adaptation next year.
  • Manga author Ryo Sonoba is taking a break from manga writing to detail his experiences teaching manga creation to inmates in Japanese prisons.

Comic News

  • James Gunn reveals that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be coming two years from this week.
  • IDW Publishing names John Barber as new editor in chief.
  • DC Comics is making Brian Michael Bendis’ “Man of Steel” returnable meaning comic shops who buy copies in bulk will be able to return unsold copies for a full refund.
  • Tara Ferguson announces Comics Marketing, a new independent marketing company for comics.
  • DC Comics is changing the way is gives out digital codes for its comics, removing free codes from many of its issues, saving them for higher profile projects.
  • DC Comics announces a new streaming service for its franchises called DC Universe, featuring original shows.
  • A “Swamp Thing” series is in the works for the upcoming DC-branded streaming service.
  • “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins to receive 2018 Women in Motion award.
  • Dark Horse has released new details on their graphic novel biography of Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano.

Featured Articles

  • Women Write about Comics discusses how the Eisner Award for comics journalism doesn’t reflect the current state of the industry, leaving out many writers who don’t fit with their credentials.
  • David Travis Bland talks with comic shop retailers about the current state of the market and the steps they’ve taken to survive.
  • For an intimate look at Japanese culture and history, “The New Yorker” came out with a great article detailing how Japan has been at the head of a curve in many ways and how their current struggles could be seen as the future for many Western nations.

Featured Videos

  • The Pedantic Romantic addresses the mixed feelings “Violet Evergarden” received from fans at the beginning of the series and talks about the themes of the series as well as the nature of the anime community’s reaction to it.
  • Pause and Select discusses the huge impact that the film “Akira” had on the anime industry in the west and how the manga and film influenced each other during production.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Atelier Emily writes a really interesting post about “Violet Evergarden” and its Victorian era influences as well as how the anime displays the power of the written word.


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