Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t half to. I’m currently writing this while my apartment is being turned upside-down as we’re moving tomorrow. So it’s understandably been crazy especially when I lost internet yesterday. Anyways, I’m here now and will be trying to get a review up this Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if it’s delayed. For some highlights from this week: Sci-fi writer and comic creator Harlan Ellison has passed away at age 84, the US Justice Department has approved Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox assets, and the Harvey awards will be coming back this year. I also encourage you to check out the articles and videos I’ve featured down below. But otherwise, I hope you all have a great Sunday!
Anime and Manga News
- Anime director Seiji Mizushima makes the statement that the anime industry and anime in general would benefit from reducing the amount of shows produced each season.
- Masaaki Yuasa’s Night is Short, Walk on Girl comes to theaters in the US this August.
- Crunchyroll and Funimation have announced more titles for their Summer season including Chio’s School Road.
- Here are Japan’s most anticipated Summer animes according to the fans.
- Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms wins Best Animation Film at the 21st Shanghai International Film Festival.
- An OVA for Masamune-kun’s Revenge has been announced and will be a three-part after-story episode.
- Makoto Shinkai, Sunao Katabuchi, and Mamoru Hosoda have been invited to join the Oscar’s Academy.
- Crunchyroll is going to stream season two of Golden Kamuy with a premiere date this Fall.
- A movie sequel for Konosuba has been announced, but there is no premiere date yet.
- Seven Seas has picked up the English translation rights for BL manga Shimanami Tasagore by mangaka Yuhki Kamatani.
- Many Monthly Comic Birz manga will continue serialization online, including Konohana Kitan, Otome Yokai Zakuro, and Hanataba o Kudasai.
- Kodansha has announced its line-up of July digital-first manga debuts.
- Kenshiro Sakamoto has announced the launch of a Fairy Tail spin-off manga centered around Happy.
- Comico ends Recovery of an MMO Junkie manga due to mangaka’s failing health.
- Yuri!!! On Ice: Ice Adolescence has been announced with a release date of 2019.
- Barnes & Noble is adding a separate kids graphic novel section to their stores, which will include more than 250 titles.
- Sony Pictures is in the process of adapting the comic series Faith for the big screen featuring the 1st plus-size superhero.
- Iconic sci-fi writer and comic book creator, Harlan Ellison, has passed away at 84.
- DC Universe’s animated series Young Justice: Outsiders has been pushed back to a 2019 release date.
- Image horror comic series Gideon Falls will be adapted into a TV series by Hivemind.
- Disney has just received approval from the Justice Department to continue with its efforts to acquire 20th Century Fox’s assets.
- Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige has said in an interview that after the success of Black Panther the studio feels emboldened to bring more diversity to its upcoming films.
- According to Bleeding Cool, comic book owners in New York City are planning raids on Walmart stores in the wake of the announcement of the exclusive 100-page DC Comics deal.
- Trump’s trade war has started to affect the comic book industry in the UK as tariffs are starting to be applied to different kinds of merchandise such as t-shirts and statues.
- The Harvey Awards are back with a new, slimmed-down list of awards categories and a partnership with ReedPop to enable voting among comic professionals.
- Women Write about Comics sits down with the Wassel brothers to talk about what went into creating their indie comic publishing comic, Vault Comics.
- The Comics Beat talks with Neal Adams about his holocaust graphic novel We Spoke Out and what it was like to create comics as a sort of witness testimony.
- Anime News Network discusses how Hinamatsuri displays homelessness in Japan and the real socio-economic troubles some people are facing.
- The Sakuga Blog goes into the creation of Kase-san and Morning Glories and how it almost never got made.
- The Anime Feminist discusses the different portrayals of mental illness in The Future Diary and A Silent Voice, and how showing mental illness as violent can increase stigma.
- The Canipa Effect talks about Mari Okada this week and what makes her so special as a writer and a director.
- Gigguk talks My Hero Academia this week and how the crafting of its fight scenes have led him to believe the show isn’t actually a shonen battle anime.
Featured WordPress Post
- This week Irina talks about all the small things that we may take for granted in anime, like those small design aspects only found in the background or stories about nothing.
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