Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (8/20 – 8/26)


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 have to. There will be no news round-up post next weekend as it’s my birthday and I’m off to a hiking trip in Maine to celebrate. However, if you follow my twitter you may see me like or retweet some news related items if I think they’re important. Anyways, here are a few highlights for this week: Crunchyroll has announced a new anime originals project that has been met with much infighting among the anime community; new manga publishing company Denpa has been formed to bring in more of a variety of manga titles to the US; and graphic novel My Boyfriend is a Bear (previously reviewed here) is getting a movie adaptation. Be sure to check out the articles and videos down below, and I hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • Former marketing director of Vertical Comics, Ed Chavez has announced the launching of a new manga publisher, Denpa, set to start releasing new titles this year.
  • Comic subscription service InkyPen announced for the Nintendo Switch with an all-you-can-read model.
  • HiDive has announced it will be streaming the No Game, No Life movie on its platform.
  • Boys love anime adaptation I’m Being Threatened by the Most Handsome Man has revealed an October 5 premiere date.
  • Chinese webcomic Look, I Can See Your Ears will be getting an anime adaptation starting on October 3rd.
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro will be getting a VR app and a short 3-D movie.
  • Crunchyroll’s parent company Ellation has announced a new division, Ellation Studios, that will be devoted to creating anime-inspired shows for streaming on Crunchyroll and VRV.
  • Crunchyroll responds to user opinions of the new Crunchyroll Originals and announces the roll-out of the long-awaited HTML5 player.
  • Devil’s Line manga set to end in 4 chapters on December 22nd.
  • The premiere date for the final Fairy Tail anime is set for October 7th.
  • Kakegarui’s second anime season will premiere in January 2019 with all the same cast and staff.
  • Netflix is in development to produce a sequel to the live-action adaptation of Death Note.
  • Fukushima Gainax reorganizes as Studio Gaina under acquisition by Kinoshita Group.
  • Twitch will be streaming 19 seasons and 16 movies of Pokemon starting tomorrow, August 27th, at 10am.

Comic News

  • Comic book creators Jeff Lemire and Bill Sienkiewicz step up and denounce the whole comicsgate movement in defense of harassment against Marsha Cooke, widow to creator Darwyn Cooke.
  • Production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 has been put on hold following the firing of director James Gunn as Disney regroups to find someone new.
  • Comic book artist and Will EIsner Hall of Fame member Russ Heath has passed away at 91 after a battle with cancer.
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not is partnering with comic publisher Zenescope to create a new line of comics based on Ripley’s facts and stories.
  • My Boyfriend is a Bear will be getting a movie adaptation by Legendary Entertainment with author Pamela Ribon acting as script writer and executive producer.
  • DC Comics and Brian Michael Bendis under fire after a derogatory reference to autism appeared in a recent Action Comics.
  • Walmart has entered the e-book market with its introduction of a Kobo-backed specialized e-reading app that will feature comics from various publishers.
  • Monstress has taken home the Hugo Award for best graphic story with Wonder Women winning Best Dramatic Presentation.

Featured Articles

  • Cancer researcher Dr. Satoru Osuka has come out to praise the 7th episode of Cells at Work for its depiction of the body’s response to cancer cells.
  • Yesterday marked 15 years since the broadcast of Kyoto Animation’s first production, so the Sakuga Blog has decided to take a look at the progression of this studio over the last 15 years.
  • Lindsey Loveridge writes for Anime Feminist about how The Ancient Magus Bride talks about and mirrored her experience of depression.
  • Monday saw the resurgence of the #VisibleWomen hashtag on Twitter that promotes women comic creators and artists in the industry, and The Comics Beat highlights some of the top names that made an appearance.

Featured Videos

  • The Canipa Effect takes a look at one of the most popular anime opening and ending animators, Masashi Ishihama and why his anime openings are so perfect.
  • Gigguk explores the many varieties of anime fans in this parody video.
  • Mother’s Basement digs deeper into the anime Cells at Work to look at what it can teach us outside of biology.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Karandi delves into the value of rewatching anime and why it can be beneficial for a variety of reasons.


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