Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-up (9/24 – 9/30)


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. Tomorrow is the big day! The start of the October Mythology Special. I’m working hard to get three posts a week scheduled and work on my Inktober drawings, so be sure to check back with this blog weekly to see some great new content. So many great posts and news bits are linked down below, notably: more of Kaoru Mori’s manga will be getting a digital release this November; Netflix will be airing the Violet Evergarden extra episode the same time it comes out in Japan; and Masaaki Yuasa is teasing a new project at the end of next month. There are some great interviews and videos this week, so I highly suggest checking that section out. As always, have a great Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • My Hero Academia is approved for a fourth season as announced in the final episode of the third season yesterday.
  • A new anime in the Ikki Tousen franchise is in the works.
  • Kodansha has announced six new digital first titles releasing in October including: Forest of Piano and Are You Lost?
  • Crunchyroll has announced it will be streaming five new titles this Fall including the final season of Fairy Tail and Jingai-san no Yome.
  • The Alita: Battle Angel film has been pushed back again to February 14th.
  • Sentai Filmworks has acquired the exclusive rights to the Release the Spyce and The Girl in Twilight anime coming this Fall.
  • GKIDS has licensed the documentary Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki and will screen the special in Winter of 2018.
  • Netflix has announced that the Violet Evergarden special episode will premiere October 4th, the same day it premieres in Japan and the second season of Seven Deadly Sins will debut October 15th.
  • The Free! Dive to the Future anime ended with a message announcing a new season coming in 2020.
  • Director Masaaki Yuasa is teasing an announcement of a new work on October 28th.
  • Netflix has announced the addition of Mobile Suit Gundam: UC to its service as well as some expiration dates for others.
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls manga will get three new side story chapters in the upcoming October 25th issue of Kiss magazine.
  • More of Kaoru Mori’s manga series get a digital release from Yen Press including Emma coming November 27th.

Comic News

  • Former DC Chief Diane Nelson deletes her Twitter account following harassment over comments made about the new Joker movie.
  • In more ComicsGate news, Ethan Van Sciver posts a 90 minute rant attacking Gail Simone and her work on Firestorm, a comic they worked on together, to which Simone responds on Facebook.
  • Marvel will be publishing three ongoing Conan the Barbarian comics coming out in 2019.
  • Archaeologists in Jordan have uncovered what may be a 2,000 year old precursor to modern comics.
  • 20th Century Fox is moving ahead with their X-Men films and spin-offs even as the Disney acquisition becomes finalized.
  • Disney still intends to use James Gunn’s script for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 despite firing Gunn over over offensive Tweets.

Featured Articles

  • The MNT lays out a quick overview of Image Comics and it’s wide array of imprints.
  • The Anime Feminist talks mental illness and recovery in Natsume Yujin-cho and how Natsume’s experiences as someone who sees yokai equates to experiences of those with a mental illness.
  • The Sakuga Blog takes a look at the various manga artists that have tried to cross over into making anime.
  • Reuters takes a look at the older generation of manga creators and how they’re making stories for older readers.

Featured Interviews

  • Women Write About Comics talks with Gina Gagliano about her career in comics and her transition to Penguin Random House from First Second.
  • Polygon talks with comic creators Tom King and Brian Bendis on their work on Superman and Batman and working in the industry.
  • Women Write About Comics talks with Marguerite Bennett on the changing gender landscape of comics and her work with Marvel and DC.
  • Vulture talks with comic book legend Ramona Fradon about her experience as one of the first female comic book artists to work for DC and her work on Aquaman and how he has changed over time.
  • The But Why Tho? Podcast interviews Bordertown creators Eric Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos on the folklore and cultural influences behind their comic.
  • ANNCast talks with Right Stuf co-founder Shawn Kleckner about the creation of the dub of Emma and the state of the dubbing industry.

Featured Twitter Threads

  • @hanleia has retweeted a series a quotes from a Japanese gay male on how Banana Fish subverts many BL tropes.
  • @bryanedwardhill asks his followers why they think manga is going so well among western audiences.
  • @altathewriter answers questions on what it’s like being an editor for comics and how the comic publishing industry works.

Featured Videos

  • Gigguk looks at sports anime and what makes these kinds of series so entertaining.
  • Wisecrack examines Cowboy Bebop and how it blends the genres of Westerns, Sci-Fi, and Noir together into something new.
  • The Canipa Effect takes a look at anime translations and the kinds of issues translators face in the localization process.
  • Kamimashita suggests that our view and understanding of certain anime can be influenced by previous knowledge which can be affected by learning about various other topics.

Featured WordPress Post

  • The Afictionado takes a look at the jerk-genius detective trope and how it’s handled in the anime Hyouka.


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