Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/15 – 10/21)


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. The last week or so has been tough for me and I think I might be getting sick, so I’m sorry if I missed a few key news items below. I’ve also been slacking on my Inktober goal, but you can still check out my art on my Instagram account. Anyways, for news highlights this week: Funimation and Crunchyroll have broken their content sharing agreement which will be leading to some animes leaving both platforms; the Japanese Government is starting to crack down more and more on bootlegged content cites online which will lead to a lot of cites being taken down in the future; and comic shops across the US will be participating in a new Halloween ComicFest featuring free comics for those you join in. Be sure to check out some of the other articles and videos I linked below, and make sure to have a great rest of your Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower studio Ponoc has announced it is currently working on another feature film.
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends film sells half a million tickets during the film’s debut in Japan, opening at number 1 on September 29th.
  • The Konosuba film entitled “God’s blessing on this wonderful world” will be premiering in 2019.
  • Mob Psycho 100 will be joining Toonami’s line-up on October 27th in the 11:30pm block.
  • Director Masaaki Yuasa has teased the characters for his new upcoming film ahead of the announcement planned for October 28th.
  • Studio Gokumi has announced a new original theatrical anime set to debut in Spring of 2019.
  • The new Saint Seiya anime will be premiering on Amazon Prime on December 10th.
  • GKIDS will be bringing Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki documentary to theaters in the US starting December 13th.
  • Funimation and Crunchyroll have ended their content sharing partnership, with parent company Ellation replacing Funimation with HiDive on their VRV platform.
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil writer has launched a new manga on Thursday entitled Strange Lessons by Professor Terror.
  • The Japanese government is advancing its plans to shut down websites that link to bootlegged copyrighted content, with new copyright laws being submitted in 2019.

Comic News

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 is rumored to be looking for a female director and has narrowed it down to four choices.
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage TV show has been cancelled by Netflix after two seasons.
  • A recent examination of Twitter activity shows that Chuck Wendig may have been targeted by bots which may have had an influence on Marvel’s decision to fire him.
  • ICv2 lays out the top selling comics and graphic novels for September 2018 according to Bookscan data.
  • Warner Brothers is looking to transition Superman from the big screen to TV with a new series in talks with CW.
  • Participating local comic book stores will be handing out free comic books on October 27th for Halloween ComicFest.

Featured Articles

  • Publisher’s Weekly highlight how the market for comics and graphic novels is changing with addition of more female readers, more kids comics, and diverse involvement in the creative process.
  • Women’s Media Center and BBC America have conducted a study to see just how well women are represented in the superhero and sci-fi genre of comics.
  • Anime News Network’s The Answerman tackles the question of what is the difference between a license deal and a distribution deal.
  • Mike Toole discusses the Shonen Jump formula and how it applies to My Hero Academia and the recent movie release.

Featured Interviews

  • 20 Years later, Anime News Network sits down with the cast and crew of Cowboy Bebop at NYCC to share stories about the production.
  • Anime News Network sits down with Radiant creator Tony Valente at NYCC to talk about how it feels to be the first French manga creator to have a manga and an anime released in Japan.

Featured Twitter Threads

  • @sakaimii talks about why Japan has so little faith in releasing media outside of Asia and wy we should support international releases more.
  • @gabbomatic discusses why the “all anime is fascist” arguments tend to rely on reductive readings of shows, ignoring many other factors.

Featured Videos

  • Strip Panel Naked explains how centrally framing panels in the comic Moon Knight creates a very specific way of telling its story.
  • The Chatty AF podcast from Anime Feminist talks BL manga and anime in this episode.
  • Mother’s Basement discusses why he loves and misses English anime openings.
  • The Off Panel podcast sits down with Comics Beat writer Heidi MacDonald to talk about NYCC and the state of the comics and comic journalism industry.

Featured WordPress Post

  • John Spencer Reviews contemplates his connection and love of Violet Evergarden and its ability to teach us about communicating with and understanding other people.


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