Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/1 – 7/7)

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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. Sorry about being fairly non-existent these last couple days. I needed a break after some work stress, getting evacuated from my apartment for a day, and then the July 4th holiday craziness. Suffice it to say it’s been a long week. I’m hoping to get more posts up next week, finish up Fruits Basket, and start talking about the crap-ton of manga sitting on my selves. But anywho…this week has been pretty busy in terms of anime announcements too with Anime Expo bringing us so much to talk about. Highlights for this week: Sandman is getting a TV series with Netflix; Crunchyroll is partnering with Viz media; and MAD Magazine is shutting down after 67 years of publication. Be sure to check out the articles and videos down below, and, as always, have a great rest of your Sunday!

Top Anime and Manga News

Crunchyroll and Viz Media have struck up a distribution deal. Viz Media will be helping Crunchyroll distribute its anime series to a wider US and Canadian audience. Crunchyroll has posted a press release on its website with more details.

Funimation has announced a partnership with Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment to bring more titles to its streaming platform. Funimation will be bringing six new series to its platform after the partnership, including: Gravitation, Junjou Romantica, and Sweet Blue Flowers.

Anime Announcements:

Manga Announcements:

  • Seven Seas announces a new line-up of English licenses
  • Kodansha has announced 6 new manga licenses
  • Yen Press announces 15 manga/novel licenses

Top Comic News

MAD Magazine will be shutting down and ceasing publication after 67 years of publication, starting first at EC Comics and then being bought by DC Comics. The closure has been confirmed by multiple sources and seems to be caused by a more difficult climate for satire and the departure of key staff members. Comichron details the year-by-year sales of the magazine on its site as well showing a tremendous drop since its peak in the 70s.

The Sandman comics have been picked up by Netflix to be turned into a TV Series. Sources say that this is the most expensive TV series DC Entertainment has ever done. Sandman has been optioned for 11 episodes and will be written by Allan Heinberg with Neil Gaiman and David Goyer set to co-produce the series. Gaiman also gives a little more information over on Newsarama.

Long-running Image Comics series The Walking Dead has ended this week with issue #193 after 15 years of publication. Writer Robert Kirkman brought the series to its final conclusion after much personal debate, saying he wishes he could continue writing the series for longer. The comic was originally solicited for two more issues, but those have been cancelled following #193’s release.

Featured Articles and Interviews

  • Deb Aoki on Twitter covers the Project Anime 19 “how anime and manga happen in Japan” panel where representatives from Kodansha and Penguin Random House talk about the differences between manga discoverability and publishing in the US vs Japan.
  • The Japan Times takes a deep dive into cosplay with its coverage of the Japan’s World Cosplay Summit.
  • Vox takes a deep look at the anime industry, talking to veterans and insiders to examine how company structure, funding, and working conditions affect an animator’s livelihood.
  • The Sakuga Blog takes a look at Fire Force’s production and its studio and team’s connections with Shaft that helped make the anime look gorgeous.

Featured Videos

  • Collider Videos joins Jake Gyllenhaal from Sprider-Man: Far From Home as he goes comic shopping and talks about his career and role as Mysterio.
  • Strip Panel Naked looks at how Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Leia creates visual interruptions through panel design, color, and backgrounds.
  • Pause and Select examines the realm of anime Youtube and how it sees and talks about the isekai genre and the kinds of mistakes it makes in defining what is and is not an isekai.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Unnecessary Exclamation Mark takes a look at Komi Can’t Communicate and how the mangaka creates a sense of de-familiarization through Komi’s inability to speak.

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