Welcome back to another “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Sorry the blog has been lacking in content the past couple weeks. Something always seems to come up when I want to sit down and write. I’ll hopefully be getting more things up this week. Anyways, as for highlights from this week: WarnerMedia is launching a new streaming service HBO Max which will feature content from DC Universe and Crunchyroll; Paper Girls has been greenlit for a series on Amazon Prime; and a new boys love manga subscription service started this week. As always be sure to check out the articles and videos down below, and have a great rest of your Sunday!
Top Anime and Manga News
Futekiya has launched a boys love manga subscription service in English. You will be able to get access to their entire library of manga for a monthly fee of $6.99. The service debuted 10 titles from Shodensha this month, including: Shining Stars in Line and Beautiful Greenness. The are also planning to license doujinshi and works by independent artists.
The author behind Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest has made comments in the past about the terrible direction the anime was going in with the old studio. His displeasure with the direction may have prompted a change in staff and the delay of the anime’s release from last year to this season.
Lupin III gets its first 3D CG feature length film. Takashi Yamazaki, who did Stand By Me Doraemon, will be writing and directing the film. It’s set to open in Japan on December 6th.
- Chihayafuru season 3 to air October 2019
- Darwin’s Game to premiere in 2020
- Houkago Saikoro Club to debut October 2019
- Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA series gets 5th season
- Maesetsu! Original anime announced with Lucky Star creator Yoshimizu
Top Comics News
WarnerMedia, the merger of At&T and Time Warner, is planning to release a new streaming service called HBO Max that will feature content from the DC Universe streaming service. However, we’re told that DC Universe will remain a separate service and will not be rolled into HBO Max which is set to begin service in Spring 2020.
Brian K Vaughan’s popular comic series Paper Girls will be getting a TV series adaptation over at Amazon Prime. Toy Story 4’s writer Stephany Folsom will be writing the screen adaptation and will be executive producing with Vaughan and Plan B.
HarperCollins is planning a new graphic novel imprint called HarperAlley. Former First Second editor, Andrew Arnold, will be leading the imprint as Editorial Director. The imprint plans to publish 30 books a year beginning in late 2020, and no plans have been announced on whether HarperCollin’s current graphic novels will be folded into the imprint.
Bleeding Cool points out the names of several prominent comic figures in the now-released little black book of Jeffrey Epstein. Their connection to Epstein’s child sex prostitution ring is unknown so there’s hope they were not involved. But the very appearance of their names in his book can be slightly damning for them.
Featured Articles and Interviews
- Geek Out discusses the fate of small independent comic book stores in the wake of many closing shop and how the market for comics has been changing. While I think he misses some key factors and focuses too much on the big 2, it’s an overall good article.
- Anime News Network’s The Answerman discusses the meaning behind the work hentai in Japanese and how western fans have changed its meaning.
- Gamespot talks with Dr. Stone editor Hiroyuki Honda about the changing landscape of Shonen manga and the process of adapting Dr. Stone into an anime.
- ComicTropes takes a look at the life of Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of MAD Magazine, and the history behind the magazine.
- Mother’s Basement discusses the various anime series on Netflix and how Netflix handles their original anime series in this multi-part video review.
- Get in the Robot discusses how Mob Psycho may be a better anime/manga than One Punch Man and takes a look at One’s improvement from one series to the next.
Featured WordPress Post
- Reasons to Anime takes a retrospective look at some old classics, discussing the titles featured in the World Masterpiece Theater.
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