Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (8/5 – 8/11)


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. I’m finally back after a week of dealing with a bad cold, and will hopefully have more content for you this week. In other news: Comiket is this weekend, and they have so far attracted 530,000 people; comic writer Jai Nitz has been accused of multiple sexual assaults on women at the University of Kansas; and a No-Deal Brexit may mean an increase in prices for comic readers in the UK. Be sure to check out articles and videos linked below, and as always, have a great rest of your Sunday!

Top Anime and Manga News

The International Otaku Expo Association is planning an Otaku Summit 2020 in Tokyo next year to correspond with the 2020 Olympics. This will be the first summit since 2015. The event will feature conferences, exhibitions, and seminars about otaku culture.

The Comic Market (Comiket) 96 has attracted 200,000 people on the third day, making the total at 530,000 people so far. With temperatures up to 96 degrees, Anime News Network reports three people were taken to the hospital with apparent heatstroke. The last day of the convention is tomorrow.

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Top Comics News

Comic book writer Jai Nitz has come under fire recently for allegations leveled against him for sexual assault and battery. Nitz was recently banned from the University of Kansas after multiple women reported being sexually assaulted or harassed by Nitz. No charges have been brought against Nitz by the police. Nitz has since said he is stepping away from comics and public life for the time being.

DC Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has opened up about the state of DC’s digital comic sales, saying that they have ultimately hit a plateau. After the release of DC’s new subscription service DC Universe, Lee says he has seen it thriving while the individual comic book sales have hit a wall.

A potential No-Deal Brexit could mean bg changes for the UK comic book scene including an increase in prices for imported comics. As the British Pound continues to crash, distributor Diamond UK has announced it will be increasing the prices on its comics due to the increase in costs of shipping and distribution.

DC Comics has teamed up with WriteGirl to provide workshops for young girls on the comic book creative process. A workshop was hosted at their headquarters earlier this month that allowed girls from underrepresented or underserved communities to work with DC writers on the comic book process.

Featured Articles and Interviews

  • Deb Aoki on the Manga Answerman digs into the recent Funimation translation controversy surrounding the word lolicon and how that word is actually used in Japan and the manga industry.
  • The Comics Beat sits down with the creators of The Dragon Prince to discuss their creative process and how they came up with the world of the show.
  • The Anime Feminist takes a look at the history of shoujo manga, focusing on one of the genre’s lost generations of the mid 90’s.

Featured Videos

  • StucciMovies discusses how watching Mob Psycho 100 changed her life and how she became personally connected to the show.
  • Hiding In Public talks about Oh Maidens in your Savage Season and how it incorporates romance and how the show depicts its message in its visuals.
  • We Have Cool Friends podcast sits down with comic writer Kieren Gillen, writer of Wicked + Divine and Die, on his comics and creative process.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Fan of a Certain Age examines how someone can still like something that may be problematic and looking back on shows they may have liked in the past but that may seem problematic now.

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