Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (8/12 – 8/18)


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. Don’t worry guys, I’m still alive, just dealing with some writer’s block at the moment that I’m hoping to push through. I’ve been trying to get some posts up this week, but it just hasn’t been working out. I’ll have something up for you all soon. In the meantime, as for news for this week: Our Dreams at Dusk was nominated for a Harvey Award; the Lumberjanes live action movie has been cancelled; and a new Magicians spin-off comic series is in the works. In general there wasn’t much news on the anime and comics front, but there were a lot of interviews comic out which I have linked to below so be sure to check some of those out. And, as always, have a great rest of your Sunday!

Top Anime and Manga News

Hayao Miyazaki will be honored at this year’s Sklar Creative Visionary Awards for his contribution to animation and development of anime in Japan. Miyazaki will be the second recipient of the award after Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige. The awards dinner will be held on October 25th.

Neil Gaiman has confirmed on Twitter that he was indeed brought on to pen the English adaptation of Princess Mononoke in the 90s. This has been an open secret in the industry for a while, but was never directly confirmed by Gaiman until now who said his writing credit for the film was taken out of all marketing materials. He also mentioned that he was suggested for the role by Quentin Tarantino who were Miramax’s first choice for writer.

Our Dreams at Dusk manga has been nominated for the 2019 Harvey awards for Best Manga. Published by Seven Seas Entertainment in the US, the four-volume series just recently started being translated for English audiences and has since garnered a lot of love.

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Top Comics News

Krypton has been cancelled by the SyFy network after two seasons, with the Lobo spin-off also cancelled. Word from insiders on the situation is that the studio is planning on shopping the show to other networks. Currently the two seasons are streaming on Disney +.

Boom! Studios is planning a spin-off of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians series. The series had previously been turned into a graphic novel and a TV show. The studio is now planning a five-issue mini-series to expand on the universe and explore a new generation of magicians.

20th Century Fox’s planned live-action Lumberjanes movie has been cancelled. The movie has been in development since 2015. Fox had a stake in the comic studio Boom!, but after the merger with Disney, the new Walt Disney Studios gained control of the movie. No news has come out yet about Boom! shopping the movie around again.

Featured Articles and Interviews

  • The Guardian digs into the history of Western comic books and how they were influenced by the large amount of Jewish voices that shaped the industry around World War II and the rise of Nazi Germany.
  • Comic Book Resources looks at the movie Constantine and how it became a cult classic despite being generally disliked by fans of the comic.
  • Deadline sits down with Marvel head Jeph Loeb on the future of Marvel TV offerings, the cancellation of many Netflix shows, and the growing offerings on Disney +.
  • Newsarama sits down with Kieron Gillen (Die, Wicked + Divine) to talk about the ending of WicDiv and his work on other creator-owned comic series.
  • Anime News Network sits down with Laid-Back Camp director Yoshiaki Kyogoku to talk about the creation of the series and the effect it has had on anime tourism.
  • The Sakuga Blog digs into the ins and outs of Demon Slayer’s production and what makes this anime so special.

Featured Videos

  • Mother’s Basement explains how Netflix’s “Enter the Anime” documentary is both terrible and harmful to the discussion of the anime industry.
  • Get in the Robot discusses why you should be watching shoujo anime even if you’re a shonen fan.
  • Wisecrack takes a look at streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney+, and others to discuss how ownership of content is slowly changing.

Featured WordPress Post

  • The Afictionado talks O Maidens in Your Savage Season this week and how the plot and characterization of Sonezaki fits with the “not like other girls” character trope.

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