Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/14 – 10/20)


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. This month has been very hectic for me with the October Fantasy Special reviews (which you should all read, if you haven’t already checked them out) and the yearly Inktober art challenge. New reviews will keep coming out though, so keep an eye out! This week in news was a lot more busy than last week. Some highlights from the week: GKIDS announced that pretty much all Ghibli movies will be available for streaming on HBO Max next Spring; Crunchyroll will be partnering with WebToons to bring more animated content based off their comics; and Netflix is planning a new animated series based off the hit graphic novel series BONE. Be sure to check the articles and videos down below, and as always, have a great rest of your Sunday!

Top Anime and Manga News

GKIDS has announced that they will be partnering with HBO Max to bring a list of Ghibli titles to the streaming platform. The films will be available for streaming sometime in the Spring of 2020. The entire Ghibli catalog will be available at launch excluding Grave of the Fireflies

Four anime films have been submitted for consideration for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Of the 32 films that have been submitted, 4 were anime features. The films include: Children of the Sea, Okko’s Inn, Promare, Weathering With You. The Academy will reveal the nominations on January 13, 2020. 

Crunchyroll has announced it is joining forces with WebToons to produce new animated series based off of their comics. This announcement comes after the Jim Henson Company announced its production of Lore Olympus from WebToons.  

Anime Announcements:

Manga Announcements:

  • New Pokemon manga coming Nov 15th

Top Comics News

Netflix has announced that it will be creating an animated series based off the popular graphic novel series BONE. The young reader graphic novel series is immensely popular since its first publication in 1991, earning 11 Harvey Awards and 10 Eisners as well as selling more than 9 million copies in North America. 

Image Comics is planning on launching a new line of creator-run imprints. The company has never before had imprints under its name, but these new publishing lines will work with Publisher Eric Stephenson to create their new line of comics. Not much other information is known as of yet, but more announcements may be made in the future. 

Image Comic’s new release Undiscovered Country #1 has become the publisher’s highest selling new release since 2014. The new series is rumored to have a total of 83K pre-orders, putting it at #3 on the list of top Image Comic releases. 

Featured Articles and Interviews

  • The Comics Beat talks with British comics publisher Avery Hill Publishing founders on how they formed their company and what makes them different in the overall comic publishing scene. 

Featured Videos

  • Strip Panel Naked discusses House of X and Powers of X and how the creators use documentary style pages to change the feel of the comic.
  • The Canipa Effect takes a look at another anime myth: Anime is just made on computers.
  • Get in the Robot examines the isekai genre and how the plots of these stories have evolved and overrun anime.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Lumi Reviews Things brings us into the existential world of Garfield comics and parodies, with some truly horrifying Eldritch horrors for this spooky season. 

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