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 the lack of posts lately. I took a day drip last weekend and now the new Pokemon game has sucked up some of my time. Posts will continue though, just not on a regular schedule, and will probably slow a bit around the holidays due to travel and family obligations. Anyways, as for highlights for this week: the new Sandman TV series is confirmed as having two seasons; One Piece will be ending its manga run in five years; and Eisner award-winning comics journalist Tom Spurgeon has passed away. Be sure to check out the articles and videos below, and as always, have a great rest of your Sunday!
Anime and Manga News
The New York Public Library has been seeing an increase in sales since the debut of the anime Banana Fish. Employees of the library have said they have noticed an increase in interest in the Rose Room, a space that was featured in the anime, by tourists and anime fans alike.
The editor for One Piece has revealed that the mangaka has plans to end the manga in five years. The editor has said that looking at his plans for the next arcs, it is entirely possible for the series to end in five years.
- Megalobox to get season 2
- Infinite Dendrogram debuts January 9th
- A Destructive God Sits Next to Me debuts January 11th
- Monster Girl Doctor gets anime
David Bowie’s early music career has been turned into a graphic novel, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, and Moonage Daydreams. The book will be published by Insight Comics next year. Mike Allred and Steve Horton are the creators behind this novel, and have covered everything from his earliest career to the last performance of Ziggy Stardust in 1973.
Comics journalist, writer, historian, and author Tom Spurgeon has passed away at age 50. He was best known for his 5 year stint as Managing Editor and Executive editor of The Comics Journal and for his Eisner Award Winning comics news site The Comics Reporter.
Neil Gaiman has provided an update on the forthcoming Sandman TV series, revealing that there will be two seasons. Gaiman has teamed up with David Goyer and showrunner Allan Heinberg to plot out the first two seasons. No word on when the series will be released, but this is positive news.
Featured Articles and Interviews
- Japan Times discusses the evolution of the anime industry over the last decade and how the market for anime and anime related products have changed over time.
- Anime Feminist takes a look at My Roommate is a Cat and how the series reflects the challenges of those with social anxiety and how owning a cat helped the main character overcome them.
- Anime Feminist discusses Fake and how it displays and talks about the concept of found family through its characters.
- Gigguk goes through the Fall anime of the season, laying out his thoughts and series you shouldn’t miss out on.
- Mother’s Basement discusses No Guns Life, its premise, story, and surprisingly delicate worldbuilding.
- Wisecrack discusses Into the Spider-Verse and how choice is framed in the movie through the use of multiple dimensions and the character progression of Miles.
Featured WordPress Post
- The Afictionado takes a look at Carol and Tuesday this week and how the show changes the perception of what a space opera could be like with its calmer, more low-key story of two girls who just really love music.
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