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

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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! Continue reading

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Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/22 – 7/28)

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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 this post was a little late today, I was celebrating my cousin’s graduation this weekend and didn’t get the time to finish this up until right now. Anyways, news has still been surrounding the Kyoto Animation fire and the developing coverage of support and the aftermath. So you can see below a list of new articles about the Kyoto Animation tragedy, but this will probably be the last week I do this unless there’s some other big news. As for other highlights this week: a “pro-otaku” politician has been elected to the Japanese House of Councilors who has been supporting legislation backed by many otaku fans; George Takei’s graphic novel They Called Us the Enemy makes it to the New York Times Bestseller list; and Stan Lee gets a street named after him. Be sure to check out the articles and videos down below and, as always, have a great rest of your Sunday! Continue reading

Five Ways to Improve Your Comic Reviews

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Have you ever wanted to get into comic reviewing or thought your reviews just needed a little extra something? I see a lot of reviews missing some key aspects those few times when I do actually read other people’s reviews. It’s been three years since I’ve started this blog and over the course of that time I’ve learned a lot about comics and the medium in general, but more importantly how to write about them. I’m in no way an expert, but I do have pretty strong opinions on what makes a good review and how we can better talk about and analyze comics as an artistic medium and an entertainment medium. Below are five tips to improve your comic reviews. Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips to add. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes – Blogging with Anxiety

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Writing is always hard for so many reasons. We even have a word for when you have trouble putting pen to paper: writer’s block. So what happens when you add in mental illness? Things just become infinitely harder. I’ve always been an advocate of pushing through writer’s block, with the notion that sometimes you just have to force yourself to get things done or they never will get done. But with an illness like anxiety, your brain sees this as a form of stress and creates a stress response. Most of the time this comes in the form or avoidance: procrastination, letting yourself get repeatedly distracted by little things, or just doing nothing at all. The stress and pressure to create piles up as the sense of satisfaction from creating decreases and then this leads to a spiral of depression, which leads to more avoidance, which leads to more depression. It becomes a whole cycle. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/15 – 7/21)

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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. Admittedly, a lot has happened this week in the anime and comics news realm. With San Diego Comic-Con taking over this weekend and Kyoto Animation being the target of an arson attack, there’s definitely a lot of news to go around and I’ve tried to capture the main points below. The anime and manga news section now contains a list of coverage for the Kyoto Animation fire so you all can get updated on everything. I’ve also included a list of SDCC announcements in the Comics section. In terms of highlights for this week: one of Kyoto Animation’s buildings was hit by an arson attack killing 34 people; Alan Moore has finally retired from writing comics; and the 2019 Eisner Award winners were announced over the weekend. Be sure to check out the videos and articles below as well, and as always, enjoy the rest of your Sunday! To all those with heat wave advisories like me, stay cool! Continue reading

Fruits Basket Manga Read-Through: Collector’s Edition Volume Twelve [Final]

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“Love isn’t just about loving what’s in front of you. The past, the future, maybe it’s about holding all of them close to your heart.” I think this quote by Kyo in this volume is really emblematic of the kind of ending we see for the series. Fruits Basket has been a series about hardship, emotional and physical abuse, parental abandonment, and family secrets. But most of all its been about growth. Growth in character, relationships, and maturity. Facing the hardships and difficult emotions that come with them are a key aspect of the series and almost all the characters learn some way to grow and move past them. Volume twelve is the final look at how our characters we’ve grown so attached to over the series have matured and faced the issues of their pasts. We see this most clearly with Kyo, Akito, and Rin as they all struggle to find a new place for themselves after the curse is broken, dealing with the memories and fall-out of Akito’s past actions.

Volume twelve brings us back to the Sohma household where all the members of the zodiac have been called in to meet with Akito. It’s here that she reveals the fact that she has been a woman the entire time and attempts to apologize for her actions.  We also get to see the final wrap-up of each character’s stories as they finish off high school and move on to bigger and better things. Kyo and Tohru head off to places far away as Kyo studies to take over Sensei’s doujo. Uo still plans on joining Kureno wherever he is after graduation. Then there’s Yuki and Machi who are planning a slightly long-distance relationship as Yuki heads off to college. Shigure quits being a writer and moves back to the main house to be with Akito, and lives move on and grow from there. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/8 – 7/14)

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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! Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/1 – 7/7)

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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 being fairly non-existent these last couple days. I needed a break after some work stress, getting evacuated from my apartment for a day, and then the July 4th holiday craziness. Suffice it to say it’s been a long week. I’m hoping to get more posts up next week, finish up Fruits Basket, and start talking about the crap-ton of manga sitting on my selves. But anywho…this week has been pretty busy in terms of anime announcements too with Anime Expo bringing us so much to talk about. Highlights for this week: Sandman is getting a TV series with Netflix; Crunchyroll is partnering with Viz media; and MAD Magazine is shutting down after 67 years of publication. Be sure to check out the articles and videos down below, and, as always, have a great rest of your Sunday! Continue reading

That Blue Sky Feeling Manga Volume One Review

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What does it mean to like someone? How does someone know when a person becomes special to them? What does it mean to be in a relationship? These are all questions fundamental to the romance genre no matter the age, though usually found in those stories centering around a younger age group. How a person understands and interacts with the people closest to them is an important part of growing up and maturing as a human being. High school romance stories often focus on this key period of development as the main characters come to understand and discover both themselves and their relationships with those around them. That Blue Sky Feeling combines the self-discovery of youth with the queer story-lines of realizing and coming to terms with being gay. Volume one of this three-volume series is not only a great introduction into these concepts but also can act as a great first step into the boys love genre for anyone interested.

That Blue Sky Feeling focuses on the life of transfer student Noshiro Dai who meets the loner Sanada after coming to his new school. He doesn’t seem to have friends or really want any. And then there’s the rumor permeating the school that Sanada is gay that makes the other boys keep their distance from him. But that doesn’t seem to deter Noshiro who decides to embark on a campaign to win Sanada over and become his friend. The manga was adapted from an original webcomic by Okura with artist Coma Hashii collaborating for the adaptation. It’s currently licensed for English release by Viz Media. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (6/17 – 6/23)

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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 hope you all didn’t miss me last Sunday, but I’m back now and hoping to get more posts up this week to finish off Pride Month and our read-through of Fruits Basket. As for highlights from last week: the internet was abuzz with talk of Evangelion this week after Netflix released its new dub last week, particularly translations and the absence of the iconic ending; Avengers: Endgame is coming back to theaters with new after-the-credits scenes; and DC Comics is doing away with imprints entirely and moving towards an age labeling system for its comics. As always check below for some good articles and videos and have a great rest of your Sunday! Continue reading