Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (7/23 – 7/29)

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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. It’s admittedly been a weird couple weeks for this blog. My full time job is in its busy season right now as well as dealing with some motivational blocks. I’m going to try and get some more reviews and write-ups out this coming week including one on the movie Maquia that I got a chance to see last week. But in terms of news for this week, here are some of the important highlights from down below: Crunchyroll has added a ton of new titles to its catalogs including 90’s and 2000’s classics like Outlaw Star and Trigun; Image’s series Saga will be going on indefinite hiatus to let the creators recharge; and Bongo Comics, Matt Groening’s publisher, will be shutting down permanently in October. I encourage you all to check out the articles and videos I have featured down below as well, and as always, have a happy Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • Kyoto Animation has announced it will be producing an adaptation of Hiro Yuki’s 20th Century Electricity Catalog novel.
  • Sentai Filmworks has launched a new children’s label, leading off with Sanrio’s Hello Kitty series.
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel author Yoru Sumino shares some mixed feelings on the film adaptation on twitter.
  • GKIDS will be screening Studio 4°C’s animated film Mutafukaz (aka MFKZ) in North America beginning October 11th.
  • Penguin Highway film wins the Satoshi Kon Award at Fantasia International Film Festival.
  • Crunchyroll has added a ton of new titles to their catalog, including: Outlaw Star, Trigun, My-HiME, and Nichijou.
  • Anime film In This Corner of the World gets an extended version with new title and 30 minutes of additional footage.
  • Production I.G. has begun accepting submissions for its first ever Anime Indies Award that is focused on uncovering new voices in the animation industry.
  • Manga about character who starts flame wars online, Today I Went Up in Flames, cancelled after fans discover author’s racist and controversial Tweets.
  • The original producers and designers for Digimon have teased a new film that will feature aged-up characters including Tai and Matt.

Comic News

  • Teen Titans voice actor Tara Strong has claimed that the series may be revived for a season 6 if the new Teen Titans Go! movie does well at the theaters.
  • Rick Remender’s comic The Last Days of American Crime has been optioned into a film adaptation for Netflix.
  • Ted Adams, co-founder and CEO of IDW Publishing has stepped down in order to take a more creative role in the company.
  • Locke & Key has officially been picked up by Netflix for a 10-episode, hour-long television series.
  • Snapchat and DC Entertainment are teaming up to bring MAD Magazine content to Snapchat starting September 1st.
  • Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina has become the first ever graphic novel nominated for Man Booker Prize.
  • Saga authors Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples have announced an indefinite hiatus for the comic that could last a year or more.
  • Bongo Comics, founded by Matt Groening and publisher of the Simpsons comics, has announced it will be closing for good in October after 25 years on publishing.

Featured Articles

  • Gail Simone reflects on the closing of Bongo Comics, publisher of the Simpsons, and former employer.
  • BookRiot sits down with the editors and creators of the new DC Vertigo line of comics, discussing their stories and what they want to accomplish by bringing back this imprint.
  • Jennifer Sherman on Anime News Network discusses why Mirai of the Future failed to make a huge impact at the Japanese box office this year.
  • Japan Expo gathered together the staff and creators of Cowboy Bebop for its 20th anniversary in a round-table discussion of the show’s origins and production troubles.

Featured Videos

  • Zeria discusses the kinds of conspiracy theories that have circulated around the anime fandom, specifically about the production of Flip Flappers, Kare Kano, and Darling in the FranXX.
  • The Canipa Effect takes a look at the animation of My Hero Academia including how the specific staff brought in for the production added their own spin on the art.
  • The Pedantic Romantic considers the purpose of Trigger’s Patreon and how it might not actually be as helpful to the industry as the company lets on.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Welcome to the Hell Zone discusses some great school girl comedies and how they seem to get it right in terms of story, characters, and comedy.

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