Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (10/22 -10/28)

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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. I’m almost to the end of this year’s first October Mythology Special, with only two or three posts left. Be sure to check out my older posts and let me know what you think of them because I’m on the fence on whether to do it again next year. Anyways, for top news stories this week: My Hero Academia will be getting a live-action film adaptation; Misaaki Yuasa has unveiled his new anime film in the making; and NASA has announced some new pop culture themed constellations. There are a bunch of interviews and videos this week, so be sure to check those out. As always, have a great Sunday!

Anime and Manga News

  • Makoto Kubota has announced plans to continue his Tentai Senshi Sunred manga and will be publishing it independently.
  • Crunchyroll has surpassed 2 million subscribers.
  • Nodame Cantabile manga creator’s other manga Nanatsuya goes on hiatus due to the author’s health.
  • Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine anime adaptation of the smartphone game has revealed its 2019 debut.
  • Eight anime films have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature Oscar including Mirai and Maquia.
  • Legendary Entertainment will produce a live-action adaptation of the My Hero Academia manga.
  • Wondering Son’s Shimura will be ending their Koiji or Love Appetite manga on November 24th.
  • Monthly Action magazine has revealed that the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid manga is nearing its final climax.
  • The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has announced it will be awarding a Career Advancement Award to Hayao Miayazaki.
  • Say I Love You mangaka Kanae Hazuki is preparing a new serialized manga but it is still in its early storyboarding stages.
  • Misaaki Yuasa has unveiled a new anime film titled Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara about a surfer and a firefighter.

Comic News

  • Nova Scotia has a new comic publisher, Grandway Comics, that will be focusing on old-school superhero comics for kids and adults.
  • Dark Horse Comics has announced a partnership with Chinese firm, Vangaurd Visionary Associates, to produce film and TV products and sell their comics to an international audience.
  • Image Comics has revealed 13 variant covers it will be releasing in an effort to support the Hero Initiative, a non-profit created to support comic book creators.
  • Warner Brothers has picked up Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor for the big screen and will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
  • NASA has named some new constellations after comic book characters and pop culture icons including the Hulk and Godzilla.
  • IDW will be releasing a new Dungeons and Dragons comic book series come 2019.
  • The new Wonder Woman 84 movie will be coming out on June 5, 2020, 7 months after the original release date.
  • Reasons for why Netflix decided to cancel Luke Cage point to disagreements on the direction of the show and a call to change writers from Netflix.

Featured Article

  • The Sakuga Blog breaks down all the sub-studios in Studio Bones and looks at what we can expect from this studio in the future.

Featured Interviews

  • Anime News Network talks with Megalobox producer Minako Fujiyoshi on what it was like developing the story for this anime and working on the production.
  • The Comics Beat talks with letterers on what their job entails and the kinds of misconceptions they get from people outside the industry.
  • Multiversity Comics sits down with webcomic veteran and creator of Girls with Slingshots, Danielle Corsetto, about her experience in the medium and how she’s seen it changing over time.
  • Vulture interviews Fiona Staples on her work on the comic series Saga and how she translated Brian K Vaughan’s concept onto the page.
  • The Comics Beat interviews Isola co-creator Karl Kerschi on the process of developing his comic and the kinds of influences he had along the way.

Featured Videos

  • The Pedantic Romantic discusses why she thinks anime has a sexual harassment problem, specifically in relation to the anime Dragon Pilot.
  • Mother’s Basement looks at how One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100 go beyond the superhero narrative to discuss matters of human nature.
  • Kamimashita makes some good points in his defense of UzaMaid and why it might not be as problematic as people seem to think.
  • So It Goes talks about young superheroes in his video this week, looking at why they’re needed and the kinds of negative receptions they’ve received in the past.

Featured WordPress Posts

  • The Afictionado discusses the link between Dragon Pilot and ancient mythology through their depiction of warrior women.
  • Rai’s Anime Blog digs into why weight and dieting is such a prominent issue in anime and manga and how that reflects the current opinions of society in Japan.

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