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!

Top Anime and Manga News

Kyoto Animation fire updates:

  • Free treatment is being offered by the leading cosmetic surgeon in Japan
  • Studio One survivors return to work after the fire
  • Kyoto Animation’s lawyer has confirmed they are working on transferring the international donation money to the company.
  • Kyoto Animation’s CEO Hideaki Hatta has released an official statement thanking international fans for their support
  • Death toll rises to 35 after a victim passes away at the hospital
  • Company’s main server found to be outwardly unscathed after the fire

Flying Witch mangaka has announced that she will donate a portion of sales from the series upcoming 8th volume to Kyoto Animation. Donations will be taken from both the digital and physical sales of the manga.

Politician Taro Yamada recently won a seat on the Japanese House of Councillors. Yamada is known for his “pro-otaku” policies such as: freedom of speech, internet privacy, opposition to piracy sites, and the legalization of fan derivative works.

Anime Announcements:

Manga Announcements

Top Comic News

Image Comic’s title East of West has been dropped from development for a TV series at Amazon Prime. Johnathan Hickman revealed the news at San Diego Comic Con saying that after five drafts of the script it wound up just not working out.

George Takei’s graphic novel They Called Us the Enemy has become a New York Times Bestseller after just one week. The novel stands at number two on the list for paperback nonfiction.

The city council of New York has voted to name a street after Stan Lee in the Bronx. The plan is to co-name University Avenue “Stan Lee Way.” The proposal however, still needs to be approved by the mayor.

Featured Articles and Interviews

  • CBR interviews Jason Aaron and Al Ewing about the future of Jane Foster as Thor in the comic universe and where her character is going in the upcoming comics.
  • In light of Alan Moore’s retirement, LiveMint explores some of his most iconic comics including V for Vendetta, From Hell, and Miracleman.
  • The Anime Feminist takes a look at Violet Evergarden and how it can be seen as an allegory to World War I and soldier’s experiences during that time.

Featured Videos

  • Brian Michael Bendis appeared on the Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and taking over writing for Superman.
  • The NHK has done a close-up of Kyoto Animation following the fire, examining how the studio has touched so many people through its work.
  • ComicTropes goes back in history to look at the origins of cosplay and how the practice grew within fan communities over the decades.
  • Wisecrack examines how anime shows like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan hearken back to militaristic ideals of Imperial Japan.

Featured WordPress Post

  • Amanda Actually looks at Sarazanmai and what the series did well and what it got wrong looking at the plot, characters, and voice acting.

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