by Noelle Micarelli | 10:13 am, November 26th, 2013
It’s October 28th already, and you don’t have a Halloween costume. But worry not, because we’ve got your back.
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by Noelle Micarelli | 10:13 am, November 26th, 2013
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:00 am, April 25th, 2013
I can’t even joke about Guillermo del Toro picking up tons of projects anymore. It’s too easy. The new addition to his slate is the manga Monster, which del Toro is TV show-ifying for HBO.
(Game of Thrones. A Guillermo del Toro-helmed manga adaptation. Dang, HBO. So geeky. Keep it up.)READ MORE
by Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez | 12:30 pm, August 15th, 2012
Are you interested in reading manga, but don’t know where to start? Are you an avid comics fan looking to bulk up you feminist-friendly reading list? Much like anime, good, feminist manga is often difficult to find, especially when you’re relying on reading titles that are legally licensed in the United States. It’s often a very thin line that separates manga that pokes fun at sexist tropes, and manga that regularly utilizes sexism to advance its plot, and even if you can find that rare-as-a-unicorn story, there’s no guarantee the story will be compelling and worth $10 a pop. But don’t worry: we’re here to help. Hit the jump for 10 manga series you should totally throw your money at!READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 2:42 pm, May 21st, 2012
Okay, so when we say “Japanese chess,” we mean shogi, but “Japanese chess” is the most succinct way to explain the two thousand year old strategy game based on a gridded board filled with pieces representing kings, generals, chariots, and soldiers. Naruto, the series of manga, anime, and movies, features characters playing shogi not-infrequently, being set in a fantasy version of Japan. It’s no wonder that someone might become interested in the game after watching the series. After all, it’s a real game with real rules, not like some we could name.
In fact, 20-year-old Karolina Styczynska‘s road to shogi championship began with Naruto, and this weekend she achieved something of a global milestone.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 11:12 am, May 10th, 2012
A few days ago James Cameron told the New York Times that he was, for the foreseeable future, going to be doing two things: making documentaries about the deep ocean, and making Avatar movies. He says he shut down the development arm of his production company and is no longer accepting scripts to produce. He’ll make two to three more Avatar movies, and then he’s out of the fiction film business for good.
Among those who follow Cameron’s work, however, this left one question: What about Battle Angel Alita, the manga and feature animated film adaptation thereof, that Cameron has been working on for several years and owns the American license to? According to Ain’t It Cool News, Alita may still be on the table.READ MORE
by Aja Romano | 12:30 pm, March 26th, 2012
Things aren’t going so well for graphic novel and manga publishing. In March of 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund issued an advisory about transporting comics and graphic novels across international borders. Two months later a comics fan named Tom Neeley was detained at the Canadian border, and his copy of the comic anthology Black Eye confiscated by customs. CBR reported then that Canadian censorship seemed particularly aimed at Japanese comics and gay-themed material.
Last week Comics Alliance reported that criminal charges of child pornography possession had been dropped against U.S. citizen Ryan Matheson, who, in 2010, “entered Ottawa on vacation with a laptop that contained comics images that Matheson described as ‘anime illustrations from art books’ and ‘drawings of fictional anime and manga characters.’”READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 10:52 am, October 20th, 2011
According to Variety, the long suffering and controversial-before-even-finishing-the-casting-process remake of Katsuhiro Otomo‘s animated adaptation of his epic manga Akira, is back on track at Warner Bros. On the one hand, Otomo himself is one of the movie’s executive producers. On the other, Variety says that Garrett Hedlund, of Tron and Troy fame, is a front runner for either Tetsuo or Kaneda.
Many fans were incensed last time around at Warner Bros. apparent willingness to ignore Akira‘s origin as a distinctly Japanese work of art with a distinctly Japanese setting, an excellent opportunity to bring some diversity to American cinema by casting Japanese, or at the very least Asian actors in the movie’s lead roles.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 3:59 pm, August 6th, 2011
Robert Ben Garant, who wrote and starred in Comedy Central‘s Reno 911! and penned the script for both Night At the Museum movies with fellow Reno star Thomas Lennon, has signed on to adapt the manga Tuxedo Gin for the big screen. Weirdly enough, it delves into slightly familiar territory, as far as non-human things taking on the personalities — or in this case, souls — of humans. The movie will be a Disney release with the title Tux, and will hopefully fare better than The Zookeeper aka Night At the Zoo (especially if it’s being written by Garant, who I may or may not trust with my life when it comes to comedy).READ MORE
by Alanna Bennett | 10:53 am, June 27th, 2011
Let’s tell the story of a young man, an American computer programmer with an enthusiasm for comic books, who decides to take a trip to Canada. Upon encountering Canadian Customs, an officer conducted a search of his belongings and discovered manga on his laptop. Believing it to be child pornography, the officer obtained a warrant for the seizure of the laptop, and the young man in question is now facing charges of possession of child pornography and its importation into Canada. He could face a minimum of one year in prison.
The Comic Book League Defence Fund–described on its website as a “nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community”– is taking on the case, forming a coalition to support the legal defense of the young man and the larger issues that have sprung up around the case.READ MORE
by Alanna Bennett | 11:03 am, June 8th, 2011
Rejoice, manga fans! Japan’s Kyoto Seika University has announced the first ever doctoral program for Manga Studies. Yeah, you read that right. You can get your PhD in manga.READ MORE