Well, here’s something I didn’t expect to wake up and type about today. Cartoonist Bill Watterson, creator of one of the world’s greatest comic strips (Calvin and Hobbes, 1985-1995), is finally poking his head out of his groundhog hole to do something else in public.
You know Hex Studios as the makers and distributors of low-budget indie horror, but they’ve expanded recently into publishing with a new division of their company called Hex Arcana. The publisher marked its first release last year with “The Book of Beastly Creatures,” a short story anthology. But they’d like to expand.
Kodansha has published its list of manga that are getting English translations next month. All of the books listed are digital-only.
We know summer has just kicked into gear, but Viz Media has plenty in store for the back end. Their August lineup, revealed today, has plenty of returning favorites, a new Star Wars adventure with your favorites from Rogue One, two volumes about Pokemon and one set in the world of Assassin’s Creed. There’s also a manga version of the Cruella movie — remember, folks. it’s okay to murder puppies and wear their fur as long as your mother was killed by puppies and it’s a vengeance thing. I fully understand her now.
Movie adaptations of books make some necessary or unnecessary changes. It is because 9 minutes to 2 hours is not enough to compress all those content for a runtime. . Some changes made it for the better while others are controversial. This article will be filled with spoilers. So if you never watched these movies or read their books. Read this article at your own risk.
It will be a merry May full of manga, as Kodansha blankets the digital universe with new releases. May’s English translations include themes of sports, romance and amnesia, with a bit of creepy harem stuff on the side. In particular, they’re spotlighting these four releases…Medalist, Back When You Called Us Devils, The Springtime Of My Life Began With You, and With The Sheikh in His Harem. Look for them later this spring on participating digital vendors including Bookwalker, comiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo.
From the day the Nintendo Entertainment System launched in 1985, Howard Phillips was there. He was the smiling, bowtie-wearing face of Nintendo through much of its early years, appearing in the Fun Club and the first two dozen issues of Nintendo Power. His position at the company was high enough that he could affect what games came out and when…it was Howard who said the Japanese Super Mario 2 was too difficult and suggested a Doki Doki Panic reskin instead.
The mainstream heyday of video game magazines is long past, but independent projects have risen to fill the gap. You may have heard of publications like Nintendo Force, produced by fans of game magazines that want to keep the spirit alive. From Gamers, now crowdfunding funds for its first two issues, is a bit different. Its content will ALSO be crowdsourced.
Raheem Jarbo, AKA Mega Ran, is famous in multiple circles as a rap artist, a video game enthusiast, and even a teacher. He even holds the Guinness World Record for “most video game-related songs by a single person.” But his life has taken some crazy twists on the path to fame. Now you can read all about his fascinating life story in Dream Master, the new memoir out this week from Scarlet Moon.
Ordinarily the books we discuss here tend to be graphic novels, but the product we’re about to talk about is actually a regular novel, with just text. However, it happens to be a buddy comedy novel about a washed-up actor and a super-intelligent chimpanzee taking down the Mob, so why miss this opportunity? This is One Tough Bastard.
You may recall that last year, Free League Publishing put out an illustrated hardcover edition of HP Lovecraft’s iconic classic, The Call Of Cthulhu. Now they’re following it up with another book in the same fashion: an illustrated edition of Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness.