Lookouts

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Lookouts, which had its origins in Penny Arcade itself. In the news, we hit up the MoCCA Arts Festival 2017, the Ghost in the Shell live action movie was the failure we all expected, and Freeform has ordered a new show that may involve Squirrel Girl.

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Plutona

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Plutona, a short comic about superheros and reminscient of Stand By Me from Jeff Lemire (story) and Emi Lenox (art). We save spoilers until the end of the show. In the news, Scott saw Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Cartoon Saloon is likely to continue to bat 1000 with Wolfwalkers, and Free is getting compilation movies.

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. It's pretty great, despite the horror of its origin. In the news, the live action Ghost in the Shell and Your Name trailers are out! We had a great time at GaymerX East, and we'll see you at MAGFest and PAX South! Stay strong.

Inuyashiki

Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki is described as a "slice of life suspense science fiction seinen manga series" on Wikipedia. It is fantastic, and you'll understand it's full power within 30 pages give or take. In the news, the great Shigeru Mizuki, known primarily in the US for Kitaro, has passed away at 93. The Anime News Network 2015 Megapoll is underway (I suggest you vote for Yurikuma and One Punch Man). Build-a-bear moves into Pikachu territory.

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Descender

Descender (Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen) is a comic that you should all read, and is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Part Alien, part Astroboy, part Aliens, part Ghost in the Shell, part Prometheus, part Independence Day, this beautiful fast-paced action sci fi comic is some A+ sequential art so far. Lemire has a golden touch, as we've been a fan since Essex County back in 2007. Sony already optioned the movie rights.

In other news, PAX East badges/hotels went live and sold out today (but you can still go to PAX South), all the collected works of Miyazaki are available on boo ray, and Adventure Time continues to be excellent with The Stakes.

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Anime is just Animation

Tonight on GeekNights, we probably anger a lot of people talking about how anime-specific fandom is no longer usefully distinguished from general animation fandom and it's really only Americans who flip out so much about it. This is in light of anime just being available on Hulu now, Netflix making its own anime, and AkibaExpo being a disaster that fell apart before our very eyes.

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Vampire Hunter D and Gundam The Origin

Vampire Hunter D (1985), the OAV that was Rym's first anime, and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, the fantastic manga, are the topics of tonight's GeekNights. Otakon 2015's attendance dropped substantially, and we speculate on what this means in light of near across-the-board drops for many other anime/fan conventions, nonetheless contrasted by growth in other cons like Anime Boston 2015.

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