Fandom Report: Animal Crossing update, superhero short film “Sidekicks,” and the dangers of rom-coms


Barack and Michelle Obama dance to “Thriller.”

Halloween outfits this year included a three-year-old dressed as No-Face from Spirited Away.

Den of Geek recommended these Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes for Halloween.


The New York City Thanksgiving parade will begin with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, and end with the Muppets of Sesame Street.

Literature and Identity

Haruki Murakami accepted the Hans Christian Andersen literature award with a warning about “we damag[e] and hurt[] ourselves” by othering and excluding fellow human beings.

Megan Garber at The Atlantic identifies problems with romantic comedies as related to persistent violence towards women.

DC Comics

I reviewed new episodes of Legends of Tomorrow (“White savior!”) and The Flash (an actually decent episode about Julian and Barry).

The new Justice League in the comics will feature Lobo–because eventually every character in the known universe will have been a member of the Justice League, the Avengers, or both.

New interviews have been released with Robin and Catwoman themselves, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, about Batman 66: Return of the Caped Crusaders, which was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Marvel Comics

Goosebumps author R. L. Stine will be writing for Marvel, his first time publishing comics.

Marvel Studios discusses increased representation of women on film.

Marvel also has released new information about the cast for Netflix’s The Punisher.


A Kickstarter has begun for a documentary on Mike Diana, tried and convicted of obscenity for his comics.

The Guardian has published its obituary for Steve Dillon, co-creator of Preacher and artist behind Judge Dredd and The Punisher.

Stars from The Flash and Arrow star in a short film Sidekick, about a dying father connecting to his son through superheroes.


One Piece goes kabuki!

Gintama will be adapted as a live-action film.

Another teaser for the Assassination Classroom compilation film was released.

Amazon will begin streaming the anime series The Great Passage, ViVid Strike! and Chi’s Sweet Adventure in the United States.

The Geneon English dub cast of Lupin III, including Tony Oliver, Michelle Ruff, Richard Epcar, Lex Lang, are back for a new series.

Funimation continues to announce the English cast to forthcoming English dubs of Japanese animated productions, now with the Ghost in the Shell VR exhibit and Funimation/CrunchyRoll’s simulcast dub of Monster Hunter.


Disney continues to make live-action adaptations of their classic animated films, now with Snow White–because, as I said before, Heaven forbid animation get to stand on its own without being supplanted by subpar live-action nonsense just to fit in more CGI animation.

Kees van Dijkhuzien Jr. has edited a video of Brad Bird explaining his animation and other filmmaking techniques.


Architect Hajime Narukawa has created a printable, more accurate map of the Earth that has won Japan’s Good Design Award.

Video Games

Video game character Klonoa gets an anime adaptation.

Deadpool director (and animator) Tim Miller has left the sequel and will produce a Sonic the Hedgehog film.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets a major update featuring Zelda and Splatoon.

RIP Don Marshall

The actor, known for Land of the Giants, has passed away at 80 years old.


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