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Awards | Ta-Nehisi Coates, the writer of Marvel’s Black Panther, has won a 2016 PEN Literary Award recognizing the art of the essay for his acclaimed memoir Between the World and Me. The author and journalist has already received a National Book Award and a MacArthur “genius grant,” as well as a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. The PEN award comes with a $10,000 prize. [PEN]
Koei Tecmo has debuted a trailer announcing the Attack on Titan video game will arrive Aug. 30 in North America on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PS Vita and Steam.
The game will drop four days earlier across Europe, where it’s called A.O.T.: Wings of Freedom. Developed by Omega Force, the studio behind the Dynasty Wars series, the game launched in February in Japan.
Fandom | Al Sanders started collecting comics when he was in grade school, at one point selling plasma to support his hobby. . Over the years he amassed a collection of 5,000 comics, all from 1990 or earlier, including such popular titles as Batman and X-Men. But all good things must come to an end, and with his daughter Rose heading to college next year, Sanders has decided it’s time to sell his collection. He’s heading this weekend to Emerald City Comicon, where he hopes to turn the comics into cold cash. He’s not being totally mercenary about this, however: “I just hope someone can enjoy them, as much as me.” The report indicates Sanders believes his collection is in mint condition; he may discover otherwise once he talks to dealers at the convention. [12 News]
Manga | Kodansha Comics has announced seven new titles for fall, including Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, a manga adaptation of the Attack on Titan spinoff novel that gives the backstory of the characters Annie Leonhart and Mikasa Ackerman; Cells at Work, a shonen manga in which the white blood cells and neurons battle disease; and The Prince in His Dark Days, a gender-switching version of The Prince and the Pauper in which a poor girl takes the place of a rich boy. [Kodansha Comics]
A new Attack on Titan mobile game is in development from GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited and Funimation Entertainment. It’s targeted for release in all major English markets by the end of the year iOS and Android devices.
Few details have been revealed, but it’s described as an “action-driven title” that merges elements of runner and action games in an effort to replicate the feeling of titan battles from the blockbuster anime series.
The only thing more frightening than the 46-foot Female Titan from Attack on Titan is, well, the 200-foot Colossal Titan. But beyond that? It’s undoubtedly tiny twin Female Titans, because they’ll disarm you with their cuteness and then, in all likelihood, devour you.
Twin sisters Chihiro and Chieko are little cosplay powerhouses who dressed as Female Titans on Saturday at Long Beach Comic Expo, where they posed for plenty of photos and even (adorably) battled members of the Survey Corps. They followed that Sunday by dressing as Sisters of Plenitude from Doctor Who.
Showcasing its recently announced Attack on Titan arcade game at the Japan Amusement Expo, Capcom revealed that Team Battle will use twin controllers based on the Three-Dimensional Maneuver Gear from the hit manga and anime.
Presumably the Survey Corps.-style cloak seen in the above photo isn’t required for gameplay (however, it’s undoubtedly encouraged). Siliconera has a breakdown of how the controls are used.
With the release today of Koei Tecmo’s Attack on Titan in Japan, the video game’s intro sequence has found its way online, revealing plenty of high-flying action and Titan-killing.
Developed by Omega Force, the studio behind the Dynasty Wars series, the PlayStation game draws from the first season of the hit anime, as players control characters ranging from Eren and Mikasa to Levi and Annie in brutal fights against the giants.
Capcom has announced it will showcase its new Attack on Titan arcade game next month at Japan Amusement Expo, ahead of a winter 2016 launch.
Called Attack on Titan: Team Battle, the four-player co-op allows gamers to use the 3D Maneuver Gear from Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and the subsequent anime to kill the ravenous giants. According to Gematsu, there’s also a single-player mode, although it’s probably not nearly as fun.
Manga | Kodansha Comics will bundle DVDs of the first and second episodes of the anime Attack on Titan: No Regrets with the U.S. release of special editions of the 18th and 19th volumes of the Attack on Titan manga, respectively. The company also revealed a variant cover for the special edition of Vol. 18 drawn by Cameron Stewart (Batgirl, Catwoman). Attack on Titan: No Regrets is adapted from the spinoff manga of the same name, a prequel to the main series that tells the story of Captain Levi and Commander Erwin. In Japan, the two DVDs were bundled with volumes 15 and 16 of Attack on Titan. [Anime News Network]
A costume designer and cosplayer, Kay Pike is certainly no stranger to other people’s brushes. However, she recently took up body painting herself, with truly impressive results.
On her Instagram page, she’s shared video and photos of her first efforts, beginning with the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan (a “Colossal effort,” Pike says), and then moving on to Thanos, Captain Marvel, Cheetara from ThunderCats and even Frieza from Dragon Ball Z.
Surprising virtually no one, Attack on Titan emerged as the top media property this year in Japan, selling about $60.5 million in manga, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, CDs and novels.
Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, a perennial favorite, followed closely without about $59.6 million.
Publishing | The 18th volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan sold 969,743 copies in its first week of release in Japan, claiming the top spot on the weekly manga sales chart. According to market research firm Oricon, thats an increase of nearly 200,000 copies from the debut of Vol. 17 in August. Attack on Titan has sold about 8.8 million copies this year, a drop of almost 50 percent from 2013. [Crunchyroll]
Passings | Cartoonist and editor Jacques Hurtubise, who went by the pen name Zyx, has died at age 65. Hurtubise attended college in Montreal during a time of separatist turmoil, and in 1971 recceived a government grant to publish L’Hydrocéphale illustré, an anthology of work by emerging Quebecois cartoonists. The magazine folded a year later, but Hurtubise continued to be an active promoter of local comics in various forms, and in 1979, he teamed up with two other editors to start the children’s humor magazine Croc, which carried a large selection of comics. The magazine, which ran until 1995, provided paying work to many eminent Canadian cartoonists in their early years. After Croc folded, Hurtubise left the comics industry for a career in technology, but he was inducted in 2007 into the Shuster Awards Hall of Fame. [Sequential]
Universal Studios Japan has debuted a pair of teasers for new attractions based on Attack on Titan and Evangelion, part of its returning “Cool Japan” event.
Last year’s inaugural event, which also showcased Monster Hunter and Resident Evil, helped Osaka theme park boost attendance by about 200,000 people a month. Originally scheduled to run from Jan. 23 to May 10, the event proved so popular that it was extended through June 28.
Manga | Continuing its seven-year streak, Eiichiro Oda’s pirate adventure One Piece was the bestselling manga in Japan in 2015, according to the market research firm Oricon. The series sold 14.1 million copies between Dec. 1, 2014, and Nov. 30, 2015, an increase of 18 percent from the previous year. It’s followed by The Seven Deadly Sins with 10.3 million, Attack on Titan with 8.8 million, Assassination Classroom with 8.6 million and Kingdom with 8.5 million. You can see the full Top 10, as well as breakdowns by volume, at Crunchyroll. [Crunchyroll]