With a style all his own hearkening back to a time of old, Darwyn Cooke was and is widely regarded as one of the most unique and standout artists in all of comic creation. Cooke, sadly, succumbed to a short and aggressive bout with cancer at the age of 53 last week; remembered by many who came into contact with him, even in short con appearances and otherwise, as incredibly kind as he was creative, Cooke’s signature style and warm personality will be sorely missed by fans, friends, and family.
- Yuko Mizutani, the voice of Ikuko Tsukino in Sailor Moon Crystal, dies at age 51 | Sailor Moon News (Sailor Moon News)
Known for roles in popular anime such as Tekkaman Blade, Martian Successor Nadesico, Saber Marionette J and Digimon, veteran voice actress Yuko Mizutani was known most recently for the role of Tsukino Ikuko, mother of lead character Usagi on Sailor Moon Crystal. Sadly, Mizutani passed last week due to breast cancer at the age of 51; she will be missed quite dearly for the many fans whom her voice carried into anime.
Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Pinsker, Alyssa Wong – all winners of the 2015 Nebula Awards, and all female authors, in a sweep of the ceremony. After the drama of the Hugo Awards earlier in the year, with a reactionary group of slates trying to push back against a growing (and deserving) diversity in science fiction writing, the Nebula Awards have served to remind us that inclusion and science fiction continue to grow hand-in-hand.
- Voltron Legendary Defender trailer: Netflix reboots classic ‘80s toon (Entertainment Weekly)
We’ve mentioned it in a previous article, but the release approaches for the reboot of Voltron, produced by Netflix and led by alumni of The Legend of Korra. The trailer grants us a better view into the characters involved, and features voice acting from well-known actors Josh Keaton, Tyler Labine, Jeremy Shada, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Steven Yeun, Kimberly Brooks, and Rhys Darby, among others. The team takes some pride in rolling with their outlandish anime-inspired elements, rather than trying to source technobabble or alter them entirely, and the show aims to forgo the original show’s elements – which, admittedly, have aged poorly – and instead capture the nostalgia with which Voltron’s fans remember the show. Voltron: Legendary Defender releases in full on June 10.
- The Flash’s Berlanti Confirms Involvement in Booster Gold Movie (Comicbook.com)
Greg Berlanti, executive producer of The Flash and Supergirl, has confirmed rumors of a Booster Gold feature – and his own involvement in it. Berlanti also confirmed Zack Stentz will be writing, coming off of X-Men: First Class, Thor, and the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.
In the first of a monthly video series, Marvel is hyping their monthly Black Panther ongoing – riding the wave of the character’s positive reception in Captain America: Civil War. For the videos, current writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses the current state of the character, with a soundtrack provided by hip-hop legends Run the Jewels. It’s a great way to get into the latest era of Black Panther even if you’re not as familiar with the character’s past, or his comic book incarnation, before things start changing – and, in Wakanda, things are about to change rapidly.
Elsewhere on the Internet:
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- Robin of Sherwood cult ITV series returns as audio drama – listen to exclusive first trailer here (RadioTimes)
- Axanar Productions’ Motion to Dismiss Denied (Axanar Productions)
- Bryan Cranston to appear in Philip K Dick TV series | ShortList Magazine (ShortList)
- Jessica Jones Season 2: Supporting characters get bigger roles (Netflix Life)
- NBC is Jumping Into the Past With Time Travel Drama Timeless
- ‘Suicide Squad’s’ Joel Kinnaman to Star in Netflix Sci-Fi Drama ‘Altered Carbon’
- Kevin Smith Is Making an Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai TV Show (io9)
- SON OF ZORN | Official Trailer (Son of Zorn/YouTube)
- The Next X-MEN Film Will Take Place in the ’90s (The Nerdist)
- Captain America is Owed a Lot of Back Pay, and the Army Responded (The Nerdist)
- Emma Thompson Slams Young Social-Media Savvy Actors Who ‘Can’t Act’ (Indiewire)
- Star Wars Has Its Own Official Show on YouTube, and It’s Surprisingly Fun (io9)
- 10 years old today: They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard! (Reddit r/videos)
- ‘Black Panther’: Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star (Hollywood Reporter)
- ‘Goosebumps’ Director Rob Letterman Signs on to ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ (Spinoff Online)
- Spielberg’s THE BFG Gets a Big Freakin’ Good New Trailer and Poster (The Nerdist)
- Why the Sokovia Accords are Unconstitutional (The Legal Geeks)
- Helen Mirren To Play Sarah Winchester, Heiress Who Built Mystery House, In New Film (SFist)
- Tetris movie adaptation secures $80M budget, starts shooting next year (Polygon)
- Ghostbusters: Merchandise aimed just at boys, because someone failed to get the memo about the new cast (The Independent)
- Capcom Teases Big Resident Evil Plans (IGN)
- Blizzard is permabanning Overwatch cheaters on first offense (Destruction)
- Official Pokémon GO Field Test Sign-Up Form (Niantic Labs)
- Marvel’s “Black Panther” #1 Sells More Than A Quarter Million Copies (Comic Book Resources)
- New York Comic-Con 2016 Will Mark Stan Lee’s Final Appearance (Screenrant)
In Other News
- Future contact lenses might record whatever you see – Tech Insider (Tech Insider)
- Apple is planning its biggest pivot in history (The Raw Story)
- Drone Over a Middle Ages Festival Taken Down by A Spear (The Nerdist)
- Scientists Talk Privately About Creating a Synthetic Human Genome (The New York Times)
- After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry (Android Authority)
- Artificially Intelligent Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm (Futurism)
The Geekly Roundup is a weekly Ace of Geeks feature that brings together all the interesting things we’ve encountered across the Internet this week. Contributions for this week’s Roundup were submitted by MalKontent, Mary Anne, and Ben.