Issue 50 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Comic Con, is out now! Featuring LawBreakers, Eric Bana and the 50 Greatest Things About Geek Life!
Print is dead, they say. Yet, as our ‘50 Greatest Things About Geek Life’ piece proclaims (see page 21), books made of paper are still flying off the shelves, while sales of e-readers are on the decline. Why make this point, you might ask? Well, we’re having a little party here at MyM, as we reaach our first major milestone and land proudly at Issue 50!
It’s never easy to launch a new publication, as national newspaper The New Day will attest, having lasted just two months before closing its doors recently. Yet it’s the passion and dedication of you, our readers, which sees us cutting cake and quaffing the bubbly, as we bring you this latest edition.
We hope to replicate your wants and desires here at MyM, and our recent research shows you are – by and large – very happy with the content we provide. We love the things you love: from TV, films and video games to comics, manga, anime and cosplay, with plenty of con coverage and in-depth interviews and articles to satisfy your geeky needs. This issue in particular should definitely hit that spot. There’s never been a better time to be geek and proud, and we revel in that truth in our massive celebration.
While we’re bigging up our print success, we’ve still got time for a well-deserved shout out for our online team. You’re currently looking at the newly crafted MyMBuzz.com – a shiny portal of news, reviews and interviews, with daily hits of geeky goodness. It’s our way of saying thank you for your amazing support.
To quote the Guardians of the Galaxy, “You’re welcome!”
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 50 FULL CONTENTS
Unreal Tournament and Gears of War lead designer Cliff Bleszinski returns from early retirement with LawBreakers. James Pickard travels to Boss Key Studios to learn about the old-school arena shooter that’s breaking all the rules.
50 GREATEST THINGS ABOUT GEEK LIFE
As MyM hits its 50th issue, we asked the team to share their fave elements of geek life. Come help us celebrate the greatest things about being a geek in the modern day world.
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
Depression, anxiety, dealing with change; MyM spoke to director Hiromasa Yonebayashi about the themes in Studio Ghibli’s final film, which seem to capture the mood of fans despairing at the end of the entertainment powerhouse.
Dave Axbey revels in the new Golden Age of board games, as MyM kicks off a new series looking at the best tabletop activities around.
TOP 10 ALICE IN WONDERLAND HOMAGES
As Alice Through the Looking Glass hits cinemas, Jayne Nelson counts down the 10 best Alice references in popular culture.
MyM travelled to Osaka, where the director’s latest work, The Mohican Comes Home, closed the city’s Asian Film Festival.
Including the Hong Kong movie that’s riled the Chinese government and a chat with Eric Bana!
FILM & TV REVIEWS
What’s been saucering our eyes this month? Bloodsucking Bosses, A Hologram For The King, Journey To The Shore, Dark Signal, Special Correspondents, Bound By Blood, Captain America: Civil War, Green Room, Heroes Reborn, Houdini & Doyle and The Call Up – that’s what!
GAME PREVIEWS & REVIEWS
This issue we highlight the most promising games on the horizon, including Nioh, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, God Eater Resurrection, Tokyo Dark, Tales of Berseria and Furi, and review the incredible Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and a pair of VR titles, Job Simulator and The Lab.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Andy Shaw encounters child chimney sweeps, disappearing mystery writers and some sophisticated ’70’s manga, while Ian Wolf checks out Danganronpa, Paradise Residence, Shuriken and Pleats and office comedy Servant X Service.
This month’s coverage kicks off with Andy Hanley’s look at anime’s spring season, followed by reviews of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, Psychic School Wars, Seraph of the End and Blade Dance of the Elementalers. We’ve also gone sequelicious with Psycho-Pass 2, Golden Time Collection 2, Familiar of Zero: F, RWBY Volume 3 and Tsukimonogatari, while Love Live! gets its English dub.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne chats to Russian cosplayer Elena Kuranova about making Mad Max’s famous Imperator Furiosa, Emily Faulder hit the streets of Harajuku to bring us a taste of alt Japanese street style and our poster section plays host to an eclectic mix of comic, cartoon and videogame stars.
Teacher and model Katie Carter takes a colourful trip to Sanrio Puroland.
Including A Game of Thrones: The Board Game and Rooster Teeth’s first ever Blu-ray SteelBook!
MY MEDIA: PAUL TOBIN
The comic writer and novelist talks us through his favourite noir novels and mutant art works.
MY MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE
MyM caught up with the Japanese punk-rockers as they celebrated their 35th anniversary.