Issue 53 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Comic Con, is out now, featuring Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy, No Man’s Sky, Stephen King’s Cell and every big reveal from SDCC!
Welcome to Issue 53! We may take our usual eclectic wander through the worlds of movies, music, video games, comics and anime this issue, but it’s all about perfect pairings.
San Diego’s greatest geek show on Earth continues to be the chosen partner of every major new entertainment announcement and our reporter rounds up the big news from this year’s event on page 17. As part of that report from across the pond, we look at how the Final Fantasy franchise has once again paired with wider media to bring us the CG animated movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Read our exclusive chat with director Takeshi Nozue on page 19.
Anime and video games have had a close partnership over the years, even if they haven’t always made the best connections (and it’s a surprise to find that certain major franchises have barely dipped their toe into this water, check out page 28 to find out which games have been shy about getting animated).
In arguably this month’s greatest crossover, moody synth-rock musicians 65daysofstatic tell us how they came to pen the soundtrack to No Man’s Sky – the most anticipated video game of the last two years. Head to page 26 to hear guitarist Joe Shrewsbury explain how the process has changed the way the band writes music.
Squaring off against 65daysofstatic for the title of undisputed perfect pairing this issue is director Todd Williams. Putting him in charge of Stephen King’s Cell is a match made in heaven, as his previous work on character-based dramas and the Paranormal Activity horror franchise stand him in good stead (see page 68). Plus, it turns out when you pair him with MyM you get a couple of film fans seriously geeking out over movies. And that’s the best pairing of all.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 53 FULL CONTENTS
KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV
Film director Takeshi Nozue talks exclusively about the action-packed movie spin-off from the latest Final Fantasy video game.
NO MAN’S SKY
Guitarist Joe Shrewsbury explains how 65daysofstatic came to write the soundtrack to the most-anticipated video game of a generation.
STEPHEN KING’S CELL
MyM braved the phone network to chat with director Tod Williams and found a kindred spirit with a penchant for zombie movies.
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
Catch up with every big reveal from the greatest geekfest on Earth, as we round up the best of the best from SDCC.
From Mario to Master Chief, Chun-Li to Tom Nook, plenty of console stars have tried to make it big in Toontown. Alex Jones charts the highs and lows of game-inspired anime.
Director Eiji Uchida lifts the lid on Japan’s seedy low-budget film industry with his latest film.
Including the E2046 GK contest winners and a very special kawaii time capsule.
MY MEDIA: BECKII CRUEL
The YouTube vlogger, fashion designer and idol sensation on hard work, inspirational magazines and forgotten favourites.
TOP 10: AMERICAN MOVIE PRESIDENTS
Jayne Nelson takes a look at some of the greatest and most memorable POTUSes in film history.
Dave Axbey channels his inner Bob the Builder with five board games themed around constructing your own city, from tile-laying classic Suburbia to cheery dice chucker Machi Koro.
Including board game Memoir ’44 and a toaster you should take for a spin every morning!
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne chats to Spanish cosplayer Nebulaluben about being Bayonetta, Emily Faulder sits down with the ladies of J-fashion pop-up Dreamy Bows and an unlikely quartet of Super Sonico, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and Jinx hold down this month’s poster section.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month sees Cell and 11.22.63 channelling Stephen King; Nerve, Shark Lake and Landmine Goes Click bringing the horror; Suicide Squad and The Wave dishing out the action; Pete’s Dragon, Asterix And Obelix: Mansion Of The Gods and Kubo And The Two Strings entertaining the nippers; Beyond The Bridge and 400 Days delivering the thrills; and Gary Numan: Android In La La Land giving us an inside peek at the life of a genius. Plus, we chat with Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS & REVIEWS
This month we revisit the impossibly named Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online, pop a pill in the world of We Happy Few, preview a pair of imminent Deus Ex titles, perv at Gal*Gun: Double Peace’s dodgy credentials, build up anticipation for Dragon Quest Builders, and plenty more.
After kicking off with a round-up of anime’s sizzling summer season, we get into the nitty-gritty with reviews of Psycho-Pass: The Movie; Your Lie In April; Punch Line; Yona Of The Dawn; No-Rin; HaNaYaMaTa; Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!! and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun. Also under scrutiny are the latest instalments of Hakkenden, Assassination Classroom and long-absent magic battler Fairy Tail.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Andy Shaw plunges into a world of rumbustious robots, unfairly-maligned monsters and Nazi vampire experiments, while Ian Wolf settles down with volleyball-centric page turner Haikyu!, sumptuous seaplane story Wandering Island and the sci-fi thrills of Immortal Hounds.
MY MUSIC: OTOBOKE BEAVER
Roxy Simons meets the feminist punk band writing love songs.
Capsulebunny falls for a café’s prickly inhabitants.