Issue 60 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring director Naoko Yamada on A Silent Voice, comic artist Mike Perkins on Iron Fist and Katee Sackhoff on her vinyl addiction.
We hold ourselves to high standards here at MyM and – not unlike the BBC’s mission to inform, educate and entertain – we like to think we also impart some crucial knowledge every issue.
For example, did you know that it took more than two million LEGO bricks (see page 12) to create the 120 sculptures in The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes exhibition? That if it survives cancellation, Class Season 2 (page eight) is likely to include a whole load more Doctor Who Easter eggs? Or that Tom Hopper (who might soon be appearing in Game of Thrones!) uses the experience of real friends in the army to flesh out his characters?
If those nuggets of information have opened your eyes even a little, then you’ll no doubt be interested to hear about the time Nick Fury (see page 26) comically climbed the Old Man of Hoy in Orkney in search of a terrorist base. Or discover that A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada (page 15) never discussed the main character’s deafness with the voice actor playing her. Or find that David Bowie’s house (page 23) makes a great narrator. While we’re on the subject of music, did you know video game Victor Vran: Overkill Edition (page 29) contains an adventure based on Motorhead’s 40-year history as a metal band? We hope you’re taking notes, as there will be a quiz at the end.
Further fun facts include the knowledge that when it came time to film bonkers horror The Void (page 62) the original location was too unstable and they had to shoot in a school. And did you know that Iron Fist comic artist Mike Perkins (page 66) suffered at the hands of his brother when he was a nipper, thanks to the kung fu craze of the time? Or that ex-Battlestar Galactica co-stars Katee Sackhoff (see page 82) and Tricia Helfer are besties who snuggle up on the couch to watch Helfer’s show Lucifer every week? Well, there’s plenty more where that came from, so get reading! Class dismissed.
Matt Chapman, Editor
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MyM ISSUE 60 FULL CONTENTS
A SILENT VOICE
Director Naoko Yamada talks exclusively about redemption, rapid promotion and the strictness of sign language.
2000 AD: 40 YEARS OF THRILL POWER
Having waited 40 drokking years to hold its first ever event, the iconic British comic blew fans away with unprecedented access to talent and some incredibly candid panels. Shame we can’t print the bar conversations that followed…
FINAL FANTASY XIV
MyM journeyed to the European Fan Festival in Frankfurt to get the inside skinny on the upcoming Stormblood expansion.
MyM uncovers the history of the latest Marvel character to break out onto the small screen and chats with comic artist Mike Perkins about a particularly nasty fist bump.
The Lost and Lord of the Rings actor discusses his – bad pun alert – Pet project.
While the West has embraced all-CGI animation with hits such as Inside Out and Big Hero 6, its rise in Japan has been less assured. Alex Jones examines the highs and lows of anime’s computer-generated adventures.
Including exclusive interviews from MCM Midlands and Ali-A’s new comic.
Let slip the dogs of war …but only after you’ve assembled them, painted them and given them a coat of varnish. Dave Axbey picks five miniatures games to adorn your tabletop.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne chats with Italian cosplayer Dakun about his male incarnation of Frozen’s frosty ice queen, Emily Valentine looks at alternative fashion project ‘Hidden’ and the unlikely quartet of deadly assassin, mecha pilot, young Force user and superpowered spy feature on our poster pages.
Capsule Bunny joins Angelic Pretty for tea, to see what the biggest name in lolita has in store for its fans.
MANGA & COMIC REVIEWS
Inquisitive spheres, time-travelling pizza deliverymen and traditional Japanese storytellers all make Ian Wolf’s manga menu this issue, while Andy Shaw’s comic-book diet mixes Mama Cass and David Bowie with mechanised medieval fantasy and a sub-par submarine thriller.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
A glut of single-word titles get our verdict this month, as we review Pet, Logan, Neruda, Arrival, Headshot, and Aftermath. But we’ve still got time for The Void, Seoul Station, Kong: Skull Island, Don’t Knock Twice, Trespass Against Us, A Silent Voice, and The Eyes of My Mother.
The Nintendo Switch is finally here, and we’ve got a review of the epic The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Can it live up to the hype? We also look ahead to LEGO City Undercover, Quarantine, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, Toukiden 2 and Victor Vran: Overkill Edition.
Classic anime Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Escaflowne get big releases this month, while our review crew also dates baseball girls in Little Busters, gets distracted by big busts in Triage X and encounters a bevy of boys in Brothers Conflict. Meanwhile, Kinmosa! and Show by Rock!! both bring the cute, while Fairy Tail 12 and One Piece 16 have you covered for action and adventure.
Including the towering figure of Shin Godzilla and some Marvel Super Heroes ski outfits.
MY MEDIA: KATEE SACKHOFF
The sci-fi actor on animal heroism and slapping co-stars.
MY MUSIC: GEOFF ZANELLI
The former intern for Hans Zimmer on his Squadron 42 video game soundtrack.