Issue 64 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Glastonbury 2017, MCM Belfast and Dublin Comic Cons and David Lowery’s haunting new film A Ghost Story!
“Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I’d been out till quarter to three, would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?”
Welcome to Issue 64! Well, we made it, even if it is only a milestone because of that Beatles song. And while we don’t require you to feed us (got any Pocky?), or leave the latch off when we’re not home by 3am (which regularly still happens), we’re glad you still need us. In appreciation of that, we promise never to take you for granted, as is demonstrated by another stonking issue!
Wonder Woman might still be cleaning up at the box office but we take an in-depth look at a very different comic-book movie: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (see page 18). If you think you might have seen something similar before, New York Times bestselling author Bryan J Robb explains why (page 20).
We’ve also been racking up those air miles again to bring you the best stories from around the globe. MCM Comic Con brought its pop culture circus to both Belfast and Dublin (see page eight), we risked falling into a rabbit hole as we walked the length of the Glastonbury Festival (page 12), UK Games Expo brought every cool new innovation in board games to Birmingham (page 29), while E3 (page 32) notched up video game launches galore under the heat of the LA sun.
Remarkably, that’s still only scratching the surface, with fashion, cosplay, anime interviews and reviews, indie movie hits and an actor with a love for insects all equally as impressive. We plan to keep these high standards up no matter our age, to keep you coming back when we’ve doubled this anniversary and hit Issue 128!
Matt Chapman, Editor-in-chief
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ISSUE 64 FULL CONTENTS
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
The cast and crew discuss director Luc Besson’s latest neon-splashed space epic, while bestselling author Bryan J Robb reveals why you might already recognise some of the film’s comic-book references.
BEST OF E3 2017
Greg Giddens, Jennifer Allen and Andy Moore separate the highlights from the hype at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
FAIRY TAIL: DRAGON CRY
MyM’s Tom Arden chats with director Tatsuma Minamikawa and producer Yohei Ito about their new film.
A GHOST STORY
Director David Lowery discusses his haunting new romance.
A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO JJ ABRAMS
Jayne Nelson profiles the man who seemingly shapes every beloved TV show or film franchise in popular culture today!
Kyle Charizanis looks at what’s lost, what’s gained and what’s changed when your favourite anime TV series is adapted for the big screen.
Including Marvel’s comic-book rock stars and a trip to Glastonbury.
TABLETOP: UK GAMES EXPO
MyM headed to Birmingham to get a taste of what’s hot – and what’s not – in the world of board games.
COSPLAY & FASHION
A trio of top interviews accompany our cosplay posters this month, as Otohime Nami tells Shalimar Sahota why she’s no princess, US cosplayer Ben Albert talks Gundam gear with Katharine Byrne and alternative style blogger Foxxtailz has a colourful chat with MyM fashionista Emily Valentine.
Capsule Bunny goes in search of Chemical X at a Powerpuff Girls theme cafe.
TOP 10 NES CHARACTERS
Louise Saul counts down the most popular sprites from the Nintendo Entertainment System.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Andy Shaw samples sophisticated sci-fi in Valerian, purges the heretic with Warhammer 40K, busts perps with Judge Dredd and plays Fetch with a canine comrade. Meanwhile, Ian Wolf switches things up with Your Name, strikes it rich with Golden Kamuy and finds out what the girls get up to After Hours.
Andy Hanley puts brand new streaming service HiDive through its paces, while our regular review crew wrangles a prime herd of anime titles, from My Hero Academia, One Punch Man and School Live! to Overlord, Prison School and time-travelling thriller Erased.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month we watched a lot of animation (Despicable Me 3, Genocidal Organ, Monster Island, Napping Princess and Resident Evil: Vendetta), sprinkled in some live-action/drama (A Ghost Story, The King, Maudie and Spider-Man: Homecoming), and got a major fix of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS
There’s no end of sequels in our regular previews section, including Beyond Good & Evil 2, Metro Exodus, Monster Hunter World, Need for Speed Payback, Ni no Kuni II, State of Decay 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. We also take a look at Anthem, The Evil Within, Sea of Thieves and Skull & Bones.
Including Nintendo’s latest tiny retro console and Sonic the Hedgehog on vinyl!
MY MEDIA: DOMINIC MONAGHAN
There are no flies on the Lost and Lord of the Rings actor. Oh, hang on…