Issue 66 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring Cradle of Filth, Blade Runner 2049, Alien War, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Naruto to Boruto!
Sometimes it’s all about connections. Even as we put this magazine together, we see links across areas we hadn’t expected, pulling our content into a kind of spider’s web of information.
It could be the realisation that LeSean Thomas’ anime Cannon Busters is previewed as part of Netflix’s new slate of proposed shows (see page 50), having already been mentioned in our roundup of projects that began life on a crowdfunding site (page 47). It might be that we draw parallels between a comic-book adaption of a Hammer horror version of The Mummy (page 21), while Universal Studios’ version of the same character bothers the top half of our list in this month’s top 10 (page 76).
Perhaps it’s the feelings stirred by remembering the amazing Alien War experience – we were there! – as being one of the greatest spin-offs of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien (page 62), only to flick back and hear all about the new sequel to another of the greatest movies ever made, Sir Ridders’ Blade Runner (page 15).
But our favourite connections this month came from writer Sam Ashurst, who can trace a direct line between creating a movie short and shooting a music video for Channel 4, via pitching a film script and landing a gig on Arrow Video’s podcast team. As we told you in last month’s introduction, we’re always amazed at how the talented people featured in our magazine got to where they were going!
Matt Chapman, Editor-in-chief
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ISSUE 66 FULL CONTENTS
CRADLE OF FILTH
Frontman Dani Filth discusses new album Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay, which takes its inspiration from the Victorian gothic horror of the 19th century ‘Penny Dreadful’ publications.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Ryan Gosling share their love of a sci-fi classic and their passion for the world’s most dangerous sequel.
Headpress author David Kerekes looks at the plight of the small-screen comic-book superhero.
Little Witch Academia, Cannon Busters, Escaflowne… animators are increasing turning to Kickstarter to get their projects off the ground. Alex Jones takes a closer look at anime’s crowdfunding adventures.
Scott Snowden reminisces about Alien War, the London-based attraction dubbed “the longest 15 minutes of your life”.
BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO STEVEN SPIELBERG
As one of popular culture’s most important figures, the “cinematic game-changer” deserves every accolade he gets. Jayne Nelson tracks the genius…
KINGSMEN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Taron Egerton and Halle Berry on the spy-fi sequel that could be 2017’s surprise hit.
Including an MCM T-shirt to die for and a chat with Leeds’ very own Harajuku boy.
MY MEDIA: SAM ASHURST
The horror director and podcaster on Blu-ray’s hidden hi-def surprises! But what did he choose as his top media picks…?
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Ian Wolf rejoices in the return of Cardcaptor Sakura, is unsurprised by bittersweet Shinkai manga She and Her Cat and finds out whether a new Vampire Knight spin-off has any real bite. Meanwhile, Andy Shaw meets Peter Milligan’s take on The Mummy, dives into dimension-jumping fantasy Vessels and pets a baby Cthulhu in Survival Geeks.
Tom Arden takes over the streaming page to talk about Netflix’s anime announcements, while a giant robot’s worth of new titles await our reviewers’ verdict, from Mamoru Hosoda movie The Boy and the Beast and chirpy WWII tank battler Girls und Panzer: Der Film to real WWII propaganda piece Momotaro, Sacred Sailors.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month our eyes were mostly saucered by Alien: Covenant, The Belko Experiment, Capture Kill Release, Love and Other Cults, Meatball Machine Kodoku, A Taxi Driver, The Vault and The Villainess.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS
We chat exclusively to producer Noriaki Niino about Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker, while also previewing upcoming titles such as Fortnite, Metroid Samus Returns, Middle-earth: Shadow of War and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet.
Dave Axbey sits down with two of the top developers of the Pokémon TCG, one of the most successful collectable card games of all time.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Katharine Byrne speaks to Tasha Cosplay UK about creating League of Legends‘ Nidalee, Emily Valentine takes to the great outdoors to photograph J-fashion fan Kat Edwards and Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Captain America and the Cheshire Cat populate our poster pages.
Including an 8-bit chopping board and a Stormtrooper decanter!
TOP 10 UNIVERSAL MONSTER MOVIES
The best of Universal’s monster back catalogue.