Issue 40 of MyM, the official magazine of MCM Expo Group, is out now! Featuring trips to Comic-Con International, E3, Glastonbury and Annecy.
Hold the presses! We’ve done a lot of crazy things in our journalistic lives but giving ourselves three hours to run around the press preview at Comic-Con International, just hours before the magazine’s final deadline, is right up there. We distilled our initial reactions to this massive event in San Diego into our opening news pages, before pressing the big red ‘Print’ button and sending the magazine to press. Don’t worry, we’ll be following that taster up with plenty more exclusive interviews, reviews and musings next issue.
It’s been a busy month, though. Our suitcases and backpacks have barely been unpacked before we’ve zipped them up again to head out of the door to the events we know you’ll love to hear about. The Electronic Entertainment Expo – AKA E3 – didn’t disappoint this year, with some big name franchises getting most of the glory (see our breakdown from page 18 and previews from page 48), while the Annecy Film Festival (page 22) brought its laid-back vibe to France once more. We even braved the threat of mud – the weather was great, in your face, naysayers! – at the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts (page 12) to bring you a rundown of the best music, sights and cosplay.
If you’ve been thinking of doing some travelling yourself, can we tempt you into a trip to Tokyo? This month’s Planet Japan (page 16) sees travel blogger Tokyo Consult suggest the best things to see on a trip to that city, while our fashion guru Saoirse Clohessy explains why there’s a lot to love about the quirky, bohemian borough of Koenji (page 46). Happy trails!
Matt Chapman, Editor
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ISSUE 40 FULL CONTENTS
The biggest games industry event took place this June, and MyM was in attendance to bring you the best moments from the show, along with interviews about Microsoft’s pricey but amazing new controller, Halo 5: Guardians and Street Fighter V.
ANNECY FILM FESTIVAL
New films from Disney, Pixar, Production I.G and Mamoru Hosoda were among the animations on show at France’s Annecy Film Festival. Tom Arden popped across the Channel to bring us his report.
When you lose control and you got no soul, it’s tragedy! As a trio of Madoka Magica movies make their way to the UK, we delve deeper into Gen Urobuchi’s genre-defying dark fantasy.
BUY, BUY, CEL, CEL!
Dedicated collector Megan Scussel shares her tips on tracking down killer cels – and staying sane during the hunt.
Director Henry Hobson and his cast – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson – discuss a sensitive take on the zombie flick.
Including the freshest cuts of news from Comic Con International, a sequel to Hawk the Slayer and a visit to Game 2.0 at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.
International travel blogger Tokyo Correspondent offers his must-see tips.
This month sees home video releases for ’60s sci-fi reboot 009 Re:Cyborg and Takahata swansong The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Meanwhile, Dragon Ball Z Kai cuts the filler for a concentrated shot of DBZ, Patlabor: The Mobile Police heads back on the beat with an OVA collection, Amnesia looks for love in different dimensions and Samurai Bride gets ’em out for the lads. On top of that, we have a third season for Familiar of Zero plus the latest instalments of Naruto Shippuden and Bleach.
Interviews abound in Cosplay Corner, as Katharine Byrne chats to Chris Gary about creating .hack’s most illustrious Wavemaster and Shalimar Sahota sits down with UK cosplayer Ross E. Cobbold. Also where do League of Legends, Borderlands, Ragnarok Online and X-Men characters hang out together? Our poster pages, that’s where.
Koenji may not Tokyo’s most famous district but, as Saoirse Clohessy discovered on a recent visit, the quirky, bohemian borough is something of a hidden gem.
We interrupt your usual mix of reviews and previews to bring you a bumper offering of the latest and greatest titles from this year’s E3, but we’ve also found the space to squeeze in some words on Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, J-Stars Victory VS+, Batman: Arkham Knight, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and more!
Including adult colouring books, luxurious metallic dice and some hair raising J-fashion!
THE TOP 10: SHOCKS IN GAME OF THRONES
Counting down the biggest hand-over-mouth moments so far in the epic series. Do we really need to say MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!?
MANGA & COMICS REVIEWS
Sequential art slamdunks this month courtesy of Judge Dredd, Motorcycle Samurai and Osamu Tezuka’s Ludwig B, while sniper manga Chaika: The Coffin Princess also makes its shots count. Monster Junkies and Freezing both trip over their laces, miss free throws and get sent to the bench.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
It’s an equal opportunities review section this month, welcoming emotions (Inside Out), drunken killers (Fighting Demons), teddy bears (Ted 2), children of God (Second Coming), gangsters (Revenge of the Green Dragons), robots (Terminator Genisys), artists (Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing), evil spirits (Unhallowed Ground), fantasy heroes (Hawk The Slayer), zombies (Maggie), teenage thieves (Salute! Sun Yat-Sen) and a man dressed as an ant (Ant-Man, duh!).
Voice actor Quinton Flynn shares his favourite music and movies, in a Liverpool accent.
The One Piece composer discusses his prolific career.