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Hayao Miyazaki to Create a Samurai Manga

Hayao Miyazaki

Back in September 2013, Hayao Miyazaki shocked the world when he announced that he was retiring from making feature-length films. It turns out that the Oscar-winning animated filmmaker (pictured, via) has other creative projects he wants to focus on.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Miyazaki talked about the manga comic he’s currently drawing. The story follows “samurai in the 16th century, wearing full armor, battling it out with each other.”

Miyazaki wants to take a stab at creating this story because he felt “very dissatisfied with the way that era was depicted in fiction and film, so I wanted to draw something that would reflect the way I thought that era should look.” What do you think?

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Diana Wynne Jones Has Died

Science-fiction writer Diana Wynne Jones (pictured, via) has passed away. She was 76-years-old.

Jones wrote several bestselling children’s books including Chrestomanci, Castle, and the Magids series. The first novel in the Castle series, Howl’s Moving Castle was adapted by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki into an Oscar-nominated animation movie. Throughout her writing career, she also published picture books, short story collections, and fiction for adults.

Here’s a tribute from Neil Gaiman on his site: “She adopted me when I was a 24 year old writer for magazines of dubious respectability, and spent the next 25 years being proud of me as I made art that she liked (and, sometimes, I didn’t. She’d tell me what she thought, and her opinions and criticism were brilliant and precise and honest, and if she said ‘Yee-ees. I thought you made a bit of a mess of that one,’ then I probably had, so when she really liked something it meant the world to me). As an author she was astonishing.”