The new year is finally upon us and with it not only do we have a fresh start do do things better then we did last year, but also a years worth of new animations, comics, film and more to look forward to! So without further ado, here are eighteen things to look forward to in 2018! In no particular order other then how I feel talking about them. So let’s get started!
- Mary & The Witches Flower.
The first feature length film by Studio Ponoc is getting an western release through GKids and Fhantom Events on January 18th and anyone who is a fan of animation should be excited about this one! The film which more or less apes Studio Ghibli’s artstyle seems to be full of not just quality animation but a genuinly enjoyable story with a main protagonist attending a Harry Potter-esque school while also uncovering a dark secret. The movie based on the children’s book by the same name will no doubt be a delight for animation and film goers of all ages!
2. The Snagglepuss Chronicles
DC Comics has been making the most of their rights to publish books based on the classic Hannah-Barbara Characters as of late with their HB Beyond line which takes the classic toons and revives them with a modern twist and Snagglepuss Chronicles is no different. The book features an even more anthropomorphized version of the classic pink cat who is a gay southern gothic playwright during the “Red Scare” period of American politics. The series despite being set in the past is extremely relevant to the increasingly disturbing state of American politics as of present and is sure to be a poingent socio-political tale as well as one of the best comics of 2018. So if you are a fan of classic Hannah-Barbara characters and quality socio-political commentary I say check it out!
3. Craig of The Creek!
One of Cartoon Network’s new original series for 2018, Craig of The Creek is an animated slice of life adventure series about the titular Craig and his friends as the have various adventures in the forest nearby his neighborhood. The show is more or less meant to be a stand in for the currently ending series Clarence though the visual style is more akin to that of Steven Universe and the general tone of the series going off the polite is far more relaxed and innocent. Overall Craig of the Creek is another attempt at a modern version of a series similar to Reccess or Rugrats minus the occasionally manic tone of the latter, with seemingly a tiny bit of Bridge To Tarabithia thrown in, sans the sad parts of course. If you are a fan of fun and relaxing toons I would definitely recommend checking it out!
The latest series for Archie’s all-ages action imprint. Cosmo is a revitalization of a silver age comic series brought back to life by popular Sonic Scribes like Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardly and more! The series follows a young alien Cosmo and his crew as they go on various intergalactic adventures. This series is just starting and if it’s anything like Ian and co’s past work it is no doubt to be a hit! Infact the first issue came out this week so go to your LCS and pick up a copy why don’t yea!?
5. Black Lightning
The latest CW/DC Superhero series which premiers on January 16th stars the company’s first African American hero coming out of retirement to help save his home town from an ever growing criminal element he thought he had defeated. The series is sure to be the most relevant and socio-political charged series in the DCTV Universe to date and you would be crazy to miss out on it!
6. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies!
While the television series is infamous for being rerun on CN far too often the fact its getting a movie could be good for animated films in the long run. If this movie does well enough there is a chance WB could be open to more 2D &/or traditionally animated films in the future and possibly more animated films based on DC properties as well. So even if you hate how much CN airs the show on TV, i’d say at least give the movie a chance. I mean, c’mon you do want that Young Justice movie someday…right!?
7. Equestria Girls: Digital Series
The Doug Meets Sailor Moon style Spin-off of My Little Pony which features the characters as candy colored magical teenage girls instead of sentient magical horses recently received a digital series that will be having a new episode every week throughout most of 2018. With a first season spanning forty-five episodes and a second season currently in production fans of these ponies turned teens are sure to have plenty of laughs and friendship lessons for sometime to come. *If the Discovery Family App would stop leaking them before they get their YouTube premier that is*
The long awaited series about The House of El and Superman’s home world pre-explosion is finally going to premiere in March of 2018. The series has been loosely described as “Game of Thrones in Space” and while that will most likely end up being a bit of an exaggeration the series is sure to intrigue Superman fans both young and old.
9. Bingo Love
An original Graphic novel by Tee Franklin and Jeen St-Onge showcasing the life of a same-sex couple from 1963 to the present day, Bingo Love seems to be setting itself up to be an important and heart warming love story for the ages.
A Transformers Movie focusing on a fan favorite character and NOT directed by Micheal Bay!? This could be a TF fans dream if things come true and with some of the same talent that worked on Kubo & The Two Strings behind the helm we might just get our first genuinely good live action Transformers film! Fingers crossed!
11. Summercamp Island
Yet another Cartoon Network Original Project Summercamp Island is a surrealist slice of life fantasy series about two friends at their first summercamp which is much more than meets the eye. With a visual style hearkening back to old Nick Jr. series such as The Busy world of Richard Scary and Little Bear and a cute meet weird style reminiscent of Adventure Time I have no doubt that Summercamp Island will be another hit for the network!
The King of the seas is finally getting his own film and with this James Wan helmed film we are no doubt going to get an entirely new take on DC’s classic character!
13. Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition
A new deluxe edition style re-release of the classic Sailor Moon manga with a new translation, color pages and more. This is the definitive edition of the Sailor Moon manga and a must have for fans of the pretty sailor gaurdians
14. Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Sony Animation’s first super-hero film may just end-up being their best film in years! Though it still doesn’t make up for that gosh awful Emoji Movie!
An original graphic novel taking inspiration from greco-roman mythology sure to delight readers of all ages!
The popular Cartoon Cat-Unicorn and her friends from the LEGO Movie finally have their own cartoon and it is awesomedorable!
17. Sonic The Hedgehog
IDW is bringing back the 90’s gaming Icon in comic form and it’s sure to be a blast for readers young and old!
18. Black Panther
I may despise Disney but even I realize the success of this film is bigger then one studio. Black Panther performing well could mean a better chance of more diverse and progressive leads in films to come. Plus it might finally convince DC to green-light a Vixen or Static Shock flick, so there’s that as well.
And ther you have it. Eighteen things to look forward to in 2018! There will of course be plenty more to enjoy that’s not on this list but this should be a fun little taste none the less. Happy new year everyone!