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Published on December 28th, 2015 | by Carli Spina

What We Can’t Wait For In 2016

Can you believe we’ve nearly reached 2016? It is tough to imagine, but here we are and we’re excited because there are some great things ahead for 2016! Here are some of the games, comics, events, and more that we can’t wait for in the coming year.

I’m mostly excited for the amazing video games coming out next year. I recently finished playing the first two installments of the Zero Escape (999 and 999: Virtue’s Last Reward) series on the Nintendo 3DS. The 3rd entry in the series will be called Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma and should be released in the summer. The other 3DS game I’m really looking forward to is the new Phoenix Wright game. I’m completely obsessed with that series! And lastly, I’ve been drooling over trailers for the Final Fantasy VII remake. I’m anxiously awaiting its release date as well, which will hopefully be some time in the next year.” — Kimberly Alberts

“In 2016, I’m looking forward to early January when I’ll be attending, cosplaying, doing library outreach, and possibly presenting a panel at the New Orleans Comic Con. Also to next April, when I’ll finally be able to read The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. And to a so far undisclosed date in 2016 when AMC will start airing the TV adaptation of Preacher.” — Kacy Helwick

“I’m hoping for Season 5 of Person of Interest to come out! There needs to be much more adorkable Root/Shaw on screen!  Could we get yet more of The Librarians all the way through 2016? The chemistry between the librarians, Jenkins, and the Guardian is definitely working and we would like more, please!  More Doctor! Actually, scratch that – can we take a series off from The Doctor and spend it on [Spoilers!]Clara and Me gadding about time and space in their diner-TARDIS?[/Spoilers!] I think it would be pretty cool.  I’m also looking forward to a set of programs I’m putting on in 2016 about fandom creation – I’ve even got Daleks coming to one of them! Ap-pre-ci-ate! Ap-pre-ci-ate!” — Alexander Byrne

“I look forward to seeing the creative team on the Supergirl digital-first comic that will tie in to the winning TV series. DC has a good track record with its digital-first titles (Sensation Comics, Batman ’66, Injustice, Li’l Gotham, Bombshells), and I’d love to see Supergirl continue that trend.  I hope Marvel’s Netflix series stay as strong in 2016 as they were in 2015, with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil all on the slate.  Of the superhero (or just superpowered) movies coming out in 2016, I am most looking forward to Suicide Squad, if only because it seems to be the most outside of the usual templates and I have little to no idea of what to expect.  Wonder Woman finally gets the Earth One treatment courtesy of Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette, and Nathan Fairbairn, and interviews have been indicating for the past several years that it will engage with William Moulton Marston’s golden-age comic and its fantastic enactions of feminism.  Image Expo, where Image announces its new books and creative teams, has been a loose valve bursting with gold the past few years, and I can’t wait to see what comes from them next.  Two more! March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell & Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life & Death by Amy Chu and Clay Mann.” — Thomas Maluck

“What I’m looking forward to in 2016 would be the movie Captain America: Civil War and the sixth season of Game of Thrones.  Most of the Marvel movies, so far, are some of my favorites.  What I really enjoy most about them is how they are connected with one another by either little references or big surprises.  With what I’ve been told about the Civil War comic arc, the next Captain America movie may change storylines and characters for the next few films in the Marvel series.  I’m looking forward to see how this new dramatic development will change things in the Marvel Universe and what the filmmakers have in store in the future.  But the one thing I can’t wait for is the next season of Game of Thrones.  Even though the show has left me sad, angry, elated, shocked, confused, and cursing out fictional characters, it is one of my favorites.  I’ve read every book but with the show’s creators changing the plotlines and adding different twists and turns, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what is coming.  I love a good surprise or two in a storyline and with Game of Thrones you never know what will happen next.  With that said, I will break out the tissues and turn off all the phones every Sunday, starting in April.” — Gloria Romano

“There’s lots I’m looking forward to in 2016. In terms of comics, I am looking forward to Lucy Knisley’s new book, Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. I love all of her books, so I have very high hopes for this one! For games, I am really excited for the prospect of Jonathan Blow’s new game, The Witness. Though no exact release date has been announced yet, rumor has it that it will be released in 2016 and given how great his last game, Braid, was, I can’t wait. This year also promises to have some great comics-related movies and TV shows as well. Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Luke Cage, and Legends of Tomorrow all have great promise, so I will definitely have plenty to watch in 2016!” — Carli Spina

“I’m looking forward to several anime adaptations that will be coming out in 2016 as well as the continued publication of manga such as Tokyo Ghoul and Skip Beat. I am especially interested in the continuation of an anime series based off of light novels by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Taiwanese illustrator Vofan. “Koyomimonogatari” and “Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu-hen” are slated to air in January of 2016 which gives me just enough time to fill in the blanks prior to getting access to the episodes. I have yet to get a chance to read the light novels as this is a fairly new interest of mine but if you have never seen any of the anime currently out it is an explosion of color and character perfect for anyone who likes non-traditional anime.” — Sara Sellers

What are you looking forward to in 2016? Tweet to us @CCGCLibraries to let us know what you can’t wait for over the next year!


About the Author

Carli Spina is an emerging technologies and research librarian at an academic library. She is a big fan of graphic novels, young adult and children's literature, and popular culture and writes about these topics for several blogs including the Horn Book's Lolly's Classroom blog and YALSA's The Hub blog. You can find her on Twitter as @CarliSpina or on her website at

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