The Weekly Read – May 9th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a weekly round up of links to read every Monday.

This week we have a feature on Women in Marvel Comics, the science of being creepy, and Valiant’s Faith.

1. Inside the world of female-driven (and written) comic book superheroes | NBC’s TODAY
“For TODAY, NBC’s Erica Hill spoke to three women leading a new movement at Marvel comics, Sana Amanat, Katie Kubert and Emily Shaw all work at the comic book giant, and are helping change the way their stories reflect women and women superheroes.”

A great video going over some of Marvel’s female heroes and their creators today with interviews with Sana Amanat, Katie Kubert and Emily Shaw.

2. Black Panther’s language: Where Civil War found the words of Wakanda | EW
“Chadwick Boseman’s character does speak English throughout the movie to other English-speakers, of course. He’s a statesman, and presumably knows many other languages, too. But for intimate scenes between T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda, and his father, King T’Chaka, directors Joe and Anthony Russo felt the two men should communicate in a native tongue, one that rose up from the continent itself, free of interference from outsiders.”

Read about how Marvel is world building and shaping Wakanda starting with their language. You can also watch the first instalment of “Wakanda: A Nation Under Our Feet” by Marvel Studios.

 

3. The Science of Being Creepy | Paging Dr. Nerdlove
“One of the recurring topics here at Paging Dr. NerdLove is the subject of creepers and creepy behavior. It’s a perennial topic because just about every day gives yet another example of creepy behavior to talk about. Almost every woman out there has story after story about creepers in her life – a never-ending parade of guys who set their skin to trying to crawl clean off their body.”

An excellent and interesting article about what is “creepiness”, how it’s identified, and creepy actions broken down to show just why others would find it creepy.

 

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4. Valiant’s Faith flies high as a superhero who loves life (Also reviewed: Joyride, Wet Moon, and Underworld) | AVClub
“2016 is the year of Faith Herbert at Valiant Comics. The publisher has been steadily raising her profile since the conclusion of Harbinger two years ago, and she’s become one of Valiant’s most popular characters since gaining her own solo miniseries, the first for a plus-sized superheroine. Faith (Valiant) has received a lot of attention in the press because of the character’s physical appearance, but her size plays no part in Jody Houser’s story, which instead focuses on how Faith’s personality distinguishes her from Valiant’s other heroes.”

A great review of Valiant title Faith and other titles worth checking out under the Valiant umbrella.

 

5. Jon Tsuei is Right: A #WhitewashedOUT Ghost in the Shell Misses the Cultural Mark | Nerds of Color
“Tsuei explained how Ghost in the Shellties directly into Japan’s cultural themes of rebirth and regeneration, particularly when it comes to how Japan itself went through a rebirthing process of its own national identity post World War II.”

Editorial on the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of Asian roles, paricularly of Major Motoko Kusanagi. The article goes on to explain that the tweet essay sent out by Jon Tsuei hits the issue on the head exactly as to why the Major should be cast Japanese.

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