The Weekly Read – May 23rd


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 major network blind sexism, honorific wordplay, and remembering a comics titan.


1. CBS Passes on Nancy Drew Adaptation For Testing “Too Female” For Lineup | The Mary Sue
“Well, this is somewhat disappointing: remember our excitement a few months back when it was announced CBS was proceeding with a new adaptation of the classic female detective character that would see the former titian-haired beauty played by the fantastic Sarah Shahi? Turns out CBS has decided to pass on the pilot, which would have had Nancy Drew reimagined as a thirty-something NYPD detective.”

Looks like the new slough of shows for CBS will be for the male audiences with some sites pointing out the newcomers this season all have male leads.

2. ‘Too Arousing, Offensive’: Why Japan’s Vagina Artist Was Convicted of Obscenity | Broadly
“Today the artist Rokudenashiko, who rose to notoriety after 3D-printing a kayak in the shape of her own vulva, was found guilty of violating Japanese obscenity laws—which harshly punish depicting genitals in any medium.”

Megumi Igarashi AKA Rokudenashiko is a Japanese artist that is trying to create a normalcy around vaginas. Read about the ups and downs in her conviction and the double standards surround phallic imagery in Japan.



3. Noticing Senpai | Merriam Webster
“Has senpai noticed you? Are you sure? WOW. We are SO happy for you.

If you understand what we’re talking about you might be an anime and/or manga fan. Or spend a lot of time on Tumblr. Or be a millennial. Or whatever comes after the millennials (which is probably Generation Z, but the jury is still out on that designation).”

A breakdown of the Japanese honorific “senpai”. Learn ladder of words surrounding the word and its evolved meaning.


4.‘Warcraft’: Check out a Side-by-Side Comparison of the Actors and Their Orcs | Collider
“You can see that in these gorgeous side-by-side photos highlighting nine of the main characters. The level of detail is really a wonder to behold, and you have to love it when there are characters with names like “Grommash Hellscream.””

Duncan Jones posted side-by-sides of the actors in the new Warcraft movie. Warcraft the movie will be out in theatres in June 10th.


5. ‘Batman v. Superman’ Fallout: Warner Bros. Shakes Up Executive Roles | THR
“Jon Berg and Geoff Johns will co-run the newly created DC Films in an attempt to course-correct Warners’ comic book movies.

The fallout from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to ripple through Warner Bros.”

Tired of the grimdark vision of DC films? It seems DC is changing things up on the cinematic front.



6. Remembering The Life And Work Of Darwyn Cooke, 1962-2016 | Comics Alliance
“Cooke’s loss is felt throughout the comic book industry, not just as a creator and cartoonist, but as a friend, colleague and idol. Darwyn Cooke’s iconic and unmistakable style represented the very best the industry could offer, and the world is a much poorer place without him.”

On May 14th, the Comics industry lost a legendary illustrator and story teller Darwyn Cooke. Comics Alliance (and pretty much any Comics website) has put up a post about Cooke’s career and legacy within the comic history. Check out the summary of the talented Darwyn Cooke.


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