The Weekly Read – May 30th


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 the inventor of cosplay, Sunstone the recommendation review, and Marvel’s Captain America blunder.

1. Meet the Woman Who Invented Cosplay | Racked
“Myrtle Rebecca “Mō-rō ‘yō” Douglas Smith Gray Nolan was a Gemini, born in June 1904. She was an atheist, an active member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, and a proponent of the 19th-century constructed auxiliary language Esperanto, meant to foster communication and understanding between people of all cultures. (Obviously, she was a big nerd.)”

A great overview of the history of cosplay or costume play, how it was invented, and just how it got its shortened name cosplay. Learn about Myrtle and how a love of sci-fi created the widely popular art form.


2. Put Down Grey and Read Sunstone Instead – Review | WWAC
“If I catch you reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I am going to politely remove it from your grasp and hand you a copy of Sunstone instead. And if you’re into great characters and wonderful, sweet, funny romance stories that explore sexuality, then I am also going to hand you a copy of Sunstone.”

A great review and recommendation for the Stjepan Sejic’s Sunstone.

3.James Corden surprises Chewbacca Mom with messages from J.J. Abrams and Peter Mayhew | EW
“In just a few days, the “Chewbacca Mom” video has gone all kinds of viral, breaking 140 million views and landing the woman (real name Candace Payne) on the couch of The Late Late Show. Host James Corden wanted to know, however, why Payne recorded the video in the first place. She explained that it was a way to both kill time and mark territory before picking up her kids.”

A follow up on Chewbacca Mom, after her Facebook live video went viral the good people at The Late Late Show brought her out for an interview and a filmed segment.


4. Amazing Translation Device Is A Real Life Babel Fish | Nerdist
“While every interstellar traveler knows that the most massively useful item you can have with you is a towel, placing a Babel Fish in your ear, where it can translate foreign languages for you, is a real close second on the must-have list of any spaceship-hopping hitchhiker on the go. It’s so “mind-boggingly useful” that those of us that only traverse within the confines of our own planet would find our journeys to new places a lot less intimidating if we could easily transcend language barriers.”

The Babel Fish from Hitchhikers Guide is looking like it could be a real product for purchase, designed by Waverly Labs this little device will be release late 2016.

5. Everything You Know About Steve Rogers Just Changed in Spencer And Saiz’s ‘Captain America: Steve Rogers’ #1 | Comics Alliance
“This week saw the release of the new ongoing series Captain America: Steve Rogers by Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz, which spins out of the events of the recent Avengers Standoff crossover. However, the issue contained a huge revelation about Steve Rogers’ upbringing that may change how we look at the Sentinel of Liberty forever! Spoilers for the issue follow.”

The hot topic in the comics world right now involves Marvel’s beloved Captain America playing sides. There’s outrage of all kinds, beware spoilers for issue one of the series.



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