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 think piece about broken fandom, Mike Mignola, and Comic-Con through the years.
1. Geek culture isn’t ‘broken,’ but it does have a harassment problem | The Daily Dot
“Criticism is not the same as entitlement. Death threats are not the same as social media activism. And death threats aren’t purely the realm of disgruntled fans sending hate mail to creators; harassment is a broader issue of sexism and bigotry online.”
In a rolling topic about fandom and it’s weight of demands on creators and artists, a few sites have put out a think piece about what it means.
2. Mike Mignola: Why I’m ending Hellboy to go paint watercolors instead | The Guardian
“Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is one of the most widely praised and visually distinctive comics of the last three decades, spawning two critically acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro movies, several spin-off comic books and assorted paraphernalia from action figures to video games.
Now, the character’s high-contrast, minimalist adventures are concluding with the hero ending his days where he began them: hell itself, where Mignola says he has found unexpected artistic freedom. The final issue ships this Wednesday, 1 June.“
Critically acclaimed Mike Mignola is ending the Hellboy series for good. Check out this interview with the Guardian about his time with the red one and where he will be heading to next.
3. A New Age of Animation | The Atlantic
“Animated sitcoms have long offered sharp insight into American culture. The Simpsons is so astute that, 16 years ago, the show predicted Donald Trump’s run for president. A running joke on Bob’s Burgers revolves around the “Burger of the Day,” with past entries including the “Sweet Home Avocado Burger” and “Mission A-Corn-Plished Burger.” The Boondocks follows a black family as they adjust to life in a mostly white suburb. Family Guy—a subversive spin on a family with 2.5 children and a dog living in Rhode Island—has lampooned everything from the legalization of marijuana to summer camp.”
An interesting article on the revolution of the animated sitcom from The Simpsons to Bob’s Burgers, they are changing humour on modern television.
4. Every year of Comic-Con in one giant timeline | Los Angeles Times
“Comic-Con started as an intimate gathering in the basement of San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970. Since then, it has become an important showcase for Hollywood film and TV projects looking to gain buzz. Below is a year-by-year look at the convention’s key moments, estimated attendance and more, with photos and video.”
From the first San Diego Comic-Con, this timeline shows the attendance records and select photos, article clippings, and videos from every year of the convention. From 145 to 130,000 strong, Comic-Con is here to stay.
5. Film Crit Hulk Smash: CIVIL WAR, SPIDER-MAN 2, And The Dangers Of Assumed Empathy | Birth Movies Death
“NOW, IT’S NOT AS IF CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR ISN’T “TRYING,” FOR IT’S OBVIOUSLY TRYING IN THE WAY THAT ALL BIG HOLLYWOOD MOVIES TRY. THE FILM IS MADE BY FREAKING PROFESSIONALS WHO VERY MUCH WANT TO BE GOOD. IT’S ALL JUST A QUESTION OF WHAT KIND OF “GOOD” IT’S ACTUALLY WORKING TOWARD.”
Film Crit Hulk has formulated a well composed review and deconstruction of Captain America: Civil War and an overall statement about where the next phase of Marvel movies are headed. A warning to those who loved CA:CW take it with an open mind.