The Weekly Read – June 13th

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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 young adulthood with Regular Show, TV has a death problem, and Louise Simonson.

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1. Unicorns, Ogres, and Fart Jokes: The Madcap Cartoon World of ‘Regular Show’ is One of TV’s Most Realistic Portrayals of Emerging Adulthood | Flavorwire
“It all means that we’re left in a surreal reality where one of the few depictions of poor twentysomethings on TV lives on the fringes of a children’s network. The show in question, The Cartoon Network’s Regular Show, follows perennial slackers Mordecai and Rigby as they work dead-end jobs at a park, struggle to afford concert tickets (let alone rent), and spend the rest of their aimless days playing video games and pining for girls they’re too shy to ask out. Regular Show is one of television’s most realistic portrayals of emerging adulthood, a feat that’s all the more remarkable considering Mordecai and Rigby are animated woodland creatures — a blue jay and a raccoon, respectively.”

A great review of the underrated Regular Show.

2. Here are this week’s Game Of Thrones dead pool odds | AVClub
“But what about this week? Is this Sunday the night that the High Sparrow finally gets his just desserts? As he does for us every Friday, nationally syndicated oddsmaker and Hodor lover Benjamin Eckstein of America’s Line has placed some odds on this week’s Thrones deaths. We’ll bet our Westerosi bucks accordingly, and we’ll see who comes out on top at the end of the season.”

The kids at AVClub are making bets with fake money on who will die next on Game of Thrones. Check out their “deadpool” and the why the odds are stack up against certain characters.

3. TV is killing off so many characters that death is losing its punch | Vox
“Joffrey had no interest in the deal his mother had struck. As the king, he wanted to show his strength. The executioner’s sword swung, cleaving Ned’s head from his body. The episode cut away right before the first spurt of blood.

And television changed. Maybe for the worse.”

A great article talking about death on TV and how if used improperly can truly ruin a television watching experience.

4. FROG AND TOAD: AN AMPHIBIOUS CELEBRATION OF SAME-SEX LOVE | The New Yorker
“In 1974, four years after publishing his first children’s book about the close friendship between Frog and Toad, the author and illustrator Arnold Lobel told his family he was gay.”

An overview of Frog and Toad and the underlining of queer characters in children’s storybooks.

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5. Meet the Underappreciated Woman Who Invented X-Men’s Apocalypse | Vulture
“He’s colored blue, for some reason. He’s one of the most important and oft-used threats in the X-Men mythos, right behind the angst-ridden Magneto and the sinister Sentinels. But while Magneto and the Sentinels were crafted by some of the most famous creators in the history of superhero fiction — Stan Lee and Jack Kirby — the writer who conjured up Apocalypse is all too often overlooked.

Her name is Louise Simonson,”

A great article about Apocalyse’s creator Louise “Weezie” Simonson. About how the behemoth villain came into fruition and its run on the comic title X-Factor.

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