The Weekly Read – June 20th


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 history of Black Canary, Nerds of Color reading list, and a Pingu movie.


1. Fists and Fishnets: Celebrating the Golden Age Black Canary | Comics Alliance
“You’d never have known the Black Canary was going to be so important. On June 11, 1941, a new character appeared in Flash Comics. She wasn’t introduced in the “Flash” strip that gave the anthology it’s name, or the co-headliner “Hawkman.” She made her debut in a six-page “Johnny Thunder” story, by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino.”

A great overview of the beloved DC character Black Canary, the article talks about her origins and her history in the DC Universe.

2. The Nameless City, Review | Sequential Tart
“I’ve been looking forward to The Nameless City since Faith Erin Hicks started to post artwork from her new graphic novel on Twitter, so when First Second Books extended the opportunity to review it, I leapt at it.

Over the years, Hicks has created wonderful comics with a supernatural or superpower edge that are rooted in the familiar: Zombies Calling takes place at a university; Friends with Boys is set at a public school; The Diary of a Superhero Girl is about a 20-year-old Everycanadian who “was still figuring out who she was and what she wanted in life”.

A great review of Faith Erin Hick’s “The Nameless City”, the first in a trilogy of books out now by Macmillan Publishing.

3. The Official NOC #CrossLines Reading List | Nerds of Color
“This past weekend in Washington DC, the Smithsonian’s historic Arts & Industries building was home to the most important gathering of artists you have ever seen. The CrossLines pop-up culture lab on intersectionality brought together over 40 artists and scholars to explore race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, disability, etc.”

Need a new reading material? Check out Nerds of Color’s inclusive reading list featuring over 40 titles of the sci fi, fantasy, and graphic novel variety.

4. Learn Dothraki the Modern Way | Geek & Sundry
“Ever heard of conlanging? It’s a bizarre-sounding word that means something pretty amazing. Conlangers create entire languages–J.R.R. Tolkien might be one of the most famous conlangers with his creation of fourteen languages to be used by different races of dwellers in Middle Earth. Thanks to modern conlangers, we have languages like Klingon, Na’vi, and more recently, Dothraki.”

Love being a polyglot? Nerd it up and learn Dothraki, the language of the Dothraki tribes in Game of Thrones. Meet the creator, David Peterson.

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5. Pingu’s The Thing | Stan Winston School of Character Arts
“Pingu’s The Thing aka Thingu. John Carpenter’s The Thing as performed by the claymated, Antarctic cast of the hit children’s animation Pingu. Directed by Lee Hardcastle.”

Well, it’s all there in the title. Click the link to watch on Facebook video.


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