The Weekly Read – July 11th

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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 Canadian dropping in on Marvel’s Civil War II, Harry Potter Universe is expanding, and Ray J. Parker gets the JPop treatment.

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1. Justin Trudeau joins Alpha Flight in Marvel comic book | Macleans
“Make way, Liberal cabinet: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have another all-Canadian crew in his corner as he suits up for his latest feature role — comic book character.

Trudeau will grace the variant cover of issue No. 5 of Marvel’s “Civil War II: Choosing Sides,” due out Aug. 31.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making his comic debut in Marvel’s Civil War II, written by Chip Zdarsky.

2. Why Were Terrified of Fanfiction | Vox
“Harassment is a problem all over the internet, it’s not specific to fandom, and why is a taste for a harmless coffee shop AU fanfic tantamount to abandoning difficult stories? fan journalists wrote. Conflating campaigns against inclusion with campaigns for inclusion is a weird move, some pointed out. Fandom isn’t so much entitled as it is increasingly critical of the art it interacts with, others insisted.”

A piece about fandom and the harassment issues is comes faced with when others proclaim fandom is broken.

3. J.N. Monk Heads for the Stars to Find ‘Enough Space for Everyone Else’ | ComicsAlliance
“Edited by J.N. Monk and Lee Black, Enough Space for Everyone Else is a space and sci-fi themed anthology with a difference: the book promises to feature absolutely no stories about war, imperialism, or anything that looks to turn the grand unexplored majesty of space into yet another battleground. With the galaxy stretching out infinitely, why do so many authors seem intent on using that canvas as merely another place to do a war story?”

An interview with the “Enough Space for Everyone Else” anthology creator J.N. Monk, the campaign is still going strong on Kickstarter.

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4. J.K. Rowling’s Ilvermorny: What your new wizarding house says about you | EW
“Like at Hogwarts, Ilvermorny students are sorted into four houses, and as with Hogwarts, fans can take a quiz on Pottermore to determine which Ilvermony house they belong to. The choices on this side of the pond are named after magical creatures rather than school founders: Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, and Wampus. The first two are exactly what they sound like, the third is “a short, grey-faced, large-eared creature distantly related to the European goblin” (one of whom helped the school’s founding family in their time of need), and the fourth is a kind of panther.”

JK Rowling rolls out official descriptions of the expanded “Fantastic Beasts” schools of wizardry.

5. This Magical J-Pop Cover of the ‘Ghostbusters’ Theme Puts Fall Out Boy’s to Shame | Flavorwire
“With whatever weirdness was going on in the awful official new Ghostbusters theme song, this rendition of the classic song has reignited hope that the upcoming flick won’t be all that bad. Similar to the movie itself (back off you sexist fools) the cast for the video is also all-female, minus two harmless breakdancing ghosts.”

A new cover of Ray J. Parker’s Ghostbusters song. It’s cute and a nice update to the classic movie theme.

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