The Weekly Read – July 18th

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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 Chinese Superman, the queen of crappy robots, and Simon Pegg.

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1. MEET THE NEW CHINESE SUPER-MAN! | Angry Asian Man
“DC Comics newest high-flying hero, Kenan Kong, is a Chinese teenager from Shanghai who finds himself infused with the powers of the Man of Steel. Written by acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, with art by Viktor Bodganovich, the new monthly title New Super-Man is part of DC’s “Rebirth” initiative. 

Ahead of this month’s debut, here’s an official preview of the first four pages of New Super-Man #1, which introduces our hero Kenan Kong and the DC Universe’s version of metropolitan Shanghai, which appears to have its own super-problems. It also seems that when we first encounter Kenan, he is… well, a bit of a jerk.”

Meet Chinese Superman Kenan Kong, written by Gene Luen Yang.

2. CRAPPY ROBOT QUEEN’S NEW DEVICE TELLS THE HATERS TO “DEAL WITH IT” | Nerdist
“Just because a bunch of strangers on the internet don’t like you spending all of your time making super crappy robots instead of things that might actually be useful, you don’t have to feel badly. Instead, all you have to do is awkwardly look them in the eye…err, camera…and tell them one thing: “Deal with it.”

Which is just what our burping Queen of Shitty Robots (First of Her Name) Simone Giertz did, or at least enlisted one of her androids to do. Giertze invented her very own “Deal with It” device, which, when controlled by a remote matching robotic arm sent to her by a fan, allows her to look super cool while lowering a pair of sunglasses onto her face (sometimes perfectly, like the popular internet GIF come to life).”

Deal with it.

3. Simon Pegg: ‘It’s terrible! I have become the very thing I feared’ | The Guardian
“From Spaced to Star Trek by way of Star Wars, Simon Pegg has become Hollywood’s hottest geek. He tells Carole Cadwalladr where it all went interstellar.”

From indie comedy Spaced to Star Trek Beyond, Simon Pegg is taking it easy, a down to Earth interview with the Guardian.

4. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Fan Favorite Character Will Come Out In New Film | indiewire
“Known for its trailblazing progressivism, “Star Trek” has long been in front of controversial issues, but this would still be the first time they featured an openly gay character. However, the film doesn’t feature a big coming-out scene, but rather an unshowy nod. Praising the creative choice, Cho says that he “liked the approach, which was not to make a big thing out it, which is where I hope we are going as a species, to not politicize one’s personal orientations.””

A beloved Star Trek character will come out in the newest instalment of the film series, comments from the actor and how the idea came about.

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5. POKÉMON GO ISN’T DESTROYING SOCIETY, IT’S MAKING IT BETTER | Nerdist
“What Pokémon GO has on other apps is that it encourages and requires people to come and work together. Sometimes this means an interaction that scares us. The idea of being literally lured into a mugging or worse is terrifying. I like to remember Mister Rogers when our bias to focus on the negative takes over: “Look for the helpers.” Set aside the scary stories for a moment and look at what Pokémon GO is doing for people.”

One Pokemon at a time.

6. Who Ya Gonna Troll? | Vulture
“With his Ghostbusters reboot, director Paul Feig wades — with good intentions, he swears — into the gender wars.”

Paul Feig, taking on the trolls and making absolutely sure to gamble it all on female characters and actors.

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