The Weekly Read – Oct 10th

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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 Supergirl origins, Mara Wilson now, and fandom evolution in Harry Potter and Star Trek.

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1. Tamaki And Jones Tell Supergirl’s Origin in ‘Being Super’ | Comics Alliance
“Supergirl is getting a second comic series (or a third if you count the digital-first Adventures of Supergirl based on the TV show). In addition to the regular monthly Supergirl series that started this week, December sees the launch of a four-issue miniseries by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones, with the title Supergirl: Being Super.”

The comic is being released early December. Check your LCS and pre-order this gem.


2. Sex Is Funny. Love Is Funny. So Where Are All Our Great Romantic Comedies? | The Cut at NYMag
“The problem with talking about “romantic comedy” is the word “romance.” I’m not exactly sure what that word means — it’s been invaded and colonized and sanitized, until it has come to represent something a married couple might do on their anniversary to mix it up a little, and look, I understand that’s not what people want to see in a movie. I’m talking about desire. I wish we could rename the genre. “Desire comedies”? “Erotic comedies”? Although the word “erotic” sounds like something said by a sex therapist sitting on a floor mat drinking orange juice and holding an enormous dildo. So, let’s forget that, and just talk about desire.”

An interesting op-ed about romantic comedies and where they’ve gone.

3. ‘Where Am I Now?’ Mara Wilson Explains What Happened When Matilda Grew Up | npr
“Wilson struggled with the feeling that people liked her characters more than they liked her. When she was in college, a teacher suggested that she write a letter to Matilda. Wilson says that going back to Dahl’s book helped her appreciate what a privilege it had been to take on the role of the brave, bighearted little girl.”

Check out this interview with Mara Wilson, former child actor and has a new autobiography out.

4. The New Powers That Be | Slate
“Fandoms existed before Harry Potter, of course, going all the way back to the first truly modern fandom, which sprang up around Sherlock Holmes and harangued the great detective’s weary creator into resurrecting him from that supposedly fatal plunge off the Reichenbach Falls. Pottermaniacs were also far from the first fans to explore the internet’s ability to connect them with each other. Devotees of The X-Files are generally acknowledged to be pioneers, creators of the first internet-native community as well as inventors of the term shipping, used to describe fan activity (speculation, conversation, fan fiction) inspired by the desire to see two characters in the source material, or canon, become a couple.”

We’ve come a long, long way Harry Potter. Check out how Potter changed modern fandom.

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5 . Women who love ‘Star Trek’ are the reason that modern fandom exists | Revelist
“These days mainstream media has embraced “geek culture,” mostly because it makes a boatload of money for TV and movie studios.But there’s still one TV and movie franchise that still tends to evoke the stereotype of the pedantic, socially adjusted nerd living in his mom’s basement: “Star Trek.” Sure, J.J. Abrams tried to make it cool in 2009, but let’s face it: If you have an opinion about whether or not Kirk or Picard is the better leader (it’s actually Sisko, fight me), then most non-Trekkies will still assume that you need to —  in the infamous words of Will Shatner himself — “get a life.””

Star Trek fans are the reason modern fandom exists so give it up to the pioneers of nerdery.

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