The Weekly Read – Oct 17th

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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 Franklin, the Nomad Games, and 15 years of Adult Swim.

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1. Why Charles M. Schulz Gave Peanuts A Black Character (1968) | Flashbak
People I like can be divided into two groups: a) those who enjoy and get Charles M. Schulz’s wonderfulPeanuts comic strip; b) those fools who don’t. All of human life is in the artist and writer’s 17,897 comic strips.

In 1968 Schulz noticed the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and read a letter from Los Angeles schoolteacher Harriet Glickman. She had a question for Schulz: would he include a black child in the Peanuts gang?

The exchange of letters is lovely and a great way of showing support.

2. BLACK PANTHER VOL. 1 BRINGS TERROR TO WAKANDA (REVIEW) | Nerdist
“The first volume of Black Panther is hardly a superhero comic book. If you’re looking for a comic filled with people in tights punching other people in tights, you should probably look elsewhere. Brian Stelfreeze and Ta-Nehisi Coates have instead constructed a story about a nation and a king—a tale of violence, revolution, and politics. But Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 is a must buy, whether you are a superhero fan or not.”

High praise for T’Challa in the first volume release of Marvel’s Black Panther.

3. There’s An Immense Pitch For A Vin Diesel ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Movie And It Simply Needs To Happen | moviepilot
“Well, that something special may’ve just been created. The story-rich RPG was the inspiration for an epic pitch, posted on Reddit by AmnesiaCane, which has laid the foundation for what could become a must see movie: Vin Diesel and Terry Crews starring in a fantasy film based on them playing the game as themselves, split between them acting out battles in full blockbuster glory.”

This needs to happen!

4. The World Nomad Games are like the Olympics, except with more fire and flying goat carcasses | sbnation
“The World Nomad Games concluded on Friday in what can only be described as the greatest week-long sporting event on the planet. The games, intended to showcase ethnic sports of Central Asia, featured things you have never heard of, athletes you’ll never learn about and sports that sound absolutely terrifying.”

Bananas. IT’S JUST BANANAS.

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5 . Adult Swim’s Stars Look Back at 15 Years of Insane, Genre-Bending Comedy | Vice
“Fifteen years ago, on September 2, 2001, Turner Broadcasting Systems launched a late-night programming block of cartoons for grown-ups on the Cartoon Network. Opening with an episode of the now cult-classic Home Movies (co-created by Loren Bouchard, who went on to create Bob’s Burgers), the network was rolling the dice on an odd idea that blossomed into an unprecedented experiment in absurdist comedy.”

If you haven’t watch even one show from Adult Swim, you’re missing out.

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