The Weekly Read – Nov 7th

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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 Captain Newfoundland, garbage bags full of $20s, and Midnighter & Apollo.

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1. What We Learned from Some Bonkers Newfoundland Comic Books from the 80s | Vice
“In 1975, Newfoundland media baron Geoff Stirling took a trip to India and attained spiritual enlightenment. Spoiler: it involves meditation, veganism, yoga, and a heroic dose of LSD.

When he returned to the West, Stirling was determined to use his radio, magazine, and television empire to bring this higher consciousness to the ordinary man. In particular, he really wanted enlightened role models for children, so that they could live an illuminated life straight out of the gate instead of going through a painful psychedelic deprogramming later on in life.

It was out of this dream of yoga-powered superheroes that Captain Canada—and his cosmic guru Captain Newfoundland—were born.”

Bonkers. Completely bonkers but absolutely bad ass.

2. Ms. Marvel Will Save You Now | Village Voice
“Written by Wilson, and inspired by the stories of Marvel editor Sana Amanat, the new Ms. Marvel is a study in conversion. Not of a religious sort (though Wilson, who is white, converted to Islam in college), but a creative transfiguration: the small to the large, the honest detail into mass appeal. The series is one of Marvel’s most successful, having entered an elite class within months of its debut, when that first issue hit a sixth print, a rare mark achieved by only a few genre classics, like the first issue of Wolverine. Amanat says she and Wilson never dreamed they’d make it to thirty issues, as they did this year.”

Love Kamala Khan? Read up on her history and the changing tides at Marvel that helped her come to fruition.

3. Stars Getting Rich Off Fan Conventions: How to Take Home “Garbage Bags Full of $20s” | THR
“Fan conventions, where stars can take home hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for a few hours of time, once were the domain of has-beens and sci-fi novelties. But the business has become so lucrative — think $500,000 for Captain America’s Chris Evans or The Walking Dead favorite Norman Reedus to appear — that current TV and film stars are popping up at events like Salt Lake City Comic-Con and Heroes and Villains Fan Fest. The demand has become so overwhelming that agencies including WME, CAA, UTA, ICM, APA, Paradigm and Gersh have in the past three years added “personal appearance” agents to sift through the hundreds of annual events, book talent and (of course) score their 10 percent commission.”

A behind the scenes take on what celebs make at conventions signing autographs and taking photos.

4. DC’s ‘Midnighter & Apollo’ just made a bold statement about masculinity and gay sex | Fusion
“The first issue of Midnighter & Apollo, DC’s new solo series about its first openly gay superhero power couple, opens with a literal bang. After the duo takes on a cult of subway pirates who sacrifice children to power a monstrous golem made out of train cars, Midnighter and Apollo head back home for a casual evening of drinks and dinner with friends before slipping into the easy rhythm of everyday domesticity. Midnighter washes dishes, Apollo dries, and the two revel in the simple, mundane pleasures of cohabitation.”

Get to know these queer superheroes with their new solo title out “Midnighter & Apollo” from DC Comics, already on shelves now.

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5. THE LUKE CAGE SYLLABUS: A BREAKDOWN OF ALL THE BLACK LITERATURE FEATURED IN NETFLIX’S LUKE CAGE | Black Nerd Problems
“There are obvious references to Malcolm X and James Baldwin, and Harlem Renaissance writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston make requisite cameos. They should, but the more I watched the show, I kept thinking about how other characters reference history and names, and all I could think was #LukeCageSyllabus #Season1. So, here are some of the books that appear in scenes, and fill in the blanks if you missed some serious Black history moments.”

Want to know more about the books referenced in Netflix’s Luke Cage? Give this reading list a try.

6. The Walking Dead Quitter’s Club: goodbye for real | Verge
Earlier this year we started a weekly column called The Walking Dead Quitter’s Club.” The premise was straightforward: TWD has shown itself to be a program that enjoys manipulating its audiences with a tremendous amount of cynicism, to the point where viewers might wonder why they were watching in the first place. 

Some episodes bumped our likelihood of quitting higher, others brought it lower. But throughout it all, there was an unstated rule in our thinking: there could come an episode that would finally push too far, and mistreat its audience to such a degree that The Walking DeadQuitter’s Club would actually quit.

[Last night] AMC aired that episode.

An op-ed column about quitting AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s final entry.

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