The Monthly Read – May 1st


Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have Diversity in Comics didn’t create the Marvel sales slump, Black Cat movie rumours, and the rising tide of Educated Aliteracy.

**Reminder: Free Comic Book Day is May 6th, the first Saturday of this month. Check your local comic store for details.**

“Although Gabriel walked back his original statement a bit the next day, promising, “our fans and retailers areexcited about these new heroes. And let me be clear, our new heroes are not going anywhere,” “diversity” is and remains a tempting target to blame for Marvel’s current sales slump. It paints a simple narrative: Marvel tried to reach out to new audiences, but the sales weren’t there. It means all Marvel has to do is shift focus back to its core superheroes and core audience, and everything will be fine.”


Black Panther and Ms. Marvel Nominated for Hugo Awards Days After Marvel VP Blamed Them for Sales Slump | Fusion
“These nominations come just days after Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel, went out of his way to blame Marvel’s lagging sales on comics—like Black Panther and Ms. Marvel—starring people of color and women. Suffice it to say that the optics of this whole thing don’t reflect well on the publisher, but the Hugo nominations send a telling message to Marvel about just how the public actually feels about its “diverse books.””

Ladies and gents, we already know you put your money to work but you gotta BE VOCAL at your LCS and on social media platforms at OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS and the right people. Think publishers, think producers, VPs, etc. Be part of the nerd community not just in the LCS but at social events, Comic Cons, make a panel about the good parts of diverse comics or about your favourite characters.

And then do it all the time, if you’ve been sitting on some think pieces, put them online or submit them to comic blogs, make a comics review blog, get into the conversation. Keep your fellow nerd informed. RT and connect.

Above all, support the titles you love and your favourite comic creators when they strike it out on their own. That’s how we get the good content, the good stories.


2. ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff: ‘Thor’ Writer Tackling Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie (Exclusive) | THR
“Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff universe is getting a little bigger.

The studio, already in deep development on villain off-shoot Venom, is now developing a feature project centered on the female characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat.”

Black Cat movie!

3. Into the Badlands is the perfect cure for your Iron Fist blues | Verge
“Fortunately, there’s a solution if Iron Fist’s dull plot, poor characters, and Finn Jones’ single confused facial expression left you with a craving for some serious martial arts mayhem: AMC’s Into the Badlands. While it may have gotten lost in the hype surrounding Marvel’s new series, Badlands, which returned for its second season last weekend, delivers on the core promise that Iron Fist fails to live up to.”

First season is on Netflix right now. Binge it for the kung fu, stay for Daniel Wu.

4. Joss Whedon will write and direct a Batgirl movie about Barbara Gordon | EW
“Sources tell EW that this version will be Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner Gordon, and the movie will use the DC Comics “New 52” version of the character as a starting point.”

Batgirl movie! Joss Whedon! Writing and directing! Woo!

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cast made their own Awesome Mix | EW
“One of the most fun components of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was the soundtrack of ’70s hits, which both gave the film a retro psychedelic feel and informed Star-Lord’s disconnected relationship with his home planet. That aesthetic has successfully carried over to the sequel, which styles itself Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and featured songs like Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in its trailers so far.”

Watch the movie and listen to the curated list by the cast of the film.

6. Meet Lewis Tan, the Asian-American Actor Who Could Have Been Iron Fist | Vulture
“Tan, a half-Chinese, half-white actor, is the son of renowned martial artist and stunt coordinator Philip Tan. He was originally born in Manchester, England, but calls Los Angeles home, and can switch fluidly between British and American accents. In a narrative familiar to Asian-American actors, Tan has steadily worked his way through Hollywood, which means doing a string of roles as an Asian gangster in TV procedurals.”

The interview has great insights to life as an Asian American actor and what could have been for Marvel’s Iron Fist.

7. We Made a Wonder Woman Jacket and Guys Hate It… | HeroWithin
“On Monday morning we released our summer collection that included our new Wonder Woman Denim Jacket. Out of everything new we are creating this year, this is the one piece I am most excited for. Wonder Woman is FINALLY getting her own live action film after almost 40 years since Linda Carter’s iconic TV version. Fortunately, in the past few years, we have seen more social advocating for equal representation of gender, orientation and race in our favorite comics, TV and films. Much has change. Much has not.”

Its not emasculating to wear female superhero brands.

8. Star Wars – Protein-Enhanced Blue Milk Recipe | Inn at the Crossroads
“There is quite possibly no food or drink from the Star Wars universe more iconic than Blue Milk. This really bugged me for a while. Whenever I mentioned an interest in making food from the Star Wars world, the first thing people shouted was BLUE MILK! But… it’s just… blue milk, right?”

Looks good, any takers?

9. Actress Ivory Aquino Wants to Put a Face to the Transgender Community | NBC Asian America
“For as long as she can remember, Ivory Aquino has always known that she was a girl. On the playground, Aquino would eagerly ask her peers if she could play the part of a warrior princess or Lady Jaye from the cartoon series “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.””

Aquino is currently starring in the ABC Mini Series “When We Rise”, it debuted in February earlier this year.


10.  A Message from Anita on the End of Tropes | Fem Freq
“On May 17th, 2012, I launched a very modest Kickstarter, hoping to raise $6,000 to make what was then going to be Feminist Frequency’s next series, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. At that time, my vision for the project, like the amount of money I was hoping to raise, was fairly modest: a series of five videos, each perhaps ten minutes long, about harmful, sexist patterns of female representation in video games.”

On to the next one.

11. The Rising Tide of Educated Aliteracy | The Walrus
“Many believe we live in a post-literate age, one in which, writer Douglas Glover concludes, “books have become irrelevant.” Others disagree, some vehemently. His point is not, however, one I want to enter into a debate over. I don’t want to beat up on the degraded tastes of the common reader, analyse the impact of the digital revolution on reading habits, or make an appeal for the government to do more to address stubbornly high rates of illiteracy. What I find of most concern and significance is the rise in aliteracy—the growth of a population that can read but simply doesn’t want to.”

Leaving you off with a very long read about why so many of us are not reading.


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