The Monthly Read – June 5th

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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 monthly round up of links to read.

This month we have the history of G.L.O.W., backlash against Marvel’s Secret Empire story, and a throw back to E4/BBC’s Misfits.

1. Meet The Ladies Of G.L.O.W., The 80s Female Wrestling League | Dose
“The writer and producer Jenji Kohan is known for creating smart, multi-dimensional female characters who inhabit seldom explored worlds. “Orange is the New Black,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Weeds” offered insights into the areas of female prisons, single parenting and the drug trade. In “G.L.O.W.,” the new series she’s producing for Netflix, Kohan sheds light on a different subculture: female wrestling.”

The Netflix series is out June 23 but how about some herstory on the epic show.

2. Commiserate with Frustrated Female Scribes with These Depressing #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear Tweets | Flavorwire
“Yesterday, Joanne Harris, the British-French author of the book Chocolat, on which the 2000 film was based, wrote some tweets. An avid Twitter user with nearly 50,000 followers, Harris was musing on the challenges of writing for a living, and it didn’t take long before the conversation turned to gender. “I think that if you love it, that’s justification enough,” Harris wrote in response to one of her followers. “Men aren’t asked to justify their interests, or sacrifice them for family.””

*facepalm* ugh.

3. Cole Sprouse’s BTS Riverdale Pics Will Make You Love Him More | Flare Magazine
“Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on the Riverdale set? Look no futher: Cole Sprouse graciously shared some stunning photos of the cast following his Reddit AMA last night. Apparently the Riverdale heartthrob has been snapping some amaze pics of the cast and is actually a v. talented photographer!”

Beautiful photos from the actor portraying Jughead, Cole Sprouse.

4. Already irked fans threaten boycott over Marvel’s new Hydra campaign | Daily Dot
“Marvel‘s summer event comic, Secret Empire, is now inextricably linked with Nazism. It’s so controversial that fans are even objecting to a seemingly banal marketing ploy: free promotional T-shirts for comic store employees.”

LCSs of the world, if you participate in this absurd marketing campaign you are lending your voice to nazism.

5. IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE SAID | Variant Edition Blog
“Then came the marketing plan. To go along with this, Marvel is encouraging stores to take part in the takeover, placing Hydra regalia in their shops, changing store logos, all to go along with this event.

In a world where (in our opinion) a harmful human being has become one of the most powerful men in the world, and has been using that seat of power to be regressive as hell, Marvel is encouraging shops to participate in a comic event by dressing the part of collaborators. Intentions aside, that is a hard pill to swallow. Why would a comic book company willingly encourage folks to cosplay as an organization that has noted ties with Nazis, especially in the current environment?”

In regards to the Marvel comic event “Secret Empire” which involves Captain America and Nazism, it was always gonna be a strange sell.

6. Into the Badlands Is the Most Stylish Show on TV Today, and It Deserves an Emmy Nod | Paste Magazine
“But its visuals? Its costumes? And my god, its action sequences? There isn’t a show with better choreographed action and fight scenes on TV today. Honestly, I’m not sure there’s EVER been a show with better fight scenes on TV. Into the Badlands is delivering crackling, hyperkinetic, bloody sequences of flying fists, acrobatics and swordplay on a weekly basis that you typically can’t find outside of any given year’s top few Hong Kong action movies or wuxia epics.”

It’s beautiful and it’s well choreographed. Best kung-fu on American screens right now.

7. Taika Waititi Talks ‘Swingers,’ ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ and His Appreciation For Indies | IndieWire
“Known for his previous award-winning (and box office-smashing) film “The Hunt For the Wilderpeople” and his upcoming Marvel conquest “Thor: Ragnarok,” Waititi recently sat down with the good people at Tribeca Shortlist to discuss his appreciation for the indies that influenced him.”

Love me some Taika Waititi.

8. Blade Runner 2049 looks like a careful extension of Ridley Scott’s vision | The Verge
“Gosling described how the choice to focus on practical effects and environments made stepping into the reality of the universe that much easier. “Every location was real, every set was there, every prop was functional,” Gosling said. “It was a fully functioning, living, breathing world.” The pair also revealed that chunks of the film take place in Las Vegas alongside the classic’s Los Angeles setting, which required the filmmakers to re-create a futuristic version of the city in Budapest, where the film was shot.”

Keep holding your breath but so far, so good looking Blade Runner.

9. Carmen Sandiego is returning as an animated children’s show on Netflix | Polygon
“Netflix announced today it was moving ahead with a new, animated series based on the educational computer games released by Brøderbund Software in the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

Question is, will it be as good as the 90s game show for kids?

10. What legacy does Misfits leave behind? | Den of Geek
“Back in 2009, Misfits was a bit of a revelation. Originally billed and advertised as Skins-meets-Heroes, it managed the impossible by appealing to both mainstream audiences and an appreciative geek demographic, with its clever take on the superhero genre just as sharply written as the teen drama shenanigans working alongside it. This was rare as, unlike the family-friendly adventures of Doctor Who, Misfits was brazenly niche. It didn’t want to appeal to a Saturday teatime audience or exist quietly as Merlin continued to – it went straight for that notoriously fickle teen demographic with something new, intelligently written and genre-bending.”

Ah yes, the joys of genre shows. Need a sci-fi teen dramedy blender of a show, why not BBC/E4’s Misfits. Now streaming all 5 seasons on Netflix. Why not give it a play.

11. Literally Just 35 Signs From The Science March That Will Make You Laugh | Buzzfeed
“Because as we now know, it isn’t a protest without a good sign!”

Laugh and be inspired, the protest continues.

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