The Monthly Read – September 4th


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 Michelle Yeoh looking badass, inmates that play D&D, and the limits of nostalgia.

“In case missed it, fellow Trekkies, here’s the newest trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, straight outta San Diego Comic-Con. The latest foray into the final frontier takes place ten years before The Original Series, following the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms. The new trailer includes several shots of Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou looking badass, doing badass stuff.”

Michelle Yeoh, Star Fleet Captain. Heck yes.

2. Your Entertainment Choices Are Not Your Identity | Houston Press
The other day as I was getting dressed, I realized something weird. Even though I had written a few articles about video games, had edited a short story I wrote that takes place partially inside a video game, and was putting on a T-shirt with characters from a video game on it, I hadn’t actually sat down and played a video game in nearly two weeks. Literally, this huge part of my life, both personally and professionally, had just kind of slipped my mind, and I realized I was okay with that because becoming defined by what one consumes usually makes people into jerks.”

A great read about identity and liking what we like.

3. Being Weird and Black Doesn’t Mean You’re Interested in Being White | Wear Your Voice Magazine
“Blavity — one of my favorite blogs — recently ran an article titled, “To All My Weird Black Girls.” As soon as I saw it on my newsfeed I was excited, because I knew this article would speak to me. But then I read it in its entirety. 

The writer spoke plainly about being an outlier in the black community because she loves heavy metal, anime and Star Trek. She says, “I was unlike many girls in the black community, and it made me insecure and uncomfortable and even brought tears to my eyes.””

Pop culture as a whole is not white only or white based.

4. How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband | Vice
“It may sound like a strange juxtaposition: hardened, tattooed offenders donning the cloaks of fantasy characters. Yet both former inmates and correctional officers agree: D&D is more common in prison than you might imagine. Most facilities have at least one game going. Some have a player in every cell block. According to Micah Davis, a former inmate and Dungeon Master imprisoned in Texas, “We had our own table in the dayroom. That’s saying something. Aryan brotherhood table, Mexican mafia table, black guy table, and D&D table.””

A fascinating read about how prisoners are finding wellness and inventive ways to play tabletop RPGs.

5. A ’90s-Set ‘Captain Marvel’ Movie Opens Up Worlds of Possibilities | THR
“The news from Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that Captain Marvel will take place in the past — the 1990s, to be precise — is a surprising one. So far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has enjoyed a tight continuity (and contemporary focus) after the 1940s setting of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. But is there a method to the nostalgic madness?”

Now we wait and agonize over details we don’t know! #nerdlyfe

“Orphan Black, over the course of its five seasons, has told the story of a series of clones who’ve recently come to the realization that they are part of a shady science experiment with dire consequences. Through the plight of deadbeat Sarah, science genius Cosima, soccer mom Alison, angry vigilante Helena, and self-aware boss Rachel (and so many more, all played deftly by Maslany and her clone double, Kathryn Alexandre), the myriad shades of femininity and female personhood are put on display to tell a story of bodily autonomy, the struggles of women, nature vs. nurture, and so much more—all wrapped up in a thrilling sci-fi conspiracy package.”

Orphan Black aired it’s season finale in August. Catch up on your streaming devices now.

7. Ready Player One Finds The Bleak Limits Of Nostalgia | The Concourse
“You could be forgiven, then, for expecting last month’s trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to break apart the internet entirely. Instead, it felt like a quake in reverse, the aftershocks coming early, everyone waiting for the real carnage. Because the inevitable dislocation won’t just be about a schlocky book but an entire concept of schlocky book: the aggregating of shared consumer ephemera repackaged into another artless commodity and sold-crazy to a generation reared on abusively quoting at itself online.”

Are we falling down from peak nostalgia and it is hurting our movie watching experience?

8. What Rogue One Completely Changes About Star Wars: A New Hope | CBR
“If you’ve seen “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” then odds are you felt a strong urge to watch the original 1977 “Star Wars” film immediately after that final scene. No surprise there, as “Rogue One” completely changes the way “A New Hope” plays out by showing us all of the insane action that immediately preceded the first “Star Wars” film. We now know the names and faces of the Rebel soldiers that stole the Death Star plans, and we know how they ended up in Princess Leia Organa’s hands — literally. If you thought that the finale of 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” synced up nicely with “A New Hope” with it’s concluding scene on the Tantive IV, then “Rogue One’s” final moments on that same ship probably blew your mind.”

All new FEELS.

9. The CW Heard Your Prayers and Is Giving You 22 Episodes of Riverdale in Season 2 | Vulture
“Riverdale got picked up for a second season at the beginning of this year but, until now, we didn’t know how many episodes it would be getting. Another tight run of 13? A full network slate of 20 or more? During today’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced the show will be returning this fall with 22 episodes packed full of drama, intrigue, thirst traps, shipping, maple syrup, and so, so much darkness.”

Umm… I was fine with 13 episodes but if I was the only one then…

10. Hot Pie From ‘Game of Thrones’ Opened a Bakery Selling Real Life Direwolf Bread | Hypebeast
“Hot Pie from Game of Thrones reappeared recently in a season 7 episode and has now opened his own bakery selling Direwolf bread. Ben Hawkey who plays Hot Pie, has decided to call his new bakery venture “You Know Nothing John Dough” to further its GoT roots.”

Adorable! Sadly, only in London, England.


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