The Monthly Read – November 6th

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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 Ed Skrein forfeit, “Carmilla” the Canadian short series that could, and why Sylvia Plath is allowed to smile.

1. On cultural appropriation and the importance of Ed Skrein forfeiting his ‘Hellboy’ role | Shadow and Act
“In his pursuit of what felt “right,” Skrein—a Hollywood actor, unburdened by the social responsibility inherited by a journalist—exercised a certain grasp on the concept of ownership and identity that Weiss has yet to obtain for himself, as the writer seems to suffer from an unfortunate misunderstanding of what cultural appropriation is. “

Props to Ed Skrein for recognizing his white privilege.

2. How a little Canadian web series about a lesbian vampire became a worldwide hit | CBC
“The low-budget Canadian show began streaming five-minute episodes in 2014. It tells the story of a female university student who falls in love with a female vampire. There are now 108 five-minute episodes, which streams on KindaTV, a YouTube channel aimed at millennial viewers.”

It’s called Carmilla, give it a watch.

2. 15 Actors Who Were Destroyed (Or Saved) By A Superhero Role | cbr
“One big role can completely change an actor’s career and life, and these days the roles don’t get much bigger than the leading superheroes and supervillains in comic book movies. Whether the changes these parts bring are a net positive or negative for the actor’s work varies depending on both the specifics of the situation and your perspective. Superhero movies are the most hyped and commercially popular blockbuster movies in this day and age, so there’s a raised profile involved, which can reap huge rewards for a good performance but punish a misfire severely.”

Some you remember and love, some you wished they refused the role in the first place.

3. Pacific Rim Uprising‘s Synopsis Confirms the Return of Mako Mori | io9
“We knew already that Charlie Hunnam wouldn’t be returning for the sequel—but the fate of his fellow star Rinko Kikuchi was left nebulous, even as we were introduced to the next generation of mecha pilots for the sequel, lead by John Boyega. But the film’s new official synopsis reveals that Mako Mori is back in action.”

MAKO! ❤

4. Marginalia: 10 Comics That Star Literal Brown and #BlackGirlMagic| Black Nerd Problems
“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved magic, and not just Halloween season magic either (although I’d be lying if I said that much like the Winter holiday season busts out in October, the instant the leaves remotely start turning I’m thinking spells and Harvest Moons). Whether it’s your typical mahou shoujo, your Studio Ghibli blend of fantasy, or your kickass Buffy the Vampire Slayer teen warrior, there’s just something about using mystical powers or interacting with otherworldly creatures that inspires the imagination, no matter what age or time. Of course, the problem is that more often than not these series tend to skip the part where darker-than-beige people exist in the world, or add them as supporting roles at best. Well not this year, muggles!”

Comic reading list with WOC characters, get into it.

5. The nostalgic joys of the Scholastic Book Fair, explained| Vox
“Few school-sponsored enrichment programs lend themselves to genuine nostalgia. The Presidential Fitness Test? Most people compartmentalize the memories of that one, lest they lead to traumatic flashbacks. DARE? In retrospect, a pretty hilarious failure, but not exactly the stuff of back-to-school daydreams.

But the Scholastic Book Fair? That week where your elementary school was packed full of books and pens and erasers and you could just wade right on in and go wild? Oh, man, that’s the good stuff.”

Cheap books and bookmarks galore.

6. “Professor Marston And The Wonder Women” Director Angela Robinson On The Kinky, Polyamorous, Feminist Origins Of Wonder Woman | BUST
“The director had been a lifelong fan of the female superhero, and it was a perfect gift for her. But what she found on those pages triggered an immense desire to make a film about the man who invented Wonder Woman. The Harvard educated psychologist William Moulton Marston hid a polyamorous relationship with his wife and mistress from the public, and therefore led a double life.”

7. THE GREATEST THOR STORY ARCS OF ALL TIME | Nerdist
“All of us are waiting with bated breath for Taika Waititi’s  upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, which looks to be the most fun and, well, “comic-booky” of all the Thor films released by Marvel so far. Judging from the trailers, it seems the filmmakers were definitely inspired by some of the greatest Thor comic book runs of all time.”

If you saw the movie, time to catch up on the lore.

8. After 14 Years, Jean Grey Returns To Marvel Comics | Comic Vine
“Death isn’t forever in comics. In 2003, Jean Grey died during an iconic run on New X-Men by acclaimed writer Grant Morrison. Since then, that version of Grey has been dead, but this December, Grey will return in the five-issue miniseries Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey.”

The Phoenix rises up in your LCS this December.

9. We Watched the Original ‘Riverdale’ So You Don’t Have To | Vice
“Rather than look to the show itself, or even the comic book source material, I decided to go all the way back to an earlier live-action adaptation of the stories. In 1990, NBC produced a TV movie about a 15-year high school reunion, reuniting Archie and the gang in Riverdale. Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (also known as Archie: Return to Riverdale) was phenomenally bad, taking a much more straightforward approach to adapting the comics than the dark and broody Twin Peaks-meets- 90210 approach of the CW’s Riverdale.”

Some CW Riverdale spoilers but hilarious trailer inside article. Oh wait, I meant horrendous.

10. Sylvia Plath had depression and a brain – she’s still allowed to smile| Newstateman
“Rather unexpectedly, however, it is not the content of these letters that has caused controversy this time. Rather, it is the collection’s UK book cover. It features a colour photograph of Plath on a beach in white swimming clothes. She is tanned, blonde and smiling at the photographer. The use of the image has led one critic to accuse the publisher (Faber) of sexualising Plath to increase sales and rendering her “trifling” and “superficial”. Worse still, they argue, the beach scene is “a visual antithesis to the ambitious, intellectual poet” who would be better represented by the photograph chosen for the US cover. This depicts the “poet bundled up in a coat” with a “thoughtful smile”.”

Looks are deceiving. Always.

11. Diamond Retailer Best Practices Awards: 2017 | Diamond
“In May of 2016, we began our Comic Book Fair program. While like a typical book fair program, we have extra features that make it more worthwhile to libraries. 

First, we man the comic book fair ourselves so there’s no need for the school to get volunteers or have to deal with set up, tear down, or handle cash. A welcome relief, for sure!”

Friends of LGNYEG, Happy Harbor Comics garnered a Comic Retailer Award for Best School or Library Event/Program! Congrats HHC!

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