The Monthly Read – February 5th


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 a year without Carrie Fisher, the history of hidden tracks, board games that fight bias, and the Serial Killer Detector.

WAKANDA FOREVER! Black Panther is out in Canada and the world on February 16th. Hope you got tickets ahead of time.

“Although I have vague memories of Princess Leia as a child, I didn’t really appreciate Fisher until recently. She was outspoken, brash, and to be blunt, didn’t give a shit what you thought of her. She gave no fucks, and it was glorious. She battled weight issues and the accompanying criticism that comes with that, and was open about her struggles with drug use and sobriety. She was also very open about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and treatment and their effects on her life, helping to break down the stigma and create public conversations about the illness.”

Long may she reign.

2. Why You Should Surround Yourself With More Books Than You’ll Ever Have Time to Read | INC
“If you never actually get around to reading any books, then yes. You might want to read up on tricks to squeeze more reading into your hectic life and why it pays to commit a few hours every week to learning. But if it’s simply that your book reading in no way keeps pace with your book buying, I have good news for you (and for me, I definitely fall into this category): your overstuffed library isn’t a sign of failure or ignorance, it’s a badge of honor.”

Do you have piles and piles of books and comics that you haven’t even read yet? Don’t feel guilty, its probably good for you.

3. Hide And Seek: A History of Hidden Tracks | Tedium
“The compact disc was such a forward-thinking format when it first came out that it needed its own bible. That bible was called the Red Book.

The book, formulated by Philips and Sony, explains the detailed technical specifications of the format, including the maximum length of a CD (74 minutes), the maximum number of tracks there can be (99), the minimum length of a single track (4 seconds), and the standard sampling rate (44.1 kHz).”

Remember compact discs? Remember hidden tracks? Yeah, I’m old too. Here’s a short history on the hidden track and its use today.

4. Why I’m Walking Away From Characters I Don’t Own | The 13th Dimension
“This wasn’t a snap decision in the slightest. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a few months now. If I’m to be honest, it’s been part of an ongoing internal argument I’ve been having with myself for the last two years. As a professional comics creator for the last quarter century, I’ve seen many movements in terms of creator-owned comics come and go.”

Perhaps 2018 should be the year of supporting indie creators and indie IPs. Shift the power. #IndieComics now!

5. ‘Black Panther’ is outselling every previous superhero film in advance ticket sales | CNN Money
“Black Panther is still two weeks away from hitting theaters but advanced ticket sales on Fandango is already outpacing all other superhero films.”



6. Using Board Games to Help Fight and Understand Bias | Mind Shift
“Quick, think of a physicist.

If you’re anything like me, you probably didn’t have to think very hard before the names Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton popped up.

But what if I asked you to think of a female physicist? What about a black, female physicist?

You may have to think a bit harder about that. For years, mainstream accounts of history have largely ignored or forgotten the scientific contributions of women and people of color.”

The card game Buffalo is available from Tiltfactor Lab. Check it out, they have loads of other games.

7. “On A Sunbeam” Comic by Tillie Walden
“The story is complete and there will be no more updates. The book version of OAS will be coming out in Fall 2018.

Even after the book version is published, the comic will remain free to read online.

The name for this webcomic was inspired by the Belle and Sebastian song Asleep on a Sunbeam. Give it a listen.”

The comic is free to read and the printed edition will be available this fall.

“When it was announced that Tessa Thompson, the talented Afro-Latina actress known for her roles in Dear White People and Creed, was cast as Valkyrie, I rejoiced. Because while Marvel Studios has been producing superhero films for 9 years now, the fight for representation in those movies has been a very slow, arduous one. For a long time, Zoe Saldana had been holding it down in Guardians of the Galaxy as the sole black female superhero in the MCU. Even Saldana’s role as Gamora opens up further discussions about black actresses being casted for roles that completely covered them CGI or makeup. So to have Thompson cast as Valkyrie meant that the MCU would finally have a black female superhero with no makeup and no CGI, her blackness visible and in the forefront.”

Represent. Tessa Thompson is here, deal with it!

9. BOTNIK Writes Harry Potter | BOTNIK
“Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash”

Trust me, just read it.

10. The Serial-Killer Detector | The New Yorker
“Thomas Hargrove is a homicide archivist. For the past seven years, he has been collecting municipal records of murders, and he now has the largest catalogue of killings in the country—751,785 murders carried out since 1976, which is roughly twenty-seven thousand more than appear in F.B.I. files. States are supposed to report murders to the Department of Justice, but some report inaccurately, or fail to report altogether, and Hargrove has sued some of these states to obtain their records. Using computer code he wrote, he searches his archive for statistical anomalies among the more ordinary murders resulting from lovers’ triangles, gang fights, robberies, or brawls. Each year, about five thousand people kill someone and don’t get caught, and a percentage of these men and women have undoubtedly killed more than once. Hargrove intends to find them with his code, which he sometimes calls a serial-killer detector.”

A highly engrossing long read about true crime, serial killers, and how they could be caught.


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