The Monthly Read – July 2nd

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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 how women see male authors see them, Cowboy Bebop at 20, women who watch X-Files, and the brain behind the twitter handle @Dogrates.

Because they’re all good dogs.

1. How Women See How Male Authors See Them | The New Yorker
“On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a unifying shape or curvature”

Break the cisgender male gaze streak. Break it by reading more books by Women authors.

2. 20 YEARS LATER, COWBOY BEBOP IS MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER | syfy
“I’m not here to be the guy telling you that your parents and Black Mirror are right, that Instagram really is making your life worse and that we were better off back in the old days. Frankly, the fact that we can check Twitter on a tiny mega-computer that fits in our pocket is a miracle of modern science. But for all of our strides towards crafting the future we were promised, we’re still human. For better or worse, there are facets of who we are that no app will ever be able to fix. I think Cowboy Bebop director Shinichirō Watanabe knew this when his masterpiece hit the airwaves 20 years ago.”

See you later, Space Cowgirl.

3. Dear Congoers of America: Stop Wearing Nazi Uniforms. Seriously. | Nerd & Tie
“Last year, Portland, OR based Rose City Comic Con had to explicitly ban Nazi-related cosplays after some guys walked around their 2017 event wearing Nazi Uniforms weirdly modified with Hello Kitty arm bands. This wasn’t cosplay, this a statement. The people wearing these Nazi and Nazi-based outfits aren’t doing so out of love of a character, instead they are wearing them because they like dressing as Nazis.”

Cosign, please stop cosplaying Nazis.

4. The First Marvel Movie Superhero Was Black | The Daily Beast
“Blade was the first Marvel superhero film produced with the intention of honoring the comic book that inspired it. It’s important as well that Blade was a black superhero, played by Wesley Snipes—one of the most popular black actors of the time. It’s also worth nothing that, due to the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Blade has been mostly ignored while Marvel touts Black Panther as the biggest cultural event of the year.”

Time for a long awaited Blade marathon? I think yes.

5. Brie Larson Promises ‘I Do Not Hate White Dudes,’ But Laments Lack of Inclusion Among Film Critics | IndieWire
““Am I saying I hate white dudes?” asked the Oscar-winning “Room” actress, a question that she’d repeat twice more during her speech. She answered with a sneer, “No, I’m not … [but if] you make the movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.””

We love Brie Larson. Go Brie, go!

6. Five Thoughts on Babylon 5‘s “Midnight on the Firing Line” | Multiversity Comics
“This show is too good to let it go quietly into that good night so here I am, attempting to keep its memory alive. And it seems that I’m not alone! Within days of picking this for my summer binge, Amazon announced that all 5 seasons will be coming to Prime in June! So for all those who haven’t seen it yet and don’t want to shell out for the DVD’s or online seasons, you’ll have a fresh, new place to see this sci-fi classic.”

It’s time for a sci-fi screening party.

7. LeVar Burton wants to read you his favorite short stories | The Verge
“Burton opens each episode of his podcast with a simple guiding principal: “The only thing that these stories have in common is that I love them, and I hope you will, too.” Each episode is a single story, narrated by Burton, which runs just under an hour in length.”

It’s a podcast of hour long stories read to you by a familiar voice. Get nostalgic with LeVar Burton.

8. Women Who Watched “The X-Files” Pursued More Careers In STEM | FastCo
“When The X-Files premiered in 1993, FBI agent and medical doctor Dana Scully was unlike any other woman on television. Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, was equal to, and not just the sidekick of, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). She was sharp, resilient, fiercely intelligent, and working a career that most women hadn’t seen themselves in onscreen.

The idea of women becoming interested in the scientific field as a result of Scully has been known for years as “The Scully Effect”–and now there’s data to back it up.”

All those nightmare fueled episodes I guess were WORTH IT.

 

9. London’s First Celebrity Dog Was Accused Of Witchcraft | The Londonist
“Observations From Prince Rupert’s White Dog Called Boy. Sounds like a benign enough name for a pamphlet. A bit strange perhaps. Actually, come to think of it, why would anyone write a pamphlet on a member of the royal family’s pet dog?* However, Boy isn’t any ordinary canine — despite what his benign name might suggest.”

The OG good Boy.

10. This 21-Year-Old Quit College to Rate Dogs on the Internet. He’s Now Making Six Figures | Time
“On November 15, 2015, he and a few of his Campbell University friends were there after a golf tournament when he brought up the idea of @dog_rates. A longtime fan of Weird Twitter, Nelson had been privately workshopping the pitch for weeks. He would look at photos of dogs and, using humor and a 10-point scale, rate them on Twitter.

“I saw other people doing extraordinary things in 140 characters — making me laugh and making me feel things in that limited character space. I got addicted to that challenge as well,” the 21-year-old Nelson says. “I realized dogs were a very hot topic on the internet. If I wanted my writing to reach more people, I wanted to utilize dogs.””

Nelson is a good boy, 13/10, would follow @dog_rates

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