The Monthly Read – September 3rd


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 we are all public figures now, have you seen Into The Badlands yet, the history of Haida manga, and the importance of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette special.

1. WE ARE ALL PUBLIC FIGURES NOW | ella dawson blog
“The woman on the plane is unaware that the woman sitting in the row behind her is watching and recording her every move. Rosey Blair, the stranger she helped sit beside her boyfriend, is projecting a story on top of her interactions that soon takes the internet by storm. Her detailed breakdown of their conversation and body language racks up hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets. Blair herself begins to accumulate thousands of new Twitter followers.

Not long after the plane touches down in Texas, the hordes of strangers following Blair’s tweets are eager to discover the identities of the personal trainers from Dallas. A hunt begins to find her Instagram account. Later the man, her seatmate Euan Holden, participates in the growing media circus because he also gains a ton of twitter followers, or because it helps his career, or because it’s fun, or because it’s just too late to go back to the anonymity of before.”

Don’t play around with stranger’s anonymity. They have the right to theirs as you have the right to yours.

2. AMC isn’t giving ‘Into the Badlands’ the attention it deserves | Hypable
“Each character has a complex, layered journey and all of their stories collide in unexpected ways. Into the Badlands has build up a loyal fanbase and the diverse cast and writers are constantly interactive with viewers.

But, despite being 2.5 seasons into this saga, AMC puts little to no effort into promoting this show. AMC’s main social media pages don’t feature many tweets about the show and it is not included in their current Twitter header graphic.”

If you are a fan, lean hard on AMC. If you haven’t seen Into The Badlands, go watch it. It’s on Netflix now.

3. 21 Transgender Stars, Creators Sound Off on Hollywood: “I Want to Portray These Characters, and I’m Ready” | THR
“Transgender actors, directors and writers break down Scarlett Johansson’s casting (and un-casting) in a trans male role, audition horror stories, the perils of being “too passable” and the progress that is still needed behind the scenes and onscreen: “I’m sick of seeing us die. I want to see us live. I want to see us surrounded by abundance.””

Stop interrupting, listen.

4. Haida manga: An artist embraces tragedy, beautifully | The Conversation
““Of all the arts of which traces remain, that of the First Nations of the Northwest coast is certainly one of the greatest.”

These are the words spoken by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss in 1974, at an exhibition of the work of Bill Reid, one of the best-known artists of his generation and a member of the Haida people, an Indigenous nation of the Pacific Northwest.

The Haida community and its art also was an inspiration to another, more contemporary artist, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, inventor of a new graphic genre: “Haida manga.””

Take a journey through the very beginnings of this comic form.

5. Networking and the High Cost of Comic Conventions | Jim Keefe Blog
“It’s been my experience that networking is the key in getting work in the art field. I know it seems basic but it bears repeating that if an employer is not familiar with you and your work then they won’t hire you. And this is not a matter of “it’s not what you know but who you know.””

Comic Conventions are a great place to network and sell your art but at what cost?

6. We Tried To Uncover The Long-Lost ‘American Sailor Moon‘ And Found Something Incredible | Kotaku
“A little psychedelic, the miscellaneous artifacts of this Sailor Moon together form either a pitch-perfect vision for a ‘90s American children’s show or, to die-hard anime fans, an irreverent Sailor Moon funhouse mirror straight from hell’s grimy content buckets.

This red, white, and blue Sailor Moon plan never got into orbit, and in 1995, the original, Japanese Sailor Moon anime began airing on U.S. television. 25 years ago, the Americanized version was a narrowly-avoided disaster, but a disaster that apparently left behind a 17-minute pilot episode, which I decided long ago that I had to try to find.”

omfg omfg OMFG OMFG!!!

7. How “BoJack Horseman” Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt Is Shaking up Animation | Artsy
“The rider, Coyote Doggirl, is the eponymous star of Lisa Hanawalt’s third book; she is one of the many animal characters who populate Hanawalt’s surreal and furry universe. Best known as the illustrator and art director of the animated series BoJack Horseman, Hanawalt is a longtime fan of classic Westerns, from True Grit and Unforgiven to Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, as well as the cheese-filled kitsch of Dances With Wolves. Coyote Doggirl is a product of both her love of the genre and her frustration with its limitations.“I find Westerns to be very romantic,” Hanawalt said to Artsy, “but most of them are also very racist and misogynistic, and they’re always told from a male perspective.””

A great interview with Lisa Hanawalt. A great artist and vocal advocate for animation.

8. We made a timeline showing the entire history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe | Business Insider
“The history includes far more than what we see on the screen. Thankfully, there’s plenty of context within the 20 movies so far to give us a sense of just how far back it goes and when important events not seen in the movies take place.”

It’s long and it’s loooooooooong. Wow, 20 movies and still going.

9. The Joy of Sleeping: Bob Ross recordings recast as bedtime audio series | arstechnica
“Blissful and soothing reruns of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting can make even hardened Internet users drift away to a sublime dream world, complete with happy little trees and happy little clouds. Now, for those that can’t get enough during the day—and have trouble drifting off at bedtime—there’s a happy little audio series.”

Nap time is here.

10. Hannah Gadsby on Quitting Comedy, Telling Her Story, and the Destructive Nature of Shame | Amy Pohler’s Smart Girls
“Hannah uses stand-up comedy to subvert comedy itself. The show is refreshingly honest, a rollercoaster of emotions, and draws from Hannah’s experiences growing up in a small town in Tasmania, where, as a lesbian, she felt like an outsider. In Tasmania, being gay was a crime until 1997 — not that long ago. In Nanette, Hannah talks about how growing up in that environment made her change the way she chooses to tell her story now.”

Absolutely amazing, gripping, and a must watch now. Catch Hannah Gadsby special Nanette on Netflix now.


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