The Monthly Read – March 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 Birds of Prey tease, Brie Larson, Canada Open Comics Library, and the Women who were ever nominated or awarded a spot in the Eisner Hall of Fame.

“The DC Extended Universe is expanding in a number of new directions in the years ahead, including a Birds of Prey movie that will prominently feature Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, plus Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Plus, Ewan McGregor stars as the villain Black Mask. The film will precede Suicide Squad 2, and while this all-female team of heroes didn’t fare so well in their previous live-action incarnation, the hope is that DC can do better the second time around. A first look at the movie was released today by Warner Bros.”

A who what where when why of DC Comics Birds of Prey.

2. Brie Larson Is Ready to Kick Some Ass | InStyle Magazine
“As far as hero origin stories go, Larson’s began quite early. She says her first “Aha!” acting moment came when she played the Energizer Bunny at the age of 4 during her family’s Christmas talent show. “At one point I had to walk across the living room in the costume, and my whole family laughed,” Larson says, smiling. “I didn’t know that was something that could happen, and I didn’t understand why it happened, but I liked it.””

Get familiar with Brie Larson, she charges in as Captain Marvel in theatres March 8th.

3. Comic books and graphic novels haven’t gotten the library love they deserve — until now | CBC
“Comics are “often catalogued as one all-encompassing genre for storytelling” in the two most common library cataloguing systems: the Dewey Decimal System (used in most public libraries) and the Library of Congress (used in most academic libraries), explains Diamant. Libraries may also be limited — by distributors, budgets, or staff knowledge — in their abilities to purchase titles from the smallest publishers or self-published work, both of which are prevalent in comics. The team behind the Canada Comics Open Library wanted to create a more accessible space dedicated solely to comics, where they could design a framework for a more comic-friendly library collection focused around Canadian creators, as well as having a community space for comics-related events, workshops and research.”

You can check out the Canada Open Comics Library here.

4. Why the Super Bowl Halftime Show Says Everything About Who We Are | Lauren Daley on Medium
“So it says so much that this past Sunday, another human being showed not one, but two nipples during a Super Bowl Half-Time performance, and danced around, and was cheered, and sang with both nipples showing — and people pronounced the show boring.

Monday morning’s headlines declared the Pats won, and the Halftime Show was boring. Words like “bland” and “safe” were tossed about. Twitter talked more about a cartoon sponge.”

Think on it for a minute.

5. Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | The Guardian
“Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read on Kindles or skim a flotilla of email and news feeds. Unbeknownst to most of us, an invisible, game-changing transformation links everyone in this picture: the neuronal circuit that underlies the brain’s ability to read is subtly, rapidly changing – a change with implications for everyone from the pre-reading toddler to the expert adult.”

Slow down, read every word, don’t interrupt the flow.

6. 10 Years Later, ‘North & South’ Remains the Greatest Period-Drama Miniseries of All Time | Flavorwire
“Ten years ago tonight, the BBC premiered a four-part miniseries, North & South (not to be confused with the Patrick Swayze-starring civil war drama of the same name), adapted from Elizabeth Gaskell’s 19th-century novel of cross-class romance in the industrial North of England. The BBC didn’t harbor huge expectations for the series, coming as it did in the midst of a glorious decade of nonstop adaptations of major works by Austen, Brontë, and Dickens. But then, a few weeks later, the fourth installment of North & South ended with a tender, long-awaited kiss (now known to viewers as “The Kiss”). Immediately, so many people flooded the BBC’s online message boards that they crashed and shut down. It’s been enshrined in fangirl lore as “the infamous night that period drama fans broke (a small part of) the BBC (dot com).”

This series is DAMN FINE. If you can catch this 4-ep mini series, you should.

7. Brie Larson on superheroes, success and her Hollywood sisterhood | Marie Clarie
“Meeting Larson in person for the first time, it’s immediately clear why she was chosen for this role. Passionate, funny, genuine and kind, she’s eager to see the diverse and inclusive world she lives in reflected back on the big screen. She might not be a superhero in real life, but she’s ready to fight like one to make the world better…”

Brie Larson and Captain Marvel come soaring into theatres March 8th, on international Women’s day.

8. ‘Alita: Battle Angel’s Rosa Salazar on Robert Rodriguez’s Solid Track Record of Uplifting Latina Actresses | Remezcla
“As an actress representing Latinas on such a huge stage, Salazar wants to become one of the strong Latina women she connected with when she watched Rodriguez’s earlier movies growing up.

“He was elevating these women’s careers,” Salazar told Remezcla last year. “He was directing girls that looked like me. When I got to work with him, it was breathtaking because he empowered me the way he had so many others. He hears your voice.””

Alita: Battle Angel is in theatres now.

“Daniel Goldhaber’s Cam is the story of a sex worker determined to maintain her independence in a world that both thrives on and marginalizes her labor. This core narrative is enhanced by horror elements that emphasize the intensely personal nature of cam work, as well as the built-in dangers of men being the primary consumers. The film walks a tight line between reality and fiction, landing somewhere in the middle by reaching real societal truth within its deft genre trappings.”

You can catch CAM on Netflix now.

10. All Eisner Hall of Fame Nominees Ever. | Joamette Gil
After my Tweet about Rumiko Takahashi went viral, I got curious as to who all in the history of comics has been nominated for the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame. As there are many who were nominated more than once before induction, I also got curious as to how many nominated professionals to date are still absent from the HoF.”

LGNers, we have put our dollars towards projects we love and hold dear. From now on, we should be putting our letter writing skills to work and solidifying artists, writers to the nominations and accolades that befit their work.

Let’s get to work and make sure herstory stays in the picture.

11. The Woman Directors Were Robbed | TOPIC
“Oscar voters—are you forgetting anyone? Like, half the population?”

A visual comic about the misrepresentation of female filmmakers.

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