The Monthly Read – August 7th

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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 90’s Captain Marvel, 100 years of Japanese Animation, Ghostbusters comic preview, and because linguistics.

1. Setting Captain Marvel in the ’90s hints at how much she matters | The Verge
“Captain Marvel isn’t due out in theaters until March 2019, but Marvel was quick to give the film its due during the studio’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con last night. One of the key details revealed during the presentation was that the movie will be a period piece set in the 1990s, a timeframe that will set it apart from most of the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

A Secret Invasion 90’s type movie with Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, count us all in.

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LGN Presents: Sex, Gender, & Robots

Why are robots gendered and should we be having sex with them? Join Dr. Kristen Hutchinson to discuss the prevalence of female robots in popular culture & society.

Join us for Lady Geek Night to discuss this controversial subject (good time to mention some mature subject matter will be discussed) in a respectful environment with geeky cohorts.

When: Thursday August 3rd, 7PM

Where: Happy Harbor Comics (10748 104 Avenue)

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Tatsuya Ishida, Sinfest, 2016

This meeting will also be a good primer for anyone interesting in exploring geekery with an academic lens. Kristen teaches in-person seminars in her living room and coming this fall is her course on Feminism and Popular Culture! Read more here

About Dr. Kristen Hutchinson:

I am an art historian, visual artist, curator, art consultant &  writer.

In 2012, I taught my first independent seminar in my living room. Fueled by homemade baking and great discussions, the salon style atmosphere in that Themes in Contemporary Art and Television seminar was magical.

After many years of working as an adjunct professor, I realized that I really enjoy teaching outside of the confines of academia. I have since gone on to teach many independent seminars in my living room focused on learning and talking about a shared fascination with art, television, film, and pop culture. I have also created a virtual living room with my live, participatory online seminars.

I am currently writing a book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television from 2000 to the present. The book is inspired by a seminar that I teach online and in my living room: Vampires to Zombies: The Supernatural in Art, Film & TV .

The Monthly Read – July 3rd

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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 GLOW, romance and Wonder Woman, and the tragedy of Sleepy Hollow.


1. Netflix’s GLOW Trailer | Youtube

Let’s face it, it’s your next binge watch. GLOW is on Netflix now. Happy binging LGNers.

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The Monthly Read – June 5th

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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 the history of G.L.O.W., backlash against Marvel’s Secret Empire story, and a throw back to E4/BBC’s Misfits.

1. Meet The Ladies Of G.L.O.W., The 80s Female Wrestling League | Dose
“The writer and producer Jenji Kohan is known for creating smart, multi-dimensional female characters who inhabit seldom explored worlds. “Orange is the New Black,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Weeds” offered insights into the areas of female prisons, single parenting and the drug trade. In “G.L.O.W.,” the new series she’s producing for Netflix, Kohan sheds light on a different subculture: female wrestling.”

The Netflix series is out June 23 but how about some herstory on the epic show.

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The Monthly Read – Wonder Woman Special

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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 special edition of The Monthly Read will only feature articles about Wonder Woman.

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Wonder Woman is out JUNE 2ND everywhere.

Get your tickets ASAP!

1. We Need to Talk About That Wonder Woman Budget | Film School Rejects
“Despite its strategic positioning in the DC cinematic universe, and positive fan reaction, Wonder Woman is working with not just one of the lowest budgets of Warner Bros’ films, but of any current superhero film.”

Read up on the stats then go watch the movie. Wonder Woman is in theatres everywhere June 2nd.

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The Monthly Read – May 1st

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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 Diversity in Comics didn’t create the Marvel sales slump, Black Cat movie rumours, and the rising tide of Educated Aliteracy.

**Reminder: Free Comic Book Day is May 6th, the first Saturday of this month. Check your local comic store for details.**

1. NO, DIVERSITY DIDN’T KILL MARVEL’S COMIC SALES | CBR
“Although Gabriel walked back his original statement a bit the next day, promising, “our fans and retailers areexcited about these new heroes. And let me be clear, our new heroes are not going anywhere,” “diversity” is and remains a tempting target to blame for Marvel’s current sales slump. It paints a simple narrative: Marvel tried to reach out to new audiences, but the sales weren’t there. It means all Marvel has to do is shift focus back to its core superheroes and core audience, and everything will be fine.”

And…

Black Panther and Ms. Marvel Nominated for Hugo Awards Days After Marvel VP Blamed Them for Sales Slump | Fusion
“These nominations come just days after Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel, went out of his way to blame Marvel’s lagging sales on comics—like Black Panther and Ms. Marvel—starring people of color and women. Suffice it to say that the optics of this whole thing don’t reflect well on the publisher, but the Hugo nominations send a telling message to Marvel about just how the public actually feels about its “diverse books.””

Ladies and gents, we already know you put your money to work but you gotta BE VOCAL at your LCS and on social media platforms at OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS and the right people. Think publishers, think producers, VPs, etc. Be part of the nerd community not just in the LCS but at social events, Comic Cons, make a panel about the good parts of diverse comics or about your favourite characters.

And then do it all the time, if you’ve been sitting on some think pieces, put them online or submit them to comic blogs, make a comics review blog, get into the conversation. Keep your fellow nerd informed. RT and connect.

Above all, support the titles you love and your favourite comic creators when they strike it out on their own. That’s how we get the good content, the good stories.

 

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The Monthly Read – April 3rd

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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 The Expanse, Fan Art legality, and D&D Beyond.

1. ‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too) | indiewire
“In the first scene of “The Expanse” Season 2, a tough-as-nails soldier in full battle armor charges across the dry Martian landscape, dodging explosions and raining down hellfire. It’s our first glimpse of Bobbie Draper, a bold new addition to Syfy’s complex sci-fi drama — who was also a make-or-break casting problem that the producers were concerned they wouldn’t be able to solve.”

Need to pad your TV time with a good sci-fi piece? Check out The Expanse.

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LGN Presents: BYO Craft Night

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Do you have a project on the go? Are you in the midst of a craft but keep missing opportunities to work on it? Join us Thursday, April 6th – 7pm at Happy Harbor Comics for the Bring Your Own Craft Night!

Bring your knitting, drawing, sculpting, carving, colouring, cross-stitch, and any other crafty work you have in progress for a couple hours of socialization and some dedicated time to work on your project.

Tea and cookies will be provided by LGN. Please feel free to contribute a snack or treat, if you’re willing and able!

The Monthly Read – March 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 Bill Nye wants to save the World, Marvel casting news, and sick of Sherlock? Try more Sherlock.

1. Bill Nye Saves the World trailer: He’s back with Rachel Bloom, Joel McHale | EW
“Bill Nye the Science Guy is back in a new Netflix series, and he’s not alone: The first Bill Nye Saves the World trailer previews a celebrity guest roster that includes Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator-star Rachel Bloom,  Zach Braff, Joel McHale, Salt Lake City Stars basketball player Diamond Stone, Tim Gunn, Donald Faison, Wil Wheaton, and electro house DJ Steve Aoki.”

Premieres March 17th on Netflix.

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LGN Presents: Bujo!

What is Bujo?

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less. (source: http://bulletjournal.com/)

New to journaling or looking to pick up some handy tips and layouts? Join us as we have a Bujo show and tell and convert you to the planner and bullet journal lifestyle! Get ready for future sticker/pen/washi tape obsessions! Please feel free to bring your planner, bullet journal and anything else that has you hooked on planning!

Join us on Thursday March 2nd at 7pm at Happy Harbor Comics to learn tips, tricks, and even get started on your own organization sensation!

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