The Monthly Read – October 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 the return of Patty Jenkins, Todd Chavez and Asexuality, and a cosplay to cancel all other cosplays.

1. Patty Jenkins Closes Deal to Direct ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel | Variety
“Patty Jenkins has closed a deal to direct the sequel to the summer hit “Wonder Woman.”

Gal Gadot has already signed on to return in the title role. The film is slated for release on Dec. 13, 2019.”

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LGN Presents: Women In Horror

BEWARE! We have some spooky sisters joining us for a special halloween inspired LGN meeting!

What: Women in Horror Panel
When: Thursday October 5th at 7PM
Who: Organizer of Dedfemme & writer, a local horror filmmaker/writer, & a horror model
What: hosted by Sylvia and Been at Happy Harbor Comics we want to discuss the horror genre from these ladies points of view in varying disciplines both creative and critical.

More about our guests:

Meagan Schirrmacher

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Meagan is a model with a flair for the macabre, a horror enthusiast, and a lipstick connoisseur. Meagan began corset modelling in 2013 for Dark Knits Boutique and quickly found common ground with then bourgeoning makeup artist Corinne Simpson in the realms of gore and fantasy. Together Meagan and Corinne have created several memorable looks, including editorial spreads in dragon.haus and Lipstick and Lashes magazines, and personal favorites such as the zipper face, a Beetlejuice cosplay, and an homage to Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Meagan’s interest in horror started with R.L Stine’s Goosebumps and at a party when she was nine and caught her first viewing of A Nightmare on Elm Street. After an evening spent sick in the bathroom – she had never seen effects like Tina’s death scene – she proclaimed “It. Was. Awesome.”. Today Meagan considers herself to be a genius in Freddy culture and regularly cosplays as a gender bent version, appearing in several calendars, promos, and sometimes as an Expo booth model.

Lindsey McNeill

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Lindsey McNeill is an AMPIA nominated Screenwriter and Actor and the creator of Codependent Ghost Girl, Truckstop Bloodsuckers and Hot Death. A lover of monsters, vamps and the supernatural, she is also the winner of the national From Our Dark Side genre contest for women who write horror (WIFTV). She hosts a Blog “Scream Queen B: The Blood, Guts & Glory of Creativity” for aspiring creatives and also casts monthly Tarotscopes for fans of tarot and astrology. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram @ScreamQueenB.  

Lacey Paige

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Is the curator of the Dedfemme film series at Metro Cinema at the Historic Garneau Theatre. DEDfemme aims to celebrate and promote the unique cinematic visions of women in genre film. Women are sorely undervalued in the filmmaking industry, but more so within the realm of genre. The unfortunate truth is that people don’t often equate great horror, action, sci-fi, western, psychological thriller and quirky comedy with the filmmaking efforts of women, but DEDfemme is here to prove that women are indeed out there, kicking ass and producing some of the most remarkable and offbeat stuff genre cinema has to offer.

The Monthly Read – September 4th

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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 Michelle Yeoh looking badass, inmates that play D&D, and the limits of nostalgia.

1. MICHELLE YEOH LOOKS DAMN GOOD IN THE CAPTAIN’S CHAIR | Angry Asian Man
“In case missed it, fellow Trekkies, here’s the newest trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, straight outta San Diego Comic-Con. The latest foray into the final frontier takes place ten years before The Original Series, following the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms. The new trailer includes several shots of Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou looking badass, doing badass stuff.”

Michelle Yeoh, Star Fleet Captain. Heck yes.

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LGN Presents: Board Games

September 9th at Happy Harbor Comics from 2pm-5pm

Join us for an afternoon of gaming! Ever wanted to explore a haunted house with unexpected twists, turns, and *gasps* betrayal?! Want to travel through time and save the future with experts from Board N Brew Cafe? At Happy Harbor from 2pm-5pm we will be rolling dice, playing cards, and strategizing over the tabletop.
A couple of savvy ladies will be hosting the games Betrayal At the House On The Hill and T.I.M.E. Stories.

All we ask for this event is that those interested in playing Betrayal At the House On The Hill and/or T.I.M.E. Stories to RSVP and sign up to play. To RSVP let us know in the Facebook event or DM us on Twitter @LGNYEG.

We will also have a collection of quick games available for free play. Board N Brew Cafe will be in attendance to help host games and join in the fun. If you just want to show up and casually play games such as Gloom, Star Trek Catan, Splendor and more, please do so! Everyone is welcome to attend LGN events but for this one we prefer that men attend as a guest of a lady friend or non-binary buddy.

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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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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