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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The Monthly Read – Feb 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 comics to get your through 2016, The Librarians, and the best board games of 2016.

1. Knitting, crocheting and jam-making improve mental health, study finds | The Telegraph
Knitting, crocheting and jam-making have never been associated with great thrills – but, it turns out, they work wonders for wellbeing.”

Getting creative helps brush off those blahs, get at it ladies.

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LGN Presents: Local Indie Comics

Thursday February 2nd
7pm
Happy Harbor Comics

Join us for a presentation and discussion about independent local comics. Happy Harbor Comic’s current Artist in Residence Joanne Wojtysiak along with Allison PaigeAmber Noelle, Maija Plamondon, and Carrie Q. Contrary are going to tell us about their work on comics, talk about their style & subject matter, and learn more about the Happy Harbor Artist in Residence Program.

If you’re a comics fan, a comics creator, or just want to see what independent work is coming out of these talented creators join us for a moderated discussion and socialization!

Joanne Wojtysiak: I am a cartoonist, illustrator and painter, mostly interested in exploring a wide variety of styles and techniques. I like for my art to have a sense of fun, life, colour and a bit of a twist, and that’s what I’d like to pass on to my clients and audience. More information on her current Artist in Residency here.

Amber Noelle is a comics creator, sculptor, and dog lover. She co-created Whispering Ash with her sibling…

Allison Paige (they/them) is a queer comics creator, the other half of Whispering Ash, a regency-era horror comic with sword fights, romance, and monstrous revelations.

Carrie Q. Contrary is a comics artist specializing in strong, sexy ladies and naughty nerds! Here’s a link to her work, NSFW 😉 

Maija Plamondon is a writer who spends most of their time covered in birds and hunched uncomfortably over some sort of glowing screen. They are currently focusing on the autobiographical comic, Coming of Age

Come out and support local comics! See you all on Thursday, February 2nd 7PM at Happy Harbor Comics (10729 104 Avenue).

The Monthly Read – Jan 9th

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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 2017 TV shows, remembering cultural icons, Sailor Moon R in theatres, and Ducktales.

1. The 23 TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2017 | Vulture
“How could TV be better than it was in 2016? After such an all-time great year of shows, it’s hard to imagine the likes of Atlanta, Stranger Things, and American Crime Story being topped next year, but as FX CEO John Landgraf has reminded us, we’re still quite a ways from hitting Peak TV.”

Need a navigator going into the next TV season? Get ahead of the class with Vulture’s podcast about 2017’s newest release of TV shows.

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The Weekly Read – Dec 26th

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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 weekly round up of links to read every Monday.

This week we have Anne Rice, Alton Brown, and #ShadyMariah.

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1. ANNE RICE REGAINS VAMPIRE CHRONICLES RIGHTS, HOPING FOR GAME OF THRONES-TYPE SHOW | Nerdist
“In this era of big budget studio  filmmaking having to be all about four quadrant blockbusters, the idea of squeezing The Vampire Chronicles series into a narrow definition that had to appeal to the masses seemed like fighting an uphill battle. Cable television is clearly where this property belongs, similar to works like Y: The Last Man and (hopefully, someday) Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Some works are just too long and sprawling to be done as a two- or even three-hour film.”

A Vampire centric premiere television series? Yes, please!

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The Weekly Read – Dec 19th

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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 weekly round up of links to read every Monday.

This week we have Martha and Snoop, complexities of cultural appropriation, and Drunk Feminist Films drinking games.

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1. WHAT “MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY” TAUGHT ME ABOUT FRIENDSHIP | W Magazine
“Food has been bringing people together since the dawn of mankind, but few could have predicted the delightful union of the gangster rapper Snoop Dogg, 45, and the domestic doyenne Martha Stewart, 75. But the reason “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” the TV show the cohosts premiered last night on VH1, is so successful is not because the food they cook looks delicious (even though it does) or because the guests they have are so famous (even though they are). The show works because Snoop and Martha are the ultimate odd couple friendship goals, and watching that bromance play out on television is a dream come true.”

A good friendship goes a long way.

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