The Monthly Read – Jan 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 Happy Habor Comics, indigenous comics, Don Bluth, RGP Mamayani, and NASA can’t help Tony.

1. Happy Harbor Comics closes after 20 years in business | CBC
“Jay Bardyla, co-owner of Happy Harbor Comics, said after starting the comic book business 20 years ago, it was time for him and his partner, Shawna Roe, to pack it in.

“It was very much a personal decision,” he said, “It’s been tough on many of the staff and it turns out it’s tough on a lot of our customers, I had no idea.”

The store made the announcement online Tuesday evening.

Onward to the next adventures, friends. LGN has nothing but love and support for our most precious LCS of all time. A pillar in the comics and arts community, you brought us all together. We thank you for your hard work and hope the next adventure carries enlightenment and fun.

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The Monthly Read – November 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 Ramona Fradon, Medusa the victorious, girls are starved for heroes, Pokémon at 20, and Victoria Beckham forever.

1. The Woman Who Made Aquaman a Star | Vulture
“As I sit down at Joshua’s Cafe in Woodstock with Eisner Award-winning artist Ramona Fradon, 91, I can see her sizing up our surroundings. The small, gray-haired comics legend is dressed in the relaxed, Bohemian-looking layers favored by Hudson Valley residents, but her eyes are on high alert, watching the patrons and passersby. As a server pours water, she clocks three women in maxi dresses standing outside, settling their lunch plans. “Wherever you go in Woodstock,” Fradon tells me with a conspiratorial smirk, “you see clusters of women talking intently.””

Sharp as a tack. A great interview.

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The Monthly Read – October 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 Kelly Marie Tran, Michelle Yeoh still kicks ass, there’s no such thing as a feminist brand, and the Valkyries close shop.

1. Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment | New York Times
“Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was “other,” that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, simply because I wasn’t like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all.”

I see you, Loan Tran.

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The Monthly Read – July 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 how women see male authors see them, Cowboy Bebop at 20, women who watch X-Files, and the brain behind the twitter handle @Dogrates.

Because they’re all good dogs.

1. How Women See How Male Authors See Them | The New Yorker
“On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a unifying shape or curvature”

Break the cisgender male gaze streak. Break it by reading more books by Women authors.

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The Monthly Read – June 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 women are allowed to be angry, first female director of a Pixar short is Canadian, ending the cycle of abuse in Guardians of the Galaxy, and another reason to love Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Stay mad, LGNers.

1. What If Girls Knew They Were Allowed to Be Angry? | Elle Magazine
“None of the girls I knew yelled at teachers or ripped up a rude classmate’s homework paper or fought with boys on the playground. None of them had the fire, or if they did, they didn’t show it. They could be sad, or they could be mean, but I only ever saw boys getting angry the way I did. Which is perhaps why I saved my greatest anger for myself, furious with myself for being furious. Anger might have felt easy, but it didn’t feel good. It was lonely.”

Penned by the great Mara Wilson, it’s time women get in touch with their angrier side.

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The Monthly Read – May 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 modern words in Lakota, the subtle racism of orientalism, comics culture wars, learning about the male glance, and Cherry Picks.

Have you all read your Free Comic Book Day freebies yet?

1. How do you say “smartphone” in Lakota? | The Outline
“Over the past six years, Hill and other Lakota speakers have hashed original phrases to encompass newly English concepts such as “smartphone,” “methamphetamines” and “same-sex marriage.”

For Hill, the effort to craft neologisms is key to revitalizing a marginalized language — a tongue the federal government took pains to suppress. Today, the words developed by Hill and other native speakers provide a look into how languages evolve and shape themselves. At Hill’s immersion school, everyone — from teachers to students — tries to speak Lakota 100 percent of the time. Children ages 1 to 5 run through classrooms, and play in areas filled with Lakota picture books. Hill opened the school in 2012 via online fundraising with the mission of reviving the Lakota language, which had only about 2000 speakers left as of 2016, according to the nonprofit Lakota Language Consortium.”

Updating a language, one word at a time.

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The Monthly Read – April 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 Ava DuVernay, how video games demonize “fat” people, teachable trans history, and Nakia is the real revolutionary in Black Panther.

Stay hydrated, LGNers.

1. THE AVA EFFECT | Washington Post
“Forgive us for starting this by focusing on race. But race, fairly or not, is one of the major story lines as DuVernay, 45, readies her big budget adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult classic. She is a black woman in an industry long ruled by white men. “Wrinkle,” which opens March 9, stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, but its heroine is Meg Murry, a character transformed by actress Storm Reid. In the book, Meg is white, 14 and lives in Connecticut. In the movie, she’s an African American teenager from South Central L.A.”

Did you catch “A Wrinkle In Time” yet?

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The Monthly Read – March 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 BLACK PANTHER everything, why teens love reading dystopic novels, and where are the literary prizes for Female writers.

1. The Revolutionary Power Of Black Panther | Time
“If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless. Now, after a brief respite, you again have a President.

Those of us who are not white have considerably more trouble not only finding representation of ourselves in mass media and other arenas of public life, but also finding representation that indicates that our humanity is multi­faceted. Relating to characters onscreen is necessary not merely for us to feel seen and understood, but also for others who need to see and understand us. When it doesn’t happen, we are all the poorer for it.”

A must read, no spoilers for the movie are in the article. It is only about impact.

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The Monthly Read – February 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 a year without Carrie Fisher, the history of hidden tracks, board games that fight bias, and the Serial Killer Detector.

WAKANDA FOREVER! Black Panther is out in Canada and the world on February 16th. Hope you got tickets ahead of time.

1. A YEAR WITHOUT CARRIE FISHER | Book Riot
“Although I have vague memories of Princess Leia as a child, I didn’t really appreciate Fisher until recently. She was outspoken, brash, and to be blunt, didn’t give a shit what you thought of her. She gave no fucks, and it was glorious. She battled weight issues and the accompanying criticism that comes with that, and was open about her struggles with drug use and sobriety. She was also very open about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and treatment and their effects on her life, helping to break down the stigma and create public conversations about the illness.”

Long may she reign.

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The Monthly Read – January 8th

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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.

Happy New Year, Ladies! Woo! We are posting this the second Monday this month because we figured none of y’all gon read this on the first Recovery Day of 2018.

This month we have Thor’s postcolonial perspectives, 30 years of Frasier-verse, and can we just let the Stranger Thing’s kids BE kids!

1. “Thor: Ragnarok”: Marvel From a Postcolonial Perspective | The Village Voice
“Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, an auteur of Māori and Russian-Jewish descent, is one of New Zealand’s premier cinematic exporters, although unlike such Caucasian contemporaries as Jane Campion and Peter Jackson, his work bleeds the hues of indigeneity. Whether it’s as direct as a Māori Dennis the Menace–type kid (Julian Dennison) bonding with a reluctant white father (Sam Neill) in Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) or as abstract as the outsider experience of Wellington’s long-standing vampire society delineated in What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Waititi’s movies exist at the nexus of native and colonizer cultures, the dichotomy that forms the basis of modern postcolonial theory.”

Taika and his Thor: Ragnarok breaking some visual grounds.

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