The Monthly Read – March 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 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.

1. BIRDS OF PREY MOVIE EXPLAINED: WHAT IS DC’S NEW HARLEY QUINN/HUNTRESS MOVIE? | IGN
“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.

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The Monthly Read – Feb 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 Batwoman on TV, 28 Days of Black Cosplay, Cree language podcast, and TNG is so weird.

1. Ruby Rose-Led ‘Batwoman’ Pilot a Go at CW | THR
“It’s official: The CW is moving forward with a Batwoman stand-alone series.

The network on Thursday handed out a pilot order for the Ruby Rose-led drama from showrunner and writer Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and exec producer Greg Berlanti.

David Nutter, the Emmy-winning Game of Thrones helmer who previously helmed pilots for The CW’s The Flash and Arrow, will serve in the same capacity on Batwoman.”

It’s official ladies, Batwoman will be a fully realized series for the CW.

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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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