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26. 'Novel Scarlett Johansson tried to ban'

       I mentioned Scarlett Johansson's suit against French author Grégoire Delacourt (The List of My Desires (US title: My Wish List)) about his using her (sort of) as a character in a novel of his -- and now Nick Clark reports in The Independent that Novel Scarlett Johansson tried to ban, Grégoire Delacourt's The First Thing You See, to be published in UK.
       I'm actually surprised the publisher isn't going with: 'Novel Scarlett Johansson tried to ban' as the title ... or that they aren't even playing up this angle more. Good for them -- and I am eager to see the book. (No US publication is sight, yet, as best I can tell.)
       See also the Weidenfeld & Nicolson publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.co.uk (and ignore that 'July, 2014' publication date -- it's only coming out in English now).

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27. Black Mask goes on Comixology and Kindle

  Add Blask Mask to the list of publishers who will be available on both ComiXology  and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Starting today you can read titles such as We Can Never Go Home, Godkiller, Space Riders, Ballistic, The Disciples and upcoming titles  Young Terrorists and Sinatoro by Grant Morrison and Vanesa del Rey.  Black Mask launched a […]

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28. The Legend of Korra to Receive Complete Series Box Set, See the Cover Art!

  The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon’s four season follow up to the beloved Avatar: the Last Airbender, is receiving a full series DVD box set.  It was recently announced that Avatar would also finally be collected as a 16 DVD complete series box set this fall, so this move comes as little surprise. No release date was assigned […]

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29. Posthumous Günter Grass

       Günter Grass may be dead, but that's no reason why he shouldn't have more books coming out -- and, indeed, as DeutscheWelle reports, Günter Grass leaves a last farewell book (I'm not quite clear on how many first/other farewell books he 'left' ...), Vonne Endlichkait.
       See also the (very nice) Steidl publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.de. And apparently: "An English version should be available in the fall of 2016".

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30. Mogadishu International Book Fair

       Great to hear that they're holding the Mogadishu International Book Fair (see also the write-up by Warka at Mareeg, Literary feast in Mogadishu as Mogadishu International Book Fair opens).
       Or is this just a reaction to the Hargeysa International Book Fair they held earlier this month (see also Nyabola, H. Nanjala's write-up at Quartz, Somaliland's book fair opens the country to the world) ... ?
       Still, holding book fairs has got to be a good sign, right ?

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31. Lisa Hayden Q & A

       At Russia Beyond the Headlines they have a translation of Yulia Arseniy's Q & A with translator and Lizok's Bookshelf-blogger Lisa Hayden.
       I have both Addendum to a Photo Album (see the Dalkey Archive Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) and Laurus (see the Oneworld publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) and hope/expect to get to them.

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32. Marvel has entered into talks with Mads Mikkelsen to join Doctor Strange

I seem to recall a few years back that Marvel Studios was really hot on getting Mads Mikkelsen on-board with one of their productions, to the point where he was cast as Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the then-debuting Hannibal. Given what Christopher Eccleston […]

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33. Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s Work on the DC Style Guide is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

Ever wondered what the exact Pantone shade of Batman’s cowl is (circa 1980)?  How about Superman’s skin?  Or perhaps what parts, exactly, are visible in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?  Well look no further, because legendary DC artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has you covered.  He posted the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide on his Facebook page today. The Style […]

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34. First Second announces Science Comics line

“Applied comics” — using the words and pictures combination for education and non fiction — is a growing field, especially as comics become more accepted in educational uses. And First Sceond is going all in with a new line of Science Comics that launches with three books: Dinosaurs (MK Reed and Joe Flood; Spring 2016) Coral Reefs […]

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35. DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2015 – Life, the Universe, and Everything

Greetings, sales charts fans! It's time once again to look at DC's sales figures. (Warning: This month's column contains a higher amount of ranting than usual...) July was not a good month, sales-wise, for DC Entertainment. Compared to June, the average sales per title dropped by over 8K, and they sold 300K fewer total units in the NA direct market, despite offering nine more titles. Sales were down across the board, in many cases significantly, except for one title: Batgirl. Why did things drop so significantly? Three main reasons:

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36. China Bookworm Literary Award

       With judges including A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers-author Guo Xiaolu and translator (e.g. Running Through Beijing) and editor Eric Abrahamsen, the China Bookworm Literary Award seems well-positioned to select worthy new Chinese fiction deserving of translation -- and now they've announced the first winners of the award, with the winner getting 5000RMB, and both the first and second place titles to be published in English translation.
       Hard to judge based on the brief descriptions available here, but second-place-winner Li Ziyue's I Am in the Red Chamber, You are on the Journey to the West is one of the best titles I've heard this year.

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37. Philippine Literary Festival

       The Philippine Literary Festival runs tomorrow through 30 August.
       They seem to be using the 'big' foreign names -- Matthew Quick and Meg Wolitzer -- as ... loss leaders ? but most of the other participants are local. Interesting to see especially the local phenomena -- iamkitin ! iDangs ! marielicious ! KwentoNiJhingness ("I write. I rant. I am a potato." her weblog promises) ! blue_maiden ! Yam-Yam28 ! Art Sta. Ana ! And why haven't I seen any of their books ?

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38. The Guardians Family Welcomes an Infinite Amount of Heroes

Marvel is mixing up the publishing line with the surprise addition of another book in the Guardians of The Galaxy family: Guardians of Infinity. ComicBook.com broke the news. Previous Guardians author Dan Abnett is returning to the franchise with an art team including Marvel star Carlo Barberi on art. The roster includes new and old Guardians favorites: Drax, Rocket Raccoon, […]

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39. Happy Birthday Dolores Umbridge

In true pink and kitten covered fashion, it is our duty today to wish Dolores Umbridge a happy birthday. Her party is probably designed and organized by herself, for she will have order. Though none of us are particularly keen on Dolores, especially after J.K. Rowling told us more of her on Pottermore, we wouldn’t like to be impolite. We respectfully wish Dolores Umbridge a happy birthday. Unless you want to become an “Undesirable” we suggest you wish her a happy day too!

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40. LeakyCon.com and Social Media Updates!

In preparation for the exciting LeakyCon 2016, LeakyCon is updating their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. These sites are currently veiled under an air of mystery, as they are being rebuilt from the ground up. With constructing a new theme, LeakyCon promises new and exciting details about the relaunch of LeakyCon in Los Angeles in 2016.

Next Tuesday, September 1, is the “start of term” and the day LeakyCon will unveil it’s new sites. Are you ready to go to Hogwarts?

Please watch the LeakyCon website, Twitter, Facebook page, and Tumblr for more exciting news coming soon! Sign up for newsletter updates on LeakyCon.com.

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41. Tram 83 review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Fiston Mwanza Mujila's Tram 83, yet another impressive addition to the Deep Vellum catalogue.

       Tram 83 odds and ends:

  • Lubumbashi-born Mwanza Mujila was the 'Stadtschreiber' (city-writer) 2009-10 (and is currently pursuing his PhD) in my hometown of Graz, Austria.

  • The Kirkus review offers the wonderful incongruous observation: "Mujila is not working in the George Eliot tradition of realistic fiction". I mean it's true, sort of, technically -- but talk about out of left field .....

  • Papa Wemba gets a shout-out in the novel ! Does no one listen to Papa Wemba any longer ? Maria Valencia has been echoing in my head all night .....

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42. Coming Attractions: Marvel Announces Graphic Novels for Early 2016!

Civil War Box Set! (Shipping three months after Christmas. Yeah, it ties in with the movie, but why not offer it for Christmas? Has Marvel solved their movie backlist problem? Do the reprints/tie-ins sell? Is there a Batman Effect for Marvel’s MCU?) Color Deadpool! Color Civil War! Deadpool Omnibus! (which starts in the middle?) Marvel […]

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43. Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15

After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]

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44. Ten facts about the steel drum

The steel drum originated in the late 1930s on the island of Trinidad and was played as part of a steel band, a percussion ensemble contrived by lower-class rebellious teens. Learn more about the steel drum's complex history, development, and current form with our 10 fun facts.

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45. 60 years of Guinness World Records

On 27 August 1955, the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records–now Guinness World Records, was published. Through listing world records of both human achievements and of the natural world, what started as a reference book became an international franchise, gaining popular interest around the globe. In celebration of this anniversary of weird and wonderful world records, we’ve selected a few favourites from talented individuals featured in our online products.

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46. Check Out Who’ll Be Fighting Whom in “Captain America: Civil War”

Some big news came out of Marvel Studios today as they unveiled some concept art from next year’s Captain America: Civil War.  The art confirms the members of each side in the film’s hero on hero war and gives us some new information about the movie’s major players. Of note is Agent 13 Sharon Carter, who made her […]

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47. Rupert Grint featured in New “Moonwalkers” Trailer

Rupert Grint’s new movie, Moonwalkers, is set to release in Japan on November 14. (The film made it’s USA debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and was shown at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea.) Just in time for Rupert Grint’s birthday, Japan released a new trailer of the film.

The trailer is mostly in English, with Japanese voice over and subtitles. It can be viewed below. The movie is rated R, and the trailer is not suitable for young audiences.

 

Thank you to The Ice Cream Man for the heads up!

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48. Khary Randolph labels this year’s NYCC and Super Week exclusive Brooklyn Defender IPA

New York Comic Con has made a tradition of its annual exclusive beer and here's this year's 2015 Brooklyn Defender IPA, with a label of the beer's eponymous superhero by Khary Randolph.

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49. J.K. Rowling addresses Race in “Fantastic Beasts”

The controversy over the whiteness of the Harry Potter series, especially in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. Hypable recently posted an opinionated editorial on Fantastic Beast diversity–giving their reasoning for why the new movies series did not have to be all white. They addressed the historical accuracy of the films and why the subject of diversity matters within the Harry Potter franchise and the movie industry as a whole. The article can be read in full here.

Hypable isn’t the first news source to release a viral post about this topic. YouTuber Dylan Marron released a video completion of all lines spoken by actors of diverse nationalities. Of the thousands of minutes within the series, this video totals about six minutes for non-white actors.

It is true that the entire cast, that we know of, in Fantastic Beasts so far, is white. As we can see from IMDB’s listings.

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Even the new addition to the cast announced last week, Jane Perry (World War Z, The Three Musketeers), does not add any diversity to the cast.

J.K. Rowling addressed this issues, as it’s ever-growing presence on the internet came to her attention. She reminded us that the question at hand is an important one, but to remember that we do not have a lot of information on the Fantastic Beast films, and we are not to make judgements until the films are released and we have viewed them.

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“I sincerely hope you aren’t being sent rude tweets! You raised an important point, I just can’t address fully without giving away rather a lot.”

J.K. Rowling has been a producer for many of the Harry Potter films, and is the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts. We have no doubt that her input and opinions are valuable and highly influential within the film industry. As Jo is known for her compassionate manner, and standing up for civil/human rights, we have no doubt that she will continue to implement the same moral principals, which she abides by personally, within her franchise.

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50. Creativity and mental health

I am constantly perplexed by the recurring tendency in western history to connect creativity with mental disability and illness. It cannot be denied that a number of well-known creative people, primarily in the arts, have been mentally ill—for example, Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf, Robert Schumann, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath.

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