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1. The Wicked + The Divine’s Fandemonium Trailer Will Have You Losing Your Head

Once again, we return to the end of another arc in Kieron Gillen’s, Jamie McKelvie’s, Matthew Wilson’s, and Clayton Cowles’ Image hit, The Wicked + The Divine.  The trade that collects the “Fandemonium” story will hit store shelves on Wednesday, July 1st.  To celebrate, designer James Leech has put together an expertly animated trailer featuring sad songs and even sadder gods.


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2. Wizard of Oz & Avengers Mash-Up Video Goes Viral

Have you ever imagined the characters from the Wizard of Oz movie as superheroes? A YouTuber known as Darren Wallace has created a mash-up parody video inspired by The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Wizard of Oz.

The video embedded above features Ultron played by the heartless Tin Man, Thor played by the cowardly Lion, and Captain America played by the brainless Scarecrow. Thus far, it has drawn more than 1 million views on YouTube. (via Mashable.com)

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3. See Paulo Coelho’s Early Struggles in a New Movie Trailer

Did you ever wonder how Paulo Coelho carved out his career as a writer? Director Daniel Augusto teamed up with screenwriter Carolina Kotscho to shoot a biopic called “Paulo Coelho’s Best Story.”

The video embedded above offers glimpses of actor Júlio Andrade playing the role of The Alchemist author. Earlier this year, the film was screened at the Miami International Film Festival; a theatrical release date has been set for July 31st.

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4. Chip Kidd On First Impressions

What’s the best way to give a strong first impression? Chip Kidd, a book designer at the Alfred A. Knopf imprint, delivered a TED talk on “the art of first impressions — in design and life.” The video embedded above features his entire talk.

In his 2012 TED Talk, Kidd stated that a book cover provides a first impression on what readers will be consuming. Throughout this new lecture, he focuses on the importance of inspiration, clarity, and mystery. He also showcases the jackets he created for Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz & The Art of Peanuts, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage, and Fraud: Essays.

Kidd further elaborates on the subject of first impressions in a TED Books project entitled Judge This. Over at the TED blog, he shares several pieces of “advice for young writers and designers.” To glean more wisdom from this famed artist, check out the TED talk he gave in 2012.

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5. Chuck Palahniuk Stars in Fight Club For Kids Video

Who says you can’t talk about the horsing around club? Author Chuck Palahniuk has decided to create a child-friendly version of his beloved novel, Fight Club.

In the video embedded above, Palahniuk drops several expletives while reading a hilarious story about a “horsing around club.” According to Mashable.com, readers “can share all of your favorite Fight Club moments with your children, without fear of scarring them.”

Since May 2015, Palahniuk’s fans have been enjoying the Fight Club 2 comics series. Thus far, two issues have been released. Dark Horse Comics will publish three more installments from July 2015 until September 2015. (via Esquire.com)

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6. Book vs. Movie: Far From the Madding Crowd

A new film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy was recently released, starring Carey Mulligan as the beautiful and spirited Bathsheba Everdene and Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen as her suitors.

The post Book vs. Movie: Far From the Madding Crowd appeared first on OUPblog.

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7. Crystal Valentine Poetry Video Goes Viral

Writer Crystal Valentine has crafted a poem called “Black Privilege.” The video embedded above showcases Valentine reciting her piece at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

Thus far, the video has drawn more than 78,000 views on YouTube. Click on these links to listen to two more of Valentine’s works: “Tempest” and “A Voter’s Problem.”

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8. Charlize Theron Hunts For a Killer in the Dark Places Trailer

A trailer has been unveiled for Dark Places. TIME.com reports that this film adaptation, based on Gillian Flynn’s 2009 thriller novel, features a script written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Charlize Theron playing the lead protagonist Libby Day. According to Vanity Fair, a theatrical release date has been set for August 7th. (via Yahoo.com)

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9. ‘All About Them Books’ Video Goes Viral

Have you ever wanted to go for karaoke night with librarians? Mary Evelyn Smith, a children’s librarian and writer, created a parody of the Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” to remind young patrons to be mindful about returning books to their local libraries.

The video embedded above features a hilarious performance of “All About Them Books.” Thus far, it has drawn more than 1.2 million views on Facebook and over 62,000 views on YouTube.

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10. Fuse #8 TV: Steve Sheinkin

Allo, folks!

Hosting Steve Sheinkin on Fuse #8 TV this month does have a bit of the old bringing coals to Newcastle feel to it.  After all, Steve’s been generous in sharing his Walking and Talking comic series with us on this site regularly.  So regularly, in fact, that it would be easy to forget that he’s one of our premiere YA nonfiction authors working today.  Now his most ambitious book to date is coming out.  Called MOST DANGEROUS: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR, it allowed me to commiserate with Steve over everything from our childhood schools’ failure to teach anything about the Vietnam War to the state of YA nonfiction today.  Oh!  And I also continue my “Reading (Too Much Into) Picture Books” series with a Dallas-like interpretation of Kathi Appelt’s BUBBA AND BEAU MEET THE RELATIVES.  There is also a baby cameo.  Yes indeed, I will hock my baby to get you to watch my video.  I’m just that cunning.

In case you’re interested, all the other Fuse #8 TV episodes are archived here.

Once more, thanks to Macmillan for being my sponsor and helping to put this together.


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11. Sam Bruno’s ‘Search Party’ Is First Song Off Paper Towns Soundtrack

Sam Bruno has unleashed a single from the Paper Towns movie soundtrack. The video embedded above contains the full track, “Search Party.”

According to BuzzFeed, some of the other artists being featured on the album include Vampire Weekend, The Mountain Goats and Nat & Alex Wolff. Click on these links to watch the first, second, and third film trailers.

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12. R.L. Stine Encourages Kids to Read

R.L. Stine wants to encourage all children to “Power Up & Read!” In the video embedded above, Stine talks about his love of comic books and Ray Bradbury novels.

Stine signed up as one of thirteen authors to write an original short story for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge program. The organizers behind this venture hope to break the record of 304,749,681 minutes (spent reading) that was set last summer.

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13. John Green Explores What it Means to Be Human

John Green has been pondering this question: What Does It Mean to Be Human? In the video embedded above, Green reveals that he has been trying to write a novel about “how we define personhood.” The video itself was submitted to Bill Gates’ “Big History Project” contest; the winner will receive $5,000 and a contract to make three more videos.

It has been more than three years since the release of The Fault in Our Stars book. Since that time, it seems that Green has mostly been focused on advocating for charity causes, creating video content on a number of YouTube channels, and working on film adaptations based on his books. Are you curious about Green’s work-in-progress fiction story?

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14. Slam Poet Lee Mokobe Performs at TED

2015 TED fellow and slam poet Lee Mokobe recited a poem about “what it feels like to be transgender” at the TEDWomen 2015 conference.

The piece features mentions of body image, social issues, and TV personality Caitlyn Jenner. The video embedded above features Mokobe’s full performance. Have you ever written an autobiographical poem?

To learn more, the writers behind the TED blog have created a playlist called “7 talks on the transgender experience.” Follow this link to watch more videos showcasing poetry on the TED stage. Which writers do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?

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15. YouTuber Interprets a Neil Gaiman Poem in ASL

Have you ever seen an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of one of your favorite poems? The video embedded above features a YouTuber known as “Crom Saunders” signing Neil Gaiman’s piece, “The Day the Saucers Came.”

This poem can be found in the 2006 collection, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders. Gaiman himself shared this video on his Facebook page with the comment: “This is rather wonderful…”

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16. New Fantastic Four TV Spot Focuses on Team Dynamic & Highlights Distinct Lack of Confidence

The buildup to Fox-Marvel’s Fantastic Four has been incredibly quiet compared to the way that the Disney-Marvel typically advertises their superhero beat-em-ups.  The film releases on August 7th, and so far we’ve gotten two trailers and now this TV Spot, which demonstrates how far CGI has come since 2005.  We still know very little about the plot, although it seems like the film is going to spend a sizable chunk of time building up to the accident that causes Marvel’s first family to gain their powers.

I understand why Fox is choosing to be cautious with this film given how strongly they were lambasted by filmgoers after 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer.  That said, the understated ad campaign isn’t doing the film any favors as it displays a lack of confidence in the content.  From the limited amount of content we’ve seen so far, the film looks fine.  It might even have the potential to be great.  It’d be nice if Fox’s attitude reflected their faith in that possibility.

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17. Watch Lance Armstrong’s Demise in The Program Trailer

An international trailer has been unveiled for The Program movie. The video embedded above features scenes with Ben Foster playing famed cyclist Lance Armstrong and Chris O’Dowd as the sports reporter David Walsh.

According to Yahoo! Movies, the story for this project was based on Walsh’s 2012 nonfiction book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. The film will be released internationally in Fall 2015; no United States release date has been announced as of yet. (via Slate.com)

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18. Darra Goldstein on food scholarship

What do Russians poets eat? When does food heritage become international politics? How has sugar been used as medicine? Darra Goldstein, the editor-in-chief to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, shares her insights on how a three-year project transformed into the lively compendium of all things sweet. She takes us through the process of what it was like to oversee 265 contributors and over 600 entries, and the journey she took to get where she is today.

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19. Jimmy Fallon Stars in Book Trailer

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon stars in a book trailer for Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada. The story follows a father as he tries to make is so that his child’s first word is “dada.”

In the video embedded above, the famed comedian introduces this project to a classroom full of kids. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will release this board book on June 9th.

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20. Matt Damon is Left on Mars in The Martian Trailer

20th Century Fox has unveiled a new trailer for The Martian. The story for this film adaptation came from Andy Weir’s popular science fiction novel. According to Deadline.com, filmmaker Drew Goddard adapted the book for the screenplay.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Matt Damon in the lead role of Mark Watney. Other members of the cast include Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig. The theatrical release date has been set for November 25th. (via Wired.com)

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21. Watch Katniss Declare War in the Trailer for Mockingjay Part 2

Lionsgate has unveiled the first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The video embedded above features scenes with a fierce Katniss Everdeen leading a rebellion against the evil President Snow—what do you think?

This film, the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise, will hit theaters on November 20th. Last year, the movie studio created several promotional videos for Part 1 including two \"Panem Addresses,\" a clip, and a few trailers.

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22. Lionsgate Reveals the First Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”

And welcome to the last Hunger Games movie.  In the first trailer for the series finale, Mockingjay Part Two reveals itself to be noticeably more bombastic than the film that preceded it.  The conflict finally moves out of the secret District 13 and into The Capital, which I’ve always found to be the most intriguing part of the dystopian society created by author Suzanne Collins.  The absurd aesthetic of the Capital, which mixes Baroque and Victorian fashion, forms a distinct visual counterpoint to the plain earth tones of the clothes worn by the outer districts.  We get our first good look at Capital architecture in this trailer, and interestingly it not only draws from Beaux-Arts, but the aesthetic of industrial factories.

Anyone else wish we could get a spin-off based around culture in the Capital?

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two comes out on November 20th.



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23. Twitch.tv Partners with Rocket Girl’s Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder to Launch First Livestream Comics Podcast

Over the course of the past four years, Twitch.tv has built a digital empire where gamers gather to watch popular online personalities play games such as League of LegendsCounter-Strike: Global Offensive, and DOTA 2.  The site attracts an average of 43 million viewers per month and now, Twitch.tv looks to expand their territory further by partnering with Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, the creators of Image Comics’ Rocket Girl, to bring Brandon and Amy’s topical comics industry radio show, Podcorn Podcast, to a livestream near you.


As the current production intern for Amy and Brandon, I can testify that they are some of the most enterprising creators working in comics today.  For almost a decade, Brandon lent his editing skills to DC Comics on titles such as Daytripper and Sweet Tooth.  Amy’s art has appeared in groundbreaking books like Madame Xanadu and Batwoman.  Together, they have been working on Podcorn Podcast for the past two years, providing experienced insight into what it means to be a freelancer in the comics industry and the challenges that come with producing a creator owned book like Rocket Girl, which recently began its second arc.  Their partnership with Twitch.tv will allow them to interact with fans in real time, answering burning questions like: “what does DaYoung’s chest symbol mean?” and”why teenage cops?” and “why male models?”

The show premieres this Thursday, June 11th, at 7:30 PM EST, with new episodes to begin at the same time each week on Twitch.tv.  With a guest host line-up of prolific creators including Paul PopeSean MurphyStacey LeeShane DavisAmy ChuFrank Barbiere, and Michael Kaluta, Podcorn seems set to bring Twitch.tv; Brandon and Amy; and the comics industry into a new era of unprecedented audience-creator collaboration.  I recently sat down with Brandon, Amy, and Marcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham, Director of Programming at Twitch, to discuss what they each hope to gain through their partnership.


Alex Lu: Marcus, Twitch has developed its audience by centralizing its content around video games.  Why do you want to be involved in comics?

Marcus Graham: In 2013 we partnered with ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events, to become their exclusive live streaming platform. This relationship enabled us to have a presence at a number of conventions where gaming was the sole or secondary offering, such as the various PAX events, New York Comic Con and C2E2. At the broader pop culture events, our programming would feature both gaming and comic-related content, and our community really took a shine to comic culture. In many cases, the genres overlapped, since a lot of games are based on comics, so there was already a very strong connective tissue. Another way to look at this is that at the core of Twitch is video games, but the interests and passions of gamers go well beyond that.  Comics is just one of the many things that are widely accepted in the culture of gaming.  As a comic book fan, I’m excited that this kind of unique content is available on Twitch.


Lu: What led you to Amy, Brandon, and Podcorn specifically?  

Graham: I mentioned that we attended NYCC, and it was there where I got a chance to interview Brandon and Amy about Rocket Girl.  During the interview, I discovered that they did a comic book podcast.  I asked them if they had ever thought about turning that podcast into a video program so they could expand their audience and take advantage of the ability to showcase comic art, guests, etc.  After many months of keeping in touch, the Podcorn group put together the exact show we had envisioned and are now making the transition.

I was drawn to Podcorn not only because Brandon and Amy are both great and well spoken, but because it’s fantastic these comic creators can offer an insight we rarely get to see.  I see a strong parallel between video game developers who use Twitch and what Podcorn is doing. Game developers discovered that Twitch was a unique way to get in front of their fans and people who love video games, while building a stronger community through social video.  Podcorn is doing the same thing with comics!

popcornLu: Amy and Brandon, one of the unique things about Podcorn is that the both of you are working comics professionals as well as hosts.  You both provide unique insight into the industry that most podcasts can’t offer.  What inspired you two to start a podcast?

Brandon Montclare: The inspiration was pretty simple: I very much like listening to comics podcasts. Our Rocket Girl collaboration started on Kickstarter, and as a fun way to connect with backers we did things like audio Q&A. From there we eased into what became the regular Podcorn show. That connection with fans is still the biggest draw–but we’re also not jaded on talking comics: creation, the business, our personal likes and dislikes. At first I don’t think we connected-the-dots to realize we were the only professional creators doing a show. Creators are on podcasts all the time, but of course that’s usually just as the guest. It’s safe to say we’re comics professionals first, and podcasting is an ancillary interest. But even though we’ve preserved the informality, we’re proud of the show and try to do our best with it.

Amy Reeder: The impetus was all Brandon.  It must be his radio voice!  And maybe something about being a wordsmith writer and having more to say.  I’ve been along for the ride and it’s been an interesting experience…I am not often opinionated online and this is the one place you’ll hear me get semi-bold.

But it was pretty easy to get started because the things we talk about on the podcast are the sorts of things we talk about in person, anyway.  Industry gossip, creating comics, and what we thought of the stuff we watched and read.

Lu: You’ve been running Podcorn as an audio show for a long time.  What made you want to make the jump to video?

Reeder: Video actually intimidates us a little!  It’s not an easy process.  However, when Twitch offered to feature us on their website, who could say no?  It’s a great opportunity, and Brandon and I are always looking for ways to reach out to potential fans outside the general comics channels.  Get it?  Channels?

Montclare: As Amy said, it’s really the opportunity. Twitch asked us to try doing what we do on their platform. It’s a very exciting partnership–we hope to grow our regular audience while giving them more with the video aspect… but we also want to reach/recruit new comics readers. Twitch users are definitely the right demographic, so hopefully some of them will tune in and start down the path of a deeper appreciation for comics.

However, we needed technical help! So we conscripted Mike Furth, who does comics content on YouTube as The Comic Archive. I’m sure it’ll take time for us to get our footing with the video (and the bigger challenge, live broadcasting!), but we’ve been doing some practice runs and are excited for the official launch.


Lu: How has the development process been?  Run into any interesting problems along the way?

Graham: Turning any show from audio to video can be difficult. As content creators, we tend to fall into habits, and sometimes those can be very hard to break. However, I’ve been incredibly happy to see the Podcorn team work hard to transition from one form of traditional media to this new form of live streamed media that’s taking the world by storm.  The Podcorn team has been running tests and tweaking their broadcasts to ensure they can satisfy their existing fans, while attracting new ones.

Reeder: It’s actually taken longer for us to put together than we had thought originally–we started talking about this way back in October, and we’ve slowly improved our act so we could have a really solid launch.  There’s all the logistics–not just doing video, but making it LIVE; adding visual elements, so people can actually SEE the comics we’re talking about; getting all sorts of equipment and programs to support doing live video.  We’ve gotten help from some stand-up people–including Chris Robinson, who moved on to be an editor at Marvel; Mike Furth, the video guy behind The Comic Archive.

It’s weird to think about.  Because I remember when we put our Kickstarter video together, we just had no idea what we were doing, and it was actually the most stressful part of the process.

Montclare: It did take us a while. Looking back, we probably could have started this a few month sooner. But at the time, it was all unexplored territory. One of our fears has been whether or not we’d be accepted by the Twitch core users. They have an amazing, unique community with rules and customs and Amy and I are truly outsiders. That’s a little intimidating.  However, we are invited guests; more importantly, we’re coming with good intentions and genuine respect! Plus, comics gets the same rap: that the fandom is intimidating when a new reader goes to a local comic shop, walks a convention floor, or immerses himself or herself into superhero continuities.


Lu: What do you hope to gain from this unique partnership?

Montclare: Personally, I just want to keep having fun, but I think there are some big, global elements that are intriguing. Podcorn definitely doesn’t represent all comics–but our medium has a much smaller audience than stuff like video games, not to mention TV and movies. That being said: comics is second-to-none in content creation. The Batman: Arkham Asylum and Lego Batman video games; the Marvel movies; and The Walking DeadFlash and Arrow TV shows… comics creations have dominated the top brands in all media for a loooong time. When a platform like Twitch gets behind a show like Podcorn, it’s a great opportunity for comics themselves to re-connect with fans who came to these characters through ancillary media.

Graham: As a fan of both gaming and comic books, it’s fantastic that we can bring these two communities even closer.  Some of my favorite broadcasters on Twitch are huge comic fans, and we find ourselves throwing in comic book talk on our streams and while we’re together at events.  I hope that other fans of comics on Twitch get a chance to discover new content and maybe we’ll open the world of comics to others who aren’t even aware of how engaging comics can be.  Additionally, Amazon, who owns the digital comic book site, Comixology, recently acquired Twitch. There is a natural synergy being explored which can benefit both gamers and comic fans around the world by strengthening the partnership between communities.

Reeder: Honestly, I just want to have a good time, connect with fans, and collaborate with the cool people at Twitch. Everything else is gravy!

Check out the Podcorn archives at podcornpodcast.com and tune in on Thursday at 7:30 PM EST for Podcorn’s debut episode at twitch.tv!

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24. Blank on Blank Creates an Ayn Rand Video

The Blank on Blank organization has created an animated video starring The Fountainhead author Ayn Rand. The video embedded above features an interview between Rand and journalist Mike Wallace that took place in 1959.

During this chat, Rand shared her thoughts on love, happiness, and selfishness. In the past, the producers behind this YouTube channel have made pieces with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist Maya Angelou, Fahrenheit 451 novelist Ray Bradbury, and Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak.

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25. Lauren Zuniga Poetry Video Goes Viral

Writer Lauren Zuniga has crafted a poem called \"Things That Happened to Me in High School…\" The video embedded above showcases Zuniga reciting her piece at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Thus far, the video has drawn more than 43,000 views on YouTube. Click on these links to listen to two more of Zuniga’s works: “Personhood” and “Submissive.”

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