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1. Celebrate National Geek Day! (Yeah, I Made That Up.)

Don't Panic FinalHappy National Geek Day! Why today? What’s so special about May 25th? Well, a long time ago, in 1977, Star Wars opened in 32 theaters! That’s when science fiction went mainstream! Yeah, there were Trekkies, but they were lowkey… there wasn’t a movie yet, and they mostly congregated at the Holiday Inn on weekends, along with […]

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2. Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight Art Book Review

Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker (picture book) is a great way of introducing the young ones to the first part of the Star Wars…

The post Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight Art Book Review appeared first on RABBLEBOY - The Official Blog of Kenneth Kit Lamug.

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3. The first teaser for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY brings you back to the original trilogy

Star Wars Rogue OneRogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, is the first of the Star Wars spin-off stories that will be released between “proper” episodes of the series. This first one, as you surely already know, centers on the Rebel attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star. Felicity Jones looks to be […]

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4. Coming Attractions: Marvel Announces New Titles for the 2016 Holidays and Box Office

9781302903039 squirrelAs convention season goes from zero to 60 in a few weekends, publishers are announcing new titles, some shipping in a few months, some shipping next Fall. Marvel has announced their latest graphic novel collections, for September-December 2016, and we bring you their latest and greatest, just so you can start being good for Santa (or, […]

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5. Preview: How C-3PO Became The Red Arm Droid

STARWARS-kylo-ren-awakensToday Marvel released a preview for STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1. The book written by James Robinson (Armor Wars, Earth-2) and illustrated by Tony Harris (Ex Machina) is out this March . Only the spectacle of the Star Wars universe could reunite these two award winning creators as they reveal the mystery behind C-3PO’s red arm in The […]

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6. The Beat’s Weekly Toy Review!

POP! RhaegalBy: Nicholas Eskey Every week, companies announce new, nerdy toys that threaten to drain our bank accounts and fill every spare inch on our shelves. To help you decide what is buy-worthy, we have decided to dedicate ourselves to highlighting the best of the best. Welcome to the new weekly toy preview! Without further stalling, […]

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7. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales January 2016: “LOOK AT THE STARS! (WHILE THE GROUND IS SHAKING)”

BenKenobiCroppedBannerSECRET WARS has finally ended...with a shocking sales twist!

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8. STAR WARS Episode VIII adds Del Toro, Dern, and Tran to its growing cast

Ep-8-thumb-1536x864-278076908271This morning is just chock-full of entertainment goodies. Now, we’ve got a quick teaser for Star Wars Episode VIII that’s just begun production: Along with the reveal that Benicio Del Toro (Sicario, Traffic), Laura Dern (Wild, Enlightened), and newcomer Kelly Tran will be joining the cast in undisclosed roles. Del Toro has been long rumored […]

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9. Toy Fair 2016: Lego Star Wars, Marvel Civil War and Ghostbusters sets revealed

IMG_7571.jpgAh Toy Fair, a riot of plastic, wood, metal, resin and MAGIC! As usual, The Beat pounded the halls of the JAvits Center and beyodnd to bring you only the FRESHEST toys and playthings. The day started at 7 am with the Lego event. As that time of day there isn’t much to remember but […]

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10. Marvel Month-to-Month Sales December 2015: “THE GROUND IS THE LIMIT!”

secretwars-lgMagic is the new trend at Marvel!

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11. Video Sunday: I Have Felt It

Are you aware of the Cozy Classics board book series? How about the felted board book versions of the original Star Wars movies? The other night I had dinner with Cozy Classics creator Holman Wang and we talked about his process. Turns out, the felted characters are needle felted entirely. A lawyer by trade, Holman learned how to felt through YouTube videos. Now what goes around comes around as you watch this oddly soothing time lapse YouTube video of his process. It’s an old video (as the dates at the end attest) but that doesn’t make it any less neat.

And as for the aforementioned Star Wars books, here’s Holman himself talking about his various techniques:

Also at that dinner, someone in attendance mentioned that Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show had covered A Birthday Cake for George Washington. Come again? Yes, you truly know that a book has left our little orbit when it ends up a discussion topic on a Comedy Central evening show. I wouldn’t exactly call this one workplace appropriate, but I would call it funny. Nice too that while he talks about the book he does not speculate about the creators.

Book trailer time. N.D. Wilson has always created the best book trailers. Remember the one he did for Ashtown Burials? Or Boys of Blur?  Well, the latest premiered on Entertainment Weekly very recently:

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Thanks to Aaron Zenz for the link.

So I ask James Kennedy the other day to name his favorite 90-Second Newbery Film Festival co-hosts.  And he rattles off a bunch of names but one that he was particularly impressed by?  Nikki Loftin, author of Nightingale’s Nest.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out this killer opening Nikki and James did together.  That woman has pipes!

Of course, I already had insider knowledge to Nikki’s singing prowess.  Two years ago she created a video for Jules Danielson and myself and . . . well, if you just can’t get through your day without seeing a children’s author belting out classic Rogers & Hammerstein on a roof, then are YOU in luck!

And finally, for our off-topic-but-not-really video, I bring you information from beyond the grave.  We all know Michael Jackson, and many of us know Bob Fosse.  Now see how eerie it is when you put one on top of another.  If The Little Prince movie did nothing else, it gave us this:

 

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12. Disney Remasters Star Wars Once More, as a Graphic Novel!

star wars GN coverLast year, Marvel launched their new Star Wars comics by offering remastered editions of the original comic book adaptations. Well…  next March, Lusasfilm Press will release a brand new graphic novel adaptation of the original trilogy (AKA “A New Hope Strikes the Jedi”)! I can’t discover who made this; it’s listed as “LucasFilm Book Group”. Disney […]

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13. Star Wars in Perspective: The Diversity Gap in Sci-Fi Movies

In honor of tonight’s release of Star Wars: Episode VII, we thought we’d revisit our Diversity Gap Study on sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters. Star Wars is shaping up to be not only one of the biggest movies of the year but also potentially one of the biggest movies of all time, with ticket sales already shattering records.

For Star Wars fans, there is much to celebrate. And for fans of diversity in Hollywood, even more so: the film features British-Nigerian actor John Boyega as one of the leads. Boyega has been getting a lot of buzz since his role was announced (along with some racist comments from the Dark Side – par for the course when it comes to diverse casting of franchises, it seems), and is joined by Guatamalan-American actor Oscar Isaac, who also plays a major role. Lupita N’yongo will also star as an alien pirate, though we won’t see her face. 

John Boyega in Star Wars. (Credit: Star Wars)
John Boyega in Star Wars (Credit: Star Wars)

Director JJ Abrams acknowledged the importance of casting diversely, telling 60 Minutes, “When we started casting the movie, it felt incredibly important to me that the movie look like the world in which this movie is being released.”

Given some of the great diversity in TV and films over the last year, the casting of Star Wars may not seem revolutionary. But historically, in the context of the top-grossing sci-fi movies of all time, it is still huge. Take a look:

Sci-Fi Diversity Gap in Movies Infographic

Here are some key statistics based on the top 100 domestic grossing sci-fi and fantasy movies:

• 8% of films star a protagonist of color 

• Of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)

• 0% of protagonists are women of color and just 14% of protagonists are women 

• 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ

• 2% of protagonists are people with a disability

If Star Wars becomes one of the top-grossing movies in this genre of all time–which it is certainly on track to do–it could put a dent in some of these numbers. And just as importantly, it will give Hollywood yet more proof that audiences are ready and willing to see great blockbusters with diverse leads. Star Wars, all we can say is: May the force be with you.

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14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens shatter records but can it also save Hollywood?

To the surprise of few, Star Wars The Force Awakens is now the all time opening box office champ posting mind boggling numbers right from the $57 million Thursday. Some of the records: Largest Friday, Opening Day, Single Day: $120.5 million (estimated)
Previous Record: $91 million (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) • Domestic […]

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15. Star Wars The Force Awakens: which character is going to have the most fanfic? [Spoilers]

x1331_tea0040_pub_still_d7ac075a.jpgOkay gang you've all had a chance to see Star Wars The Force Awakens. I know some of you haven't but the time has begun to discuss important things. So if you've seen the movie, go after the jump. If you haven't here's some pictures.

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16. Marvel Month-Month Sales November 2015: Ticking Up the Failure Counter

gwenOur resident Marvel analyst takes a look at the publisher's November sales, discerning which All-New All-Different titles are posed to be failures and which might become breakout successes.

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17. Podcorn Podcast V4.14- STAR WARS VII is Kylo Rendiculous!!!

PodcornTVLogoStar Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Have you seen it yet? We bet you have. If you haven't, get off your computer and thee to a cinema immediately, because this week's Podcorn Podcast is all about the latest entry in the Space Opera series.

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18. Mythology redux: The Force Awakens once again

For some time now, I have been among those who have argued that the fandom associated with the Star Wars franchise is akin to a religion. There are those who will quarrel with the word choice, but it is hard to gainsay the dedication of fans to the original films

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19. Webcomics Tuesday: George R. Binks by Tony Millionaire!

Back when Dark Horse published Star Wars comics, they had a book called Star Wars Tales, and from Star Wars Tales #20 back in 2004, here is the heartrending story of George R. Binks, Jar Jar's magic father. And only the great Tony Millionaire could do justice to this story.

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20. Harts Pass No. 280 - Happy New Year!


Sleep walking into the New Year... but The Force is strong with this one. Much love and Happy New Year to all! (Apologies for the droopy eyes.)

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21. The Competencies Awaken

Now that you’ve seen the new ALSC Competencies, do you need a refresh?

1. Commitment to Client Group. Because everyone deserves excellent library services.

1. Commitment to Client Group.

2. Reference and User Services. Considering context and format of delivery, along with the information itself.

2. Reference and User Services.

3. Programming Skills. Sometimes you need backup to keep it fresh.

3. Programming Skills.

4. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials. When’s the last time you really looked at your collection?

4. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.

5. Outreach and Advocacy. Saying it in a way they will hear it.

5. Outreach and Advocacy.

6. Administrative and Management Skills. (It can take a while to refine the art.)

6. Administrative and Management Skills.

7. Professionalism and Professional Development. This is just the beginning. Even when it seems like the middle.

7. Professionalism and Professional Development.

Just remember, let the Competencies guide you. Because the library:

ALSC Core Competencies

This post comes from the ALSC Education Committee. Images are not the property of ALSC; shared as commentary under fair use guidelines.

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22. Opinion: Why The Force Awakens is a retread of The Phantom Menace

rey-anakinby John Patrick Green [Discussing the meanings and symbology of Star Wars The Force Awakens has become a national passtime, and i the interests of leaving nofacet of this cultural landmark unexamined, our resident Stawr Wars expoert John Patrick Green has put forth a radical new theory, which you can read below.]   So the movie […]

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23. The Year Ahead: What Marvel Needs to Do to Stay All-New and All-Different in 2016

avengers-the-contest-featured1-642x362Marvel’s 2015 is best boiled down to one core idea that influenced the entire line: Secret Wars. For the most part, the event was successful, and sold gangbusters in spite of production delays.  Several promising concepts from the event and its tie-ins made it into the mainstream Marvel Universe, giving the re-launch a unique flavor that […]

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24. Star Wars: Episode 8 release date has been delayed

© Lucas Film / Walt DisneyAccording to reports from Variety, Disney has pushed back the release date for Episode 8 by six months, moving the original release date of May 26, 2017 to Dec. 15, 2017.

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25. Why I’m anxious about the next two Star Wars movies

Yesterday it was announced that the next, as yet unnamed Star Wars movie, Episode VIII, will be pushed back from Summer 2017 to Christmas 2017. This set off a rescheduling frenzy among studios with Spider-Man, Terminator, Pirates of the Caribbean and Jumanji all getting moved around. I wasn’t a bit surprised at the move: 18 […]

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