§ Nice Art: Elsa Charretier’s Childish Gambino as Lando sums up the general feeling. No one cares about young Han Solo.

§ Nice Art 2: I did not know there was a Stan Lee Box to subscribe to…but this cover hits the jackpot. (h/t/ AJ Frost)

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§ Franco-American production company Gaumont has optioned Stan Sakai’s ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ for a cartoon!

The announcement was made today by Gaumont’s president of animation, Nicolas Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo has been much sought after for many years, and we are honored to work with Stan Sakai to translate his multi-generational stories into the first ever TV series,” says Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo’s blend of history and mythology, clever balance between action and comedy, and real-world touchpoints combined with the supernatural, together with the passionate fan base that Stan has already amassed, makes this an incredibly exciting property to develop with our partners Atomic Monster and Dark Horse Entertainment.”

Usagi previously appeared as a character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles carton of the 90s because back then anything was possible.

§ Finally! Every Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameo, Ranked. Tragically, it’s one of those 32 click slideshows, but I liked the one where he had a hot dog.

§ Via Neil Gaiman, if you want a signed Harlan Ellison book, this is your last chance as he’s retired from signing.

Black Lightning

§ I haven’t kept up with Black Lightning since the exc ellent first episode (that’s just how I roll) but it seems that the older daughter Anissa, is “television’s first Black, queer, superheroine.” Briana Lawrence shares the news.

It only took two episodes, and, y’all, Anissa Pierce is everything.

lot happened in the second episode of Black Lightning, but the scene with Anissa and her girlfriend sticks with me for all the right reasons. Prepare for spoilers and general gushing.

§ I guess Marvel was inspired by “Serial” to make their own mystery type podcast, of course starring Wolverine. They just released the trailer for Wolverine: The Long Night . It’s Marvel’s first scripted podcast.

The “Wolverine: The Long Night” story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series of murders and quickly discover the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.

In addition to Armitage, the show’s cast includes notable actors Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Mr. Robot”).

Also cast in the series are actors Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg and Lannon Killea. Chris Gethard, host of the popular “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People” podcast, also will make a cameo appearance.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. “Usagi previously appeared as a character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles carton of the 90s because back then anything was possible.”

    “Back then”? Usagi was on three episodes of a TMNT animated series literally six months ago.

  2. Ugh, considering that several women have alleged that Stan Lee harassed them in the last couple of years, it’s time for him to stop doing cameos and… really, stop doing public appearances in general. I really wish that, in this era of #metoo and #TimesUp, Marvel would cut ties with him and issue some sort of statement about the matter – they owe it to the women who recently had to deal with his disgusting behavior, to the women who work on their comics and movies, and to their many female fans.

    Yes, he was part of the genesis of a lot of characters and concepts that many people have done great things with. He was one of the co-creators of the first black superhero back in the early 1960s, among many other things. (I’m not going to get into my feelings, as a writer, on his credit-hogging and the Marvel Method.) Yes, he’s a marketing genius. But even someone as influential and talented as he is should not be able to harass with impunity.

    No, I’m not saying burn down everything he’s ever touched – lots of writers, artists, directors, actors, and others have spent the last fifty-plus years building stories incorporating characters and ideas he contributed to and those stories are important to a lot of people, including myself. And from what I’ve seen of people who’ve worked on other projects where a harasser was involved, they don’t generally want to salt the earth either – see the cast and crew of the DC Arrowverse shows after co-creator/writer/showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was fired, or the star of Netflix’s Transparent after actor Jeffrey Tambor was fired. They want the show to go on without the creeper. As Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn put it in “Don’t Let Female Creators Be Collateral Damage When Male Abusers Go Down”: “But how do we pull out the weeds without destroying the entire garden? Especially when many of these gardens are maintained and tended to by women who have never exposed themselves to a stranger? ….we should work to reimagine them, recast them, and make them better than they were before.”

    (Sometimes you’re a legacy hero, trying to live up to the example of Steve Rogers or Clint Barton. But sometimes you’re Kid Loki, trying to turn the resources of a problematic past toward good.)

    For Lee to keep participating in public life as if nothing had happened risks more of the same. It’s not safe for women he encounters. It sends a message that no one really cares about the somen that he’s recently hurt, or may hurt in the future. It’s undoubtedly embarrassing and painful to his remaining family, friends, and colleagues. And, considering his advanced age and the reports I’ve heard of his (confused, erratic) mental state, it’s very likely that dementia or strokes are factors – disinhibition leading to inappropriate behavior, sexual or otherwise, is a common symptom of neurological degeneration. So honestly, bowing out of the public sphere would be best for Lee’s own sake – if his gross behavior stems from his mind going, I doubt he’d have wanted to be remembered this way when he had his faculties.

  3. Those Stan Lee covers always seem to forget someone (who, I should add, did all the heavy lifting and was a decent man who was never accused of doing anything inappropriate towards anyone).

  4. (Another depressing footnote is that Harlan Ellison’s also a creeper, having groped Connie Willis *on stage* at the 2006 Hugos. Well, notorious for being an a-hole in general, of course. But this is just another example of how pervasive harassing and sexist behavior is among powerful men, especially older ones.)

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