BY SAJIDA AYYUP
We’re in the fourth month of lockdown and things are slowly merging into normalcy. At least we thought it was until a series of storms woke us up — #BlackLivesMatter. The Beat listed comics focusing on systemic racism in policing along with resources for bail funds. Last week we lost Denny O’Neil, the man who not only created Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul and other characters but also influenced the Batman’s intense on-screen personality we so highly appreciate today. With many non-Covid related events to draw people’s attention, we must be extra cautious about not forgetting that the global pandemic is still around. So here’s another round-up of activities to serve as a quick reminder to continue social distancing.
§ Kevin Conroy and the team behind Batman: The Animated Series were live this past Tuesday as they delved into behind-the-scenes of how this show was developed to an extent of winning four Emmys. Click here to watch the full stream now!
§ Since the physical version of E3 2020 got cancelled (yeah, who were we kidding), IGN has been hosting it virtually under its alias ‘Summer of Gaming.’ The series features developer interviews, game demos, trailers, exclusive footage reveals and more. June 16th highlight: Celebrity Tours in Animal Crossing with its host and creator Gary Whitta! Check out the full month’s schedule here
Thrilled to be a part of @IGN’s #SummerofGaming event tomorrow with a special backstage tour of my #AnimalCrossing island! Stream goes live at 9am PT, I think my segment is around 3:30pm PT. Benefiting WHO’s COVID-19 Response Fund & The Bail Project! Link: https://t.co/QQxznPTYbN pic.twitter.com/nWWd19Tfsf
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) June 15, 2020
From Xbox Series X Smart Delivery details to Destroy All Humans! gameplay, here's everything announced and revealed during IGN Expo Day 4. #IGN SummerofGaming https://t.co/3tJrDVIkWx pic.twitter.com/mxcEYC4XYV
— IGN (@IGN) June 15, 2020
§ COVID-19 has definitely hit many LCS across the country hard. Here are some fundraisers you can be kind to.
Hey guys if y’all can help out. This comic book store has been a staple and has been the heart of bay ridge and has brought joy to many people..me included.
NEED HELP TO SAVE COMIC BOOK SHOP https://t.co/axZ5uMeQ87
— Matt Quinn (@MattLeeTk421) June 15, 2020
MN's only black-owned comic book store just launched a gofundme!https://t.co/oObgKSkPvy
— Rob Roberts (@studio_robo) June 12, 2020
I designed a T-Shirt to raise funds for my local comic book store, The Underground. If you like the shirt, please order one! All the proceeds will go the The Underground. This is a great way to support a small comic store in these uncertain economic times. https://t.co/KFGPAq4lzW
— OddBirds Comics (@OddBirdsComics) June 15, 2020
§ How many books have you read over the course of the pandemic? Sounds pretty weird but with all of us stuck indoors, dusting off those bookshelves won’t be cutting it. Attend a virtual book festival to find what’s new! Also be sure to check out what The Beat staff is reading over the weekend! You may get some ideas!
Our first livestream event of EWF20 is starting at 12:30pm! 🎉 Tune in for some microfiction expertise and afterwards you can put your new skills to use for your entries in the Swinburne Microfiction Challenge! ✨✍️https://t.co/qRADsvZ2BQ pic.twitter.com/A2bmNpmuJe
— EmergingWriters (@EmergingWriters) June 16, 2020
New episode of BABF #UNBOUND "Strange Hotel" premieres Tues June 16 at 7pm w/ Irish literary sensation Eimear McBride in conversation with @brooke_warner. Register here for free & join the live chat: https://t.co/AQzKB3xHPe @shewritespress #EimearMcBride pic.twitter.com/8u0kCUH7UE
— Bay Area Book Festival (@BayBookFest) June 15, 2020
Spend an hour with kYmberly Keeton on June 27th during the virtual 14th Annual #ATXAABookFest.
— Austin African American Book Festival (@ATXAABookFest) June 15, 2020
§ Trina Robbins spilled the beans during this CBLDF virtual event earlier this week. There hasn’t been been a single occasion when she hasn’t stood up for women’s rights. As an influential feminist, Robbins has contributed to multiple underground comics and publications, produced the first ever all-women comic book, and is currently helping women in the comics industry bloom. Fun fact: She was the first woman to draw Wonder Woman comics!
Sign up today for our Virtual Tea with Trina Robbins event this Wednesday 6/17 at 4 pm PT! We'll be talking comics history, the underground comics scene, and so much more! https://t.co/B07dlFCmKc pic.twitter.com/5s6LifXAdy
— CBLDF (@CBLDF) June 15, 2020
§ VidCon is going virtual after failed efforts to keep it IRL. Nevertheless, the idea of breaking the fourth wall has already been tested by vloggers before, so this shouldn’t be an issue. You can expect Hank Green (vlogbrothers), Eugene Lee Yang (The Try Guys), Seán McLoughlin (JackSepticEye) and more to make an appearance
The FIRST Creator Chat Sign-up is now open! This is your chance to have an intimate virtual hang with @hankgreen! Subscribe to our emails for more information on how to enter. Spots are limited. #VidConNow pic.twitter.com/HHhAh0pfPW
— VidCon (@VidCon) June 16, 2020
That’s all for today! Check back soon for more updates and activities to enjoy while social distancing.