News & Things: Book sharing and book stealing
Kayleigh’s on holiday, so you’re stuck with me again!
Abdellatif Kechiche is “speaking out” against his Blue stars. Again. But he also had some less than complimentary things to say about Julie Maroh, author of, Le Bleu Est une Couleur Chaude, the comic Kechiche’s film is based on.
Avi Arad, formerly of Marvel Studios, is teaming with Stan Lee to produce a new, secret movie project.
Comics Alliance teases the upcoming live stage show, Marvel Universe Live, with new concept art.
Forget Goodreads. Penguin wants you to talk directly to other readers, while you’re reading. The new app, in developed with German developer Readmill, will allow readers to highlight, share quotes, and chat with each other.
Three unpublished Salinger short stories have been scanned and shared against the author’s express wishes. All three were previously only available to read under supervision of archivists and librarians. One of the stories, The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls, was to be published, per Salinger’s will, in 2060. Buuut now you can download a copy.
“Much has been said, and rightly so, about Katniss Everdeen and the way she challenges a lot of traditional narratives about girls. She carries a bow, she fights, she kills, she survives, she’s emotionally unavailable, she’d rather act than talk, and … did we mention she kills?
But one of the most unusual things about Katniss isn’t the way she defies typical gender roles for heroines, but the way Peeta, her arena partner and one of her two love interests, defies typical Hollywood versions of gender roles for boyfriends.”
Responding to the recent space of navel-gazing in the world of comics criticism, Melinda Beasi reasserts Manga Bookshelf’s purpose: “Sometimes we’re critics. Occasionally we’re journalists. We’re always fans. Demographically, we’re a lot like you. So, though our writing may not fit neatly into popular definitions of any of the above, we hope this means that we’re doing right by you.”
Check out this re-imagined opening to the Powerpuff Girls, by fan artist SalBa Combé.