Here at Bookstr, we’re fans of scientific research. Today our constant quest for knowledge has led us to discovering what our favorite authors look like aged, gender-swapped, young, bald, or moustachioed using Face App.
Among my favorites are J. K. Rowling’s very Jeremy Corbyn-esque male self, Stephen King’s can-I-speak-to-the-manager female self, and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Zack-and-or-Cody child self.
Swim into this news, Disney fans! A comic adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, has been announced a week after the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel the upcoming live action remake of the Disney film. The comic will retell the story of the animated film with the classic designs that you doubtlessly remember from childhood. According to The Hollywood Reporter the series will be released by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be adapting the animated film’s story, which is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, very closely but through Ariel’s eyes, allowing us a more intimate look at the events strictly from her POV. The aim of the series will be to truly see what Ariel was thinking as she deals with finding true love, grappling with her father King Triton, and fighting against the evil sea-witch Ursula.
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The comic will be entitled Disney: The Little Mermaid and will be launching as a three issue limited series. The series will be written by Cecil Castelluci, with artwork by Zulema Scotto Lavina. Castelucci’s previous writing credits include the critically acclaimed Soupy Leaves Home, as well as other comics such as The P.L.A.I.N. Janes, Female Furies, and Shade: The Changing Girl. She has previous experience working on a Disney adaptation comic, having written Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, which also told the classic animated film’s story from Snow White’s point of view.
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The comic will be launching October 16th, doubtlessly building hype for the upcoming live action film in the future. Are you excited to revisit the sea and all the denizens within in comic form? Tell us in the comments! In the meantime, you can revisit the original animated film or even better, read the story it was based on! But be warned, it’s a little darker.
Way back in 1985, Ursula K. Le Guin published her novel, Always Coming Home. Along with the novel, she also released a cassette tape called Music and Poetry of the Kesh in collaboration with composer and analog synth artist Todd Barton. Literally no one saw this coming.
The tape has since been re-released and is possibly the most fire indigenous folk/electronica/avant-garde album of 1985.
Le Guin’s novel tells the story of a tribal civilization in post-apocalyptic California with inhabitants known as the Kesh. The book itself is a giant collection of poems, maps, artwork, anthropological texts, plays, and music that build the wondrous world of the Kesh.
Le Guin was so dedicated to making this album one that the Kesh would listen to that she developed an alphabet and language that they would use for the album.
During a lecture in 2002, Le Guin argued that “listening is an act of community, which takes space, time, and silence. Reading is a means of listening.” Together, the album and the novel enhance and play off each other, making a complete world and story.
Ursula K. Le Guin, prolific fantasy author best known for writing The Earthsea Cycle and The Hainish Cycle, passed away yesterday in her home in Portland, Oregon, at age eighty-eight. Le Guin is widely regarded as the greatest fantasy writer of her generation, and one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time, akin, some would say, to Tolkien, Lewis or any of the other leading world-builders.
Le Guin, rightfully, had an absolutely enormous fanbase, including some of the most famous authors alive, including Stephen King, Michael Chabon, and Neil Gaiman.
King tweeted, calling Le Guin a ‘literary icon.’
Usula K. LeGuin, one of the greats, has passed. Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon. Godspeed into the galaxy.
Later, Gaiman composed a heartfelt tribute to the author, linking a video of himself presenting LeGuin with a lifetime achievement award.
I just learned that Ursula K. Le Guin has died. Her words are always with us. Some of them are written on my soul. I miss her as a glorious funny prickly person, & I miss her as the deepest and smartest of the writers, too. Still honoured I got to do this: https://t.co/U4mma5pJMw
I’m so sad about Ursula LeGuin. She was one of the writers who made me, and made a path of light for me to follow. Her work is still going to shine, but I do think a great many people must have paused today, uncertain, in the sudden dark.
Margaret Atwood wrote this moving tribute to Le Guin for The Guardian, referring to her as “one of the literary greats,” and commenting that “her sane, committed, annoyed, humorous, wise and always intelligent voice is much needed now.”
Ursula K. Le Guin touched the lives of millions and the depth and distance of her reach is undeniable. She will be deeply missed by everyone in the literary world.