David Pepose, writer of Spencer & Locke, has created a Kickstarter for his new comic book The O.Z. Based upon the classic novel and film, The Wizard of Oz, Pepose’s illustrated version presents a steampunk twist.
76 years ago, the Allied Forces stormed Normandy beaches and began the end of World War II. Since then, writers have been busy crafting works of historical fiction that depict the war, from all different perspectives.
A story about war and soldiers may not necessarily be a beach read, but these five books are sure to be a great read nonetheless.
Good news for Disney fans! The full trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has dropped and it looks to be an exciting preview of the next chapter of the adventures of the villainess turned hero played Angelina Jolie. The sequel is follow up to the 2014 box office hit, which chronicled the tale of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of Maleficent, who was originally the villain of the 1959 animated film. Jolie will obviously reprise her role as the dark fairy, while Elle Fanning returns as Princess Aurora. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
The 2014 grossed over 700 million and was received positively by critics, although it received a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with criticism going to some of the changes made to the narrative of the original classic film. Still, Angelina Jolie was very positively received as Maleficent, easily channeling the dark coolness of the villainess.
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In the sequel, it appears the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora will be further explored. Maleficent has become an overprotective mother towards Aurora and is having trouble letting her adoptive daughter be married off to Prince Philip. What follows is a disastrous banquet, where Maleficent refuses to let Aurora be married to the prince and declares war on his Kingdom, calling for the assistance of magical creatures to her aid. The special effects look magnificent and the two lead roles look to be explored in even greater depth. If nothing else, we’re here to see Maleficent unleash hell and spread her black wings once more.
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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil releases this fall on October 8th. Are you excited to see the dark mistress once more, against the backdrop of the fantasy world she inhabits? Tell us in the comments!
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According to The Guardian there is exciting news for the poetry world. Poet, musician, and author Joy Harjo has been appointed as the Poet Laureate, the first Native American to take the position in years. Harjo has been in the running for a role for a long time, having acted as an advocate and voice for Native Americans in the literary world. Harjo term will last one year, and she will succeed Tracy K. Smith, who served two terms in the position.
Harjo is known for poetry collections like The Woman Who Fell From the Sky and In Mad Love and War. Critics have praised her forceful, intimate writing style that draws upon the natural and spiritual world, always emphasizing and exploring man’s relationship to nature.
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Harjo has expressed her political views through song and metaphor, using her poetry to draw attention to social issues. One of her poems, “Rabbit Is Up to Tricks,” epitomizes her style:
And Rabbit had no place to play.
Rabbit’s trick had backfired.
Rabbit tried to call the clay man back,
but when the clay man wouldn’t listen
Rabbit realized he’d made a clay man with no ears.
Harjo began writing in 1970, according to The New York Times. As a young woman, she attended Native American gatherings in the Southwest, where she heard poetry spoken aloud. Realizing poetry was a vehicle for social change, her art became a way for her to speak about the Native American rights movement. Since then, Harjo has written eight books in total, including poetry, memoir, and YA novels. As for her nomination, Harjo said she was in a “state of shock” and considers her a position a great honor, as well as a position of honor for all Native peoples.
In a statement to the Library of Congress, Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress said of Joy Harjo’s work “powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.”
In addition to being an author, Harjo is also a musician, composing four albums that speak to not only naturalistic themes but also the current political and social divides across America. She feels that poetry is a way to bridge cultures and hopes to embrace her new position.
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