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Trish– Still working on Fire and Ice, but seeing progress!

Jeremy – Finished the Eleanor Trilogy and has begun editing. But why focus on that, he’s already a quarter of the way into a futuristic sci-fi novel!

This month in Pop-Culture History- Summer Blockbuster Edition!

  • 1975 Jaws, one of the highest-grossing films of all time, was released. It is considered one of Hollywood’s first true blockbuster films and is thought to be the birth of the Summer Blockbuster
  • 1981 Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark premiered. It is the fifth highest-grossing film of the decade and the highest-grossing film of 1981. 
  • 1982 E.T. is released. To this day it holds the record for most weekends spent at number one in the box office: 16. It is also the top-grossing film of the decade at $435 mil
  • 1989 Batman starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson premiered. It’s the fourth highest-grossing film of the decade. Actors considered for the role of Batman included: Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Tom Selleck, Bill Murray, Harrison Ford, and Dennis Quaid. For the Joker: Tim Curry, David Bowie, John Lithgow, Ray Liota, and James Woods. Robin Williams is reported to have lobbied very hard for the part.

Geek Outs!

Trish- Hannah Gadsby, of Nannette fame, has a new comedy special called Douglas on Netflix. It is damn near perfect. 

Jeremy- On Saturday Jeremy watched the SpaceX launch, sending Bob and Doug into space. It was amazing to see the advances in technology both from the launch room to the spaceship itself. Jeremy will admit, the space suits were pretty epic sci-fi technology.

Deep Dive- What Makes a Good Superhero?

There are a lot of things that go into making a unique character, but there are some things that get emphasized when the hero has uncanny abilities. For this we decided to pick a couple of the traits we find interesting as readers. We found we loved a flawed hero who finds their moral compass sometimes sending them off course. We also love a hero who doesn’t always see things as black and white and walk a comfortable space in between right and wrong. Lastly, we delve into the duality of heroes and specifically heroes in juxtaposition with their abilities. Some Mentions: Wonder Woman, Squirrel Girl, Magneto, Colossus, Captain America, and Jessica Jones.

 

QotW: What hero would you want to be, and what hero would you most likely be?

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