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#GAYNRD DAILY Our news, art, and ephemera round-up from around the web, social media, and around the world for FRIDAY November 19, 2021. Photo below: Englishman River Falls, British Columbia, Canada.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Urban Dictionary truly deserves a Pulitzer. The things it contributes to society, whew.” Brian Keith Jackson

BUCK ANGEL goes against the grain for trans awareness week.

 

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TEARJERKER Ghostbusters: Afterlife it’s the scenes between Bill Murray and CGI Ivan Reitman that pull the heartstrings.

LET’S FLY Star Trek: Discovery season 4 premiered and actress Sonequa Martin-Green made history playing the first recurring Black female Starfleet captain in the franchises’ 55 year history (the first onscreen appearance was unnamed officer, played by Madge Sinclair, the first female Starfleet starship captain portrayed on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and who would later play another Starfleet captain, Silva La Forge on The Next Generation).

ODDS ARE Your psycho ex won’t show up to your wedding. But you never know!

HARRY STYLES is Starfox. Check out the dope Marvel Studios’ poster.

#FBF “We Are One Creature. We Are The World.” Happy 68th Birthday to Alan Moore. From Swamp Thing #34, 1985.

LUNAR ECLIPSE “I went back and forth, over and over whether or not to take this picture. “It’s cold”, “my shot won’t be unique”, “I’ve photographed lunar eclipses before and this one won’t be different”. So many reasons not to do it. But, in the end, I decided that a once in a lifetime event deserves to be recorded, even if the resulting photograph won’t be anything special. This is the longest partial lunar eclipse in over 500 YEARS, and I have my own little slice of it”.via Flickr.

COVER BOY Arturo Aguilar hails from Mexico🇲🇽 .

 

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AFTER ELLEN Variety: Yvonne Orji has set up a variety special at HBOVariety has learned exclusively.

The project is in the early stages so details are scarce, but sources say it would incorporate comedy elements beyond traditional stand up and would dive into the Nigerian-American experience. Orji will write and executive produce in addition to starring. Odenkirk Provissiero’s DC Wade will also executive produce along with and Art & Industry’s Michelle Caputo and Shannon Hartman, who all previously worked with Orji on her HBO stand up special “Momma, I Made It!”

News of the special comes as the hit HBO comedy series “Insecure” is preparing to end at the conclusion of its fifth season. Orji has starred in the series in the role of Molly since the show began. She was nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy for the show in 2020.

 

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HE KISSED A GIRL

HULKLING & WICCAN Infinity Comics Trailer. The super-powered couple meet their “perfect” partners thanks to a magical intervention! Hulkling and Wiccan must find a way back to each other in this exclusive Marvel Unlimited series.

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RIP Charlamagne Gives Donkey Of The Day To The Men Who Killed Young Dolph.

And in memoriam, their interview from 2017.

 

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TDOR Tomorrow, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance and the most violent year on record for people of trans experience.

DC First Look: Batman: Urban Legends #10. AIPT: “A Carol of Bats” continues Tim’s journey of self-discovery from Urban Legends #6, and sees Tim balancing his drive to fight crime with his desire to be a great partner. Amidst the ashes of a devastated Gotham City and Fear State, Tim Drake comes back to Gotham City to help Batman and Nightwing try and put the city back together again after its devastation at the hands of The Scarecrow and The Magistrate. Along the way, Tim tries to get Batman out of a Scrooge-level funk, where the Dark Knight has serious doubts about if he’s failed Gotham City, and if its citizens will stop being scared and angry enough to have hope for the future.

Written by Meghan Fitzmartin, the feature-length story “A Carol of Bats” features art by Alberto Albuquerque Jimenez (pencils/inks), Nick Filardi (colors), and Pat Brosseau (Letters). This continues Tim’s journey of self-discovery from Urban Legends #6, and sees Tim balancing his drive to fight crime with his desire to be a great partner.

 

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Amidst the ashes of a devastated Gotham City and Fear State, Tim Drake comes back to Gotham City to help Batman and Nightwing try and put the city back together again after its devastation at the hands of The Scarecrow and The Magistrate. Along the way, Tim tries to get Batman out of a Scrooge-level funk, where the Dark Knight has serious doubts about if he’s failed Gotham City, and if its citizens will stop being scared and angry enough to have hope for the future. “The response to Tim’s story has been more than I could have hoped” said writer Fitzmartin. “It’s always exciting to share Tim’s journey with fans, and close 2021 with this special holiday story in Batman: Urban Legends #10.”

 

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WHAT TIME IS IT? In your part of he world? Looks like party time.

 

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DON’T FUCK with the mac and cheese.

BEST BOOKS of 2021 The Kirkus List is here.

INTO THE SPIDER FLAT We’re in.

FORESKIN FRIDAY

BECAUSE BATMAN Justice League the animated series premiered 20 years ago this week.

BLACK GIRL NERD magic is real.

HOWARD  DC: Damian Wayne thinks he knows it all. Wouldn’t you, if your dad was Batman? But when he leaps before looking one too many times, Batman indefinitely grounds his Robin from any more crimefighting. Starting over at a new school with a mandate to focus on his grades, Damian learns more than he ever expected when he meets Howard in Jeffrey Brown’s new all ages graphic novel, Batman and Robin and Howard.

Star Wars fans are already likely familiar with Brown through books like the bestselling Darth Vader and Son and Jedi Academy, but it’s great to see him take on a different, equally rich universe here and give it his own distinct spin. Brown’s Bruce Wayne is a lighter incarnation of the Dark Knight, but still one who takes raising his son very seriously. “You don’t know what you don’t know!” he advises the headstrong Damian before the first day at his new school.

The two boys come to stylish life in Jeffrey Brown’s expressive art style. Every character’s face is emotive, from Damian’s smirks to Alfred’s kind eyes. (Quietly keeping a watchful eye on Damian, Alfred Pennyworth is, as always, the MVP in this story.) Even Batman’s face is easy to read, scowling mask and all.

From start to finish, Batman and Robin and Howard is bursting with heart and humor that Bat-fans of all ages will enjoy. It’s delightful to realize that even Bruce Wayne tries his hardest to be the best dad he can be. There might be a Bat-signal illuminating the night sky, but Batman still takes a moment to stop by Damian’s room to check in. Awkwardly. “Batman may be cool,” Damian says with an epic eyeroll, “but my dad is a doofus.”

“Ha! That’s all dads,” Howard agrees.

Batman and Robin and Howard by Jeffrey Brown is now available in bookstores, comic shops, libraries and as a digital graphic novel.

DYNAMIC DUO Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield at the GQ

 

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FASHION FORWARD Gus Kenworthy for Prada.

 

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FAN ART for the upcoming She-Hulk series coming to Disney+.

GREYSON CHANCE  is GUCCI.

 

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ART APPRECIATION Phil Jimenez teases more art from upcoming Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1. The series will “explore the ancient history of the Amazons” and add on to the Wonder Woman mythos and world. The series was originally set to debut on Oct. 19, but was pushed back to its current release date of Nov. 30. According to the creators, this is a book for fans to dive into the vast mythology that surrounds Wonder Woman and the Amazons, as well as their popularity in the modern world.

 

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THE LITANY AGAINST FEAR was spoken by many highly educated people who faced danger or fear during their everyday lives. The litany helped focus their minds in times of peril.  It’s a powerful mantra in the universe of Frank Herbert’s Dune. The phrase derives from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

An ancient form of the litany existed already during the Butlerian Jihad. A mantra of the City of Introspection went like this:

“I have no fear, for fear is the little death that kills me over and over. Without fear, I die but once.”

The version of the litany used in the time of Paul Muad’dib was believed to have originated with the Bene Gesserit, who themselves faced great dangers during their extensive training.

The Litany was as follows:

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Paul Atreides, the son of Duke Leto Atreides I, used the Litany when the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam compelled him to put his right hand in a device that causes pain as a test of his presence of mind. The litany helped him to withstand the excruciating agony. It was a test of his humanity in a qualitative sense. A person whose nature is still primarily bestial recoils from pain and seeks to flee it to preserve itself, a person of higher nature goes through it and out the other side in order to remove the threat permanently.

“You’ve heard of animals chewing off a leg to escape a trap? There’s an animal kind of trick. A human would remain in the trap, endure the pain, feigning death that he might kill the trapper and remove a threat to his kind.”

 

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WE’RE GOOD

 

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SLAVA to fashion.

 

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FAN ART Robin by Derek Charm.

BENDIS on Matt Fraction whose iteration of Hawkeye is coming to Disney+ just in time for Christmas.

 

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BOOK BROTHER Damon Young’s What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker was just the beginning. His next collection of essays, tentatively titled The Rage of New Money, and “also a yet-to-be titled collection of some of my favorite people writing funny-ass black shit” will be out soon he promises.

 

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SON OF BALDWIN author Robert Jones Jr. on the Rittenhouse verdict. His novel The Prophets is a revelation.

 

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DR. MULTIVERSE is here. After Dark Nights: Death Metal restored all of DC history and propelled the 52 worlds of the DC Multiverse into the infinite Omniverse, the multiversal threats posed to all reality have become greater and even more unknowable. Plus, with the Infinite Frontier miniseries setting up a race between Justice Incarnate and Darkseid, the multiverse’s Justice League has its work cut out for it. However, this team is about to get a serious power boost – perhaps the greatest in all the multiversal. When Justice Incarnate clashed with Darkseid and his Injustice Incarnate on the dark world of Earth Omega. The Dark Lord of Apokolips sought to control the Multiverse and though he was stopped by Justice Incarnate, he created a crack in the multiverse. Now he seeks to exploit this crack in reality to control something he refers to as the Great Darkness.

CBR: When Darkseid created this fracture in the multiverse, the multiverse decided to fight back. As an “autoimmune response,” it created its own superhero to defend itself. It chose Dr. Maya Chambers of Earth-8, who was on a space expedition when she was blasted with cosmic energy. Like most superhero origins, this incident granted her incredible abilities, however, said abilities are leagues beyond what most heroes develop.

Maya has the usual superpowers such as flight, enhanced durability, and even teleportation but some of her more remarkable powers also make her totally unique. The most intriguing among these is multivison – this allows Doctor Multiverse to see all the different variants a person has across the multiverse. But when she used her multivision on herself, she discovered that she has no variants. Maya is a once-in-a-generation metahuman who can channel the life-force of the multiverse when it’s threatened by something that no single universe’s forces can handle, like Darkseid and the other villains he’s racing against.

Doctor Multiverse could be the most powerful being DC has ever seen.

PARTING SHOT Thanksgiving revisited.

 

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TEEN WOLF Who’ll make the cut?

WANDA off her rocker.

DEAD in the immortal words of Dr. Strange in the No Way Home trailer.