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M.O.D.O.K. HEAD GAMES

Showrunners for the upcoming Hulu series about the popular Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K. will also spearhead a brand new comic series with the character as the lead.

M.O.D.O.K. HEAD GAMES comes from Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, who will showcase the leader of the terroristic organization AIM.

M.O.D.O.K. will be outsmarting the rest of the Marvel universe on his way to victory and domination, but this story is a bit more personal. He is haunted by memories of a family he doesn’t know, putting his power, and his brain, at risk.

You can see everything Oswalt and Blum had to say about the supervillain story in an exclusive interview from Marvel by clicking right here. You can also see brand new, never-before-seen pages of the interior of the books from Scott Hepburn, the artist of the upcoming run.

Oswalt said the writers of the show created such an amazing world for M.O.D.O.K. that they had to go further.

“We had so much creativity to burn that Jordan just said we should fill this in in a four-issue comic series as a background. I always love that, to be able to go even deeper into that world,” Oswalt said.

Blum added that he was excited to write the 616 version, or our world’s version, of M.O.D.O.K. specifically.

“We leapt at the chance to write the M.O.D.O.K. who had been there since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and put our spin on him and pull from a lot of the other versions of M.O.D.O.K. in the past. The character is very flexible and I think you can do a lot with him,” Blum said.

The premiere issue of the series will hit shelves of comic book shops everywhere Dec. 2, and you can keep an eye out for the series starring the historic villain streaming on Hulu in 2021.

To find a comic book shop near you, you can click right here.

You can also follow Patton Oswalt on Twitter and Instagram, and you can follow Jordan Blum on Twitter.

Bill Gates illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine.

Bill Gates – Likewise

By Cassandra Yany

Bill Gates has backed the recommendation app Likewise, which allows users to create, share and discover recommendations for content across different media. The app has created watchlists to enjoy Emmy-nominated shows leading up to television’s big night. 

The Emmys will look very different this year, so Likewise has made it easy for users to find and binge their favorite nominated shows. The company also polled users to ask who they think will take home the statues for the Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series categories, as well as TV Movie and Limited Series. The titles with the highest votes were:

Likewise has many other curated watchlists, including some specific to events, topics, and streaming platforms. The “Popular on Likewise” section gives users the opportunity to discover highly-rated titles that may not have been recommended to them.

Likewise makes it easy to decide what to listen to, watch, or read by providing personalized recommendations for shows, movies, books, podcasts and more. It tailors content to the user’s interests, as well as their network and current trends.

Users create a profile where they post their favorite items and recommendations. When a user makes a recommendation, the app will then suggest a title that it thinks they will like. You can also ask questions to the community in order to receive endless responses containing suggestions.

In addition to entertainment media, users can recommend places, restaurants, and other webpages. You can set your location on the app in order to view the recommendations from your area.

The app is available for both Android and iOS. Recommendations are updated daily, and it also provides community and content feed based on interest along with advanced search filters to easily and quickly find what you are looking for.

Likewise can be found on platforms such as Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV to allow users to access their content from any device and view their growing watchlists. Especially since the start of the pandemic, the app has been a great resource for consumers to easily find entertainment options.

The company is based in downtown Bellevue, WA. It is an innovative startup that was founded, imagined, and funded by Bill Gates’ private office, along with other tech visionaries. The creators of the app and its employees believe that finding recommendations for TV shows, movies, books, podcasts and restaurants should be “quick, easy, and fun.”

Here are Likewise’s Ultimate Emmy Awards Watchlists:

Kaelen Felix illustrates WEB DUBOIS FOR 360 MAGAZINE

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Lost and the Found

W.E.B. Du Bois spent many decades fighting to ensure that African Americans could claim their place as full citizens and thereby fulfill the deeply compromised ideals of American democracy. Yet he died in Africa, having apparently given up on the United States.

In 1909, Du Bois was among the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), according to the organization’s website. During his time serving as the director of publicity and research, Du Bois founded The Crisis, a publication that focused on the African American pride and always published works from young members of this community.

After leaving the NAACP in 1934, Du Bois went on to become a voice in the civil rights movement. He was a leader of protests and was a part of the socialist party. In his lifetime, Du Bois wrote two books, The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction, in addition to his publication The Crisis.

In 1951, Du Bois was indicted as “an unregistered agent of a foreign power,” but was acquitted by a judge according to Britannica

Becoming increasingly radical and being intrigued with the principles of communism, Du Bois left America and moved to Ghana in 1961, according to the History Channels’ online publication. He then became a member of the American Communist Party. 

Poet and assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Elvira Basevuch, has taken a deeper look at Du Bois’ ideology and analyzed it in her upcoming book, W.E.B Du Bois: The Lost and the Found.

In this book, Elvira Basevich looks at the paradox of a man who wanted to change America but left in defeat by tracing the development of his life and thought and the relevance of his legacy to our our current state. She adeptly analyzes the main concepts that inform Du Bois’ critique of American democracy, such as the color line and double consciousness, before examining how these concepts might inform our understanding of contemporary struggles, from Black Lives Matter to the campaign for reparations for slavery.

She stresses the continuity in Du Bois’ thought, from his early writings to his later embrace of self-segregation and Pan-Africanism, while not shying away from assessing the challenging implications of his later work.

This wonderful book vindicates the power of Du Bois’ thought to help transform a stubbornly unjust world. It is essential reading for racial justice activists as well as students of African American philosophy and political thought.

Du Bois’ ideas and teachings were too radical for the time, but Basevich is taking a closer look at them and finding that many of these teachings a relevant today.

Her book is available for pre-order now and will be released on December 29, 2020.

ZAZ10TS Artistic Billboards

ZAZ10TS has curated and presented a new concept of art called “In Between.”

This new exhibition can be seen on ZAZ Corner, right in the heart of Time Square. LED billboards are being used to display the artwork for 15 seconds at a time with commercial messages every two minutes. The display will showcase a new artist each month beginning September.

Tzili Charney, the founder of ZAZ Corner, is undertaking this project to display art different from the urban environment. Different artists, organizations, universities and cultural institutions will work together to achieve that goal by providing different art styles.

The initial featured artist will be Ben Hagari, whose “About Face” video series was shot entirely at home during the pandemic. Quarantine protocols forced Hagari to get creative with colors, space, subjects and composition. The result uses a faceless protagonist whose expressions are completely concealed by household items. The subject lacks features and stands and wears clothes backwards.

“The scenarios portray a mundane existence in a world whose marks have been erased. Books have no titles or words, photographs are blanked out, labels are removed; we are left with data. It generates a binary structure: backward and forward, front and rear, serious and funny,” Hagari said.

Artists who would like to participate in “In Between” can submit their art right here, and anyone looking for more information on the project can click right here.

Marvel's Indigenous Voices

Marvel’s Indigenous Voices

Marvel announced a new, special series of variant covers written and drawn by the comic book industry’s biggest indigenous artists for MARVEL’S VOICES: INDIGENOUS VOICES #1.

One of the artists included in the project is Jeffrey Veregge, who recently finished an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Veregge will provide the art for covers featuring characters like Black Panther, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.

Veregge said his own people, the S’Klallam Tribe, have used an art style known as Formline to tell their stories for generations. He added that his style is an extension of the art he has seen used by Native artists from his region.

“As a lifelong comic fan, artist and Native American, I am truly honored to work with Marvel Comics today. Not only to create pieces that represent a voice for Indigenous People in honor of Native American Heritage month, but also for the opportunity to share the same storytelling spirit of my ancestors by sharing the tales of some of today’s heroes,” Veregge said.

These variant covers will be available in comic book shops in November, and you can see each and every one of them right here.

Marvel The Pull List

Marvel – The Pull List

MARVEL’S THE PULL LIST UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS FOR UPCOMING MARVEL COMICS IN OCTOBER

Today, Marvel released its special edition of THE PULL LIST, unveiling exclusive information for the hottest books coming to comic shops this October!

Tucker Markus took the reins of this special previews announcement solo, presenting the first look at a few bleeding-edge Marvel comics, with info all about new series, art, and creative teams heading to your local comic shop in three months! This special previews announcement gave viewers a first look at the highly anticipated X-Men crossover, X OF SWORDS and the celebration of 50 years of Conan the Barbarian’s Marvel Comics legacy in CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE CONAN UNIVERSE ANNIVERSARY EDITION. This latest episode also teased new eras for both the Fantastic Four in FANTASTIC FOUR #25 and Captain Marvel in CAPTAIN MARVEL #25 and exciting starts for the brand new WEREWOLF BY NIGHT and the new CHAMPIONS. The Pull List also shed light on KING IN BLACK, the next chapter in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s landmark run on VENOM coming in December!

For more information, check out this special episode of Marvel’s PULL LIST. Tune in to Marvel’s Pull List each week for more exclusive news and reveals.

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X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1
Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE CONAN UNIVERSE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Written by ALAN ZELENETZ
Cover by MICHAEL KALUTA

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15
Written by JIM ZUB
Art by ROGÊ ANTÔNIO
Cover by E.M. GIST

FANTASTIC FOUR #25
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MARK BROOKS

CAPTAIN MARVEL #22
Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by JORGE MOLIN

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1
Written by TABOO & BENJAMIN JACKENDOFF
Art by SCOT EATON
COVER by MIKE MCKONE

CHAMPIONS #1
Written by EVE L. EWING
Art by SIMONE DI MEO

KING IN BLACK #1
Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

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About Marvel Entertainment:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

Israel – A Nation

An Army Like No Other How the Israel Defense Force Made a Nation

By Haim Bresheeth-Zabner

“It is said that Israel is an army with a state. This book validates fully this assumption. With a clear and accessible style and with illuminating of many hidden chapters in Israel’s history, Bresheeth exposes fully the militarization of the Jewish State. The book unpacks successfully the military grip of the IDF on every aspect of life in Israel and Palestine, from crucial decisions of going to war to the formulation of the policies towards the Palestinians. Even if you are a knowledgeable reader on the topic, this book will be an essential contribution to your library.”

Ilan Pappe, author of 10 Myths About Israel

“An original and a remarkable interpretation of the wide-ranging impact of the military on Israeli society and one of the most insightful and challenging works on Israeli society from 1948 to our days. His book traces the ways in which military power acquired legitimacy in civilian society and how the use of organized violence became an acceptable solution to all conflicts in Arab-Israeli history. Anyone interested in understanding the Middle East should read this book.”

Shlomo Sand, author of The Invention of the Jewish People

“Bresheeth—one of the most important anti-colonial intellectuals of our era—takes the Israeli army as an entry point to undertake a deep analysis of Jewish-Israeli society. The original contribution of the book lies in its ambitions and scope: Bresheeth brilliantly describes the way an army whose ethos is rooted in Jewish historical trauma, has grown to become the occupation arm of Zionism, the motor of its settler-colonial domination and the basis of its politics of separation.”

Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land

Hardback / $29.95 / August 25, 2020 / 9781788737845

A history of the IDF that argues that Israel is a nation formed by its army.

The Israeli army, officially named the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), was established in 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, who believed that “the whole nation is the army.” In his mind, the IDF was to be an army like no other. It was the instrument that might transform a diverse population into a new people. Since the foundation of Israel, therefore, the IDF has been the largest, richest and most influential institution in Israel’s Jewish society and is the nursery of its social, economic and political ruling class.

In this fascinating history, Bresheeth-Zabner charts the evolution of the IDF from the Nakba to wars in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and the continued assaults upon Gaza, and shows that the state of Israel has been formed out of its wars. He also gives an account of his own experiences as a young conscript during the 1967 war.

He argues that the army is embedded in all aspects of daily life and identity and that we should not merely see it as a fighting force enjoying an international reputation, but as the central ideological, political and financial institution of Israeli society. As a consequence, we have to reconsider our assumptions on what any kind of peace might look like

Professor Haim Bresheeth-Zabner is a Filmmaker, Photographer and a Film Studies Scholar, and 2nd Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He is the editor of The Gulf War and the New World Order (with Nira Yuval-Davis), and the author of The Holocaust for Beginners (with Stuart Hood). His films include the widely shown State of Danger (1989, BBC2)—a documentary on the first Palestinian Intifada—and London is Burning, after the 2011 riots. He has also written in the Israeli Ha’aretz and the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Weekly.

“PANDEMIC!” – New Slavoj Žižek Book

The Book:

As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences?

We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new form of communism – the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism – may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.

Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), Žižek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

Purchase “PANDEMIC!” HERE

The Author:

Slavoj Žižek is one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers and cultural theorists in the world today. His inventive, provocative body of work mixes Hegelian metaphysics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist dialectic in order to challenge conventional wisdom and accepted verities on both the left and the right.

The Praise:

“An impressive feat… [Žižek] at his most powerful.” —  The Guardian

“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” — The New Yorker

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” — Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

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Send These Gifts To The People You’re Missing In Isolation

We’ve spent the past few weeks getting closer than ever with some of our friends. Physical isolation has caused all of us to reach out to the people we cannot be around right now. Voice and video calls take up much of our days, as do online games and Netflix watching parties. We’re really getting to know our friends and family a lot better.

Nonetheless, sometimes there’s just no substitute for physical proximity, and some older family and friends may not be all that good on a video call. Numerous times we have wanted to reach out with a more material expression of love, and gift giving has become one of our favorite pastimes.

But what gifts can you send during this time? Ideally, you want to send something that shows love and is also useful. The good news is that there are a number of gift ideas that you can easily get delivered to whoever you’re missing.

Try reaching out with some of the following gifts.

Wine (from a wine club)

We know we’re not the only ones who are using this opportunity to get better acquainted with the subtleties of wine. Relaxing with a glass of wine is the ideal way to end a day in quarantine. What’s better is if you can share the experience with others.

You definitely know a few wine lovers. Make their day by sending them a wine gift online. It will be even better if you can do some wine tasting with them. This is where an online wine club membership can come in handy. You can get bottles and tasters sent to you and your loved ones, then join them online as you enjoy the different flavors and learn more about the nuances.

Books

A lot of people want to read more but never get the time. Now, however, many people would love the chance to read. They might not have a ton of books at home, however. This is a great opportunity to share some books that you love or are currently reading. Think about what interests your loved ones and find a book on Goodreads or by browsing Amazon or other online booksellers.

You can send hard or softcover books to those who are not good with technology or simply prefer the physical experience. Alternatively, you can share ebooks with ease. And Audiobooks can provide the perfect reading experience for anyone who loves to read with their eyes closed or while they are doing other stuff (such as cooking or working out).

Exercise equipment

It is very frustrating not to be able to go to the gym at this time. We need to blow off steam more than ever, but the only space we have to do so is our homes. In light of this, tons of experts (and faux-experts) are sharing great home workouts. Unfortunately, many of these workouts assume you have certain basics. For example, they will provide exercises that require resistance bands or small weights. They might work under the assumption that you have a pullup bar.

If a loved one is struggling to find a good substitute to their regular workout, some exercise equipment can be a great gift. Something as simple as a resistance band opens up so many workouts. Pullup bars are perfect for anyone who wants to build some serious muscle (and has suitable doorways).

Alternatively, buy them a subscription to a service like Sworkit, which guides you through workouts step-by-step. Make sure you have a context for these gifts. If they have mentioned their frustrations with home workouts, these deliveries will make them smile. If they haven’t, they might feel implicitly attacked!

Healthy snacks

Being stuck at home presents a number of potential hazards. One is the snack cupboard. We all stacked up on snacks as soon as we knew we would have to spend this much time indoors. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to resist the urge to eat those snacks when you’re bored. You end up feeling guilty and bloated, while constantly running out of these snacks.

That’s why it is so important you keep some healthy snacks. They don’t need to be too low on calories or lack any sugar whatsoever. They just need to be better than milk chocolate and sugar-coated candy. Dried fruits and nuts are perfect, as are fresh fruits.

Get some for yourself. Then have some delivered to your loved ones. They will get to enjoy your loving gift without feeling guilty. You’ll feel like you have helped them, rather than provided something that will only encourage unhealthy habits.

Getting gifts delivered is the perfect way to reach out to the people you are missing in isolation. Share what you can and use this time to improve all your relationships.

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Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary

Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary

A sharp, insightful, wide-ranging survey of the queerness coursing through pop music history, Sasha Geffen’s first book shows how music allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener.

Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today’s conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here.

Glitter Up the Dark Playlist

Praise for GLITTER UP THE DARK

“[Glitter Up the Dark] is a unique examination of gender fluidity and queerness across genres of popular music; a must-read for music lovers.”—Ms. Magazine

“Fortunately, there are progressive art objects. There are transgressive art objects. But every now and then, we get revolutionary art objects that change how we talk, read, and think. Sasha Geffen’s Glitter Up the Dark changed the way I hear music and the convenient way I understand gender and performance in and outside of music. One will not hear or reproduce traditional understandings of gender ever again after experiencing this boldly brilliant book.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

“With simply brilliant writing and joyfully queer insights, Sasha Geffen dives deep into rock’s gendersmashing history, reminding us of the ecstatic potential when art and transgression collide.”—Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir and creator of the Drag Queen Story Hour

“How does music make gender audible in all of its rich, expressive, shifting forms, far beyond binary definitions? How have artists as ubiquitous as the Beatles and as cult-yet-crucial as Poly Styrene or Wendy Carlos helped us hear and understand the truths of bodies who, as the author writes, demand to choose their own shapes? This scintillating and deeply considered history of pop’s queer and trans history answers those questions with inspiring stories of rebellion and community, bratty punks and androgynous poets, studio inventors and prophets of the dance floor. An absolutely necessary account of what has always been the heart of popular music: transformation.”—Ann Powers, author of Good Booty

“Sasha Geffen follows the glamour and the glitter across a musical universe of queer and trans performances. Not looking simply at particular stars nor following a musical movement like punk from its roots to its demise, Glitter Up the Dark travels the multiple lanes of a trans-musical express. With riffs on the trans voice, careful attention to histories of performance, reception, and fashion, and theories of queer time and space, this book sparkles and glows. Read it, listen to it, love it.”—Jack Halberstam, author of Gaga Feminism

$18.95 paperback
978-1-4773-1878-2

PUBLICATION DATE:
APRIL 7, 2020