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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, May 16

The impact of 1990s culture on the production of Xena: Warrior Princess is remembered. The legacy of Marvel's Black Panther is examined. And a Warcraft recipe book is released in anticipation of the feature film debuting next month. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in pop culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The adventure fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess was a major hit when it debuted in 1995 and eventually went on to attract a passionate fandom. But as successful as the show was many were not sure it would succeed and the studio producing it was particularly antsy about the relationship between its two female leads, Xena and Gabrielle. So much so that they mandated that the two characters wouldn't share screen time during the opening credits.

Comic book superhero and fictional king Black Panther attracted a lot of attention two weeks ago when his cinematic incarnation debuted in Captain America: Civil War. At Comics Alliance, Tom Speelman reflects on the character's history and how he shaped the "modern era" of comic books.

Did the Evil Queen in Disney's adaptation of Snow White draw inspiration solely from the fairy tale. Or did it have other influences as well? Gilbert Colon takes a look at the film She from 1935, featuring a very similar matriarch who may have impacted Disney's iconic variation of the fairy tale queen.

First there were Star Trek cookbooks. Then Game of Thrones recipes. Now, you can eat like a king among orcs with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook. Video game website Kotaku takes a look at the book's content here.

We've already shared news about the comic book The Pack, which blends werewolves with traditional African folklore. But it turns out The Pack is just part of a much larger universe. Alyssa Klein talks about all the other related projects artist Paul Louise-Julie is working on here.

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Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


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