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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, October 3

What's so appealing about mythology? Hayao Miyazaki offers his opinions of Studio Ghibli's most recent collaborative film. And one person explains why they think The Magicians TV series is better than the books. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment about magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 23

The prevalence of Catholic writers in science fiction is examined. The new hit video game Undertale is reviewed. And we take a look at Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 16

The Guardian examines the long-term influence of one of the world's most famous science fiction novels. A comic details the story of a cop secretly practicing magic. And Vin Diesel explains how The Silmarillion informs his views of mortality. It's Airy Monday, our weekly look at magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, November 9

Just how profitable are horror movies? Will e-books ever replace print? And what's the best way to approach controversy in fiction? It's Airy Monday, our weekly take on magic and religion in pop culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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My 13 All-Time Favorite Witch Cartoons

Warning: Contains material some readers may find offensive.

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Why You Should Read LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD

Yesterday, the first issue of Marvel's LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD arrived in your local Comics and Games Emporium. I haven't yet acquired my copy, because a frost giants are currently attacking my neighborhood and my roommate is too busy binging on Star Trek: Enterprise to dig his car out so we can exit the driveway, but I want to encourage you to pick up this comic.* If you have any interest in Marvel comics, or the Marvel movies – or, to tread into dangerous waters, in the ongoing folkloric evolution of Norse mythology through popular culture – you should give it a read.

The first two categories should be obvious: Loki is a major character in the Marvel Universe, and arguably the second most popular character in the movies after Tony Stark. AGENT OF ASGARD appears to be the culmination of several years of intense character development for Loki as well as a re-alignment of the character to better match Tom Hiddleston's portrayal in the films. But my third reason may require more explanation.

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  • C.S. MacCath
    C.S. MacCath says #
    I was holding out on this one; my pull list is already a mile long. But you've talked me into it. Time to write my comic book pu
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    This is an excellent example of how pop culture benefits more traditional belief systems, because as you write it can be a gateway
  • Peter Beckley
    Peter Beckley says #
    I sometimes fear the power of pop culture; unchecked it invariably waters down the message for the sake of making it palatable to
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I think you're absolutely correct, Mr Beckley, but I don't fear it in the slightest. While dilution for the masses is the norm, t
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    That's an understandable fear to have. However I'd argue that in this day when its much more possible to create our own pop cultur

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GOD IS DEAD - and beyond offensive

At nearly the same time that Marvel Comics canceled JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY - a title that spent the entirety of its most recent run exploring the unique and wonderful creation that is Marvel's Asgard - one of Marvel's most prominent writers launched a comic through Avatar Press that I, perhaps naively, hoped might fill the void left by JIM in my monthly comics stack. Like JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, this comic would seem to deal with the storytelling trope of ancient gods in the modern world, a premise full of culture clashes and opportunities for introspection into the role of mythology, both in the past and in the now. At best, this could have been an AMERICAN GODS-like myth trip. And even if it were just average, the premise alone would seem to guarantee some fun stories, right?

So I bought it.

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  • Juliet
    Juliet says #
    Apparently, they couldn't even bother to get the background of the gods right. I would've been demanding a refund as soon as Zeus
  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills says #
    I considered picking that title up when it came out, but didn't. I'm glad I didn't! I did get some excellent new Vertigo releases
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. Scott, I don't read comic books, but I cringed when I read your review. I'm so tired of 'creative class' atheists and agnos

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