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What are we at Popverse enjoying this weekend?

The TV, movies, and comics that the Popverse team is planning on checking out this weekend

Cropped panel from Little Nemo featuring a dragon and large flowers with faces
Image credit: Winsor McCay

Another day, another week, another weekend. We are here once more with big plans for our time off of work, especially as the summer begins to wind down. As always, it's been a busy week at Popverse, with actually some Popverse-personal news! We've launched our monthly membership! So if you want to support our work for the low low price of $5.99 a month and also gain access to some pretty awesome articles and full-length panels, sign up today!

As for the rest of what we've been doing, we've been playing the brand new AEW game, looking into what's been happening to the IDW Originals line, and putting together baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani's favorite manga. But what are we looking forward to this weekend? Keep reading and see.

Ashley V. Robinson (Video Producer)

This weekend I am actually hoping to spend a lot of time outside and less time glued to my screen than usual. Touching grass. Breathing fresh air. Realigning and all that good stuff. That being stated, I did just – FINALLY! – land a copy of The Invisible Life of Addie Lerue by V.E. Schwab from my local library and am hoping to make headway on it this weekend. This particular book of hers has been on my TBR for a hot minute, so this feels like the perfect opportunity to dive into the world of her writing.

#AntiAlinaAlinaClub (seriously considering a rebrand to #ProInejInejClub), is on a pause before Illianna and I get into Crooked Kingdom, but you’ll definitely be getting more Grishaverse hot takes here in The Povperse starting very soon.

Sandman Dialogue
Image credit: DC

Chris Arrant (Editor in Chief):

This weekend I am looking forward to some quiet time after a busy few weeks to begin a planned re-read of DC’s Sandman. After watching the first season on Netflix, I realized I couldn’t remember when I last read it – and then realized I may not have ever read the entire thing – when you count some key tie-ins like Dead Boy Detectives.

Other than that, I have an evening out with my wife and friends to a remote arcade bar in the outskirts of town. This could be the best of times, this could be the worst of times – but it’ll be with my wife and friends, so I’ll enjoy it however it goes.

Transformers cover
Image credit: Marvel

Graeme McMillan (Staff Writer):

Between travel and sick pets, it’s been all go around these parts recently. This weekend, then, is going to be used to take it easy and indulge in some (not so) guilty pleasures: I’ve got the final episodes of Love Island (UK) to get through — I already know who wins, because internet — and the latest Love Island US episodes, too, but with any luck I’ll also be able to slip away to the movie theater and check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, as well; I’m not a very big TMNT fan (I’m sorry!) but everything I’ve seen and heard about the movie makes it look ridiculously fun.

I’ve also been re-reading a bunch of old comics lately in preparation for various things, and I’m midway through a bunch of old 1980s Transformer UK stories, which have been a trip to revisit: these are comics I literally grew up reading, and loved intensely, and while some of them haven’t aged that well, they remain shockingly well targeted at the kid mindset in ways that more comics should learn from. (I miss my old Windcharger toy…)

Illianna Gonzalez-Soto (Marketing Coordinator):

I’ve just finished my read of Six of Crows with Ashley and I’m already scheming to delve into Crooked Kingdom. As for what’s on my watch list, I’ve been marathoning The Great British Bake-off for it’s feel-good vibes while I work. I’ve also been keeping up with the latest season of Harley Quinn and am loving Poison Ivy’s #BossGirl era, although I feel like Harley’s initiation into the Bat family plotline is a little lackluster in comparison to Ivy’s. On top of that, I started playing The Witcher: Wild Hunt and as I’m not a gamer, that has been progressing slowly but I’m chugging along.

Blue cover of a novel titled Brian
Image credit: Fitzcarraldo Editions

Tiffany Babb (Deputy Editor):

I am going to the mountains this weekend to catch the Perseid meteor shower. While we should be able to catch the meteors by eye, I will also be bringing my Good Telescope along with me to take advantage of the (hopefully) clear skies. I am also planning on bringing my spindle and a novel titled Brian that I just recieved as a gift. Brian follows a guy as he becomes a regular member at the BFI. As a fan of film and as a slightly obsessive anxious person, the book speaks to me - and the prose is beautiful.

Veronica Valencia (Video Producer):

This weekend, I want to revisit a manga series I was obsessed with years ago, and that series is... Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch! A very cute series about mermaids who can also turn into magical girls and fight evil with the power of music. I remember discovering this series years ago and it had an anime adaptation, but it was incredibly hard to watch because back then, you'd either buy the DVDs if you could, or watch it on YouTube, and hope YouTube had all the parts uploaded, and hope the episodes were subtitled, overall, it was quite challenging. So, I went out and bought all the volumes of the manga because I was so interested and needed more of this series. Recently, I've learned more about this series, like the fact it was completely dubbed into English, dialogue AND music, and it never got released which... WILD, but having it come up for me in recent months has given me the urge to go back and revisit a very cute series.

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Tiffany Babb

Tiffany Babb: Tiffany Babb is a professional lurker (aka critic) who once served as Popverse’s deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast.


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