Signs & Portents

A news blog for updates on PaganSquare, Witches&Pagans, SageWoman, Crone, and anything else related to BBI Media's community and web services. Check here for news about our site, information about our social media presence, and any changes in either our services or features. May or may not be run by a sapient serpent.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, June 5 2017

The world goes wild for Wonder Woman. J.K. Rowling's official Harry Potter sequel comes to Broadway. And a look back on the acclaimed show The Leftovers as it ends. It's Airy Monday, our news segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Last week, the Warner Bros adaptation of DC Comics' character Wonder Woman finally graced theaters and was met with an enthusiastic response by both critics and audiences. Wonder Woman is, contrary to several competing claims, not the first female superhero film to be made but it is already rapidly turning into the most successful attempt. At Comic Book Resources, Stephen Acevedo considers why Wonder Woman resonates when earlier female-centered films did not.

Although J.K. Rowling has refrained so far from penning another book in her acclaimed Harry Potter fantasy series, she's certainly not shied from contributing to it in other ways. One of the most notable is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play that debuted on West End in London last year. Now, the play's set to make its American debut on Broadway in New York City in a little over a year from now.

There are occasional attempts at big-budget horror with examples like the Alien series or Universal's upcoming The Mummy but for the most part the genre tends to thrive at the low-budget end of the spectrum. At io9, Cheryl Eddy reviews Another Evil, a horror-comedy that features a group of ghost hunters who find that the supernatural is not the gravest threat to their well-being or sanity.

You may be familiar with the concept of the Rapture, a popular idea among some Christians that immediately prior to the Biblical version of the apocalypse the good and righteous will be spirited away to Heaven instantly. But what if that actually happened? And what if it wasn't clear it wasn't all part of God's plan? That concept lies at the heart of The Leftovers, the Damon Lindelof series about the people who are "left behind" when a portion of the world population disappears suddenly and without warning or any apparent reason.

And last (but not least) we return to Wonder Woman. Considering again why Wonder Woman works when other female superhero films arguably did not, The Mary Sue's Caroline Preece argues that part of Diana Prince's strength is that she's not a stereotypical "strong woman character."

Last modified on

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.


Additional information