Monday Musings: Off Panel, GOTG Vol. 3, and Paul George

Monday Musings returns with an episode of Off Panel, a teasing tweet from James Gunn, and some insight on the Paul George trade. Check it all out below.

Off Panel #106: Hawkeye Vision with Kelly Thompson

On this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer Kelly Thompson joins the show to talk her work on Hawkeye at Marvel Comics. Thompson discusses her path to comics, the impact of studying art at SCAD has on her writing, how Jem and the Holograms changed her career, the pressure of working on a licensed book, co-writing at Marvel, the genesis of Hawkeye, the difficulty of following the Fraction/Aja/Wu run, how her scripting has evolved while working with Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire, managing fill-in artists, Julian Totino Tedesco’s covers, working on the upcoming Captain Phasma book, before closing with five questions about Thompson.

I’ve mentioned this podcast on the site before, and here’s another great episode from it. Kelly Thompson does some great work in comics and it’s nice to listen to her talk about her career. I’m looking forward to her work on the upcoming Star Wars: Captain Phasma comic that is out in September.

James Gunn teases Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 soundtrack

James Gunn apparently has the GOTG Vol. 3 soundtrack narrowed down to 181 songs. Maybe.

How The Paul George Trade Crippled The East

To understand we got here, the George trade itself is telling. The Pacers could not have handled that situation worse over the past five months. They fumbled it first by refusing to acknowledge George’s discontent in February, then by apparently panicking and grabbing an underwhelming OKC offer. In the end they came away looking hamfisted and clueless, and it would have been baffling if it weren’t a note-for-note sequel to what the Bulls did with Jimmy Butler a week earlier.

Andrew Sharp, writing for Sports Illustrated, discussed the Paul George trade, bringing another star to the Western Conference. It’s a good read and shows just how unbalanced the NBA is right now.