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A Punch of SunPacking a wallopUp in the sky
Noontime it reaches
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Luke Evans will play Gaston in the live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast. This actor (pictured, via) has been seen in a number of book-based-movies including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Dracula Untold.
Variety reports that Bill Condon, the director behind The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films, will helm this project. Evan Spiliotopoulos, a screenwriter, wrote the first draft of the script. Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, stepped in after Spiliotopoulos to work on the screenplay.
Evans joins a cast that includes Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. Like the 1991 animated movie and the hit Broadway musical, the story for this live-action project will be based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale \"La Belle et la Bête.\" Who would you cast as Lumière the candelabra and Cogsworth the clock? (via Elle.com)Add a Comment
Feeling too old to write your first book?
Essaymama has created an infographic called, “It Is Never Too Late To Start Writing Your Bestseller,” which highlights examples of authors who wrote their most popular books in the later years of their lives.Add a Comment
It’s been a little while since I’ve written a post. Next week I’ll have a new illustrated story for you, but today, just for fun I wanted to have a giveaway.
Enter to win your very own “Napping Fawn Print”.
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The principals of all the local schools got together and did a parent safety evening at the school. I was one of the presenters. I think they were expecting a big turnout, but it was a small (but interested) crowd. I did two very short presentations
1. Ten apps in ten minutes. For parents who are not using mobile devices for social purposes outside of facebook, knowing what the various apps are and what they do can be useful. I just had a very basic slide deck and talked over some images of the apps. I had to learn to use Snapchat which was sort of hilarious.
2. “How the heck does this work” a short talk about things parents can control in their home internet environment and what they can’t. Obviously the standard line is that the best thing you can do is talk to your kids and this is more useful than just using technological tools on what is, ultimately, more of a social problem. That said, it’s good to understand what you can and can’t do with the technology.
Most importantly was, I think, people seeing and getting to know each other and getting to have conversations about what their systems were at home. One parent charged all the devices in his room at night, for example, so the kids couldn’t sleep with their phones. Another had a “no phones/devices before homework is done” policy. Another had a “two hours of screen time a night” rule. I was glad to be a “local expert” of a sort who could give people some perspective on what technology can look like form another direction. The newspaper wrote up a short article about the event. Feel free to use my slides for your own safety talks.Add a Comment
Marvel Entertainment has unveiled a third trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Comic books fans spread the #AvengersAssemble hashtag across the Twittersphere to unlock it.
The video embedded above offers a deeper look at the robotic supervillain that will challenge Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, and The Hulk. Follow these links to watch another trailer and a clip from this film adaptation. (via IGN.com)Add a Comment
Today is World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, a day in which kids were encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character.
The most popular costume this year? Elsa from Frozen, who is technically not a book character (though the Disney franchise has released a ton of Frozen books based on the movie). Twitter users are not amused. The Telegraph has the scoop:
On social media, annoyance over Disney’s all-conquering film Frozentaking over World Book Day is threatening to trump the irritation over children dressed as comic book characters.
I posted on Twitter the need for blog ideas. It seems I've run out already.
@BookEndsJessica Hmmmmmm.... any changes to your/your colleagues' wishlists?
2/11/15, 9:44 AM
§ It would be easy to mock this Jen Teasdale-style column in the Norfolk Daily News where a woman goes to find some comics in her local bookstore but finds only superheroes and not Little Lulu, but I think there is a lesson in it. The tone is not the anger you sometimes find —”That’s not MY Aquaman!”—but rather curiosity.
My own collection of comics is now quite old, and it only contains a few superhero stories. When I was young, I wasn’t interested in those types of comics, and I admit that I’m not interested in them now.
In fact, I went searching to see if I could find newer editions of the comics I’d read as a child — Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Little Lulu, Richie Rich, Yosemite Sam, Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Roadrunner, the Pink Panther, Tweety and Sylvester, and my favorite, Uncle Scrooge. Sadly, I couldn’t find any of those in the drawer after drawer full of action comics I encountered.
The closest I came to finding comics like those I loved as a kid was a small selection of Archie comics. I bought a “Betty and Veronica” double digest book for a whopping 99 cents! Believe me, that’s a major deal when you compare it to the average price of $5.99 I saw on most of the comics.
§ Speaking of Operation Margarine, the enjoyable girls on bikes romp by Katie Skelly, she’s done a pin-up for the collection of the apes on bikes romp The Humans.
§ 18 drawing tips from Moebius! BOOKMARK
§ Moebius’s collaborator on a Silver Surfer novel, Stan Lee is schooling us on superheroes at the Smithsonian. And it’s online and its free. Gather and learn, children.
§ Olivier Schrauwen’s Mowgli book is out from Retrofit and it’s large and magnificent.
§ Here’s a collection of Gold Key Star Trek comics covers that are pleasant to look at. According to the database the stories were written by a youthful Len Wein and the covers are by George Wilson, not a very familiar name to contemporary comics fans, but he was pretty boss. (Via Boing Boing)
§ And speaking of Star Trek, apparently as a tribute to the late, great Leonard Nimoy, Canadian Trekkies are marking up their $5 bill to resembles Spock, a practice wich the government wishes to discourage.
Bank of Canada spokeswoman, Josianne Menard, has confirmed the stunt is not illegal, but she urges Spock fans to stop. She says in a statement, “It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes… However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”
§ I know you have probably fired up Evernote and made you own exhaustive analysis of the new Avengers trailer, but just in case you got stuck, here’s the Comicbook.com one.
§ Finally, by stock photos needs have been met at last.Display Comments Add a Comment
We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending March 01, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon: “Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and ’90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves.” (February 2015)
(Debuted at #10 in Children’s Illustrated) Home by Carson Ellis: “Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio.” (February 2015)
(Debuted at #14 in Early & Middle Grade Readers) Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan: “Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny.” (February 2015)Add a Comment
In 2012 the Teen Advisory Board received a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) of $1,900 to start a Teen
Media Club to give teens a chance to learn how to create digital content. Many of my teens do not have access to basic
technologies. The library’s computer lab does not have filters so you must be 17 to enter which means that our
community’s teens that do not have access to computers outside of school can’t even use the library’s resources. Many of
my teens do not have Internet at home, have outdated computers that seem to freeze all the time and not connect to the
library’s wireless, and many do not have smartphones.
The goal of Media Club was to use technology to enable teens to create such things as book trailers and the creation and
maintenance of a teen library website. The original NLC grant funds were used to purchase an HD Digital Recorder, a
laptop for the teens, and various props for their videos. While there still is a lot of interest in Media Club we realized that
just having a camera and a laptop was not enough. As we went about beginning to create, draft, and record various video
projects we learned that we really need certain other tech equipment to properly be able to run our club. We discovered
this after a large-scale project (La Vista’s Next Top Project Snazz Maszter—a “reality” show cross between America’s
Next Top Model and Project Runway) which we filmed during a 17-hour lock-in (filming all 17 hours!) and discovered
afterward that a lot of the film was unusable. Our library has 20-foot ceilings and the sound on most of our film was barely
audible because of echoes. We also realized free film editing software can’t do things like green screen effects. The teens
decided they wanted me to apply for a YALSA/Best Buy Teen Tech Week grant for funds to be used toward the purchase
of the additional equipment we need to get Media Club properly equipped and off the ground again.
We are using the funds as a launching point for the new and improved Media Club. One of their large-scale goals they are
planning to do for TTW is the creation of a sketch show a la Kids in the Hall. During TTW we plan to offer programs that
range from a workshop for the teens to brainstorm their sketches and work with groups, a time to rehearse, a time to learn
how to use the filming equipment, a time to do the actual filming, and a time to learn to use editing equipment, and then
time to edit the film together. The great thing is that this is not just a one-time only program where the funds will be used
and the equipment expended. As a re-launching point of Media Club, we have been given the ability to revive interest in
Media Club and actually get it off the ground this time and continue it (whether through more sketch show “episodes” in
the future or better book trailers and other digital programs) indefinitely.
Many of my teens have gotten their first experiences with film creation equipment at Media Club. Their teachers are now
requiring mandatory exercises that need access to smartphones, laptops, and film making equipment that the teens do
not have access to outside of the classroom. With our Media Club they not only get to learn how to build and maintain a
teen library website, but also how to use the HD camera, how to film digital content, and how to edit it into something
watchable. We also recently started a Teen Makerspace, and the teens are interested in the possibilities of incorporating
the digital content creation of 3-D printing with possible filming opportunities.
Media Club is using the YALSA Best Buy Teen Tech Week grant funds for the purchase of a high-quality green screen kit
(with lighting), a high-quality boom mic kit, professional video editing software, a tripod for our camera, and, if we have
any funds left over, additional props for their videos.
You can see some of the videos that the teens have created in the past on our YouTube Channel, TheTabblerTeens,
I highly recommend our “Dinosaur Book Trailers” of which we have filmed six so far. Now that we have been awarded a
TTW grant we know there will be more videos for us in our future!
Lindsey Tomsu has been the Teen Coordinator of the La Vista Public Library since 2009. Lindsey and her dedicated Teen Advisory Board members have brought in more than $10,000 in grant funds over the years to make the La Vista teen program one of the most active in the area. Their overall goal is world domination—in a nice way of course!Add a Comment
Awards season is barreling along now. And here are the nominees for the LA Times Book Prizes, which added a graphic novel category several years back. It’s a prestigious literary prize, and the winners over the years—Duncan the Wonder Dog, Finder, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life among them—have definitely lived up to the billing. This year’s five books chosen include what I would almost call the usual suspects for 2014:
- Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir, Bloomsbury
- Jaime Hernandez, The Love Bunglers, Fantagraphics
- Mana Neyestani, An Iranian Metamorphosis, Uncivilized Books
- Olivier Schrauwen, Arsène Schrauwen, Fantagraphics
- Mariko Tamaki (Author), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), This One Summer, First Second
The Chast and Tamaki books were THE graphic novels of 2014, and The Love Bunglers is a masterpiece. Arsene Schrauwen was much admired and deserves all the attention it gets. The Neyestani book doesn’t quite have the same profile, but it’s gotten a lot of recent ink and it’s also a pretty damn fine book.
In other words, good picks.Add a Comment
Anyone else purposely slow down near the end of a really, really good book?
Also see my previous Keiko comics.Add a Comment
Tom Spurgeon is relocating from New Mexico to Columbus, OH this week. I can only imagine how stressful that is—some tweets posts about a cancelled last minute comics sale show just one aspect of it. I think he said he had something like 75 boxes of comics…just having a lot of stuff makes moving traumatic, let alone moving in the middle of a winter which resembles the White Witch’s plans for Narnia. I know moving my least favorite thing in life. (I’ve only moved three times in my adult life. )
In Columbus Tom will be an even more important force in comics than his already formidable position as he spearheads the new Cartoon Crossroad Columbus event. Anyway, good luck to him!
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Amy Reeder is the co-creator, and artist of Rocket Girl, published by Image Comics(issue #6 hits the stands on May 6th). The other creator on the series, writer Brandon Montclare, was an early supporter of Reeder’s, helping her get her first gig at DC/Vertigo drawing Madame Xanadu. The two also collaborated on the original comics series, Halloween Eve.
Amy Reeder first cut her comics teeth with the original English language manga series Fool’s Gold from Tokypop.
Other credits include a collaboration with artist JH Williams on Batwoman, and various cover work, including a memorable run on Supergirl.
Interestingly, Reeder has gone from drawing digitally, to now drawing 100% by hand(minus the coloring). She decided to make the switch to traditional media, because she feels more in control, and says she can better see the “bigger picture” of her work.
You can learn a lot more about Reeder’s art, and benefit from some great tutorials like”Perspective in Storytelling” on her blog here.
For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .
Diary of a Wimpy Kid has won 4 times already in years past, but I don’t think The Fault in Our Stars has ever been nominated before. Will this be its year? Winners will be announced on the Kids’ Choice Awards Show on March 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Add a Comment
It's Saint Patrick's Day Season and in honor of the holiday I made this little Irish Setter piece. He/she is available for sale at my online store. Just follow this link: Diane Sammet's Shop
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Before becoming an agent, Bethany held editorial positions in children’s book publishing for thirty years. Previously she was Vice President and Publisher of the Aladdin and Simon Pulse imprints of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division, where she was the editor of Scott Westerfeld’s #1 New York Times best-selling Uglies series, as well as his other teen books. Bethany began her career at Scholastic Inc., where she was a longtime editor of The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, and rose to be an editorial director in the trade division.