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1. Alice in Wonderland

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3. Illustrations and Comic art : Giraffe and Elephant

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4. Painting "Brownies" Comic Characters

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5. Reduce the Boring Factor: Add Variety to Your Marketing Message

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No more repetitive emails, please.

Your art exhibition, class, workshop, or event has so many facets that there is no reason to send the same emails and social media posts for your promotions. They get a little stale after awhile.

Years ago, Marcia Yudkin wrote a guest post for me on this topic. It was an article she originally wrote for her readers that got me interested.

I still think about that article and keep that list as a reference. It’s time to revisit its premise for you, my artist readers.

Here are plenty of ways to promote your exhibition, event, or teaching.

Many of these suggestions lend themselves to emails. Others could easily be used on social media. Use your noggin to decide.

Exhibition or Event Enticements

Rotate images of your art with short 2- or 3-sentence stories for each.

Do this for two reasons: 1) people are more likely to get excited about a show when they know what they’ll see and

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6. ना खाऊगीं न खाने दूंगी

ना खाऊगीं न खाने दूंगी

मेरी सहेली का बेटा आफिस की ओर से कुछ दिनों के लिए विदेश गया हुआ है. जब उससे फोन पर बात हुई तो वो बेहद दुखी थी उसने बताया कि उसका बेटा वहां कुछ खा नही पा रहा. बचपन से ही उसे शुद्द शाकाहारी बनाया हुआ था. ना खाऊगी और न खाने दूंगी पर टिकी हुई थी. बहुत बार  बच्चे का मन होने पर भी उसे डांट दिया जाता था. घर मॆं ही नही बाहर खाने के लिए भी सख्त कानूब बना रखा था.  आज  उसे गए दस दिन हो गए और वो खा नही पा रहा क्योकि ज्यादातर वहां नान वेज यानि मांसा हार चलता है और सादे खाने की  महक ऐसी होती है कि खाना खा ही नही पा रहा.

वैसे आज समय डांट डपट और अपने विचार थोपने का नही है मुझे याद आया कि मेरे एक आंटी बहुत ही ज्यादा सख्त थे.  फरमान जारी किया हुआ था कि  घर में अंडा ,प्याज नही आएगा. हालाकि उनका बेटा होटल में चोरी चोरी खा आता था.  कुछ दिनों पहले जब मैं उनके घर गई तो देखा आंटी खुद आमलेट बना रहे थे. मेरे हैरानी से पूछ्ने पर उन्होने बताया कि उनके पोते को डाक्टर ने अंडा खाने के लिए बोला है.एक बार तो उन्हें अच्छा नही लगा पर सेहत से कोई समझौता नही. इसलिए खाती वो आज भी नही हैं पर बना जरुर देती हैं वो भी खुशी खुशी.

सच , बहुत अच्छा लगा था. बदलते समय के साथ बदलने मॆ ही भलाई है. हमें हमारी  बेडियों से हमें आजाद होना ही होगा अन्यथा दुख उठाने पडेगें जैसाकि मेरी सहेली उठा रही है.

आप भले ही न खाओ पर नाक मुंह बना कर बंदिश भी तो  न लगाओ..

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7. Instagram of the Week - June 29

A brief look at 'grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform.
As of this year, the American Library Association (ALA) has designated June as GLBT Book Month to celebrate authors and books depicting the lives and experiences of members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. While many libraries Instagrammed their GLBT displays earlier in the month, many more images were posted after last week's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. With photos of book spines arranged in rainbows, #bookfacefriday posts, and images of library booths at pride events, libraries showed their support for the GLBT community.
For resources on selecting materials for displays or collection development, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) provides resources including the Stonewall Book Award recipients and lists of Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Books for youth and adults, respectively.


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8. The Festival of Insignificance review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Milan Kundera's recent novel -- his first in over a decade -- The Festival of Insignificance.

       Interesting to see the mixed reactions to this -- and also how much review coverage there has been of it (the most, by far, of any book I 've covered so far this year).

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9. Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2015

Becca Speaks... Oh, hey, look. It's my very first Top Ten Tuesday post!  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.  This week's topic is Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015, and you wouldn't believe how terribly difficult it was to narrow my choices down to TEN (cough, I mean, eleven, because I'm a rule-breaker). The following books are listed in no particular order,

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10. The Princess and The Pony Giveaway

The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton

The Princess and The Pony by Kate Beaton

Hark! A giveaway! Read on for excerpts from cartoonist Kate Beaton's debut picture book,  The Princess and The Pony! Click the images for larger versions.

About the Book

Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...

From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A VagrantThe Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

About the Author

Photo credit: Notker Mahr

Photo credit: Notker Mahr

Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics which began as a webcomic in 2007. The Princess and the Pony is her first picture book. She is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Comics Anthology. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her online at www.beatontown.com and on Twitter as @beatonna.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Samples & prizing are provided by Scholastic.

Alethea's Review

You can't really say I'm unbiased, since I've been a fan of Kate Beaton's work since before Hark! A Vagrant was available in book form. Her webcomic is off-color but still very clever, entertainingly drawn, and well-written. The Princess and The Pony is a lot less off-color and more colorful, and Beaton's signature sense of humor shines throughout.

The Princess and The Pony, pages 3-4

The Princess and The Pony, pages 3-4

Princess Pinecone is no ordinary princess. She's the offspring of two mighty warriors who rule over a land full of fighters, rogues, barbarians, and the like. And she would not like another cozy sweater for her birthday. Instead, she wants a mighty steed, a stallion, a powerful mount to ride into battle! Except, as things go, she may wish she had been more specific.

The Princess and The Pony, pages 7-8

The Princess and The Pony, pages 7-8

I mean, look at this pony. It's chubby. It's a little boss-eyed. It's a bit gassy. It couldn't strike fear into the heart of a romaine lettuce you're about to conquer. Princess Pinecone isn't happy with her present, but she tries to make the best of things.

The Princess and The Pony, pages 29-30

The Princess and The Pony, pages 29-30

Beaton's debut picture book does not disappoint. In addition to great artwork, a hilarious story, and a farty little pony, many readers will appreciate the biracial origins of Princess Pinecone, whose parents are a statuesque dark-skinned gladiatrix mom and a blond-bearded Viking dad. The knitter in me also appreciates all of the fun, silly, though not battle-appropriate cozy sweaters. If you get your hands on this book, make sure you take a moment to check out the back endpapers!

5 Stars - Stay up all night

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11. Top Ten Tuesday (7): Top Ten Books of 2015 (So Far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books of 2015 (So Far)” and we’re happy to be participating!       Golden Son by Pierce Brown The second installment in this sci-fi series upped the ante from its predecessor smartly moving the majority of the action from Mars into space. The first book is all world building and war games in a future-dystopia. Golden Son is war and space, political intrigue and betrayals, and perhaps a smidgen of romance. And if you like wham!bam! endings that’s likely to leave you with your jaw somewhere past the floor then this is definitely a book for you. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Another 2015 second in a series that dramatically improved upon the first. Whereas the The Bone Season was a sort of jailbreak story, The Mime Order is a murder... Read more »

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12. बच्चे और कार्टून चैनल

                 बच्चे और कार्टून चैनल –   बहुत सारे बच्चे पार्क में खेलते हुए बतिया रहे थे कुछ स्कूल की तो कुछ होम वर्क की बाते कर रहे थे और एक बच्चों का समूह शायद थक हार कर बैठ गया था  और उनके बीच शुरु हो गया  कार्टून का वार्तालाप. सभी अपनी अपनी पसंद के कार्टून बता रहे थे. किसी को डेक्स्टर किसी को पावर पफ गर्ल तो किसी क शिन चैन पसंद है…

शिन चैन का नाम लेते ही मुझे  याद आया कि कुछ दिनों पहले जब शिन चैन देख अतो उसकी शब्दावली ऐसी थी कि अगर बच्चे बोले तो …. अच्छा नही लगेगा. वैसे  एक ये भी महसूस की कि अगर कोई मूवी डब हो हिंदी में या कार्टून हिंदी मे डब हो तो भाषा बहुत गंदी इस्तेमाल करते हैं जबकि आम बोल चाल मॆं ऐसा नही होता.

इसी की कुछ और बाते सर्च करने के लिए मैनें पर देखा.

आजकल कार्टून की दुनिया भी अपनी सोच और हास्य में बॉलीवुड फ़िल्मों की तरह हो गई है. फ़िल्मों पर ‘क़ैंची’ चलनी तो आम बात थी ही अब बच्चों के कार्टूनों पर भी क़ैंची लगने लगी है.


आजकल कार्टून की दुनिया भी अपनी सोच और हास्य में बॉलीवुड फ़िल्मों की तरह हो गई है. फ़िल्मों पर ‘क़ैंची’ चलनी तो आम बात थी ही अब बच्चों के कार्टूनों पर भी क़ैंची लगने लगी है.

जिन कार्टूनों को देखकर बच्चे हँसते हैं, ख़ुश होते हैं उन पर भी ‘कैंची’ चलने का दौर शुरू हो गया है.

भारत में पिछले एक दशक में ‘जापानी’ कार्टूनों ने अपना दबदबा बनाया है. जो बच्चे ‘टॉम एंड जेरी’ और ‘टेलस्पिन’ जैसे कार्टून देखा करते थे. वहीँ आज ‘डोरेमोन’, ‘शिनचैन’ जैसे कार्टून चरित्रों के दीवाने हैं.

बी.सी.सी.सी, यानि ‘ब्राडकास्टिंग कंटेंट कम्प्लेंट्स काउंसिल’ एक संस्था है. यहां टेलीविज़न पर दिखाए जा रहे कार्यक्रम के ‘आपत्तिजनक’ दृश्यों के विरोध में कोई भी शिकायत दर्ज करा सकता है.

हाल ही में बी.सी.सी.सी में बहुत से माता पिता ने शिकायतें दर्ज कीं. इन शिकायतों में कहा गया कि कार्टून चैनल ‘अनुचित’ दृश्य दिखा रहे हैं. बी.सी.सी.सी ने तुरंत इन कार्टून चैनलों को हिदायत दी की वे ऐसा कोई दृश्य न दिखाए जो बच्चों के लिए ठीक न हों.

अब कार्टून चैनल आपत्तिजनक दृश्यों को हटा कर उन्हें बिलकुल ही नए रूप में ढाल रहे हैं.

डबिंग इंडस्ट्री के निर्देशक या क्रिएटिव एक्सपर्ट ऐसे कार्टूनों पर अपनी पैनी नज़रें जमाए रखते हैं. उन्हें बदल कर वे ऐसे कार्टून तैयार करते हैं जिसके चाहने वाले देश भर के बच्चे होते हैं.

कार्टून किरदारों को डब करते वक़्त छोटी मोटी तब्दीलियाँ अक्सर हर विदेशी कार्टून और प्रोग्राम में करनी पड़ती है. क्योंकि उनके विचार स्थानीय दर्शकों के विचारों से मेल नहीं खाते.

पर कई बार कार्टून की तब्दीलियाँ काफ़ी अजीब और मज़ेदार होती हैं.

अलका शर्मा अरसे से शिनचैन की आवाज़ रही. ‘शिनचैन’ जापानी कार्टून है. वह एक पांच साल का बच्चा है और अपने माता पिता और बहन के साथ रहता है.

शिनचैन बेहद नटखट किरदार है और बच्चों में ख़ासा लोकप्रिय है. अलका शर्मा ने ‘शिनचैन’ में हुई कुछ मज़ेदार तब्दीलियों के बारे में बताया.

अलका बताती हैं की कई बार डबिंग डायरेक्टर स्क्रिप्ट बदल देते थे.

वे कहती हैं, “अक्सर हम ‘ओरिजिनल’ स्क्रिप्ट को छोड़ देते थे और स्क्रीन पर शिनचैन जो कर रहा है उसी से एक नयी कहानी बना लेते थे.”

उन्होंने आगे बताया, “अगर कोई ख़ूबसूरत लड़की जा रही है तो शिनचैन ‘ओरिजिनल’ स्क्रिप्ट में कहता था ‘ओये होट्टी मेरे साथ डेट पर चलोगी’. तो हम उसे बदल कर बोलते थे ‘अरे दीदी! आपकी ड्रेसिंग सेंस तो बहुत अच्छी है. मुझे भी अपने साथ शौपिंग पर ले चलो.’ इस तरह से हम उसे बिल्कुल सरल और सभ्य बना देते थे.’ See more…



amitabh bachchan to play superhero cartoon in tv series: :

एक सूत्र ने कहा कि 72 साल के महानायक ने ‘एस्ट्रा फोर्स’ कार्टून के लिए एंटरटेनमेंट कंपनी ग्राफिक इंडिया और डिजनी से हाथ मिलाया है. इस सुपरहीरो की रचना अमिताभ और ग्राफिक इंडिया के सीईओ और सहसंस्थापक शरद देवराजन को करनी है. अमिताभ बच्चन के सुपरहीरो अवतार वाली इस काटूर्न सी‍रीज को डिजनी चैनल लॉन्च करेगा. यह कार्टून हंसी-मजाक, मारधाड़ , रोमांच और रहस्य से भरपूर बताया गया है.

अमिताभ छोटे पर्दे पर इससे पहले रियलिटी शो ‘कौन बनेगा करोड़पति’ के सूत्रधार के रूप में और धारावाहिक ‘युद्ध’ में मुख्य भूमिका में नजर आ चुके हैं. Read more…

कार्टून साफ सुथरी हों प्रेरक हों तो बहुत कुछ हम इनसे सीख सकते हैं जैसाकि बचपन में हम अमर चित्र कथा पढ कर सीखते थे. अगर सुधार नही होगा हर बच्चा बहुत शान से शीन चैन जैसे किरदार बोलता नजर आएगा और हमारी आखॆ शर्म से झुकती चली जाएगी …

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13. Witches Protection Program, by Michael Phillip Cash | Dedicated Review

If you’re looking for a good fantasy book to transition from the young adult genre into the new adult genre, Michael Phillip Cash’s Witches Protection Program is your next read.

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14. PAPERCHASE - back to school

And we end to today with a preview of some of things we can expect from Paperchase's forthcoming 'Back to School' ranges. The children may not have even started their summer holiday's yet but retailers like to get ahead. For older students these digital type designs caught my eye. Other new arrivals include several collections Wild Aztec, Speech Bubble, and Pony Party. These designs will be on

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15. Music Monday - Alex Boye/Let it Go

We are having a protracted heat wave here in the PNW. The biggest problem with day after day of high temps is that so many places are not air conditioned (including our house) so after a few days nothing cools off inside. It's bearable if you can sit in front of a fan non-stop, but golly! Come back cool, drizzly PNW days!

Maybe this will help me feel cooler....?

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16. HKW International Literary Prize

       The've announced that Amos Oz's הבשורה על פי יהודה, in Mirjam Pressler's German translation (as Judas) has won this year's Internationaler Literaturpreis - Haus der Kulturen der Welt -- the big (€25,000 for the author, and €10,000 for the translator) German best translated (contemporary) book award; see also, for example, Sabine Peschel's report Amos Oz wins major German literature award at DeutscheWelle.
       It no doubt will appear in English translation eventually, but it hasn't yet. (Hey, why shouldn't it appear in ... say, Brazil before it comes out in the US/UK provinces, right ? I do note, however, without comment, that Oz is handled by 'literary' agent Andrew Wylie.)

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17. Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge

Welcome back everybody for another fantastic Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge! Write a story on your own blog. Leave a link to your story here, in the comment section. Then comment on… Continue reading

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18. New Watercolour - Sprite in the Open

via Mythwood - The Art of Larry MacDougall http://ift.tt/1GWdodA

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19. Really BIG Art!

via Studio Rayyan http://ift.tt/1g4OcJ3

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20. When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, 192 pp, RL 4

  Because my mother taught fourth and fifth grade for almost two decades I have known about Judith Kerr's book When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit for almost as long as I have known about her Mog the Cat books. For some reason, though, I never put two and two together and it wasn't until I sat down to write about one of my favorite childhood books, Mog the Forgetful Cat, that I discovered that

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21. Margaret Wild Changes Lives – Picture Book Reviews

Margaret Wild is a much-loved, award-winning author with over 70 titles to her name, having great success with acclaimed books including Fox, The Very Best of Friends, Harry and Hopper, Lucy Goosey, Davy and the Duckling, and The Treasure Box. Her books extend to a wide range of themes, and are characteristically known for their […]

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22. PAPERCHASE - latest snapshots

Today on Print & Pattern is all about Paperchase. I have picked out some new arrivals such as these fun lunch bags featuring wild animals, robots and rows of cute characters. Also look out for new dinosaur designs, cat burglars, a kitchen stationery print, plus a striking mid century style geometric on a pencil case and plenty of new notebooks.

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23. Review: Stealing People by Robert Wilson

Charlie Boxer returns in one of Robert Wilson’s best novels to date. Two years after the events of You Will Never Find Me Charlie Boxer’s life is nearing some normalcy. Normal for a kidnap consultant whose services offer a little bit extra revenge on the side. His relationships with his ex-wife Mercy and daughter Amy […]

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24. CARDS - paperchase

And also catching my eye at Paperchase were these small but very beautiful letterpress greetings cards. Covering Birthdays, Thank you, and some left blank for any purpose it's a really striking collection.

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25. #alaac15 Leaving Las Vegas- Wait! That was last year!

As I’m packing up my stuff and moving on home, I’m so grateful to ALA for providing me the opportunity to grow and learn. Thanks not only for the memories but for all the exciting things I am going to take back with me. Next up is Boston in JANUARY! I can’t wait to see what I will take away from that adventure in snowy (but hopefully not to snowy) Boston!

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