earlier this month i attended the heals autumn winter 2012 press show to preview some of the designs they have coming up in the new season. one of their regular features is "heals discovers" where they collaborate with new and established designers to create exclusive collections. one of those taking part this year is a designer we have featured here on P+P a few times in the past - mariaAdd a Comment
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more now from the heals autumn winter 2012 press show. one of their key trends is heritage and part of the collection is this 1970's inspired 'granny squares' crochet. the design is in fact a very convincing photographic print that is incedibly soft to the touch. available on bedlinen and cushion, and there is also a co-ordinating rug.Add a Comment
and finally today another of "heals discovers" designers for 2012 is london based designer sonya winner who creates vibrant graphic rugs which are handwoven in nepal. sonya is an expert in blending wool colours and pile textures.Add a Comment
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By Jeff Trexler
Whatever the merits of the latest summary judgment motion in the dispute over the Superman copyright, its supporting exhibits bring together a number of important documents in two accessible filings.
The first set brings collects key contracts and court filings in chronological order, from the sale of Superman to the current termination dispute. We’ve seen much of this before, but not in one place. Especially worth noting are full copies of the complaint, court opinions & settlement in the 1947 Siegel & Shuster lawsuit.
The other set of documents, focusing on the Shuster heirs, contains material pertaining to Shuster’s estate and the 1992 pension arrangement, including an unproduced screenplay for a Siegel and Shuster biopic.Display Comments Add a Comment
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Last year was our first year at Comic-Con in San Diego . . .
To say that it was overwhelming is an understatement. But we were thrilled to be there this year, again . . .
Our first reaction upon seeing the sea of people was to flee in the opposite direction.
However, we braved the crowds. Why? Because the number one reason people go to Comic-Con is to have their photos taken with BatPeep, that's why! (I won't reveal who's really behind that mask, but here's a hint.
We saw lots of interesting things and many, many, many people, creatures and monst
Not THE Creator :) When I first left school in 1992 I was eager to get illustration assignments. After a few months and a few freelance gigs I couldn't believe I could fianlly call myself an illustrator! For the following eighteen years I continued to proudly identify myself as an illustrator. But in the last few years I've begun to realize that this title or label has actually been somewhat limiting in my growth as an artist. The confines of the title kept me from seeing myself as anything but an illustrator- not that there's anything wrong with being an illustrator but can I allow myself to be even more? - I thought.
As I started dreaming up new projects and venturing down new roads with my video tutorials, ebooks, and apps I've realized that I've given myself permission to wear many new hats. Entrepreneur, director, teacher, writer, collaborator, graphic designer, voice actor, animator, editor, and yes illustrator are some of the roles I find myself engaged in now. I'm not yet proficient in many of these roles yet but it's challenging and exciting to be able to wake up and declare, "I'm going to do _________ today!"
Re-defining yourself as a creator allows your mind to wander and imagine yourself being successful in areas you might never thought of. Imagining your successes is really the first step to realizing those successes because if you can't imagine it you won't have the motivation to act. Giving yourself permission to become more- is liberating. Calling yourself a creator allows you the freedom to explore and communicate with like minded people about the possibilities you imagine. I have 3 more projects I would like to pursue in the future if I can finish some of my existing work - and they aren't like anything I've done thus far.
A word of caution: Before you really start to pursue too many projects or skill sets let me make it clear that I believe it is very important to master one craft first. Mastering a craft will mean different things to different people. If you reach a high level of mastery at whatever it is that you do i.e. illustration, writing, animation, coding, etc. you will put yourself in a leveraging position. You'll be able to gain respect from the people you approach if you ever want to partner with them, go into business with them, collaborate with, or hire them. You'll need this respect if you wish to attract equally talented people who offer expertise where you are weak.
So allow yourself a broader definition of who you are so you can become more than you ever imagined. With amazing digital technologies and the internet -which is becoming more and more accessible to the little man the opportunities are endless.
My youngest son told me that frogs don't jump to catch insects when he saw the piece I was working on above. My response, "would you have commented on this piece if I had drawn it accurately?" He thought about it and then said, "probably not." If we expect to get attention in the noisy era of the internet we have to create original projects! Display Comments Add a Comment
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We thought it would be a great idea to build up our anticipation here at the STACKS by having an Olympics-themed week on Ink Splot 26. The Games begin on Friday, July 27th. We've got all sorts of fun stuff planned until then (with a few surprises), so stay tuned!
To kick things off, let's CREATE A CAPTION! What do you think would be a great caption for the photo of this Olympic Table Tennis player in the heat of a competition?
I’m thinking the following:
Got a better caption? Share it in the Comments below!
P.S. We're also curious – if there was any Olympic event, real or imaginary, that you could include in the Olympic Games, what would it be? Tell us in the Comments!
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smaller scale. No much changes on Stora Kornö except everything gets larger. Display Comments Add a Comment
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BIG MOUTH & UGLY GIRL - Joyce Carol Oates
Matt has a big mouth and Ursula is considered an ugly girl who’s strong, tall, and athletic. They’re not friends and don’t really have anything in common, but the two of them come together during a time of difficulty for Matt. Something he says gets taken out of context and threatens to ruin his life.
In an immature fashion Matt jokes about weapons and bombing the school. Most people can see he doesn't mean anything by it, except for a few people who are within earshot and report him. Matt is taken into police custody, questioned, and suspended from school. Ursula, who barely knows him, can’t stand the injustice. She comes forward and tells the principal what she heard, insisting that he’s innocent. Matt is allowed to go back to school, but people don’t look at him the same again. He loses friends, loses his positions in clubs and extracurricular activities, and spirals down in depression. Ursula doesn’t mean to at first, but she strikes a friendship with him. It’s good to have someone like her by his side, because Matt is in for even more problems with a community, a student body, and parents who won’t forget what happened.
This is an intense book that covers mass hysteria, bullying, and friendship. It's realistic and the two main characters come to life. The suspense and pacing are consistent, with the last quarter of the novel hardest to put down.
CONSTRUCT A COUPLE - Talli Roland
Serenity has a new job as a fact checker at a big magazine and her boyfriend, Jeremy, has a new position at a charity foundation. Life is looking good for the both of them. When a fact-checking assignment uncovers secrets about Jeremy’s foundation, who’s associated with it, and his personal life, the fantastic London life Serenity hopes for is becoming more distant by the day unless she finds a way to fix things. This is the third Talli Roland novel I’ve read, and the author sure knows how to throw her main characters into the heat of squirm-inducing conflicts. I loved the first Serenity Holland book, BUILD A MAN, and was thrilled when this book came out so that I could be in Display Comments Add a Comment
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Congratulations to A.J. Betts, whose manuscript Zac and Mia has won the 2012 Text Prize. Zac and Mia, is a contemporary novel that deals with serious illness and friendship, and will be published in August 2013.
Congratulations to Robert Newton, whose novel When We Were Two has won the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.
Does this man look like Finnick Odair? Rumours say yes.
Esteemed journal Kill Your Darlings has announced an online championship of favourite Australian YA books. Not only can you vote for your favourite (from July 30), but if you do you’ll go in the running to win an awesome prize pack.
Champions include Centre for Youth Literature founder, Agnes Nieuwenhuizen, CYL Program Coordinator Adele Walsh, CYL Learning Programs Officer Jordi Kerr, and the mother of Inky (and an award-winning YA author to boot) Lili Wilkinson.
Brontë sisters action figures – these historical heroes are determined to get their books into print!Add a Comment
A new drawing from American Cowboy magazine (yes, that exists).
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Writer’s Digest is having as Popular Fiction Award Contest. There are six genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Crime Fiction, SciFi/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense, and Horror. The catch is to keep it to 4000 words. Not an easy thing to do when you are used to writing a 65,000 word + novel.
Here’s the scoop:
The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2500 cash prize, plus a trip to the 2013 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.
Each of the six category winners will receive a $500 cash prize.
Get your story published in Writer’s Digest, as well as on writersdigest.com
$100 off a purchase at writersdigestshop.com.
A copy of the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
Deadline: Sept. 14, 2012
Entry Fee: $20.00
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There is an old saying. What comes from the heart reaches the heart.
I have always found this to be true. But I would add to it my own less elegant postscript. It helps to know who you’re talking to.
GIVEAWAY: John is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before.
John Verdon is the author of mystery-thrillers. His latest novel
is LET THE DEVIL SLEEP (July 2012, Crown). John is a former
Manhattan advertising executive who lives with his wife in the
mountains of upstate New York. His first two Dave Gurney novels,
Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, are
both international bestsellers.
When I wrote my first novel, the mystery-thriller THINK OF A NUMBER, I had an advantage that I would never have identified at the time as an advantage, or as anything good. It was simply this: I had no belief that the book would ever be published.
Wherein lies the advantage in that, you ask? And you might also ask, why did I bother to write it, if I didn’t believe anyone was going to read it?
Well, I hoped at least one person was going to read it. But I’ll return to her in a moment.
The initial reason I wrote THINK OF A NUMBER was simply to see if I could. I’d been reading and enjoying certain kinds of detective novels for many years. I discovered a handful of writers whose works I devoured: Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Reginald Hill, Peter Robinson.
After a while, it seemed to me that I had come to understand what they were doing — not just that I understood their books, but that I saw the art behind the whole detective story concept, the process of creating it. I thought it would be an interesting challenge to put this presumption to the test, to try to write one myself. I was afraid, of course, that I was going to discover that doing it was a far different thing from understanding it — like the first time I tried ice skating.
A few ideas started coming together in my mind: a scary opening, a brilliant murderer, an impossible crime, a restless detective, a marriage in trouble. Various colorful characters started to populate the landscape. Soon I had a starting point, a rough outline, an emotional arc. All of that found its way onto index cards.
And then, at some point, surrounded by all my scribbled notes, I started writing. Paragraphs. Pages. Chapters.
Which briAdd a Comment
In New York David Wallace-Wells has a lengthy Q & A as New New Yorker Martin Amis Talks Terrorism, Pornography, Idyllic Brooklyn and American Decline.
[Note that they seem to have mis-printed the interview, with the first two questions misplaced at the very bottom of the page.]
Amis doesn't help his New York street cred with observations such as:
Those risky bits like the Lower East Side and Alphabet Land are now chic.(For non-New Yorkers: it's Alphabet City (named after the avenues that run there -- A, B, C, D). Which, by the way, is in the Lower East Side. But it's also cruel of neither Wallace-Wells nor New York to help the guy out here and correct him -- though maybe they all live out in Brooklyn too and only have limited familiarity with downtown as well .....)
One also looks forward to reports of Amis' first confrontation with law enforcement -- maybe a stop-'n'-frisk, to even out those annoying statistics ... ? -- as he opines:
The police in America are, to my senses, quite fascistic -- you know, immediate end to all humor, end of all human contact; it's a real assertion of authority in a way that's very rare in England.And I'm not sure he's studied enough case law to spout stuff such as:
That's a good metaphor for what the Supreme Court is always doing -- finding in favor of Hitler. Cute legalism, pedantry, anti-common sense.Still, overall: pretty tame stuff compared to what the British press get out of him. Add a Comment
They've announced the six winners of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
The fiction-category winner was Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears; see the Allen & Unwin publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.co.uk (there doesn't appear to be a US edition yet).
In the Cleveland Plain Dealer Karen R. Long reports that Pauline Chen builds 'The Red Chamber' around memorable characters from a Chinese classic, as Chen's novel takes characters from the great The Story of the Stone (also known as The Dream of the Red Chamber), by Cao Xueqin, and ... well, apparently builds her own story around them.
Since The Story of the Stone is one of my all-time favorite novels I have great and grave doubts that this could work, but I figure I really ought to take a look .....
See also the Knopf publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
In the Global Times Liao Danlin writes about the wrong kind of Army of authors, as, apparently: 'China's military writers continue to rise in popularity'.
Somehow, I do not find this very encouraging.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Linus Asong's Detective Fiction and the African Scene: From the 'Whodunit ?' to the 'Whydunit ?'Add a Comment
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Now that I have your attention . . .
Recently I took a trip with the family to Stratford, Ontario to their Shakespeare Festival, just as I do every year. And because I am incapable of turning off my brain for even a day, I figured I’d check out the state of children’s literature today as it applies to a town based entirely on a festival celebrating a dead bald man.
But before all of that, the title of this piece. Ladies and gentlemen I have been to Stratford for years and years and seen many an innovative program. I’ve seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream reinterpreted as a Vietnam-era flowering of 60s style. I’ve seen Much Ado About Nothing set in a turn of the century Brazil. But one thing I have never seen is a practical use of Steampunk. Because the festival pads out the season with plenty of musicals, The Pirates of Penzance (my favorite Gilbert & Sullivan) was going on, and it was a remarkable production. First off, the program gave some mighty fascinating information about the show, including the fact that Gilbert and Sullivan had a simultaneous premier of the show in both America and England and yet they attended the New York performance! Then the director explained the Steampunk. He mentioned the fact that the genre’s current appeal is a response to our current technological state of wires and clouds and touch screens. We yearn for good old-fashioned gears and rivets sometimes. Pirates, as it happens, makes for a good mix and mash if you tread lightly. The show wasn’t filled with iron-plated jetpacks or goggle monocles, but the Steampunk elements were worked in naturally. A dirigible here, a Jules Verne nod there. The wheel of the pirate ship was nicely gearish, and one of the Major General’s daughters was first seen wearing goggles and wielding a pick-axe. All in all, a very good use of a genre that has yet to find a perfectly firm footing in the YA sphere of literature.
Here’s a glimpse of what I’m talking about:
Moving on, the bookstores of the city. On the street you can run into some good children’s literary fare, even if it is in the form of a t-shirt.
Then the Festival Theatre. The main hub of all things gift shoppy. The place you would want to go if you were on the lookout for an elegant scarf or a pack of good Shakespearean insult gum. I bee-lined for the children’s section, curious to see what is dubbed adequately Shakespearean or play-related. There are the usual classics:
Some contemporary fare, including one of the Who Was? books.
This one may be self-published. Hard to say. Could just be from a small Canadian publisher. Looked nice enough.
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If you needed any more motivation to sign up for the 2012 ALSC National Institute, we’ve got it for you: all of the cool special events that are included in your registration.
These special events include talks from award-winning authors, book signings, and the kick-off for the 75th Caldecott Celebration. Here are some activities we know you’ll like:
Opening General Session with Peter Brown
Enjoy dinner with colleagues as ALSC President Carolyn Brodie (2012-2013) welcomes participants to Indianapolis and introduces the evening’s keynote speaker, Peter Brown. As the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books such as Children Make Terrible Pets, The Curious Garden, Chowder, and Flight of the Dodo, Peter will talk about his work and what it’s like to make children’s books while maintaining a sense of humor.
Breakfast for Bill: Caldecott Celebration
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal with Friday morning’s Breakfast for Bill. This panel discussion will feature past Caldecott Award winners and honorees Denise Fleming, Kevin Henkes and Eric Rohmann, as well as the director of the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books, Ben Sapp. The breakfast will honor the memory of William C. Morris, former vice-president and director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books by bringing librarians together with children’s book creators. Morris was a long time ALSC member and friend, recipient of the first ALSC Distinguished Service Award, and an advocate for children’s librarians and literature.
Author Luncheon with Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen has been an influential force in children’s and young adult literature for almost three decades as the author of more than 175 books, three of which have been Newbery honor books: Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. First given a book by a librarian, Gary has never stopped reading or believing in the power of young people. As a master storyteller, he taps into the human spirit through his work and encourages readers to observe and care about the world around them. Participants will come away from this special luncheon feeling inspired and excited about the possibilities of literature.
Friday evening is a great time to network with colleagues at a reception being hosted by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Library and Information Science (IUPUI SLIS). Busses will take participants from the hotel to the school for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and poster sessions by students.
Closing General Session: Exploring Nonfiction through Authors and Illustrators
Learn about nonfiction books for children from the creators themselves. In a panel discussion, moderated by librarian Marra Carson Honeywell, authors/illustrators Bryan Collier, Doreen Rappaport and April Pulley Sayre will talk about the inspiration behind their ideas, the research that went into writing and illustrating, and the importance of nonfiction books for children today.
Register now for the 2012 ALSC National Institute. The Institute will take place in Indianapolis on September 20-22, 2012. For more information on registration, events, and lodging, please visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/institute
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Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
- Giveaway winner! Congrats to Amber Garcia. She won the zombie deer, compact mirror, bookmark, and sticker. Amber, I've emailed you to get your mailing address.
- Edits Last week was an intense few days of editing for Touch of Death, but it's finished! Yay!
- Back to planning While I wait for edits on the sequel to Touch of Death, I'll be continuing to plan the next manuscript I have in mind. Planning is so exciting!
- Reading Last week was really busy for me and my reading suffered. I'm hoping to catch up this week.
- Picture book sketches My editor told me I'd get to see sketches for one of my upcoming picture books this week. Seeing how an illustrator pictures my characters is always exciting.
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Artie’s children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet is now available as a free video for kids through StoryCub. A shortlist finalist for the national 2012 Green Earth Book Award, Thurman the turtle is tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash and decides to take action.
To watch the Living Green video and many other books on StoryCub.org, please click on the cover below. StoryCub videos are one of the most watched programs on Apple’s iTunes Kids & Family section.
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