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6526. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Arthur Adams

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Modern Master of Mainstream Comics, Arthur Adams, has been contributing variant cover art for each issue of marvel’s big Summer event, Original Sin. Actually, each cover is a piece of the overall gigantic illustration featuring what looks like literally every Marvel Super Hero ever created!(…don’t quote me on that..but, it’s certainly a lot of characters!) The piece is stunning in it’s scope, and detail, which is really just another day for the likes of Arthur Adams.

Arthur Adams is a self taught artist, and he blew comics fans away early on with his distinct, highly detailed pencils & inks. He began working on such titles as Longshot, and New Mutants Special Edition for Marvel Comics back in the mid-80’s. Adams created his own comic, Monkeyman & O’Brien, published by Dark Horse in the 90’s, and his mainstream comics work has continued to increase in demand, especially with the recent explosion of special variant covers.

You can read more about Arthur Adams illustrious career, and see more of his art on his website here. His Facebook fan page is very active, and perhaps the best place for the latest news.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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6527. Some Author

The Minnesota State Fair is pretty much the biggest thing that happens in the state of Minnesota every year, and for the last five years a big part of it is the Alphabet Forest, an oasis of literary fun launched by the brilliant artist and author Debra Fraser. This year I had the good fortune (and fun!) to be a part of it. I told kids about my Topps League books and helped them design their own baseball cards. I even wore a blue ribbon (just like my favorite porcine literary hero). While I didn’t see any orb weavers making words, the kids sure did. Proud to be a part of the Great Minnesota Great Together and one of its newer traditions.

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6528. DreamWorks Delays Release of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3′

DreamWorks announced yesterday that they will push back the release date of "How to Train Your Dragon 3" to June 9, 2017. No reason was given for the delay.

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6529. September 2014 Event Calendar

It's a new month which means new events! We hope you can make it out to some of this awesome author events coming to the Southern California area. If you don't live in SoCal, check your local bookshops to see if these authors are coming your way. :)

Wednesday - September 3, 2014 at 7pm
Michelle Gagnon
Don't Let Go

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel 323-525-0270
event page

Thursday - September 4, 2014 at 7pm
Adi Alsaid & Alexandra Adornetto
Let's Get Lost; Ghost House

Barnes & Noble Americana
210 Americana Way, Glendale CA 91210
tel 818-545-9146
event page

Thursday - September 4, 2014 at 7pm
Josephine Angelini
Trial by Fire

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel 323-525-0270
event page

Saturday - September 6, 2014 at 7pm
Scott Campbell
Hug Machine

Nucleus Gallery
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
tel 626-458-7482
event page

Tuesday - September 9, 2014 at 7pm
Mac Barnett
Telephone

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose Shopping Park
Montrose, CA 91020
tel 818-248-9668
event page

Saturday - September 13, 2014 at 2pm
Edith Cohn
Spirit's Key

Children's Book World
10580 1/2 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
tel 310-559-BOOK
event page

Monday - September 15, 2014 at 7pm
Gretchen McNeil and Anna Carey
Get Even and Blackbird

The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 
tel 213-488-0599
event page

Monday - September 15, 2014 at 7pm
Danielle Fishel
Normally This Would Be a Cause for Concern

Barnes & Noble The Grove
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel 323-525-0270
event page

Wednesday - September 24, 2014 at 4pm
LAPL Teen Author Reading Series
Carrie Arcos, Gretchen McNeil, Cam Baity, Ben Zelkowicz, Lauren Miller, hosted by Cecil Castellucci

LAPL Junipero Serra Branch
4607 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
tel 323-234-1685
event page

 

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6530. Lisa's Super September Blog!!!

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It seems like I was just home from Laramie, WY and studying the stars, when it was time to hit the road again.

This time, it was off to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference, hence to be known at the SCBWISCXYZ.

The SCBWI is the largest group of children's book writers and illustrators in the world, with over 22,000 members. I've been going to the conference for 14ish years, starting from before I was published. Now I attend as a Board Member and faculty. (I know! I can't believe it either.)

The night before the conference kicks off there's a faculty dinner. It's always fun to mingle and mash, although poor Peepy kept getting photobombed. Yes, she is that popular.

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Jay Asher and Cecil Yung, and Ilene Cooper and Julie Straus-Gabel, jumped into Peepy's shot . . .
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Sara Rutenberg ooked refreshed as the conference first got underway . . .
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Aaron Becker finally got his photo taken with his favorite Peep . . .
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But then, wanting more, he photobombed her with Megan McDonald and agent Jen Rofe, and then Arthur Levine and Martha Brokenbough did, too . . .

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The next day was the March of the Faculty, where we went on stage and introduced ourselves to the 12 million-ish conference attendees . . .
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Opening keynoter Meg Rosoff was AMAZING . . .
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Agent Andrea Penfold baked cookies for Peepy, and Golden Kite winner Tim Federle paid his repsect(s) to her . . .
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Then Peepy was photobombed AGAIN, this time by Tim, Newbery winner Linda Sue Park and Jen, AND Newbery winner Susan Patron, Sonya Sones and SCBWI Queen, Lin Oliver . . .

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Speaking of Lin, she did a marvelous job (as always) hosting the conference, along with Stephen Mooser (hidden) . . .
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Perks of Being a Wallflower author/director Stephen Chobosky couldn't wait to meet Peepy, and then jumped into her shot with Jay Asher . . .
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I had a book for Stephen to sign, but didn't feel like trudging all the way up to my room to get it. So I asked him to sign a slip of paper, and he did . . .
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Not to brag, but I have the best students. If you don't believe me, look . . .
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Every year for the past 246 years, my editor, Arthur Levine and I have a conference lunch . . .
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The food fest continued with dinner with Linda Sue Park (looking small because we hadn't added water yet) and her editor Dinah Stevenson . . .
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We love looking at the illustrator portfolios. While the judging took place, EB Lewis photobombed Peepy, while Arthur photobombed EB . . .
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Of course, Marla Frazee and others had to join in . . .
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At the grand gala there was plenty of food and fun . . .
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And there was lobby photobombing like this with Sara Entienne, Ken Min, Michael Reisman and Bob Boyle, Salina Yoon, Jen Rofe, Jamie Weiss Chilton and more . . .
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Later, during the multi-day conference, Peepy was still being photobombed wherever she went. Like from Newbery-er Cynthia Kadohata, and Ed Massesa, and who's that? Oh, Judy Blume . . .

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It continued with Ruth Bradshaw and Dan Santat, and Stephen Mooser . . .

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More? Yes. Paul O. Zelinsky, Eugene Yelchin and Laurent Linn . . .
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Oh look, it's three Asian American authors, one Peep, this blogger, and two Newbery winners . . .

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After the conference, there was a SCBWI Board of Advisors meeting. Want to know what goes on behind closed doors? This . . .
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(That's right. Ellen Hopkins.)

And another board member, Laurie Halse Anderson, misbehaved, too . . .
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Judy Blume couldn't stop photobombing, and editor Bonnie Bader was just getting started . . .
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It was all too much for Sara Rutenberg . . .
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And at last, Peter Brown, who had been stalking Peepy throughout the entire conference, finally got his photo taken with her . . .
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The stress of all the photobombs made Peepy wish for calm. So we headed to Hawaii just in time for two hurricanes . . .
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Anticipating everything being closed, we stocked up on food . . .
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The hurricanes turned into storms, which later turned into beautiful weather . . .
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But the stocking up on food continued like poke and grilled garlic shrimp, and bbq, and . . .
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We visited the Palace and grounds . .

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There was this . . .

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Look! It's the Hawaii State Library!!!!

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Aloha, beaches!!!

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The food continued . . .

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I LOVE shave ice. In fact, in my American Girl books, Kanani's family owns a shave ice/bakery/candy store!

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Yes, I walked on lava, plus got to see the #1 Hawaiian Monk Seal expert in the world, Dr. Charles Littnan . . .
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(We met when I wrote about the monk seals in the Kanani books.)

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More food . . .

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More beach . . .

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More fun . . .
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Aloha also means good-bye . . .

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However, soon it was time to go home, do laundry, and then head back to New York . . .

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Why were we there? For Scholastic Teacher Week, of course! We were on a diversity panel. Peepy met a friend in the Green Room before we went on, and I got to reconnect with panelists Varian Johnson and Sharon Robinson, and moderator Cheryl Klein (with Peepy) . . .

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We were joined by by Sonia Manzano, Maria from Sesame Street!

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There was a book signing, and Scholastic Store General Manager Michael Strouse arranged for the Teach Week bags to match my dress . . .

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After, it was lunch with my agent, Jodi Reamer. Dan Santat couldn't join us, but the series he illustrated did . . .
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Of course, we had to eat, right?

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Later, it was off to see Cabaret . . .
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After, Alan Cumming, who starred in the show, along with Michelle Williams, insisted on having his photo taken with Peepy . . .
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We ended our NY jaunt with a trip to Juniors. I couldn't decide on the cheesecake or chocolate cake, so I got both . . .
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Then it was back home to collapse.

Speaking of collapsing, I was going to add hot links to everyone's names and such. However, the last time I did it (and it took HOURS) for whatever reason the links didn't work. So this time, I'm not doing it to see if maybe they will work magically.

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6531. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Arthur Adams

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Modern Master of Mainstream Comics, Arthur Adams, has been contributing variant cover art for each issue of marvel’s big Summer event, Original Sin. Actually, each cover is a piece of the overall gigantic illustration featuring what looks like literally every Marvel Super Hero ever created!(…don’t quote me on that..but, it’s certainly a lot of characters!) The piece is stunning in it’s scope, and detail, which is really just another day for the likes of Arthur Adams.

Arthur Adams is a self taught artist, and he blew comics fans away early on with his distinct, highly detailed pencils & inks. He began working on such titles as Longshot, and New Mutants Special Edition for Marvel Comics back in the mid-80’s. Adams created his own comic, Monkeyman & O’Brien, published by Dark Horse in the 90’s, and his mainstream comics work has continued to increase in demand, especially with the recent explosion of special variant covers.

You can read more about Arthur Adams illustrious career, and see more of his art on his website here. His Facebook fan page is very active, and perhaps the best place for the latest news.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

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6532. ‘A Love Story in 7 Chapters’ by Bahij Jaroudi

A short film on life, love, and death.

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6533. ‘Alpha Billionaire’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

alphabillionaireAlpha Billionaire by Helen Cooper leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. (more…)

New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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6534. Former Amazon Books Editor Kevin Nguyen Joins Oyster

fte_mte_kevin._V376638312_Kevin Nguyen, former Editor at Amazon Books, has joined Oyster as Editorial Director. In his new role, he will spearhead new editorial initiatives and continue to evolve the brand’s content offerings.

“We believe the best product lies in the pairing of high-quality editorial with our work in personalization, data science, and design,” wrote Oyster CEO Willem Van Lancker in a blog post. ”I am excited to have Kevin join Team Oyster as we continue to innovate at the intersection of product, data, and editorial—connecting readers with books they would have otherwise never discovered.”

After 3.5 years at Amazon, Nguyen revealed in a post on Oyster’s blog that it was a tough decision to leave. However, he said that he wants to work at a place where people are passionate about reading — a mood that he feels is going away at Amazon. Check it out:  (more…)

New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

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6535. Twitter Hashtags for Writers

Here are some hashtags you may want to follow on Twitter. 

http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/12/100-twitter-hashtags-every-writer-should-know/

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6536. The 29th Helsinki Comics Festival 5th to 7th of September 2014

No one tells me about these events. No one invites me. See the tear rolling down my cheek? Maybe next year?

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The 2014 festival themes are Germany and Queer Comics

sateenkaari web miniThe largest comics festival in Northern Europe welcomes comics fans and professionals alike! The main event, held on the first full weekend of September features once again a comics market, Small Press Heaven, artists, exhibitions, discussions, presentations, live drawing performances, competitions, animation, kids' events and clubs. Our theme this year is LGBT comics, and our guest country is Germany.

The German theme is showcased with bringing in visiting artist, exhibitions, residencies and workshops. The festival is proud to host the artist Olivier Kugler, Sascha Hommer, Anna Haifisch, Birgit Weyhe and Marijpol, among many others. Switzerland and Austria are also represented with their own visiting artists and exhibitions.

Among the highlights of this year's festival are the exhibitions celebrating the lives and works of two of the most prolific Finnish LGBT artists, Moomin creator Tove Jansson and Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland. In keeping with the LGBT theme, Helsinki Comics Festival welcomes the Spanish artist Sebas Martín.

Join us in September to discover comics!

The main festival venue tent and the Small Press Heaven are located at LASIPALATSI SQUARE (Mannerheimintie 22 - 24), with programme and the comics market open all weekend.


International program in English (PDF)
Main venue opening hours:
Friday the 5th of September: 14 pm to 8 pm
Saturday the 6th of September: 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday the 7th of September: 12 am to 6 pm

International Exhibitors and Small Press
Deadline for exhibitor sign-up has passed.


Deadline for home accommodation has passed.

For more information, please contact:
Katri Naukkarinen, producer
katri.naukkarinen@sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi, +358 400 298 784
Kalle Hakkola, technical producer
kalle.hakkola@sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi, +358 50 344 7615
Maura Manninen, international coordinator
maura.manninen@sarjakuvaseura.fi, +358 400 456 381

Poster by 2014 festival artist Joonas Rinta-Kanto

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6537. Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel

Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America. The book moves back and forth in time between the years just before a devastating flu pandemic brings about the collapse of civilization as we know it, and a time 20 years [...]

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6538. No! by Tracey Corderoy

No

Everyone thought Otto was adorable until he learned a new word. Soon his new word became a big problem.

I’m not sure who will get a bigger kick out of this book: kids or parents. As parents, we’ve all been through it. Our kids learn the word “no” and suddenly our happy little camper becomes a contrary, sometimes difficult, little bugger. At the same time, Corderoy respects and understands how the child is feeling. Though Otto liked his new word, at some point it took on a life of its own and made him miserable. That’s when something wonderful happens to turn it around and Otto learns how helpful other words can be.

Not only is this book charming and a bit humorous, the illustrations by Warnes are the perfect touch. He captures so many emotions within Otto’s facial expressions. He also has chosen a color scheme that is subtle and warm.

If my girls were preschoolers, this is a book I would add to our library.

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251504
ISBN-13: 978-1589251502

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


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6539. Reading energy and the movies

Continuing with the Preview Week and Open House at Fairy & Empath Online School, the following is from THE EMPATH SKILLS CLASS, which starts September 26th. This week only, Subscribers sign up for class and get Care of the Sensitive Workshop 1 FREE or Better Boundaries of the Sensitive audio class.

Reading Energy and the Movies

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We read the energy of the animal or spirit we communicate with. But, do you realize that whenever you pick up a magazine, you are bombarded with subliminal messages and energies? What a great gift it is that you have the ability to read energy and pick it up before it reaches you.

For instance, picking up the latest fashion women’s magazine, GLAMOUR, I notice there are lots of articles and photos thrown at me that are expecting me to look a certain way. There’s Do’s and Don’ts for dressing, ads with skinny and tall models, and clothing outfits they want me to buy and wear. If I walk away from reading it feeling awful and insecure, it was because I didn’t recognize the subtle energies coming at me, and that the radio dial or frequency was set to “Perfected Appearance.” On the other hand, if I pick up OPRAH magazine, I feel uplifted and hopeful, even educated. This magazine is set to HOPE or EMPOWERMENT, so I walk away positively influenced.

Naming it is a great way to separate out what is sent at you before it becomes yours.

I love movies and belong to Netflix. I can’t wait to run out to the mailbox each day and receive my little red envelope with my movie. I’ve watched a great deal of movies and television series in the last year, fine-tuning my ability to discern what shows are best for me and what ones bring me down.

I recently rented a compilation DVD of ghost-hunting movies and shows. I like Ghost Hunters which is a show where a team of ghost hunters go into homes to help solve their ghost mysteries. Their intent is to help, and although spooky things happen, the show doesn’t usually upset me. I felt awful watching the collection though. I could feel a little nauseous, anxious and uncomfortable. That night, I didn’t want to turn the lights out to go to sleep! The show’s radio dial was set to FEAR, which in my body, registered as anxiety. When my dial went to fear, all of my fears were nudged up to the surface. Not something I wanted or was helpful to me.

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6540. Progress

Addressing a hundred or so postcards of a pb biography project I am working on... to send to publishers, and trying so hard to think of the perfect surprise ending of a dummy I plan to submit to agents hopefully by September end. This is the hardest part of the project. Some Pixar writers say you should know this up-front (the ending), but as an illustrator I am not so sure......we'll see. But it really has to be unexpected yet tie in to story to make it linger and effective.

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6541. Thoughts from a Sensitive #1

We need to hear our tribe.

I receive a great deal of notes from readers saying that my book or a blog post I wrote helped them feel more self-acceptance and less alone. That got me thinking. We just need to hear our tribe. When we gather and share, we do feel less alone. We feel belonging. And then realize we have many of the same thoughts and feelings. We aren’t folks with two heads. So, here’s my first share from one of my re-tooled classes, Care of the Sensitive Workshop (starts September 26th). Have you felt this way? (feel free to share)

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6542. Dead End

2014-09-03

Do you ever find yourself suddenly in the middle of nowhere? | I received a good thoughtful critique about the picture book I am working on this morning. There is still more work to do but for the moment I am feeling a bit stuck. I know that if I dig in that the new ideas will start coming.

At age four, my youngest daughter once said:

“Ya know. If you are ever standing on the edge of a cliff with a broken leg and there is a stampede coming, you just jump, you just go with it.”

I need to listen to Art & Fear. That usually gives me some perspective.

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6543. No! by Tracey Corderoy

No

Everyone thought Otto was adorable until he learned a new word. Soon his new word became a big problem.

I’m not sure who will get a bigger kick out of this book: kids or parents. As parents, we’ve all been through it. Our kids learn the word “no” and suddenly our happy little camper becomes a contrary, sometimes difficult, little bugger. At the same time, Corderoy respects and understands how the child is feeling. Though Otto liked his new word, at some point it took on a life of its own and made him miserable. That’s when something wonderful happens to turn it around and Otto learns how helpful other words can be.

Not only is this book charming and a bit humorous, the illustrations by Warnes are the perfect touch. He captures so many emotions within Otto’s facial expressions. He also has chosen a color scheme that is subtle and warm.

If my girls were preschoolers, this is a book I would add to our library.

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251504
ISBN-13: 978-1589251502

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


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6544. Work/Art/Play – An Online Class for Artists

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Work/Art/Play: How to create work you (and others) will love, market yourself with confidence, and build your creative empire.
With the advent of the internet, it seems like almost everyone out there is talented. But skills alone won’t make you successful – it’s a mix of luck, hard work, smart strategies and the cultivation of relationships; and according to Amy Ng, artists are the ones who most often forget about this.
“A lot of artists merely concentrate on their artistic skills as a way to get by,” explained Amy, who writes on the topic of entrepreneurship, illustration and creativity on the blog Pikaland. “But when you have so many artists competing for work, what makes you stand out? What makes you different?” Enter Work/Art/Play, an online class that’s dedicated to help artists and illustrators find their footing in the modern digital world.
The online class, which starts on 15th September, is divided into four modules and the goal at the end of the class is to help artists create their very own roadmap to success.  It was developed especially for aspiring artists and illustrators who are keen on learning how to create great work that will allow them to stay true to themselves, and how to find and create opportunities wherever they go.
The idea for Work/Art/Play came about when Amy, who has been writing on the topic of creativity, illustration and entrepreneurship for the past 6 years was frustrated at how illustration graduates were daunted by the prospect of entering the workforce. As an adjunct teacher in a local design college, she first lectured about the ideation behind illustration, but found that students were more in need of career guidance instead.
“They didn’t know the first thing about finding work – and so they panic and go out there unprepared.” But what she found that it wasn’t just the graduates who were in a panic – other working artists were in trouble too, and so Work / Art / Play was created to address this concern. “The fact that this class is fully conducted online allows people from anywhere in the world to join in and absorb the materials in their own time – we have videos, worksheets, weekly Q+A sessions and extra bonus materials to help you find your feet,” she added.
The class is open for enrollment until 10th September 2014, and the class will commence on 16th September.
To view the whole syllabus, go to http://workartplay.com.
About Amy
Amy is a magazine editor turned illustrator and educator. As a self-taught artist, she regularly writes on the topic of entrepreneurship, illustration and creativity; deciphering clues and shedding light on the intersection between them. She keeps a blog at http://pikaland.com where she experiments with her ideas, and teaches aspiring artists & illustrators online athttp://workartplay.com.
About Work / Art / Play
An online class created by Amy of Pikaland that teaches artists and illustrators how to differentiate themselves from the competition, how to build their presence effectively, how to promote fearlessly and how to make money from their work. The e-course is available to anyone in the world with a computer/ laptop/tablet/smartphone and an internet connection. Enrollment ends 10th September 2014 and the class starts officially on 15th September 2014Class info and full syllabus can be found at http://workartplay.com

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6545. The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten

The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten. Harrison Geillor. 2011. Night Shade Books. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Is it a horror novel or comedy? Readers will be the final judge in the end.

I do not like horror novels. There are a few slight exceptions now and then that I've discovered by accident. But. For the most part, I don't seek out horror novels. So, if I don't seek out horror novels, why would I read The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten? For one reason, primarily. The book pokes fun at Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. It asks a big 'what if?' What if the heroine is not good, clumsy, and naive? What if the heroine is evil and manipulative? What if she wears a mask in every relationship? Being who she needs to be--in that moment--to get what she ultimately wants?

Bonnie Grayduck is the heroine who appears to fall madly and deeply in love with Edwin Scullen, a vampire. And she is one of the monsters in this horror novel. The events loosely fit into the Twilight books, so, one could definitely see the book as being a parody. But this parody isn't a ha-ha parody.

Bonnie is a dark person. She doesn't think nice, happy thoughts. She wants what she wants when she wants it. It is all about power and control and desire. And she has adult desires. Don't expect the "innocent" tension or chemistry from Twilight. This book is for more mature readers, I'd say.
So Edwin had taken a sudden trip to Canada. Interesting. It was insane to think he'd left town because of me...but in my experience, most things in the world do seem to resolve around me. And if they don't start out that way, they get there eventually. (50, ARC)
"Ike's great," I said, because if I told her I thought he was podgy and dull she'd get offended, "but I like Edwin."
She looked at me, now. "Really? Scullen? You don't like Ike?"
"I like him, what's not to like, but, not that way."
"I don't understand you," J said, voice heavy with mistrust. "Ike is so sweet and good and kind, and Edwin...he's so cold and condescending and superior."
I gave a great sigh. "I know. I've always been attracted to boys like that." (80, ARC)
I'm not much of a reader, but if I was, apparently I'd have a hard time reading any novel written in the last fifty years that didn't have a brooding sexy conflicted vampire in it--the shelves were just full of the stuff. (91, ARC)
"You are a brave, wonderful, suicidally stupid, diplomatic-incident-causing, amazing woman," Edwin said, kissing my face all over. We were in my bed, two nights after Gretchen's very timely demise. He'd only been back for about ten minutes, and he'd already called me names, clutched me to his bosom, sobbed a bit, brooded a fair amount, and proclaimed his love in a fairly operatic fashion. He'd finally settled down to snuggling me in bed which was rather less exhausting. (196, ARC)
© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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6546. Watch Mickey, Bugs, Scrat and SpongeBob Beat A Man

Here's a heartwarming moment of corporate cooperation as cartoon characters owned by four different entertainment conglomerates—Mickey Mouse (Disney), Bugs Bunny (Warner Bros.), Scrat (20th Century Fox), and SpongeBob (Viacom)—team up to beat the living crap out of a real-life human being.

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6547. Publishing Jobs: Oxford University Press, Penguin Group, Random House

This week, Oxford University Press is hiring a senior designer, as well as a project manager. Meanwhile, Penguin Group is seeking a marketing manager for Gotham/Avery, and Random House is on the hunt for a children’s paperback publishing manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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6548. The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol 1 Review

Title: The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Action Publisher: Kodansha (JP/US) Story/Artist: Yoshiki Tanaka, Hiromu Arakawa Serialized in: Bessatsu Shonen Magazine Translation: Lindsey Akashi Original Release Date: August 19, 2014 Arakawa’s take on Yoshiki Tanaka’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan, which started way back in 1986 in Japan as a novel ... Read more

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6549. The Summer of Kicks by Dave Hackett

An accidental band. A record store. A pair of shoes and two perfect girls. This is going to be one hell of a summer.

Starrphyre is your average dorky 16-year-old, although with one difference. He has a very weird girly name, thanks to his hippy parents – a live-to-air radio sex therapist mum and a bass player dad from a tragic one-hit-wonder 80s metal band.

A long hot summer stretches ahead of Starrphyre and all he wants is one date with his dream girl, Candace McAllister. But how can he get her to notice him when she’s the star of every other high-school guys’ fantasies? Perhaps starting a band with his video-game obsessed pals will do the trick …

I found Summer of Kicks reminiscent of King Dork by Frank Portman and Don't Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer. The narration is quick-paced, loaded with jokes and one-liners, and Starrphyre is an endearingly dorky protagonist (who at times behaves terribly, if realistically, which is frustrating - I think that's a difficult balance to find, constructing a character who is realistically flawed but remains likeable, and I think the more you can relate to Starrphyre's profound awkwardness/struggle to figure girls/life/anything out, the more you'll enjoy this novel).

I think it's a novel you're going to love if you like a bit of absurdity - an extraordinary amount of coincidence, and some unbelievably out-there characters (a sex therapist mum who talks about her son's love life on the radio, a seemingly-intelligent older sister who for some reason tolerates the most horrifically awful boyfriend of all time - The Tool is hysterical in his awfulness) - and I think the novel's strengths lie in the ludicrous and the hilarious. The scenes involving the band - which never really comes to fruition (which reminded me of all of my aspirations as a kid of wanting to be a rockstar and forming bands for a week with friends, until we disbanded upon us realising none of us really played any instruments) - were some of the funniest, centred around the very important task of deciding on a band name (my favourite was Bingo Death Cage. That, or Empire of Gandalf). Starrphyre becoming an accidental YouTube sensation was also very amusing, and a super-condensed and disaster-laden performance of the musical Grease. Other characters who were highlights: record-store owner Sean-pronounced-Scene, the aforementioned Tool, Starrphyre's psychic nan and former rockstar dad and hilarious/terrible mum, and Polar Fleece Reece. Who has a terrific name.

I think this novel is very strong comically and is charmingly romantic and captures the awkwardness of being sixteen really well, but we also get a bit of more serious subject matter/weighty issues Starrphyre has to confront. It felt like there wasn't a lot of room for that to be fully explored in this novel (a lot of terrible things happen all at once), but I think there's a real multi-dimensionality (don't know if that's a word, let's pretend it is) there, so I'm looking forward to what Hackett's future novels have in store.

The Summer of Kicks is silly and fun and romantic, and a novel I think a lot of young teenage readers of all genders will enjoy - it captures the terror/euphoria of youth very authentically.

The Summer of Kicks on the publisher's website

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6550. A Glimpse Into The Life Of A Mother

    
When my son (Taylor) was almost three, I turned our living room into a play area to keep him occupied while I cooked meals. The kitchen was set up with a bar between it and the living room, so I could watch Taylor, from the kitchen, while we sang songs and I peeled potatoes.


One of our favorite song's was John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, which Taylor (My son) and I loved dearly, so we sang the song in the car, grocery store, park, and well, everywhere we were allowed to ring our vocal cords.

                                 
 
I sang and danced around our kitchen peeling potatoes and adding to the pot whatever I could find from a limited supply of ingredients, while he laughed aloud and jumped up and down to the rhythm of the song. He was a fine choreographer, and delighted in showing me his new dance steps, as I threw onions, bell pepper, and potatoes together for dinner. 

Then, one night while I was cooking, dancing and singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt along with Taylor, I turned away from him to wash dishes in the sink, and when I turned back around, he had left the room.


Taylor did this sometimes, he would go to his room and make believe he was a pirate or another popular action figure for hours. Although, his impulsive decision to go to his room in the middle of his favorite song struck me as odd, and I became more concerned we couldn't find him in the house; I felt like a ball of rubber bands were stuck in my stomach. -I will never forget the uncomfortable silence I felt that day, it was unbearable.-



      
Trying not to panic, I returned to his room hoping I might find a clue to my toddlers whereabouts. Then, a miracle happened, I saw him sitting in the corner of his closet, with is hands on his face, struggling to cover his tears. After wrapping my arms around him, I replied, "Honey, what is wrong?"

He pulled his chubby hand away from his face, then shook his head back and forth refusing to come forth with his problem. Nevertheless, I continued to encourage him to tell me, asking him what was wrong again and again, until he finally sucked in a gulp of air, and replied, "You used to like to watch me sing and dance."

I was perplexed, I couldn’t imagine what he was talking about, but I said, "Yes honey and I still do." I had a wet kitchen towel wrapped my waist, but I pulled him onto my lap anyway, and hugged him while he sucked his thumb, then I said;

"Honey, there isn't anything in the world I would rather do than watch you sing and dance, and not the biggest bear or the strongest rhinoceros could change my mind about that. So why on earth would you think that I didn't like your singing and dancing anymore?"

"Because when I danced and sang you didn’t clap your hands," he answered.

"Well Taylor," I said, " I couldn’t see you, my backed was turned, and I couldn't hear you because I was washing dishes in the sink." 

His reply is a good example of how literal children are, he said, "Why didn’t you just use the eyes in the back of your head?"

                                                 






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