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1. Vendela Vida: The Powells.com Interview

Vendela Vida is a force to be reckoned with. She's written four novels and one book of nonfiction; she's a founding editor of the Believer and a cofounder of 826 Valencia, plus she's done some screenwriting. Her newest novel, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, is her strongest work yet. In this moving, darkly funny, beautifully [...]

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2. Robert Rodriguez Will Helm Live-Action ‘Jonny Quest’ Feature

The classic Hanna-Barbera TV series will get new life as a live-action feature film franchise.

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3. State Library of Queensland's Young Writers Award 2015

It's on again! The Young Writers Award is a short story competition open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25. There's two categories - 18-25 year olds (for short stories of 2,500 words or fewer) and 15-17 year olds (for short stories of 1,500 words or fewer).

The prizes are terrific* so if you're a Queensland writer between 15 and 25 you should have a go! It'd be silly not to. And if you're not a young Queensland writer but you know a young Queensland** writer, you should tell them to enter.

Check out the website for more details and to enter (you should, you really, really should). Closes July 17, 2015.

*Including $2,000 to the Young Writers Award winner in the 18-25 category. You could buy a lot of books with that sort of money. Plus lots of other excellent prizes: memberships to Queensland Writers Centre and Australian Writers Marketplace online, an iPad, a Kindle, and more!

**I've used the word 'Queensland' so many times in this post it no longer looks like a real word to me. Queens-land? It's quite a strange name, really. What even is the letter Q?***

***P.S. I love Queensland, it's great. I most especially love the State Library.

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4. Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins

This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a designer for Random House Children’s Books, as well as a senior publicist for WaterBrook Multnomah. HarperCollins needs a senior designer, and Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group is on the hunt for an associate marketing manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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5. 2015 Denver Comic Con Highlights

I can’t believe the 2015 Comic Con is over! It was super exhausting but incredibly fun. It’s not every day that Lou Ferrigno hugs you, you know? I mean, how can you not love being in a place with costumes like this:

Spaceballs

Or signing books with awesomesauce authors like Amalie Howard!

Amalie Howard and Me

Or having your kids attend their very first Comic Con!

Comic Con booth

Or being told that the Barnes & Noble booth of Comic Con sold out of your book! Luckily, they found more copies for the next day!

Barnes and Noble Booth

I was lucky enough to be on some amazing panels with authors like Dan Wells, Jim Butcher, Amalie Howard, Sherry Ficklin, Tyler Jolley, Stant Litore, Gail Wagner, DelSheree Gladden, Stephen Graham Jones, Sue Duff, and many more. I met so many fantastic people from fellow authors to fans, to fellow sci-fi nerds, and I already can’t wait for next year! But first…I need a nap. ;)

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6. Review: Paper Towns by John Green

With the infamous John Green’s Paper Towns movie releasing so soon (July 16th! So close! Cue ecstatic excitement!), how about we take a small peek at the book?! I read The Fault in Our Stars first and fell completely in love with the way John Green mashes humour and angst together. Relatable? I think yes. And, pfft, you […]

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7. Sheep Hand Fans

Facebook Sheep Contest-01Here's a question for you, imagine you are at the County Fair and it's August and it's hot. All you want is something to cool you down while you wander through the barns looking at the animals and vendors. You come upon a seller of fiber and there are hand fans for sell. Which of these two designs would you buy?

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8. Mechanical Felt Hand.






I made this felt mechanical hand for a movie project I'll be working in for the next few months. 

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9. Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson Chat with First Book

Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids.

Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson authored two of our 2015 Stories for All Project title selections. The new picture book authors recently joined us for a Twitter chat to discuss their books “Boats for Papa” and ”Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah” and why diversity and inclusion are important in children’s stories.

Here are some of the highlights. You can see full answers to all seven questions and questions from our audience on the Storify for this chat.

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Find out more! View the Storify of this Twitter chat.

 

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10. Beach Town Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Beach Town” by Mary Kay Andrews has debuted on the iBooks bestsellers list this week at No. 14.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from i-books in the U.S. for week ending May 25, 2015. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins remained at No. 1. “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll held the No. 2 slot and “Paper Towns” by John Green was No. 3 on the list.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump.

iBooks U.S. Bestseller List – Paid Books 5/25/15

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – 9781476789651 – (Simon & Schuster) 3. Paper Towns by John Green – 9781101010938 – (Penguin Young Readers Group) 4. Memory Man by David Baldacci – 9781455586387 – (Grand Central Publishing) 5. 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro – 9780316408769 – (Little, Brown and Company) 6. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James – 9781612130590 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 9781476746609 – (Scribner) 8. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James – 9781612130613 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 9. The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child – 9780385531412 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 10. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – 9781466850606 – (St. Martin’s Press) 11. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – 9781612130293 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – 9781607747314 – (Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony) 13. Gathering Prey by John Sandford – 9780698152519 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 14. Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews – 9781466872912 – (St. Martin’s Press) 15. Saved by Kelly Elliott – 9780988707436 – (Kelly Elliott) 16. The Liar by Nora Roberts – 9780698161351 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 17. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – 9780062190413 – (William Morrow) 18. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – 9781476728766 – (Simon & Schuster) 19. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 9780440335160 – (Random House Publishing Group) 20. Stepbrother Charming by Nicole Snow – No ISBN Available – (Nicole Snow)

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11. WTGB: Ellie in Borderlands? Mad Max, Batman Beyond, and Who Wants to be a Cat?

A few days off, one day on, then we go back on the road for another show. Hope your Memorial Day was well spent. I’m Back from Punk Rock Bowling and now we get set for our next destination, Phoenix, for one of the best comic shows around.  Let’s talk about the recent news in gaming and give away some more Secret Wars books. On the rundown today; Ashley Johnson reunites with Troy Baker, Resident Evil gets yet another remake, Arkham adds some new duds, Mad Max, and have you ever wanted to be a cat? Let’s Go!

 

Ashley Johnson grew up for a bit in front of our eyes on the tail end of the ABC sit com Growing Pains. (RIP Boner!) Little did we know back then Chrissy Seaver would grow up to be a pop culture darling when she loaned her voice to the iconic Ellie in Naughty Dog’s masterpiece The Last of Us. Recently, Telltale Games announced the actress would reunite with her TLOU co-star Troy Baker for the latest episode of the Tales From the Borderlands series. She is reportedly voicing a “core” character and from all of the indication of the developers on twitter; she’s stolen the show. Not much else is known at this time but episode three of this series is expected in Fall 2015.

You can catch up on the Tales From the Borderlands games so far digitally through PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam. Find more about the game on Telltale’s website.

Our Thought:

If there’s one thing Telltale is the best at, it’s telling a story. If there’s two things they’re the best at, it’s working with the most talented voice actors in the industry. With Telltale’s biggest endeavor still a head of them, it’s almost a sure bet we’ll hear Ashley, Troy, Dave Fennoy, Melissa Hutchison, and most of the previous talent the studio has worked with again soon. Maybe it’s their Marvel project, maybe it’s their “supershow”, but expect news on this soon.

 


Capcom dropped news over the holiday weekend of a remaster to the Gamecube classic Resident Evil Zero. Earlier today at an event in Japan, Capcom confirmed Resident Evil 0a remastered version of the popular prequel to the original title in the Resident Evilseries, is currently in development. The game is planned for release on PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC in early 2016.

Here’s a video message from Director Koji Oda and Producer Tsukasa Takenaka about the project:

(If you don’t enable your subtitles, then it’s probably just a message about Japanese pot to you)

Our Thought:

Remaster! Remaster! Remasters!

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Enough with the remasters already. At the very least, Capcom, for the most part, have done them based on older games in their library versus other publishers who’ve brought back PS3 games probably still stuck in our disc drives. It’s the same angst I have towards local LA radio station Alt 98.7 about calling Weezer’s “Island in the Sun” a throwback song. Apparently human history didn’t exist before 1999 when Skynet took over. All mostly kidding aside, Resident Evil Zero was one of those things I bought a Gamecube for but never finished. There’s hope this will one will A) be a noticeable visual upgrade and B) be priced at a point that makes it appealing to pick up an old game with a new paint job. We won’t have to wait long to see something about this as it’s sure to be one of Capcom’s offerings on the E3 floor.


We’re less than a month away from FINALLY getting to play Batman: Arkham Knight. Rocksteady, the studio behind the game, are determined to keep dropping surprises along the way. A few days ago a new live action trailer for the game was released. It’s common to have such videos produced to hype a game. However what’s not typical is having one of the most influential voices in the music industry be a part of it. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is credited as a music consultant for the video below:

 

As if that wasn’t enough, a new set of Bat-suits were announced as pre-order bonuses for he game. The Batman’s future theme skins include a hefty version of Batman Beyond and a nod to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns with the –built like a tank– old Batman.  These come in addition other previous announced skins and appear to be part of most retailers offerings along with the Harley Quinn pack.

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Batman: Arkham Knight releases on June 23, 2015 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Pre orders are available through the game’s website.

Our Thought:

Come on. Is there anyone out there not getting or excited for this game?


Shockingly the internet managed to, for the most part, agree on its love of the new Mad Max: Fury Road film. In a move that shocked no one, the Mad Max game long in development is back on everyone’s radar.

Avalanche Studios, the developer behind the action packed Just Cause games are behind this open world Mad Max game. You can see by the trailer much of the over-the-top blockbuster badassness is here. In the non-concrete timeline of Mad Max the game takes place before Fury Road. We only have to wait a few short months when the game is released in September for the PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. Find out more about Mad Max at the game’s website.

Our Thought:

With the heat from the astonishing response to Fury Road, it only makes sense WB would want to capitalize with both green lighting a film sequel and the release of the video game. Where most games based on movies fail is in not giving developers a proper cycle to make the game. It doesn’t have to mirror the film at all, but something that lives in that universe should speak to it as a whole. Most games never achieve this because they’re rushed to coincide with their counterpart movie. Avalanche have been at work on Mad Max for more than two years with next-gen hardware. They’ve got a great chance at being more a Riddick than a Bad Boys: Miami Takedown (I could barely type that without vomiting)


Finally to wrap things up something came into my inbox that just had to be shared with the world. It doesn’t have to do with games based on comics or vice versa, but it’s importance is no less diminished. Some time ago a game let you step into the hooves of being a goat. Chewing up everything insight, head butting objects out of spite, it was all there. Now cat lovers can rejoice!

Catlateral Damage is a first-person destructive cat simulator where you play as a cat on a rampage, knocking as much stuff onto the ground as possible. That’s the F**king description!

The game is available on PC download platforms. You can find out more about Catlateral Damage on the game’s website.

Our Thought:

Haven’t you ever wanted to wreck everything and blame it on the dog? As a society what’s left to conquer?

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Now let’s giveaway a bunch of Secret Wars books (digitally)

I won’t tell you what’s what because I’m an awful human being; but here’s a few of codes for last week’s Secret Wars offerings including Battleworld, Secret Secret Wars, Loki, Planet Hulk, and more… (First Come First Served) Marvel.com/redeem

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12. Dan Santat Interviewed by Don Tate: The #LA15SCBWI Pre-Conference Interview

Check out this great interview between SCBWI Team Blog's Don Tate and Caldecott-Winning Author/Illustrator Dan Santat!


They discuss work habits and tools, diversity, and what getting that Caldecott really means to Dan.

We also find out more about Dan's role in the Illustrator's intensive and how he'll be offering two breakout workshops and giving a keynote!

We hope you can join us for #LA15SCBWI! Detailed conference information and registration here.

Illustrate and Write On,
Lee

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13. Artist of the Day: Inma Lorente

Discover the work of Inma Lorente, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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14. Writing and Sitting

Writing writing writing.

My time has been spent sitting for long hours writing. With such a large project, it has seemed that I'll never get there. But now that I'm about 80% done, it is finally feeling ...  Can I say it? do-able.
Best of all I love it more than when I started.   Scary stuff, I know.

And as I've worked, I  have found a wonderful link with some amazing information I would like to share. Janice Hardy's Fiction University is so full of great, great things, I've bookmarked it way too many times. Thank you Janice. You rock.

Here's one to start you going-- Ten Traits of a Great Protagonist


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15. Book Review: Frog by Mo Yan

Frog opens with a playwright nicknamed Tadpole who plans to write about his aunt. In her youth, Gugu—the beautiful daughter of a famous doctor and staunch Communist—is revered for her skill as a midwife. But when her lover defects, Gugu’s own loyalty to the Party is questioned. She decides to prove her allegiance by strictly enforcing the one-child policy, keeping tabs on the number of children in the village, and performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant.

In sharply personal prose, Mo Yan depicts a world of desperate families, illegal surrogates, forced abortions, and the guilt of those who must enforce the policy. At once illuminating and devastating, it shines a light into the heart of communist China.
Writing
There's obviously a reason that Yan is a Nobel Prize winner - the writing here is just stunning.  It's one of the rare books that may not contain much actions, but is still compelling enough to keep you from putting it down for a second.  It's definitely character-driven, and I loved the way it leads the reader to be both sympathetic with Gugu and disgusted with the choices she makes.  It's a great example of how everyday people react to living within a totalitarian regime.  While we frequently see the heroic resisters portrayed, this book takes a look at those who buy the party line - whether it's because they truly believe it's best or out of self-preservation.  As much as I hated the things Gugu does throughout the book, I really felt for her and I think it's a direct result of the way Yan develops her character through the eyes of her nephew.

Entertainment Value
As I mentioned above, the book is definitely character-driven and not full of action.  For me, that wasn't a problem at all.  I found the characters and their situations intriguing enough to keep me reading.  It's not a particularly difficult read, but it's not going to be a fast-paced read, especially if you're looking for something that reads quickly.  While it won't appeal to those looking for something fast-paced, I think it still has a pretty wide readership.  It's got beautiful descriptions of Maoist and post-Maoist China, but doesn't focus so much on the history that the reader is distracted from the characters.

Overall
I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be on the lookout for more by Yan, who has somehow never been on my radar before.  I think it's ideal for readers of literary and historical fiction, particularly those who aren't as keen on the romantic aspects that are typically present in historical fiction.  This is more about characters than romance, which I think is one reason it really appealed to me.  It's led me to a greater interest in China's recent history and inspired some research there, which is always a great thing to say about a book.  If you've read and enjoyed anything by Ha Jin, this is definitely one you'll enjoy.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review.


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16. Fantagraphics to publish deluxe Complete Wimmen’s Comix in September

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After the stunning and sold out $500 slipcased edition of Zap Comix was published by Fantagraphics last year, I wondered if they would give a similar treatment to the equally groundbreaking but not quite as historically lauded Wimmen’s Comix. Run as a collective, with various contributors taking turns as editors, Wimmen’s Comics ran from 1972 to 1992 in various iterations and published work by Trina Robbins, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Diane Noomin, Carol Tyler, M.K. Brown, Diane Noomin, Melinda Gebbie Phoebe Gloeckner, Carol Lay, Caryn Leschen, Leslie Sternbergh, Dori Seda, Mary Fleener, and Krystine Kryttre—among many others, making it one of the most important and influential anthologies of all times. However, despite the importance of the cartoonists that it gave a voice to, it’s usually only mentioned in passing in comics histories.

Happily, this September Fantagraphics will be publishing a deluxe slipcased edition of The Complete Wimmen’s Comix in two volumes, retailing for $100. Edited by Robbins, one of the main drivers behind Wimmen’s, set will include the entire first issue of It Ain’t Me Babe, the first all female comic book published.

Wimmen’s Comix was raw and uncensored, and the subject matter was torn from headlines and private moments, from periods to abortion to crappy jobs to romance. The catalog copy calls it a showcase for “some of the most talented women cartoonists in America” but I think seen in the context of its times, it will be clear that this is a collection of “some of the most talented cartoonists”…full stop.

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17. The Forgotten Sisters (2015)

The Forgotten Sisters. (Princess Academy #3) Shannon Hale. 2015. Bloomsbury. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]

I enjoyed reading The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale, the third in the Princess Academy series. The book opens with Miri so very excited to go back home to her mountain, to her father and sister. And she'll be traveling with the love of her life, Peder. Life couldn't really get any better for her. But. Apparently she hasn't earned her happily ever after just yet. The king has need of her, and she can hardly refuse his request. It seems war with a neighboring country is pending, and, she is needed as a teacher at a new princess academy. She'll be going away, far away, to teach three sisters--discarded members of the royal family. Swamp life is completely different from mountain life or city life. Does Miri have what it take to meet this new challenge in her life? How can she train these three when all they're concerned about is surviving: having enough food to eat day by day?!

Miri will have to be creative and brave and persistent. Readers should know by now, after having spent two books with Miri, that she is up to the challenge and that she'll always find some way to resolve things well.

I like this one. I think it's a great addition to the series. It does feel different from the others in the series, but, that isn't really a bad thing. I was quite pleased with the ending of this one. There were plenty of scenes that had me smiling. (But there were plenty of intense moments as well.)

I'd definitely recommend all three books.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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18. #700 – Jars of Hope by Jennifer Ray & Meg Owenson – CBW Winners

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Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust

Written by Jennifer Roy
Illustrated by Meg Owenson
Capstone Press          8/01/2015
978-1-62370-425-4
32 pages         Age 9—12

“Amid the horrors of World War II, Polish social worker Irena Sendler worked in the Warsaw Ghetto for Jews. When the Nazis began shipping Jews out of the ghetto in cattle cars, Irena started smuggling out babies and children to give them a chance to live. She hid babies in places like laundry piles, a carpenter’s toolbox, or a potato sack, and she helped older children escape through underground sewer tunnels. After the children were out of the ghetto, Irena found safe places for them with foster families or in convents. Irena kept records of the children she helped smuggle away and when she feared her work might be discovered, she buried her lists in jars, hoping to someday reunite the children with their parents.” [publisher]

Review
Irena Sendler is one of the unsung heroes of World War II. She is not in history books and few know about her work. Jars of Hope begins with Irena as a young child, hearing words from her father that would stay with her forever. She asked her father,

“Are some people really better than others?”

Irena’s father replied,

“There are two kinds of people in this world, good and bad.
It doesn’t matter if they are rich or poor, what religion or race.
What matters is if they are good or bad.”

In World War II, the Jews were not the bad guys and Irena decided to help those that were suffering the most . . . children. With the help of some trusted friends, the group smuggled 2500 children out of the Warsaw Ghetto. One good example was Antoni, who was allowed to drive his truck in an out of the ghetto. Together, he and Irena smuggled babies out in the back of the truck. Many cried. Antoni had a unique solution: Shepsi. Shepsi, Antoni’s talented sidekick, rode along in the front seat of the truck. With one touch of his paw by Antoni, Shepsi began barking, drowning out the baby’s cries. Eventually Irena joined Zegota, a secret group of Polish adults who helped the Jews with aid and rescue. Zegota helped Irena place children in foster homes and convents, but that association also got her arrested.

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The illustrations are emotional and stark, a reflection of the time, and yet beautiful. The images immerse readers into the 1940s and the realities of Irena’s work. I especially like the image of children climbing out of the sewer with only a flashlight shining down upon them as a guide. The young girl hoisting herself up onto the ground struck home, making the era come alive for me. The author includes an Afterword adding more about Irena’s life, a glossary, and an Author’s Note explaining why she wrote Jars of Hope.
What Irena Sendler went through to save so many others is beyond heroic. She put her life in danger every day, but thought nothing of it because others needed her help. Such a selfless spirit is rare. Irena dangerously kept a list of the children she rescued, believing every child deserves to know their real name—many received new, Catholic names upon rescue—and she wanted to reunite as many families as possible. The lists went into jars, and buried for safety.

Jars of Hope, and other books like it, should be in classrooms. Irena Sendler, her selfless aid of so many Jewish children is worth remembering. She is a hero, but much more than that, if there were just an appropriate word. Jars of Hope is a beautiful, dangerous story of hope at a time when all hope seemed lost, and of courage, in a time and place where courage barely survived. Jars of Hope is a must read for older children and adults. Jars of Hope also belongs in every school library.

JARS OF HOPE. Text copyright © 2015 by Jennifer Roy. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Meg Owenson. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Capstone Press, North Mankato, MN.

Pre-order Jars of Hope at AmazonBook Depository— Capstone Press.

Learn more about Jars of Hope HERE.
Meet the author, Jennifer Roy, at her website:  http://jenniferroy.com/
Meet the illustrator, Meg Owenson, at her website:  https://meganowenson.wordpress.com/
Find more picture books at the Capstone Press website:  http://www.capstonepub.com/

Capstone Press is an imprint of Capstone.

Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

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Filed under: 5stars, Favorites, Library Donated Books, Middle Grade, Picture Book Tagged: Capstone, Capstone Press, courage, heroes, Jars of Hope, Jennifer Ray, Jewish children, Meg Owenson, selflessness, Warsaw Ghetto, World War II, Zegota

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19. Skyhorse & Salon to Launch the Hot Books Imprint

skyhorsepublishing304Skyhorse Publishing and Salon founder David Talbot are partnering together to launch a new investigative imprint called “Hot Books.” According to the press release, the Hot Books mission is to “ignite national debate on the most urgent problems facing the country, filling the investigative gap left by newspapers and magazines as they cut their budgets for in-depth reporting.”

The editorial team at Hot Books will acquire manuscripts that focus on “controversial issues” written by “fearless authors.” Some of the titles slated for release include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dick Russell’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Rebecca Gordon’s American Nuremberg, and Mark Hertsgaard’s Bravehearts.

Skyhorse and Salon will build a “co-branded digital platform” for this new venture. The Salon website will feature content from Hot Books titles such as excerpts, scoops, and author interviews.

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20. Ruby Thursday Visits the Stately Beat Manor Comics Pull for 5/27/15

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I would prefer not to name names, but a certain member of the Beat Staff has ingested one too many Steve Gerber comics and fell into the celebration of oddities. For those not in the know, we’ve been getting a lot of stray visitors at the mansion lately — the castaways of comics long ago who find themselves wandering the hallways of The Stately Beat Manor after hours. This week Ruby Thursday happened to pay us a visit. No…not ringing any bells? Thursday is a member of the Headmen, a group of B-list Defenders rogues sent to wreak havoc upon the work schedules of everyone here at The Beat. Or so we thought…as the aforementioned Beat Staffer blamed above and Ruby Thursday seemed to be getting along quite well. When Thursday heard that we took down Howard the Duck villain Bessie (Hellcow) with the power of love (and literature) she grew a newfound respect for us. We introduced her to some of the signatures we’ve acquired from past guests of the Comics Pull(s) including the Matter-Eater Lad (who she is also quite fond of.) She decided to help us continue The Beat tradition. Ms. Rubinstein suggested the following comics for this week revealing herself as quite the Archie fan.


Ruby Thursday’s picks:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Artist: Robert Hack

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It’s the night before Halloween, the night before Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday, the night of the blood-moon and the lunar eclipse, and Sabrina has made her decision: She will go into the woods of Greendale as a half-witch and emerge…on the other side of a frightful ritual…as a fully baptized member of the Church of Night. But there will be a cost, and his name is Harvey. And unbeknownst to Sabrina and her aunts, there is a serpent in the garden, their great enemy Madam Satan, who is conspiring against them…

With a taste for the dark arts and 90’s sitcoms, Ruby couldn’t help but single out this week’s installment of Sabrina. While she did voice displeasure at the comic’s amount of delays — the villain can’t get enough of this reimagining of the titular witch. She expressed that the story has all the morally ambiguity she looks for in media, and the comic has just started to bring out more of the creepie crawlies…whatever that means.

Black Hood #4

Writer: Duane Swierczynski Artist: Michael Gaydos 

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NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Bullet’s Kiss, Part 4″ The Connection’s lieutenants have discovered the identity of the new Black Hood. And now Greg Hettinger has only 24 hours to unmask their boss-the man who set Greg up!  As the badly-injured Black Hood struggles to piece together the puzzle, he’s forced to put his faith in a woman who could end up saving him… or sending him straight to the slammer!

Black Hood is also gearing up for a fourth issue that Ruby specifically wanted to single out. This is another installment within Archie’s own Dark Circle line of comics. With another series that’s filled with moral ambiguity and gritty realism, this is just the comic for Ruby. Before she left, Ms. Rubinstein wanted to mention that she will have revenge on the X-Men, Bruce Banner, Heroes for Hire, Bullseye, She-Hulk, Cloak, Silver Samurai, Skaar, and more. She’s also running in 2016 — so look for that — did we mention that Ruby Thursday previously ran for president?


Matt O’Keefe’s picks:

Old Man Logan #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Andrea Sorrentino

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Enter the Wastelands: a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference?a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all? A man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.

The original Old Man Logan (illustrated by Steve McNiven), was exactly what you’d expect from a Mark Millar comic: bold, brash, broad and full of interesting concepts largely left unexplored. That’s why it’s so exciting to see Brian Michael Bendis pick up on those old threads, adding his depth of character and focus on the more intimate details to the mix. The fact that the X-Men annuals he did with Old Man Logan artist Andrea Sorrentino were the best Bendis I’d read in years only gives me more confidence that this series has the potential to be something special.


Dave’s Pick:

Sons of the Devil #1

Writer: Brian Buccellato  Artist: Toni Infante

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Last year, Brian Buccellato asked everyone for help making this project. On Wednesday, Sons of the Devil is officially an Image Comics reality. The premise poses the question; what would you do if you found out your father was evil like a Jim Jones or David Koresh? SOTD looks to bring supernatural horror to a human level.


Kyle’s Picks:

Material #1

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Will Tempest

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A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed.
An actress receives an offer that can revive her career.
A boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement.
A philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs.

Look around you. Everything is material.

I love pretty much everything Ales Kot does, from Secret Avengers to Zero (easily one of my top books of the 2010’s thus far), so this will surely prove no different.  Material looks to return to the wide-ranging ensemble cast style of his critically acclaimed earlier work like Change, but as with everything written by Kot, it’s impossible to pin down any of his titles into one particular box and that’s why I find him to be such a refreshing read every time out. I already know what will be on top of my modest pile tomorrow. It should be on top of yours as well.

The Sandman: Overture #5

Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: J.H. Williams

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The fate of the entire universe hangs in the balance when Dream finally gets his mother’s full attention. Magic, joy, war and heartbreak are brought to life on the pages with epic luminosity in the penultimate issue of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE.

The biggest problem with Overture is that it’s been so long since the last chapter, I don’t remember what happened in the previous issue, much less anything before that. But, to its benefit, Williams’ work is so gorgeous that its hard to argue with re-reading the four issues that came before in order to catch up. It’s Neil Gaiman’s second to last issue of Sandman, if I was a betting man, I’d say you’re probably going to read it.

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21. MATT CHATS: Christine Larsen on Samurai Jack, Hand Lettering & the Journey from Creator-Owned to Cartoons and Back

Welcome to Week 1 of a Samurai Jack series of interviews! Christine Larsen, artist of Samurai Jack #19, is an extremely interesting and exciting new voice in the comic book industry. Her best known works have probably been through IDW, including her collaborations with Rachel Deering, her own content in Imaginary Drugs and her licensed work for comics based on cartoons like Samurai Jack and Adventure Time. I asked her questions about all of the above and more, delighted by her enlightening and well thought-out replies.

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On less commercial projects, you often employ hand lettering. What appeals to you about that art form?

It probably doesn’t hurt that my mother is a calligrapher, so I grew up with a lot of books about letter forms floating about.  I was a poor punk rock kid, and I used to redraw band logos on duct tape and stick that to my bookbag.  Or tag up my notebooks and pencil cases with sharpies (I, actually, still do this).  So my love of hand lettering goes way back to that.

It also speaks to my obsession with technical ability.  If I have the time, I often pull out my dip pens and ruling pens and protractor and lettering ruler when I hand letter.  Of course, sometimes there is no time for that, and I do take little shortcuts in the preplanning stage that involve the computer; or I’ll want to do something more free form, so I just “eyeball” it.  But, even when I am doing something less technical, I find myself designing with graph paper and measuring out space so it makes sense mathematically.

How can hand lettering amplify the experience of reading a comic?

The most interesting part of the comics medium is the intimate relationship between words and pictures, and I think there is more opportunity for interaction between the art and the lettering when an artist is actively designing that lettering to fit the art.  Especially when it comes to things like special effects lettering.  I swear to God, every time I see some Impact ripoff font going rat-tat-tat I want to murder-kill.

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What do you think is lost when comics are lettered on a computer?

The thing is, I don’t think there is a loss in every situation.  Personally, I gravitate towards comics made by cartoonists, or artists that work in a very cartoonist way.  Emily Carroll, Craig Thompson; their work would be ruined if their lettering was done digitally.  But in the case of some art styles, the clean, technical look of computer lettering makes sense.

A really good letterist, whether s/he is working digitally or not, should be able to do more than make neat little diamonds with text.  S/he can also pick a font that suits the art, and knows how to manipulate sound FX lettering so that it doesn’t sit straight on the page like it was typeset in MS Word.  A good letterer can hide the computer.  I’m just not sure how many digital lettering jobs I would quantify as “good”.  Usually the text seems like the last thing anyone thinks about.  However, in many cases, I think timelines and monetary compensation probably factor into that as much as skill level.  I am more vexed when I see lazy lettering on creator-owned and independent projects than when I see it in mainstream books that I know are meant to be produced quickly.

How do you compensate for that loss when working on something like Samurai Jack?

I don’t consider it a loss when I am unable to letter my own work, especially when it comes to these larger licensed properties.  I think Deron did a nice job.  It’s not what I would have done in every instance, but I think he was also bound by how he had been lettering the series up until now.  I think they were looking for consistency there.  I really liked his placement of text bubble throughout the book.

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You recently drew and lettered a story written by Rachel Deering, who is primarily known as a letterer. What was the dynamic like, performing what is normally her job?

I love Rachel.  And my editor Sarah.  I asked if I could hand letter and they said “go for it!” and really didn’t interfere in anything I was doing.  I used a special nib for that one too.  It was fun to push that story to look a little different than average.

How did you start doing licensed work for various children’s cartoon licensed comics?

That was a serendipitous series of events.  The first professional comics work I ever did was for Ape Entertainment’s Teddy Scares books way back in… 2006, I think? I then did a bunch of Dreamworks stuff for them, and some of those editors moved elsewhere and I was doing the occasional licensed book here and there for a number of Cartoon Network properties.  So, it was a natural progression.  I managed to get that first job because I did a five page story of my own devising in a Philadelphia Cartoonist Society anthology.  The owner of Teddy Scares saw it and liked it.  I dropped 80 bucks to be in that book (all of the members pitched in for printing.  This was pre-Kickstarter time).  Best eighty dollars I ever spent.

That PCS comic was actually the first comic I made outside of my sketchbook.  If you want you can see it here (baby pictures! OMG, can you tell I loved Jhonen Vasquez’s work?)  I was doing mostly dark themed children’s book looking illustrations before that.  I always liked comics, specifically alternative, indie and European comics (I developed a love of Japanese comics a bit later), I just never thought of drawing them professionally before.  So, the fact that I even have a career in comics astounds me.

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Was that kind of work a long term goal or is it more of a means to an end?

I have this personal philosophy about all the work I do: I am always preparing for my next creative venture and I try to take something out of every project that I can bring into a new project.  In that way, I suppose all of my work is a means to a greater end, even my personal work.  I feel like it all feeds into itself, like a snake eating its own tail.

How do you fit the styles of the cartoons without compromising your natural style?

Whenever I get a job, I draw the characters a bunch to get my hand familiar with them. My own stylization sort-of comes out in that. It’s really not so different than when I am creating my own characters.  I need to normalize them before I can draw them in a story. Also, I have also been fortunate in the past few years.  I am usually contacted because an editor likes what I am already doing, and not because they want to shoehorn me into a style.

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With Samurai Jack you’re following a popular TV series AND the work of a regular artist. How do you respect what came before you, but still bring something new to the table?

I’ll be honest, I never thought about it like that.  I referenced some SJ comic pages online to see how much wiggle room I would have with the original (animated) design, and went from there.  The rest is just my own hand.  I used a thinner brush than usual.  I think that’s the biggest change I made.

How much influence did you have over the contents of the issue?

Samurai Jack was very much like every other licensed project I’ve ever worked on.  I was given a script, I came back with roughs, once those were approved I did pencils and then went to finish.  I did submit a few pages with notes on bubble placement, only because I had a clear idea of the text flow for them, but aside from that, it was the usual, collaborative process comics tend to be.

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What was the communication like between you and Jim Zub?

I had all my notes from Jim passed through our editor, Carlos.  Which I actually prefer when working on a property, only because I feel like it streamlines the process.  I found the few corrections he wanted useful, but in terms of direct contact, we had very little.  I actually have no idea if he liked the pages.  I hope he did.  I was finishing that story during a stressful, early stage of my pregnancy, and I see some things now I might have done differently/better, but I do that with all of my work.  I am my own worst critic, sometimes.

Can you describe some of your creator-owned projects?

Oh, there’s a few, comic wise.  There is the ongoing series I do with Alex DeCampi called Valentine.  That’s on Thrillbent and Comixology.  We took a long break in the middle (a few years back) to find a home for it, so there is a little stylistic jump between episodes 1-10 and 11 onward.  But I think folks find it fun.  It’s very pulpy, and I like pulpy.  I’ve done a bunch of short comics over the years, some for anthologies and some for myself.  A little chunk of the newer ones are on my Microcosmics Tumblr and can be found in the Imaginary Drugs anthology out from IDW.  I’m in the beginning stages of another project that I don’t want to say too much about because I’m superstitious and believe in jinxing projects in the fetal stage, but it’s another fun pulpy thing written by Alex Wilson.  And then there is the ORCS! comic.  I’ve been working on the first issue of that in between everything else for the past year, but I am planning to send it off to the printer this summer (with any luck, before I go into labor).  Since I have issues 2 and 3 written already, I am hoping that I will be able to continue with it in a more timely manner once that first issue is out.  I really do love working on that book.  I’ve been pimping it all over my tumblr for the past 12 months.  

I’m not sure I would want to try and find a publisher for it.  That’s one of those just-for-me things that I work on to remind myself why I love comics.

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Given the common theme amongst your creator-owned work, I have to ask: what do you love so much about orcs?

Probably for the same reason I love jazz fusion grindcore and Cambodian lounge music.  Orcs are a mish mash of lots of things I like, from folklore to modern fantasy. I have been enthralled with those irreverent, ill-tempered goblins since I read the Hobbit when I was nine (and later, LotR).  I like the dark humor associated with them; the irreverence towards everything; I love the perspective of the lackey; and I like that, despite the fact that they are sometimes played for comic relief, they are still very much monsters.  And I like monsters.  I think I have identified with the monster since I was small, even if he was a very one dimensional monster.  I always liked to imagine the story from the monster’s perspective.

Also, they are fun to draw. And way less ubiquitous than zombies. ;P

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If you like her work (you should) follow Christine Larsen on Tumblr and Twitter and visit her online store.

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22. क्या है मीनोपोज

मीनोपोज या प्री मीनोपोज के बारे मे जानकारी का अभाव महिलाओं को और ज्यादा तनाव ग्रस्त कर देता है. पर ये जानना बहुत जरुरी है कि बीमारी नही है मीनोपोज पर क्या है मीनोपोज  बेशक, ये भी एक कठिन दौर  होता है जब बेहद रक्तस्राव होने से कमजोरी आ जाती है और बहुत लक्षण महिलाए को तनाव मे डाल देते हैं.

कल एक पार्टी में मेरी पुरानी सहेली मिली. मिली क्या असल में मैने ही उसे ढूढा. एक किनारे पर चुपचाप बैठी थी. मुझे भी उसने सूखा सा हैलो बोला. यहां वहां की बात करने के बाद जब मैने उससे उसका हाल चाल पूछा तो उसने बताया कि कुछ समय से पता नही उसे क्या होता जा रहा है . कुछ करने का मन नही करता एक अजीब तरह की बेचैनी सी  महसूस होती है. उसे न भूख लगती न ही कहीं जाने की इच्‍छा होती है कई बार  आधी रात को पसीने से तर हो जाती हूं और नींद खुल जाती है कई बार सारी सारी रात नींद ही नही आती तो कई  बार दिन मे बहुत नींद आती है. कई बार दस दस दिन रक्तस्राव होता है तो कई बार तीन तीन महीने हो जाते हैं रक्तस्राव ही नही होता.  मैने इस बात को जरा भी गम्भीरता से नही लिया. उसे बताया कि यह भी एक तरह का चक्र है जिसमे हम महिलाओं को धर्य और संयम के साथ  दो चार होना पडता है अब इसे सहर्ष स्वीकार कर लें या तनाव बना कर रखें ये अपने हाथ मे है. उसने बताया कि डाक्टर भी उसे यही कह रही थी. अल्ट्रा सांऊड भी करवाया है वो भी ठीक है …

मैने जो नेट पर पढा था या जो अपने अनुभव थे उसे बताए कि उसे अपना ख्याल कैसे रखना चाहिए

Women in Menopause Need Foods With These Minerals and Vitamins

http://www.empowher.com/menopause/content/menopause-you-need-foods-these-vitamins-and-minerals

 

Plenty of things change as women approach menopause. Fortunately, some undesirable consequences like bone loss and hot flashes may be reduced with a few diet changes.

Menopause is a difficult time for many women. It can be a little reassuring to know that the foods you put on your shopping list can make a difference, and can help restore some sense of normalcy to your life. Read more…

मीनोपोज में सबसे ज्यादा जरुरी है कि खुद को व्यस्त रखें.. खुश रखे अपना ध्यान अच्छी बातों में लगाए और सबसे ज्यादा जरुरी खान पान पर ध्यान देना है आयरन और कैल्शियम का सही सेवन बहुत जरुरी है क्योकि कई बाद बहुत ब्लीडिंग होने से शरीर में कमजोरी आ जाती है सही मायनों में क्या है मीनोपोज प्रश्न आपको तंग नही करेगा और वैसे भी  जिंदगी को pause नही करता मीनोपोज …

 

महिलाओ की छोटी छोटी समस्याओं के बारे में गायनाकोलोजिस्ट रचना सांगवान से लिया मेरा एक इंटरव्यू एक वीडियों

 

 

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23. Interview: Brad Neely & Co. on China, IL – The Worst School in America

During this year’s C2E2, Comics Beat was #blessed to be able to sit down for a quick roundtable interview with Brad Neely, Daniel Weidenfeld, and Dave Newberg – the driving force behind Adult Swim’s hit show China, IL. What happened next was mostly laughing, carefully edited to read like a real conversation.

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CB: Okay so China, IL! What can we expect from the rest of the third season?

Weidenfeld: Well, we have an episode coming up where the mayor bans eating anchovies on pizza in town – you can only eat pepperoni. It sort of becomes our take on the idea of a “gay gene.” We’re showing that now because of everything going on in Indiana. The pizza laws.

Neely: And at the end of the season we have an hour-long musical, kind of in the style of a Disney musical like Lion King, with thirteen original songs by me. We’ve got Cat Power singing, Rosa Salazar, Evan Peters, so we’re real excited about that. Otherwise we’ve got three or four other episodes in there.

CB: You’ve got an extensive cast of voice talent this season. How hard was it to round up all these people? There’s Hulk Hogan, Danny Trejo, Christian Slater, etc. Did you have to come to these people, or did they seek you out?

Neely: Yeah, no one comes to us, haha. We have to go to them. We just aren’t shy about asking, all they can do is say no. There’s an equally long list of people that we have asked that were either busy or thought we were disgusting. We’re very lucky to have these folks.

Weidenfeld: Yeah, Christian Slater has a monologue, and he just kills it, it’s so funny. He was so great, and such a pro, just amazing to record. We did it over the phone in like 15 minutes – it was perfect. And Danny Trejo was the same. We’re just really lucky to have all these talents that bring their own voices and their own style of comedy to keep it varied.

Neely: We have Donald Glover this season, which has been great. We like to think that he came over from Community and moved on to regular college. Stayed in school.

CB: What was it like to get Hulk Hogan onboard as the Dean?

Weidenfeld: Once we got Hulk Hogan, we re-wrote everything because we knew we now had America’s dad as the Dean. The father of masculinity. So everything changed for the better, for us. He’s very fun.

Neely: He recorded for an hour, how many 5-Hour Energy’s did he drink?

Weidenfeld: He brought three and slammed them all. But when you think about how big he is, the ratio kind of works out. He’s something else.

CB: I know in previous seasons the show is sort of done piece by piece and brought together at the end. Are you approaching the production differently this season?

Neely: Well, there’s a plan always. But you know, you have to stay on your toes to adapt to whatever is the funniest or working the most. We bring in every actor individually, we don’t record in an ensemble – to facilitate greater dexterity in editing. But we encourage the actors to read the lines in their own words, and improvise after we get what’s on the page.

Weidenfeld: Brad writes every episode, so we tend to write them a little long, so it’d be really hard to bring everyone into a room and have them all feeding off that energy. It’d be a lot harder to cut as a result. And with Brad doing three of the main voices on the show, we always have the luxury of re-recording. It’s incredible to have that flexibility, especially on an animated show. If we have to cut something, we can salvage lines that are important for story.

Neely: Yeah, we fix things by changing my characters’ stuff, because we don’t want to have to call somebody back in, especially after they’ve done something that’s great, and we’ll work around that and re-work my lines.

CB: Are there limits placed upon you by the network? Do you find that you have more or less creative space either way?

Neely: Strangely – you wouldn’t suspect this of a network with the reputation Adult Swim has – but they insist on us making sense on a emotional and character level. The story has to have an appropriate escalation and resolution. They’re pros about holding us accountable to those standards. They’re very involved when it comes to that.

Weidenfeld: Sometimes they’ll have a very specific thought of something they wants us to do, and we’ll have a conversation about it. There’s a real back and forth respect. We always try to meet in the middle in some capacity.

Neely: It’s a healthy working relationship. They don’t hold back when they think something isn’t working, or could be more forceful.

Weidenfeld: We can say shit now five times per episode. Never a fuck though. They don’t give fucks. Or dicksucker… or cocksucker.

Neely: But we can have an extended pause in between those two words.

CB: So do these episodes start with a joke, or does the joke come together after?

Neely: Every episode starts differently. Some of them just come from a nugget of, “I want to talk about Listerine strips,” or, “Don’t you hate it when you have to order food from a counter?” Sometimes we start with, “Alright, we need to see Frank in this kind of situation.” So we try to keep it balanced where there’s half that come from big stupid ideas and half that come from real deal emotional necessity.

Weidenfeld: But the main thing that has to happen in any given episode, is there has to be one big visual funny that Brad sees.

China, IL airs Sundays at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Adult Swim.

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24. The House of Paper

cover artI really hate to admit that when I am out and about commenting on blogs and the book under discussion sounds appealing and I leave a comment saying I will have to read the book it generally doesn’t go much further than me putting the book on a list and forgetting about it completely until I come across the book again on someone else’s blog and say how good it sounds and I will have to read it and round and round it goes.

I had heard of The House of Paper by Carlos María Dominguez before, I can’t say where because it was so long ago. So when Emily at Books the Universe and Everything blogged about it recently there was a faint ripple in my memory. In this instance, however, instead of adding it to a list, I actually requested it from the library! What prompted me to do so? Well, it seemed like a bookish book and it is a novella and I hoped it would help me get out of my fiction slump.

The book arrived last week on Thursday and it was all I could do to keep from gobbling it down in one big gulp! It asks to be gobbled. It asks to be read slowly and savored. I managed something in between.

This lovely novella is a story for bookworms. It begins with the death of Bluma Lennon, professor, who, in 1998, bought a secondhand copy of Emily Dickinson’s poems in Soho and began reading them as she was walking down the street. She was on the second poem when she was hit and killed by a car. How obvious it is then that

Books change people’s destinies. Some have read The Tiger of Malaysia and become professors of literature in remote universities. Demian converted tens of thousands of young men to Eastern philosophy, Hemingway made sportsmen of them, Alexandre Dumas complicated the lives of thousands of women, quite a few of whom were saved from suicide by cookbooks. Bluma was their victim.

And only a funeral filled with literature professors could produce an argument over a phrase one of Bluma’s colleagues said in her eulogy:

so there are a million car bumpers loose on the streets of the city which can show you just what a good noun is capable of.

The narrator of our story, a professor stepping in to take over Bluma’s classes, is also using her office. One day not long after her death, our narrator receives a package addressed to Bluma. It appears to be a book and since professors are often sent books by publishers, he didn’t think much about opening it. It is indeed a book but it is not from a publisher.

The book is a broken-spined old copy of The Shadow-Line by Joseph Conrad. It is covered with grey grit and dust our narrator determines is cement. On the flyleaf is an inscription in Bluma’s handwriting to a man named Carlos. There is reference to a conference in Monterrey and the date June 8, 1996.

Intrigued, our narrator sets out to discover who Carlos is so he can return the book and let him know of Bluma’s death. The mystery takes him to Uruguay where he eventually learns the strange story of Carlos Brauer. I will not tell you the mystery, only that this story that began with such charm and humor turns dark as it examines the downside of a life obsessed with books.

The story is a mirror and a warning to bookworms everywhere. To add to the pleasure of this book, interspersed throughout the story are strange and delightful illustrations by Peter Sís. I highly recommend you do what I did and get yourself copy of this book right away. Don’t put it on a list, just get it and read it. It is only 103 pages long and you will be very happy that you took my advice.


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