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Summer is my favorite season, as I enjoy being outdoors as much as I can. The above is my image for our IFK summer promo postcard, which had the summer theme of "beach". I did several prior to this one, finally opting for a looser, devil-may-care style with heavier ink. And I liked the idea of a poodle in a polka-dot bikini, lying on the beach. I was also doing dogs on a beach-scene for my own summer promo, below, so these kind of went together.
Have a good rest of your summer, everybody!
By: SSPP Reads,
The longest day of the year, the first day of summer, has arrived. Ah, sit back and relax, starting tomorrow the days begin to get shorter and school is here before we know it. Of course, the longest day is not more than 24 hours, but it gives us in the Northern Hemisphere the sun for the longest period of time. It appears to us Earthlings at its most northern point. At the North Pole, nearly the entire day is bathed in sunlight. Some years ago my youngest brother pitched summer baseball with the North Pole Nicks in North Pole, Alaska. The big game was on the Summer Solstice and played at midnight without lights! You can guess what the shortest day of the year brings the folks up north–darkness.
See NASA’s Solstice Animation –what the Earth would look like on the Summer Solstice if you were standing on the Sun!
The spin axis of our planet is tilted 23.5 degrees with respect to Earth’s orbit around the Sun. The northern summer solstice is an instant in time when the north pole of the Earth points more directly toward the Sun than at any other time of the year. It marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere.
A few children’s titles come up with a keyword search, summer solstice, at the San Francisco Public Library: The Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson, The Longest Day by Wendy Pfeffer, Mermaid Dance by Marjorie Rose Hakala, and Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg.
Visit StarDate Online from the University of Texas at Austin MacDonald Observatory to get the latest Summer Solstice news for 2012. Enjoy your summer! SSPP Reads will post around the Fourth of July.
Reposted from June 2011.
Graphic from Flickr Creative Commons License by rupjones
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What kid doesn't love bubbles on a warm, spring day? Try using some different solutions and unusual bubble wands. We made bubbles out of water, liquid dish soap, and karo syrup.
Try not to be irritated when the bubbles are overturned. It's inevitable, isn't it?
After bubble-making, cool off with a cup of cold chocolate milk...Bubble-blowing permitted. Chocolate mustaches encouraged.
On Friday, May 25, 1984, in a small town of 1200 people, in a small grocery store on the highway not too far from cornfields, at the golden age of 14, I became a comic book collector.
What set me on this path that has led me >choke< 27 years later to be a comics missionary, spreading the four-color gospel far and wide? Well, I blame Morgan Freeman and Jim Shooter.
As a child of the Seventies, I would watch Sesame Street, and immediately after that, The Electric Company. During the 1974-75 season, TEC started showing episodes of “Spidey Super Stories”. These were comicbook/live action hybrids, mixing live action with drawn panels. Spidey usually had to thwart some crazy villain, and never spoke, except in silent word balloons which had to be read by the viewer. (My favorite villain: The Can Crusher, who, while visiting a tomato canning factory as a child, loses his pet frog in a kettle. Thus he spends his adult life crushing open tomato cans in supermarkets, searching in vain for his beloved croaker. *sniff* Such pathos.)
I was just learning to read, as well as going through the “superhero phase” most young boys experience. So I got hooked on Spider-Man, and my mom actually bought me the first comic book I ever read! (Thanks, Ma!) As you can see on the cover, the Easy Reader (Morgan Freeman) gives his seal of approval, stating “This comic book is easy to read!” (The Comics Code approved it as well, but they’re as square as their seal.)
I would continue to enjoy Spider-Man throughout my childhood, taking my Spider-Man vitamins every day, and reading the daily comic strip whenever I had access to the Des Moines Register during my summers. (Their comics were much better than those in the Omaha World-Herald. The Register ran Star Trek, Asterix (!), Bloom County… and on Sundays we’d get the smaller market Sioux City Journal with the comics never seen in bookstores (Eek and Meek, Born Loser, Berry’s World).) But I never really bought comics as a kid. From 1979 until 1982, I was a fan of Mad Magazine, buying back issues and passionately learning all I could, pre-Internet, about The Usual Gang of Idiots. From 1982 until 1984, my passion was video games. While my family owned nothing more advanced than an old Coleco Telstar 6040 playing variations of Pong, that didn’t keep me from haunting arcades, searching for the new and unusual, and buying almost every videogame magazine I could find.
Of course, like most kids across the country, I read comic strips, bought the occasional strip collection, watched the CBS specials, and looked at any comic or cartoon (including the ones in my older brothers’ National Lampoons). I even glommed onto an old graphic novel from the 1950s… the first Pogo reprint from Simon and Schuster. When I was sick, I would read Richie Rich comics (the superhero covers at the pharmacy just made me sicker). But it was just part of the multimedia background collage of my life, with older interests constantly being covered by newer distractions.
So, given all this, what caused me to become a comics fan? What brought comics into the foreground, eclipsing my other interests? Junior High and Mattel toys.