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1. The Free Comic Book Day Silver Titles are Pretty Awesome

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By: Alexander Jones

After revealing the first wave of Free Comic Book Day titles, it was only a matter of time before the rest of them started to pop up. This next batch is very exciting, and full of fun offerings from all your favorite publishers with the big guns like Marvel and DC, along with Valiant, Comix Tribe, IDW, Image, Oni and the mysterious new Legendary Comics imprint that kicked off with Grant Morrison’s Annihilator. DC still has their titles blocked out with the letters ‘TOP SECRET’ sitting on the front page, it’s likely whatever these comics are will be revealed closer towards Convergence. Of course, Marvel is launching Avengers material close to their upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film. Included in this silver collection of titles is a lot of material from other media, meant to turn you non-comics reading friends completely addicted to this medium. See if Attack on Titan, Avatar, or Sonic can hook your non-reading friends. Free Comic Book Day is on the first Saturday of May. CBR broke the news this morning with covers, and quick description information. All these titles are considered silver comics, with the gold titles being the first wave of books.

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  • 2000 AD Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • And Then Emily Was Gone–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Avengers #1–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Bodie Troll & Friends–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Captain Canuck–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • CBLDF Defend Comics–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Comics Festival–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Dark Horse All Ages Avatar PVZ Bandette–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • DC Comics Silver Book–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • GFT Wonderland Special Edition One Shot (MR)–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Graphix Spotlight Cleopatra In Space–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Gronk and Friends–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Hatter M Love of Wonder–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Hip Hop Family Tree 3-in-1 Featuring Cosplayers (MR)–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Ice Bayou Blackout–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure and Yu Gi Oh–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Jurassic Strike Force 5 One Shot–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Kodansha Comics Sampler–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Lady Justice–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Legendary Comics Sampler–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • March Grand Prix–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Mercury Heat Debut (MR)–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Motorcycle Samurai–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Phantom Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Rabbids–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Man Worlds Unite Prelude–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Stan Lee Chakra The Invincible–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Steampunk Goldilocks–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Street Fighter Super Combo Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Stuff of Legend Call to Arms–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Supermutant Magic Academy Step Aside Pops Combo–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Tales of Honor–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Terrible Lizard #1–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • The Tick–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • TMNT Prelude to Vengeance–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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  • Valiant 25TH Anniversary Special–FCBD 2015 EDITION
  • Worlds of Aspen–FCBD 2015 EDITION

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2. #LBCC ’14: Did Cosplay drive up Attendance and Sales?

Long Beach Comic Con 2014: Did Cosplay drive up Attendance and Sales?

by Pamela Auditore

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Ticket sales for the Long Beach Comic Con held the weekend of September 27 – 28th, 2014 saw a 25% increase, over last year held November 23 – 24, 2013 event, according to LBCC Executive Director, Martha Donato.  Putting attendance somewhere between 31,250 – 37,500.  Anecdotal information from exhibitors seems to corroborate this increase in sales of comic books, toys and other merchandise.

“In terms of foot traffic, sales were very good,” according to Jeremy Price, Floor Manager for Comic Madness in Chino, CA. “New books did best.”

As you might expect, among the comic books best sellers, guests were on hand to sign them.  At LBCC this year were  Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Mike Mignola (Hellboy); Mike Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer, IZombie); and Richard Starkings (Elephantmen).

“There’s been steady growth each year,” says Brad Sloan of FVF Comics in Woodland Hills.  “While I did four figures last year, I did five this year.”

To what does he attribute the increase?

“Cosplay.”  Adding, “the popularity of the cross over of Comics from page to Film/TV media helps drives people’s interest in Comics and to Cosplay.”

In the right costume, anyone can be a Hero and an instant media star. Making  fellow attendees whip out their phones for pictures to post to the world via: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

While some Comic vendors interviewed on the LBCC Exhibit floor did grumble about Cosplayers blocking the view of their tables when striking poses for photos, others said the presence of Cosplayers drove people to their booths who might otherwise overlook them.  In fact, the one vendor selling clothes, pictured bellow, incorporates Cosplay into her booth.

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But, hey, don’t Cosplayers distract from selling comics? Particularly, Vintage Classic Comics, Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age? Like the one’s Brad Sloan sold at his booth?

“Cosplayers bring more people to the show and they buy related comics. The Super Hero, low grade to the mid-grades Keys were were grabbed up.”  (“Keys” are generally a first issue of a comic.  But can also be first introduction of an famous character into a given publishing company’s Universe i.e., first appearance of  Wolverine in Hulk #181.) Marvel Keys sell. Thanks to the movies!”

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3. New Agency

Newly formed Rising Bear Literary Agency will represent picture book through young adult authors.

http://risingbear.com/about-us/

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4. Various holiday card designs, various clients of mine sending...





Various holiday card designs, various clients of mine sending these out…maybe you’ll see in a mailbox near you? Holiday Cheer!





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5. Seth Kushner Update: home for the holidays

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Photographer/comics writer Seth Kushner has been very ill and battling for his life after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in the spring. A failed bone marrow transplant a few months ago left him with very few options but….well, just go read this. That’s all I have to say. And keep thinking good thoughts.

Also, also, he has a GoFundMe which I’m sure is still taking donations.

Kushner’s portraits of cartoonists are ubiquitous—you wouldn’t believe how many headshots of cartoon types you see on the web every day are Kushner’s work. They were part of the Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics book of profiles that came out a few years ago. Kushner is also a comics creator, with his book SCHMUCK.

Kushner and Dean Haspiel recently put up a photo comic called “Heyday'” which you should check out too. But mostly keep thinking good thoughts.

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6. Postcard alteration project! I’ve recently acquired a...







Postcard alteration project! I’ve recently acquired a collection of birding postcards & mushroom botanicals. I have been making the fungal ones more psychedelic, as seemed appropriate to me…and elaborating on the fancy trappings of the ‘adult male breeding’ birds, which was irresistible of course. If you are one of my postcard receiving regulars, one of these might appear in your mailbox soon…!







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7. The 2nd Day of Christmas: Pottermore

For the 12 days of Christmas, or J.K. Rowling’s 12 days of giving the gift of new Pottermore writings, the second day leads us to Fred and George’s Weasley Wizard Wheezes. There, after solving today’s riddle, you will find new stories about Florean Fortescue and our very own Leaky Cauldron! Please visit Pottermore.com to read more!

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8. Pottermore Posts First Christmas Gift: New Writing from J. K. Rowling and 300 Galleons for All Users

Today starts off Pottermore’s Christmas celebration: from today until December 23rd Pottermore users will see new writing from J. K. Rowling, as well as additional “gifts.” Today, 300 Galleons were added to every user’s Gringott’s vault, and J. K. Rowling posted information on Cokeworth, the town that Lily Potter and Severus Snape grew up in.

Stay close to Leaky to see what other surprises Pottermore brings this holiday season.

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9. Week in Review, December 8th-12th

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This week on hbook.com…

 December’s Notes from the Horn Book: Special Issue: Fanfare!

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger: Last call for Selfie Sweepstakes“: Calling all self- and indie publishers!

Out of the Box:

  • BA-BA-DOOK.“: A horror movie about an evil kids’ book? Bring it on.

Calling Caldecott:

Lolly’s Classroom:We need diverse books because of Ferguson

Events calendar

See overviews of previous weeks by clicking the tag week in review. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on our articles!

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10. YALSAblog Tweets of the Week - December 12, 2014

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between December 12 and December 18 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

Tweets of the Week December 12, 2014

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11. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 12/12/14: Celebrities like Norman Reedus are just like us and do wacky things at Comic-Con

§ According to a recent interview, Norman Reedus and his fellow Walking Dead crew mates have their own little Comic-Con ritual, just as do you and I. Like, mine is going to the CVS in the mall and eating the berry pancakes at the Hyatt. Yours may be breakfast at Cafe 322 or buying a piece of original art from a favored booth. But because celebrities aren’t really just like us, they are god-like being made of light and peach nectar, their Comic-Con rituals are epic and recall ancient Norse manhood rites:

“We all do actually. All of us do that. I was doing it [the other] night with Greg [Nicotero] and Steven [Yeun] and Andy [Lincoln] and Chandler [Riggs], because I found all these pictures that when we were in Comic-Con, in San Diego, we have this ritual where we get up super early, and we meet down on the beach in bathrobes and then we just run into the ocean and it’s freezing, but it’s like, it’s become a tradition now, so I found all these photographs, and we had a little text chain going on,” Norman told Access. “Yeah, we do it all the time.”


The ocean in San Diego in July isn’t exactly “freezing” though, so maybe it’s all a terrible terrible lie?

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§ I think the most consistently well written site about comics that I check every day is Women Write About Comics. And not just one or two writers but the whole site. I was happy to see Claire Napier get some mentions in the Comics Spire best comics writing list, but I also greatly enjoyed Megan Purdy’s piece on est em’s manga version of Carmen.

em est’s Carmen, an erotic, gay manga, is a story that works on the heart more than it does the head, but her reinterpretation is clever too — and not just because she found a way to put a new spin on it. In her Carmen, Jose is in a relationship with the toreador, here called Lucas, after the character in the Prosper Mérimée novella, rather than the opera which calls him Escamillo. Oh yes, did I fail to mention that Carmen is also a novella? It’s the source for the opera and leans quite heavily on Carmen’s unfaithful nature and Jose’s meanness. (So hard out here for a man.) In em est’s Carmen, she’s still the object of Jose’s obsession, but rather than being possessive of her, he is fixated, befuddled, and frustrated by her: “I envied her. She was everything I’m not. Perhaps I even wanted to be Carmen.”


§ Liz Prince had a heck of a year, and her Tomboy got all kinds of attention. And now an interview on Comics Alliance with the also excellent Juliet Kahn:

CA: What do think is the “state” of autobio comics today? It has very DIY roots, but with creators like Lucy Knisley, Alison Bechdel and yourself growing in prominence, it feels like a whole different ballgame than even a few years ago.

LP: I actually think that there have been ebbs and flows as far as autobio comics, and their visibility is concerned. In the early 2000s there was Craig Thompson‘s Blankets, and American Elf by James Kolchalka was very popular. Jeffrey Brown became astronomically popular because of Clumsy and Unlikely. Incidentally all of those books are Top Shelf, and that’s why I felt like my work fit with them. Then it seemed like there weren’t that many autobio comics being published, although there were a lot of diary comics online. I think the focus now is on “graphic memoirs”, and it’s really great to see that women cartoonists have been leading the charge; some of my favorite books in the genre are Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole Georges, Smile by Raina Telgemeier, and Tangles by Sarah Leavitt.

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§ TCJ spotlighted a book that I had not heard of or even received a galley of: Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books by the noted comics historian Michael Barrier which examines the cozy, security-inspiring world of 50s funny animals comics.

In mid-20th century America, the comics published by Western Printing & Lithographing Company under the Dell label were inescapable. It had the market cornered on non-superhero licensing: comics with characters from the Disney, Warner Bros., MGM and Walter Lantz animation studios; Marge Buell’s Little Lulu; Johnny Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann; Tarzan; the Lone Ranger. Popular characters were the pull, but master cartoonists and storytellers like Barks, Walt Kelly and John Stanley were the reason people kept staying and kept certain titles’ circulation up to a million copies.


I think Barks, Kelly and Stanley inspired the most readers, but it’s instructive to recall that THIS is the era that the folks who ran comics in the 80s and 90s grew up surrounded by. It wasn’t all Carmine Infantino.

§ Many people linked to this piece on the dearth of mid-level moviemaking that I alluded to the other day. It’s a must read for laying everything out in a clear, numbers-oriented way. But the ascendance of superhero movies looms large. Steven Spielberg went on record with some dark foreboding thoughts a while ago, even if hearing the guy who INVENTED huge summer blockbusters with Jaws fret about their takeover was being hoisted on a box-office blasting petard. But, cycles end eventually:

How long, then, will the current filmmaking model hold? No less an authority than Steven Spielberg predicted last year, “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even half a dozen of these mega-budgeted movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm again.” Ted Hope agrees. “You look at the worst summer attendance [in 2014], box office dropped 15 percent, people like [DreamWorks Animation CEO and former Disney chief Jeffrey] Katzenberg saying that movies aren’t a growth industry, everything pointing toward the collapse of the foreign sales model.”

So, where does he think it’s going? “It feels incredibly vulnerable to me,” he says. “Look, I’m surprised the superhero stuff has the legs that it does, but you look at what Warner Brothers and Marvel have mapped out, you add into it all of the Universal monster movies and all these others platform plays, and you better hope that nobody’s taste changes for the next five years, you know? That’s not a diverse portfolio!”


Some suggest (hopefully???) that the studio system will implode as it did in the 60s, leading the amazing blossoming of the 70s. Certainly, Sony has to be reeling from having all its dirty knickers aired for everyone to see, and we haven’t seen the last of that drama. I don’t think Disney and WB are going to implode, though. BUT…people may get sick of superheroes sooner than you think.

§ Autostraddle had this list of 25 Queer and Trans Women Comic Creators to Support this Holigay Season!, but really these creators would all be good even if they were straight white men.

§ I asked for reports on Comic Arts LA and there were several, generally painting a sanguine picture.

§ It seems that Winter Con was also a hit, prompting some to seek the freedom of the outside world:

Among the numerous attendees dressed as their favorite comic book characters was Rafael Vargas, 30, an employee of Brookdale Hospital and resident of Ozone Park, who was in character as Venom, one of Spider-Man’s fiercest enemies. “This is my first show dressing up, but it’s great. I’m nervously excited,” said Vargas, whose words were muffled by his mask. “It’s awesome to see all these artists come together. It gives people who are into comics and sci-fi a reason to leave their house.”

§ In all the excitement of late, I neglected to link to this charming video of Dick Cavett & Al Jaffee talking about cartooning in a limo.

§ A terrible crime was committed in Wichita when someone stole $300,000 worth of old comics. Police continue to hunt for the culprit.

Mark Rowland, owner of River House Traders, says he lost more than $300,000 in the theft. But Rowland says he’s more upset because he’s owned some of the items for more than 50 years. KAKE-TV reports there is no description of the suspect, only that he left in a dark-colored car. Rowland now has a security system and says he will store some of his more valuable collectibles elsewhere.


BEWARE THE DARK CAR.

§ I link to The Digital Comic Museum every coupe of years, but here’s a longer appreciation of this repository of public domain comics.

The Digital Comic Museum knows that feeling and has obliged by making a vast quantity of vintage comics available for download free of charge. These are not just ordinary comics, but rather genuine vintage editions, many of which are exceedingly rare and obscure. That’s because all the comics featured are in the public domain and copyright free — which also means they’re old. The cutoff copyright date is December 1959, for example. Not surprisingly, many comics represent the mindset, politics and concerns of their era and some are not particularly politically correct, at least by current standards.


These comics are also the source of many reprints from Dark Horse, IDW and elsewhere. It’s a trove of treasure!

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12. Free Fall Friday – Reviews and Kudos

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Melissa Iwai is participating in an AdventChallenge2014 this month and she sent me this fun illustration from December 3rd. Thought it might give you ideas for decorating your best friend. Melissa was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Now her husband has something to tout about below.

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After being read and
reviewed by Karen Haas
in New Jersey, Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick took at trip to Pennsylvania and visited Gail Krause.

Gail is  pictured on the left holding Cherry Money Baby taken on Thanksgiving day in the Poconos.

Isn’t it a great holiday picture?

After Gail read it she wrote a review on Amazon and Goodreads, then set Cherry off on a trip to visit someone in Louisville, Kentucky.

We’ll have to wait and see where Cherry ends up traveling after that.

DenisMarkellKate Sullivan at Delacorte Press has won two middle-grade novels by Denis Markell (Melissa Iwai’s husband) at auction. The first book, Click Here to Start (a Novel) , is pitched as The Westing Game for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. In it, young Ted Gerson inherits “all the treasure” to be found in his great-uncle’s old apartment – only to realize the flat is actually an in-person “escape the room” game and the reward for completing it could be extraordinary. Publication for Click Here to Start is set for summer 2016; the second book is untitled. Holly Root of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency sold world English right to both books.

chrisbehrensChris Behrens’ had good news. He received a letter from Barnes and Nobel’s Small Press Department in NYC saying they wanted to include his book, Savanna’s Treasure on their stores book shelves. I asked how this came about and he told me he had written a letter to B&N’s Small Press Department and sent them a book to review. I am sure this will help increase his sales.

Congratulations, Everyone!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Filed under: inspiration, Kudos, News Tagged: Barnes & Noble, Cherry Money Baby, Chris Behrens, Click Here to Start, Denise Markell, Gail Krause, Melissa Iwai, Savanna's Treasure

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13. A Special Reveal !!!

Today is a special day indeed. On February 14th 2015, Jump into a Book is happy to announce that we will be a co-host for International Book Giving Day. As we get closer to the event I’ll fill in the details but for now there is even bigger news to share !!!

“Chris Haughton designs the official poster for International Book Giving Day 2015.”

The International Book Giving Day team is delighted to announce that Chris Haughton is the illustrator behind 2015’s official poster.

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Chris Haughton is an award winning Children’s Picture Book illustrator/author from Ireland. His books are amazing !!!

 

Now in it’s 4th year International Book Giving Day continues to grow from strength to strength. Turning the commercialization of Valentine’s Day on its head, people across the globe are encouraged to spread the love of reading by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on 14th February.

To encourage even more people to give books to children in 2015, Chris Haughton has designed this year’s poster in his unique and vibrant style. Libraries, schools & bookshops are encouraged to download, print and display the poster to celebrate the love of reading & encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, 14th February.

Chris Haughton has been an illustrator for over 12 years. His first children’s book, A Bit Lost, has been translated into 19 languages and has won 9 awards in 7 countries. This was followed by Oh No, George! in 2012, winner of the Junior Magazine Picturebook of the year award. His latest picture book SHH! We Have A Plan (March 2014) won the AOI award for children’s books for 2014.

“I am absolutely delighted that Chris Haughton has designed this year’s poster. His unique, eye-catching style will help spread the word to encourage many more people to give books on 14th February 2015.” Emma Perry, IBGD.

Successes from 2014

2014 saw participants from across the globe donate books to many, many children. Reports flooded in from Fiji, Singapore, America, Nigeria, Canada, France, Australia, India, Czech Republic and plenty more! Books were left in hospitals, schools, trains, parks, playgrounds, free libraries were even set up especially for the day. Scholastic gifted new books to all the children at the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Publishing House Host (Czech Republic) provided books for children at a traveller’s centre.

2014 attracted plenty of media attention including a feature article in The Guardian UK, and a letter of support from Australia’s Children’s Laureate Jackie French published across the media. Twitter was abuzz with #giveabook highlighting tales of generosity as the love of books was shared. Visitors to the official website was double those seen in 2013 as International Book Giving Day continues to capture imaginations.

2015 is set to be even bigger.

International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books.

Many children in developing countries do not own books.
In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.
International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th.

We invite individuals to …

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organisation that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.

For further information please contact Emma Perry at emperry@gmail.com
Website | www.bookgivingday.com
Twitter | @bookgivingday
Facebook/BookGivingDay

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14. A note about our newest family member. This homemade...



A note about our newest family member. This homemade ‘robot’ with chalkboard-paint face….he sits on the bookshelf & digests books all day, letting us know the key essence of the text in a single sentence. Currently, Adventure E.R.A. (my son named him) is making his way through a vintage Webster’s Dictionary. Should be intriguing to see what the summary of that book is…?



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15. It’s that time of year again, FOR THE LOVE OF PIG IRON -...



It’s that time of year again, FOR THE LOVE OF PIG IRON - ramping up for their post-New-Year Cabaret. Lucky me, I get to do the poster every year. Love these guys. They specialize in Hilarious Profundity, in the form of comedic physical theatre. More about them here



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16. Typographic experiments!!





Typographic experiments!!





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17. the Synchronized Saw Duo of Southeast Portland! I am one of the...





the Synchronized Saw Duo of Southeast Portland! I am one of the members. We now have a facebook page. Look for one of our costumed-busking moments on Peacock Lane this holiday season…





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18. textures and labyrinths - two of my favorite things to doodle





textures and labyrinths - two of my favorite things to doodle





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19. J. K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech to be Published as an Illustrated Book

J. K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech (which you can watch here or below), which centered of the benefits of failure, will be published as an illustrated book on April 14th. The book will be called Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination. All the profits from the book will go to Lumos, J. K. Rowling’s charity, and to help provide financial aid to students at Harvard.

 

The book will be illustrated by Joel Holland. You can read more here.

 

 

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20. Camera Trap Photography Made Easy!

During my year in Zambia, I started to use camera traps to photograph nocturnal wildlife. A camera trap is a stationary camera that is trigged automatically when an animal is detected in a predetermined position. I usually positioned my traps on busy animal trails. In order to take high-quality images, I used a DSLR camera with one or more off-camera speedlights for lighting.

African Civet
Genet Camera Trap

I was unable to find a camera trap sensor that gave me the freedom and functionality I needed, so I decided to create my own. Over the course of the year, I developed a device that was simple to use, quick to set up and very reliable.

My device employs a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor, similar to the sensors used on outdoor security lights. This type of sensor has two key benefits:
1. It is very quick and easy to set-up: just point it at the target area and it is ready to go. The field of view of the detector can be limited to precisely control the trigger zone.
2. Low power consumption: the sensor is powered by 6 x AA batteries, which results in a standby time of 4 weeks or more.

The sensor is enclosed in a tough, weatherproof housing, which can be mounted on a small tripod or strapped to a post. Find out more about it here: PIR Motion Sensor

In addition to the sensors, I also developed a strong metal camera housing to protect a DSLR camera from weather and wild animals. This housing can be disassembled and flat packed for easy transportation. The camera can be accessed via a convenient lockable hatch at the back. A sliding peak protects the lens from the sun and rain. Find out more about it here: Camera Housing

Now available in the Camtraptions Store!

I’m excited to announce that my PIR Motion Sensors and protective Camera Housings are now available to buy in the new Camtraptions Camera Trap Store!

These products are now shipping, just in time for Christmas!

Camera trap store

BBC Wildlife Camera Trap Photographer of the Year

BBC Wildlife Magazine runs the most prestigious camera-trap photography contest in the world and the winners of this year’s contest have just been announced. I am delighted to announce that my image of a black rhino at night was chosen as winner for the animal portraits category and overall winner of the photography categories!

Rhino at Night, Zambia

My image of a hippo and bat was also runner-up in the portraits category and my porcupine image was commended.

Hippo and Bat
Porcupine

All of my images were taken with a prototype PIR Motion Sensor in Zambia. You can view the other winning and commended images in this gallery.

You can view more of my camera trap images in the Showcase on Camtraptions.com.

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21. New Agent

Heather Alexander has switched from editor to agent and is now representing picture book through young adult authors at Pippin Properties. 

http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/11/Kidlit411-Agent-Spotlight-Heather-Alexander.html

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22. Welcome to The World of Joan Aiken!

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23. Week in Review, December 1st-5th

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24. J. K. Rowling Donates Signed Copy of “The Silkworm” to Lumos Fundraiser

J. K. Rowling has donated a copy of “The Silkworm” (which is signed by both Rowling and Robert Galbraith!) to the Lumos fundraiser that hopes to create opportunities for children with disabilities to access education in Moldova. Anyone who donates will be entered to win this copy of “The Silkworm,” and multiple entries are allowed.

You can read more about Lumos and their current fundraiser here.

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25. “Half-Blood Prince” Moments Coming to Pottermore December 12th

The Pottermore Insider has announced that Christmas will be coming early to Pottermore and from December 12th to December 23rd Pottermore users will see a new “gift” each day. Galleons and new potions will be among the gifts, as well as new writing from J. K. Rowling on Florean Fortescue and Draco Malfoy:

We’re feeling extra generous this year, so we’re bringing you early gifts this Christmas. Starting Friday, December 12, we’ll be releasing a festive surprise for you every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST).

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