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Posted on February 11, 2019 by Jonathan H. Liu

This is one of those weeks where I don’t have a nicely themed stack of books to present to you, but I do have a wild assortment of books that never quite fit into a themed category: some comic books, a little bit of fiction, and a picture book or two. Some have been out for a long time, and some are coming to stores soon. Enjoy this grab bag!

Pigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren

This picture book pays homage to hard-boiled detective stories with a pigeon detective who’s recruited by a little bird to investigate birds going missing all over town. He doesn’t want to take the case, but the kid is convincing — but where will the clues lead? The book includes some fun puns and really adorable illustrations. We enjoyed McLaren’s previous book, Rabbit Magic, and this one’s also delightful. If you like bird puns and those old “Tracer Bullet” sequences from Calvin & Hobbes, you’ll enjoy this one.

The Town of Turtle by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Cátia Chien

Turtle decides it’s time for a change, so he decorates his shell … and then goes a little overboard. It starts with just a fresh coat of paint, but then he builds a deck (“just to use up the extra paint”), and before you know it, he’s built an entire village on the back of his shell. It reminds me of any sort of house renovation: my sister just got the tile replaced in her bathroom shower and floor, and then realized that the new tile makes the cabinets look shabby. Of course, if you replace the cabinets, then the sink and toilet are going to look old … and you know how that goes.

In this picture book, though, a host of creatures from all over the world discover the new town as Turtle is sleeping and they move in, bringing cheer and friendship to Turtle. It’s a cute story and an imaginative tale of creativity.

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Bring your gas mask!

Valentine's day is around the corner! So Pinky and Spiky's gang decided to make a big heart. Pinky, Spiky, Cornelius, Dietrich, Victor and Betsy each had to make their part of the heart and later glue them together into a big shape.

"How are you doing, Spiky?", asked Pinky.

"I'm trying to be particularly precise and clean this time".

"You are always clean", said Cornelius.

"No, you know I am not clean. I leave crumbs wherever I go", said Spiky.

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Some Vague Cartoon

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Original linkOriginal author: Sean Stephane Martin

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Battery Power

Copper rummaged around a table. She knew she had at least one half-full battery remaining. Though, most of them were empty.

She’d drained and used the deionized water from all of the cells. The empty batteries she’d leave on her brick-a-brak table, outside of her front door. Giving them away to passing strangers.

Free of charge, of course.

Thanks to Warren for the $10 Patronage.

Ko-Fi | Patreon | Etsy | Books | Skillshare | Threadless

Original linkOriginal author: Little Fears

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“Moment"

I was recently struck with inspiration tonight, and I am publishing my idea in the form of a Medium article so that I may retain the rights to the name “Moment" as it pertains to the notion of a comicbook series about a single day in a world where every character has a well fleshed out back story.I even want dragonflies within the story to have flashbacks to when they were nymphs, as they enjoy the day on which the [multiple] stories [of each issue] take place.I will stop short of giving blades of grass back stories, but every animal and every person, and even a few special houseplants will have back stories.I don’t absolutely know the exact date of when I’ll start this project, but, it is something which excites me greatly!!!My goal is to make the world of the story feel so alive that people want to keep coming back.Ian Schimnoski

I am a Sonic The Hedgehog Fan. I love ecology and microorganisms; and my kittycats! Someday I want to make the best indi-videogames ever! Way Past Cool, right‽‽

Original linkOriginal author: Ian Schimnoski

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Creación de un cómic sobre la trata de personas en Cusco — Perú

Van quedando atrás los años donde el cómic era un material de segunda categoría que se creía que contenía temas frívolos y era dirigido…

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Original linkOriginal author: Trilce Garcia

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Le Grand Voyage! (15)

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Original linkOriginal author: Sean Stephane Martin

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Denotation & Connotation in Comic Studies

Comics & Politics: Learning to see ideology everywhere in Frank Miller’s 300, and other comics & graphic novels.

Among my commitments in teaching an Honors College course in Comic Studies this term, I have spent a lot of instructional capital connecting the students of Southern Oregon University’s HON315 with the larger frameworks by which scholars have traditionally studied mass media.

We have explored Media Effects, Audience Reception, Cultural Studies and other approaches to empirical and critical studies of media, especially spending time last week on Mythologies by Roland Barthes, the role of ideology in the normalization of culture, and his methods for describing and interpreting everyday life.

In their blog posts this week, students have exercised those same skills for recognizing denotation and connotation in the media, directly applied to comic book texts:

Gabriella Anderson

Death of Captain America leads to Hydra’s RebirthVote Red Skull for a new America.medium.com

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The greatest comic book artist (nearly) no American ever heard about

Moebius “The World of Edena”

Möbius strip \ ˈmœ-bē-ə : a one-sided surface that is constructed from a rectangle by holding one end fixed, rotating the opposite end through 180 degrees, and joining it to the first end

Jean Giraud, alias Moebius, was a french comic illustrator and professional artistic genius. Known both for his breath taking fantasy creations, as well as imaginative science fiction, he is treated as a national treasure in his home country France and is appreciated amongst some comic enthusiasts in Europe. However the great majority of comic book readers in America seem to be sleeping on the most influential comic book artist of the last century. In this story in Medium favourites format, a list, I give you 3 reasons why you should start closing your knowledge gap on Moebius and start bragging and praising him on social media (like I do).

1.Möbius has a unique art style

Moebius knows how to use a brush and pen and is also well versed in art history. He especially likes to combine his take on “art nouveau”, an artistic movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that focusses intensively on the aesthetics of curved lines, with the precise contours and a flat, monochrome coloring known in “ligne claire” figureheaded by Hergé. As such the common motifs from “Art Nouvaeu” like rythms, colors, and ornaments inspired by nature are created without hatching, shading and color gradients. Mostly without any room for mistake, because most of Moebius’s work was done with a pen. This creates a fantastic world that reminds us of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech painter and graphic designer from mid 20th century. In both works we can observe a “total art” in the sense that it occupies all the available space to put in place a personal universe, unique in the time of Mucha, but perfected and brought to the realm of highest imagination by Moebius.

Alphonse Mucha 4 SeasonsMoebius use of “Art nouveau”Moebius “City of Fire”: Who else would draw a wimmelbild as an exposition scene in a comic?2.Jean Giraud and Moebius are actually two different persons

Not really, but I kind of lied at the beginning of this story. Jean Giraud and Moebius are not the same comic book artist. Jean Giraud is the notorious French BD artist, well known for “Lieutnant Blueberry”, a western comic, following anti-hero Blueberry. He is, and to my knowing, the only protagonist of a comic that aged along the many years it was in publication. Malicious gossipers may claim that Jean Giraud used “Blueberry” as a cash cow for the art of his alter ego Moebius. Nevertheless, his work published under “Gir” is one of the leading BD art in French comic book history.

Jean Giraud “Lieutnant Blueberry”

Moebius on the other hand, is ground breaking. In “the world of Edena” for instance he demonstrates how fantasy and sience fiction can go hand in hand and analyzes the sheer unimaginable greatness of the universe, as well as the deepness of our psyche, undermining gender and nature.

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One With The Force

https://tailsfromthebackyard.com/2019/02/11/one-with-the-force/

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Original linkOriginal author: Lynda the Monkey

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From Doodling to Design: A Q&A with Nicola Formichetti

Nicola Formichetti is a designer, stylist and bonafide fashion icon. He’s created some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring red carpet looks of the past decade—and now, he’s also the latest addition to #teampixel, thanks to his new collection of My Cases designed for Pixel 3 and Pixel 2 users.  

Nicola’s effortless and cool style pairs nicely with the sleek phone design, bringing a bright pop of color to Pixel devices. We caught up with Nicola to learn more about what inspired him to create his My Case collection and how technology shapes his current work.

What excited you about designing a My Case Artist collection?

I love that I was able to do my own design very quickly using Google tech—I used the Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen to design this collection. I’m just one example of what fun you can have drawing with these new tools.

How does technology play a role in your creative process?

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Toxic (Masculinity) Waste

by Joey Alison Sayers

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Original linkOriginal author: The Nib

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Valentines for the Conservative in Your Life

by Brian McFadden

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Original linkOriginal author: The Nib

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Kurt Vonnegut on “The Daily Show”

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Original linkOriginal author: Ann James

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The curse of having total recall

All art ©️andrew ulanoff 2019

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Pets have no choice but to love us

Fish is all I’ve got, but plants are not far behind.

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Workouts are hidden in everyday tasks

I noticed that after doing mild physical labor that my arms were temporarily pumped. Of course this si a sign of me not doing enough — especially when it comes to taking care of myself.

All art ©️andrew ulanoff 2019

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This was such an awesome personal essay Melanie.

This was such an awesome personal essay Melanie. I can relate on so many levels. I am 37, and I had to stop going to a very fun weekly Thursday girls night, because I just could not bounce back for days. I’d be groggy, down, fatigued, bleh and just off for a few days afterwards. It started to not matter if I had 1 or 4 — or if I had beer, margaritas, organic liquor, wine spritzers — I’d just feel like shit the next day and for several days after. I really enjoyed hearing your heart even transition back and forth while you were writing this. I know what the opposing voices in your conscience feels like. I’m cheering you on no matter what you decide is the best lifestyle and amount for yourself.

Original linkOriginal author: Tiffany Lopez

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That First Jump

True tales from Issue #1 of Terminal Velocity. You can find both print and digital versions at IndyPlanet.us…

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An American’s Guide to Vegemite

Thanks and Acknowledgements to

Jo Abbie, Curtis Stone, Rex Roberts & Lorena Jurado, Rob Schnieders, Emma Graham Harrison, What’s Cooking America, The History Channel, the Australian National Dictionary Centre, National Museum Australia and Vegemite & Bega Cheese

Original linkOriginal author: Jef Harmatz

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