August 2022

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Rick and Morty Season 6 is the start of a bigger story

Rick and Morty showrunner Scott Marder and producer James Siciliano say the upcoming sixth season is the second half of a much bigger story.

Season 6 of rick and morty will be the start of a new era for the show.

Showrunner Scott Marder and producer James Siciliano spoke with Reverse on the sequel to the hit show. “510 was a huge final,” Marder said. “It left us with a ton of homework and a lot to do. I feel like it closes this book, but at the same time opens a new one. There was a clear and present danger that was always there. naturally emerged coinciding with Evil Morty to begin the second half of a larger story.

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In the explosive Season 5 finale of the Adult Swim show, Evil Morty destroyed both the Citadel and apparently Rick’s portal weapon technology, leaving the future of the show uncertain. But Marder and Siciliano assured fans they had all sorts of new ideas in mind. “We have Season 6 coming out and Season 7 in production. We have the writers room for Season 8,” Siciliano said. “So that’s about 20 episodes in some form of production, and the new season that we’re breaking.” It fits well with rick and morty recent comments from creator Dan Harmon, stating his belief that the series will go beyond Adult Swim’s 70-episode order.

Rick and Morty still have a lot of stories to tell

Additionally, the show’s co-creator, Justin Roiland, thinks rick and morty could last beyond 10 seasons. In the same interview, he also said that fans who were unhappy with the fifth season should be thrilled with season 6. “Season 5 was weird,” Roiland admitted. “But Season 6 is f*cking amazing.”

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The first trailer for season 6 of rick and morty recently dropped, promising crazier adventures for the duo. Trailer highlights include what appears to be a die hard-inspired episode. “Our sky blue whiteboard has a bunch of cool ideas,” Marder said. “How can we rush them? Are they full episodes rather than like blade runner and stuff like that? Sometimes, they quite naturally begin to marry. Or, while we’re breaking it, we’re like, ‘Oh, man, we could do a take on Ex-Machina it can be X.’ We take a little idea, put a motor in it, and then everything starts to work. That’s usually how it goes.”

rick and morty Season 6 premieres September 4 on Adult Swim.

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The strange horror of “Dracula”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s horror classic, “Dracula.” Today, the story, and more specifically the character, has sparked hundreds of interpretations; Dracula himself is the second most popular character put in the cinema, just behind Sherlock Holmes. There are the (relatively) faithful adaptations, the stage plays, the parodies, the barely recognizable CGI action shows (I’m looking at you “Dracula Untold”) and the cameos. But few have embraced the queer side of the character, with her LGBTQ+ origins tracing back to the author himself.

Although he was never such a renowned writer during his lifetime as many of his contemporaries, Stoker is today considered a literary titan for his enthralling imagination and now iconic characters. Even a horror titan like Stoker has his own writing debut. Before “Dracula,” the Irish-born author embraced the stories he was most connected to.

Stoker himself was a closeted homosexual who yearned for the affection of his friends, mentors and possible lovers, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman.

His first book, ‘The Primrose Path’, follows an Irishman who moves to London in search of a better job, just as Stoker himself was dragged onto the London stage to work in theatre. His second book, “The Snake’s Pass” becomes more fantastical, centering on the legend of Saint Patrick as he defeats the King of Serpents in Ireland. Although both of these books were quick efforts for the author, they still exuded a quintessentially Stokerian Irish pride and sense of identity with hints of isolation.

Neither are particularly deep reads, and both were produced much faster than his seven-year odyssey to write “Dracula.” But it seems clear to me why it took him so long to finish this fucking thing; it’s brimming with controversy and self-reflection.

Reading “Dracula”…one might be surprised or even confused by how often sex and sexual imagery are discussed.

Stoker himself was a closeted gay man who yearned for the affection of his friends, mentors and possible lovers Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman – men who both sparked controversy for their own portrayals of homosexuality. Most obvious and outrageous of all are not the depictions of death, the supernatural, or the occult, but the candid details surrounding sexuality and sexual orientation.

Reading “Dracula” (something I’ve done no less than half a dozen times over the past year), one might be surprised or even confused at how often sex and sexual imagery are discussed. “Kiss” or “bisous” is used 42 times in the text, “lips” 62 with “voluptuous”, often referring to the vampire’s ruby ​​red lips, appearing 12 times.

Jonathan Harker, when trapped in Dracula’s castle and approached by a trio of vampires, remarks, “I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they kiss me with those red lips” with a vampire who laughs and says, “There are kisses for all of us.” Only then does Dracula himself emerge, furious, proclaiming, “This man is mine!”

There are myriad themes here that echo throughout the rest of the book. Domination and submission – played within and against gender stereotypes – polyamory and queer desires. Harker repeatedly notices Dracula’s lips and how they might kiss his neck. And that’s not even the craziest scene! Near the end of the book, Dracula breaks into the Harkers’ room and . . . good . . . I’ll let Stoker describe the scene.

On the bed by the window, Jonathan Harker lay, his face flushed and his breath gasping as if in amazement. Kneeling on the near edge of the bed, facing outward, was the white-clad figure of his wife. Beside her stood a tall, thin man dressed in black. His face turned away from us, but the instant we saw him, we all recognized the Count in every way, even the scar on his forehead. With his left hand, he held both of Mrs. Harker’s hands, keeping them away with his arms at full tension; his right hand grabbed her by the back of her neck, forcing her face to his chest. His white nightgown was stained with blood and a thin trickle ran down the man’s bare chest, which his torn robe showed. The attitude of the two looked terribly like that of a child forcing a kitten’s nose into a saucer of milk to force it to drink.

I think Leslie S. Klinger in his The New Annotated Dracula summed it up best when he wrote, “What’s going on here? Leonard Wolf in The Essential Dracula writes that this extraordinary scene is “full of implications, almost all of them sexual”. You have “a vengeful cuckold . . . a threesome . . . mutual oral sex . . . [and] Mina’s impregnation.” Clive Leatherdale in “Dracula Unearthed” goes one step further, focusing on the explicit reference to “milk” smeared on Mina’s face to imply a bodily fluid that isn’t exactly blood.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) Irish writer, best known for his novel Dracula (1897). (Hulton-Deutsch/CORBIS/Corbis collection via Getty Images)

Of course, none of this would have as much impact or relevance without the author’s complex relationship to desire. One of the main written examples of Stoker’s sexual orientation is a long, confessional “love letter” he sent to Walt Whitman, whose famous “Calamus” poems contained explicit homoerotic imagery and musings. Stoker, 24, wrote: “I must thank you for many happy hours as I read your poems with my door locked late at night and read them by the seaside where I could look all around from me and see no more sign of human life than ships at sea: and here I have often woken from a reverie with the book open before me.

Stoker goes on to lament his conservative upbringing and environment, thanking Whitman for his escapism and clarity in prose making “the young man’s heart leap to you across the Atlantic and his soul swell at words or rather thoughts”. Another curious inclusion appears to reverse gender roles as Stoker writes from her own “woman’s eyes” and professes Whitman’s hope of being “his soul’s bride.”

But Stoker’s infatuation with men was not limited to Whitman. There has been speculation about Stoker boss Sir Henry Irving having his own influence in the iconography of “Dracula”.

And then there is Oscar Wilde.

Stoker and Wilde attended university together and the pair would travel to London to pursue the arts. In 1895 Wilde was tried and found guilty of violate sodomy laws, at the height of Stoker’s writing of “Dracula”. It shocked Stoker that his friend and presumably one of his lovers was sentenced to two years in prison, but also terrifying that Wilde’s own fictional writings were used as “evidence” against him at trial. What must Stoker have thought of this when writing his own sexually charged tale? Isn’t this fear a horror in itself?

But I haven’t even mentioned the most Freudian fact of all! Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878, after being engaged to another man. . . Oscar Wilde. Of course, there is no lack of complicated relationships depicted in “Dracula,” either.

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To me, you don’t have to look too deeply into Stoker’s own life to see that the horrors of “Dracula” don’t all stem from bloodsucking creatures. They can just as well come from within, from the anxieties, shock and confusion associated with gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation. It’s a welcome change of pace that we’ve seen more recent vampiric works influenced by ‘Dracula’ – like Anne Rice’s latest AMC adaptation”Interview with the Vampire– showcasing its queer origins, but more can be done. While “Interview” seems to show a willingness to portray this oft-forgotten aspect of vampiric creation’s most crucial, we need and should see this from the titular Count himself- same, as depicted not only in the original text itself, but by extrapolating information we know from Bram Stoker’s own life. On this 125th anniversary, I say it’s time for “Dracula” himself to embrace its place in queer horror history.

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Mickey Mantle card sets record and sells for $12.6 million


A mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card sold on a mint Sunday, fetching $12.6 million at auction, the highest amount ever paid in the booming sports memorabilia market.

The rare card topped the record $9.3 million a buyer paid for a jersey worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the ‘Hand of God’ goal at the 1986 World Cup. It surpassed the $7.25 million that a century-old Honus Wagner baseball card recently brought in a private sale and the nearly $6.2 million paid for the heavyweight boxing belt reclaimed by Muhammad Ali during the Rumble in the Jungle from 1974.

Even before the start of auctions at Heritage Auctions, the Mantle card was expected to set a record due to its excellent condition, legendary subject of the New York Yankees, its rarity, a market in which sports memorabilia are a protection against the inflation and investors become active again. after the pandemic.

“There’s only a limited amount of Netflix and ‘Tiger King’ that people could watch, so, you know, they were going back to their hobbies, and clearly the sports collection was one of them. “, Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions, told The Associated Press.

The 1952 Mantle card made a handsome profit for Anthony Giordano, the president of a New Jersey recycling and waste management company who bought it for $50,000 at a New York trade show in 1991 and told the Washington Post he could smell a bargain. The buyer is not yet known.

Mantle played all 18 seasons of his career with the New York Yankees, won seven World Series titles and was a three-time American League MVP. The batting center fielder was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, his first year of eligibility. Manteau died in 1995.

Bought for $50,000, Mint Mantle Card Draw Bids Exceed $6 Million

Joe Orlando, recently named executive vice president at Heritage Auctions, told the Post that while the card would be extremely valuable on its own, a cover letter would increase its value. When Giordano purchased the 1952 Topps card from Alan Rosen, a card dealer nicknamed “Mr. Mint”, Rosen praised its condition and Giordano asked him to put this in writing. Using his “Mr. Mint Letterhead,” Rosen did just that, calling the map “in my opinion the best known example in the world.”

This piece of paper helped increase the value of the card, which never belonged to any member of the Yankees star’s family. David Mantle, the slugger’s eldest son, said he passed up the opportunity to buy another one that was in good condition for $5,000 in the 1980s. Mantle told the WFAA that he didn’t didn’t have the money at the time and didn’t want to ask his father for a loan.

“It would have been nice to have one in the family,” he said.

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A local author launches his first historical fiction novel – L’Observateur

A local author launches his first historical fiction novel

Posted at 12:02 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022

GONZALES — Local author and amateur genealogist Chad J. LeBlanc of Gonzales, has released his first work of historical fiction, “The Roots of the Bayou” via Kindle Direct Publishing.

Located in 18e Siècle Acadie, Canary Islands, France and Louisiana “Roots of the Bayou” is the story of two families of disparate means who both find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

Honoré, a respected and prosperous man in his community of Pisiguit, Acadia, suddenly finds himself and his young family homeless. His son Joseph had just turned two. The family is dispersed by the winds across the Atlantic to England and then to France. Years pass and Joseph, now a young man, longs to reunite with his extended family in Louisiana.

Nearly 3,000 miles away in the Canary Islands, a young man named Andres faces the harsh realities and misfortunes of life before he and his family are finally offered the opportunity for a fresh start in Louisiana.

These two families from different places, speaking different languages ​​and different cultures eventually find themselves in the inhospitable swamps and along the dark bayous of southern Louisiana.

Follow the journey of these brave and resilient people as they live off the land and face life’s challenges. Along the way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of these two cultures and the vastly different circumstances that brought them together.

LeBlanc said “The Roots of the Bayou” is more than just a work of historical fiction.

“It’s our story. Today, there are literally thousands and thousands of descendants of Acadians and Isleños (Canaries). Since the early 1800s, these groups have intermarried and continue to do so today,” he said. “If you’re able to go that far back in your family tree, you’ll find that you have hundreds of great-grandparents (x5 or x6). If your family has been in Louisiana that long, it’s almost impossible not to not be descended from one of these groups, but you are more likely to be descended from both.

Some Acadian surnames are Aucoin, Babin, Bergeron, Blanchard, Boudreaux, Bourg, Breaux, Comeaux, Crochet, Daigle, Doucet, Dugas, Dupuis, Foret, Gaudet, Gautreaux, Guidry, Guillot, Hebert, Lambert, Landry, LeBlanc, Martin, Mélancon, Michel, Olivier, Pitre, Préjean, Richard, Sonnier, Talbot, Templet, Thériot, Thibodeaux, Trahan and many others.

Some Isleño surnames are Acosta, Albarado, Alleman, Aguillard, Alvarez (Alberes*), Ascano (Eskine*), Caballero, Carbo, Cavalier, Dominguez (Domingue*), Falcon, Fernandez, Gonzales, Gomez, Hernandez, Hidalgo, Monzon, Morales, Perera, Placencia (Plaisance*), Quesada (Cassard*), Rivero (Rivere*), Sanchez, Torres, Trujillo (Truxillo*) and many others.

LeBlanc is available for interviews and appearances. To book presentations, media appearances, interviews and/or book signings, contact [email protected].

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Uganda: The Role Marketing Platforms Play in Uganda’s Content Creator Economy

The digital content creation business is growing in popularity. Statistics estimate that globally, the content marketing industry generated approximately $66 billion in sales in 2021. It is expected to reach $76 billion in 2022 and continue to grow in subsequent years to reach $137 billion in 2026.

As influencers and creators seize this opportunity to promote Africa to the world, content creation has become a powerful force on the African continent. Ugandan youths are using this opportunity to get their name out there globally on social media sites like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram among others. Most people enter this field to enjoy their creativity.

Creating and sharing content is easier with the availability of smartphones and internet access. The monetization process, however, is difficult.

Also, it is difficult for creators to benefit directly from their audience due to Uganda’s low disposable income. Opportunities such as brand advertising, sponsorship deals, and affiliate marketing are fragile because the creator is as relevant as the buzz they create. Since sponsorship deals are brand dependent, creators have no ownership or capital. They are completely under the control of the organizations that pay them to promote their goods and services. Uganda lacks instruments to compensate inventors like developed Western countries.

YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website, announced a $100 million YouTube fund in September 2021, to be distributed between 2021 and 2022. It will be a reward for content creators who produce interesting and captivating. Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya were among the most present nations. The lack of Ugandan representation highlights some shortcomings. This is partly because Ugandan material is mostly only consumed in the country and has yet to garner international attention, which the Afro Mobile app is trying to address by rewarding Ugandan content creators.

Kevin Kaija, the managing director of Afro Mobile, believes paid content producers will inspire them to invest more and raise the standard of Ugandan media. But perhaps more importantly, it will undoubtedly help it to become a lucrative industry like those in other fields. For example, if you search for “The Guardian” on Google, you must first pay for a subscription to fully access the element of the website, and they go further and explain why you need to subscribe.

With the decision to market the Afro Mobile app, Ugandans can support their favorite content producers by giving them as little as 500 UGX per day, 1,500 UGX per week and 5,000 UGX per month in Uganda. Those living abroad can do the same by donating as little as $2.99 ​​per month, $7.99 per term, and $34.99 per year.

Paying content creators is a fair reward for their efforts and time, says Danze Edwin, gaming content creator and head of digital marketing at Next Media. Plus, it encourages competition, which results in better hardware. Danze points out that having content on the Afro Mobile app allows authors to reach 250,000 monthly active users. Since free advertising is offered on the app’s social media platforms and other third-party websites, being on the app has greatly reduced the developer’s need for advertising.

A Twitter discussion on paid content creators, hosted by Ugandan media outlet NBS Television, revealed that there is still a lot to learn about this profitable industry, including what content creation is, how monetize and how to sell yourself to get noticed globally. Raymond Kahuma, who in January 2022 received a Guinness World Book of Records certificate for creating the world’s largest Rolex which weighed 204 kilograms, is one of Uganda’s best-known content producers, including Uncle Mo, Louis Lwanga, Nadia Mbire Matovu and Lucy Bunyenyezi.

Afro Mobile is a complete digital content distribution platform with a mobile phone application. It is now also available on the web and TV via, offering material in audio, text and video, with over 250,000 monthly active users and 920,876 downloads! The most recent app update now lets you stream live content from your laptop, tablet or TV, giving you access to all your favorite content producers wherever and whenever you want .

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Henry James and the Joys of Confusion

About James The bowl of gold.

I recently read Henry James’ The bowl of gold. There was something about it that was intellectually uncomfortable. While reading, I sometimes felt like my brain was short-circuiting. I’m not alone. People who love his earlier works often draw the line at The bowl of gold. Some critics say it’s unnecessarily complex, poorly structured, badly written, a sign of the waning powers of an aging James. Gore Vidal said the book suffered because James, later in life, dictated to his secretary and would continue to revel in it. But despite these criticisms, I felt there was something.

Writing is like giving someone instructions. Imagine if, during a trip, you asked a person “Where is the station?” and instead of hearing “Take the metro three stops”, you were told: “Well, normally people take the number 67 bus three stops past the old prison and then change to the number 54 bus which passes by the cathedral. Then they go down, take the first right, past Charlie’s bar, then the second left past the cemetery, after that they go straight for three blocks and that’s it. However today , as the weather is overcast and you’re wearing a blue suit, I suggest you take another route. First…” We decide to enter freely into such an experience or to run away screaming.

There is a psychology in writing that alternates between the familiar and the unexpected. Too much of the familiar becomes boring, too much of the unexpected destroys the feeling of being somewhere. Of the intellectual pleasures, perhaps the greatest is understanding this interaction, wandering into the unknown until you finally understand. On one level it’s the fun of murder mysteries, on a more complex level it becomes a matter of character motivations and plot building. And perhaps the highest intellectual pleasure is when one becomes aware of the conscious structural processes behind material experience. The bowl of gold takes form, style and construction to levels where they become objectified presences; moreover, James makes an art of misdirection. It is a book in which one of the subtexts is the conscious act of reading itself. And form and content seem perfectly matched.

The bowl of gold deals with the marriages of a wealthy American art collector, Adam Verver, who came to Europe with his daughter Maggie to acquire works of art for his new museum. Maggie marries a poor Italian prince while Adam marries a poor but “beautiful, intelligent, and high-spirited young American” Charlotte Stant, a childhood friend of Maggie. However, unbeknownst to Adam or Maggie, the Prince and Charlotte had been romantically involved with each other in the past. And once brought closer to each other, they begin a new affair. Maggie finds out and works to end it. Throughout the story we see that father and daughter are both, in their respective ways, collectors. As a result, they “acquire” a husband and wife like a new paint or an antique rarity. But no one prays in front of a museum, we look at it, we “appreciate” it. This is what happens to the prince and to Charlotte. They are “collected” and lose their soul. History illustrates the sterility of the American ideal of prosperity.

Reading this book is a visceral and physical experience. It’s like entering a three-dimensional maze. I recommend it just as I recommend James’s Introduction to His Complete Works (which is included in the Penguin Edition). I would also suggest any reader do as James suggests and read it aloud. I did and it was worth it. There was a logic that would otherwise have been absent: what emerged was the music of a poem. James knew what he was doing.

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XO Manowar from Valiant, November 2022, solicits for seven months


Earlier this month, after announcing that Valiant Entertainment had let go of much of its staff, Bleeding Cool told the story of Valiant canceling Archer & Armstrong mid-series, delaying future issues of book of shadows until 2023 and wondered what would happen XO Manowar, still scheduled for November 2022. Later, Valiant Entertainment came out strong with a PR titled “The Epic Future of Valiant Entertainment Publishing” which included Undefeated XO Manowar drawn by Liam Sharp, scheduled for November 2022, but listed for March 2o23. And so it is in Valiant Entertainment’s solicitation for the November 2022 comic to include XO Manowar #1 but scheduled for March 22, seven months from now. I’ve never seen a mainstream US publisher of a monthly comic book soliciting something so far in advance. It looks like they already have the location in previews and probably advertising as well, and decided they might as well use it. It’s quite strange. Here are Valiant Entertainment’s full November 2022 solicitations and solicitations – even though the big launch is for March. Bloodshot Unleashed #3 is still in demand for November. And the book of shadows the collection is postponed to… May? May? It’s in nine months. What’s going on? I should try to get my hands on a printed copy of Previews this week and see if it matches those dates.

(W) Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad (A/CA) Liam Sharp
Warrior. Trim. Liberator. King. Aric de Dacia has lived many lives. Now its past, present and future collide as Valiant’s XO MANOWAR returns in an unforgettable new series. Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and Liam Sharp bring XO Manowar to new planets, old villains and brutal fates. XO Manowar is alone in space and stranded on a distant world, battered and defiant, but never defeated. Put the king back on his throne as XO Manowar stages an epic return on his 30th anniversary.
In store: March 22, 2023
MSRP: 3.99

(W) Deniz Camp (A/CA) Jon Davis-Hunt
Guest star XO MANOWAR!
BLOODSHOT enlists XO MANOWAR – who knows a thing or two about ending alien threats – as a parasitic alien takes up residence in a church in Appalachia, endangering an entire congregation of lost souls.
In Stores: Nov 16, 2022
MSRP: 3.99

(W) Cullen Bunn (F) Vicente Cifuentes (CA) Travis Escafullery
Shadow Man. Eternal warrior. Punk Mambo. Doctor Miracle. The supernatural protectors of the valiant universe unite for the first time ever to face a terrifying ancient threat: Exarch Fane. No one is safe as the fearsome enemy has cold hands on the Book of Shadows.
Valiant is proud to present BOOK OF SHADOWS, a supernatural event starring horror master Cullen Bunn (Venom) and spooky artist Vicente Cifuentes (Justice League Dark) that’s the perfect opportunity to join the Valiant universe.
If Exarch Fane doesn’t destroy the world first!
In store: May 17, 2023
MSRP: 14.99

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EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #4 will feature a sentient Spider-Mobile, the return of Spider-Ham, and the debut of Spinstress

Marvel Comics has released new details and artwork for Edge of the Spider-Verse #4and we see the return of Spider-Ham, a sentient Spider-Mobile in action, and the debut of an important new character…

In the last two issues, Edge of Spider-Verse readers met new Spider-Heroes like Spider-Rex, the new Spider-UK, and Night-Spider, as well as seen what the future holds for fan-favorite heroes like Araña, Spider-Man Noir, and more.

Throughout this saga, we’ve also seen the rise of a dark new threat to the Spider-Verse, which will lead directly into Dan Slott’s upcoming Spidey epic, starting in October. Spiderman #1. This transformation of the Spider-Verse continues in the weeks to come with more exciting additions to the Spider-Verse family, a new status quo for existing Spider-Heroes, and more clues as to what will bring about the end of the Spider-Verse. .

Now, Marvel Comics has shared what we can expect from the upcoming fourth issue, on sale September 21.

  • Spider-Ham returns to do what he does best: fight crime in the most unpredictable and entertaining way possible! And who is his new friend? Find out in this gripping tale from MODOK series co-creator Jordan Blum and artist Michael Shelfer.
  • A Spider-Hero like no other makes his dazzling debut! Meet Spinstress, a Spider-Princess who sings, talks to spiders, and kicks wickedly all over her kingdom! David Hein, author of the Broadway hit Come From Away, brings it to life alongside the incredible artist Luciano Vecchio. Check out its stunning design by Helen Chen, the artist and production designer known for her work with Walt Disney Animation Studios on films like Raya and the last dragon, Ralph’s Wrecksand Big Hero 6!
  • More than just an awesome vehicle, Spider-Mobile is a superhero unto itself! Experience the first solo adventure of this iconic car in a story by Spider-Verse architect Dan Slott and Eisner Award-winning artist Ty Templeton!
  • The amazing Sun-Spider that debuted in the 2020s spider worms The miniseries as the winner of Marvel’s Spidersona contest gets its own story written by Bingo Love creator Tee Franklin in her Marvel Comics debut alongside fellow rising star Jethro Morales!

Below, you can discover the works of Ty Templeton, Michael Shelfer, Luciano Vecchio and Jethro Morales. We also have the main Edge of the Spider-Verse #4 cover by Josemaria Casanovas, plus some eye-catching spinstress variant covers by Helen Chen.







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Why popular foods are missing from shelves everywhere

Butter is a staple in British kitchens used in large quantities, not only smeared on bread but also in the country’s beloved cakes and biscuits. However, due to a continued shortage of foreign labor after Brexit, the golden yellow spread is missing from many store shelves. Dairy cooperative Arla Foods, which makes several brands of butter, has blamed a ‘chronic shortage of skilled farm workers’ for ‘undermining our food security’ and impacting the availability and soaring prices of butter and produce. dairy.

A kilo of its Lurpak-branded butter sold for nearly $12 in July, down from around $8 in previous months, with UK tabloids and social media joking about swapping a block of butter for homes or businesses. cars, and call the government to “nationalize Lurpak”.

Liz Oughton, a baker from central England, told the Washington Post that she regularly visits several supermarkets to look for the lowest prices and has switched to an oil-based spread to its cookies, because of the “astronomical rise” in the cost of butter. .

“I get quite anxious every time I shop because the prices seem to go up so quickly,” said Oughton, founder of Bostin Bakery, famous for his Cherry Bakewell – a cookie made from marzipan, almond and cherries. “I’m doing my best not to raise our prices because I know everyone is feeling the pressure, including our customers.”

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The Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards will take place in November

Sydney, August 17, 2022 – The fourth annual Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awardwhich recognizes entrepreneurs, business people and business owners who have written and published a book demonstrating their skills, knowledge and experience in the industry, will take place on Tuesday, November 22.

The awards will donate all proceeds to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, which invests in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to shape the future of literacy for their children. The awards were founded by best-selling author Andrew Griffiths and publishing expert Michael Hanrahan and allow commercial non-fiction writers to share their wisdom with current and potential colleagues, and the general public.

This year, the awards will introduce a new advisory committee of approximately 50 judges to scrutinize the various types of non-fiction business books being written and published.

Categories for the 2022 awards include
entrepreneurship and small business; Social responsibility; Personal development; Communications and sales; Personal finance and investment; Management & HR, Leadership, Technology, Health & Well-being; and general affairs. All books will also be considered for
Best cover design and book of the year.

Global human capital management (HCM) consultancy Smart WFM returns as platinum sponsor. Jarrod McGrath, CEO of Smart WFM and author of The digital workforce and book to come The modern CEO, says that business writers make an important contribution to the economy and to Indigenous literacy.

“The Australian Business Book Awards tick all the boxes for us,” McGrath said. “They support, encourage and recognize Australian commercial writers, which is vitally important to our economy and the future of our country.

“The awards are non-profit and support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This is an organization that does amazing work, and we take great pride in knowing that our support is ultimately supporting Indigenous literacy in Australia.

Andrew Griffiths says the awards have already made a significant contribution to the Foundation, and he is aiming for 2022 to be their biggest year yet.

“These awards serve the very positive purpose of recognizing and celebrating Australian commercial non-fiction writers,” said Griffiths.

“Since the awards began, we have been able to donate over $35,000 to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation. This would not have been possible without the tremendous support and generosity of Jarrod and Michelle McGrath, and the Smart WFM team.

Registration will remain open until Friday, August 26 with over 200 book entries expected. The winners will be revealed on Tuesday, November 22 during an online awards event. For more information and to enter, visit

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OnlineBookClub President Scott Hughes announces new book featuring world-record-holding author of Chicken Soup for the Soul as Chairman’s Choice for August 2022

Mark Victor Hansen, Mitzi Perdue’s Relentless is the Chairman’s Choice for August 2022.

Chairman’s Choice is a new addition to that answers the question: what will Scott Hughes read next? The first choice for the president’s choice is Mark Victor Hansen, Relentless: The Wisdom Behind The Incomparable Chicken Soup For The Soul by Mitzi Perdue. This highly anticipated book is a dive into “to many important people who have inspired Mark Victor Hansen along the way and to those with whom he has made a real difference in their lives”, according to Amazon description.

“By far the new release I’ve been looking forward to the most is Mitzi Perdue’s profile from Mark Victor Hansen, who is the founder and co-creator of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series.” Scott Hughes, founder of remarked. “Mark is literally the world record holder for book sales. Mitzi had the honor of working directly with this legend and expert to develop this book about him. I have already purchased my own copy and will personally read this book myself in August. I invite all OnlineBookClub members to join me in reading this book in August.”

“Mark Victor Hansen, the subject of my book, is in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling half a billion books,” wrote Mitzi Perdue. “He may be the world’s expert on selling a lot of books. He has had different Chicken Soup for the Soul books on the New York Times bestseller list 57 times.

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San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis suspended 80 games – here’s everything you need to know

The baseball world was shaken on Friday afternoon when it was learned that one of the game’s brightest young stars, Fernando Tatis Jr., had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and had been struck down by the Major League Baseball with an 80-game suspension.

Tatis, the 23-year-old superstar shortstop who had already established himself as one of the faces of the sport, was just days away from recovering from the wrist injury that sidelined him all season. His San Diego Padres, on the heels of a blockbuster trade for Juan Soto, eagerly awaited his return as they hunted for a title. Tatis’ season is now over and the Padres’ championship hopes have been greatly diminished.

But there is so much more to it.

Here are some of the most pressing questions about Tatis, the Padres and MLB.

What does this mean for Tatis?

We’ll cover the general aspects later, but first the basics: Tatis’ 80-game suspension begins Friday and will last for the remaining 48 games of the regular season. How long until 2023 will depend on how deep the Padres play in the playoffs, if they get there (they came into play Friday with a one-game lead over sixth and last place in the League playoffs national). Tatis is also not expected to be eligible to represent the Dominican Republic in next year’s World Baseball Classic.

Tatis is one of the game’s most captivating stars, yet in his first four seasons he will have played only 273 of a possible 546 regular season games. He missed the final seven weeks of the 2019 season due to a lower back stress reaction, spent all of 2021 dealing with a wayward left shoulder and will ultimately miss the entirety of 2022 for factors that were apparently well within his control: a wrist injury that likely occurred in an off-season motorcycle accident, and now a positive drug test.

Tatis, who could lose nearly $3 million in salary with the suspension, released a 198-word statement in which he said he “inadvertently took ringworm medication containing Clostebol.”

Tatis later added that he was “completely devastated”, writing: “There is nowhere else in the world I would rather be than on the pitch competing with my teammates. After initially appealing the suspension , I realized that my mistake was the cause of this result, and for this reason, I decided to start serving my suspension immediately. I look forward to joining my teammates on the pitch in 2023.”

What does this mean for the Padres?

It doesn’t get any more deflating than that. Rewind just 10 days ago when fans lined the gates of Petco Park clamoring to enter the stadium for a midweek game against the Colorado Rockies. It was because the team had just traded for Soto, yes, but it was bigger than that; it was a palpable excitement not only because of what the Padres were right now, but what they would be very soon.

The Padres laid bare their farming system as they chased Soto, and others, because they saw it as an opportunity to go, a belief rooted in large part in what the team accomplished without Tatis. . With him back in the lineup, they saw a legitimate championship contender. And with the additions of Soto and Josh Bell and Brandon Drury and Josh Hader, they saw a team that could rival the Yankees and Dodgers and Mets and Astros and any of the sports behemoths.

The Padres will always be good, of course. They are still considered playoff-prone, with Ha-seong Kim continuing to provide stellar defense at shortstop and Trent Grisham continuing to be a mainstay in center field. But it won’t be the same. This is a major missed opportunity, and it’s not a franchise that can absorb many of them.

Under chairman Peter Seidler, the Padres took a major leap of faith by investing heavily in the major league roster in hopes that local fans — in a city that recently lost its NFL team — would rally around it. of them. Tatis embodies this approach in many ways. They rewarded it with a massive $340 million, 14-year extension in February 2021, calling it a “statue deal.” And they basically assembled a star roster around him. Tatis didn’t live up to his end in large part because he didn’t act responsibly, as evidenced by the two reasons why he will miss all of 2022.

The Padres’ statement was noticeably dry and by no means supportive, ending with the following line: “We fully support the program and hope Fernando learns from this experience.” Later Padres general manager AJ Preller hints at trust issues speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C.

What does this mean for MLB?

It’s a black mark for the game every time one of its star players gets arrested for alleged cheating (an aspect of which Tatis denies). Tatis’ suspension is up there with those of Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez and Ryan Braun. He’s such a big star, he means a lot to the sport.

Tatis embodies the type of athlete Major League Baseball wants to market – bilingual, handsome, charismatic, flashy, extremely talented. Now Tatis must live with the stigma of that for the rest of his career, the extent of which is impossible to determine at this time. His image may never fully recover.

What does this medicine do?

Clostebol is a testosterone-boosting anabolic steroid that is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and has been on the MLB Prohibited List since it began testing steroids in 2003. Clostebol was one of the substances for which Dee Gordon tested positive in 2016, on the heels of a batting title. Freddy Galvis also tested positive in 2012.

Tatis, however, is a much bigger star, being the only player in major league history with 80 home runs and 50 stolen bases in the first 300 games of his career. He is now the third expansion-era player (since 1961) to finish in the top three in MVP voting and then miss out the entire following season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The others were Moises Alou, who missed the 1999 season with a torn ACL, and Sandy Koufax, who retired after winning a Cy Young in 1966.

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Matt Baker’s Secrets of True Love #1


The Secrets of True Love #1 is an atypical and very rare comic strip. This issue, Atom-Age Combat #1 and Little ghost #1 are the last comic strips ever published by St. John Publications. It is also of course the last of the great St. John romance line, and the last comic book cover of St. John attributed to Matt Boulanger by a very wide margin. And somewhat famously, this appears to be a different version of his cover for War novels #17 from 1953. Aside from the mystery behind, The Secrets of True Love #1 is an incredibly rare comic, and this The Secrets of True Love #1 (St. John, 1958) Condition: VG- Available Aug 11, 2022 Matt Baker Showcase auction #40190 is the first copy of the issue Heritage Auctions has ever sold.

Secrets of True Love #1 (St. John, 1958), Wartime Romances #17 (St. John, 1953).

The circumstances that led to this unique title require unboxing, but it ultimately begins here: August 13, 1955, the owner of St. John Publications Archer St. John was found dead in the apartment of a former Powers model, along with the New York Daily News proclaiming: “Two shadowy West Side figures, a man and a woman, suspected of giving dope pills to magazine publisher Archer St. John, were hunted down last night by detectives investigating the mysterious death of St. John’s in the penthouse apartment of a Former Powers Model.”

The company came under the control of Archer’s son, Michel Saint-Jeanwith the assistance of the Managing Director of St. John Publications Richard E. Decker. According to the artist’s account Lou Cameron as linked in Matt Baker: The Art of Glamor, Michael St. John cleaned up the company, and Baker was fired. Interestingly, Archer St. John seemed to have set up the company’s comic book line to survive the comic book code transition brilliantly earlier that year, taking over several United Features properties for comic book publishing. drawn, such as Fritzi Ritz, Nancy and Sluggoand Tip Top Comics. A Jackie Gleason licensed title had been added alongside the ongoing hit Abbott and Costello series. Terry-Toons properties were always a mainstay of the publisher’s comic book line.

Meanwhile, St. John experimented in the magazine business in the early 1950s with varying success. Notable for Baker collectors is the 1953 era Pulp Monthly Digest Manhunt, which contains illustrations by Baker. And in late 1955 Baker’s work appeared in the first issue of the St. John’sPlayboy clone” men’s magazine Nugget.

However, the idea that Michael St. John cleaned up the house immediately after his father died seems inaccurate. The latest issues of Diary Secrets, Cinderella’s Loveand Go steady all hit the newsstand before Archer St. John died. Teen Romances #45, the last issue of the title with a copyright/on-sale date of October 1, 1955 had a cover that was almost certainly attributed to Baker before Archer St. John’s death. And really, all of the romance line content was reprints with new covers since June 1954, just like Authentic Police Cases and at least some of the rest of the non-humorous line. It’s pretty clear that following the 1954 Senate subcommittee hearings that covered the comic book industry, St. John decided to proceed with caution. In fact, it seems likely that he cut inside story assignments drastically when hearings began in April 1954. It was this decision that ultimately dramatically changed the fate of St. John’s comic book line. Matt Baker’s last new interior art for the St. John comics appeared in cover issues dated June 1954. He certainly saw the writing on the wall here long before St. John’s died in August 1955 , at least as far as the publisher’s line of comics is concerned.

Timeline of Matt Baker's comic art career at St. John Publications.
Timeline of Matt Baker’s comic art career at St. John Publications.

That said, St. John Publications’ comic book publishing business slowed considerably shortly after Archer St. John’s death. Rather surprisingly and in what was the biggest blow to the company, it appears that the death of St. John’s resulted in the immediate loss of the Terry-Toons license, which was later reclaimed by Pines. The Universal Features comics ran until the July 1957 cover issues and were then taken over by Dell. Everything else was gone by then, and the St. John comic line went on a four-month hiatus. He returned with a small flurry of new title attempts for the cover issues dated November 1957, which quickly ended with the final cover of the St. Johns comics dated February 1958: Little ghost #1, The Secrets of True Love #1and Atom-Age Combat #1.

Sure, Atomic Age Combat had been a revival of St. John’s 1952/1953 title of that name. Al Fago was packaging/editing the St. John line of comics during this post-Archer St. John era, and he briefly continued Atomic Age Combat and little ghost using his publishing company Fago Magazines. The fact that he didn’t try to carry on The Secrets of True Love may imply that it sold poorly. Certainly the St. John 1958 Atom-Age Combat #1 is anecdotally a fairly common comic for its time for comparison.

Although it is quite clear that the cover of The Secrets of True Love #1 is an alternate version of the cover of War novels #17, how it was published by St. John in 1958 (it actually hit newsstands in December 1957) is a bit of a mystery. Baker’s St. John comic book assignments had passed more than two years previously, and it is extremely unlikely that he submitted them to St. John after that. But it’s also clear that this cover wasn’t inked in 1953 with its War novels #17 companion. Although there is conflicting data as to whether Baker had an office in St. John during this time, assuming he was a freelancer, a penciled cover submitted and rejected before passing it on to inker would likely have been held back by Baker to possibly rework and resubmit elsewhere down the road. Still, it’s not hard to imagine this piece in some form walking around the office for some reason. But whatever it was, it ended The Secrets of True Love #1, it seems likely that the published piece also had post-Comics Code revisions. The scene takes place in a cafe or restaurant rather than a bar with the sailors drinking alcohol, which seems unlikely to have been Baker’s original intention, given the context of the previously released version. And the style of the woman’s dress was made much more conservative.

The rarity and mystery of The Secrets of True Love #1 offers us a nice little hook into the last days of St. John Publications, and you have a rare chance to get a The Secrets of True Love #1 (St. John, 1958) Condition: VG- Auctioned at the August 11, 2022 The Matt Baker Showcase Auction #40190 at Heritage Auctions. Are you new to the Matt Baker collection or want to know more? Bleeding Cool takes a deep dive into Matt Baker’s comic art history as we approach this auction. If you have never bid on Heritage Auctions before, you can get more information, you can check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related questions.

Secrets of True Love #1 (St. John, 1958) Condition: VG-. A very rare book – this is the first copy we’ve seen in our 22 years of comic book auctions. The last romance issue St. John ever published was in February 1958, the company’s last comic book publishing month, period. By the way, the scene is. Matt Baker drew the cover, a toned down reworking of the scene from war novels #17. Overstreet 2022 VG 4.0 value = $64.

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North Wales singer Aled Jones pays tribute to Snowman creator Raymond Briggs

BANGOR-born singer Aled Jones has said he owes The Snowman creator Raymond Briggs a “debt of gratitude” following the author and illustrator’s death at the age of 88.

His 1978 classic The Snowman has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide, and he also created the children’s books Father Christmas, Fungus The Bogeyman and When The Wind Blows.

An animated version of The Snowman, made for Channel 4 in 1982, became a holiday staple and has been shown on TV every Christmas since.

Welsh singer Jones rose to fame as a teenager after covering Walking In The Air, the song written by Howard Blake for the 1982 animated version.

Aled Jones and Russell Watson entertain the crowds that flock to St Asaph Tweedmill for the 25th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Phil Micheu

Speaking on his classic FM radio show on Wednesday, Aled paid tribute to Briggs saying: ‘What a legacy he leaves behind.

“His books have touched millions around the world, and what a debt of gratitude I owe to his greatest creation of all. Thank you Raymond.

He then played the classic song in memory of the late author.

Jones was born at St David’s Hospital in Bangor and grew up in the small Welsh-speaking community of Llandegfan in Anglesey. He attended Ysgol David Hughes and joined the Bangor Cathedral Choir at the age of nine.

Author Raymond Briggs in Hyde Park, London.  Image: PA

Author Raymond Briggs in Hyde Park, London. Image: PA

In a statement, Briggs’ family said: “We know Raymond’s books have been loved and touched by millions of people around the world who will be saddened to hear this news.

“Fan drawings – especially children’s drawings – inspired by his books were treasured by Raymond and pinned to his studio wall.

“He lived a rich and full life, and said he felt lucky to have had both his wife Jean and his partner of over 40 years Liz in his life.

“He shared his love of nature with Liz on walks in the South Downs and on family holidays in Scotland and Wales.

“He also shared his sense of fun and madness with his family and with his family of artist friends – at get-togethers, costume parties and summer picnics in the garden. and enjoyed being played on.

“All of us close to him knew his irreverent humor – it could be biting in his work when it came to those in power. He loved the Guardian editorial describing himself as an ‘iconoclastic national treasure’.

Born in Wimbledon, south-west London, in 1934, Briggs studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before briefly pursuing painting.

After becoming a professional illustrator, he worked and taught illustration at Brighton College of Art.

In 1966, he won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his work illustrating a nursery rhyme book, The Mother Goose Treasury.

Author Raymond Briggs in Hyde Park, London.  Image: PA

Author Raymond Briggs in Hyde Park, London. Image: PA

His best known works were published between 1973 and 1984 and also included Father Christmas Goes On Holiday and The Tin-Pot Foreign General And The Old Iron Woman.

He has won numerous awards during his career, including the Kurt Maschler Award, the Children’s Book of the Year and the Dutch Silver Pen Award.

In February 2017, Briggs received the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award and the trust responded to news of his death by tweeting, “He will live on in his stunning and iconic books.”

He was appointed CBE for services to literature the same year.

Francesca Dow, Managing Director of Penguin Random House Children’s, said: “Raymond’s books are illustrated masterpieces that address some of the fundamental questions of what it is to be human, aimed at adults. and to children with a remarkable economy of words and illustrations.

“Raymond is probably best known for The Snowman. Perhaps he needed more freedom than the standard 32-page picture book format allowed and created a radical and beautiful innovation: a wordless picture book for children, a stills storyboard that became an instant classic in its own right, as well as the most I loved animations.

Ms Dow said Briggs was “unique” and “inspired generations of picture book, graphic novel and animation creators”.

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She added: “He leaves an extraordinary legacy and a big hole.”

Briggs’ literary agent, Hilary Delamere, said: ‘Raymond loved playing the grumpy professional, but he will be remembered for his stories of love and loss.

“From the many letters he received, I know how much his books and animations have touched people’s hearts.”

Prominent children’s authors, including former children’s laureates Michael Rosen and Cressida Cowell, have paid tribute to Briggs and her literary legacy.

Briggs is survived by her stepdaughter Clare and her husband Fynn, her stepson Tom and his wife Sarah, and three step-grandchildren.

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Reading and writing

[Column] Six good reasons to teach writing

[Column] Six good reasons to teach writing

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Last fall Cornwall Manor participated in a pen pal program initiated by the Wellness Committee. While the experience was rewarding, fun, and yes, even educational (for both residents and students), I wanted to share why, as Chair of the Wellness Committee, I asked committee members to establish this program in the first place.

It has everything to do with the art and skill of writing, write on paper, not text on your phone. Not only have schools lost the opportunity to teach cursive writing, they have lost the opportunity to teach writing itself.

So here are at least six good reasons to teach writing (letters or otherwise):

  1. While electronic gadgets may seem to have taken away the need to write, bringing the world together in more spectacular ways and providing us with untold amounts of information, it’s quite the opposite. They actually increased the demand for writers. In a complex and changing society, more people are needed who can write, order and communicate information and experiences.
  2. Writing, for many students, is the skill that can unlock language arts. Students who have never read often begin reading in a writing program. They must read their own words to recognize what they have said and decide how to say it more effectively. Classmates can even start helping each other out this way. This should eventually lead to an interest in reading published writers on a variety of topics.
  3. To write is to think. Writing with the language of words (think math and the language of numbers) is the most precise and disciplined form of thinking. When we see what we have written (essentially what we have said), we often need to reconsider it, to refocus it, that is, to reflect.
  4. Writing is an ethical act because the most important quality in writing is honesty. It may be particularly important at this time in our history to teach writing, where the difference between dishonest speech and honest speech, between true and false, is revealed.
  5. Writing is a process of self-discovery. It is a process in which everyone tries to find the meaning of their life. We use language not so much to report what we know, but to discover what we know. It is important that students have the opportunity to self-explore in a disciplined and intensive way through writing.
  6. Writing is art, and art is deep play. Art is making, creating, building. It’s an experience of trying to add something to the world that wasn’t there before.

Some of what I wrote here was described in the goals/objectives I gave to teachers last year. That said, I must conclude by saying that not all students will respond well to this philosophy, of which we are all already painfully aware. We just have to respect our efforts and theirs. If a student doesn’t do well at first, it’s important to understand that “failure” is an essential part of the writing process, so it helps students to understand this as they are usually put through a curriculum focused on success in schools. Your exchanges of letters during the year are not graduated (think spelling and grammar). We have created a safe place for students to reflect and compose, essentially for the first time, on paper without criticism. This allows for future communication on paper, awakening a New (writing on paper?? What a concept!) and an exciting form of contact, not only with their peers, but also with their grandparents and friends who may live a few states away.

We are, after all, listeners, an audience eager to respond to young writers who are just beginning to find their voice. Here is a fresh experience, a language being discovered, forms being explored, voices asserting themselves in their own way.

Simply put, we help them discover themselves.

John Keosseian is the Chairman of the Wellness Committee at Cornwall Manor.

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Climate Crisis Chronicles tells true stories about climate change in comic book form

Comics publisher AWA is raising awareness of the growing climate crisis facing the world through a one-shot comic entitled Climate Crisis Chronicles, which will tell ten true stories of people on the “front lines” of the climate crisis.

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Written by Ethan Sacks with art by Dalibor Talajić, Climate Crisis Chronicles tells ten stories from around the world, all of which focus on the impact of climate change on human life and the efforts to deal with these changes.

“Our goal with Climate Crisis Chronicles was to use the medium of comics to tell the stories of real-life heroes at the forefront of the most important battle of all time,” said Ethan Sacks, in the ad. “These life-changing forces on this planet can sometimes seem overwhelming or abstract, so artist Dalibor Talajić and I set out to document the consequences on a very human and very personal level.”

“These ten chapters highlight people around the world engaged in fighting the effects of climate change here and now, or fighting for a better tomorrow,” he concludes.

Here is a gallery of images from the first chapter:

Sacks and Talajić previously created the similar One-shot anthology COVID Chronicles from 2020, which told the stories of workers battling the global COVID health crisis.

AWA has partnered with THINK, the opinion, analysis and essay section of NBC News to digitally publish Climate Crisis Chronicles, with the first chapter of the one-shot anthology currently available on their website. New chapters will be released every week.

A print edition of Climate Crisis Chronicles is due out in November.

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Author Alfred Ryals Jr.’s new audiobook ‘Dude’s Book of Testimonies’ offers a brilliant discussion of a man’s faith, sincerity and trust in the Creator

The recently released audiobook “Dude’s Book of Testimonies” by Audiobook Network author Alfred Ryals Jr. shares real, honest testimonies of a man whose faith in the Redeemer gave him strength and hope.

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Alfred Ryals Jr., who was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, has completed his new audiobook “Dude’s Book of Testimonies”: an insightful and moving collection of stories based on one man’s experiences in life. He talks about his faith and all the revelatory encounters he has ever had. Through these written testimonies, he expresses the things of his heart and his soul.

Alfred Ryals Jr. shares, “This is a short story book based on my actual testimonies; I wrote some of them down as stories and some as questions I had and answers I received from Yah. I have had trouble speaking in church and in public because I sometimes stammer and stutter when I speak, which makes me ashamed to give my testimony verbally. So I decided that if I wanted others to hear my stories, I had to write them down and have them read or read aloud. I often read these stories. Even though these events have happened in my life, they still give me hope and a sense of joy because I know my redeemer lives!

Published by Audiobook Network, author Alfred Ryals Jr.’s new audiobook is a thought-provoking opus that sparks inspiration and faith in listeners while examining one man’s life and faith through his personal stories.

Listeners can purchase the audiobook edition of Alfred Ryals Jr.’s “Dude’s Book of Testimonies” through Audible, Apple’s iTunes store or Amazon.

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in the digital publishing industry. According to The Infinite Dial 2019, 50% of Americans ages 12 and older have listened to an audiobook. This huge growth can be partly attributed to the rise of in-car listening, which overtook the home as the top place for listening to audiobooks in the 2019 survey. The proliferation of smart speakers also bodes well for future listening growth and more mainstream listening.

Audiobook Network, Inc. (ABN) is a full-service audiobook publishing company that brings authored books or e-books to life through audio storytelling. ABN manages, narration, production, audio editing, digital formatting, distribution, promotion and royalty collections under one roof. For more information or media requests, contact Audiobook Network at 866-296-7774.

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History of the American educational system

The United States has been one of the greatest educational capitals in the world. Wealth and enlightenment have always been correlated. The history of education in the United States begins its roots in the 17th century and continues until today.

In this article, we are going to provide you with a brief detailed history of public education in the United States. This text is based on actual dates from the government and the research paper. Interested? Reading ahead!

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17th century – The starting point

The 17th century was the effective beginning of education in the corresponding institutions due to the opening of the Boston Latin School. Tutor technology appeared in the early 11th century, so some of the students at Boston’s first school were already literate. They were able to read and write.

You can guess that education was not available to everyone. First of all, most of the children lived in the villages, where there was no school. Moreover, schools were very expensive and people could not afford such luxury.

The frequent opening of schools

Later, the government started to build educational centers in small towns and big villages. Thus, everyone could become a student, attend high school, study science, read and write. Before, children could only study the basics geometry problems this way but nowadays they can momentarily get the trigonometry question and answers through these kinds of services. However, it was a real and exclusive chance to become aware of the essentials of grammar.

In addition, there was gender discrimination. It’s reasonable why women and men had different laws, surely men had more. This is why education was more accessible to boys than to girls. Certainly, the number of college institutions prevailed.

Religion – The most accessible education provider

If you were in a time when education was just getting distorted, you most likely became a student of religion. It is enough just to be under faith and to be ready to determine a whole (or part) of life to God. It was therefore accessible to anyone who wanted it.

This education was of high quality, inexpensive and even free for certain groups of citizens. However, the teaching specification was a bit different. While the traditional schools intensively improved the scientific aspects, the church schools focused on family, community and moral values.

The war changed everything

In 1875, the Revolutionary War with 9 years of durability began, and it certainly impacted the history of American education. Most teachers and tutors have been mobilized. However, during the war, knowledge of grammar was extremely vital. That is why the rapid production of self-study manuals began. The ability to have basic science and math was so crucial, but soldiers had a lot of shortcomings. This period influence the American educational development chain.

The war intimidated people of dark color and whites, so by 1799 African Americans could also enter educational institutions. John Chavis was the first black student in the history of public education. By the way, he was applying to Lee and Washington universities.

24 years later, Alexander Lucious Twilight was that person of African race who graduated from middlebury college with a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, Mary Jane Patterson was Oberling College’s first African-American student. It was the moment of flight in the history of education in America!

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For decades, teaching degrees at universities and colleges in the United States have been gaining in prestige. Below we are going to share you the list of best educational institutions in the United States of America. Also, we will mention the names of world famous stars, whom we study there!

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The List of Best Universities in USA

Meet a list of the best universities in the USA:

  • University of Massachusetts
  • American University of Washington.
  • Princeton University.
  • Harvard.
  • Yale University.

Above are the most famous universities with superior teaching quality, however, if other universities are not as famous as them, that does not mean they are garbage! World celebrities have proven it!

Netflix “Riverdale” star Camila Mendes (Veronika in the series) has a bachelor’s degree from New York University, as does her colleague Cole Sprouse. Other UCLA graduates are Emily Ratajkowski, Mayim Bialik, Gabrielle Union actress, etc.

From their life interviews, you can find amazing facts and positions, which happened during their student life. All students of American universities assure its quality and pleasant studies, friendly students and seasoned teachers.


Since the 1600th, American universities have held the top positions in the world. However, in this article, we have revealed the history of American education. It all started with home tutors, but when the first school opened in Boston, everything changed.

We have also introduced you to the cost of religion in the liberating industry. The revolutionary also corrected self-education, as well as calmed the conflict between two races. After that, dark skins were allowed to study.

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Affili8 becomes iGaming agency – and heads towards £500,000 target – European Gaming Industry News

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The leader in online gambling is expanding its presence in the UK market by allowing players to browse and choose the best online sports betting sites

Bojoko, the award-winning online gambling affiliate, has strengthened its position in the UK market after launching Bojoko Sports Betting.

Bojoko Sports Betting has been developed with the same approach that has seen the affiliate dominate the UK online casino market since its debut in 2017.

The site is packed with informative UK sports betting pages, with content written by online gambling specialists with a passion for sports.

Visitors can also browse and choose UK-licensed online sportsbooks, each listed on the site having met Bojoko’s strict criteria to provide the best player experience.

Bojoko also employed a team of independent sports betting testers who put each site through their paces, rating and providing feedback on key factors such as odds and bonuses.

Bojoko members, who number over 30,000 in the UK, can also rate and rate each bookmaker based on the experience they receive.

This “dual layer” means Bojoko users and members can get a clear idea of ​​what each sports betting brand has to offer before signing up and betting.

In particular, the withdrawal time of each online bookmaker is tested with a badge available for those who reach the threshold set by Bojoko.

Operators can also contact the Bojoko team to request a badge if they feel their payouts are fast enough to meet or exceed the set threshold.

Bojoko also offers a selection of powerful tools that allow visitors to filter listed online sportsbooks based on key criteria making it easier to choose sites that meet their needs.

Jussi Viljanen, Sports Manager at Bojokosaid: “Having established Bojoko as the UK’s leading online casino affiliate brand, it made sense to expand into the sports betting industry to allow punters to browse and choose from the best betting sites sports online.

“Our innovative, dual-layered approach helps highlight sportsbooks that go above and beyond to deliver a premier player experience while enabling our visitors and members to identify these brands quickly and easily.

“We have taken the same approach to Bojoko sports betting as we do to the online casino and we believe this will help us quickly emerge as the main destination for UK punters looking for sports betting information as well as access fast to the latest and greatest sports betting.

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US engages in legal battle against merger of publishing giants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House are poised to trade opening salvos in a federal antitrust lawsuit on Monday as the United States seeks to stop the largest book publisher American to absorb its rival Simon & Schuster. The case is a key test of the Biden administration’s antitrust policy.

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to block the $2.2 billion merger, which would reduce the Big Five U.S. publishers to four.

In an unusual move, the government’s star witness will be Stephen King, the renowned and transcendental author whose works are published by Simon & Schuster. King is expected to testify during the week-long trial in US District Court in Washington, D.C.

The government says it would hurt authors and ultimately readers if German media titan Bertelsmann, of which Penguin Random House is a division, were allowed to buy Simon & Schuster from US media and entertainment company Paramount. Overall. He says the deal would thwart competition and give Penguin Random House gigantic influence over books published in the United States, likely reducing authors’ salaries and giving consumers fewer books to choose from.

The publishers counter that the merger would increase competition between publishers to find and sell the hottest books, by allowing the merged company to offer larger upfront payments and marketing support to authors. This would benefit readers, booksellers and authors, they say.

Opposing attorneys for both sides will present their cases to U.S. District Judge Florence Pan.

Both New York-based publishers have impressive stables of best-selling authors, who have sold millions of copies and landed multimillion-dollar deals. Within the Penguin Random House constellation are Barack and Michelle Obama, whose memoir package totaled approximately $65 million, Bill Clinton, who received $15 million for his memoir, Toni Morrison, John Grisham and Dan Brown.

Simon & Schuster has Hillary Clinton, who received $8 million for her memoirs, Bob Woodward and Walter Isaacson. And King.

Bruce Springsteen splits the difference: his “Renegades: Born in the USA,” starring Barack Obama, was published by Penguin Random House; his memoirs, by Simon & Schuster.

The Department of Justice argues that as things stand, Penguin Random House No. 1 and Simon & Schuster No. 4, in terms of total sales, are in fierce competition for the publishing rights to the most popular books. sold. If allowed to merge, the merged company would control nearly 50% of the market for such books, according to the report, harming competition by reducing advances paid to authors and diminishing output, creativity and diversity.

The Big Five – the other three are Hachette, HarperCollins and Macmillan – dominate American publishing. They account for 90% of the market for best-selling books, according to the government.

The Biden administration is breaking new ground in corporate concentration and competition, and the government’s complaint against the publisher merger can be seen as a milestone.

President Joe Biden has made competition a mainstay of his economic policy, denouncing what he calls the excessive market power of a range of industries and stressing the importance of vigorous competition for the economy, workers, consumers and small businesses. Biden, a Democrat, called on federal regulators, including the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, to pay greater attention to big business consolidations.

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