October 2022

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Best Comic Artists 10-7

The countdown continues with the next four artists you voted as your all-time favorites (out of approximately 1,023 votes cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc. .).

10. John Buscema – 998 points (25 votes for first place)

John Buscema worked on a variety of different comics in the late 1940s and through most of the 1950s, before leaving the comics business to become a commercial artist during one of the economic downturns the comics faced. comic faces the late 1950s. Marvel’s turning point in the 1960s’ success with their superhero work brought Buscema back into comics. After Jack Kirby left Marvel in 1970, Buscema quickly became more or less THE face of Marvel Comics, and since it was around this time that Marvel took over the top spot in the comics business, Buscema was the face of this time. Additionally, he was solidified as THE face of Marvel when his art was used for the book “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” which remained in print for over twenty years. Stan Lee chose Buscema to launch Lee’s classic Silver Surfer Course…

Buscema was an amazing storyteller, who had a great penchant for action, but could also easily squeeze a lot of pathos out of dramatic scenes without action (like the famous Crying Vision full-page splash when accepted by the Avengers) . However, despite drawing a ton of superheroes in his lifetime, Buscema really wasn’t a fan of the genre. No, he loved sword and sorcery comics (plus Tarzan – he was part of the generation of artists who adored Hal Foster, whose most famous works were Tarzan and valiant prince). What he would like to draw is a bunch of guys with swords and beautiful women with, well, swords too. Fortunately, Conan the Barbarian eventually became popular enough that it made sense to put one of Marvel’s most popular artists on the title, and Buscema stuck with the book for as long as he could…

If that was all Buscema drew in his career, I bet he would have been thrilled.

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9. Frank Miller – 1026 points (17 votes for first place)

Frank Miller broke into Marvel doing a few different replacement comics before becoming a regular artist at daredevil, in collaboration with the incredible inker Klaus Janson. Miller revitalized comics with his dynamic and bold art design work. By the end of the series, Miller was only doing layouts/breakdowns and Janson was doing the rest of the artwork. Yet his page designs were unmistakably his own.

Miller left Daredevil in the early 1980s and went on to direct a creator-owned series for DC called Roninwhich debuted with a slightly more abstract style of art, which it transposed to the best-selling and epic Batman: The Dark Knightt miniseries (again working with Janson)

In the 1990s, he drew city ​​of sin for Dark Horse, where he used a new art style, inspired by Will Eisner and the use of light and shadow…

Really powerful stuff.

That’s more or less been his art style ever since. After a long hiatus, he started drawing comics again a few years ago, like some stories for Dark Knight Returns III: Race of the Masters and one 300 after, Xerxes, for Dark Horse Comics. More recently, he started his own comic book company, Frank Miller Presents, for which he will create new comics.

8. Bill Sienkiewicz – 1032 points (19 votes for first place)

When it comes to the evolution of artists, few artists can truly touch Bill Sienkiewcz’s journey. After debuting on Moon Knight’s save feature in Pontoon! doing a Neal Adams riff, Sienkiewicz then worked on The Fantastic Four with Moon Knight writer Doug Moench, then he moved on to a Moon Knight ongoing series with Moench. There he began experimenting with an expressionist style for his comic book work, which was extremely rare for the time.

His unique work quickly made him so popular that they moved him to the first x-men derived title, New Mutantswhere he kept trying new things…

until he abandoned traditional pencil drawing entirely, beginning to work in multiple mediums for his work on the classic miniseries, Elektra: Assassin (with writer Frank Miller). Here, Elektra confronts a SHIELD agent who was following her…


Sienkiewicz later used this art style on his creator-owned series, Misplaced toaster.

In the years that followed, Sienkiewicz became a much sought-after inker, as his inks could offer a whole new style to the designers he worked with. It also delivers beautiful covers for a number of different series.

RELATED: Best Comic Artists 14-11

7. John Romita Jr. – 1039 points (26 first place votes)

After starting with a short story in a Spider Man annual in the late 1970s, Romita Jr. quickly made the trip across the world of Marvel with a stunning mix of top comic book series.

He burst onto the scene with a big run on Iron Man with Bob Layton and David Michelinie. He then moved on to amazing spider man with Roger Stern before moving on to Weird X-Men with Chris Claremont. He stayed on X-Men for a while before being personally chosen to be the artistic face of the New Universe by launching Featured brand. He then moved on to a long run on daredevil with Ann Nocenti before doing stints on Cable and Warzone of the Punishers and a short return Weird X-Men. He settled down with Howard Mackie for a long time Spider Man, remaining on the book when J. Michael Straczysnki joined. During this stint, he also had a good race on Thor with Dan Jurgens and Hulk with Bruce Jones. After his Spider-Man run ended (after about 100 issues), he did an arc on Wolverine with Mark Millar, launched Eternals with Neil Gaiman, and brought the Hulk’s War to Earth with Greg Pak in world war hulk. He then created the hit series Kick ass with Mark Millar. He then restarted avengers with Brian Michael Bendis then relaunched Captain America with Rick Remender. Man, this guy has done it all!

Romita Jr’s best attribute has always been his storytelling, which is why in his early years at Marvel he usually did layouts instead of solid pencils. This gave him more time to draw several titles at the same time. Its storytelling is superb, like this bit of the famous Spider-Man/Juggernaut battle in amazing spider man #230…

However, in the late 1980s he finally started to work in full pencil, giving his work a grittier feel, while retaining that brilliant storytelling…

It has some of the best page designs in the industry. After over THIRTY years at Marvel, Romita Jr. went to DC in 2014, but then made a triumphant return to Marvel last year, and is once again the regular performer on amazing spider man.

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A poet at the Academy | Ishion Hutchinson, Lucy Jakub

Last week we published “Far», an essay by Ishion Hutchinson which considers VS Naipaul through the criticism of Derek Walcott. These two great Caribbean writers were touchstones for Hutchinson when he left Jamaica to become a writer in New York.

Hutchinson now teaches poetry and creative writing in Cornell University’s graduate program. His poems – the Exam has published “Winter” and “David– often capture the dislocations of postcolonialism, bridging the distance between his childhood in Port Antonio and the distant outposts of academia. His recent essays relate the experience of travel as nothing less than a spiritual transformation, always and essentially mediated by literature; on a pilgrimage to Senegal, Ousmane Sembène, Michael Leris and Saidiya Hartman accompany him in his backpack.

Over email this week, we discussed being an academy writer and coming to prose from poetry.

Lucy Jakub: This essay, and your previous article for us, “The noble fishabout a trip that you took to Senegal, come from a work of memory that you are writing. Could you tell more about this project?

Ishion Hutchinson: What I’m working on is not a memoir per se. I don’t think I’m there yet with this kind of self-investigative writing. I work on essays, some of which are diaristic, like the Senegal article, while others are more like “Far Away”, in which I tackle disparate topics in a personal way. These subjects are invariably writers and artists who have had a strong influence on my work or given me ways of thinking about the world. The working title of the book, Fleeting Tilt, underlies the method and style of writing, which is a high-sounding bias on several things at once. As such, and as a poet, I consider prose to be “in my left hand,” an expression Milton once used to describe his polemical prose writing.

“Far Away” could be called a “campus essay”, and it reminds me of Elif Batuman’s recent novel Whether or in the way you trace your reading of Naipaul from the naïveté of a student, strongly guided by the judgments of others, to your own mature relationship at work – demonstrating an ability, which you attribute to the writing of Naipaul, “to record the wonder of the child, making that wonder a language of vigilant and personal articulation. It is a kind of critique-counter-critique, starting from a place of humility and pushing back Walcott’s confident assertions How did you come to this approach and how did your years of schooling at different institutions – the University of the West Indies, the University of New York, the University of Utah – shaped you into as a reader and writer?

Humility is essential. I don’t think I’m offering anything as strong as criticism versus criticism – that’s much more the realm of scholarship. What a personal essay like this shares with the poem, and what interests me most, is this inner turn that takes the writer ever so slightly away from the subject. In the process, you get a portrait of the young artist facing a moment’s confusion. Something beyond my comprehension was sown at that time, the value of which, belatedly, is traced in the essay. I say “trace” because this value is not explicitly stated, but it is there in the outline of the story.

I’m a natural autodidact and would have found Naipaul and Walcott’s work eventually. But my years at these institutions allowed me to meet these writers and countless others in a supportive atmosphere and with brilliant advice from many people. Professor Edward Baugh, at UWI, was one of the first. It helps a lot that my temperament is close to his – maybe it has to do with the fact that we were born fifty years apart in the same city. I was lucky to have someone like that in every place I studied. I still hear their voices and advice in my head when I read.

Even so, the challenge is how to move beyond the kind of essay I learned and expected to write at these institutions. The rigor of the academic composition can sometimes force the student into a kind of involuntary self-annihilation. The teachers I had, especially those I knew well, tried to prevent this self-annihilation. But it does happen, and it’s something you just have to go through and survive. Luckily, if you’re a budding poet or writer, that largely becomes your creative agon, which means it’s something you try to transmute – map out – into your own voice.

In a wonderful interview which you directed with Derek Walcott in 2015, he mentioned the particular difficulty of writing prose, saying that with poetry you start with things you know intimately – “your history, your race, your language” – but, if I read it correctly, with prose you start outside of what you know. How do you interpret it, and what has been your own experience of writing prose, as a poet first?

Walcott wrote splendid prose. What the twilight says, his only book of essays, is an example of that, so I don’t think he means that with prose you start outside of what you know. He means that even the prose writer who is a prodigy has a longer incubation period than the poet. He also talks about a particular type of prose, not quite essay but imaginative writing, of which Naipaul A house for Mr. Biswas is one of the greatest examples. This book contains all the things with which Walcott says the poet begins, and although Naipaul was young when he wrote it (he was thirty), he had published three fine books before he could take that inner plunge to elevate the leviathan who is Mr Biswas.

I don’t write that kind of prose, thank God. My essay writing experience as a poet resembles Milton’s notion that his prose is the work of his left hand. I don’t write polemically, but in an essay I skim over different topics in a way that I’m much more reluctant to do in poems. In this sense, I find that prose writing depends on what Coetzee once called “an autobiographical path that can be methodologically unwise”. It’s radically invigorating for me, and it’s the trace I work hard to hone.

Books tend to arrive, when you reference them in your writing, as physical objects – you describe the covers of specific editions and where you found them – and at auspicious times, when it’s good for you to finally read them. What books do you have with you now?

I go between several now. Here are five that I’m nearing completion or recently completed: The Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire by Caroline Elkin; Eliot from “The Wasteland by Robert Crawford (just received The Waste Land: A Biography of a Poem by Matthew Hollis which I can’t wait to read); Thirteen quintets for Lois by Jay Wright; In memory of memory by Maria Stepanova; and Fireplace parts by the late great Hilary Mantel.

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Neighborhood Profile: Brookland in Northeast Washington


Brookland, a neighborhood in northeastern Washington, is perhaps best known for its nickname “Little Rome”, an apt description, as it is home to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America and is adjacent to the University campus. American Catholic. But Robert Malesky traced the neighborhood’s roots much deeper – back to namesake Jehiel Brooks, a US Army colonel and “Indian agent” from Louisiana who moved to the district in 1835 to begin developing the approximately 200 acres of farmland his wife owned there.

The story of Brooks – and the neighborhood that bears its name – is told in great detail, complete with photos and source documents, on Bygone Brookland, a visually lavish blog run by Malesky, 72, who started it in 2014, a few years after finishing a 34-year career at NPR. He was inspired to start digging into local history, he said, while taking long walks around the campus of Catholic University, his alma mater.

“I felt like this part of the district, the northeast quadrant, was normally ignored,” he said. “I thought there was an interesting story here. … It’s an integrated neighborhood, and the neighbors care about each other in a way that I’ve never seen in other neighborhoods.

Other labors of love started by locals include the Brookland Bridge blog, which updates neighbors on community events and local politics, and the two-year Bipeds of Brookland blog project, which includes compiled resident profiles. by real estate agents Jake Abbott and Shemaya Klar.

Sara Lucas was one of the first stars of Bipeds. Lucas, 73, has lived in Brookland for 49 years and has run his locally beloved flower shop, Petals Ribbons & Beyond, on NE 12th Street since 2005.

“It’s kind of like an institution, I’ve been there for so long,” she said.

When newcomers to the neighborhood visit her store, she says, she often gives them a copy of “Brookland (Pictures of America),” a tribute to the neighborhood’s rich history written by longtime residents John J. Feeley. Jr. and Rosie Dempsey.

Despite the neighborhood’s prime urban location, bordered by the Metro Red Line to the west and Rhode Island Avenue to the south, Lucas said she felt like she was in a small town within. from the limits of Brookland. Even though the neighborhood has grown over the years, adding restaurants and a few apartment buildings, the feeling persists. Residents greet each other by name, she says, and regulars stop inside the store to say hello.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else in this city than here,” she said.

Abbott, part of the Abbott Klar real estate group, arrived in the neighborhood in 2001 as an AmeriCorps volunteer to work with Mary House, an organization providing resources for immigrants and refugees. He said he liked the neighborhood’s activist bent. Local clergy demonstrate against the war or in favor of immigration, for example, and Casey Trees, a nonprofit organization based in Brookland, lobbies and educates to protect DC’s tree canopy. This passion is also inscribed in the history of the district.

“When [Interstate 395] had to go through Brookland [in the late 1960s], the whole community got together and they fought,” Abbott said. “It has a long history of being a tight neighborhood.”

Neighbors praise the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, a version of which was founded in 1880, for keeping the community informed and connected. The association organizes an annual garage sale throughout the neighborhood and several community clean-up days. Other popular events include a weekly Farmer’s Market and an annual “Brookland Day” picnic.

Although Brookland has had few retail and dining offerings, 12th Street NE now has a number of independent restaurants, including locally themed Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen; Primrose Bistro and Wine Bar; and the Indian restaurant Masala Story.

Another favorite local institution is the Greater Brookland Garden Club, which hosts a popular annual house and garden tour. Brookland resident Rex Nutting, who has been with the club for most of its 24-year history, said he found great joy in the hard work and continuous learning that the practice of growing offer.

“It’s been a really good thing to get involved, to try to make the community a little nicer, a little friendlier,” said Nutting, 68. “I find people really like to talk about plants. They like to see what you’re doing, and they like to complain about their failures and celebrate their successes. You know, we all live in the same environment.

Live there: The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association defines the boundaries as Buchanan Street NE, South Dakota Avenue NE, and Michigan Avenue NE to the north; 18th Street NE to the east; Rhode Island Avenue NE to the south; and subway tracks to the west.

Although home values ​​are climbing in DC, like everywhere, Abbott said homes in Brookland tend to be a bit more affordable than in more well-known neighborhoods. Common architecture includes Colonial and Victorian bungalows and central houses, and a few farmhouses recall the neighborhood’s early days. He said 134 single-family homes and townhouses have been sold over the past year, ranging from $483,000 for a three-bedroom repairman to $1.529 million for a 3,000-square-foot Craftsman-style home and of six bedrooms. The average selling price of homes is around $860,000 and 18 single-family homes are on the market.

Schools: Noyes Elementary, Brookland Middle, Dunbar High.

Transit: The Subway Red Line runs along the western border of Brookland, stopping at Brookland-CUA, as well as Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood in the southwest corner. Several metro buses also serve the area.

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Cullen Bunn’s No. 1 Night Walkers in Source Point’s January 2022 solicitations


Cullen Bunn and Colin Johnsonthe new horror comic night walkers launches in Source Point Press’s January 2022 solicitations and solicitations, the publisher’s only launch title that month. And it has quite the initial gory appeal…


NOV221837 – NIGHTWALKERS #1 (OF 4) CVR B BOCARDO (MR) – 3.99
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Colin Johnson (A/CA) Joe Bocardo
Seren is a recovering drug addict in a remote rehab center in the mountains, COMPLETELY ISOLATED from the outside world. When Seren and the other patients wake up to find themselves locked inside and abandoned by center staff, they must decide whether to wait or get out. The decision is made for them when a bloodthirsty monster enters the center and begins tearing them apart to sate its bloodlust.
In collaboration with Hustle & Heart Films and Vertigo Entertainment (IT, DOCTOR SLEEP), Source Point Press is proud to bring you Cullen Bunn’s Night Walkers, a new comic book series with a terrifying new take on a horror subgenre timeless.
In Stores: Jan 18, 2023
MSRP: 3.99


(W) Jonathan Thompson (A/CA) Attila Schwanz
A horror tale for the ages! Locked in his ocean cliff tower, an aged samurai awaits death in the form of a flesh-eating hitman. As the Blades clash, their confrontation bleeds into memories of a night long ago when all that was pure was lost forever.
In store: Jan 25, 2023
MSRP: 12.99

ARGUS #4 (OF 4) (MR)

(F) Mark Bertolini (A/CA) Darryl Knickrehm
Time is angry, and the temporal organization called The Argus will pay the price, especially young Randall Patton, the genius who invented time travel! As Randall learns the true reason for Time’s hatred of humanity, he’ll be forced to align himself with the crazed Killer Patton in order to save it all! This is the last fight between The Argus, the multiple Randall Pattons and Time himself!
In Stores: Jan 18, 2023
MSRP: 3.99


(W) Dirk Manning (A) Josh Ross, Seth Damoose, Austin McKinley (CA) James O’barr
The first four volumes of Dirk Manning’s horror-noir epic about a damaged and suspicious demon hunter navigating a nightmarish New World Order are now brought together in full color for the first time! Find out why Bloody Disgusting salutes this title as “The best of its kind!” in this huge Omnibus “Act One” collection!
In store: Jan 25, 2023
MSRP: 59.99


(F) Tim Fuller (F) Pat Boyette
Breathtaking stories of international intrigue are riffed on.
Join the adventures of Chuck Upton, a broken down CIA ghost, as he gets a second chance. Left for dead during a failed covert ops mission, his body was completely rebuilt using alien technology. By day, he poses as a soft-spoken NATO envoy, traveling the world to resolve delicate diplomatic disputes. But when diplomacy fails, he dons his absurd suit and extravagant titanium helmet and resolves those conflicts with extreme violence as the Pacemaker. The stress usually triggers a heart attack mid-fight, as his alien technology usually fails him, but he blows up a lot of stuff in the process.
In Stores: Jan 18, 2023
PDS: 4


(W) Christina Blanch (A/CA) Alex Monik
Time is running out for Conrad McDowell and his psychic friends. The spirit guided them to find out the “who” and the “where” – at least they all have their own theories – but how did this poor soul meet his final demise? Enter the mansion and see if you can deduce the real who, where and how our specter was murdered and help him get to the other side using your sixth sense. Based on the famous board game Mysterium.
In Stores: Jan 18, 2023
RRP: 3.99


NOV221844 – GOOD BOY VOL 3 #3 CVR B EWART (MR) – 3.99
(W) Christina Blanch, Garrett Gunn (A/CA) Kit Wallis
Annabel Vadicci’s request for help is rejected by the Court of Thrones. Furiously hungry for revenge, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
In Stores: Jan 18, 2023
RRP: 3.99

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Stan Lee’s wildest cameo makes him the true leader of a super team

Stan Lee has appeared throughout the Marvel Universe, but the legend’s appearance in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 sees the creator leading his own superhero team.

cameo king, Stan Lee, is no stranger to appearing in various superhero and comic book-related media. But the biggest appearance Stan “The Man” Lee ever had was in a universe that had him leading his own super-team.

There isn’t a living Marvel fan who doesn’t know about Stan Lee’s contributions to comic book history. From helping create some of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters to writing acclaimed series, Stan Lee’s name and face are virtually synonymous with the Marvel brand. And when people think of the revered figure, there is no doubt that The many cameos of Stan Lee come to mind. In addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the man has appeared in various pop culture juggernauts such as The simpsons, The Big Bang Theory and Hero. With unbridled enthusiasm and his trademark smile, there was nowhere the comic book legend wasn’t willing to show his face.


Related: The Last Thing Stan Lee Ever Wrote Proves Why He’s A Comic Book Legend

And with Lee’s enduring love of superheroes and comic books, it’s only natural that the creator should be the figurehead of his own comic book universe. Such a dream came true with the creation of Mighty 7 by Stan Leea Stan Lee Comics book, a Lee imprint developed with Archie Comics. Mighty 7 by Stan Lee features a group of aliens crashing into Earth. Comic book writer Stan Lee discovers space visitors and decides to mentor the crew in superhero art. Of course, Lee gets something out of the mentorship for himself: new content to write a whole new superhero story. Amid the outlandish tale, a shadowy military organization is aware of the new aliens’ presence on Earth. Lee must balance teaching visitors good heroism and evading the authorities while writing his latest superhero fiction.

What sets this Stan Lee cameo apart from the rest?

It’s no secret that Stan Lee and the superheroes go together like Spider-Man and crawl up walls. Long before Lee spent any time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the man was making cameos in actual Marvel comics such as The Fantastic Four, daredevil and Weird X-Men. And in true Marvel fashion, these pop-ins have always been billed as guest spots of the “real” Stan Lee. However, as meta as Marvel could get with their Smilin’ Stan cameos, it was rare for a comic book narrative to be built around Stan Lee as the creator.

But Mighty 7 by Stan Lee took a comedic tradition and took it to the next level. Stan Lee was loved by fans for his quirky humor and dedication to the world of comics. For the first time, Lee’s appearance in the story wasn’t just a one-time joke, it was actually the driving force behind the story. It took one of comics most revered creators and cast him in the lead role. Powerful 7 is such an outrageous and innovative concept for a superhero comic that could only work with such a well-known figure in the comic world as Stan Lee.

Next: Stan Lee’s Justice League Makes A Surprise Return To The DC Universe

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Obituary: Norma Elaine Rattigan – Portland Press Herald

Norma Elaine Rattigan

Norma Elaine Rattigan 1925 – 2022 BRUNSWICK – Norma Elaine Rattigan passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 16, 2022. She was born in Jonesboro, June 25, 1925, daughter of Rae (Lowe) and Alonzo Hatch. In 1942, she graduated from high school in a one-room school, and at age 18 she and her mother left for Boston, Mass. to work in a factory contributing to the WWII effort and from there back to Jonesboro to work in various seafood factories. In 1945, she enrolled in nursing training at Biddeford, as part of the Army Cadet Nurse Corp. After completing her training, she worked in various Maine hospitals for the next three years and finally, in 1950, joined the Army Nurses Corp. must repay its debt to the education of nurses provided by the American government. She served three years in the Army Nurse Corp during the Korean conflict and during her service in Germany she traveled through Europe where she visited many other countries. In 1953 she moved to Brooklyn, NY, where the two oldest sons were born. In 1955, her family moved to Dexter, where the last three sons were born and worked at Plummer Memorial Hospital in Dexter, where she was employed for the next 16 years. After leaving Plummer, she worked at other facilities as a nurse until she was employed by Maine State DHS in 1972. After retiring from the state, she did volunteering in various organizations related to the medical field in the Bangor area. She was a proud Mainer and had a Downeast accent that almost needed interpretation at times. She was a fierce protector of her children and supported them in whatever endeavors they pursued. She loved to read, write and travel to the United States. She spent the winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she was left alone and back and forth until she reached her early 80s. She was an avid Scrabble player. She was then residing in Bangor. She was predeceased by a son, Patrick Brendan, who died in 1958 of leukemia; both of his parents; and a prematurely born sister. She is survived by four sons, James of Rockland, Daniel of Winchester, Tennessee, Christopher of Dexter and Michael of Sangerville. There are seven grandchildren, Chris Rattigan and Karen Kier of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer and James Rattigan of Oklahoma City, Okla., Eric Gould of Clarendon, Vt., Anna Rattigan of South Portland, Shawn Rattigan of Petersburg, Tennessee, and nine great-grandchildren. By his own wishes, there is no planned funeral or wake. She will be buried next summer at Masons Bay Cemetery in Jonesboro, alongside her father and sister, in a small gathering of family and friends. Notice of this delay will be posted in the spring. Arrangements are entrusted to Funeral Alternatives, 46 Bath Rd., Brunswick. Condolences can be shared on

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Iran agrees to send more drones and missiles to Russia

(Reuters) – Iran has promised to supply Russia with surface-to-surface missiles, in addition to additional drones, two senior Iranian officials and two Iranian diplomats told Reuters, a move that could infuriate the United States and other Western powers.

A deal was reached on October 6 when Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber, two senior officials from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards and an official from the Supreme National Security Council traveled to Moscow for talks with Russia on the arms delivery.

“The Russians had requested more drones and these Iranian ballistic missiles with improved accuracy, especially the Fateh and Zolfaghar family of missiles,” said one of the Iranian diplomats, who was briefed on the trip.

A Western official briefed on the matter confirmed this, saying there was an agreement in place between Iran and Russia to supply short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, including the Zolfaghar.

One of the drones Iran has agreed to provide is the Shahed-136, a delta-winged weapon used as a “kamikaze” air-to-ground attack aircraft. It carries a small warhead that explodes on impact.

Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar are Iranian short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles capable of striking targets at ranges between 300 km and 700 km (186 and 435 miles).

The Iranian diplomat dismissed claims by Western officials that such transfers violate a 2015 UN Security Council resolution.

“Where they are used is not the vendor’s question. We are not taking sides in the Ukraine crisis like the West. We want to end the crisis through diplomatic means,” the diplomat said.

Ukraine has reported a series of Russian attacks using Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in recent weeks. Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday dismissed reports that Iran was supplying drones and other weapons to Russia for use in Ukraine, while the Kremlin on Tuesday denied that its forces had used Iranian drones to attack Ukraine.

Asked if Russia had used Iranian drones in its campaign in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin had no information on their use.

“Russian equipment with Russian nomenclature is used,” he said. “Any other questions should be directed to the Ministry of Defence.”

The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The appearance of Iranian missiles in addition to drones in Moscow’s arsenal in the war with Ukraine would increase tensions between Iran and the United States and other Western powers.


The US State Department estimated that Iranian drones were used in a morning rush hour attack on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Monday, a US official said. White House spokeswoman Karinne Jean-Pierre also accused Tehran of lying when she said Iranian drones were not used by Russia in Ukraine.

A European diplomat said his country believes Russia has a harder time producing weapons for itself given the sanctions imposed on its industrial sector and is therefore turning to imports from partners like Iran and South Korea. North.

“Drones and missiles are a logical next step,” said the European diplomat.

Asked about Iranian surface-to-surface missile sales to Russia, a senior US military official said: “I have nothing to offer at this time as to whether or not that is accurate at this stage.”

Fed up with Western economic sanctions, Iranian leaders want to strengthen strategic ties with Russia against a US-backed Arab-Israeli Gulf bloc that could push the balance of power in the Middle East further away from the Islamic Republic .

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commander-in-chief Hossein Salami said last month that some of the “big world powers” were willing to buy military and defense equipment from Iran.

Rahim Safavi, military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, was reported by state media on Tuesday as saying that 22 countries wanted to buy Iranian drones.

Iran’s leaders are also under pressure from nationwide protests that were sparked by the death in custody of a 22-year-old woman detained for “inappropriate dress”.

Several European Union states on Monday called for sanctions against Iran over its supply of drones to Russia, as the bloc agreed on a separate set of sanctions over Tehran’s crackdown on the unrest. .

“They (the Russians) wanted to buy hundreds of our missiles, even medium-range ones, but we told them that we could soon ship a few hundred of their Zolfaghar and Fateh 110 short-range surface-to-surface missiles,” he said. he adds. said one of the security officials.

“I can’t give you the exact time, but soon, very soon, these will be shipping in 2-3 shipments.”

An Eastern European official who tracks Russian military activity said he understood the arms deal was taking place, although he had no specific evidence to back it up. The official said a decision had been made by the Iranian and Russian leaders to proceed with the transfer.

Moscow had specifically requested Fateh 110 and Zolfaghar short-range surface-to-surface missiles, and the shipment will be within a maximum of 10 days, another Iranian diplomat said.


The stakes are high for Iran, which negotiated with Western states to revive a 2015 deal that would ease sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limits on its nuclear work.

Talks are deadlocked and any dispute between Tehran and Western powers over arms sales to Russia or Iran’s crackdown on the unrest could weaken efforts to seal a deal.

The United States agrees with British and French assessments that Iran supplying drones to Russia would violate a UN Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 deal, the gatekeeper said on Monday. – US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel.

The Western official, who declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said that like the drones, the missile transfers would also violate UN Resolution 2231.

Several senior Iranian officials are outraged by the “unfair” sanctions planned against Iran over its arms shipments to Russia, the second diplomat said.

In September, Tehran refused a request from President Vladimir Putin for the supply of sophisticated long-range Arash 2 attack drones, three Iranian officials told Reuters.

When asked the reason for the denial, one of the managers cited several issues, including “some technical issues.”

“Furthermore,[Revolutionary Guard]commanders were concerned that if Russia uses this Arash 2 drone in Ukraine, the Americans would have access to our technology.”

(Writing by Michael Georgy, editing by William Maclean)

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The bookseller – Rights – Arcadia grabs non-fiction books from Gachet and Sayarer ahead of Frankfurt Book Fair

Arcadia Books editor Katharina Bielenberg has bagged books by Turkish-British Stanford Dolman Travel Writing Award winner Julian Sayarer and Dr. Alain Gachet, a French mining engineer, petroleum geologist and geophysicist.

Bielenberg acquired worldwide rights to Sayarer Türkiye: cycling through a country’s first century and Dr. Gachet Water and Peace: A journey through the world’s most volatile conflict zones in search of deep water, with rights to the latter outside France). In both cases, the rights were acquired directly from the authors.

In Turkey, Sayarer combines his love of cycling with an exploration of the country’s history and geopolitics, the editor explains. It will be published in October 2023, on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, by Atatürk.

Sayarer said: “Cycling across a country has become my method of writing books, but I’m aware that I haven’t done it yet in either of the two – Britain or Turkey – that I consider it “home”. Rolling and writing this book for the first centenary of the Turkish Republic, at a time when so much is changing both in Turkey and in the world around it, strikes me as an exhilarating challenge that I am excited to begin.

Bielenberg said: “Turkey comes at the perfect time for an international readership, reflecting exactly 100 years of the republic as the country strives to become an increasingly important player on the world stage.”

Gachet’s book is due for publication in July 2023. Gachet, the inventor of an algorithm capable of detecting the presence of deep groundwater, and which uses humanitarian intelligence, hydrology, geology and geospatial analysis in his explorations, said: “This book is not about cold statistics of climate change, but about my very real encounters from Darfur in 2004 to Iraq in 2022 and my fieldwork to identify the invisible and vital groundwater .

“I have been trapped gradually in the escalation of the water war, from Afghanistan to the Horn of Africa, passing through Somalia, Kenya… It is a privilege to share my experiences on the precarious nature of water and my long quest for this ultimate and vital resource. We have a duty to remain optimistic about the solutions proposed by science, to heal the wounds that humanity has inflicted on itself.

Bielenberg said of the title, “Water security is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Alain has spent the past 20 years putting himself in harm’s way to show vital water sources for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of people. We are delighted to bring this gripping account of his work in the field to readers around the world. »

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Hunter x Hunter Creator takes a big behind-the-scenes manga milestone

Hunter X Hunter’s Original series creator Yoshihiro Togashi has hit a major milestone for the manga behind the scenes as the creator works on the next chapter slate! Togashi has taken many different breaks over the course of Hunter X Hunter’s in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, but it was the longest wait in the series’ history to date. But all that waiting will come to an end soon enough as the manga will return later this month with new chapters after almost four long years since the last new chapter.

Hunter X Hunter Series creator Yoshihiro Togashi surprised series fans earlier this year when he took to Twitter to announce that he was working on new chapters for the series. With manga chapter 390 premiering in 2018, it came as quite a big surprise as fans had no idea how many chapters of the series might be in the works. It looks like there are at least ten in the works at the moment, as Togashi updated the facts by revealing that he’s currently working on the manga’s 400th chapter:

Hunter X Hunter will be officially back in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine with Chapter 391 on October 23 and will release new chapters every week. It has not yet been revealed how long the series will last for this time, but it seems that there are at least ten chapters in the works for this time. This lines up with Togashi’s previous returns from hiatuses in the past, so now it looks like fans can rest easy knowing that the series will last a few weeks with his next return. If you wanted to check Hunter X Hunter’To catch up, you can now find the entire series with Viz Media’s Shonen Jump Digital Library.

The three most recent chapters are completely free (and the rest of the series requires a paid subscription to read), and Viz Media describes the first volume of Hunter x Hunter as such: “Gon might be a country boy , but he has big aspirations.Despite his Aunt Mito’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary hunter.After surviving the terrors of the high seas, Gon and his companions must now prove their worth in a variety of tests in order to find the elusive examination hall. And once there, will they make it back alive…?”

What do you hope to see from Hunter x Hunter when it reaches this milestone in full? What do you hope to see from the manga’s big comeback? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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Equity Report Shows Significant Gaps in Baltimore County Student Achievement

More than half of Baltimore County public school students, many of whom are socioeconomically disadvantaged, showed “significantly lower” rates of achieving benchmarks in reading and math than their peers in the district, and some groups of students have experienced disproportionate suspension rates, according to an equity report presented to the school board this week.

The 2021-2022 Equity Measures Report for Baltimore County Schools found achievement gaps in elementary, middle, and high schools for Native American, Black/African American students, Hispanic/Latino students, students eligible for free and discounted meal services, English language learners and special education students.

According to data from the Maryland State Department of Education, Native American, Black/African American, and Hispanic/Latino students made up 54.4 percent of the county’s students that year. Meanwhile, more than 80% of teachers and 77% of principals in the county school system were white.

After the school system was cited in 2018 by the state Department of Education for disproportionately disciplining special education and black students, the school board created an equity committee to review these issues and the associated achievement gaps. However, the committee did not hold its first meeting until June 2020.

The committee’s new report for 2021-22, presented on Tuesday, found that such disparities persist for these groups of students, as well as students receiving free and reduced lunch.

Black elementary students had a suspension rate 1.9 percentage points higher than their peers. That gap grew to 10.8 and 6.9 percentage points in middle school and high school, respectively.

Mary McComas, the school system’s director of studies, said progress was being made at all levels, but “we fully recognize that our work is not yet complete”.

English learners had the highest achievement gaps compared to other groups covered in the report. English learners’ pass rates on benchmark levels of standardized reading and math tests – the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP tests – were 24 to 35.6 percentage points lower than their primary school peers and college. In high school, the gap widened to 46.5 percentage points for the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam.

Across all racial or ethnic groups, black students have the highest achievement gaps, with the exception of kindergarten readiness. For elementary math MAP, black students’ rate is 21.5 percentage points lower than that of their peers; the MAP math gap in middle school was 20.3 percentage points.

Many of the gaps listed have narrowed somewhat since October 2020, but the gaps have widened primarily for Hispanic/Latino students. The gap for this ethnic group widened in the elementary MAP Math and Reading, middle school MAP Reading, and SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam.

“These results confirm the existence of persistent and predictable patterns of unequal and inequitable educational outcomes,” the report states. “When looking at the measures included, the groups of students, schools and school systems included, the shortcomings identified may vary in degree or severity, but they remain consistent across various contexts. In other words, without exception, these inequitable student outcomes do not occur in isolation, but persist over time. »

The report also compared data from Baltimore County schools with those from Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George counties. The comparisons showed Baltimore County had the second-highest four-year graduation rate for black and Latino students, according to 2020-21 data.

Erin Hager, a member of the Baltimore County school board and vice chair of the equity committee, said at the meeting that she was grateful to the school system and committee chair Makeda Scott for returning the transparent metrics, which will help guide decision-making. Board member Moalie Jose said this data should be shared automatically quarterly.

Scott asked what the system is doing to address these inequities and growing achievement gaps.

Superintendent Darryl L. Williams said each school has a student support team and interventions can be applied on a continuum.

“In terms of the system, these are high-level data points,” he said. “We are looking at each school for the kinds of support they might need. How do we personalize this support? … We look at the 176 schools, then [prioritizing] what kind of support may be needed.

McComas, the director of studies, discussed various resources, including student staff workers and school attendance teams. Doug Handy, who oversees the school system’s equity and cultural competence department, said interventions such as professional development would help educators.

It helps that the system now has timely data, Williams said. But Kevin Connelly, executive director of the school system’s research, accountability and evaluation department, said he found similar data sets dating back to 2004.

“The need for continued progress is urgent,” Handy said.

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No, a Phillies World Series will not cause an economic downturn

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By day, I’m a mild-mannered financial reporter and on-and-off newsletter writer. By night, I’m a rabid sports fan from Philadelphia.

So naturally, as my beloved Phillies made their first playoff appearance since 2011, several of my contacts sent me the following tidbit from the Morning Brew: “In the past 100 years, the surest sign of an economic downturn has been Philly-based baseball. team winning the World Series. It happened in 1929, 1930, 1980, and 2008.”

As a fan of the most losing team in the history of American professional sports, the instinct is to catastrophize: either the Fightins or the financial markets are doomed to collapse!

But this is where the financial writer trick comes in handy. For one thing, the global financial crisis and associated bear market began in 2007, not 2008. But even though the claim is that the Philly World Series and financial downturns go hand in hand, it’s worth remembering that a million of these types of stupid pointers and truisms have been circulating among market watchers for decades – and they rarely mean anything.

Market “indicators” that do not indicate much

Have you ever heard of the hem index? This market theory suggests that shorter skirt styles become fashionable during economic booms (think 1920s flapper dresses and ’80s miniskirts) and that women’s fashion becomes more modest before economic downturns. .

While there is certainly some correlation here, it’s far from a causal relationship. As a recent analysis by InStyle puts it, “Instead, many different factors — economics, politics, pandemic outbreaks, and social movements — have affected the aesthetics consumers are responding to.”

Or what about the so-called January barometer? “As January goes, so goes the year,” according to an old market saw, with positive months presaging good years in the market and negative months indicating downturns.

It may seem prescient this year given how things have gone after a weak January. But 2020 and 2021 — two huge years in the stock market — started with negative returns in January. Overall, Fidelity analysts found that the rule tends to work better in January than in January, which makes sense. The US stock market, after all, has always tended to go up.

Coming back to sports, consider the Super Bowl indicator, which posits that the market tends to perform better when an NFC team wins the big game than an AFC team. But the NFC champion Rams won this year and the market went down again.

By that logic, a Super Bowl victory for the NFC-winning New York Giants in February 2008 should have meant a good year for stocks. Instead, markets continued to decline. Maybe in anticipation of a Phillies championship in October.

Although economists and investors have fun finding these correlations, they have almost no impact on the actual behavior of the economy or the stock market compared to tangible factors such as inflation, interest rates interest, consumer spending and business profits.

In other words, if the economy crashes, it won’t be because the Phillies won it all. And if the Phillies actually fail to go all the way, well, there’s always the Eagles.

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Can’t Prince Harry stop the publisher from publishing his memoir even if he develops his conscience? Meghan Markle’s husband is ‘under contract’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to edit their Netflix docuseries and memoir. However, a royal expert, who has weighed in on the future of Prince Harry’s book, said he could not prevent its release.

Prince Harry couldn’t prevent the release of his book

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were estranged from the Royal Family after stepping back from royal duties in 2020. However, they had enjoyed a good relationship with the late Queen Elizabeth.

With King Charles on the throne, Prince Harry and Markle reportedly intend to “soften up” their content, so that it is not offensive to the Royal Family. However, he might not be able to make all the changes he had in mind. Moreover, he could not prevent the publication of the memoirs in case Prince Harry changed his mind.

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“It’s past the point now where the publisher is just fine with getting that money back,” Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor of The Sun, told Fox News Digital.

It’s just the question, really, of how much the Queen’s death has meant that Harry and Meghan have had to rethink,” he added.

He continued: “I think it’s inevitable that with the delays people will start to speculate what this means. ‘Has Harry developed a conscience?’ awareness?’ that Harry might even stop Penguin from publishing, to be honest. It’s all under contract and it’s all signed and done, you know?”

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Could Prince Harry make the changes he has in mind for his memoir?

The author of Prince Harry: The Insider Story believed the publisher had the upper hand in Prince Harry’s memoir. Penguin Random House agreed to delay the release, but many were unconvinced that this would allow Prince Harry to change the content to make it more Royal Family-friendly.

Royal biographer Tina Brown said the publisher paid Prince Harry because he was supposed to ‘tell all about his horrible life as a royal’ in his memoir. Unfortunately, dropping the book would mean “there is no turning back” for him in the royal fold.

Larcombe echoed the same sentiment adding that the publisher invested “a lot of time, effort, money and so on in producing the book, addressing it and doing all these things”, so it doesn’t will not only allow Prince Harry to “soften” the content due to the growing pressure he was feeling from his family.

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“It might be their best-selling book of all time. Who knows,” Larcombe added. “So they won’t want to just turn around and say, ‘Good enough, Harry. Yeah? You don’t want to move the boat anymore right now. It just doesn’t work that way. They are in a commercial world now.

Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin, author of Harry: A Biography of a Princealso echoed Larcombe’s sentiment.

“I don’t know if the editor will let it because it’s almost ready, and the editors can’t suddenly change things quickly like a newspaper can,” said the author of “Harry: A biography of a prince” on GB News. . “We’ll have to wait and see what’s in there.”

Stay tuned for more news and updates on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Alan Moore calls ‘childhood’ interest in superheroes a precursor to fascism

Award-winning comic book creator Alan Moore recently suggested that he believes the popularity of superheroes is leading to fascism, exemplified by recent political changes.

In an interview with The Guardian, Moore discussed the perception of comics and how they may have changed over the decades. For the writer, the comics were mainly aimed at young boys. It was titles like his watchmen this, by Moore’s own admission, may have made the medium more accessible to adult audiences.

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He explained, “There were an awful lot of headlines saying ‘Comics have grown up.’ people weren’t used to. But the majority of comic book titles were pretty much the same as they’d ever been. They weren’t comics growing up. I think it was more comics that met the emotional age of audiences going the other way.

Moore went even further and said, “I said around 2011 that I thought there were serious and disturbing implications for the future if millions of adults lined up to see Batman movies. Because that kind of infantilization — that longing for simpler times, simpler realities — that very often can be a precursor to fascism,” before referencing former President Donald Trump’s controversial rise to power and noting that the greatest movies of the time were superhero movies.

For reference, when Trump was elected in 2016, nearly half of the top 10 grossing films in the United States were superhero films, including Captain America: Civil War, dead Pool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and suicide squad.

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Alan Moore’s Comic Book Legacy

The famous comic book author is known for his iconic titles such as watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta, among many others. Many of his stories have been adapted into hit TV shows or movies, although none of these adaptations were created with the approval of the author himself. In the case of V for Vendettafor example, Moore often criticized the film for not capturing the themes of his graphic novel.

In the interview with The Guardian, Moore said he was done with comics entirely, stating that the industry and everything that came with it had become unbearable for him. Notably, Moore hasn’t published a comic in five years. He said, “I’m definitely done with the comics.”

Source: The Guardian

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Important questions about reading and writing for Adrienne Jansen

Wellington poet Adrienne Jansen has launched her new collection, Roll & Break (Landing Press, RRP $22), celebrating New Zealand beaches.

Tell us about Roll and break – and why the beaches in particular?

I live in Tītahi Bay, a small beach north of Wellington, and Roll & Break is a collection of poems on this beach. But these are not your usual beach poems. A refugee is washed up on the shore, Van Gogh paints the boathouses, a violinist plays in a canoe. That’s what happens when you walk down a beach and let your imagination run wild in your head. I often walk there, but also, like many New Zealanders, the sea is part of my family history, and summer at the beach is in my bones. It was probably inevitable that I finally decided to write about this little wild berry that I love, and during the first lockdown I started doing it.

There is a World War II gun emplacement on the beach at Tītahi Bay (and the remains of two others). I started thinking how ridiculous it was to defend this little settlement by the bay and the beach with three guns. What was the point? So I wrote a poem about the invasion of Tītahi Bay by the Japanese or the Germans, and it’s kind of a simple domestic vision, because I didn’t take it seriously. Then I discovered that machine guns were very heavy, could inflict a lot of damage and were there to protect crucial radio communications. So I should have swallowed my words! But I did not do it. I left the poem in the collection instead.

* Tītahi Bay Fossil Forest is an “echo of the past” currently visible to beachgoers
* A budding writer’s first poem finds a home, and so does he
* How I write: Victor Rodger

You teach creative writing and mentor others – what is the most common challenge for emerging writers and your advice for them?

When I was teaching a full-time tertiary creative writing course, at some point in the year almost every student would come and say, “I can’t do this. The others are so much better. Self-belief, the confidence to carry on – those are big challenges for a lot of writers, and I’ve been there myself. But over the last few years, I’ve been writing poetry with ESOL students, men in transitional housing — people who’ve never written before — and just set them up, give them confidence in themselves and they write amazing stuff. Maybe they don’t have all the anxiety blocks about writing that many of us have. But in general, I think you learn to write by writing – without thinking about it, without putting it off, just by doing it. And it’s always good to remember that you have to write a lot of nonsense to get to gold.

Tell us how you write.

I had a writing routine once on Friday mornings. I foolishly mentioned it to a writer friend, and when I saw him again about a year later, he said to me, “I always think of you writing on Friday mornings and that really inspired me. The problem was that I had only kept it for about 3 weeks! I don’t have a very orderly life so routine doesn’t come easily. I prefer to work in big chunks (when there’s a bit of time available) but that’s partly because I like big writing projects that require those chunks. The poems are different. I just munch on them at odd hours, trying to figure out a word here, or a line there. But finding the discipline/time to write has never been a problem for me, because I love it.

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What if the rental market was the first to break?

There has been an assumption that before inflation can be brought under control and property prices decline, unemployment must rise significantly. What if it was the other way around?

The Federal Reserve has forecast the unemployment rate to hit 4.4% in 2023, and others have forecasts even higher. The idea is that a strong labor market has driven up inflation and worker incomes, leading to higher housing costs in a world that hasn’t provided enough housing. High rent growth means headline inflation will remain too high.

Adding 300,000 jobs per month with wages rising 5% or more per year is clearly inconsistent with the Fed’s 2% inflation target. But there is another way to contain rent inflation: fewer tenants. Soaring rents could motivate more people to find a roommate, move back in with family, or speed up cohabitation with a loved one.

Normally that would be a wild prediction – people chose their current living arrangements for a reason – but the pandemic has caused a historic increase in household formation and it’s possible some of that will recede as some parts of our overheated economy are cooling. In fact, there is emerging data that this has started to happen over the past two months.

RealPage Market Analytics published last week that apartment demand in the third quarter was much weaker than what we have seen in the past two years “due to what appears to be a sudden stop in household formation” . The apartment listing’s monthly report for rents in September showed a 0.2% decline. Historically, rents drop a bit in September, so it’s not a huge seasonal surprise, but this is the first time we’ve seen monthly rents track what we saw in 2017-19 before the pandemic started. .

One of the many remarkable things that has happened in this first pandemic year is that we have seen a boom in both home buying and renting. It was an explosion in household formation – four million households were added between the second quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2020, compared to a rate of more than one million per year before the pandemic. Some people have decided to leave town to buy a house in search of more space. Others living with family or roommates have taken advantage of the temporary drop in cheap rents to secure their own homes or acquire additional space to use as a home office as remote working gains prominence.

Although some of this excess household formation has reversed, we still had two million more households at the end of the second quarter of this year than we would have had based on the pre-pandemic trend. When rents jumped in 2021, in much of the country, they were mostly recouping some of the declines that occurred in 2020. But as rents have continued to rise this year, we may have reached a tipping point in terms of affordability. Consider New York, where, according to Apartment List, the steep rise in rents from pre-pandemic levels only began in the past few months.

For tenants whose leases are expiring right now, the combination of budget-eating inflation, rents resetting to a stratospheric level, and recession fears could be too much, prompting them to find a roommate or get smaller, cheaper accommodation.

It would also be an interesting wrinkle for the conversation back at the office. For many employees, working remotely requires a home office, and home offices cost money. If rents have reached unaffordable levels, some of these home offices become unaffordable luxuries. So, as people trade into cheaper apartments, a cramped space can motivate them to spend their working day in the office.

More importantly, removing some of the excess remaining in household formation that occurred in 2020 would have important implications for inflation. There has been an untested assumption that a tight rental market and strong labor market will continue to drive up rents, creating a lingering inflation challenge for the Federal Reserve. But if we reach a price level in the apartment market that causes demand destruction, we could see an unexpected increase in vacancy rates and a faster-than-expected cooling of inflationary pressures.

The “break” of the US rental market before the labor market would be unexpected, but it appears to be a possibility. And if the trend continues, the US economy will wonder whether the official inflation data the Fed uses to make policy decisions will turn before the labor market.

More other writers at Bloomberg Opinion:

US job market is looser than it looks: Gary Shilling

Welcome to the Scary New Inflationary World: Trow and Ashworth

Biden fails homeowners in inflation fight: Karl W. Smith

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Conor Sen is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is the founder of Peachtree Creek Investments and may have an interest in the areas he writes about.

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Elizabeth McCracken traces the life of a first edition… hers ‹ Literary Hub

My first book was published quietly. By that I mean: the imprint that purchased it was closed on the day of publication; everyone I knew had left the company; my book—a collection of stories called Here’s your hat what are you in a hurry— came into the world with the colophon of a phantom, the last of its kind. But he has been published. I had a nice new editor at Random House proper who, when I met her, apologetically handed me my first review, which had just been faxed. He called me “capable”.

Later, a publicist booked me a reading in Iowa City but forgot to tell me. I was on Cape Cod myself. My friend Ann called to say, “Elizabeth, I’m in Iowa City and there are signs here with your name on them. I put my mom on the case – that was 1993 – and drove like hell all the way to Boston, stopping at phone booths to check on my mom, and at a Marshall to buy an outfit at read, an empire waist with yellow and red flowers. bulky jumpsuit that still visits me in nightmares. I had hoped I would be wearing a Gauguin painting, but I’m pretty sure I looked like a walking beanbag.

The next day during the reading – which aired on Iowa Public Radio, which is why the publishing house was ready to rush in for a last-minute post – I started coughing and was so sleepy that I decided to pass, and in this way I broadcast to the general public in Iowa City nearly an hour of hacking. A friend said to me afterwards: “That was… good?

“I coughed,” I said, and he grabbed his head and said, “Man, that was atrocious.”

However, I had published a book. The item itself was lovely: a shiny, mostly black jacket with an image of a window with two hands, one handing the other a hat. Type of whiteboard. This colophon, a small inclined building. A quote on the back of Katherine Dunn, the only quote I got – my two preprint reviews weren’t good to extract – but who needs other people’s opinions when you have kind words from Katherine Dunn?


Three years later, I published my second book, a novel. My beloved original publisher has returned to the publishing house to launch a new edition. I was sent on a little book tour to Cape Cod, where my novel was set. It was the first time I had met them, the booksellers, men who showed up with bags of books for a writer to sign, the jackets folded in mylar covers. I am a former public librarian; I’ve always liked a mylar cover, almost at the fold. The merchants brought with them my new book, The Giant’s Housebut they also had copies of Here’s your hat what are you in a hurry. Hardcover; the book had not come out in paperback for a few years.

“It’s a first edition,” the booksellers told me proudly, and I had to tell them: “They are everything first editions.


Eventually, I discovered that my name had been listed in some book collectors’ newsletter as a good bet: a quietly published first book, and now a novel that had garnered some attention. Some dealers have written to me asking if I have any extra copies I’d be willing to part with. I did: the book sold out almost instantly and my publisher had offered me cheap slipcases. Writers end up with too many copies of their own books the way some people end up with too many cats: it’s not healthy to have dozens and dozens and dozens, but if the choice is that they will be destroyed or you take them away, what can you do?

I sold a few boxes, but kept many, though I’m not usually sentimental about books as objects: years of working in public libraries had rid me of them. People misused books all the time. You couldn’t care about all of them. All collections must eventually be weeded. When I ran a lending service, I continued to donate books signed by other writers to the library book sale; my colleagues tenderly returned them to me. “You don’t want to lose this!” a colleague would say. “It’s made for you!” Some of these books, I thought, I should put in a bag and drown in a river.

“It’s a first edition,” the booksellers told me proudly, and I had to tell them: “They are everything first editions.

About my own books, however, I was not lucid. I can’t remember what the top of the market for a signed first edition Here’s your hat what are you in a hurry was – I mean $200, but it could have been more – so maybe deep down I thought that I had finally found a way to make money from my writing.

These days I think you can buy them for twenty bucks.

I stored much of my inventory from my first book in my parents’ basement, where they remained until my brother and I had to clean out the house in 2018, after our mother died. ; our father had died a few years earlier. I took to Twitter and gifted copies of the book to strangers and mailed them individually, and even so I had several boxes left, which I shipped to myself in Texas.

I don’t know how many copies I currently own. Maybe as many as forty, stacked in a closet. I always feel different towards them than I have any other of my books – I just mean the physical object, that black cover, the author’s photo taken by an Englishman who followed me to Philadelphia, where I was going to library school, slightly insulting my figure and my sense of fashion. It’s the look on my face in the photo, cold irritation at a stranger. Deep down, I still believe these books are worth something. I find it hard to let them go.


My brother and I hired a company that held an estate sale at our parents’ house and then disposed of the leftovers. I attended the sale. There was a small pile of my books on the porch. “Relative?” asked the guy who was running the sale. “Me,” I say. “Sign them and we’ll charge an extra dollar,” he said, which I did, standing in the aisle.

I’m not superstitious, which means I believe in absolutely everything. Was it a sign? I had written about my mother, and here is a reminder that I had promised never to do.

Later that day in the kitchen – he had them stacked on the island – a woman pursed her lips and said, “Well, somebody loved Elizabeth McCracken.

I introduced myself.

These books were copies of my parents, unsigned until the seller asked me to sign them. I hate signing books. In other words, I hate signing books for people I love. Usually I remain wise: I am sentimental, but not on demand. Each time, it’s the same thing, a blank page, a person I love, a total inability to find the right words. How do you enroll a book to its parents anyway? Thank you for giving me life. I’m still mad at everything you said to me in eighth grade. Please try not to die before your time. With best wishes, Elizabeth.


No, not every time. The first book is always different.

A few months after the sale of the estate, the cleanup, after writing a novel that isn’t about my mother, so I claim, but is about someone who looks a lot like my mother, except my mother (ask anyone) was like no one else ever – you do the math – in the very week that I finished writing this book, I received an Instagram message from a woman who had been in the one of those hotels decorated with old books without dust jackets, and she had seen a title that caught her fancy that she thought she had read. A naked book, but not anonymous: it had been autographed, and the woman sent me a photo:

For Mom-

– from which I will continue to extract the life story, but which never– no matter what she or anyone else thinks – comes across as a character in my work, being too good for people like me + my characters.

love, elizabeth

Mothers’ Day

The occasion is the reason why I had signed this book just for her; the book came out in June, so this must have been one of my first finished copies and – I’m as sure as I can be – the first book I’ve ever written anyone down in my life.

I’m not superstitious, which means I believe in absolutely everything. Was it a sign? I had written about my mother, and here is a reminder that I had promised never to do. How had he ended up in Baltimore? What were the odds that a nice person would pull up that same book, look at the dedication, and decide to find the author?

On the other hand, what better dedication, what better disclaimer: this book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead…

I asked the stranger on the internet if she could send me the book. She did it. I love it more than any other copy in my collection.


The hero of this book by Elizabeth McCracken is now available through Ecco.

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Comic Book Legend JM DeMatteis Teams Up With Spellbound To Launch The “DeMultiverse”

comic book legend JM DeMatteis has partnered with Bewitching comics to launch an exciting new lineup of titles, collectively referred to as the “Demultiverse.” DeMatteis distinguished himself with definitive races on The defenders and Justice League as well as writing Kraven’s Last Hunt. Now it offers readers four new titles, each from a different genre, ranging from superheroes to westerns.

After a career in music criticism, JM DeMatteis made a name for himself at Marvel Comics in the early 1980s writing The defenders and Captain America. While working at Marvel, he wrote the creator owned by The shadow of the moon, a deeply personal and philosophical work featuring the fully painted art of Jon J. Muth; the book was the first fully painted graphic novel in America. DeMatteis jumped ship for DC mid-decade, helping Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire revamp the Justice League to critical and fan acclaim. In the years that followed, DeMatteis continued to write, having memorable stints on Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Now, nearly 50 years after an honored career, DeMatteis has teamed up with new publisher SpellBound Comics to bring to life what might be his best creation yet: the “DeMultiverse.”


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The DeMultiverse consists of four new titles: The Superhero Book Anyone, Wisdoma supernatural western tinged with fantasy Layla in the Country After and Gift from heaven, a science fiction title in the vein of Philip K. Dick. Each book will have a first issue, and fans will have their say on which book gets to continue. The first four issues will also be collected in a special hardcover omnibus including a number of extras. Artistic homework for Any man will be managed by David Baldeon and Wisdom will be illustrated by Tom Mandrake; Shawn McManus is in pencil Layla in the Country After and Matthew Dow Smith will handle the art on Gift from heaven. All four books will be on sale through the Kickstarter launch in October and the Spellbound website.

The DeMultiverse runs the Gauntlet genre.

JM DeMatteis has had a career many can only dream of, having worked for a variety of publishers on a wide range of characters, and now he’s delivering his most expansive work yet: the DeMultiverse. Each title is unique, spanning a variety of genres, ensuring something for everyone; fans of westerns (or horror) will appreciate Wisdom while Layla in the Country After is perfect for young adult readers. DeMatteis promises a “mind-blowing” experience on Gift from heavensummoning the legendary The shadow of the moon. Even when writing superheroes, DeMatteis aims higher and Any man is cut from fabric. This diversity of genres speaks to DeMatteis’ creativity and mastery of form and the artists he has chosen to bring his designs to life are some of the best working in the field today.

Very few creators have attempted anything on the scale of the DeMultiverse, and this promises to be some of DeMatteis’ finest work. As previously mentioned, JM DeMatteis happens over 50 years in the comics and The DeMultiverse, be published by haunting comics, is the crowning achievement of an incredible career.

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