Awesome original artwork by the fabulous Molly Kiely for Poetrylandia, Issue 4 publishing in October.
Oh, and there’s still time to join the Wapshott Press Book Club. Next book is Storylandia 32, Drunk on Time, which received a nice review at Cultural Weekley.
“Only an outsider like Swiss architect Peter Zumthor would propose something like this. His voyeuristic vision is supported and championed by Govan, who hails from Massachusetts and moved to L.A. only once he was appointed LACMA director in 2006. The two have worked closely on this $750 million project that destroys four buildings on the Miracle Mile campus. One is already down.” ~snip~ “The Zumthor/Govan plan was eventually approved by the museum’s board in 2013. Govan then started seeking approvals from lawmakers in 2015. The County Board of Supervisors approved the plans unanimously in April 2019, followed by unanimous approval by the City Council in December 2019. The approvals include $117.5 million in taxpayer funding and $300 million in county bonds. Pushback has been both pragmatic and philosophical as two different opposition groups formed: Save LACMA and the Citizens Brigade to Save LACMA. Though each group takes their own distinct stances against the Zumthor/Govan redesign, they find a shared grievance in the loss of exhibition space — from 170,000 square feet down to 109,000, a 36% decrease. These two groups are not alone: the Ahmanson Foundation, which has gifted $130 million worth of European art to LACMA, announced that it would cease gifting due to lack of gallery space in this new design. How can we pay homage to the additional 27,000 pieces of art that Govan has helped the museum acquire during his tenure if much of it will sit in storage due to a lack of space?”
What Will Los Angeles Lose as LACMA’s Michael Govan Tries to Make His Mark?, by Rachel Reyes, Los Angeleno, 13 August 2020
I suppose LACMA will be the Red Car of Los Angeles art. Or something equally sad.
Continue reading It takes cyberspace to get one in trouble.
Wapshott Press Book Club! Because… Never Surrender! Never Give Up! Even when your internet goes out 3 hours before the book club (sigh). So, Storylandia 32; second attempt.
First book: Drunk on Time, by JF Malone, Storylandia, Issue 32, Winter 2020
“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Science! Romance! Gambling! More Science!
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Sign-up for the first book club: click here: http://eepurl.com/g5qU-r
Sign-up closes at midnight on Friday, August 28, 2020.
Access to Drunk on Time book club page and password emailed by midnight Sunday, August 30. 2020.
Online book club meeting end of June to be determined by participants.
With many consumer names facing stark criticism, do professional services firms face naming risk? Jeff and Jason explore the topic with naming consultant, Laurel Sutton.
Naming. What is it Good For? An Interview with Laurel Sutton of Catchword podcast, Rattle and Pedal, 09 July 2020
Continue reading It’s better to be looked over than overlooked
“Tillie Walden’s Are You Listening? (First Second), a magical and emotional story of the friendship and grief shared by two young women, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for the Best New Graphic Novel, during an online version of the annual awards ceremony that was streamed the evening of July 24.”
Walden, Takei, Telgemeier, Tamaki Win 2020 Eisner Awards, by Calvin Reed, PW, 27 July 2020
Continue reading Immature bloggers imitate; mature bloggers steal
“Now, more than 60 women have come together to launch the website So Many of Us, to document their concurrent relationships with Ellis and encourage others to come forward. They allege that Ellis has pursued sexual relationships with a staggering number of his female fans, all the while deceiving them about the number of relationships he was in; based on the account of these women, it appears he was maintaining at least 19 relationships simultaneously at one point in 2009.”
Women speak out about Warren Ellis: ‘Full and informed consent was impossible’, by Sam Theilman, The Guardian, 13 July 2020
Continue reading If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground
“I can give one example of a name that was so offensive that it actually did get pulled. The product got pulled and rebranded as something else later. And that was Reebok in the UK had introduced a running shoe for women, specifically for women, that was called Incubus.”
Naming. What is it Good For? An Interview with Laurel Sutton of Catchword, by Rattle & Pedal, 09 July 2020
Continue reading If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
“Jeff Abraham is the president of Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Katherine Keller is a librarian at UNLV’s College of Education. Paul Levitz is a teacher, an award-winning comics writer, and former president and publisher of DC Comics.”
Abraham, Keller, Levitz Leave the CBLDF Board, by Calvin Reed, PW, 30 June 2020
“Going conless is a huge disappointment for fans, and it’s also an economic blow to comics publishers and creators, as well as to the economy of San Diego. In recent months the comics industry has had to focus on shoring up comics retailers financially undermined by lockdowns, but less attention has been paid to the drying up of the critical revenue stream generated by live comics events. It’s clear, however, that strategies are emerging that offer new ways to market and sell comics. Organizers are turning to virtual comic cons that are becoming more elaborate and sophisticated. SDCC has announced plans for Comic-Con@Home, which is scheduled for July 22–26, the original dates of SDCC, with a full slate of online programming—including fan-favorite film/TV panels from Hall H. David Glanzer, chief communications and strategy officer for Comic-Con International, the nonprofit organizer of SDCC and Anaheim’s WonderCon event, said that even after being forced to cancel WonderCon in March, there was hope that events could be held in the summer. But the spread of the pandemic dashed that hope.”
Comics Without Cons, by Heidi MacDonald, PW, 03 July 2020
Continue reading I speak two languages, Cyber and English