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Endgame at Comic-Con 2014 | James Frey, Wyck Godfrey, John Hanke, & Mat Laibowitz

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Editor

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Don Pardo Gone

from Crain’s

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of ‘Saturday Night Live.’Photo: Associated Press

(AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on Saturday Night Live.

Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.

Mr. Pardo—a handsome man with a strong chin and confident smile that were overshadowed by his majestic delivery—graced newscasts, game shows and TV programs for more than 60 years. During the original version of Jeopardy!, his answers to the question, “Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Don Pardo,” became a memorable part of the program.

And he was an integral part of Saturday Night Live for heralding the cast’s names to kick off each show, which led former cast member Jimmy Fallon to comment later, “Nothing is like the moment when Don Pardo says your name.” Mr. Pardo continued at SNL through the end of last season, when he performed the introductions on the finale in May.

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Posted on August 19, 2014 by Editor

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1-hour on One: Number 31, 1950

from artnet

Strictly Critical Video: One Hour Looking at a Jackson Pollock Painting at MoMA


With this week’s video, our two critics embark in a new direction: the hourlong single-work review.

Over the course of a full hour at the Museum of Modern Art, they discuss Jackson Pollock’s One: Number 31, 1950, one of the “official masterpieces of American art” by “the first American artist to affect world art” (as they put it).

Why do Gopnik and Viveros-Fauné spend an entire hour discussing a single work? Because that is what art deserves. Consider that people spend weeks, even months, with a novel; hours with a movie or a play; and countless hours playing video games.

But when it comes to visual art, the treatment—the time devoted to a viewing—can approximate the length of a drive-by shooting or a turn on the catwalk. Too often people literally take a spin around the room of a gallery or a museum and then dine out on the experience—”We saw Pollock!” They say. “And Judd and Albers and Soutine!”

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Posted on August 18, 2014 by Editor

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“My favorite books are by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu,” Dasha said. “I also like the ‘Lorien Legacies’ series (by Pittacus Lore).”

from the Hampton Union

These kids ‘Wannaread’

North Hampton Library’s summer camp book club a hit

Lisa Tetrault-Zhe Photo Fifth-grade North Hampton School students Calvin and Trevor, and sixth-grade student Dasha, with the grand prize for the summer reading program, Scout the Bear.

By Lisa Tetrault-Zhe

NORTH HAMPTON — Readers in the Camp Wannaread book group kept up their skills and got a sneak peak at a new Gordon Korman novel this summer.

The North Hampton School students in grades four through six who participated in the summer reading club finished “‘The Hypnotists” by Korman, and also had a chance to start the sequel, “Memory Maze.”

“We had 23 kids sign up,” explained children’s librarian Lorreen Keating. “The afterschool book club was such a success, we decided to continue it through the summer.”

On Thursday evening, readers broke into two teams (Rainbow Unicorns and Sandmen, both part of the book). The teams came up with trivia questions from the book, and the team with the most points won extra raffle tickets towards the grand prize (a giant stuffed bear, complete with binoculars).

“Every week there would be one winner of a smaller prize,” said Linda Sherouse, North Hampton School librarian (she also works at NHS library). “These included a reading light, movie tickets, a Barnes & Noble gift card, and a pencil pouch with glow-in-the-dark highlighters.”

One girl joined the club because she wanted an opportunity to further discuss books she’s read.

“I often have trouble finding time to talk with Ms. Sherouse about the books that I’ve read,” said sixth-grade student Dasha. “Joining the group, I got to read more and check in with her.”

Dasha, a self-described avid reader, read 400 hours this summer.

“My favorite books are by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu,” Dasha said. “I also like the ‘Lorien Legacies’ series (by Pittacus Lore).”

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Posted on August 17, 2014 by Editor

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To float like a feather / In a beautiful whirl.

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Editor

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Go Go Buke-zilla!

from The LA Times

Celebrating Charles Bukowski, ‘poet laureate of L.A. lowlife’


Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski, “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” became one of the best-known poets in America. (Richard Robinson / Black Sparrow Press)

Charles Bukowski was called many things: “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” “the enfant terrible of the Meat School poets,” “the prophet of the underemployed” and “a flamboyant provincial.” Those comments are all from our own reporters.

The L.A. Times was slow to warm to Bukowski’s charms. Even in 1985, when he was one of America’s bestselling poets, we were still describing him as “A low-life drifter from out of the ’40s whose gnarled face is to ugliness and abuse what Paul Bunyan’s body was to size and strength.”

Two years later, when Mickey Rourke starred in the semi-biographical film “Barfly” based on Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novels, the Los Angeles cultural establishment finally, grudgingly, came around.

Bukowski was born in Germany on Aug. 16, 1920. His family soon moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up with an abusive father. He was an outcast in school. He started drinking. He moved around the country, living on the margins, during World War II and after. He wound up back in Los Angeles as unlikely a candidate for becoming a poet, much less an acclaimed one, as you might find.

Of course, that was part of his appeal. Plainspoken poetry set in the streets and bars, peopled by shady characters — including his hard-drinking, big-hearted, angry, gambling, womanizing self. One of our readers, upset by seeing him written about in print, called him “an X-rated Oscar the Grouch,” which might actually not be all that insulting after all.

To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the poet laureate of L.A. lowlife, here are 18 things he wrote and said and did -

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Posted on August 15, 2014 by Editor

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Beyond The Page

from Comic Book Resources


At Comic-Con International 2014, the “Beyond the Page” session featured a panel deep with talent. The artists and writers, which included James FreyChrist WeitzJames DashnerAndrew KaplanFred Van LenteJames Silvani, and Melissa De La Cruz, delivered an engaging discussion on the existing and emerging technologies that are transforming the way we both create and consume stories.

Storytelling today can include a myriad of avenues for delivering content from social media, eBooks, webcomics, online video and video games to more traditional forms of media like print, TV and film. However, modern fans are hungry for stories that do more to immerse them in the fictional worlds of the characters.

James Frey of “Endgame” shared his approach to immersing fans into his world saying, “We should be thinking of TV and Movies as parts our toolbox… [but] as we move into the digital future, as writers or story tellers, that we need to start thinking of things beyond the page.”

Frey is a huge advocate of coordinating story content across multiple platforms to deliver strategic pieces of content. “You should be doing things across all [platforms],” Frey said.

Ultimately “Endgame” will feature a cascade of content delivering vehicles: three books, thirty-five novellas, a video game launched by Google, social media featuring character profiles and a YouTube channel. There are three movies in the works at Fox, and a children’s television series. The core of these immersive experiences are the three books that feature puzzles to solve and the hunt for hidden keys that open cases full of money.

In discussing his approach to “Endgame,” Frey explained, “We looked at things like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and thought, “How can we use those to tell additional parts of the story that aren’t on the pages of the book? The thirteen characters in the book have had Twitter feeds, Instagram feeds, and Google Plus feeds for [over] a year. And our You Tube channel has five hours of content on it.”

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Posted on August 14, 2014 by Editor

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Coolest Kid Ever Builds Fort in WalMart – Keeps Goldfish From The Pet Aisle As Companion

from CBS Dallas

Teenager Made Corsicana Walmart His Home

by J.D. Miles

CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM) – His age 14.  His address Walmart.

Employees of a Corsicana Walmart were shocked to find a teenage boy secretly living inside the store for a few days.

The teen wasn’t just hiding in the store. He built a secret hidden compound and was able to call the 24-hour store home for 2 1/2 days before being discovered.

CBS 11 News obtained exclusive photos of two campsites at the Walmart in Corsicana. One of them was on the aisle carrying baby products behind boxes of strollers. The other was behind stacks of paper towels and toilet paper.

Customers who walked down the aisles where the teen was living never noticed two hidden compounds where the boy was able to store necessities, sleep in a makeshift bed and and eat items taken from inside the store.

He created a crack in the back wall of the drink aisle to grab juice and even collected a fish from the pet department.

The photos show the clothing that employees say the boy would change in and out of every few hours to avoid detection.

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Posted on August 13, 2014 by Editor

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Pittacus Lore Returns

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Editor

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Robin Williams Gone – Whole World Sad

from the Contra Costa Times

Appreciation: Robin Williams, not a faster brain on the planet

Actor and comedian Robin Williams performs on stage during ARF’s Stars to the Rescue XXII at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Like most of America, I first saw Robin Williams playing Mork — the hyperactive, fast-talking, off-the-wall comedic alien on the ABC sitcom “Mork & Mindy” when I was a kid in the ’70s.

I loved him. All kids loved him … because it was like he was one of us.

It seemed while the rest of us grew older, he didn’t. Which is why, 36 years after storming into our family rooms like a sillier Steve Martin with his pants on fire, it’s mind-boggling he’s gone. Kids — even big ones — aren’t supposed to go before the rest of us.

Riffing on words and ideas, leaping with lightning speed from thought to idea to rant to epiphany, there wasn’t a faster brain on the planet. His intensity was mesmerizing. Denis Leary’s mouth was pedestrian compared to Williams’. It could be hard to keep up.

Add to that an absolute fearlessness to say whatever was on his mind, and the rare ability to find ridiculousness in almost any situation, no one could compare.

[ click to continue reading at Contra Costa Times ]

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Editor

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Revisiting the Internet K-Hole (with apologies in advance for the timesuck)


[ dive into the K-Hole now - see you in a few days ]

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Editor

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The Teeth Of Christ

from BBC News

Mexico: Christ statue ‘has human teeth’

His tortured look, blood streaming down his neck, open wounds on his face, hands and knees send shivers down your spine. But it turns out that the statue is even more realistic – and macabre – than previously thought. Specialists restoring the 18th Century artwork have discovered that the statue’s eight teeth used to belong to an adult human, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History has announced.

“The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude,” suggests head restorer Fanny Unikel. Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. “It’s the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture,” says Unikel.

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Posted on August 9, 2014 by Editor

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Spamboni For Sale

from Pioneer Press

Hey, hockey fans! Remember the ‘Spamboni’? It’s for sale

By Nick Ferraro

The old Hormel-sponsored "Spamboni" ice resurfacer wheels around the St. Paul Civic Center in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Xcel EnergyThe old Hormel-sponsored “Spamboni” ice resurfacer wheels around the St. Paul Civic Center in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Xcel Energy Center)

A slice of Minnesota hockey history is up for grabs.

The old Hormel-sponsored “Spamboni” ice resurfacer that once wheeled around the St. Paul Civic Center — all the while promoting the Austin, Minn.-based company’s canned meat — is being sold, as is.

The Xcel Energy Center and Visit St. Paul hope to get $2,000 for the 42-year-old relic, which for the past decade has been relegated to clearing the ice at the Wells Fargo Winter Skate outdoor rink at the Landmark Plaza.

Hockey fans might recall watching the yellow and blue Zamboni in between periods of Minnesota Fighting Saints games during the 1970s and at high-school hockey state tournaments and Minnesota Moose games.

“It still makes a good sheet of ice,” Larson said.

Indoor city-owned rinks are not an option because it wouldn’t pass today’s indoor-air quality rules, he said.

It does need some engine work — this past winter one of the engine’s four cylinders became stuck — as well as attention to general wear-and-tear items like bearings and bushings, he said.

“It runs on a retooled Volkswagen engine, so it’s not that complicated,” Larson said.

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Posted on August 8, 2014 by Editor

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Sally Hardesty Gone

from The LA Times

Marilyn Burns, actress in ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ dead at 65


(Sallye Richardson) Marilyn Burns as a bloody Sally Hardesty in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”

Actress Marilyn Burns, who starred in the 1970s film “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and TV movie “Helter Skelter,” died Tuesday. She was 65.

Burns’ manager said Wednesday that she died at her Houston-area home and that the cause of her death remains unknown.

The actress’ career spanned four decades, which included a role in the 2013 film “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

In a 1974 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Burns described working on the set of the original film, which is considered a classic in the horror genre.

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Posted on August 7, 2014 by Editor

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The Boxing Browns

from TIME Magazine

Browns Defenders Wear Boxing Gloves in Practice

AP/ Tom Withers

Justin Gilbert, Miles AustinCleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, left, is wearing small boxing gloves to keep himself from grabbing jersey’s of wide receivers during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. Tony Dejak—AP Photo

As the NFL cracks down on defenders grabbing the jersey’s of wide receivers, The Browns’ cornerbacks and safeties are wearing boxing gloves during training camps to break the habit

To prepare for the NFL’s crackdown on defensive holding this season, the team is making its cornerbacks and safeties wear boxing gloves during training camp practices. The smaller, mittenlike gloves — used by kickboxers and in mixed martial arts — are meant to deter players from latching onto jerseys of wide receivers, an allowable tactic in the past but one that will draw a penalty flag now.

When he first saw the padded gloves, Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden didn’t know what to think.

“I came out and we had boxing gloves on,” Haden said. “It was crazy.”

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Posted on August 6, 2014 by Editor

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Just Totally, Totally Awesome – Tractor Shark

from The Washington Post

How ‘the largest fish in the sea’ ended up on the roof of a tractor

By Nick Kirkpatrick

A dead whale shark being carried on a tractor in a seafood wholesale market in Xiangzhi township in Quanzhou, east China’s Fujian province, on Aug. 1. (AFP/Getty Images)

Weighing about two tons and measuring 16 feet long, this whale shark caused quite an uproar in China after it was transported through the streets of Xiangzhi in east China’s Fujian province. According to local media, a Chinese fisherman caught the whale shark Friday while fishing off Fujian province.

Known as the world’s largest fish, the whale shark can grow up to 45 feet long and live more than 100 years.  It’s highly prized on the black market. In January, the environmental group WildLifeRisk exposed what it described as “the biggest ever whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in southeastern China,” which slaughtered 600 whale sharks annually to produce “shark oil for health supplements.”

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Posted on August 5, 2014 by Editor

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Selfie-Inflicted Wound


Man accidentally kills himself with a gun while taking a selfie



Taking a selfie is now officially dangerous, although how dangerous depends entirely on the intelligence of the person attempting to capture that selfie. Oscar Otero Aguilar clearly wasn’t that intelligent, otherwise he’d still be alive today.

The 21-year-old was drinking with friends in Mexico City and had somehow acquired a working gun and ammunition for it. With a few drinks inside him, he decided to capture a selfie of himself with the gun to upload to Facebook. But just holding the gun wasn’t enough, he also took the time load it and turn the safety off. Alternatively, he was so inebriated he had no idea the gun was loaded and ready to fire.

Neighbors heard a gun shot and called the police. What they discovered was Aguilar with a serious head wound which soon after resulted in his death. It seems that while he was attempting to line up the camera and gun to capture the perfect selfie he managed to accidentally fire the weapon into his own skull.

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Posted on August 4, 2014 by Editor

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from The Telegraph

Italians enraged at rise of Sicily’s new Facebook mafia

Detectives are poring over social media for details that might help them arrest new generation of mobsters who have turned their back on traditional code of discretion

By Tom Kington, Rome

Domenico Palazzotto, a Palermo mobster, has created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats, sitting down to sumptuous lobster and champagne dinners and riding in a limousineDomenico Palazzotto, a Palermo mobster, has created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats Photo: Facebook

Just when police thought they had finally loosened the Mafia’s historical stranglehold over Sicily, a new generation of brash mobsters is reclaiming the streets of Palermo – and bragging about it on Facebook.

After years when Cosa Nostra luminaries communicated only by hand written notes in code, their youthful successors are making increasingly unabashed online boasts about their wealth, power and contempt for the magistrates hunting them down.

One Palermo mobster, Domenico Palazzotto, 28, who created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats, sitting down to sumptuous lobster and champagne dinners and riding in a limousine.

The rising boss, who called the shots in the Arenella neighbourhood of Palermo, where he allegedly helped run extortion rackets, listed his liking for Neapolitan music and the US singer Kenny Loggins and name-checked an Italian TV series about the Mafia.

Amid crude insults apparently aimed at the police, Mr Palazzotto also swapped messages with an aspiring mobster who asked to be enrolled in his clan.

“Do I need to send a CV?” asked the applicant.

“Yes, brother,” replied Mr Palazzotto jokingly. “We need to consider your criminal record. We do not take on people with clean records.”\

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Posted on August 3, 2014 by Editor

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Every Inch Of Wonder Woman for $33

from WalMart

Meet the United States’ secret and most beautiful weapon in the fight against tyranny: “Wonder Woman!”


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Posted on August 2, 2014 by Editor

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“Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse.”

from The Guardian

Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge

The stretch of water, dubbed the Lac de Gafsa, may be the result of a rupture in the rock above the local water table


Lac de Gafsa 3There are plenty of places to dive but apparently no women swimming. Photograph: Facebook

The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water.

For locals, roasting in the 40C heat, the temptation to cool off in the inviting water quickly overcame any fears about the mysterious pool.

Hundreds flocked to what quickly became known as the Lac de Gafsa or Gafsa beach to splash, paddle, dive, and fling themselves from rocks into the lake, ignoring warnings that the water could be contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, riddled with disease or possibly radioactive. Even after the water turned a murky green, they arrived in droves, undeterred.

“Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse,” Lakhdar Souid, a Tunisian journalist, told France 24 television.

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by Editor

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Philip Selway’s “Coming Up For Air”

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Editor

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Call Me Voicemael

from Paste

Call Me Ishmael: The Phenomenon Revolutionizing How We Talk About Books

By Emelia Fredlick

Call Me Ishmael: The Phenomenon Revolutionizing How We Talk About Books

“Call me Ishmael.”

It’s one of the most recognizable opening sentences in literature (right up there with “every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” and “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”). And now, the iconic phrase has gained a new life as a multimedia phenomenon.

Call Me Ishmael celebrates the power of literature by giving a person the chance to literally “call Ishmael” and share a story about how a book impacted their life. Many calls are then transcribed and posted on, becoming tales that go far beyond traditional book reviews. Titles featured range from The Time Traveler’s Wife to Pajama Time, from Maus to The Catcher in the Rye.

The stories people share are funny, sad, poignant and deeply human, which creator Logan Smalley says is the point. He calls the resulting narrative “an enhanced, evolved and beautiful picture of humanity.”

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Posted on July 30, 2014 by Editor

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No More Ball-peen Hammers, No More Batons: BREAKING THE CODE

from Pioneer Press

Former Hells Angel and cop who chased him share their unlikely friendship

By Kristi Belcamino

Former Hennepin County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Omodt, left, collaborated with Pat Matter, former president of the Minneapolis Hells Angels, to writeFormer Hennepin County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Omodt, left, collaborated with Pat Matter, former president of the Minneapolis Hells Angels, to write “Breaking the Code.” (Pioneer Press: Ginger Pinson)

Considered the “godfather” of the Minneapolis Hells Angels, Pat Matter knew three things in life were true:

“When you love someone, you get hurt. … When you’re real, everyone hates you for it. And when you trust, you get killed.”

And yet, Matter found an unlikely man to trust: Chris Omodt — the Hennepin County cop who’d been after him for years.

Two decades after the men first heard of each other, they’re telling the story of their unlikely alliance.

Their co-written book, “Breaking the Code” (self-published and available Friday), tells the tale of how their lives intersected, giving a no-holds-barred glimpse into the world of biker gangs and the investigators who go after them.

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Posted on July 29, 2014 by Editor

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” I later went down to the [HarperCollins] booth…”


Saturday at Comic-Con – The Great, The New and The Tasty

McClain panel 1


A Weekly Column with J. Torrey McClain

- I may have missed the “Saga” panel at 1 pm, but I caught Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples during the “Strong Female Characters” panel two hours later in the same room.  June Brigman, Colleen Coover, Sara Mayhew, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Paul Tobin, Vaughn and Staples talked about what it takes to make strong female characters, how they approach it and listed some of their current favorites.  The story that will last with me though came from the moderator, Maggie Thompson.  She told the story of her husband reading to their daughter a run of “Fantastic Four” every night before bed.  As a gift for their daughter when she was away in college they gave her a bound collection of a great many of those same stories.  When she received them and started to read the stories, she angrily called her mom and yelled that these were not the stories her father had read to her.  It turns out that her father had read her all of Reed Richard’s lines as the words said by Sue Storm.  He didn’t want the only female superhero in the story to be the one that fades and hides.

- I returned to Donovan’s in San Diego to visit some friends and once again got to enjoy some of their fine food.  I had the three sliders and after a lunch of only a Snickers bar in between panels (but I’ll have you know, it truly satisfied – now Mars, please send me a free box), those burgers hit the spot.

- I paid my respects in person to the player and the man of San Diego baseball, Tony Gwynn.

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Posted on July 28, 2014 by Editor

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Books Rule Comic-Con Yeah!

from Publisher’s Weekly

No Lack of Major Prose Houses at Comic-Con

By Rich Shivener

From samplers and author panels to signings and galleys of science fiction and fantasy novels, major book publishers such as Penguin Random House and HarperCollins are once again investing heavily in promotional materials for the five days of Comic-Con International, held at the San Diego Convention Center. The annual pop-culture convention draws more than 130,000 attendees and offers programming related to comics, film, books and related media. Book publishers see it as an incredible promotional platform.

Comic-con may celebrate comics but the fans are on the lookout for books and related media of all kinds. Over the weekend, HarperCollins and its partners are set to preview an interactive, multimedia project based on writer James Frey’s Endgame trilogy, which chronicles teens hunting for ancient keys that could save the world. At its core, the project is an augmented reality game that allows players, using their smartphones, to scavenge for items around Comic-Con. Endgame is also getting the film treatment by 20th Century Fox. Frey, HarperCollins, Google’s Niantic Labs and 20th Century Fox collaborated on the project, and they’re planning panels, signings, access codes to games.

Comic-Con is a fitting place to launch the project because of its media convergence, says Sandee Roston, executive director of publicity of HarperCollins Children’s Books, the division that publishes the Endgame series.

“The innovative mobile game adds interactive real-world experiences to Endgame, merging story with social activation to create a fully immersive world,” Roston told PW on Friday.

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Posted on July 27, 2014 by Editor

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We’re off to never never land…

from The WOW Report

The 21 Pics That Will Make You Wish You Were at Comic-Con Right Now


OK. DEEP BREATH. Let me put my nerd googles on and see if I can identify all these Comic-Con cosplayers. (And a huge thank you to our intrepid reporter Michael Roha for the pics!)

cosplay Comic Con

Spidey and the Human Torch (sort of half-assing that wing, though, aren’t ya, kid?)

cosplay Comic Con


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Posted on July 26, 2014 by Editor

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from The New York Obersver

Levenbutt Goes Ass-Backwards All Over NYC

Jen Selter has nothing on Jeremy Levenbach.

(Photo via @Levenbutt Instagram)

(Photo via @Levenbutt Instagram)

In what is perhaps the greatest utilization of social media ever, Jeremy Levenbach (a.k.a. @Levenbutt) has been Instagramming his early morning, bare-bottomed misadventures all over the city since mid-2012.

“The first one was taken on my old roof in the East Village,” Mr. Levenbach said. “I texted it to a bunch of friends. They liked it. I did a few more and then started posting them to Instagram.”

Since then, Mr. Levenbach, who takes his friends along to capture the butt shots, has amassed over 2,000 followers on Instagram.

[ click to continue reading at The Observer ]

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Editor

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The End Begins October 7. ENDGAME Is Coming.

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Editor

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Black Swan Fear

from The Fiscal Times

Market ‘Black Swan’ Fear at Record High

BY , The Fiscal Times

iStockphoto/The Fiscal Times

After last Thursday’s volatility surge, driven by the horrific missile strike against Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and fresh violence between Israel and the Palestinians, the stock market has calmed down. Large cap issues in particularly seem largely unfazed by all this, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average not suffering a meaningful close below its 20-day moving average since April.

Moreover, the Dow finished last Friday with its 11th straight weekly gain — the second longest winning streak of the bull market to date. Bidding stocks up into the weekend is a classic sign of confidence, since it assumes that nothing will go wrong in during the two days the market is closed.

One way to interpret this is that while most investors are very, very complacent now, many are growing more fearful about the future. In other words, fears of a “Black Swan” event are increasing.

[ click to read full article at The Fiscal Times ]

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Editor

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Giant Rubber Duck Gone Missing In The Global Bathtub

from artnet

Giant Rubber Duck Vanishes in Chinese Flood

Hendrik Hansson

Florentijn Hofman, Rubber Duck (2011), Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: courtesy the artist.

Florentijn Hofman, Rubber Duck (2011),
Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: courtesy the artist.

A giant rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has disappeared amid heavy storms in China’s southwestern Guiyang City, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 54-foot-tall, 2000 pound  inflatable artwork was perched upon a floating metal platform, tethered to the bottom of the Nanming river by steel wires.

The work has toured the world since 2007 and has been on display in the Netherlands, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan and Australia, drawing millions of spectators along the way. The sculpture’s tour, entitled Spreading Joy Around the World represents the union of people, according to the artist. “We’re one family and all the waters in the world is our global bathtub,” Hofman previously told the Guardian.

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Posted on July 22, 2014 by Editor

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THR: James Frey’s ENDGAME… to call it only a book would be vastly oversimplifying things.

from The Hollywood Reporter

Comic-Con: James Frey to Introduce ‘Endgame’ Universe With Panel, Puzzle, Interactive Game (Exclusive)

by Rebecca Ford

James Frey End Game The Calling - P 2014

Frey’s upcoming YA book, which has interactive components and is being developed into a film, will be promoted with a tie-in to the popular augmented reality game Ingress.

Endgame is  James Frey’s upcoming book, but to call it only a book would be vastly oversimplifying things.

While the first novel will hit stores Oct. 7, Frey’s project is made up of the books (a planned trilogy), e-books, a puzzle, a game, a treasure hunt and an upcoming movie. The first YA book, set in the near present day, follows 12 teens as catastrophic events lead them on a worldwide search for three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world.

“Endgame was always conceived of and designed and created to be this pretty vast universe,” says Frey. “The idea was that we would build everything before it came out. We’d be proactive in creating the universe instead of reactive.”

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Posted on July 21, 2014 by Editor

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Lord Of The Dance

from The New York Observer

Gina Gibney, Virtual Unknown, Becomes Power Broker of Contemporary Dance

Dibney, Gibney? “Who is this woman?”


Gina Gibney Photo: Whitney Browne

On the night of May 14, a small group of dancers were smoking outside a fundraiser in downtown Manhattan. As they discussed the work of various underappreciated choreographers, attention was suddenly turned to a short redheaded woman who had just exited the event and was walking away. “That’s Gina Gibney?” asked Connor Voss, a startled young dancer. Yes, the group confirmed, it was. Mr. Voss watched Ms. Gibney round the street corner. “Fund me, please?” he said in her direction.

Mr. Voss is not the only one asking: Ms. Gibney is currently one of contemporary dance’s most powerful figures in New York. The center of her new influence is 280 Broadway, a two-story building just north of City Hall on which she signed a lease in January. Ms. Gibney now has 17 studios, three theaters, and 51,000 square feet under her control. This past year she received millions of dollars in donations to help her run it all. The Connor Vosses of the city turn their heads when she walks by.

Beloved spaces like Joyce SoHo and the Trisha Brown dance facility have closed; many others have had to move or shrink. Since the early ’90s, Ms. Gibney estimates, the death toll around Union Square alone includes 20 venues where she once performed.

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Posted on July 20, 2014 by Editor

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Charlie Haden Gone

from The LA Times

Appreciation: Jazz musician Charlie Haden spoke for beauty


Charlie HadenCharlie Haden founded the Cal Arts jazz program in 1982. His instruction made an impact on generations of jazz artists around the country, including Ravi Coltrane and Ralph Alessi. (Tom Copi)

I’d probably only been covering jazz for the Los Angeles Times for a year or so when the phone rang at my desk and on the other end was Charlie Haden.

For a half-second, I was terrified. Was this how I was going to find out that the tiny voice in my head, the one that plagues so many writers, was right all along? Was Charlie Haden, an unquestionable music giant who contributed to a skyscraper’s worth of immortal jazz recordings, the one who finally figured out I was a fraud?

Of course, that wasn’t the nature of this phone call — or, for that matter, Charlie Haden. Instead, we talked about music. He spoke with a joyful, bebop-like cadence that pushed against his recognizably thin voice — a wispy reminder of the bulbar polio that afflicted him as a child and eventually claimed his life Friday at age 76.

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Posted on July 19, 2014 by Editor

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