In his forthcoming memoir, Don “DJ” Arneson will most certainly cover the topic of Lobo, the first comic book headlined by a black character that he created in 1965 for Dell Comics. But per an interview in the Lichtfield County Times, a much larger strand will be the impact of a tragic event in 1940:
In line with some popular superheroes’ origins, Arneson lost his father when he was five years old. \"My father’s death was the defining moment,\" he said. \"It ruled my life. It was a hot summer day, your dad goes away. He was killed in a car wreck.\"
Arneson said he compartmentalized the event in his mind. \"I resolved it would stay on one side,\" he said. \"In this way I separated myself from reality. Not in a psychological way but I created a separate reality and an opportunity to see the world from two viewpoints. A dead father was the driving impetus for what I do.\"
Arneson isn’t sure about the claims that Lobo, illustrated by Tony Tallarico and featuring a black cowboy on the cover, failed after just two issues because stores refused to unpack and display the shipped title. For his work, the Connecticut resident was recently honored with a 2015 Lifetime Achivement Award at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia.
He told Times contributor N.F. Ambery that he is currently searching for an illustrator to draw up the comic book panels for his memoir.
[Photo of Michael Dennis with Arneson at the recent ECBACC event via: Instagram]
powerHouse books earlier released two books of pre-cut, scored and perforated designs for easily creating dogs and robots. The latest edition is devoted to ninjas, with thirteen provided along with a dojo that is said to be created by simply folding pages. Looks like fun for the kids.
Trump, during his announcement that he will unsuccessfully run for the Republican presidential nomination, said Mexicans immigrating to America were criminals, rapists and drug addicts. Yes, he actually said this.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” explained The Donald. “They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” What a guy.
As a result of NBC severing ties with Trump, CNNMoney reports that the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants won’t be broadcasted on the network. Celebrity Apprentice will still air, but without Trump as a host. The Apprentice is “being reevaluated.”
Some person wearing a whistle telling you to do three more laps around the track, or that, yes, you can do that final push-up in your set–that makes sense. But a book coach? It’s not as if all you need to get through your novel is someone standing behind you telling you that when you finish that final paragraph you’ll be golden.
More than the name implies, a book coach is a mix of therapist, editor and personal cheering section. Some people hire book coaches to meet all of those needs; others for just one. Either way, a book coach can deliver what you need, even if you aren’t sure what that is.
Every writer will get something different out of a book coach because every writer has different needs. For example, [Esther] Hershenhorn, [a] children’s book coach, says some writers just need a critique of a picture book. Others need help moving the story to a more meaningful level or help with research so they can better understand their competition. And still others may think they have a book when, in fact, it’s an idea that works better as a magazine story.
For more, including knowing when to hire a coach, read: Why You Should Hire a Book Coach
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Margaret Bourke-White occupies a hallowed place in journalism history. She was Life magazine’s first female photographer, joining the publication in 1936.
Following closely behind in 1937 as the magazine’s second female staff photographer was German immigrant Hansel Mieth. She went on, alongside eventual husband Otto Hagel, to earn praise for her socially conscious work. A new exhibit of the couple’s work has just opened at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Clara, CA. Titled “LIFE, Labor and Purpose,” it runs through August 20:
Over the years, the museum has collected over 120 original photographic prints, representing the work of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel. It is an important part of the museum’s permanent collection, and while carefully cataloged and preserved, the photographs, with a few exceptions, have never been shown.
Mieth sealed her reputation with photographs of migrant workers and striking San Francisco dockworkers. She and Hagel (who freelanced for the magazine) also went on assignment in 1943 for Life to the Heart Mountain Japanese American internment camp, but the pictures they shot there were never published.
Mieth is also remembered for a 1938 of a Rhesus monkey. The picture was snapped in Puerto Rico. From a 2014 Time magazine revisit:
When Mieth got back to New York, she learned that the joke around the Life offices was that she’d produced a striking portrait of Henry Luce, the founder and publisher of Time, Life, Fortune and other magazines: evidently, some of her colleagues felt that the rhesus in the water looked like their boss.
You might not enjoy her music, but you’re in the minority: Forbes has her ranked as the third highest-paid celebrity in the world, behind Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Those two get punched in the head for a living; Perry makes disposable pop songs. We ask you — who’s the smart one here?
Associated Press veteran Karen Mahabir is joining The Huffington Post as managing editor of news. Mahabir most recently served as the AP’s digital products producer.
Mahabir had been with the AP since 2005.
“Karen will lead HuffPost’s assignment desk and help build our global news presence, focusing on the U.S., London and Sydney,” said the HuffPost, in a statement provided to Capital New York.
Melissa Block, who has hosted NPR’s All Things Considered for more than 12 years, is taking on a different role at the company. Block will now serve as a special correspondent, tackling everything from newsmaker profiles to long-form stories on vital issues impacting both the U.S. and the world.
Block will also serve as a guest-host on NPR news programs and develop new podcasts based on her reporting.
“Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR’s future,” said Mike Oreskes, NPR’s editorial director and senior vp of news, in a statement. “No one exemplifies that blend better than Melissa. As All Things Considered listeners well know, Melissa has an amazing ability for telling the important stories of our age in a way that engages both the heart and the mind.”
Block’s last day providing a soothing voice for All Things Considered will be August 14.
The headline writers at The New York Daily News and The New York Post had the exact same thought when they heard that David West, one of two escaped prisoners, had been caught. Great minds think alike?
Gannett has officially split its publishing and broadcast/digital units into two separate companies. The former will retain the Gannett name, while the latter will be titled Tegna Inc.
Gannett, overseen by CEO Robert Dickey, is debt free and will be looking for acquisitions. As part of the split, Gannett also launched the USA Today Media Network, which was described by the company as “The largest local-to-national media network in the U.S.”
If the USA Today Media Network is what Dickey thinks will keep the company afloat now that it doesn’t have the revenue-boosting broadcast business to hang onto, well, good luck to everyone.
From Hawaii to Iowa to New Jersey, the Supreme Court decision is front-page news. Here’s a look at some of Saturday’s most striking newspaper front pages.newseum.org]
We’re already well into the dog days of print journalism. And soon, the dog days of summer will be upon us. But if the future of sponsored content can look like this, well then maybe the tail can wag us all through.
Added today to the Forbes BrandVoice JP Morgan channel: a solid Q&A with National Geographic magazine and news editor in chief Susan Goldberg. The Q&A was conducted by Peter Scher, the firm’s executive vice president and head of corporate responsibility.
He starts off by asking Detroit native Goldberg about the magazine’s recent May 2015 cover story on the Motor City. Later, he brings up her illustrious career achievements:
You have been a trailblazer throughout your career in journalism: You were the first female editor of the San Jose Mercury News, the first female editor of the [Cleveland] Plain Dealer and now the first female editor in chief of National Geographic.What do you think about that?
I’m very proud to be the editor in chief of National Geographic and News; it truly is an honor. And given the changes in our industry over the span of my career – from the typewriter and glue pot to the age of instant, digital information – it is a thrilling time to provide exceptional content to traditional and new audiences. But my belief is that our society will be a better and more equitable place when having a female editor is not such a notable event. I’m concerned because 64 percent of graduates from journalism and communication schools are women – and just 23 percent of newsroom leaders are women. There’s something wrong with our workplaces or expectations when we go from a significant majority of young women entering the profession and a significant minority of middle-aged women leading it a generation later…
Read the rest of the conversation here.
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[July cover via: nationalgeopgraphic.com]