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24 May 19

What does Corey Taylor think of this week’s new releases? Better question, what does he think of the GoT finale?! Something something culturally relevant… okay, anyways… Fleshgod Apocalypse Veleno (NB) Listen “Sugar”  I digress, I’ve never really been in to this band. So unfortunately (or fortunately?), I can’t really offer any meaningful discussion on how Veleno differs […]

24 May 19
FortNite FTW

A longtime theory i’ve had about Calamity and Valor from BR Ok, I consider these two the same with some solid evidence. Here's what me and my friend agreed on. I know this sounds really dumb, but Fortnite has a lot of weird things happening. Cal was a farm girl who grew bored of the […]

24 May 19
East Bay Times
Click here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device. RICHMOND — Jack Katz, an artist from the Golden Age of comic books, picks up a pencil, and like a time traveler, returns to an era when the adventures of Bulletman, The Spirit and Captain America kept fans spellbound. “It’s about everything,” the 91-year-old Katz said of “Beyond the Beyond,” the graphic novel that he’s slowly completing, as he sat at his desk on a recent afternoon and began sketching its latest scene. The work, each sheet protected in a plastic folder, now tops 483 pages. “It’s about how we got here,” Katz said of the saga, which features a woman named Cicerone, a guide from God. “It’s about all the histories and science that I studied as a child. This is my way of treating my world.” Katz’s career in comics began in the 1940s during their Golden Age and continued on-and-off during the industry’s Silver Age of the 1970s and the growth of underground comix. He worked on horror comics, westerns, romances and war comics. “I am probably the last of the artists from that time,” Katz said. “I don’t think there’s anyone else left.” ‘Part of my dreams’ Katz lives alone in a condominium in a gated complex near Richmond Marina Bay. His living room doubles as his studio. Almost no art hangs on the walls. He has no internet access; he does not have cable television. Classic movies on DVD, carefully arranged on shelves near the front door, provide entertainment. Sometimes when Katz works he plays old movie soundtracks or classical music on vinyl records to create a mood. “Music is the most transparent thing to me in the whole world,” said Katz, who never learned an instrument, despite trying. “And it’s the most beautiful.” A slight man whose hair remains dark, Katz’s conversation can be much like his art: detailed, exact, complex, expansive. Within 30 minutes, his talk can sweep from a childhood memory of attending a concert with his parents to a claim that he saw the Garden of Eden (“it’s wonderful, truly”) to offering a scientific explanation of how the universe is interconnected. “All this stuff is part of my dreams,” Katz said. Sometimes he will punch a fist into his palm, as when he thinks about the shoddiness of some artists, especially those he suspects stole his ideas. “They’re frauds. I don’t do copies,” he said, looking down at one of his sketches, tapping it with a finger and noting it came solely from his imagination. “That’s the difference between me and all the others.” ‘I can feel it’ A native of Brooklyn, New York, Katz spent some of his childhood in Canada before he returned with his family to the United States, where he attended the School of Industrial Art in New York City. “My parents used to get into trouble with our landlord when I was a kid,” he said. “I was always drawing on the walls. No one could stop me.” The Tarzan comics that artist Hal Foster adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels captivated Katz as a child. He would later work with Foster, who also created Prince Valiant. His true education, Katz said, came during visits to libraries and museums, where he studied Renaissance painters and other masters, particularly how they captured human anatomy. Over the years Katz worked for Fawcett, DC Comics and a string of other publishing houses, including as a “detail man” with King Features Syndicate, touching up the work of artists such as Alex Raymond, the creator of Flash Gordon, and with the legendary Stan Lee at Marvel Comics. “They had a whole stable of artists,” Katz said about the companies. “It was like working in a factory.” Katz routinely argued with Lee, who died in November at age 95. “Stan Lee would say, ‘Children feel they are in jeopardy and so I have to give them superheroes to escape,’ ” Katz said. “I told him that when a child comes to realize they will always be vulnerable, then they will become disillusioned. They need characters they can identify with. Tarzan, after all, falls out of a tree and gets up again. But Stan Lee was adamant in his insanity.” What hindered his career, Katz said, was his slow pace of working because of his determination to create detailed art. “I used to draw the anatomy under the clothes to get the wrinkles exactly right,” he said, smiling. “It took time. Sometimes, too much.” Katz now spends hours each day bringing “Beyond the Beyond” to life. Illustrations are done quickly. Developing the plot, however, comes at a glacial pace. “The writing is murder,” he said. He admits he might not finish the epic, originally conceived at 1,700 pages. He has been working on it for more than five years. “I don’t fear death,” said Katz, who was married three times and has four children. “But I’m close. I can feel it.” ‘Glorification of life’ “Beyond the Beyond” is a sequel to “The First Kingdom,” a 768-page graphic novel and Katz’s magnum opus. It took him 12 years to complete. The story, which opens on a post-apocalyptic Earth filled with gods and monsters, spans generations and has dozens of characters, including the protagonist, Tundran, and his lover, Fara, and tells of their adventures together. “These are characters who have lived in Jack’s mind since he was a child,” said Liam Sharp, an artist who draws the Green Lantern for DC comics. “It’s almost as if he’s channeling them.” Sharp compared Katz’s work to that of William Blake, the English artist from the Romantic age who died in 1827 and whose paintings are filled with mythology and religion. Sharp, who has drawn Batman and Superman for DC Comics, said Katz is a living link to a legendary time in comic books, when Hal Foster and other pioneering artists were working. Originally published in a series of 24 comics from 1974 to 1986, Titan Comics republished “The First Kingdom” as a six-volume hardcover set in 2013. “Reading ‘The First Kingdom’ is like seeing captured on paper glimpses of a dream-world depicted by an artist with remarkable creative vision,” Jerry Siegel, creator of Superman, is quoted on Titan’s website as saying. Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit, called the work in a blurb “one of the most awesome undertakings in modern comic book history.” In the years after “The First Kingdom” was initially published, Katz painted and taught art. He also published another graphic novel, “Legacy,” in 1979. He currently teaches art at the Albany Senior Center. Whether painting or in comics, his subject remains the human form and the human condition, Katz said. “All true art is about honoring the glorification of life,” he said. “That’s what I am trying to achieve and that’s what I want to express.”
24 May 19
Upsc Express

What are the objectives of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan? Do you think construction of toilets in sufficient number may eliminate open defecation? Discuss. Approach: Introduce with SBA Mention objectives of SBA Bring out reasons why construction of toilets alone cannot solve the issue Provide some suggestions Model Answer : Launched on 2nd October, 2014, Swachch Bharat […]

24 May 19
Fantastic Facts

List of accolades received by The Lord of the Rings film series The Lord of the Rings film series is a series of epic fantasy-drama films directed by Peter Jackson. The three films, entitled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, were released serially worldwide between December 2001 […]

24 May 19
Live Music NYC

The String Cheese Incident The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY May 25th, 26th and 27th TICKETS LINKS Facebook – Twitter – Website– Instagram– YouTube Over the past decade, The String Cheese Incident has emerged as one of America’s most significant independent bands. Born in 1993 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 10 albums, 5 DVDs and countless live recordings […]

24 May 19
NoVa Caps

Photos: Sports.ru The 2019 IIHC World Championship is well underway in Slovakia, and since the tournament’s start, the Russian team has been bombarded with the question: “Can Malkin and Ovechkin play on the same line?”  

24 May 19

Monday 24th June  –  Cream Tea at 6pm in the Town Hall, Chapel en le Frith with Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans and her latest novel The Garden of Lost and Found, this unputdownable new family epic from the author of The Wildflowers. Harriet writes the most delicious, epic stories from the heart since Maeve Binchy […]

24 May 19

The Great Divide is a reoccurring feature here at MMA Fighting in which our own Shaun Al-Shatti and Chuck Mindenhall debate a topic in the world of MMA — whether it’s news, a fight, a crazy thing somebody did, a crazy thing somebody didn’t do, or some moral dilemma threatening the very foundation of the […]

24 May 19
APKReal - Your Premium Store to Download Android Apps & Games also with Mods For Free!

Talking Tom Hero Dash APK+MOD Infinite money hack full unlocked game Download is a story about a super hero team of 5 members where their leader Tom cat is on a mission to save his four friends who are kidnapped by raccoons and are creating havoc in the city. This game is from the franchise […]

24 May 19
Robert is reading

Following on from the events of ‘Empire of Silence’, Howling Dark follows Hadrian Marlowe as he traverses the galaxy in search of the lost planet Vorgossos. He aim is to broker peace between the human race and the Cielcin, a race of alien with whom the humans have been at war with for more than […]

24 May 19
Hack's Back Pages

Damn, I just LOVE foraging through my collection of vinyl (and CDs) from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and unearthing those hidden gems that have been all but forgotten as time has rolled on… Fortunately, many of these great “lost classics” are available today to those who didn’t hang on to their old records, or are […]

24 May 19
Matt-in-the-Hat

TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome everyone for another fun filled day where you can visit and look at some memes I made magically appeared. You all expected this to happen. Today is the release of the live action movie Aladdin! The original movie premiered in 1992 and it was a best selling movie. It […]

24 May 19
The Library Ladies

Book: “Kingsbane” by Claire Legrand Publishing Info: Sourcebooks Fire, May 2019 Where Did I Get this Book: ARC from the publisher Book Description: Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. […]