FutureCare Sandtown will host an extraordinary Halloween festival on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1000 North Gilmor St. Baltimore, MD 21217. Activities include: pony rides, an inflatable moon bounce, picking and decorating your own pumpkin, face painting, getting a hot lunch and a goody bag filled with candy and cold weather gear. In addition to all the activities mentioned above, the Oriole Bird and Raven’s Poe will also be in attendance to entertain and take pictures.
“I had a great time teaching Jeremiah and everyone at home about the blue crab survey. Blue crabs are the heart and soul of the Chesapeake Bay. By closely monitoring the population, we can ensure that the Bay is home to plenty of crabs into the future,” said Adam Copeland, a PEARL researcher, in a statement.The AFRO previously wrote about Jeremiah Pearl when he was accepted into the prestigious Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2016. He also has been an anchor with WMAR-TV’s “Teen Perspective.” Jeremiah Pearl, a student at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, was the co-host of an episode of “Aqua Kids,” an award-winning educational TV program.Jeremiah Pearl. (Courtesy Photo)The high school senior, who is also an eagle scout and football player, joined the 12th season of “Aqua Kids” in September 2016. “Aqua Kids” airs on stations ranging from Anchorage, Ala., to Tampa, Fla. The recently concluded 12th season is available in full on YouTube hereThe show is produced by George A. Stover III, an adjunct instructor in Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication. The program has been filmed in locations such as Lake Erie and Lake Superior, both Great Lakes, as well as Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Lab (PEARL), which aims to solve environmental challenges through research, education and applications.One of PEARL’s current research projects includes studying the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County.
Open Bible Baptist church are hosting its 5th Anniversary Night of Elegance on September 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. E-Boogie, as seen on BET Comicview and Total Christian Television, (TCT) is the guest entertainer. Call 410-488-4646 for more information and ticket cost.
MBI Health services, a certified behavioral health agency in D.C., gave turkeys to residents on Nov. 21 in honor and gratitude for slain Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter, who was a D.C. native. (pictured) MBI Senior Vice President Tony Crews and CEO Marie Morilus-Black. They gave away 400 turkeys to needy families at the celebration at the agency’s Hunt Place location in Northeast D.C. A card signed by residents was also given to Suiter’s family. Suiter was laid to rest in Baltimore on Nov. 29.MBI Health services, a certified behavioral health agency in D.C., gave turkeys to residents on Nov. 21 in honor and gratitude for slain Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter, who was a D.C. native. (pictured) MBI Senior Vice President Tony Crews and CEO Marie Morilus-Black. They gave away 400 turkeys to needy families at the celebration at the agency’s Hunt Place location in Northeast D.C. A card signed by residents was also given to Suiter’s family. Suiter was laid to rest in Baltimore on Nov. 29. (Photo by Vincent Jones)
Hello everyone, how are you? Well, I hope. This week we are going to talk about our musical country. There are a few artists, singers and musicians who still remind us of the great music that many of our Baby Boomers enjoyed back in the day.Karter James, songwriter and musician, performed and presented “Music Therapy: You are a Song” at the Waverly Branch Library on Thursday, September 13.At least twice a year, our dear friend, Dr. Phil Butts’ Big Band presents the music from the Big Band era and I love it. You will too if you check out his show. They perform music from the charts and arrangements of artists such as; Stan Kenton’s Band, Woody Herman’s Band, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. You also have singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Helen O’Connell and Jimmy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, and our own Billie Holiday.Some of the major Black bands of the 1930’s included, apart from Ellington’s, Hines’s and Calloway’s, are Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb and Count Basie. The White bands of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Shep Fields and Glenn Miller were more popular than their Black counterparts. What I like about Dr. Phil Butts Big Band is that he does it all and it sounds soooooooooo good! It allows your mind to go back and enjoy the Swing Dance, and my, favorite, the Jitterbug.Dr. Phil Butts’ 18 piece Big Band will be performing at Painters Mill American Legion; 4424 Painters Mill Road, Owings Mill Maryland on September 21 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Featuring song stylist “Larzine,” with songs from the books of Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson. For more information, call 443-676-4543.I will meet you at Painters Mill American Legion, 4424 Painters Mill Road, in Owings Mill, Maryland on September 2 at 7 p.m. and you will see what I am talking about.Candice Hoyes, song stylist, will celebrate the great, late “Billie Holiday” with a special evening of songs at the Motor House on North Avenue September 14 at 8 p.m.Sam Brice, a Baltimore musician artist, has painted and sold many of his art works of jazz artists. They are displayed in many venues including the Reginald Lewis Museum and a popular night club in Baltimore, called Under the Bridge, on Blair Road. There is an Under the Bridge Reunion being held at the DDL Lounge Bar & Grill, 2008 Belair Road on September 15 from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. You will see old friends, listen to some great music as well as some good food and drinks.Dr. Phil Butts’ 18 piece Big Band will be performing at Painters Mill American Legion; 4424 Painters Mill Road, Owings Mill Maryland on September 21 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Featuring song stylist “Larzine,” with songs from the books of Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson. For more information, call 443-676-4543.FYI: Barry Powell and his class of 1968 of the former Lemmel Junior High School is hosting its 50th year reunion on September 15 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet, 8606 B Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland. So if you are a Lemmel Junior High School Alumni, go check out your old classmate and have fun. For more information, call Julian Thomas at 443-474-1117.FYI: The 15th Anniversary of D.C.’s own Good Gospel Entertainment is September 9 the House of Praise, 5110 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. featuring MC Eric “Boss Man” Graham; Mr. Ricky McDuffie & the Family Bennettsville, of South Carolina, the Alabama Gurlz of Jackson, Mississippi; The Jackson Sisters of Durham, South Carolina; the Seek & Fine Project of Washington, D.C. just to name a few. For more information, call 202-390-9686.FYI: The 18th Anniversary Celebration of the Chevela & the Spiritual Voices, with special guest artists such as: Fox Family Singers, Gospel Pearls, Sparkie & the Tones of Joy, New Creation, and many more is on September 15 at 4 p.m. at the Meridian Hill Baptist Church,5354 Sheriff Road, Capitol Heights, Maryland. For more information, call Chevela Garvin at 202-903-7714.Well, my dear friends, I am out of space, I truly hope you enjoy this week. I will see you somewhere. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or send your press releases and photos to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.Until the next time, I’m musically yours.
By J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore Staff“In this city, in the department, it was a war,” former Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) Commissioner Leonard Hamm said of his service. “I had to go in as a war-time general, because we were fighting on several different fronts.”Hamm, now top cop at Coppin State University, participated in a December 4 book signing alongside former BPD sergeant Lisa Montague and authors Matthew Horace and Ron Harris.Horace, a 28-year veteran of local, state and federal law enforcement is now a security expert analyst regularly appearing on CNN, MSNBC and BBC to speak on the condition of American law enforcement.Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm speaking at the Enoch Pratt Library . Sgt. Lisa Montague and Matthew Horace are seated. (Photo credit: J.K. Schmid)Harris is a National Newspapers Publishers Association journalist and Howard University adjunct professor.Together, Horace and Harris wrote “The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement.” Hamm and Montague provided their first-hand experiences in BPD. Hamm’s contribution, as an interview, emphasized his struggles with and as leadership as commissioner of a city with a rising murder rate. Montague provided street-level perspective of the job while also confronting sexism within the department.“I walked into a police department that was not equipped, or did not have the will to do what it was supposed to do and that was protect you all,” Hamm said.One of the cases made in the book is to change the culture of policing, one that has become embittered and removed from the community as policing was treated as a “war” on crime, and ultimately criminals and communities.“There was no trust and there was no transparency and there was none of that,” Hamm said. “In Baltimore City, at the time, there was 263 community associations, and I went to every last one of those community associations and said ‘look, for 48 years, in our arrogance, we thought we knew what you wanted, and we thought that we knew what was good for you. We were wrong.’”A war mindset naturally leads to aspirations of aggression adventure and the need for a new outlook has shifted how Hamm hires.“You want to recruit people who come here with a sense of service and not a sense of adventure,” Hamm said. “Now, when I have a young person I’m interviewing tell me ‘man, I want to work narcotics,’ I don’t want that person, I don’t want ‘em. Because they’re coming in here with a sense of adventure, you want a person to come here with a sense of service and you can do that by simply asking questions.”“It’s how you recruit them, it’s how you train them, it’s how you discipline them, and it’s how you supervise them,” Hamm said.In response to a question about whether police forces should necessarily match the racial makeup of their communities, Horace answered:“When you look at Baltimore and other departments that are predominantly African-American, they are still under consent decrees,” Horace said. “So there’s that, and there’s also the piece that I know very well: The New York City Police Department, 36,000 police officers and full-time equivalents, where do the majority of their White police officers come from? Long Island, New York, one of the most segregated places that you’ve ever lived in.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 He concludes by saying “we still believe a SiriusXM acquisition of Live Nation would benefit the Liberty complex, especially under certain structures (in addition to giving Maffei the end-to-end music distribution company he has long desired),” and notes that Live Nation’s board — led by Maffei — and management, with CEO Michael Rapino (pictured above), are in the driver’s seat in terms of a potential deal. It also predicts that Rapino would become head of the combined company, since SiriusXM CEO James Meyer is expected to step down at the end of the year. Ross said a potential deal is attractive to Sirius because the company appears to have a “terminal value problem” as it lacks logical places to employ its free cash flow. Live Nation, which is the world’s largest live-entertainment promoter, owns TicketMaster and also operates venues, “is near maximum leverage.”“Live Nation’s flywheel continues to turn with increased velocity,” he wrote. “On top of its vertical integration, the company has built an insurmountable competitive moat especially in the United States, allowing it to find new ways to win every year.” The company boasted a bullish first-quarter earnings report in May.He enumerated the reasons why a merger makes sense. “We believe Liberty President and CEO, Greg Maffei, has long desired to combine Sirius and Live Nation into a single music distribution company and has encouraged a marriage of his two music industry interests in the past.“So what has changed to make us think a merger is coming closer to reality?,” he continued. “To start, we do not see an acquirer for SiriusXM, especially after AT&T / Time Warner has closed. … A Sirius acquisition of Live Nation could help solve Liberty’s problems by helping to (at least optically) protect SiriusXM’s terminal value, giving that company a better use of capital, and at the same time improving some of the forces that have led to a senseless tracking stock discount (currently sitting at 25%).”However, he says that Sirius “will have to pay a significant premium to get a deal done,” and points to Amazon and “even Spotify” as potential competitors to acquire Live Nation.“Music remains a top priority for Amazon and that company is constantly looking for additional businesses to add to its own flywheel and enhance Prime. They also could significantly improve Ticketmaster.”But, he notes, “Spotify is the most intriguing to us, even if it is a longer shot and has antitrust risk. The potential synergies and value unlock could be immense. We love Spotify stock (link) and are extremely bullish about its global subscriber growth and future share of listening. But, there is still one major question surrounding the company’s future: how much it can move its gross margins through improved deals with the major labels.” Popular on Variety Live Nation’s stock climbed more than 1% in pre-market trading today after BTIG Research’s Brandon Ross upgraded the stock to buy and predicted a merger between the live-entertainment giant and Liberty/SiriusXM.“We and a growing group of investors have come to believe a nearer-term combination of SiriusXM and Live Nation is inevitable,” he wrote. “We believe Liberty President and CEO, Greg Maffei, has long desired to combine Sirius and Live Nation into a single music distribution company and has encouraged a marriage of his two music industry interests in the past.” Long-percolating rumors about a possible merger between the two companies began heating up over the past couple of weeks; reps for Live Nation and SiriusXM declined comment or did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment.
Stay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s new theme park land, officially opens at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California on May 31, and Star Wars fans will no doubt flock to the 14-acre park to live our their galactic fantasies, including taking the controls of of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.But even Jedis need refreshments and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is ready to provide fuel for them from restaurants, including Oga’s Cantina, where guests can enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels; Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar that serves unique dishes, Ronto Roasters, a large podracing engine that features a barbecue pit manned by a droid.Guests can also snack on the go from Kat Saka’s Kettle, which serves up popcorn snacks with combinations of sweet, savory and spicy flavors, and the Milk Stand, which offers Blue Milk and Green Milk.AdChoices广告And you might want to save some coins for the various merchandise available at the park.Feel the Force. Star Wars: #GalaxysEdge is now open for guests at @Disneyland! https://t.co/ahAoBH31Gl pic.twitter.com/2j3ZBsdtky— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) May 31, 2019Guests will be able to construct their own astromech droids at the Droid Depot, customize and craft their very own lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, and find a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.In addition, the Black Spire Outpost market features Creature Stall, dedicated to the plethora of rare and fascinating creatures that populate the galaxy, as well as Black Spire Outfitters, which showcase the latest in accessories. Guests will also find the Toydarian Toymaker, a stall full of toys crafted by a Toydarian (the flying alien species first seen in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace).For gear, the Resistance Supply is a “makeshift” supply location at the Resistance’s hidden command area that sells Resistance pins, badges, hats, and other accessories to help guests feel like part of the cause. First Order Cargo, meanwhile, is a temporary First Order storage dock near the market. Easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon, the cargo location will offer guests a chance to pledge their loyalty by purchasing pins, caps, gear, model ships, and more.View as: One Page Slides1/251. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksAt the Milk Stand in the Black Spire Outpost, guests can try Blue Milk and Green Milk can be found in the Black Spire Outpost market inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Blue Milk was first seen in ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green Milk was introduced in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.’2. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksFlavored popcorn at Kat Saka’s Kettle, located in the Black Spire Outpost market inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.3. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: Kent Phillips/Disney ParksMoogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor (contains alcohol) and the Black Spire Brew can be found at Oga’s Cantina inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’ 4. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksGuests can indulge in a raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse (left) or chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard (right) at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’ 5. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ is a decadent chicken dish with roasted vegetable mash and herb gravy. 6. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Felucian Garden Spread, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ is a plant-based kefta ‘meatball’ dish with herb hummus and tomato-cucumber relish with pita bread. 7. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Ithorian Garden Loaf, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ is a plant-based ‘meatloaf’ dish served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables and mushroom sauce. 8. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Smoked Kaadu Ribs, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ features smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw. 9. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: Kent Phillips/Disney ParksThe Meiloorun Juice, the Turkey Jerky and the Ronto Wrap filled with spiced grilled sausage and roasted pork found at Ronto Roasters, located in the Black Spire Outpost market inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’ 10. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe oven-roasted Burra Fish, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ features Dijon-crusted sustainable fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing. 11. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe oven-roasted Tip Yip, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ features roasted chicken with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing. 12. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: Kent Phillips/Disney ParksNon-alcoholic drinks Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession provision and Cliff Dweller can be found at Oga’s Cantina inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’ 13. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: Kent Phillips/Disney ParksAlcoholic beverages the Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun can be found at Oga’s Cantina inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’ 14. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ is a marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp.15. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Braised Shaak Roast, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ features beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale and mushrooms. 16. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksNon-alcoholic beverages the Phattro and Moof Juice can be found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’17. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksAt Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers in ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ guests will be able to build their own lightsaber, guided by ancient wisdom but crafted by the choices they make on their own adventure. Each build will begin with a personal connection to a kyber crystal used to ignite the custom lightsaber. 18. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Creature Stall in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will offer creatures of the galaxy, including porgs, tauntauns and more. 19. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksAt the Droid Depot in ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ guests can choose from an assortment of droids, apparel and other droid-inspired products. Guests will even be able to build their own custom astromech unit. 20. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksAt Black Spire Outpost in ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,’ guests wanting to showcase their allegiance to the First Order will be able to choose among the gear and supplies that the 709th Legion brought with them to First Order Cargo. 21. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThere are many rare and unique items to be discovered at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities inside ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.’ Holocrons, pictured here, are ancient repositories of wisdom. Jedi and Sith used them to record their teachings for future generations seeking to understand the mysteries of the Force. Kyber crystals can unlock additional content in both the Jedi and Sith Holocrons. 22. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksDok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will offer rare and unique items, including relics left behind by the Sith.23. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Droid Depot will invite guests to construct their own astromech droids. Patrons will pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build one of two core models (R-series or BB-series) and they can customize their droids with various parts and colors. These droids will be capable of interacting with elements in the land. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. In addition, the Droid Depot will offer pre-built droids, droid-inspired products and more.24. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksAt Black Spire Outfitters inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will be able to mix and match clothing to create their own galactic style.25. Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Photo Credit: David Roark/Disney ParksThe Toydarian Toymaker stall in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature an assortment of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys and musical instruments. More on Geek.com:‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at Disneyland: Here’s What It’s Like InsideService Dog Meets Chewbacca at Disney World, Has Best ReactionHarrison Ford Pays Tribute to ‘Star Wars’ Co-Star and Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew
Stay on target It’s International Women’s Day on March 8, and while we try to keep things very gender inclusive here on Geek.com and give props to men, women, and gender-nonconforming in equal proportions there’s nothing wrong with taking a little extra time to shine the spotlight on the fairer sex a little more. While the comic book industry has been viewed as a boy’s club for decades, behind the scenes some of the most innovative and creative artists have been women. Here are 11 names any serious comics geek should know and celebrate.Tarpé MillsThe early days of comics were very male-dominated, but for June Tarpé Mills, that was just more motivation. The Brooklyn-born artist went by her middle name so that editors and readers wouldn’t know she was a girl. After modeling to pay her way through New York’s Pratt Institute, she worked as a fashion illustrator before working on a number of adventure comics in the early 1940s. Her most notable character, Miss Fury, ran in multiple Sunday newspaper color sections, debuting a half-year before Wonder Woman. Miss Fury was a socialite who battled spies and criminals in a full-body panther costume, and Mills brought a seething sexuality to the strip that pushed boundaries week after week.Marie SeverinIf there’s a single name that was present at some of the most important creative moments in comic book history, it was Marie Severin. Her brother John brought her into EC Comics at the height of that company’s 1950s popularity, where she cut her teeth as a colorist. After the Comics Code destroyed EC, she went to Marvel’s production department. They quickly learned she was a brilliant — and fast — draftswoman, and she worked on Dr. Strange and Sub-Mariner comics, followed by dozens more. In 1976 she co-created Spider-Woman and later worked for Marvel’s all-ages Star Comics imprint. She was still doing published work as late as 2005 but formally retired in 2007, capping off a half-century of work in the comics medium.Ramona FradonAfter graduating from the Parsons School of Design, Ramona Fradon was encouraged to submit artwork samples to DC Comics in 1950. Her knack for figure drawing and inventive cartooning got her multiple jobs, most notably as the artist on Aquaman. She was the company’s go-to female illustrators, most notably creating Metamorpho with writer Bob Haney. In 1965, she left the comics biz to raise a family, but once her kids were old enough the call of the spinner rack was too strong to ignore and she returned to DC to work on a grab bag of titles. In 1980, she took over art duties on the Brenda Starr newspaper strip and drew it for the next 15 years. Even after retirement, she kept drawing, most notably for the SpongeBob SquarePants licensed book.Rumiko TakahashiThe manga business in Japan was male-dominated for a while after World War II, but many young women took inspiration from Osamu Tezuka to write and draw their own stories. One of the most notable is Rumiko Takahashi, who studied under Kazuo Koike in the 1970s before debuting Urusei Yatsura in 1978. The breezy tale of an alien princess who comes to Earth ahead of an invasion fleet became a huge success, and Takahashi followed it up with hit after hit, most notably rom-com Maison Ikkoku and gender-swapping martial arts epic Ranma ½. Takahashi continued working into the 21st century and was recently honored with the Grand Prix de la ville — essentially a lifetime achievement award — at France’s prestigious Angouleme comics festival.Trina RobbinsThe 1970s were a fertile time for comics both in and out of the mainstream. As Marvel was building their universe, the streets of San Francisco teemed with underground artists publishing boundary-pushing books of their own. In general, those comics weren’t terribly enlightened when it comes to women. So Trina Robbins, a transplant from Brooklyn who had been active in sci-fi fandom, put together Wimmen’s Comix, an anthology of up-and-coming female cartoonists that would be massively influential. Robbins would work all over the industry, from the undergrounds to all-ages work for Marvel and even becoming the first female artist to draw Wonder Woman.Shawn KerriStraddling the worlds of California car culture and punk rock, Shawn Kerri was one of the most underrated but potent cartoonists of the 1980s. Perhaps most notable for designing the skanking mascot for the Circle Jerks, Kerri — born Shawn Maureen Fitzgerald — broke into the industry with strips in auto humor magazine CARToons at the age of seventeen. A few years later, she moved to Los Angeles and started punk fanzine Rude Situation, all the while contributing to Cracked, writing Donald Duck comics for Disney and drawing dirty gags for Hustler using the pen name Dee Lawdid.Colleen DoranThe self-publishing boom of the 1980s and 1990s, buoyed by the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, allowed a whole generation of artists to get their comics on the stands. Colleen Doran was an art prodigy, winning a Disney illustration contest and the age of five and working professionally in advertising in her teens. In 1979, she started printing her sci-fi epic A Distant Soil in fanzines, and the rich, manga-influenced series has been running on and off ever since, set to measure a thousand pages upon completion. She’s also done lots of freelance work for Marvel and DC, including illustrating some issues of Sandman.Julie DoucetMontreal-born cartoonist Julie Doucet became one of the most iconic artists of the late 1990s with her series Dirty Plotte, a wild collage of dreams, fantasies and gritty realism limned in a deeply textured art style that improved by leaps and bounds every issue. Doucet stopped creating Dirty Plotte in 1998, moving on to longer form works and experimental collages. In 2006, she announced her retirement from the comics medium but she continues to make prints and other works.Amanda ConnerAfter attending the Joe Kubert School, Amanda Conner got her first Marvel work at the age of 21 and has been refining her expressive, dynamic art style across dozens of different comics ever since. In the late 1980s she signed on with Archie for a few years, but her biggest breakthrough came at DC, where she first became the iconic artist for character Power Girl, and then brought Harley Quinn to the company’s top-tier characters with her own solo series.Fiona StaplesOne of the most critically-acclaimed artists in the comics world today, Fiona Staples has brought a unique sensibility to her long-running collaboration with Brian K. Vaughan, Saga. Staples is notable for embracing digital technology to create pages that read like traditional narrative art but are rendered with bold color holds and striking linework. In 2015, she was hired to illustrate the rebooted Archie comic, updating the traditional teen for modern audiences.Sana TakedaJapanese artist Sana Takeda got her start in the video game industry, creating 3D renders of athletes for Sega’s sports titles. Marvel editor C. B. Cebulski got ahold of her portfolio and realized he had an incredible talent on his hands, hiring her to illustrate titles like Ms. Marvel. Takeda draws entirely digitally in Photoshop, but you’d never know it — her illustrations are rich with texture and flow brilliantly from panel to panel. Her current series is the creator-owned Monstress with writer Marjorie Liu, and it’s a gripping horror fantasy epic that is a critical and commercial success.More on Geek.com:11 Female Sci-Fi Authors You Need to Read10 Awesome Comics With Trans Characters By Trans CreatorsThe Complete History of Rock Stars Making Comics Study: It’s Perfectly Reasonable For Women to Complain About Cold OfficesGoogle Doodle Celebrates International Women’s Day
We knew it was coming at some point today, and it’s finally here! The first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted during Star Wars Celebration today, and now we can all watch it. At first I was expecting a brief teaser, no more than a minute long. I expected we’d see a little bit of Rey, maybe some Kylo Wren. Maybe, just maybe, there would be brief glimpse of Luke. I didn’t expect more than two full minutes of new Star Wars footage.In some ways, it’s just like the trailer for The Force Awakens. There’s narration by Luke Skywalker, shots of ships landing on a strange new planet, and the Millennium Falcon fighting a bunch of tie fighters, which I will never get tired of seeing. But now that we know who all these characters are, we can start to infer a little bit of meaning from the images we’re shown.Rey is training under Luke on the island where she found him at the end of The Force Awakens. She appears to be getting better with a lightsaber. He’s also training her in the ways of the force, much like Yoda and Obi Wan did with him. Only this time, she’s lifting a bunch of little rocks instead of stacking larger ones. Then there’s a brief glimpse of one giant space battle, an angry Kylo Wren and a whole bunch of fire. Things don’t look like they end too well for the resistance in this movie. Poe and BB-8 had better make it through that X-Wing explosion alive, that’s all I’m saying. Finally, we get an idea of where the title comes from. Luke has had a lot of time to think during his disappearance and it looks like he’s decided to not to bring back the Jedi Order. Or maybe he’s creating a new one.There appears to be a brief shot of Carrie Fisher from the back, which is probably for the best. Anything more at this point would be too much. To be honest, it’s going to be hard making it through this movie next December without tearing up at some point.Finally, there’s that John Williams score, which I will be humming the rest of the day. Along with the trailer, we got to see the poster for The Last Jedi.It’s pretty great. I love the homage to old posters from Star Wars: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, with Rey taking Luke’s place, holding her lightsaber in the air.Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in theaters on December 25, 2017.
One of the more disappointing news stories that came out of this past week was about Disney not only cancelling the Infinity line of games and toys, but leaving game development entirely. The news was surprising given how well-received the toys-to-life games have been for the past few years. Now that the series is over and the dust has started settling, new details are emerging concerning the cancellation, including the fact that a line of 12-inch figures were in the works.According to Kotaku, Disney was getting ready to release 12-inch versions of characters like Buzz Lightyear, Elsa, Hulk, Hulkbuster, Jack Skellington, and Darth Vader. Given their size, the figures were going to be more detailed than their smaller counterparts. They also would have lit up and acted differently in-game. People wouldn’t have had to wait long for these figures either, since they were planned to be released this fall for $45 each.We also learned that the reason for the cancellation of the series had little to do with the video games and more with the toys associated with the franchise. Given the shortage of toys for Disney Infinity 1.0, Disney decided to manufacture a greater number for Infinity 2.0. The problem was that they were then faced with an overabundance of unsold toys. Sources say that the company created two million figures based on The Hulk, but only ended up selling one million figures. Sources also say that figures for lesser-known characters like Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy failed to sell.AdChoices广告The report also talks about what the plans were for Disney Infinity 4.0, which would have been released in 2017. The game was set to include characters from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Cars 3, as well as a story mode that would have combined characters from the Star Wars, Disney, and Marvel universes.It’s a shame that we’ll never see any of this come to fruition.