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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Since my last post about Godzilla's battle against the worse case scenario of a yeast infection, my husband and I now had him on grain free foods for almost a week and, we've been washing him every couple of days and rinsing with a baking soda rinse. They did say that the condition will appear worse the first week and then, hopefully, begin to disappear, but we're talking a few months here. His immune system is compromised from chemo and steroids.
Here are a few pictures to show you that the skin under Godzilla's neck is almost free of hair and his skin feels like elephant skin. The skin under the fur on his lower back, is raw. I sure hope this treatment of foods and meds works because I hate to see the little guy suffer like this.
Today, my friend Rita and I were at the Laurel Hill Cemetery for their Bones, Bells & Whistles Event which ties in with Philadelphia's Science Festival Event. You can learn more about this event here: http://www.philasciencefestival.org/calendar
I love the Laurel Hill Cemetery and its a place rich in history. They have a neat gift shop, too. If you look closely you'll see my book on the shelf. While we were packing the activities to be used at today's event and gentleman came in to buy my book. Lucky him, I was there to sign it for him.
My magnolia tree is in bloom and so is my cherry blossom tree.
There are rabbits living under our shed in the back yard and you can see that Snowflake and LeLe are trying to introduce themselves.
I just took out all my garden stuff, fairies, dragons, frogs and lots of gnomes. I try to set up a mystical theme in my secret garden. I'll take a picture when I'm done setting up Gnome Town.
A fellow member of the South Jersey Writers Group was at one of my favorite book stores doing a book signing. Christine Hardy has short stories featured in several anthologies starting with “The Gargoyle Cat,” for Tall Tales and Short Stories from South Jersey (our group's first anthology)
Here is some information on Christine Hardy's other works:
Rosemary and Jeff, the wonderful owners of the Book Asylum always supply a tray of delicious cookies for each book signing event. Great deal if you ask me. You get a great book to read, support a budding author and feast on cookies and great coffee.
Laurie Christine Marie
It was a perfect day to spend with a friend and other members of our group. If you want to learn more about the South Jersey Writers' Group go here: http://www.meetup.com/South-Jersey-Writers/ and here: http://south-jersey-writers.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
If you want to learn more about the Book Asylum go here: http://www.thebookasylum.com/
Friday, April 24, 2015
The cards that I use
It's GOD and HE likes to show me all the places he has created. Sometimes we'll even land and walk upon these other worlds, but some worlds are hostile and we don't go there. GOD keeps me and the Sphere safe from evil things.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
This point of view also extended to his contemporaries. I remember countless times going to comic shows and shops and one of the first things being told was to not touch anything. I always felt that was unfair, as my father and these collectors, began their live as children picking up magazines and books off spinner racks. I was also far less interested in collecting the books and always wanted to meet the individuals behind the books, and to learn from the creators.
I was never particularly interested in the concept of a group of collectors selling books to each other. I always wanted it to be more of a celebration of comics and the artistic medium, rather than about the money changing hands and getting that rare book. Some interests fall away as we get older, and my focus moved from comics to filmmaking. I never stopped thinking about how I would run a comic book show, though. It has always sat in the back of my mind.
Many of the individuals she worked with had no access to cultural events, so for many people this was an extremely important program. In our personal time, Miranda began telling me about an upcoming exhibition, one that would feature underground comix and 'zines', created by avant garde and edgy creators. These were the books that ran counter to the superhero movement, pieces like R. Crumb's work and Julie Doucet, and many of their contemporaries. I felt that, while the medium would be interesting to the youth, I really don't think it would resonate in the same way.
I suggested that maybe Miranda pitch an idea to create a small comic book convention that would add a more mainstream or at least a more generalized view into the sequential narrative world. It started just as a goofy idea that we thought would have zero traction. Soon, Miranda, who is an extremely motivated and enterprising young woman, had contacts in the comic industry and had the support of several entities on campus, and Camden Comic Con was born.
You will never see an actor or wrestler at our event, unless they come out as an attendee, but we will do everything in our power to bring out high quality artists and creators. Few comic conventions do what we are trying to do, with the exception of Hawthorne High School Comic Con (which is largely supported by The Kubert School). We would love to get a relationship with them. In the end, there is something for everyone at our event and as long as we meet those goals and we stay true to the celebration of the medium, we're successful.
We also had financial and logistic support from various entities on campus, including Office of Campus Involvement, Campus Center, the Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts, and Events Office. We also had assistance from John Paul of NJ Comic Book Shows, who gave us some guidance and helped us with behind the scenes wheel greasing. He was incredibly generous and helped us get many of our comic dealers.
She also reached out to the Paul Robeson Library and was able to bring their Buffy to Batgirl Symposium, as well as securing a showing of She Makes Comics from Sequart. She also secured some of our artists, when I was unable to make contact with them. I was responsible for filling the dealers’ room with vendors, artists, and guests, as well as organizing the space and doing all of the web presence and graphic design.
I always bite off way more than I can chew. We had great support from our campus as well, specifically from Patrick Wallace and Dr. Lindenmeyer, Dead of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School. From what I understand, she seems to be very supportive of our event, which is tremendous as it could mean the college will keep us going. Without all of these individuals, the event would never have seen the light of day.
Many of the students have said how great it is to have artists come out and show them techniques and just to be able to interact with these industry professionals on a more personal level. We have a great deal of supporters in the industry as well, who have asked us if there is any way to contact the college and convince them to keep it going. Hearing this makes me believe we'll be able to put on another show, but I'm a show me, not tell me guy, so I'll wait for the call.
We would like to have more film screenings, some educational, some for fun. We would like to get the educational departments on campus even more active in supporting the event. There is no reason why we can't have a panel or talk featuring a criminal justice professor discussing vigilantism in comics, or a psych professor talking about psychiatric issues in comics.
Mistress Rae aka Cinsearae Santiago Reiniger
Overall, we would love more collaboration with the departments. The more things there are to do, the higher profile our event becomes and the more traffic we see. We would also like to mirror our mothership school at New Brunswick and perhaps have a week of geek/nerdy culture events that lead to our big blowout event, Camden Comic Con. They could be lectures, talks, artist showcases, etc. that could help us generate excitement and anticipation, as well as providing even more opportunities to learn and be enriched.
South Jersey Writers' Group Author, Dawn Byrne
We know that we will be expanding our gaming next year, as Ed Evans of All Things Fun! was giving us a test run this year, but is committed to making it a massive event in the future. We just need to keep bringing the same level of quality guests, programming, and vendors. We believe the formula works well, but we might shake things up so it doesn't become stale. We won't really know until we get into the nitty gritty. Who knows, maybe we could convince the college to go for a 2 day event.
I want to thank Bill Haas for taking the time for this interview and, I'm getting ready for next year's Camden Comic Con. See you all there.
Camden Comic Con http://camdencomiccon.tumblr.com/
Monday, April 13, 2015
Beyond Desperation, Episode 13
Granny: It was a pleasure speaking with you and I’ll have to thank my granddaughter, Allie, for introducing us. I will make sure to share your site with everyone and when you get your webpage updated, send it to me. You said you would also display your music on your website and I’ll be looking forward to checking it out. Thank you so much, Osman.