From the hundreds read, here are some highlights
(in no particular order)
A young, smart, girl of color who is single-handedly stealing the hearts of Marvel fans and edging her way into great-importance in the Marvel Universe. Add in some social commentary on the education system and an endearing Devil Dinosaur, and you have my attention (for good). Luella Lafayette (Moon Girl) being the newest addition to the Inhuman lot is the least of her buzz, she was quick to be ranked as the smartest being in this Earth-616. Move over Stark, Banner, and Cho, here comes Moon Girl to make some waves!
Miles Morales. Period. I can’t find a more fresh, multi-dimensional, and growing character in the Marvel line-up right now. Sure, there has been buzz about the new multi-racial Spider-Man for some years now, but his reverence keeps growing. His role in the Civil War II event not only placed him in the middle of some confusing judgment, but it also showed a new side—one that could lead him to some trouble (which is so exciting).
Dedication and true love for ones work is unmistakeable. That’s what I see in Rick Remender’s Seven to Eternity. Read More
Finding New & Exciting Ways to Share
If you follow my Instagram, you can see my photos in series of three—where I try to convey an emotion, a setting, an event with three look-points. Now, through Priime, I have a way of sharing collections, which gives me a way of sharing a whole shoot or event in a bigger way.
And to add reasoning, since my recent purchase of a new FujiFilm X100T, I needed a way to share my digital photography—this way I keep my Insta solely focused on my 35mm film photography. I love the way Priime allows me to share my higher-quiality work in a beautiful, pleasing lay-out, that actually satisfies my overly critical design needs.
LA based photographer Christine Bartolucci asked some questions to our iPhone obsessed generation: Do you remember film? Do you remember dropping your film at a lab and waiting for the images to be developed? Do you remember a time without instant gratification?
Yes, might seem like millennial, hipster speak, but it’s actually a lot more than that. It’s seeking a process. It’s seeking a split-second to stop and think about the art behind a shutter click, and it’s actually asking for photo-takers to wait for the right moment and capturing what you see through your lens. With these questions and this progression of realizations, Christine grabbed an Olympus 150 35mm film camera, and sent it away on vacation with a bunch of strangers to see what they could capture as they travel the world with this “new” technology in their hands, and with the hope of capturing their moments and memories in one shot, one moment. Read More
“…you have to develop a conscience and if on top of that you have talent so much the better. But if you have talent without conscience, you are just one of many thousand journalists.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
– Toni Morrison
A Student Showcases from R Culture: Mixtape Blue
Photographers in New York City are a-plenty—from tourists aiming at the tall buildings to the inspired-semi-pro who just enjoy shooting up the city. And, of course, there are the true professionals who chose the most beautiful city in the world as their home.
Sometimes, within the 35mm and DSLRs, you find some green gems. It is truly incredible how these gems can be so young in age and in experience, yet blow your mind with their composition and passion. This is the story of four high school students and their journey growing up photographers in their city:
Sydnie L. Hyams, 16 years old, 10th Grade
Canon Rebel T4I & Vivitar 35mm.
“I have been doing photography for fun for about six years, but I’ve been doing it seriously for three. Photography is a way to capture moments. A box of film is full of potential memories, and I like to capture those. Certain songs can bring back memories, and I would like my photos to do the same. Some photographers I like include Petra Collins, Annie Leibovitz circa 1970 and Lauren Greenfield. My favorite thing to photograph is people.”
“I do photography for myself.” – Sydnie
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
– Ernest Hemingway
Comic vs Animated Movie… Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Days before the 2-day theatrical release of Batman: The Killing Joke, all the headlines pointed to one huge mistake the filmmakers made when adapting such a major comic story into an animated film: the fact that they changed the whole story. Okay, okay, that may have been a bit hyperbolic, but once rumors got out of the Batgirl/Batman sex scene, the nerds readied themselves with pitchforks and fire to rage-complain on the internet. Unfortunately, this animated film became the victim of overcompensation of past critiques, but not so unfortunate for the fans who can look past the first 30 minutes, it was still a very entertaining experience.
Batman: The Killing Joke is a 1988 one-shot story written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The story focuses on the Joker’s origin, as well as his latest plan to cause mayhem to Gotham. The story is pivotal for many reason: Joker now has an origin story, Barbara Gordon is shot and paralyzed, Batman and Joker are juxtaposed as “two sides of the same coin,” and Batman has a dark monologue about the ultimate fate—maybe fatal—of the Batman and Joker rivalry. This story is quick, gritty, and shows many of the vital characteristics that both characters grow on.
And on the other hand, we have the animated film. Directed by Sam Liu and written by Brian Azzarello, but, more importantly, featuring voice acting from Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and the Joker, respectively. The film was intended to be released directly to home-video and as digital download, but the studios then decided to premier the film at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, followed by a 2-day theatrical release in select theaters. Read More
Be culture, love your culture, keep your culture.
Culture. History. Identity. Heritage. Blood. Lineage. Ancestry. Roots. Birthright… I could keep going on-and-on-and-on with different names for the same concept. I could go on-and-on-and-on about what it means to me and how I show mine… well, actually, I will. Because it took too many years for me to realize the importance of my identity—my culture—numerous years that I am embarrassed to admit here now, but will.
My journey first took me from Tucuman, Argentina, to Damascus, Maryland. I talk about this first move a lot. The change in scenery, in cultures, in attitudes, was big. Not something I totally understood as a 10-year-old, but something I now look back on and see with astonished eyes. I partly blame my surrounding, and partly my incapability to understand the importance of my culture, for the way this all happened.
Growing up in a vastly contrasting places in the States, I had been beaten down to loose my culture—my identity—throughout the years. “Beaten” might be a strong expression, but throughout the years I was made to feel like I had to hide it because it was outside the norm, outside the uniform of the United States of America that I was growing up in. But my name kept my strings close to my lineage, my name kept reminding me who I am, and my name kept me grounded to the roots that were embarrassingly close to withering. Read More
To raise awareness about veteran suicide rates.
I usually don’t take up challenges like this one, or even causes like these, but the 22 Push-Up Challenge—to raise awareness about veteran suicide rates—resonates with me on a different level. It’s hard for me to put into words my feelings towards suicide, once I start to think about it it’s hard to think clearly, but it’s something I now actively try to not ignore anymore. If you start to educate yourself on suicide rates in the U.S., and in the world, it’s a troubling path with numbers that astound. And although the numbers given in this challenge aren’t totally factual (22 veterans do not commit suicide daily), the rates for veteran suicide is 50% higher than of those who never enlisted, and that is troubling for many reasons. Read More
“In a writer there must always be two people – the writer and the critic.”
– Leo Tolstoy
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
– Bob Dylan
Look to the monsters around you to fuel your creativity.
The monsters can surround you or hide deep inside. They can be the height of the tallest mountain or the little bug that keeps buzzing by your ear, keeping you awake. The monsters can be in your closet at night on just in your head, the wild imagination that keeps you uncomfortable in the dark. At the end of the day, monsters are anywhere and everywhere, they are big and small, they are physical and metaphorical, but what you have to remember is that the monsters are around to keep you in constant fear, to halt you in your tracks, but they should never keep you from doing what you need to do.
I left Los Angeles on January 1, 2014. This was a fearful time, as it was a step away from comfort, but more importantly, it was a step towards a dream I should have been following long ago. Hell, comfort can be the worst monster out there, but that’s a tale for another page. Read More