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How to Say Merry Christmas & Santa Claus in other Countries – Infographic

How to Say Merry Christmas & Santa Claus in other Countries

This very simple infographic is a cute little guide to do just what is claims to — say Merry Christmas and Santa Claus around the world!  Very specific local traditions aside, these are neat ways to inject a little world cultures into your holiday lessons. [VIA]

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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Infographics


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Artwork of the Day – 11/17/15 (Dynamism of a Cyclist, Umberto Boccioni)

Daily Artwork — “Dynamism of a Cyclist, Umberto Boccioni, 1913”

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1913 — Dynamism of a Cyclist. Oil paint on canvas. Futurism style. Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916). Peggy Guggenheim Foundation, Venice, Italy.
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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Daily Art


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Ancient Rome: City of Firsts — Infographic

Ancient Rome: Supercity of Firsts

The city of Ancient Rome has always been the city that others aspire to become.  It is always amazing to me how a city thousands of years old was able to actually be so modern in many aspects.  Today’s inforgraphic highlights some of the many mainstays in city living that we take for granted today that had their origins in Ancient Rome, such as apartment living, shopping malls, daily mail delivery, running water, and even trash collection.  [VIA]

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Infographics


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Photo of the Day – 10/27/15 (“Italian POW Cobblers in London”, 1945)

Daily Photo — “Italian POW Cobblers in London, 1945”

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1945. “Italian POWs working in a cobbler’s shop, London POW Camp” A general scene of the cobbler’s shop at the N.144 Italian workers camp near London. These Prisoners of War are: Antoni Tolino, Pasquale Usai, Salvatore Polizzi, Giuseppe Bosco and Aldo Mora. Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer.
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Daily Photo


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ARC Review — White Death by Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard

White Death

White Death written by Robbie Morrison with art by Charlie Adlard. September, 2014. Image Comics, 104 p. $14.99 ISBN:9781632151421.

“For four years, The Great War, World War One, raged across the planet. Millions were sent to their deaths in pointless battles. The Italian Front stretched along the borders of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empires, in treacherous mountain regions. In the last months of 1916, a private in the Italian Bersaglieri returns to his childhood home in the Trentino mountain range to find it no longer a place of adventure and wonder as it was in his youth, but a place of death and despair. Amongst the weapons of both armies, none is more feared than the White Death: thundering avalanches deliberately caused by cannon fire… which, like war itself, consume everything in their path...” — Publisher’s Description

This is one of those rare times when I am a little lost for words about a book.  Honestly, I’ve been sitting here for a while thinking about how I wanted to approach this review.  White Death was a wonderfully drawn book, with an intriguing story, but I feel that there was something missing — something more I needed, but I cannot put my finger on it.

White Death was written by Robbie Morrison after the discovery of two bodies in the Italian Alps that were identified as young Austro-Hungarian soldiers from the First World War.  This is one of the few graphic novels that I know of that deal with World War I, and to my knowledge very few books at all cover this theater of the conflict.  In 1915-1916, over the course of five grueling battles, approximately 60,000-100,000 soldiers were killed in the Italian Alps by avalanches caused by enemy shells — The White Death. This is the story of those battles.

Morrison vividly brings to life the despair, heartbreak, and tragedy of war — using the avalanche itself as a metaphor in the sense that it is a terrifying force that consumes everything in front of it without mercy.  The raw storytelling, both in the trenches and in the towns and hospitals behind the lines remind us that war, no matter where or when is indeed hell.  There is a brother against brother element that you do not generally associate with World War I, but in retrospect, I see how this is true of any war.  Also very poignant is the way in which PTSD, or as it was then called – “Shell Shock” was dealt with.  Quite terrifying.

What really stood out to me, however, about White Death was the artwork of Charlie Adlard.  I am relatively new to graphic novels so this is my first time seeing Adlard’s work, even though I have a huge compendium of The Walking Dead waiting on my bookshelf!  As a result I came in unbiased to what he describes in his introduction as nothing less than a landmark book in his career.  The artwork was stunning and masterfully done in a way that was able to capture the intensity and horror of war that Morrison put into words.  The “charcoal and chalk dust” Adlard mentions in the same introduction to White Death seemed to jump off the pages, even through my e-reader, to make you feel dirty, cold, and sweaty with the troops all at the same time.  No other graphic novel has had that effect on me.

My only real criticisms of White Death, and those parts that seemed to have me wanting more were in the fact that I was having difficulty about half way through the book keeping some characters straight in my head, and therefore fully understanding the action and motivations and feelings being expressed.  This could be from my own lack of experience with the genre, but I feel that more detail in the story and the art was needed here.  Also, there seems to be so much potential to have provided more build up and more continuation of the story. I feel as though we were dropped right into the middle of an epic novel and  pulled back out before it was over.  This comes from my not knowing anything about this aspect of World War I, and because of White Death wanting to know so much more!  In a way then, I suppose it served a purpose.

All in all this was an excellent book, and one that makes it easy to see why it has been listed on a few “essential” graphic novel lists.  I highly recommend it to mature young adult and adult readers for the intense story, graphic nature or the art, and the brief nudity and adult themes in a few scenes and panels.

Four out of five stars.

Many thanks to Image ComicsNetGalley, and Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard for the opportunity to read White Death in exchange for an honest review.

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Reviews


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Art of the Day – 7/18/13 (Vesuvius, Andy Warhol)

Daily Artwork — “Vesuvius, Andy Warhol, 1985”

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1985 —  Vesuvius. Oil on Canvas. Pop Art style. Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987). Private Collection.

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Daily Art


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