What the Hell is Happening in Anaheim? (Chaos Outside the Walls of Disneyland)

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“What we have here is concentrated power in the hands of a wealthy minority, a working-class and working-poor Latino majority that feels it has no voice coupled with completely uneven distribution of the city’s resources. And then, the deaths of two young Latino men in the span of one weekend. We want this to be the happiest place on earth, but it’s not for those of us who live here…” - Jose Moreno, California State University-Long Beach professor, serves on the Anaheim City School Board and president of Los Amigos Orange County, a community organization.

West County SWAT watches over protestors along Ball Road in the City of Anaheim.

Tensions between the hispanic community and the local police department in Anaheim – the city that houses Disneyland – have been escalating for some time. Now it seems the boiling point has finally been reached. Read more

Igor Kordey & Darko Macan: Texas Kid, My Bro

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Igor Kordey. The outstanding Croatian artist behind the first six killer covers of the “Unknown Soldier: Haunted House” arc has completed the first chapter of a web-comic over at Act-i-Vate with past collaborator and multiple Eisner nominee Darko Macan. Click on the image to read the comic. It goes without saying that it looks gorgeous.

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Tribute to Romanadvoratrelundar

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Mary Tamm, the beautiful, smart English actress who played the first incarnation of one of the great “Doctor Who” companions in the show’s history - Romanadvoratrelundar (but she prefers Fred) – passed away a few days ago at the very young age of sixty-two after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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Fallen Superheroes

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“Fallen Superheroes”,  a new book featuring the gorgeous photography by Eric Curtis, (I urge you to click through to his site) is getting a lot of play on comic blogs and elsewhere, so maybe you’ve seen it, but it looks too amazing to not mention again here.

Here’s a few images from the book. Gander away, my loves…

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The Cinema & Photography Of Eric Valli

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Eric Valli’s 1999 film “Himalaya” is a beautiful anthropological act in the guise of “adventure” fiction. The first Academy Award nominated Nepalese film (albeit directed by Frenchman Valli, who has lived in Nepal since 1983), it was shot in a virtually inaccessible region of the midwestern Nepalese “uphills” and stars locals from the area. Spirited by a pitch-perfect humanist tone, the film lovingly focuses on the daily lives and traditions of the people of the upper Dolpo. Some wooden performances from the non-professional actors only serve to further clarify the movie’s honesty. It’s a wonderful viewing experience.

I haven’t seen it in several years, but now a blog post at the killer graphic design site iso50 - by musician and graphiketeer Scott Hansen – has brought Eric Valli the photographer into my life.

Valli’s work is breathtaking. I’m going to blow these images out beyond the borders of my humble page layout. I know it’s tacky, but the bigger these photographs are the better (images link to Valli’s site)…

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