Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rick Geary's Mysteries

Rick Geary has illustrated many famous unsolved true crime stories as supercool black-and-white graphic novels.  His minimal clean lines and hand-drawn textures showing multiple points of view, from personal accounts to maps of crime scenes, make a great style for sequential bits of evidence laid out like a movie.  These are excellent introductions to many famous mysteries, and Cravan was a new and fun one for me.  Arthur Cravan was a forger, thief, writer, painter, boxer, and political radical whose various identities, life on the run, and disappearance make for an exciting reading adventure.  All of Geary's books explore the cases with a huge amount of research presented in distinct detail. 

Famous Players
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor

The Borden Tragedy

Lovers' Lane
The Hall-Mills Mystery
by Mike Richardson and Rick Geary
The Axe-man of New Orleans

Jack the Ripper

The Case of Madeleine Smith

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Two for Giving Tuesday

Here are my two favorite charitable organizations 
that do so much in such brilliant ways.  

You can lend as little as $25 through Kiva's microfinancing program to help someone pay for school tuition, start a business, or purchase needed equipment.  Every dollar you lend goes to the borrower and later gets paid back to you.
For $69, Meds & Food for Kids supplies Medika Mamba, a peanut butter based formula with lots of protein and vitamins, to a malnourished child in Haiti for 6-8 weeks.  Not only do children recover in this program, but Haitian farmers grow the peanuts and improve their own economy.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Exceptional art of John Vernon Lord

John Vernon Lord is a Professor of Illustration at University of Brighton.  He has illustrated stories from Aesop's Fables, nonsense verses from Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Hunting of the Snark, his own book The Giant Jam Sandwich, and much more.  There are multiple levels of charm in every picture, with funny characters, beautiful textures, and interesting compositions.  JVL has a prolific portfolio from a long career in illustration that he shares one amazing drawing at a time nearly every day on his blog:

Thursday, November 7, 2013


My nephew, Eric Helgesen, took this photo for an assignment simply titled "Camouflage" in his high school photography class.  His solution is brilliant, and no Photoshopping was involved.  He loves his Canon Rebel XS with 18-200mm lens, and you can see more of his photos here:
Eric takes a lot of pictures of cars and road racing, and now he is starting to drive in RallyCross races himself!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Toy Museum in Trier, Germany

 The Spielzeugmuseum Trier has a wonderful collection of toys 
to tour with unusual windups, hundreds of toy cars and trains, 
ancient dice, a map of fairytales, and a bustling village of working toys.   

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Vast beauties

I took this picture especially for the little old gnome in 
the center, and he ended up on our bus tour of Trier.  
He looks like he is a thousand years old, turns out he is 83.