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.