Dec 17

Gavi commits to purchasing ebola vaccine for affected countries

GENEVA (PRWEB UK) 11 December 2014

Plans to purchase millions of doses of an Ebola vaccine to support large-scale vaccination efforts were today agreed by the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Todays decision means that Gavi will be ready to act as soon as a safe, effective vaccine is recommended for use by the World Health Organization.

The Gavi Board endorsed plans that could see up to US$ 300 million committed to procure the vaccines, to be used to immunise at risk populations in affected countries. Up to an additional US$ 90 million could be used to support countries to introduce the vaccines and to rebuild devastated health systems and restore immunisation services for all vaccines in Ebola-affected countries.

To meet the funding requirements of the approved Ebola initiative, Gavi will use a combination of existing and new sources of funds and join forces with initiatives that have already pledged funding to address the Ebola crisis.

Although there is currently no approved Ebola vaccine, two manufacturers have candidates undergoing human trials, with more manufacturers due to begin human trials with their candidate vaccines shortly. The Gavi Boards decision to support the preparations for procuring Ebola vaccines while still awaiting a WHO recommendation was taken in light of the seriousness of the situation and the risks associated with delays in making a vaccine available.

The Ebola outbreak reminds us of the critical importance of vaccines in fighting infectious diseases, said Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley. The Boards decision underlines Gavis commitment to support the people of the Ebola-affected countries by ensuring that they will have access to a WHO-recommended vaccine as soon as one is approved and available from manufacturers.

Noting the seriousness of the epidemic and the devastating consequences for people and communities, the Gavi Board approved plans that could see:

Up to US$ 300 million spent procuring up to 12 million courses of WHO recommended Ebola vaccines
Up to US$ 45 million to help countries roll out the vaccine, including critical activities such as health worker training, social mobilisation, surveillance and, if required, improvements to cold storage facilities
Up to US$ 45 million to assist with the recovery of health systems and immunisation services for all vaccines in the countries affected by the outbreak
In addition to supporting the use of Ebola vaccines to control the current epidemic, Gavi funding could also be used to create stockpiles of first- and second-generation Ebola vaccines which countries can access rapidly in future outbreaks. Gavi already funds similar stockpiles for yellow fever, meningitis A and oral cholera vaccines.

Gavi has a responsibility to those in need, said Gavi Board Chair Dagfinn H

Dec 15

Loy Norrix annual Pumpkin Painting Party teaches students to give

Loy Norrix annual Pumpkin Painting Party teaches students to give
KALAMAZOO, MI– The bell rang at Loy Norrix High School, but rather than running to their cars or to catch the bus home, hundreds of students flooded the cafeteria on Oct. 21 to paint pumpkins for 47 agencies in the Kalamazoo area. The tradition, now …
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.2 Million on eBay for Superman Comic Sets New Auction Record
The first comic book ever to feature Superman, Action Comics No. 1 (1938), has broken the record price for a comic. It sold for just over $ 3.2 million in an eBay auction that ended on Sunday, August 24, the BBC reports. The comic is only one of 50 …
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On road to recovery, Todd Marinovich discovers painting
Todd Marinovich craned his sinewy neck and looked up, way up, at the expansive wall. "On top there, that's the more perfect, traditional part of this mural," he said, tugging at his brown baseball cap as he focused on the scraggly, spray-painted tree …
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Nov 29

The Shaman Speaks of War: Ales Kot Interviewed

The Shaman Speaks of War: Ales Kot Interviewed
… and Matt Fraction. Drawing on influences he shares with these creators – from Lovecraft to Burroughs, from chaos magick to game theory – Kot has been developing a hallucinatory, iconic style all his own. … Then there's his cosmic, fully-painted …
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Inside is a cryptic selection of images, ranging from a comic book drawing of Ghost Rider to photos of Elvis Presley, Iggy Pop, Willy Deville, and his wife Suzie Berle. Walter Robinson: I remember we … Rosemary Mayer, an important feminist artist of …
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Live From The Comic Shop – Drifter #1, Wytches #2, Batgirl #36
What's better than being at Conquest Comics in Bayville, NJ reviewing new releases? Being at Conquest Comics in Bayville, NJ reviewing new releases, with two really awesome statues Anna and Elsa from Frozen watching me as I do it! On to the comics …
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L. Kent Wolgamott: Chicago artists look at abstraction in Elder Gallery show
Ask them to do so visually, and you get a gallery full of paintings, drawings, prints, collages, sculpture and photography — pieces that are, largely, “non-objective," another term for non-representational art, aka abstraction. That art can be found …
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Nov 22

Indianapolis Museum of Art Acquires Monumental Work by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein


The Indianapolis Museum of Art has acquired Five Brushstrokes, a monumental work by Roy Lichtenstein, commissioned in the early 1980s but never before assembled. The work will be unveiled in its completion for the first time this August at the IMA. The sculpture is considered to be Lichtensteins most ambitious work in his Brushstroke series. Consisting of five separate elements, the tallest of which soars 40 feet into the air, Five Brushstrokes features a striking collection of forms and colors and is one of Lichtensteins premier scatter pieces. Installed on The Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall in front of the main museum building, Five Brushstrokes will be a prominent new addition to the IMAs celebrated outdoor sculpture program and an awe-inspiring welcome to IMA visitors.

We have been working in partnership with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in New York for over a year to bring this iconic work of art to Indianapolis, said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO at the IMA. I am thrilled that with the generous help of some special donors, the IMA is able to acquire this key work by one of Americas greatest artists. I am confident it will become a beloved addition to the cultural landscape of our state similar to Robert Indianas original LOVE, which has long greeted our visitors, continued Venable.

Five Brushstrokes has been acquired through the generosity of the Lichtenstein Foundation and the late Robert and Marjorie Mann of Indianapolis, who established an acquisitions fund for contemporary sculpture through a bequest in 2011. The installation is generously being underwritten by Ersal and Izabela Ozdemir.

Roy Lichtenstein always wanted his work installed in relationship to other peer artists, so we are all delighted to have worked with the IMA to find such a great home for Five Brushstrokes in the museums gardens, says Dr. Jack Cowart, Director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. He continues, It has been our pleasure, and with the appreciation of the Lichtenstein family, to facilitate this partial gift to such a remarkable museum setting. We thank the IMA and its Board and supporters for choosing this most adventurous path and for being the first institution to install Five Brushstrokes.

To celebrate the installation of Five Brushstrokes, the IMA will host an all-day party on August 29, 2014. Activities, programming and promotions will be held on the grounds, including a sculpture dedication ceremony.

About Five Brushstrokes

Five Brushstrokes was originally commissioned by the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in the early 1980s. Throughout much of 1983 and 1984 Lichtenstein worked on the commission, sketching his thoughts, creating color cut outs of each element, and then making a wooden maquette of the work. However, when the final full-scale specifications were produced, the sculptures huge scale prevented its fabrication. Following Lichtensteins death in 1997, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was established with the purpose of increasing the worlds exposure to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the Foundation funded the fabrication of two examples of the Five Brushstrokes in 2012: the artist proof being acquired by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and an edition of one that is still owned by the Foundation.

The work is monumental and consists of five separate elements, measuring:

Element A:

Nov 19

Vandor Embraces Growing Comic Culture, Offers an Array of Gifts for any Super Fan

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) November 17, 2014

Vandor LLC an industry leader in the design and marketing of licensed consumer goods is capitalizing on another record-breaking comic convention year by continuing to expand its array of unique comic, cartoon and sci-fi themed products that are guaranteed to offer something unique for the more than 24 million super fans throughout America.

Vandors Star Wars, South Park, Marvel, Transformers, Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Adventure Time and My Little Pony licenses culminate in more than 145 high-quality products ranging from Tritan water bottles, assorted ceramic and travel mugs and shopper totes, to hand-painted collectible glass and cookie jars.

With this years expansion of our comic, cartoon and sci-fi licenses Vandor is thrilled to offer an immense collection of gifts for comic, cartoon and sci-fi fans, said Stacey Dobkins, Vandors Vice President of Licensing and Marketing. Weve recognized the rapid growth of this once fringe industry due in part to the introduction of some exciting new characters and the ever popular comic convention and as the number of fans continues to increase, so will Vandors A-List offerings.

The first comic convention was held in 1970 in San Diego, California, when a group of nearly 300 comic fans packed into a small hotel basement for movie screenings, dealer booths, panels and more ultimately creating the model for every comic convention to follow. Since then, it has exploded into a global phenomenon, attracting millions of fans with conventions springing up throughout the year in various cities across North America, Asia and Europe.

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About Vandor LLC Where Legends Live!

For more than 55 years, Vandor has been making retro cool with the creation of hip and functional products for fans of all ages. We pride ourselves on setting new standards in the design and marketing of licensed consumer goods that uphold the integrity of legendary properties. With an A-list roster of evergreen cultural icons including Star Wars, Elvis Presley, Marvel Comics, Hello Kitty, Doctor Who, Marilyn Monroe, John Deere, My Little Pony and many more Vandor delivers a variety of innovative, trendsetting products that appeal to all generations. Vandor creates about 150 new designs annually and distributes all its products through major national retailers and e-tailers, as well as the independent giftware channel. Vandor has headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices in Hong Kong, China and the Philippines.

Nov 15

Skinwalker Studios Brings High-Fantasy Graphic Novel Monsterwood to Kickstarter

Norwich, CT (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Skinwalker Studios, the Connecticut-based transmedia company, is pleased to bring its Monsterwood graphic novel to the crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter. Conceived as a trilogy, the first 60-page volume of Monsterwood tells the story of Jovis, a scrappy, independent young commoner, and the Princess Jocosta, a willful heir to the throne, as they journey into the dark and forbidding forest known as Monsterwood to uncover long buried secrets of murder and betrayal. Their opposition? Maniacal monsters, fanatical fiends, and sinister forces!

Monsterwood was conceived by Jason Rosen and further developed by two-time Emmy winner, Louise Gikow (Disney, Jim Henson Productions). The graphic novel is illustrated by Harvey award-winning fantasy artist, Steve Ellis (The Only Living Boy, Dungeons & Dragons).

My experience with creating artwork for Monsterwoood is a joy. I believe that Jason has a really unique and fun project on his hands, which is why I’ve devoted so much time making the world a reality. I’m finding myself able to take all the painting and creature work I’ve done over the years in games, like Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft, and mix in the storytelling skills I developed working in comics. It’s a wonderful adventure, notes Ellis.

Beyond the completed graphic novel, the campaign offers other exclusives and limited edition rewards, including maquettes busts, glicees of pre-production concept paintings, and hand drawn illustrations by Steve Ellis.

As creator of Monsterwood, this is not ‘just’ a graphic novel property. It has taken a few very talented people and myself years to hone and perfect. It is a classic ‘coming of age’ story about our heritage, our destinies, and our legacies. And of course it’s filled with gnarly monsters, epic battles, and mythic themes of Good vs. Evil, Rosen explains. If you love all things Harryhausen, Henson, Star Wars, and all that 70′s and 80′s heart and soul storytelling goodness of those times, then you will love this series.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until August 17th.

To learn more about the campaign, please head to:

Requests for interviews can be sent to jrosen14(at)comcast(dot)net

Download a free copy of the the Monsterwood Prologue at NoiseTradeBooks:

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About the Creative Team:

Jason Rosen is creature/character designer, sculptor, puppeteer/performer, and the creator of Monsterwood. As founder of SKINWALKER STUDIOS, he has designed/sculpted/ and/or provided special effects for NBC /Universal, Paul Gerrard, Chiller Channel, Synthetic Cinema, Side-Fx Studio, Swamp Ape Studios, Fonco Creative, Directors Wes Craven, A.D. Calvo, Colin Theys and others.

As an illustrator, Steve Ellis has created artwork and conceived projects for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Marvel, DC Comics, AMC, Scholastic, Rogue Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment and many others. He is the co-founder of Bottled Lightning, the studio behind the best selling, critially-acclaimed series, The Only Living Boy.

About the Studio:

Skinwalker Studios specializes in storytelling and in the concept, design, and creation of astonishing character and creature effects, special makeup effects, basic animatronics, and action props. Learn more: