In the comments to yesterday’s post, Monique asked: “Will you be coming to SDCC this year? Also, do you think San Diego will be on your tour list for volume 3?”
Unfortunately, I will not be coming to SDCC this summer. I made that decision late last year when I realized that Monstress Vol. 3 wouldn’t be out until early September. I love SDCC, but it’s expensive, particularly without a new book to promote. I’ll have more details about the fall tour some time soon, however (some of you will have a chance to meet Sana Takeda, I hope).
Cockatoo identified in 13th Century European book: ‘”The fact that a cockatoo reached Sicily during the 13th Century shows that merchants plying their trade to the north of Australia were part of a flourishing network that reached west to the Middle East and beyond,” said co-author Dr Heather Dalton, from the University of Melbourne. The bird was either a yellow-crested or a triton cockatoo, she said, meaning it most likely came from northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, or islands off Indonesia.’
The polarized reactions to Pixar’s ‘Bao’ are rooted in culture: Premiering before the Incredibles 2, “Bao” is the first Pixar short film directed by a woman, Domee Shi, who was inspired by her childhood as the daughter of Chinese immigrants in Canada. The short follows a Chinese-Canadian mother who struggles with empty-nest syndrome, but earns a second chance at parenthood when one of her dumplings comes alive. Surprisingly, the ending of “Bao” has proved to be one of the more controversial ones in Pixar’s long history of animated shorts.
In Travel Ban Ruling, High Court Repudiates Notorious Japanese Internment Case: “By blindly accepting the Government’s misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security,” Sotomayor wrote, “the Court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another.”
The White Darkness – A solitary journey across Antarctica: “It was hard to breathe, and each time he exhaled the moisture froze on his face: a chandelier of crystals hung from his beard; his eyebrows were encased like preserved specimens; his eyelashes cracked when he blinked. Get wet and you die, he often reminded himself. The temperature was nearly minus forty degrees Fahrenheit, and it felt far colder because of the wind, which sometimes whipped icy particles into a blinding cloud, making him so disoriented that he toppled over, his bones rattling against the ground.”