"Arf! Arf! Arf!" (Popeye the Sailor Man)
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Happy World Turtle Day! We’re shellebrating our fine reptilian friends with some turtle fun-facts.
Did you know:
- There are approximately 290 species of turtles and tortoises that inhabit oceans, fresh waters, and land environments.
- Turtles are characterized by two broad bony shells that enclose and protect the body and jaws without teeth that form a beak-like structure.
- Once they enter the sea after hatching, male Hawksbill sea turtles never leave it, and females come out only to lay their eggs.
- Did you know the Museum is helping to preserve the iconic Galápagos tortoise Lonesome George?
- For centuries, ships would load up on Galápagos tortoises to provide fresh meat during sea voyages, one tortoise could provide 200 pounds of meat.
- The Leatherback is the largest turtle, reaching a length of almost 6 feet, while smaller species, such as the Bog turtle, reach a maximum shell length of 4 inches.
- Did you know that two brother African spur-thighed tortoises live in the Museum? Meet Hermes and Mud!
- Softshell turtles, genus Trionyx, have gill-like filaments in their pharynx that serve as respiratory organs.
Stop by the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians to learn more.
Happy World Turtle Day, everybody.
"You must build a turtle fence…" [per: The Gregory Brothers]
Don’t underestimate the power of reading… Pre-order your copy of Goodnight Darth Vader™ today!
Jeffery Brown’s other Star Wars cartoon books are available for your pleasure at Carlos Museum Bookshop, along with many other Summer reading choices.
Love art and comics by Mr. Crumb!
Forgotten masterpiece: Complete original art from “Street Musicians” by Robert Crumb, originally published in The New Yorker, August 26, 1996.
Just a Mammoth, please!
Four sizes to chose from.
ProFile Friday: In Memorium
Isabelle Daniel “Barbara” Hall Fiske Calhoun, best known for her work (as Barbara Hall) on “Girl Commandos” and “Pat Parker, War Nurse” during the Golden Age of Comics, died this past Monday, April 28, 2014 at age 94 in a nursing home in White River Junction, Vermont, not far from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her daughter Ladybelle and son in law Brion were with her for the last days of her life. She died peacefully and without struggle. Drawing and painting remained her main interest in her final days. “Art is prayer,” she frequently said
Hall was born in 1919 into an old Southern family. Her ancestors had fought the British during the Revolutionary War, and later fought on the Southern side in the American Civil War. She studied painting in Los Angeles, moving to New York City in 1940. She showed her portfolio to Harvey Comics in 1941, and was hired to draw the comic “Black Cat”. Her next strip was “Girl Commandos”, about an international team of Nazi-fighting women. This comic was developed from “Pat Parker, War Nurse”, about a “freelance fighter for freedom.” When stationed in India, this nurse recruited a British nurse, an American radio operator, a Soviet photographer, and a Chinese patriot. Hall continued this strip until 1943. Girl Commandos was taken over by Jill Elgin. On January 8, 1946, she married writer and playwright Irving Fiske and became Barbara Hall Fiske.
Hall continued her art career as a tempera and pastel painter. Together with her husband, she began an alternative living group/artists and writers’ colony in Rochester, Vermont, called Quarry Hill. (Later it became known as the Quarry Hill Creative Center.) She and Irving Fiske had two children, Isabella (Ladybelle) and William.
In the Sixties, through her daughter, Ladybelle, she met and became friends with many well-known underground cartoonists, including R. Crumb, Trina Robbins, Kim Deitch, Spain Rodriguez, and others. Ladybelle met Art Spiegelman in 1966 through Trina Robbins and also, concurrently, through a group of Spiegelman’s fellow-students at the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 1978, Ladybelle, Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, and some other Quarry Hill residents created Top-Drawer Rubber Stamp Company, which featured art by Crumb, Spiegelman and many other cartoonists and artists. This hand-made art rubber stamp company provided employment for several Quarry Hill residents for a time.
Barbara Hall Fiske designed several images for Top-Drawer including angels, an image of William Blake (Quarry Hill’s favorite poet and artist), and more.
Hall divorced Fiske in the 1970s, created Lyman Hall, Inc. (after a collateral ancestor who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence) to run the Quarry Hill property, and took the name Barbara Fiske Calhoun after her second marriage in the 1990s.
One of her “Pat Parker, War Nurse” stories was reprinted recently in Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics edited by Mike Madrid.
Libraries in many big cities often serve as de facto homeless shelters — a place for people living on the streets to find quiet and warmth — and it can make others, there to just check out books or videos, uncomfortable.
KQED’s Scott Shafer reports that’s why the San Francisco Public Library has hired a full-time social worker. She spends her days roaming the library floors, keeping an eye out for regulars who look like they could use her help. And sometimes she hires the formerly homeless patrons she’s helped, like Joe Bank, to do outreach under her supervision.
Author Harper Lee and actress Mary Badham (Scout) on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird in 1962.
Today is Lee’s 87th birthday!