click links in text for more info
SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

The Comics Journal

The Comics Journal abbreviated TCJ, is an American magazine of news and criticism pertaining to comic books, comic strips and graphic novels. Known for its lengthy interviews with comic creators, pointed editorials and scathing reviews of the products of the mainstream comics industry, the magazine promotes the view that comics are a fine art meriting broader cultural respect, thus should be evaluated with higher critical standards. In 1976, Gary Groth and Michael Catron acquired The Nostalgia Journal, a small competitor of the newspaper adzine The Buyer's Guide for Comics Fandom. At the time and Catron were publishing Sounds Fine, a formatted adzine for record collectors that they had started after producing Rock'N Roll Expo'75, held during the July 4 weekend in 1975 in Washington, D. C; the publication was relaunched as The New Nostalgia Journal with issue No. 27, with issue No. 32, it became The Comics Journal. Issue No. 37 adopted a magazine format. With issue #45, the magazine moved to a monthly schedule.

In addition to lengthy interviews with comics industry figures, the Journal has always published criticism—and received it in turn. Starting in the early 2000s, the Journal published a series of annual specials combining its usual critical format with extended samples of comics from specially selected contributors. With issue No. 300, The Comics Journal ceased its semi-monthly print publication. TCJ shifted from an eight-times a year publishing schedule to a larger, more elaborate, semi-annual format supported by a new website; this format lasted until 2013 with issue #302. The print magazine went on hiatus, returning to a magazine format in 2019 with issue #303. Over the years The Journal has been involved in a handful of lawsuits. Artist Rich Buckler attempted legal action for a review that called him a plagiarist while printing his panels next to earlier and quite similar Jack Kirby art. A Groth interview with science fiction writer Harlan Ellison sparked a lawsuit by writer Michael Fleisher, over an informal discussion of Fleisher's work and temperament.

Co-defendants Groth and Ellison emerged from the suit estranged. Ellison became a plaintiff against The Comics Journal, filing suit in part to enjoin The Comics Journal Library: The Writers, a 2006 Fantagraphics book that reprinted the Ellison interview, which used a cover blurb calling Ellison a "Famous Comics Dilettante." That case was settled, with Fantagraphics agreeing to omit both the blurb and the interview from any future printings of the book, Ellison agreeing to post a Groth rebuttal statement on Ellison's webpage, both sides agreeing to avoid future "ad hominem attacks."The Journal has on occasion published, as cover features, lengthy court transcripts of comics-related civil suits. Notable instances include the Fleisher suit and Marv Wolfman's failed suit against Marvel Comics over ownership of the character Blade; the Journal features critical essays, articles on comics history and lengthy interviews, conducted by Gary Groth and others. Noteworthy interviews include Gil Kane in No.

38, Steve Gerber in No. 41, Harlan Ellison in No. 53, Dennis O'Neil in No. 64, Robert Crumb in No. 113, Charles M. Schulz in #200; the Journal's combination of forthright news coverage and critical analysis – although the norm for traditional journalistic enterprises – was in sharp contrast to the affectionate and promotional methods of publications like Comics Buyer's Guide and Wizard. In 1995, publisher Gary Groth joked that his magazine occupied "a niche that nobody wants." Gary Groth has been the Journal's publisher and nominal editor for all of its existence. Staff members and regular contributors have included Kim Thompson, Greg Stump, Eric Millikin, Eric Reynolds, Ng Suat Tong, R. Fiore, R. C. Harvey, Kenneth Smith, Don Phelps, Robert Boyd, Tom Heintjes, Michael Dean, Tom Spurgeon, Robert Rodi, Gene Phillips, Marilyn Bethke, Cat Yronwode, Heidi MacDonald, Lee Wochner, Bhob Stewart, Arn Saba, Ted White, Bob Levin, Carter Scholz, Noah Berlatsky. Guest contributors have included Trina Robbins.

1987–1988: Thom Powers 1988–1989: Greg S. Baisden 1989–1990: Robert Boyd 1990–September 1991: Helena Harvilicz September 1991 – 1993: Frank M. Young 1993–September 1993: Carole Sobocinski September 1993–September 1994: Scott Nybakken September 1994 – 1999: Tom Spurgeon 1999–2001: Eric Evans and Darren Hick 2001–2002: Anne Elizabeth Moore 2002–2004: Milo George 2004–2006: Dirk Deppey 2006–2011: Michael Dean 2019: RJ Casey and Kristy Valenti Kristy Valenti, 2010–2011 Dan Nadel and Tim Hodler, 2011–2017Tim Hodler and Tucker Stone, 2017–2019 Tucker Stone, 2017–ongoing The Journal published a 20th-century comics canon in its 210th issue. To compile the list, eight contributors and editors made eight separate top 100 lists of American works; these eight lists were informally combined, tweaked into an ordered list. Krazy Kat topped the list, followed by Peanuts and Art Spiegelman's Maus. Harvey Kurtzman had the most entries of any creator, five: his original run on Mad, his "New Trend" EC war comics, the 1959 Jungle Book graphic novel, his Hey Look!

Gag cartoons, the Goodman Beaver stories. The Village Voice cited the survey's ad hoc criteria: "Putting Bernard Krigstein and Al Feldstein's eight-page story "Master Race," Hal Foster's 34 years of work on Prince Valiant, Al Hirschfeld's theatrical caricatures, all the horror comics EC published in the first half of the'50s and Robert Crumb's sketchbooks in the same category suggests that

Liberal Army Air Field

Liberal Army Airfield was a World War II Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber training base of the United States Army Air Forces' Second Air Force. It is the city-owned Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport; the first tangible move to implement the decision to locate an Army Air Corps four-engine pilot school on a site selected one mile west of Liberal in western Kansas, was the grant of a contract to Murray A. Wilson and Company, engineers, to make a complete survey and layout for an airfield; the new airfield was situated in Sections 1, 6, 25, 30, 31, 36, Townships 34 and 35 South, Ranges 33 and 34 West, with a dimension of two miles north and south and two miles east and west. The field formed part of a low plateau. By 16 January 1943 the survey had been completed, but before the survey had been finished, contracts were let on 9 January, with Peter Kiewit Sons named as prime contractor. The entire field, some 1,946.7 acres, was purchased by the government. In addition, 3.3 acres on the north extremity of the north-south runway were leased to provide zone clearance space.

Just nine days construction began on the site. Facilities on Liberal Army Airfield were to cost $8,000,000. Three concrete runways were built, each 7,000 feet in length and 150 feet wide, with a gross load capacity of 37,000 pounds. Portable B-2 type runway lights were installed. In addition, a concrete parking apron of some 276,318 square yards was constructed, along with three concrete taxiways 100 feet in width. In 1943, a second set of three runways and parallel to the first three were built. An enclosing loop taxiway was constructed; this doubled the capacity of the airfield for takeoffs. Training facilities included four buildings housing Link Trainers. Five hangars were built, three of wood. Three large warehouses and storage facilities for 591,000 gallons of gasoline were built. Construction coming under the general category of recreation and welfare included a gymnasium, officers' club, service club, theater and three post exchanges. A spur line of the Rock Island Railroad was run onto the field from the main line.

Housing facilities for 4,934 officers and men and a hospital with a normal bed capacity of 142 were constructed. All buildings were of mobilization type construction. In addition to the main installation, Gage Auxiliary Field, 36°17′43″N 099°46′35″W a former municipal airport, was acquired by lease; this field, some 81 miles from Liberal Army Air Field, comprised 780 acres providing two hard surfaced runways, each of, 5,500 feet in length and 150 feet wide. In April 1943, before completion of construction, the initial group of officers and men of the original cadre reported. Liberal AAF was opened on 13 May 1943, it placed was under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces Pilot School, II Bomber Command, Second Air Force. The mission of the base was to train Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber pilots, who were predominantly newly commissioned officers graduated from Training Command advanced twin-engine flying schools. Additional personnel arrived during subsequent weeks. In the midst of construction, personnel acquisition moved into an intensified phase during April and May, so that the base was manned by the time the first B-24s to be used in training set down on the brand new runways on 20 June.

That scheduling was close during those hectic days can be seen in that only ten days on 1 July, the members of the first class were introduced to the Liberators. This is the official date of the inauguration of training at Liberal six months after construction began, and for a considerable time the commanding officer of the field was in charge of the several squadrons and detachments which performed the various functions requisite to the functioning of the school. The training cycle was nine weeks in length. Halfway through the cycle of the first class, another class began the course, so that, afterward, a class graduated every four and a half weeks. By 8 December 1943 Col. R. C. Rockwood and training officer, was able to tell a group of civilian employees that "we are now training one-fourth of the Liberator bomber commanders trained in the continental United States"; the pace of training is well illustrated in that it was not until 7 October 1943 that time was found for a formal dedication.

George McGovern a senator and candidate for President of the United States, trained as a B-24 pilot at Liberal. On 1 May 1944 all the separate units on the field were disbanded except for the 744th AAF Band, the Airways Communications Squadron, the Base Weather Section. In place of the disbanded organizations the several sections of the 2525th Base Unit were created, distinguished by the nature of the service performed: Unit Headquarters. Section "A" administration and services. Section "B" training and operations. Section "C" supply and maintenance. Section "E" medical. Section "F" Black personnel. Section "H" officer students. In February 1945 these sections were redesignated squadrons, which remained in existence until inactivation of the field. After victory in Europe the training program of Liberal Army Airfield became somewhat erratic because of the frequent changes of policy in the Training Command. However, with the surrender of the Japanese in August, the mission of the school was over. On 7 September 1945 the commanding officer received official orders for inactivation of the field on or before 30 September.

B-24 Liberators were obsolete as the postwar Air Force would retain the Boeing B-29 Superfortress as its long-range strategic bomber. Liberal field was placed at that time on a standby status, which meant

William Millar (British Army officer)

Lieutenant-General William Millar, was a British Royal Artillery officer during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Millar was the second son of the Scottish philosopher and historian John Millar, He received a direct appointment as 2nd lieutenant Royal Artillery 24 May 1781, his subsequent commissions were: 1st lieutenant 1787, captain lieutenant 1794, captain 1799, major 1806, lieutenant-colonel 1806, colonel 14 June 1814, major-general 1831, colonel commandant 1834, lieutenant-general 1837. He served eighteen years in the West Indies, was present at the capture of most of the French islands during the early part of the revolutionary wars. In 1804, on the rebuilding of Woolwich Arsenal after the great fire of 1802, he was appointed assistant to Colonel Fage in the royal carriage department, was one of the officers to whose skill and indefatigable exertions during the Peninsular war the services were indebted for their material. With mechanical resources which, judged by a standard, were of the most imperfect description, they poured forth a never failing supply of a quality and excellence which were the admiration of other armies, at the close of the war led to the French commission of Baron Dupin to inquire into the system that could produce such results.

Millar was the originator of the 10-inch and 8-inch shell-guns which formed so large a part of British armaments from 1832 until some years after the Crimean War. He was among the first to perceive the advantages of shell-guns of large calibre, he was appointed inspector-general of artillery in 1827, director-general of the field-train department in 1833. Millar died from self-inflicted injuries near Hastings, on 14 March 1838, he had exhibited symptoms of suicidal mania. Millar was left a grown-up family; this article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chichester, Henry Manners. "Millar, William". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 37. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 404. Kane's Lists Roy. Artillery, rev. ed. Woolwich, 1869.

Roberto Insigne

Roberto Insigne is an Italian footballer who plays as a forward for Benevento. Insigne chose the shirt number 42 at Napoli, as his older brother and Napoli teammate Lorenzo wore the number 24, but chose the number 30, the number 94, as it represented the year of his birth. After playing for the Napoli Primavera side in the club's youth system, he made his professional debut for the club's senior side under manager Walter Mazzarri in the Europa League on 6 December 2012, in a 2–0 home defeat against PSV Eindhoven. On 22 July 2013 he was sent on loan from Napoli to Perugia, at the request of the club's coach, former Napoli striker, Cristiano Lucarelli. In August 2014, he was sent on loan from Napoli to Reggina. On 15 July 2015, both Insigne and his young Napoli attacking teammate Gennaro Tutino were sent on loan to Avellino with an option to buy. On 12 January 2017, Insigne was sent on loan from Napoli to Serie B side Latina, where he was assigned the number 9 shirt. On 23 July 2017, it was announced that Insigne would be loaned to newly promoted Serie B side Parma for the 2017–18 season.

On 21 July 2018, Insigne joined with Serie B side Benevento on loan until 30 June 2019. On 23 June 2019, Insigne signed permanently with Serie B side Benevento. At international level, Insigne has represented the Italy U-18, U-19, U-21 sides. Regarded as a talented and promising prospect, Insigne is a diminutive, quick and skilful left footed forward, with good technique, an eye for goal, a small, slender physical build, capable of playing anywhere along the front line. Due to his ability to both set up and score goals, he plays in a free role as a second striker, which allows him to operate on either flank or in the centre of the attacking third, although he also plays as a right winger, a position which allows him to cut into the centre and curl shots on goal with his stronger left foot, he has been deployed as an attacking midfielder, or as a main striker on occasion. Roberto is the younger brother of footballer Lorenzo Insigne, his oldest and youngest brothers and Marco play football, in the Italian amateur divisions.

Roberto Insigne is married to Elisabetta. Roberto Insigne at TuttoCalciatori.net Roberto Insigne FIGC Profile

Italia's Next Top Model (season 4)

Italia's Next Top Model, Season 4 is the fourth season of Italia's Next Top Model based on the American program of the same name. It is broadcast on SkyUno, a channel of the Italian subscription television Sky TV, it premiered in Spring 2011. The host is once again actress Natasha Stefanenko. Other permanent judges are Micheal Giannini, art director and talent scout of model agency d’Management, former Italian top model and Giorgio Armani's muse Antonia Dell'Atte, fashion photographer Alberto Badalamenti and fashion journalist Giusi Ferré. For the first time a former transgender contestant, Adriana Mazzarini, was admitted in the final cast. Alice Taticchi resulted as the winner, getting a contract with Fashion Model Milan and an editorial for Lancôme. Due to viewers' criticism on format changes introduced in season 3 the show returned to its original structure without audience and no more runway challenges at panel; the daily episodes were removed and weekly episodes were edited to cover one week of events.

The prizes changed for this season: Fashion Model Management replaced d'Management Group as the winner's agency - but art director of d'Management Michael Giannini still remained contestants' coach and judge - and the Max Factor campaign was replaced by an editorial spread for Lancôme. First aired January 7, 2011 For this season the cast was chosen in a live final casting episode where 24 hopefuls chosen in castings throughout the country presented themselves before the judges and a live audience. After the poll was reduced to 16, the girls, divided into groups of 4, showed their walks in themed runways and spoke about their lives and modelling ambitions; the finalists were chosen by the viewers' vote and out of each group of 4 girls only 3 would be finalists. Out of the 4 eliminated girls the judges chose one girl to join the 12 picked by the public vote; the 13 finalists were joined by the winner of the web casting chosen by on-line voters to become an official finalist. After the episode, Elizabeth withdrew from the competition due to personal reasons and was replaced by semi-finalist Rossella B., left out for one vote from the judges' decision to reintroduce one of the 4 eliminees in the final cast.

First aired March 30, 2011 Natasha meets the 14 contestants in the city center of Milan and accompanies them in a limousine to their new home. She tells them they will be living in an entire palace and lets them think they will be staying in a luxurious accommodation. All the girls are thrilled in front of their new house but are faced with an unpleasant truth after entering, they indeed will be staying in an entire palace, but it is devoid of comforts they expected, with basic furniture, empty walls, small rooms and only two bathrooms for all of them. Michael will explain they wanted the girls to experience the real life models' house with small spaces and no comforts, crowded bedrooms and queues to use the bathroom. Although coping with disappointment, all the girls are ready to clean up the rooms with the exception of Valeria who shows a disgusted attitude towards their new home and refuses to do any housework claiming the more comfortable and only private bedroom for herself. Ginevra on the other hand shows to be pleased with this accommodation and states the only thing she needs is do modelling and critiques Valeria for her fussy demeanor and for her unwillingness to help in the domestic chores.

The next day the girls are put to test with their first reward challenge. Michael takes them to a nearby park, he has them dressed in an outfit for rainy days and asks the girls to show their walks and use an umbrella on the improvised runway. In the end Rossella B. is deemed the winner of this challenge by showing the most convincing walk. She is given two options: she can either take the private bedroom for herself or she can have workmen to come to the house to make it cozier. Rossella B. opts for the second choice and two workmen bring the girls some wall decorations, fix better lighting and build a runway for the girls to practice their walks. Meanwhile, all the contestant receive a prize consisting in new clothes; the following day the girls are informed. On set Natasha tells them they will have to impersonate characters or fashion styles related to their personalities. After short individual talks with the host to decide which subject each girl will be portraying, they get prepared for the shoot.

On set they have to take the shots by themselves using cameras with timers and posing in front of them. Some girls like Alice, Rossella G. are at ease while others such as Adriana and Lorenza struggle to create a pose. The girls represent the following subjects: At panel the girls get evaluated on a full-body shot and a close-up photo. Alice, Benedetta and Ginevra are praised for their shots and so is Rossella G. for producing a remarkable photo despite looking a bit common in person according to Giusi. Beatrice is warned to think more when on set and Ilaria is told she did not translate her own personality in her shot. Valeria gets mixed reviews while Veronica gets bad critiques for not embodying the mood she chose in her picture. Bruna's evaluations leads to a debate between Alberto - the photographer - and Michael - the girls' mentor - with the former accusing the latter of giving Bruna too many directions and confusing her, while in Alberto's opinion new models need to get little advising when they start doing photoshoots.

Lorenza is critiqued for being stiff on set and for her pose not matching the subject she chose as well as for an overall bad shot. Adriana is scolded for her awkward pose and facial expression and for producing a lackluster picture that does not portray the femininity she always loo

Alec Southwell

Alec James Southwell was a judge from 3 April 1979 until 11 April 1997 in the Supreme Court of Victoria, the highest ranking court in the Australian State of Victoria. At the time of his retirement, Southwell was believed to be Australia's longest-serving judge. Southwell was educated at the University of Melbourne. Southwell served with the Royal Australian Naval Reserve in New Guinea and Morotai in the part of World War II, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1968 and a County Court judge in 1969. Southwell was part of the full bench that quashed a conviction of Michael Glennon for charges of paedophilia while he was a Catholic priest. Southwell was the dissenting judge who held that the decision could lead to a situation where adverse media publicity could prevent someone from facing trial; the situation had been precipitated by Derryn Hinch had used his radio program to campaign against Glennon. Following his retirement, he remained a reserve judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and a member of the Legal Profession Tribunal which considers disciplinary cases against lawyers until 2001.

In 2002, Southwell was appointed by the Roman Catholic Church to investigate accusations of sexual abuse against Archbishop George Pell. Judiciary of Australia List of judges of the Supreme Court of Victoria Southwell inquiry Victorian Bar Association