The annual "NIGHT OF A THOUSAND JUDYS" will take the stage this Monday at the Merkin Concert Hall featuring the best songs and skits of the one and only Judy Garland. All proceeds from the evening go to the Ali Forney Center, the nation's biggest organization helping homeless LGBT youth. Our wonderful artists Maria Corte Maidagan and Mark Summers contributed works for the evenings action. Read more about the event on PAPER Magazine's website!
Orlando Arocena illustrated two pieces for May 2015 issue of Modern Machine Shop Magazine, the cover and an interior illustration. The 2015 world machine tool survey is in and it could mean the U.S. is getting stronger. Check out the entire digital issue here!
"What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely."
"For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. he's not from another planet, or filled with a radioactive gunk. I mean, Superman is essentially a god, but Batman is more like Hercules: he's human being, very flawed, and bridges the divide."
"What's great about 'The Avengers' is that it's the next step. It's not just superhero fights super-villain and superhero wins. It's about superheroes that come together and interact. It's a clash of the egos..."
"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
- Joseph Campbell
"My name is Wolverine. I'm the best at what I do... but what I do isn't very nice."
-Wolverine ( X-Men 2000)
"I'm fireproof. You're not."
- Hellboy (2004)
"At one point, I worked up a list of five requirements for a superhero: superpowers, a costume, a code name, and a milieu. If the character had three out of the five, they were a superhero."
"It's an imperfect world, but it's the only one we got. I guarantee you the day weapons are no longer needed to keep the peace, I'll start making bricks and beams for baby hospitals."
- Tony Stark ( Iron Man 2008)
"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom."
"My favorite superhero? I have a soft spot for Batman, because he doesn't have any super powers - he's just a person. And he's pretty dark."
"Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen."
"...This little cirlce of light. It's part of me now, not just armor. It's a...terrible privilege."
-Tony Stark (The Avengers 2012)
"Superman when he goes after someone is essentially not trying to beat them, he is trying to save them from themselves...You're looking at a God who walks amongst men!"
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
- Christopher Reeves
"... My favorite superhero is actually the Incredible Hulk. He's the only superhero that can't die."
-Robert Griffin III
"The Avengers. That's what we call ourselves; we're sort of like a team. "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" type thing."
-Tony Stark ( The Avengers 2012)
"I don't know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don't want anybody to know my identity. I'm like a suphero. Call me Basketball Man."
- LeBron James
"Jenny, prepare yourself for the shock: I'm the Rocketeer."
-Cliff Secord ( The Rocketeer 1991)
"' You think you're a better archer than me?' ' Any time, any place, any how Featherhead.'"
-The Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye
"What does it mean to be a superhero? We're all fighting for the better good. But, at the same time, I think what stands out is, as superheroes, you don't give up; you don't surrender. I think that's what makes a superhero."
"What makes a man a man? A friend of mine once wondered. Is it his origins? The way he comes to life? I don't think so. It's the choices he makes. Not how he starts things, but how he decides to end them."
-John Myers ( Hellboy 2004)
"As far as superhero stories, what's appealing is of course that aspect of wish fulfillment. I mean, you start reading them as a kid, and a couple things jump out at you - there are heroes out there, and you wish you could run into a phone booth and change your life, or be like Peter Parker and put on a mask and become a hero."
- John Ridley
"They feel no anger. They feel no prejudice. They feel no fatigue, which makes them ideal for law enforcement. Putting these machines on the streets will save countless American lives."
-Raymond Sellars ( RoboCop 2014)
Mark T Smith
"The measure of a superheo is always his nemesis."
"Iron Man. That's kind of catchy. It's got a nice ring to it. I mean it's not technically accurate. The suit's a gold titanium alloy, but it's kind of provocative, the imagery anyway."
-Tony Stark ( Iron Man 2008)
"You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs..."
"Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity."
"My people want nothing but peace with your planet!"
- Thor (The Avengers 2012)
"The fact is that Superman isn't around because he is the oldest superhero. He's still around because he is a great superhero. He's the guy that spawned the entire genre, and that didn't happen because it was a mediocre idea."
Maria Corte Maidagan illustrated this piece for the May 2015 issue of Scientific American about the tiniest bits of Matter in the world, "sticky" particles called gluons. Get yourself a copy to read the entire article or check out Scientific American online to get a quick preview!
Michal Dziekan recently illustrated the poster for Karol Kolodziński's new short film "Cotton Candy" The film takes the main character, Marcel, on a journey through a park on a summers day to meet his girl friend, Alice. Along the way, Marcel encounters the girls of his past making him question both his current relationship and reality itself. Michal Dziekan created a fabulous poster for this quirky film making us squirm with anticipation for the film's release even more! Check out Michal's poster and a trailer for the film below!
A few weeks ago we did a blast on the division between the rich and poor. Kent Barton's portrait of George Soros unfortunately didn't make it in that newsletter but here it is now! In 2014 George Soros was named the 27th richest person in the world. He is known for his wide spread philanthropy and activism along with his questionable WWII past... Kent achieved a killer likeness and a fabulous portrait, check it out!
"I believe in love. I believe in good stories. I play really hard on the weekends because I like to have those stories..."
"It's not that we spend five days looking forward to just two. It's that most people do what they enjoy most on those days. Imagine living life where everyday are your Saturdays and Sundays. Make everyday your weekend. Make everyday a play-day..."
-James A. Murphy
"I have never in my life found myself in a situation where I've stopped work and said, 'Thank God it's Friday.' But weekends are special even if your schedule is all over the place."
"There aren't enough days in the weekend."
- Rob Schmidt
"I have been known to hang out and party back in the day. I had a weekend that lasted a few years."
"It was as if each of them sensed vaguely that the Saturday afternoons of youth are few, and precious, and this feeling which niether of them could have defined or described made every moment of this time together too short, too quickly gone, yet clearer and more sharply edged than any other."
"Of all the days that's in the week
I dearly love but one day
And that's the day that comes betwixt
A Saturday and Monday"
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that's pretty close."
"If there wasn't no fight, there wasn't no weekend."
"I like to saturate Saturday with as much Friday night as I can..."
"After Luncheon the sun, conscious that it was Saturday, would blaze an hour longer in the zenith..."
"I'm learning the power of going away for the weekend and keeping myself company."
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Music always sounds better on Friday."
"Better days are coming they are called Saturday and Sunday."
"Weekend Warrior: a person who does a particular activity (such as sport) only on the weekends."
- Merriam- Webster
"When you're young you should live out every weekend..."
"Nature is a big part of my weekend. Whenever possible, I take Friday and Monday off and spend four days outdoors. We should remind ourselves that there was something here before us, a force more powerful than us."
-Cary - Hiroyuki Tagawa
"Oh, I want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions..."
"Seeing the family is a very important part of my weekend."
"Always strive to excel, but only on weekends."
"There is nothing in this world that I love more than my family. To be able to share the joy of running with them at the Runner''s World Half Marathon and Running Festival where we can all participate together is as close as you can get to a perfect weekend."
- Summer Sanders
"Marathon running is a game for players not winners...running is unique in that the world's best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL."
-Hunter S. Thompson
"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week."
"Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend."