Book Review: Convicted By Jameel McGee

Convicted: A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, And An Unlikely Journey Of Forgiveness And Friendship by Jameel McGee & Andrew Collins focuses largely on making amends, overcoming tragedy and learning to forgive and forget. In short, this book is about A cop who frames an innocent man and through a series of events they become friends.

Sadly, all I felt while reading this book is anger that this type of injustice was allowed to happen and continues to happen even now. The war on drugs has completely failed and major changes to our justice system are needed. I don’t think I’d be so willing to forgive.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Book Review: Perspectives In Action by David Chelsea

In a cool comic book style format, professional commercial artist David Chelsea simplifies and explains dimension and depth in his excellent new book Perspective In Action. While geared toward the amateur artist, there is a wealth of information in this book that novices and professionals alike can borrow from to hone their skills. I know I will be referencing it often in the future. A valued addition to my collection.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Flagstaff Parking Meter Boycott Gains Traction

Flagstaff’s new parking meters, scheduled to activate in the downtown area on August 1st, are facing renewed opposition from locals who are calling for a boycott of the kiosks. Boycott literature appearing on cars parked around town this week expresses concerns about employees, residents and small businesses who will be unjustly impacted by the new pay to park system.

Comments on the Park Flag facebook page are calling this new system “double taxation” since Flagstaff residents already pay for local roads through several City taxes, including a special sales tax approved by voters a few years ago.

A PDF of the boycott literature can be viewed here: Boycott PDF


Book Review: Foundations Of Drawing

Art books are a dime a dozen and it is hard to find a stand out volume covering history, tools, techniques and/or styles. Unfortunately, Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury is no exception. While it does offer very brief chapters on a wide variety of drawing topics, it is not much more than an introductory book to a lot of different concepts and ideas. Worth flipping through but not for the serious artist.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Book Review: Manga Art By Mark Crilley

I have to be honest, when Manga Art by Mark Crilley shipped to me I half expected to receive a dud based on the description and cover art. Well, let me tell you, never judge a book by it’s cover. Once you get past the cliche first impression and into the following pages, prepare to be amazed, impressed and inspired. Manga taking it’s cue from classic pulp fiction art, realistic looking manga, and my personal favorite (page 113), a manga version of the Statue Of Liberty. Beautiful. Mark Crilley is a genius.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans: “I Am Disappointed Right Now In Our Community”

At the July 7th, Special Flagstaff City Council Meeting, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans told the crowd that she was “disappointed right now in our community” because the community showed up to oppose development of City owned affordable housing on the iconic Schultz Meadow. You can watch the entire statement here:

Book Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

Every once in a while an art instruction book comes along that impresses me to no end while inspiring me to be creative and scaring me because the challenge is so big. Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen is one of those books.

Just looking at the cover, you can tell that this title is geared toward the experienced artist. The meticulous attention to detail and realistic shading and color are breathtaking. Every page is a amazing.

There is a lot of wonderful information inside these pages for the professional artist. Beginners may want to find something a little more basic.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.