Anissa Espinosa is a really cool artist with a nice pleasant style. Espinosa’s art has nice lines, appealing color combos and diverse subjects. It doesn’t hurt that Espinosa is one of the few artist with amazing DBZ fanart. She regularly features DBZ fanart on her blog every Sunday.

Anissa is our spotlight of the week. Check Her out from the links below!








Spotlight: Reineke Fuchs

Thanks to a recent gift to the UWM Libraries, we have this new addition for our Historical Curriculum Collection:  Reineke Fuchs published in Stuttgart by Loewe Verlag/Wilhelm Effenberger.

This book of stories about the trickster fox, Reynard, was edited for young people by Max Barack and illustrated by Christian Votteler in the late 1800s. Max Barack (1832-1901) was a military officer, librarian, and author who wrote in both High German and the Palatine dialect. Christian Votteler (1840-1916) was a lithographer, illustrator, and “tiermaler” (animal painter). The publisher, Loewe Verlag, began publishing children’s books in 1863 and is still active today.

Based on the publication information, we think that our copy of Reineke Fuchs was published between 1879 and 1901, when the publishing company was owned by Wilhelm Effenberger, who moved the firm to Stuttgart. Our fifth edition may have been printed as late as 1903, based on the bookplate pasted on the front inside cover. The bookplate states that our copy was given as a prize to the first kindergarten class at the Luisenstädtischer Oberrealschule in Berlin.

We are struck in particular by the clarity of the seven chromolithographs produced for this publication by Votteler, including the cover image of a pretty creepy Reynard. We love chromolithography!

Soul Punk hidden message

Certain letters in the lyrics of the the album booklet were highlighted a different color, spelling out a hidden message in Patrick Stump’s Soul Punk album. This is what it says:

Fear is killing us. - Explode

But true love can survive. - This City

If we cooperate. - Dance Miserable

We can beat doubt. - Spotlight

But first rebuild trust. - The “I” in Lie

Take responsibility. - Run Dry

Happiness is still free. - Greed

Though not always apparent. - Everybody Wants Somebody

When it’s right in front of us. - Allie

So keep calm. It’s gonna get better. - Coast

Cosplayer: QuatumDestiny
Wig style and color used in photo:Inigo & Curly Clip in Raven 052
Photo by Glay 

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  I really like the act of buying everything. Sourcing out new materials and having them arrive in the mail is always pleasing, especially if the fabric or shoes are exactly want I wanted. When it comes to actual construction, my favourite part is when something goes right the FIRST time. I’m constantly re-making things though, so buying wigs and things is the most thrilling part X’D.

This week we interviewed wig-savvy customer QuantumDestiny! Check the full interview here! 

Spotlight: Sven Začek, Estonia

In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.

Q: What’s the story behind this photo?

A: The Ural owl is my favorite species and I have been photographing them for nine years now. National Geographic published a story about my owl in the 2012 June issue. And the activities between the female and a chick were the deciding photos that made the story complete.

Q: Why do you take pictures?

A: I love reliving rare moments in nature through my photos.

Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?

A: Animals and their behavior and landscapes in different natural phenomena (blizzards, storms, rain, snow, etc). “Why” is difficult to answer. It is like asking why do I love my wife. Because I am drawn to her, and trying to pinpoint what exactly is the reason doesn’t make sense for me.

Q: Whose photography has influenced you the most?

A: Michael S. Quinton. Especially his great gray owl and northern goshawk stories in the National Geographic magazine.

See more of Sven’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.

Earth Day 2015!

Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, today is Earth Day and it wouldn’t be complete without sharing with you some notable causes to mark the occasion! Some of the biggest names in conservation and, likewise, Earth Day celebrations are as you would imagine..some of the biggest names there are! The likes of the WWF (World Wide Fund), ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) being but a few. The campaigns and efforts of these organisations are astounding and seen by millions of people, which is great, but it is for that reason we have chosen to Spotlight! other charities that deserve a mention on this day. Now, obviously, the charities and organisations we share with you barely even scratch the surface of all the amazing hard work being done by hundreds of thousands of dedicated people all over the world not just in the UK. However we hope, today, even if you have heard of the ones we have highlighted that it still encourages you to spread the word and share the love.

You can also follow this link to see how the Earth has changed since you were born! If you only do one thing today, make sure it’s this!

Spotlight! UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Reading

The UKWCT is a charity based within impressive grounds in Beenham, Reading. Founded in 1995 their aims are to increase awareness and knowledge of wolves and their role within ecosystems, to provide education programmes for adults and young children about their plight and to dispel myths and misconceptions associated with these beautiful species’. They support research projects, conservation programmes and education about wolves. The projects they support are global and you can donate to the UKWCT or affiliated programmes here  

The trust has Arctic and North American wolves as well as cross wolves of European/North American descent. My family have been members of the UKWCT for many many years now and each year with membership you are given the option of selecting a day to ‘Walk with the Wolves’, an experience I would recommend to everyone. I will include some photos from our most recent walk. There are, rightly so, health and safety measures in place for everyone on the walk but more importantly the wolves themselves and at no point have I ever felt unsafe in their company. There are always two handlers per wolf and, whilst it might look cruel I can assure you it is not, they are walked using collars and a strong chain. Handlers from the trust are bonded to the wolves, often on an individual basis, and are experts at reading their behaviour. If the wolves are relaxed enough you are often allowed to ‘stroke’ them by roughing the fur on the underside of the belly. This opportunity is really something. Their wolves are in no way domesticated but are respected and trusted with human contact for educational purposes. The help UKWCT is providing to the global plight of the wolf is outstanding and an excellent example for Earth Day! Wolves are, in some cases, vital for ecosystem function and their continued success needs our help! To learn more about membership, adoption and walks please click here.

Spotlight! The Seahorse Trust

This charity was founded in 1999 to help with the conservation and preservation of marine life, with seahorses as the flagship species. They are of great relevance and importance today (although, not just today) because our coastal and marine ecosystems are under immense threat globally. Damage does not take long, be it natural interference or human exploitation and destruction, and they may take hundreds of years to recover if at all. Seeing as 71% of the Earth is covered in water, it’s of vital importance we take its protection seriously. Starting today. The Seahorse Trust is a small charity so every little helps! Find out about their research and conservation programmes here.  And you can find out about membership and adopting a seahorse here.

Spotlight! Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation, whilst being a UK registered charity, is an international powerhouse charity dedicated to keeping animals in the wild where they belong. It was founded in 1984 by actors from the Born free film and since then has been supported by many celebrities and has itself supported a wide range of endangered and threatened species. Backed by strong supporters and individual donations from the public they fund projects and campaigns in numerous countries. To quote them directly, ‘Born Free never forgets the individual. Every animal counts.’ For a comprehensive list of some of the animals they help and their respective projects/campaigns please see here…because it’s not just big cats, pangolins and moon bears need help too! There are so many ways that you can ‘give’ to Born Free, you can donate, buy products from companies that support the charity, adopt an animal or even visit their gift shop; you can do so by following this link.   

Spotlight! David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded in 1977 as a legacy to the naturalist and founding warden of Tsavo East National Park David Sheldrick MBE. The charity has a strong family backbone at the core of its history and today it is run by Angela Sheldrick, the daughter of David and Daphne. The charity runs the most successful rescue and rehabilitation programme for orphaned elephants in the world. Its success is highlighted particularly by the Orphans’ Project which is globally acclaimed and rescues both elephants and rhinos. The plight against poaching, habitat loss and pressure from human population increase is real and grows stronger every day. Charities like this are at the forefront of the fight against the struggle. You can help by donating to the cause here.  The DSWT is highly active on social media including Twitter and Instagram, if you are more interested in the work that they do please go and follow, spread the word. 

Thank you all for taking an interest in our Spotlight posts on some fantastic UK charities and for sharing this Earth Day with us! - Tilly and Lu