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When my friend and I went to Vans Warped Tour 2013, I bought us 5 dollar wristbands to meet Issues. And because of the long line they drew in, we weren’t allowed to take pictures. And then I suddenly realized I had nothing for them to sign. Tyler was the first person you came to, and I immediately told him I didn’t have anything and asked if I could buy a poster. He told me they were at their merch tent, a good ways away from the tent where the signing was. I was prepared to get out of line when Tyler turned around and asked someone to go run and get me a poster, then asked me to step behind him under the tent to wait for the man to come back. It was an incredibly sweet gesture. The Issues guys were super nice when I finally got my poster and had them sign it.
Later on, I was watching letlive’s set when someone patted the top of my head. I turned to look to my right, no one was there. I looked to my left and Tyler Carter was standing next to me watching letlive with a smile on his face. I chuckled and leaned over, asking if I could get a picture with him. He nodded and actually took my phone out of my hand and asked “Where’s the camera button?” I laughed and showed him, and he proceeded to take two selfies with me. Super awesome guy, and I felt incredibly lucky to have been able to meet him and get a few pictures.
Today in Book News: More than 70 years since it surfaced in public, John Steinbeck’s story “With Your Wings” will see publication in print today for the first time Friday. The Associated Press reports that, despite being read during a 1944 radio broadcast by Orson Welles, the story had never been put to page and released — so far as experts are aware.
Also today, Joshua Ferris has won the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize. In a ceremony Thursday night, the American author’s recent novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, beat out a shortlist of six other books that included such favorites as The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize winner; and Eimear McBride’s Baileys Prize-winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.
And Bill Watterson, the man behind the beloved Calvin and Hobbes, has made another tentative step back toward the spotlight this week. Tapped for honors at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, Watterson drew up a brand-new strip to serve as the festival’s poster.
Trailer: The Martian: Seems like Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain didn’t get their fill of space movies directed by English auteurs with Interstellar. The duo have returned to the final frontier in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, based on the 2012 novel by Andy Weir and written by Cabin In The Woods and Daredevil scribe Drew Goddard. The film features a fairly star-filled cast alongside Damon and Chastain, including Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Michael Pena amongst others. The official synopsis and poster are below:
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
The trailer was preceded yesterday by a viral video of a tour of the film’s main space station, the Ares 3, given by cast in character: