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Challenge Your Shelf || January 2017

Day 18: Book Recommendations 

All of these graphic novels were awesome! If you are new to the genre, I especially suggest the Explorer series by Kazu Kibuishi, because they are an anthology with work from various authors. So, they are a great way to find what art styles, stories and authors you enjoy the most.

What are your favorite graphic novels? Do you have any recs? 

Recently read Amulet book 7, had a lunch break and whipped up some fanart for @boltcity of the elf prince Trellis, probably my favorite character in the series… I have a thing for character arcs like his. Kazu’s style at times reminds me of that old school 70s anime look (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato etc), which I tried referencing a bit here.

Drawn & colored in @procreateapp with @kyletwebster‘s “Earth” brushset. LOVE that Flourish tool for inking.

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If you loved the Princess Bride you will love…

Also:

ALL THE THINGS WRITTEN BY TAMORA PIERCE.

READ ALL HER BOOKS.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Cleopatra goes to school

Despite being “the chosen one”–destined to save Ailuros, stop the Xerx invasion, defeat Octavian, and bring peace to the entire galaxy–young Cleopatra still has to deal with school. It’s seriously not fair, but there’s an upside: She gets to take Target Practice: a subject where Cleo can excel.

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In May 2010, Sam Herr (pictured above, at the left) was an army veteran that had gone through a rough patch after coming back from Afghanistan. He was trying to get his life together, going to college and setting goals for the future, but his friends and family were still worried about his mental and emotional state.

The night of May 22nd, Steve Herr, Sam’s father, decided to go to his son’s apartment because he hadn’t been able to contact him in a few days. There he stumbled onto a gruesome sight: on Sam’s bed was a dead woman, who had been shot twice in the head. Her clothes were partially removed, a sign of possible sexual assault. Sam was nowhere to be found.

The young woman was Julie Kibuishi (23), a close friend of Sam’s. Her brother revealed that the day before she had got concerning and odd texts from Sam asking her to come to his apartment. That had been the last time anyone had heard of her.

Sam became the immediate and obvious suspect and a manhunt started. In their attempt to find the army veteran, police found a teenager that had used Sam’s card in an ATM. What the boy revealed, was strange. He claimed he had been paid by a man to withdraw the money. Said man was Daniel Wozniak, a community theatre actor that was Sam’s friend and neighbor.

After giving a bunch of confusing stories and trying to display all his acting skills, the pressure of the interrogation ended up breaking Wozniak. He confessed to the crime. He said that on May 21st, 2010, he had lured Sam to a field and killed him with a gun. The motive for the murder was stealing his savings, so he could pay for his upcoming wedding. Not happy with that, Wozniak thought he needed to cover up his crime but commiting another that would explain Sam’s disappearance. So he lured Julie to the aparment and killed her too. Then he went back to the field, where he dismembered Sam’s body and hid the parts in different locations of the Orange County area, in California.

Daniel Wozniak, now 32 years old, was convicted of the murders and the jury recommended the death penalty in January 2016. The formal sentencing was supposed to be on May 20th, but it’s been delayed because it was revealed that sheriff deputies have been hiding information coming from jail informants in several cases, including Wozniak’s. On June 10 there will be a hearing to determine a new date for the sentencing.