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Come see my art and meet me at Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, June 29-July 2! I’ll be under my fandom name, “Moth Monarch,” but it’ll be the same cool bugs and anthro art as always!

You can find me at Dealer Table C20! I’ll have lots of great bug stuff - bugdanas, pins, charms, prints, and more - as well as some availability for badges and sketches. Come on down to bugtown!

I’ll also have three panels full of original art and special prints in the Art Show, so don’t miss out on viewing my work in person and bidding on your favorites!

If that’s not enough, I’m hosting the Insect Meet and Greet panel on Friday at 7pm for all bug fans and bug-curious folk!

And the mascot standees I made for Anthrocon’s partners last year will be joined by five new characters to be fully revealed at the convention! Wow!

Hope to see you in Pittsburgh for the biggest furry bash of the year! :D

A Vintage 1957 Original Photograph depicting music’s new sensation Elvis Presley at the gates of his new castle that will be famously known as Graceland ! The Memphis, Tennessee home would become one of the most-visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors a year (second only behind the White House).

This early photo was captured on April 19, 1957 by Commercial Appeal photographer Bob Williams and syndicated by The Galloon Photo Agency of New York when the young monarch of Rock n’ Roll was building his kingdom. The photo is a VERY RARE, vintage LARGE-format photograph measuring a whopping 14" in width. It is in very good condition and exhibits light handling wear around the perimeter as it was subjected for use as part of a working library of press photos.
Source and info EBAY

It’s well known that Van Morrison got his start with a band called Them, which had a few hits before he left for a solo career, but with the release of The Complete Them by Legacy, it turns out that the story is a bit more complex than that. Rock historian Ed Ward has the story today:

“George Ivan Morrison was born to musically-inclined parents in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1945, and dropped out of school in his mid-teens with their blessing to pursue his interest in music. At first, he worked with showbands, those uniquely Irish outfits whose last incarnations can be seen in the film The Commitments. But he soon joined a more modern combo, the Monarchs, who played rock and roll and even recorded a single for CBS Germany in 1961. In 1963, he was in London again, working in the Manhattan Showband, and stumbled onto a gig by the Downliners Sect at a club, where they were playing blues and R&B, much as the Rolling Stones were doing. Morrison became convinced that a band doing this music in Belfast would be a hit, and set out with one of his colleagues to form one. The bar at the Maritime Hotel in Belfast provided a place, some like-minded guys provided the personnel, and an ad in Melody Maker for a London gig by someone called Shorty and Them provided a name: the hot new band at the Maritime was known as Them.”