Oh yes, these women are breaking a glass ceiling, for women artists to join the comic book world! These five women have achieved superior status in the male dominated field of comic books. These are women you should know!
These Superheriones are:
- Becky Cloonan at 32 years old has already been and was the first woman to draw Batman in the series 72 year history! She draws on paper-not digitally and it took her five years to begin making a living through her cartooning.
- Sara Pichelli is currently drawing Ultimate Comics: Spiderman! A huge coo in this male dominated field. She was born in Italy
- Karen Berger is the founder/editor of the Vertigo brand and is responsible for the graphic novel V for Vendetta, American Vampire, and The Sandman; just to name a few!
- Faith Erin Hicks studied animation at SheridanCollege in Canada. She pens the web comic Demonology 101, Zombie Calling, and Ice.
- Amy Reeder is originally from Denver, CO and has a B.S. degree. Among her career accomplishments are drawing Supergirl and Batwoman!
View some of their works & read about some other great up and coming women comic book artists! http://pinterest.com/rxmac/women-comic-book-artists/
School of Visual Arts, NYC (Animation) (Becky Cloonan’s school)
Sherian College (Animation) (Faith Erin Hicks school)
Is Richard Irvine here to help me revamp my collection? No, but the doll in question fits inside an egg so, you get the Food Network/Restaurant Impossible correlation.
1.) A precocious eight year old climbs on a chair to reach a high shelf in Gramma’s room.
2.) Quest-three wooden eggs; one blue, one yellow and one purple.
3.) Eggs fall to the floor, but none break.
4.) Slowly loosening the eggs; out popped a little articulated doll with a gown the same color as her egg.
They seem to be similar to Russian matryoshka nesting dolls.
Maybe a cousin to the English Smallest Doll in the World?
Loyola University of Chicago (my Alma Mater)
It’s overwhelming isn’t it? Not only are you choosing a college and a major, but you also have to figure out the best way to pay for your education.
To help you determine the best way to fund your future, let’s define some of the confusing terms associated with loans. The terms we will go over are interest, federal, subsidized and unsubsidized. Once we’ve gone over the terms, we will define the four main student loans available.
Interest – Basically this refers to the fee for borrowing a loan. It is added to the amount you will be borrowing, and a lower rate signifies that you will be paying less.
Federal loans –These are loans offered by the federal government. You apply for these loans by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used to determine which loans you are eligible for. The good news is you won’t have to agonize over loans you are not approved for.
Subsidized- Subsidized refers to the fact that the interest on the loan will be taken care of while you are in school. If it’s a subsidized federal loan, the government will be paying the interest, instead of it coming out of your pocket.
Unsubsidized- For unsubsidized loans, you are responsible for interest while you are in school. The loan itself may still be provided by the government, but it will not pay the interest.
Alright, now that you’ve expanded your loan vocabulary, here are your loan options.
- The Stafford Loan is a federal loan that is given out based on financial need, comes with a low interest rate and comes with a long-term payment plan. This loan is available in two forms: subsidized or unsubsidized.
- The Perkins Loan. This federal subsidized loan has a lower interest rate than the Stafford loan, but is more difficult to receive approval for because it are based on extreme financial need.
Although these are funded by the government, individual schools determine who will receive these awards. Because there are limited funds available, only a small number of students receive these loans.
- The PLUS loan. This unsubsidized federal loan is for the parents of undergraduate students. It is based on factors such as credit history and the cost of tuition. There is no maximum amount on a PLUS loan, so it can be a valuable in making up for costs that other financial aid does not cover.
Repayment for these will begin either 60 to 90 days after the loan is disbursed (paid to the school) or after college graduation.
- The private Loan. Banks, private companies and individual lenders offer competitive loan packages that can be based on credit history, grades, need and other factors. Before entering into agreements with private lenders, it is important that you fully understand all of the borrowing terms.
The last bit of advice you need to know is that it is likely that you will take out a combination of loans, and if you don’t find the loan that suits your need immediately, keep looking. Communicate with the school you are considering attending, and utilize the Internet as a resource for finding the perfect loan for you.
Rollins College (www.rollins.edu)
Come along with Sunny Squirrel and Daisy Deer as they earn their first allowances and learn the value of short-term and long-term savings!
Will Sidney the Snake tempt them into frivolous spending or will they successfully save toward their long-term rewards?
Financial literacy has always been an exciting topic for author Darrah Brustein. At a young age, her parents were savvy enough to institute financial education into the home through allowance and chore systems, savings programs, investments, and giving back. It wasn’t until Darrah graduated from Emory University and accepted her first full time job that she realized how few of her peers were equipped with the tools to navigate their newfound independent finances.
Watching many of them live paycheck-to-paycheck, even with well-paying jobs, Darrah realized that this was not unique; but rather, the norm. Unsure as to how to make a difference, it dawned on Darrah that trying to retrain adults out of their lifelong habits and ideas around money would be tough. However, sharing valuable financial lessons with children, when their minds were open and malleable, would be a great place to start (it had worked with her, after all)!
Darrah spoke with many parents who shared concerns about teaching their children about money. Many felt unequipped—like the topic was a burden or taboo, or that they themselves were not well-educated on personal finance.
So she created Finance Whiz Kids, to engage children directly about money through stories. By setting an early foundation about savings, spending, and the value of a dollar, we can help future generations find themselves in the sound financial environment than we know today.
Order the book at:
College Highlight: (Darrah’s Alma Mater)
Warren Buffett Teaches Kids About Money
Warren Buffet, philanthropist and investor, considered to be the most successful investor in the 20th century is now going to share his wisdom with children in a new animated series called the “Secret Millionaires Club”. The animated series has 26 online short webisodes that kids (and parents) can watch for free. The Secret Millionaires Club will teach kids good financial decision making and basic lessons of starting a business.
Thanks to Gradsave.com for the great find!!
College Highlight: (Warren Buffett Alma Mater)
Monday Five: Put More Money in Your Pocket with Spring Cleaning
The grass is starting to turn green, it’s opening day for some of your favorite baseball teams, and it’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. But spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean throwing everything away. Here are a few ways to spruce up those closets and turn it into income.
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!” – Mary Poppins
1. Amazon. We’re all familiar with one-click shopping, but that could work foryou too. In earlier years we’ve set up a sellers account and started listing a few old textbooks ($80), best sellers ($20), and even my old Super Nintendo! We were very surprised at how much money we recouped through this method. Amazon takes a percentage of the sale, but in the end it’s still money in your pocket! Know that not everything you have can turn a profit. You’ll see that some books and CDs go for as little as a few cents. (Keep an eye out to make sure you keep shipping costs down, because it eats into your profits.)
2. Craigslist. Not limited to “Missed Connections” and old copies of Playboy for free. In the last year, we’ve sold bigger items like a love seat, bedroom dresser, and extra bed for nearly the price we bought them at (if not a little more in one case…) and that money turned into an upgrade that fit our style and space better.
3. Bulletin Boards. Public library, telephone poles, coffee shop, breakroom at work. This is great for single items. Kitchen wares, bicycles, seedlings, and extra craft supplies. One flyer could be the difference between having extra room in your office or fixing the cascade of tupperware falling at you everyday.
4. Carmax. I bet you have a couple of Cadillacs in the linen closet, don’t you? Well, maybe not. But last year, we realized that based on insurance, taxes, gasoline, an extra parking space and the fact that we were living in a location where I could walk to work, it just didn’t make sense to keep the second car that we had needed in years prior. In less than 90 minutes I had a very reasonable quote, (which helped me make my decision) then a large check, and a clean slate. No hassle. This isn’t an option for everyone, but since it is one of the biggest items most people own, it could make a huge difference in your purchase power this summer. Vacation, first home, special project? It’s up to you!
5. Goodwill. For everything else! Now you won’t necessarily end up with cash in your pocket, but you’re helping yourself and your community. The donation will be tax-deductible if you itemize, but make sure to keep your receipts somewhere safe for next Spring, or they’re useless. Also, Goodwill has provided countless jobs in cities and towns around the nation to those who have had the hardest time getting back on their feet. And I certainly put a value on that.
What other ways have you been able to turn your stuff into flexible spending?
University of Michigan (both authors attended-Stephanie & Eric)