Father and Son Killed by Police Were Allegedly Planning Mass Shooting in

first_imgMatthew V. Wood Jr., 43 (left), and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18. (Photos/Baltimore City Police Department Handout)Police say a father and son shot and killed by two Baltimore police officers were planning a “mass shooting” in East Baltimore.Matthew V. Wood Jr., 43, and his son, Kimani Johnson, 18, were preparing what could have been a mass shooting, according to police commissioner Kevin Davis.“We could have had a mass shooting on our hands where several innocent lives could have easily been taken,” said Davis at a press conference on April, 1.Police identified the policemen that fired the 56 shots as Officer Norman Jones and Sergeant Joseph Wiczulis. Police indicate that no shots were apparently fired by either Wood or Johnson.Wood and Johnson are both from northeast Baltimore, and each has a history of gun charges.Wood was sentenced to probation for three months after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in October and Johnson was free on a $100,000 bail awaiting trial on charges of possessing a firearm as a minor and possession with intent to distribute a controlled or dangerous substance, among other charges, according to court records.Wood and Johnson were reportedly affiliated with the Black Guerrilla Family gang.Johnson graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School last year, a representative for the school confirmed, and would have turned 19 April 4.last_img read more

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A Diva Far Beyond Her Disability

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFRODonna Walton, the epitome of beauty, charm, and grace, is mobilizing generations who refuse to be defined by anatomy or physical realities. At the age of 18, Walton was a dancer and a sophomore in college with big dreams of making it to Hollywood. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1975 she said, “I kept on stepping.”That is, until she had a medical emergency in 1976. “My leg cracked on that bus in January of 1976,” Walton said. “I had to get an amputation and that’s where my journey began. I responded to my cancer with defiance, resilience, courage, faith and ego.”Dr. Donna Walton, Founder of The Divas With Disabilities Project. (Photo by Paul Morse)Walton suffered a life-threatening form of bone cancer that resulted in the amputation of one of her legs. But she became stronger, turning a moment into movement as the founder of The Divas With Disabilities Project, (DWD) which brings together women of color with disabilities throughout the world.“Together, we reject and dispel imagery that perpetuates stereotypes historically portrayed by mass media,” Walton said. “Our mission shapes the perception of what “disability” looks like by highlighting women of color through various media platforms.“My journey began 42 years ago. It’s not about what happens to you, it’s how you deal with the challenges. I knew it wasn’t all about me. I know it was God guiding my ship.”Despite losing her leg to cancer in 1976, Walton earned a bachelor’s degree from American University, a master’s degree from Syracuse and her doctorate from George Washington University.  She went into education where she encourages the physically challenged and able-bodied to stand up for themselves and live the life they dreamed of having.“I don’t want to impact change, I want people’s lives to be transformed,” Walton said. “Why is my story so different? It is not the story it’s the messenger. People recover from illness all the time but what makes my story unique is that it happened during a time when cancer was death sentence and there few examples.”Walton said her motto is simple: “What’s a leg got to do with it?”Walton’s book is entitled “Shattered Dreams Broken Pieces,” and she will be signing copies from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Union Market in Northeast, Washington, D.C. “The most defining moment for me was when I realized that I was not my disability,” Walton said. “On page 84 of my book there is poem that says, ‘Don’t put [me] in a box.’”“I am more so much more than you can imagine. Don’t limit me by your limited expectation,” Walton said. “I always thought I was the baddest thing on this planet. I didn’t want to be ignored.”While she has taught students from elementary school to college, she still has a passion for the stage and airwaves. “I want to still find that performer in me,” Walton said “Cathy Hughes gave me my first opportunity and today I am an author, speaker, and advocate.”last_img read more

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CBS All Access LimitedAds Plan Now Available to Amazon Prime Members as

first_img Popular on Variety The limited-commercials tier of CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription VOD and live TV service, is now available on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels.Members of the Prime membership program in the U.S. can subscribe to CBS All Access’ limited-ads option for $5.99 per month after a 7-day free trial. That comes after Amazon added the CBS All Access commercial-free plan ($9.99 monthly) this past January.Both versions of CBS’s direct-to-consumer streaming service provide on-demand access to nearly 10,000 episodes of original series and current and past shows from the network. In addition, subscribers have access to to local CBS TV stations — which carry the same commercials in live programming as the over-the-air broadcasts. In the $5.99-per-month plan, select on-demand shows also will carry commercial interruptions. Launched in the fall of 2014, CBS All Access has an estimated 2.5 million subscribers. The network predicts that All Access will have 4 million subs by next year and 8 million by 2022.Original series on CBS All Access include “Star Trek: Discovery,” “The Good Fight,” “Strange Angel” and “No Activity.” Upcoming originals include  a reboot of “The Twilight Zone,” “One Dollar” and “Tell Me a Story.”The streaming service includes current and past seasons of CBS primetime series including “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “NCIS,” “Scorpion,” “The Good Wife” and “Hawaii Five-0.”In the U.S., Prime costs $99 per year or $12.99 per month. Prime members who subscribe to CBS All Access can watch the service across more than 600 devices on the Prime Video app for connected TVs, game consoles, and set-top boxes (including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV), mobile devices and online.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Spotify Postpones Launch in India

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 As January 31st wound down in India, there was still no sign of the blowout party that Spotify had planned to celebrate its long-anticipated launch in the country, which multiple sources told Variety was scheduled to take place today. That launch was postponed within the past few days, according to a source close to the situation, with a new date slated for either February or March.A rep for the company declined requests for comment.Some sources say the delay was because the streaming giant has not yet locked down deals for the country with the three major-label groups — Sony, Universal and Warner — although this was not confirmed at press time, and it’s possible that Spotify could have launched in the country without them. Those companies are not as big in India as they are in many other countries, and the announcement earlier this month that Spotify has inked a content deal with T-Series, the country’s leading music and film company, ensures that it will be rolling out with plenty of popular content. However, Spotify’s launch in India hinges on additional deals that are yet to be finalized. While the app will be available in English, the company hopes to expand into different regional music markets in India, a country with 1.33 billion people and dozens of dialects — music in five languages is expected to be available on the initial launch. While the partnership with T-series covers a wide range of commercial Hindi music, including Bollywood soundtracks, the main regional music dominating India includes Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali, which likely means connections with labels specializing in those languages.Just before Spotify’s public listing last March, the company announced that it had opened an office in Mumbai and hired 300 people, but it faces a steep challenge in India. As Variety reported in November, it will launch with an extended free trial period that sources say will be significantly longer than the 30 days of full-access that was offered in Vietnam and South Africa in 2018. While a Financial Times report earlier this month said that the length of the free-trial period was a major cause of the holdup, a source tells Variety that the sticking point is actually the royalty Spotify initially offered for the free-trial period, which is said to be dramatically lower than the local services are paying.Even if the licensing is secured, more obstacles remain. In addition to the fierce competition from local streamers like Saavn and Gaana (which sources say Spotify had considered purchasing in the past), Spotify could be staring down a potentially slow conversion from free to premium, and large sections of the country have broadband difficulties; although Internet access is inexpensive in India, infrastructure is still developing in many areas. However, Spotify faced similar challenges in Indonesia and Africa, and launched in those territories anyway.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Group Nine Media to Sit Out NewFronts in 2019 Will Stage MultiCity

first_img Popular on Variety Group Nine Media, the Discovery-back digital media publisher, says it has a slate of over 50 original shows premiering in 2019. But it won’t be showcasing them at the Digital Content NewFronts marketing confabs this year.Instead, Group Nine will take the show on the road with a series of presentations across the U.S. showcasing its four brands: Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker. The “Nine-Fronts” roadshow will kick off in April. The initial phase of the series will hit New York, L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and Boston. The company hasn’t set a schedule of dates or venues yet.Group Nine participated in the New York run of NewFronts in 2018 and 2017. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which manages the NewFronts, has not officially announced dates for the 2019 session. Unlike the TV industry’s upfronts — aimed at selling ad inventory ahead of the fall television season — digital-media players don’t have a finite bucket of advertising avails or a specific time of year when they launch new content.The advertising opportunities developed by Group Nine “aren’t limited to a season or a cultural event,” Christa Carone, president of Group Nine, said in a statement. “With a social-first, mobile-first mindset, we’re always connecting with our audiences in the moment and providing partners with the contextual relevance to do the same.”Given the cost of holding NewFronts presentations — which deliver promotional value, but don’t necessarily result in hard-revenue deals — IAB has faced a simmering pushback from companies over the last few years. In 2018, the trade group truncated the original New York series to one week (instead of two) and added a two-day L.A. event in October, in part to cater to companies that wanted to reach West Coast marketers.According to Group Nine, the company’s brands collectively reach 75% of U.S. consumers 18-34. The company claims to be the No. 1 content publisher on mobile in the U.S. and that its brands generate over 5 billion monthly video views.Privately held Group Nine was formed in 2016 with a $100 million investment from Discovery, combining three startups backed by Lerer Hippeau Ventures — Thrillist, NowThis Media and the Dodo — with Seeker (formerly Discovery Digital Networks). It subsequently raised a $40 million follow-on round from Discovery, Axel Springer and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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YouTube Yanks Ads From AntiVaccination Conspiracy Channels

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube’s decision to pull ads from channels purveying anti-vaccination conspiracies and false information came after BuzzFeed News reported that the platform’s video-recommendation algorithm frequently pulled up anti-vax videos after users conducted vaccination-related searches.Advertisers whose spots had appeared in anti-vaccination YouTube videos — apparently without their knowledge — include Vitacost, Retail Me Not,  Brilliant Earth, CWCBExpo, XTIVIA and SolarWinds, per the BuzzFeed report. YouTube, under fire for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories and other misinformation, said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans “dangerous and harmful” content from eligibility in its monetization program.“We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies,” YouTube said in a statement. “We enforce these policies vigorously, and if we find a video that violates them, we immediately take action and remove ads.”YouTube didn’t specify which anti-vax channels — or how many — were subject to the demonetization action. According to BuzzFeed, which first reported the news, affected channels included VAXXED TV, LarryCook333 and iHealthTube. The issue hits two ongoing pain points for YouTube: Its role in amplifying conspiracy-mongers and concerns among marketers about the “brand safety” of the platform. In a separate controversy, marketers including AT&T, Disney, Hasbro and Epic Games this past week suspended all ad spending on YouTube after a secret ring of child predators was discovered to be posting coded sexual comments on videos of young girls.Anti-vaccination proponents who falsely suggest that vaccines are somehow unsafe for kids remain rife on YouTube and other platforms. There’s overwhelming scientific and medical evidence that childhood vaccinations are both safe and effective at curbing disease outbreaks.In January, YouTube announced a change to its content-recommendations system aimed at reducing the recommendation of “borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways.” That includes videos promoting bogus miracle cures for serious illnesses, claiming the Earth is flat, or making “blatantly false claims” about historical events like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to YouTube. The algorithm changes initially will affect recommendations for a very small set of videos in the U.S., with plans to expand internationally. While YouTube repeatedly claims that objectionable material like conspiracy videos represent well under 1% of its overall content, that would still represent millions of videos.On another front, YouTube last year began displaying links to Wikipedia articles on conspiracy videos. For example, many anti-vaccination videos on YouTube now point viewers to Wikipedia’s “Vaccine hesitancy” article.Of course, YouTube isn’t the only internet company accused of providing a megaphone for crackpot ideas. Separately, Pinterest recently implemented a change to simply block all vaccination-related searches on its image and video-sharing platform, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.Last week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), sent a letter to Google and Facebook requesting details on how the companies planned to combat the spread of information discouraging parents from vaccinating their children. “I was pleased to see YouTube’s recent announcement that it will no longer recommend videos that violate its community guidelines, such as conspiracy theories or medically inaccurate videos, and encourage further action to be taken related to vaccine misinformation,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

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Facebook Instagram Apps Suffer HoursLong Worldwide Outages for Some Users

first_img#FacebookDown and #InstagramDown? Don’t let us down Twitter! pic.twitter.com/7sD93wVm4R— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 13, 2019 Facebook???? Instagram???? Atleast the Soulja App isn’t down 🤷🏾‍♂️— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) March 13, 2019 Asked for additional info, a Facebook rep in an email sent just before 7 p.m. ET referred to the two tweets and declined further comment. The company is mulling the possibility of issuing refunds to advertisers because of the downtime, Bloomberg reported.[UPDATE, 3/14, 12:45 p.m. ET: Facebook said it has resolved the issues. See: Facebook Apologizes for Outages, Says It Has Resolved ‘Server Configuration’ Error That Led to Access Problems]Problems reported by users included the apps’ not loading content or allowing them to share posts, while some said they were unable to log in. Some were shown a message saying Facebook was down for maintenance.According to website DownDetector.com, user reports of problems accessing Facebook’s apps began to spike around noon ET on Wednesday (March 13) and had not been fully resolved more than four hours later. The issues for Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger appear to be mostly affecting users in the U.S., the U.K. and Brazil, while many WhatsApp error reports have come from Mexico and South America as well as Europe, according to the site.Outages for large internet platforms like Facebook or YouTube aren’t unusual, but in the past they have typically restored service within an hour or two.According to performance-monitoring firm Netscout, the issue appeared to be related to an accidental Border Gateway Protocol “routing leak” from a European internet service provider to a major transit ISP; the BGP error then cascaded across other service providers and downstream customers of the transit ISP. (Netscout did not identify the ISPs in question.) However, another monitoring vendor, ThousandEyes — which tracks performance and downtime based on client-side measurement — said it was not seeing any BGP changes affecting connectivity, packet loss or latency for Facebook; ThousandEyes said the problems appeared to be internal to Facebook’s systems rather than a network or internet-delivery issue.As Facebook’s outages dragged on, Twitter lit up with complaints and comments — and, of course, memes and jokes. “Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are down. But I hear MySpace is rocking right now,” actor George Takei snarked. instagram and facebook are down but Denny’s is always open— Denny’s (@DennysDiner) March 13, 2019 Apps for Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp were down for some users around the world for several hours Wednesday, with unidentified technical problems causing widespread disruptions.Facebook took to Twitter to update users on the situation. The company acknowledged the problems in a tweet at 1:49 p.m. ET, saying, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”Facebook said in a follow-up Twitter post at 3:03 p.m. ET, “We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.” That’s a reference to a distributed denial-of-service brute-force attack, in which networks are overloaded with bogus traffic designed to disrupt service.center_img Popular on Variety Facebook users coming to twitter to check why it’s not working #FacebookDown pic.twitter.com/ltvKXcRttk— ً (@hobishaengbok) March 13, 2019 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Nvidia Red Hat Join Hollywood Open Source Group

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Nvidia and Red Hat are the latest high-profile companies to join the Academy Software Foundation, a consortium that aims to help Hollywood with the adoption and development of open source tools. The foundation has also taken two additional open source projects, OpenEXR and OpenCue, under its wings.In addition to Nvidia and Red Hat, the Academy Software Foundation also accepted ftrack, a company that has developed software for collaborative media review, as a new member.“Open source technologies have been a source of innovation for the motion picture and broader media industry for many years, and Red Hat has been proud to collaborate with many of the leaders in this space to both enable their adoption of open source and to progress technologies in a way that has enabled this innovation,” said Red Hat chief technology officer Chris Wright in a statement. “We’re happy to join the Academy Software Foundation to expand this work and drive open standards that deliver sustainable interoperability.” “We’re looking forward to working with the Academy Software Foundation to help shape the future of this creative industry,” added Nvidia director of media & entertainment partnerships John Ison.The Academy Software Foundation was founded last summer by the Linux Foundation and the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences. Existing members of the group include Dreamworks Animation, Epic, Sony Pictures, the Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. and others.Some of the open source projects overseen by the foundation include OpenVDB and OpenColorIO, with the latter being a color management tool used for the production of movies like “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”OpenEXR, one of the two new projects announced Wednesday, was originally developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) as a high-dynamic range file format. It was first used for movies like “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Men in Black II,” and more recently was deployed to create “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther,” among other films.OpenCue, the other new project, is an open source render manager developed by Google Cloud in partnership with Sony Pictures Imageworks. Sony Pictures Has Open-Sourced Software Used to Make ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Popular on Variety Netflix, Amazon Web Services Join Hollywood Open Source Grouplast_img read more

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Stellar Sneakers Vans Launches NASA Space Voyager Collection

first_img This is one cosmic collaboration — and possibly written in the stars?Vans revealed their NASA-inspired collection Friday to celebrate the agency’s 60 years of space exploration and innovation.Photo Credit: VansThe Space Voyager line, now available on Vans’ website, features sneakers (including takes on the Old Skool, Classic Slip-On, and Sk8-Hi styles), t-shirts, jackets, and bags. Young, aspiring moonwalkers can also get in the action with kid-sized, galaxy-inspired slip-on sneakers.AdChoices广告Photo Credit: VansVans is almost as old as NASA. The shoe company, known for its links to skateboarding and skateboarding culture, was founded in 1966. It has launched previous collaborations with Disney and Marvel.See the Full Collection HereMore on Geek.com:Best Geeky Sneakers of 2018Versace Designer Teases Apple-Inspired Sneakers7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wear Stay on target Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack last_img read more

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Analog is a Haunting and Compelling Tale About Virtual Privacy

first_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance Stay on target “Five years from now: the security of the internet has been totally destroyed. Secrets are no longer sent over the web, they’re entrusted to armed couriers called “Ledger Men,” like human punching-bag Jack McGinnis. He’s got a gun in one hand and a briefcase handcuffed to the other. Danger lurks around every corner, and Jack has to watch his back—because he had a part in the cyber attack that changed the world. Get in on the ground floor of this new ongoing series and thrill as we slam Jack’s fist into the faces of spies, mercenaries, fascists, and eventually less punchable adversaries like a very grumpy artificial intelligence. “ANALOG #1(W): Gerry Duggan (A): David O’ Sullivan (C): Jordie Bellaire (L): Joe SabinoInformation is something we seek to expose or try our hardest to keep private. What if your secrets were open to everyone and anyone to see? What if your secrets could only be trusted by one man? Someone who carries the job to keep your secrets under his protection at all costs? This is the story of Analog #1. This new series from Image comes mixes a little bit of that ultra nice James Bond flair combined with the future that we may not be able to handle.via Image ComicsGerry Duggan’s creates a haunting yet incredibly rooted narrative of what our future could look like without virtual privacy at our disposal. We’re in a time and era where we share ourselves with people more than ever. Social media has helped and hurt many people in so a lot of ways. Duggan imagines a world where all of what we do erases the questions of what we do in the dark. Your thoughts, actions, etc. are all in the open. It’s a scary thought, but in Analog #1, it’s almost so naturally executed by Duggan. You almost feel like you’re apart of this world even though you don’t want to be. That’s one of the fantastic things about Analog #1. You’re engrossed in the secrets of Jack, but when there are no secrets… it’s almost fascinating to know that this one person has so many.On the subject of Jack, he’s the perfect everyman that we’re following in this dangerous journey. Jack doesn’t care about the secrets he guards and has to keep hidden. He doesn’t care about the people who hire him and what they might be holding. Jack legit goes about his day, accepting who he is now and he looks at what he could have done to cause this future, it eats him up.This is the fascinating thing about the comic. The involvement of Jack in this entire scheme of things makes you hold on to figure out what he did. It almost reminds me of when Widow and Hawkeye in the movie talk about Budapest. Before you raise an eyebrow, hear me out. Analog does this in wanting to find out just what did in Palo Alto. It’s spoken so much. You look around to the future he’s in and a little in his past, and you find yourself saying, “What did you do?”via Image ComicsDavid O’ Sullivan follows this narrative with gritty and tough as nails art that creates a dark and heavy feel to the comic. One thing I adore about O’Sullivan’s art is his heavy use of the inks after his pencils. I’m a sucker for inking, but this particular comic shine because of his inks. O’Sullivan develops in the darkness that merely goes in any crime, noir or thriller comic. He brings a specific type of noir feel with the characters. He shadows them in this darkness, and the looming sense of dread comes out of his art.O’ Sullivan’s art and inks are amped by Jordie Bellaire’s colors that truly bring everything together. Bellaire can create such an intricate and well-balanced mood to any book that she’s attached to and she does a killer job in Analog #1. Her colors bring the story into a different atmosphere within the time and the place, depending on where Jack is at the time. Bellaire knows how to make those opening shots a little bit colder. She knows how to warm flashbacks, places of the “old world” and scenes with father and son. Her colors bring the world of the Ledger Man and the world around him together in complete harmony.via Image ComicsJoe Sabino’s lettering is the perfect element to round out this remarkable comic. Sabino’s lettering places outstandingly from start to finish, but the one thing that immediately captures you is the voiceover of Jack. You can almost read this in a rough and gruff “memo to self” voice. Sabino lets us get inside of Jack’s head through his lettering and Duggan’s script. This makes for an even wilder ride and more in-depth characterization.I’m hyped to see what more this creative team has us its sleeves for Analog #1. Will we find out what happened to Jack in Palo Alto? What happens to him and Oppenheimer? What else is in this future when everyone has nothing to hide? Analog #1 won’t be hidden for long, but its definitely worth the exposure for readers to enjoy. Analog #1 will be available in on Comixology and your local comic book shop April 4th.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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