Review: “Will Eisner’s The Plot.”

Adolph Hitler used the book “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” as part of his campaign of annihilation against the Jews. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

MAITLAND — Until his death on Jan. 3, 2005, William Erwin “Will” Eisner was one of the nation’s most respected comics writer and artists, who gave us The Spirit character and comic book, and the man who was considered to have played a leading role in establishing the graphic novel as a form of literature through his “A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories.”
It’s no surprise the comics community pays lasting tribute to Eisner’s work through the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, or “Eisners”, to recognize yearly achievements in the comics medium.
What may be less known is something else Eisner created: the graphic illustrations that make up “The Plot,” an entirely different way of using the medium than what The Spirit offered in his fantastical crime fighting adventures.
“The Plot” is now a special traveling exhibit being made possible through the Will Eisner Estate and the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people.
“The Plot” looks back at a dark and often terrifying chapter of world history, one that starts with the Secret Police in Russia, and goes right on up to Hitler’s rise in Germany, and his campaign of annihilation against the Jews — and beyond to modern day. Continue reading

Maitland park offers serene setting for a Farmer’s Market.

Debbie Miller brought a wide variety of imported gourmet cheeses to the Farmer’s Market on Lake Lily Park in Maitland. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

MAITLAND – With names like Japalpeno Havarti to tempt the taste buds, Debbie Miller was fully prepared to tackle just about any taste a customer might have – in cheese.
“Oh, my God, are you ready to try some?” Miller asked, as she took out a knife, then several blocks of cheese, and after carefully unwrapping them, cut slices of each one to be sampled.
“This is my Irish cheddar,” she said, as she then reached for a second sample. “This is my smoked cheese from the Netherlands. And you have to try my Whiskey Cheddar. It even smells like whiskey.”
Miller was cutting slices of cheese from the booth she had set up on Lake Lily Drive in Maitland, site of that city’s five-acre Lake Lily Park, which offers jogging trails, a wedding gazebo, picnic areas, the restored Historic Waterhouse Residence Museum – and, on Sundays, a Farmer’s Market that opens at 9 a.m.
It’s the kind of outdoor event that has been attracting businesses like Che Bella Gourmet Cheese, a company based in Lake Mary that sells a wide variety of cheeses, and which has been sending Miller down to Maitland on Sundays introduce to the local crowds to their items.
“These are all imported,” she said of the cheeses. Continue reading

Artageddon exhibit displays the talent of tattoo artists.

The artists who contributed works to the Artageddon – The End of The World Art Show are all local tattoo artists as well. (Photo by Dave Raith).

ORLANDO – Pointing to the many paintings hanging on the wall of his shop in downtown Orlando, Ken Deft noted it was his initial entry into the use of his space as an art gallery.
“This is actually our first time doing this,” Deft said. “We did this just for fun.”
But while Deft does not offically operate an art gallery, he noted that using his shop to display art really wasn’t much of a stretch to begin with. After all, Deft’s shop at 693 N. Orange Ave. doesn’t make sandwiches, clothing or Web sites – they create art. Only, unlike the paintings put on canvas, Deft’s artists create body art.
“Usually clients come in and tell us what they want, and we try to give them just that,” Deft said. “Every artist here has to know how to draw.”
Deft operates Black Chapel Tattoo, the studio at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Colonial Drive which on Dec. 21 opened its first art exhibit, called “Artageddon – The End of The World Art Show.” The title came from the prediction on the Mayan calendar that the world would come to a swift end on Dec. 21, 2012.
Deft said he and his fellow tattoo artists couldn’t resist having some fun with that.
“There’s really no theme at all to the art, except it was December 21 – the end of the world,” he said. “It was the end of the world, so all art must go.” Continue reading

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