Oh my gosh people are ridiculous. I know all of the guys who work at Ultimate Comics and they are wonderful, loving people. All of this negative press only serves to hurt the comic community, and furthermore it's pointless. These guys run a fantastic convention and anyone who says otherwise is just wrong.
Whether or not the image was intended to be humorous or insulting is not the issue. Unfortunately, it is simply unprofessional. Shame on you, Ultimate Comics! You've got a good thing going. I would hate to see such a great con ruined by petty douchiness.
This article really just makes UC come off like pricks...Had a great time at CBCC. Was looking forward to NC ComicCon as well (that's right people will go to both). Last year even did video coverage of the event. This year after the negativity I just don't feel like I can support their con. It's a shame, I was looking forward to it. This sort of behavior only hurts comic readers.
That cartoon is simply another childish tantrum from NCCC in the wake of Comic Book City Comic Con's success. Other incidences from NCCC in response to the Greensboro con have included not only deleting any praising comments of CBCC from NCCC's ill timed and pathetically worded Facebook posts after CBCC, but subsequently banning anyone who made positive comments about CBCC.
Loved seeing that this production is making its way to NYC. I reviewed it when first performed in that dingy corner of Cordoba, and it has haunted me ever since. I mention it often to people when I tell them I'm reviewing cutting-edge theater in little ol' Durham. Monica deserves a good amount of fame for her writing. I'll be proud to have seen her beginnings! Thanks, Byron!
Great article Byron. It updated me on a theatrical community that greatly nurtured my career. I look forward to seeing a production of "What Every Girl Should Know".
it's Tivadar (esperantized as Teodoro), not Tivaro
Educated people around the world who know both English and Esperanto, know the difference.
This is a very nice article, well researched, accurate, and excellent in capturing many important points about Esperanto and the people who speak it. If you want to spend an hour, a week, or a month studying the language, visit Lernu.net. Lernu has Esperanto lessons, live tutors, and an active discussion community of 145,000 people.
This is a wonderful article and I am grateful to Lisa Sorg for taking the time to learn about this movement and its presence in this part of the US. I was born in Mexico and after 30 years in the US I still don't feel that I'm at the same level with native speakers of English. When we had our binatioal convention in Tijuana in 2007, it was heartwarming to see young people from Mexico City who started learning the language just a few months before the event speaking with USans who have been speaking it for decades!
Esperanto is not just a language but is the best business language. But the authority did not allow it to be used in the business sector. Now the Esperanto business is florishing too.
Indonesia has made Esperanto a part of the Foreign Affairs schools for the young diplomats.
And who or what is E.Brent Lane working for? Where does he get his reseach analysis info? Film and TV projects bring a lot of money into a region. The amount coming in here is greater than what the state pays out. Just look at base figures. Just come see where the money flows, from all the food the caterers use, prop food, set dressing, porta potties, rental vans, cars, trucks, the list goes on and on. And while a film may come and go, the idea is to have continuity. One film leads to another, and another, and another. Wake up NC! Film/TV incentives equals jobs and money!
There are a lot of misconceptions and misdirects on how the incentives work. Why there is a group of politicians that want to ruin a good thing is beyond comprehension. The ripple effect from productions coming to the state is great. Just ask residents of Rose Hill what Iron Man 3 did there. Just think if the politicos would support the NC Film Incentives what a continued impact might happen. Why do they get it in Georgia, but not here??
Rep. Luebke says, "Ideally, the companies would have to pay North Carolina taxes before they could get a tax break."
I've been working in the Wilmington film industry for nearly 25 years. Productions pay the full amount on all goods and services subject to sales tax. How else could there be a rebate--which is more accurately what the "incentive" is. Additionally, I and my colleagues pay property, income, and sales taxes locally as well. We own houses and our kids go to local schools. We aren't carpet-bagging gypsies, traveling wherever the next job is...unless the politicians kill our jobs.
If they didn't get one single dime of tax revenue from the film and TV companies, they drop huge sums of money into the local economy for every service imaginable. Beyond that it's just cool to be the place this gets done. Increasing any and all productions is a total win-win for NC.
I'm really surprised this conversation didn't mention what choices might have looked like if we had systemic supports in place, like good, accessible and affordable child care and better benefits for working parents. Those seem crucial to this discussion.
I think the key difference that strikes me is the choice; wrapped up in that choice is the ability to escape it at any point it becomes tiresome.
Thank you for this essay, Lisa. You do an excellent job of showing both sides of the "luxury" of such choices, and the economic structures that must sustain them. There are many who might choose the new domesticity who simply cannot afford it; and others who can barely afford it, but sacrifice to do so. I will definitely find the book and read it!
Thank you, Lisa! I didn't want people to read this and get a wrong impression.
Its a choice and as long as both parties agree I see nothing wrong with it!
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