The rights to his first graphic novel, Zita the Spacegirl, was picked up recently by Fox Animation for a movie and there is hope that one day Hatke’s brave characters will make it to the big screen.
As many parents know, all kids come into the world ready to draw, but as the years pass each child reaches a point where they make a choice — to draw or not to draw. It was never a question for comic artist and arrow enthusiast Ben Hatke, who doodled his way through many a grade school and high school class, filling the margins with grand adventures.
His dad was an architect at Purdue University in Indiana and his mom took him and his two sisters to the library regularly. When the young boy discovered newspaper comics such as Calvin and Hobbes, it was love at first sight. more
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This familiar face, seen again and again, is Queen Mary II (Stuart) of England. (1662-1694)
The portrait above was painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller for William III and Mary II in 1690.
Mary II (1662 – 1694) was joint monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland with her husband and first cousin, William of Orange, from 1689 until her death. William and Mary, both Protestants, became king and queen regnant following the Glorious Revolution, which resulted in the adoption of the English Bill of Rights and the deposition of her Roman Catholic father, James II and VII. William became sole ruler upon her death in 1694. Popular histories usually refer to their joint reign as that of “William and Mary”.
Mary wielded less power than William when he was in England, ceding most of her authority to him, though he heavily relied on her. She did, however, act alone when William was engaged in military campaigns abroad, proving herself to be a powerful, firm, and effective ruler.
Mary II’s Legacy
Mary endowed the College of William and Mary (in the present day Williamsburg, Virginia). She is credited with influencing garden design, with popularizing blue and white porcelain, and the keeping of goldfish as pets.
The Royal Collection
The Sleeping Bird Topiary you can observe from the pictures is made by Claude Ponti. Although this one is located in the city of Nantes in France botanical garden, if your residence gives you the luxury of a big yard, nothing can stop you from attempting to fashion one such topiary.
Bruegel’s Netherlandish Proverbs
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Terry Scales, artist, captures activity on the Thames . . . brilliantly!
Terry Scales was born in Rotherhithe, South London, at that time a busy community of Thames watermen and visiting sailors. This early background created a deep affection for London’s River and the vigorous commercial activities that permeate a bustling port.
The Royal Yacht Britannia’s Last Voyage to London,
Farewell from Greenwich Pier 
9th May – 10th June, 2017:
Scenes from Post War London 1946 -1960, The Early Paintings of Terry Scales, At West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN. Tel: 020 8858 4289.
Terry will be holding a talk in the library on Friday 9th June 3 – 4pm. See you there!