The Society of Killustrators

Jun 20

No. 29 | Assignment

It was a ribbeting wedding ceremony.

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: August 1, 2014 

Specs:  650 X 950px @ 72dpi - JPG

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Indian village performs wedding ceremony between two frogs to break drought

It was a ribbeting wedding ceremony.
 
Two frogs were married in India so that a drought might end – and  a village might live hoppily ever after.
 
The amphibian couple was joined in matrimony during a traditional ceremony in Takhatpur, India.

It’s custom in some parts of India to perform frog marriages during water shortages to invoke rain gods.
 
In images recently published by Caters photo agency, villagers can be seen attending the elaborate ceremony and placing their hands over the water-loving guests of honor.

The unusual bride and groom even dressed up for the special occasion, donning colorfuL flowers over their slippery bodies.
 
In one image, the two frogs are pictured slipping into festive, red bags while one villager gently dabs paint onto each creature’s head.

But the formal ceremony wasn’t without a little romance.
 
The happy newlyweds shared a wet kiss following their “I do’s.”

In 2011, two frogs were also married in the Koppal region of India in attempt to break a drought, The Times of India reports.

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SOURCE: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/indian-village-performs-wedding-ceremony-frogs-break-drought-article-1.1095903#ixzz35DNSP7H1

Jun 06

No. 28 | Killustrations

De Hermo

Rinomonsta

Murat Kalkavan

Tiffany Patterson

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Status: Complete

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OMG! I SAW A GHOST IN MY ROOM! OMG!!!

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: June 6, 2014

Specs:  650 X 950px @ 72dpi - JPG

PS: Don’t be Scared. #Boooo #OMG!

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"Omg i saw a ghost in my room? i saw a ghost omg!!! i ran like crazy then i bumped into my mom and then asked her there was a ghost then she checked then the ghost disappeared what the heck was the ghost doing in my room?!"

Source: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090122153053AAJzCt5

Apr 04

No. 28 | Assignment

OMG! I SAW A GHOST IN MY ROOM! OMG!!!

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: June 6, 2014 <UPDATE>

Specs:  650 X 950px @ 72dpi - JPG

PS: Don’t be Scared. #Boooo #OMG!

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Deadline (pun intended) pushed due to Crazy Ghost IN MY ROOM!

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"Omg i saw a ghost in my room? i saw a ghost omg!!! i ran like crazy then i bumped into my mom and then asked her there was a ghost then she checked then the ghost disappeared what the heck was the ghost doing in my room?!"

Source: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090122153053AAJzCt5

Jan 17

No. 27 | Killustrations

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Liz Nugent

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Blok / Mark Magnaye

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Jenn Liv

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Status: Complete

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Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: UPDATE: January 17, 2013

Specs:  650 X 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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LEICESTER, England — Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him in battle buried the man in haste, naked and anonymous, without a winding sheet, rings or personal adornments of any kind, in a space so cramped his cloven skull was jammed upright and askew against the head of his shallow grave.

On Monday, confirming what many historians and archaeologists had suspected, a team of experts at the University of Leicester concluded on the basis of DNA and other evidence that the skeletal remains were those of King Richard III, for centuries the most reviled of English monarchs. But the conclusion, said to have been reached “beyond any reasonable doubt,” promised to achieve much more than an end to the oblivion that has been Richard’s fate since his death on Aug. 22, 1485, at the Battle of Bosworth Field, 20 miles from this ancient city in the sheep country of England’s East Midlands.

Among those who found his remains, there is a passionate belief that new attention drawn to Richard by the discovery will inspire a reappraisal that could rehabilitate the medieval king and show him to be a man with a strong sympathy for the rights of the common man, who was deeply wronged by his vengeful Tudor successors. Far from the villainous character memorialized in English histories, films and novels, far from Shakespeare’s damning representation of him as the limping, withered, haunted murderer of his two princely nephews, Richard III can become the subject of a new age of scholarship and popular reappraisal, these enthusiasts believe.

“I think he wanted to be found, he was ready to be found, and we found him, and now we can begin to tell the true story of who he was,” said Philippa Langley, a writer who has been a longtime and fervent member of the Richard III Society, an organization that has worked for decades to bring what it sees as justice to an unjustly vilified man. “Now,” Ms. Langley added, “we can rebury him with honor, and we can rebury him as a king.”

Other members of the team at the University of Leicester pointed to Ms. Langley as the inspiration behind the project, responsible for raising much of the estimated $250,000 — with major contributions from unnamed Americans — it cost to carry out the exhumation and the research that led to confirmation that indeed Richard had been found.

Ms. Langley’s account was that her research for a play about the king had led her to a hunch that Richard’s body would be found beneath the parking lot, in a corner of the buried ruins of the Greyfriars Priory, where John Rouse, a medieval historian writing in Latin within a few years after Richard’s death, had recorded him as having been buried. Other unverified accounts said the king’s body had been thrown by a mob into the River Soar, a mile or more from the priory.

Richard Taylor, the University of Leicester official who served as a coordinator for the project, said the last piece of the scientific puzzle fell into place with DNA findings that became available on Sunday, five months after the skeletal remains were uncovered. At that point, he said, members of the team knew that they had achieved something historic.

“We knew then, beyond reasonable doubt, that this was Richard III,” Mr. Taylor said. “We’re certain now, as certain as you can be of anything in life.”

The team’s leading geneticist, Turi King, said at a news conference that DNA samples from two modern-day descendants of Richard III’s family had provided a match with samples taken from the skeleton found in the priory ruins. Kevin Schurer, a historian and demographer, tracked down two living descendants of Anne of York, Richard III’s sister, one of them a London-based, Canadian-born furniture maker, Michael Ibsen, 55, and the other a second cousin of Mr. Ibsen’s who has requested anonymity.

Dr. King said tests conducted at three laboratories in England and France had found that the descendants’ mitochondrial DNA, a genetic element inherited through the maternal line of descent, matched that extracted from the parking lot skeleton. She said all three samples belonged to a type of mitochondrial DNA that is carried by only 1 to 2 percent of the English population, a rare enough group to satisfy the project team, pending more work on the samples, that a match had been found.

When she studied the results for the first time, she said, she “went very quiet, then did a little dance around the laboratory.”

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SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/world/europe/richard-the-third-bones.html?_r=0

Nov 15

No. 27 | Assignment

Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: UPDATE: January 17, 2013

Specs:  650 X 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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LEICESTER, England — Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him in battle buried the man in haste, naked and anonymous, without a winding sheet, rings or personal adornments of any kind, in a space so cramped his cloven skull was jammed upright and askew against the head of his shallow grave.

On Monday, confirming what many historians and archaeologists had suspected, a team of experts at the University of Leicester concluded on the basis of DNA and other evidence that the skeletal remains were those of King Richard III, for centuries the most reviled of English monarchs. But the conclusion, said to have been reached “beyond any reasonable doubt,” promised to achieve much more than an end to the oblivion that has been Richard’s fate since his death on Aug. 22, 1485, at the Battle of Bosworth Field, 20 miles from this ancient city in the sheep country of England’s East Midlands.

Among those who found his remains, there is a passionate belief that new attention drawn to Richard by the discovery will inspire a reappraisal that could rehabilitate the medieval king and show him to be a man with a strong sympathy for the rights of the common man, who was deeply wronged by his vengeful Tudor successors. Far from the villainous character memorialized in English histories, films and novels, far from Shakespeare’s damning representation of him as the limping, withered, haunted murderer of his two princely nephews, Richard III can become the subject of a new age of scholarship and popular reappraisal, these enthusiasts believe.

“I think he wanted to be found, he was ready to be found, and we found him, and now we can begin to tell the true story of who he was,” said Philippa Langley, a writer who has been a longtime and fervent member of the Richard III Society, an organization that has worked for decades to bring what it sees as justice to an unjustly vilified man. “Now,” Ms. Langley added, “we can rebury him with honor, and we can rebury him as a king.”

Other members of the team at the University of Leicester pointed to Ms. Langley as the inspiration behind the project, responsible for raising much of the estimated $250,000 — with major contributions from unnamed Americans — it cost to carry out the exhumation and the research that led to confirmation that indeed Richard had been found.

Ms. Langley’s account was that her research for a play about the king had led her to a hunch that Richard’s body would be found beneath the parking lot, in a corner of the buried ruins of the Greyfriars Priory, where John Rouse, a medieval historian writing in Latin within a few years after Richard’s death, had recorded him as having been buried. Other unverified accounts said the king’s body had been thrown by a mob into the River Soar, a mile or more from the priory.

Richard Taylor, the University of Leicester official who served as a coordinator for the project, said the last piece of the scientific puzzle fell into place with DNA findings that became available on Sunday, five months after the skeletal remains were uncovered. At that point, he said, members of the team knew that they had achieved something historic.

“We knew then, beyond reasonable doubt, that this was Richard III,” Mr. Taylor said. “We’re certain now, as certain as you can be of anything in life.”

The team’s leading geneticist, Turi King, said at a news conference that DNA samples from two modern-day descendants of Richard III’s family had provided a match with samples taken from the skeleton found in the priory ruins. Kevin Schurer, a historian and demographer, tracked down two living descendants of Anne of York, Richard III’s sister, one of them a London-based, Canadian-born furniture maker, Michael Ibsen, 55, and the other a second cousin of Mr. Ibsen’s who has requested anonymity.

Dr. King said tests conducted at three laboratories in England and France had found that the descendants’ mitochondrial DNA, a genetic element inherited through the maternal line of descent, matched that extracted from the parking lot skeleton. She said all three samples belonged to a type of mitochondrial DNA that is carried by only 1 to 2 percent of the English population, a rare enough group to satisfy the project team, pending more work on the samples, that a match had been found.

When she studied the results for the first time, she said, she “went very quiet, then did a little dance around the laboratory.”

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SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/05/world/europe/richard-the-third-bones.html?_r=0

Sep 13

No. 26 | Killustrations

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Ness Lee

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Joanna Malinis

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Riley Hoonan

Daniel Kearsey

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Status: Complete

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Turtle Disguised As Burger Smuggled Through Airport In China

Category: Editorial Illustration

Deadline: Update - September 13 (12 NOON Sharp, EST)

Specs: 5 X 5 inches (submission = JPG / 800 X 800 @ 72dpi - RGB)

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We’ve heard of snakes on a plane, but now turtles, too?

Security officials at China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport noticed something rather peculiar in the bag of a traveler identified only as “Mr. Li” on Monday.

The airport’s X-ray machine showed “suspicious corners” on what appeared to be a KFC sandwich package, according to the AFP.

Mr. Li vehemently insisted the item was “nothing but a burger. ” When security staff pointed out that the odd shape of the burger resembled that of a turtle, Li replied, “There is no turtle in there, just a hamburger. There’s nothing special to see inside,” the South China Morning Post News.

Officials forced Mr. Li to open his bag and found that he was indeed attempting to transport his “beloved” pet turtle on the plane. The man reportedly was able to entrust the animal in a friend’s care before continuing on his flight to Beiing.

According to Kotaku, users of Weibo — China’s Twitter — have been responding to the story by uploading the "Turtle Burger" image seen above and first posted by Flickr user Flaunted.

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SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/turtle-disguised-burger-smuggled-airport-plane-china_n_3682332.html

Aug 08

No. 26 | Assignment

Turtle Disguised As Burger Smuggled Through Airport In China

Category: Editorial Illustration

Deadline: Update - September 13 (12 NOON Sharp, EST)

Specs: 5 X 5 inches (submission = JPG / 800 X 800 @ 72dpi - RGB)

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We’ve heard of snakes on a plane, but now turtles, too?

Security officials at China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport noticed something rather peculiar in the bag of a traveler identified only as “Mr. Li” on Monday.

The airport’s X-ray machine showed “suspicious corners” on what appeared to be a KFC sandwich package, according to the AFP.

Mr. Li vehemently insisted the item was “nothing but a burger. ” When security staff pointed out that the odd shape of the burger resembled that of a turtle, Li replied, “There is no turtle in there, just a hamburger. There’s nothing special to see inside,” the South China Morning Post News.

Officials forced Mr. Li to open his bag and found that he was indeed attempting to transport his “beloved” pet turtle on the plane. The man reportedly was able to entrust the animal in a friend’s care before continuing on his flight to Beiing.

According to Kotaku, users of Weibo — China’s Twitter — have been responding to the story by uploading the "Turtle Burger" image seen above and first posted by Flickr user Flaunted.

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SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/turtle-disguised-burger-smuggled-airport-plane-china_n_3682332.html

Jun 18

NO. 25 | Killustrations

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Emma Trithart

The Bubble Process

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Status: Complete

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Meet Eric, 22… MERMAN

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: June 14, 2013

Specs:  650 X 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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Meet Eric, 22, who lives life as a MERMAN swimming underwater in Florida’s springs wearing a latex tail - despite wide-eyed stares from the local fishermen

When Eric Ducharme slips into his handmade fin to explore the crystal clear waters of Florida’s natural springs as a merman, he says he’s mentally transported as well.

So is the unique, eye-catching life of this Florida man who says he eats, sleeps and breathes mermaids while physically looking and acting like one as often as time allows.

‘It’s a lifestyle. It’s a path in life that I have chosen,’ says the 22-year-old from Crystal River who’s one of the latest characters to appear on TLC’s My Crazy Obsession. 

Three times a week Ducharme drives more than an hour and a half to swim in one of his shimmering handmade suits at a natural spring.

‘I came out here looking for some alligators and saw a tail that I’ve never seen before in a river,’ a confused man sitting on the banks confesses on camera.

‘Being under water I feel, I’m just totally away from the world,’ he explains while able to hold his breath for up to four minutes at a time.

Though as bizarre of a ‘lifestyle’ activity as it is, it’s one his family and even boyfriend have accepted - it not without initial astonishment.

‘When I first met Eric, I was introduced to the subject of mermaids, on our first date,’ Ducharme’s boyfriend Matthew Quijano opens up on camera. ‘Your jaw just kind of drops and you’re just like, “wow.”

‘When we go swimming I don’t even see him because he swims off to his own little corner, it’s all about getting away from the rest of the world,’ he says.

‘Eric is obsessed with mermaids,’ his mother Candy Ducharme shares on the program. ‘We have our own passions. That’s Eric’s life.’ 

Since Ducharme was a child he says he’s been fascinated with mermaids.

At the age of 16 he put on his first show while swimming as the mermaid prince in Weeki Wachee Springs Little Mermaid show in 2006. 

But even before that he says he was hand making his own tails from everything from garbage bags to fabrics before eventually becoming good enough to sell and donate them to the park at the age of 13.

‘It’s taking me a really long time to kind of understand my place in life,’ Ducharme says of his self-admitted obsession. 

Today he has transformed his beloved hobby into a business, using silicone, urethanes, and latex rubbers to create shimmering wet suits featuring life-like colors and textures of scales and flowing fins.

‘I have tails that are as real as fish you just caught on your boat, which are available to every aspiring mermaid and merman who dreams of life in the sea,’ Ducharme’s website, The Mertailor, reads.

No matter how you see it, he describes the tails as ‘a fun and exciting physical activity.’

‘Sometimes we have to ask people what’s with the scolding looks because they’re just like, why is there a guy in a tail? It’s supposed to be a girl,’ Quijano says before a shrug. ‘Haters gonna hate.’

Ducharme appears in season two of My Crazy Obsession but not without some rivaling competition of self-admitted obsessions.

Others on the program with him include a woman who’s so obsessed with rats she treats them like children.

‘When you find your purpose in life you know it and that was what happened to me when I saw that first rat,’ says Chantal Banks on the show.

She says she suffers from G.G.M.R. which stands for: ‘Gotta Get More Rats.’

Another woman, known as ‘Raggedy Robyn,’ is so obsessed with the Raggedy Ann doll that she insists upon dressing like the yarn-headed doll that features a red nose and bonnet.

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SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303161/Eric-Ducharme-Meet-man-lives-life-merman-Floridas-natural-springs.html

May 14

No. 25 | Assignment

Meet Eric, 22… MERMAN

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: June 14, 2013

Specs:  650 X 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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Meet Eric, 22, who lives life as a MERMAN swimming underwater in Florida’s springs wearing a latex tail - despite wide-eyed stares from the local fishermen

When Eric Ducharme slips into his handmade fin to explore the crystal clear waters of Florida’s natural springs as a merman, he says he’s mentally transported as well.

So is the unique, eye-catching life of this Florida man who says he eats, sleeps and breathes mermaids while physically looking and acting like one as often as time allows.

'It's a lifestyle. It's a path in life that I have chosen,' says the 22-year-old from Crystal River who’s one of the latest characters to appear on TLC's My Crazy Obsession. 

Three times a week Ducharme drives more than an hour and a half to swim in one of his shimmering handmade suits at a natural spring.

'I came out here looking for some alligators and saw a tail that I've never seen before in a river,' a confused man sitting on the banks confesses on camera.

'Being under water I feel, I'm just totally away from the world,' he explains while able to hold his breath for up to four minutes at a time.

Though as bizarre of a ‘lifestyle’ activity as it is, it’s one his family and even boyfriend have accepted - it not without initial astonishment.

'When I first met Eric, I was introduced to the subject of mermaids, on our first date,' Ducharme's boyfriend Matthew Quijano opens up on camera. 'Your jaw just kind of drops and you're just like, “wow.”

'When we go swimming I don't even see him because he swims off to his own little corner, it's all about getting away from the rest of the world,' he says.

'Eric is obsessed with mermaids,' his mother Candy Ducharme shares on the program. 'We have our own passions. That's Eric's life.' 

Since Ducharme was a child he says he’s been fascinated with mermaids.

At the age of 16 he put on his first show while swimming as the mermaid prince in Weeki Wachee Springs Little Mermaid show in 2006. 

But even before that he says he was hand making his own tails from everything from garbage bags to fabrics before eventually becoming good enough to sell and donate them to the park at the age of 13.

'It's taking me a really long time to kind of understand my place in life,' Ducharme says of his self-admitted obsession. 

Today he has transformed his beloved hobby into a business, using silicone, urethanes, and latex rubbers to create shimmering wet suits featuring life-like colors and textures of scales and flowing fins.

'I have tails that are as real as fish you just caught on your boat, which are available to every aspiring mermaid and merman who dreams of life in the sea,' Ducharme's website, The Mertailor, reads.

No matter how you see it, he describes the tails as ‘a fun and exciting physical activity.’

'Sometimes we have to ask people what's with the scolding looks because they're just like, why is there a guy in a tail? It's supposed to be a girl,' Quijano says before a shrug. 'Haters gonna hate.'

Ducharme appears in season two of My Crazy Obsession but not without some rivaling competition of self-admitted obsessions.

Others on the program with him include a woman who’s so obsessed with rats she treats them like children.

'When you find your purpose in life you know it and that was what happened to me when I saw that first rat,' says Chantal Banks on the show.

She says she suffers from G.G.M.R. which stands for: ‘Gotta Get More Rats.’

Another woman, known as ‘Raggedy Robyn,’ is so obsessed with the Raggedy Ann doll that she insists upon dressing like the yarn-headed doll that features a red nose and bonnet.

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SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303161/Eric-Ducharme-Meet-man-lives-life-merman-Floridas-natural-springs.html

Apr 15

No. 24 | Killustrations

Martín Azambuja

Dominic Flask 

Tess Donohoe

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Status: Complete

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Lions, bears removed from gangster’s property

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Specs:  650 X 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – A man known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker has been indicted for leading a fearsome criminal gang, but the public seems to be more interested in his pets: four lions and two bears.

Ion Balint – his real name – had long been known to have an affinity for wild beasts in his home.

“You said I fed men to the lions?” Balint was recorded saying on a videotape as he rode away from prison on a black stallion in 2010. “Why don’t you come over and I’ll give you some lions!”

Authorities won’t confirm that the lions and bears were used to intimidate rivals at his high-walled and heavily guarded estate in the poorest part of Bucharest. The compound also contained less fearsome beasts, including thoroughbred horses and canaries.

Balint, 48, a stocky man with a mustache and a receding hairline, often appears dressed in T-shirts and tracksuits.

The Romanian news media were awash in unconfirmed reports about Balint’s excesses, reporting that he used the lions and bears to intimidate rivals and that his house contained a torture chamber.

His son-in-law, Marius Vlad, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the reports were false.

“Many untruths are being reported,” he said.

Bystanders and relatives who gathered near the gates of the estate described Balint as a good neighbor and an animal lover, and said they weren’t bothered by roaring lions.

“We can hear them every day, but only when they’re hungry or the female is in heat,” said Gabriela Ionescu, 36, clutching her toddler daughter’s hand. “They don’t disturb us at all.”

Authorities allege that Balint and his brother Vasile headed a criminal network which controlled much of the underworld activity in Bucharest, a city of 2 million. Some 400 police and detectives were involved in the investigation which led to the arrest last week of 67 suspects, including the Balint brothers.

In 2009, Balint was convicted of human trafficking, violence and pimping, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. That was reduced to six years, but Balint was free after a year.

On Wednesday, the four lions and two bears were sedated, put in cages and removed by environmental authorities and the Vier Pfoten animal welfare charity. The animals, which generally appeared in good condition, will be temporarily housed in a zoo and may eventually be relocated in South Africa, animal welfare officers said.

Mircea Pupaza, commissioner of the National Environment Guard, told The Associated Press that Balint had no documentation or health records for the animals, which he’s kept illegally for 10 years. He could face a year in prison and a hefty fine for illegally keeping wild animals.

“The lions are a status symbol for him,” said Livia Cimpoeru, a Vier Pfoten spokeswoman. She declined to speculate whether they had a more sinister purpose.

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Source: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=333&sid=24219088

Mar 15

No. 24 | Assignment

Lions, bears removed from gangster’s property

Category: Editorial Illustration -type optional

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Specs:  650 X 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – A man known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker has been indicted for leading a fearsome criminal gang, but the public seems to be more interested in his pets: four lions and two bears.

Ion Balint – his real name – had long been known to have an affinity for wild beasts in his home.

"You said I fed men to the lions?" Balint was recorded saying on a videotape as he rode away from prison on a black stallion in 2010. "Why don’t you come over and I’ll give you some lions!"

Authorities won’t confirm that the lions and bears were used to intimidate rivals at his high-walled and heavily guarded estate in the poorest part of Bucharest. The compound also contained less fearsome beasts, including thoroughbred horses and canaries.

Balint, 48, a stocky man with a mustache and a receding hairline, often appears dressed in T-shirts and tracksuits.

The Romanian news media were awash in unconfirmed reports about Balint’s excesses, reporting that he used the lions and bears to intimidate rivals and that his house contained a torture chamber.

His son-in-law, Marius Vlad, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the reports were false.

"Many untruths are being reported," he said.

Bystanders and relatives who gathered near the gates of the estate described Balint as a good neighbor and an animal lover, and said they weren’t bothered by roaring lions.

"We can hear them every day, but only when they’re hungry or the female is in heat," said Gabriela Ionescu, 36, clutching her toddler daughter’s hand. "They don’t disturb us at all."

Authorities allege that Balint and his brother Vasile headed a criminal network which controlled much of the underworld activity in Bucharest, a city of 2 million. Some 400 police and detectives were involved in the investigation which led to the arrest last week of 67 suspects, including the Balint brothers.

In 2009, Balint was convicted of human trafficking, violence and pimping, and sentenced to 13 years in prison. That was reduced to six years, but Balint was free after a year.

On Wednesday, the four lions and two bears were sedated, put in cages and removed by environmental authorities and the Vier Pfoten animal welfare charity. The animals, which generally appeared in good condition, will be temporarily housed in a zoo and may eventually be relocated in South Africa, animal welfare officers said.

Mircea Pupaza, commissioner of the National Environment Guard, told The Associated Press that Balint had no documentation or health records for the animals, which he’s kept illegally for 10 years. He could face a year in prison and a hefty fine for illegally keeping wild animals.

"The lions are a status symbol for him," said Livia Cimpoeru, a Vier Pfoten spokeswoman. She declined to speculate whether they had a more sinister purpose.

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Source: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=333&sid=24219088

Feb 22

No. 23 | Killustrations

Emily Dove Gross

Andy J. Miller

Niko Adams

Cody Bond

Jeff Szuc

Daniel Kearsey

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Status: Complete

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Category: Editorial Illustration

Deadline: February 22 (12 NOON Sharp, EST)

Specs: 5 X 5 inches (submission = JPG / 800 X 800 @ 72dpi - RGB)

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Chicken wing thiefs caught, wings still missing

(KTNV) — A chicken wing shortage has sent prices soaring in recent weeks.

Two men in Atlanta were apparently looking to have quite the Super Bowl party but didn’t want to pay the price.

They are behind bars this morning after stealing $65,000 in frozen Tyson chicken wings.

Police say that they rented a truck, pulled up to a freezer facility they worked for, and cleaned it out.

They took 10 pallets of frozen wings.

The men were caught but the chicken wings are still missing.

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Source: http://www.ktnv.com/news/watercooler/188825971.html

Feb 01

No. 23 | Assignment

Chicken wing thiefs caught, wings still missing

Category: Editorial Illustration

Deadline: February 22 (12 NOON Sharp, EST)

Specs: 5 X 5 inches (submission = JPG / 800 X 800 @ 72dpi - RGB)

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(KTNV) — A chicken wing shortage has sent prices soaring in recent weeks.

Two men in Atlanta were apparently looking to have quite the Super Bowl party but didn’t want to pay the price.

They are behind bars this morning after stealing $65,000 in frozen Tyson chicken wings.

Police say that they rented a truck, pulled up to a freezer facility they worked for, and cleaned it out.

They took 10 pallets of frozen wings.

The men were caught but the chicken wings are still missing.

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Source: http://www.ktnv.com/news/watercooler/188825971.html

Jan 25

No. 22 | Killustrations

Zack Vabolis

John Gialanella

Nicole Ray
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Status: Cooked
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Beer Macaroni and Cheese

Category: Packaging Label - Beer Label, Box front (kit?) or both.

Assignment: Illustration

Deadline: January 25, 2013

Specs:  longest side = 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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Ingredients:

1 box pasta (I am partial to bow ties)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces milk (I used 4ozmilk and 4oz chicken stock)
8 ounces beer (I’ve used Magic Hat #9 and Yuengling)
8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (or be lazy and use a bag, whatever)
½ cup Parmesan

pinch of black pepper and salt

Scallion and or chopped parsley (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare water for pasta and boil according to directions, cutting 1-2 minutes off of cooking time since pasta will continue to cook in the oven.

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add butter. Once melted and sizzling, whisk in flour to create a roux and cook until bubbly and golden in color, about 2 minutes. Add milk and beer into saucepan whisking constantly, then add  cheeses and stir until melted. Turn heat down to medium and continue to stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes while mixture thickens.  Add chopped scallions to sauce.

Add cooked and drained pasta to a casserole dish and pour cheese over top, mixing gently to combine. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. (I do not believe in bread crumbs) Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden on top.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Inhale. With beer.

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Source: http://ibreakplates.com/2012/08/beer-macaroni-and-cheese/

*Notes - yum? Make it and let us know!

Jan 07

No. 22 | Assignment

Beer Macaroni and Cheese

Category: Packaging Label - Beer Label, Box front (kit?) or both.

Assignment: Illustration

Deadline: January 25, 2013

Specs:  longest side = 975px @ 72dpi - JPG

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Ingredients:

1 box pasta (I am partial to bow ties)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces milk (I used 4ozmilk and 4oz chicken stock)
8 ounces beer (I’ve used Magic Hat #9 and Yuengling)
8 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (or be lazy and use a bag, whatever)
½ cup Parmesan

pinch of black pepper and salt

Scallion and or chopped parsley (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare water for pasta and boil according to directions, cutting 1-2 minutes off of cooking time since pasta will continue to cook in the oven.

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat and add butter. Once melted and sizzling, whisk in flour to create a roux and cook until bubbly and golden in color, about 2 minutes. Add milk and beer into saucepan whisking constantly, then add  cheeses and stir until melted. Turn heat down to medium and continue to stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes while mixture thickens.  Add chopped scallions to sauce.

Add cooked and drained pasta to a casserole dish and pour cheese over top, mixing gently to combine. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. (I do not believe in bread crumbs) Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden on top.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Inhale. With beer.

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Source: http://ibreakplates.com/2012/08/beer-macaroni-and-cheese/

*Notes - yum? Make it and let us know!