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2 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Ever Dreamt of Becoming a Pinup If you have ever dreamt of posing as a classic pinup of the 1950s a sultry vixen of the 1930s or 40s or a vamp of the 1920s then here is your chance Celeste Giuliano Photography is a full service studio where custom vintage styled portraits are the specialty. Over the last 6 years my team and I have transformed over 1000 everyday woman into sexy pinups We offer the best quality and most professional pinup photography available. Whether its your first time posing or you are a pro in front of the camera I can help you feel comfortable relaxed and confident as you are transformed into a classy pinup. All packages are completely customized to create unique images that reflect you or your loved ones personality and interests. The photos are a perfect gift for a birthday wedding anniversary or other special occasions. They are also a fun and unique way to document and celebrate milestone birthdays reaching weight loss goals pregnancy post pregnancy and new relationships. Plus they make you feel sexy and give you the opportunity to pamper yourself for a day 3 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 4 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 EDITOR IN CHIEF Alexis Nichols PUBLISHER Frank Monahan ART DIRECTOR Meredith Hancock ILLUSTRATOR Deborah FitzGerald PHOTOGRAPHERS Harvey Branman www.harveybranman.com ON THE COVER Photographer Alex Ma coldblueskyphotography.com Model Ludella Hahn credits ... 24 5 30 16 5 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BY FELICE LAZAE Y ouTube is king. Its practically replacing regular TV and redefining success for artists of all mediums but this is a fairly new phenomenon. 10 years ago you had to turn on MTV or VH1 to watch your favorite music videos. Some of us who are older than 20 remember Total Request Live with Carson Daly on MTV or 106th Park on BET. I remember sitting trying to watch my favorite music on those top 10 countdowns always crossing my fingers that they wouldnt cut short the video I wanted to watch due to the shows time constraints. It was beyond my comprehension or imagination that one day Id be able to watch music videos on demand any time of day not only on my computer but on my cell phone So it mustve been completely alien when the music video age actually began back in the good ol 1980s. Yes yes music videos existed long before the 80s but their prominence didnt rise until the MTV era. Oh the good old days when MTV was filled with hours of music video content instead of reality TV fillers and fluff. The kids cried I want my MTV and they delivered. Michael Jackson ruled as both a stellar vocalist and a moonwalking god on film. He changed the game and brought a cinematic revolution to music video storytelling in his video Thriller. But MJ didnt hold the monopoly on innovative video viewers were dazzled by artists pushing the limits of visual song interpretation through special effects and creative story lines like Peter Gabriels Sledgehammer and A-has Take On Me. And artists like Madonna used video to send strong social messages as in her song Like A Prayer where she touched on racism and religion. Music videos became a new way for artists to tell a story that might not come across just by listening to the song. It was a whole new world and most artists embraced the new medium but for some it was a career breaking turn of events. Video killed the radio star...Pictures came and broke your heart so put all the blame on VCR. No words rang so true about the music video revolution as this song by The Buggles in 1979. Ironically it was the first video to air on MTV when the network began at 1201am on August 1 1981 expressing the conflict this new media brought to an art form that previously mainly judged its final product based on the quality of the music and not necessarily the looks of the artist. Sure artists of the 50s 60s and 70s were also judged based on their looks and sex appeal as well but it was a lot easier to hide a less traditionally beautiful artist in societys eyes before videos came along. More likely than not listeners would hear a song before they ever saw what the artist looked like therefore judging the artist solely on the quality of their music instead of their looks. Some of my favorite legendary artists of all time like Janis Joplin Bob Dylan Patti Smith and Ric Ocasek of the Cars may never have had a chance in todays market because of all of the visual media exposure lurking around every corner. One of the best examples of an artists looks not meeting audience expectations was found in the music video for Informer by Canadian reggae artist Snow in 1993. Most audiences expected a black Jamaican artist and when faced with a white Canadian artist they just werent convinced of his authenticity even though he grew up around Jamaicans and even had street cred having just finished a stint in jail for assault when Informer hit it big. But fans couldnt get past his looks and he never experienced that same commercial success in the music industry again. An artists superficial looks arent the only way a music video can cause damage to a career. A badly executed music video can destroy a career as seen in the case of Billy Squiers 1984 video for Rock Me Tonight. Bad artistic direction poor choreography and a rather effeminate performance by an artist who was seen more as a hunky ladys man completely decimated poor Billys career. His fans never took him seriously again and he went from playing stadiums to performing at venues of less than 10000 not too shabby for an indie artist today but certainly a sudden death for an artist in the 80s golden age of the music industry. Video Killed the Radio Star - When The Visual Killed The Ear 6 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 It doesnt seem fair that a visual representation can shape a listeners perception of a song. There are plenty of incredible artists that dont fit societys idea of beauty or their look doesnt necessarily match their style of music but that doesnt make their music any less good does it On the flip side a really well executed video can make an otherwise mediocre song seem greater than it is. Go figure. One thing is certain a video definitely shapes the listeners perception of the music its accompanying and Im not knocking this. Its a shame when music videos cause damage to a career but in this day and age they are the most valuable creative tools in allowing musicians to express their craft on another level. Artists like Lady Gaga Alt-J and Beyonc are pushing the boundaries of using music videos to enhance their music in miraculous ways from creating mini cinematic experiences to unusual story lines and special effects to illuminating their whole album in visual glory by creating a video for every song instead of just the singles. Its the artists job to use the music video in a way that helps their music reach audiences in new ways. When a video is done right it can be legendary. In the end thats what art of any form is really all about - making a mark on the world and leaving the audience with something memorable and thought provoking. ____________________________________________________ Felice LaZae is a singersongwriter living in Los Angeles CA. Shes worked in many facets of the music industry from audio engineering to vocal coaching. Her lyric driven music is a mix of bluesy rock with a good dose of soul. To check out and download her new Give It Away EP go to her website atwww. FeliceLaZae.com. Music videos became a new way for artists to tell a story that might not come across just by listening to the song. It was a whole new world and most artists embraced the new medium but for some it was a career breaking turn of events. 7 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Summer BreezeA Mens Fashion Editorial From the Phillipines A Mens Fashion Editorial From the Phillipines Styling and Creative Direction byTedd Mabitazan Photograph by Gerald Criste Grooming by Paolo Carantes San Juan ModelVictor Heliodor with DIVA Models Singapore ClothingCreditsGreenBlazerandBowtieRandyOrtizFloralButtondownMatthewWilliamsonforHM 8 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Green Blazer and Bowtie Randy Ortiz Floral Buttondown MatthewWilliamson for HM 9 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 10 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Blazer and Bowtie Randy Ortiz Buttondown Roberto Cavalli Wayfarers Kenneth Cole 11 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 12 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Longsleeve Shirt Ralph Lauren Boots Fratelli Rossetti 13 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 A PHOTO ESSAY BY ALEX MA OF COLDBLUESKY PHOTOGRAPHY14 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 FACEBOOK.COMCOLDBLUESKYPHOTOGRAPHY 15 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Guardians of the Galaxy Arkady Cosplay Cullen and Hawke Dragon Age Ludella Hahn Tinkerbell Ludella Hahn Playboy Bunny Minnie dMoocha Widow and Hawkeye 16 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Hi my name is Alex Ma of Coldbluesky Photography facebook.comcoldblueskyphotography Ive been shooting with models for almost a decade now but until a few years ago I hadnt heard of the term cosplay let alone know that cosplay photography was a genre. Now as a photographer with CosplayMedia.com I have been covering cosplay conventions for the past three years including the recent San Diego Comic-Con last month. San Diego Comic-Con is special as one of the largest comic conventions in North America it draws talent from all over and brings them together making it a great place to meet and work with people youd never be able to otherwise. This year I got to work with talented cosplayers from Colorado New York Hawaii Mexico and Canada. Last year I met cosplayers who flew all the way from Ireland and Italy to attend this show San Diego Comic-Con is an amazing 4-day long convention with so much to see and do something for everyone. Some people are there for attending the panels and celebrity signings others are there for the exclusive merchandise and sneak peeks and others still are there to network with industry professionals. For me Im there for the cosplayers. At first it was only snapping a quick picture and moving on to the next simply documenting the different costumes by the fans. Later I found a few who were willing to shoot quick mini-photoshoots and we were able to produce portraits and more dramatic images of their outfits. As I started working with the cosplayers more I got to know them better. I like to hear as they passionately explain their construction process share their crafting cheats and shortcuts and tell me about their pre-convention panic attacks. With the difficulties of tight convention schedules last-minute costume breakdowns uncooperative weather and uninspiring backdrops making images that showcase the cosplayers talent and craftsmanship is an exciting challenge. Seeing them happy with the images we made inspires me to keep shooting. To me thats the satisfying reward of being a cosplay photographer. Ludella Hahn Playboy Bunny Minnie dMoocha Widow and Hawkeye 17 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 18 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 19 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 20 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 21 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BY JULIE LUJANO D oes this sound like you Youve been trying to play the field with little success. Youve been looking and looking but you just cant meet nice interesting girls at any bars or grocery stores.And then you decide to join OKCupid or Match but you think to yourself I feel stupid doing this whole online dating thing. Youve already shot yourself in the foot with that thinking. The most important thing when first jumping into online dating is to approach it with an open mind. If youre reading this Im making the assumption that youre interested in getting to know a woman and actually dating her not just hooking up with her. If youre looking for an easy lay you probably know how to find it and dont need any advice from me on how to do it. For those of you who are looking for a real connection with a nice confident self- respecting woman then gentlemen listen up. Heres your guide to attracting a good woman online and hopefully keeping them coming back for more. DONT post unflattering photos of yourself on your profile. DO use photos that portray you in the best light and show off your personality. The saying a picture is worth a thousand words is a clich for a reason.Your main profile picture is the first point of contact that a woman has with you and that photo is used all over the dating site -- every time you like someone send a message or show up in a search. Its crucial to first make sure that you have a photo and then make sure its your best photo. Nice ladies do not want to see you looking like a thug or flexing while shirtless in a bathroom mirror selfie. One girl I interviewed even went so far as to say that as soon as she saw a car picture or a group photo she automatically skipped that profile. You should have at least one picture where we can clearly see your face and youre smiling genuinely. If you need to capture that look but dont know how put yourself in a good frame of mind by spending some time with a friend whose company you enjoy. A friend can make you laugh and even take the great photo for you. You should also include a full body photo so we can get a sense of what you really look like. Remember not to take yourself so seriously. Let your personality shine in your photos. If youre an outdoorsman take a picture outside. Put up a photo that shows off the real you. Women would rather see an action photo of you at the beach than a blurry one of you at the bar getting plastered with your friends. Online Dating for Men 10 DOS DONTS 22 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 DONT leave your profile empty. DO be creative in the way that you fill out your about me profile section. Its a misconception that no one reads profiles. After we look at your pictures smart girls want to see what you have to say about yourself and what kind of person you are. Even if you feel insecure a profile page is not the place to voice those feelings. Show off your funny side and your confidence not your arrogance. Remember the goal here is to stand out in a good way. Tell a funny story or let your sarcastic sense of humor show. Sometimes I find that writing the way you speak can help convey humor. If you have a limit to the number of characters you can use to describe yourself make sure you use them wisely. Display your goofy quirky personality in the limited space you have. And heres a bonus tip for you Use proper grammar. Its frustrating trying to decipher what a guy is saying in his profile when he doesnt spell correctly or articulate his thoughts clearly. You dont have to be perfect just make an effort. DONT lie in your profile or your messages. DO talk about your goals and things that make you unique. Lying is often a deal breaker. If you lie about the important and basic things in your life you might as well kiss that quality woman goodbye before you meet her. One of the worst things you can do is tear down trust before youve even built it up. Women will find out if you lied about your height age profession or anything else important. It will happen. Were not blind and were not stupid. Instead of indulging that fear of rejection and fibbing remember that confidence sense of humor and personality go a much longer way. Speaking the truth -- writing creatively about your hobbies telling a funny story and talking about your long term goals if youre not exactly where you want to be in life -- is more likely to get you a first and second date than lying. Dont waste her time and dont waste yours. Tell the truth with pride and confidence. DONT send one word messages or overtly sexual messages. DO send a meaningful message that will engage her. Always keep your eye on the prize which is You want to be memorable in everything you do on your profile including sending messages. Remember that for every meaningful message you send her she is probably getting five messages that say hey whats up sexy or Wanna hook up tonight Read her profile and show her that you know more than one word. If you dont you are sending her a message that says youre lazy and you wont put in an effort towards her. Thats a red flag for women and it just tells us that youre trolling around dozens of other profiles waiting for someone to finally take the bait. When you message a woman that you like it is important to engage her. Ask her questions. Talk about something in her profile. Make her feel like you actually want to talk to her. When you do this your effort will stand out and you will be more memorable. And finally your nice gal agreed to go on a date with you Good for you Now what DONT be a flake. DO call her make a plan and show up for your date -- on time. Once a woman agrees to go out with you put in some effort and show up. If you flake she will likely cut you off and you will not speak to her again. These are basic elements of respect and something every woman deserves. Remember that if you think she is worth the time she is also worth a phone call and a plan. Quality women have jobs friends and hobbies so you shouldnt expect her to be free the same night you call. One woman I spoke with said she wont even agree to meet a guy unless she has heard his voice first. So get that awkward first phone call out of the way and take comfort in the fact that you probably wont be the only person feeling a little weird. When you go out with her be a gentleman and be yourself. Hopefully the experience will grow into something more lasting. Congratulations gentlemen The fact that you got this far shows that youre willing to put in the effort needed to meet a great woman. This list is not exhaustive but it has good tips to help you stay memorable and avoid getting overlooked. When in doubt be respectful and be yourself Take heart in the fact that these myriad websites have millions upon millions of members and people are attracted to many different types of people. Generally women arent looking for perfection. We just want someone who treats us with kindness affection and respect. The odds are that you WILL find a nice girl to invite out. Until then employ these tips and keep being you. Julie Lujano is a lover of music art books and many other creative manifestations. She lives in Sacramento CA where she nerds out in coffee shops chorus and virtual book clubs. For more of Julies musings go to httpjvlujano.tumblr.com 23 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 FANTASY FOOTBALL VALUE fantasy season especially at the beginning of the year. I see it all the time but drafters tend to relax and mellow out a bit after they get their top three or four players. Theres a certain comfort level they get in at that point and have a tendency to make lazy choices specifically drafting players that did well in past drafts or have high name value. Dont fall into this trap my loyal FLiP-ites. While we cant physically wake you out of this slumber period unless of course the was right we can help point you in the right direction with our analysis. Based on our mock drafts mixed in with some helpful ADP rankings we give you some of our value draft tips hints on several players. GREATVALUE Marshawn Lynch RB Seattle Seahawks It may be a bit strange to list Lynch as a great value considering he has an overall ADP currently of 1.10 but we feel he represents tremendous value as the 10th pick overall. He rushed for 1306 yards and scored 13 TDs last season. He is a bit long in the tooth for a running back at 29 but he hasnt shown any signs of decline. His numbers should be equal or very close to last season especially with Jimmy Graham now taking pressure off of him in the offense. Take Lynch any spot after the 4th pick. We like the returns on him at that point. BY JAY SCHUSTER JAYSHOE78 Fantasy football value isnt everything its the only thing. Jay Schuster with a huge assist from the great Vince Lombardi I really cant stress enough just how important getting high value is in a fantasy football draft. Its nearly impossible to win without getting above average to good value in the first four rounds of your draft. Example Being from Boston I love watching Tom Brady insert Deflategate joke here. I think hes the greatest quarterback of all time. Being a Brady fan and knowing his legacy it should be difficult for me to pass him up if hes there when Im drafting in the 1st or 2nd round. While it would be nice to have him on my team my draft would be completely destroyed if I did that. Brady is still a good player and QB but he is horrendous value in the first two rounds with an average draft position ADP of 7.09 i.e. 7th round 9th pick in a 10 team draft. I would be kissing my season goodbye before it began. With that said any idiot with an NFL draft magazine or someone who can hop on Yahoo or ESPN should be able to figure out who to pick early in a fantasy football draft. As important as rounds one through four are real fantasy gurus know that the gems and winners of these leagues come out of rounds five through nine and free agency. Thats where you either make or break your 24 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Mike Evans WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers We think this could be the steal of your draft if current ADP of 3.05 holds true for Evans. We love his playmaking ability size in the red zone and ability after the catch which is special for a big receiver. 68 receptions for 1051 yards and 12 TDs in his rookie season are awesome numbers. With a full year now under his belt and a new big-armed QB in Jameis Winston we think the sky is the limit for Evans. If he slips into the middle of the 3rd round dont hesitate to pull the trigger on him. Tons of upside here. CORRECTLYVALUED Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Manning had another ridiculous year going on in the first half of the season last year. The second half of the year proved to be a big letdown. As great as Manning is Father Time is undefeated and time may be running low for this legend. It was inevitable that Mannings brilliant run in Denver would start slowing down at some point. Currently Peyton is coming off the board at 4.09 which sounds like it is the correct value for him. Its a risk taking Manning any earlier than late in the 4th round but with his name value alone I expect someone to grab him before that point which represents bad value. Stay the course FLiP-iacs AJ Green WR Cincinnati Bengals An ADP of 2.09 will have most owners licking their chops at the chance to nab Green early in the 2nd round but keep your cool. Green did not have a Green-like season last year with 69 receptions for 1041 yards and only 6 TDs. He was dealing with nagging foot injuries last season which obviously hurt his numbers. Even so we feel that he is correctly valued at this spot in the draft and as the 8th best WR. Although Green has the high name value patience is needed as other receivers are more deserving of your 2nd round choice this season before AJ. LOWVALUEAVOID LaSean McCoy RB Buffalo Bills It seems like a lifetime ago but McCoy was picked by many last season with the 1 overall pick in the draft. How quickly fantasy football careers shift McCoy is now on our Low ValueAvoid list with an ADP of 2.03. Hes going from a very good offensive line in Philadelphia to a suspect run blocking line in Buffalo. Also Buffalo has a revolving door at QB the past 2 seasons and this one will be no different. With the QB situation as shaky as it is expect defenses to pay a lot of attention to McCoy. We expect a down season from him. Our opinionavoid him unless he slips and you find him available in the 3rd round or later. Frank Gore RB Indianapolis Colts Gore has been an absolute beast since breaking into the NFL in 2005. Last year he showed he still had some tread left on the tires with a successful 1106-yard campaign. Unfortunately though he is 32 which is two years past the magic 30 number that so many RBs hit the wall. Compounding that he is switching teams and going from a run first run second offense in SF to a downfield passing attack in Indy. Gore has never been a great receiver out of the backfield either which doesnt help his value. While he is a very good pass blocker we expect a big decline in Gores numbers this season. His ADP is currently 4.07 and as much as we like him we recommend strongly to stay away VALUABLEROOKIES It seems like every year that a rookie or two breaks away from the pack and becomes a huge scoring fantasy player. This year should be no different. Weve targeted two rookies. Todd Gurley RB St. Louis Rams Gurley should be a beast in St. Louis this season. Hes the best combination of power burst and hands since LaDainian Tomlinson came out of college. If not for his ACL tear last season Gurley would have been off of the board in the first three picks. He may have a slow start while recovering from the injury in the first half of the season but in your second half playoff push watch out. This kid will be a huge addition to your playoff roster. His ADP is currently 5.02. Kevin White WR Chicago Bears Chicagos offense is going to be difficult to stop after adding Kevin White to its impressive roster of skill position players. Granted we dont necessarily love Cutler at QB but he has always been good at feeding his WRs. With Alshon Jeffrey on the opposite side teams will not be able to focus much on White. We think hes going to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year and should well surpass his current ADP of 8.05. He should be a fantasy stud this season. ____________________________________________ An unabashed Celtics fan Jay Schuster is Boston bred and raised and currently resides just north of the city. He is a Proposal Manager for a large company in downtown Boston and graduated from Salem State College in Salem MA. In his free time Jay loves playing and watching sports surprise surprise weightlifting and getting clobbered in both Monopoly and Clue by his daughter. 25 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 26 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 27 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 W hen it comes to working the upper and lower body there are many exercises that are whole body workouts to fit your needs. However there is one workout that not only works both of these areas of the body but also gets you to focus on your foot-eye to hand- eye coordination as well as work your stability and balance. This workout is known as the side lunge to dumbbell curl. It includes a four-part movement that fires the gluteus quadriceps adductors core and biceps all in one workout. If needed to cut your workout down for time efficiency and convenience the side lunge to dumbbell curl is a very effective way of strengthening the whole body losing body fat and toning up all at the same time. Done the right way this workout will have you feeling like you got hit by a train the next day from all of the soreness but the results will definitely be worth it-enjoy By Fitness Trainer Ricardo Zarate www.ricardoadamzarate.com Photography by Harvey Branman www.harveybranman.com Tutorial Time Workout SideLungetoDumbbellCurl THE SIDE LUNGE TO DUMBBELL CURL HAS 6 MOVEMENTS AND REQUIRES A SET OF DUMBBELLS. Stand up straight with feet shoulder width apart. 1 28 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 REPEAT STEPS 1-5 ON OPPOSITE LEG FOR DESIRED REP COUNT. Step laterally with the right foot and bend your knee while holding your left legs knee straight and sinking your weight onto the heel of your right leg. Bring the dumbbells back to your waist and hold the position. Step back laterally to standing position. Holding this position curl the dumbbells from your waist to your chest with your palms facing you. 2 4 5 3 29 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BY FELICE LAZAE Were experiencing an unprecedented event a completely immersive cinematic experience from the big screen to the small screen and everything in between. Never before has a cinematic universe been so vast and far-reaching as the one built by Marvel Comics. Its been years in the making. It was a rocky road to success for Marvel with several failed attempts at conquering the superhero movie with films like 2003s Hulk starring Eric Bana and 2004s The Punisher starring Thomas Jane. As entertaining guilty pleasures as these films kinda were both movies were box office flops. Then finally came Iron Man in 2008 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe MCU game changed forever. It was the start of clever after credits scenes that almost every franchise even outside of Marvel now use as a way to tease the watcher with a glimpse of the next movies in their franchise. But Marvel is teasing more than just the next movie. Its not a linear world with Marvel. Sure theres Iron Man Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 but they dont just tease the movies in that series alone they tease the Captain America Thor Avengers and even Guardians of the Galaxy movies. These characters are always coexisting even in their own series of movies theyre always aware of the other characters in every facet of the MCU. And its more than just coexisting characters in movies. When youre done watching the movies you can continue the story with other characters in the MCU every week with ABCs Agents Of Shield. And sometimes characters from the big screen movies make guest appearances on this small screen epic to further intertwine their story lines. Nothing gave me greater joy than watching the last episode of the latest season of Agents of Shield right before going to watch Avengers Age of Ultron and witnessing the story line from the TV show continue right where it left off on the big screen. It really was a thrill. Its like a never-ending story. You know how you leave the theater normally and wonder what happens after the end credits With Marvel you never have to wonder. And it doesnt stop with Agents of Shield Marvel is adding more and more shows now with their Netflix partnership. I got a little giddy while watching Netflixs Daredevil when they mentioned the incident referring to the Chitari invasion on New York in The Avengers movie. In that moment I thought woah this is really all happening in the same world. And its going to get even bigger and better when they add The Punisher to the next season as well as another new super hero series called Jessica Jones which will open it up for two other shows about more super hero friends Luke Cage and Iron Fist. All of these shows are still in the same MCU. Its all connected guys. Its like a never-ending roller coaster ride and I dont know about you but I never want to get off. Whats really exciting is the next wave of Marvel movies. Starting with Ant-Man this summer which alluded to a certain web-slinging hero..wait lets pause there. Yes Spider-Man. I know this is old news that Sony has given Marvel permission to use Spider-Man on the big screen again but holy moly it still makes me get goose bumps. The last Spider-Man movie didnt do so well so Im so excited to see what Marvel does with the number one character in the Marvel Universe Its All Connected 30 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 MCU. Which also reminds me of a small dream I have - X-Men coming back to the MCU. Ive heard rumors that Fox and Marvel are in talks but no solid substantiated news yet. If I could see Wolverine fighting next to Cap and Spidey I might just die and go to heaven. Theyre just rumors now but miracles can happen. Now back to the next wave Ant-Man even gave subtle allusions to the upcoming Doctor Strange movie and fought head to head with Falcon hinting at a connection to the Captain America Civil War movie. Even Agents of Shield is already setting up the groundwork for the Inhumans movie that isnt even slated to come out until 2019. Marvel has created a whole new way of capturing their audience with a world that is rich complex and all encompassing. Other franchises have tried but none have done it so successfully and effectively as Marvel. They make the right choices from casting the best actors for the job even when the choice doesnt make sense from the beginning like Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. He was 75 lbs over-weight but director James Gunn saw the potential in Pratt and cast him anyway with the promise that he would get into shape for the role. And even James Gunn being chosen as a director for that film was a very unconventional choice seeing that his filmography wasnt filled with action-space-superhero movies but Marvel takes chances. They even commit the big comic book sin and take liberties with origin stories but they still win as we can see with the re-imagining of Ant-Man. They take the right chances. They have a long-term cohesive vision and its made the MCU billions. Now other comic books brands like the DC Universe juggernaut are following in suit with plans to connect their movies Batman v Superman and The Suicide Squad in the same universe but I still think theyre missing the boat by not connecting their CW shows Arrow and The Flash to that same universe. I love DC just as much as the next fan but Im still not convinced that theyll achieve the same cohesive universe that Marvel has. We wont know until their movies start dropping over the next year. One thing is for certain Marvel has proven that they know what theyre doing and no matter how crazy some of their plans might sound for their future releases its pretty safe to say at this point that Marvel will do it right. In Marvel We Trust. _______________________________________________ Felice LaZae is a singersongwriter living in Los Angeles CA. And shes also a huge fan of comics video games books and all things nerdy. Shes worked in many facets of the music industry from audio engineering to vocal coaching. Her lyric driven music is a mix of bluesy rock with a good dose of soul. To check out and download her new Give It Away EP go to her website at www.FeliceLaZae.com. Behind the Scenes from SingerFLiP Magazine Writer Felice LaZaes comic book shop video shoot. You can check it out online on her Youtube channel at www.youtube.comuserfelicelazae 31 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BY LEWIS STOCKHAM E ven if you are not a Star Trek fan most people are familiar with the basic idea. Humanity is united we have solved all our problems and we are part of an intergalactic community. We enjoy peaceful coexistence with many other species in the United Federation of Planets. Now imagine humanity proceeding down a much different much darker path. In the Mirror Universe or Evil Universe we are imperialistic amoral cruel and violent Terrans humans conquer other species thus creating the Terran Empire. The empires symbol is the earth with a sword through it. I have always been fascinated with humanitys darker side. So the mirror universe is fascinating to me. The Terrans are ruthless power hungry lustful manipulative and self centered. For example it is totally permissible to assassinate your superior then take his place. It is a Shakespearian tragedy meets the Roman Empire in space. This universe was first introduced in the original series in an episode called Mirror Mirror. That is why it is referred to as the Mirror Universe. A transporter accident sends Kirk Uhara McCoy and Scotty to the evil Enterprise. The first thing they see is Spock with a beard and other crew members use the ancient Roman salute. Simultaneously bad Kirk Uhara McCoy and Scotty are transported to the good Enterprise. Needless to say Kirk and company get back. Good Kirk asks good Spock how he knew it was not him. Spock says It is much easier for civilized people to behave like barbarians than barbarians to behave like civilized people. It is worth mentioning it has become a joke that your evil self wears a beard since Evil Spock did. As I mentioned the symbol of the Terran Empire is the Earth with a sword through it. To me it represents an attitude of collective aggression and imperialism. The symbol is extremely anti-humanist. I have a DVD collection called Alternate Realities which among other things has every mirror universe episode ever done. By the way its a great collection to own for all you fans I was watching interviews with some of the writers and they made an interesting observation. It is fun for the actors and actresses to play bad versions of the character. It allows them to completely turn a known character on his or her head. In the Deep Space Nine episodes bad Sisco is a self involved self-centered pirate as opposed to good Sisco who is kind compassionate and intelligent. In the show Enterprise bad Archer is second in command ambitious to a fault hostile cruel and power hungry. He stages a coup against the captain then attempts to seize the throne of the empire as opposed to good Archer who is compassionate kind friendly and on a mission of peaceful exploration. I started thinking what would I be like in this universe In general what would my evil self be like Imagine embracing you darker side or running free with your base desires It is good that we have self control and restraint but it is interesting to think about. Lastly as a student of history I have imagined how history must have gone differently in that earth. Did the Axis Powers win World War II Going back further maybe there were no democratic revolutions and only a hand full of kingdoms or empires rule the world. Most importantly Khan must have won the Eugenics War then he united Earth under his rule thus creating the Terran Empire. We have the capacity for kindness understanding and compassion. However we also have the capacity for violence cruelty and hate. I believe that is the idea Gene Roddenberry and the other writers wanted to convey. Once again Star Trek helps us examine the good and bad sides of our own humanity. It makes you think as all great science fiction should I have always believed you should write what you know My passions and fascinations include history philosophy mythology and psychology. I love to people watch. I get many ideas that way.I am an avid science fiction fan. Science fiction is based in our imagination our imagination propels humanity forward in all our endeavors. -Lewis Stockham32 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named Ahmal. The other goes to a family in Spain they name him Juan. Years later Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds Theyre twins If youve seen Juan youve seen Ahmal. A dyslexic man walks into a bra. I bet when Cheetahs race and one of them cheats the other one goes Man youre such a Cheetah and then they laugh and eat a zebra or whatever. Doc I cant stop singing The Green Green Grass of Home. That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome. Is it common Its Not Unusual. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly I was artificially inseminated this morning. I dont believe you says Dolly. Its true no bull exclaims Daisy. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says Dam And finally there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did 33 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Q I made the mistake of starting to date a good friend and need to wind things down now. Shes a great girl but after seeing her romantically the last few weeks I know I just want my friend back. How do I tell her that without completely wrecking our friendship A What wouldve been ideal is to have the what-if-this-doesnt-work-out conversation be- fore becoming romantically involved. Since youre asking how to tell her Im guessing you didnt. Sadly its unlikely that you two can have what you had before. My advice is to sit down with her and have the awkward discussion about how much you miss her friendship and explain why. Just be honest you never know maybe she feels the same way. Q Ive been struggling with this the past few years but now Im sure that Im gay. How do I come out to those around me with- out making it seem like a big deal A First congratulations on finding your- self Second tell those closest to you first. I wouldnt text or email the news to them un- less you honestly cant tell them in person. If its that difficult for you to do just explain it to them and why you chose to come out via a message. If you want to tell them in person depending on the personalities of your friends you could just invite them all over for movie night and casually mention it. You could go for the comedic Hey guys Im gay do you want any popcorn Or sit them down and ask them how they feel about gays and go from there depending on the feedback you receive. If your friends are too wide on the personality spectrum then you might have to tell them in small groups or individually. Your acquain- tances will eventually find out in time and after informing your close friends and family you could update your social media status to its complicated. That might prompt ques- By Laci Paige tions or you could post it in your about me section. In the end no matter how you choose to tell people if you keep it simple and dont make a big deal about it they probably wont either. More than anything Laci Paige author of the Silken Edge Series enjoys spending time with her family. She and her hus- band support their children on the soccer pitch and off. Laci enjoys the outdoors travel and of course reading and writ- ing and chocolate. Their family lives in Hampton Roads Virginia where Lacis adult muse wakes up late at night. Fol- low Laci on facebook at httpwww.facebook.comauthor- lacipaige and twitter at httpstwitter.comlaci_paige. 34 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 35 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Youvejustputthefinishingtouchesonyourbook... fictionnon-fictionorchildrensbookandnowyouwanttobepublished. AtRocketScienceProductionswellpersonallyhelpyouthroughthemaze... givingyourworktheattentionitdeservesandgivingyou fullcontrolofthepublishingprocessandprofits. 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Pour13ofthebatterintothespringpanspreadoutto covermostofthebottom. Placestrawberrieswiththecutsidedownalloverthepan. Pourtherestofthebatterinandspreadouttocover thestrawberries. Placetherhubarbpiecesontopandgentlypressthem downintothebatter.Theydonthavetobecoveredin batter. Sprinklethesugarovertopandbakeintheovenfor 55-65minutes. Testwithatoothpicktooseeifthecakeisdone.Stickit inthecakeandifitcomesoutcleanthecakeisready. Letitcoolforalittlebitbeforeservingwithicecream whippedcreamorsimplyasis. Delicious -Enjoy RECIPES StrawberryRhubarbandCoconutCake RecipebyAyoeandBobLai www.threemorebites.com 32 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 WewouldlovetohearfromyouSendyourreaderquestionsandcommentsto editorflipmagazine.netandyoucoucouldbeinournextissue MorethananythingLaciPaigeauthorof theSilkenEdgeSeriesenjoysspending timewithherfamily.Sheandherhusband supporttheirchildrenonthesoccerpitch andoff.Lacienjoystheoutdoorstravel andofcoursereadingandwritingand chocolate.TheirfamilylivesinHampton RoadsVirginiawhereLacisadultmuse wakesuplateatnight.FollowLacion facebookathttpwww.facebook.com authorlacipaigeandtwitterathttps twitter.comlaci_paige. QA ByLaciPaige QIlovegettingmanicuresandpedicures buttheyarejustreallyoutofmybudget rightnow.Anyhelpfulhintsforupkeepon myownatanaffordableprice AOnefunwayistohavegirlsnightoncea monthandinviteyourfriendsovertoyour house.Popopenabottleofwinesoakyour feetandbustoutthenailpolish.Otherwise Iverecentlybeenintroducedtovinylnail wraps.Youcanusuallyyield2pedis2 manisand8accentnailspersheetmaking thecostafractionofwhatyoudpayata salon.Ivetriedseveralkindsofwrapsand thebestbyfarisbyJamberry.Depending onhowfastyournailsgrowamanicanlast 2-3weeksandapedi4-6weeks.Theyre environmentallysafeandtheycarrymany designsthatappealtodifferentpersonalities. httpsnataliekroll.jamberry.com QWithallthepopularityofthemovieand book50ShadesofGreyIminterestedin learningandmaybetryingsomeBDSM.Do youhaveanysuggestionsofwebsitesor bookstoreadandgetanintroduction AThetwobooksIdrecommendforanewbie areSM101ARealisticIntroductionbyJay WisemanandScrewtheRosesSendMethe ThornsbyPhillipMillerMollyDevon.These booksareverywellwrittenandbypeople whohaveyearsofexperienceinthelifestyle. 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MySilkenEdgeseriestouchesonpeople inthelifestyleandImnotshysoIlltell youthatIresearchwhatIwriteaboutand thatincludeshands-onresearch.Ivealso attendedwritersworkshopsandconventions specificallyonBDSM.Ifyouhavequestions youmaycontactmeandIdbehappyto helpasbestIcan.Anyonewhocontactsme foranyreasonIllsendyouoneofmySilken eBooksforfree. 31 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 30 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BYANJEZAANGIEGEGA Thedevelopmentofsocietyhastouchednotjusttechnology andbiometricsbutalsohumanssenseofcommunity.The21st centurypressedanincreaseinnotjustself-developmentbut alsointhatofsharingandupliftingeachother.Onewaytodo thisisthroughgivingbacktosocietybydonatingfinancially emotionallyandwithtime.Alegalwaytoremainconsistent andtrulymakeadifferenceisassociatingyourselfwithanon- profitorganizationyoubelieveisdoingatruthfulwork. Butwhatisanonprofitorganization AnonprofitorganizationNPOalsoknownasanon- businessentity1 isanorganizationthatusesitssurplus revenuestofurtherachieveitspurposeormissionratherthan distributingitssurplusincometotheorganizationsdirectors. Somenonprofitsarecommunityservingandothersare memberserving.Member-servingorganizationsinclude mutualsocietiescooperativestradeunionscreditunions industryassociationssportsclubsretiredservicemansclubs andpeakbodiesorganizationsthatbenefitaparticular groupofpeoplethemembersoftheorganization.Typically community-servingorganizationsarefocusedonproviding servicestothecommunityingeneraleithergloballyorlocally organizationsdeliveringhumanservicesprogramsorprojects aidanddevelopmentprogramsmedicalresearcheducation andhealthservicesandsoon. Thedesiretomakeadifferencebyservingyourcommunity iscrucialbutisjustthebeginningofapersistentjourneyto reachresults.Anonprofitorganizationrequiresapproval statusalsoknownasa501c3statuswhichexemptsthe companyfrompayingtaxes.Alotofpaperworkisinvolved aswell.ComingfromanindividualthatisalsoafounderCEO ofherownnonprofitIsuggestyoufindateamthatseesyour visionandwantstoassistyouinmakingadifference.Youwill needdedicatedpeoplewithhighmoralsthatwillinvesttheir timeinassistingadesiredchange. Beingbornandraisedinathirdworldcountrysuchas Albaniawherepovertydictatorshiplackofeducationand abusewasveryprevalentIgrewupwiththedesiretooneday bethegirlthatwentthroughitsurvivedandthenwouldbe thehandtopullotherstoovercomesimilarsituationsaswell. IdidntknowhoworwhenbutIknewitwouldhappen.And sowithverylittlemoneysetasideforitItooktheleapoffaith andstartedresearchingtostartmyownnonprofit. 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Onceyougetataxexemptstatusthenextstepistoorganize fundraisersandbringtheprogramtolifereachaccessto venuessponsorscorporationsthatwanttopartnerwithyour organizationetc. BECHLEMsgoalistoprovideourchildrenwithknowledge andencouragementtowardsaselfdiscoveryprocessthatwill leadtobetterchoices.Thisprogramincludesbutisnotlimitedto musicdancefilmartproducinghealthandwellness.Through thisknowledgeourgoalisthatchildrenwilldiscoverapassion andatalentthatrequiresapositivecommitmentanddiscipline. Theprocessofgettinganonprofituponitsfeetisnoteasy butitisdoable.Givingbackandservingacommunityinneed howeverispriceless.Theworldneedsmorecompassion desperately.Throughtheunitingpoweroforganizationslike nonprofitswecanmakeahugedifferenceinincreasingself confidencemotivationandinhealingthisworldandmakingit abetterplace.Theblessingswearepackedwitharemagical... Wejusthavetoshineletshineorhelpfindotherstoplugtheir givenabilitiesintotherightoutlet. ________________________________________________ Withadegreeincommunicationsabackgroundinpsychology andaninspirationalbookalreadypublishedAnjezaAngieGega assuresusthatthecoretomakingadifferenceinpeopleslifeis motivationandinspiration.Followingandsharingthecurrent well-beingandhealthtrendshasallowedhertodojustthat.To keepupwithauthorAnjezaAngieGegacheckoutherwebsiteat www.anjeza.com HowIStartedMyOwnNonprofitGroupandYouCanToo II II II III II I I I II BechlemAbrightertomorrowforourkids. 29 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 JulieLujanoisaloverofmusicartbooksandmanyothercreativemanifestations.ShelivesinSacramentoCAwhereshenerds outincoffeeshopschorusandvirtualbookclubs.FormoreofJuliesmusingsgotohttpjvlujano.tumblr.com DOkeepanopen mind. Trynewthingsandseewheretheytakeyou. 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ThoughaveryfunshowRedheadsAnony- moustouchesonmuchlargerissuessuch asbeautystandardsstereotypesbullying andtokenism.Couldyouelaborateonthe showsstanceonthesesubjects Hairmayseemlikeaninnocuoussillytraitforashow subjectbutourinternationalsurveyofredheadsshowed thatitactuallymattersonadeeperlevelbecauseitsa visibleandsociallyacceptablewaytoidentifyanddif- ferentiatepeople.Thatdichotomygivesusthefreedom tocommentoncontroversialissuessuchastokenism andstereotypingallwhilekeepingitlight-heartedand fun.Whetherstandinguptoabullyhandlingstrangers whohaveopinionsabouthowyoulookorwhoyoure withorarmingyourselfforskinbaringatthebeachwe wantyoutotakethethingthatmakesyoudifferentand celebrateit. WhatsnextforRedheadsAnony- mous Wereslatheringonthesunscreenandhead- ingtoRedheadConventionsacrosstheglobe ...Thatsrightthoseexist.Whoknowswhat willhappenwhenhundredsofgingersgather togetherasoneNoonewilldareaskusdoes thecarpetmatchthedrapeseveragain. Howcanourreaderskeepupwithall thingsRedheadsAnonymous Ourfirstseasonsfiveepisodes--binge- watchableinjusthalfanhour--canbeseenon ourshowsYouTubepagewww.youtube.com redheadsanon.Ifyousubscribethereyoullbe alertedwhennewvideoscomeout.Fanscan alsolikeusredheadsanononFacebookfol- lowusonTwitterTumblrandInstagramand signupforouremailupdatesatwww.redhead- sanonymous.comaswell. Andfinallyareredheadsactually havingmorefunthanblondes Whileitssafesttoletblondesthinktheyrehav- ingmorefunjustbetweenyouandmeandall ofourviewersredheadsarehavingaball BehindthescenesofEpisode2. 20 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 R edheadsarealltheragerightnow.Seriouslyfrom popularstarletslikeJessicaChastainEmmaStone EddieRedmayneEllieKemperJulianneMooreand ChristinaHendricksgracingthecoversofmagazines suchasVogueGQEsquireCosmoandTheHollywoodReporter tohavingtheirimagesplasteredonbillboardsacrossthecountry youcanthelpbutnoticethetrend.Despitethepopularadage maybeitsredheadswhohavemorefunMaybeImabitbiased asaproudmemberofthegingergangmyselfbutIthinkthered headedrageisheretostayAndwithover25000viewsinjustthe firstweekofreleasethepopularwebseriesRedheadsAnonymous justaddsfieryfueltothatclaim. CenteredaroundtheleadcharacterMollyseffortstowina redheadedscholarshipyesthatisarealthing-wemeether friendsalsovibrantmembersoftheredheadedrace.Asthe gangworkstogethertosecurethescholarshipandbuildtheir friendshipwelaughcryandlearnsomevaluablelessons.At around7minutesanepisodeRedheadsAnonymousisafast- pacedfunshowthatyouwontwanttomiss Firstoffwhatexactlyisawebseries Otherthanbeingthebestthingeverawebseriesisessential- lyaTVseriesthatismadetobeontheInternet.Thankstothe joysoftheWorldWideWebfolksacrosstheglobecanaccess itatanytimeonaweb-connectedcomputerepisodescanbe anylengthinourcasemuchshorterthantheaveragesitcom sincetheydontneedtofitwithintheconfinesofabroadcast scheduleandviewerscanfeelfreetointeractbyimmediately sharingtheircommentsreactionsandownpersonalstoriesin responsetowhattheyseeforbetterorforworse. Whywasthisthemediumyouchoseforyour project Wewantedtoconnectwithasmanyredheadsacrossthe worldaspossible--andhowbettertodothatthanontheweb Thewebalsoallowedforfullcreativecontrolovertheshow whichmeantthatwecouldgofromideatofinalresult withouthavingtoaskanyonespermissioninbetween.That isnosmallgame-changingrevelationforanactorespecially afemaleactorlookingtoplaysomethingotherthanthetypical castingoptionsofthegirlfriendtheloveinterestorthehooker withaheartofgold. Wheredidtheideafortheseriescomefrom IknewIwantedtowriteacomedyanditoccurredtomethat Inevergettoperformwithmyredheadedfriends.AsIstarted researchingforpossibleredhead-relatedplotsthreerevelations hitmeareal-lifeRedheadScholarshipwhichseemedrifewith comedicpossibilitiesTimMinchinsPrejudiceandCathe- rineTatesGingerRefuge.Theseshowedmethatwhendone wellthesubjectofredheadednesscouldcreatecomedygold... whilesuccessfullycommentingondeepermorecomplexsoci- etalconcepts. Howdidyougoaboutassemblingtheteamto makeyourideaareality ImfortunatetoknowsomereallyamazingartistsandIm thankfulthattheyvechosentogoonthisjourneywithme.The corecreativeteamismadeupofindividualsIvealwaystalent- crushedonsomeofwhomImevenprivilegedtoconsidermy closestfriends.Whenitcametofindingactorsoutsideofour circleourcastingdirectorKimGrahamHomelandscouted everyredheadedactorinNYClikeshewasSherlockHolmes. Everyoneelseweinterviewedorcajoledgenerouslyjoinedusfor theadventurebecausetheylovedtheideatheteamorarealittle crazyThosetraitsarenotmutually-exclusive. Whatwastheteamsfavoriteepisodetocreate Theepisodeswerecreatedout-of-orderactuallybecause wecross-boardedthemweshotallscenesinanygivenloca- tionatonceandthenmovedontothenextlocationregard- lessofwhereintheseasonorepisodethescenetookplace. Itwasveryimportanttoremindourselveswhatstorylinewe wereinatanygiventimeThemostmemorablemoments probablyoccurredduringtheall-nightshootsinabaranda grocerystorebutwhathappensonsetstaysonset.Unless youhearaboutitinasubsequentBehindtheScenesvideoon ourYouTubechannel... ThecastwithDirectorDanielSeth. TheWriters. 19 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 FLiPMagazineInterview with ElisabethNess CreatorofThePopularWebseries Redheads AnonymousBYALEXISNICHOLS 18 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 unhealthy.UmmmexcusemebutlasttimeIchecked IAMarealwomancurvesornoIcantHELPthatI haveathighgapandifIAMunhealthyitsbecauseI eattoomanycheeseburgers.Irealizethesecampaigns areonlymeanttoencouragewomentoembracetheir naturalselvesbutwhatsbeinglostinthisisthevery realfactthatforsomewomenthinIStheirnaturalself. Whatconcernsmeisthatintheefforttoembraceone sizewereputtingdownanother.CorrectmeifIm wrongbutisntthatwhatinstigatedmillionsofgirlsto starvethemselvesHowisitnowacceptabletodoTHE SAMETHINGbutagainsttheoppositebodytype Inmymindtrueacceptanceofwomensbodiesisthe realizationthatALLbodytypesevenskinnyonesare naturalarebeautiful.Todenythatistokeepthecycle ofshamegoing. Ihopethatsometimesoonwecanrealizethateveryone isbornwithDIFFERENTBODYTYPESgaspand thatTHEYAREALLBEAUTIFULGASPandwe shouldLETOURSELVESBEdoublegasp Varietyisbeautifulandweshouldntputlimitson it.Somewomenaregoingtobebornwithnaturally thinbodiessomewithnaturallycurvyonesthats justafact.Itsnevergoingtochange.WhatCAN changeisourviewonit.WhatNEEDStochangeis theshameweputoneachotherforthingsthatsimply cantbehelped.Letsrockourskinnycurvythin full-figuredathleticBEAUTIFULbodieswithpride andmostimportantlyencouragement. Letsrememberthatsomeonebeingbeautifulina differentwaythanyoudoesnttakeawayfromyourown beauty.Letsputawaythosehurtfuldescriptivelabels wethrowateachotherandsubstituteitwithonesimple one-Beautiful.THATisthevoiceofthefuture.THATis thevoiceIwanttoheareverywomanshoutingfromthe rooftops.THATisthevoicewealldeserve. IllbehonestwithyouIvesatdowntowritethis aboutathousandandonetimesandcouldntquite findananglethatrangtruewithme.Somethingwas alwaysoff-howdoyoufindanewwaytowriteabout somethingthatissoprevalentindiscussionnowadays- especiallyacrosssocialmedia.Evenmoresohowdo youfindanewanglethatisTRUEthatisuniquely meandhopefullywillsomehowstriketruewitha myriadofotherwomenwhohappentostumbleupon thisWhilstbangingmyheadagainsttheproverbial andsometimesliteralwalloneanswerkeptcoming backtome-justbetrue.Sohereitis-mebeingtrue. Idontlikemybody.Amoreaccuratestatement wouldbethatsometimesIhatemybody.Sometimes Iloveit.Moreoftenthannotwehavethisagreeto disagreesilenceofacceptancebetweenus.Forthe past25someoddyearsofmylifethishasbeenour relationshipwitheachother.Iknowthisisntanew orgroundbreakingadmissionagirlwhodoesntlike herbodyOldnewssister.Butforthoseofyouthat knowmeyoumaybescoffingbecausewhatrightdoI havetonotlikemybodyForthoseofyouwhoDONT knowmeImabout58weighinginatabout120lbs i.e.tallandskinny.AllmylifeIvebeensurrounded bythisattitudeofdismissalwhenitcametohowI viewedmyself.Iveneverbeenabletostandinfront ofthemirroronbathroombreakswithgirlfriendsand bemoanmyflaws.BecauseImskinnyisntthat whateveryonewantsItsfunnyhowpeopleadopt thismentalitythatifyouhappentohavewhatsociety deemsasbeautifulyoumustbehappy.Asifsocietys idealhasmagicallyweavedaspellofprotectionagainst insecurityoversomefewhappypeople. Imheretotellyouthatnooneregardlessofsizeor shapeisfreefromthatcurse.SometimesIlookatmyself andseeaskeletalbeingwithoverlongawkwardlimbs andnoshape.SometimesIfeelunattractivebloated andyesevenfat.ThisdoesntmeanIhaveaneating disorderortheressomethingwrongwithmeitmeansI haveinsecuritiesjustlikeeveryoneelse.AsIvebattled againstthevoicesinmyheadthatarescreamingthatIm grossImabnormalImunhealthyIvehadtofight againstthevoicesofotherstellingmethesame.Lately itstakentheshapeofREALwomenhavecurvesorthat thighgapsareALWAYSbadandthatskinnybitchesare ArielleNieshallaisawriteractorandallaround dabblerintheartslivinginLA.Shelovesreadingand lookingcontemplativelyoutofwindowswhilstits raining.Shesacontributingwriterforthefabulous HelloGiggleswebsiteandyoucanfollowsomeof herwritingathttphellogiggles.compraise-real- father3orifsocialmediaismoreofyourthing catchheradventuresinInstagramAribelle89. 17 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Fat.Skinny.Big-boned.Thin.Chubby.Skeletal.Curvy. Petite.Full-figured.Stickthin.Gangly. Heavyset.Lanky.Husky.Leggy.Pear-shaped.Gawky. Sexy.Unattractive.Hot.Strapping.Pretty.Ugly. T heseareonlysomeofthemanywordsusedtodescribewomensbodies.Thesearethewordsthatcomecrashinginto ouradolescenceandshatterourinnocence.Theylookbackatusinthemirrorscreaminginvoiceshardtosilence. Billboardsmoviescommercialsdietsfashion-allshouttogetherwhatweshouldbe.Butthemostdamaging voicesareourown.Notonlythevoicesweuseonourselvesbuttheonesweturnonotherwomen.Weletthistwisted standardofbeautybecomethebarometerofeachothersworth. ByArielleNieshalla FINDINGA NEWVOICE 16 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 armscrossedovertheirchestNotlikely.Make sureyouuseeyecontactafirmhandshakeandan openstance.Havegoodpostureuncrossedarms andNOfidgeting.IfyousufferfromRBFresting bitchfacemakesureyouresmilingatleastwith youreyes. 3.GOODHYGIENEYoull nevermakeagoodimpressionifyouresemble PigpenfromthecomicstripPeanuts.Clean bodiescleanhairandfreshbreathmightseem likeano-brainerbutifyouhaveeverbeenaround someonewithbadbreathorB.O.youknownot everyonehasthesamestandardsofcleanliness. Ifsomethingistrulyaproblemconsultadoctor. Converselytoomuchofagoodthingisnotagood thingEverbeenaroundanoldladyandchokedon herperfumeOurnosescanbecomeaccustomed tocertainsmellssomuchsothatwedonotsmell themanymore.Ifyouhavewornthesamecologne orperfumeforanylengthoftimeyoumight becomeimmunetothescent.LessismoreAnd ifyouareasmokerquityournosecanbecome immunetothatsmellaswell.Airitout 4.CLOTHESIfyouveeverheard theexpressionclothesmakethemanyoumight besurprisedtolearnthatitisrightWhenlooking toadvanceinthecorporateworldstartbydressing forthejobthatyouwantnotnecessarilythejob thatyouhave.Foradateapartyoranyotherfirst meetingdontveerawayfromclothesthatexpress whoyouarebutkeepinmindthesettingandtake intoconsiderationthatoverdressingisalways betterthanbeingunderdressed.Itispreferableto looksharpthantolooklikeaslobAdditionallybe awarethataccessoriescansometimesbemoreofa distractionthananenhancementandkeepthemto aminimum. 5.BEONTIMEForbusiness meetingsjobinterviewsandotherimportant eventsbeingfiveminutesearlyisontime.Ifyou showupontimeyouarelate.Andifyoushow uplateyouareRUDEIfyouarethetypeof personthathasahardtimegettingplacesontime makesuretogiveyourselfampletimetogetthere. Beingupto15minutesearlyalwaysmakesa goodimpression.Youdontwanttobetooearly asthatcanbejustasmuchaninconvenienceas beinglateBringabookmagazinenewspaperor asilentgameonyourphoneshouldyouneedtofill sometime.Itisbettertositinyourcaronthebus stopbenchtrainplatformorofficelobbyforafew minutesentertainingyourselfthantobelate. 6.BEPOSITIVEMTFI ANDSTFUNobodylikesaDebbie Downer.Focusingonthepositivewillmake themfeelmorecomfortableandinturnmake youfeelmorecomfortable.MTFIMakeThem FeelImportant.Rememberingapersonsnameis oneofthemainwaystomakesomeonelikeyou. Achemicalreactioninthebrainhappenswhen youhearyournamethatmakesyoufeelgood. Ifpossibleremembertheothernamesyouhear theirspousetheirdogtheirkidsetc.Alsoa personwillfeelmorecomfortablewithsomeone theycanrelateto.Ifyoufindouttheyhavesimilar tastesinmusicoracommonhobbytheywillhave amorefavorableopinionofyou.Thatbeingsaid STFUShuttheFckUp.Beagoodlistener. Askquestions.Gettoknowthem.Begenuinely interestedinwhattheyhavetosay.Peoplealways liketobelistenedtoandreallybeheard.People willforgetwhatyousaid.Peoplewillforgetwhat youdid.Butpeoplewillneverforgethowyou madethemfeel.MayaAngelou Finallymakesureyourphoneisonsilentyou givecomplimentswhentheyaregenuineandend onagoodnote. _____________________________________ BornandraisedinHoustonTexasandagraduateof NewYorkUniversityJoannaKellynowresidesinLos Angeleswheresheworksasanactressmodelandwriter. Inherfreetimesheenjoyssharingherwisdomwithupand comingtalentcoachingchildrenofallagesformodeling andacting.Joannaisalsoanavidblogger.Tolearn moreaboutJoannaandherworkcheckoutherwebsites www.waitingforlefty.blogspot.comandwww.joannakelly.me. 15 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BYJOANNAKELLY Everheardofthefive-secondruleNonottheone aboutdroppingfood.Lastingfirstimpressionshappenin fivesecondsorless.Onetwothreefourfive. Dozensofstudieshaveshownthatfirstimpressions arethemostimportantbecausetheyareinstantsome judgmentsaremadeinaslittleasa34millisecondshttp guilfordjournals.comdoiabs10.1521soco.2009.27.6.813 andlong-lastingevenwhendifferentimpressionsaremade later.Whetheritisafirstdateajobinterviewormeeting yoursignificantothersparentstherearesomeprovenways tomaketheidealimpression.Followthese6tipstomake sureyourfirstisalsoyourbest. 1.ATTITUDEHaveyouever noticedhowsomepeoplecanlightupawholeroom Orconverselybringraincloudstoanotherwisesunny dayBeforeenteringaroomchooseahappypositive thought.Takethetwocornersofyourmouthandturn themupwardactivatingyoursmilemusclestosenda signaltoyourbraintobehappy.Imagineallinteractions goingsmoothly.IfthatisdifficultforyouNegativeNelly thenstandlikeasuperheroforfiveminutesbeforegoing infistsonhipschestoutfeetfurtherthanhipdistance apartchinslightlyabovelevel.Standinglikethiswill giveyoupresenceandtheimageofagoodattitude whenenteringaroom. 2.BODYLANGUAGE-Astudy conductedbyUCLAfoundthatpeopleevaluateone anotherusingtheThreeVsvisualappearancevocal voiceandverbalwhatyousayandthatabout93 ofapersonscommunicationeffectivenessisdetermined bynonverbalcommunication.Sowhatyousayisless importantthathowyoulookwhenyousayit.Wouldyou believesomeonethatsaidtheyarereallyconfidentbut theyareslouchedlookingatthefloorandhavetheir HOWTOMAKEAGOOD FIRST IMPRESSION 14 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 VictorGloverafreshly-mintedNASAastronauthehad graduatedtofullastronautjust24hoursbefore.Hewas introducedasoneofaclassof9astronautsamongwhomthe firsthumantosteponMarswouldlikelycome.Nottoget toofaraheadbutIconsidereditahighhonorwhenthepanel concludedandIgotachancetoshakehishandandwishhim God-speedonwhatevermissionswereforthcoming.Illbe reallythrilledifthatsimplehandshakewaswiththeeventual firsthumantoreachMars ButthispaneldidtalkalotabouttheupcomingmovieThe MartianafilmdirectedbyRidleyScottandstarringMatt Damon.Itisanincrediblestoryofanastronautstrandedon Marsbyincrediblebadluck.Theauthorofthenovelwhere themoviewasadaptedisAndyWeirandhespokeatlength abouttheprocessofwritingthebook.Mr.Weirisincredibly funnyaswitnessedduringthispanelandhishumorcomes throughinthisbookaboutaridiculouslyserioussubject.Im readingthebooknowandthoroughlyenjoyingitandcant waitforthemovie ButtheamazingpanelsIwouldseeonSaturdayin legendaryHallHthebiggestconferenceroomofthemall holdingcloseto5000peoplewasthebestThiswherethe castoftheearlyStarWarsmoviesHarrisonFordMark HamelandCarrieFisherappearedaswellasfamous directorslikeQuentinTarantinoappeared. Afterwaitinginthequeueforover2hourswiththousandsof othersIenteredHallHandwasblownawaybythesizeofthe hallthetechnologyallaroundmeasmoviescreensrolledout infrontandfromthesidestogiveeveryoneabeautifulshow aseachnewpanelpresentedtheirnextproject.Butforme thebestpartofthewholegatheringwastheappearanceofJoss WhedonthewriteranddirectoroftheAvengersmoviesand manyotherbrilliantprojects.Listeningtohimspeakonmany projectsandhisprocessIpersonallywasenthralled.Butwhat camenextfromMr.Wheedenwaswhatmeantthemosttome asaparticipantinthiseventandasanattendee. Iwouldbethefirstpersontosaythatfromadistance Comic-Conlookslikeafestivalfornerdsandcomicbook geeks.Againonthesurfaceitindeedisacollectionof someprettyamazingandsometimesquirkypeople.ButJoss WhedontalkedaboutthetruemeaningofComic-Conand whyitwassointernationallyattendedandcherished.He talkedaboutmankindandourwired-inneedtobetogether todependonothersforhelpandsustenanceandtheone thingthathasalwaysboundusasasocietyandhelped uslearntogetheristheartofstorytelling.Fromthefirst cavementellingofthehunttopaintingsoncavewallsall thewaytotodaysamazingspecialeffectsmovieshumans areaspeciesofstorytellersandthatiswhatdrawspeople fromeverycorneroftheworldtoComic-Conourneed andloveofstorytellingwhichisexactlythepointofbooks moviescomicbooksvideogamesthelistgoesonandon. Ifyoulovestorieswhethertotellthemlistentothemread themoractoutonthemComic-Coniswhereyouneedto go.Youwontregretitforonesecond 13 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 tenbytheNASArepresen- tativesandconcentrated mostofhisquestionsand gee-whizcommentstoDr. StraughnandKevinHand twoveryhigh-rankingand criticalmindsworkingon futureprojectsofNASAto- day.Themoviegotsomementionbuttomygreatpleasure mostofthetalkwasabouttheJamesWebbTelescopethe replacementtelescopeforHubbleandthethen-upcoming flybyofPlutobythespaceexplorerNewHorizon.Adam NimoyweighedinonseveralthingsrelatedtoNASAbut thebestpartofhispresentationwastalkingabouthisDad. Adamisputtingthefinishingtouchesonadocumentaryof hisfatherslifeandshouldbereleasedsoon.Thispanel wasincrediblyinformativeespeciallyifyoureaspacegeek likemeanditcouldhavegoneonalldaybutsadlyit endedbuthappilyseguedintoasecondNASApanel Thispanelwasanenlighteningdiscussionmoderatedby AdityaSoodexecutiveproducerTheMartian.Someof NASAsbestandbrightestJimGreendirectorofplanetary sciencesNASAHeadquartersToddMaymanagerNASA SpaceLaunchSystemProgramNASAMarshallSpace FlightCenterandVictorGloverastronautNASAJohnson SpaceCenterwereonthepanelaswellasauthorAndyWeir TheMartianespeciallyinlightofNASAsinvolvementin theupcomingRidleyScottmotionpictureTheMartian. TherewasplentyofNASAtalkwithJimGreenproviding evenmoreupdatesontheNewHorizonflybyofPlutoand especiallybyToddMaywhodiscussedthenewSpace LaunchSystemSLSthelargestandmostpowerfulrocket everbuilt.Itwillpresumablybetherocketthattakesman toMarsinthenot-too-distantfutureToddMayintroduced AstronautVictorGlover AdityaSoodJimHand andToddMay KevinHandAdamNimoy andAdityaSood JossWhedon AuthorAndyWeir 12 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 Theeventisfullofamazingsightsandthingstodo.I mentionedtheamusementparkoutsidetheCenterbut thereareExhibitionHallsthatspantheentirelengthofthe ConventionCenterwithvendorsfromallovertheworld. T-shirtsclothingphotosrarebooksrarecomicbooks moviesfigurinescostumesyounameityoucanbuyitthere. Itsliketheworldsbiggestandmostcrowdedbazaar Therearesmallerroomsmeetingroomsofvarioussizes wherenon-stopseminarsandconferencestakeplace.Iattended severalgreatconferenceswithtwoofthembeingabsolutely amazing. Participatingpanelistsonthefirstpanelincludedexecutive producerAdityaSoodTheMartianAdamNimoyproducer andsonofLeonardNimoyAmberStraughnastrophysicist NASAGoddardSpaceFlightCenterandKevinHand DeputyChiefScientistforSolarSystemExplorationNASA JetPropulsionLaboratory.Thepanelwasmoderatedbyactor JayR.FergusonMadmen. Itwasveryinterestinginthatthepanelwasprimarilygath- eredtohelpeducateandpromotetheupcomingmovieThe MartianamoviebasedonanovelbyAndyWeir.Butthe moderatorJayFergusonwasobviouslyblownawayandsmit- FirstPanelModeratorJayFergusin withAmberStraughnandKevinHand 11 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 BYFRANKMONAHAN Welcometoourspecial2015Comic-ConInternational issueWereturnedtohomebasejustashortwhileagoafter 4AMAZINGdaysattheSanDiegoConventionCenterand allthesupportinghotelvenues. JusttogiveyouasenseofhowbigthiseventwastheSan DiegoConventionCenterisjustplainHUGEanditwasnot bigenoughtocontaineverythingbeingoffered.Threehotels withinablockortwooftheConventionCenterwerealso utilizedaswellasasmallparkacrossawalkingbridgenext toPetcoParkthehomeoftheSanDiegoPadres.Imnot kiddingthiseventwasHUGE. Imgoingtotryandgiveyouasenseoftheeventbytelling youaboutmyexperienceandafteryouvereadthisarticle ifyouhaventalreadybeentoComic-ConImthinkingand secretlyhopingyoullwantto WearrivedthereweretwoofusthererepresentingFLiP MagazinewithPressPassesmeandourintrepidreporter AlexisMonahanmydaughteronWednesdaythedaybefore the4-dayweekendhappening.WehittheConventionCenter rightawaytograbourPresscredentialsandIhavetotellyou youcouldfeelittheminuteIsteppedinthealreadybuzzing ConventionCentertheairwaselectricTheabsolutelygenuine excitementexhibitedbyeveryonewaspalpable. WhenComicConactuallystartsonThursdayyouare immediatelyamazedbytheenormousnumberofpeoplecoming fromeverydirectionandnotjusteverydaypeopleeitherbut excitedpeoplepeopleincostumespeoplewholovemovies TVComicBooksNovelseverythingOurshuttleleftusoff outsideanamusementparkaboutamilefromtheconvention center.Alongwithhundredsandhundredsofotherswecrossed theenormouswalkingbridgeovertheconfluenceofhighways andInterstateandrailroadtracksthatpassedbelow.Then weenteredthecenteritselfandweremetbythousandsmore people.Absolutelyamazing 10 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 9 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 FirsttheJudgesPickforbestdesignerwenttoKellyCercone forherJokersNewLookinspiredbyBatman. KellyCerconeisacelebratedfreelancecostumedesigner craftspersonbasedinLosAngeles.Growingupinnorthern Californiashediscoveredherloveforcostumesearly throughhistoricalreenactmentandlatercosplay.Inschool sheprimarilystudiedfashiondesignwithminorsintextiles lingerieandspecialtypatterndrafting.Inadditiontoher ownlabelfocusedonbespokecommissionsAnachronismin ActionshecanregularlybefoundworkinginTVfilmtheater operaballetandforlocalfashioncompanies. Sheparticularlyenjoysthearchitecturalqualitiesofladies periodcostumearmormillinerycorsetryandleatherwork. Drawingonherbackgroundintextilessheoftencustom createsherdesignsbydyingpaintingandmanipulatingfound materials.HerfavoritedesignersareColleenAtwoodRalph RucciVionnetandAlexanderMcQueen.Sheaddsthather favoritefandomsareMarvelespeciallytheThorComics StarTrekSupernaturalandLordoftheRings.Sheisalover ofdramamischiefandrichcolors. TheAudiencePickwinnerforbestdesignerwenttoLeetal PlattforherUsagisTransformationinspiredbySailorMoon. LeetalPlattwasborninIsraelandraisedinNewton Massachusettstoscientistparentsbutwithanartistic household.ShestudiedfilmproductionatNYUandthen movedtoLosAngeleswheresheworkedforfouryearsin thefilmindustry.Afterdiscoveringherso-calledpassionfor fashionshespentayearstudyingfashiondesignatParsons ParisinFrancethencompletedanAssociatesofArtsinFashion DesignattheFashionInstituteofDesignandMerchandising FIDMinLosAngelesCA.HerAdvanceAssociates12-look eveningwearcollectionforFIDMsweptthecompetitionby winningboththeJuryPrizeandBestinShowandwalkedatEl PaseoFashionWeek. LeetalsdesignworkhaswalkedshowsforHotTopicHer UniverselastyearherDalekWeddingDressreceivedan HonorableMentionCelebrityCruisestheHandweavers GuildofAmericaandothers.In2012shefoundedaside brandCozdayClothingcreatedtomergegeekcultureand fashiontogether.Comingupshewillbeshowingacapsule collectionforSupimaCottontoshowatNewYorkFashion WeekandstudyinghautecoutureproductionattheKoefia AcademyinRomeItaly. CongratulationstobothladiesKellyCerconceandLeetal PlattonyourprizestodesignforgeekcouturelineHer UniverseandsellthroughtheirpartnershipwithretailerHot TopicItwasawonderfulshowandFLiPMagazineisproud tobringittoyou. Thewinners 8 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETAUGUST2015 tocelebrateFangirlFashionontherunway.said HerUniversefounderAshleyEckstein. FLiPMagazinealongwithover2000fans attendedthisexcitingrunwayshow-inthemiddle ofComic-Con-celebratingfangirlfashionand popcultureandwehavebroughtithereforyou Youcanalsocatchourvideocoverageonour specialFLiPTVepisodeFLiPTVdoesComic- Con. 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TheHerUniverseFashionShowhostedbyactressandHerUniverse FounderAshleyEcksteinreturnedagaintoSanDiegoComic-Con2015with anallnewgroupofaspiringdesigners. Thisyear25finalistspresentedtheiroriginalgeekcouturedesignsin therunwayshowtocompetefortheopportunitytodesignalimitededition fandomcollectionwithHerUniverseforleadingspecialtyretailerHotTopic. TheHerUniverseFashionShownotonlyaimstospotlightfangirlculture buttoalsosupportaspiringdesignersbyprovidingthemwitharealrunwayto showcasetheirone-of-a-kinddesignstotheworld. Twowinnersonechosenbytheaudienceandonechosenbyapanelof judges-wereawardedtheuniqueprofessionalexperienceofco-designinga fashionlineforHotTopicretailstores. 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