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For this month's show we have toy maker, Rick Van Velsor is originally from Oyster Bay Long Island but currently resides in New Jersey. After a start in acting, including a 2 year European tour of HAIR, Rick played the Wolverine, for Marvel Comics, which is how he was introduced into the world of action figures.   He went back to school at PRATT for a degree in industrial design, thinking he wanted to do theatrical special effects, but, found a niche in Toys. He's created action figures for  Spider Man, Wolverine, Capt. America,  Beatles, E.T, Harry Potter, Homestar Runner, South Park, Donkey Kong & The Dragons of Blizzard Island, to name a few. He is also an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute in NYC. Our second guest , Justin Vining irst picked up a paint brush to escape the rigors of law school.   Since this time he passed the Indiana Bar Exam, practice a little bit of law but has continued to focus on creating full-time.Originally from a farm in Northern Indiana, Justin's series of paintings of abandoned farm house is a deeply personal work. This series of old abandoned farm houses tries to express the longing and sadness he has, not only for his lost family farm, but generally, to the end of the era of small family farms dominating the countryside.? And closing the show is the talented Fiona Meng. Fiona Meng is a Chinese Canadian manga artist/illustrator. She is currently studying in Academy of Art University Graduate Illustration program in San Francisco. She became heavily influenced by Japanese manga since her childhood. In 2004, she immigrated to Canada and attended Emily Carr University, majoring in Animation. For her senior project, she created a 2D animated film based on an old Chinese story. While studying in Emily Carr, Fiona worked on a weekly project for Vancouver Opera, which is creating three seasons of 6-page mangas to promote their upcoming shows.?
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