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Comic Crash

How offing Superman almost killed the comic industry

The day Superman died, I was one of millions of people in line throughout the country. It turned out that I could not have picked a worse time than the early 1990s to start collecting comics. I knew nothing about speculation, and larger economic forces of which I was completely ignorant were at work.  Shortly after Superman died, he nearly took the entire comic industry with him.

May 13, 2015 Bill Romanelli

Photos: Stockton Mural Project

Last year, the Downtown Stockton Alliance in partnership with the Stockton Mural Art Resource Team launched the second phase of “Out of the Box,” a mural program to beautify utility boxes in downtown Stockton and showcase artwork created by local students.

Apr 10, 2015

Photos: ESC Art Panel Discusses Public Art

The Entertainment & Sports Center art panel of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission met on Monday, March 30, at City Hall, which was officially closed for Cesar Chavez Day. Last fall, the panel recommended the $8-million purchase of a Jeff Koons sculpture to anchor the new downtown arena. 

Apr 3, 2015 Joan Cusick
After years working with chainlink fence as part of the family business, Stephen Lyman opened Fence World in East Sacramento in 1978. The shop handles everything from simple cut-and-weld projects to custom black- and metalsmithing. While his staff works the larger, more structural elements, Lyman uses his artistry and attention to detail to craft the stylized features. The forge — an oven used to heat the iron — can reach up to 3,000 degrees.

Steel Power

Hot and heavy with the blacksmiths of East Sac's Fence World

Stephen Lyman, owner of Fence World, has been in the family fencing business since he was a boy (on payroll since the age of 10, he says). “This is one of the decorative arts that is just limitless — the things you can’t do in wood, you can do in iron,” Lyman says with pride. “You can’t build a bridge like the Golden Gate out of wood. It has to be steel.”

Mar 27, 2015 Allison Joy
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Sacramento SuperVision

Unused spaces can help us reimagine our city

Which activities would you like to see? 

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Mar 24, 2015 Tre Borden

Old Roots, New Branches

Bariani Olive Oil — the elixir of the gods

Sebastian Bariani is in heaven, standing in his family’s olive grove in the Dunnigan Hills. The winter day is mild, a blue sky caps the rolling green terrain. He reaches down and gently bends the branch of a Manzanillo olive tree to demonstrate how the trees will soon be pruned, explaining that the blossoms for the next crop can come only from new growth.

Mar 16, 2015 Kevin McKenna

What Are You Wearing?

Does wearable technology work for you?

Forrester Research says the number of you wearing wearable devices will triple this year and that 68 percent of global technology and business leaders see wearables as a priority. But what about you, the consumer? Are wearable technologies improving your daily life? If so, how?

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The Artist on the Fence

Koons may be popular, but the piece doesn’t quite fit

Although initially a bit shocked, I was excited when I heard a work by Jeff Koons may be showcased at the center of our city. This excitement was followed by an involuntary pang of dread as I thought to myself,  “Oh no, this $8-million price tag is going to make people in Sacramento hate art!”

Mar 9, 2015 Kim Squaglia