“Astounding Audiobooks and Sensational Superheroines in the Jubilant Month of June”
Hi, everyone! I hope that everyone had a jolly month of June and a start to your summer season.
The Arc would like to thank everyone who attended the First Annual “Texas Trash Benefit Bash” Fundraiser on the property of Beasley Tire Service on Saturday, May 28th. The event was hosted by The Texastrash Vdub Club was an open car show There were multiple items raffled off including a set of four tires donated by Beasley Tire Service.
The event raised $2,556, which will continue to help The Arc be such a great place to come for the Participants and Staff Members.
On Wednesday, June 8th, The Arc had our “Colossal Comic Book” Day just in time to celebrate Superman Day on Sunday, June 12th and our favorite comic book superheroes. Some of The Arc Staff Members and Participants made comic inspired arts and Crafts and wore T-shirts with our favorite superheroes on them. I wore my favorite new T-shirt with my favorite superheroine of all time; Sailor Moon. Usagi Tsukino (pronounced: ooh-saw-gee, sue-key-no) / Sailor Moon is a fictional superheroine who is also the protagonist and titular character in the “Sailor Moon” manga (pronounced: mung-ga) Japanese comic book series written by Naoko Takeuchi. She is introduced in chapter #1, “Usagi – Sailor Moon”, originally published in Japan’s Nakayoshi on December 28th, 1991, as a carefree schoolgirl who can transform into Sailor Moon, the de facto leader of the Sailor Soldiers (a group of superheroines that are sworn to protect Earth that each individual has a planetary name and power, as Sailor Mars, etc.) She is initially believed to be an Earthling, but is later revealed to be the reincarnated princess of the moon kingdom named the Silver Millennium. She later discovers her original birth name, Princess Serenity. In the “Sailor Moon” manga and anime (Japanese animation) series, Usagi meets Luna, a talking black cat with a crescent shaped moon birth mark on her forehead (in the animes Luna looks purple) who is a devoted servant to Princess Serenity and advisor to her mother in her previous life, Queen Serenity. When the moon kingdom falls, she and another white cat advisor named Artemis are put into a long sleep and sent down to Earth to look after the Sailor Soldiers, who are to be reborn there. Part of Luna’s memory becomes suppressed, so that she must find the Sailor Soldiers. She first encounters Usagi Tsukino and teaches her to become Sailor Moon, unaware that it is actually the reincarnated Princess Serenity. Luna also provides the Soldiers with many of their special items, such as transformation wands. Luna discovers that Usagi is destined to save Earth from the forces of evil and gives her a brooch to transform into Sailor Moon, and asks her to form the Sailor Soldiers, find their princess and protect the “Legendary Silver Crystal.” The Silver Crystal possesses tremendous power, capable of reviving an entire world from ruin, but the strain of using such power often costs the user her life – as the power actually derives from the life force of the Moon Dynasty, the members of which alone can actually use it. As Usagi matures, she becomes one of the universe’s powerful warriors and protects her adopted home planet, Earth, from villains who wish to harm it. Usagi is depicted as carefree and cheerful when at ease but quickly serious and strategic-minded when fighting.
A “Sailor Moon” fan is called a “Moonie.” I fell in love with the “Sailor Moon” animated series back in 1995 when I was living in North Carolina. I have dolls, books, movies, posters, practically anything about “Sailor Moon.” In 2014, the rest of the worlds Moonies and I were ecstatic when we learned that Japan was releasing an internet animation adaptation of the manga series “Sailor Moon” written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi and produced in commemoration of the original series’ 20th anniversary. Produced by Toei Animation, the series was streamed worldwide from July 5th, 2014 to July 18th, 2015. New episodes were released twice a month. Instead of remaking the 1992–97 anime series preceding it, Toei produced “Sailor Moon Crystal” as a reboot of Sailor Moon and as a more faithful adaptation of the manga by omitting much of the original material from the first anime. The first episode had an advanced screening on June 30th, 2014 to celebrate Usagi’s birthday.
Most Western audiences were introduced to Usagi appearing in the Sailor Moon anime, itself an adaptation of the manga series. Sailor Moon’s critical reception has been largely positive and she is recognized as one of the most important and popular female superheroes of all time.
The other Participants and I and Staff Members had a fantastic and fantasy filled day celebrating to favorite comic book superheroes.
In the week before Father’s Day which was on Sunday, June 19th, the Participants made arts and crafts gifts and Father’s Day cards with the help of The Arc Staff Members to give to the special men in our lives. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “Froggy’s Day with Dad” written by Jonathan London. “Happy Father’s Day, Little Critter” written by Mercer Mayer and “The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad!” by Jan and Mike Berenstain.
While doing research for the June 2016 Newsletter, I discovered that the month of June is “Audiobook Appreciation Month.” I think that it is funny how the universe works sometimes, because I just got finished listening to the audiobooks of the “Twilight” books by Stephenie Meyer, the “Divergent” book series by Veronica Roth and “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series by Rick Riordan.
On Monday, June 20th, some of the Participants made summer inspired arts and crafts such as Finger Painted Beach Ball Paper Plate Arts and Crafts to celebrate the start of the summer season on that day.
I was overjoyed to find out that a totally new “Harry Potter” book named “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling will be release on Sunday, July 31st which is J.K. Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthday. I have wands, light up brooms, books, movies, posters, practically anything about Harry Potter. I can’t wait to read it!
So, that was the joyful month of June for the other Arc Participants and myself. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I’ll be back next time with the highlights of the jubilant month of July!
And to all of my fellow Moonies out there: The moonlight is the message of love!