Google Doodle celebrates John Tenniel but do people know who he is? Today’s Google Doodle is about his life and legacy.
He was born in 1820 on the 28th of February, and he was considered to be the most highly regarded Victorian illustrators and painters.
Although he is better known for the timeless series of Alice in Wonderland of Lewis Carroll. Today marks his 200th birthday.
Here are some fun facts to know about this man.
His father was a fencing and dancing mater of Huguenot descent. His mother was Eliza Maria Tenniel and was described to be a quiet and very introverted person. His father’s fencing left a wound on his eye and lost his eyesight on one eye after the injury. He didn’t tell his father about it so as not to hurt his feelings.
John Tenniel is originally from Bayswater, London and was born in 1820. He started to show his talent when he was still young. At the age of 16, he submitted his first work for display to the Society of British Artist. It was an oil painting.
He went to the Royal Academy schools in 1836.
After nine years, he entered in a mural decoration design contest at the Palace of Westminster, and he received a commission for the House of Lord’s Hall of Poets’ fresco.
People got his attention, and after a few years, he worked with Punch magazine.
At 1850, he discovered his gift as a political cartoonist.
He has a photographic memory which made him more successful, and that caught the attention of the many people.
He was considered to be the foremost political and satirical cartoonist.
Lewis Carroll, a pen name of Charles Dodgson, met Tenniel in 1864 and together they agreed that he illustrates the new book he was doing, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
This partnership lasted for several years, reaching until the Looking Through the Looking Glass and toothy Cheshire Cat.
These characters became very familiar to the children’s world. The partnership didn’t start well. Tenniel complained that the panting quality was disgraceful and the first book was reprinted.
Carroll did try to have approached him again, but Tenniel didn’t do any more book illustrations. That was the last of his projects.
Once he was done with working with Carroll, Tenniel didn’t illustrate again, but he drew more political cartoons with the Punch magazine.
In 1893, he received his knighthood for his drawings and contributions to the arts.
Matthew Cruickshank, who made the Google Doodle, said, “As a child, reading ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ I thought the combination of poetic writing and the hauntingly beautiful & bizarre illustrations were a perfect combination.”
He died at the age of 92, and Daily Graphic has this written about him: “He influenced the political feeling of this time which is hardly measurable…
While Tenniel was drawing them (his subjects), we always looked to the Punch cartoon to crystallize the political and international situation, and the widespread feeling about it – and never looked in vain.”
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Non-face-to-face concert injuries…Full-scale preoccupation of SM and Big Hit online platforms
K-pop big-name K-pop agencies have jumped into the preoccupation of “online platforms.”
It has already been used as an important channel for K-pop to frequently meet fans from afar as it has been in full swing. However, due to the spread of COVID 19, ‘Uncontact (non-face-to-face) communication’ has become important, and the use of online platforms is in full swing.
SM Entertainment is a leading agency. SM recently signed an MOU with Naver to push for joint global projects to strengthen its global entertainment competitiveness.
By combining SM’s expertise in discovering and producing global artists and Naver’s based technology, the company will join forces in expanding the global market for its “Fanship” platform, a global membership community.
FANSHIP is a paid-in fan club community launched by Naver last year. Stars can manage their fan clubs themselves. It is also possible to disclose exclusive content for fans, and to check what activities fans have done and how much they have used the content.
Many singers as well as actors are already using FANSHIP. Naver is showing its willingness to further expand its overseas fan market by cooperating with globally popular SM singers.
Big Hit Entertainment, which owns the global group BTS, is already actively operating its own fan community platform, Weverse. It has been receiving positive responses for its convenience in easily checking singers’ schedules and communicating in real time.
There is also a special content that will be released only through Weverse. In November last year, BTS unveiled its own travel program “Bon Voyage” season 4 through Weverse. Previously, the series had been released on Naver’s V app channel.
Another feature of Weverse is that it works offline. BTS’ concert in Seoul in October last year was packed with tickets sold out, but it was possible not to line up thanks to its preorder of MDs through commerce platform Weverse Shop. He also sent messages to BTS members, checking the waiting time of the food zone through Weverse.
Earlier, Yoon Seok-joon, co-CEO of Big Hit, said about Weverse and Weverse Shop that it was one of Big Hit’s plans to build a “one-stop service with the music industry.”
Weverse was created by BeNX, a subsidiary of Big Hit. BTS, the team’s junior group “TXT,” and Source Music’s group “G-FRIEND,” which was incorporated as a big hit label last year, are communicating with fans through the platform.
Especially noticeable is that other teams from other agencies besides Big Hit have also entered Weverse. It is a group called “Seventeen” belonging to Pledis Entertainment. This is the moment when the influence of Big Hit and Weverse is gradually expanding.
The Fast Company, a U.S. economic media outlet, recently placed Big Hit on the list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies 2020” after Snap, Microsoft and Tesla, drawing attention to “Weverse” and “Weverse Shop.”
As seen in BTS’ fandom “ARMY,” loyal fans can help make the team a singer who can influence the world. An independent platform that can only be shared by stars and fans is important to make them a “hot community.”
Mandy Moore Almost Walked Away from Hollywood
Amid a divorce and challenges finding work, Mandy Moore asked herself whether it was worth it to continue acting in 2015.
“I just felt like I was at a point in my life where I was the most comfortable making myself the least priority, and I made myself as small as possible to make someone else comfortable.”
After filing for divorce in 2015, she just wanted to give up acting entirely.
“I had done four failed TV pilots. So, I was kind of at the point where I was like, ‘Maybe this acting this is done for me.’ Like, ‘Maybe I need to hang it up and go back to Florida, go to school, go try my hand at something else.’”
However, the 35-year-old actress never had to make that tough decision to go back home because she landed “This Is Us” in 2016.
Fans of the singer-actress know that she has been a celebrity for twenty years, starting at the age of 15.
A couple of years later, she was able to release five albums and had gotten to marry music producer Ryan Adams.
When she got married, Moore thought it would inspire her to be more creative, but it was reportedly such a toxic environment.
Moore and Ryan Adams were married from 2009 until 2016.
In 2019, Moore spoke against her ex-husband in an exposé published by the New York Times.
“Music was a point of control for him. He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,” Moore continued, “They would write songs together and promised to record but didn’t follow through.”
Adams would even book them time in the studio, but later would just be replaced with other women.
According to the “Candy” singer, because of his controlling behaviour, it was difficult for her to make new connections in the industry, especially at a pivotal and potentially lucrative time. She was at her 20s by that time.
Mandy Moore says that her ex-husband yelling at her and making her feel inadequate and not good enough is psychologically abusive.
But her ex-husband commented on the interview saying that Moore’s “revelation” of their marriage is all lies.