Friday, April 3, 2020

COVID #1 of 15 April 2020 -- SNB open for online mail-order only, April 17th annoucement, No SDCC this year

Updated 5.25.2020

There are 15 Covid themed posts on the blog for April 2020. See the side bar for topics such as Funding sources (federal and local) for indie artists, Science-based links for current Covid info, Online sources for artists, family-friendly activities, self-care and home office tips and skills.  My posts always follow the "SIFT before sharing" protocols -- See post #2 of 15 for more on those guidelines. While all the info here was current as of 5.1.20 and I do update periodically, there will be more current info online going forward. The links here are all good starting points to find credible, current info.  

Stay safe. Be well.
Info graphics from WHO

info graphic below from Global Digital Citizen Foundation:

Update 4.17.20 -- No San Diego Comic Con, no WonderCon for 2020

Here are links for all the articles shared by artists:

This official announcement from SDCC organizers also confirms no WonderCon for 2020.

Additional coverage of the announcement.

Stuart Ng Books website and online operations are OPEN.

Stuart welcomes your online book orders. The SNB website is open 24/7.
2 photos below are of Stuart in France, 2017.
Stuart with long-time SNB pal, Artist Pierre Alary. 

The SNB Torrance brick and mortar location is temporarily closed to the public, in compliance with 3.19.2020 "Safer at Home" order impacting all of  California.

More "Safer at Home" guidelines here:

Due to conditions in California, shipping is subject to delays.

Many of SNB's artist clients are working at home now, depending on mail order for supplies and resources.

If you "like" and share art posts online -- please support and buy directly from those artists. The loss of convention and art fair income means online stores more important than ever.

Your paid mail orders to small businesses help sustain them at this challenging time. Small business are pivoting their operations -- finding ways to work at home and use delivery options. 

The SNB website is available 24/7.
Multiple sources confirm Mail order shipments are safe. Here is a link with text and videos.
Stuart and his staff are using recommended disinfecting practices.
This link to Today Show segment has excellent tips on disinfecting home and office areas:

3.23.30 Today Show Segment "Can You Contract Coronavirus from Delivery Packages?"
Link has video and text with tips for handling mail. Plus a big "thank you" to all the heroes at shipping centers getting essential items to homes

You can order with confidence from Stuart Ng Books.

Art is life. All the online art images... the and other art posts shared and streaming at this time confirms this fact: We value art and artists. Especially when we need to be nurtured. 
How we heal others defines us as a culture and as individuals.
(see the Margaret Mead story at the end of this post:

SNB is just one of many small businesses that are being challenged by the virus. We will get through this together. Shop online. Shop small. Support indie artists.

Cartoon below by Mau Miranda Tutusaus

A neighbor shared this poem with me. He didn't know the author. My online searches so far suggest it may be by Italian novelist Francesca Melandri. She is the author of the "Letter to the UK from Italy" that is similar in tone and style.
If anyone finds direct attribution for this poem, please LMK. Here is the poem:

“We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another.
Suddenly Disney is out of magic,
Paris is no longer romantic,
New York doesn't stand up anymore,
the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.
Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents & friends becomes an act of love.
Suddenly you realise that power, beauty & money are worthless, and can't get you the oxygen you're fighting for.
The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages. I think it's sending us a message:
"You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters."

For April 2020, I have updated all the COVID posts here on the blog. Check out all 15 posts on the side bar. You'll find resources, links, tutorials and more to help you.

Please note the links on my posts are for general information purposes only and my comments/summaries are not tax/business/legal/medical advice. Please consult your own resources for advice that best suits your individual situation.

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