Tom de Rosier, animation storyboard artist currently working on RANGO, to speak in St. Paul

If you live in the Twin Cities area (or can get there easily), you have a chance to hear animation storyboard artist Tom de Rosier speak at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul on Thursday, November 20th. And why is this of interest to those who follow the career of Johnny Depp? Because the project Mr. de Rosier is currently storyboarding happens to be Gore Verbinski’s Rango, which is due to start filming in January and in which Johnny Depp will play the title character. Mr. de Rosier will give a presentation, free to the public, at 7 p.m., in which he will discuss growing up in St. Paul and his life as a working artist in Hollywood. He is also giving a workshop on Thursday and Friday, November 20th and 21st. This is a great opportunity for our readers who are interested in animation. For further details, CLICK HERE. The Zone thanks Emma for the news. –Part-Time Poet

Happy 5th Birthday to Oprah Noodlemantra's Book Club!

Today–or to be precise, at two minutes past midnight on November 1st–Oprah Noodlemantra’s Book Club will celebrate its fifth anniversary! ONBC was the first book club in existence devoted solely to works that were recommended by Johnny Depp or connected to his movie roles. The first text ONBC discussed was Stephen King’s Secret Window, Secret Garden . . . because Johnny Depp had just wrapped up filming on David Koepp’s Secret Window at the time. Five years and twenty-eight magnificent book discussions later, ONBC’s moderators Liz and DeppintheHeartofTexas are still bringing fresh insight and impeccable research to each work they choose for the book club. The Zone could not be prouder of them or the wonderful community that ONBC has become.

Bravo, Liz and DITHOT! Many thanks for all your hard work and for all the good times we’ve had on the ONBC forum. We will always be in your debt.

Currently ONBC is wrapping up a discussion of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. Soon to come in 2009–discussions of The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist; Loser’s Town: a Novel of Hollywood by Daniel Depp; John Dillinger–The Untold Story by G. Russell Girardin and William J. Helmer; and Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku. We can’t wait! –Part-Time Poet