Presenting my first painting in years! It will be part of an art show opening in January at The Showroom. The theme is Maneki Neko (Japanese Lucky Cats) so I thought it was perfect that I was invited to take part in this show. I love Maneki Neko and have a few of them in my room. I haven’t painted in a long while and it was fun (and a little intimidating) to get back into. I have plans to get more paintings happening, especially some blow-ups and take-offs on my comic panels that I particularly like.
Archive for November, 2007
My Dad gave me this excellent Mexican Pumpkin Soup recipe. It involves some prep and handling peppers (use gloves, don’t inhale them when you’re roasting them, you will need a blender) but the results are worth it! It’s actually not too spicy at all as Ancho peppers are mild, so fear not!
1 dried Ancho pepper
1 can pumpkin
1 48 oz can of chicken stock
1 cup white wine (cooking wine is OK) or rose
some butter or margarine
Roast the pepper on the stove, after removing the seeds and membranes. Roast both sides of the chile pepper, then place it in a bowl with some boiling water. About 1/2 cup should work. Let it sit in the water for 1/2 hour, then place the
water and chile in a blender and whirr. Chop the onion, and saute it in a
soup pot in some butter or shortening. Add pumpkin and saute it until it’s dry. Add the blended chile pepper/water mixture, and saute until it gets almost dry, deglase the pan with some wine (white or rose) – about 1 cup. Then add about 1 large can (48 oz) of chicken stock, and turn the heat down. You can add a grated carrot for extra color and substance. Simmer for about 1/2 hour. Serve with croutons and some sour cream, or tofu sour cream.
One fun thing I did in October was go to Disney World. I hadn’t been since I was a young teen and it was lots of fun. I especially enjoyed Epcot Center. I think most adults would prefer it as well. Especially since we were there during the International Food and Wine Festival. There were lots of snack kiosks from around the world and we ate a lot of good food. I also had fun on the old rides like Space Mountain and It’s a Small World. I really enjoyed the design of the latter ride and found out it had been designed by Mary Blair. Check out one of my fave illos I found by her below.
I know. I’ve been remiss in blogging of late. Partially because my site was malfunctioning slightly, so I just wanted to keep the updates mainly about events and news. Now that it’s fixed I aim to return to some more frivolous blogging. I also plan to post a lot more artwork and works in progress so you can see what I’m up to.
The Boosh has been an obsession for over a year now and BBC America is showing it at 1am on Friday nights. Vince Noir is awesome! Also I like Hex. So, suddenly it seems I have a favorite channel.
Also catching Yo Gabba Gabba (funny clip in link) on Kids on Demand / Nickelodeon. Totally excellent kids show. One of the creators is also the singer of The Aquabats (who Matt and I have been longtime fans of). Yo Gabba Gabba is very dance oriented with lots of songs and the music is great, the visuals strongly remind me of the old Japanese show Kure Kure Kure Takora. That’s a good thing! Even if you don’t have kids you’ll like it.
I’m currently reading Ubik by Philip K Dick. It’s riveting!
I know you haven’t heard from me in a while. I’ve been basking in the glow of my Lulu Award and working away on some new projects.
One of them is a comic, “Lost in the Desert”, part of a projected series called “She Does What?!” inspired by the many great women and girls I know. While I was on tour with my graphic novel, Tough Love, I got to reconnect with various girlfriends across the country. Many of them lead very interesting lives and have non-traditional interests. I wanted to do some comic stories inspired by them and the first one, about my friend Mayumi, who rides motocross, flies helicopters, and is a talented musician, debuted on gURL.com today!
You may recall I had a comic there way back about getting my driver’s license called Car Trouble, it’s still in the archives if you want to check it out too. Another Lulu winner, Rachel Nabors, has many great strips on gURL.com too so be sure to check her stuff out as well as Lauren Weinstein’s comics which were recently collected in her awesome book Girl Stories. Not to mention the many other great cartoonists on there. It’s great to be in such talented company!