Archive for July, 2008

SDCC and comic for USA Today’s Pop Candy!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

San Diego Comic Con was fun, I got to spend time at the Prism Comics booth and catch up with my friends. Like Mr. Tim, Larry Brown, and Sina.sdcc08group.jpgI also got to do a comic for Pop Candy and had a blast catching up with folks at the Pop Candy party! Here’s a pic of me and Whitney Matheson, USA Today’s famed Pop Candy blogger.sdcc08abwhit.jpgClick here to read the comic I participated in! Other cartoonists some of whom I got to meet there and who participated include Matt Silady, Jason Campbell, Paul Horn, MariNaomi, and more!

Getting wild in Cali!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I’m back from San Diego and had a blast! I stayed at my good friend Mr. Tim’s private animal sanctuary (not open to the public, sorry – but enjoy these pics!) about an hour out of the city. I’ve never seen so many animals! And they were all so sweet and friendly. The animals were so friendly and followed me around, I felt like Snow White!

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New City Sweet Tooth – Fancy Food Show – Plus new site!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Big News! First of all I did a comic featuring three local food artisans that stood out for me at the Fancy Food Show. It is on stands now in The L Magazine’s “Sex Issue”. Free on every street corner in NYC! I cover Chocolat Moderne, Wine Cellar Sorbets, and Vere Chocolate. Click here to read it at The L now!Second of all, the new City Sweet Tooth site is up and live! Check it out! http://www.citysweettooth.com

Interviewed for “readings” – CT Center of the Book

Friday, July 11th, 2008

I just received “readings”, a publication of The Connecticut Center of the Book. The cover story is a feature article on graphic novels in the book market which I was interviewed for entitled “Holy Hartford Batman! We’re Literature! The Graphic Novel Comes Into It’s Own.” by Kurt Opprecht. It isn’t online, but you can probably get a copy by contacting The Connecticut Center of the Book.

Parsons panel at SDCC!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

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I’ll be on this panel! Click for details!

Parsons will host a panel at Comic-con in July 2008, featuring Parsons Faculty and alumni in a conversation about how art school, and in particular a Parsons Illustration education, prepares young artists to enter these areas of professional activity. The panel is titled:
“Toys, Comics and Characters: Illustrators as Entertainment Entrepreneurs”
Friday, July 25th, 2008
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Comic-con International
Room 32AB
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA

Linked at Leaving Shangri La

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Dolltopia got a nice write-up at the Leaving Shangri La blog, “Dedicated to books and other ephemera with the Francesca Lia Block devotee in mind, answering the question ‘What do I read after Weetzie Bat?'”

As I’m a huge Francesca Lia Block fan I’m thrilled to be associated like this. Check out this blog it has a lot of cool reading recommendations!

Fancy Food Show ’08 in NYC

Monday, July 7th, 2008

I had the pleasure of attending The Fancy Food show last weekend and it was amazing! There were so many delicious gourmet food items throughout all of the enormous Jacob Javits Center, all with free samples on offer! Definitely a foodie paradise. Olive oil was probably the most popular item on offer (served with bread to dip it in), after that was the cheese. I’d never seen SO MUCH CHEESE! Good, fancy cheese, so many types of artisanal goat cheese, brie cheese, mozzarella, and all of it free to try! After that olives were the third most common food on offer, and then…chocolate. Needless to say I am working on a comic about some of the local sweets I found. But since it was such a huge show with all kinds of food from all over I wanted to do a little bonus post about the displays that stood out for me.

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Some chocolates that were good but I didn’t get photos of : Sant Eustachio a cafe from Rome had these great chocolate covered espresso beans and a candy called Bon Bon al caffe which had liquid coffee candy inside a hard shell. Nashville based Colts Cocolates had several delicious items on offer like Bumblebees, Roy Rogers Happy Trails, and chocolate covered marshmallows too. Monbana Chocolatier had some lovely candies on offer. I liked the crunchy Crousti-Neige, it reminded me of a chocolate covered Kix cereal ball covered in milk and then white chocolate. I also scored one of my fave chocolate bars, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee. Oh yeah! Some of the prettiest chocolates on display were from Ingo Wullaert Chocolatier of Florida. I especially enjoyed the Pomegranate Cosmopolitan truffle.

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I totally loved Norman Love Confections’ Peanut Butter and Jelly Truffle. Just soooo good and exceptionally lovely truffles. They are also based in Florida.

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One of the more unusual (and delicious) things I came across was German chocolate truffle eggs from Gut Springenheide that are somehow inside of actual egg shells. The shells are beautifully decorated and I favored the hazelnut chocolate filled one. I can’t find their website though. Here is a pic.

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Another nice chocolate I tried was from Mademoiselle De Margaux, a French Chocolatier. Les Sarments du Medoc is a kind of wavy chocolate twig that comes in eight flavors. I tried the Dark Chocolate Mint one and it was amazing! They were displayed with coffee, so I presume it can be used as a stirrer to add flavor to coffee as well. Very nice! (image below from their site)

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On the mainstream candy front, the new Jelly Belly Pomegranate jelly beans rock!

Another interesting thing I tried was Sence Rare European Rose Nectar. I see it more as something to mix with champagne or in cocktails, but it was pretty good on its own. Not like drinking perfume as I feared it would be. Also just beautiful to look at. Image below from their press kit:

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Another beverage on display was Stirrings Cocktail Mixers and Rimmers. They had a huge, fun, and colorful display and I tried an absolutely delicious blood orange martini! (image from their site)
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There were many other great beverages and beverage influenced items. Like Bali’s Best Coffee and Tea Candy! I especially enjoyed the Green Tea Latte flavor. Mmm…

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Also on the tea end was Teapigs from the UK. They had some of the loveliest tea bags (or “biodegradable mesh tea temples” as they call them) I have ever seen and the tea tastes just as good as it looks. It’s made only with “whole leaves, whole flowers, and whole berries. No dust.” (as stated on their press kit).

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On the ice cream front I tried this amazing ALA Port Wine flavored ice cream from Mercer’s Dairy. It’s part of their Wine Ice Cream line and despite it’s greyish color it was one of the best finds of the show. (Image below from their site)

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Another great dessert find was Taste It Presents. They make high end international desserts including Tiramisu, Creme Brulee, Tres Leches Cake, Mango Mousse and more. I was bowled over by the Mango Mousse and the Creme Brulee. These are all items that are available frozen, but I couldn’t find a retail store list on their site. I’ll just keep an eye out for them I guess. (image below from their site)

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Mrs. Prindables had an intense holiday display of candy apples, so big and delicious!

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On the savory side I got some yummy Japanese crunchy Tempura flavored seaweed snacks from Tao Kae Noi. I’d buy them regularly if I can find them in a local store. (Image from their site)

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Before finishing, I can’t neglect to mention the insane hummus sculptures that Sabra had at their booth:

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What a fun show, I’ll be back next time for sure!

New City Sweet Tooth! L’Arte Del Gelato!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

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L’Arte Del Gelato has 3 locations:

Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Ave)

75 Seventh Ave.

Lincoln Center Plaza

Check it out, yummy gelato comic at The L Magazine!