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Happy Tuesday! Comics, Comics, Comics

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Betty and Veronica, by Adam Hughes. Image from Bleeding Cool.

Hey all! How was your weekend? I took a crazy one-day trip to Emerald City Comicon to chat with people about GeekCraft Expo PDX and to see some friends. It was awesome–more so because two friends hitched a ride with me. It is infinitely preferable to spend two to three hours talking about movies, TV, and childhood experiences while driving to Seattle. Woo!

So as you can imagine, I’ve got lots of comics news:

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The proofs of the Fight Club 2 hardcover are here, and it is gorgeous (I got a peek because my husband, Scott Allie, edited the book). Chuck Palahniuk wrote a beautiful little tribute to the creative team, and hinted about what’s coming next. Gosh, what could it be . . . ?

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Jessica Jones by Michael Gaydos. Image courtesy Michael Perlman.

It’s like my favorite comic book publishers are trying to make all my dreams come true! One example: there’s going to be a new Jessica Jones series by the original creative team, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, and David Mack. Brian Michael Bendis is, of course, the choice for the writer, but I’m so please that Gaydos is returning. His take on Jessica is so distinctive and definitive–I love it. And David Mack is perfection. If you haven’t already, check out the original series, Alias, and the followup, The Pulse.

But wait! There’s more! Archie Comics’ new Adam Hughes Betty and Veronica series, which was announced last May, will hit comic shops in July. Adam Hughes’ “good girl” art is legendary, and the prospect of him doing interior art in addition to covers? This is a can’t-miss series. I’m also looking forward to the variant covers by Stephanie Buscema, Cliff Chiang, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, and Chip Zdarsky.

“But enough of these johnny-come lately artists,” you say? Fear not: longtime Archie writer/artist Dan Parent is debuting Life With Kevin with J. Bone this June, starring an adult Kevin. This will be a digital-first series, but I’m happy to see the Archie “house” style alive and well in any format!

Picnics

Well that was a change of topic! But relevant to my life. Sid has joined a baseball team and has two games per week–one on the weekend in the morning, one during a weekday evening. During the dinner hour. So I’m taking this as an opportunity to make fun picnics!

Up first: this salami caprese pasta salad, with grilled asparagus and corn muffins (pro tip: these are all leftovers). I have seven more to plan–I’ll take pics and post recipes in case you need ideas this summer.

Books

I am overloaded with books. Seriously. I have like eight library books right now, because I put titles on hold online on a whim, and then they all arrive at the Belmont branch willy nilly. However! I highly recommend reading Sex and Shopping: Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl, the autobiography of Scruples author Judith Krantz, because it is a delightful look into a certain kind of liberated woman I had no idea existed in the late ’40s-early ’50s. Really. Plus, I discovered how many of her bonkers books came right from her real life. I mean, this is a woman who rubbed shoulders with Richard Avedon and Barbara Walters before (and while) they were stars!

That’s all I have for today. Reader, you have no idea what else I’m up to! But you will. Very soon. (Those last three lines were a tribute to dear Judith.)

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Happy Monday! Links to Make Your Day Brighter

Hello and welcome to a new week! How was your weekend? I was a little worker bee, getting ready to celebrate my husband’s birthday (it was officially yesterday–see the cake, pictured) and get the house ready for guests: my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. Since we no longer have a guest room (that baby took it for her nursery!), we use our family room, which means a lot more cleaning and organizing was needed.

ScottBDayCake2015So before I get to links, I had a question: clearing out the family room showed me that we have a lot of baby proofing to do–and soon. Sarah is already rolling around everywhere. Does anyone have any advice/resources to share? I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Of course I know to lock up all of the dangerous chemicals, but what are the most important things to keep in mind? What surprised you? I’d be grateful for any advice–post it below!

Pictures of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, on the cover of Vanity Fair debuted today, and I’ve got to say–wow. She looks gorgeous and refined. Of course I knew she’d have great legs, as an Olympic athlete, but I’m so glad her transition has been handled with dignity and sensitivity. I’m finding her story really touching, and I think anyone can relate, on some level, to the challenges of embracing your true self.

On to recipes! I’ve got three to share from Scott’s family birthday party. One, the Mile-High Chocolate Cake With Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate Glaze, from Baked: Elements. It wasn’t difficult to make, but it was a showstopper–and it will feed a lot of people.

Now, I am not a salad person, but my mother brought an incredible Mexican Chopped Salad, and I immediately demanded the recipe. It’s hearty and tasty, with beans, avocados, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pepitas, and more. I’m keeping this one in my back pocket for when the weather gets really hot: with a little grilled shrimp, we’ll have a satisfying and delicious dinner.

And finally, this Grilled Three-Potato Salad recipe is an old favorite: really yummy, and visually appealing with the Yukon gold, sweet, and purple potatoes (I’ve subbed red when I can’t find purple). Also great for hot weather, since you cook everything out on the grill.

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Fight Club 2 #1 cover by David Mack.

On to the nerdy stuff! Fight Club 2 debuted last week from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart, and the comics world went nuts for it! I can personally vouch for the series: it’s gonna be really, really good. But the AV Club has a nice writeup, too.

Three Wolverine Moon shirt at Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men by Tyler Crook.

Everybody loves wolf shirts, right? What about . . . Wolverine shirts? Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men have an epic Three Wolverine Moon shirt by the incredible Tyler Crook. It’s only available until July 1, 2015, so get on it!

That’s all I got for now! Hoping to post some more recipes as well as an article about how to decorate a nursery this week–see you around. And don’t forget to share your baby proofing tips! Help.

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Happy Friday! FCBD Links & I Planned Your Weekend

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I’m back–and there are no strings on meeeee!

Yay, I’m so glad to be posting again! My apologies for the radio silence. As I wrote earlier, I was super sick, and spent any potential blogging time napping instead. However! We’re going away for the weekend with my parents, and I’m going to use the extra childcare to get some posts (TWIN PEAKS DINNER) ready for next week.

Links! First, as some of you may know, I worked in marketing for Things From Another World, an online and brick-and-mortar comic book retailer, for six years before the baby. What many of you probably do not know is that every year, the first Saturday in May (tomorrow!) is Free Comic Book Day, which for TFAW was like Black Friday, a convention, and a huge party in one–so this is the first time I’ve been out of town on this particular weekend in six years.

But enough about me. What is Free Comic Book Day? It’s that special day each year where your local comic book retailer will be giving out special free comics from publishers like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and more: everything from superhero to all-ages comics and horror books! You can find your local participating retailer here.

Many shops use this as an opportunity to throw great sales, offer doorbusters, host signings with awesome creators, and more! If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, you’re definitely going to want to check out TFAW: the Portland location is topping things off with a barbecue with free burgers and beer. Don’t have a local comic shop? You can visit TFAW online. Make a purchase May 2 (starting at midnight PST) through the 8th, and they’ll include two free comics with your order.

If you’re a FCBD newcomer, I have a few tips for you:

  • Get to your shop early. There are often lines, and supplies of the special free comics are limited.
  • Not every comic is free. I know it’s confusing, but the Free Comic Book Day freebies are special comics the stores purchase and give away. Here’s the list of possibilities, but not all stores purchase all comics. Of note: the prequel to Chuck Palahniuk’s new Fight Club 2 from Dark Horse Comics!
  • Ask about your shop’s restrictions. There’s usually a limit of how many freebies you can snag. Don’t be that person.
  • Make sure to check around the store! As I mentioned before, these free comics aren’t free to the stores. FCBD is an outreach event designed to get people and families into comic shops to support their local businesses. There should be lots of goodies available, so pick some up!
  • Come back. Free Comic Book Day is an exciting event, but make sure you come back and check out the shop later. It’ll be less crowded, and you can find out the juicy details about discounts when you sign up for a subscription box and more.

So, without further ado, let me plan a geeky weekend for you!

Go to Free Comic Book Day. Grab some free comics, find a new book that interests you, and maybe grab a T-shirt for later.

Return home and make some pancakes to celebrate your haul. The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pancakes live up to the hype.

Read Pajiba’s review of Avengers: Age of Ultron. This will get you pumped without spoiling the movie.

Buy tickets to Avengers: Age of Ultron. You’re gonna go see it. Why not see it with a huge crowd–and early enough that you won’t get spoiled by jerks on the Internet?

Now we’re going to continue our geekfest, but switch tracks to the X-Men. I know I’m behind on my posting, but you heard that Iceman, one of the original X-Men, came out as gay last week, right? My friend Rachel Edidin (of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men fame) wrote an article for Playboy about why this is so important: One of the Original X-Men Is Gay and it Matters More Than You Think.

Finally, check out Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey and Lana Condor’s Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse over at Pajiba. I feel . . . ehh? I’m having a very “get off my lawn” reaction to this. Jean Grey and Jubilee aren’t contemporaries! Where’s Kitty? Wahhh! But I have to remind myself that I was not psyched at all for X-Men: First Class, until I saw it and it blew my mind. Teenage Banshee! Flying!

Okay everyone: enjoy your comics, have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you Monday!

Happy Monday: Links to Make Your Day Brighter

Happy Monday! Ugh. Even though I’m home with Sarah now, I still get that dreaded “it’s almost Monday” feeling in the pit of my stomach on Sunday. Here’s a cute picture of her to make your transition to the work week a little easier.

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Plus: links! I am a weirdo of varied interests.

New Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast: Lifedeath! – Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men is such a good podcast, but don’t take it from me–they were named by Entertainment Weekly as one of 20 Podcasts You Need to Hear in 2015! This week they’re covering Lifedeath, the powerful two-part epic of the aftermath of Storm losing her powers, drawn by the incredible Barry Windsor-Smith!

Listen to it if you love the X-Men. Listen to it if you hate the X-Men–heck, listen to it if you know nothing about the X-Men–you’ll receive an entertaining and engrossing education. The joy of this podcast is Rachel and Miles’ clear love of everything X-Men–even the crappy stuff–but what I enjoy is how tight everything is: there’s no aimless rambling, all of the rambling has been thought out ahead of time! Major props to Bobby Roberts for his expert production skills.

Welcome back, Tyler Durden! See artwork from Chuck Palahniuk’s comic-book sequel Fight Club 2 at Rolling Stone.

Hellboy Turns 21 and Rogue Ales Gets Him His First Beer at ComicBook.com.

Zero Waste Chef: This is one of my new favorite blogs. You think I love to cook? This lady cultivates her own sourdough starter and makes her own sour cream. Oh yes, new worlds to conquer! I might even finish reading Michael Pollan’s Cooked now.

Murder, She Blogged: My other favorite blog. Hilarious recaps of Murder, She Wrote. The screencaps of Angela Lansbury’s priceless expressions and the writer’s total and absolute hatred of Grady, Jessica Fletcher’s hapless nephew, are extremely funny. Read it.

Got any awesome blogs to share–even your own? Post ’em below!