Happy Monday! Oh My God That Baby

img_0224Happy Monday! On a Monday! What the what? I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but the last two weeks have been totally nuts. Here’s a brief rundown of what I’ve been up to:

GeekCraft Expo Seattle has been announced for December 10 and 11 at the Seattle Center (Facebook event)! This is very exciting for me, because GeekCraft Expo PDX was so successful and so fun. It’s also pretty nerve wracking, because I don’t know Seattle as well as I do Portland, so I’m feeling the pressure to get the word out. So far the response from exhibitors has been fantastic . . . I just don’t want to get overconfident.

The Doubleclicks are part of the Portland Mercury‘s The Undisputable Geniuses Of Comedy show September 16–and then embark on a California tour with Lucia Fasano, with stops in Santa Clara, Oakland, Burbank, and West Hollywood. Then, get ready for the Lucia Fasano CD Release Party with The Doubleclicks & More October 15 at Books with Pictures!

You can hear The Doubleclicks and Lucia Fasano on Geek in the City, a delightful podcast hosted by Aaron Duran.

Whew! Then, it was Rose City Comic Con this weekend, which means we had a ton of comics creators and other friends pouring into town. It was dinner party city here, which was a lot of fun for me, but so much work. Here are the recipes I used:

Dinner Party #1: We had Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá over, with Diana Schutz and Bob Schreck.

I was super prepared for this dinner party, so everything went smoothly. Everyone even wanted coffee with dessert, so I could feel like a real-life grownup and use the little coffee cups and saucers that came with my wedding china. Yes!

Dinner Party #2: Team Hellboy

Whenever I feed Mike Mignola, I have this crazy urge to serve him tentacles, which is what brought me to paella. Although this recipe didn’t include squid, so–ah well. This menu was also great because one of our guests is gluten free. I wasn’t quite as well prepared for this dinner, because I clogged our sink with potato skins (never again! I promise!) so my husband had to take everything out of the cabinet and work under there for half an hour to save my irresponsible self.

Rose City went well. I always have a small freakout before dealing with the public, even when (and sometimes especially when) it’s packed with people I know, or at least know of. But I talked to all the crafters, caught up with some pals, and even scored a Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men t-shirt.

But Elisabeth, you’re probably wondering, what’s with the “That Baby” title? What’s with the picture at the top of this post?

The other thing keeping me so busy is my about-to-turn-two bundle of snuggles and destruction, Sarah. She got hold of a red Sharpie (damn you Scott Allie and your editor’s trove of red pens!) and covered our couch in permanent ink in less than two minutes. Like, I was cooking, I realized she had gone very quiet, I went into the parlor, and . . . oh my god. This was the day of the Hellboy party, so I had to quickly turn the cushions over and give myself a hard mental shake. Fortunately, it’s an 11-year-old couch, and I had already scheduled a cleaning for it the next day (didn’t help the Sharpie, but the rest looks 100% better), but . . . still! I may try rubbing alcohol and see what I can do.

Whew! I got tired just typing this, so maybe I need iron or something. How was your week? Any magical Sharpie-removal tips to share? Help!

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Happy Wednesday! GeekCraft Expo Seattle and Food Porn

Snickers Cake

Oooh . . . Snickers!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you’re having a good week. Those with kids probably sent them off for the first day of school (*sniff*), but in any case, the last day of August always feels like the end of summer to me, even if it isn’t technically (that would be September 21).

But no worries. There’s tons of fun stuff happening this fall, in addition to Halloween! And Thanksgiving! Here we go:

Geekery

The Doubleclicks, Portland’s beloved folk-geek sister band, is everywhere this September: Dragon*Con in Atlanta 9/4, as a guest of nerd podcast supreme Geek in the City 9/7, in Portland for Rose City Comic Con and at Dante’s 9/10, then at the Portland Mercury‘s “The Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy” show at Revolution Hall 9/16–plus “Snakes on the Radio” tour dates in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Get the Doubleclicks’ tour schedule!

For many of these shows they’ll be pairing up with actor/comedian/musician Lucia Fasano, who Kickstarted her debut album, “Radio Silence,” through Doubleclicks Records, the band’s new record label! Not only did it fund in one day, but with seven days to go, it’s 187% funded!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/luciafasano/lucia-fasanos-debut-album-radio-silence/widget/video.html

The Doubleclicks are no slouches: they recently posted an amazing cover of Hamilton‘s “History Has Its Eyes on You.”

Remember GeekCraft Expo PDX, the amazing craft fair featuring handmade geeky goods by local artisans? Come on, I posted about it constantly. Well, we’re proud to announce that we’ll be debuting GeekCraft Expo Seattle December 10 and 11 at the Seattle Center! Right now we’re looking for amazing exhibitors to submit their applications by November 18.

The Portland show was incredible–as someone who has worked a lot of comic book conventions, I was blown away by the quality and originality of the crafts. Plus, the show is free to the public and family friendly. What’s not to like?

Speaking of comic book conventions, Portland’s Rose City Comic Con is next week! It’s been so exciting to see this show grow . . . and grow over the past few years. It’s an excellent show with some pretty high-profile guests this week–John Cusack, Stan Lee, Denise Crosby–and it showcases the best of the comics scene, so go!

I’m especially excited because with the influx of awesome comic book creators to Portland, we’re hosting back-to-back dinner parties, and going to some fun events as well. A multiple Eisner-winning creator actually contacted my husband to “reserve” a dinner at our table, so I was very flattered.

Finally, a shoutout to my husband, Scott Allie: the final issue of his series with creator Mike Mignola, Abe Sapien, is out today. I got a chance to read Abe Sapien #36 early, and all I can say is it’s a fitting end–and beginning?–for one of Hellboy’s most interesting characters. If you don’t have a local comic shop, order Abe Sapien #36 from TFAW!

Food Porn

But Elisabeth, where’s the food porn? Oh my goodness, readers. I made the best cake yesterday. It was my brother’s birthday, and every year, he gives me a birthday cake challenge. I’ve done a peanut butter cookie dough cake, a chocolate malt cake, and a 100 Grand cake, but the Snickers cake by Brown Eyed Baker he chose this year was the best. So fun to make: salted caramel sauce! Nougat filling! But damn, it was delicious. Here’s another pic:

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So what are you up to? Post below!

Craft Meetup in Portland

GeekCraft Expo Presents GeekCraftUp at Ground Kontrol!

Craft Meetup in PortlandCalling all geeky crafters: GeekCraft PDX is hosting a GeekCraftUp at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade April 11 from 7 to 10 pm!

Bring your projects for a fun night of crafting with other nerdy folks, and the chance to win prizes from Rose City Comic Con, Portland’s largest comics and pop culture convention! This is a casual event open to anyone 21+—whether you’re planning to exhibit at GeekCraft Expo PDX, or just want to meet other crafty people in Portland.

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade is Portland’s premier video game and pinball paradise, with food and beverages available for purchase. Plus, they’ll have an ‘80s DJ starting at 8:00 pm. We’ll meet up at the lighted tables near the bar!

GeekCraft Expo PDX is a curated geeky craft market featuring handmade items by Portland’s local artisans. Make sure to go check it out June 11-12 at the DoubleTree. It’s free to the public, so mark your calendar now!

Happy Wednesday! True Parent, Flaxseed Banana Muffins & Failure

Me hamming it up at the Rose City Comic Con Rachel & Miles Meetup!

Happy . . . Wednesday! I’ve been battling a cold, so yesterday morning’s usual blog post was postponed until now. Hopefully it will be worth the wait!

Read Me Elsewhere

I’m so excited to announce that I wrote an article for True Parent magazine, an offshoot of the Portland Mercury, titled “Taking Yourself out of the Game” about leaving the comics industry and becoming a stay-at-home mom at 40. Regular readers know I’ve been struggling with this (“I Need a New Title“)–although I love staying home with the kids, I do miss working and feel a bit . . . diminished.

Anyway, writing about my experiences has been really therapeutic for me, and I’d like to thank Wm. Steven Humphrey for green-lighting my article and giving it his editorial polish. Read it and tell me what you think!

Comics and Geekery

I had a wonderful time this weekend at Rose City Comic Con–although I still barely know what to do with myself as an attendee, rather than an exhibitor. The first thing I did was find the TFAW booth–it still feels like home.

Sarah and I didn’t spend more than a couple of hours on the floor, but we did get a peek at Carol Spinney–the man behind Big Bird–and I caught up with a bunch of old friends.

The highlight, however, was definitely the Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men listener meetup at the Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, a delightfully dark and atmospheric underground bar and performance space here in Portland. Rachel Edidin and Miles Stokes host a brilliant, insightful, fast-paced podcast exploring every nook and cranny of the X-Men, and their devotion was on display–literally–in the form of an incredible “Wanted” piece from the cover of Uncanny X-Men #141 (part of Days of Future Past), created by Rachel and artist David Wynne and pictured above. It was truly magnificent in person!

But where there are highs, there must be lows. I was profoundly affected by writer Michael Moreci’s (Hoax Hunters) post, “On Failure” and I’d love to get your take on it. He talks about his struggles with failure–both real and perceived–in an intelligent and bracing fashion that was really soothing. I felt like I was letting go of a breath I’ve held for 20+ years while reading it.

Food

This Banana Wheat Muffin recipe from 100 Days of Real Food has been my go-to for breakfast this year, but I’ve discovered an awesome variation! I was out of whole wheat flour, so I used white flour and swapped out 1/2 cup of it for flax meal. They were awesome. Flaxseed provides fiber, protein, and can supposedly help eczema, among other things. Plus: tasty.

In other news: I’m an aunt! My brother and his girlfriend had their baby boy, and he’s so cute! I’m working on a post for their baby shower, so watch for it this week!

Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men Meetup ECCC 2015

Happy Monday! Rose City Comic Con and Nasal Aspiration

Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men Meetup ECCC 2015Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a last gasp of hot weather, but my plans to take advantage of this and read Archie Digests while eating Dairy Queen soft serve (two summer activities I had not partaken of this year) were derailed by multiple birthday parties. However, both birthday parties were fun, and one had a dinosaur cake. So there.

Let’s get it going!

Babies

First: I don’t think I’ve talked about it much here, but my brother Beej is having a baby with his girlfriend this week and I am so excited. This reminds me that I never posted pictures of their baby shower, which I will rectify this week. So . . . this isn’t a link at present, more like a promise of a future link. That’s silly. Okay, here’s a picture of some of the favors my mom and I made!

Boy Baby Shower Mustache Tiffany Theme

Blue nail polish, mustache chocolates, and mustache soap!

In useful-yet-gross parenting skills, I learned how to use a nasal aspirator today. Sarah’s had a horrific runny nose and was snorting (and having trouble sleeping), so I watched the following video:

The verdict: Sarah hated it, it was incredibly gross, and . . . it worked! Oh my god so much snot. It was pretty funny. But don’t do it more that two or three times a day.

Comics

This weekend is Rose City Comic Con, one of my favorite comic book conventions–and it just happens to take place right here in Portland!

I cannot recommend this convention enough, as both an attendee and exhibitor. It’s been so fun to watch it grow over the past three years. It has a lot of things for kids and mainstream comics and pop culture fans, but it’s also a great place to meet local creators and publishers. Guests this year include Carrie Fisher (Leia from Star Wars, in case you just left a bomb shelter), Walter Koenig and Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek, Wil Wheaton, Caroll Spinney (Big Bird!!!!), and many more.

My previous employer, Things From Another World, will be throwing a gigantic Rose City Comic Con Kickoff Party this Friday with complimentary food and beer! This is always a really fun event, plus you can skip the lines at the convention and turn in your tickets for badges at the party. While drinking beer! Win-win.

Also: the hosts of my favorite podcast, Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, will both be conducting a live episode at the convention, and hosting an after-hours meetup away from the Convention Center. Their last meetup at Emerald City Comicon was so much fun (I’ve posted a picture of me and Sarah, above), so I’m really hoping I can get over there.

Finally, I spotted this amazing comic about LEGOs and gender by M. Patrinos of Seasonal Depression on Facebook and it really spoke to me:

lego-girls-comic-01I have a longer rant about LEGOs in me somewhere, stay tuned . . .