Today’s comic is by Beck Kramer, and it seriously blew me away. Isn’t it beautiful? Go tell her to make more comics like this.
One of my favorite things about these guest comics that I’ve gotten is how different they all are – some people wrote about food and recipes, some people about getting healthier and losing weight, and some people about just feeling stronger and better about themselves, feeling comfortable in their own skin. Monday was the first really hot and sunny day in Chicago for the season, and I wanted to wear a bright blue sleeveless dress to walk down the street to meet Lucy for margaritas and tacos. I put it on and immediately started second-guessing myself. I don’t have the figure for this, I thought. But then I thought about Beck’s comic, and said to myself : I’m going to wear what I want to wear, because Beck’s comic said so.
Also, it bears mentioning that Beck looks pretty damn amazing in her birthday party finery. :D
We’re into week 2 of Sauceome guest comics, and I’m a little over halfway through the pencils on Shuteye #6. Hooray! Today’s comic is by María Victoria Robado, also known as Shouri, who does the simply adorable Springiette comics. She’s a comics artist AND graphic designer, like myself, and you can tell. I’m such a sucker for comics that are beautifully drawn AND beautifully designed.
Anyway, Shouri’s got a recipe for alfajores for us! If you’ve never had one, alfajores are like big sandwich cookies, or maybe small moon pies, only they are a thousand times better. We found some at our winter farmer’s market, and they were light and delicate and delicious. I’ve never tried making them for myself, though! I bet I could find Argentinian dulce de leche at the Mercado next to Tango del Sur on Southport. Hmmm so many tasty things to make!
I am more than a little enamored with his colander, with all the kitchen utensils in this piece. Also, I’ve never tried to make carbonara sauce, and now I think I want to try.
Today’s guest comic – a cocktail recipe!! after my own heart, you guys – is from Terry Gant, aka Terry Midnight, proprietor ofThird Coast Comics and Amanda Elliot, aka Elliot Junkyard, of the amazing and delightful Vampire Kitty and Space Bat! They are among the best people to buy comics from, and in Chicago we have a lot of truly excellent people to buy comics from, so that is saying a lot.
I am primarily a beer drinker, and failing that, I usually go to red wine. But I have been thinking lately that I should be drinking more cocktails. Partially because they take longer to prepare, and as a result I consume them more thoughtfully, more consciously than a pint of beer. But also because they can be enormously classy. I have a recently discovered weakness for Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, but beyond those – and of course, your cringe-inducing sugary girly drinks, the My Little Ponies of alcohol – I don’t have much familiarity with cocktails. I do own a Savoy cocktail book, which I’ve almost never used. Time for an education!
Can I say, I’ve gotten about two weeks worth of guest comics to post here, and I am very much in love with the wide variety of topics people have been addressing already, even just in these first three. I’m more than a little overwhelmed, you guys! You’ve made some beautiful, beautiful work.
Today’s comic is by artist Nik Garvoille. Isn’t it lovely? I myself have never been a fan of beets, but I’ve always wondered how much of that is psychology, and how much is how they actually taste. At any rate, I’m a big fan of Nik’s beet meditation here, which he made with ink, gouache, and BEET JUICE.
Hey everyone! Welcome to the beginning of my two week vacation. I mean, the beginning of Guest Comics! Today’s comic is by Dan Carroll, author of Stick Figure Hamlet and The Political Machine! Fun facts: I went to college with Dan’s wife Laura; and Niles and I live about 200 paces from their house. Also, I covet the lamp in their basement. It’s true!
Drawing that pizza in the previous comic made me want to eat a pizza, which made me want to draw pizza again. I still had a bunch and a half of ramps in the fridge, and I was trying to decide what to do with them. All the big recipes you find online can essentially be boiled down to 1) pasta, 2) soup, 3) some kind of eggy thing, and 4) butter. I’d already done 1 and 4, and Niles doesn’t like eggs, and soup didn’t sound interesting to me. So on a whim I looked up “ramps pizza” and found a bunch of great ideas.
I have a confession to make. I suck at baking. I think I’m a pretty good cook, but baking is and always has been a little bit of a mystery to me. I would estimate that of the times I have tried to make pizza dough, I have failed about 80% of the time. Usually it’s too dense or tough. Often it doesn’t rise. So tonight I didn’t hold out a lot of hope, but it ended up pretty okay, actually! It’s not the Napoli-style crispy bubbly goodness that I hoped, but it’s tasty and chewy, and more than edible. I actually kneaded a little bit of the ramps butter I made into the dough, so the pizza is extra-special-rampy.
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t come near me for the next day or two unless you’re ready for the rampness.
Oh man, you guys, are you ready for some guest comics? Starting Monday there’s gonna be some awesome comics from some awesome friends!
Mmmm, pizza pie! I mean, pie chart.
So, starting next Monday and going for about 2 weeks, probably, I’m going to be running guest strips here. Isn’t that exciting? I’ve already gotten a bunch of them and they’re gorgeous and amazing. I had the idea because I found myself needing a week or two of vacation from… well, mostly from the food diary. I don’t know if I’m going to completely pig out (I doubt it) but I think I missed the freedom of people sometimes not knowing what I’m eating. And I also really need to pick up the pace on Shuteye #6, so I’m hoping this two weeks off will give me a chance to do that.
Also! If you ordered one of these prints, they are shipping out this week! I opted to ship them in flat envelopes, bolstered with cardboard. I’m writing “do not bend” all over them, but if the Post Office is mean and bends them anyway, just email me, and I will send you a new one free of charge, in a cardboard tube. I’m hoping I don’t have to curl them up in a tube to send them, but I’m prepared for that to be the case.
I would write you a story about this one but we did the whole Ikea workout today, walking around the store for hours, carrying heavy flat-packed boxes, pushing heavy carts, loading heavy boxes into the car, unloading them and carrying them up flights of stairs. Condensed furniture is heavy. Ha! Maybe I have written you a story about this. I haven’t lost any weight since we started running, but I do think I look a bit trimmer and more condensed. Muscle being so much denser and heavier than fat cells, I suppose that’s possible, right?
Anyway, Ikea. I haven’t even really assembled anything because I’m just exhausted, so I’m off to bed now.