Posted March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am
A Little Help From My Friends

I got stuck on a pose for an upcoming comic so I asked these guys to help me out. That's Kamen Rider Agito Gills (Thank you One of Many), Kamen Rider Black, and Ultraman standing in for Kane, Bodie, and Ally. The heights aren't correct and the limited articulation of these guys don't really offer much, but my problem was the perspective. I asked them to stand like this while I figured out the angle that was giving me problems.

So if you should notice any of the characters appearing more heroic than usual, blame the Tokusatsu heroes!
Posted March 5, 2010 at 08:56 am
White on Rice and Children of Invention are two awesome independent Asian American films that have created a lot of buzz in the festival circuit. And I think fans of YP will get a kick out of them. The filmmakers have teamed up for a joint premier in NYC next weekend and to celebrate, they're running a free DVD giveaway contest for the next eight days. Each day, a trivia question will be posted either about White on Rice or Children of Invention. The first person to email the correct answer will win the DVD of the film in question. There will be four questions per movie each. Of course, if you're in NYC you can just stop by the premier next weekend. For the rest of us, get your thinking caps on and hit up the contest!

And here are the trailers for both films. I hope they get a wider release someday so I can see them here in DC.

Posted March 3, 2010 at 08:30 am

A handful of people have been asking about Kane's shirt and if they can buy it. Well now you can! Join the Rider Revolution with our first piece of Yellow Peril merch. The shirt is available in girl sizes as well and goes for $19.49 (American Apparel versions for $24.04).

So to celebrate our first thingy, if you send me a photo of you wearing the Rider Revolution shirt I'll send you an awesome sketch of a Kamen Rider of your choice be it Ichigo, V3, ZX, Hibiki, or whoever. Just let me know which Rider you want when you send in the photo.

This is just the beginning!
Posted March 2, 2010 at 01:07 pm

Remember folks, "noodles, vegetables, and some kinda of weird sauce!"

If it wasn't fairly obvious by now, I love me some food. The ethnic diversity of cuisine in the Washington, D.C. metro area is truly amazing. I love finding those little out-of-the-way homestyle places that serve traditional foods that you can't find at those big chain restaurants. But I also love cooking at home and trying new recipes.

Mark Bittman's column for the New York Times serves as excellent inspiration for me when I'm looking for something quick to cook up. And his recipe for Yakisoba looks awful damn tasty.

Of course, this dog's recipe looks pretty yummy, too!

Posted March 1, 2010 at 09:03 am
The DC Metro area is full of snobby Japanese restaurants. Just toss a stick and you'll be walking distance from a high-priced douchey suchi joint with exotic sounding dishes like the "Flaming Dragon of Pern" roll or a "I Love Sushi But Not the Raw Stuff So I Guess it's Kinda Sushi But Not Really" roll. In a sea of high-end sushi joints that cater to the tragically hip, Temari Cafe in Rockville, MD is a welcome breath of fresh air. You won't find any screwy rolls with stupid names on the menu. What you will find is tasty Japanese homestyle cooking to keep you warm through these last chilling days of Winter.

The food is moderately priced so while it's not quite as high as those irritating sushi joints, the prices are on par with a Ruby Tuesdays or the like. They're closed on Tuesdays. They tend to be more busy on the weekends than the weekdays but it all depends. There are times when we've gotten a seat right away during the busiest hours and times when we've been waiting for a while during typically non-peak hours. They've got a rack of manga to browse through while you wait which is always a good sign.

Here are some of the tasty dishes you'll find. Took these last night when we went with Audrey's parents:

Miso Ramen
Miso Ramen Attack
They serve gigantic bowls of ramen, the kind that Naruto devours at Ichiraku Ramen. I highly suggest the Miso ramen.

Omu Rice
Omu Rice Om Nom Nom
I've never had it, but my father-in-law loves the stuff. That's rice and chicken with tomato sauce wrapped in a big thing of egg. *drooooool*

Katsu Donburi
Breaded and fried pork cutlets over rice with egg and onions. So freaking good for a cold day.

Katsu Curry Rice
Katsu Curry Rice
The Cadillac of curry rice, the Katsu Curry at Temari comes on a gigantic plate. It's a meal fit for a small family, but I usually eat the whole damn thing myself. I always get this during the cold months because it's the perfect comfort food for cold weather.

So if you ever find yourself stranded on Rockville Pike sometime and you're hungry for Japanese food and it's not Tuesday, get your ass on over to Temari and dig in!
Posted February 25, 2010 at 08:48 am

I'm unfamiliar with Kaoru Mori's work, but this video series of her drawing a character from her manga Otoyomegatari is really inspiring. It looks like her pencils are pretty tight with quite a lot of detail, but just in inking this face section she puts in even more detail like the dangling things off the ear rings and the shading in the pupils. I have a feeling I'm going to be watching this over and over again.

The rest of the series is over at this site. It's all in Japanese, but they've embeded the entire series. Really good watch if you're interested in learning how to ink with a dip pen.
Posted February 19, 2010 at 09:19 am
We got some video footage from our show at Katsucon and you can clearly see Jo Chen kicking my ass. At least I was wearing my awesome DIY Kamen Rider Ichigo mask!

Here's the highlight reel:

And all three bouts in timelapse:

Posted February 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Despite the huge SNOMG dumped on us all last week, I managed to make it out to Katsucon 16 this past weekend. I did a short review of the convention for the podcast so you can check that out. Super Art Fight had a table in the dealer room so I spent most of my time just hanging out with friends talking about art and comics and all sorts of geekery. Gave out a crap ton of cards and buttons (thank you Mod Buttons! They came the Friday before I left for the con).

It was a lot of fun to get back on the circuit. And I got to do an Art Fight with one of my very favorite artists of all time, Jo Chen! While I hunt for photos and video from the event, here's a link dump of awesome people I got to hang with:

  • Jo Chen - She easily kicked my ass at the Art Fight. So much fun!

  • Ross Nover - Ross's System comic will some day rule us all. Mark my words!

  • Michael Bracco - The best of Baltimore and a smart marketer. I will learn his jutsu.

  • Jamie Baldwin - Some day, we will battle for who gets to use the name "Jamie."

  • Dirk Tiede - He just released his third book! Go get it now!

  • Garth Graham - One of the best dressed of our art fighters.

  • Hawk - Fellow mac head! The second Applegeeks book is out in store right now!

  • Brian Wilson - He had a guest strip week where one of his fans dressed up as his main character for a photo comic. Nothing says webcomic love like cosplay!

  • Mookie - One of these days, I'm gonna find out why he's called "Mookie."

  • Shawn Handyside - The genius behind Halolz. He's also got one of my shirt designs for sale (they're on clearance because quite frankly my shit doesn't sell).

  • Morlock Enterprises - Jim builds some pretty amazing stuff.

  • Chris "The Impact" Impink - The godfather of Super Art Fight himself and creator of the Wheel of Death. He was staffing the con this year so we barely got to see him.

  • Kara - She hosted the cosplay so I barely got to see her either.

  • Super Art Fight - They want us back next year! So mark your calendars because Super Art Fight will descend upon Katsucon 2011!

I think the next con coming up is Connecticon which is in the summer so I've got plenty of time to get some stuff ready. Katsu was a nice test run, but I've got to step my game up.
Posted February 11, 2010 at 07:09 pm

The moo cards came in! Whee! I've got 100 of each of these four designs. They all have the same back. So I've decided that I'll be doing limited runs of my promotional materials. When I'm out of this run, I'll make up a new set of four completely new ones. I'll be handing these puppies out at every con I attend and keeping a few with me at all times. So if you want one, you can catch me this weekend and pick up all four.

I'm going to be doing the same thing with the buttons and I'll take photos of those once they come in. Actually, it's only one design.
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