Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Different Light


Another store has decided to stock Pride High! The comic is now available at A Different Light in San Francisco!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Pride High #2, San Francisco Release!

Already released online, the second issue of Pride High, "Game Over," is now available at Whatever in San Francisco!



"Unison," the third issue in the series is currently in production and will be available in late January, 2007.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

LA Lucky Legendary Launch



"Join Captain Lucky and his Legends in their quest to save the community's time and hard earned money. This exciting new webmag will have reviews on movies, theatre, nightclubs, restaurants and more!! Also, exclusive interviews, horoscopes, advice columns and current events. Everything from fashion, travel, books, to sex, the Legends are there to save you!"
--Captain Lucky

It's going to be one hell of a party.  If you're in the Los Angeles area, come out to West Hollywood with me and support fellow fans of Pride High!

Cheers!
Tommy

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Queerbait

Queerbait, the anthology featuring an excerpt of Pride High has been sent to the printers!

http://www.heroscribe.com

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Boy Trouble

Tonight I went to a comic book reading at Magnet in the Castro. Five queer cartoonists shared their work from the "Book of Boy Trouble" anthology.

The five were Jaime Cortez (Sexiles/Sexilos), Justin Hall (True Travel Tales, Hard To Swallow), Andy Hartzell (Monday, Fox Bunny Funny), Nick Leonard (Holy Titclamps), and Steve MacIsaac (Sticky, Shirtlifter).

Nick Leonard and a friend telling a very bad, but cute joke about Barbara Streisand.


Justin Hall enthralled the crowd with a tale of the Malaysian Hindu festival, Thaipusam.


Andy Hartzell needed someone to help him read from his selection, "Date with an Angel." I volunteered and had a blast providing the dialogue for the naughty angel. I'm currently reading his latest work, Fox Bunny Funny. It has no dialogue at all, but the art is superb and totally carries the story. It uses the relationship between predator & prey as a metaphor for race, sexuality, and gender identity. I was reminded of the time I spent in the boy scouts, with all the effort put into making me a "real man."


Steve MacIsaac, who read a wonderful piece (I can't seem to find it in Boy Trouble) about the near-invisibility of men who don't fit the standard of gay male beauty.

Jaime Cortez, who read "Aquella Noche" (That Night), a haunting piece about the power dynamics in a relationship between a young, poor latino and an older, rich white man.


Justin again, the organizer for this whole shindig!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

YES Success!

On Saturday, November 18, 2006, Pride Comics was one of several LGBT community groups at the Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) in San Francisco.





"YES is a FREE Bay Area conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and straight ally youth dedicated to fostering safe schools and youth activism. YES focuses on giving youth organizers tools to combat homophobia and transphobia in schools."
--GSA Network, the organizer of the event



An estimated 350 middle and high school students from across California attended the event!



Workshops included GSAs in religious high schools, transgender inclusion, zine creation, and the history of LGBT activism.



Meeting kids as young as thirteen who were out and proud, was simply amazing. Allies and adult supporters were also there. I wish I remembered to get a pic of PFLAG!








The burrito lunch was a hit, thanks to the awesome volunteers of GSA Network!



Blake Curia, creator of the upcoming Pride Comics series "The Dropouts" was also in attendance (though a bit camera-shy), along with Pride Comics volunteer Desmond Miller. By the end of the event, over 150 copies were given away. The kids loved it, and during breaks and lunch you could see dozens reading Pride High in the school. We were asked by several attendees if we would be there next year. Most definitely!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pride High @ YES, November 18th!



Pride Comics will have a booth at YES in San Francisco on November 18th! There will be over 400 queer youth activists in attendance from across Northern California.

"YES (The Youth Empowerment Summit) is a FREE Bay Area conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and straight ally youth dedicated to fostering safe schools and youth activism. YES focuses on giving youth organizers tools to combat homophobia and transphobia in schools."

http://www.gsanetwork.org/yes/

I'd like to provide free copies of Pride High for this event. Please consider making a donation to aid in this effort. My goal is $350.00, which is enough to print and ship 100 copies of Pride High. Any amount, no matter how small, will help. Let's get Pride High into the hands of those that need it the most!

http://pridecomics.com/donations.html

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dude! Where's My Romance Novel?!

As a kid, I used to secretly go through my sister's stash of Harlequin Romance novels. Since there's a high probability that my sister will see this post, so much for secrets! Well, a few days ago, I heard about Discreet Young Gentleman. A trashy romance novel (I use the term lovingly), but with two guys?! It was a dream come true! I ordered it, received it yesterday, and only planned to read a couple of chapters. Well, I kept telling myself I would put it down... and then before I knew it, it was 5am in the morning and I had finished the book.

It's got dashing young men, ghosts, class conflict, internalized homophobia, severe body image issues (yes, really), and some rather hot lovin' romance-novel style. The comedic moments are done just right, and add to the poignancy of the lovers' dilemma. MJ Pearson is quite talented and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Ginger Garlic Tempeh Stir-fry

Commentary on the way...







Sunday, October 29, 2006

Dal Days

Sundays have become dal days for me. I have plenty of time to cook up a huge vat of the stuff, with enough leftovers to last until the next Sunday. Once again, I used this basic recipe as a foundation.



Kale, Carrot, Zucchini Dal with the extra spicy tarka topping of black pepper, coriander, cumin, fennel, hing, hot pepper flakes, and paprika.



Makes a super cheap, super nutritious dinner, with enough leftovers to fill two 7-cup containers!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Chard and Sweet Potato Dal

I'm trying to get back into the habit of buying fresh greens several times a week. I tend to let green leafy vegetables rot in the fridge if I buy too much at once. Luckily, Buffalo Whole Foods (not to be confused with Whole Foods Market) is right on my way home from work.

Some people have asked how I can afford to buy from an organic grocery store all the time rather than a place like CALA. My diet (when I'm actually cooking) consists mostly of whole grains and legumes. They're so cheap anyway, that the organic alternative is pretty economical, too. Organic greens can be pricier, but honestly, organic greens taste a hell of a lot better. Plus, more expensive staples, like yogurt are actually *cheaper* at Buffalo ($3.99 for a quart at CALA vs $2.69 at Buffalo).

When you have the time, shopping this way is great. I wasn't too sure of what I wanted to eat until I stepped into the grocery store. I saw the chard and sweet potatoes, and they instantly called to me. I haven't had either for the longest time.



Using a basic moong dal recipe as a template, I came up with this dish. I took out the curry leaves, added the veggies, and used a 2:1:1 medley of moong, masoor, and urud dal.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Curry Leaf Moong Dal

This is one of my favorite dishes! Please refer to the previous entry for the recipe. You might see different spices, as I change things up according to my mood. Don't be afraid to improvise!

I forgot to get tamarind extract! I always forget that!

A touch of sesame oil helps keep the foam under control.

The 1st half of the tarka/tempering/chaunk

The second half, with plenty of red chili flakes. I prefer red chili flakes to cayenne powder because you get little bursts of flavor here and there. That's also the reason I often use whole peppercorns instead of ground black pepper.

A little messy, but oh so good!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Cheap Eats, again

Once again, I'm going to see how far I can go on a combination of cheap groceries and what's already in my pantry. I stopped by Bombay Bazaar today for some essentials, including turmeric, coriander powder, and curry leaves. Along with some canned dal makhani and dum aloo, the total was $15.97. I'm going to see just how long I can go on just this amount, meaning no eating out... unless I score a date, of course.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Rice, Rice Baby

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Castro Street Fair, Success!

The signing was AMAZING! Thanks to everyone who came by! We sold 85 copies! I'll write more later, but I need some sleep!

Setting up inside the store with Rich (owner of Whatever), Brad (rpgcub), and Blake (Silverback), 9am


The kids at eye level on the window


Blake Curia, writer & artist of the upcoming Pride High spin-off "The Dropouts," and proud sponsor of Pride Comics


Eric (Hollow) & Kyle (Rave) -- Eric's character Hollow is now officially Kid Olympus' cousin :)!


Paul Jack of "Poet Beware Productions"


Mid-day


Wes


Greg Wu of Eidos (makers of Tomb Raider)


Jane Aceituno, proud sponsor of Pride Comics


Joey, Kenne, Eric of the Whatever Comics Discussion Group


Dale


Eli & Katie


Local SF actor, Brandon Grimaldi, who brought me flowers!