Saturday, May 26, 2007

Dal Makhani, Pantry-Style

After Thursday's Rajma Rasmisa, I was in the mood for kidney beans again. This time I paired it with urud dal for the classic North Indian dish, Dal Makhani (Creamy Lentils & Beans with Butter).

It was late, so I was determined to find substitutions in the pantry rather than make a trip to the grocery store. I'm never very rigid with recipes anyway, so "pantry-style" cooking with what's available is common for me.

I was totally out of channa dal, so I just used more urud. I didn't have any tomatoes, but I did have some ranchero salsa I bought originally to make Huevos Rancheros. I was almost out of cumin seeds, so I improvised with caraway. And finally, instead of pure sour cream, I just topped it off with "cream top" yogurt.

Not quite a traditional batch of Dal Makhani, but it still had all that creamy, "stick to your ribs" goodness!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Castro Comic Book Club / Rajma Rasmisa & Haldi Chaval

Last night I went to the Castro Comic Book Club for the first time in a while. It happened to be a potluck, so I whipped up a batch of Rajma Rasmisa (Kidney Bean Curry) and Haldi Chaval (Turmeric Rice).

After the potluck, a bunch of us went to the Mix where it seemed that everyone except for me got totally plastered. The bartender, Patricio, was none other than my big crush from the billboard at Market & Noe last year.

I also bumped into a friend of a friend, Joassaint, who I hadn't seen in a while. He's a reminder of how different American and French (or French-Canadian?) straight men can be. At the last party I went to with Joassaint, he and our mutual friend Danny were dancing in that way that straight girls are able to dance with each other without issue. The two of them got a little playful, causing one of the women at the party to gape at them and mutter drunkingly, "omg, that's hot." American straight guys just can't seem to dance together unless they have two or three girls sandwiched between them.

I had my fill of drinks at the Mix and needed to get some sleep, but I got roped into heading to yet another bar, 440. I like to dance. So for me, there are few things more frustrating than bars that have great dance music, but no dancing. I'm just not that into the whole primp & pose thing. Luckily, I wasn't the only one who felt that way, and soon the six of us were dancing in the back.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Issue 8 Artist

Local bay area artist Johnny Burgess has signed on for Issue 8! Formerly based in San Diego, Johnny was responsible for the awesome 2006 Comic Con ads for Prism Comics. He also happens to be a huge fan of Girls Will be Girls, one of my favorite movies! The blonde in the second ad looks like Jack Plotnick, who played Evie in the film.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Suravi Doll

My friend Robyn from created a custom doll of Suravi! She'll join the Verdant doll my friend Kel made several years ago :). Here are the details from Robyn:

Doll in Progress - Suravi

I thought you all might like to see a picture of my latest OoaK project-in-progress, a doll of Suravi which will be a gift for Pride High creator Tommy Roddy.

Here's the doll so far:

She's not wearing anything from the comics, but rather an outfit that I've been putting together that strikes me as something she might wear. If I get really ambitious, I might try to make her superhero costume - but I'm not so skilled with the small-scale sewing, so I dunno. We'll see.

In order to finish the doll in her casual outfit, I've got to still find her some shoes, fix up her hair a bit, and I think I want to bend one of her arms and make her a cane. The modifications that I've made already include an iris repaint (they're yellow, under those glasses), new lipstick, and a head swap. When I got the idea to make the doll, it was partly because I had just picked up a doll that I thought totally had Suravi's nose - but that head was on a twist'n'turn body, and I wanted to give her a bellybutton body (I think they look more like teenager bodies). So then I had to hunt down a body with the same skin-tone as the head, which was not easy. And she's really too light (though not quite as light as this picture makes her seem - that's the flash at work), which is too bad. I think Mattel has come a long way in face sculpts and skin tones, and their newer lines of dolls have some nice variety of ethnicity - but they still don't make very many dolls with very dark skin.

The nose is pretty perfect though, huh?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Curbside Boys Soundtrack

Robert Kirby, a friend I made at APE, sent me the "soundtrack" for his comic, Curbside Boys. I first played the mixed CD while taking a break from Pride High and kicking back on my futon. I only glanced at the playlist before playing it, so several songs gave me chills when the opening riffs started. The one in particular was "See a Little Light" by Bob Mould. That was one of the songs I played back in high school whenever I would A) cram for a big test or B) pine after some boy ;). During "Regret" by New Order, I daydreamed about Robert's artwork as an animated feature. The whole sequence was perfect for Curbside Boys. Yay for Magnetic Fields and Team Dresch!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Johnny Freedom & Wonder Mark

Last night I had dinner with the men behind Johnny Freedom, Wonder Mark, and The New Americans. And yes, Johnny & Mark really do look a lot like their characters!
The guys treated me to dinner at ASQEW, where I chowed down on tofu and portobello skewers. We got there at 6:30 and just talked non-stop about our shared love of comics, queer superheroes, their queer artist collective Gravity Faggot Productions, and how I cannot wait for the New Americans to come out. And not only would they like to do a cover for Pride High, they even expressed interest in doing an issue of Pride High in the future!

After dinner, we continued our conversation across the street at Cafe Floré. They already spotted me for dinner, but then they also got me a drink at the cafe! Such sweet guys. And what an inspiration. A gay couple dedicated to a common creative pursuit, going for a life less ordinary, and giving it their all.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Artists

The summer guest artists have been chosen and Pride High is moving forward once more!

Issue 4 Colorist: My friend from Pandemonium, Dex Craig

Issue 5 Penciller: Lucky Legendary artist, Spanky
Issue 5 Colorist: My friend from WonderCon, Lynx
Issue 5 Letterer: Diego Gómez of Gravity Faggot Productions

Issue 6 Penciller/Inker/Colorist: Pride High Fan and cover artist for Issues 2 & 5, Greg Narvasa

Issue 7 Penciller/Inker: Pride High fan & Myspace pal, Pat Pungpee
Issue 7 Colorist: Greg Narvasa

Here's a sneak peek at Issue 5, pages 1 & 2 courtesy of Spanky!

Lillian Thunderfoot filling in for a chem lab, Kid Mischief mentally chatting up reader character Cameron Ashton

Monday, May 07, 2007

Pride High, Fish-style

I've become a fan of Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys, Young Bottoms in Love) after purchasing his work at APE. So I was both surprised and pleased when Tim pitched a Pride High story idea to me. Here's a preliminary sketch for the upcoming collaboration featuring Kid Mischief and Suravi, along with the Gemini Twins Smash & Crash!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The New Americans

Cinco de Mayo was also Free Comic Book Day! I donated copies of Pride High #1 to Whatever, where I stopped by for an hour. I had the pleasure of meeting three local gay comic book creators: Mark Padilla, Johnny Nolen, and Diego Gomez. They had a teaser available called the The Adventures of Wonder Mark and Johnny Freedom. The comic is a lot of fun and SO San Francisco! It's part of a larger series they're unveiling this winter, The New Americans, which I'm really looking forward to. I mean, look at this artwork!