Friday, May 30, 2008

Prism Guide 2008

Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics 2008 is now available. This year, it has a high school theme and includes an excerpt of Pride High #5!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Aloo Gobi

I recently discovered a GREAT Indian cooking show on Youtube, Manjula's Kitchen. I've got a huge stash of potatoes, so as soon as I saw her clip on Aloo Gobi (Spicy Potatoes and Cauliflower), I knew what I was making for dinner. I tweaked the recipe here and there, but it still came out really well. The biggest changes were the substitution of tomatoes for the mango powder and the addition of mustard seeds.

I've always had trouble with "dry" Indian dishes that lack a gravy base. The dreaded "burned and stuck to the bottom of the pan" problem was far too common. However, this time around, I succeeded, thanks to Manjula. Her secret is simple. Though the dish is classified as dry, adding the bare minimum of liquid for everything to steam is essential. When prepared correctly, by the time everything is done, all excess liquid will have evaporated.

While the Aloo Gobi was cooking, I reheated a batch of dal from 2 weeks ago. This was the first time I froze leftover dal for use later. It freezes quite well!

Aloo Gobi served with rice, dal, and yogurt.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My brother is gayer than yours...

I've fallen in love with Hollyoaks all over again:

I'm still way behind on the current season, but I'm working my way up!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Run, Oscar, Run!

Two years ago, I first heard of Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee runner. A paralympic champion, he's petitioned for the right to run in the Olympics. He won his latest appeal, and now has no legal barriers preventing him from running in Beijing!

Beijing Bound

His parents are pretty amazing, too. From Day One, they emphasized what he could do, rather than what he couldn't. They ignored the conventional wisdom of what was "realistic" for his condition. Though the disability is different, Oscar and his parents were part of the inspiration behind Suravi and her family.

Here's a vid clip of Oscar running in Rome in 2007 for the first time against able-bodied runners.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

California Gay Marriage

I just found out from Equality California that the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage!

CNN Reports on California Ruling

Monday, May 12, 2008

NewNextNow Awards

The LOGO NewNextNow Awards are right around the corner! Two men I highly respect and admire have been nominated for the Author and Actor categories:

Perry Moore, author of Hero

John Barrowman, lead actor of Torchwood

If you're a fan of either, head on over to the following links and cast your vote!

NewNextNow Author
NewNextNow Actor

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Baida Kebab

I've really been putting my new grill pan to good use. I recently bought the cookbook, Indian Barbecue from Cover to Cover, a great bookstore next door to Cook's Boulevard. Most of the recipes are meat-based, but the baida kebab (egg kebab) recipe caught my eye.

Recipe modified from Indian Barbecue by Roli Books:

6 eggs (5 hard boiled, 1 raw)
1 large potato, boiled and mashed
1 green chili
3 cloves of garlic
6 stalks of cilantro
1 tsp garam masala
bread crumbs from 1 slice of whole wheat bread
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp minced ginger
butter for basting

I don't buy premade bread crumbs. It's so easy to make them on your own. Just lightly toast some bread and throw it into a spice/coffee grinder.

This is a pretty easy recipe. Once you have all the ingredients, just mix them all together (except for the basting butter) and form into sausage-like shapes for the skewers. To mix everything really well, I use my hands.

Preheat oven to 400 (with grill pan inside), baste kebabs with butter, place on grill pan, and cook for 20 min.

Check on and baste the kebabs once or twice more during that time. These kebabs are very delicate, so it isn't necessary (or advised) to turn them over. However, if you like grills marks on both sides, make sure to use a spatula to loosen the bottom before turning them over.

Baida kebab served with rice, dal, and yogurt.

Mildred Loving

I just found out from an NGLTF email that Mildred Loving died on May 2nd at the age of 68. She and her husband, Richard, were plaintiffs in the landmark US Supreme Court case "Loving v. Virginia." Until 1967, many states had specific laws banning interracial marriage. The Supreme Court ruled in their favor and struck down all restrictions on marriage based on race. Here were Mildred's thoughts on the current fight over marriage:

"Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights.

I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."

Truly heroic words from an amazing woman.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Bhangra, Baby!

Chip Cheetah loves bhangra! Check out this clip featuring Tigerstyle's Nachna Onda Nei to see why:

Friday, May 02, 2008

Instinct Magazine Blind Date

Back in November, Pride High got a small blurb in Instinct Magazine. For the May issue hitting the stands this week, Pride High was featured again!

A regular section in Instinct Magazine is a city focus feature. Included in this is a 2-page blind date spread which introduces readers to the gay/gay-friendly fun spots of that month's city. For the May issue, the city focus has been replaced with a look at Prism Comics and several creators and works associated with them.

The blind date section was done in comic book format and features two characters from Pride High, several years after the events of the current storyline. For a closer look, here's the pdf submitted as a template draft for the spread:

Pick up Instinct for lots of other fun stuff being included in this issue!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Reality Check in color

Last year, one of my favorite cartoonists, Tim Fish ("Cavalcade of Boys"), offered to do a Pride High mini-comic one-shot. Entitled "Reality Check," it's set in the summer *after* the events of Pride High's sophomore year story arc (Issues 1-14). Lynx Delirium ("Queerbait"), the colorist for Issue 5, returned for this installment.

It's always so exciting to see what other creators bring to the characters. I'm quite fond of Suravi's workout ponytail :).