Monday, June 30, 2008

Cover, Start to Finish

Here's Robert Rivera's summary of the process from start to finish of a Pride High cover!

It all starts with a concept and a preliminary sketch. Tommy had the idea of putting a clock in the background.

The sketch is then traced and brought to finish on bristol board.

The finished pencils are scanned and then darkened in Photoshop. I also used Photoshop to create the clock.

While most colorists use Photoshop, I prefer using Corel Painter. It’s an awesome program for creating a colorful art piece.

Tadaa! The ‘stamp’ of Scotch Bonnet will not be on the final cover. That’s just me playing around in Photoshop :D

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

ER Visit

Last night, I felt a sharp pain in my lower back. I thought nothing of it, so I stretched a bit. 30 minutes later I went to the bathroom and began to urinate blood. I immediately went to the ER. Originally they suspected a kidney stone, but after several tests, they discovered that instead, I had a fungal urinary tract infection possibly due to the course of antibiotics I've been on. Bleh. I'm just thankful my friend Justin was with me. THANK YOU JUSTIN!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sum 41

One of my favorite bands came up with this awesome video! If Veronica Mars had included a diving competition, this would be it! 09'ers vs the out crowd!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Polawat Darapong

Issue 7 has gotten a boost with the addition of Polawat Darapong to the team. Here's a look at his colors on Robert Rivera's pencils!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Moong Dal Dosa

I LOVE dosas, but the cool temperature of San Francisco isn't conducive to the fermentation required by the usual rice/urad dal dosa. I know there are ways to get around this (the pilot light/stove light trick in ovens), but I've just never gotten around to trying that out. Luckily, Manjula, my newest fave chef presented this recipe for an unfermented dosa. Her recipe worked beautifully!

The original plan was to share these with my friend Manish for brunch, but then a minor disaster struck. The kitchen of the unit above mine flooded, causing massive leaks in the living room (and a trickle right over my bed). It could've been worse though, so I'm thankful.

I added a bit of water to make the batter easier to spread than pancake batter.

The trick to cooking dosas on cast iron is to make sure the surface is not only well-oiled, but very hot from center to edges before you pour the batter.

Carefully scoop under the edges a little bit at a time to prevent the dosa from shredding. Revolve the griddle once before flipping to get a good angle on all sides.

The top side doesn't have to be cooked for long, or even at all, if your dosa is thin enough.

Stuffed with spicy potatoes, these hearty dosas are a meal all by themselves.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Freshman Flashback

Writer Tony Smith of and artist Raul Faria are working on a Pride High "freshman flashback" story! Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Lambda Literary Award for Hero

One of my favorite books, Hero by Perry Moore, recently won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Young Adult LGBT Novel! Go Perry!