Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I saw the Best Tee-Shirt today.

It was black and read, "I Believe In Harvey Dent"

I then smiled and remembered I'm going to see the Batman movie on Thursday PM. Nice...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Comics Gnome POOTS a Thumb Up for a Fellow Hoopy Hitcher!

HEY! The Comics Gnome Wants YOU!

I should make him an Uncle Sam inspired tee-shirt but iDigress...

Will you OCHO please help me out?

If you agree with what I say here on the link, would you give me the thumbs up?

The Gnome hitched a ride on a Vogon bulldozer to get the stack here...he hung out in the kitchen, of course. He got the stack home to christen my new coffeetable. He kicked his feet up wherein I rattled the can of pebbles...he scurried.

POOTed this week was a surprise...with the infrequency of its release. I was treated to one of the Best FunnyBooks of This Current Age:
POWERS by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Issue #29, came out last week. The Gnome missed this by a span of time only calculatable by the drinking time of a Pan Galactic Garble Blaster. I was...elated.

A few things I've been turned onto lately and one of them has got to be this killer Zombie book. It's Black & White. It's simple...Zombies have taken over. The survivors do horrible things to each other in the process of surviving. Reading The Walking Dead as well is elating. I recieve a trade paperback not from the Comics Gnome but from one of his victims, local journalist Luke O'Neil who's Blog can be found here at OCHO! He curses me for his addiction!!! Luke's done the math & added it up...his pockets are light! He's turned me onto Image's Little Engine That Could:
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.

Come read Issue #1...if you DARE! MuHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Kiwi can vouch for this. The Gnome POOTed The Walking Dead #1 on her head.
Thanks to Luke O'Neil...keeping me cool by being a hoopy frood himself. He really knows where his towel's at, if you catch my drift.

Speaking of Walking Dead, I'm killing Time in a bodega. It's a new bodega. It was a Thursday Afternoon. There was only me & the clerk...when some annoying guy came in and talked her ear off. I browsed. I really didn't have any money left for much but I managed a few bucks from the squeez'd stone. I couldn't go into a new bodega and not buy something. So I ended up buying two magazines although my interest was for things on their varied shelves. One caught my eye:
White Death by Rob Morrison and Charlie Adlard.

Morrison's name then Adlard's on the spine of the trade paperback. Then I saw it was not Grant. Nonetheless I knew Adlard's art work from his The Walking Dead (note: Adlard took over on TWD at #7 and been on ever since going on issue #51). So I picked it up and parused it. I think I might have to go back and pick up this B&W tale of the front lines during World War I. It was a European War that spilled over across the ocean...so try to remember that a mountain range seperated nations such as Italy and Austria. One scene still fills my head with the protagonist's bayonet spearing a hostile only for it to recognize him and speak his name, "Piertro?..." Wow.

Another was a Japanese Manga...the subject matter of the first chapter was about Boredom. The boredom of mortals and the bordom of Gods. It's called:
Deathnote by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

A friend at work who likes comics suggested it to me today! For real! I was in this new boeda near the Manga shelf and saw a Bike Courier's Shoulder Bag with the Deathnote logo. I thought it was a Sign but in fact it was a Bag. I went to the shelf and picked up Vol. 1 and read the first chapter, the establishing story. Who is who and why is Why? Great. I might end up reading this one. I was thinking right before I saw the Bag er, I mean the Sign that I had not enjoyed a manga in a long while.

FunnyBooks. Great to read if your stuck waiting around. You can try running to get there but if you're like me and the Comics Gnome, you'veprobably got a few bags to carry. Who knows...if you give a good funnybook the "thumb's up", you might get a ride.


PS I love fish tacos. I had 'em that night...synchronicty???

Monday, July 14, 2008

As some of you may have heard, and others of you may more fully appreciate, I'm a man of many projects. A good number of these projects are long term quests for improvement, and one that has become sort of a self-imposed geas since that first fatefull trip to San Diego is that I seem unable to relent in my search for the perfect fish taco recipe.

Well folks, I'm here to tell you that I'm not sure I'm going to do much better than this culinary gem, to which use I put the unlucky stripped bass from a previous post. I believe the spell is officially broken. Any fish tacos I make from here on are bound to be a variation on this recipe:

2 cups chopped white onion, divided
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 pound tilapia, striped bass, or sturgeon fillets
Coarse kosher salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon milk
Corn tortillas
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, sliced
1/2 small head of cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
Salsa Verde
Lime wedges

Stir 1 cup onion, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil, 3 tablespoons lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and oregano in medium bowl. Sprinkle fish with coarse salt and pepper. Spread half of onion mixture over bottom of 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange fish atop onion mixture. Spoon remaining onion mixture over fish. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Turn fish; cover and chill 30 minutes longer. Whisk mayonnaise, milk, and remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice in small bowl.

Brush grill grate with oil; prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill fish with some marinade still clinging until just opaque in center, about 5-7 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until slightly charred, about 10 seconds per side.

Coarsely chop fish; place on platter. Serve with lime mayonnaise, tortillas, remaining 1 cup chopped onion, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, avocados, cabbage, salsa verde, and lime wedges.

Oh, and speaking of my previous post about stripped bass, we're having a girl!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Whole Foods Freakout, or How to be a Hippie 101

I've had quite a few staring battles this week. So far, I'm 0 and 4 and counting.

I'm embarking on a change of eating habits which promises to have me carrying around soaked raw nuts (haha, nuts) and strange green drinks next time any of you see me. Yes, I'm going to be "that girl". (That's right, Donald. I can fly a mean kite, too.)

So I went to Whole Foods and tried to fit in. I had my reusable canvas bags at the ready like any good Californian, and I wore a batik print top. By happy coincidence I forgot to wear deodorant that day. If Julia Roberts had been in the powdered greens aisle, we'd have become fast friends.

I shop at Whole Foods quite a bit, mind you. But usually because of the quality and gourmet nature of its offerings. I have never, ever, tried to maneuver the bulk section, or buy tofu, or look through every item to find the shit made out of bizarre grains.

I managed the produce area without major incident. It went straight downhill from there. I had a very large (in width and height) hippie lady chide me in the bulk foods section. I was looking around for the pencils and labels for my organic lentils and raw pumpkin seeds, and I got in her way. I then spent almost 30 minutes in front of the refrigerated tofu, and finally wheeled away empty handed. (TWO staring battles lost in one shopping trip!)

I've since called in the troops. My vegetarian friend Jami, who is a great cook, is going to help me learn what the eff to do with tofu. What's the difference between silken and regular? Why does firmness matter? How do you flavor the shit? I'm about to find out.

Meanwhile, a particular head of kale and I battle it out in a stare-down every time I open my fridge door. Kale is winning, leaves down. But someone just told me I can saute it like spinach, with some garlic and olive oil. Kale, your days are numbered. There's only room for one of us in this one-roomed apartment...

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Comics Gnome POOTS!...Finally a Crisis to Run Toward!


Out on the Roads of America, the Comics Gnome roams...POOTing funnybooks onto people ready for entertainment & enlightenment. Readers of this know the Gnome has a weakness for heroes stories in tights & capes. In The Begining, there was Superman and then began our modern mythology. Years & years, decades & decades of accumlated stories become tiresome so housecleaning is in order, a re-organization is called. Icons are deconstructed and rebuilt to suit the most modern of times...because if the heroes cannot reflect the now, what power do the stories themselves hold if not relevant. The Heroes as Icons remain the same but the stories need to be new. Does anyone really question the "need" for Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne to be a Trillionaire over a simple, common Billionaire in the early 21st Century? But iDigress...

So the Gnome now brings to me one of my favorite themes in the DC Universe; the Crisis Stories. The Purposeful attempt at fictional housecleaning in the form of the current FINAL CRISIS by mastermind Grant Morrison and art by J.G. Jones. Issue #2 was POOTed 2 weeks about. I think I've read it 8 times already.

FINAL CRISIS #2 alternate cover. I got this one.

FINAL CRISIS #2. the hooded Libra tries to convice Lex Luthor to join the Secret Society of Super-Villans...what is Libra using as a throne? In Issue #1, Libra had the Dastardly Doctor Light murder Teen Titans in order to procure this Armchair of the Ageis. This is Metron's Mobius Chair...and it's a wickid important prop. Mental Note, OK...

Metron's Mobius Chair. Important Prop.

...then Libra attends to one of his flock.


The JLA goes CSI.

Alpha Lantern Kraken disputes the Justice League's application of the scientific method...and perhaps the strength of this series so far has been its profound art. My favorite panel is on this page...the last panel, long rectangular fitting everyone in the room in the "shot". I love ease of the scene although it's ratcheting tension. Look at Flash, standing in the corner seemingly oblivious and aloof. Classic Green Lantern...all iconic poses, very accessable! Behold! Look at it yourself! Don'tcha want more?

And Grant Morrison is once AGAIN bending my mind as pretzel dough. Feature this: a bullet fired from the future to take out a target in the "now". Somone used Metron's Chair as a rifle scope, fired a bullet lethal to Gods to kill the New God Orion...of course the forensic evidence would only be found in the "past"...Batman's theory of course.

This is smart stuff, it's really quick. To the point. I wish I could share the Japanese Super Teen nightclub scene...with the 2nd Mr. Miracle Shilo Norman, who J.G. Jones managed to look just like rapper/actor Mos Def. The device of the New Gods essential to the story is a handheld unit called a "Mother Box" what Shilo Norman, all pimped out calls "Motherboxxx". very sexy. Did Grant Morrison just contribute another name to a future iPod?


Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash returns from the "dead" to emerge from Libra's throne...Metron's Mobius Chair itself. The Golden & Modern Age Flashes track down the abandoned meeting place of the Secret Society of Super-Villians and find forensic evidence of the Martian Manhunter's murder...only to find an old, long-dead friend running to warn them of impending DOOM...

DOOM! I said! DOOM! They already caught Batman and neutralized him!!! Call the League! Help!

In the vernacular of my people, wickid pissah.

Run for the FunnyBook bodega kids! This Crisis will be over in a flash!


Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday America!!!

I dunno what else to say besides I'm wearing my Captain America Adult Underroos today.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

In case you were wondering what you should spend your stimulus check on ...