I was far too lazy to post a comic over at Thank You, NASA yesterday. Instead, here’s some sad filler material.
Yep, it’s time to show you bits from my storyboard book!
For Thank You, NASA and WeirdBaby, I do a quickly-sketched storyboard to hammer out the pacing and dialog. Sometimes the sketch so perfectly encapsulates what I want for the final drawing that I am loathe to recreate it. For example:
I totally nailed the weight of the body in the first panel, and the bend in both of their elbows. It probably doesn’t help that I am reading Alec: “The Years Have Pants” right now, because I have no hope of achieving Eddie Campbell’s deceptively messy precision. As it turned out, my final drawing came out fairly well, but…
Here’s another one:
This one is just plain better than the final page. In fact, I think my next comic project will be in pencil.
Here’s a few more bits that I’m proud of:
Pimiento cheese is fairly common in the South, where you can find it as a dip or as a sandwich filling. It was introduced to me – in the coldest reaches of Chicago – by Sara a few years ago.
First, you will need a few simple ingredients (you can click all of these for a bigger version):
1 lb of the sharpest cheddar you can find
1 4oz jar of diced pimientos, drained
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
These things are pimientos:
You’re probably used to seeing them stuffed inside the olives in your martini. Very fancy. You may have also seen them in the grocery store next to things like artichoke hearts, canned mushrooms and olives. They are a remarkably common fixture at the store.
If you, like many young people today, are a “food person,” then you might like to grow your own pimientos. Keep in mind that this will increase the preparation time from 10 minutes to several months. Also, it’s hard to justify removing the seeds from several dozen of these things in the name of tasty snacks.
First, grate your cheese into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Next, drain your pimientos. They don’t need to be bone-dry, just pour out the water and dump the pimientos into the bowl.
Add the mayo.
Simple, so far, eh? Now, here’s the hard part. Stir that stuff up. Stir it like a Polaroid picture. I mean really mash it up.
Next, take a break. Do some hand, wrist and forearm exercises so you don’t get the Carpal Tunnel.
Add some salt and pepper. You’re going to want to stir it up some more after that. Maybe you need a stand mixer for this.
By now, everything should be gooey and fairly consistent. You’re done. Stick it on a cracker.
Ahh, Southern elegance. Incidentally, that’s one of Sara’s screenprinted tea towels. Pretty, huh? Check out her Etsy shop. [EDIT- I am told that the tea towels are not in the shop yet. They will be very soon.]
Yum. Here’s to another year of WeirdBaby!
We celebrated Independence Day a little late this year, so you’ll forgive me for posting these pictures late. (click for bigger version)
If you’re metadata savvy, you’ll see that these were taken on July 5th. I know, right? Our failure to make an overt display of patriotism on the designated day is a punishable offense in many states. I think our neighbors already assume that we are secret Islamofascist Communists.
To allay your fears, here is a hearwarmingly American picture of Americans enjoying American things: the orange glows of the sunset, a lighter and sodium oxide lamps.
Celebrating any national holiday late does have its benefits. The day after Easter, you get half-priced jelly beans (but no Creme Eggs – those things are long gone by then). The day after Halloween: candy corn discounts. After Christmas, you can get all the spray snow you want for a pittance. And after Arbor Day, free trees.
I’m not sure about that last one, but check out this discount bottle rocket:
Yep, fireworks are fun.
Safety is fun, as well. Make sure to follow all the instructions on the package.
There was a dense fog outside yesterday morning.
So I grabbed my camera and walked down to the pond while I waited for my water to boil. Read more…
It may be hot down here, but the South has its benefits, too (click for larger image):
Sara and I took the john boat for a paddle around the pond, and found this:
Here’s a better look at the flower:
A little grasshopper (at least I think that’s what it was) tried to escape from the boat, so Sara fished it out of the water with her oar. He will be rehabilitated and introduced back into society.
Oh, and here’s some garlic that grows in the yard. Yum.