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Dinner is Coming – A Song of Sugar and Spice

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Dinner is Coming – A Song of Sugar and Spice

If you’re anything like me, you took a little extra time while reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire to visualize the passages in which he describes the foods of his world. He pays special attention to describing the meals in loving detail, encouraging my inner fatty to fantasize about shoveling all of that food into my face while sitting next to some of my favorite characters from the books.

Apparently Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer felt the same way, as they set out to recreate the meals described by Martin throughout the novels. The resulting cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, is quite delightful.

These ladies really did their research, converting original medieval recipes to accommodate the modern kitchen. The cookbook itself is organized by the geographical regions in Martin’s world, from as far North as the Wall, South to Dorne, and even across the Narrow Sea to Meereen and Tyrosh.  Where possible, the authors include the original medieval recipe as well as suggested pairings with other recipes to create delicious, authentic meals. I also plan on actually eating all of them – even the Honey Spiced Locusts and Fiery Dornish Rattlesnake.

I will be quite honest and include both opinions of these dishes’ taste and those of whomever I can find to eat these dishes with me. Chelsea and Sariann also have their own blog where you can find some of the recipes they are working on. They also give commentary and pointers on their recipes. I would like to do something along those lines, but you will be receiving advice and commentary from a complete, self-confessed amateur.

Oftentimes when I read a recipe, I find myself wanting a slightly “simpler” explanation of what is going on – the chef who wrote the recipe obviously knows what they are doing, but I don’t always know what they mean! Hopefully knowing that someone out there is picking up this cookbook for the first time, and learning to cook these dishes for the first time will encourage you to buy the cookbook and try it out for yourself!

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To the NRA, imaginary bullets are deadlier than real bullets

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To the NRA, imaginary bullets are deadlier than real bullets

The Sandy Hook school shootings may have triggered a storm of political fervor for gun control laws, but there are those who are determined to distract us with tried-and-true diversions – most notably, blaming everything except for the ability to take human life.

It began, once again, with NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s by-now infamous statement last month: “There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people. Through vicious violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: It’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research staff can find it, and all yours couldn’t, or didn’t want anyone to know you’ve found it?”

The next salvo came in a CNN interview with Tennesee representative Marsha Blackburn claiming to be “shocked” by the level of violence in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. And last week, Vice President Joe Biden held a meeting with representatives and researchers of the video game industry as part of his ongoing campaign to reduce gun violence in the United States. Even the representatives of the International Game Developers Association admitted responsibilities to help curb gun violence, though they persistently (and rightfully so, given the contradictory evidence) refuse to acknowledge fault.

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Comic Issues #100 – Geek Drinks

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Comic Issues #100 – Geek Drinks

It’s time to celebrate, cause we’ve hit 100 episodes!

Join our heroes and heroine as they celebrate this momentous occasion. What better way to celebrate than with resident podcast host and mixologist Anthony Silva? Join us for a journey into the land of Geek drinks. Also joining us is Leland Pierce Jr. of Movie Issues, who apparently attended Hogwarts and mastered the fine arts of Butterbeer. Plenty of fun and drinking awaits you, dear listener.

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Tech Review: Pogo Connect

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Tech Review: Pogo Connect

While I’m a digital artist, I’ve always been tethered to my desk. Armed with my trusty Sketchbook, Scanner and Wacom, doing digital artwork can be a bit of a chore. While the advent of the Tablet certainly changed the playing field, Pogo has stepped in with the ultimate tool for any digital artist.

I’m referring to the Pogo Connect, a bluetooth pen that connects with your tablet to give you that pressure sensitivity that you’ve grown accustom to with your Wacom.

How does the Pogo Connect stack up to the Wacom? Is this the pen you’ve sought to unchain you from your desk, and become a mobile artist?

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Geeky Holiday Gift Guide

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Geeky Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re like most people, then you may be panicking trying to finish off the loved ones on your list. Or maybe you’ve been drawing a blank when people keep asking you what you want for the holidays. Well fear not my dear friend, we’ve teamed up with The Villainous Lair comic shop to bring you a Holiday Gift guide for your favorite geek.

Take a look below for some great ideas from some of the crew at The Lair for the geek in your life or even your nerdy self.

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Cosplay Calender by Women of Comicbook Cosplay

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Cosplay Calender by Women of Comicbook Cosplay

As we enter the end of this year, it’ll soon become apparent that there’s a whole new year coming up that will need organizing.  In the past, cavemen would carve tallies into the wall to know how long until their next birthday, but that was then, and now that we’re advanced future men, we can tally on calenders of beautiful women dressed as equally beautiful fictional characters.  All thanks to the Women of Comicbook Cosplay (WoCC) mastermind Derek Fuego, who has given us something new to enjoy every month.

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Comic Issues Renders: Star Wars

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Comic Issues Renders: Star Wars

This week is just chock-full of celebration, as this Thursday at midnight marks the release of the 3D version of The Phantom Menace. We’ll be there at Edward’s Mira Mesa interviewing and talking with you the fans. In the spirit of Star Wars, our crew took on the challenge to draw your favorite Star Wars character.

Would you like to participate in the render? Send an email to comicissues@gmail.com with a drawing you made of your favorite Star Wars character. We’ll go ahead and post it up here for everyone to see.

Need something else to celebrate? How about our Comic Issues’s 1 Year Anniversary? We’ll be doing a LIVE UStream Podcast at 6pm PST, Friday February 10th. All are welcome to hang out and even participate in the show. Check back here for all the details.

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Comic Issues 1 Year Anniversary Contest!

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Comic Issues 1 Year Anniversary Contest!

Set your Google calenders because a very special day is coming.

A day so epic that it will live in infamy.

On February 10, 2012, your favorite podcast staring the Comic Issues Crew will turn one year old.

Spawned from a glimmer in the eye of four fanboys, Comic Issues has produced 52 podcasts, 300 clones, an unmeasurable amount of Star Wars jokes, and our own brand of mythical Peanut Butter. Comic Issues has brought its listeners hours of entertainment with a little bit of geek news sprinkled on top.  We have covered major events like the San Diego Comic-Con, and the launch of DC’s New 52 while taking the time for important topics such as “What to do in a zombie apocalypse.”  Comic Issues has grown, with the addition of writers and podcasters Leland Pierce and Caleb Cleveland and the arrival of its sister podcast Movie Issues.

There are no words that can describe the thanks that we have for our supportive listeners, so instead we’ve decided to give away more prizes.

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An Artistic Look – Wacom Inkling

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An Artistic Look – Wacom Inkling

There is a particular art to going digital. The transition can be a bit of a trial of one’s artistic dedication. While I was introduced to Wacom’s products early on in my artistic career, it wasn’t until very recently that I became comfortable with tablets.I found it very difficult to draw on the Tablet and watch what was begin drawn on the Screen. I was always looking for the happy medium between digital and traditional drawing.

Wacom has taken that very step with the introduction of the Inkling.

The easiest way to understand the Inkling is it’s essentially a ballpoint pen that records your line art digitally. How does this fit into the day-to-day grind of an artist? Is this the happy medium between traditional and digital?

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