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Clockwork Game Update: 2/28/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Jess Fink who has a new book, We Can Fix It!, out from Top Shelf. I loved Jess’ wonderfully NSFW Chester 5000 XYV (no seriously, Chester is NSFW, not even a little bit) and so I’m eager to see this new release from her. Top Shelf has kindly provided a preview here, so you can check it out.

Oh God, so true

Johnny Wander tells the truth about inking. Such horrible truth.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/21/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Green Brain Comics — but this time for less fortunate reasons than usual. Over the weekend, an SUV smashed through the wall facing the parking lot and into their shop. The Merritts — along with Stormy Records, in the retail space above them — hope to have their stores open soon, possibly as early as this week.

I’ve said it many times before, but it bears repeating: Dan and Katie are two of the kindest, most generous folks in the business, and they run an outstanding store with one of the best selections of comics I’ve ever seen. If you’re in the Dearborn area, please consider heading down there to make some purchases as soon as they’re able to get the register running. If there’s a fundraiser to help cover expenses, I’ll be sure to post about it, as well.

My Boyfriend is a Monster

It’s been a long while in the making, but I’m excited to finally announce that I’ve got a couple of pages in a brand new book, My Boyfriend Is a Monster: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, part of a series published by Lerner’s Graphic Universe Imprint! The story is a retelling of Jekyll and Hyde by writer Robin Mayhall, and I’m in really good company with three other talented artists: Kristen Cella, Dirk Tiede, and Jen Manley Lee. You can pick up copies through your local comics store, Powells, or Amazon.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/14/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Art Baltazar, who is Kickstarting a gorgeous-looking new all-ages series, Aw Yeah Comics! I love all of Art’s stuff, from his self-published Patrick the Wolf Boy to his more mainstream work on DC’s Tiny Titans, and I’m way excited to see this new, creator-owned work. It’s already super-funded, but go support Art anyway. He’s such a great guy.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/07/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to the Con or Bust auctions, which run every year for the purpose of sending more Fans of Color to conventions. You can browse the auctions here or make a a direct donation to the cause. Bidding opens soon — most auctions I looked at start either this Saturday or Sunday — so have a look and get ready to bid!

Clockwork Game Update: 1/31/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Kyle Baker who has just put most of his creator-owned properties online for free! My favorite will always be Why I Hate Saturn, but Nat Turner is a close second.

Note for sensitive readers: This, and the next two pages bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just starting here when you read the comic.

RIP Ormel Olmer

This weekend, while cleaning my kitchen down to the studs in preparation for a baby shower I was hosting, I bit the bullet and finally opened the jar containing my sourdough starter.

I found out that dead sourdough starters smell like rotting meat. Seriously.

Clockwork Game Update: 1/24/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to The Carl Brandon Society, which has a new fundraiser, Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars. For only an $8.01 donation to the CBS, — whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction — you can download an eBook of Bloodchildren, which is edited by Nisi Shawl, features a forward by Nalo Hopkinson, and includes stories by Indrapramit Das, Shweta Narayan, Caren Gussoff, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lisa Bolekaja, Chris Caldwell, Jeremy Sim, Erik Owomoyela, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Mary Burroughs, and Kai Ashante Wilson.

Don’t hesitate, though — the special eBook is only available until June 22nd, which would be Ms. Butler’s 66th birthday.

“There is a sentence in one of these fine stories, ‘Légendaire.’ by Kai Ashante Wilson, which is pure poetry: ‘As glowing coals in a fire are steeped with richer color than the fire itself, so, pale as moonlight, a shine appears in the air around Papa’s head, and where his naps grow, not black but indigo-color, round the edges of his hairline, the widow’s peak, sideburns, and kitchen: every curly strand fills with brilliance, the way hot coals do, but this light makes no heat, and it shimmers, blue as the sky at noon.’

“And it was at the moment of reading this line that something relaxed within me. I’d been impressed and entertained before that moment, but in reading Wilson’s story I realized that this collection really was inspired by one of the great modern masters of the SF form, inspired in the highest sense of the word. Octavia Estelle Butler was my friend, the most dedicated writer I’ve ever known, and a shy, sweet, generous giant of a woman. This collection celebrates her life and legacy, but more to the point, it is an opportunity for a generation of writers to announce their arrival in a burst of literary thunder.”

“Rest well, Octavia: your legacy is safe.”

Steven Barnes

Note for sensitive readers: This, and the next three pages bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just starting here when you read the comic.

Clockwork Game Update: 1/17/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Dave Roman, who is serializing his new Astronaut Academy graphic novel online! I still have some of the original Astronaut Academy minicomics, from way, way back in the day. Can’t wait to see Dave’s new stuff!

Note for sensitive readers: This, and the next four pages bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just starting here when you read the comic.

Clockwork Game Update: 1/10/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Warren Ellis, whose new book, Gun Machine, just arrived on our doorstep. Paul’s already partway through it, and I get it next (I have to wait my turn, since it was his Christmas present). Ellis also recently appeared on the Nerdist Podcast, which I also recommend, because despite his balls-out exterior, Ellis is one of the most practical writers out there these days, and his no-bullshit approach to comics helped me a great deal when I was first starting out, and listening to him talk about writing for an hour is time well spent.

Note for sensitive readers: This, and the next five pages bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just starting here when you read the comic.

Clockwork Game Update: 1/03/13

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Tim O’Shea of Robot 6, who was kind enough to include Paul and I in his year-end wrap-up/forecast.

Note for sensitive readers:This, and the next six pages bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just starting here when you read the comic.

Reverse Signal Boost

Ironically, these days I spend so much time making comics that I don’t often get word of new, interesting comics until well after they’re published — or in the case of webcomics, several years in.

This week I’d love some input from my readers: What comics are you enjoying lately? What’s good out there? LiveJournalers, please post your answers here, so I don’t miss them!

Clockwork Game Update: 12/27/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to James Kochalka, whose long-running autobio comic, American Elf comes to an end this week.

Note for sensitive readers: This, and the next seven pages bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just visit the JanerBlog as your starting point for the comic.

Clockwork Game Update: 12/20/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Jeremy Bastian, whose book Cursed Pirate Girl comes out in hardback this week from Archaia Press!

Clockwork Game Update: 12/13/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Styx Taxi, which I just found out has returned to the web with a new story.

Clockwork Game Update: 12/6/12

Signal boost of the week goes to Sumana Harihareswara who, along with her husband Leonard — and a bunch of other generous donors — recently gave an amazing $20,000 to the Ada Initiative, an organization that works to

… increase the participation of women in open technology and culture by educating both women and people of all genders who want to support women in open tech/culture. Most of our work is free of charge and freely reusable under Creative Commons licenses.

Way to go, you guys. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is.

Another signal-boost update: I’m so happy to report that The Great Sioux Nation was able to raise $9 million and purchase back the sacred site of Pe’Sla in the Black Hills. I don’t think I’ve ever donated to a more worthy cause.

Clockwork Game Update: 11/29/12

Signal boost of the week goes to LARP Trek, a sweet little webcomics collision of two nerdy favorites.

Clockwork Game Update: 11/22/12

Signal boost of the week goes to you, my readers, who’ve stuck with me for yet another year of Clockwork Game — five years so far, going to be six by the time it’s done. Thanks so much, everyone.

Stone Soup Gumbo

Hey, look! It’s a post that’s not a weekly update!

I do a whole lot of home cooking, but it’s so routine that I’ve pretty much given up on blogging about it. Today, however, I made a wonderful pot of gumbo whose ingredients were almost entirely thanks to the generosity of others, and that’s definitely blogworthy.

It started last Thursday, at the 17th annual Biggs|Gilmore Thanksgiving feast. The accounting team cooked three huge turkeys, everyone brought a dish to pass, and we all ate like kings. Afterwards, there were turkey carcasses. Turkey carcasses that were headed into the garbage. Heresy, I say! I grabbed an empty aluminum dish and made off with a giant pile of bones and wings and drippings. That same night I boiled the bones up into a gallon of glorious, wobbly turkey stock (Paul always has to watch me shake the pot the morning after: “Look, honey! WOOBLY WOOBLY WOOBLY”. I am so easily amused.) which went into the freezer to await the arrival of… sossidge.

There’s a certain someone who loves me and Paul very much. So much so that she FedExed us a box of home-ground, home-smoked sausage.

Real genuine andouille made my real genuine Louisiana folks. It arrived this morning, to much joy, and stabbing. Seriously, you guys, it tasted so good that it’s a miracle any of it made it into the pot.

Ten minutes after its arrival, I started thawing the turkey stock and the shrimp, and made a quick trip to the store for more rice. Got in the door, set the rice to soak, started the oven roux (R.O.U.Xes? I don’t believe they exist.) peeled the shrimp and started boiling the shrimp shells for seafood stock.

Then the hallway smoke alarm went off. Then the basement smoke alarm went off. Alas, I didn’t stir enough, and the roux was burned (nooooooo) which sent poor Paul back to the store to buy more flour — I’d had exactly enough left to make the roux, but no more, of course. In the meantime I chopped and got everything else mised in its place. Paul returned from the store, I set the new roux to cooking — this time on the stovetop, like a smart person — and watched it like a hawk, stopping just short of a brick roux and finishing it in the stewpot with the veg (no okra, alas. Paul can’t stand the stuff, so we use filé instead).

As soon as the veg were soft, in went the shrimp stock and the turkey stock, and the andouille followed shortly after.

Now it’s burbling away, and in another hour or so I’ll add the shrimp. You guys, I so wish you could smell how good my kitchen smells right now.

I love Gumbo so much. I never had it growing up, but it’s such an fantastic thing — you take all this stuff that folks would otherwise throw away, add some veg and sausage, and get the most delicious meal from it. It always amazes me how some of the best-tasting recipes from every culture are the ones born out of frugality and necessity — and in this case, generosity. I’ll be bringing some in to work on Monday to complete the circle.

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