Comics for Dinovember

I want to start off by apologizing that for the first time, I was unable to find appropriate comics for the recent Thanksgiving holiday. Not a lot of series out there have specific Thanksgiving issues, nor are there a lot about turkeys or something. If I have scandalized you by missing a really obvious book or story-line, let me know in the comments. Perhaps I can redeem myself next year.

Happily, Thanksgiving isn’t the only thing November has going on. And on the last day of the month, I am sliding into home with a post appropriate for Dinovember – comics that feature Dinosaurs. Here are just a few of my favorites.

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Methinks Gon has a lot to learn about fashion…

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Star Trek Trivia: Debrief and Diversity Round

[Updated November 29, 2016]

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Our first Star Trek Trivia event was a roaring hit! Three dozen Trekkies turned out for seven rounds of trivia, laughs, and quality nerd camaraderie. Special thanks to Comicazi for having us and Wes Hazard for hosting. (If you attended and want to give us feedback, please contact us!)

The final team rankings were:

  1. The Niners
  2. Rock out with your Spock out
  3. Deep Space Fine
  4. Keeping up with the Cardassians
  5. What happens on Risa… (their final score was 69, no joke!)
  6. Niners
  7. The Uhuras
  8. Captain Kirk’s Toupe
  9. Trouble with Trekkies

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Klingon Bloodwine

At this point, you’d have to be lost in the Delta Quadrant to not know about our first ever Star Trek Trivia event this weekend. There’s going to be a lot of fun to be had, and The Ladies have decided to start the festivities early with our new recipe for Klingon bloodwine.

When creating this recipe, I did my research and decided to focus on the following facts:

  • Bloodwine is highly intoxicating
  • Worf likes his bloodwine “young and sweet”
  • Traditionally, bloodwine is served warm

That skull means we aren’t foolin’ around here!

I will admit to a good deal of trial and error this time around, and my first attempts at a mixed drink with hard liquors were pretty awful. I mean, to make perfectly good liquor undrinkable? The shame.

When I finally went back to scratch, I realized that the answer lay in the fact that bloodwine can be served warm. Using mulled wine as a base instead of liquor would not only allow me to control the color better but also allow me to create something that could be more or less sweet (in the case that you and Worf are in agreement on this one).

In the case of this recipe, I wouldn’t say that you need to follow it to the letter. In fact, it might be difficult to do so since I don’t have that many exact measurements and the ingredients you use can make a significant difference in how things taste. Happily, I love mulled wine, so the process of tasting and adjusting was a lot of fun.

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See that? Barely any light goes through. That’s because real bloodwine should be as dark, deep, and complex as the soul of a mighty Klingon warrior!

Ingredients

Bottle of red wine – I wouldn’t use anything too expensive, but you want to get something you are also happy to drink. I might even suggest Beaujolais Nouveau because it’s considered a “young” wine since it’s bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. It’s also sweet, fruity, and the kind of wine that people are just as likely to drink out of a straw or make slushies out of. So, it’s pretty unlikely we’re going to shock the wine snobs by mulling this one.

1 cup pomegranate juice – Most mulled wines are made with citrus, but I wanted something more tart that would not only add some bite but would also bolster the color.

4-8 whole cloves

1/2 tsp ginger – fresh or ground

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 cup sugar or honey – optional

Spiced rum – I used a shot and a half, but you can certainly use more or less depending on how strong or “authentic” you want this to taste.

Directions

Add ingredients to a pot and slowly bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 mins. While it cooks, feel free to taste and adjust. Just remember that the longer it simmers, the stronger the spices will taste. Best served warm, but can also be served at room temperature as a punch.

IwlIj jachjaj! (May your blood scream!)

Comic Characters You Should Get to Know: Misty Knight

All right, by now, you hopefully had a chance to watch the Netflix series Luke Cage and at least have some idea who Misty is. If you haven’t and you want to remain 100% spoiler-free, maybe go set up some binge watching time and come back to this later. Otherwise, read on and consider this a bit of a character primer on the comics version of Misty, which will hopefully give you some more background and get you even more interested in this kick-ass lady.

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Fashion Raptors: Dinovember 2016 Edition

Happy Dinovember, advice-seekers! This is our favorite month of the year. Besides being a 30-day celebration of our glorious selves, it’s the month in which we celebrate our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. It’s the one day of the year you humans take in the right number of calories. This year, the feasting starts early – we and the Ladies are kicking off our celebration on Saturday, November 5th with our buddy Kyle Coston’s Gut-Bustin’ Thanksgiving special. The Ladies will be feeding Kyle a special treat, so don’t miss the fun!

If you’re more into dinosaurs than turkey, be sure to follow the adventures of our pal TR Henri and his friends at the Henrietta Public Library. These guys get up to all kinds of hijinks!

And now, without further ado, we solve your problems. These questions come from some of our friends who attended LadiesCon 2016! If you don’t see your question, fear not – we will address it in a later installment.

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For Asexuality Awareness Week, an interview with the creator of Heartless

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Elizabeth and Clara from chapter 3 of Heartless. Copyright Emily Griggs.

This week is Asexuality Awareness Week — if you’re unfamiliar, please check out Asexuality 101 or this awesome comic debunking 5 myths about asexuality.

I spoke with Emily Griggs, a Canadian writer and artist who identifies as ace (asexual) and who is behind the web comic Heartless, which she describes as:

Heartless is an action/adventure comic set in early Victorian London. It’s about vampires, self-discovery, more vampires, the struggle against oppression, and very pretty dresses. The entire main cast is LGBTQIA+, with an explicitly asexual protagonist.

Our conversation below is lightly edited for clarity.

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LoC Podcast, episode 1: Mildred Louis on magical girls, creating independently, and diversity

Agents of the Realm, copyright Mildred Louis.

This week I’m excited to introduce our first Ladies of Comicazi podcast!

In what I hope will be the first of many, our inaugural podcast is an interview with the incomparable and astoundingly talented Mildred Louis, author and artist of the web comic Agents of the Realm. (Feel free to check out The Red Menace’s review of Mildred’s first collected volume of Agents!)

So join us as we discuss animation, geek out over Sailor Moon, and imagine how hard it must be to have to save the world on a regular basis.

(You can catch Mildred in person at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, October 29-30, 2016 in Cambridge.)

A special thanks goes out to Aayesha Siddiqui (our newest and most tech savvy Lady) for producing, recording, and mixing this podcast. An additional thanks goes out to Canopy City for once again providing us the space to conduct our latest shenanigans.

Music credits: 80s Quiz Show Loop and Videogame-ish Intro, both by Christopher from Sounds Like An Earful. Both tracks are Creative Commons licensed (CC BY-SA 3.0), as is our podcast.

All Good Things Should Come To An End: The Impending Finale of “Adventure Time”


The end of last month brought news of the coming end of an era. Cartoon Network’s critically acclaimed and much loved series Adventure Time with Finn and Jake will be ending in 2018. I’ve seen a lot of the early stages of mourning for the show around the Internet and I certainly sympathize as a longtime viewer myself. But even though I will miss having new episodes of the groundbreaking show to look forward to, I’m ready to see it reach its conclusion. Because endings aren’t necessarily a bad thing.  Continue reading

October is for Horror II: 3 Netflix Hidden Gems

As the Ladies’ resident expert of movies and shows involving blood splatter, and since I did one of these posts last year, I decided now was a good time to prowl through Netflix for 3 more hidden gems to help get you into the mood for the best, or at least the spookiest (spoopiest?) month of the year.  This time around I am going for a bit more variety, rather than just 3 straight horror movies.  Think of them as choices in the spirit of trick-or-treating.  Not one wants a bag full of just one kind of candy.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

td-tucker-dale-evilI love a good horror comedy, but it’s a tough genre to do really well.  For me it works best when there’s a real love and understanding of what is at the root of some standard horror tropes.  Movies like Shaun of the Dead, Cabin in the Woods, and Zombieland do this particularly well. Enter Tucker and Dale vs. Evil with its flipped around take on the “backwoods murder hillbilly” trope.  Frankly I think it’s more fun to go into the movie with less knowledge of the plot so I’m not going to give you much on purpose. I didn’t read any summaries myself and that made each reveal more fun.   Plus, it stars Allen Tudyk, who is just a delight in  his role. A word to the squeamish: while this movie is surely considered a comedy, it’s also pretty gory.  If that’s not your thing, this isn’t for you.   Note: It’s been reported that a sequel to this 2010 original is in the works.  After enjoying this one so much I’m excited to see where these characters will go next.

4 out of 5 bodies through a woodchipper

Extraordinary Tales

td-extraordinary-talesWait, what?  Tiny Doom is going to write something about an animated thing?  Yeah guys, I am, I’ve got layers.  Well, it’s an animated thing with blood splatter so I guess I’m not really going too far off task here. Curated by veteran Disney animator and Spanish writer-director Raul Garcia,   Extraordinary Tales is an animated anthology of 5 tales by Edgar Allen Poe.  We are talking about some pretty time-honored Halloween fare.  Each tale has its own animation style, and the voice talent (ranging from Christopher Lee  – in one of his last projects before his death, Bela Lugosi, and Julian Sands) makes this an almost hypnotic watch.  It’s not scary so much as it satisfies a craving for the Gothic and the creepy. It’s probably best viewed in the evening or on a dreary afternoon.

3.5 out of 5 red death masques

The Awakening

td-awakeningThey had me at “lady ghost debunker” with this one.  A BBC film, The Awakening is a period piece in which that invokes both horror and mystery tropes.  Florence Cathcart uses science to expose charlatans and debunk claims of haunting.  However, each time she succeeds at her task it’s a bit heartbreaking because she is also hoping for evidence of the supernatural so that she can contact her partner who was lost in the war. Think, the Houdinis.  When she gets called to a case in a boy’s boarding school more is revealed about her past, including some memories she buried regarding her upbringing.  This movie is a slow burn of creepiness, with some big reveals at the end. I found the ending to be sort of ambiguous and sort of not, but I think it leaves things open enough that if you want to believe, you can.  If you liked The Woman in Black, you might like this.

3.5 out of 5 creepy British boarding school kids