We are less than 2 months away from LadiesCon and things are getting crazy. Crazy in the best ways possible, but still quite a lot of twists, turns, and surprises. It’s during these times that we need to make sure we’re taking the opportunity to take a deep breath, brush up on your R’lyehian, and praise the Elder Gods.
If you haven’t read Kristen Gudsnuk’s Henchgirl, you should really do one of the following: a) buy it now so you have a copy for Kristen to sign at LadiesCon or b) buy it at LadiesCon and so you have a copy for Kristen to sign. Ok ok, I know I’m really driving the point a bit hard here, but there’s a reason we reached out to Kristen as a guest.
Without turning this post into a review, I will tell you this much. Henchgirl is such a charming and funny story. It’s filled with such great visual gags and puns that when I found myself faced with these panels…I knew immediately what I had to do.
Yes, I needed my very own Cthulu Burger!
Normally when I do these Food and Fandom posts, I like to post a recipe. I’m not going to do that this time for a few reasons. The main reason is that there are times when (due to the either the complications of your project or the limits of your own culinary skills) you know that you’re going to have to choose between something that tastes great but is visually plain or something that looks amazing but will NEVER WANT TO EAT AGAIN. I chose and well, um…you’ll see.
When making a burger based on Cthulu, octopus was the most obvious choice. I was able to find frozen cleaned octopus in my regular supermarket quite easily, as well as a recipe that would allow me to cook it in my sous vide. I had never cooked octopus before and using such a controlled temperature was a pretty surefire way to ensure that the octopus would be soft and tender rather than horrible and chewy.
So I started with something that looked like this:
Did some stuff to it:
And hours later, I found myself with this:
The recipe also informed me that I should clean, then either grill or fry up the octopus to get the legs and tentacles nice and crispy before serving. So I did that too.
Next, I laid out my ingredients on my sacrificial altar/cutting board and got to work assembling what might very well be my most horrifying creation yet.
BEHOLD AND TREMBLE WITH FEAR YOU FOOLS! *warning: prolonged exposure to this slideshow may result in madness
I’m really proud of how I was able to get his worshipers to bleed from the eyes just right!
I delayed as long as I could taking these pictures. It wasn’t because I didn’t think I would like octopus. I’ve had it before and liked it a lot. It was the idea of eating it with bread and the other burger fixings that made me start to back away towards the door.
I mean, does this cross section look appetizing to you?
Since I wasn’t about to go at this alone, The Boy and I each took a half, bit in, and well…
Do I get points for accuracy if it tastes like it’s been asleep under a lost city in the Pacific ocean for thousands of years?
Ok, so maybe it wasn’t that bad. But dang, it tasted fishy. And the soft octopus with even softer bread was not something I found enjoyable in any way. No, it was not good. Nope. Nope. Nope.
In the case that you’re wondering what went wrong, I chatted with Tiny Doom and she believes it was a problem with the octopus recipe that I used. My recipe said that marinating the octopus before cooking was optional, so I skipped that step to save myself a little time. Tiny Doom has cooked octopus with great success but has always let it braise in red wine first. Perhaps that’s the key to removing the fishy taste? Maybe my frozen octopus wasn’t all that great? I’ll probably give cooking octopus a shot again, but will use a very different recipe.
Still, Lord Cthulu makes quite the dashing figure as a burger.
So normally this would be Cartoon Sara’s week to lay down some thoughts and musings, but family matters have have made that difficult. So you get me…again. You’re welcome, and/or I’m sorry, choose which ever best suits your needs. As I didn’t really have post planned I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you what’s been going on with us Ladies, and most importantly, what’s coming up in the near future. We would also love to have a chance to hear from you about what you would like to see some us, so please don’t leave without answering the poll questions below.
What’s coming up-
The summer has been super exciting for us. As often happens, a lot of stuff has come up in a short period of time and we are working hard to make things happen!
First off– The Red Menace and I had a chance to interview Caitlin Kittredge about her work on the new Boom! Studios comic Lucas Stand. She’s co-writing it with Kurt Sutter…yeah, that Kurt Sutter, did a little show called Sons of Anarchy. Anyway, I had a chance to read this title before we spoke with Caitlin and if you like anti-heroes, and the possibility of angels and demons duking it out, then this will be right in your wheelhouse.
Next– After we interviewed Caitlin, all of the Ladies were interviewed by WBZ-TV, our local CBS affiliate for a web series called The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con. This series will start today on CBSBoston.com and will give a look inside Boston’s thriving geek culture. Rumor has it we will be in the first episode a little, but more so in the second. Watch to see how red my face can get when faced with public speaking, an expensive camera, and a boom mic (fun fact: 3 of us Ladies are introverts, 2 of us secret ones).
Also– You guys….WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A PANEL AT BOSTON COMIC CON!
I know, right? Join us on Sunday, August 14th at 1pm!
Food & Fandom: Celebrating the Delicious Side of Pop Culture: Food and fandom go together like The Hound and all of the chicken – join the Ladies of Comicazi for a discussion of the many ways they intersect!
Last– Here are those polls I mentioned.
If you follow any of the Ladies on social media, you’ll notice that we are having our second View and Chew event coming up in a couple of weeks. This event is going to be even more crazy than our last as we prepare to celebrate all things Supernatural. As part of our preparations, we have been making prizes, choosing the perfect plaid clothing items to wear, and having extremely detailed conversations about the best way to paint demon traps on everything from our toilets to our own finger nails. As someone who really likes to theme her nails in line with various Comicazi and Ladies’ events, it seems only natural that I am not only prepping special nails for our event, but have been experimenting with the best way to create theme-appropriate nails for future events as well. And as I suffer from all this trial and error (and acetone fumes), I am going to share with you what I have learned. PS – If you are dying to see the finished product, you should really get your tickets to our event, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (Krebstar5) if you are not local.
The Goods – Believe it or not, I don’t feel like I have enough nail supplies. As soon as I hit a stride with something, I discover something else that I REALLY want. Also, I never seem to have enough colors and random things to glue to my nails. My last practice session looked like this: