Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lighting the Cake

This past Friday we celebrated my hubby’s best friend’s 30th birthday.

Birthday cakes it turns out become more difficult to light the older you get.  This is especially true if novelty candles are involved.

It took too people and a great deal of melted wax…but finally the candles (well...most of them) were ready to be blown out.

Lesson 1: You have more time to light larger candles.  Tiny candles melt to nothing really fast.
Lesson 2: Keep the flash off when fire is involved…it allows the flame to show up nicely.
Lesson 3: Get ready to get out of the way so you don’t catch on fire.  ;) 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Visual Summary

This was the WW I had originally intended on posting last week.  ;) 

Visual summary of the incredibly talented artists I had the pleasure of meeting this year at the Baltimore Comic Con:

Full Post Can be seen here:

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Since so many wonderful people have begun hosting Wordless Wednesday linky's I'm running out of space on the posts. So, now I've put all the buttons on their own page.

Or Just click on the tab at the top of the page titled "WW Linkys".


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wordy Wordless Wednesday - Girls with Slingshots is Back Up!

Warning: My Wordiest Wordless Wensday Ever....
One of the best webcomics is back online!  Whoohooo! 

If you read my last post you already know this comic (webcomic - since it's on the web) must be something special if because of it I would be willing to wake up Very Early on Saturday  to drive all the way to Baltimore to meet the artist (Danielle Corsetto). 

So...with that in mind let me tell you why I called my sister and demanded that she create a share button (which she is in the process of making right now for me)...

Unfortunately, a little bit ago some <Enter Not Nice Word Here> person decided it would be a good idea to hack the server that Girls with Slingshots is hosted on and make it so no one could access the site without risk of malware!  (More about what that here!) If any of you bought your domain from GoDaddy you briefly felt the pain she was going through for over a week. 

Therefore, this week in honor of Girls with Slingshots being back up & being given the all clear, I'm hosting my first WW linky.  You don't need to leave a comment for me.  All I ask is that after you link up, you head on over and check out one of the best webcomics...Girls with Slingshots.  If you find out you like the webcomic as much as I do...let me know and I'll share with you a list of other must read comics such as Something Positive.  


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Comics & Prints & Sketches - Oh My!

TL Collins
Two years ago, tying to be a supportive wife to a comic collecting hubby, I attended Philadelphia Comic Con. Not knowing much about comics I spent the majority of the afternoon walking around intimated and overwhelmed.  The day could have ended up being a real downer if it hadn’t been for a particular artist by the name of TL Collins, creator of Bullfinch.

As I was getting ready to leave the con, one of Collin’s characters caught my eye.  When I paused at the table, he looked up from his sketch (the first time an artist had acknowledged my presence all day) to introduce himself and his comic.
I left the table feeling much better about the con…and happily spent the train ride home reading two of out the three Bullfinch comics I bought.  When I arrived home I began to reread his comic starting from the beginning (an archive of the webcomic is online) and have had a special place in my heart for Bullfinch and webcomics ever since.
Flash forward to this year.  Two weeks ago I noticed that one of my favorite webcomic artists, Danielle Corsetto – author of Girls with Slingshots was going to have a table at the Baltimore Comic Con.  Determined not to repeat my experience with the Philadelphia Comic Con, the night before (hello procrastination) I looked up each artist that was going to be in Artist Alley. 

While I have not been able to read all of their works from beginning to end, the following are some of the incredibly talented artists I had the pleasure of meeting this year at the Baltimore Comic Con:

Warning: While the language is appropriate for the situations – be forewarned that if you are easily offended by cursing…think twice before clicking on any of the links below.  Thanks!
Danielle Corsetto

Danielle Corsetto, creator of Girls with Slingshots (For those that don’t know, Girls with Slingshots is a comic that tickles your funny bone and is better than chocolate (and you know how important chocolate is). If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself:
F.Lee, creator of Wolf Wears Wool (A beautiful web comic I’m only just beginning to read but already falling in love with. Her art practically flows off the page sweeping you off your feet and into the story.You can check out her stunning art here:

Jamie Noguchi
Cari Corene

Jamie Noguchi, creator of Back to the Grind – (If you’ve worked in an office you're either going to love this because it’s funny…or hate it because you’ll be getting flashbacks of your own job.  Interested?  Read the comic here: 
Cari Corene, creator of Toilet Genie. (I know it sounds gross…but really her art is stunning. Check it out for yourself at:

Ian Struckhoff
Tressa Bowling

Ian Struckhoff, writer of The Deathlings and creator of Black Label Comics (according to the website there is a plan to do a The Deathlings webcomic – oooo I hope so!)
Tressa Bowling, creator of HATEINK (This comic cracks me up because I think I’m shouted most of the text at one time or another…and I’m thinking you have too. Her webcomic can be viewed here:

Kori Michele Hanwerker
David Petersen
Kori Michele Hanwerker, creator of Prince of Cats (You can check out her webcomic here:
David Petersen, creator of hugely popular Mouse Guard.  (The stories and art are simply spectacular.  I dare you to just try and not get lost in the intricate world he created.)

Gene Ha
Nick Davis

Nick Davis, author of The Wonder Tales and creator of A Teddy Bear Tale.  (While I haven’t finished reading the Wonder Tales, I am already entranced by the marvelous tales he spins …all beginning with four magic words, “Once upon a time…")
Gene Ha, artist for the Worley & the Mink story found in Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard and lot of other works with DC Comics.

Todd Dezago & Craig Rousseau

Todd Dezago & Craig Rousseau, creators of The Perhapanauts. (Craig Rousseau is also the author and artist responsible for the The Lion and The Mouse story found in the Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard.)
Lesson 1: If you get so excited that your hands shake take a few deep breaths and extra pictures (as a few are likely to be blurry).
Lesson 2: When you take pictures in low light enlarge the photos on your view screen to make sure that your subject is what is in focus…rather than your background.
Lesson 3: There are times when you have to work with the pictures you have even if they are blurry. (In this case…I may have gotten a bit over excited and had too many pictures that either was out of focus or a tad blurry…hence the Photoshop fun with cutout filter.)  Oh well…it’s a learning experience.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Peek into the Closet

This week's WW can be found over at
 Deconstructing my Closet where I'm guest blogging for what could
very easily be the least wordy post ever on his blog.  ;)

Feel free to comment on both sites (that we can both say thanks for stopping by)!

Happy Wordless Wednesday!
Since so many wonderful people have begun hosting Wordless Wednesday linky's I'm running out of space on the posts. So, now I've put all the buttons on their own page.
Or Just click on the tab at the top of the page titled "WW Linkys".