Saturday, January 29, 2011

Posting Pause Passes!

Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted, but I've been up to my inkwells in work. Hopefully, I'll share some of it with you shortly, as well as do some of the posts I've been promising, including details of my trip to Harry Pottersville and the movie that haunts  my dreams/nightmares.

Until then, here are a few more  of the Richie Rich pages that were recently returned to me. They are from a long time ago, so no apologies for my drawing flaws. One thing I cannot take credit/blame for, however, is the design of Richie's faithful butler, Cadbury. The designs for the comic were from the syndicated Richie TV show, and I was obliged to follow them. I had no problems with most of the other characters' looks, but I felt the designers on the show really dropped the ball with Cadbury. Granted, he was  a difficult character to render well, and even some of the Harvey artists had trouble  with him (fans will know of whom I speak). Even so, the designers on the show  reduced him to the neckless wonder you see above. Believe me, and I say this with no pride, my renderings are  an improvement on how he looked on the show.

For an example of how Cadbury should really look, check out these examples from Mykal's blog. The examples you'll see there were drawn by Harvey artist extraordinaire, Ernie Colon. Nobody, but NOBODY, could draw Cadbury like Ernie! It pains me to say this, but even my hero, Warren Kremer, couldn't come close.

All design issues aside, one thing I liked about  doing this story was getting to draw the villain, The Onion. This rascal with the super-stinky onion addiction was a favorite of mine as a kid, so it was fun to get a chance to draw him "professionally". As an added bonus, since The Onion wasn't  featured on the TV cartoon, I got to draw him as I saw fit. Any grief on his design, I'll accept.

One last note: Not sure who did the inks or letters on this, but they look serviceable to me.


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Friday, January 7, 2011

What a Turkey!

I love to cook. In my house, this is a good thing, as Perfect Wifey, despite her expertise in all other areas, has little interest in cooking. The meals  she does prepare, she does very well (her grilled cheese sandwich is absolute perfection, and I defy any Food Network Star to surpass this dish). She just has  other things to do, so she doesn't care to make the effort.

I myself, have made many unique dishes for my family.  Some get raves, others, like my Pancakes Stuffed with Bacon and Cheese, a.k.a. "Cheesy Baco-Jacks" (don't knock it till you've tried it!), not so much.

There is one dish I had never tried to make though: The Classic Roasted Turkey. The kind you see on tables every Thanksgiving. I was never really wild about a turkey dinner, and it seemed like such a hassle to make, so I figured, why bother? That all changed last week.

Our very generous next door neighbors gave us a 12 lb. frozen turkey for the  Holidays. Why they gave us this and not something more practical, like say, Doctor Who action figures, I  don't know. Maybe they weren't sure which ones we already had. Anyway, it was very nice of them.

So now we had a turkey. What to do with it?

My first inclination was to donate it to a local food bank. I wasn't sure though, whether or not they accepted frozen food. So we donated some canned goods we ourselves would never eat in a million years ("'Tis the Season", after all!) to the food bank, and decided we would make the turkey ourselves, or rather, I would make it myself. It would be our New Years Day Feast.

After scouring several cookbooks and websites, I learned one thing: Preparing a turkey is a HUGE pain in  the giblets, and really messy. Plus, you have to stand over the oven basting for hours so the turkey doesn't  get too "dry". I decided to take the easy way out, and use a Reynold's™ Cooking Bag. I got a great recipe from their horribly-set-up web site for a "Herb Roasted Turkey". My second great lesson is that you need a lot more ingredients for turkey than just the turkey. So off to the market I went to buy onions, celery, chicken stock, and a bunch of herbs and spices I will never have an opportunity to use again. When I returned home, I realized I had forgotten to purchase a Reynold's™ Cooking Bag,  so I was off to the market again. This time, I stopped by the liquor  store on the way back. I thought I might need some "liquid  fortitude" to get through this thing.

After rinsing off the turkey,  patting it dry and rubbing it with olive oil, I mixed up all the rest of the ingredients, put the turkey in the bag, poured my "ingredient mix" over the turkey, and sealed the bag. Then with the help of several professional weight lifters, I was able put lift the turkey, put it in the pan and shove it in the oven. Then we played the waiting game...

When the time came to remove the turkey from the oven, the house smelled fabulous, and the bird looked gorgeous. It was really tender and juicy too! Maybe too tender- the meat slid  off  the bones. Really! The bones slid out of the drumsticks with a gentle tug, and the rest of the bird cut like butter. It was delicious too. I never had a better tasting turkey. Kudos the the Recipe Wizards at Reynolds™.

So when will we be having turkey again?

Probably never.  Yes, it was delicious, but it was too much of a hassle. Also, since the household only consists of PW and I (plus Rocco the Wonder Dog, who has eaten his fair share), we had leftovers. Quite a lot of leftovers. As delicious as the meat is, after a week of Turkey Sandwiches, Turkey Turnovers, Turkey Hot Fudge Sundaes, etc., we're done with turkey for  a spell.

When all is said and done though, I am glad I started the New Year trying something new. Maybe next year,  I'll make a roast beef dinner, or something.

Or maybe I'll just stick to Cheesy Baco-Jacks.

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