Adventure Time: Queen of Rogues Snippet

My favorite part of Queen of Rogues:

“Spend the night? Out here?” Fionna gaped.

“Keep it together, girl.”

“It’ll be all right,” Gumball said. “Why, if we’re lucky, we may be able to see a school of bioluminescing eyeball stingers. Don’t worry, the name is a misnomer. They don’t sting your eyes, they lay eggs on them, and then the eggs hatch and the larva drill into your eyeballs and eat your retinas. But that would only happen if you stuck your face in the water while they pass by. Though I suppose if the wind kicks up enough spray–“

“GUMBALL!” Cake slapped her hand across the young man’s mouth. “You need to quit it with the science lessons.”

Because SCIENCE!!! Thank you, Animal Planet. Where would I be without the nightmare fuel that is “Monsters Inside Me”? :)

Window Seat – Manga Studio Brushes

I’ve been struggling for about a week now with the inking brushes in Manga Studio. There’s so much I love about the program, especially the perspective rulers (which you can pry from my cold dead hands), but I’ve had a terrible time using the program’s out-of-the-box brushes. I could SORT OF use them, but the results were always erratic. Half the time a brush or pen would behave the way I expected, and the other half of the time it was like trying to ride a really pissed off horse. The results didn’t really look bad, but they didn’t look great, either. That said, yesterday I stumbled across this guy’s post, and it was a lifesaver.

Here’s a panel from a project I’ve been working on (I wish I’d thought to save a “before I adjusted the brush settings” version, because the difference is pretty dramatic. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to trust me). I finally feel like what I’m producing looks like MY inking, not MangaStudio’s.

Also, thanks to my friend Karen luk for the head’s up about MS 5. I’m biting my fingernails down to the quick waiting for the EX release! Can’t wait to get my hands on that version.

Homemade Udon

I love Japanese food, especially udon and ramen, but for the most part it’s a total crap shoot finding places that have vegetarian ramen/udon with veggie broth. Today I had a hankering, and I’d bought fresh udon noodles the last time I went to Japantown, so I decided it was about time I did something with them.


I browned onions and garlic in some olive oil, then added some Dijon mustard and a little wasabi, soy sauce, and horseradish. Dumped in about five cups of water, grated in some sweet potato, ginger, and turnip (note: you can NEVER go wrong adding turnip to veggie soup broths), and a few chopped brussel sprouts. Tossed in some chopped Crimini mushrooms, let it simmer for awhile, then dumped in some sliced carrots and a big squirt of Sriracha sauce (mmmm – spicy!!!). Dash of malt vinegar, crushed red pepper, some nori, then yay! Time to hard boil the eggs and cook the udon. When the udon was just about done I tossed some frozen pees and chopped swiss chard into the stock.

End result = not exactly authentic, but YUMMY and 100% vegetarian.

Marie – Follow Up

Marie is doing much better! Dr. Case told us she has elevated white blood cells, but all her other tests – FIV/FELV, FIP – were normal. We have her on a 10 day run of antibiotics, and she’s perked up quite a bit. She’s more active, she eats more, and she’s putting on weight. What a relief! We’re supposed to bring her back to the vet’s for follow-up testing next weekend, after she finishes her antibiotics, and I’m anticipating a good report. Here’s a recent picture:

Little Miss Marie

Kitten Update!

Jean and Wanda got adopted over this past weekend! Two down, eight to go! Kurt and Ororo topped 3lbs and are currently at the spay/neuter clinic. I added some new pics to the gallery, and I resorted the images so the newest pics are at the top. We’re a bit worried about Marie – she’s still very tiny, only 2.5lbs, while the other kittens are at least 3.5 to 4 lbs. We took her to the vet yesterday. Physically she checks out so far: no heart murmur, lungs sound good, she eats, etc. Our vet’s running a full blood panel on her (the results should be in sometime today). Hopefully there’s nothing wrong with her and she’s just a slow-growing kitten! Our vet said it’s possible she just has a very high metabolism. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best. She’s a sweet little bug – it’s pretty much impossible not to love her – she’s very cranky, like a little old lady cat in a kitten’s body – but when she wants attention she’s completely purry and adorable.

(see how cute?!)