The Munchkin’s Cinnamon Waffles

The last time I wrote about waffles, I shared how we use a really elaborate Ree Drummond recipe.

Since then we’ve minimized the dishes a little bit, and adapted our own recipe. We also added a very key ingredient…cinnamon

They’re really tasty and I thought I would share. My oldest son doesn’t like the cinnamon that much so I’ll make the batter, make a couple plain, and then add the canela.

Also, if I put it here (and my kids lose the notebook the recipe is written in), I’ll be able to find it no problem!

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Thanksgiving 2020

Rub for the Turkey: thyme, herbs de provence, black pepper, paprika, and brown sugar.

Injection for the Turkey: 1 cup unsalted (melted) butter, 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 sprig of fresh sage, 2 cloves of garlic and salt (to taste).

Preptember 2020

Preptember?

More like “Leave all Inktober planning to the end of September and still try and complete a full project”-tember.

So Inktober is 4 days away from starting. October 1, 2020. My plan for Inktober 2020 was is to make a short comic utilizing the prompts as best I can.

Despite not feeling as prepared as I should be, I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m writing/illustrating a short comic around the prompts.

Winema is a brainchild when it comes to languages, even though everyone just wears translators. Little did she know that her “useless” skill would be the key to saving everyone on The Atlas from a band of Reaperi pirates.

It’s a fun, thrilling story that I look forward to sharing with you. Here’s a time lapse of my creation of the base, The Atlas.

The Atlas, Made in ProCreate

The Year to Focus

January. 2020.

It’s time!! The new year is here and you know what that means. Assessments. It’s the time to assess where I’ve been the past year. And it’s the time to assess what is yet to come.

And it’s also a time, being the year 2020, to gain focus and clarity. What do I want to have achieved come this time next year? What about three years from now? Five?

I saw a lot of folks experience layoffs already this year, and it drove home the point that unless you take ownership of your future, you are slave to the whims of others.

Last year, cartoonists Dave Kellett and Brad Guigar, hosts of ComicLab, laid out their One-, Three-, and Five-Year Plans (ComicLab, Episode 91: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/comic-lab/id1331204679?i=1000451308534).

Truthfully I’ve not taken the time to create a roadmap of where I am, versus where I want to be. The ComicLab episode, combined with two other life events, were the virtual kicks in the nuts

It inspired me to create my own plan. Here are some of what I laid out:

One-Year Goals

  • Projects; Finish three story scripts
  • Financial: Get paid fine illustrations
  • Creative Development: Meet ups with local artists

Three-Year Goals

  • Projects: Kickstart first book of cartoon strips
  • Financial: Receive a steady cash flow from
  • Creative Development: Attend Alaska Comics Camp

Five-Year Goals

  • Projects: Ten completed mini-series
  • Financial: Make five figures from illustration.
  • Creative Development: Start a creative cohort

So what are your plans/goals? Share it. Put it out there and see what happens. Good luck!

37.01.19: Detective Pikachu

I was never really a fan of Pokémon as a kid, but all I have to say is “¡pika pika!” after watching Detective Pikachu.

I was 14 when the series first showed up in the states, and ending the first of my two years living in the Azores (Açores), Portugal. I could acknowledge though how much of a phenomenon it was.

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Stuff I Love: A Jake Parker Analogy (Which Is Always Good)

If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I have a great appreciation for Jake Parker and his reinvestment in the art community.

But in this post I want to highlight something else Jake contributes: amazing analogies. He’s filled with them. The best example is the “Creative Bank Account.” In the most recent episode of 3 Point Perspective, How to Change, this is what he said about how, or when, artists should consider changing their style:

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A Question to Consider Regarding Your Art Style and Work

Jake Parker, on what artists should consider regarding style when they are looking for work:

Here’s the question to ask yourself: Do I want to get work from a particular industry? And if so, am I willing to change my style to fit what that industry wants? Or am I content on building my own personal following, my own fan base and willing to do the extra work, the hard work, that it’s gonna take to figure out how to monetize a following…which is, you go into not just being an artist but also being a business person as well.

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Designing an X

Newsarama editor Chris Arrant interviewed designer Tom Muller about his take on the classic X-Men logo for the two upcoming series, Powers of X and House of X. I love these deep dives into the details of comic production. The logo is a key item on a comic cover, and when it comes to creating the newest evolution of the X-Men, the logo deserves to reflect that as well.

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Redbox $.99 Rentals

Who can’t pass up a good deal? Or a good deal on entertainment?

Redbox has “older” movies BACK IN THE BOX for just $.99 a night! It’s a pretty sweet deal for movie watchers and maybe it’ll push you over the decision making edge to see that movie you missed out on. You know the one I’m taking about.

This is a great idea by Redbox and I look forward to taking advantage of it.

If I have the time. And there’s something I haven’t seen yet. And my wife and I can agree.

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