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Tardis Pie 1Sometimes, in the life of a geek, you don’t just have a TV show or book series that you love, but you also have a favorite person to share it with. For months, Jennie and I have wanted to make a TARDIS cake in honor of my love of Doctor Who. And, when the time finally came to plan our Whovian confection, I couldn’t stop thinking about my favorite fellow Doctor Who lover, my good friend, Oren.

Among other talents, Oren is a masterful baker of pies and something of a connoisseur of new pie flavors. He and I discovered buttermilk pie in a hole-in-the-wall diner in middle Tennessee when we were on a cross-country road trip last year, and I’ve been telling everyone who would listen about this pie ever since.

 

CARRIEKELLY MFT*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.



DC continues its very public nervous breakdown by killing popular Robin and biological Bat son Damian and replacing him with legendary female Robin replacement Carrie Kelly from Frank Miller's legendary comic book game changer The Dark Knight Returns. It hasn't officially happened, but Kelly is in Robin garb on the surprise foldout of the cover of Batman and Robin #19. Not that anything is a surprise in the day and age of the all knowing internet.

That said, there may be a few spoilers here.

X-Titanscolor MFTI was going through some art and came across this piece I did referencing one of my all-time favorite fanboy events from the Marvel/DC Crossover, teaming up Marvel's Uncanny X-Men with DC's New Teen Titans. They were originally published in 1982, a time at which both titles were the best selling for their respective companies.

Bates Motel MFT"We all go a little mad sometimes." - Norman Bates

Ain't that the truth?  I was so mad when I heard they were making a show called Bates Motel.  I figured it was A&E jumping on the success train of hour-long horror dramas ignited by Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story, as Hollywood is cannibalistic. If a fresh idea is successful, they must suck dry the last ire of moisture from the creative marrow.  Although over-the-top and eye roll worthy at times, Fox's The Following is a welcome addition to the horror trend tip. It's a knock off of Silence of the Lambs meets Sister Wives, but intriguing nonetheless. So, I figured, what the heck?  I'll give Bates Motel a shot.  It's a great concept.  If they do it right, it could be killer!

SPOILERS BELOW

 

Villain Drink mainI think it was Hitchcock who said, “The greater the villain, the greater the story.” Heroes may have top billing, but it is the villain of the story that truly captivates us. Whether they are masters of the elements, embracers of chaos, split personalities, or silver spoon Caesar wannabes, they have great power over us. They enlist our dark sides, transform our obsessions, and make us question our morals and sense of self.

So, what would they want to drink as their nightcap? I took the liberty of matching four of my favorite villains with what I think their beverage of choice would be. It is not often that I get to combine my interest in comics with my interest in spirits!

WICKED MFTSpoilers a spoilin'.

"What's the matter, Glinda? Out of bubbles?" The verbal b---h slap delivered to Glinda the Good from Evandora the not so good has to go down in the history of best catty lines ever!

As an out and proud gay man, I am contractually obligated to worship The Wizard of Oz, so it would stand to reason that I would in turn like Oz The Great and Powerful. Well, I didn't like Oz The Great and Powerful- I LOVED IT!!! I remember seeing the posters months ago. Sam Raimi? Oz? Sign me up!

McFarlane MFTThe devil's in the details. Ain't that the truth? It's also the name of the recently released collection of Todd McFarlane's art from his 3-decade-spanning career. I was excited when Image announced the illustrated biography of Todd McFarlane in hardcover. Not so excited about the price tag. I got $99.00 and Tood McFarlane ain't one of them. So, I instead opted for the more affordable $39.00 softcover. Not that the hardcover wouldn't have been worth it. I just po'.

MAGIK MFTSPOILERS here and there.

As a result of the fallout from Avengers vs. X-Men and perhaps an answer to DC's much ballyhooed New 52, The Uncanny X-Men received a new number one and a bold new direction. Again. A new direction, with a new roster and new creative team seems old hat by now for the X-Men. So, here we go again with Uncanny X-Men with Brian Michael Bendis writing, not so fresh feeling considering his lengthy stint on Ultimate X-Men and Chris Bachalo on art again. No complaints there, as he is always a welcome addition; however, I would love to see him spread his wings and maybe get back to his indie roots. (But, hey, if I got to draw X-Men, they'd have to claw me off the book with a pair of razor sharp adamantiums.)

 

GMS Fringe Milkshake 1I don't know about you, but I am still in Fringe withdrawal. I was late to the party; I didn't even start watching the show until a few months before it ended. But, once I got started, I was hooked on the pseudo-science-y plot devices, the mystery of the observers, the playful episode easter eggs, and, of course, the lovable mad scientist, Walter Bishop.

 

HP 1It's no secret that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, so I leapt at the chance to spend a weekend with friends in Orlando and visit the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios. Naturally, Harry Potter-themed treats were a necessity. So, I made my own version of cauldron cakes!

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