A would-be anthropologist, writer, food historian, and professional glutton hoping to combine fandom with her love of food. Ever wondered what a nug tasted like? Is butterbeer alcoholic? If you've asked such questions and are already drooling at the thought of a big old plate of lembas bread, then you're in the right place

Aug 242014

Returning once again for another week (and hopefully for Forever) is another round of Weekend Webcomics! I’m teaming up with the fabulous Vidasoy to share our love of all things webcomics, from decades-long series to ambitious short projects, we’re here to recommend and analyze what webartists and writers have to offer for the curious reader. To kick off this week, we’re going to take a look Dreamless, a webcomic that is pretty darn romantic. With elements of the supernatural and the sublime, of passion flared from circumstance and high-stakes and high-adventure, all rolled up into a beautifully illustrated package–and best of all, it’s a completed work and completely free to read.


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Aug 102014

Sometimes things look too good to be true, or too easy, and you need to try it. And a healthy nostalgia for all things 90s, including Disney, will lead to some drastic measures–including a recipe test of something that looks dubiously okay enough. I mean, if the Disney resorts are okay with serving the grey stuff as an actual dessert dish, it can’t be that bad, right?


So, be our guest with this weird concoction that looks ugly but tastes pretty good.

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Jul 272014

There are webcomics and then there are webcomics, online comics that don’t just use the net as a distribution medium, but to enhance the reading experience. After all, comics hosted on websites have great potential to not only reach a wider audience, but to even influence the mood of a scene through other, easily-embedded mediums such as animation and music for a unique experience — and tonight I am happy to introduce you to one of the coolest series out there to bring in these other media at pivotal story points.


Plus, if you’re looking for anti-heroes, gorgeous art and a taste for tyranny and universe-conquering-alien-invaders, then you need to give Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajikowskia shot.

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Jul 162014

So did you know Weird Al, singer-songwriter extraordinaire, has been around since 1976? Like no joke, he’s been around for a very long time. But it seems like yesterday that I was bopping around to a CD and screaming “The Saga Begins” from his 90’s album, Running With Scissors (much to the dismay of my parental units). And every few years or so, Weird Al keeps us spinning with each new parody poking fun at pop-culture and reveling in the catchy qualities of the latest hits bent and twisted with new, ridiculous lyrics.


He might have started in the 70s, but Weird Al remains a cultural icon for his pop parodies and personality.

So what is it exactly that makes Weird Al a surprisingly relevant musical figure—when the songs that he parodies sometimes fall off to the wayside as relics of their time? Continue reading »

Jun 292014

Tired of the YA rush? Fault in Our Stars just faulty? Divergent too much of the same old crumbling dystopian nation saved by a spunky protagonist? Why not take a step back from the glorious and the glorified, and bring yourself “down to earth” with a refreshingly quick, solid read about a paranormal experience.


Sounds too good to be true to have something so fantastical actually be charming, candid, and incredibly easy to relate to? Just wait until you give Anya’s Ghost a try.

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Jun 142014

In 2010, Dreamworks released How to Train Your Dragon, an animated film that became an instant success thanks to its loving blend of beautiful art, charming characters and innovative storytelling. It’s no secret that HTTYD is a labor of love, with spin-off television shows, extra shorts, and even musical productions that have won the franchise a loyal following and critical acclaim, even years after its smash release.


But can a sequel match up to the hype of a classic? That’s a question that I will try to answer with today’s review of this summer’s much anticipated animated film: How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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