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“Starlight,” Cosmo-Nots, and Pi Pie with Joe Keatinge & Leila DelDuca

Joe Keatinge, Clair, Leila DelDuca, Kate, and Mr. Chelsea at the end of a long, AWESOME night on 3.14.

On a rainy Portland evening (which is most of them) on Pi Day (3/14)  Leila DelDuca (artist) and Joe Keatinge (writer) of SHUTTER were brave enough to stop by the Print Julep House (aka The Alberta) and have some Lasagna.  AND THEY BROUGHT PRESENTS! Icelantic Chocolate and ALL THEIR BOOKS!  I mean, it was awesome enough that they came to the house of total strangers who have a fetish with swords and weaponry, but they BROUGHT PRESENTS.    New Print Julep favorites here.   You bring chocolate, you’re our favorite. New rule that I made up just now.

…And they had a few cocktails. And talked about the book THEY actually suggested, which was the Mark Millar story, “Starlight.”     Starlight, written by Mark Millar (Kickass, Jupiter’s Legacy), and illustrated by Goran Parlov.   Image Comics puts this gem out, and you can find it at your local comic shop. The book opens on an older Duke McQueen. His wife has died, his kids are grown and live far away, with little time for their old man, whom forty years prior saved an entire planet and civilization from an evil dictator. On this distant world, he was a hero, with statues erected in his likeness and songs sung in his name.  However, he left it all to come back to Earth and be with the true love of his life, his wife Joanne. To Joanne, Duke would always be a hero. With her absence seeming to dominate his life, it has become more apparent than ever that the rest of Earth has a particularly difficult time believing Duke’s heroics. Life seems pointless until a young boy from the planet of his salvation arrives at his door, asking Duke McQueen to suit up, as their world is in desperate need of his help yet again. This time, there is nothing pulling McQueen back to Earth, age has worn him down, and Duke is forced to evaluate whether or not an old man can save worlds just as well as a young one can. DSC_3206   While we can’t tell you what happens (you’ll definitely need to pick up the book for that, and trust me, it’s TOTALLY WORTH IT) we can safely say that ALL of us loved the story. It is reminiscent, and strangely sincere coming from Millar, who has a tendency of punching you in the face with harsh life realities. The art is perfectly suited for this, and it is a nod to traditional glory days of comics and heroes, wrapped up with the irony and gloominess of how skeptical our culture is. So if you have a rainy afternoon or evening any time soon, where you’d like to be drenched in adventure, love, emotions, feels, colors, stars, science fiction, imagination, and goodness–  pick up Starlight, mix up a Cosmo-not, and have at it, friends. Totally worth it. Speaking of Cosmo-Nots, here’s how to make them. For a shitty tutorial, here’s a video we made with Joe & Leila after generously sampling the Cosmo-Not and deciding they supported its existence. RECIPE:      WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 

  • Ice
  • 2+ Blood Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • Vodka
  • Cointreau
  • Curaco



Start with 1/2 a pint glass of Ice.









STEP 2:  

Add 1.5 Oz Vodka to glass. We use Portland Potato Vodka by Eastside Distilling because it’s amazing, we’re in Portland, and because we love EastsideDistilling. ❤



Squeeze the juice out of 1 whole blood Orange. DSC_3127


Add 1 oz of Cointreau


STEP 5: 

Shake it up



Use a strainer and pour the mixture into a martini glass. DSC_3171


Using the back of a spoon, pour 1/2 oz of Curaco over the spoon and into the drink. It will sink to the bottom and give you that stellar two-toned look.


For added flair and flavor, peel some rind off a lemon, twist it over the glass for the oil, oil the rim, and drop the peel into the drink for garnish. This is optional of course.  It’s great either way. VOILA.      Check us out next time when we review LADY KILLER by Joelle Jones. (Joelle, we promise we’re not stalking you. We just legitimately love your work and style and want to wear you like a person-suit.) And as always, here’s a few more shots of the debauchery we got up to during the evening.


Weapon X Cocktail in honor of Deadpool & Brian Posehn

 Preface:  Every time you hear or see the word “legal” in this blog or video, you should probably take a shot of the cocktail for which we are providing the recipe.  It will make the experience much more fun. 

Back to the schedule here at Print Julep (of steadily being about a month behind in everything) last month Brian Posehn visited our comic book shop.

Kate and I also got to give him a ride back to Portland. In my car… which at the time was not in the best state.  NEWS: Print Julep is moving into a new office. However, at this time, my car was full of:

  • 400 sq. ft. of hard wood flooring
  • 3 Dresses
  • 2 pairs of High heels
  • 1 blue Ukulele
  • 1 Microwave
  • 1 (out of sight) Fire-arm (legal)  (take a shot)
  • 1 bag of Cheetos
  • The makings of the Weapon X cocktail
  • Full set of glass wear
  • and Kate.

So.   Safe to say, we shamefully perpetuated the stereotype for Portland and the Pacific Northwest.   However, he perpetuated his own stereotype by bringing the distinct smell that everyone knows, and that is now legal (take a shot) in the state of Washington. So. We both did our jobs.

In honor of his visit for a signing of Deadpool, we decided to make a cocktail that embodies both Posehn and ‘Pool together.

Say hello to the Weapon X.


Generously provided by Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, WA


Weapon X is a fictional clandestine government program in Marvel Comics that takes willing and unwilling participants and experiments on them to give them super powers and turn them into living weapons.

Most known for taking mutants in the X-Men series, Weapon X is responsible for Deadpool’s massive healing ability and strength, as well as Wolverine and Sabretooth.

This is what you’ll feel like doing after having one our cocktails.

OUR Weapon X is a twist on the popular 90’s cocktail, a Whiskey Smash.  However, the secret weapon is of course, Marijuana. “Cannabis” to be PC. Pot, weed, grass, THC. Whatever.

I (Chelsea) have never been into a marijuana shop before this. Since Kate was running behind in her schedule, it was up to me to stop by and pick up “the stuff.”

I had an experience.

First of all, it was insanely busy.  I think a huge part of me was expecting it to be quiet, a little smokey with some sitar playing in the background or something…and definitely a bead curtain covering the door.

There was none of that.  It was loud and busy. I was presented with my very own “Bud Tender.”  Since I was pretty confused and to be honest, terrified, he said “Oh, we’re like BARtenders, but we’re your BUD tenders.”

The only Bud I’m used to being dealt looks like this:


In any case, I survived and made it out alive, sans contact high as well.

In addition to our cocktail making, Kate also made us burgers. Because honestly, this was at the end of a very long work day for us, we were starving, and really tired.

So, of course, MEAT.





Welcome to Kate’s house, north of the river on the Washington side.





Pre cocktail mixing dinner activities:




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Shirts provided by and   Chris is a local screen printer.  He’s also awesome. If you’ve seen cool t-shirts on Print Julep that you like, chances are strong you’ll find it in Chris’s shop. Check it out! DSC_1258















  • *ICE
  • *1.5 oz Bourbon
  • *1/2 squeezed lemon juice
  • *1/2 Tablespoon Amarena Cherry Syrup
  • *3-6 drops of Zoots Mandarin Flavored (Yippy Kae-yay) Cannabis Concentrate (in states where it is legal.) 

Start out by smashing your ice.

Fill a pint glass to the top with crushed ice.

Add in 1.5 oz Bourbon.

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice out of half of it and add it to the mix.(seeds are ok since you’ll strain it at the end)

Add 3-6 drops of Cannabis Concentrate.

Add 1/2 tablespoon of Amarena Cherry Syrup

Put in shaker.  Shake.

Strain and pour into tumblers full of crushed ice.

Put a cherry on top.


Sloppy Jos with the Lumberjanes in The Shire

(to skip all this and just watch the videos, scroll down to the bottom.) 

Lumberjanes had quickly become the issue I eagerly awaited on a monthly basis. I wanted it to be in my box every time I went to the comic shop.  I shared this with Claire and Kate, who fell just as hard as I did.   We would have to pay homage.  This would happen somehow.

Lumberjanes is written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis. The art is by Brooke Allen, and the lettering by Aubrey Aiese.

I love everything about this comic.  I love that it’s new, and it’s an easy place to start if you’re new to comics.  There isn’t 50 years of story to catch up on.  It’s not gory and full of nudity or violence or bad language.  It’s fun, lighthearted, and has an amazing art, flow, and story to back it up.

Boom! Studios puts this comic out.  For those of you who are new to comics, you’ll find that this studio typically puts out comics for the younger people (and young at heart.) They also do licensed work like Adventure Time . (Licensed means that it was a TV show or a movie before it became a comic book.)

Synopsis: Five best friends go to summer camp in a forest they soon discover is full of dangerous mythical creatures, all of which seem intent to destroy the Lumberjanes.  They stick together and show repeatedly that if you work together, you can accomplish anything.



While the forest at my home is not full of creatures trying to kill us, you wouldn’t know it based on the way the day went.

The sun crested the cascade mountains at my home, a property way up in the hills outside of Portland, dubbed “The Shire.”   Ducks peacefully roam with chickens, a pack of dogs patrol the perimeter awaiting guests to arrive and provide treats.

It was the day of our very first Print Julep web shoot.

Kate catches up on Lumberjanes, while we prep and dance to the Lumberjanes Cave Mix on Spotify.


Claire and Kate arrived with the food.  I was put in charge of the technology. (Mistake #1.)  I think now is as good of a time as any to tell you:


I mean, how hard can it be right?(read that in a Russian accent for full effect)  You turn on camera, you take moving picture like famous director and then, boom. You win Oscar statue. (still Russian.)  No problem.

-end Russian accent-

Claire and I had spent the day before prepping for the day’s activities.  Along with cooking fantastic Lumberjanes inspired meals, we’d be making a cocktail, as well as other festivities.

Shooting the junk out of an evil Red Raptor may or may not have been one of them…

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We felt fairly confident that we had done what we needed to do in order to shoot a successful, awesome, PERFECT and PROFESSIONAL first Webisode.




Among many issues, Claire got cripplingly painful shin splints within the first hour or so of the day.  Because I have chronic back pain from my days in the Rodeo (absolutely serious about that, by the way. I’ll show you pictures one day) I happen to have prescription strength pain killers at my disposal always.  I gave two to  Claire to ease her pain-  which they did.   However, I didn’t realize she never takes pills, so not only did they kill her shin splints, they put her on a magical roller coaster that lasted alllll day.   We did this about three weeks ago, just so you know- the shin splints have NEVER come back.

Issue two-  we filmed half of our footage out of focus.

Issue three-  I had no idea how to work the microphones we borrowed.

So, to recap, Claire was high, Kate got drunk, I had no idea what we were doing, I could NOT stop dancing to that catchy Lumberjanes Cave Mix on Spotify, and 95% of our footage turned out like Raptor poo.

Kate not only managed to lose most of the arrows, she also nearly killed one of my chickens.  (absolutely serious about that too. We have footage, and it’s in focus, crazy enough.)  Which is bananas, because the arrows shouldn’t have gone anywhere near the chickens. I later realized Kate was left-handed, shooting my right-handed bow, and aiming with her left eye.  It explained why arrows were flying completely the wrong way. Many of which are still missing to this day.

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My ducks may have also been traumatized by being chased by a buzzed and accidentally high Claire and Kate.


At the end of the day, we survived.  My chickens survived. My ducks survived. Our pride-  perhaps not so much.

But hey! Whatever! We had some amazing food, awesome cocktails, and a day we will never forget with rad friends who are crazy enough to think this was a good idea.  We stuck together, and awesome things happened.  I’d say it was a successful mission in the name of the Lumberjanes.

Friendship to the Max!


Sloppy (Lumberjane) Jo



1.5 Lb of 20% fat Ground Beef

4 Chopped Tomatoes

1 Chopped Whole Yellow Onion

Tomato Paste

Dijon Mustard

Spice Mix Containing:

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper


Start by browning your ground beef in a large pan and taking a bit of the fat out of it.  Do this on MEDIUM heat, to allow the juices to incorporate evenly with the meat.

Once the beef is browned and cooked, take it out of the pan and put it in a bowl, but leave the grease and fat in the pan.

Put your chopped onions in the same pan you browned your beef in. stir them around a bit on MEDIUM heat, then add your spice mix. Give it a minute or so to cook together.

Next, add your chopped tomatoes and let this cook down. All the juice and water from the tomatoes will let this cook down to a nice sauce.   When the tomatoes are pretty softened and you get a warm, more liquid-ish, softer saucy texture, add your ground beef back in.

While your sauce is cooking down. put some butter and garlic on your buns (hehehe) and put them in the oven on a lower heat setting, just to warm them up and toast them a bit.

Add about a tablespoon of dijon mustard, and about three tablespoons of tomato paste.

Stir it all up together and make sure it’s all warm.

Pull your buns out of the oven, and plat’em up with the Sloppy Jos.

In the name of Joan Jett- THAT’S what’s going on.

S’mores Cocktail (aka: Challis Ambrosia to the Kitten Holy)



Smaller/medium sized cup

1 oz Coffee Rum. (we used Below Deck Coffee Rum from East Side Distilling.)

1 Chocolate bar. (we used Woodblock Chocolate from Portland.)

Coconut milk. (or regular milk if you’re not lactose intolerant like Chelsea.) (Please don’t ask about the milkshake incident.)

Crushed Graham crackers on a small plate



Melt down the chocolate in a pot on the stove. Use a medium heat to avoid burning the chocolate. Add in the amount of milk you want for the intensity of the chocolate. If you want it to be richer in chocolate, add less milk. If you want it to be not as chocolatey and more coffee-ish from the rum, add more milk.

When your hot cocoa mix is ready, take your cup, hold it from the bottom, flip it upside down, and dip just the rim in the hot cocoa.

Then, dip the rim in the piled crushed graham cracker on the plate. The crumbs from the graham cracker will stick to the chocolatey rim.

Next, pour about 1 oz (or more) of Coffee Rum into the cup.

Fill almost the rest of the way to the top with the hot chocolate.

Roast your marshmallow, and when it is ready and super soft (or on fire, or burned) plop it in the top and stir it in to your cocktail.

I can only imagine what would happen if Ripley had one of these.

And finally, if you’d like to actually watch the video that is cautionary tale lore for those of you who think Webcasting is a piece of cake… by all means, here it is.    We just consider the fact that it’s very representative of us.  A little rough around the edges, but it gets the point across.

Here’s our first ever video where we give you a tutorial on how to make those magical Sloppy Jos, and then talk about how much we love the book. Excuse the long intro- we’ll consider it a formal introduction.  Hey world! Nice to meet you!

And here’s where we show you how to make that S’mores Cocktail!