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. 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:
- 2+ Blood Oranges
- 1 Lemon
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Start with 1/2 a pint glass of Ice.
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. ❤
Add 1 oz of Cointreau
Shake it up
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.