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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.
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.
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:
WE HAVE NEVER FILMED ANYTHING EVER.
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…
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.
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
YOU WILL NEED:
1.5 Lb of 20% fat Ground Beef
4 Chopped Tomatoes
1 Chopped Whole Yellow Onion
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)
YOU WILL NEED:
Smaller/medium sized cup
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!