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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.


January Giants Part I

In the wake of the holidays, Print Julep picked up from the family-time funk, and ran.

* Our Local Comic Shop (LCS) I Like Comics bought the only other competition in Vancouver, Washington (Odyssey Comics & Coffee).Then they shut down both their current store, and the Odyssey store, and signed a lease on a shop space in downtown Vancouver that was bigger than both stores put together.

Print Julep was insanely happy to be able to help move and consolidate the stores.

Here’s a good time to inform you that Print Julep is comprised of like, REAL people.  If you didn’t get that from our videos. We’re real. So real.  Claire and Chelsea, when they’re not doing Print Julep stuff actually run a small business that (get this) CONSULTS small businesses.  We help small businesses in our community thrive. So if we’re not doing it for free because we love people (or for comics. Or for fun) we do it for our jobs.

So the move was a great time for us to flex our “small business lovin'” muscles and jump right in to make this transition as easy as possible.

This included fixing some things, painting some things, moving some things, and other things..and things.     And other things.   Things. …things like THIS.

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Buildings from top to bottom, left to right:

Avenger’s Mansion, Wayne Manor, Baxter Building, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Hall of Justice, Daily Bugle, Queen Consolidated, Daily Planet, Smith Tower (home for Retired Superheroes) (Vancouver landmark) Pearson Field (Vancouver landmark enhanced with Green Lantern and Captain America symbols) I5 Bridge.

In the midst of creating this wall for I Like Comics, Print Julep decided to do the neighborly thing (since they moved down the street from our office) and host a Shop Warming Party!

It wouldn’t be a Print Julep party without some drinks though.   Don’t worry, we went All Ages for this shindig and offered the following:


Left to right:

The Flash-

(Shirly Temple)  Sprite with Grenadine, a cherry, and a yellow glow stick.

The Captain Marvel-

Blue Raspberry flavored Italian soda.

Ice, club soda, a bit of half& half, blue raspberry flavoring, whipped cream, a red cherry, a blue straw, and a yellow glow stick.


Nuclear lime soda with a green glow stick and some green rock cand-  er… DEATH ROCKS.

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Chelsea with San Hannibal writer/artist Dan Schkade. DSC_5939Kate is drinking the Silver Surfer-  Blue raspberry flavored soda with a blue glow stick.  Glow sticks make everything look a million times cooler.  Drugs do the same, but glow sticks are cheaper, safer, prettier, and not as hard on your teeth.

We’re not done yet. Print Julep was BUSY in January.

Check out January Giants part II for the rest of our insane month.


-Print Julep Crew