Thursday, September 15, 2005

You Remember What This Means?


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Yep, regular readers of Mark Evanier's blog will recognize this picture as being the international sign that postings will be minimal, at least for a few days! In this case, it means I'm busy transcribing again, and will likely be posting very little through the weekend, at least!

Jon

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Mystery Pin


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Been getting some additional items ready to sell on eBay (comics pins, mostly... Thor, Hulk, Human Torch, Popeye), and this one has me stumped. The background field is supposed to be green (I just put it on the scanner to get a picture), and on the back it says, "©1998 Warner Bros." I'm thinking it might have something to do with Stargate, but I'm not really sure about that, as it doesn't match the upside-down "V" with a circle above it, so I'm thinking it must have something to do with something else. I'm hoping maybe one of you faithful readers might recognize it?

Thanks in advance.

Jon

Monday, September 12, 2005

So anyway... random thoughts.

The advertisement post you see right after this will be the last one for a while... since I have to get some new scans done and uploaded first!

Anyway... here's a miscellany of thoughts...

One of These Days...

...I'm going to write a comic book, or a script, or something... in which there's a cop named Marshal Willenholli, who can't understand why anytime he's introduced, people start giggling. And he always thinks, "Why do people laugh whenever I say my name?"

I've been promising myself that for years.

Advertising Salespeople Just Don't Understand...

I've mentioned before that I'm a graphic designer for the local newspaper. Well, today, as with so many other days on the job, I find myself dealing with the same stuff over and over again. For example: We have access to a website where we can find graphics and so forth to use for our ads. Some of the files are Adobe Illustrator EPS files, some are photos. Now, all photos have to be toned for proper reproduction... otherwise they might print too dark. So when a salesperson submits an ad, they have to fill out a scan ticket for all photos. Unfortunately, they tend to also list the Illustrator files from this website, too... and they get rasterized, and toned, and don't look half as good as they should. When I catch it, I re-download the original files so I can use them instead.

If they don't manage to list Illustrator files, they manage to forget to list photos at all. Or they'll spec them too small, and then when we enlarge them for the layout, they end up looking really, really bad.

Assuming we don't have to deal with that, it's handwriting that looks like a serial killer wrote it, or the layout isn't even proportionate to the ad it's being used for (for example, we'll get a layout for a wide-format ad, but the ad is actually a tall format).

OK, if you're not a graphics person, all that stuff means nothing to you.

Recently Re-Read

I just finished re-reading "Pufnstuf & Other Stuff," about the Sid & Marty Krofft tv shows. I first read it about a year ago. If you have any interest in the Krofft shows, you should track down a copy of this book!

Chicken Strips Recipe

Here's a first for this blog! This is a recipe I came up with for making chicken strips, that's Weight Watcher friendly!

You see, not long after we started on WW, Jessi mentioned she had a craving for chicken strips. So, I did some thinking, and came up with the first version of this recipe... which I've revised since then, finally ending up with this version:

POINTS® value | 3
Servings | 8

main meals |


Ingredients

2 pound chicken breast, uncooked, boneless, skinless
1 cup General Mills Fiber One
1 cup Kellogg's Special K
1/2 cup Egg Beaters Egg Beaters
1/2 cup Bisquick Reduced-Fat Baking Mix

Instructions


Cut chicken breasts into desired sizes, rinse, and set aside. Put Fiber One
and Special K into food processor, along with seasonings to taste (I like to
use salt, garlic powder, fresh-ground pepper, sage, parsley flakes, oregano,
and other seasonings... poultry seasoning is good, too!) and process until
fine crumbs are created. Pour cereal mixture into a wide bowl. Put Egg
Beaters into a separate bowl, and the Bisquick into a third bowl. Season the
Bisquick, and mix well with fork. Place the Bisquick into a large Zip bag,
and toss the chicken strips in the bag with the mixture. Shake off the
excess, then dip each strip into the Egg Beaters, and then into the cereal
mixture, making sure it's well covered. Place each coated strip onto a
baking sheet covered with parchment paper. When all strips are coated, spray
lightly with cooking spray, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. If
necessary, turn after 10 minutes, spray other side, and bake for up to 10
minutes more. Serve with ketchup or your favorite low-point or point-free
dip!

This recipe also works well for other breaded foods... I've used the same breading for shrimp (cook for 10 minutes at 350, turning after 5 minutes), fish (cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the fish), and even onion rings (although I still have to perfect that whole thing... I may need to dampen the rings before flouring them, and they seem to need longer to bake).

The beauty of this recipe is that the strips/shrimp/whatever warm up very well, 350 degrees for about 10 minutes... and I think it tastes even better as leftovers!

That's all for now!

Jon

Western August 1977 #3


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
You know, when I was scanning these over a month ago, I had all kinds of things I was going to say about them... and I've forgotten just about all of it... except to point out how off-model Bugs Bunny is here!

Jon

Western August 1977 Ad #2


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Heh... I'm sorry... "Coin Collecting is Exciting?" So what do coin collecting fanboys talk about? "Hey, did you see that newest quarter that came out? I couldn't beleive it!"

"Yeah, but the old quarters were better... they were just better."

Jon

Western August 1977 Ad #1


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
So, here we have Starstream, Western's entry into the then-burgeoning Science Fiction field... and yeah, the writers list looks pretty impressive, doesn't it?

Anyone out there ever read an issue of this? There's very little info to be had that I could find.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Western June 1978 Ad #5!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Here's an ad I just have to laugh at... see this stuff? Most of it you can find these days at dollar stores. And yet 25+ years ago, they were trying to sell 'em for $1.50 through the comics!

Jon

Western June 1978 Ad #4!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Page through any Western or Gold Key comic, and chances are you'll either find an ad for t-shirt transfers, iron-on patches, or both!

Here's some iron-on patches.

Jon

Western June 1978 Ad #3!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
And here we have FlipIts... probably the lamest toy ever advertised in comics! I'm sure you can figure out what they are from the ad here, so I'll say no more.

Jon

Western June 1978 Ad #2!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Here's a full-page ad for Star Wars watches manufactured by Bradley. No links available for this item, I'm afraid!

Jon

Western Comics June 1978 Ad #1


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
OK, some of you probably want to think of this ad as being from a Gold Key comic, not Western, but it said Western on the cover, so Western it is!

Anyway... here's an ad from the old days of video games... when Atari had a hit with their original system, and just about everyone tried to come out with their own version! Sears even had one, as you can see here, and apparently they needed to do this tie-in with Kellogg's to get rid of them!

Nothing else to say about this ad!

Jon

Marvel February 1977 Ad #7!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
Hmm, I seem to be getting out of order here. Anyway... here's a full-page ad for the Ricochet Racer set which featured Captain America and Spider-Man... and what a bizarre pair of characters to choose for this... and what a bizarre toy!

The Richochet Racer was basically a gun that shot out a car... kind of a more violent version of "Hot Wheels."

Believe it or not, I was able to find an interesting link for these toys... and you'll find it here.

But I have my own Ricochet Racer story. ay back in the late 70s, maybe even early 80s, I was a huge Star Wars fan, even to the point of making up a pretty bad Han Solo costume to wear at conventions. Now, what's Han Solo without his gun? Unfortunately, the Han Solo blaster Kenner sold was not proportioned for my hand... so what to do? Well, I came across a Ricochet Racer gun at a garage sale, or maybe even Goodwill or Salvation Army, and bought it, brought it home, and painted it all black... voila, instant Stormtrooper blaster! So that ended up being the blaster I used with the costume.

Nope, I don't still have that gun these days.

Don't have a clue what happened to it.

Jon

Marvel March 1978 Ad #2!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
And here we have another Heroes World page... and frankly, right now I can't get excited enough about any of the merchandise here to talk much about it.

However... let me point you to this website, which features the first issue of the Superhero Catalog! Well worth checking out if you're into this stuff.

Jon

Marvel March 1978 Ad #1!


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Originally uploaded by waffyjon.
So here's a full-page ad for Star Wars merchandise... and there's some neat stuff there. I have no idea who did the art for this, although it looks like a familiar style.

I'd provide some related links, but there's so much Star Wars stuff on the 'net that I couldn't possibly wade through it all!

Jon