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Catmera charms back in stock! And book talk!

This drink is super refreshing! Have it when it's very hot. There are probably some good variations on this recipe too, but we haven't gotten too adventurous yet. We tend to favor the white grape concentrate for this recipe, but you can get dark grape concentrate as well. Additionally, some of our friends have mentioned using regular old grape juice and frozen spinach, which I assume works exactly the same.

Speaking of recipes, our pal L posts some great illustrated recipes over on Tumblr - check 'em out! 

Catmera charms are back in the store!

In response to the last comic several of you mentioned that the dog might be his - we do know for a fact that the dog was his girlfriend's, but the stories you posted about tough guys with their own little dogs were pretty cute!

Book talk! I finished the first Hunger Games book. Read the whole damn thing practically in an evening, couldn't put it down. Didn't feel like it ended strongly, but the rest of the book is so fun that I just ignored it. Definitely keeping an eye on the upcoming movie. I'm going to read the second book soon (I've been let down easy by a lot of people regarding #2 and #3, but I figure I gotta read them). Your own reading lists were pretty varied! I did notice Diana Wynne Jones come up a lot - Yuko is a big fan and has read a couple of her books. I made a note of a lot of titles you guys & gals mentioned, so many of them are on my to-read list. Someone mentioned China Miéville - I think that'll probably be my next group of books to tackle after I'm done with the Hunger Games series. I loved Perdido Street Station. 

Have a good one! Catch you next Tuesday. 


omg, someone said garth nix

Comment by LikitaRenn (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 15:31

omg, someone said garth nix and i have to concur. he's amazing, the sabriel/lirael/abhorsen trilogy is one of my favorites, i've read all three books multiple times ^_^

Epic reads

Comment by Keshav B (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 16:07

China Mieville is a great author, but if your a fan of some epic fantasy reads, I recommend " In the Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. You will not be disappointed

Gonna try that smoothie

Comment by nalem (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 18:03

I'm excited. I couldn't find grape juice concentrate.

My roommate thinks this is a prank. Please don't let it be one! I'm actually excited to drink it


Comment by Vin (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 18:42

I love the comic, and find it so amusing that you guys are so close but seem so far. (From LI) Thanks for the hard work!

Tried the drink and it was very refreshing! :) We grow cocoa-mint in our garden, so we had to change it up a bit. Thanks for the rec!

(The Catmera Charms--Omg the Caraffe, Eeee! ♥)


Comment by nalem (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 20:11

Delicious smoothie. I like the hint of mint in there. :) Yum yum.

It IS good

Comment by Paul (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 21:33

I made this today, and it IS pretty delicious. I may have over-done the grape juice, though.

most frozen spinach is pre

Comment by marc (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 22:08

most frozen spinach is pre cooked and would probably make the drink less refreshing than fresh could add in arugula which would give the smoothie sharpness too...

Guys. Guys guys guys guys

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Sat, 07/02/2011 - 22:13

Guys guys guys guys guys.

I tried this. Had to be in at work on a Saturday just to cover some eventualities of which only a couple occurred. Got bored. Mooched thru my weekly comics and ended up on yours. Was going to a friends BBQ later. Ctrl-P Print. Hit stores on way home to gather suddenly required extra ingredients. Call up and ask if they have a blender and if I can use it.

Long story short, even though I have no idea how big the frozen juice can, ginger ale or target blender are (leading to some fairly random guesswork, particularly because the available Kenwood Cuisinette was kinda small), and the very concept of frozen fruit juice concentrate simply doesn't exist in Britain, we made it.

Jon, if you invented this... you are a genius. It looks like hell but tastes pretty good, and is healthy as anything at the same time. (I love me some baby spinach but It's not exactly versatile, y'know?)

If y'all actually read the comments, you may be interested in this variation we came up with to combat the translation issues, and even improve on the original:
half fill the blender at most with non ice ingredients, have more ginger ale (if its something "real" like Old Jamaica rather than Canada Dry, anyway) than grape juice, add a splash of export strength vodka if you like, a bit of lemon juice and a generous shake of cayenne pepper. Fill the remainder with ice (don't let the other parts settle first or it leaks out the top) and blend like crazy.

the results are pretty damn fine let me tell you. despite looking like the aftermath of some kind of nuclear accident. all we're missing is the gloopy "ecto" texture. I'm going to see if any local retailer stocks frozen grape juice concentrate... failing that, whether alginate is available on the open market...

keep up the good work, guys & gals

Hunger Games

Comment by Alison (not verified) Sun, 07/03/2011 - 08:41

I just finished the first Hunger Games last night! I couldn't sleep so I decided to stay up and finish it...and then I was done 4 hours later...that's what I get for making such a promise to myself when only halfway through the book :\

off topic

Comment by Beloved (not verified) Sun, 07/03/2011 - 14:23

This isn't really on topic, but I just gotta know.
Are you people going to be at Otakon this year?!
I think last year you said you couldn't make it, but it would be awesome if you came this year! Please?

Well worth it.

Comment by Louis Gale (not verified) Sun, 07/03/2011 - 23:19

I have (currently) spent the entire afternoon and most of the night reading the entirety (and I mean all of them) of the Johnny Wander comics and I have to say it was time worth spent. The dialogue is hilarious and the artwork is fantastic in the way that it perfectly illustrates the humor of the dialogue (the expressions and the body language). I got introduced to this comic strip by another artist who draws a sweet little comic called Doctor Cat that my mom is completely infatuated with. Needless to say I'm completely addicted to Johnny Wander and I hope to see a lot more comics in the future.

Green Juice

Comment by Gleevee (not verified) Mon, 07/04/2011 - 02:08

This sounds a ducktonne better then the green stuff I was forced to intake for a while to cool my kidney-disease down. It amounted to blended grass and leaves. Euck. I will definitely enjoy this recipe once in a while.

I implore you all to share your recipes more often, especially if they're kidney.... I need that.


Comment by applegeekfan (not verified) Mon, 07/04/2011 - 07:42

Really nice and all but when is applegeeks going to have a new coimic

Oh my god..

Comment by Jon Robertson (not verified) Mon, 07/04/2011 - 16:07

This is the second thing Our family has tried from you guys' comics - the first being the Golden Curry, though made with Tofu instead - and Once again I am amazed.. It is amazing on a hot day, and I can imagine it being really good for you.

Oh my gooooosh this is

Comment by Flit (not verified) Mon, 07/04/2011 - 18:31

Oh my gooooosh this is delicious! I shoulda used more ice or less juice though, it was a bit too sweet.

Thank you!

Mieville can be hit-or-miss

Comment by Fletcher (not verified) Mon, 07/04/2011 - 21:41

Mieville can be hit-or-miss - I found The Scar excellent, but Iron Council was far too fervently Communist. I'm not particularly *anti* Communist, but it would be nice if its adherents would look beyond the Glorious Revolution and acknowledge the fact that Communism has a tendency to eat itself and excrete statist dictatorship.

Kraken was pretty blah.

Someone up-comment recommended Kage Baker, which is a recommendation I really cannot second - the relationships of Baker's female protagonists are really screwed up - and not in the way that suggests Baker realizes it. Baker seems to live in a fantasy world where it's OK for women to settle for egotistical monsters because they don't feel themselves worthy of more, in which Twoo Wuv really can transform beasts into princes. It irritates the Hell out of me.

Authors I *can* recommend are Neil Gaiman (American Gods and anything else), Lois McMaster Bujold (The Curse Of Chalion in particular), Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (The Codex Alera is Extruded Fantasy Product, albeit fairly good for EFP - but the Dresden Files are excellent) and Catherine Valente.

Hunger games!!

Comment by Mokitty (not verified) Mon, 07/04/2011 - 23:28

Oh man, that series is so great! It's not all ponies and rainbows, let me tell you that. I mean, people die. Though... I suppose you already know that, since you read the first book.

The movie... well, I'm gonna cross my fingers and hope it's good. I'd heard that the girl from True Grit would play Katniss, but then I found out that she didn't get the role for whatever reason. I'm really looking forward to seeing who they got for Rue and Prim (and those two boys; I hope they're sexxehhhh).

You guys make the best comic
Maybe not THE BEST
But you're tied for it with Evil Diva and Questionable Content
At least, IMO...

So I made this on Saturday.

Comment by Nicole (not verified) Tue, 07/05/2011 - 08:42

We used an entire can of the concentrate because we both have a sweet tooth and wow it was good. It smelled pretty awful (I hate the smell of greens and of fresh mint, gasp, I know) but man was it ever delicious. We used the ginger ale after trying it plain because we are both ginger fiends.

I can't normally have processed sugar and sugarfree ginger ale is hard to come by, so when I make this for myself I will probably try subbing in honey or Splenda or more likely some type of light diet soda and some pickled or grated fresh ginger and see how that turns out :)

Must Try

Comment by Jovany (not verified) Tue, 07/05/2011 - 13:39

I tried the curry recipe and that turned out delicious so I'll have to go out and try this out as well! I'm not a huge fan of veggies but the added mint and grape juice sounds great.

...and now I've actually

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Wed, 07/06/2011 - 07:52

...and now I've actually gone and found out how to make my own concentrate because NO WHERE in britain seems to sell frozen concentrate - not even the weird-foreign-stuff-for-ex-pats stockists - unless of course I should happen to own a catering business, then they'll sell to to me "in sizes from a 25 litre tub, to a standard tanker". As in, a literal truckload.

Don't seem too hard, to be honest. I'ma give it a go... as soon as i'm moved into my new place and so can buy a blender without it being a burden (all we have right now is an electric hand-mixer - and I am so NOT trying this with one of those, given the amount of stress it seemed to put my friend's mother's blender under) !!!

Certainly our weak facsimile was pretty nice, so hopefully the full version will be even better.

Gonna have to go back and re-find the other recipes I remember seeing here, now, and print those also :)


Comment by SY (not verified) Wed, 07/06/2011 - 16:54

I tried the drink, it is great! Thanks a lot! I added a bit too much mint (I thought what you suggested would be too little, I was wrong)

Is it healthy? Is it a

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/07/2011 - 20:24

Is it healthy? Is it a healthy drink? It seems like it's a healthy drink. I could probably use a healthy drink!

Tried it!

Comment by Halfdragon (not verified) Fri, 07/08/2011 - 06:11

Was great! I recommend dried mint for those like me with crummy hand blenders. The fresh leaves just wrap themselves around the blades. :/

Also I used frozen raspberry welches and I will be trying apple juice when the welches runs out. Oooo maybe I'll use CIDER!


Comment by Kira (not verified) Wed, 07/13/2011 - 10:39

I keep thinking about this recipe and how it looks SO WEIRD but also it might be DELICIOUS. I think I am going to try it, but I need to find out if we have ice (I think we have an ice cube tray somewhere?) and then buy the other ingredients. I'm not sure about the ginger ale, I really hate carbonated things...maybe I will just try it without that the first time.


Comment by Sophie! (not verified) Mon, 07/25/2011 - 16:41

We made this today and it was yummy, then added strawberries (since they taste good on spinach salads) and it was super awesome. It made it more tart.

It was good!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 09/04/2011 - 13:06

I tried this at home, and my brother and I loved it! (But we put too much mint in.)

I love this comic, and thank you for sharing a great recipe!


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 04/22/2012 - 21:39

That sounds super delicious.
I have to make it now.
Sometime when my mom will blender it for me 'cause I am a wimp.

Love the comic, love the recipe, and, by proxy, love you!

Comment by Colin (not verified) Wed, 04/17/2013 - 13:21

I have about 15 different web-comics that I browse through several times a week, one of them being yours, and this is the first time I've tried a recipe from one. Your ecto-slushy is household-approved. At least, my wife and I loved it, and after much convincing, my Mom tried it and decided she liked it too.

Some of her quotes:
"Mmm, how strange."
"I can't taste the spinach!"
"This is pretty good!"
"Probably better for me than having english McMuffins for breakfast every day!"

Considering how picky my mother can be about new food, those are rave reviews, lol. Thank you for the delicious beverage idea and your whimsical comics, Yuko & Ananth!