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NYCC next week!

NYCC next week!

Tue, 10/04/2011 - 16:38 by Ananth in response to needs about ten packs of sugar

I'm slowly trying to make plain coffee more palatable for myself. Slowly! 

Weekend after next is NYCC! We'll be sharing a table with Becky and Frank of Tiny Kitten Teeth! Yuko will also have two signing times, once at the Graphic Universe table and once at the Oni Press table. More details on that as we get closer to it. 

We are getting some new apparel ready for the holiday season, so probably some more announcements about that in the next few weeks as well. 

That's all for now! See you Thursday!


Is that a sweatdrop rolling

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 16:53

Is that a sweatdrop rolling down his face, or a single tear of newly acquired coffee manliness?

I like my coffee with zero

Comment by Powerful.pineapple (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 16:54

I like my coffee with zero sugar and just a little milk, but I love ice coffee without sugar or milk. This comic is drool worthy. Everyone has their own tastes. I can't stand sweet drinks anymore.

Ive never been to

Comment by Mercurry (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:13

Ive never been to NYCC....ever (and I live in Ny xD) but I'll try to make it this year just to see you guys. I started reading JW about a month ago and fell in love with yoko's art style, youre my hero c:

I wrote yoko didn't I?? >> I

Comment by Mercurry (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:17

I wrote yoko didn't I?? >> I meant Yuko I swear xD

I loved this one because my

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:29

I loved this one because my friends are always trying to get me to drink coffee, but anything that doesn't have loads of sugar and flavoring masking the taste of coffee is still pretty gross ;P hahaha ;)

oh man

Comment by Nelumbo (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:31

that fifth panel is beautiful, truly

a bitter drink

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:34

iced coffee will be slightly more bitter than hot coffee. try adding a little brown sugar.

The older I get the less

Comment by Crabby (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 17:45

The older I get the less sugar and cream I use. I like to think of it as maturing as apposed to aging :)

Oh noes! When one wants a

Comment by White Rice (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 18:09

Oh noes! When one wants a sweet, coffee-esqu drink, then they need all the esqe-ness they can get. I still haven't reached the point of black coffee being my go-to drink (though it's doable when cold/iced) but if you were going for it's polar opposite, that's just cold.

the icon

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 18:11

the icon fits with the comic. :P

Is it bad that I only

Comment by HopelessOsaka (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 22:33

Is it bad that I only noticed that he's been trying to match his icons to corresponding comics only three or four comics ago?

Why make it plain?

Comment by Organs (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 18:53

If you like your coffee with cream and sugar, what's wrong with that?

If you have to do without, just pick cream OR sugar. Or you can be like my dad and use fake sugar like Equal or Sweet'n'Low.


Comment by LostPens (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 19:08

One time (when I was about 10-ish) we got hot chocolates from but for some reason they gave me a mocha. It was way too hot and disgusting so I burnt my tongue and was scarred from coffee.
Now whenever I go with my friend (who also reads the comics) and she orders, she specifically orders some non-coffee drink under the name Ananth for me.

Don't give in!

Comment by nyditch (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 19:26

Don't do it man! Coffee tastes bad! The only exception is adding lots of sugar, chocolate, or both. There's nothing to be proven in drinking bitter non-sweet drinks, so don't give in to ~Their~ world!

I agree!!!

Comment by LostPens (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 19:31

I agree!!!

I'm sure it'd be lovely.

Comment by blacksands (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 19:49

At fist I thought that said "Yuko will also have two singing times,".
And I was all: Yuko singing!?!


What days...

Comment by Ramiel (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 20:02

are you going to be during NYCC? I only managed to get tickets for Sunday >_<

The whole weekend! We'll

Comment by Ananth Wed, 10/05/2011 - 16:14

The whole weekend! We'll have a table, I'll post details next week before the show. :)

You know, it's possible

Comment by Yu Huo (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 20:21

You know, it's possible you've only ever had bad black coffee. Starbucks black coffee is truly horrible. They burn it. It tastes like hair dryer fumes. Blecch. A good, well-prepared coffee should have a nice bitter flavour but be rich, not sharp. I've never had it done properly anywhere: always had to do it myself. Here's how: get a good, 100% arabica (this is very important: robusta beans are cheaper, have more caffeine, and taste nasty). Grind it yourself or get it freshly ground. DO NOT FREEZE IT. I know people will tell you this is a good way to preserve coffee. It isn't. Get yourself a proper paper filter cone and unbleached, natural paper filters. Brew using water boiled and left to sit three or so minutes, so it's not boiling any more but still hot. Use one well-filled scoop per large mug; adjust to your taste once you get the hang of it.

A good paper-filtered coffee has a natural sweetness and a nice, well-rounded flavour. Try it. You might like it.


Comment by Krimson (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 21:20

I second all of this (especially the not freezing the coffee part; that is a gross misconception), but with a slight tweak -- use a French press for optimal results. Paper filters tend to suck out some of the natural oils from the beans, so the result is going to be more bitter than not filtering it through. (Although maybe the unbleached filters mentioned here aren't nearly as bad. I just haven't been able to drink a lot of black coffee from an automatic pot without drowning it in milk and sugar to get it down my gullet.) Accumulated sludge usually puts people off the press, but I've figured out that if you scoop most of the bloom out after letting the coffee sit, BEFORE stirring it all up and pressing it, you will have very few grounds sitting in the bottom of the mug.

Personally, I also have a huge sweet tooth, so I totally understand Ananth's need for all that extra tastiness ("candle-flavored", to echo a previous strip). One day, I forced myself to just drink it black, going cold turkey with the extras, and kept drinking it straight until I got used to it. Now I only drink my press pot coffee black.

On the other hand, at coffee chains and other places, I'll only order the crazy milk-and-sugar concoctions. At smaller mom'n'pop coffee houses, I'll take it black.

You're right about the paper

Comment by Yu Huo (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 07:12

You're right about the paper filter removing some of the oils, but that's only from the finished beverage: the flavour seems to come through intact. I've always found paper filtered coffee a bit milder than French press cafetiere coffee (though of course people often make the mistake of grinding it so bloody fine for the cafetiere that you get mud on the bottom. Yuck). I've also tried the gold filters-- I still have one somewhere-- but paper gives the best balanced, nicest flavour, IMHO. Personally, I don't like milk and can't stand sweet drinks, and I know very well how I like my coffee... which means I'm pretty much out of luck unless I'm at home.

I've grown accustomed to

Comment by Krimson (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 16:41

I've grown accustomed to really bold, strong coffee, which is another reason why I prefer the press, but I'll have to try the natural paper filters. And apparently, the additional oils that aren't blocked by the paper filters raise cholesterol, so I suppose for overall health purposes, paper filters are better.

I'm still too stubborn to switch back, though. Pressed black coffee always tastes a little sweeter than paper filtering it.

I want...

Comment by Julia (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 20:34

to put make-up on Yuko... sorry, no connection with the comic... Lol... but I hate coffee anyway it's brewed. It's gross... :(

As a barista....I cringe at

Comment by Midori (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 20:58

As a barista....I cringe at the enormity of that mistake. A flavored espresso drink becomes just coffee? That's definitely the sort of mistake my boss would make (aka:....he's incompetent). Were you charged for the mocha? Because I wouldn't have just accepted that - anything with espresso is way more expensive! In this sort of case, assert your rights!


Comment by Joe Fox (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 20:59


It is your destiny.

Comment by A.S. (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 22:50

If you only knew the power of the dark side.

Try getting an iced vanilla

Comment by Aube (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 21:00

Try getting an iced vanilla latte with only 2 shots of espresso. It's sweet but not too sweet. Also cost a buck less than the caramel so. win win to a poor college student.

Get a dirty chai! That's a

Comment by Rachel (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 21:04

Get a dirty chai! That's a chai latte with espresso shots in it. If you want the caffeine. But man, if you don't like coffee, don't drink it! I work in a coffee shop and I don't drink it (which makes it really great when people ask me what I recommend). There's nothing wrong with that!

I understand where you're coming from...

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 21:28

Used to never drink coffee. Now go to engineering grad school at Cornell, where a fantastic coffee shop is down the street.

I now drink at least two cups a day, and still fall asleep from exhaustion at the end of the night. T_T

Honey is key

Comment by deva713 (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 21:59

If you make coffee at home here is my favorite recipe:
Put as much water as you want coffee in a saucepan, bring to a boil and throw in the coffee grounds (you can modify strength this way, too), and remove from heat. Let it sit for 4 minutes then add to taste honey and vanilla extract (can be subbed with any flavoring extract but don't use the syrups they use at coffee shops). Filter into a cup, add cream or milk to taste, enjoy! To spice it up some more you can also add cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, etc. to the water the same time as the coffee grounds. The honey is better for you than the sugars and you can add less, it also adds a nice dimension. And since lattes and mochas are mostly milk it also means you're cutting back on the dairy since you'll only need to add a little! Hooray, coffee!

You guys are gonna need an

Comment by Xan (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 22:29

You guys are gonna need an "Ananth stares nervously at things" tag soon.

And I don't blame you for disliking it! I can't stand most coffee unless it's flavoured. Blech. I would've kindly requested what I ordered instead of that.

I admire you for downing it,

Comment by FoE (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 22:43

I admire you for downing it, but isn't a caramel mocha like 3x the cost of an iced coffee? I'd be more bitter about being overcharged that than the flavor...

I don't know why, but...

Comment by Conan_Edogawa (not verified) Tue, 10/04/2011 - 22:50

I found this hilarious. Thanks for the awesome comic. an excellent 21st birthday present.

I like sugared everything..

Comment by shark-nony-moose (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 00:47

I like sugared everything.. i cant go without sugar in coffee.. unsurgared soffee is a piece of crud


Comment by Anii (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 00:48

Ahhhh I can't wait till NYCC! It looks to be a suuuuper cool year! I'll certainly drop by to score some JW swag! Signings there are so hard to get into thou >_<;; ps- Yes to hoodies from the twitter discussion! oorrrr maybe an awesome pull down hat with a Maw.....!


Comment by sharkfinsouplove (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 00:54

should be abotu cats.. and yuko getting a cat stash.. :| because i totes has a cat stash

Unsweetened iced coffee is

Comment by Fuzenmaru (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 03:26

Unsweetened iced coffee is terrible stuff, no matter how the quality of the beans were. Good coffee served black should be hot to very hot, and shouldn't have the horrible bitter taste that low quality coffee has. It should have a light to strong flavor, depending on the type of roast, imparted from the freshly ground beans, and any bitterness should be mild, in fact almost unnoticeable especially in comparison to the cheapest cup available at just about every coffee shop. It is to tea as beer is to wine: a drink with a great amount of variety, mostly good when made properly, meant to be enjoyed at your preference, paired with something complimentary in the proper setting.

That my friends, is good coffee. If you want to make an amazingly simple, yet delicious cup, all you need is:

A kettle or something else for boiling water (let the water sit for about a minute or two before pouring)

A blade grinder

A filtration device (a glass pot designed to hold a cone filter works perfectly)

Paper filters designed to extract acidity from the wet coffee grounds

A couple of mugs or cups to pour the coffee into

And of course the most important component: whole coffee beans. Buy whichever variety of bean appeals to you, even if you buy it just because you like the packaging.

Ananth, even if you end up not liking it anyway, Yuko will probably like the option of being able to make her own coffee at home when she wants to. Just throwing that out there ;).

You're braver than I would

Comment by AmericanLink (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 03:38

You're braver than I would be. :O Not only would I have been irked over the lack of sweet, but I would be irked because Mocha costs more.

Back when I used to work at

Comment by Snazzy (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 09:40

Back when I used to work at Starbucks, after about 6 months, I was up to six shots of espresso over ice just to open my eyes in the morning. It tasted like chewing on cigarette ashes.

I dont really care for black

Comment by Archeokatie (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 12:15

I dont really care for black coffee either, and for most of my life I drank coffee with lots and lots of milk and sugar. Recently though, I traveled to Belize, where they didn't always have sugar to be put into coffee. (unless you wanted it in cane format.) the only thing they had was evaporated milk. It was pretty good, and when I came back to the states I got into the habit of ordering cafe au laits.... Where they steam the milk so it is already cooked and a little caramelized. It adds a litle sweetness, and takes away most (but not all) of the bitterness. Plus when you order it you look well traveled, and like a coffee buff without actually knowing much about coffee.

Way to go!

Comment by Kaeleira (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 14:37

I love the last panel. When I read it I immediately remember that first comic about your attempts at coffee drinking and I felt proud too! <3


Comment by Ariel (not verified) Wed, 10/05/2011 - 15:17

Can you make a shirt full of Johnisms? I would wear it forever. Please, please, please?

Coffee, cofffee, coffee

Comment by Jostein (not verified) Thu, 10/06/2011 - 06:10

The comic was spot on, as always! Personally, I prefer black coffee when making it myself, but I usually get something with milk (cortado, mocha) at a my favorite coffee house. Sweeteners are unnecessary, as the coffee is top quality and the baristas are very skilled.

Btw, an iced caramel mocha sounds delicious... It's interesting to read how people like their coffee.

Any chance that you will be making a coffee-themed shirt?


Comment by Arsnof (not verified) Thu, 10/06/2011 - 06:38

Up until I was 21, I was using up to, like, 12 packets of sugar in my coffee. I couldn't stand the taste otherwise. At 21 it was found that I had raging diabetes. Who'd have guessed? After that I switched to Splenda. Tasted just fine to me, but soon I was upping the number of packets to nearly the same as before. A year or two ago, I dropped sweeteners entirely. Besides the honey in my morning tea, the only thing I add is cream.

I've found that there are two kinds of coffee I like. Really good coffee and really horrible coffee. Either extreme offers its own flavor that I've grown to enjoy.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 10/06/2011 - 08:03

Coffee is terrible. For you. It's a horrible, horrible, bad-tasting drug. Need a pick-me-up? Stick to tea, or an apple. tsk tsk

I read what you posted under

Comment by Petey Foskey (not verified) Thu, 10/06/2011 - 10:13

I read what you posted under the other coffee comic and i realized you made a nutella drink!! yum P:

Yuko, you just want Ananth

Comment by Nina (not verified) Thu, 10/06/2011 - 19:07

Yuko, you just want Ananth to better reflect your videogame crush on Godot. Admit it.

You would not do well deployed...

Comment by AirmanDethBee (not verified) Fri, 10/07/2011 - 16:15

All we have out here is cheap crappy coffee, no creamer, and we only have sugar sometimes. After a while you get used to the taste, and I've come to prefer my coffee black. I can't drink the overly sugary stuff anymore. It's just too sweet.

I just wish we had better stuff than Maxwell House and Folgers. Man, I'd just about kill for some Dunkin Donuts coffee out here...

Honestly, the easiest way to get used to regular coffee is the same way as most things, acclimation.

Start with flavored creamers and sugar, and slowly use less and less. Or just man up.


Comment by Red (not verified) Sat, 10/08/2011 - 23:46

I feel you, man. I just started drinking coffee, and I can't stand it unless I put in chocolate milk syrup, some vanilla, and two sugar twins.

Why? Why would you do that?

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 10/13/2011 - 04:20

Why? Why would you do that? That's crazy talk