This Week in WWAC History: Indian-Inspired Shepherd’s Pie and What We Were Playing

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Whether it’s a normal week or a madcap, festivities-own-your-life week, the crew at WWAC hopes you still have the time to put your feet up and dig through our archives.

Need something to do with all your holiday cash? The art Gift Guide from last year will make you want to open your wallet, December 23, 2014,

Jack Teagle rug designs

Culture Label + Jack Teagle, cat rug design, 2014If you thought those hero/heroine/villain facial composite card and wrapping paper designs were neat, check out what Teagle can do with a rug. Dreamy! £600 of dreamy, but that’s what fantasy is for, right? Teagle is a really interesting British cartoonist on the rise (along with frequent collaborator Donya Todd, of Bimba and various projects), working in with nostalgia and directly in a nostalgic style. “Anyone could do that!” you might rudely think (and indeed, some try), until you realise that not anybody can make it work. That Bruce Lee style cultivated ignorance showing in wonderful craft.

Donya Todd, Bimba, Girl Comics Risograph, 2014Donya Todd Girl Comics Riso

Speaking of Donya Todd, this poster-size risograph is a treat. Todd’s simplified (but never “simple”) illustration and comics are largely about girls and get in your face with “yeah I have sex parts. What? What??” This print is a perfect distillation.

Jake Wyatt X-Men Art Prints

Jake Wyatt’s Necropolis intro got huge on tumblr, and rightly so. He is one heck of an illustrator. And I pledge to appreciate creator-owned art and projects all year round! At Christmas, though, one enjoys a little kickback/relax, gently into one’s childhood. Don’t know about you, but I spent mine at Xavier’s school. I’m finding it hard to choose between my forever-girl Rogue and the bratty little spit’n’kicker who Morrisoned his way into my heart in my later teens. But this is a wishlist! Who needs to choose? READ  MORE

Annie’s Cook Your Comics series never disappoints. Read about the inspiration behind a fantastic variation of Shepherd’s Pie, December 24, 2014,

page from Starman #1, James Robinson, Tony Harris, DC Comics, 1994.

James Robinson’s Starman is one of my favorite comic series of all time. Published by DC Comics from 1994-2001, it has a memorable cast of characters: a found family that includes a number of actual family members. The series explores multi-generational family relationships across the whole hero-villain spectrum. The main character is Jack Knight, second son of Golden Age Starman and Justice Society member Ted Knight. (Regular Cook Your Comics readers may remember that I mentioned this just last month!) Jack reluctantly takes on the Starman mantle after his older brother David is killed. By day, Jack owns a shop that sells antiques and collectibles. He has a passion for cool old stuff that many comic book collectors easily can relate to. He lives in Art Deco wonderland Opal City which is absolutely where I’d move if forced to choose a comic book city to live in.

For Starman, Robinson took inspiration from Golden and Silver Age comics, but cast the characters and stories in a new light. Starman also references modern comic classics; the “Stars My Destination” story arc takes Jack Knight on a journey to the same interstellar locations visited during a similar arc in Alan Moore’s brilliant run on Swamp Thing from the early 1980s. Starman stands on its own – you don’t need to know anything about the rest of the DCU to be able to follow the story – but it’s still steeped in DC history. Robinson tells you everything you need to know, and it’s beautiful. He obviously loves the DCU and its old stories, even the ones that seem cheesy on first glance, and he’s able to show it all to the reader in a fresh, new light.

Starman #50 cover Tony Harris (artist), DC Comics 1999

Many of my favorite things – from movies to comics to food – are a wonderful synthesis of multiple elements that are good on their own, but can be wonderful when combined. That’s how this recipe came to be. I love shepherd’s pie, and I also love vegetable samosas. Both are full of potatoes and peas. And on the day I realized this, an idea was born.

This recipe is what I would call “Indian-inspired.” The meat mixture is inspired by traditional recipes for kheema which is spiced ground meat, often mixed with peas or potatoes. Therefore, my recipe contains spices that are commonly associated with Indian cuisine like garam masala and turmeric used in a form of shepherd’s pie, a quintessentially British dish. Most of what we call “Indian food” in America is heavily Anglicized, so I make no claims the authenticity in any way. Think of it as “Fantasia on Samosas and Shepherd’s Pie.” It also uses Asiago cheese which is Italian. But it tastes great with the other ingredients in this recipe so in goes the Asiago! Make a mashup of things we like from other cultures, then put cheese on top: America!

You can double this recipe to feed a crowd or ensure plenty of leftovers. Just keep the proportions such that you have two pounds of potatoes for every pound of meat. I’ve always found that this recipe tastes even better the day after you cook it. My husband loves it too, so I make plenty and take it to lunch for a couple of days. A small crowd may gather due to the wonderful aroma emanating from the office microwave. READ MORE

From the gaming vaults, take a peek at what WWACers were playing on December 24, 2014,

Ginnis is playing Happy Street and Archie: Riverdale Rescue

Happy StreetHappy Street released on August 1st, 2012 for iOS and Android by Godzi Lab
Godzi lab
Released August 1st, 2012
iOS and Android

 Happy Street came out almost concurrent with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing game.  It is pretty much just another town building game with a deceptively simple premise.  Grow your village, make the citizens happy. Go fishing. Collect fruit from the trees.

 There are main characters as well:  Helpful, handy Billy is the little fox dude who just wants his town and friends to be happy, so he works his little paws to the bone to get anything done they ask.  Pepin the Wolf is the shrewd business guy who is always trying to get more money in his pockets.  Dahlia the bunny is the sweet, stylish one who likes to beautify the town.  Mellow Nyok the Dog lives in the woods and helps by making things Billy needs.  As you play, the game expands their stories, and adds more characters:  There’s a mole underground, and an artist on the mountaintop, and a hippie beach girl on the beach.

 The game even has a character who is a robot with both male and female personalities, though they don’t do enough with him/her to suit me.  The best part of all though, is that the premium currency, Flooz, is used for special things to build into the city. They are usually built around holidays:   Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, The Summer (4th of July), Halloween/Day of the Dead, and Christmas.  They add new things annually so it’s not boring for old players.

 The artwork is relentlessly cute.  There’s also a collectible card aspect that allows you to fill up one trainload a day in order to earn flooz. The cards also let you build content you can’t build in the game otherwise.

 The game is made to be played on phone, but looks amazing on a tablet.  It does not like to be played on more than one device at a time though. READ MORE

Happy Weekend!!

Melinda Pierce

Melinda Pierce

Contributor for WWAC, mother of 2 mini-geeks, writer, and girl geek. Dreams of having enough time to write Veronica Mars fanfiction. @melindabpierce