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Comic Book Donations for Boston Children’s Hospital

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In the wake of what has been a shocking and tragic happening in my city, I’ve come to love Boston even more passionately. The goodness, caring and openness has been among the most prevalent I’ve ever seen, and I feel lucky to call this place home.

It also made me wonder — as I was lucky enough to be miles away when the marathon bombings occurred — what kind of person would I have been at that explosion: the kind who runs away from the smoke and fire, or the one who runs towards it to help others? I’d really, really like to think I would be the latter. I think we all would.

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That said, I want to help. In the very least, I’d like to distract the traumatized, the children, the people whose lives are going to be changed forever, regardless of limbs lost or physical impairments. So I asked my friends at local comic shops and publishers to help me bring kids-friendly comic books and books to Boston Children’s Hospital, and anywhere else that needs them.

I will be dropping off donations at Boston Children’s Hospital on the morning of Wednesday, April 24. If you are a publisher, local shop or individual that wants to send all-ages reads (NO swearing, nudity, etc.), please email me at adri (dot) cowan (at) gmail (dot) com. Please do not send anything but kid-friendly books.

Cut-off date for donations was Tuesday, April 23; if you’re interested in making further donations, please contact me for the mailing address.

Thank you, my friends.


Donations & “Thank You’s” Update (4/18)

So far, I’ve received numerous inquiries to donate from some amazing individuals, publishing companies and local shops, including:

…and gigantic, ginormous thank you’s to:

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Party Happy: Rialto + Jack’s Abby Brewery

A few things I learned at last week’s event at celeb chef Jody Adams’ acclaimed Cambridge, MA restaurant, Rialto: beer cocktails are bubbly and delicious; french fries are better sliced like ruffled potato chips; any type of soft cheese compliments saffron roasted peppers on bread; and Jack’s Abby Brewing co-owner, Sam Helder hates punny beer names.

Friend and food blogger, Jacki Morisi (Boston.com’s Chow Down Beantown, Just Add Cheese) was the brains and brawn behind the event, having slipped gracefully into her new position as Rialto‘s marketing and PR coordinator. Amongst the charcuterie, passed plates and educational beer tasting, our guests chatted with the aforementioned Sam Helder (one of the three brothers who own Jack’s Abby), who expressed his utter disdain for the pun-riddled beer names his siblings constantly devise.

At the request for un-punny beer name suggestions, some pals and I commenced our brilliant naming technique: punny beer names.

“Drop it Like it’s Hops?”

Blank stare.

“Lager? I Hardly Know Her!”

Blank stare.

“Too Hops to Trot?”

Walks away.

Regardless, the star of the evening was a deep, dark chocolate-colored lager called Smoke & Dagger, which, as the description reads, “skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter.” As an only occasional beer drinker myself, I still loved the malty, full-bodied flavor of the brew, which paired well with Rialto’s epic grilled seafood spread.

Verdict: If you enjoy a hearty lager, the Abby boys will be your jam; and for the full experience, check out their tasting room and brewery tour. Also, if you’re looking for beer names, my friends and I would be hoppy to help. GET IT?

For more info on the Framingham, MA-based brewer, visit JacksAbbyBrewing.com and follow them on Twitter at @JacksAbby.

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Cocktail Happy: Pegu Club at Backbar

Backbar is Somerville, Massachusett’s joint; a favorite for industry folk, a hangout for the irony-free hipster types, neighborhood twenty-somethings, and, well…me. I fall into any of these categories (except for the fact that I don’t live in the ‘Ville), and into the most important one: people who simply want a good drink.

The art of the cocktail is practiced at Backbar, and it’s obvious the staff cares — you’ll wait a little longer for your concoction to be crafted, but it will be all worth it once that liquid gold hits your lips. Case in point: bartender Sam Treadway’s riff on the Pegu Club, a drink my friends at Barker & Mills (a superb handmade garnish company) urged me to try, which features their cherry juice.

A mix of gin, cherry cordial, lime juice and angostura bitters, this one is tart, slightly sweet, and has a smoky, gin-y bite. Sip it, because you’re classy.

Gonna Moderate the HECK out of Some Panels at the BOSTON COMIC CON!

It’s official, folks – I’ve been invited to moderate two AMAZING panels at the Boston Comic Con next weekend, April 30th-May 1 at the Hynes Convention Center! Not only am I flattered, but I’m super-psyched to get the chance to chat with some creators I truly admire.

I’ll be moderating the Female Creators Panel with Ming Doyle, Sara Richard, Stephanie Buscema, and Allison Sohn on Saturday, April 30 from 11:30A.M.-12:15.PM and the Spotlight on Terry Moore from 6:00P.M.-6:45P.M that same day – so get yo’ questions ready!

Here’s the full lineup for the Con:

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