September 6, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Beer Chase, Geeks On Parade, and Saving Kittehs!


Important notes:

• Kudos for the sly nod to NOT drinking and driving
• Beer > heist money
• That’s a lot of off-duty cops in that bar
• “Made From Beer” is a slogan straight out of Idiocracy

In other drinking-related news:

I’ll be selling my wares this weekend (Saturday AND Sunday) at the Baltimore Comic Convention in the Baltimore Convention Center. Our good friend John at Ex-Boyfriend’s unofficial “sponsor bar” Bad Decisions is knocking a whopping 10% off the tab of anyone who comes in Saturday or Sunday wearing Ex-Boyfriend gear! A pretty sweet deal from the best bar and lifestyle label Charm City has to offer!

Admission to the con is super-cheap — just $25 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for both! If you’re a panicking Yankees fan, come out for the nerds during the day, catch the game across the street with us in the evening, and then get crunk at Bad Decisions to drown your sorrows after the O’s win! Just hop in the closest cab and say “Fells Point, corner of Fleet & Washington”!

Finally, if you’ve been itching to get a Fuzz Aldrin, Catnip Freakout, or Fidel Catro shirt for yourself or a friend, September is the month to do it. Why? Because Ex-Boyfriend has teamed with Jackson Galaxy and Spirit Essences to support the worthy cat rescue group Kitten Associates! Throughout the month of September, Ex-Boyfriend is donating $5 from the sale of tees & hoodies featuring these three designs to Kitten Associates, so snap ‘em up yourself, or help us spread the word!

August 1, 2011

Mystery Monday: I Feel Like a Hydreigon Made a Meal Out of Me


So this weekend was Otakon, Baltimore’s annual anime convention. Though this was my first foray into the actual convention center, Otakon weekend (along with Baltimore Comic-Con weekend) has long been a favorite event of ours, purely for the people-watching. This year I got to experience it first-hand as a vendor in the Dealer Room, and it. Was. Awesome.

We got a primo position, directly across from the restrooms (seriously. Guaranteed foot-traffic!) and had a pretty sweet booth set-up, if I do say so myself. For the sake of clarity, I snapped this before the attendees were allowed in for an unobstructed view; with 30,000 people strolling around in costumes that in many cases doubled their actual size, I figured I should take a pic before it got blocked out by a giant dragon:

Yeah, that’s Spyro. And there’s more where that came from!

Everyone’s favorite Pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum, also put in an appearance!

Not sure what was going on here conceptually, but that hair is awesome! And those beads—like a Japanese Mardi Gras reveler from the future!

An assortment of costumed attendees.

Lots of cute doll costumes like this cupcake-themed one…

…as well as more traditional, less food-centric ones.

We also spied this creepy quasi-Gentleman from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The whole Joker fam, including Joker’s Daughter, Harley Quinn, and the clown prince of crime himself!

And nothing Japanese-inspired would be complete without an appearance from the Mario Bros (or Sisters!), Mario & Luigi.

There were also some more generic characters, like this spacey schoolgirl.

And this attendee, who seemed to have a pretty original look going on, though the hat, bowtie & jacket definitely remind me of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

There were also a TON of steampunk aficionados in attendance throughout the weekend…

And of course, you had your staples, which ran the spectrum from your traditional Darth Vader (shown here attempting to choke me out from afar via The Force)…

…to more creative renderings of classic characters, like Leia in a balloon bikini.

By far one of my faves was just this cute little pink bear, giving me either the double-bird, or two thumbs up (I hope the latter.)

Even better, I got some new super-fans! I saw this one sporting her new Fuzz tee the day after she bought it, and (shocker of shockers) experienced seeing someone I don’t know walking around with my stuff on for the very first time. I imagine it’s a lot like hearing your song on the radio for the first time. The Beatles>Jesus, Me=The Beatles…am I a god? Probably only when facing Gozer the Gozarian on the roof of an apartment building. Baby steps!

All in all, it was a great experience, and I can’t wait to do it again next summer. To fans new and old that came out and said hi, you guys are awesome! And especially thanks to Adrienne, Tony, Lauren, David, & Andrea for helping me man the booth and pimping my wares throughout the weekend—you’re all the second-best friends a guy could ask for (the wife wins that one every time!)

December 28, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: !New Year’s Revolucion!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we take stock of all of our failings over the last 12 months and lie to ourselves, saying “This is the year I finally get my act together and behave like an adult with dignity and self-respect!” The irony of this is that culturally, we tend to send out the old year in a haze of over-indulgence, between Christmas feasts, self-medicating at family gatherings, and consuming gallons of alcohol the last night of the year. It’s almost as if we’re subconsciously trying to kill ourselves so we don’t have to face the harsh, cold reality of treadmills, low-carb diets, and booze-less days and nights that January brings.

To that end, I thought it might be timely to pass along my list of little F-you’s to tradition and list the ten resolutions I will actually stand some chance of achieving in 2011. After all, the world’s going to end in 2012 (thanks, Mayans!)—this is our last full year to disappoint our family and friends with immaturity! Embrace that shit!

10. I resolve not to give up booze for any extended length of time (re: 3+ days)
9. I resolve to not see fewer than 10 home Orioles games (sorry, honey.)
8. I resolve to not give up dessert for any length of time. I don’t care if I’m forced to spoon-feed myself sugar straight from the bag—a man must have principles.
7. I resolve to weasel my way out of going to the gym at least once a week.
6. I resolve to not always feel the urge to defend my love of Gossip Girl.
5. I resolve to not worry so much about “maintaining” when I’m out with friends. Beer happens. And then vomit happens.
4. I resolve to dust off my guitars and annoy my cats with them at least once every three months.
3. I resolve to visit friends in far-off states. Mostly because they’re scared of Baltimore.
2. I resolve to not leave comic books lying around for foster kittens to pee on. Pretty sure that hurts the re-sale value.
1. I resolve to add at least 52 new designs to the Ex-Boyfriend line.

Alright, your turn. What are you guys gonna resolve to do in the coming year? Let me know in the comments below!

July 15, 2010


I apologize for the crappy quality of this pic (and post; I’m severely hung over). What you see before you is supreme dedication.

While I was out with my wife and friends last night, a guy came over to our table and literally asked for the shirt off my back. Apparently his lady-friend (pictured above) loves penguins, and liked my Penguins In Love design so much that she had him ask me for it. Typically I wouldn’t have taken off my shirt in a bar, but they actually had a free crappy over-sized Bud Light tee of some kind to give me in exchange, so I wouldn’t be left shirtless. Since I’m all about going the extra mile for you guys, I gave this girl the shirt off my back. And since I rarely go out without one of my own tees on my body, you guys also stand a very good chance of coming away with a very sweaty cool free t-shirt of your own if you happen upon me. (Chances are especially good if I’ve been drinking.) Just keep an eye out for me; I’ll be the guy in the Ex-Boyfriend shirt complaining about the state of the Baltimore Orioles baseball club.

P.S. I’m too hungover today to talk about booze with any enthusiasm, so instead I’ll just point you to Fork Party’s list of 11 Terrible Hangover Cures. Here’s hoping your Thirsty Thursday is less headachey than mine.

May 6, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: Cinco de Mayo in Charm City

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Originally I had planned to meet friends for drinks in Federal Hill last night (a neighborhood that’s about a 30 minute walk from my house). Unfortunately the bar we’d planned to check out was crowded beyond words so we ended up just going back to our own neighborhood to our favorite local spot. This wasn’t a complete loss though, because the walk to Federal Hill was pure amusement.

I present exhibit A. A “no sagging” sign hung in a hookah lounge window in Fed Hill:

If that’s not amusing enough, we also saw the most high-out-of-her-mind woman ambling across a bridge at the inner harbor. This woman was clearly beyond just drunk, illicit substances were definitely involved. She was wearing 6 inch stilettos, skinny jeans and a cropped top. She had a grocery bag from Whole Foods and she was stumbling across this bridge hanging onto the railing as if it was the only thing keeping her upright. She had in earbuds from an ipod and she was singing Bloc Party at the top of her lungs. Well slurring more than singing, but you get the idea.

Were you hoping for boozier news? Today I’m digging this melontini recipe over at The Taste of Oregon. It’s been crazy hot the last few days, and a cold refreshing watermelon martini sounds perfect right now. (Or maybe in a few hours, it is before noon.)

April 29, 2010

Evil Laundry

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This is an actual sign in my neighborhood. I chuckle every time I pass it and imagine a giant cthulhu monster folding shirts.

February 8, 2010

Mystery Monday: I Survived the Snowpocalypse

This year winter is not screwing around. It’s out for blood and trying to crush the city. I spent my weekend holed up inside my fallout shelter, um, house I mean, waiting for the snowpocalypse to subside. It left up to 3 feet of snow in some areas. Considering that I went out for a bit in it and had snow up to my ass, literally, I am inclined to believe it. Here are some photos of winter’s handiwork:

You can see all my winter mayhem photos on my Flickr account. Actually things got so crazy around here that neighbors to the south saw snow lightning! Yes, SNOW LIGHTNING. Who knew you could even have that? Watch if you don’t believe it. I like the screaming in the background of this video, it adds a certain Blair Witch vibe to the whole thing.

Winter’s not done with us either. We have another blizzard heading our way for Tuesday. Snowmageddon 2: This Time It’s Personal. Stay tuned for my epic battle with nature. In the meantime, enjoy some new art. Since I was trapped indoors all weekend I drew some new pictures. (I spent much of my weekend doing housework and cursing the snow, thus my illustrations have a theme this week.)

Friends with Yeti I survived snowpocalypse 2010
domestic violence carpenter ant

Watch out for Yetis my mid-Atlantic homies, I have a feeling they’ll be making their way into town any day now.