January 2008


In March, I’m gonna have a couple mini-paintings up at the Charmingwall Gallery. They’re 4-inch x 4-inch wood blocks. Fun to make, but not fun to eat. I’ll let you know when I make something fun to eat.

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jh3_cover.jpgSo after a long and arduous production cycle, I’m relieved to finally see Johnny Hiro 3 in stores. Sorry it took a while to get this one out there, I unwisely planned for it to come out around Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Team Hiro kept having to troubleshoot problems with the JH3 files, and given that it was the holidays, getting things done quickly–between work, travel, spending time with family, holiday shopping, etc–became difficult to say the least.

In the end, it finally came together, and now JH3 is at your local comic book store! I hope you like it!

I am about 10-pages into JH4. And though it’s coming together rather quickly, I think I’m gonna slow down on it soon. I’ve promised some time to a couple other projects. Plus, I need some breather time of my own. To do things like figure out a cheaper form of health care, you know, the odds and ends that aren’t as fun as art.

I do hope everyone is having a good day. And rock on with your bad self.

So this seems like a very New York-centric thing to worry about, and being in NYC, I am just as worried with this whole thing.Apparently the mercury levels in Tuna (specifically Bluefin, but other species as well) are a lot higher than the EPA and FDA had previously thought, after testing sushi from 20 Manhattan restaurants and stores. The more expensive the sushi, the higher the mercury levels (mainly because better quality sushi comes from larger fish). The NY Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene found that the levels of mercury in New Yorkers’ blood is three times that of the national average. The demographic that tended to have the highest amounts of mercury were Asian New Yorkers, especially foreign born Chinese. (Not especially good news for me.)

Here is the article: High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi

It was followed up by an article the next day: Warnings Don’t Deter Lovers of Sushi

As well as an editorial: Tuna Troubles

Oh New York. You gotta love it.

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Now here’s an article I think just about anyone can find interesting. Yes, it’s the little known history of the fortune cookie.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/16/dining/16fort.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1

Among the interesting research is the discovery that fortune cookies are most likely a Japanese treat. The article suggests that they could have been popularized in America as a Chinese treat when many Japanese in the 1920s and 30s opened Chop Suey restaurants (largely Americanized Chinese dishes). Read on brother, it’s some really cool stuff.

Finished this painting some time ago.

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