Good Stuff Friday – Movies and Books and Comics

skull beads - cheese and glory

skull beads - cheese and gloryI bought all the skull beads at the craft store on Tuesday, and now I’m rearranging my apartment for studio space to make jewelry, which I haven’t done in years.  It’s been a weird week.

Here are some of the good things that happened:

Godzilla Rage Across Time

There’s a new Godzilla comic out from IDW, and it is off to a great start.

I could gush for hours about how much I love this comic. Artist Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) is back, paired with Jeremy Robinson (Project Nemesis), with this first entry into IDW’s new Godzilla anthology series.

Godzilla Rage Across Time will feature a different creative team in each issue, similar to last year’s surreal Godzilla In Hell series.

Rampage Across Time #1 is set in feudal Japan. Matt Frank captures the look and feel of old Japanese woodcuts in his panels. Robinson tells an exciting story with a twist on the historical invasion of Japan by Kublai Khan in the 13th century CE.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite comic this week.

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is my favorite animated movie of the year.  The story and the characters are a delight, and the animation is breath taking.  As a hobby origamist, I did a bit of squeeing at Kubo’s magical creations.  It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s ambitious, and I want to see it again.

If you don’t have movie tickets for this weekend, I highly recommend seeing this movie, with or without kids.

The Hot Sauce Festival

I live in Austin, TX, and we have a festival dedicated to hot sauce on the last Sunday of August.  I dragged my partner out into the unseasonal, freakish rain to stand in line eating blue corn chips while tasting a line up of hot sauce submissions.  There was also very tasty ice cream.

I, like many festival goers, fell in love with the lime juice and Haitian peppers mix of Haitian Heat Spice’s Sexy Sauce, and came home with a bottle.  It’s delicious on red beans and rice.

Penny Dreadful

I finally started watching Penny Dreadful on Netflix, and we’re about halfway through the first season.  I can’t believe I never picked it up while it was on, as the show is practically nothing but jokes about classic Gothic and Romantic literature.  I’m enjoying it immensely so far.

Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed

One of my favorite people on Twitter, fantasy author Saladin Ahmed, has a free collection of short stories called Engraved on the Eye, available on Kindle.

If you aren’t familiar with Ahmed, this is a wonderful introduction to his writing.  It’s a quick read, with a variety of stories.