Live long and cook.
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Nov 13

It’s Electric.

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So, Boing Boing asked me to do a recipe for them. The only caveat is that it involve caffeine. Done and Done.

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Oct 13

Drum Roll Please

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The winners were chosen completely at random.  Congratulations to all three.  You should receive and email from me (if you haven’t already) very shortly.  I look forward to making your recipes!

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-Tyler

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Oct 13

Red Letter Day

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Today the first ever Cooking Comically cookbook is officially out in stores. It’s the first thing I’ve ever published. To me it’s extra special because not only did I manage to create an entire book… I managed to create an entire book that I’m really proud of. The timeline to put it all together was about 6 months. Over that period of time, working on something so hard and so closely I found that it became impossible to judge whether anything in it was really going to work. I worried about it constantly throughout the revision process. But, a few weeks ago when I had the finished book in my hands and had a chance to read through a physical copy… I was really satisfied with how it turned out. It looked better than I expected and read the way I’d hoped it would. Whether I succeeded or not isn’t really for me to decide, though. That’s up to you and everyone else that picks it up and reads it.

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And I really hope you guys enjoy it. If you do, do me a favor and tell people about it. Id love to make another book and this one needs to do well for that to happen. Put the word out, if you’d be so kind.

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In other news The Raffle of Win ended today with 540 entrants. Holy crap, you guys. I can’t believe so many of you went through the trouble to send me proofs of purchase. That’s a good bit more than I expected and a lot of emails to reply to. Said reply emails with the whereabouts of the pre-order poster (which turned out awesome, if I do say so myself) are going out now and I should have them all delivered in the next few days.  I’ll announce the winners of the raffle from NY during Comic Con weekend (Oct 10-13).

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Speaking of which if you look to your right, you’ll see my NY Comic Con info.  If you’re headed there, drop by and say hello.  I’ll have new t-shirts you can’t get anywhere else yet, aprons, books, free stickers etc. Looking forward to meeting some of you!

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This year has had it’s ups and downs, but it has truly been one of the best of my life. Thank you all for making that possible.

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-Tyler

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I know Im sleeping ’cause this dream’s too amazing.

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Sep 13

Language

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As so many of you have been keen to point out, there was an abundance of foul language in the recent collaboration with Thug Kitchen. I get it. A lot of you have a problem with it. But I want to get a few things straight.

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First, this was a collaboration between Thug Kitchen and myself. Not a merger. Thug Kitchen will stay Thug Kitchen and Cooking Comically will stay Cooking Comically. What you’ve seen from me in the past is generally what will be coming in the future. That much should be understood.

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Now about the strip. I had hoped it would be readily apparent that there was more than one writer. Two websites were credited below the title frame and there are two very distinct fonts to delineate between my part and Thug Kitchen’s part. If you go back over the strip you’ll find that there is no swearing whatsoever on the Cooking Comically side. This was a conscious choice on my part because I knew Thug would do enough for the both of us. So just to make that clear: People are telling me to tone my language down for not using any.

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I’m a big fan of Thug Kitchen. I like what they do and everyone involved in making the crossover happen is really happy with how it turned out. For those that aren’t, just know that this isn’t going to be a really common thing and I’ll be sure to warn you up front if there is a next time. Which I, for one, hope there is.

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There will be recipes in the future that you can share with your kids. But, there will be many you can’t. This site is not and will never be entirely family friendly. And it was never meant to be. And while it’s true that Cooking Comically has changed over time, it’s never been to appease anyone. I have to trust that doing what I think is right and what I think is entertaining is the best way forward because that’s how this all happened in the first place. I’m going to keep doing that.

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As Bill Cosby once said, “The key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

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-Tyler

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Sep 13

(Not so) Sad News (After all)

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Ladies an Gentlemen I have a bit of shitty news.  The pre-order raffle has to be put on hold. This is not something I have a choice in. It turns out that there is a bit of a legal issue. I can’t go into much detail because I don’t know enough about the situation currently, but I am looking into it.  I am so so sorry to have to do this and I will find a way to make it up to the folks who have pre-ordered.  More to come.

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-Tyler

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UPDATE: All of the pre-order stuff is back on!  I had to add a little fine print addendum just to cover my bases, but everything is moving forward.  The raffle is on.

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Aug 13

Bonus Round!

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Ladies and gentlemen we are now nearing the one month mark before the release of the book on October 1st. I’m going to skip right past the part about how crazy that is to me and how busy I’ve been and get right into the meat of this little announcement.

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Pre-Order Bonuses!

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Everyone that pre-orders (or has pre-ordered) is entitled to 2 things.

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1. An exclusive Cooking Comically illustration in your email box. It will be full-resolution and printable up to 11×17 (while still retaining its quality.) So print it, use it as a desktop background or just bask in its majesty.

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2. Your name will be entered into The Raffle of Win.

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WHAT IS THE RAFFLE OF WIN?
After the book launches I will pick three names at random from the list of people who pre-ordered. Two winners and one Grand Prize winner.

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The two winners will be able to give me a recipe of their choice to make into a comic. Anything is fair game as long as it doesn’t require some kind of industrial equipment or endangered animal ingredients. You can either give me a specific recipe or give me just the name of a food you want me to make. You want me to make your wacky PB & Ranch sandwich? Done. You want me to show you how to cook a steak? Done. You get the idea.

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The Grand Prize winner will also be able to give me a recipe, but on top of that he or she will also make a cartoon cameo appearance in said recipe.

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HOW DO I GET THIS STUFF?
Since I can’t really get all these bookstores to automatically send me the names of people who order the book, I need to hear from you.

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If you have preordered the book send an email to preorder@cookingcomically.com with some kind of proof that you preordered the book. It can be a screenshot of your confirmation mail, a reciept of any kind, just something to prove that you did indeed preorder the book.

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Contest Rules and Details

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So there you have it.  It’s on sale for cheap AND you get free stuff AND a chance at bossing me around.

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The book is currently available at these locations in the US:

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AMAZON

INDIEBOUND

BOOKS A MILLION

BARNES AND NOBLE

POWELLS

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And in the UK:

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AMAZON.CO.UK

FOYLES

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Where are your excuses now?

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-Tyler

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13
Aug 13

Passion Project

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I didn’t start Cooking Comically as a money making venture. I started it because I saw an audience enjoying something that I would’ve done anyway. I do this because I’m passionate about comics and food and combining the two has proven to be one of best things to ever happen to me. Just knowing that there are people reading and enjoying what I do blows my mind every time I think about it. And as it turns out there are certain people and organizations that want to help me make this idea the best it can possibly be. American Express, unbelievably, has turned out to be one of those organizations. They very kindly invited me to be a part of their #PassionProject series and after speaking with the people involved and seeing the others that they had included I was very happy and flattered to be a part of it.
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More to come.

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-Tyler

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All these crazy things keep happening and life is all like “no no, crazier.”

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Apr 13

Pre-Order

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, children of… well not all ages, that’s not really appropriate, what, with all the swearing and knives and booze going on around here but, look, I’ve got an announcement.  First, I would just like to say that I hope you enjoyed the April Fool’s recipe.  Judging from the reactions I think it ended up seeming a little more plausible than I intended, but that’s fine.  I assure you nothing about the style of the strip is actually changing.  Secondly, and this is definitely NOT a joke (amazingly)…

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THE BOOK IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON:

AMAZON

INDIEBOUND

BOOKS A MILLION

BARNES AND NOBLE

POWELLS

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It is 192 pages of reasonably priced comic-recipe goodness.  There are 35 recipes total, the majority of which are completely new and will not be available on this here web space.  And not only that, but you also save a healthy chunk of change (at certain places) by picking it up early.  So now if you want to throw your wallet at the screen, something will actually happen. That’s a thing. (At least I’m pretty sure these places accept wallets…)  Anyway it is still a little ways out from being released, but seeing as how you’re a good and smart person that thinks just a little under 6 months ahead, I trust that deep down in your heart of hearts you know what must be done.

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-Tyler

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Dec 12

The Store Update

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Hey so, remember that time I asked who would be interested in shirts and/or aprons?

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Well, if you’ll direct your attention to the navigation bar you’ll notice that I now have a store. It’s been a long time coming, I know. I said it would be happening over the summer, but a lot of things ended up taking precedence. But it’s up now! And within said store the first round of t-shirts and aprons (one t-shirt design and one apron design) is all printed up and ready to go. They both feature the design to left. I really hope you guys like it.

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You should know up front that this first run is very limited. I don’t have much money up front to throw at the production right now and that means limited quantities. I’m hoping that once the current stock sells I can turn around and invest in more apparel and eventually build up a supply that is in balance with demand. Heck, this limited quantity may already be in balance with demand. Or there may not be demand at all or I might sell out in a day. I just have no way of knowing for sure until everything goes live.

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I had every intention of making this stuff available in time for Christmas, but the aprons took their time getting to the printer and there wasn’t much I could do. Sorry about that. I’m working on a few more shirt designs now and I may even be able to put out that Daft Punk one people have been asking for. I’m also going to look into completely custom designed aprons, but that’s probably a ways off. What else would you like to see in there? Besides a cookbook. That’s still got a little ways to go.

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Also. How have you guys felt about the advertising you’ve seen on the site so far? Has it been acceptable? Off-putting? I’ve been using it for a couple months and not much has come of it, so I’m curious to see what you think while I decide what to do.

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That’s about it. I hope you had a good Christmas and have a great New Years. Thanks for your patience with the recipes, a new one will be out really soon.

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-Tyler

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Jul 12

Sheesh

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Hey guys.

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I just wanted to acknowledge that there has been some turbulence in the up-time of the site as of late. Unfortunately this has been out of my hands and in my hosting provider’s. DreamHost (who I have used for years and years without trouble) decided to change up the server hardware that my site is hosted on without warning and this caused a couple of days of intermittent service a little while ago. Then after all that was finally said and done the mandatory auto-upgrade of WordPress that DreamHost does crippled my ability to edit the site for a day. Then the rollback/restore that fixed that ended up jacking up the site’s file structure so I had to shuffle some things around and reupload some images. I wanted to apologize for the shoddiness and assure you that I’m working on moving towards a more stable system. Thanks for your patience guys. There are new recipes in the works and another exciting development brewing that I’ll be able to tell you about shortly. Stay tuned.
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-Tyler
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Wherein Shit Gets Real

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After highschool I planned to go to art school, but I ended up in the Navy.  After the Navy I planned to go to school again, but I ended up traveling the world on my own for a bit.  When I came back I planned to save up some money and travel even more, but I ended up going to school.  I planned on transferring and then I made a silly comic about chili and put it on the internet.  If there’s one thing about my life that I can always count on, it is that I never end up where I plan.  And really, that’s been the very best part about it.  I can never know what’s going to happen next. And what follows here is probably one of the craziest detours I’m like to take.

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Yep.  Today’s the day, folks.  I’ve known for a little more than a week, but now I finally get to tell you.

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It is my sincerest pleasure to announce that Perigee Books will be publishing the very first Cooking Comically cookbook in the Fall of next year.  That’s happening.  Officially.

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If you told me a year ago that I would be publishing a book I would’ve thought “Ok that’s weird, but vaguely plausible…”  But, if you told me it was going to be a cookbook, I would’ve assumed you were on some kind of hard drugs (as opposed to a time traveler who bounces around telling people random facts about their future).  But here we are.

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Thank you to everyone who has been reading and cooking and sharing.  It’s been amazing and I expect it will continue to be so.  The website will continue on as it has (with some eventual improvements) and in the background I will be working my hardest to produce a book that is worthy of the people that make this endeavor possible.  That’s you, by the way.  I know next fall is a long ways off, but designing, fabricating and distributing a book is an unavoidably long process.  I hope you’ll stick with me.

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-Tyler

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As we walk and make plans in the dark.

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Yet another quick update

Hey guys, here’s a boring video of me tiredly explaining why there hasn’t been a recipe yet this month and how that’s not going to last much longer.

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-Tyler

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Apr 12

An update and thoughts on advertising

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Hey guys.  I just thought I would throw out a quick update for anyone who may have missed it on facebook/twitter.  The book proposal is officially done.  Not only that, but on Thursday this week it was sent out to various publishers and editors who will review it, discuss it, decide on it, etc.  In a few weeks time I should have something to report on the fate of a Cooking Comically Cookbook.  I know it’s something that a lot of people want and a publisher’s help would be welcome, but one way or another I’ll find a way to get it out to you.  As a small celebration, here are 2 concept covers that I did for the proposal.  One hereThe other hereWallpaper of the second one here.  Edit:  I should stress that these are in no way final designs.

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On another topic… I’ve now been approached by a number of advertising services and so far I’ve turned them all down.  It’s not that I’m against advertising–I do think it can be an effective business model– I just have some strong opinions on the subject.  I want more control over what is displayed on the site than I think many people are willing to give me.  I demand the final say in who advertises, the size of the ad, the type of ad, and what the ad is for.  There will be no pop-ups (fucking obviously, this isn’t 1997), no commercial site takeovers, and no sound nor video in ads here.  When ads do come to this site I will insist upon them being simple, effective, tasteful and, as best as I can determine, relevant to the interests of my readers.  If you think you can provide that for me, then my email is in the about section, you have my ear.

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One last thing.  Who’s interested in shirts/aprons?

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