|The Vesha Valentine Story and The Trouble with Katie Rogers|
It's a very special episode on this week's Nerd Lunch Podcast. While Pax and Jeeg both are off fighting bears and building robots respectively, CT is joined by Jay from The Sexy Armpit and together they host a chat with UK comic book artist Des Taylor. Des, known for his simplistic and retro-style of illustration, is the creator behind self-published titles The Vesha Valentine Story and The Trouble with Katie Rogers. He has also had several pieces of his super hero art go viral on sites like GeekTyrant.com, io9.com, BleedingCool.com and our friends at The Retroist. In the show, Des talks about his history, upcoming projects, his thoughts on the New 52 and who he'd want to force choke.
As an extra bonus, here's a cool little video about Des:
Cheerwine is one of those southern delicacies, like Chick-fil-A and Waffle House, that I had long heard about on the Internet but never had the chance to try. However, back in the fall I paid a visit to the old Nerd Lunch stomping grounds of Central Illinois and found that a longtime favorite store, Friar Tuck, now carries specialty sodas like Red Rock Cola and Cheerwine. I took advantage of the situation and loaded up my trunk with a selection of beverages, including my first ever bottle of Cheerwine.
Cheerwine falls into the dark/caramel soda class with colas and Dr. Pepper-like drinks. Flavor-wise I think it most closely resembles a muted Dr. Pepper with a stronger cherry flavor. Oh, like Dr. Pepper Cherry or the homemade version of cherry DP my family has made using grenadine. The flavor balance of Cheerwine is quite nice though not as unique as I was expecting. It’s definitely tasty, but not as transcendent or as difficult to replicate as Red Rock. Luckily Cheerwine appears to be available at many Cracker Barrel location so those of you in the chain restaurant belt of America shouldn’t have to go far to give it a try.
Additional Kirk Howle projects mentioned on the show:
We kick off the new year by peering into the future with fourth chair Doug Frye from the Schlock Treatment podcast. Using all the tools at our disposal from tarot cards to the Magic 8 Ball, we each make predictions for 2013 in the realms of TV, movies, and fast food. We also start up the Nerd Lunch Dead Pool and predict which celebrities will kick the bucket this year. Our Nerd To-Dos feature Star Wars Angry Birds, Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Jack in the Box.