In Which Steff is all, like, “Whomp Whomp!”

I’m pleased to report that things are finally getting back to normal after Hurricane Sandy.

On Sunday, I finally left the borough of Brooklyn for the first time in a full week. Since the trains were still down and my bicycle is in the repair shop, I  ended up walking from my house in Gowanus to the West Village.  The city was still quiet, but less damaged than I thought it would be. In fact, the most startling aftermath of Sandy was actually the gas stations that I passed as I was walking through Brooklyn. There were  lines of people on foot queuing up with canisters to collect gas. The cars were wrapped around the block. I just feel very fortunate that everything in my immediate area (and all my friends) are safe and sound.

A sight for sore eyes.

As a result of my prolonged stay in Brooklyn, I’ve had more time to just pause and catch up on reading, podcasts and creative endeavors.

I even had time to doodle this silly comic about  Oetzi (also spelled Ötzi), the 5300-year-old Copper Age mummy.

♥ ♥ ♥

Oetzi is absolutely my favorite archaeological find of all time. It’s really amazing how many secrets scientists have been able to unearth from his well-preserved body. (For example: Oetzi has the proud distinction of the first recorded case of Lyme disease! Also, he had a lactose intolerance! Wow!) NOVA did a really fun yet super-dramatic special on Oetzi called “Iceman Murder Mystery” which is streaming on their website.

Whelp, that’s about it for now. I’m finished ranting about mummies.

In Which Steff Receives an Old Fashioned Text (thanks Matt!)

I’ve had a crazy day. A crazy few days. Lots of work. Not a lot of sleep.

However, here’s a cheerful picture of Amanda and I eating the best vegan pizza (with soyperonis!) at Pizza Plus in Park Slope. YUM.

Amanda and soyperoni pizza

Seriously, we earned this pizza after our crazy week.

Sidenote: I might be starting a secondary blog, with Amanda, about our adventures in vegan dining/cooking. It needs to happen.
I’ve been discovering a lot of new music lately. Randomly, a song by Voxtrot found its way onto my iPod, and I think I’m in love. The weirdest part is that I didn’t even realize that I had it on my computer. (Apparently, Christina gave me their stuff.) It really reminds me of Charlotte…I’m sad to say that I was looking into them and they’ve already broken up. Sad day.

Anyway, here is the song that got me hooked, “The Start of Something”:

“Tell me your thoughts, tell me your thoughts on liberty…!”

In Which Steff is Queen of Portmanteaus

Whelp, I had a very exciting weekend! I went on a short trip to Philadelphia (Northern Liberties, specifically)  to visit my oldest and dearest friend Christina (we met when we were two)!

Coffee with Christina!

The first night consisted mainly of champagne and giggles…and [vegan] cupcakes.

For the sake of brevity, I will say that the second day was a hot mess of drama too bizarre to type about here–including someone (“friend” of a friend) faking amnesia. It was really surreal, but the less said the better.

The last day we had a wonderful brunch at Green Eggs Café before seeking refuge from the crazed monsoon that engulfed the area. I also had a really great experience at Higher Grounds Café!

Here's some random street art that I thought was really beautiful. Sorry for the color, it was pretty gross out.

Sidnote: it’s really starting to feel like autumn. The weather is cooling off, I’ve been spending lots of time in the New School computer lab and the night seems to be setting in earlier and earlier.

Also, I found this (NERD) video on YouTube explaining how pencils are made. Certainly puts me in the fall mindset–though I’m sure I’ll spend much more time editing video in front of a screen than using old school pencils. Still, awesome.

In Which Steff Earns Her Weight in Luck

So, essentially my friends are amazing. On Sunday, I was surprised by my lovely friend Amanda when she showed up at Gorilla Coffee with some celebratory cupcakes (for my 1-year NYC anniversary) from babycakes!

Cup Cake

They were amazing, seriously. (And VEGAN!)

To celebrate the newly earned post-class summer freedom, I went to Coney Island yesterday with Matt and Amanda. Since it was my first time, I had no idea what to expect (all I’d heard were jokes about shoddy rides and meth-addled rednecks, etc etc)–but it was really fun! Check out some pictures:

freak barwalkingboardwalkbeyonce mural

Amanda at the beachAmanda at the beachmatt's epic beach chairat least there aren't any meth heads

brewerybrewery 2steff and amanda at the beachsteff train

Here’s a bonus comic! Click to enlarge (opens in a new window):

Ad Pedem Litterae: 2 August 2011

Ad Pedem Litterae 18 August 2010: LIVING IN BROOKLYN…

Well, I thought that I’d celebrate the new blog with a new webcomic…

{Ad Pedem Litterae: 18 August 2010}

It’s true. I love my neighborhood, and living in a brownstone is an experience for sure. I really love my new place. It kind of feels like a Boarding House for Misfit Toys. Everyone, minus my lovely 88-year old landlady Mildred, is a student of some kind. The house itself was built in the 1870s and despite its minor problems (e.g. leaks, broken refrigerator, etc) it is bursting with charm. I will post pictures soon. Actually, I should have done that long ago but I have been really terrible about posting.

Either way, New York is wonderful and school starts very soon.

PS: I obviously do not own any rights to Sesame Street. Just thought I’d, you know, mention that.

Ad Pedem Litterae 10 March 2010

Well, it’s been a truly strange day. For some reason my sinuses went haywire and as a result I felt dizzy for most of the day. However, I did manage to finally write/draw/post a comic from my day. This was drawn primarily at the laundromat (hence the “Laundromat Comics” in the header). Pip pip!

Small grab from Ad Pedem Litterae 031010!

Click comic to see full-sized image


Well, I was looking through some of my old blogs, namely from my semester abroad in London and the original Ad Pedem Litterae (my webcomic.)

My heart swelled a little at my impression of the MU Journalism School monster. Even though that experience was stressful, it was completely wonderful. See for yourself:

Ad Pedem Litterae: 1st appearance of the J-School monster

Ad Pedem Litterae: ♥-Day with the J-School

Those strips were from sophomore year at Mizzou (2007). I’ve done some recent strips that just need to be colored. I will post them soon!