hey jess, quick question. on the PFI wiki, a side project musical by claudio and chondra called "Rosie Barbara and the Family Massacre". it's talked about back in 2008. did anything ever come to fruition with that?
Rosie Barbara and the Family Massacre emerged in 2008, in the form of a song called “The Echomaker” that Claudio played at Neverender London. They may have intended it to be a musical. However, when we did our Cobalt podcast with them last year at NYCC, Claudio said that Rosie Barbara may or may not become Evil Ink’s first horror comic. You can listen to the quote here at about 39 minutes in.
Hey, Jess! So I'm going into college soon and I really want to change my fitness routine (which is nonexistent at the moment). I'm a petite person, 5 ft and 110 lbs, but I am in NO way healthy. I was wondering if maybe you could point me in the direction of a proper diet and a beginner's workout routine? Much love, a fellow Kilgannon without a tumbler.
Since you don’t have a Tumblr, I’ll post this to Twitter as well even though I make a point to not post health/fitness stuff there.
First off, you don’t need to lose any weight. You are well within a healthy range for your height and age. If you are not particularly fit, however, you may have a higher body fat percentage than is optimal for your health. I would suggest focusing on building muscle and losing fat - essentially, changing the composition of your body without changing your weight.
Step 1: Eat well. It’s less about how much you eat than about the quality of what you eat. In college it’s easy to succumb to ramen noodles and Ritz crackers, but I assure you that deliberately seeking a diet full of actual food is comparable in price and well worth the extra time. Ideally, your intake should focus on whole grains, lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies, and plant-based fats. Eliminate processed foods entirely; they are full of artificial ingredients that your body does not recognize as food, and they damage your organs and screw up your hunger cues. This includes “diet” foods. They are worse than junk food - pretty much cancer on a plate. For more info, check out clean eating.
Step 2: Calories… You need them. Make sure you are eating enough. You didn’t give your age but if you’re starting college I’m gonna guess you’re 18-20. Women don’t stop developing until age 25, so eating too little will affect your body FOREVER. Given your current situation, I suggest you eat around 1800 good calories per day, up to 2100 on heavy exercise days, and NEVER under 1500. Every body has a unique balance of macronutrients that it works best on, but as a rule: 45-65% of your daily calories should come from carbs, 10-30% from protein, and 20-35% from fat. It may take awhile to figure out what works best for you, so I’d start at 55%-25%-20% and adjust accordingly. It will be easier for you if you are able to track this stuff, and luckily there are sites that will do it for you, complete with daily nutritional breakdowns. Calorie Count is one (I use this), MyFitnessPal is another.
Step 3: Exercise! This is going to be super important for you since you are wanting to improve your fitness instead of actively losing weight. The most important facet of this particular fitness endeavor is going to be strength training. Start lifting weights, and lift for real. I assure you that you will not, literally can not, bulk up like a dude. You need to build lean muscle mass - this raises your metabolic rate, which burns unnecessary fat plus gives you a lean, athletic physique. Train each muscle group (abs/back, arms/chest, legs/butt) starting at once a week, but not more than twice a week. Pick up “The New Rules of Lifting for Women” if you like. Next, pick up the cardio! It’s important for heart health and fat burning, but make sure you don’t overdo it because this will cause muscle loss and fat retention. Cardio is any aerobic activity that gets your heart beating fast for an extended period of time, so there’s a lot of room for creativity. Find something you like. Do it three or four times a week for 30-45 minutes. Finally, flexibility and agility are both very important in overall health. To improve wellness, practice balance/flexibility activities at least once a week for 20-30 minutes. Yoga is highly recommended, as well as tai chi and Pilates.
Step 4: Be positive. No amount of physical health will benefit you if you are negative on the inside. If you mess up a day, don’t call it a failure and go back to old bad habits, just make the next day better. Treat yourself gently and with kindness, and don’t lose sight of the reasons why you decided to make a positive change in the first place.
I hate when I see a graphic on my dash that’s actually really gorgeous and meaningful until I realize that there is one small, brainless typo and then it just looks like so much ridiculous uneducated bullshit.
Do you have any idea where the Good Apollo graphic novel can be purchased for under 60 dollars? I've been searching everywhere I can think of for months (ebay, amazon, google shopping) Merchnow has been sold out for the longest time. I can't locate it anywhere.
At comic cons.
It’s out of print for a long time now, and anywhere you buy it online is going to be expensive. Keep looking or go to comic con…
What do you think your complete Amory Wars collection is worth(not including doubles?) How much do you think the upcoming movie will affect its value?
Probably around $2000 if it was sold together as a complete collection; much less if I sold it piece by piece. I really hadn’t thought about the movie aspect but it depends on how big this movie is gonna be. If it’s a huge thing that draws a lot of new fans/movie buffs/comic nerds, then I’m sure the value will at least double. But I’m not selling, you know.
A random (Coheed) fact ;): The name “Kilgannon” was selected randomly by Claudio from the sign a dental clinic in South Nyack as he rode the bus into the city one day. That’s right kids, you are all touting the brave name of the former Kilgannon Dentistry.
Someone I miss: My life is my business, so I’m going to say I miss the TSA employee who checks my ID and boarding pass at the security checkpoint.
Looks like Coheed is covering this during their set on the Maiden tour! I’ve hoped to hear them cover this since seeing them with Heaven & Hell in 2009. Great choice - hope they threw some whoa-oh’s in there too. ;)