Brave Chef Brianna – Review

There is no question I love Comic Books- I’m the geek guy in line every Wednesday when the doors open because it’s new comic book day. I especially love it when I come across a new miniseries. Imagine my surprise when I saw Sam Sykes on the cover of one issue today.

I’ve been following Sam a while now. He is fun to follow on Twitter and has written one heck of a Fantasy Series in “The City Stained Red” – The dude has got talent as an author, and I respect that.

This week Boom Studios released their new comic miniseries Brave Chef Brianna. The four issues series is being written by Sam Sykes with art by Selina Espiritu & Bridget Underwood and colors by Sarah Stern.

It follows the journey of Brianna Jakobsson fresh out of culinary school. She is part of a large family with a famous chef father and fifteen brothers who are also chefs.

Trying to prove herself with the hopes of inheriting her father’s legacy- Brianna moves to a new city to open her restaurant- But this isn’t just any city: It’s Monster City- Where Human food isn’t exactly something locals are accustomed to.

This is a story about a girl moving some place unfamiliar- Overcoming her anxiety and self-doubt- Something that many of us have struggled with in life. It’s the search not just to prove to her family (or herself) that should be among them- But that she is finding out what makes her happy. What makes her smile.

In life so many times we simply settle. Sometimes because we didn’t have the confidence to continue, other times because no one believed in us, so we gave up. Regardless- Little Brianna teaches us to keep going and to be brave.

I’m so excited about the rest of this series and can’t wait to find more unique monsters through the story. Check it out- You will love it.

Why Do We Fall? – Why I Hate Resolutions

Why I Hate Resolutions!!! I do. Trust me. In fact resolutions drive me nuts. Mainly because I know I’ll fail them before I even start them.

Every year we as Americans sit down with a list of our dreams. We spend hours listing out the ways we’re going to conquer them. We follow countless blogs, post motivational meme’s, and even tell others to hold us accountable.

Then- Somewhere around the 20th January life sets in. Kids get sick, the car breaks down, the dog pees all over the house, or we find ourselves snowed in with nothing but a box of fruity pebbles and an endless amount of Netflix- (I actually think that sounds great!!!!)

We fail all the time. And you know what- it’s Okay. If I hadn’t failed at so many things I may have never taken the path that led me to my wife. Gave me my kids. Introduced me to my friends. The point is- a Goal a goal- It’s not life. And when failure occurs we take a page from Thomas Wayne and we remind ourselves of what we should do when we fall down-

So We can pick ourselves back up!!!

If I have one resolution this year it’s this-Not being afraid to fail!!!

Because if I’m not failing- I’m simply standing still.

Happy New Year everyone.

A Geek Father’s Tip: Retro Games

I was born in 77- So I came into gaming on the tail end of Atari- In fact the 3rd version of Atari was the system I started playing on when I was six. But following the great Video Game Crash of 1983 (Yes- It happened) the N.E.S was released and gaming forever changed.

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Some of my best memories growing up were of my friends and I staying up all night just to beat Mario Brothers, Contra, Kung Fu, and Zelda.

So it’s natural that I would want to introduce my kids to a bit of my childhood. And now- Starting this week- The NES is being re-released.

Here are some of my favorite games growing up. All these are from the NES system. I did enjoy the later systems as well. However, there is something special about those original games- The ones that captured the magic of my childhood that can’t be replaced.

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Paper Boy

Bubble Bobble

Duck Hunt

TMNT

Super Mario Brothers

Super Mario Brothers 2

Super Mario Brothers 3

Contra

ZELDA

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

Tecmo Bowl

TETRIS

Double Dragon

What were some of your favorite games…? 

 

Jesus & the Beanstalk Review

“We live in a world populated with Giants.”

I dove into this book on a plane ride back home one afternoon. I expected to knock out the introduction then catch a quick nap. After the first line I was hooked. Every where I turned I was reminded of my own life. Before I knew it my flight was landing and I was having to jump off and catch my connection.

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Lori Roeleveld’s new book Jesus & the Beanstalk takes the classic fairy tale Jack & the beanstalk and lines it up with powerful Biblical truths. Reminding us that there is power is the small things- like beans. That at times we toss aside our faith, listening to the doubts of the world, and never experience the power to slay the Giants that invade our lives.

As I read this I looked back on my own life. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the countless times I failed. Only to realize that during those times I was relying on my own self-centered self. That I was making life about me, my achievements, and my ambitions. It was only when I allowed the Power of Christ to rule my life that I saw my Giants slain.

Jesus and the Beanstalk is a personal story of how the author overcame her own Giants- Walking us through 1 Peter ch 1 we learn 8 incredible truths to live larger than life faith.

I give this book five stars and highly recommend it as something to read in groups or alongside your personal daily Bible study. Lori has an excellent grasp on a doctrine that is Biblically based.