I’m researching a comic about the Florodora cocktail, and I found this spectacular poem about it, published in the July 3, 1901 edition of the New York Evening World. Also, it mentions the name of the chorus girl who inspired the drink, whose name had heretofore been lost to history.
Here’s the text of the poem:
Oh, siren of the summer drinks!
A pale rose in the shattered ice
Glows like the cheek of that sweet minx
Who names this drink of paradise.
Of raspberries their syrup soul
From tender fruit most tender nursed
And fragrant lime that reach the goal
And make a blessing of a thirst.
Oh, don’t forget the Plymouth gin
That makes of water merry jest-
Its pale and weak and soulless twin
That never stirred my lady’s breast.
And ice! Oh cool refreshing mass!
Oh grateful music to the ear!
Crushed, shattered powdered in the glass,
A grateful, frozen poem there.
Then ale of ginger on the top-
Instinct with life and knows its biz-
That leaps out with a regal pop
As though it were the real old fizz.
Lo, crimson Venus that we hath!
The heartless cherry, sweetly nice
Fresh from a Maraschino bath
To rest upon a couch of ice.
A slice of orange, disc of gold.
The crowning glory of the float;
The drink’s complete and smoking cold
And ready for the arid throat
To you, sweet “Florodora” maid,
Who caused this summer’s blessing make,
I drink the tipple in the shade
And bless you for it, Susie Drake.
How I deal with rejection.
As a Christmas present to myself, I drew something that wasn’t on deadline! Just something fun for me.
So here’s some Brady Bunch-style fan-art for the novella “Nine Goblins” by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon), which I read earlier this year. It’s really fun, and I advise you to check it out on the Kindle.
This was my only problem with New York Comic-Con. I mean, I love chibi versions of Batman as much as the next guy, but if you’re exhibiting at Comic-Con, I’d really like to see your comics!
I’ve turned this comic strip into a mini-comic!
And now I’ve got an online store, if you’d like a copy.
Also, I’m at the Geeks OUT table at New York Comic-Con this weekend! That show is crazy!
These are all the books that have published my comics, and all the mini-comics I’ve got in print.
I’ve been drawing my own paper, stand-up miniatures for my D&D home game (up top), inspired by the ones I got for being an Order of the Stick Kickstarter backer.
My local gaming store (The 20-Sided Store) is playtesting the next D&D rule system, and the new playtest packet includes 8 pre-generated characters. So I’ve created a paper mini for each of them, which you can see above! (I made two versions of the ranger & cleric, and an animal form for the druid).
If you’d like to use them, a link to the PDF file is below - just cut them out along the thick lines, fold on the thinner lines, and tape the bottoms together!
Printable minis from Bill
(They work best if printed on cardstock, with a penny taped to the inside to make a more solid base).
Feel free to use them for your games! And if you do, take a picture and let me know!
Since I got a lot more followers in the last week, and I suspect many of you are interested in comics and trans issues, I wanted to point you towards the excellent comic “What’s Normal Anyway? a webcomic about being trans male” by my friend Morgan Boecher!
And he’s got a Kickstarter campaign to make a print collection of the comic! There’s only about two days left, and though it’s already funded, I’d really like him to hit the stretch goal that involves a fancy drawing of Dr. Skateboard!
Next Saturday, (Aug. 24) I’ll be selling comics at Pete’s Mini Zine Festival in Brooklyn!
I’ll have a new book for sale at the show (pictured here). Williamsburg has a lot of bars, so it needed a second book.
The show is free, so if you’re in the city, come by, get a beer and hang out!