I decided to milk one last card out of my decrepit laptop. I only had to restart the thing four times during the process of creating the card. What's remarkable is that in the last few months, for each project I have worked on my computer has crashed at least five times. This card is a little, early Christmas miracle:
In honor of Veterans Day, I made this card of the only pilot to fly, fight, and survive BOTH Death Star battles.
PRP Star Wars - #40 Wedge Antilles
He also kicked some ass at the Battle of Hoth. In fact, there is no record of Antilles death anywhere (at least as far as my research on Wookiepedia goes.) This one goes out to my Grandpa Pete. Happy Veterans Day! (a day late)
I felt the need to post something, so this is what you get. A bad "hit" from an awesome insert set. Of all the awesome possibilities in Red Squadron, I ended up with crappy Red Six. (I really wanted the Luke Skywalker- Red Five, or at least Wedge Antilles- Red Two.) Just my luck.
PRP Star Wars - #37 J.T. Porkins
You have to delve pretty deep into Wookiepedia to start finding characters I haven't made cards for yet. I'll try to "stay on target", and get some more custom cards made for y'all soon.
This one is for my good friend, and all-around great guy, Kenny Eng. You can check out the machete reference here. (Short version: Kenny, a friend, and friend's girlfriend were walking home and a dude attacked them with a machete. Yup. Crazy shit. Friend caught the machete with his bare hand, suffering only a small wound - four stitches. Kenny grabbed the assailant and choked him OUT! Bad-ass.)
These are almost as much fun as making baseball cards!
Sorry it has been so long. I have been keeping myself busy making custom cards. Unfortunately, you won't see them here yet.
This post is mainly just to call out Sean. Yeah, YOU! I hope you are wearing your big girl panties while you make your cards for the Thorzul Will RuleNightmares on Cardboard: IV contest. I decided to bring the pain this year. You may be a great designer, and a wonderful person, and a amazing custom card maker...
But I have called on the powers of darkness to guide my submission to the contest. No, seriously. I made my cards with the lights OFF! They may not be pretty, but they are pure evil.
I am taking on anyone that enters the contest in a fight to the death thumb wrestling challenge to three pins. Good luck to any that dare to attempt to take what is mine!!! Don't call it a comeback... I didn't wanna win that badly the last two years.
I recently picked up a Tony Gwynn Starting Lineup Talking Baseball card from CheckoutMyCards.com. Since I really like the simple design, I figured it would be nice as a Star Wars card.
The painted portraits on the original cards were pretty basic, so I figured I could "paint" it myself. After wasting an hour or so with my new drawing tablet and Corel Painter, I decided that it would look a lot better if I appropriated a painting from the internet. There were some great paintings, but I eventually "borrowed" the Luke Skywalker painting from Dry Jack on Deviant Art via Google Images. Hope he doesn't mind. If he wants, I'll split all the money I make from this card. (Will he take a cashiers check for $ 0.00?)
Happy Labor Day! The original Star Wars trilogy is on Spike today, so I was able to refresh my card making batteries. This one took much longer than it looks like it should have. I guess I was watching Star Wars while working on it. I started when Luke and Obi-Wan go to Mos Eisley in Episode IV, and I'm typing this as Luke begins his Jedi training on Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. (I type so slowly that he may already be hangin' out with the ewoks when I finish.)
As I sat on the couch drinking malt liquor and watching the Padres game, I realized what card I could make for my next post. The idea of putting Billy Dee Williams on an old Colt '45s card seemed too easy...
PRP Star Wars - #31 Lando Calrissian
I wanted to incorporate Lobot, so the '34 Goudey card seemed like a natural. The Colt '45s idea IS too easy, but don't think I won't do it.
You need to read the post title with your best Darth Vader voice.
PRP Star Wars - #30 Darth Vader
Word around the campfire is that an Imperial Vice-Admiral mocked the Dark Lord of the Sith's team name. Speaking in a lisp, the Vice-Admiral said, "I betth you and your bunth of Sithies are all thwitch hitterth." They say that Vader chuckled beneath his mask, and invited him to light saber batting practice for that evening's game against the Anchorhead Sandies.
They say the Vice-Admiral is now more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
I think 30 cards might be enough for this set...
"You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
Ithorians were a mammalian herbivorous sentient species from the planet Ithor. They were commonly called "Hammerheads" by less sensitive beings because of their long, curving neck and T-shaped head. They found this nickname offensive.
Oops... Didn't mean to offend any Ithorians out there.
Ehhhh... Who cares. They are a bunch of drunks anyway. Seriously. I've only ever seen 'em in the cantina.
Last weekend, my girlfriend and I went to the horsey racing thingy where the surf meets the turf at Del Mar. I don't bet on the ponies, but I enjoy watching them run fast. We usually go to the races at least once a year. It is only five miles away from our house, so it is pretty convenient. We usually go when there is a cool concert. Last year we saw Weezer. It was ridiculously crowded, and the sound system was horrible. So this year we decided to pass on any post-race concerts.
We probably would not have gone at all this year if it wasn't for this past Saturday's enticement:
We have watched the Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race religiously, and we both enjoy gourmet food, so this one was a no brainer. With more than 40 trucks from Southern California, there was plenty of great food to be had.
The concert area where they lined up the trucks was packed with people, but we were on a mission. After spotting the truck in the far corner, Kerri immediately got in the line for the Nom Nom Truck. The runners-up from the 1st season of the show, specialize in Vietnamese-style banh mi sandwiches.
The line was so long, so I had plenty of time to wander around and check out some of the other trucks. I was happy to spot the truck of local favorites Tabe BBQ. The line wasn't nearly as long as Nom Nom, so I joined the queue.
I wasn't all that hungry when I got in line, but by the time I got to the front (about 1/2 an hour later) I was a slobbering, starving mad-man. Kerri was going to get me a pork banh mi, so I knew that I didn't need a lot of food. The amazing food coming from the line in front of me made me lose all sense of reason. I ordered a little too much: Fries smothered in BBQ pork, melted cheese, savory sauce, and a tangy sour cream drizzle; A seafood taco in a fresh-grilled tortilla, lightly battered fish, fresh veg, and an amazing salsa; and to cleanse the palate... The beast they call the OMG Burrito.
I watched carefully as they prepared this monster burrito, and (since I know it could never be duplicated) will share their secrets here. The OMG starts with a flour tortilla large enough to swaddle a baby... baby ELEPHANT! They cover the entirety of the blanket (errr... tortilla) with shredded cheese and melt it on the grill. Once the cheese melts, they pile on a mountain of the meat of your choosing. I chose the Korean BBQ Beef (It was only so-so... SO tender, SO delicious!) On top of the meat they mound a heaping layer of french fries, and smother it with a generous soaking of the most amazing spicy-sweet sauce.
(I found this pic on the internet... I was too busy eating mine to take a photo.)
I'm not sure what else they throw in this monster burrito, but after it is rolled up and wrapped in foil it weighs well over a pound. Ridiculous!
Okay. Enough of the food talk... On to the cards.
The founders of the Nom Nom truck are a couple of lovely, young ladies that met as undergrads at UCLA. If you watched the first season of The Great Food Truck Race, you know that their business savvy is as much a reason for their success as the delicious food. (They are also pretty darn adorable.)
PRP Food Trucks - #1 Nom Nom Misa
PRP Food Trucks - #2 Nom Nom Jenn
I am not sure how far I'll go with this set, but these two cards are a pretty good start. In researching the designs, I was introduced to the world of NASCAR cards. There are some pretty cool designs out there! If they threw burritos out of the cars, I could probably get into the sport a little more...
Oh, by the way, the pork bahn mi from Nom Nom was delicious!
Captain Canuck and Mark Aubrey both answered my trivia question correctly (and in rapid-fire succession,) so they both got custom cards of their choosing. You can see their requests in the previous post's comments. Here's what they got:
This question was in the San Diego Union Tribune sports page today:
On June 3, 1995, Montreal Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez retired the first 27 Padres he faced in a game that was tied 0-0 after nine innings. Who broke up Martinez's perfect game in the bottom of the 10th inning?
(First one to answer correctly in the comments section will win a custom (online) baseball card of their choosing.)
Unrelated Side Note: It was also mentioned a few pages later that Tony Gwynn was one hit short of hitting for the cycle (something my Padres have NEVER done) twenty two times...