The Comic Book Guide to the Mission

This amazing cover was created by Chuck Whelon for an upcoming book called “the Comic Book Guide to the Mission”. There’s a release party for the book this Friday, March 11 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm at Mission Comics and Art.  I’m disappointed that Rob Liefeld didn’t make a submission, though. Maybe next year! Nonetheless, it will be a great time, here are the details:

Come celebrate the BRAND NEW “Comic Book Guide to the Mission”! Gather and meet many of the creators of this fabulous and entertaining neighborhood resource. Food! Drinks! Fun!

Featuring the talents of: Sean Chiki (Wunderkammer), Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes), Andrew Farago (The Cartoon Art MuseumWilliam Bazillion), Shaenon K. Garrity (NarbonicSkin Horse), Justin Hall (All Thumbs PressTrue Travel Tales, Glamazonia), Mario Hernandez (Love and RocketsCitizen Rex), Greg HinkleNomi Kane (Chutzpah!), Jonas Madden-Connor (Ochre Ellipse), Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), Omar Mamoon (The Mission: Taco), Amy Martin(Bachelor GirlThe Single Girls), John MathisAindrila MukhopadhyayRoman Muradov (Sad Comics), Jen OaksAriel Schrag (Potential,LikewiseAriel and Kevin Invade Everything), Matt Stewart (The French Revolution), Alfred Twu (First Cultural Industries), Dan V. (American Objects), Geoff Vasile (Trackrabbit), Jeff WalkerMike White (Amity Blamity), Clint Woods (Fernetiquette), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time). Plus, behold this amazing cover by Chuck Whelon (Pewfell).

RSVP on Facebook

[via Mission Comics and Art]


New Mission Bicycle Video

Our pals at Mission Bicycle have a new promo video done by 4SP Films, the same guys that did the Tartine Bread one a while ago. It looks great and has nice shots of the ‘hood.

Jefferson adds:

They were pretty awesome to work with but they wanted to crop out a bit where a dog is taking a leak in and otherwise beautiful shot.  I said NO WAY.  It’s one of my favorite bits.  Gotta look close though, it’s just a quick flash.

Bonus dog peeing shot!

[Vimeo link]

Your Mom’s Cocktails

Your Mom's Cocktails

We Be Sushi is awesome. Their sushi is reasonably priced and super tasty. Sometimes your server will even give you a personality reading with your food. Not in a rude way, in an . . . intuitive way.

The thing that always boggled me about this place is the sign out front. We Be serves beer, sake, that kind of thing, but I haven’t seen any liquid actually being mixed. And nothing in a martini glass. The plain looking sign on top suggests that the sushi is made the way that somebody’s mom made. The sign below is more specific. It’s also specifically awesome.

So, what’s the deal with the sign? It’s been a sushi restaurant for over 20 years, did they ever have a full bar? According to a server who’s worked there for a while the cocktail sign is actually original, even though they never had cocktails. At some point the sign was made special for the owner. She pointed him out behind the counter, expertly rolling sushi, and said that the mother’s face is actually his own.

At that point I kind of figured I had gotten enough of the story. Better to leave the rest to conjecture. The fact that it fits that well and is also totally out of place is part of what I love about it.

Earlier Mission Mission Mini Mystery at WBS: Curious Bathroom Art.

Taqueria La Vallarta’s All-Day Breakfast Special

7am-10pm! Does it even qualify as a “special” at that point? Maybe I’m just a square. It’s 2011 and Taqueria La Vallarta clearly doesn’t care what my old-fashioned idea of what breakfast is. That’s cool. Don’t mess with brunch, though. That’s sacred.

What’s next, all-day “happy hour” at 24th Street bars? I hope so.

Get Hella Excited About Books

Pedro from Adobe got in touch to plead for help getting people excited about “reading” again. I was like, “People love reading!” And he was like, “But it’s not really reading unless they’re reading musty old bound stacks of stale paper!” And I was like, “I dunno man, times are a-changing.” And then Pedro hit me with a folding chair! And his buddies were all, “Die, blogger, die!” And then they all started kicking me, and I was begging for my life.

They agreed to let me go if I’d help publicize their little book sale. Whatever:

Adobe Books has been a sacred place for music and arts in the mission for over 20 years. It’s been having some rough times, so we’re trying to get people excited about reading again, esp. used books. It’s a $1-$5 dollar sale on selected books. We’ll have snacks, and we’ll be playing all our favorite lit-inspired songs.

Lit-inspired songs! Wheeee!!

But seriously, Adobe rules. RSVP and invite your friends here.

Go Rent a Movie

A rainy day message from Lost Weekend Video:

Well the rain has arrived. It’s the perfect time to come down to Lost Weekend and catch up on some of the Oscar movies that have come out already. These Best Picture nominees are already here: ‘Inception’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘The Social Network’, ‘Toy Story 3’ & ‘Winter’s Bone’. Movies nominated in other categories that we’ve got are: ‘The Town’, ‘Animal Kingdom’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘I Am Love’, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, ‘Restrepo’, and ‘Dogtooth’. Good stuff.

Good stuff indeed. If you haven’t seen Toy Story 3, you are missing out! And the Banksy movie is a hoot too! Read on for a complete list of new releases. [Screenshot courtesy of Disney/Pixar]


Let’s Not Lose Lost Weekend Video

The Death of Video Stores in the Mission

Neutral Unpretentious Places (Like Lost Weekend)

Laundromat Stalwart

Even though it’s only been around for about a year, from the looks of things, this laundromat bench has been through hell and back.  You might remember it from way back when we discussed the best laundromats in the Mission, but by looking back in time it’s quite apparent that the bench has seen better days.

Nonetheless, its owners refuse to let it die.  Whereas others might view the continual breakage as a lack of structural integrity and trash this one for another candidate from Community Thrift, this laundromat has stuck by its classy patio bench and infused its frame will all manner of quick-fix bench hacks to extend its life.  Cleverly or not, the repair attempts have left this seat looking rather rad:

Form meets function.  Grand.