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01/09/2012

Vegan Baby Shoe Round-up!  »

Laura’s pal Minty, the talented cartoonist and Vegansaurus interviewee, requested we do a vegan baby shoe round-up and I was like, “OMG that’s so funny! I was JUST looking at some vegan baby shoes!” And then Laura was like, “OMG Megan Rascal! You have a bun in the oven!” I was like, “No way, you need to have sex to get preggers!” So everything was sorted out. Except that conversation never happened. Well, it did, it was just all in my head. It’s like non-stop NPR up in there!

Moral of the story: baby shoe round-up!

These are from Silly Souls. They have a bunch of baby shoes! These are my favorite because hello they are pink high-tops!. They also have vegan baby Uggs which I think is hilarious and we should totally get these for our babies.* Minty says the most important thing with baby shoes is that they have 1. a flexible sole, and 2. traction so babies can get to steppin. I haven’t seen these in real life but the site says, “TPR outsole offers both traction and grip for bouncing and first steps for indoor or outdoor use. All Silly Souls shoes are designed with simple athletic construction and fit to offer your baby comfort, and cushioning for first bounces and steps.” So it seems like they have these concerns in mind. 


As my sister would say, these IsaBooties are “so precious.” IsaBooties are really cute AND eco-friendly. Plus, their site says they are pediatrician recommended and the outsole has great traction because it’s made from the same stuff rescue dogs wear! I would get them just for that reason. The dogs part, not the doctor part. That’s just how I roll. 

I don’t know much about these Native shoes but they are cute! Zappos says they are flexible for walking, etc. 

These SoftStar numbers are cute and customizable! Boy, I do like to customize. My baby’s going to have customized everything!* Plus, the site says “Sof-TouchTM feather-light soles mold to your child’s foot while providing the protection of a sturdy, non-slip shoe.” Sounds good!

These Me-In-Mind shoes are adorbs because I know so many grown dudes with shoes like this. Baby and daddy can match! In a hilarious way! It says they are non-slip but doesn’t have much more info. But they are so cute!

And finally, OlsenHaus has baby shoes! I don’t know if they meet any of our requirements BUT THEY ARE OLSENHAUS! Huzzah!

*I’m really not preggers

08/21/2010

Issue 2 of Soy Fucker is available! Plus, SF Zine Fest is a-comin’!  »

Hard copies begin shipping out on Tuesday, Aug. 23! Can’t wait? Can’t blame ya. Soft copies are also for sale, and you can read them, like, now.* Only two bones, and it goes to Deep Roots Sanctuary. What are you waiting for?

*depending on your internet speed.

(via soyfucker)

In other zine and comic news, SF Zine Fest is coming up (Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 and 5!) and lots of awesome veg artists are gonna be there, including Jesse Reklaw (he made this year’s Zine Fest amazing poster too!), Ashley from Fat Bottom Bakery with Barefoot and in the Kitchen, Rick and Eve of Monkey + Seal (seriously BUY THIS!), Minty Lewis from P.S. Comics, Susie Cagle, Jen Oaks (OMG BUY THIS!! Oklahoma Animals FTW!), and our own Jonas Madden-Connor. SO MUCH TALENT!!

OH ALSO, I am making a zine. It is about being fat and it’s called FAT ZINE. It comes with free candy because that’s how fat people do. Susie and Jen are doing sexy fat lady drawings and there might be glitter involved. Lots and lots of glitter. Y’all ready for this?

08/10/2010

DO NOT FUCK WITH VEGANSAURUS. Truer words? I think not. Also, OMG it’s a pink dinosaur! Rescuing a chicken! <3 <3 <3
This was a gift from friend of Vegansaurus and suuuuuuper talented artist, Rick Kitagawa of Monkey + Seal (OMG we need to buy EVERYTHING on their site, including several of these!). 
We’ve had other amazing art done for us in the past, including by Susie Cagle and Minty Lewis. We are very lucky. If you’d like to express your love for us via art (or cookies. or cash.), holler! AND PLEASE REMEMBER, be talented. I mean, look who you’re running with. Or you know, just do some crazy crap collage and we’ll be all, OMG YOU’RE THE BEST and prolly put it on the site and sacrifice a virgin for you. We are very appreciative!

DO NOT FUCK WITH VEGANSAURUS. Truer words? I think not. Also, OMG it’s a pink dinosaur! Rescuing a chicken! <3 <3 <3

This was a gift from friend of Vegansaurus and suuuuuuper talented artist, Rick Kitagawa of Monkey + Seal (OMG we need to buy EVERYTHING on their site, including several of these!). 

We’ve had other amazing art done for us in the past, including by Susie Cagle and Minty Lewis. We are very lucky. If you’d like to express your love for us via art (or cookies. or cash.), holler! AND PLEASE REMEMBER, be talented. I mean, look who you’re running with. Or you know, just do some crazy crap collage and we’ll be all, OMG YOU’RE THE BEST and prolly put it on the site and sacrifice a virgin for you. We are very appreciative!

12/28/2009

AHHH, The East Bay Vegan Bakesale has the CUTEST FLYER EVER. Of course it&#8217;s by Minty Lewis. I want to marry it.
See you all there on Saturday, Jan. 9! Let&#8217;s eat our weight in vegan donuts and then puke it up and eat our weight in vegan twinkies and then I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING.

AHHH, The East Bay Vegan Bakesale has the CUTEST FLYER EVER. Of course it’s by Minty Lewis. I want to marry it.

See you all there on Saturday, Jan. 9! Let’s eat our weight in vegan donuts and then puke it up and eat our weight in vegan twinkies and then I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING.

12/01/2009

The marvelous Minty Lewis (as seen on the pages of Vegansaurus!) has designed this all together adorable and awesome poster for the SF Vegan Bakesale and we love it, love it, want more of it!
See you all THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 5, to eat all the vegan baked goods in the land!!!

The marvelous Minty Lewis (as seen on the pages of Vegansaurus!) has designed this all together adorable and awesome poster for the SF Vegan Bakesale and we love it, love it, want more of it!

See you all THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 5, to eat all the vegan baked goods in the land!!!

07/31/2009

Interview: Minty Lewis  »

Melanie “Minty” Lewis’ wonderful new book, P.S. Comics, is a collection of her minicomics to date. Minty’s tales of “Fruit Pals” and “Yorkie Roommates” are cute but heartbreaking accounts of everyday melodrama, which earned her an Ignatz award in 2007. She also recently created the most freaking cutest ever iGoogle theme, which you should all install immediately. Minty lives in Berkeley and is vegetarian.

How long have you been vegetarian?
Since I was 11.

Are you vegetarian for health, environmental, animal rights reasons, or a combination?
Originally I decided to become a vegetarian for animal rights reasons. I wasn’t that well informed about the health and environmental reasons for not eating meat when I was 11, but the more I learn, the more my decision is reinforced.

Do you ever include a vegetarian message in your comics?
I’ve always imagined Apple as a vegetarian—he’s such a sensitive creature and so aware of how his actions affect those around him, how could he not be? That said, I don’t think there are any “Fruit Pals” stories where dietary choices are at the forefront of the drama, although I do have a comic where Ruffles (the cat) experiences angst when she finds out that Fancy Feast is made from dead animals. I don’t really see my comics as an appropriate forum for vegetarian propaganda, but at the same time I can’t imagine creating a scene where a good-hearted character brazenly eats a hamburger or a self-centered jerk orders a vegan meal. That’s not to say that those characters don’t exist in real life; I just think it would be distracting to have that dissonance in a character unless it’s a driving element of the story.

There’s actually a panel in one my earliest comics that always makes me feel guilty: Apple is eating dinner, and there’s a drumstick on his plate. I think I drew the drumstick because it’s an iconic shape and so many vegetarian meals just look like a pile of slop, but I worry that Apple will have a meat-eating reputation just because of my cartooning laziness. That’s a veat drumstick, OK?

What is your favorite animal?
I really love dogs, specifically terriers. I also like capybaras very much, because they sort of look like terriers. I found out from wikipedia that people used to eat capybaras during Lent because the Catholic Church classified them as fish in the 16th century. Isn’t that convenient for them?

Can you draw animals really well? Can you draw Laura as an animal? Will you do a portrait of my pit bull Hazel for free? Yes?
I draw animals better than I draw people. I can draw Laura as an animal. I can also do a portrait of your pit bull for free. I can combine Laura and your pit bull into… “Laurel.” Beautiful.

Favorite vegan food to make?
This is the simplest and most delicious tomato sauce on planet Earth. It takes kind of a long time to prepare all the garlic and tomato, and it probably seems like I am not very creative for recommending something so straightforward, but honestly I wish I had a friend like me to recommend this to me. I put it on everything, pasta is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s better on the second day after all the flavors have inter-absorbed, etc.

Favorite vegan dish at a restaurant/fave vegan restaurant?
I regularly crave the veggie combo at Cafe Colucci in Oakland, so many different flavors and vegetables in one meal. Cha-Ya in Berkeley (haven’t tried the one in SF) also offers highly delicious food, everything they serve tastes so fresh. They have the best miso soup I’ve ever had, and I really like the fried portobello mushroom thing that’s served with kiwi sauce. I was skeptical at first, but it’s good.

Based on food options alone, which is your favorite comics show to travel to?
I only went to the Portland Zine Symposium once, but it was at Portland State University and they had a farmers’ market right outside the entrance, so that was pretty neat. Portland has tons of cheap vegetarian options all over the place. You don’t even have to try.

Any eating tips for traveling cartoonists?
Bring nuts, and don’t expect any good eating options near convention centers.

Do you have one drawing tip to share?
If you just keep practicing, you will get better and you will develop your own style naturally. It doesn’t seem like there are any shortcuts on the path to becoming a truly good drawer. However, if you would like to take the easy route and simply mask bad drawing, there are lots of tricks I have learned: hide hands behind objects, draw fruit people instead of human people, keep your characters in easy-to-draw situations (avoid crowds and ferris wheels), seat characters at round tables instead of rectangular tables, copy other people’s artwork…

Do you have a day job, or do you draw comics full-time? If not, why not?
I do not have a day job, nor do I draw comics full-time. I freelance irregularly as a graphic designer and, more recently, a proofreader. While I recognize that I may be rationalizing, I think it’s best that I don’t draw comics full-time—it seems like an important part of the creation process for me involves allowing ideas time to percolate. Also I manage my time better when I have multiple things to do.

Why is Apple so awesome and also so depressing? Is he a comment on the human condition?
He is what he is, which is all of us.

Why is Banana such a creepy dick? And what’s up with Kumquat? Is it a coincidence that “kumquat” rhymes with “dumb twat”? Discuss.
I have kind of a soft spot for Banana. Sure he’s a creepy dick, but he has an enviable outlook on life. Imagine being so carefree that you can drink by the creek until you pass out in the middle of the workday! As for Kumquat, it hadn’t crossed my mind that her name rhymes with “dumb twat,” but that’s brilliant.

Do you think Pear and Apple will end up together? I don’t.
Doubtful. There was maybe a small window of opportunity once, but at this point they’re familiar enough to know that they’re incompatible to their cores (get it? ha ha! it’s true, though).

What is your favorite fruit? Do you regularly eat apples? Is that a little weird for you?
Peaches are my favorite fruit, but only when they are exactly ripe. We have an apple tree that yields perfectly crisp and flavorful apples, so I am a fervent apple-eater for a few months each year. Eating apples is not weird for me unless they have eyes. My husband and I had lemons and limes with googly eyes glued on them as part of the centerpieces at our wedding, and the florist suggested that this might prevent drunken guests from eating them. She said that drunken guests always eat fruit from the centerpieces at weddings, even lemons and limes.

What inspired “Yorkie Roommates”?
My dear departed yorkie, Lucy Fourpaws, inspired “Yorkie Roomies.” When I was in college, I lived in a house with four other girls, and she would eat the crotches from our dirty underwear out of separation anxiety whenever we left her home alone. One time we found a turd composed entirely of brightly-patterned underwear bits! As Lucy’s owner, I felt responsible for her actions and regularly bought new underwear for the house and/or reimbursed my housemates for their losses. Eventually we all learned to use a hamper with a lid, but not until many underpants were lost. A few years after college, several of my roommates admitted that some of their pairs with smaller holes were still in rotation.

Tell us about all your cute pets!
Otis is the terrier of the house. We got him from the Milo Foundation a couple of years ago—I suspect that they tricked us by making us meet him at a park instead of in their showroom where he surely would have growled and bitten us through his cage. It all worked out though! He’s a sweet little rascal as long as you aren’t a stranger coming in the door!

Rufflz is the white cat with crossed eyes and splayed hind legs, also from the Milo Foundation where her name was originally “Beijing.” She enjoys hiding behind foxtail ferns and making noises.

Pearl is the gray cat with the great big gut. She was originally a barn cat in Maryland, but Damien (my husband) rescued her and fattened her up. She actually lost a lot of weight when she first moved to California from New York, but she did not lose the skin that held the weight. We later found out that the weight loss was from the neighbor’s terrorist cat stressing her out. When he moved away, her flap filled in again.

Elvis is the black cat, also a rescued Maryland barn cat. He disappears for most of the day, and only returns for food and affection at night.

Who did you have to bribe to get a cover blurb from Jack Handey on your new book PS Comics? Are you guys penpals now? Can I have his number?
I sent him my comics and a letter, and he wrote me back with a cover blurb. Getting an email from Jack Handey was the most intoxicating moment of my life! He was super nice, but I got a vibe that long-term correspondence was not in our future.

Do you have a favorite “Deep Thoughts”?
"The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw." I think about that "Deep Thought" once a week, on average. Mostly when there are crows. I also like "The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face."

What exciting upcoming projects can we look forward to? Because we do look forward to them.
Right now I’m in the very early stages of two graphic-novel-length stories. One is a “Fruit Pals” story in which Apple starts volunteering with The Gorilla Foundation after quitting his job. I’m also writing a story that Damien will illustrate called “Leisure Cove,” about a terrier that moves home to work at her parents’ furniture store in Florida while she pursues her dream of creating a successful interior design blog. Also, in non-meat-eating news, I’m going to design a poster & various press materials for my friend’s “Vegetarian Thursdays” campaign (so everyone would eat vegetarian on Thursdays, schools and restaurants would only serve vegetarian food on Thursdays, etc.).

Any questions for Vegansaurus? Anything!
Why don’t you have a podcast? I would listen.

Actually, we do! Kind of! There’s only one post in it so far, and it’s a video. But still. Beggars can’t be choosers!

You can find more of Minty Lewis’ comics at her site, pscomics.com.

Thanks, Minty!

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