about the author

To speak openly (and, more importantly, in the Third Person), Bryan is a Wondernaut/fairweather Fictionary who has written for the CW's (formerly the WB's) "Smallville," staffed on seasons eight, nine and ten. Bryan has also penned the third volume of DC Comics' "Batgirl." He is currently writing "Smallville Season 11" for DC Comics, as well secret things for secret companies, organizations and publishers.

It should also be made clear that he has almost never seen a Frankenstein.

curriculum vitae

Donuts are awesome and I like to eat them.  I would like people to know where they can find donuts worth eating.

Thursday
Mar152012

REVIEW: BLINKIE'S DONUT EMPORIUM

[NOTE: It isn't your browser. I had some rather vexxing font issues with this post.]

WHERE: 4884-86 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Woodland HillsCA 91364
PAY: CASH ONLY / ATM on-site

I know... it's been like three weeks since I've dished about donuts. Fear not - it isn't like I've been eating them and not sharing. Been busy-busy-busy. And donuts ALWAYS get in the way of productivity. So, without further ado...

BLINKIES!

With a name like "Blinkie's Donut Emporium," I'll admit I was expecting a little bit of:

Yet what one finds upon arrival is actually:

The lesson here is to never judge a book by its cover. Judge a book by its flavor.

MAPLE-ICED OLD FASHIONED - My go-to is usually the chocolate iced old fashioned, but, considering the debacle that was the maple-iced in the last review, I figured it was time for redemption. And redeemed it was! Great old-fashioned donut here at Blinkie's. Thin, but flavorful, icing. Really nice crispy-outside to fluffy-inside texture ration. Wonderful donut. Top drawer stuff.

CAKE WITH EH-CHOCOLATE ICING AND EH-SPRINKLES - What helped the old fashioned hurts the cake iced a little. The ratio is pretty much the same, fluffy inside/crispy outside. You just kind of want a softer bite for this kind of treat, right? The icing was okay flavor-wise, but a little on the thin side. But I can't hold too much against this one. It got a little fresh with me.No, YOU stop!

POWDERED - Now, I could have gone for a jelly. I just HATE jelly donuts. I know, I know. At some point... I'll have to eat another jelly donut yadayada whatever. Jelly may have helped this one. Not even dreadful, this donut. Just... there. Devoid of all flavor. I don't know what I was expecting from a just-powdered donut. Would much rather have had a beignet. Have you not had a beignet? Go find a beignet. A real beignet. Which means you need to drive/fly to New Orleans. Note: Jazz Fest IS on the horizon. Go to the bathroom before you leave. For the trip.

GLAZED - Not much to say about this one, except that when a glazed goes wrong, it goes WRONG. This one, however, right in all the right ways. Very chewy. Very soft. Very sweet. Little sticky, but not obscene. All-in-all, a lovely glazed donut.

 

 

OVERALL:

So, here we are. Two wonderful donuts, one okay donut, and one wreck. How did Blinkie's fare? And, more importantly, was it worth the 20 mile drive on Sunday morning to acquire the toroidals? Yes. Yes, it was. Highly recommended if you're ever in the Topanga Canyon neighborhood.

 

Monday
Mar122012

INFORMATION ATTACK! SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #2

Sexy Lexie!

Here are the solicit points for the second PRINT issue of Smallville, Season 11, as well as Cat's wondergreat cover.

(Courtesy Comic Book Resources)

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #2
BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale JUNE 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The SEASON PREMIERE EVENT continues with these digital-first stories!
• CLARK investigates the true cause of the mysterious ENERGY STORM in space!
• CHLOE and EMIL pursue an intriguing artifact! 
• LEX launches a dangerous mission into orbit, with former astronaut HANK HENSHAW at the wheel.

Monday
Mar122012

INFORMATION ATTACK! WONDERCON 2012 EDITION

Anaheim, CA. WonderCon 2012 (March 16-18). Should anyone want to say "hey," I shall be there in the following capacities:

FRIDAY:
1:00-2:00 DC Comics: All Access
— A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC editors as they talk all things DC! Find out what they have to share from behind the scenes at your favorite and most talked about comics publisher. Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry's top talents, so don't miss out! Room 204

SATURDAY:
12:30-1:30 CAC Session 6: Lessons Learned from Batgirl about Female Superheroes and Trauma: Resilience, Recovery, and Relaunch
— Is it healthy to be a female character in today's comics? Do comic book superheroines still face different traumas from those faced by their male counterparts? Psychologists Andrea Letamendi (UCLA), Robin Rosenberg(The Psychology of Superheroes), and Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), with the help of writer Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl, Smallville), explore how gender differences figure into storytelling issues and reflect on the dangers, support, and expectations encountered by women in real-world high-risk and life-threatening environments. Room 210 

5:00-6:00 DC Comics signing area. Will be joined by Cat Staggs, Smallville Season 11 digital cover artist. And we just may have some printouts of the "Clarkie flyin' at 'ya" cover for folks who stop by. BONUS: I'll also have a healthy amount of Batgirl Vol. 3 comics to sign and send out into the universe. First person to stop by dressed as Stephanie Brown in ANY incarnation gets all three Batgirl Vol. 3 trades (Batgirl Rising, The Flood and The Lesson) signed, to do with as they wish.

Monday
Feb202012

REVIEW: FOSTER'S DONUTS

WHERE: 11005 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA  91606
PAY: CASH ONLY / ATM on-site

Negative reviews are always the hardest to pull together. They don’t come from a place of being mean or harsh to people I don’t know… they come from disappointment. And the fact that I drove somewhere and spent money to be disappointed.  Le sigh!

I dove into Google/Yelp, hunting for a donut dispensary not TOO far from the apartment – North Hollywood is an area I hadn’t really sampled yet, so a “Best Donuts in North Hollywood” search led me to FOSTER’S DONUTS.

It should be noted that the service was great, an older gentleman behind the counter relaying the specials and pricing deals as I surveyed the case. ATM on site, so their CASH ONLY policy really didn’t have that much impact on my experience. If I had any Lotto tickets in need of redemption, there’s even a scanner machine thing on the wall to make my day that much easier.

I bought four donuts, ticket upon completion totaling just under $3.00. “So,” you ask, “how can you possibly be let down when you got a review’s worth of toroidals on the cheap?” Allow me to let the following specimen answer your question.

I don't know what this is or used to be.

You know, in the first Star Trek movie (like, the FIRST-first Star Trek movie), when that guy’s transporting in, but he shows up all inside out, in a pile on the transporter pad?

I was told this was a maple-iced something or other. You wouldn’t know from taking a bite.  No maple flavor. Worse yet, it didn’t seem to be a donut underneath – it pulled apart like a burned croissant.

 

What’s truly tragic is that THIS donut…

 … which is my most-favoritest kind of donut, wasn’t bad at all. A little dry, but the icing was top notch. Great consistency.

 The other two were ho and hum.

 Glazed (i.e. "Ho")

Not very sticky at all on the outside, but the inside was chewy goodness. Very sweet.

 

 

Vanilla iced w/ Chocolate Chips (i.e. "Hum")

The best moist-factor of the whole bunch, but the most bland icing overall. Even “Ensign Failsworth” up top tasted like SOMETHING… just nothing I wanted to eat.

 

 

 OVERALL:

 Maybe I just caught Foster’s on a bad-batch day, but…

Sunday
Feb122012

PERE PEREZ: SEASON 11

I've spotted a few questions online (here and there) about what Pere's art is going to look like for Smallville: Season 11. Though I can't share any of his pages that he's drawn, I CAN share one of my favorite pages he did for Batgirl Volume 3. This is a page from Batgirl crossing through the "Bruce Wayne: The Road Home" event back in 2010.

Rest assured, Clark and Co. are in very good hands.