Even More Beers I Love (Every Other Thursday)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for me to share some more of my favorite beers. Now, let’s brew something awesome!

  • Sierra Nevada Porter 

Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. California, United States 

Style: American Porter 

ABV: 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

I discovered this gem of a bear during my Cicerone training class. It was my favorite beer of the day, It’s a velvety, dark brown beer that smells like coffee ice cream. It has an absolutely wonderful taste that reminds me of a smooth, chocolatey caramel. If you’re a fan of American Porters, I highly recommend picking this up. 

sierra nevada


  • Delirium Tremens 

Brewed by: Brouwerji Huyghe, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 8.50%

I got this special brew as a present from my Step-Father. I was immediately blown away by the intricate design on the bottle. The bottle is tall, and covered in a white, speckled tape with a pink elephant design on the head. The beer is a pale, light gold with a fruity aroma. The taste is also quite fruity, and I do detect a hint of pepper. I highly recommend this brew to anyone who likes strong and fruity ales.



Hall Of Awesomeness: The Unique Comic Book Characters (Switch With Strangest Characters Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time for us to change it up. I would like to share with you some of my favorite comic book characters. Some of them may be well known, while others are hidden gems. Now, let’s dive into the awesome world of comics!

  •  Thanos Real Name: Thanos Status: Destroyer of worlds Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Iron Man #55 (February 1, 1972) Powers/Abilities: Incredibly intelligent, neigh invulnerability, has nearly incalculable strength, vast energy and matter manipulation, generation of force fields, telepathy, teleportation, immortality, cosmic blasts

Thanos is a ridiculously strong being, and my favorite Marvel villain. He has it all, brain, brawns, and nearly unlimited power. He was born on Titan, and was ostracized for his hideous appearance. He began to have an obsession with Mistress Death, and slaughtered his entire family to impress her. My favorite storyline of the villain, is when he possesses the Infinity Gauntlet. He becomes so powerful, that not even the most powerful beings, like Eternity and Galactus, could subdue him. I can only hope that his appearance in the new Avengers movie will help people know of his awesome powers.



  • The Punisher Real Name: Frank Castle Status: Anti-Hero/Vigilante Creator: Marvel First Appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974) Powers/ Abilities: Incredible martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant, expert with firearms, superhumanly large pain threshold, lightning fast reflexes, in peak physical shape, highly intelligent, hacker, brilliant technician

The Punisher is an incredibly dark character of the Marvel universe. His backstory is heartbreaking and horrific, with most of his tales being aimed at mature audiences. Before Frank became the titular vigilante, he was a family man with a loving wife, son, and daughter. Then, his entire world went to hell on a family picnic in Central Park. His entire family was gunned down by a mob, and something inside him snapped. He then dedicated his life to killing any criminal he came across. Although he doesn’t have any superpowers, he always finishes his job and seems to be nearly unstoppable. He has crossed paths with many heroes on his journeys, and has helped them out on some occasions. While many disapprove of his violent life, no crime will ever be unpunished as long as the skull-costumed “one man army” is still alive. 



  • Medusa Real Name: Medusalith Amaquelin Status: Hero/ Royal Interpretor Creator: Marvel First Appeared: Fantastic Four #36 (1965) Powers/ Abilities: Highly prehensile hair, enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes, resistance to some diseases

Medusa got her powers when she was exposed to the Terrigen Mists. Her hair turned bright red, and grew to 6 feet in length. The hair can lift up to 1.6 tons, and each can be controlled psychokinetically. Medusa was raised in Attlian as a member of the royal family. She begins to spark up a relationship with her vocally destructive cousin, Black Bolt. She learned to communicate with him in a special sign language, and they soon fell in love. She then married Black Bolt, and became the queen of the Inhumans. She know serves as her husband’s royal interpreter, and has assisted the Fantastic Four on many occasions.


October Special! More Creepy Pokedex Entries

Hello fellow Pokemon trainers! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at the dark side of this series. Now, prepare to be shocked!

  • Trevenant (The Elder Tree Pokemon) (Based off of the Kodama) Ghost and Grass Type Size: 4’11” 156.5 lbs First Appeared: Generation VI

Trevenant and its first form, Phantump have some of the most disturbing Pokedex entries of all time. It resembles a spider-like tree with a giant red eye and two pincer-like claws.

Omega Ruby Pokedex Entry: It can control trees at will. It will trap people who harm the forest so they can never leave. (O_O)



Now for probably the most messed up entry ever!

Yamask (The Spirit Pokemon) (Based off of the Egyptian Ba holding a death mask)

Ghost Type Size: 1’08” 3.3 lbs First Appeared: Generation V

Yamask is a downright upsetting creature with a shadowy body.

 Pokemon Black Pokedex Entry: Each of them carries a mask that used to be its face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry. (“E” for everyone my ass!)


Hall Of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel encyclopedias and comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more bizarre characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Arm-Fall-Off Boy Real Name: Floyd Belkin Status: “Hero” Creator: DC First Appeared: Secret Origins #46 (1989) Power: Limb Detachment

One of the most useless superheroes ever to grace comics, Floyd’s “power” is to remove his arms at will. He was denied membership to the Legion, and is considered to be one of DC’s most ridiculous creations. His seemingly worthless ability has caused the “hero” to be easily forgotten, and he only appeared in 5 issues.

arm “Plorp” indeed!


  • Condiment King Real Name: Mitchell Mayo (Yes really, Mayo!) Status: Villain Creator: DC First Appeared: Birds of Prey #37 (2002) Powers/Weapons: Various condiment gadgets, can cause anaphylactic shock, and cringe-worthy puns

Mayo is a ridiculous, yet highly popular villain from the DC universe. He easily lost to Batgirl, and was sent to Arkham Asylum. During his stay, Mayo became friends with Poison Ivy, and was taught about dangerous spices. Using this knowledge, he surprisingly caused three heroes to fall into anaphylactic shock. Mayo is also known for Mr. Freeze-like puns, and this has caused him to become a guilty pleasure for many comic book fans. I can only hope that he appears in the upcoming DC films.


Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Art Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some great works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Olympic by Jean-Michel Basquait  1982-83 Part of the Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper

This is a fantastic piece by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. It is a cornucopia of strange shapes and beautiful colors. We see many of Basquait’s traditional quirks like crowns, repeated words, and demonic faces. The colors really suck the viewer into the piece, and give it a mysterious vibe. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.



  • Plagiary by Rene Magritte 1940 Oil on canvas

This is a gorgeous work by “Belgian Surrealist”, Magritte. We see what appears to be a shattered flower pot. Instead of shattering on the ground, it breaks the fourth wall of the painting. The background is revealed, and we are met with an amazingly lovely field of flowers. The Cherry Blossom Tree situated in the center of the work really brings the entire painting together. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.


Hall Of Shame: The Weirdest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

All characters found in various DC and Marvel Encyclopedias, and on comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to go into the bizarre world of comic book characters. Now, grab your favorite graphic novel, and let’s begin!

  • Mammoth Real Name: Baran Flinders Status: Villain First Appeared: The New Teen Titans #3 (Jan. 1981) Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength, durability, and endurance; prone to fits of rage due to state of emotional underdevelopment.

Baran was born in Australia along with his sister, Selinda. He was bullied at school until his metahuman abilities developed. The renowned Dr. Helga taught the siblings how to control their powers. From there, Baran became a criminal, and frequent foe of the Teen Titans. Unfortunately, Mammoth is quite dumb, and usually relies on his bulk instead of any real tactics.   


  • Orb Real Name: Drake Shannon Status: Villain First Appeared: Marvel Team-Up I #15 (1973) Powers/ Abilities: Helmet can cast hypnotic spells and fire energy blasts. Customized stunt motorcycles.

Drake was an amazing stunt motorcyclist that teamed up with Crash Simpson. Due to a freak accident Shannon’s face ended up becoming horribly disfigured. Infuriated  and out for revenge, he met with a shadowy organization called Those Who Wield Power. The organization gave Drake an eyeball-shaped helmet with supernatural powers. He eventually met his end when he was “killed” by a runaway train.



Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Paintings found on Larry Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more trippy paintings. Now, prepare to have your minds blown!

  • A8 by Larry Carlson 2015 Chromogenic print

This is a very cool piece by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s a painting of a woman that’s surrounded by a flaming red and yellow background. Her face is a hypnotic tunnel of repeated squares that brings the viewer into a trance. I adore the blend of realistic and abstract art. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, A8, c-print, 34x45in., 2015.

  • Door of Wings by Larry Carlson collage on paper 2012

This is a very unique collage by “Trippy Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s another space scene with rainbow stars and tiny satellites. There’s also a very strange green-eyed humanoid with two faces. The genius really shines in Carlson’s ability to blend art mediums together. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.