Thursday, August 24, 2006

August 24th, 2006: The Webcomic List

Greetings, all! It has recently come to my attention that even though PIRATE COVE has been updating daily for nearly five years, a lot of people just don't know about it. Well, that's gonna change. And here's how you, the dedicated PIRATE COVE reader, can help... AND possibly find a treasure trove of other great webcomics in the process!

A friend of mine recently showed me a website called The Webcomic List - a compendium of webcomics from around the globe - which he'd listed PIRATE COVE on. It's an amazing resource, really... I've already started reading two webcomics I found on the site.

So if you like PIRATE COVE and want to see it thrive, we gotta spread the word, people! And here's what you can do:

1. Register at The Webcomic List

2. Add PIRATE COVE as one of your favorite webcomics

3. Leave a comment that will encourage others to check out the strip

Just remember: the more people that read the comic, the more demand there will be for published book versions and the sooner we'll see these in print!

As always, thanks for your support and I'll be back next week with another installment of "Travels With Joe!"

Viva Las Vegas!

- J!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

August 23rd, 2006: Travels With Joe, Part Two

Every year around late July, I get this feeling of elation that can only be associated with the San Diego Comic Con. But it has nothing to do with the show... it has to do with the food. I've probably mentioned these places in every SDCC wrapup I've ever done but frankly, they deserve it. Here's where the PIRATE COVE crew dines whenever we descend upon the Gaslamp District of San Diego... and they're ALL within walking distance of the Convention Center.

Every day for lunch, we eat at the Tin Fish. It's visable from the Convention Center, across from Hall H. It's located just across the train tracks, between the baseball stadium and the entrance to the Gaslamp District. Look for the fountain. And the long line of customers. Their specialty is their fish & chips but for me, nothing beats one of their Po Boy sandwiches, whether it be calamari, clam, shrimp, or fish (I haven't tried the oyster sandwich yet, tho.) And just when I thought their food couldn't get any better, they switched to a softer wheat roll for these sandwiches this year (they used to be served on a hard french roll) and I applaud the change. Some of the items on the menu may seem a bit expensive, but when you compare them to the $8 slices of pizza and $5 bottles of water you'd find in the Convention Center, you'll opt to spend the extra buck and get some quality eats instead.

Super Secret Tin Fish Hint: The line outside the Tin Fish can be daunting. It's sometimes a 1/2 hour wait just to place your order. You could be spending that half hour in the Convention Center, right? Then don't wait. Call them. Place your order over the phone and pick it up at the bar 15 minutes later.

For dinner, there are two places we always seem to end up at: Dick's Last Resort and Joe's Crab Shack.

Dick's Last Resort is a blast. Not just because of the down-home steak & potatoes style food they serve, but because of the atmosphere. When a server comes to your table, her basic attitude will be one of "I've had a hellish day and I don't want to wait on you." They tend to throw down a huge stack of napkins at random, toss the menu to you from 10 feet away, sit on your lap when taking the table's order, berate the men for ordering "wussy drinks," and one time, a waitress threw a tray at Randy because he had the nerve to talk back to her. You can also expect to get into napkin fights with people at the other tables, just don't throw anything else 'cause there's security guards on duty.

They'll let anyone in before 9PM so if you've got someone in your group under the age of 18, get there early. Warning: they usually have a live band playing and more often than not, they play REALLY LOUD. If you've got a problem with having to yell your conversations across he table, this might not be the place for you. But personally, I don't mind it because I'm usually busy knawing on one of Dick's huge & hearty chicken-fried steaks. Made from a REAL steak (not one of those hamburger-like substances you'd get at Denny's) and covered with a country gravy that smacks of jalapeno, this is a certified heart attack on a plate. And since we all gotta die someday, we might as well enjoy the ride. Have a few beers. You can ride the shuttle back to the hotel.

Joe's Crab Shack is located behind the Convention Center, on the Marina. That's me in the tie-dye shirt, leading the charge. They're more of a family-friendly version of Dick's Last Resort with a focus on seafood. Again, the prices can be a bit steep, but you get what you pay for. My personal favorite is the barbecued dungeoness crab. Prepare to get messy. I once tried their crabcake sandwich and wasn't too impressed. It was rather small and I couldn't taste the crab. Stick with the real hard-shelled goodness and you'll walk away happy. Besides barbecued, you can also have your crabs steamed or garlic-flavored.

Next time on The Captain's Table: Joe will show you how you can help support PIRATE COVE's advertising drive AND find some other great webcomics in the process! Then we'll get back to the 'Travels With Joe' series and talk about a restaurant you won't have to go to San Diego to dine at!

- J!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

August 20th, 2006: Travels With Joe, Part One

"They've nailed me! I'm trapped in some stinking desert crossroads called Baker. I don't have much time. The fu**ers are closing in. They'll hunt me down like a beast!"
- Raoul Duke, "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas"

OK, I'll admit it: I'm a Chowhound. I like to eat and I like eating a lot. Luckilly, I've got this fantastic metabolism that's kept me in the 185-pound range since I was in High School. And growing up as the son of a restauranteer didn't help to curb my voracious appetite any.

Therefore, I've decided to make a few Pirate Cove Blog entries that focus on one of the most fundamental, yet enjoyable aspects of life: FOOD.

Now, I could simply make a list of the kinds of food I enjoy... cheeseburgers, pizza, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, king crab, and Chinese Food... but instead, I've chosen to take you to a few select locations that, with any luck, you'll have the opportunity to experience first hand someday. And where better to start than somewhere that's close to Pirate Cove's home town of Las Vegas? I'm speaking, of course, about that Mecca of the desert, that haven for the weary traveler: The Mad Greek of Baker, California.

The Mad Greek is easy enough to locate, whether you're traveling East towards Las Vegas, or limping West, back to Los Angeles... just look for one of the approximately 780 billboards they've erected along the side of I-15.

"The Mad Greek! 20 Miles!" they scream.

"Try Our WORLD FAMOUS Strawberry Shakes!" they suggest.

"Only 10 More Miles Until The Mad Greek!" they shriek!

Then you see: "You Just Missed The Exit For The Mad Greek. Better Luck In Vegas."

Speaking of those strawberry shakes, even if you hate strawberries, you owe yourself to try one. It's like having the thickest, most delectable Slurpee you've ever laid eyes on delivered straight to your table. And the rest of the food ain't bad either! In Pirate Cove, I made Brian the customer who ate himself sick. In reality, that's my job. The "pastrami burger" that's mentioned in the comic strip is actually called "The Onassis Burger" on the menu. It's a cheeseburger smothered in pastrami, mustard, a huge wedge of tomato, pickles, and lettuce. The french fries they serve are a perfect blend of crispy outside and mealy inside. The fried mushrooms are golden brown on the outside, moist on the inside, and are served with a light ranch dressing, complimented with dill.

Being a Greek restaurant, you'd expect them to have worthwhile Greek food on the menu, too... and they don't let down. I don't know what they put in them, but their Gyros are quite possibly the best I've ever eaten. And there's something pretty special about their dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice), too. I've never quite been able to put my finger on it... they've just got this tang to 'em that I've never really tasted anyplace else. And that's actually my one complaint: how come I have to drive all the way to the Mad Greek to get such great dolmades???

The atmosphere is also worth noting. If you're into people-watching, Baker is a Shangri-La. You'll run into all sorts out there... from bikers to truckdrivers to mom & pop in the family truckster, the veranda at The Mad Greek serves as a perfect people-watching HQ. So long as you don't mind the non-stop bouzouki music, that is. And the color blue. There's a LOT of blue & white in The Mad Greek's decor.

Before leaving Baker behind, however, be sure to stop in at Alien Fresh Jerky and pick up a pack of sweet & sour beef jerky. It's just up the road. You can't miss it. Look for the rocket ship. But avoid the clam jerky. It's as hideous as it sounds.

That's all for today's entry; I'll be back soon to discuss the REAL reason the four days of the San Diego Comic Con are my favorite four days of the year!

- J!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

August 6th, 2006: Back Up & Running... Almost.

Greetings! OK, the server is rebuilt and back online... only problem is, all the passwords have been reset and I don't know what the new password is yet! So while I wait to be contacted with that little bit of info, here's Sunday's comic! See ya tomorrow!

- J!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

August 5th, 2006: While The Server Gets Rebuilt...

News as of Friday evening is that the server that hosts PIRATE COVE is being rebuilt after someone hacked their way into it Thursday night (man, some people must have a LOT of time on their hands!)

Therefore, while we wait for everything to be up and running again, I thought I would post Friday and Saturday's strips here. You know... for those of you bright enough to have bookmarked The Captain's Table ;)

Just click on a strip to see it full sized.

Friday, August 4th:

Saturday, August 5th:

Rumor has it the server (and PIRATE COVE website) will be up and running by late Saturday afternoon. Should this fail to happen, come back to The Captain's Table tomorrow for Sunday's strip.

Viva Las Vegas!

- J!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

August 4th, 2006: Possible Delay Alert!

Just wanted to make mention that today's (Friday's) comic might be posted a little late. I've been trying to update the site but keep getting a "Network Error - Connection Refused" message every time I go to log in. Webmaster John is on the case and who knows? By the time I'm done typing this, he might have it all fixed. In which case, forget I wrote anything.

- J!

EDIT: OK, let's change that headline to DEFINITE Delay Alert! The problem seems to be with our server in Colorado... and we're currently unable to contact the people who manage it! Hey, stuff happens, right? Sorry it had to happen in the middle of an action sequence, tho!

We'll keep trying over the course of the day and hopefully we'll still have Today's Comic up today! If not, tune in tomorrow for a double shot of PIRATE COVE!

- J!

EDIT 2: Looks like the situation is a little more serious than I thought! The server has been hacked, is currently shut down, and I haven't been given an ETA as to when it will be online again. I'll keep checking through tonight so let's all cross our fingers! Worst comes to worst, I can update the next few days of strips right here at The Captain's Table! So remember: if isn't working tomorrow morning, COME HERE!

- J!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

August 1st, 2006: TheirSpace

Well well well. It appears Brian's not the only one to get a MySpace. After wading through the bevy of buxtom beauties Brian has in his "friends" list, I also found Joe, Patty, Louis & Edre! Here's where you can find 'em:

Joe -

Patty -

Louis -

Edre -

- J!