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The Legend of Zelda ’87: Featuring Meg Favreau!

Full of references to Say Anything, Sixteen Candles, & Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the popular Legend of Zelda '87 trailer tells us the classic story of Link and Zelda… told through the lens of an 80's teen rom-com.

In this charming critically-acclaimed tale of first love, Link (Jon Tomlinson), an eternal optimist and adventurer, seeks to capture the heart of Zelda, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (Zane Bauer). He surprises just about everyone-including himself-when she returns the sentiment. But the high school's over-possessive, megalomaniacal Principal Ganondorf (Dominic Moschitti) doesn't approve and it's going to take more than just the power of love to conquer all.

Now, I've seen the trailer dozens of times. But in a recent viewing, I spotted someone I've only recently become familiar with… comedian and author of Quirk's upcoming Little Old Lady Recipes cookbook, Meg Favreau! She appears as Navi, Link's fairy companion in the Ocarina of Time.

"Hyrule is full of guys… be a hero." Way to have the best line in the entire trailer, Meg.

Legend of Zelda '87
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Posted by Eric Smith

How to Make Funfetti Cupcakes with Rosewater Buttercream Frosting

If the amount a person loves sprinkles directly corresponds to how adult someone is… I miserably fail at being grown up. I pay my bills on time, I go to work every day, and I don’t eat cereal for dinner. However, give me a bowl of sprinkles and the part of me that’s still five and attracted to shiny things explodes.

It’s hard not to love the white background of cake flecked with tiny bits of color. As I folded the sprinkles or “jimmies,” I thought of what kind of frosting would go well. A simple chocolate was too easy. A little lemon clashed with the happiness that the sprinkles gave me. I rifled through my various bottles of extracts and flavors like a witch preparing a cauldron when my fingers brushed the top of a still sealed container, slightly hidden. In that moment, I realized how I could mature a cake with sprinkles in it—rosewater.

This combination of cake and frosting prevents the rose from overpowering and brings out the delicate flavors of the vanilla cake subtly flavored with lemon. Bring these cupcakes to a birthday party for young or old and be prepared for rave reviews.

Hit the jump for an explosion of sprinkle colors… as well as the recipe.

Posted by Christine Eriksen

Recycled Books & Video Games: Together at Last

Everyone here at Quirk Books knows about my crippling video game addition. There’s a reason I usually only request off on Tuesdays… because it’s New Game Day. You better believe I took two days off to play Portal 2. What? Don’t judge me. Have you seen this game?

Ahem. But I digress.

I recently stumbled upon dPad, an awesome Etsy shop that features video game inspired art crafted using upcycled books. Like this adorable 8-bit mushroom from Super Mario Bros., or this brilliant (but long since sold) vintage style Duck Hunt painting. I've posted a few more after the jump, have a look!

Posted by Eric Smith

Red Shirt Zombie Trekkie Spotted at the Copenhagen Zombie Crawl

In every corner of the globe, zombie walks are all the rage amongst the living and the undead. In shambling hordes they stumble through city streets from Seattle to Tokyo, moaning, scaring, and leaving a crimson trail. But it’s all in good fun.
 
Last week at the Copenhagen Zombie Crawl, the undead invaded downtown bars in the hundreds. One bold zombie, Spritt Schapiro, paid tribute to her favorite Star Trek meets the walking dead novel, Night of the Living Trekkies
 
Spritt made her own uniform, representing Night of the Living Trekkies as a zombiefied, red shirt Trekkie. Check out some photos below!
 

Posted by Kevin David Anderson

Father’s Day: Top 10 New Geeky Books for Dads

Father's Day is coming up, and if your Dad is anything like mine, he's far too busy to read. Constantly wrangling his grandkids, fussing over the house, planning his well earned "dammit-I'm-retired-I'll-do-what-I-want" vacations.

Or if he's a younger Dad, like any number of my friends, he's swamped between balancing work and raising a new munchkin. Diapers to change, pre-schools to find, babysitters to screen, getting a little video gaming in here and there. Who has the time?

No matter how busy Dad is, there should always be time to squeeze in a little reading. The trick is finding just the right book.

Posted by Eric Smith

Books (Sort Of) On Tape: Old Cassettes Upcycled Into Handmade Journals

Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing. – High Fidelity.

I love me some High Fidelity. And yes yes, I’m aware that I just quoted the film and not the book. But the statement is true. A good mixtape is a delicate thing, an art form. And Somavenus, an Etsy crafter from Portland, takes that concept to a whole new level with her mixtape notebooks.

Posted by Eric Smith