Miyeok Guk | Birthday Soup

It’s Danny’s birthday! What should I cook? I only had one thing in mind: miyeok guk.

미역국 (miyeok guk) is also known as the birthday soup in Korea. It’s made of seaweed and sometimes mixed with chunks of beef or mussels. This soup is nutritiously packed with iodine and calcium. Pregnant mothers usually consume this healthy soup after giving birth to increase breastmilk production. That’s also the reason why birthday celebrants are given this soup as a reminder of their first food from their mothers. But of course, one can have this delicious, hot bowl of miyeok guk anytime, anywhere.

Ingredients: (4 persons)

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Human Gutterballing


by Pablo Harris


“Damn, man, you’re still here?”


“Don’t you have a bed? A house? I know you do. Why don’t you try and visit it sometime? I mean, shit man, you know you’re welcome here but sometimes, I just want to open the door, come home from work, walk into my place, and not have this lazy fuck sleeping, crop-dusting on my couch. So you just been laying around, dropping ass in here all day? Open a window or something, man.”

“Yeah, uh, sorry.”

“Do you even remember last night?”

“Most I think. Not everything.”

“So, what do you remember?”



In all honesty, as fun as it is to think that I’ve been going through some sort of early midlife crisis, the lack of comics has actually been due to two factors. The first is that I’ve been insanely busy, especially since my schedule has been getting switched up on me quite often. I guess that’s the price you pay when working odd jobs, especially during the season where everyone else is going on vacation.

The second reason? Well…let’s just say I’ve been struggling a bit. I fear I may be reaching a point where I’ve been in Korea too long. Ideas are getting stale, and I’m left feeling like I have no excuse to play the wide-eyed, confused foreigner card. It’s very possible that I’m just being too rough on myself, but it doesn’t make the creative process any easier. Maybe I just miss working on personal projects?

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The nearest Buddhist temple to our place is just across the road. In fact I pass it every time I go to work. It’s small and hidden up a small hill behind ample tree cover. In fact you’d miss it completely if it were for the multicoloured lanterns which line the street from early April, lanterns which are of course in anticipation of today, Buddha’s Birthday.

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Ah, the belated birthday post.

Letter from Korea, November 2013


Suwon, South Korea
November 2013

Dear Ireland

Birthday Blues


I think I should start off by saying that my birthday is actually on Wednesday (not today) this year. Still, I almost forgot that it was even happening until a few nights ago. So much for planning a slumber party. Wait, do people still do that? Is it bad that I still want to do that?

For anyone that knows me, I have an odd habit of creating some sort of self-deprecating picture at around this time every year. I figured I could share it with all you awesome readers, just because. I was accused of using it as an opportunity to do a “lazy” comic…which is not entirely wrong. I do apologize.

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