Testing the HEX Jim Lee Collectors Backpack at New York Comic Con

It seems I’ve always got some interesting new thing to review here at Batman News, and today, I’ve got another first: a backpack. Now, to some of you, that might sound terribly uninteresting. Maybe you haven’t worn a backpack since grade school, and you can’t conceive of any reason to start wearing one again. But for many of you—especially those of you who attend comic/pop culture conventions—finding the right bag to carry your stuff is a real concern. Earlier this year, legendary Batman artist Jim Lee partnered with fashion brand HEX to develop two distinct backpacks: one for artists, and one for collectors. They successfully Kickstarted the line, and now they’re available to the general public. HEX sent Batman News a Collectors Backpack a few weeks ago, and so with New York Comic Con on the horizon, I agreed to take it for a spin. Is it different enough from other packs to justify its existence? Does it have enough storage space to pack supplies for a day in the big city? And, most importantly, does it protect comic books and other collectibles? Read on. The Kickstarter campaign for these bags included limited edition versions featuring Bat-symbol zipper pulls (Nolan Dark Knig...

Take extra warm-weather precautions with game meat | Outdoors

BOISE — Early season big game hunts have started, and hunters are already in the field for some late-summer hunts which means they may be harvesting animals during hot weather. Hunters have an ethical and legal obligation to properly care for the game meat they harvest. Allowing a game animal to spoil will not only result in losing all the meat, but hunters can be cited for wasting game. It’s better to have a plan in place to ensure you end up with a freezer full of quality meat rather than heartache from meat spoiling and possibly a citation. The key to preserving meat in hot weather is to begin the cooling process as quickly as possible. Animals should be immediately skinned, reduced to quarters in most cases and quickly transported to cold storage. Skin it now — Remove the hide of a harvested animal as quickly as possible so it will begin to cool down. A deer or antelope can hang and cool as a whole carcass in 40-degree air or cooler, but elk and moose should always be quartered. Even with the hide off, the larger body mass takes a long time to cool and meat can spoil in a matter of hours if the heat cannot escape. Meat can spoil overnight — When an animal is harvested in the...