Category Archives: Interesting

Halloween Pumpkins

Well it’s almost that time of year again, so I guess I’ll have another attempt at properly carving a Halloween pumpkin ‘a la’ the fantastic Ray Villafane.

I expect his site is getting loads of traffic as everyone checks his pumpkin carving tutorial nowadays, on how he makes such amazing sculptures out of a simple fruit (ok, vegetable if you prefer, but it has seeds, so technically it’s a fruit!), so if it’s down, try checking back later.

If I manage anything not too terrible I’ll post a few pics.

I’d buy that for a dollar!

Missile base on sale as ideal home

It is the ideal home for an aspiring James Bond villain, or an anxious survivalist seeking a refuge that can withstand an atomic bomb.

A former US intercontinental ballistic missile base – with a network of underground tunnels and silos, but no nuclear warheads – is on sale on eBay for $1.5m (£750,000, 1.06m euros).

Shame about the lack of missiles though, otherwise I’d be seriously interested in making an offer 😛

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Iron Man

Saw this a few days ago over at Angry Zen Master and couldn’t not have it up here, I had mixed feelings when I heard they were making this film, but if the rest of it is like the trailer it could actually be pretty good.

Fables – 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Since I went to BICS last month and got a free sketch of Flycatcher by Mark Buckingham, I wanted to find out more about the character and comics he was from and see more of Buckinghams work, so a couple of weeks back I ended up buying the first two trade paperbacks of Fables by Bill Willingham and have to say I was not at all disappointed.

As the title suggests, the comics are about fables (or rather the characters therein) but it’s done in such an interesting and well written way that helps you recognise ‘familiar’ characters and accept them in a new and more grown-up light, in completely different and unusual (or should that be normal?) circumstances and the direction and pace of the storytelling is great. The current story run is centred on the ‘Fabletown’ community who now (and for the last few centuries) live in an area of New York (and also an up state farm for those who are too inhuman not to draw attention).

Whilst looking to buy the third collected instalment though, which was out of stock at the shop I was in, I decided to pick up 1001 Nights of Snowfall and again am really glad I did. It’s a prequel story (or collection of stories) set out of normal continuity that give a new take on the origins of the characters we know (or thought we did) set either before or after the fables remembered from our childhoods, and as well as tying this altogether in the guise of the original 1001 Nights storyline, and packaged in a hardback book that’s set out like, and captures the feel of, the best classic fable style storybooks I remember getting me interested in reading in the first place as a child.

If you like to read the odd comic/graphic novel (or even if you don’t) I recommend getting hold of a copy, just if you have kids don’t get it mixed up with their books by mistake.