Thursday, 31 July 2014

Wallace Collection, Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK and Forbidden Planet

Sam, Aaron and I spent a day in London taking in a few things. First up was a return to the Wallace Collection so that Sam could see the armour. It was fun to go back there but sadly one of the galleries was closed (the best one of the two) and so poor old Sam only got to see half of what he wanted. Oh well, guess that gives an excuse to go back there again then!

Next stop was the British Library to go and see the Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK exhibition that they are currently running.
Featuring such iconic names as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), this exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and even medieval manuscripts.

In this short video, exhibition curators Adrian Edwards, John Harris Dunning and Paul Gravett introduce Comics Unmasked.

The exhibition was really well put together. Lots of history plus plenty of stuff that I grew up with as a kid. If you are a fan of comic books then it's definitely worth going to see although you'll have to hurry as it is only on at the British Library until August 19th.

Next stop was Forbidden Planet. Going in there is a nightmare for me as there is just so much pretty stuff and I can't buy it all! I ended up not spending anything on me at all but I did get Toni some Mace Windu lightsaber chopsticks and a talking Sheldon bobble head!

All in all it was a fantastic day, just a shame it's back to work tomorrow!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Shite day, Wonder Woman and new trailers

It was a bit of a shite day today. Sometimes I wonder why people seem to be so averse to accepting sensible suggestions to improve processes to make everything easier all round. Perhaps they just don't like change, who knows? I did end up going home wondering why I even bother some times when it can all fall on deaf ears. Ho hum! Still, enough of that maudlin crap, there are more fun things to talk about!

Recently revealed at San Diego Comic Con was how Gal Gadot is going to look as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie. Although I am a sucker for the old Lynda Carter style outfits I am liking this. It has a modern edge and she looks really tough.

Lots of new trailers have been dropping through of late which is getting me quite excited about some upcoming releases.

FOX have just dropped their latest Gotham TV series trailer which is due to premier on September 22nd:

Sin City 2. I've already waxed lyrical about this film in a previous blog so here's the latest trailer:

Mad Max: Fury Road. The trailer looks good and hopefully this is a chance for the Mad Max franchise to redeem itself after the truly awful Beyond Thunderdome. It looks gritty, it looks bleak. There is action! Bring it on!

Another new TV series coming up is Constantine. Matt Ryan stars as John Constantine, an irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert waging war against the forces of darkness — from both within himself and the outside world. This is another DC release and is based on the comic Hellblazer. For those that remember that far back Keanu Reeves played the role of Constantine in the 2005 movie of the same name. This is a fresh start for the title....

...and here's some more Star Wars humour with a piss take of MTV Cribs.

The evening was spent catching up on True Blood and The Strain so we were having a pseudo horror fest. I have tomorrow off and some fun things planned with Sam and Aaron so that should be good!

Last.FM listening post

Here's last week's top picks music lovers!

Top weekly tracks:

Top weekly artists:

Overall top tracks:

Overall top artists:

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sunset over Essex and visiting Mandy

Tonight Toni and I headed over to Witham to see Mandy before she ups sticks and moves to Weymouth. There was a fabulous sunset as we made our way along the A130.

We had a lovely time. One last catch up before her big move. We'll be seeing lots of her though so she can't get of us that easily! We left with a car full of herbs and wonderful stones that we'll be using to further enhance our garden.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Tidying , LEGO Star Wars, beards and Chaos In The Old World

After the excitement yesterday of Star Wars cosplay it was a less glamourous Sunday for me. I had a long overdue spring clean of the bedroom to do. It wasn't really an arduous job as I just pottered along with all six Star Wars movie soundtracks on random play.

After the chores were done it was time to sit back and relax. Our friend Lee popped round for a bit to have a chat and pick up a laptop. It was good to have a catch up. After Lee had gone we had dinner and watched all the LEGO Star Wars mini films and DVDs. They are all very tongue in cheek and well written.
If you haven't seen them before here's what you need to look for.....
Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick
Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2
Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace
Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (The Phantom Clone and Menace of the Sith

We still have to catch up with Attack Of The Jedi but that wasn't on the DVDs we have so far.

Speaking of LEGO Star Wars, here's some of the figures that I have....

Darth Vader

Darth Maul

Count Dooku

General Grievous

Imperial Guard (two of these)

Emperor Palpatine

I'm fairly sure that more will be added over time.......

Toni crocheted Sam a new beard:

He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!

It had to be done..............

Sam and I had a game of Chaos In The Old World before going to bed. It's a very easy to learn and play set in the Warhammer Fantasy world.

I wasn't going to complain either as it's not often that I get the upper hand when playing Sam at games but tonight it was a Khorne victory for me!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Star Wars Charity Convention @ Harold Hill Community Centre

Today we were up quite early as Sam, Aaron and I were heading off to Harold Hill to go to the Star Wars Charity Convention there.

This was my first change to break out my new Sith cosplay.

It was a bit of a trek to get there via public transport but boy was it worth it! The Star Wars characters on show were being represented by Iconic Legion (plus Darth Vader who was courtesy of the UK Garrison). Although I hadn't been officially trooped in the organisers were very happy for me to get involved. There were lots of guests there signing autographs all of whom had appeared in, or been involved with, Star Wars movies.

I did have to indulge my inner fan girl though as Dave Prowse was there.....

There were so many fantastic costumes in attendance and it was a great honour to have been involved.

You can see all the photos here: