Monthly Archives: October 2013

Half Past Danger #1 Review


So standing in my local comic bookshop, looking at the pitiful amount of coins in my pocket, it came down to a choice between lunch or this comic book. I chose the comic book, of course. How could I resist a cover like that?

At $3.99 (that’s about £3.15 to me), it didn’t come cheap but it was worth it. Inside, it has Nazis, dinosaurs, dames and martial arts. Something for everyone! The art is just right – clean lines, bright colours and enough heavy shading to give it that noir-ish feel. I love the expressions that Mooney draws. The faces of his characters manage to be both stoic in that WW2 way and expressive.

The best panel for me is a bar fight going on in the background, whilst the beautiful Agent Elizabeth Huntington-Moss leans back on the bar, eyebrows raised, and asks “Pimms?” This is closely followed by the main character, Tommy Flynn, being thrown out of a bar window. He falls against a wall, bums a quick cigarette puff off a homeless man, hands the man back his smoke, and dives back in through the window. Pure awesomeness.

The issue left me really wanting to know who Agent Huntington-Moss was and what she wanted with Tommy and what was going on with the dinosaurs. So many questions that need answers. So I went nosing around the internet to try and find out when the next issue is out…

Turns out I’ve really missed the boat on this one. Issue one came out in May this year. Surely I would have noticed this wonderful piece of art before? I’m not sure why my LCS suddenly had issue 1 this late on (and I snapped up the last copy that was on the shelves), but I really hope they put the rest out. If not, the trade paperback is coming out early February, so I will have to wait until then to find out what’s going on!


Sneak Preview

sam and bobby

Mine and The Sister’s not-quite-finished cosplays for MCM London this weekend.
Can you guess who we’re going as?

Beyond the Sea Set


There was a point when I thought the wristwarmers in this picture weren’t going to get made. I was following a pattern from a Simply Knitting magazine and had misunderstood it, so (very reluctantly) I ripped back what I had done. Only somehow, a giant tangle had happened in the wool I’d already knitted with. That pink section? It used to be a lot bigger, I had to cut most of it back. Not to be deterred, I asked the Simply Knitting team about the pattern on their Facebook page. These wristwarmers wouldn’t have gotten done without them! They got back to me the next day, clearly explaining where I had gone wrong. It gave me the confidence I needed to wade back in there and get the wristwarmer and its companion done.

But the wristwarmers needed something more. After all, they were intended to be sent to my friend in Canada. As much as I dislike sewing, I submitted myself to a few hours of stabbing myself in the fingertips, squinting and huffing in order to get some beads sewn on. So pleased was I with the results, and because I still had some of that beautiful King Cole Riot left over, I decided to make a matching hat. I followed the stitch pattern from the wristwarmers, adapting a tea-bag style hat pattern. I just love the colour changes in this yarn, I love watching them fade into one another. The yarn itself has a kind of fluffy, mohair-esque feel  to it. It’s good to work with, even if it does have a tendency to split. Best of all, it’s relatively cheap.

The hat sewn up, the last of my yarn used, I once again forced myself to get some sewing done. Fortunately, the hat beads were sewn on whilst an episode of The Walking Dead was showing, so I was able to keep myself distracted from the gory bits. Wanting to add an extra touch of cuteness to the hat, I made some pom-poms. I had none of my King Cole yarn left over, so I just chose (hopefully) complementing colours from my stash. I’m really pleased with how this set turned out, especially considering that at one stage I was convinced that it was a cursed project!

The hat is super-cute and I think it will look adorable on my Canadian friend. The Sister is kindly modelling it for me in the picture, she looks adorable too. I’m kind of tempted to make one of these hats for myself… Any excuse to get more yarn, I guess! The colour used for this set was The Deep, but there are loads of other colours for King Cole Riot that I would like to try out. Because the set is going across the ocean to my friend, and because of the name of the yarn, I’ve taken to referring to the hat and wristwarmers as my Beyond The Sea set. 🙂

Why I should always have my camera with me

I was out early-ish this morning and everything was so foggy! And the world seemed to have been taken over by spiders in the night, their webs were everywhere. But I wasn’t even thinking about photographs until I was crossing a railway bridge and saw the tracks disappearing off into mysterious fog. That was when I gave in and ran home to get my camera.


By the time I got back, the fog was starting to disappear pretty rapidly, but I’m pleased with what I got. It’s definitely taught me to always carry my camera around with me, so that’s something. On the way back, I meandered, taking pictures of the amazing spiderwebs. That’s serious dedication to my art by the way, as I’m not too keen on spiders and I had to lean in close to get these pictures.




I was worried when taking these that the detail wouldn’t come out as clearly as I wanted to. I’m working with a Kodak EasyShareM753. I don’t know much about cameras, but I know that I’ve had this one for a number of years and it doesn’t always give me the results I’m looking for. I’m actually really happy with the way that these photos turned out!




By the time I was finished, I felt really itchy and prickly (did I mention I’m not keen on spiders?), but rather pleased with myself. A very productive walk for me! What do you guys think?

And apologies to anyone else who is creeped out by spiders!


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