Losing Weight: day 1

This isn’t the usual post I put on here, but I thought I should keep a diary thing about me trying to lose weight.
I’ve been a big guy for a long time. Always around the 20 stone (280 pounds) and never really doing anything about it.
Until this morning. I woke up, looked at myself in the mirror and thought to myself, “I’ve had enough of looking at that fat face.”
So I got the boys sorted with their breakfast and did something I hadn’t done in about 15 years. I did some exercise. I decided it best to ease myself back into exercise, so I went for a run. Granted it was a 30 minute run but I still did it! 15 minutes there and 15 minutes back.
As I was running, I did have a moment whilst running that I couldn’t do it. To be fair I hadn’t done any real exercise in years! But all my doubts were dropped when I got to my stop point. I’ve lived here all my life, but I never appreciate views like this:

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Of course, when I got back, I was shattered! My next run will be on Thursday!
I decided the best thing for me would be to do the Slim Fast diet. If you don’t know what that consists of its 3 snacks, 2 shakes/meal bar and 1 600 calorie meal a day.
I know the first week will be the hardest. Training my body to get used to not eating as much as I used to. Its 4 o clock now and I am starving! Haha!
I have made my own meal bars though so I don’t have to have a shake all the time.
This won’t be a permanent thing, I’ll keep at it until November or until I lose a few stone!
I want to get down to at least 16 stone. It will be the lowest I’ve been in years. Maybe I can buy clothes straight off the rail! That would be crazy!
This diary won’t be a daily thing, there’s no point in boring with the minute details, so it will more than likely be a weekly update.
Until next week!

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Poison Valley

I keep saying this, but, I have a new comic on the go.
Yes I know, I have a million other comics on the go. To be honest, I haven’t had the inspiration to draw the other comics. Don’t get me wrong, the other ideas I thought were good but not great.
I wanted to do a comic like I used to do. Fun. Also a bit random. I like showing or telling people a story that doesn’t really go anywhere, and their reaction is “eh!?” Or “huh!?”.
That’s where Poison Valley comes in. I haven’t written a story, just got the basic premise on a piece of paper with different story arcs to follow.
I also wanted to limit myself by having a 6 panel page and all panels were the same size. I guess I wanted to challenge myself, and also have the same amount of randomness the original Tales Of Spoons comic had.
I suppose I better tell you the premise of the new comic, so here we go:

It’s set in a post apocalyptic world where the only place that has clean water, blue sky, green grass and is unaffected from the poisonous wastelands is a welsh valley called Colwyn Valley. But, just because the area is clear of the poisonous air, doesn’t mean there isn’t any danger or supernatural goings on.

That’s it! I have only a few ideas of story arcs, I have no idea if any characters are safe, if any.

Well, here’s the first, uncoloured, panel for your enjoyment!

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I’ll keep you posted on any development!

Lords Of Salem (2012)

Director & Writer: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Ken Foree, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Patrica Quinn, Dee Wallace, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Sid Haig.

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I watched this film last night.
This film is about witches and the witches of the Salem witch trial put a curse on all the women and descendants of Salem.

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So I was looking forward to Lords Of Salem. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I was hoping. Yes, there were some interesting scenes and typical Rob Zombie moments. Especially the dream (I guess they were dream moments) with masturbating demon priests and other strange demons.

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I thought Sherri Moon Zombie was quite decent in this. It wasn’t a strong performance but she did capture the recovering junkie getting cursed by witches.

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It wasn’t a terrible film though. It has upsetting scenes and dark moments which you would want in a horror film. But overall it seemed a bit of a mess.

2/5

GODZILLA (2014) review

Dir: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Max Bernstein
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binnoche, David Straitham.

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I went to go see GODZILLA last night. I was so excited to see it! I love Godzilla & destroy all monsters is one of my favourite films. After all the viral, teaser trailers & hype on the film (and the fact it looked nothing like the 98 Godzilla film!). So there was a lot to live up to!

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The first 30 minutes of the film were fantastic! Great acting, great directing and solid character building and buildings getting destroyed ala Godzilla!

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That’s when the film turned and seemed the script was a bit ropey. The characters seemed one dimensional at certain points in the film. The best actors were Bryan Cranston, who you felt sympathetic for his character trying to find the truth, and Ken Watanabe. But, they were hardly in the film. They needed more screen time.

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Speaking of more screen times, the monsters or “muto” and Godzilla needed to be seen more. Especially  with the first Godzilla and MUTO encouter. You see a great build up, planes getting smashed, giant fireball, humoungus foot stamping down! Yes, the first time Godzilla is on screen is about an hour into the film but what an entrance! They even gave him his iconic roar! But, it goes to a different scene where the first fight is on a television screen!! It was a bit of a cop out. People have paid to see Godzilla. Especially Godzilla fighting another giant monster!! But at least they gave Godzilla his famous atom breath, unlike that sham of a film in ’98.

All that aside it was an decent watch but the script wasn’t up to scratch. But as poor as the script felt, the CGI on Godzilla and the MUTO were fantastic, they stayed quite true to the original toho Godzilla (roar and atom breath) and the directing was really good too!

3/5

MANIAC (2012)

dir: Franck Khalfoun
writers: Alexandre Aja, C. A. Rosenberg, Grégory Levasseur.
Starring: Elijah Woods, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg, America Olivo.

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Late last night, I decided to watch a film. As I was flicking through netflix a title jumped out at me. Maniac. I’ve been wanting to see this film since it came out, but having toddlers (and a girlfriend who doesn’t DO horror) is harder to get time to watch! But, luckily for me, netflix is around and I can watch these films whenever suits me!

Back to Maniac. Maniac is a remake of the 80s slasher film of the same name and although it is a remake, I quite enjoyed this film! Although 70% of the film is shot In Franks (Elijiah Woods) POV, the gritty settings, Frank’s unstable mind and the use of 80s synth music was a refreshing look into the psychological serial killer type movie (is that actually a thing?).

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Whilst watching , because you’re essentially stuck in Franks sick mind, it feels almost claustrophobic. You also get up close and personal to all the murders that happen.

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What I found really interesting was the use of getting Elijiah Woods screen time. All of these were used by reflections of mirrors, windows, etc. and in a third person whilst Frank is having an outer body experience or having day dreams/nightmares.

I would recommend this film for fans of slasher/serial killer films. It’s a fresh take on this genre, even if this is a remake!

3/5

FREE COMIC BOOOK DAY 2014

Well, FCBD has come again! For those that don’t know, FCBD is a yearly event that takes place on the first Saturday of May! There’s lots of cool free comics that you can get your hands on!
Unfortunately, there aren’t any comic book shops/sellers in my area. I guess North Wales isn’t ready for “that” just yet! But, I did find a store online that were only charging the postage and packaging of the comics available on FCBD! Great!!

I ordered them from Disposable Heroes Comics. The link is right here: Disposable Heroes Comics FCBD! CLICK HERE!

Here’s what I ordered:
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Guardians Of The Galaxy, Futures End, Rocket Racoon & Kaboom Summer Blast!

I’m looking forward to giving them a read!

Also, as it’s FCBD, I’m going to post up a comics up on my TWITTER & INSTAGRAM!

Rodney Hicks & The Aftermath

I always go back to that name. It’s stuck with me for years. But I’m loving drawing this series. I have over 30 pages sketched up ready to ink! Yes, its only 3 panels on a page but who cares! Ha!

I’m not sure whether I will put the comic on this blog, or maybe comicfury that’s made for posting comics. Either way I’ll post a reminder on here, Facebook & twitter.

Here’s a page I’ve inked today (obviously not finished yet, but you get the idea!)

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Here’s a quick summary of the new comic:

Rodney Hicks & The Aftermath is a posts apocalyptic comic. In a world filled with cannibals, mutants & right winged militia. Rodney tries to survive the aftermath whilst meeting other survivors in a world where only 20% of the world’s population has survived.

That’s the basic outline of the comic. I can add weird and strange characters as the story progresses. Much like my old comics with Tales Of Spoons!

The webcomic will be ready soon! Keep your peepers open!