So far I've been to see The Incredibles 2 twice and I'm probably going to gi again (thank you Odeon Limitless). It's a really great film, visually stunning and I can only hope we don't have to wait another 14 years for the next instalment. There's so many potential spin offs here. I'm gunning for a Violet and Voyd team-up.
Haven't drawn in a while so this was fun to do. She's a little bit off kilter, she's supposed to be leaning forward. But I'm otherwise happy with how she turned out.
File under: The Incredibles, Violet Parr, Disney, Pixar
Ahhhh man, The Struts could've sold out a venue twice this size. I've been in Gorilla before and it's good for an intimate acoustic set or a comedy routine but this stage was so tiny it reminded me of all the little pubs the band used to play in back in 2012. Fortunately the crowds are bigger and well and truly mad for The Struts so when they come back we need to get them somewhere with a decent stage for Luke to romp around on without crashing into Adam or Jed. Big ups to Tom and Josh from Blossoms for joining the lads for a run through Rebel, Rebel. See video below!!!
File under: The Struts, Gorilla, Manchester, gig, Blossoms, Tom Ogden, Josh Dewhurst
Argh I was so excited to meet my internet friend Siv today!!!! She's travelled down through Europe from Norway and up through the UK to get to Scotland, where she has family. We've been chatting online for about ten years now, mainly due to our mutual love of McFly and it was so great to see her in person. We only got to spend a few hours together but hopefully next time we'll get longer. I LOVE YOU SIV!
It has been around a year since I saw The Struts and I was SO excited for this gig. I was excited for all their new songs and to see them all again. Nobody puts on a live show like these boys. They've been on the road supporting the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl has heaped (rightfully so) praise upon praise on the band. He even called them (wait for it) the best support the FF have ever had and that is immensely gratifying. And they didn't disappoint. They are full of energy and play the tightest set you are ever going to witness. Koko is quite a nice venue too.
And I was also happy to see my friend Dawn and meet new fans that I didn't know as well.
File under: The Struts, Koko, London, gig
So this is the second time I have cut off and donated my hair to Little Princess Trust. It has taken me just under two years to get my hair back to the required length it needs to be again. For those of you that aren't aware of the charity, they accepted donated hair to make wigs for children and young adults that are going through chemotherapy and have lost their own hair. It gives them a little bit of normality in their lives and with the wigs being real human hair, they're more comfortable than synthetic hairpieces.
For more information & to donate either hair or money visit HERE
There are other charities out there that do the same thing but they all have slightly different requirements but these will be listed on their individual websites, please make sure you read them and follow them because if your hair doesn't fit the bill it gets discarded and it's a massive waste of time and effort.
I decided I wanted to do something drastic and dye my hair blue. Once my hair had been cut off and styled, I had it bleached as light as we could get it, without doing heavy damage. I have been dying my own hair every shade for around 14 years but I would NEVER attempt to bleach my hair at home. It can go so horribly wrong that it's best left to professionals so I went to a local salon.
And then I used a semi-permanent dye from Schwarzkopf for the blue. Now I've used their permanent dyes before and they've always worked really well but the semi didn't comb/run through to the ends of my hair as much as I would've liked. I also ran out and had to use the back up box of blending colours (you can get kits with three different colours to mix it up) as well. And it STILL left patches where I'd missed the blonde. So if you pick the Schwarzkopf semi dyes, you will need extra boxes because it hits your hair, stains and then doesn't really pull through from your roots to the tips.
File under: hair, charity, donation, The Little Princess Trust, cancer, chemotherapy, hair, wig
This is just a quick one. I visited Collectormania in Birmingham, run by Showmasters who due the big London Film & Comic Con I go to every year. I met Billy Boyd and he was a really nice person. Spent a lot of time with the family in front of me and made sure that he signed every piece of merchandise in the way that they wanted.
I came to this event last year as well and the set up for the bigger guests like Billy doesn't work for me. The queues all ran into one another and there was no room between them and the neighbouring vendor stalls for people to walk past freely. Also, the ticketing system didn't seem to be working either, mainly due to the fact that all the queues were mixed up.
I also bought two Avengers t-shirts I didn't need despite promising myself I wouldn't buy any more t-shirts because I have no more room for them. Bad Kel.
File under: Collectormania, Showmasters, Birmingham, convention, comic con, Billy Boyd
This is my first time drawing Captain America. I copied it off a leaflet for the Marvel Avengers Station that I kept from Las Vegas. I also did a quick sepia toned ole timey wimey version as well. Initial drawing done using sharpies, white gel pen and Promarkers. The background and sepia filters added via Photoplus.
File under: Captain America, Marvel, Avengers, Chris Evans, Steve Rogers
This is the second time that Huddersfield Comic Con has run and it offered pretty much the exact same experience as last year. Inside they had photo shoots using Star Wars props and outside, the 'cars from the movies' alongside the Stay Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.
If you were a Doctor Who fan, you probably would've had a better time than most due to the majority of the guests being from that show. I was upset that Sylvester McCoy had to cancel but I'd already met Colin Baker at London Film & Comic Con and he's very nice.
HCC is great fun for families and those who haven't yet worked their way up to the bigger conventions. Or if you're not able to travel very far, conventions like these are a godsend. It's so lovely to see not only the kids dressed up, but the parents got involved too.
My main complaint is that I don't think the venue (Kirklees college) is suitable. Maybe I thought it was ok for the very first HCC last year but in hindsight, it's quite cramped in the vendors, guests and photoshoots section. There's also quite a lot of stairs leading to the outside area and I'm not sure how the disabled would fare. I think it would be a lot better if they used the sports centre or even the main gym down at the university but I'm not sure how they'd fare for parking.
I'll still keep popping along though because if we don't support the event it can't grow or improve. But I'd like them to switch things up for 2019.
File under: Huddersfield, Comic Con, Doctor Who
I decided to treat my friend Puck to a cinematic adventure because I hadn't seen her in a while. I'd never used Backyard Cinema before but I've had various independent cinema viewing experiences before and they're so much fun. It's based in Mercato Metropolitano near the Elephant & Castle tube stop and it's full of great stalls to grab food and drink at either before or after the show.
When you get there they give you your entry ticket and treat it as though you're a space explorer jetting off on a mission, with an intro video as your shuttle 'lands'.
The cinema room itself is AWESOME. The seats are special super comfy (but also super supportive) beanbag chairs and you're almost horizontal for the film. The man next to me was so chilled out he fell asleep!
At the front where the screen is, it's designed to look like a space control room and you can take as many selfies as you want before the film starts. At the back you have a bar selling space themed drinks and snacks but they're quite expensive. Could also probably do with some ordinary bags of sweets or cans of pop.
We were sat right at the front but the screen wasn't blurry or too bright for us. We had a great time and I definitely be doing this again but at twice the price of a standard cinema ticket, it's just for special occasions.
File under: Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano, Guardians Of The Galaxy, independent, science fiction
I've been really unfortunate this year, in that my holiday to Las Vegas meant I had to miss the majority of Huddersfield Literature Festival, which I have been trying to support for around 3 years now. Although Huddersfield isn't a city, size wise it has a lot to offer in terms of events and I don't really see why we should be travelling to Leeds or Manchester all the time. We need to get people to come to us!
However, I did arrive back on British shores in time to see Sir Patrick Stewart, also a supporter of the festival, do a question and answer session at Huddersfield Town Hall.
He's a wonderful storyteller and it is such a shame that it wasn't longer because there were so many interesting tales about his life, both personally and professionally. It was a good mixture of the two and it allowed him to shine light on his father's (and subsequently the entire family's) struggle with Post-Tramatic-Stress-Disorder, gained through the war. This was something Patrick had not been aware of until he did the popular TV series Who Do You Think You Are. As a consequence, he now supports two charities: Refuge (domestic violence) 'for his mother' and Combat Stress (armed forces) 'for his father'.
He also talked at length about his rise through theatre and how he managed to bag the role of Jean-Luc Picard onboard the USS Enterprise.
I'm really hoping he will make another longer appearance at next year's festival because I'm sure he has many more incredible stories.
File under: Sir Patrick Stewart, Huddersfield Literature Festival, Huddersfield Town Hall, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Professor Xavier, Star Trek The Next Generation, X-Men
Kel. 30. Half mad cat lady. Half ninja turtle. Huddersfield lass born 'n' bred!.
I love to draw cartoons & listen to film soundtracks & TV themes.
For unknown reason, my favourite number is 44.
Things I Like
Author: Jasper Fforde
Band: The Struts
Book: The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets
Game: The Sims 3
TV Show: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie