Instameet Brum

Since my first instameet during Flatpack a few weeks ago I realised I would probably be going to these every chance I got. I had the bug. Instameet: gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate their creativity. They happen all over the world ranging in size but it's a great way to explore, meet people and learn new tricks. Instagram even have a page dedicated to it. When I saw that Visit Birmingham were doing one during International Dance Festival Birmingham I very quickly decided I need to go if I could. This was 2 days before the meet and I was lucky enough to get a place on it. This would be my second time going to one so I'm still quite fresh to it. This one by Visit Birmingham was done in partnership with the ...

Fatheful fable of 13

As it's Friday 13th I decided there was no better time than now to talk about a favourite Artist of mine Matthew Roby who goes by the moniker Pickled Circus probably due to the wondrous menagerie of misfits, monsters and marvels that he creates! A talented artist by no small stretch he has created a whole host of weird and wonderful characters starting as sketches, building into fully formed characters with backstories and finally sculptures/custom collectible toys which is how I discovered him on one of my many tumbles down the Instagram rabbit hole. As luck may have it he also went to Toy Con last year and this year so I got to see his amazing art up close! This year I even got hold of some prints and the book of some of his characters which is ...

Empty cup awards

We all watch TV and film knowing that it's make believe even if the film or show is based on something that really happened. For the most part we accept the world presented to us but sometimes the "realism" breaks down when the simple things aren't presented in the right way: family pictures, social media, driving scenes...we all have that one that we get fixated on. The guys at Slate took it a step further and actually created a video about it. For them it was the simple coffee cup and the fact that most of the ones on TV are empty. Yes...empty. You can view their video here and support their cause with the hashtag #EmptyCupAwards https://www.facebook.com/Slate/videos/10154013688701438/ Please note this should not be confused with the similarly named Empty Cups Awards ...

Those of you that know me personally know that I loved the film Dear White People before it came out and even more so when it did. I love it so much I even have a t-shirt of it so when the news broke this week that Netflix has ordered a 10-episode series for 2017. Like the film, the series will follow a diverse group of students navigating a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is still in the early stages of development so it's unclear if any of the actors involved in the film will be reprising their roles but it would certainly delight me if they did. More than the return of characters I look forward to seeing how they adapt the film to 30 minute episodes. In ...

Quest

This month...last month's crate was Quest, I actually did get it last month but failed to write about it as planned because...life. I also didn't really feel like writing about as I feel like the majority of the crate was wasted on me this time. The crate celebrated adventures, quests and fellowships, which are all cool things but I can't honestly say I'm a diehard fanboy over stuff like dungeons and dragons. Saying that however the crate was as always filled with wonder and delight even for those who like me were not diehard fans of the content. The magazine was full of things I imagine you would find in a dungeon masters book while going through the game such as letters from past players and mythical mixology recipe... The box design was one which was I have ...

Civil War

The latest Collector Corps celebrates the amazing film that is Captain America Civil War and came just before I was going to see it for a midnight showing which was an amazing surprise. As usual the design is slick with artwork featured on the outside and inside of the box. I particularly enjoyed the split of the teams inside the box with Cap and Iron Man's faces at the forefront. It was a great design feature that tied in with the rest of the box. The contents this time included a card insert that gave all the information about the contents. This is something that the boxes have sorely needed since they were first incarnated and I do hope they continue to do this as it really brings together the contents. Obviously I wore the t-shirt to the film and ...