Welcome To The Curios

The Curios have been gathered from near and far. They may be common-as-muck or one-of-a-kind. They may be worth a pretty penny or a dime-a-dozen. They may be horrifying, captivating, loathsome, or scintillating.

Whatever the cause of their creation, hopefully they bring enjoyment to someone out there.


Royal Flushes - Aces

(I can't believe it took me a whole year to realise I hadn't put the aces up!)


Postcard (Reproduction)

Inked Again

Something a bit different today. Millions of people have tattoos, they've been getting them for centuries and by no means am I covering any ground that hasn't been trodden a millions times before by writing about my experience.

But you never know, there might be someone out there who gets inspired or educated from this one post, and ultimately, that's my goal.

Since getting my first tattoo from artist extraordinaire, Amy Duncan, in November '08, I knew I would be getting another as soon as I could, I just had to decide on a design. I knew I wanted Amy to ink me again and I wanted us to actually work together on a design, rather than a simple tracing job. To cut a long story slightly less long, I decided on a bat. I booked my flight to Melbourne and a two hour session at Chapel Tattoo.

In searching for bat images for ideas, I stumbled across this amazing painting "Bat Before the Moon" by Biho Takashi.

I love the way the moon fades into the night sky. I also love the way it's almost like a comic panel in its layout. But the bat itself is more like a flying mouse, and as a tattoo design, I would prefer if the bat was facing the viewer.

(more after the jump)


Focus On Fact - No. 5 Unsolved Mysteries

Sick Day

I'm taking the day off work today because I'm feeling sick. Nothing serious, just a bad case of the sniffles.

Whenever I feel like this, I think of Batman villain, Maxie Zeus.

To be more precise, this particular panel of Maxie:

While I'm not really a big fan of Maxie Zeus, I think it's fair to say I have an affinity with his delusions of grandeur.

And how did I get sick? Well, the same way as him, actually: mucking about in the rain:

From 'Of Gods and Men', Batman, Issue 470, October 1991. Script by Alan Grant, pencils by Norm Breyfogle, inked by Rick Burchett, colours by Adrienne Roy, letters by Todd Klein.



My Posse Don't Do Homework, LouAnne Johnson, St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1992

The Skull of Marquis De Sade, Robert Bloch, Corgi Books, 1976


The Girls From La Vie Parisienne, Paul Dinnage, 1961, Neville Spearman Pty Ltd

The Girls From La Vie Parisienne, Paul Dinnage, 1961, Neville Spearman Pty Ltd

More to come from this one...

(again, sorry about the seam!!! One day, I'll have a scanner that fits quarto sized books)