Homage Overkill – The Dark Knight Returns

The more exposure I allow myself to the quicksand-like habit of reading Comic Books, the more and more I begin to notice the homages that modern comic book writers and artists pay to some classic stories and art.

So, to continue my trend of posting all the comic book homages I can find to some classic books, here is the collection of covers that I have collated that pay homage to (or just outright mock!) the cover of Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’.


Inverted Vs. Non-Inverted Y-Axis In Video Games

In pretty much every role-playing video game, you are given the option to invert the Y-Axis for the analogue stick on the controller. The majority of people play without inverting the Y-Axis, so this is usually the default option in games, with the option to invert the Y-Axis usually being hidden in the ‘Controller Settings’ menu.

Despite it’s presence in most games, anyone who picks up someone else’s controller in a game, only to find that they have or haven’t inverted the Y-Axis like they are used to, will no doubt feel like they are learning to play for the first time all over again! As an inverted Y-Axis player, if I play a game where the previous person has not inverted the Y-Axis, I feel like how I imagine left handed people feel in every other aspect of life – trying to force my hands to do something that I’m not used to them doing. It’s like those left-handed safety scissors that they used to have in primary school – just try cutting in a straight line with a pair of those if you’re right-handed!

So what’s this Y-Axis stuff all about then? Well, let me try and explain…

Figure A shows the effect of choosing a non-inverted Y-Axis. Figure B shows the effect of inverting the Y-Axis.


Homage Overkill – Crisis On Infinite Earths #7

Since I wrote about comic books paying homage to famous comic book cover art such as that of Action Comics #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15, I’ve been noticing it happening more and more with different famous pieces of cover art. This time, I’ve cataloged all of those that pay homage to the cover of DC’s epic ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’, issue #7. That comic was massive – not only was it part of the game-changing, world-rebooting Crisis story arc, it featured the death of one of DC’s biggest characters – “Earth-One’s” Supergirl – right there on the cover!

The Original

The Original

This stark and moving image is well recognised in the comic book world, which is not doubt the reason why so many other artists have chosen to imitate it in some way, with varying degrees of success! Below, check out the covers I’ve collected that are referencing this iconic cover in some way.


The Maple State

A couple of years ago, a band I like called The Cape Race (ex-‘The Honeymoon Suite’) were talking about their influences online. They mentioned a band called The Maple State who were a Manchester band who had since broken up. I had a listen to what songs I could find of theirs online and was hooked. They made some really amazing music and it’s a shame that they had to break up!

I know nothing about the band other than that they are from Manchester. They seem to be like this mysterious legend that Manchester bands pay their respects to when starting up.



‘Badgers’ – Jack, Josh & Nic

On a sunny day in about 2007/2008, Josh Hughes and I went round to meet Jack Foster at his parents’ house for a BBQ. It was a family gathering, so me and Josh didn’t know anyone, and even Jack didn’t seem to really fancy hanging out with the other guests (which is probably why he invited me and Josh in the first place, come to think of it). We lay on the grass all afternoon, eating meat and drinking beer. I don’t think we drank that much, but we had the most random conversation I think I’ve ever had. We came up with this ‘theory’ that there is a badger living inside each person, controlling their actions. I don’t know how this theory came about, but it stuck. And then it grew. Before long we had this whole network of animals that were impersonating other animals. It was legitimately crazy.



‘The Big Smoke’ – The Colour Coded

I wrote this song about 4 or 5 years ago about a guy who I used to hate, because of a girl I used to like!

This guy was loud, obnoxious and abrasive and he’d always try and belittle me in front of this girl we both liked, because he knew that she liked me. He’d lie about things a lot, just to mess with me. He’d lie to the point where he’d make something up about me and tell my friends how horrible I’d been, mainly so that he’d be ‘accepted as one of the group’ and I’d be shunned as an outcast. It was childish and it was rough. I think he’s the only person I’ve ever truly hated.


I really do need to make a new ‘band image’. I’ve had this one for years now. I mean, is that… Times New Roman?!?


Top 10 Favourite Los Campesinos! Songs (So Far!)

Los Campesinos! are one of my favourite bands and I finally got to go and see them live in 2013! It was SO GOOD. So, as I am wont to do, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 LC! songs (so far)! And of course you can’t talk about LC songs without talking about their amazing lyrics, so there’s plenty of that kinda chat in this list as well…

Ross Kempesinos!

Ross Kempesinos!