Once Upon a Time – Out of the Past

IMG_5997Hey, so today, we’re doing a book review. As I mentioned earlier, I love the Television series, Once Upon a Time. A short while ago, Marvel came out with a comic with short stories based on the show. I read this book cover to cover, and I loved everything about it!

I’m gonna start off by talking about the cover art. I think that Stacey Lee did a fantastic job in illustrating the cover. I felt that she really captured all of their faces and features. Her choice of expression really did fall into the character. If you look closely, behind the characters’ faces are backgrounds. These backgrounds also encompass the characters and their stories and I felt that Stacey Lee is doing an awesome job as a comic book artist.

IMG_5998I also had a fun surprise when opening the book and taking out the cover. We have this beautiful faux leather material with golden designs. If you have watched this series, you might notice that it bears a resemblance to Henry’s book. Anyways, I thought that it was very fancy and a fun little addition to the magic.

Let’s dive into the book! The book focuses on four different stories involving different characters. The first is about Hook, the second about Rumple and Belle, the third about Regina, and the fourth about Jefferson. I want you to keep in mind that not everyone can just pick up this book and start reading it. These stories are not about what already happened in the book. These stories are about what might’ve happened or what could’ve happened, essentially fan fiction, yet these stories build the characters’ persona. Also, the title of this book is called Out of the Past. This is because all of the stories focus on an old character or secondary character coming back into the person’s lives. For example, Hook’s story focuses on his older brother, Liam, coming back into his life.


I loved the first chapter. It was called, Dead in the Water, illustrated by Pascal Campion. This chapter was one of my favorites because, well, I’m kinda biased. Hook is my favorite character so this made me even happier. I don’t want to give too much away, but this chapter was about Liam reentering Hook’s life and Hook has to make a vital choice. I think the chapter was something to ponder over, and I’m glad it was a short chapter because it was very thought provoking. The artist did a nice job keeping it nice and light – not focusing on the main details, but detailing the backgrounds and such. Campion has also illustrated many other Marvel comics.

IMG_6002The second chapter was called Truth and Daggers illustrated by Betsy Peterschmidt. This was about an old friend of Belle coming backĀ  into her life, and again, forcing her to make a difficult choice between him or Rumple. The art was kept loose and flowy with a watercolor kind of look. It was very realistic but artsy, too. I’m pretty sure it was done with inks and watercolor.

IMG_6003The next chapter was called Ghosts illustrated by Vanesa Del Rey. This was about Regina and Daniel’s brother coming back into her life. She is also forced to make a hard decision. I think this chapter built Regina’s story all in all. I think that the color in this story was picked wonderfully, but I didn’t feel the same about the art. I really did not like this sketchy style at all and felt that it beared no resemblance to the characters. I did like the use of perspective and view in the piece, so Del Rey scored on that one!

IMG_6004My favorite chapter was the last one. It was called Tea Part in March illustrated by Janet K. Lee. This one was about Jefferson and his wife, who we have never met in the TV series. For this reason, I felt that I learned a lot more about him and this story really added depth to one of my favorite mysterious characters. This story probably brought me onto the verge of tears, just like it did when I watched him on the show! One of the reasons I really liked this one is because it had my favorite comic book artist: Janet Lee! I have seen her work in a great comic that I recommend: Return of the Dapper Men. Her style works around drawing the foreground first and cutting it out, and then pasting it onto the background. Her unique and playful style is just fabulous in this story.

This book is a must read for all OUAT fans. I promise you will enjoy it. There is bonus material featured in the very end of the book which consists of never-before-seen Jolly Roger concept art and fashion sketches. I really hope that oncers out there take time to read this book. Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: Me! and Marvel – Once Upon a Time – American Broadcasting Company

Once Upon a Time Nails


Hi, everyone! I’m finally back with a new updo. I have started a new obsession over ABC’s hit series, Once Upon a Time. I started on Netflix a few months ago, and now I’m all caught up. Honestly, I have like a huge, nerdy obsession over this and decided that I might as well put this new craze to use. So, here are some nails inspired from the opening theme image of the show.


– base coat

– light blue polish

– dark blue polish

– black polish

– white or silver polish

– top coat

– clear glitter polish

– striper and/or dotting tool

– makeup sponge

– remover, cotton balls, and q-tips

The first step is to paint all of your nails with a base coat. This will help your design last.

Once it dries, paint all nails with a light blue. One coat should do the trick.

Now, make sure this is completely dry. Go ahead and brush some dark blue onto the sponge. Dab some off, because this is the first layer and you want it to be nice and light. Sponge some dark blue about halfway down your nails. Apply more dark blue if necessary.

Apply another layer of dark blue on the sponge. Sponge just a tiny bit off, since this will be a darker layer. Keep in mind that we are building an ombre. Dab the dark blue closer to the bottom of your nail. Once this is done, go in with the dark blue brush and lightly apply some polish on the very bottom line. This will give a better ombre. Let dry completely.

If your ombre still looks a bit abrupt, apply some light blue on your sponge and sponge some off. Sponge on the light blue onto the part where the dark blue meets the light blue. We are putting some lighter blue into the lighter shade of the dark blue (I don’t know if that makes sense…). Let this dry.

Now that we have the sky done, we are gonna add some trees. Go in with the striper and make black stripes on each nail. About 1-3 will fit. Add small branches too if you’d like. My branches were very small lines coming out of the black stripes.

Once this is dry, you can either choose the dotting tool or the striper to make the letters. I found that a striper was easier for me. I didn’t have a silver polish lying around, so I used my white polish. Make an ‘O’ on the pointer finger, an ‘N’ on the middle finger, a ‘C’ on the ring finger, and an ‘E’ on the pinky. You can choose to write ‘upon a time’, but my nails wouldn’t allow space. Don’t worry though, it has been done before and I’m sure you can do it too.

On my thumb, I applied a clear sparkly top coat as did I on all of my right hand (too lazy to make the letters on my right hand :P). Apply a top coat on the rest of the fingers, and your done! You probably want to go in with the remover and q-tips to remove the polish around your nails. This will give a cleaner look.

That’s it! It might look a bit challenging, but with enough focus and concentration, the results are to die for. My other fellow OUAT fans were already appreciating my nails, and I’m sure yours will, too. I hope you enjoy and indulge in your nerdy obsessions! (P.S. If there are any other fan-art nails you might want to see, just comment.) Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c2/Once_Upon_aTime_promo_image.jpg

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