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Face Off: EP 9: Judgement Day

This week’s challenge is presented to the artists by Mackenzie and Glenn and will feature the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Glenn, who did similar work on Legion, tells the artists to be true to the essence of Famine, War, Pestilence and Death. The eight remaining artists are broken up into two teams of four and even though this is an individual challenge, their ideas must have some cohesive element.

Kevon, Ben, Evan and Nora get to work creating a concept for their horsemen and Nora, who has famine, immediately knows she wants to use barbed wire to create hers. Meg, Scott, Stevie, and Jordan have to make their ideas cohesive and Meg comes up with the idea that they should each have some kind of time piece to unite them.

At the lab Nora begins to question her concept and feels like it may not be turning out how she sees it in her head. Evan gives her his opinion on it and so far he thinks it’s a solid idea; this is enough to put her head back in the game and she is able to finish up her sculpt. When Michael Westmore does his walk through he warns Kevon to be careful with his pestilence sculpt and the tendrils he wants to add to it, cautioning that it may read more alien than horseman. Kevon decides to move them from the head area of his sculpt to the mouth area to fill  out the hole that he has created there.

When last looks comes around Ben has literally accepted that he is going home this week. He does not like his sculpt of kevlar armor built into his War character’s chest and now the paint on it is just getting muddy and is all red. Their team all make sure to remember attach the collars that their Death will be leading them with and just like that, time is up.

The judges take their closer looks and decide to put the entire team of Kevon, Evan, Nora, and Ben into the top and bottom and the other team is safe this week. Ve loves how Nora was able to create an amazing skin tone on her Famine model that matches so well from the head to the chest and he barbed wire works well. Glenn particularly likes Evan’s Death and the way he achieved a real metal look on it’s mask and continued the shapes from his face into the mask. Ben knows his looks horrible and it is definitely confirmed when the judges let him know what all is wrong with it. Even Neville says he doesn’t want to “kick him when he is down” so-to-speak but knows he is aware of the areas he failed. The judges all agree that Kevon’s Pestilence doesn’t meet this week’s challenge and looks too bug-like. It may have been a good makeup for another challenge, but not for the horseman it is supposed to be.

In the end it is Evan’s Death that takes the win this week and unfortunately Kevon will be going home.

Tell us what you thought of the judges decision in the comments below!

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Surviving the Summer Break for ‘Once Upon a Time’ Fans – How to Eat Like a Queen!

I’ve been dealing with an end of summer cold this week, which I think is absolutely terrible. Not only am I sick, but the virus didn’t even have the decency wait until it wasn’t 110 degrees where I live. Being curled up with Thera-flu and a thermometer on the couch has really put me in the mindset for colder weather and chicken soup.

I’ve always turned to comfort food in my times of need. I’m fairly certain that if I didn’t have such a penchant for fandoms and all the stress they cause me, I’d probably be fifty pounds lighter. And no size-shaming here, it’s just a fact of life for me and always has been. But I enjoy it. My grandmother would say, “the heart of the home is in the kitchen,” and I wholeheartedly believe that. Food may not equal love, but it is one way to show your love for others, and for yourself! Food also helps us celebrate events we love, and I love September because Once Upon a Time comes back!

So in honor of September (which officially kicks off the Autumn eating season for me), here are seven toasty, cozy meals and drinks inspired by Once Upon a Time to work into your Autumn menu

Blue Fairie’s Birthday Buttercream Wishing Cupcake

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“If I’d have known it was going to grant me a wish, I would have asked for a new beanie.”

This is the cupcake that started it all! Bust open any box of pre-made cake mix, and while they’re baking make this indulgent frosting. Don’t forget the blue star on top! Spritz makes perfect ones for this cupcake, but they are frequently out of stock, so you might have to settle for Betty Crocker’s instead.

The secret ingredient is butter!

Emma’s Favorite Grilled Cheese and Onion Rings

A Sheriff’s office staple, especially if things get chilly when the Snow Queen comes ‘round! Emma gets hungry for them, so they must be good! With 20 variations on the classic lunchtime treat from Serious Eats, you’ll be sure to find one that suits your palate.

Vegetables are basically a vehicle for batter and oil.

And at 4.8 stars and 130 reviews, Guy Fieri’s Beer Battered Onion Rings will make a much-desired side to your buttery, melty sandwich. The only thing better would be if your favorite OUaT character delivered them to you!

“Onion rings! My father’s wrong about you not being a good provider.”

Granny’s Lasagna

I came here to serve lasagna and kick butt. And I’m all out of lasagna!

*SPOILERS* We find out that Granny’s lasagna is of the frozen variety! Whether that means she pre-makes and freezes them to store in her walk-in fridge/werewolf cage, or she orders them from some lasagna factory that delivers over the magical border, it’s still a popular dish at Granny’s Diner. Good for a Sunday family sit-down, or to pick at a slice at a time for leftovers, this recipe will fill you up with all the food groups!

This is the most staged photo of lasagna I’ve ever seen. The pan underneath is clean.

Belle’s Hamburgers

“Please don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning burger, thanks.”

If there’s anyone who’s found magic in masticating, it’s Belle! After being locked up for 28 years in the psych ward, Belle was thrilled to finally be freed from the confines of both her straight jacket and the hospital menu. She found great joy in the burgers at Granny’s. Try your hand at flipping some of these thick and juicy patties on the grill as the last days of summer turn cool, or follow the directions and fry them in butter for an easy cold weather dinner.

“TREAT YO SELF” – Belle (probably)

Regina’s Apple Turnovers

“After this, I’ll teach you how to grind bones to make bread!”

You don’t need a Blue Apron subscription to enjoy this recipe, which is a super easy and delicious 5-ingredient apple turnover that anyone who can slice an apple can make! Just make sure you use non-poisoned apples so you don’t get any comatose kids lying around. For a totally unnecessary addition of 200 calories, skip the whipped cream and dip your warm bites in cold vanilla pudding. You’re welcome for that.

This picture doesn’t do them justice.

Henry’s Hot Chocolate (Don’t forget the cinnamon!)

Disney’s audio animatronics are getting really impressive.

No more packets of powder mixed with water! YUCK! Why would you do that? Make this concoction instead. With heavy whipping cream as a base, you know this drink will be hearty and comforting. Cocoa should always be shared, so don’t just make a mug or two. Put that crock pot to work and whip up this decadent brew. It’s so good that it might make you forget about pie! Just kidding. What kind of weirdo forgets about pie? 

I would swim around in this and drink myself to the bottom.

Zelena’s Meat Pie

“I am totally not crazy, and you can tell by how I made my hostage a candlelit dinner.”

These are by far the most complicated items on the list to make, but well-worth it. They are a little different from the style Rumple made as a child with the Spinsters as well the ones Zelena made him while holding him captive. But these are easier to make, and easier to take along with you on cold mornings. These are sometimes called hand pies because they’re so portable. You can make a huge batch and freeze them individually for a no-fuss dinner. If the flaky pastry is a little intimidating, try using pre-made pastry sheets found in the frozen dessert area at the store. 

Mashed potatoes were invented for this.

With 20 days left until the Season 5 premiere of OUaT, you’ll have plenty of time to try out these recipes. Let us know in the comments how they worked out for you! And don’t forget to share with us your favorite Once Upon a Time food or beverage?

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Face Off Ep 6: Extraterrestrial Enterprise

This week’s Foundation Challenge uses inspiration from 60’s sci-fi shows like Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, and Star Trek. The guest judge is Michael Westmore for his extensive work with the Star Trek franchise. Each artist chooses a landscape and model to create their retro alien using Michael Westmore’s advise to not rely heavily on prosthetics, but to use paint to really highlight the features.

Evan’s avatar-ish alien and Jordan’s green and orange bombshell alien are his favoritesface1 with Evan’s coming out on top, winning him immunity.

Ve and Neville join Michael Westmore in the lab, each having had a hand in the evolution of the Klingon race. This evolution plays a pivotal part of this weeks spotlight challenge because the artists must now take their 60’s retro alien, and evolve their design into a modern day sci-fi alien. The three will be coming around to each artist to give input on their designs, and the proper way to show the evolution in makeup.

Ben hates his foundation makeup, and feeling very uninspired for the spotlight because of this, is worried he may not be able to turn it around. When it’s time for Michael Westmore to visit them in the lab he brings with him Jonathan Frakes!! (Each artist totally geeks out, there may even have been some tears.) He and Michael Westmore visit each artist, and advise on their sculpts thus far.

Stevie has a lot of little things in her sculpt that they recommend changes on to make the look more cohesive. They particularly don’t like her “cute” nose and give her tips on how to make it better. Meg runs out of time with her mold and is forced to use polyfoam for her cowl on day 3. She is the self-dubbed “queen of the bottom 3,” and is worried this week will be her last if she finds herself once more in bottom looks. All of her painting must be done in last looks.  

Guest judge with Glenn, Ve and Neville is none other than Michael Dorn! Worf!!! (omg omg omg!)

This week as each makeup is revealed, they morph first into the foundation look, and then evolve into the modern makeup the artist has created. Mckenzie dismisses Kevon, Evan, Nora, Meg, and Ricky as the artists that are “safe” this week, leaving Stevie, Scott, Jasmine, Ben, Jason, and Jordan as the best and worst.

Glenn tells Stevie her makeup is one of the best paint jobs in terms of technique has has seen on the show thus far which looks as though it comes as a shock to her. Scott’s underground water alien is “stunning” according to Ve and Neville particularly likes the sculptural elements in her face. Jasmine’s makeup has fundamental sculpt flaws and although Michael Dorn loves the top of the head, he feels the nose and lip have gone awry. Ben really managed to transform his original design and created an incredibly successful makeup with realistic skin texture. Glenn tells Jason he has a massive amount of technical errors in his sculpt. Jordan had one of the top two looks during the foundation challenge but now Ve is disappointed in where he took his makeup, while Glenn advises that building armor which helped his character last week did not help him this week as more time should have been spent on his sculpt and paint.

The winner tonight is Ben who originally thought he would just be “polishing a turd” managed to create a seamless, believable alien. Jason will be packing his makeup kit tonight with just too many flaws in his look tonight for the judges.

Let us know what you thought of the looks this week and just how excited you were for the guest judges!

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Face Off Ep 5: The Gatekeepers

Time for another exciting episode of Face Off! This week is our first foundation challenge, and in megturn, immunity is up for grabs. The artists will have to draw inspiration from rorschach ink blots to create a makeup that can impress Emmy-winning artist Eryn Krueger Mekash. When time is called, we see what’s really in the artist’s psyche, and it is Meg’s organic mermaid that takes the win.

Time to put that immunity to work in this week’s spotlight challenge where the artists learn they will have to create both a gatekeeper and a creature the keep is guarding in another team challenge. To decide the teams, McKenzie gets to play the Key Master as each artist pulls a key, matching them with their partner and their inspiration gate.

The teams are Jason and Ricky who pull the key for the Aztec looking gate, Ben and Jordan whose gate is made of gold, Libby ends up paired with Meg and a large wooden gate, Evan and Stevie are happy to get the futuristic gate, Scott and Kevon grab the hellish gate, and Nora and Jasmine’s gate appears very open to interpretation with it’s exotic symbols covering it.

Back in the lab they all get right to work on their concepts and designs with each artist taking on the majority of the responsibility of one of the two characters they have to create. From the start Jason and Ricky are both having a hard time with their sculpts and end up scrapping them and starting over. Libby is also struggling with her sculpt since she decided to make an boar-like creature and doesn’t know much about the anatomy of a boar. Mr. Westmore notices this too on his walkthrough and attempts to give her some pointers. She ends up scraping the boar aspects and is very worried since she was in the bottom last week and her partner has immunity.

When last looks arrives, Jason still doesn’t have anything applied to his model and has to do it all in the last hour. Libby struggles with her paint and asks Meg for help, but Meg has too much to do on her character to help her out.

On the reveal stage each gate is brought out so the characters can perform with it and the judges can really get a feel for who the characters are. Ve, Glenn, and Neville enjoy Scott and Kevon’s characters as well as Stevie and Evan’s, and decide they are safe this week. Nora and Jasmine are one of the top teams, and Ve is in love with the beauty makeup Jasmine did on their female alien. Also on top is Ben and Jordan with Glenn blown away at how much fabrication Jordan got done. The forms and paint on the two top teams are absolutely beautiful.

For the bottom looks this week it is ultimately form and anatomy that foils them yet again. This season seems to have a lot of anatomy follies, and this week it is Libby who is the biggest victim of this along with Ricky and Jason. Since Meg has immunity, she is safe despite being in the bottom, and Libby’s fears come true when she is sent to pack up her kit.

This week had some incredible makeup, let us know in the comments what you thought.

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‘Face Off’ Ep 4: Frightful Fiction

This weeks episode picks up where the 100th left off and we finally found out who is going home. It is between Missy, Jason, Nora, and Meg. The judges decide that because of terrible anatomy and muddy paint Missy is the one who will be headed home.

Mckenzie announces that, for the first time ever, there will be no foundation or spotlight challenge, but instead they will be doing a focus challenge. The focus challenge is similar to a spotlight challenge but it forces the artists to focus on the face and will only have 2 days to complete so their edges, blends, and makeup must be flawless. For their first focus challenge and individual challenge they will be diving into the very popular mash-up of literature and horror along the vein of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Their choices this week are:

The Legend of King Arthur and his Undead Knights; chosen by Kevon and Ben

The Scarlet Letter: Puritan Poltergeist; chosen by Jason and Meg

Great Expectation of a Serial Killer; chosen only by Brittany

Gulliver’s Travels in the Underworld; chosen by Jordan and Nora

Don Quixote: Monster of La Mancha; chosen by Scott and Stevie

The Exorcism of Monte Cristo; chosen by Ricky and Libby

Sherlock Holmes: Bloodsucker; chosen by Jasmine and Evan

The two days pass quickly and some of the artists have major struggles with concept and execution. Brittany attempts an old age and burn makeup despite Michael Westmore’s advice to scrap the old age part. Jason has to walk away from his sculpt due to design problems before eventually returning and finishing it. Stevie is most worried about her paint since she admits to not being very strong in that area and Meg struggles the whole time with her paint taking on a weird texture and being way too purple.

When the artists get to the reveal stage they see that an additional judge has joined this week. Lois Burwell (from previous seasons) joins Glenn, Ve and Neville at the judges table. When the judges take a closer look, Lois comments that Brittany’s sculpt and paint remind her of a stucco wall and Ve then adds that Meg’s is like concrete. Jasmine’s is last to be looked at and Glenn loves it right away.

Kevon, Ben, Jordan, Nora, Ricky, Libby, and Evan are all safe this week and head back to the makeup room. That leaves Jason, Meg and Brittany as the bottom looks and Scott, Jasmine, and and a not-confident-enough Stevie as the judges favorites. Scott takes overall (and I couldn’t agree more – his attention to the monster’s face and overall anatomy is spectacular).

I thought for sure that Meg was going home this week, but in the end it was Brittany that the judges decided just wasn’t focused enough for the challenge presented to her.

Who were your favorite looks and do you agree with the judges?

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‘Behind the Magic’ of ‘Once Upon a Time’ at D23

This weekend Disney held its annual D23 Expo for fans where they unveiled future projects, big changes, new merchandise, and panels with celebrity interviews!

The Once Upon a Time panel, An Evening with Snow White & the Evil Queen, opened with a special behind the scenes feature. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas hosted the Behind the Magic tour of the Once Upon a Time set, showcasing Storybrooke and its environs!

Here is a recap of their quirky and rather adorable tour through the sets and lots that house their television home.

  • Goodwin introduces us to the lot where their main streets are laid out. This includes Granny’s diner where Josh Dallas is found cooking behind the counter
  • Fun fact: Dallas wanted to work as a cashier when he was little because he thought they got to keep all the money
  • In the Mayor’s office, the cast chairs are usually set up in the foyer; Mary Margaret’s song bird painting still hangs in the elegant but austere black and white office
  • Outside Goodwin loses Dallas again, but she finds Eduardo Castro, the head costume designer who points her in the possible direction of her husband
  • Down another hall we find a live set, the Blanchard loft– where we find Dallas asleep in their bed where they have been known to make … tacos *achem*
  • Mary Margaret has a collection of clocks and pictures of herself And Emma decorating her loft; the rarely seen bathroom is shown to ooh and aahs of the crowd
  • Dallas spots Jennifer Morrison, clad in her trademark red leather jacket, as she does her best Bigfoot-running-off-camera impression; Lana Parrilla wanders in munching on a pastry as Dallas whispers frantically, “It’s Lana, it’s Lana! Don’t look her in the eyes!” Parrilla turns to the camera and treats us with a look reminiscent of Mara daring the riders on Indiana Jones to make eye contact
  • Dallas leads us out to the back lot where he has once again lost Goodwin; at Stage 6 we find the outside of Mr. Gold’s pawn shop; inside we hear cackling from the back room, and we find Goodwin maniacally fiddling with the Dark One’s dagger
  • While Goodwin waves the Dagger around dangerously, Dallas tries to point out the more interesting props while avoiding the pointy end; Goodwin absconds casually with the Dagger
  • Dallas attempts to follow Goodwin and looks for her at Kraft Services; upon spotting her, he reminds her he will always find her; she offers him a piece of cheese…. skewered on the end of the Dagger

Thus concludes our Behind the Magic tour, written and hosted by Goodwin and Dallas! If you’d like to see the whole thing in glorious HD, look for in included in the Once Upon a Time DVD box set available August 18.

Did you attend D23? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Face Off: EP 3: Surprise of the Century

This week is Face Off’s 100th episode! For this monumental occasion, Mckenzie has the artists meet her in a rather odd location. In the Pasadena Mausoleum we find Mckenzie with seven couple’s pictures on tablets on the table next to her. For this week’s challenge, the artists will need to pair up, choose a couple, and create a whimsical macabre theme, i.e. Beetlejuice, unique to each couple’s personalities.

Once the couples are transformed, Mckenzie, being an ordained minister, will then marry them on the reveal stage in a fantastic celebration unlike any other. The artists choose their partners, much like the engaged couples, and then also choose a couple to work with.

Ricky and Jordan’s couple loves video games, and can’t be more enthusiastic to work with elements they are familiar with as well and decide on a shock theme. Ben and Jasmine’s couple are total cat people, and would like a Beauty and the Beast element. Scott and Stevie have a couple that got engaged while Christmas Caroling, and want to use that as their main inspiration. Jason and Missy decide to go with a suicidal, together forever theme, while Meg and Nora are excited to have a couple with two grooms that they can have one be in drag. Libby and Brittany get a couple that love nature, and while they can easily see the whimsy in it, pulling out the macabre will be difficult. Kevon and Evan go with a classical angelic and demonic concept including wings for both characters.

At the reveal stage each couple presents themselves before the judges as well as their closest family and friends. After the judges take a closer look, Mckenzie then performs the group wedding ceremony, unable to hold back tears when each couple has their first married kiss. After the ceremony the couples and their families leave so that the judges are able to give their critiques. Libby and Brittany, Scott and Stevie, and Kevon and Evan are safe this week. Jason and Missy are on the bottom this week despite their thinking they were a top look. Glenn points out their anatomy is all wrong, and their paint is too muddy to be whimsical. With them is Meg and Nora who cause Ve to ask if they even know what whimsy is (I honestly have no idea either). The top looks go to Ricky and Jordan whose dayglow paint and beating heart gag won the judges over, and Neville especially liked the forms of each character. Also in the top was Ben and Jasmine whose characters not only had amazing profiles before the lights went up, but were exactly what whimsy is with yarn horns and stunning paint. Because the judges felt the paint on their female character was so spectacular the win this week goes to Jasmine.

After the winners were announced, it was time to cut the cake and pop the champagne! The couples celebrated along with their family, friends, artists, and judges. The episode ended with a “to be continued” as no one was announced to leave the show yet.

What did you think of these couples putting so much faith into each artist for such a special day an who do you think will be headed home?

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Surviving the Summer Break for ‘Once Upon a Time’ Fans – Graphic Novel Review – ‘Out of the Past’

ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST
STORY BY:
 Kalinda Vazquez and Corinna Bechko
ART BY: Pascal Campion, Betsy Peterschmidt, Vanesa Del Rey, and Janet Lee
PUBLISHER: Marvel
PAGECOUNT: 112
COVER PRICE: $17.99
RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2015


With just 48 days to go (from time of this publishing) to the Season 5 premiere of Once Upon a Time on September 27, I’m champing at the bit while trying to amuse myself with OUaT related activities. I don’t know how you’re faring, but I feel that if we were all on a raft right now, I’d imagine you as a big hot dog and you’d see me as a giant hamburger.

I’m actually getting antsy. Like, drumming my fingers on the steering wheel, huffing loudly as I wait for my computer to boot up, grinding my teeth watching my tea heat in the microwave antsy. As I’ve explained before, I’m deeply emotionally invested in OUaT. It’s not just about romantic relationships either. I need to know more about the characters’ history and motivations. I need to know more about how magic works. I need to meet new characters and see new realms. I need ten minutes alone in Gold’s shop, darn it! I don’t even want to steal anything– I just wanna see what surprises and secrets my non-HD TV is missing!

Well, I can’t have any of those things, so this week I settled for something that was new-to-me to tide me over another seven days. Once Upon a Time: Out of the Past was published by Marvel in April 2015. But I’ve been obsessively writing fanfic busy doing important grown up things, so I haven’t made time to read it before now. But I’m actually glad I waited, as I really needed to digest this last season and appreciate where the main characters from this graphic novel started and where they ended up.


Unlike its predecessor Shadow of the Queen, this volume is comprised of four stories. It focuses on events prior to the series start for Hook, Rumpelstiltskin and Belle, the Evil Queen, and Jefferson. Hook’s story reunites him with his brother, Liam, long-thought dead. In Rumple and Belle’s story, we find out that Belle’s devotion to keeping her promise to Rumple isn’t just about pleasing him but being true to her word. In Regina’s story we see yet another painful motivator fueling her quest to destroy Snow White. And in Jefferson’s story we learn that the Hatter wasn’t always so mad.

Out of the Past is co-authored by Kalinda Vazquez and Corinna Bechko, and illustrated by four artists. Each story has its own unique style, but all remain true to the feel of the series we love. Hook’s story, Dead in the Water, is illustrated by Pascal Campion, and it’s a gorgeous homage, intentional or not, to Mary Blair’s days at Disney.

Rumbelle’s story, “Truth and Daggers”, is some of most gorgeous watercolor work I’ve ever seen. I confess, I can’t say with certainty whether or not Betsy Peterschmidt did the entire chapter by hand, but if she did, then I want to lie prostrate at her feet and kiss those fingertips… if she’d let me.

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Vanesa Del Rey and Esther Sanz’s work in Regina’s story “Ghosts” has a classic feel with a modern edge, perfectly befitting a story like Once Upon a Time.


Lastly, the art of “Tea Party in March” by Janet K. Lee is easily my least favorite offering.

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While the storytelling and layout are nice, the style is just shy of bad fanart that one might find attached to mediocre fanfics. And let it be known that I have produced my share of both mediocre fanfics and fanart, so I think I know what I’m talking about. But just because I didn’t like the style doesn’t mean it wasn’t appropriate for the story. Campion’s art was rough and eerie like the seas the Jolly Roger sailed, while Peterschmidt’s watercolors were soft and dreamy and warm, like the light that Belle brought into Rumple’s Dark Castle. Del Rey and Sanz’s work was dark and gritty, like Regina’s sadness and vengeance. All their art was befitting their main characters and their story, and Lee’s work regarding Jefferson is no exception.

I think that if you’re missing something original while you wait for Season 5 to commence, then Out of the Past is an excellent tide over. The art is (mostly) gorgeous, and the stories are excellent additions which are true to the characters’ mythos. Both paper and electronic copies include bonus material like character sketches.

All comics come with a price, though, and in my opinion, the $17.99 or less you’ll shell out for this book is well worth it.

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Face Off Ep 2: Siren Song

This week the artists meet up with Mckenzie aboard the USCSC George Cobb to find out what their makeup inspiration will be. Once fully out to sea, Mckenzie lets them know they are to create a beautiful but deadly creature from myth, the Siren. I am just as excited as the artists for this, and cannot wait to see what they come up with! Since there are still 16 contestants, they are randomly paired off,, and each team must choose a sea creature to model their Siren after.

Sidney and Omar choose the Portuguese Man O’ War, Brittany and Nora choose the Flabellina Nudibrach, Evan and Jason pick the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, while Ricky and Ben get the Blue Sea Slug. Scott is paired with Stevie and they select the Blue ringed Octopus, Kevon and Meg are teamed up and choose the Cone Snail, Missy is with Libby and they grab the Striped Surgeonfish, and Jasmine and Jordan take the final creature, the Yellow Boxfish.

After some initial sketching and concept development they all head back to the lab to start day one of three. Models are chosen, and face sculpts and cowls are quick to be fleshed out. When Mckenzie does her walkthrough with her father, he notices some flaws with Meg’s face sculpt, and she ends up having to trash it and start over.

Evan and Jason are hard at work on their cowl when it locks into the mold, and has to be chiseled out. They are certain it’s going to be in pieces come tomorrow. Meg is finally happy with her face sculpt and takes it to mold as well.

Turns out it is Brittany and Nora that should have been worried about their cowl, as they come in the next day to discover all the tips broke off their beautiful piece. These two are on it though, and are quick to fix it using makeup sponges as filler for the missing pieces. There is a ton of pre-painting happening as everyone prepares for last looks, but it is Missy and Libby that can’t seem to agree on the paint pattern for their siren.

During last looks, it is the beauty makeup that appears to have the majority of teams stumped as some must attempt it for the first time in their careers.  The hour is up too soon though, and the models take to the stage for judging. Before their creations are displayed however, Mckenzie informs them that two artists will be packing up their makeup brushes and heading home tonight.

Evan and Jason, Ricky and Ben, Scott and Stevie, and Jordan and Jasmine are all safe. Although, I personally feel as though Ricky and Ben’s Blue Sea Slug was absolutely gorgeous, it’s Kevon and Meg as well as Brittany and Nora that find themselves in the top looks for the night. When Glenn asks Meg and Kevon what they think of their creation, Meg feels it is “ok” and Kevon takes it a step farther declaring he’d date her. Glenn is a little disturbed by this, but more disturbed that Meg doesn’t understand how lovely their creation really is.

On the bottom tonight are Sidney and Omar who the judges feel did not put enough into their work this week with only a cowl that Ve considers “cabbage-like” and a staff. Along with them is Missy and Libby, whose Siren Neville said he wouldn’t go near, but conjectures Kevon might. Glenn enjoyed the profile of their Siren, but could not find their inspiration sea creature anywhere in their finished makeup.

In the end it is Kevon and Meg’s haunting Siren who takes the win, with Meg getting the overall recognition for her contributions. The first artists to be asked to leave Face Off are Sidney and Omar. The judges just could not understand what the majority of their time was spent on.

Tell us which looks you liked the most and which artists are beginning to stand out among the pack.

Also don’t forget that next week is the 100th episode!!!!  

 

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Surviving the Summer Break for ‘Once Upon a Time’ Fans – 5 Fan Theories About Season 5

We’re still riding the wave of new Once Upon a Time season 5 info that came out of San Diego Comic-Con last week, and message boards and blogs are still abuzz with speculation and rumors.

So instead of enjoying a new, shiny, much anticipated episode of Once Upon a Time (which is a long 69 days away as of today’s publishing), we’ve complied some interesting (and likely accurate) fan theories from around the internet, which we’ve presented in no particular order except perhaps based on our own amusement. Be sure to add your own thoughts on these and other theories you support down in the comments!


5. Rumpelstiltskin is Prince Adam

There are several versions of this theory, but all of them pretty much agree that Mr. Gold’s first name in Storybrooke will eventually be revealed to be Adam, more specifically Prince Adam, the human version of Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Fans believe that the red-headed Seer (who Rumple was seen guarding during the Ogre Wars early on in the series) is the equivalent of the old woman from Beauty and the Beast who came to Prince Adam’s castle peddling flowers and prophecy, eventually cursing him. Fans further believe that Rumple’s own blackened heart is a representation of the enchanted rose whose falling petals bring Prince Adam/Beast closer to his demise.

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“I need to have Belle clean out from behind the refrigerator more often.”

Why this works: This is totally plausible because Rumple is obviously the Beast from the titular Beauty and the Beast, and all the other little details support that: there’s a giant castle full of enchanted items, the trade of Maurice’s life (and those in his kingdom) for Belle’s companionship, the defeat of Gaston, and of course this moment:

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Belle, that chip is like a whole inch wide.

While Rumpelstiltskin and Prince Adam are traditionally two totally different people, there’s really no reason why they couldn’t be the same one. Rumple is about two hundred years old – that’s more than enough time for him to fit in two lives.

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“I’m over 200 years old, but I still got moves.”

What this means for Season 5: Mr. Gold having a first name that sounds both strong and kind would represent his transformation from beast into prince. His heart, which much like the rose that lost its petals, is now restored. And while the Beast may not forget his monstrous past, it would be clear that these changes would put him on a new path. Restoring Gold’s humanity may very well be the thing that’s needed to solidify his role in helping to save Emma from the Darkness.


4. Killian is actually King Arthur’s son

Why it works: Hook is as old as Rumpelstiltskin, so his timeline stretches far back enough to include something as old as Arthurian legend. Plus, Killian knows his way around a royal ball, including the parts you can’t fake, like waltzing.

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“So, pfft, this DJ, amirite?”

He’s also an excellent swordsman, and what better teacher than the man who defended Britain from the invasion of the Saxons?

When Killian was a lieutenant in the royal navy, he and his brother spoke of an enemy their King wished to defeat, which is possibly the aforementioned invading Saxons. They’d also been sent on a mission to find an item in Neverland that was rumored to cure any affliction, which is similiar to the legend of the Holy Grail. Killian’s authority as Captain was accepted unanimously after his brother’s death.

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“We set sail for the dark side! They have cookies!”

Could this be because he was the respected son of a king? Becoming a traitor to the King would have solidified his new lifestyle as pirate. Perhaps the story that Hook told Baelfire about his father becoming a fugitive and abandoning him was actually a half truth that was based off of Killian’s father betraying him with his lies and desire for a weapon that would destroy their enemies in a dishonorable manner.

What it means for Season 5: Killian would have some obvious ties to Merlin, and they might be more painful and complex than we can imagine. Merlin is said to have influenced Arthur greatly as a child, tutored him, and set him on his path to greatness. This would effectively make Merlin a kind of grandfather to Killian. As we know OUaT father-son-grandfather relationships don’t usually come with the warm fuzzy glow of a Norman Rockwell painting.

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And this was it ending quietly.

Moreover it would make his quest to protect Emma’s heart even more personal if the man he had to find was the man who raised his own father. Hook has lived as a pirate for so long, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his former life before Neverland. If all those emotions get dredged up, it has the potential to solidify him as a hero, or tempt him back to the ways of a villain (Dark Emma may be very attractive to Killian).

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You’re evil… I’m evil… Let’s date!


3. Merida and Mulan were an item, or at least very close

Why it works: Merida. Bows and arrows. Robin Hood. Merry Men. Mulan. Boom, cannon. But to put a finer point on it, Mulan left Aurora heartbroken and she joined up with Robin.

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That awkward moment when your tears are as swift as a coursing river.

It’s reasonable to believe that in the time between their leaving Rumple’s castle when Neal followed the Shadow to Neverland and Robin meeting up with the Storybrooke refugees later in the season after Pan’s curse that the Merry Men and Merida crossed paths. Merida is a strong woman who defied her parent’s and society’s limitations and expectations of her, finding the courage inside of her to make a change for the better, and in turn helped save her people from a terrifying enemy. I’m pretty sure she and Mulan would at the very least have something to talk about around the campfire.

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Mischievous, doesn’t listen, prone to trusting witches, and magic nearly killed her whole family. Yeah, she’ll fit right in.

What it means for Season 5: Regardless of whether or not we see Merida in Storybrooke, having her appear in an Enchanted Forest backstory episode about what happened to Mulan after she left Aurora to take Robin up on his offer would be spectacular. And if Mulan and Merida have romantic leanings, perhaps it would give Mulan hope that there are more princesses in the sea than just the lovely-but-attached Aurora.


2. The Blue Fairy will stop masquerading as Lawful Neutral and show her true colors as Lawful Evil now that the Savior has fulfilled her destiny and gone Dark

Why it works: Reul Ghorm is notorious for maintaining order and discipline and for touting the strict importance of following the traditional rules of fairyhood. But she’s also shown that she can and will choose to lie when it seems that a larger agenda needs to be furthered, as evidenced very early when she lied to Snow and Charming as to how many people the magical wardrobe would be able to hold in order to allow Marco to send Pinocchio along to the Land Without Magic.

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Yeah, you’d know all about secrets, wouldn’t you, you sketchy moth…

What it means for Season 5: Magic of the Blue Fairy’s caliber can make things super complicated if it serves to hinder and not help the quest to save Emma from the Darkness. It would serve as a fantastic challenge for Regina and a (we assume) magicless Mr. Gold to defeat Blue in order to advance towards Merlin. #bossfight

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You’re on your own, Regina.


1. Merlin is Lily’s father

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There is an entire dark corner of the Internet devoted to this kind of fanfic.

Why it works: At the end of Season 4 Lily wanted to stay in town to see if she could find her father. Emma said she’d help, but now we need to find Merlin in order to save Emma. A new character, who happens to also be traditionally of demonic origins, who likes dragons, is coming into the mix right when Lily starts looking for the guy who would have impregnated Maleficent in dragon form? Yeah, that’s pretty solid.

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WE NEVER CUDDLE ANYMORE!

What it means for Season 5: Lily will play a much bigger part in Emma’s life as she and Maleficent help the Charmings, Hook, and Regina find the Sorcerer Merlin. Lily won’t just be driven by her revenge (like she was when she searched to find Malificent), but rather by her love for Emma and the desire to reunite her family. Emma has turned dark, so now it’s Lily’s turn to turn light. Hopefully any involvement on Lily’s part won’t see her sacrificing her life for Emma.

Do you think any of these theories hold water? What are your theories for Season 5? Let us know in the comments!

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