|Behold! The Mighty Conan The Barbarian (Omnibus, Volume One)|
It's sometimes quite incredible the lengths we geeks go to to justify getting our latest expensive hobby fix.
But I'm sure I earned the enormous volume one of Marvel's recently released 776-page, hardback, Conan The Barbarian Omnibus, which includes almost 30 issues of the character's original run from the early 1970s, along with more than 100 pages of supporting material, artwork, essays etc
Last week, Rachel and I had to go to Guy's Hospital, in London, for the annual CT scan of my aneurysm (just to check that the surgeon's repair work is still holding together).
The scan itself is simple, and takes between five and 10 minutes. I just lie on a 'bench' and am run through a hi-tech doughnut that creates a scan of innards.
However, for the scan to be of any use I have to have contrast dye injected into my bloodstream, through a cannula.
And, unfortunately for all those concerned, my notoriously tiny and evasive veins weren't playing ball.
It took over an hour to get the needle in - with four different people trying.
They were going for places on my arms that no one has tried before - and at one point it felt as though one of the the poor women was drilling into my bone (and remember, this is without any aesthetic, because why would you, and I'm a total wimp).
Eventually, a member of the "intravenous team" was called in, minutes before he clocked off for the day, and he got the cannula in the back on my hand, near the wrist.
|Bruise on my wrist where the cannula needle went in (the red dot is the point if entry)|
It was in, secure, but, boy, did it hurt like a bugger.
And normally, when medical professionals stick needles in my veins, there might be a spot or tiny trickle of blood once it's removed.
But this one was a gusher. Luckily it was swaddled securely under plenty of cotton wool and a bandage, but it had really struck oil (well... blood!)
And I've carried the resulting bruise for a week.
So, yeah, I may not be a small child going to the dentist, but I think I earned myself a "brave solider" present.
And check out the gorgeousness of it...
|Drool over the magnificent Barry Windsor-Smith artwork|
|I'm pretty certain this is my favourite fantasy world map|