With the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther, in cinemas next month, seemingly rising with every passing day, CTD Tiles have launched a fantastic, fan-art inspired range ideal for those individuals who have a passion for superheroes and an array of popular culture characters.

This new Pixel Pop range allows members of several fandoms to recreate their favourite heroes, with Thor, Hulk, Yoda and Flash designs among the many available. With the help of Callum Pearson, a student from Leeds College of Building, they’ve also recreated one of the most popular designs; that of the Night Vigilante, inspired by Batman.

The full list of available characters is as follows:

●        Green Galactic Genius

●        Green Giant

●        Magical Baby Horse

●        Night Vigilante

●        Red Italian Plumber

●        Sir Superspeed

●        Space Soldier

●        Thunder Warrior

Each pack has a blueprint of the easy to follow design and contains all the tiles needed to create each superhero or fandom icon. The tiles are part of the Reflections by GEMINI tiles collection, which are ceramic and glazed to help protect against staining while giving a high-class, pristine and glossy finish to each project.

Speaking about the range, CTD team member Tracy Hildreth said:

“Fan art has become increasingly popular over the years and we believe that everyone will enjoy our whimsical take on nostalgia. We wanted to create something that would delight and excite our customer base and we believe our customers will quickly fall in love with these characters.”

The Pixel Pop range is available from the CTD website and prices start at £39.99.


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Edgy and somewhat alternative singer-songwriter Jennings Couch first came to considerable attention thanks to his previous single “Serotonin” and is kicking off 2018 in similar style thanks to his new release “Stay Out.” With an EP in the works, which he’s remaining considerably tight lipped about, and dreams of playing MSG, Couch spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about social media, his USP and what it’d take for him to feel like he’s “made it.”

TITL: First of all, who exactly is Jennings Couch?

Jennings Couch: I’m an alternative singer-songwriter born in New York City in 1995. When I was 9 years old, I moved to London where I’ve been ever since. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wanting to make my own music. I remember in one of my guitar lessons when I was 6 or 7 years old, I asked the teacher if he could stop teaching me other artist’s songs and to start teaching me how to make my own.

TITL: What would you say makes you different from all the bands and artists around today? What’s your unique selling point?

JC: I think what makes me stand out as an artist is the way I write lyrics. I’m not afraid to take a subject I enjoy like astronomy, physics or philosophy and turn it into a relatable song. I’m also not afraid to try out new sounds when I’m working in the studio. It’s important to have a consistent sound but, at the same time, a little experimentation here and there is what gives a song character.

TITL: Growing up, which bands and artists were you most influenced and inspired by? Have those influences changed much over the years and how big of an impact do you think they’ve had on the music you make?

JC: Growing up, I was into alternative rock bands like Green Day, Hoobastank and the like. In my early teens I was into heavy metal. I mean REALLY heavy, like Suicide Silence heavy. Then in my late teens I got really into folk music like Ben Howard. More recently I’ve been really enjoying Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons and Grandson. I think my you can find influences of all these different genres in my music. I simply make the music that I enjoy listening to.

TITL: You’ve just released your new single “Stay Out”. Is there a story behind it and what ultimately made you decide it’d be a good track to share?

JC: The inspiration for ‘Stay Out’ was all the stupid, immature arguments you have with your partner. It reminded me of how a kid gets angry at his parents and puts a sign on the bedroom door saying ‘Stay out of my room!’ I thought it could be cool to write a modern break up song represented through those sorts of childish tendencies. As my first release of 2018, I wanted to kick off with a strong, punchy and energetic track and this one ticked all those boxes!

TITL: Is there an EP or album in the works and if so, what can you tell me about it?

JC: There is an EP in the works and all I can really give away is that there are going to be some real anthems on it! I’m actually shooting the music video for one of the tracks in the next couple of weeks.

TITL: Do you have any tour/performance plans in place for the next few months?

JC: I’m busy applying for festivals and hoping to tour the UK or Europe on a support tour. Before that, I’ll be playing the Half Moon Putney on the 26th of February and I’m also booked to play Lechlade Festival in May!

TITL: If you could play any venue in the world, which would it be and why? What is it about that venue that means so much to you?

JC: If I could play any venue in the world, it’d have to be Madison Square Garden in New York City. I’ve only been there once in my life, and I was 6 years old and it was a Duran Duran concert. There’s something quite nostalgic about returning to your place of birth to play their biggest venue.

TITL: How do you feel about social media and do you think there are any downsides to the power it can and does have in terms of the impact it makes on an artists’ career and ability to reach an audience?

JC: Well… I find social media very hard to keep up with. In all honesty, I’d rather just enjoy my dinner rather than take a picture of it and share it with everyone ‘I think’ cares. I always find myself forgetting to post or forgetting to share something. In the end, I need to get on social media more as I know it will help expand my audience and get my music heard, but it just doesn’t come naturally to me. Social media is so saturated with people doing exactly what I am doing, so I think it’s important to be different and really portray yourself as an individual.

TITL: Finally then, what’s your ultimate career goal? At what point, and what would you have to achieve in order to say to yourself, ‘Yeah, I’ve made it’?

JC: When I can pay the bills!! In all seriousness, if I switch on the radio or walk into a shop one day and hear one of my songs – that will be the day that I say ‘I’ve made it’.

Check out “Stay Out” below and for more information on Jennings Couch, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.


Best known for her role as Jennifer Rappaport in One Life to Live, Jessica Morris had a very busy but successful 2017 and following the announcement that her most recent show, Ladies of The Lake, has now renewed for a second season, fans will be seeing a lot more of Jessica in the coming months. ThisIsTheLatest chatted with Jessica to find out more about her childhood ambitions, her thoughts on social media and her love of all things ‘cheese’.

TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to be an actress? Has that always been your ultimate ambition or did you have other career dreams going up?

Jessica Morris: I made the definite decision to become an actress at around age 16. Before that, I wanted to be a dancer and had taken classes since I was a young child. And I was toying around with becoming a psychologist. Studying human behavior is incredibly interesting to me and luckily that activity still exists in my acting life.

TITL: When it came to pursuing your career, which actors/actresses did you admire and was there one film or TV series that ultimately made you think ‘Yeah, that’s what I want to do?’

JM: It wasn’t one actress or film that made me want to become an actress myself. I just always loved getting swept up in a story and imaginary world. The actors always looked so glamorous and free and I yearned to have an outlet like that where I could express all of the feelings that I had inside.

TITL: You’re perhaps best known for your role of Jennifer Rappaport in One Life to Live. Just how much did that role and the show change/impact your career trajectory?

JM: Well, it got my career started and I’m so grateful for that. I also learned so much about myself as a person and an actor. It helped to build my confidence.

TITL: 2017 was a particularly busy year for you, with December in particular bringing you to much wider attention thanks to two TV movies, A Christmas Cruise and The Wrong Man airing on December 16th and 29th respectively. Were you ever at all apprehensive about taking on ‘Christmas’ movie related roles given that they occasionally get a bad, or ‘cheesy’ tagline of sorts? What drew you to the roles and what was the viewer response like?

JM: I wasn’t hesitant at all. I love cheese! Who doesn’t? Cheddar, Brie, Christmas movies, bring it on! It got a great response and I think that sometimes people appreciate a light-hearted, easy-to-watch movie like that, that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

TITL: How did you get involved in your current project, Ladies Of The Lake? What was it about the show and the character you now play, Crystal Amhurst, that drew you in? 

JM: I was offered the part of Crystal on Ladies of the Lake and I thought the character was so entertaining and that she had many layers. I was also drawn to the fact that the female characters became very empowered at the end, even if it was in a criminal way.

TITL: How excited/relieved are you now that the show has been renewed for a second season?

JM: I’m very excited to go into production on Ladies of the Lake season 2. It is going to be sexier, edgier and much more action-packed.

TITL: Of all the industry professionals/fellow actors and actresses you’ve worked with over the years, who do you feel you most clicked with and do you have any funny moments or stories from sets you could share?

JM: When you film a movie, or shoot a TV show, you become so close to the other actors and the crew. You see them every day for many hours and share emotionally intimate moments with them. Also, the adrenaline is pumping and moods are elevated because most people there are doing what they are most passionate about. So, after every production I feel like I’ve met my new soul mate or new best friend. But after the high wears off, you are happy to just stay in touch with some of them. Best case scenario, they actually do remain one of your best friends. Like Melissa Archer, who I worked on One Life to Live with, or some of my other best friends, Robin Sydney and Roopashree Jeevaji who I also met on set.

TITL: Are there any other projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?

JM: I’m just finishing up my second draft of a script that I will also star in.

TITL: How do you feel about social media, and do you pay much attention to what users post, both positive and negative, on sites like Twitter?

JM: I think that social media is a great tool for actors. Everyone has a right to their opinions but I don’t think it’s cool for people to post negative comments. I just don’t understand the mentality behind wanting to make someone else feel bad. It’s totally different if they are talking about the character. But if it becomes personal, I think it’s disrespectful and unnecessary.

TITL: What’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said about you/your work?

JM: I’ve luckily gotten a lot of wonderful feedback from fans on social media. It’s amazing when they tag certain shows or networks, basically pushing ideas to try and help move your career forward. It’s way above and beyond and makes me feel so supported to have people that I’ve never even met believe in my dreams like that. It means so much.

TITL: What advice would you give to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps? What three things/skills would you say they need to master or acquire? 

JM: I would say that they need to learn how to be vulnerable and open in front of the camera, but hard as a rock off camera. It’s a strange dichotomy. But finding that balance is key to surviving the industry.

TITL: If you were to win an Oscar and had only thirty seconds to deliver your thank you speech, what would you say and who would you dedicate the award to? 

JM: I would thank the people who have had faith in me, even in times when I have lost it in myself. My mom, my manager, my friends who have encouraged me. There is a long list!

TITL: Finally then, whose career would you most like to emulate and what would you most like to be remembered for in terms of your work and career?

JM: I don’t want to emulate anyone. I want to be me. I want to be known for that. For showing a part of myself that hopefully makes people feel something when they watch me.

For more information on Jessica Morris, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. Header photo credit: Tim Schaeffer.