Geeky proposal time!
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I proposed to my girlfriend Rachel last week and thought I'd share it here.

We're both comic book geeks so my original idea was to create a comic book featuring a super powered version of me and her with the final pages leading into a proposal. I couldn't come up with a good story that I was happy with so inspired by David Saloman's proposal to his girlfriend, I opted for a comic book featuring the highlights of our relationship so far...

I took Rachel away for a romantic week in a lodge in Shrewsbury. We arrived late on the first day but had a very relaxing evening. On the second day we enjoyed a day of relaxing and gaming and after we returned to our lodge from enjoying a lovely meal together I popped the question. We celebrated the next day by sipping champagne in our private hot tub

I hope you enjoy the story!
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Much in the same way as the proposal that inspired this comic book, I based my cover on one from the comic Spider-Man loves Mary Jane.
Rachel has read and loved that comic so it seemed the perfect choice.

The original Spider-Man cover:

My new version:
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And then we have The Question!
I did of course get down on one knee at this point and I'm happy to say that her immediate response was YES!
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For the proposal I customised a pokeball toy into a ring box:


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I finished up with some standard comic book entries, a sketch page showing the progression of the artwork, a question page featuring questions from my family and then a fake advert for the next issue


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Our coffee table:


I hope you've enjoyed this geeklist. If we pull off half the geeky things we're hoping to do for our wedding then I'll need another geeklist for that!
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