Winter Catch Up Post

I haven’t written any personal updates recently about what I’ve been up to and since I have some extra time I thought it would be fun to catch you up on what’s been going on (mostly through photos because how else would I remember the last few months?) from Christmas to present.  I’m finally back to writing consistently for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink with my BFF other Kristin. I really missed the excitement of finding stories and sharing them with all of our readers.  Now that I’m back to writing I feel totally refreshed and re-motivated about working on our little blog baby.  I spent the winter getting my life back in order after Fangasm ended and spending all of my time with the people who matter most to me, namely my soulmate BFF, Melissa and my favorite little fiery redhead Cassie.  I wouldn’t trade my Fangasm experience for anything, but I would lying if I didn’t say that I’m kind of ecstatic it’s finally over (despite missing Molly like crazy).  Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing:

CHRISTMAS (obviously the largest collection of photos)!

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I spent December doing the things I always do which include visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center twice a week or more, drinking as many gingerbread lattes I can possibly consume without getting sick from the traditional red holiday cups at Starbucks, and dressing as festively as my wardrobe allows.  I saw Neil Gaiman perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library with my brother Bob and friend Rachael, drank the most delicious white hot chocolate topped with gingerbread spice at Rue 57 with my friend Leo, admired the stars hanging from the ceiling in the Columbus Circle mall, ate my cousin Samantha’s delicious sugar cookies, saw a gingerbread version of the Flatiron building at Citarella, traded presents with my besties, and of course, opened the presents under my own tree on Christmas morning from Santa!

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My love for Disney’s Frozen intensified.  I loved the film so much and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for March 18th to roll around so I can start watching the blu-ray on loop in my room.  I might’ve sang ‘Let it Go’ about a million times in my room/shower/car, etc.  In glancing through my Instagram photos I also noticed that Frozen subconsciously began influencing my fashion and food decisions.  Many trips to the Disney store in Times Square were made.

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One of the most exciting things I did this winter was attend the New York City premiere of American Hustle at the Ziegfeld Theater.  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, who just so happen to play some of my favorite superheroes.  The director David O. Russell gave us a speech before we watched the film and introduced the cast.  Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance because she had Hunger Games obligations so I guess that’s excusable or whatever.  After the film we grabbed a cab to Cipriani and spent the night enjoying the 70’s decor and talking to some of the cast.  I might’ve had a major fangirl moment when Jeremy Renner put his arm around my waist.  Also in attendance were Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams.

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2013-2014 has been one giant snowpocalypse of a winter season.  I always read a lot but with the 57+ inches of snow we’ve received this winter, I’ve spent much of my time inside hibernating and reading.  Some of my favorite things I’ve read recently are 1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which touched upon my Harry Potter addiction and  told the most endearing story about a fanfiction writer, 2) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab which is the sequel to The Archived and tells the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a keeper of Histories (dead people),  and her relationship with my literary crush Guyliner (Wes), and how she’s dealing with the aftermath of her traumatic experience in the first book, 3) Gotham Central and Daredevil which both fall under my read-all-the-Ed-Brubaker-things kick, 4) The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a supernatural story about a rebellious young girl named Evie O’Neill who moves in with her uncle in NYC during the roaring 20’s and works with him to uncover a serial killer which gave me nightmares, and 5) the last few issues of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie which made me want to sob uncontrollably because I was not ready for the series to end.  I also FINALLY acquired the new Harry Potter paperback books with the redesigned covers by Kazu Kibuishi which I’ve basically been coveting and visiting in bookstores since they’re been released.  I feel a re-read coming on.

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I had a very low key New Years Eve this year and it was absolutely wonderful.  I rang in 2014 with Melissa and my brother.  We drank pink champagne and watched the Akira blu-ray I recently purchased.  I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent the holiday.

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I’ve been eating and baking a lot of junk food lately so I’ll have to revert back to my rabbit food like vegetarian diet soon if I plan on fitting in my dresses for the summer.  Cookie dough Oreos may be the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.  They have a faintly coffee like taste but you can feel the sugar particles in your mouth while you’re devouring them.  Macarons have kind of been my jam this winter.  I especially love Macaron Parlour in St. Marks which has really creative flavors like Cheetos and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese. Yeah.  I’m also really impressed with the Carrot Cake M&M’s.  They’re no Pumpkin Spice, but they really hit the spot.IMG_0117 IMG_0230 IMG_0425 IMG_0894 IMG_0900 IMG_1277 IMG_1366 IMG_1481 IMG_1598 IMG_2158IMG_2126 IMG_2173IMG_1870

Being a hoarder, I’ve added a bunch of new statues, dolls, clothes, etc., to my collection over the past few months.  The biggest item I’ve added is the life size Daredevil bust by Sideshow Collectibles which I’ve been told freaks some people out but they’ll just have to get over it because it’s my room, my second favorite Marvel hero and he makes me happy.  I’ve also been collecting the DC Bombshell statues which combine my love of superheroes with my love of retro pinup style models.  Unfortunately my Supergirl broke into six pieces after falling two feet onto a carpeted surface (I shudder to think what would’ve happened on a tiled or wood floor), but my Dad superglued her together for me and she’s almost as good as new.  Sideshow Collectibles also sent me the Mary Jane Watson statue which is the first statue released in their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection and I wrote a rave review of her for both of my websites.  Lastly, I’ve been getting into DC Tonner dolls.  My most recent addition is Poison Ivy and my instagram photo of her is featured on Comics Alliance this week!  I also received my first Sailor Moon preorder from Japan so I’m expecting a flood of new magical girl things in the next few months.  Seriously though, I just love these compacts.  And the newest anything I’ve gotten is the Target exclusive edition of Thor: The Dark World.  Obviously it was worth the trip alone to have my lovely Loki on the cover.

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I recently saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (right before it closed) with Dan, Marlene and Ali.  It was incredibly silly and we all laughed throughout many of the scenes.  I had been the only one who hadn’t seen the show yet, and I’m SO thankful Dan thought of me when he got some last minute tickets.  Some of the villains had awesome costumes while others were absurd.  I was a little bit nervous when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin would fly above our heads after many actor injuries earlier in the show’s run.  I also saw Cinderella on Broadway with Leo which I totally loved to pieces!  Cinderella was played by Carlie Rae Jeppson (who I hadn’t known sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ until my mother informed me >.<)  They took some liberties from the original fairy tale but it worked for the play and I still find myself humming the songs from time to time.  The evil step mother was played by Fran Drescher who was perfect for the role.  One of her best lines was “I married for love, he died, I cried.  I married for money, he died, I got a house.”

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For the second year in a row I celebrated Galentine’s Day with Melissa.  As per tradition I re-read Mad Love by Paul Dini while I waited for Melissa’s train to bring her to me. We spent the night drinking lots of wine, eating lots of pizza, shopping for books, and having a Twitter battle over who our biggest celebrity crushes are, mine being Michael Cera.  You may think the top photo of Paolo Rivera sketches are of Melissa and I and shockingly they’re supposed to be the Baroness and Gwen Stacy but just compare our likeness!  We must’ve been used as references.

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A few weeks ago, Melissa and I braved the snow and polar vortexes and went to Toy Fair where I MET GRUMPY CAT.  Grumpy Cat is tiny, fluffy, adorable, and definitely heavily sedated since she sat in one spot for a few hours.  We also met Emmet from the LEGO Movie and everything was awesome.  I fell in love with all of the DC Collectibles, especially the Li’l Gotham figures, Pajama Party Harley Quinn, and Bombshell Zatanna.  I also loved everything by Funko, from Marvel blind boxes, to a Harley Quinn plush to their new line of Ha Batman and TNMT soft vinyls.  Kidrobot finally acquired a DC Comics license so I’m also super psyched for that Joker Labbit.  I wrote about Toy Fair extensively for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.

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Next is a collection of friend photos.  I played Cards Against Humanity with my high school friends during a mini reunion one night (I was so happy to have gotten the Batman card).  I co-hosted an event at Midtown Comics for my friend Eric Smith’s book The Geeks Guide to Dating.  We had such a fun time and afterwards we headed to the Red Door with Cassie, Taylor, and Katherine for after book club drinks and chit chat.  The gold photo is of Melissa and I drinking cider at Piano’s where we saw Giovanni’s band perform.  I also took a day off of work and spent the day shopping and drinking extra large green apple cocktails with Betty, Angelina, Lauren, and Nick.  And most recently, I tried on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Amanda’s upcoming wedding in November.

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Last and most certainly not least, I impulsively booked a trip to Orlando to see the aforementioned Kristin and my friend Christine.  I’m SO SO SO excited to leave for Harry Potter World and Disney and MegaCon in a few weeks and it seems like a bunch of my other friends will also be in town during the same time!  I’m going to try not to let as much time pass between posts so I won’t have to write a three month catch up again any time soon.  I hope you’ve all been well and I really hope that Spring weather starts happening soon so my upcoming adventures are warmer.

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Books I Read In 2013

This end-of-2013-books-I-read-throughout-the-year-wrap-up post comes to you very belatedly, as it’s almost February of 2014.  Looking back at my Books I Read In 2012 post I had read a total of 104 books.  My personal goal for 2013 was to read 120 books.  After tallying my list I was ecstatic to discover that I surpassed my goal by far! In 2013 I read 189 books total. ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY NINE.  I know.  But sadly my list is not very diversified.  It’s mostly graphic novels, and while I adore graphic novels, my 2014 goal is to read much more prose.  I’m lowering my goal to 100 prose novels, and 50 graphic novels.  I also want to make an effort not to re-read books I’ve already read.  Except for Scott Pilgrim in color since the final volumes are being released in 2014 and I feel like that shouldn’t count.  Who can read one volume of Scott Pilgrim without finishing the series despite how many times you’ve already read it?  I know I can’t.  So we shall see how I fare at the end of this year! I also think I may begin posting these monthly so 1) I’ll be more motivated to read and 2) I just like posting things about books.  I’ve italicized my favorite titles of each month in case you’re looking for recommendations and feel overwhelmed by what you see below.  And I’d love to hear about some of your favorite books from 2013 in the comments! Without further ado, here is my list :-)

January

1. Suicide Squad Volume 1 by Adam Glass

2. Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello

3. Green Lantern Volume 1: Sinestro by Geoff Johns

4. Superman Action Comics Volume 1: Superman and the Men of Steel by Grant Morrison

5. Batman: The Dark Knight volume 1: A Knight Folds by David Finch

6. Batman & Robin Volume 1: Born to Kill by Peter J. Tomasi

7. Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns

8. Superboy by Jeff Lemire

9. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

10. Daredevil Ultimate Collection Book 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

11. The Runaways Volume 1: The Pride by Brian K. Vaughn

12. The Runaways Volume 2: Teenage Wasteland by Brian K. Vaughn

13. The Runaways Volume 3: The Good Die Young by Brian K. Vaughn

14. The Runaways Volume 4: The Believers by Brian K. Vaughn

15. Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg

16. Daredevil Ultimate Collection Book 2 by Brian Michael Bendis

17. The Runaways Volume 5: Escape to New York by Brian K. Vaughn

18. Sailor Moon Volume 3 by Naoko Takeuchi

19. Tale of Sand by Jim Henson

20. Adventure Time Volume 1 by Ryan North

21. The Runaways Volume 6: Parental Guidance by Brian K. Vaughn

22. The Wizard of Oz (graphic novel) by Eric Shanower

23. The Runaways Volume 7: Live Fast by Brian K. Vaughn

24. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

25. Hack/Slash Omnibus #1 by Tim Seeley

February

1. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

2. Captain Marvel Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

3. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

4. Thanos Quest by Jim Starlin

5. American Vampire Volume 1 by Scott Snyder

6. American Vampire Volume 2 by Scott Snyder

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March

1. Transmetropolitan Volume 3 by Warren Ellis

2. Transmetropolitan Volume 4 by Warren Ellis

3. Zatanna: Everyday Magic by Paul Dini

4. Nightwing Volume 1 by Chuck Dixon

5. Supergirl: Power by Jeph Loeb

6. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

7. Gotham City Sirens: Union by Paul Dini

8. Avengers: Vision & Scarlet Witch by Steve Ingleheart

9. Birds of Prey: Sensei & Student by Gail Simone

10. Daredevil Volume 3 by Mark Waid

11. Batgirl Year One by Scott Beatty

12. Birds of Prey: Between Dark & Dawn by Gail Simone

13. Superman Earth One Volume One by J. Michael Straczynski

14. Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid

15. Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album by Judd Winick

16. Superman/Batman: Supergirl by Jeph Loeb

17. Daredevil Volume 1 by Mark Waid

18. Daredevil Volume 2 by Mark Waid

19. House of M by Brian Michael Bendis

20. Hawkeye Volume 1 by Matt Fraction

21. Green Lantern Corps: Sins of the Star Sapphire by Peter J. Tomasi

22. Adventure Time Volume 2 by Ryan North

23. The End by Jim Starlin

April

1. Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer

2. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

3. Young Avengers Volume 1 by Allan Heinsberg

4. Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin

5. The Death of the Stacy’s by Stan Lee & Gerry Conroy

6. Journey Into Mystery Volume 1 by Kieron Gillan

7. Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughn

8. Doom 2099 by Warren Ellis

9. X-Statix Omnibus by Mike Allred

10. Hard Time: 50 to Life by Sean Gerber

11. Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy

12. Heart of Hush by Paul Dini

13. Hard Time: Sixteen

14. The Invincible Iron Man Volume 1 by Matt Fraction

15. Moon Knight Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

16. The Invincible Iron Man Volume 2 by Brian Michael Bendis

17. The Invincible Iron Man Volume 3 by Matt Fraction

18. Daredevil Volume 1 by Frank Miller

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May

1. Choker by Ben McCool

2. Invincible Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis

3. Pigs Volume 1 by Nate Cosby & Ben McCool

4. Pigs Volume 2 by Nate Cosby & Ben McCool

5. Preacher Volume 1 by Garth Ennis

6. Preacher Volume 2 by Garth Ennis

7. Moon Knight Volume 2 by Brian Michael Bendis

8. Morning Glories Volume 4 by Nick Spencer

9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

10. Invincible Iron Man Volume 4 by Matt Fraction

11. The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

12. Nightwing Volume 2: Rough Justice by Chuck Dixon

13. Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrisson

14. Catwoman: When in Rome by Jeph Loeb

15. Supergirl: Friends & Fugitives by Sterling Gates

16. Robin: Violent Tendancies by Chuck Dixon

17. Batgirl: The Lesson by Brian Q. Miller

18. Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon

19. The Uncanny X-Men Volume 1 by Chris Claremont

20. Scott Pilgrim Volume 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

21. Scott Pilgrim. Volume 2 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

22. Huntress: Year One by Ivory Madison

23. Power Girl: A New Beginning by Jimmy Palmiotti

24. Nightwing: Love and Bullets by Chuck Dixon

25. Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder

26. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Big Time by Dan Slott

27. The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky by Stan Lee

28. The Amazing Spider-Man: Paralell Lives by Gerry Conway

29. The Amazing Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth by Charles Vess

30. Spider-Man: Fear Itself by Gerry Conway

31. Supergirl: Identity by Joe Kelly

32. Wonder Woman: Who is Wonder Woman by Allan Heinberg

 June

1. Chobits Volume 1 by CLAMP

2. Hush Money by Paul Dini

3. Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

4. Bakuman volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

5. Blue Exorcist Volume 1 by Kazue Kato

6. Harley Quinn: Night and Day by Karl Kesel

7. Spider-Man & Black Cat by Kevin Smith

8. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

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July

1. Strawberry Panic by Sakurako Kimino

2. Chobits Volume 2 by CLAMP

3. Paradise Kiss Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa

4. Paradise Kiss Volume 2 by Ai Yazawa

5. Paradise Kiss Volume 3 by Ai Yazawa

6. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso

7. Blue Exorcist Volume 2 by Kazue Kato

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth

9. Spider-Man: Clone Genesis by Gerry Conway

10. Big Hero 6 by Chris Claremont

11. Hawkeye Volume 2 by Matt Fraction

12. MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt

13. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone by Cassandra Clare

August

1. Ghost in the Shell Volume 1 by Yupp Kinutani

2. Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

3. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

4. The Unwritten Volume 3 by Mike Carey

5. The Unwritten Volume 4 by Mike Carey

6. 5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai

7.  Is This a Zombie? Volume 1 by Sacchi

8. Batman Year One by Frank Miller

9. Fantastic Four Volume 2 by Jonathan Hickman

10. Fantastic Four Volume 3 by Jonathan Hickman

11. The Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos by Jim Starlin

12. Captain Marvel Volume 2: Down by Kelly Sue DeConnick

13. Wonder Woman Volume 2 by Brian Azzarello

14. Civil War by Mark Millar

15. Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin

16. The Unwritten Volume 5 by Mike Carey

17. The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank by Garth Ennis

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September

1. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

2. The Unwritten Volume 6 by Mike Carey

3. Batman Black & White Volume 1 by Various

4. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

5. Justice by Jim Krueger

6. Supergirl Bizzarogirl by Sterling Gates

7. Daredevil Ultimate Collection Book 3 by Brian Michael Bendis

8. Deadman Book One by Neal Adams

9. Planetary Volume 1 by Warren Ellis

10. Flashpoint by Geoff Johns

11. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D by Jonathan Hickman

October

1. Fray by Joss Whedon

2. Sailor Moon Volume 4 by Naoko Takeuchi

3. Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero by Travis Beacham

4. Lazarus Volume 1 by Greg Rucka

5. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama

6. Sailor Moon Volume 5 by Naoko Takeuchi

7. Sailor Moon Volume 6 by Naoko Takeuchi

8. Alys by Kiri Callaghan

9. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson

10. Captain America: The Winter Solider by Ed Brubaker

11. Doctor Who: A History by Alan Kistler

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November

1. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

2. Amelia Cole and the Unknown World by Adam P. Knave & DJ Kirkbride

3. Scott Pilgrim Volume 3 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

4. Scott Pilgrim Volume 4 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

5. Scott Pilgrim Volume 5 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

6. Scott Pilgrim Volume 6 by Bryan Lee O’Malley

7. Sailor Moon Volume 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

8. The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1 by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

9. Battling Boy by Paul Pope

10. Sleeper Season One by Ed Brubaker 

11. Gotham Central Book 1 by Ed Brubaker

December

1. The Fifth Beatle by Vivek 

2. Daredevil Volume 4 by Mark Waid

3. Gotham Central Book 2 by Ed Brubaker

4. Rocketeer Adventures Volume 1 by Various

5. Daredevil Book 1 by Ed Brubaker

6. Morning Glories Volume 5 by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma

7. Daredevil Book 2 by Ed Brubaker

8. Morning Glories Volume 6 by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma

9. Fables Volume 17 by Bill Willingham

10. NANA Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa

11. Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle

12. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

13. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

14. Here is New York by E.B. White

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The Best 16 Albums of 2013

Music is one of those things that I’m really into.  That might sound like a ridiculous statement but I once met a girl who said she “just wasn’t really into music.” Any music.  I asked incessantly for even one song she liked and she was never provide a response.  It was one of the weirdest conversations I’ve ever had and obviously I was very (rightfully) skeptical of her afterwards.  Music can completely change your entire day and alter your mood for the better depending on what you choose to listen to.  While I was living in California to film Fangasm, one of the hardest restrictions was that we weren’t allowed to listen to music.  They confiscated our iPod’s and iPhone’s the day we got there and we didn’t see them again until the day we flew back home.  Music is a huge part of my life and one of the first things I did when I returned home was catch up on all I missed in the months I was away.  So fear not, my best of 2013 list encompasses all the best music this year and not just the music that came out while I had access to music.

1616. Duckspeak – Haunts

Favorite Track: Discovering Oceans

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15. Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

Favorite Track: Japan Air

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14. Deerhunter – Monomania

Favorite Track: Back to the Middle

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13. Dr. Dog – B-Room

Favorite Track: Broken Heart

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12. Lucius – Wildewoman

Favorite Track: Turn It Around

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11. Savages – Silence Yourself

Favorite Track: Shut Up1

10. Of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar

Favorite Track: Belle Glade Missionaries

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9. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

Favorite Track: Full of Fire

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8. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Favorite Track: Doin’ It Right (featuring Panda Bear)
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7. Arctic Monkeys – AM

Favorite Track: Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

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6. Haim – Days Are Gone

Favorite Track: Forever

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5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – The Speed of Things

Favorite Track: Beautiful Dream

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4. Tegan And Sara – Heartthrob

Favorite Track: Goodbye, Goodbye

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3. Summer Camp – Summer Camp

Favorite Track: Fresh

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2. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

Favorite Track: Gun

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1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Favorite Track: Here Comes the Night Time

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Alex + Ada By Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada is a newly released Image comic by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn.  The first two issues are about Alex and his reluctance to accept the android he received as a gift from his grandmother. Within the first issue, the reader immediately gets a sense of how heavily Alex’s world relies on technology, and how depressed Alex seems to be.  He proves to be a very relatable character.  On the surface Alex is surrounded by technology which theoretically should make it much easier for him to be constantly interacting with people, but instead he seems unable to relate, disconnected, and alone.  We also meet Ada, who immediately relays the laws of robotics set forth by her parent company Tanaka, which she must obey.  The artwork in the series is beautiful.  It’s very streamlined and clean which helps to enhance this maybe-not-so-far-away futuristic world.  The only bright color in the series is a baby blue which could represent traditionally depicted computer screens.  It makes you feel as though the technological aspect of life is the only source of happiness for most people in this world.

The series reminds me of the manga Chobits, which is similarly about a reluctant young man forming a relationship with a persocom.  It isn’t clear yet whether Alex will become romantically involved with his android, but it does seem like the direction the story could take (especially since the cover of the first issue shows Ada’s packaging draped over her head in a wedding veil-like manner).  The series is only two issues in so if you haven’t had a chance to begin reading, there will be minimal catch up before you’re up to date.  You can find it in your local comic book shop, or it you prefer to read digitally, on ComiXology.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Illustrated Character Portraits

This season of American Horror Story has quickly become my favorite anthology of all three to date because witches.  I just can’t get enough witches and magic and I love watching the girls try to sort out their issues in a campy, over the top kind of way.  Confession: I still refer to some of the characters with their season one names (I still believe that Violet and Tate should be together forever, despite the twisted factors of their relationship).  Artist Patricio Oliver must feel the same way because he’s released these gorgeous illustrated portraits for each of the main characters in the series.  And if you visit his tumblr, you’ll also see a bunch of other beautiful pop culture artwork.

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Best Comics Of 2013 Part Two Of Two

Without further ado, here is the second half of my best of 2013 list.  If there’s a title you didn’t see on either list that you think I should’ve included, leave a comment below!

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Morning Glories by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma1

Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott & Ryan Stegman2

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky3

The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn & Marcos Martin4

Batman ’66 by Jeff Parker & Jonathan Case5

Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee6

Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Rios7

Manhattan Projects by Matt Fraction & Nick Pitarra8

Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Jaimie McKelvie9

Amelia Cole & the Unknown World by Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride & Nick Brokenshire10

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland by Joe Hill & C.P. Wilson III11

Coffin Hill by Caitlin Kittredge & Inaki Miranda

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HONORABLE MENTION: Harley Quinn by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn gets an honorable mention because at the time I wrote this post, issue #0 is the only book to have been released.

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Best Comics Of 2013 Part One Of Two

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it plenty more times, I love lists.  Which is why I also love when the year is ending because it’s the perfect time to reflect on the things you enjoyed in the past 365 days, and compile them into one comprehensive guide (or in this case, one comprehensive guide in two parts).  There were so many amazing comics published this year that it was too much of a challenge for me to narrow the list down to ten.  I decided to divide my favorites into two parts with 12 on each list.  Even with a total of 24, I feel as though I’m still neglecting several series that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this year.  The list is overwhelmingly Image and Marvel titles and as much as I adore each of the series I’ve chosen to highlight, I am hoping for more diversity next year.

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Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

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Itty Bitty Hellboy by Art Baltazar & Franco

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Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch

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Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan

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The Wake by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy

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Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja

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Revival by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton

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Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt

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Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan & Jamie McKelvie

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Trillium by Jeff Lemire

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

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DC Collectibles Adds Stargirl To Bombshell Line

I recently wrote about my obsession with the new line of DC Bombshell statues designed by Ant Lucia.  Since then I’ve acquired Supergirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn!  Then, DC released their collectible preorders this week and it appears they have a new addition to the line, Stargirl! She’s set to be released in July, and her design is one of my favorites in the collection so for.  Stargirl is rocking a beautiful retro hairdo, high-waisted shorts, a halter top, a gorgeous tattoo, deep red lips, and she’s accessorized with mid calf boots and wrist length gloves.  She’s currently available for preorder on Entertainment Earth for $99.99.  I’m really hoping DC will add a Zatanna, and a Catwoman to line as well!

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A Very Geeky Christmas: My Graphic Novel Christmas Tree

This weekend I decided to make a Christmas tree out of my extensive collection of graphic novels.  I was inspired by a post I saw on Hypable about how to make a Christmas tree out of books, and I knew that the only way I could make it better was if I used comics.  I placed some of my favorite trades in the front of the tree including Scott Pilgrim, Bendis’ Daredevil, Scott Snyder’s The Black Mirror, Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, Brian K. Vaughn’s Runaways, Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come, and many, many more.  When it came to decorating, I adorned my tree with R2D2 Christmas lights from ThinkGeek, and I knew immediately that I had to top the tree with a Star.  A Star Sapphire that is.  If you’re interested in creating your own version, the best way to assemble your graphic novels is to keep the heavier, bulkier books towards the bottom (think omnibuses), and the smaller more compact editions (ie Sailor Moon, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, etc.) towards the top.  The second photo is un-instagrammed so it gives you a clearer look at some of the books that made it into my Christmas tree.

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My 2013 Christmas List

In addition to shopping for other people, one of my favorite things to do before Christmas is make my wish list. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously, I’m somewhat of a list addict.  So much so that my brother even bought me a book about lists for Christmas one year.  So anyway, after careful consideration, I narrowed my Christmas Wish List down to these 8 items using Amazon’s convenient service ^.^ What are you asking for this year (assuming you’re on Santa’s nice list)?  Leave a link to YOUR wish list in the comments!

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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Limited Edition – I read this graphic novel recently and I was fascinated by Brian Epstein’s story.  This limited edition version of the book includes unique memorabilia and behind the scenes sketches.  I loved it so much that I wrote a review of the book last week as soon as I finished reading it!

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The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition) By J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories of all time.  Ever since I was young I’ve loved reading about the adventures of Peter, the Lost Boys, Wendy and Tinker Bell and all of their run ins, with Hook, and Mr. Grin in Neverland.

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Gandalf the Grey 1/6 Scale Statue by WETA Collectibles – I always refer to Gandalf the Grey as my future husband.  He’s by far my favorite Tolkien character, and I adore his hat and staff.  I would love to place this statue on my desk so I could admire Gandalf while I work.

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Dexter: The Complete Series on Blu-ray – Dexter has remained one of my favorite television shows of all time (mostly because of seasons 1-4).  I’ve seen every episode countless times, and I’ve spent hours psychoanalyzing Dexter and basically forcing all of my friends and family into watching the series as well.  The new Blu-ray collection comes in a collectible box fashioned after the box Dexter keeps his victim’s blood slides in.  It also includes a new documentary about the evolution of Dexter Morgan.

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Fables Encyclopedia By Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham & Jess Nevins – The Fables Encyclopedia is a recent release, and it’s a must have for any Fables fan.  The encyclopedia explores the fairy tales used in Willingham’s Fables series as well as modern folk lore.

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Harry Potter Special Edition Paperback Box Set By JK Rowling With Cover Art By Kazu Kibuishi – I’ve blogged extensively about how Harry Potter has shaped my life and then I blogged some more on Wear Pink Wednesdays about these very covers!  Kazu Kibuishi’s new cover art puts a fantastical spin on the series.  I love the scenes he chose to illustrate and it would be a fun change to re-read the series again with the new cover art as eye candy.

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Harley Quinn Pullip Doll – I’ve been collecting the DC line of Pullip dolls and so far I have Batgirl and Supergirl.  I would love to add this beautiful Harley to my collection as well!  She comes fully articulated and her jester hat is removable, allowing you to admire Harley’s blonde pigtails.  The faces on Pullip dolls are beautifully crafted and I can’t resist their anime like style.

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Box Set by Hayao Miyazaki – I’m a huge Hayao Miyazki fan, having seen the majority of his animated feature films, but I have yet to read Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is one of Ghibli’s own original creations.  The story is described as an epic fantasy tale, which is very pertinent to my interests.  This box set includes two hardcover volumes and a bonus poster!

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