Baltimore Comic Con: Vlog & Haul

Over Labor Day weekend, Andrew and I woke up at 3 AM to start our journey to Baltimore to attend my all time favorite convention, Baltimore Comic Con.  It’s been two years since I’ve been able to go and it was so great to be back!  The reason I love Baltimore so very much is that the main emphasis of the show is on comics and it’s evident of that focus when you look at the guest list each year.  They always manage to book the top writers and artists in the industry and it’s a pleasure to spend time on their show floor.  It’s not like SDCC or NYCC where walking from one end of the convention to the other end is an unbearable feat that requires you to set aside at least 30 minutes for.  And on the day of the costume contest, they always have some amazing cosplayers!  Admittedly, the show was a bit quieter this year after having been moved to Labor Day Weekend because Baltimore Comic Con was competing with 8 other conventions.  I still had a wonderful time and I fully expect to attend again next year when the date gets pushed back later in the month.  A major plus of the convention is that it’s right near the beautiful Barnes & Noble in the inner harbor which is totally worth a trip to.  Anyway, here’s the footage of our trip and my video of the treasures I acquired.

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: My Sailor Moon Art Collection

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing Sailor Moon swag! I posted my wish list yesterday because I was having some technical difficulties uploading my video of my Sailor Moon art collection.  But the good news is that I have it to post today (even though it’s totally Cee’s day and you should head over to her blog to see her post)!  Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon FavoritesSailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!

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My Walt Disney World Haul

Before Andrew and I packed our suitcases to the max when leaving Disney, I posted a spoiler photo of our haul on Instagram (to which many people replied.. what on earth did you buy?!).  Well, if you’ve been curious, here’s our Walt Disney World haul!  There will be a separate video coming for our Harry Potter World haul!

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Art Gallery: Tsum Tsum’s are Invading the Comic World!

It’s no secret that I adore Disney’s line of Tsum Tsum’s (here’s a post I wrote about while anticipating the first Star Wars collection, and one about my addiction to the app game) so when I heard that Marvel would be incorporating the incredibly adorable toys into some of their variant covers, I was beyond excited!  In addition to the covers, there’s going to be an in-continuity Tsum Tsum miniseries written by Jacob Chabot and illustrated by David Baldeon.  The story follows a crate of Tsum Tsum’s who think they’re actually the heroes they’ve been designed after who get lose in Brooklyn.  My absolute favorite of the variant covers has to be Chris Samnee’s Spider-Man cover but I also really love Joelle Jones’s Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur.  There are going to be 20 variants in all but below are my top 5! Although the Captain Marvel Tsum variant isn’t included below, it does make me wish that she’ll appear in a future collection!

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Amazing Spider-Man #16 by Chris Samnee

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 by Helen Chen

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 by Joelle Jones

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Invincible Iron Man #12 by Brandon Peterson

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The Mighty Thor #10 by Natacha Bustos

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Art Gallery: If Disney Princesses Were Anime Characters

This past weekend my fiance showed me the most adorable artwork that appeals to me on every level.  I immediately asked him to send me the link so I could post them here because heart eyes.  Artist Maryam posted a series of portrait style illustrations of Disney Princesses if they were anime characters.  The girls still look very much like themselves and their clothes haven’t changed but they’re flawless beauties with enlarged eyes and I could look at these forever.  Mulan might be one of my favorites because I love the cherry blossom in her hair but I also really love Belle and Sleeping Beauty. Which one is your favorite?

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Comics With Kristin: Reading – Superboy: Smallville Attacks by Jeff Lemire, Pier Gallo & Marco Rudy

Comics with Kristin is a post series dedicated to rediscovering my love of comics.  I’ve felt rather disconnected from the industry for the past couple of years for a plethora of reasons, namely, being unable to separate some creators from their work after personal experiences and the way they’ve treated my friends.  I’ve always loved and felt a deep connection to comics so my distance from them has been a struggle but I feel far enough removed now that I’ll be able to start enjoying the medium I love so much once again.  In an effort to reconnect, I’ve decided to re-read my old favorite trades (and some new favorites!) and highlight them here on my blog.  There will be 1-3 posts per week all dedicated to the same trade- one will always be a reading post and one will always be an outfit of the day post.  I hope you enjoy this new feature!

I wanted to start my Comics With Kristin series by reading something by one of my favorite comics authors so I landed on Superboy: Smallville Attacks by Jeff Lemire with artwork by Pier Gallo and Marco Rudy.  It was so easy for me to fall back into the world and my experience this time around was even better than the first.  It’s been long enough that I had a general idea of what happens but I forgot most of the major plot points so it was almost as if I were reading a new story.  While I was reading I realized that Karl Kerschl did variant covers for Lemire’s Superboy which I found really exciting since I love Gotham Academy and I had really only known him for his work on Harley Quinn the first time I read this trade (GA hadn’t existed yet).  I have always loved Jeff Lemire’s writing style and I admire the way he was able to bring such beauty into panels with very few words.  A few of my favorite captions are seen below.  I also loved the Back to the Future and Harry Potter references but my favorite element of the book is all of the cameos throughout issues #1-#11.

My favorite issue is the one where Superboy and Kid Flash throw a race for charity to help the farmers of Smallville since their crops have been destroyed.  The race is televised and they map out a route that takes them around the entire globe.  My favorite panels in this issue are when they take a break near the pyramids in Egypt and Kid Flash tries to make Connor feel better about Wonder Girl since they’ve recently broken up and he seems distracted.  The end of the race made me laugh out loud and you’ll see why if you chose to read it!  The Teen Titans also show up in this issue to support their alum during the race.  Other cameos throughout the trade include Poison Ivy, Phantom Stranger and The Atom.

Superboy: Smallville Attacks is the perfect trade to have started getting back to my roots with because the story is heavily focused on the history within Smallville.  Strange things are afoot and as Mr. Lynch says, “history can hold many valuable secrets.”  Connor really makes Smallville his home and I love his relationship with Ma Kent and that Krypto is present for all of his adventures. I definitely recommend picking this story up if you’re into the teens in comics (full rating after my photos – also note the hilarious pose in the last photo) ^.^

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Fashion Find: Alice in Wonderland x Irregular Choice Shoe Collection

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Irregular Choice is combining forces with Disney to bring us a truly whimsical collection of footwear!  So far only one style has been released but it’s a MUST for any Alice in Wonderland fan.  The collection goes on sale on February 26th (I know I’ll have my quick-clicking-shopping-fingers ready!) and there will also be in store events worldwide.  The collection is limited edition and Irregular Choice promises that we can expect “glittery details, hidden characters, lighted elements, and heels in the shape of characters.”  The styles that have been revealed are called Flowers Can’t Talk, We’re All Mad Here, and I’m not sure of the the third style.

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‘Tis the Season: Disney x Christmas Movie Mash Up Art

Yesterday while surfing the internet I came across the cutest Disney Christmas artwork by Dylan Bonner and I knew I had to share them here!  He took Disney characters and drew them in scenes of popular Christmas films which is basically my dream mash up.  Of course Home Alone Rapunzel and Elf Ariel, and Polar Express Peter Pan are my three favorites!

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Wedding Stuff: The Cinderella Shoes of My Dreams

Wedding planning is well underway and I’m so happy to say that I’ve already found my dress and the dresses for my bridesmaids.  Accomplishing those major milestones has allowed me to move on to accessorizing.  My mom told me about this pair of Jimmy Choo Cinderella shoes she came across on Facebook (she’s a recent FB addict now that she has an iPad) and I have never been so blown away by a fancy pair of footwear.  Unfortunately, they retail at the outrageous price of $4,595 which is something I could never afford (and quite frankly, if I suddenly happened into $5K I wouldn’t be able to justify spending it on a single pair of shoes).  They’re covered in Swarovski crystals and they have just the right amount of show stopping sparkle.  Luckily, one of my most crafty bridesmaids Kristin is convinced that she can make something similar for a much lower price!  I was so overcome with joy when she texted me about it but I made her swear that it wouldn’t be too much work before admitting that I would love to wear something similar.

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BookTube: Favorite Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Artwork

Today I wanted to share a video about my favorite illustrations in the newly released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone illustrated edition.  In case you haven’t heard me raving about it in past videos, Scholastic is releasing a new and fully illustrated Harry Potter book each year, allowing us all to relive our childhoods.  Since many people already own the series, I thought it would be fun to share some of the best artwork in the book to help people decide whether they need to buy the series again (spoiler alert, you do).

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