Last weekend I was one of the chosen ones who were able to acquire an NYCC 4-day pass so that is where I spent my days! There was so much exciting news that came out of New York Comic Con that I wanted to make a video to share some of my favorite upcoming things. One thing I forgot to include in my video is that VIZ Media is coming out with a Pokemon art book! I cannot wait. Gimme all the Pokemon things. Also is it Sun & Moon release day yet?! Anyway, I think Marvel was the clear news winner at NYCC this year but I’m also super excited about the new Shoujo manga that Kodansha got licenses for. What are you most looking forward to?
Baltimore Comic Con was a blast (as always!). If you haven’t already, you can watch my vlog of the con as well as my haul which I posted on my YouTube channel earlier in the week. One of my favorite parts of the convention is admiring all of the wonderful cosplay that you see while walking around the exhibit hall, so today I’m sharing some of my favorites from this year’s show. Saturday was the costume contest so I definitely saw the best cosplay that day and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how many adorable kids I saw in cosplay this con! I think my favorites of the bunch are the Saga cosplayers, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale, Hawkgirl and the Spider-Men cosplay group! Which are your favorites?
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.
Last weekend, Andrew, Kelly and I met up to attend EternalCon on Long Island. It’s still a relatively new convention (this being it’s 4th year) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun we had. The floor was full of exhibitors and cosplayers and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. I love that there’s a local convention that’s so easy to get to and I’m definitely planning on going back next year. Here are some photos of some of the best cosplay I saw at the show. An EternalCon vlog with con footage and our purchases is coming next week!
I usually write a wish list post around SDCC outlining all of the exclusives I would be willing to spend time waiting in line for and I’m still planning to do the same this year but the first exclusive I saw was just too good to wait on! Monogram is coming out a Hedwig mug *initiate party horns* and it would be the perfect addition to my Harry Potter bookshelves. Then I can pretend nothing happened to her and instead, enjoy her company while I drink tea and re-read my favorite books. The mug is ceramic but it doesn’t say how many oz it holds so I’m crossing my fingers for somewhere in the 16 oz – 20 oz range. The mug also comes with a cute gold Hogwarts crest pin that can be affixed to the house robes of your choice. It’s only $20 and it’s limited to 500 pieces so good luck to everyone who wants one!
I’m posting this a day late, but here are all the exclusives I would be devoting my precious time to collecting if I were attending SDCC this year. I found out about my favorite exclusive, the glitter Darth Vader coin purse, after seeing Le Fancy Geek’s Wish List and I knew I had to add it to mine! I’m also really loving the Her Universe Agent Carter tee. I loved that tv series so much and it holds a special place for me since it’s really what got me into YouTubing<3 I’m also obsessed with the Serenity Leaf on the Wind necklace by Quantum Mechanix. Talk about the perfect accessory! Other favorites include plush direwolves & a Game of Thrones crown, a Jem & the Holograms doll and Regina & Supergirl vinyl figures! What’re you hoping to get your hands on this year?
Last week I returned to Book Expo America (BEA) at the Javits Center for my second time attending the show since 2012. For the most part, I knew what to expect from the event and I spent a ton of time beforehand making a list of all of the signings and giveaways that I knew I wanted to grab which was really helpful. The most important thing about BEA is being organized and prioritizing what you cannot miss. It’s the one convention where wandering around aimlessly will not work to your benefit. On the first day of BEA, Kristina and I spent some time getting the lay of the land. One the second day, we were much better about getting in specific lines and finding out what time ARCs were being dropped and by the third day we were PROS. We were first or almost first in line for every single book we wanted that day (and we got them all!). At BEA, all of the books you’re waiting in lines for are free so the waiting isn’t so bad. From the last time I attended I had learned to be picky about the books I accept especially since I then become the one who’s responsible for carrying them for the rest of the day. There were only about 3 books I ended up with this time that I hadn’t already planned on taking but I ended up leaving them because I couldn’t justify why I had accepted them. Sometimes you just feel bad when someone is really trying to hand you their book and it’s easier to say okay and put it down somewhere else later. All of the authors that I met, chatted with, and took photos with were at BEA (I’m much less interested in waiting in line for celebrity “authors” than I am in people like Patrick Ness and R.L. Stine). We also had a beautiful sit down dinner with Quirk Books, and a really fun Epic Reads party to attend after BEA whereas I hadn’t heard of many events going on after BookCon.
Since I was unable to attend last year due to various weddings and such, I missed the initial madness that is BookCon. I have been hearing horror stories about it ever since and while they certainly made me cautious about what I was getting myself into, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see it with my own eyes. For those who don’t know, BEA is an industry only event which is full of publishers, authors, press and literary agents while BookCon is open to the public. While you can still win some free ARCs at BookCon, those in attendance are purchasing the majority of the books they take home. Before BookCon started, half of the convention floor was dismantled and a temporary wall in the Javits Center sectioned off a small portion of what we had been walking around for the past three days. It seemed strange to me to have a bigger event in a smaller amount of space. I think BookCon could have utilized the other portion of the floor if they had added in vendors that the public would be likely to benefit from. For instance, I think there is a HUGE missed opportunity for an Artist Alley (similar to comic conventions) to highlight artists who create bookish artwork, fan art and prints. It would also be AWESOME to see Etsy vendors selling bookmarks and book inspired jewelry. Plus, COSPLAY. I think an event where readers cosplay as their favorite characters would be the coolest. I could definitely see myself dressing as Celaena Sardothien, Luna Lovegood, or several other characters if that were to become a thing at BookCon. The one thing I did love was the platform at the Epic Reads booth where we were able to stand behind a cutout and take photos as if we were on the cover of Kiera Cass’s new spinoff book in the Selection series, The Heir. I didn’t spend much of my time at BookCon because I felt as though I had gotten my fill during BEA. I’m almost tempted to try to start my own book convention using my suggestions!
I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past. Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime. I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list. What’s on your bucket list?
Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando Live in New York City
- Meet JK Rowling
- Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
- Tour Studio Ghibli
- Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
Attend the Yule Ball
- Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
- Disneyland in Paris
- Disneyland in Tokyo
- Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
- Sakura Matsuri in Japan
Attend Sleep No More
- Wine tasting in Napa Valley
- Publish a novel
Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
- Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
- Cultivate and maintain a garden
Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
- Learn to French braid hair
- The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
- See the Chicago Bean
Go pumpkin picking See Shakespeare in the Park
- Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
- Learn how to bake French macarons
See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
- Go skiing
- Go to Coachella
- Go to The Louvre
Stroll through Central Park in the fall
- Complete NaNoWriMo
Sakura Matsuri in NYC
- Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
- Tour NASA
- Ride a train across the country
- Stargaze on the Highline
- See Stonehenge
- Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
Go apple picking
- See the Northern Lights
- Watch a sunset on a beach
- Go to all 50 states
- Climb a lighthouse
- Create a board game
- Fly in a private jet
Meet R.L. Stine
- See the Acropolis in Greece
- Stand on the Equator
- Visit The Globe Theater in London
Visit YouTube Studios
- Go strawberry picking
- Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
- Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
- Get married
Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
- Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
- Attend a live taping of SNL
Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
- Tour Pixar
- Tour Nintendo
Meet George Lucas
- Tour Google
- Attend BlogHer
Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
- Learn how to use photoshop
- Visit the Glow Worm Caves
See the Hollywood sign Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet Walk the Brooklyn Bridge Meet Michio Kaku Own a pair of Christian Louboutins Own a Chanel purse Style a fashion shoot Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach Attend a farewell concert for a band I love Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book Meet Neil Gaiman Meet Stan Lee Get a Sandman tattoo Fall in love Help out at a fashion show Get published
Be on a television show Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup Have an IMDB page Speak on a panel at a convention Moderate a panel at a convention Live in Los Angeles
- Read all of the books I own
- Get a Harry Potter tattoo
Attend San Diego Comic Con Attend Star Wars Celebration Attend Book Expo America
- Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
- See a show at the Moulin Rouge
- See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
- Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
- Buy a vintage typewriter
- Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
- Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
- Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
- Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
- Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
- Meet Peter Jackson
- Go to a Renaissance Faire
- Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King
I love this weeks 5 Fandom Friday and I feel like I have an advantage after the few years I spent traveling to every convention I could possibly manage! I think each con has its own identity and personality that makes it what it is so if you’ve only been to one convention and didn’t love it, there’s a good chance you just haven’t found “the one” yet. For instance, DragonCon… so so not my thing. DragonCon is the Vegas of conventions in the sense that what happens at DragonCon stays at DragonCon. It is full of some serious PARTY people (which is not to say that I don’t enjoy a good party, but trust me, DC is just TOO much for this introvert). Here’s my ranked list!
5) San Diego Comic Con – SDCC is making my list because you just never know what will happen when you’re there. It’s THE convention. Whenever anyone so much as mentions a “comic con” chances are, this is the one they’re referring to. I’ve only trekked out one time for the convention and I’m glad that I can say I’ve experienced it. Some of the highlights of my trip include going to the Syfy party and attempting to act normal around the Being Human cast while sipping champagne cocktails with Molly, ending up at the IGN party by complete accident and sitting near a fire pit with Simon Pegg (truthfully, I wish I remembered this a little bit better), and eating a private lunch with some of my favorite comic book creators. The below photo is of the girls and I at the iFanboy party.
4) C2E2 – I think part of the reason I enjoyed C2E2 so much is because Chicago is like a tinier, cleaner NYC that closes down earlier at night. It’s held in the Hyatt McCormick hotel so you don’t have to spend money on cabs getting to and fro (unless you’re Melissa and I and wait until the last minute to book things). Again, it’s a smaller scale con and it’s mostly comics focused. I had a blast cosplaying here and I did enjoy going out for Chicago style pizza with Melissa and Jill even we all agreed that it doesn’t compare to a New York slice.
3) Star Wars Celebration – Oh man, this is one of my favorite favorite conventions. The year I went it was held in Orlando (right near Disney!) and I had so much fun. It’s a smaller scale convention and it’s so overwhelmingly Star Wars. There is such an in-depth history within the Star Wars universe so there’s enough to fill a convention center. This year it’s being held in Anaheim and it’s RIGHT BEFORE Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters so I can only imagine the amazing things ReedPOP has in store for fans.
2) New York Comic Con – NYCC is my home con so it falls pretty high up my list. It seems to get crazier and crazier every year but I can’t help loving it anyway. There’s definitely been a significant increase in fan attendance since the year I started attending which makes walking from one area to another (i.e., the show floor to Artist Alley) a bit of a nightmare but now I mostly just use NYCC as an opportunity to catch up with out of town friends. I tend to look up a few artists or booths I want to see, I don’t even attempt panels, and I just go with the flow. There’s also great after-parties! The below photo is of Janna, Jill, Chris, Marlene and I at the Mary Sue party!
1) Baltimore Comic Con – This convention is my absolute favorite year after year. It’s completely focused on COMICS and nothing else. I usually buy the majority of my yearly art haul at Baltimore Comic Con. Because the Harvey Awards are held during BCC, it tends to attract most of the biggest names in the industry and yet it maintains an intimacy that allows the con-goer to have a satisfying experience chatting with all of the creators they want without waiting in giant lines. It’s also really easy to get into panels. I went to a Sunday panel that started at 2pm, walked in at 1:55 and got a seat in the front row. Plus I get to hang out with Amy and Steph all weekend!
BONUSES that are industry-only (that means you bloggers!)
1) BEA – BOOKS! Need I say more? I’ll say one other thing. You get them for FREE. And there are author signings!
2) Toy Fair – So. Many. Toys. And enough space that you could presumably walk through the Javitts Center with your arms outstretched and not hit anyone in the process. Plus, you get to see all the toys that are coming out in the next year!
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
I am so pleased that 5 Fandom Friday is still alive and kicking and we’re starting off 2015 with a new post about our fandom resolutions! I feel like I’ve been writing best of and resolution lists for days now but this one was a lot of fun to think about. Megan and I also have a special treat at the end of our posts today, which is the 5 Fandom Friday topics for February and March!! I hope everyone is enjoying our topics and will continue to participate through 2015.
1) Re-read all of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings – I briefly touched upon my intention to re-read more books I enjoy in my 2015 resolutions post but more specifically, this is going to be the year I re-read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I have re-read Harry Potter more times than I can count as a child and it was always so enjoyable to do so that I want to make the time to experience them again this year. In April, Andrew and I are going to Lincoln Center to see all three Lord of the Rings films with the music performed by a live orchestra so I think a re-read is the perfect way to get excited for it!
2) Play more Board Games – I have always been interested in learning and playing board games but I never had anyone who wanted to play with me. Luckily, my boyfriend is rather into games and he and his friends love planning board game nights. I’ve already learned and played more games in the past year than I have, well, ever, but I want to continue to see what else is out there and working on my strategic skills.
3) Go to more Conventions – I went to SO many conventions between 2012-2013 and in 2014 I was a huge con slacker. It was partially because of moving and starting a new job (read: moving costs and no vacation time), but now that I’m settled I’m really looking forward to planning a trip. Even though I’ve been to Orlando a ton of times, I would love to go back with Andrew so we can see the new Diagon Alley expansion at Universal and enjoy fireworks at Disney together and such (and visit Kristin!). So maybe we’ll plan for a MegaCon/Harry Potter World/Disney trip in the near future? I would also love to attend ECCC, C2E2 (for the second time), and Baltimore Comic Con (because it’s my FAVORITE).
4) Cosplay – There are two characters that I am dying to cosplay and both will involve A LOT of work and preparation. I hate revealing my cosplays until right before the convention or the actual day of, so I’m not going to list them here but man I am really hoping I can make these two happen. My favorite cosplay of 2014 was the Kiki’s Delivery Service characters that Andrew and I did together at NYCC.
5) Hang my art prints – Another side effect of moving is that I haven’t had the chance to determine which art prints I want to hang on my walls yet. I loved my old setup at my parents house, but I think want to be more adult and get some of the really special ones framed before I hang them. I’ve acquired quite the collection of prints throughout the years and for the pieces I don’t choose to hang, I’ve been meaning to buy these portfolios that Amy suggested to me one Skype date ago so I can browse through and appreciate what I own instead of having it all sit in a plastic sleeve in my closet.