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?
I’ve been having a really fun time getting into vlogging! It’s really weird and awkward at first if you’re filming in public so I’m still adjusting to that but I love having the footage to look back on afterward so I’ve been making a concerted effort to vlog whenever I’m on the go. Two weekends ago, I had a really exciting string of days so I combined footage from Jonathan of Geekscape’s Pokemon Go meetup, PotterCon at Irving Plaza in NYC and National Book Lover’s Day at Barnes and Noble with Monica. At PotterCon I finally got to meet Jordandene who is a super lovely person and she filmed a little clip with me for my video! There’s also a ton of Harry Potter cosplay (the winner of the contest’s cosplay is one of my favorite I’ve ever seen) and a mini book haul.
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!
Last weekend Andrew and I attended Erika and Kelly’s after Halloween party. It’s an annual party they host and it’s always called the Menage-a-Party because it’s a combined celebration for Halloween, Day of the Dead and Guy Fawkes Day. This was the 5th year they hosted it (and my second year in attendance) and as always, costumes were required. Since we were driving instead of commuting from NYC like last year, it was much easier to bring things along so of course my DSLR one of the first things I threw into my purse. I also made some salted caramel pretzel blondie bars and we picked up a bottle of wine on the way. Andrew and I dressed up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse! It was a really last minute costume idea but I think it came together nicely considering the only expense was Mickey ears for Andrew. I really want to dress up in more Disney couples costumes with my future husband<3 It was so much fun seeing everyone’s costumes (Kelly made an amazing Rey costume, Erika and Alex dressed up as Coraline and Wybie, Gil took on Gaby from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Steph made the cutest Totoro, and Nick and Melissa were the perfect Bob and Linda – I particularly love Nick’s Gandalf sign – Not pictured is Matt who dressed as Star-Lord and his fiancé Claire who dressed up as Elsa). The only downside of being the photographer is not being able to be in as many photos so I may have to hand the camera off to Andrew at some point next party ^.^
This past Tuesday, Margaret Stohl’s newest YA book, Forever Red, debuted in stores and it’s a pretty special one because it’s all about the origin of Black Widow. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can purchase one here :-) The publisher sent me a finished copy of the book along with some special props including a Black Widow wig, a S.H.I.E.L.D. comic, and a dagger. I knew I had to throw together a little casual cosplay with what I was sent and I had a blast channeling Natasha. I love the cover and I can’t wait to read my copy! Margaret Stohl is going on a book tour for Forever Red and you can find out if she’ll be in a town near you by viewing her schedule. Here’s a synopsis of the book followed by my outfit / casual cosplay photos!
Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.
Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now.
When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .
Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.
Book, Wig, Comic: c/o Disney Hyperion
Photos by Andrew Gallagher
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 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.
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
My second favorite Studio Ghibli film ever (next to Howl’s Moving Castle) is Kiki’s Delivery Service, so I was so incredibly happy when Andrew agreed to dress up as Kiki and Tombo during New York Comic Con this year! We cosplayed three out of the four days, but Kiki and Tombo were my favorite. Andrew kept referring to me as Miss Witch throughout the day and we were stopped for so many photos. I was shocked at how many people thought Andrew was Waldo but it was endearing when other con goers knew that we were from a Ghibli film.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to attend the Coney Island Mermaid Parade but there has always been some reason why I’m unable to go. This year, Andrew and I had an engagement party and two weddings to attend in June and as fate would have it, the only free Saturday we had happened to be the same day as the Mermaid Parade. So Andrew, Melissa, Cassie, Kiley and I spent a ridiculous amount of time commuting to Coney Island. I was so excited to wear my new Steph Buscema designed Little Mermaid skirt that I recently acquired from Pinup Girl Clothing. Melissa and Cassie went with Black Milk Mermaid leggings, and Andrew dressed like a pirate. The parade was entertaining and after seeing the wonderful costumes, we spent over an hour waiting on line at the original Nathan’s for some fast food. Coney Island was beautiful (I had never been there at all), but we’re looking forward to going back on a day that’s much less crowded. On the way out we found an arcade that had Battle Royale Pac Man so we’ll be trying that very soon!