I am so so so excited to be writing my first 5 Fandom Friday post here on SuperSpaceChick! Megan and I were so happy that everyone was so receptive to our idea. It totally made our days, so thank you<3! We decided to kick off our blog baby with a post about our gateway fandoms. There are so many fandoms that are near and dear to my heart but it was very simple to pinpoint the top 5 from my childhood that molded me into the fan I am today. It was such an enjoyable writing experience to relive those old memories and really analyze my passions. What were your gateway fandoms? If you write your own post I would love to read it and share it here!
I’ve written extensively about how Harry Potter will always be my number one fandom. I’ve always felt an unbreakable connection to the characters in JK Rowling’s series because, besides the obvious fantastically crafted story, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and I basically grew up together. We were the same age throughout the series (my birthday being in July a mere week after Harry’s) until the delay between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince. I will never forget browsing through my a book catalog (my dad worked at a publishing company for the majority of my life so our house has always been overflowing with books) for new books worthy of my next order when I came across Harry Potter. My ten year old self read the description and preordered this book about wizards, having no idea it would end up meaning more to me than anything else I would read for the rest of my life (thus far). Besides the constant guidance from my parents, JK Rowling’s series is responsible for teaching me lessons about what’s right and how making the right choice is almost never the easy choice. My favorite character is Luna Lovegood and I am a proud Ravenclaw. I’ve attended every midnight book release party at my local Borders (how I miss that shop!), and every midnight movie premiere, having made custom Harry Potter t-shirts with my group of friends for all of these events. I own multiple copies of the books and all of the films on Blu-ray and more Harry Potter clothing and accessories than anyone needs. I visit Harry Potter World in Orlando as often as I can afford and I would do just about anything to take the studio tour in London. I also fancy torturing people in my car by forcing them to listen to Wizard Rock.
When my brother and I were kids, my Dad took us to a local movie theater to see Star Wars: A New Hope. I remember sitting in the theater, popcorn in hand, and being completely blown away by the opening credits. I felt like I was actually in outer space. For a kid that loved looking at the night sky through a telescope, this was huge. As soon as the movie ended my brother and I both wanted to see more. Luckily, the theater also screened Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and my dad took us to see each of those as well. Since then all three of the original Star Wars films have become my go to comfort movies. I’ve spent more nights than I can count scrolling through my Netflix cue for 30-45 minutes before just throwing on Empire Strikes Back. I was always (and still am) fascinated by Leia. She’s an awesome Princess but she’s still a badass. And now that she’s a Disney Princess, she’s set the bar pretty high for future female characters!
After falling head over heels in love with the Harry Potter series, I was eager to read more fantasy genre novels. I happened upon Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series which I love with all of my heart and then promptly proceeded to read just about everything else he’s ever published. I could watch YouTube videos of Neil speaking about writing or storytelling for hours on end. The entire reason that I joined Twitter is because (in the least creepy way possible) Neil is on it and I could read updates from him more frequently. He is the first person that I followed. I’ve embarrassed myself in front of him in real life but luckily he was so delightful and British and could see how happy and nervous I was that he interrupted me and offered to give me a hug. My first and only tattoo is an ankh symbol because of the Sandman series and I’ve cosplayed the character Death who wears an ankh around her neck. I’ve seen Neil at book signings, conversational evenings, and one of my favorite and most obscure events, when he read A Christmas Carol in its entirety at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman + Christmas is a combination that’s almost too much for me to handle.
Super Nintendo was my gateway into video games. It’s still one of my favorite game systems to date despite the realistic graphics and special effects that go into modern games. Call me crazy but I would take a side scrolling 2D game over the confusing directional controls on my PS3 any day. I think this is also why the game system I use most often is my Nintendo 3DS. My favorite game on Super Nintendo was Donkey Kong Country 2 which I feel like I could still beat with my eyes closed. I recently replayed the second and third games with Andrew (who makes fun of me for insisting that I haven’t beaten the game until I obtain the highest percentage achievable) and it was still so much fun. Andrew is going to let me play Chrono Trigger on his system soon! Because my brother and I used to play with our best friends Lauren and Gina, we would often do a two player contest and have to rotate playing or have two people sit and watch since SNES is only made for two controllers. I remember how excited we were to get Nintendo64 and play games like Mario Kart and Mario Party where we could all participate simultaneously. What a treat!
My final gateway fandom is without a doubt, Pokémon. I collected those cards like you wouldn’t believe. I remember printing out images I found on AOL during the days of dial up internet and pimping out my binder with cutouts of Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. I had pages of holographic cards (the best cards, obviously) and my brother, Lauren, Gina and I would beg our moms to buy us a new pack of cards every week after our swimming lessons. I think it was this behavior that made me into the collector I am today. We would also collect McDonald’s toys (those were the unhealthiest weeks of our lives), Beanie Babies, Goosebumps cards, and so many other things I’m probably forgetting. I also loved watching the classic Pokémon TV show with Ash, Misty and Pikachu. I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to get into anime since I loved that series so much.
Honorable Mention: Disney
My Grandma and I would watch The Little Mermaid every single time I slept over her house. We would sing the songs (there are too many videos of me signing and thinking I sound like Ariel than I care to reveal), pretend forks were hair brushes, and then sing some more. I also loved watching Beauty and the Beast. Belle’s library is what I’ve always aspired to recreate in my future adult home.
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This past week has felt like a breath of fresh air as my social life took a turn for the best. It all started on Monday night when Andrew, Taylor and I gathered in the living room to watch the premiere of Gotham. We’re all usually so busy that it can become hard to coordinate at times, so I really revel in the moments I get to spend with my best friends and boyfriend. Even though we all had other obligations – Taylor has been busy as a bee spending just about every minute in our apartment working on cosplay for NYCC, Andrew has been hard at work creating this beautiful print series of Elsa (Frozen), Spike (Cowboy Bebop) and Link (Legend of Zelda), and I am forever with a laptop in front of me and tea in hand blogging for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and SuperSpaceChick – we managed to come together for the hour. I only wish I had had the time to make these Batman chips. I’m planning on baking them for the finale instead. Another blogger friend Travis made some for his premiere party along with Joker Juice which looked super fun! I really enjoyed the first episode and I can’t wait to see what direction Gotham is going to take. My only issue with it was that there were so many villains and characters crammed into the first episode, but since it’s a pilot, I think FOX deserves some slack for that. I would rather see a more in depth look at several characters than short bits of too many. For instance, give us more Montoya!
On Thursday night, after what had felt like forever (but was probably about a month) of dying to see The Boxtrolls, Andrew and I satisfied my desire. We would see The Boxtrolls movie poster advertisement in literally every subway station in NYC. It felt like torture! So when the night finally arrived, I could not have been more excited. Before the movies, I went to the grocery store to pick up some Halloween candy to snack on, and I happened upon those Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s I’ve been eager to try! So here are my brief reviews of each: 1) The Boxtrolls – The movie was adorable and well worth the wait. I loved the animation style and the story was so charming. I hadn’t realized that so many actors I love voiced the characters (despite seeing the poster every day, good job Kristin), but Ben Kingsely, Richard Ayode, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were all wonderful choices. The Boxtrolls are the cutest creatures and Andrew and I have been imitating some of their motions ever since we saw it. If you’re interested in animation, you’ll especially enjoy the ending that’s played while the credits are rolling, but that’s all I’ll say about that, and 2) The Oreos – Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are like autumn in your mouth. It might just be me, but I felt like the cookie part tasted more like a graham cracker and sandwiched in between was a glorious pumpkin spice cream. They’re just the right amount of sweet and pumpkin. They’re now officially my second favorite Oreo flavor thus far, the first being Cookie Dough and the third being Birthday Cake.
Friday night, Andrew and I met up with Marlene for a catch up dinner at Beecher’s. Beecher’s is a delicious grilled cheese place in the Flatiron District and I’d only ever been there once before. It was the perfect evening. We sat around our table and each of us recounted our tales of the times we met Neil Gaiman. We also chatted about tumblr, (Marlene works there, how cool is that?!), I made each of them promise to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because it’s been recommended to me for ages and ever since I picked it up I’ve been captivated with Kvothe’s story, and just internet silliness in general. After dinner, Andrew and I went back to my apartment (where Taylor was still working on cosplay) and my brother Bob and Andrew’s co-worker Ben came over for a board game night and all the pumpkin flavored desserts you can imagine. We played a new game I had just gotten called Cosmic Encounter and it was SO much fun. It was recommended to me by Josh Houchin and I am so glad I listened to his suggestion. The game initially seemed really complicated (poor Andrew read us about 11 pages of instructions for 1.5 hours before we could actually play), but once the game started it was much simpler and way more quick paced than we though it would be. Basically, you pick an alien race, and then spend the rest of the game trying to be the first person to colonize 5 planets. Your pieces are spaceships which you use to attack other players with along with attack cards after choosing a Destiny card. Alliances are formed, and there are plenty of other cards which keep the game interesting. I definitely suggest playing if you have the chance! Oh, and my Peter Pan teapot came in the mail!
Saturday was probably the most relaxing day of my week. I woke up late (board games had kept us up well past 4 AM) and spent the morning/early afternoon baking Bee & Puppycat cupcakes. I also spent a good portion of the day watching Birds of Prey with Andrew and Taylor (again, while all three of us worked on blogging, art, and cosplay respectively). I hadn’t ever watched the Birds of Prey series while it was on television but I really loved what I saw. Keeping in mind it was made in the early 2000’s and the soundtrack, clothing, and filming style were VERY reminiscent of the time. For instance, there was some Michelle Branch music and it didn’t feel dissimilar to watching an episode of Dawson’s Creek except our protagonists had super powers and fought crime. Oh, and Aunt Becky from Full House played Dinah Lance’s mother, the OG Black Canary. My favorite part of the Birds of Prey DVDs were the animated shorts of the webseries Gotham Girls featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Batgirl. They were super cute. Later I took so more photos for my next Outfit of the Day post on Wednesday which I’m pretty excited to share! Then Andrew and I headed to my brother’s apartment to celebrate his birthday. We spent hours chatting and drinking before heading to a bar in Williamsburg that my brother claimed was right off the L train (lies), but nonetheless, it was a lovely evening that turned into another really late night.
The next morning it was much more difficult to wake up but I was too excited to attend my first Medieval Festival to skip it in favor of Arrow and Parks & Recreation (because the last season is finally on Netflix!) Under different circumstances, I think the Medieval Festival would’ve been a lot of fun. I say this because according to our calendars it is officially autumn, but the sun decided to radiate heat at 81 degrees yesterday as if it were reverting back to summer. On top of that, the event was held at Fort Tyron Park by the Cloisters on 190th street and it was not the easiest location to get to. We went on a Hobbit style journey down several blocks and climbed about 150 steps and walked some more before finally hitting our destination. Combine all that with the fact that we were probably still dehydrated from the night before and quite honestly, it was not the best of conditions. Although, it was really interesting to see men jousting, women playing instruments, and a man welding metal. I would love to attend a Ren Faire in the near future when it’s cooler and I’m fully hydrated. Then Andrew and I went back to his apartment and spent the better part of the day eating pizza, French fries, pumpkin macarons, and pumpkin cheesecake, and drinking chai tea. We did get to watch more Arrow and Parks & Rec, but we spent a good deal of the evening playing Donkey Kong Country 3. I’m 94% completed with the game (after having beat it numerous times in my childhood), and I had been trying to get this one darn bonus coin so I could unlock the next level in the secret world for more time than my mind could handle.
Lastly, I’ll be recapping some blog things! Two of the most exhilarating things I did blogwise this week were publishing my first Outfit of the Day post, and announcing 5 Fandom Fridays With SuperSpaceChick & The Nerdy Girlie. We received such a warm reception via Twitter from other bloggers within the network and we were just so pleased with the positive reaction. I’ve already written a few of my 5 Fandom Friday posts because I can hardly wait to share them with the world! And here are a few of my favorite things I wrote for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink:
Pinup Girl Clothing had been teasing us on instagram for months before finally adding their new fairy tale collection to their online shop. The collection includes pieces based on Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and it also includes a beautiful generic Castle print. It is no surprise that my two favorite pieces display prints that were designed by Stephanie Buscema. After purchasing the Peter Pan dress earlier this year, I think it’s imperative that I build my collection of retro fairy tale items. I mean, what’s more exciting than combining my love of literature with my love of fashion? The skirts are priced at $98 each and the dress is $142. I couldn’t resist so I’ve already placed my order for the Snow White dress and the Little Mermaid skirt!
Last Sunday, my cousin Rachel came to visit all the way from Florida. We spent the day roaming around NYC with my brother, Bob . I wore my new Mermaid leggings by Black Milk, a hipster Ariel tee from Target, and Sephora’s Ariel palette eyeshadow in Sea Witch. We met at City Bakery which has delicious french toast, and the best hot chocolate you will ever taste in your life. It’s basically like drinking a melted chocolate bar! Afterwards, we went to Books of Wonder, a bookstore in NYC that specializes in YA fiction and children’s books. Next, we headed to the Southwest lounge in Bryant Park where we had drink and sat outside enjoying the beautiful crisp fall weather. Afterwards we went to Baked by Melissa (because cupcakes) and finally to Times Square (where the billboards were overtaken by geeky franchises), to go to the Disney store where all of the employees raved about my Ariel outfit. Later that night we met up with my cousin Samantha, and the rest of my family for dinner and then Rachael stayed overnight and I made her watch an episode of The IT Crowd which is my favorite sitcom ever created.
Monday I wore my new My Little Pony dress by Iron Fist Clothing. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I also put out my Harley Quinn pop figure on my desk so she’ll be next to me while I write, and I read the first volume of Attack on Titan, which was really engaging. I’m definitely going to pick up volume 2 the next time I find myself in a bookstore, which is usually pretty often.
Tuesday was an eventful day because it marked the finale of Fangasm! Syfy played a two hour special of our final two episodes, which showed us LARPing in a park and visiting the Batcave from the 1966 television series, as well as final episode which showcased the launch party we had been working towards planning throughout our internship. I also received my copy of Jetpack Unicorn in the mail which is a game that I supported on Kickstarter created by my friend and pen pal Kristina.
I don’t have any photos from Wednesday, but I can tell you that I spent my night reading Pretty Deadly #1, a new series released by Image Comics, and Young Avengers #11 which I had been dying to read ever since Bleeding Cool posted a spoilery photo of Tom Hiddleston holding up a certain page from the issue.
When I came home on Thursday I was so excited to find a copy of Kiri Callaghan’s new book, Alys, which she had sent to me to read during my 5 and a half hour flight to LA next week. The book is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and I was so intrigued by the plot summary that I couldn’t wait to start reading. I’m currently about halfway through the book, and I absolutely love it. If you’re a fan of Lewis Carroll, I definitely suggest picking up a copy! I also reviewed these delicious Zombie chocolate bars for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. They’re zombie green bars with crispies inside and they even say Bite Me on them.
Friday was a ton of fun! After work I headed to Bryant Park where I was ecstatic to find that they’re already setting up the holiday shops and ice skating rink! It was an usually cold night, but I sat outside and finished reading the 5th volume of Sailor Moon. Afterwards, I met my friend Leonard at Kinokuniya, which is a manga bookstore in NYC, and I bought the second volume of Attack on Titan, and the second volume of NANA. From there we rushed to eat our dinner at the Brooklyn Dinner so we would be on time to see Matilda on broadway. Matilda was one of my favorite books as a kid, so I was particularly excited to see the show. The set design was beautiful! The theater was decorated with enormous sized versions of Scrabble letters, and the scenes of Matilda in the library surrounded by books were some of my favorites. I was so impressed with all of the talented children in the play, who are far more coordinated than I’ll ever be. After the play we went to the Disney store, where I got a Frozen mug. I keep wanting to buy everything with Elsa on it, but I’m trying to control myself until I actually see the film, even though I already know that I’m going to love it! Then we went to Jamba Juice and drank pumpkin smoothies before calling it a night.
I ended my week with the long awaited next installment of our monthly Geek Girl Blogger Brunch. We had a lot of ladies who were unable to attend this time, but even with our reduced number (me, Cassie, Melissa, and Yissel), we had so much fun! The theme was Harry Potter, and the majority of us were donning Hogwarts house scarves. The hostess asked if we were in a fraternity (which is especially confusing since women are in sororities, and not fraternities), but we were definitely our waiters favorite table of the day. He greeted us by asking if we were planning on playing Quidditch later that day, and he used my replica of Luna Lovegood’s wand to cast the levitation spell Hermione corrects Ron’s pronunciation of in the first film. He was also very confused by Cassie’s pygmy puff, Spartacus. We started our brunch by toasting to Melissa who just landed a book deal with Random House! Her first book is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2015 and we’re all extremely proud of her! After brunch we headed to a wiccan store where we played with cats. Then it was off to The Strand (where I purchased 4 books for only $20!). Then we went to the next closest bookstore, Barnes & Noble in Union Square, where Cassie and I shared pumpkin cheesecake. We decided that we couldn’t end our brunch without grabbing dinner, so we also hit Heartland Brewery and I finally tried their pumpkin & sage ravioli which is incredibly decadent. So overall, it was a fantastic week!