During BEA last week, Tiffany and I were able to coordinate our schedules and film collaboration videos for each of our channels! One that I’ve always wanted to do is the Rip it or Ship it Tag because I love theorizing about characters who aren’t together in canon. I thought it would be fun to add a twist to the tag and only use Harry Potter characters so that’s what we did. We ended up with some really awful couples and a couple that we could actually see working. We also filmed a Cinderella recommendations video for Tiffany’s channel which you should check out!
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!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week I’m choosing Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault by Jody Revenson. This book is the latest in HarperCollins’s line of Harry Potter books and it celebrates all of the physical design that went into creating a convincing Wizarding World. This includes everything from the Sorting Hat to the Golden Snitch to the Marauder’s Map. The book includes two exclusive bonus inserts, one of which being Gilderoy Lockheart’s classroom questionnaire and the other being a Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes catalog! It’s a must have for any Potter fan.
Throughout the making of the eight Harry Potter movies, designers and craftspeople were tasked with creating fabulous chocolate-fantasy feasts, flying brooms, enchanted maps, and much more, in addition to numerous magical items necessary in a wizard’s everyday life—for example, newspapers with moving photos, vicious textbooks, and Howlers. Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault chronicles the work of the graphics department in creating vibrant and imaginative labels for potions bottles, brooms, and candy; the creation of Quidditch Quaffles, Bludgers, and Golden Snitches, lovingly crafted by the prop making team; and the stunning inventiveness used by the entire crew to create a rich, bewitched filmic universe.
Accompanying the captivating text are never-before-seen art and design concepts, unit photography, and other filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. This striking full-color compendium includes two exclusive bonus inserts—Gilderoy Lockhart’s classroom questionnaire and a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes catalog—as well as many more surprises. (via Goodreads)
Waiting on Wednesday: Middle-earth Landscapes: Locations in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Film Trilogies
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week is pretty special for two reasons: 1) I’m participating in March into Middle-earth (LINK) so I thought it would be perfect to spotlight a book that’s on brand and since it’s something that I had recently pre-ordered, it basically came to me immediately, and 2) this is the first WoW post I’ve ever created where I’m unable to find the book on Goodreads! I honestly didn’t even know there could be books that aren’t on Goodreads. They’re so on top of everything! Anyway, Middle-earth Landscapes: Locations in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Film Trilogies is a new coffee-table book with a pretty self explanatory title. It seems to be a combination of the previous two books which were released separately (one for LOTR and one for The Hobbit) but of course, there is some new photography exclusive to this edition to entice all of us Tolkien fiends. Having never owned either of the previous books, I thought this is a pretty good option for me! There’s a forward by Peter Jackson along with contributions from Richard Taylor, Andy Serkis and Alan Lee. Since I don’t see any trip to New Zealand in the foreseeable future, this is a great piece of art to tide me over until that day comes!
Sumptuous hardback gift edition combining the best of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Location Guides, plus brand new photography unique to this book.
In the epic film trilogies created by Peter Jackson, New Zealand has become Middle-earth. From the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills and Volcanic Plateau of the North Island, the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was stunningly re-created on an epic scale.
Photographer Ian Brodie has captured these locations in all their beauty and splendour. Featuring the most breathtaking photographs from his bestselling The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook, plus all-new imagery and contributions by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Andy Serkis and Alan Lee, this is a magnificent record of a historic era in film-making, and a peerless collection of landscape and location photography by a master of his craft.
Featuring contributions from Peter Jackson and other members of the films’ cast and crew, as well as fascinating background to the film-making process, this is the ultimate tribute to the land and its locations. (via Amazon)
This is the second month that I’m participating in 6 on 6 (the first time was back in October) which is a monthly photo challenge created by Scruffy Little Nerf Herder. The goal is to take 6 geeky themed photos to be posted on the 6th of the month and all of them should prominently feature a certain color. As Pink was assigned to March, I knew it would be the perfect time to post my second set of photos.
Lately I’ve been in the mood to re-read all of my favorite comics. I’m not sure what it was that drove my desire but the force is strong with this feeling. It could be that I’ll be moving soon so I’ve been packing and rediscovering some of my favorite trades that I haven’t had the ability to display while I temporarily lived at my parents. All I know is that I want to start with Geoff John’s Teen Titans run and continue reading about those characters. One of my favorite trades revolving around a Titans alum is Superboy: Smallville Attacks by Jeff Lemire. Lemire has always been one of my favorite comic book writers and I really love his take on Connor Kent. I totally ship him with Wonder Girl<3 My fiance Andrew and I even dressed up as Connor and Cassie two NYCC’s ago!
I’ve always been a collector of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo statues but I always stuck with DC styles and hadn’t ventured into Marvel (with the exception of Scarlet Witch) but all of that is about to change. My favorite non-hero comic book character, Gwen Stacy, was reimagined last year and given an alter-ego of her own. Spider-Gwen was born out of the Spider-Verse storyline and my heart still melts every time I see her swinging through the pages of her very own ongoing title. Now Kotobukiya is immortalizing her in statue form as part of their Bishoujo line. Spider-Gwen is almost 9 inches tall and she comes with two head scultps so you can display her with or without her cowl. Spider-Gwen will be released in October of 2016 and she can be preordered on Entertainment Earth for $74.99.
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-
Another big reveal that occurred this past weekend at Toy Fair involved two additional DC Collectibles statues to be added to the Bombshells line. I’ve been collecting these since the beginning and since then I’ve been hoping the Teen Titans ladies would be added to the lineup. Now that a prototype for Raven has been revealed, there’s also hope that a Starfire Bombshell may grace comic book store shelves in the near future. *fingers crossed* Raven is a sultry pinup style who looks like she’ll tell you your fortune. I love the blue fire detail and the way her signature cape has been reimagined. The other statue announced is Bumblebee! I love her cheerleading uniform and I think it’s a really cute direction for her statue to go in. She’s mid-jump and he skirt drapes really nicely. I also love her pom-poms and pigtails. Every time I write about Bombshells I seem to mention the next ones I’d like to see and so far they’ve come true so this time I’m going to wish for Huntress (her concept art is to die for!) and Katana!