Captain America 2, MoCCA Fest, Comic Book Live & More!

The last few weeks have been on the action-packed side of the spectrum of my social life.  Before I delve into what I’ve been up to I feel compelled to not-so-humbly brag about completing my latest Pokedex by catching all 151 Pokemon that were hidden around the world as part of the Google Maps April Fools Day career listing for a Pokemaster.  The ending of the challenge was anticlimactic but I wouldn’t have spent those hours any other way (Yes, hours. Many, many hours especially in my quest for Mew).

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Anyway, once I rejoined the waking world with other physical beings, the excitement continued.  Melissa, Andrew, and I went to this super fun bar in the East Village called Otto’s Shrunken Head where we drank two of these specials* called a Volcano (*it is actually a bowl of alcohol that’s on fire aka our drink was like Katniss **one of these is meant for four people ***this also resulted in Twitter truth or dare ****we all had a rough next day at our respective workplaces).  Melissa filled us in on all of the escapades that occurred during Emerald City Comic Con (which Andrew and I skipped to spend on the East Coast visiting the first Cupcake ATM in NYC, seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel, eating dinner at Red Bamboo, marathoning The IT Crowd on Netflix, and devouring the LSP cupcakes I baked).  If there’s anything better than a night out with your best friend and your boyfriend, I haven’t found it yet<3  This week also gets points for being warm enough to walk around Manhattan in a leather jacket and drink iced teas from Starbucks.

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Friday night was the night that everyone important in my life had been waiting for.  It was the theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Solider.  Taylor was kind enough to secure our tickets to a showing on opening night (along with tickets to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 a day early).  Andrew and I met Taylor, Katherine, Tom, and Athena at the theater and nearly took up half a row of seats once they allowed us inside.  I was really looking forward to seeing Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Winter Soldier story arc on the big screen and I was overjoyed that the resulting film adaptation did the comic complete justice (not that I had any doubts because Marvel really gets movies).  I loved seeing such a major Black Widow presence onscreen and despite The Avengers still holding the number one place in my heart, I feel comfortable saying that Winter Soldier was probably the most well written Marvel movie to date.  I went all out with a Captain America themed outfit, like I do, and Andrew and Taylor wore Captain America t-shirts so basically we all looked adorable or whatever.

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The next day we all reconvened at the Lexington Armory for MoCCA Fest which is the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art Festival.  I really enjoy MoCCA because it’s a smaller show with more indie creators which means there’s always something new to discover and read.  The one big name that I was really eager to see/meet/buy art from was Fiona Staples and I accomplished that goal within five minutes of entering the building.  I was able to buy a print of my favorite Saga cover (issue #15 which features Marko and Alana looking like the characters of the cover of a romance novel), and have Fiona personalize it for me.  Some other treasures I acquired are a Sylveon eating a macaron pin, a zine called All my Anime Boyfriends (which I also picked up a copy for and purchased on the recommendation of Betty), and a signed copy of Drama by Raina Telgemeier from the CBLDF booth.  After MoCCA and eating, Andrew, Tom, Athena and I met Giovanni at Barcelona Bar which is possibly the most fun bar in NYC for themed shots.  My favorite shot I witnessed was the Harry Potter shot which the bartender served in a Gryffindor scarf, and glasses while waving a wand, setting the shots on fire, and screaming “Avada Kedarva” at us.  Other notable shots were Doctor Who, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Games of Thrones, and Legend of Zelda themed.  Then on Sunday Andrew and I had a Terminator marathon (which obviously means that we watched only Terminator 1 & 2) while eating Cadbury mini eggs because ’tis the season.  It’s the 30 year anniversary of Terminator so here are 12 fun facts I found online.

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On Tuesday, Andrew and I met his friends Carolyn, Tony, and Nick at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side to attend a recording of the Comic Book Live podcast.  Their guest of the week was Alex Segura who was there to speak about the big news of Archie’s upcoming death that was announced earlier that day.  Alex and I have been following each other on Twitter for ages but I hadn’t ever met him in person so it was nice to be able to put an IRL face to the Twitter handle.  I also hadn’t ever listened to Comic Book Live, but I had so much fun that I am definitely planning on going back for more shows.  The hardest part of sitting in the audience and listening to other people talk about comics is getting Muppet-flail-level excited and attempting to restrain myself from shouting and contributing to their conversation.  Andrew was lucky enough to sit next to me and hear my whispered commentary throughout the show.  I decided to wear a Gwen Stacy style headband for the event because we all know how much I love her.  Then yesterday was the long awaited released of Batman Eternal #1!  I am so excited for a weekly Batman comic written and illustrated by some of my favorite creators that I could explode.  Plus, Stephanie Brown is coming back so I obviously had to wear the Spoiler waffle pin Jessica of Bat-Earrang sent to me last month.  You can see more of her adorable upcycled accessories in her Etsy shop.  Then I got some awesome mail (like The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones on blu-ray for $30!) and birthday cake M&M’s which are sinfully delicious.  Lastly, Melissa and I saw Divergent which we both loved.  The movie was a little bit long but it was completely loyal to Veronica Roth’s YA novel of the same name.  I read the book in one sitting on my plane ride to SDCC last year so I had forgotten some of the things that happened in the story.  And now you’re all caught up minus my trip to Disney/Harry Potter World which I will probably write about soon!

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My Awesome Recent Times On The Interwebz

It’s no secret that I love the internet.  I mean, how could you not?  I love just about everything about it (minus trolls but I’m keeping this post positive)!  In the past few weeks I’ve received some recognition on several of the websites I love to pieces and visit each day so I thought it would be fun to compile a quick list and share them all with you!  I really appreciate when the people who inspire me recognize me back so this blog post is like my little mini thank you gush to those who made my last few weeks a little brighter!

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The moment I became privy to the Bombshell Zatanna statue that DC Collectibles announced I was absolutely elated and overcome with joy.  I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for her announcement since I felt she was snubbed and the Stargirl announcement was made.  I immediately tweeted a photo of her and somehow the internet gods alerted the official DC Comics account to my tweet and they not only RT’ed my 140 character excited sentiment, but they also started following me!  It may seem like a dumb thing to be happy about but 1) I love and respect DC Comics so much so it means a lot to me, and 2) it’s the little things that make me happy!

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Next up, which I mentioned in my Winter Catch Up post, Comics Alliance started a really cool column called “The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We (And You) Got This Week.”  This directly appeals to the obsessive collector (hoarder) in me because I love mindlessly scrolling through photos and viewing things that other people have collected.  My lovely Poison Ivy Tonner Doll which I acquired at my local comic book store  made the cut for their March 2nd post.  If you want your cool stuff to be featured on Comics Alliance too, you can hashtag your Instagram photos with #cacollection and their fine editors will compile their favorites for future posts. Happy hoarding!

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Then two of Kristin & I’s blog posts for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink were posted and linked back to by The Mary Sue (which my awesome geek girl friend Jill Pantozzi happens to be an Associate Editor for)!  We wrote about a new Divergent makeup line that Sephora is debuting early this month, and the design poll that DC Comics was holding in order for collectors to offer input for the DC Bombshell Mera statue.  (I seriously cannot get enough of these Bombshells.  Now I’m just waiting for Catwoman!)  We were linked back on their “Things We Saw Today” posts on February 25th and March 3rd.

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Lastly, my friend Betty alerted me to the existence of these Spider-Man leggings because obviously Wet Seal’s designers created them with me in mind.  I couldn’t stand the thought of ordering them online and then spending countless days (like 5-8) waiting for my shipment to arrive so I scheduled an emergency trip to the mall where I happily acquired the last small pair.  Then today while I was doing my daily blog read of my favorite sites I saw that my friend Amy had posted about my new leggings on Fashionably Geek and linked to my Instagram account! Hooray for infusing superheroes into style!

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Winter Catch Up Post

I haven’t written any personal updates recently about what I’ve been up to and since I have some extra time I thought it would be fun to catch you up on what’s been going on (mostly through photos because how else would I remember the last few months?) from Christmas to present.  I’m finally back to writing consistently for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink with my BFF other Kristin. I really missed the excitement of finding stories and sharing them with all of our readers.  Now that I’m back to writing I feel totally refreshed and re-motivated about working on our little blog baby.  I spent the winter getting my life back in order after Fangasm ended and spending all of my time with the people who matter most to me, namely my soulmate BFF, Melissa and my favorite little fiery redhead Cassie.  I wouldn’t trade my Fangasm experience for anything, but I would lying if I didn’t say that I’m kind of ecstatic it’s finally over (despite missing Molly like crazy).  Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing:

CHRISTMAS (obviously the largest collection of photos)!

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I spent December doing the things I always do which include visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center twice a week or more, drinking as many gingerbread lattes I can possibly consume without getting sick from the traditional red holiday cups at Starbucks, and dressing as festively as my wardrobe allows.  I saw Neil Gaiman perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library with my brother Bob and friend Rachael, drank the most delicious white hot chocolate topped with gingerbread spice at Rue 57 with my friend Leo, admired the stars hanging from the ceiling in the Columbus Circle mall, ate my cousin Samantha’s delicious sugar cookies, saw a gingerbread version of the Flatiron building at Citarella, traded presents with my besties, and of course, opened the presents under my own tree on Christmas morning from Santa!

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My love for Disney’s Frozen intensified.  I loved the film so much and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for March 18th to roll around so I can start watching the blu-ray on loop in my room.  I might’ve sang ‘Let it Go’ about a million times in my room/shower/car, etc.  In glancing through my Instagram photos I also noticed that Frozen subconsciously began influencing my fashion and food decisions.  Many trips to the Disney store in Times Square were made.

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One of the most exciting things I did this winter was attend the New York City premiere of American Hustle at the Ziegfeld Theater.  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, who just so happen to play some of my favorite superheroes.  The director David O. Russell gave us a speech before we watched the film and introduced the cast.  Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance because she had Hunger Games obligations so I guess that’s excusable or whatever.  After the film we grabbed a cab to Cipriani and spent the night enjoying the 70’s decor and talking to some of the cast.  I might’ve had a major fangirl moment when Jeremy Renner put his arm around my waist.  Also in attendance were Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams.

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2013-2014 has been one giant snowpocalypse of a winter season.  I always read a lot but with the 57+ inches of snow we’ve received this winter, I’ve spent much of my time inside hibernating and reading.  Some of my favorite things I’ve read recently are 1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which touched upon my Harry Potter addiction and  told the most endearing story about a fanfiction writer, 2) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab which is the sequel to The Archived and tells the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a keeper of Histories (dead people),  and her relationship with my literary crush Guyliner (Wes), and how she’s dealing with the aftermath of her traumatic experience in the first book, 3) Gotham Central and Daredevil which both fall under my read-all-the-Ed-Brubaker-things kick, 4) The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a supernatural story about a rebellious young girl named Evie O’Neill who moves in with her uncle in NYC during the roaring 20’s and works with him to uncover a serial killer which gave me nightmares, and 5) the last few issues of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie which made me want to sob uncontrollably because I was not ready for the series to end.  I also FINALLY acquired the new Harry Potter paperback books with the redesigned covers by Kazu Kibuishi which I’ve basically been coveting and visiting in bookstores since they’re been released.  I feel a re-read coming on.

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I had a very low key New Years Eve this year and it was absolutely wonderful.  I rang in 2014 with Melissa and my brother.  We drank pink champagne and watched the Akira blu-ray I recently purchased.  I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent the holiday.

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I’ve been eating and baking a lot of junk food lately so I’ll have to revert back to my rabbit food like vegetarian diet soon if I plan on fitting in my dresses for the summer.  Cookie dough Oreos may be the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.  They have a faintly coffee like taste but you can feel the sugar particles in your mouth while you’re devouring them.  Macarons have kind of been my jam this winter.  I especially love Macaron Parlour in St. Marks which has really creative flavors like Cheetos and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese. Yeah.  I’m also really impressed with the Carrot Cake M&M’s.  They’re no Pumpkin Spice, but they really hit the spot.IMG_0117 IMG_0230 IMG_0425 IMG_0894 IMG_0900 IMG_1277 IMG_1366 IMG_1481 IMG_1598 IMG_2158IMG_2126 IMG_2173IMG_1870

Being a hoarder, I’ve added a bunch of new statues, dolls, clothes, etc., to my collection over the past few months.  The biggest item I’ve added is the life size Daredevil bust by Sideshow Collectibles which I’ve been told freaks some people out but they’ll just have to get over it because it’s my room, my second favorite Marvel hero and he makes me happy.  I’ve also been collecting the DC Bombshell statues which combine my love of superheroes with my love of retro pinup style models.  Unfortunately my Supergirl broke into six pieces after falling two feet onto a carpeted surface (I shudder to think what would’ve happened on a tiled or wood floor), but my Dad superglued her together for me and she’s almost as good as new.  Sideshow Collectibles also sent me the Mary Jane Watson statue which is the first statue released in their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection and I wrote a rave review of her for both of my websites.  Lastly, I’ve been getting into DC Tonner dolls.  My most recent addition is Poison Ivy and my instagram photo of her is featured on Comics Alliance this week!  I also received my first Sailor Moon preorder from Japan so I’m expecting a flood of new magical girl things in the next few months.  Seriously though, I just love these compacts.  And the newest anything I’ve gotten is the Target exclusive edition of Thor: The Dark World.  Obviously it was worth the trip alone to have my lovely Loki on the cover.

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I recently saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (right before it closed) with Dan, Marlene and Ali.  It was incredibly silly and we all laughed throughout many of the scenes.  I had been the only one who hadn’t seen the show yet, and I’m SO thankful Dan thought of me when he got some last minute tickets.  Some of the villains had awesome costumes while others were absurd.  I was a little bit nervous when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin would fly above our heads after many actor injuries earlier in the show’s run.  I also saw Cinderella on Broadway with Leo which I totally loved to pieces!  Cinderella was played by Carlie Rae Jeppson (who I hadn’t known sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ until my mother informed me >.<)  They took some liberties from the original fairy tale but it worked for the play and I still find myself humming the songs from time to time.  The evil step mother was played by Fran Drescher who was perfect for the role.  One of her best lines was “I married for love, he died, I cried.  I married for money, he died, I got a house.”

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For the second year in a row I celebrated Galentine’s Day with Melissa.  As per tradition I re-read Mad Love by Paul Dini while I waited for Melissa’s train to bring her to me. We spent the night drinking lots of wine, eating lots of pizza, shopping for books, and having a Twitter battle over who our biggest celebrity crushes are, mine being Michael Cera.  You may think the top photo of Paolo Rivera sketches are of Melissa and I and shockingly they’re supposed to be the Baroness and Gwen Stacy but just compare our likeness!  We must’ve been used as references.

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A few weeks ago, Melissa and I braved the snow and polar vortexes and went to Toy Fair where I MET GRUMPY CAT.  Grumpy Cat is tiny, fluffy, adorable, and definitely heavily sedated since she sat in one spot for a few hours.  We also met Emmet from the LEGO Movie and everything was awesome.  I fell in love with all of the DC Collectibles, especially the Li’l Gotham figures, Pajama Party Harley Quinn, and Bombshell Zatanna.  I also loved everything by Funko, from Marvel blind boxes, to a Harley Quinn plush to their new line of Ha Batman and TNMT soft vinyls.  Kidrobot finally acquired a DC Comics license so I’m also super psyched for that Joker Labbit.  I wrote about Toy Fair extensively for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.

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Next is a collection of friend photos.  I played Cards Against Humanity with my high school friends during a mini reunion one night (I was so happy to have gotten the Batman card).  I co-hosted an event at Midtown Comics for my friend Eric Smith’s book The Geeks Guide to Dating.  We had such a fun time and afterwards we headed to the Red Door with Cassie, Taylor, and Katherine for after book club drinks and chit chat.  The gold photo is of Melissa and I drinking cider at Piano’s where we saw Giovanni’s band perform.  I also took a day off of work and spent the day shopping and drinking extra large green apple cocktails with Betty, Angelina, Lauren, and Nick.  And most recently, I tried on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Amanda’s upcoming wedding in November.

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Last and most certainly not least, I impulsively booked a trip to Orlando to see the aforementioned Kristin and my friend Christine.  I’m SO SO SO excited to leave for Harry Potter World and Disney and MegaCon in a few weeks and it seems like a bunch of my other friends will also be in town during the same time!  I’m going to try not to let as much time pass between posts so I won’t have to write a three month catch up again any time soon.  I hope you’ve all been well and I really hope that Spring weather starts happening soon so my upcoming adventures are warmer.

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My Week In Photos

Sunday

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.

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Monday

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.

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Tuesday

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.

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Wednesday

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.

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Thursday

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.

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Friday

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.

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Saturday

 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!

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A Recap of My Wonderful Week

This will probably be one of my most favorite weekly recap posts I ever write.  Things around here have been pretty hectic because this was the week that Fangasm finally premiered on Syfy!  It all started on Friday night when Midtown Comics held a special preview screening of the show and I was scheduled to do a Q&A session afterwards with the audience.  Last minute (with the help of Regina), I was able to convince Sal to come down to NYC and join in the fun.  When I got to Midtown, I nearly fainted because Molly surprised me and flew all the way across the country to attend the event and spend the weekend with me!  So many of my friends and a ton of people I didn’t know showed up to support me and it instilled all the feels.  Someone posted a video of the Q&A online, so if you weren’t able to make it you can still check it out here!  After the screening we all went out for drinks, and all I’ll say about that is that it was quite possibly the best night ever :-)

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The next night, Molly and I’s friend Leonard took us out to a play in NYC’s meatpacking district called Sleep No More.  The play was fantastic!  It was based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and it takes place in the McKittrick Hotel.  Sleep No More is interactive and it allows the audience to explore the rooms in all four stories of the hotel for themselves as well as follow the actors throughout the different floors to witness the scenes that take place within each room.  Immediately upon entering you’re given a playing card and walk upstairs to a bar room that is straight out of a different time period.  You’re greeted by absinthe shots and women in ball gowns who address you with archaic terms of endearment.  Once your playing card is called, you enter an elevator and you’re given a mask to wear at all times.  You’re also informed that you’re no longer allowed to speak.  For a full review of the play, I suggest reading this one from the New York Times.

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Then on Sunday I attended my best friend Amanda’s engagement party. We’ve been friends since first grade so it’s so crazy to think that she’ll soon be getting married.  I’m also lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids!  It was so much fun to catch up with Amanda’s adorable family that I hadn’t seen recently, as well as all of my high school friends.  In the photo below, Amanda is the stunningly angelic girl standing in the middle.

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Monday was a quite day, thank goodness, because Tuesday was the big day!  As soon as I got home on Tuesday I had a catch up phone conversation with Kristin Fowler, and then I settled in to watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Agent Coulson is back and the episode was chock full of classic Joss Whedon one liners so I spent a good hour jumping up and down in my room and shrieking to myself out of pure glee.  And then it was time!  The moment I had been waiting for, for probably close to two and half years.  Fangasm debuted on Syfy and the flood gates of social media exploded.  I was barely able to watch one second the episode because I was trying to keep up with all of your wonderful tweets!  It seems like we’ve been getting an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone who watched with the exception of a few internet haters, but that was bound to happen!  I couldn’t believe the amount of people who were asking about my Dalek dress, so I decided to write a blog post about my outfits from the first episode.  I’m going to continue with my “The Fashion of Fangasm” posts throughout the rest of the season as well.  It was truly amazing to watch a few days of my summer rolled up into one exciting 45 minute recap.  I couldn’t be happier with the finished result and I wish my fellow cast mates had been with me to relive those wonderful moments!

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Wednesday was exciting for two reason 1) it was my one year friendiversary with my best friend Melissa, and 2) I’m about to go into detail about this one.  Before I had even left for filming, I had told all of my closest friends and family that my new goal in life is to be made fun of on Joel McHale’s show, The Soup.  So Wednesday night, around 2am when I should’ve been sleeping, I checked twitter and saw that my Comikaze boss Regina tweeted about Fangasm being on The Soup… then I came very close to crying tears of joy!  You can watch that clip here.  I tweeted about my excitement and then The Soup responded and I thought I was going to die.  As I’m sure you can imagine, there was only about a half an hour of sleep to be had that night.

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Then on Thursday (see, I told you this was an action packed week), I met my friend Lisa and we attended Peter and the Starcatcher. Both of us had read and loved all of the books which are based on Peter Pan and give all of the characters a fascinating origin story.  I wrote a full review of the first book in the trilogy here.  We grabbed a margarita and chips with guacamole and caught up on life stuff before heading to the theater for the show.  The play took a ton of liberties from the book, but it was so well done that the changes didn’t matter.  They did and excellent job of utilizing props and it was choreographed to make the audience feel like the characters on stage were actually traveling to Mollusk island in a pirate ship.

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I hope all of your weeks were equally wonderful!  I’m so exhausted from all the excitement that I’m spending this day writing for my blog, catching up on Adventure Time, reading more of The Unwitten, and enjoying a pumpkin spice latte.  What’ve you been up to?

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Preparing For The BlackMilk Harry Potter Collection Release & My Current Wish List

Last year when I participated in the BlackMilk photoshoot and meet-up in NYC, JL and Cam made a little announcement about obtaining a Warner Brothers license and I have been looking forward to their Harry Potter collection ever since.  Albeit, almost exactly one year later, my nylon Harry Potter dreams are coming true.  I couldn’t be happier if a had kitten named Crookshanks to keep my company during the release.  Being a Ravenclaw, I was originally worried that the collection would mostly contain pieces allowing  wearers to display their Gryffindor and Slytherin house pride, but fortunately BlackMilk has covered all four houses!  I’ve been saving up for the release for quite some time since I want to ensure that my Harry Potter wardrobe quota is met.

When BlackMilk released their Lord of the Rings and Hobbit collection, some of my best bi-coastal friends and I met up via Google+ hangout for a Tolkien themed shopping date.  We decided to do the same thing for this release, which luckily is earlier than last time.  Instead of wine, I’ll be preparing a frosty mug of frozen Butterbeer to consume during our magical shopping spree.  I may even don my Ravenclaw dress robes.  Below are some of the pieces I’m trying to choose between.  Chances are I’ll end up buying most of the items I’ve posted.  Too bad I can’t use my Luna Lovegood wand replica to cast a spell that would replenish my bank account.  Also unfortunate, my bank account isn’t full of gold and my account isn’t at Gringotts.  Nor are my bank tellers Goblins.  You can see the full collection on the BlackMilk Pinterest page, but here are my top picks!

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Customizing Vinyl Toys & My New Robocop Army

This past weekend was arguably one of the best weekends ever.  My best friend, Melissa, came over Friday afternoon, and we ended up having so much fun that she didn’t leave until Sunday evening!  Anytime Mel comes to visit me, we always end up shopping at Barnes and Noble, Hot Topic, the comic book store, and several other locations, but this time, we were shopping with a purpose.  We decided it would be fun to customize some vinyl toys so in addition to all of the books, clothes, and collectibles we usually purchase, we were also in the market for art supplies.

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We spent about 13 hours painting toys while we watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I & IITerminator 2, and Robocop.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies led to us ordering a pizza (obviously).  There is probably no food in the world that’s better than a New York pizza with extra cheese.

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But back to toys!  Melissa and I basically made our toy dreams into a reality this weekend.  We’re both really into pastel colors, and if it were up to us, there would be a lot more pink in the world.  So we took that dream and applied it (almost literally!) to our new collectibles.  I’m so thrilled to be the proud owner of a rainbow Robocop army, a pink Batman with a gold sparkly belt, Tinker Bell’s twin sister who prefers pink, a glittery Silver Surfer, and the sparkliest Spider-Man bank you will ever lay eyes on.

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My absolute favorite toys that Melissa customized are her lime green Terminator figure, and her pink Hulk.  If I saw either of them on a shelf at a store or convention, I would totally purchase them immediately!

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Here’s a photo of what all of our toys looked like before…

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…. and after!

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Geek Girl Blogger Brunch #1

To me, one of the most exciting things about being a blogger is the opportunity to meet a community of other likeminded women who are also interested in blogging about geek culture.  I met two of my best friends Melissa and Cassie through blogging and tweeting and such and since then I’ve been rapidly expanding my network!  My friend Jamila and I previously had a blogger brunch and it was so much fun that we wanted to have another one, but include more of our other friends.  Both of us have a “the more the merrier” type mentality!  After coordinating our schedules on a google calendar we decided to go to a Mexican restaurant in the East Village that serves delicious food and a plethora of strong and unlimited drinks.  All six of us (Me, Melissa, Cassie who writes for Bibliomantics, Jamila who runs Girl Gone Geek, Leslie who created the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club, and blogs on Darling Stewie, and Yissel), woke up extra early and traveled downtown so we could discuss things like which Game of Thrones house is our favorite, who our fictional crushes are (my first one was Link from Zelda), and tweet about it using the hashtag #GGBrunch.  After brunch, we headed over to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (I had another Mermaid), Toy Tokyo, Forbidden Planet, Barnes and Noble, Kinokuniya and Midtown Comics.  We had so much fun that we’ve decided to plan monthly brunches and give them each a theme.  Here are some photos from our lovely day!

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The Girls

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Our first round of frozen Rosalitas

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Goodies From Leslie’s Etsy Shop!

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Geek girls always accessorize

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Cassie whispers Game of Thrones spoilers to Melissa

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Outside of Toy Tokyo

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Mermaid from Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

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The $1,000 Boba Fett I need in my life (From Toy Tokyo)

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And surprising no one, I bought way too many books!

As you may be able to tell, I acquired quite a few books during our after brunch shopping spree and I could barely feel my arms as I was running to catch my train.  My Saturday haul included 1)Books – Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman, and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, 2) Manga – 5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai, Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP, Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, and Is This a Zombie? by Shinichi Kimura & Sacchi, 4) Graphic Novels – Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples, The Sixth Gun Volume 1 by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko, and 5) Comics – The Wake #3 by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy, Trillium #1 by Jeff Lemire, Infinity Part One by Jonathan Hickman, and Li’l Gotham #5 by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs.

So now I’ll be hiding in my house all week and spending time with my new books! How was your weekend?

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FANGASM Or How I Spent My Summer

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a personal blog post about my latest adventures so I thought now would be as good a time as any to fill you all in on what’s been going on.  As you may have noticed I’ve been tweeting and Facebooking about a new television show on Syfy called Fangasm.  Fangasm is responsible for my internet hiatus earlier this year, and as much as I knew I would miss the interwebs, I also knew that I would have to be crazy to pass up this opportunity!  I spent the beginning of my summer moving clear across the country to intern for Stan Lee’s Comikaze and move into a house with five strangers and one of my very best friends, Molly McIsaac.  I can’t even begin to capture in words how excited I am to have been a part of show that celebrates geek culture instead of exploiting it.  I posted the full press release on my other website and you can also check out some of cast photos and promos on Syfy.com.  I can’t wait to be able to speak more about my wonderful roommates, my incredible boss Regina Carpinelli, and of course, the legend himself, Stan Lee.  Until then, here’s the newest promo for Fangasm, which is two whole minutes long!  And just to fangirl out for a moment, I’M ON A COMMERCIAL WITH STAN LEE!  If anyone ever says that dreams don’t come true, I will show them this trailer as proof of their fallacious claim.

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Free Comic Book Day 2013!

This year Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) coincided with May the Fourth and I was initially conflicted with which sector of geekdom I felt like representing that day.  Ultimately, I chose to wear a comic themed ensemble as the previous year, May the Fourth Lando’ed (horrible pun) on the same day as the theatrical release of The Avengers, and I wore Star Wars things.    And that is how my mind works.  I’m hoping that next year, we’ll get two separate days to celebrate because why not!  I ended up spending the majority of my day at Midtown Comics’ Downtown location on Fulton Street.  They were one of the only stores in New York City that had signings going on and we all know how much I love getting books signed by authors and artists!  After a slight subway mishap when my C train decided last minute that it wanted to be an F, I ended up in Brooklyn, and had to turn around and head back to Manhattan.  I had received more stares than usual on the train due to my Supergirl theme, but it was exceptionally weird when a guy started taking photos of me without asking.  That’s just creepy.  I’m happy to pose for a photo if someone asks permission, otherwise, it’s just uncomfortable.

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The first signing I went to had Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos signing copies of Archaia’s FCBD offering, Mouse Guard.  I had wanted to purchase a copy of Cow Boy, which is the Archaia book that the pair created together, but sadly, Midtown was out of copies.  But I did also have Nate sign my copy of PIGS, so I was really happy about that!  While I was chatting with them, Chris took a photo of me which was posted on CBR as part of their Free Comic Book Day Coverage!  I had initially been referred to as Supergirl with her Superman, but it looks like they’ve since revised it to say my actual name.  Not that I have any issue being referred to as Supergirl.  There had already been a line formed outside for Midtown’s later signing with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee who were promoting their new Superman Unchained book for DC Comics, so Nate and Chris went outside and signed books for everyone in the line as well.  And Chris sprinted down the alley to Vine a video of the line, which was quite hilarious and ended in him getting chased by motorcycles.  I was also so excited to meet other Kristin H., who handles the official New York Comic Con twitter account.  We had previously been guests together on a special Geek Girls Named Kristin edition of the Average Intelligence podcast which is hosted by Gary, but we hadn’t ever met in person until FCBD.

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After the signing, my friend Tanya and I did a quick run to the new comic shop, Carmine Street Comics, which had just opened two days earlier.  Carmine Street Comics is run by two former employees of Manhattan Comics (the old Cosmic Comics), which sadly, closed two after FCBD.  I like that their new store focuses on indie comics.  Aside from checking out the location and stock, one of the main reasons I wanted to head there is because I had been wanting to read Brad Abraham’s Mixtape ever since fellow blogger Ari did a spotlight of the series on her site.  And now I have them! We also ran to Joe’s Pizza which is a famous pizza place which you may remember from Spider-Man 2.  It just seemed appropriate.  Next we headed to Forbidden Planet for all of three minutes before leaving to meet my friend Lauren, and her roommate Andrea for some sandwiches and comics at the Times Square Midtown Comics.  Lauren and I were the perfect embodiment of the day, with me representing Supergirl, and Lauren in a Star Wars tee.

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Then it was back to Midtown Comic Downtown for the Scott Snyder and Jim Lee signing.  The store was incredibly busy as everyone was really excited to see Scott and Jim.  Two of my friends had been scheduled to interview them both before the signing began, Ali for MTVGeek, and Alan for CBR.  After their interviews concluded we had some books signed (I had Scott sign my copy of American Vampire Volume 1, and I must’ve had a major brain freeze because I totally forgot to bring my copy of Hush for Jim to sign – who just so happens to be my favorite Batman villain).  But oh well, next time!  Then we headed out for drinks and some food, but right before leaving to head home, we ran into Scott Snyder outside of bar and he invited us in to hang out for a little while.  It was so much fun!  Jim Lee bought us drinks and Lisa chatted with him about psychology.  Then Alan, being the sweetheart that he is, drove me all the way home so I didn’t have to take the train.  Lisa, Alan, and I listened to a Neil Gaiman audio play for our mini road trip, but we only had the time for half so I’m still dying to find out how it ends!

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How was your Free Comic Book Day & May the Fourth?  Do you have any yearly traditions set up to celebrate your geekdom on either day?  I’d love to hear all about them!  I broke my usual tradition of doing a comic shop crawl and hitting all of the stores in NYC, but I had an amazing day nonetheless!  I was shocked at how quickly the time had passed.  Next year, I’m definitely going to make an effort to hit more shops!

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