San Diego Comic Con 2015 Exclusives Wish List

I’m posting this a day late, but here are all the exclusives I would be devoting my precious time to collecting if I were attending SDCC this year.  I found out about my favorite exclusive, the glitter Darth Vader coin purse, after seeing Le Fancy Geek’s Wish List and I knew I had to add it to mine!  I’m also really loving the Her Universe Agent Carter tee.  I loved that tv series so much and it holds a special place for me since it’s really what got me into YouTubing<3  I’m also obsessed with the Serenity Leaf on the Wind necklace by Quantum Mechanix.  Talk about the perfect accessory!  Other favorites include plush direwolves & a Game of Thrones crown, a Jem & the Holograms doll and Regina & Supergirl vinyl figures!  What’re you hoping to get your hands on this year?

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My Bucket List

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?

  1. Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando
  2. Live in New York City
  3. Meet JK Rowling
  4. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
  5. Tour Studio Ghibli
  6. Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
  7. Attend the Yule Ball
  8. Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
  9. Disneyland in Paris
  10. Disneyland in Tokyo
  11. Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
  12. Sakura Matsuri in Japan
  13. Attend Sleep No More
  14. Wine tasting in Napa Valley
  15. Publish a novel
  16. Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
  17. Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
  18. Cultivate and maintain a garden
  19. Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  20. Learn to French braid hair
  21. The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  22. See the Chicago Bean
  23. Go pumpkin picking
  24. See Shakespeare in the Park
  25. Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
  26. Learn how to bake French macarons
  27. See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
  28. Go skiing
  29. Go to Coachella
  30. Go to The Louvre
  31. Stroll through Central Park in the fall
  32. Complete NaNoWriMo
  33. Sakura Matsuri in NYC
  34. Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
  35. Tour NASA
  36. Ride a train across the country
  37. Stargaze on the Highline
  38. See Stonehenge
  39. Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
  40. Go apple picking
  41. See the Northern Lights
  42. Watch a sunset on a beach
  43. Go to all 50 states
  44. Climb a lighthouse
  45. Create a board game
  46. Fly in a private jet
  47. Meet R.L. Stine
  48. See the Acropolis in Greece
  49. Stand on the Equator
  50. Visit The Globe Theater in London
  51. Visit YouTube Studios
  52. Go strawberry picking
  53. Customize toys
  54. Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
  55. Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  56. Get married
  57. Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
  58. Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
  59. Attend a live taping of SNL
  60. Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
  61. Tour Pixar
  62. Tour Nintendo
  63. Meet George Lucas
  64. Tour Google
  65. Attend BlogHer
  66. Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
  67. Learn how to use photoshop
  68. Visit the Glow Worm Caves
  69. See the Hollywood sign
  70. Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet
  71. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  72. Meet Michio Kaku
  73. Own a pair of Christian Louboutins
  74. Own a Chanel purse
  75. Style a fashion shoot
  76. Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist
  77. Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach
  78. Attend a farewell concert for a band I love
  79. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  80. Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book
  81. Meet Neil Gaiman
  82. Meet Stan Lee
  83. Get a Sandman tattoo
  84. Fall in love
  85. Help out at a fashion show
  86. Get published
  87. Be on a television show
  88. Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup
  89. Have an IMDB page
  90. Speak on a panel at a convention
  91. Moderate a panel at a convention
  92. Live in Los Angeles
  93. Read all of the books I own
  94. Get a Harry Potter tattoo
  95. Attend San Diego Comic Con
  96. Attend Star Wars Celebration
  97. Attend Book Expo America
  98. Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
  99. See a show at the Moulin Rouge
  100. See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
  101. Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
  102. Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
  103. Buy a vintage typewriter
  104. Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
  105. The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
  106. Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
  107. Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
  108. Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
  109. Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
  110. Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
  111. Meet Peter Jackson
  112. Go to a Renaissance Faire
  113. Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
  114. Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King

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5 Fandom Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Conventions I’ve Been To

I love this weeks 5 Fandom Friday and I feel like I have an advantage after the few years I spent traveling to every convention I could possibly manage!  I think each con has its own identity and personality that makes it what it is so if you’ve only been to one convention and didn’t love it, there’s a good chance you just haven’t found “the one” yet.  For instance, DragonCon… so so not my thing.  DragonCon is the Vegas of conventions in the sense that what happens at DragonCon stays at DragonCon.  It is full of some serious PARTY people (which is not to say that I don’t enjoy a good party, but trust me, DC is just TOO much for this introvert). Here’s my ranked list!

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5) San Diego Comic Con – SDCC is making my list because you just never know what will happen when you’re there.  It’s THE convention.  Whenever anyone so much as mentions a “comic con” chances are, this is the one they’re referring to.  I’ve only trekked out one time for the convention and I’m glad that I can say I’ve experienced it.  Some of the highlights of my trip include going to the Syfy party and attempting to act normal around the Being Human cast while sipping champagne cocktails with Molly, ending up at the IGN party by complete accident and sitting near a fire pit with Simon Pegg (truthfully, I wish I remembered this a little bit better), and eating a private lunch with some of my favorite comic book creators.  The below photo is of the girls and I at the iFanboy party.

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4) C2E2 – I think part of the reason I enjoyed C2E2 so much is because Chicago is like a tinier, cleaner NYC that closes down earlier at night.  It’s held in the Hyatt McCormick hotel so you don’t have to spend money on cabs getting to and fro (unless you’re Melissa and I and wait until the last minute to book things).  Again, it’s a smaller scale con and it’s mostly comics focused.  I had a blast cosplaying here and I did enjoy going out for Chicago style pizza with Melissa and Jill even we all agreed that it doesn’t compare to a New York slice.

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3) Star Wars Celebration – Oh man, this is one of my favorite favorite conventions.  The year I went it was held in Orlando (right near Disney!) and I had so much fun.  It’s a smaller scale convention and it’s so overwhelmingly Star Wars.  There is such an in-depth history within the Star Wars universe so there’s enough to fill a convention center.  This year it’s being held in Anaheim and it’s RIGHT BEFORE Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters so I can only imagine the amazing things ReedPOP has in store for fans.

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2) New York Comic Con – NYCC is my home con so it falls pretty high up my list.  It seems to get crazier and crazier every year but I can’t help loving it anyway.  There’s definitely been a significant increase in fan attendance since the year I started attending which makes walking from one area to another (i.e., the show floor to Artist Alley) a bit of a nightmare but now I mostly just use NYCC as an opportunity to catch up with out of town friends.  I tend to look up a few artists or booths I want to see, I don’t even attempt panels, and I just go with the flow.  There’s also great after-parties!  The below photo is of Janna, Jill, Chris, Marlene and I at the Mary Sue party!

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1) Baltimore Comic Con – This convention is my absolute favorite year after year.  It’s completely focused on COMICS and nothing else.  I usually buy the majority of my yearly art haul at Baltimore Comic Con.  Because the Harvey Awards are held during BCC, it tends to attract most of the biggest names in the industry and yet it maintains an intimacy that allows the con-goer to have a satisfying experience chatting with all of the creators they want without waiting in giant lines.  It’s also really easy to get into panels.  I went to a Sunday panel that started at 2pm, walked in at 1:55 and got a seat in the front row.  Plus I get to hang out with Amy and Steph all weekend!
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BONUSES that are industry-only (that means you bloggers!)

1) BEA – BOOKS!  Need I say more?  I’ll say one other thing.  You get them for FREE.  And there are author signings!

2) Toy Fair – So. Many. Toys.  And enough space that you could presumably walk through the Javitts Center with your arms outstretched and not hit anyone in the process.  Plus, you get to see all the toys that are coming out in the next year!

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SDCC ’13: 5 Artists I Want to Give All of Money To

One of my favorite parts of any convention is the day I devote to purchasing artwork.  Walking through the show floor aisles sandwiched between the industry’s top talent gives me an adrenaline rush like no other.  How many times have you been browsing titles at a bookstore and impulsively picked up a new series because you fell in love with the art?  A majority of the reason we start reading new comics and manga is because the artwork appeals to us.  I waited until exactly a week before SDCC to browse the list of attendees in Artist Alley, but I knew I immediately had to make a list of who I want to buy prints from.  I’m expecting to find plenty of new artists as well, but I like to make my initial plan so I can budget accordingly.  Here are the artists I’m most interested in seeing!

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Agnes Garbowska

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Dustin Nguyen

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Andy Price

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Chrissie Zullo

Who are you looking forward to buying prints or having artwork commissioned from?  Leave comments if there’s anyone else you think I should check out!

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SDCC ’13: Dream Panel Schedule

One thing that every experienced con-goer learns is that once you hit the show floor, despite all of your meticulous scheduling, things rarely go according to plan.  Whenever I plan my convention schedule the first thing I do is look at the programming and panels.  I always designate at least one full day to shopping in booths and purchasing artwork so I like to have a handle on which day is ideal for acquiring all of geek swag before I get there.  Below is my dream convention schedule.  I know I probably will not have the time/patience/energy etc., to go to all of the panels I’ve listed below, but in a perfect world I would be at them all.  Either way, I always enjoy the planning that I put into conventions and it helps me decide what’s actually most important to me while I’m there.

Wednesday: Preview Night – I will not be attending any sneak peek pilot screenings because I’ll be waiting in line to buy all the things!  Here’s a list of my must-haves.

Thursday:

  • 11:30AM – DC Entertainment: All Access – At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a comics fan! Find out what DC’s top talent is has been up to! With Brain Buccellato (Flash), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Li’l Gotham),Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Geoff Johns (AquamanJustice League, Justice League of America), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Justice League Dark),Gail Simone (Batgirl, The Movement), Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), and more!
  • 3:00PM – I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics – Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Panelists include animation/motion capture supervisor Derron Ross (Blur Studio), previs wiz Kerry Shea (The Third Floor), linguist/Language Creation Society president David Peterson(Game of Thrones), and Man At Arms star/weapons maker Tony Swatton (Pirates of the Caribbean). They’ll discuss their gigs, the skill sets they hire, and ways into the biz you may not have even considered. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company).
  • 5:45PM – Vertigo: Defy – Vertigo is ready to blow your mind with the next wave of trend-setting comics! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations! With Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jeff Lemire (Trillium), Scott Snyder (American VampireThe Wake), and others.
  • 6:30PM – Showtime: Dexter – You’ve been there for every edge-of-your-seat moment, every kill, inside Dexter’s most intimate thoughts, watching him transform before your eyes. Now, after eight amazing seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to America’s Favorite Serial Killer. Join the cast, writers/executive producers, and surprise guest stars who are too big to mention, for a final farewell panel that even Hall H can’t contain! Ralph Garman(KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), David Zayas (Batista), and James Remar (Harry). Also appearing are executive producersJohn Goldwyn, Sara ColletonScott Buck, and Manny Coto. Satisfy your Dexterobsession all weekend. The new season of Dexter airs Sundays at 9:00 ET/PT only on Showtime.

Friday:

  • 11AM – Cartoon Network: Adventure Time – What’s algebraic and schmowzow and righteous all over? It’s Adventure Time! Holy stuff! As if chatting up the coolest kids in the cartoon kingdom wasn’t enough, get ready for your eyeballs to be fixed on some never-before-seen content and your jaw to drop at a rad surprise or two. The panel features Adventure Time creatorPendleton Ward (Lumpy Space Princess), Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio(Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), Olivia Olson (Marceline), Kent Osborne (head of story), and Adam Muto (supervising producer). Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza, beginning at 10:00.
  • 1:45PM – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC – Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s head of television), Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers), and surprise guests reveal top-secret new information about the first live-action television series from the House of Ideas. No Comic-Con attendee can afford to miss this historic panel!
  • 2:50 – Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session – Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode third season in June and will begin filming its fourth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Featured cast include: (in alphabetical order): John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, and Richard Madden as Robb Stark. The panel will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell.
  • 6:15PM – Darkhorse: Joss Whedon – Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plotlines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next, and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire SlayerSerenity, and much more!
  • 7:30PM – Psychology of Star Trek Vs. Star Wars Episode II – Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA; Batgirl) and Dr. Ali Mattu (NYU) bring their popular intergalactic sci-fi battle to SDCC! These two geeky psychologists will debate the science behind the characters, universes, and fandom of two of the most legendary franchises in pop culture. Special guest panelists include John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast) and Bryan Young (StarWars.com). Join a side and cast your vote to choose the winner! Refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).

Saturday:

  • 11AM – Once Upon a Time: Off to Neverland – Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) andAdam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) take you on a journey to Neverland. If the season finale left you wanting more, you will not want to miss this opportunity for an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Questions will be answered. Secrets will be revealed. And Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), Jennifer Morrison (House), Robert Carlyle (SGU: Stargate Universe), Josh Dallas (Thor), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Colin O’Donoghue (The Rite), and Michael Raymond James (True Blood) will all join in the fun. It’s time for you to get hooked on Once Upon a Time.
  • 3:15PM – Vertigo: The Sandman 25th Anniversary Panel and Beyond – This year Vertigo’s flagship title The Sandman returns to comics in an all-new series written by Neil Gaiman (TheSandman)! Join Neil for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of this timeless series and an exclusive look at what is in store for the Lord of the Dreaming with Neil and his past and future legendary collaborators, Dave McKeanSam KiethTodd Klein, and J. H. Williams III.
  • 4PM – Syfy: Being Human – Itching to know what goes on behind the scenes of Syfy’s smash hit series Being Human? Give in to temptation and join cast members Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), Kristen Hager (Nora), and executive producerAnna Fricke as they discuss what’s in store for a larger-than-life new season. Moderated by Aaron Sagers, entertainment journalist (CNN.com/MTV.com) and geek culture expert.
  • 6:30PM – Her Universe: Geek Girl Fashion: A Dialogue Between Fashion Professionals and Fans – Actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of Her Universe, the leading merchandise company for female sci-fi fans, is bringing together the decision makers in the genre fashion industry and the fans for an open discussion. This conversation is meant to be educational and informative, putting the executives and buyers in direct communication with the fans. Ashley will give fans a glimpse of how the retailers stay in tune with their customers and how they develop compelling designs. Audience members will be able to give their comments and recommendations.

Sunday:

  • 3PM – Spotlight on Neil Gaiman – Comic-Con special guest Neil Gaiman has crossed over into numerous media. From comics to novels, from kids’ books to animation, from television to movies, Neil remains one of the most popular creators in the world. Visiting Comic-Con this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his seminal comics creation The Sandman, he’ll talk about everything that’s going on his career right now.

What are your dream panel schedules for San Diego Comic Con?  I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to!  The full programming list can be viewed on the SDCC website.

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SDCC ’13: Top 7 Exclusives I Need!

I’m so excited that I am FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY going to San Diego Comic Con this year! It’s going to be my first year in attendance, and not only am I looking forward to seeing my west coast friends, but there’s also going to be a bit of huge news announced that directly involves me and my mysterious internet absence over the past few weeks… But more on that later :-)

As you may know, I have somewhat of a shopping problem and I’m expecting to have a difficult time controlling myself once I hit the show floor and see all of the amazing booths and what each one has to offer.  So in an effort to alleviate some of the stress of SDCC and the impending doom on my bank account, I decided to devise a list of 7 exclusives that I absolutely cannot leave the con without.  Whatever happens when I set foot on the show floor remains to be seen, but until then I’m trying to convince myself that the below items are all that I’m going to buy… With the exception of Funko because the majority of their exclusives as still unreleased.

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Super Best Friends Forever Action Figure 3-Pack

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Pullip Supergirl

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Batman ’66 #1 Variant Cover

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Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series 6′ Boba Fett

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Hasbro’s My Little Pony DJ Pony

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Mezco Harley Quinn Keychain

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Skottie Young 24’x36′ Avengers Print (comes with the Marvel Phase 1 blur-ray set, which I don’t need but…)

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