NYCC ’13: 6 Artists I Want to Give All Of My Money To

Every year, at every convention, my weakness without fail is artist alley.  I’m trying to diversify my list from past conventions, and luckily, NYCC has so many artists coming, that it wasn’t difficult to include folks I haven’t had the opportunity to meet and purchase things from just yet.  My only repeat on this list from my last convention (Baltimore Comic Con), is Cliff Chiang because he had to cancel at the last minute and I wasn’t able to see him.  But this NYCC, I’m totally ready to attack his table!

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Mike Norton

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Ryan Stegman

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Cliff Chiang

Who are you most looking forward to meeting and purchasing artwork from?  Do you prefer to buy prints, or do you like commissioning original artwork from your favorite creators?

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NYCC ’13: Top 7 Exclusives I Need!

This year at NYCC, there seems to be more exclusives than ever!  There are so many great items being offered by vendors that I know I’m going to have a difficult time narrowing down my purchases.  Here’s what I’ve already decided I must have.

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Rocket Raccoon Plush by Marvel $34.99 & comes with a Skottie Young lithograph

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Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy $24.99 (She’ll match my Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC!)

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop Vinyl Metallic Figure

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Stan Lee Funko Pop Vinyl Figure

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Batman & Batmobile Funko Pop Vinyl Figures

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Her Universe 12 Doctors T-shirt

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Personalized S.H.I.E.L.D. Badge

What are you most looking forward to buying at New York Comic Con?

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The Fashion Of FANGASM: Episode Two

This week on the second episode of Fangasm, the gang and I made some videos to promote Stan Lee’s Comikaze for our lovely boss Regina.  After days of planning and filming our videos, we entered the Comikaze boardroom to submit our finished product. My personal favorite video was our reenactment of the chest burster scene in Alien, where we pasted Stan Lee’s head on an alien body and had him pop out of Sal’s chest and talk about the convention.  Our tagline was “Stan Lee’s Comikaze, where no one can hear you scream…”  Then we headed out to a club for some unconventional fun and Regina’s best friend and supermodel Adrianne Curry came to our house to be a guest on our podcast.

And now for the fun part, the fashion part!  Here are some of my favorite outfits from the episode and where you can find them!

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First up, I wore my ‘I Am R2D2’ tunic tank from We Love Fine.  You can buy one online here!

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Then when it came time to plan out my questions for Adrianne Curry, I opted to wear my ‘Ring of Fire Border’ skirt from Etsy seller Go Follow Rabbits.

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Then there’s this which is one of my favorite t-shirts I currently own.  It;s a mash up of Sailor Moon/Luna and Fiona/Cake.  It’s SO soft and the design is just perfect.  I’ve emailed the company to see if it’s still available, but in the meantime, there’s this adorable Game of Thrones/Pokemon tee that I also own and adore.

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DC Bombshell Statues

Last year, all the way back in 2012 at NYCC, DC revealed the first two statues (Wonder Woman & Supergirl) in their DC Bombshell line and it was love at first sight.  I’m one of Supergirl’s biggest fans so I was particularly intrigued by her design.  Once I found out that more bombshell statues would be released I stalked DC’s collectible blog for more information on the next pieces.  Little did I know that the Harley Quinn and Black Canary statues would be two of my favorite collectibles I would ever see.  The line is inspired by the pinup style of the 1940’s and 1950 and all of the superheroines clothing is reflective of the era.  Each of the statues was sculpted by Ant Lucia and they’re being released sporadically throughout the year.  Supergirl hits stores this Wednesday!

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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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The Fashion of FANGASM: Episode One

One of my favorite things about being a geek nowadays is that by spending countless hours perusing the internet, I’m able to find the most adorable items of clothing that incorporate my favorite fandoms.  I’m really into the idea of everyday cosplay and I almost always dress according to a theme of a favorite book, movie, or tv show I’m currently obsessing over!  Here are some of my favorite outfits that I wore on the first episode of Fangasm, and the details on where you can buy them!

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Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.29.05 AMFirst up!  When we’re all arriving to our internship at Stan Lee’s Comikaze I decided to wear my Her Universe Dalek dress.  It’s such a flattering fit and the color really pops!  I love that although it’s fitted, it’s still really comfortable due to the cotton/spandex blend.  You can grab your own from Ashley’s online Her Universe shop for $35!

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Next up is my Captain Marvel tank from WeLove Fine! I was so in love with this Carol Danvers tank that I wrote a blog post all about it on the website Kristin Fowler and I run called On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  As of right now, WeLoveFine appears to be out of stock on my tank, but in the meantime I highly suggest checking out this fantastic Ms. Marvel tee! I’ve been eyeing it for quite some time now.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.55.33 AMWhen Paul surprised us and brought George Takei back to our house, the rest of us roommates had been lounging around and eating ice cream sundaes.  I was wearing one of my favorite pairs of Black Milk leggings, the Mechanical leggings, which remind me of a cyborg.  Whenever I wear them I can’t stop staring at my legs!

If there are any outfits I’ve left out of my blog post, feel free to comment and ask about them and I’ll be sure to tell you where you can find them!

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Midtown Comics Hosts Syfy’s Fangasm Preview Screening And Q&A

Hey New Yorkers (or people in the general commutable NYC area)!  This Friday (September 20th), Midtown Comics has so graciously agreed to host a special early screening of Fangasm (that television show I was being filmed for during my online absence).  Not only will they be screening the first hour long episode of Syfy’s newest reality show, but I’ll also be doing a Q&A session afterward at the Downtown store.  If you’re around, and we’ve strictly been online friends thus far, it would be super awesome to meet you!  Or if we’re already IRL friends, then I’m just expecting you to show up and hang!  You can feel free to ask me anything, or try your best to embarrass me in front of a live audience.  Either way, all are welcome!

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It feels like forever that I’ve been anxiously awaiting the day I finally get to relive my summer memories of interning for Stan Lee’s Comikaze, and the fact that I’m have the opportunity to see it FOUR whole days early makes me want to jump up and down and cheer.  Midtown Comics is my favorite store (comics or otherwise) so I knew I had to watch Fangasm there.  Worlds colliding! Others had suggested bars, but Midtown Comics is like my home away from home.  It seems fitting that I’ll be sharing this huge moment with my closest friends and family, surrounded by comics, toys, and trades, which are all the things I love most in life.

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And, just when I was convinced that it couldn’t possibly get any better, my fellow cast mate, Sal Fringo, informed me that he was able to switch his work schedule so he could travel to NYC and join in the fun!  I definitely encourage everyone attending to tease Sal about his giant hair.

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So if you haven’t already, you should RSVP to the Midtown Comics event page on Facebook, and I really hope to see you all tomorrow<3!

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My Shocking Harry Potter Based Jung Typology Test Results & Why I’m Totally Okay With Them

So, just to give you a little bit of background information, I’m a long time Harry Potter fan.  And I mean so long term that on June 30, 1997 when the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released, I spent the day sitting on my favorite chair in my childhood room reading my hardcover copy and hoping that on my 11th birthday (which was less than a month away at the time), I’d be finding out that I was actually a wizard too and unlike the Dursley’s, my loving parents would be gladly escorting me to Platform 9 3/4 that fall for my first year at Hogwarts.  I vividly remember preordering a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, from a Book of the Month Club catalog ( ! ) (way before I knew what an impact it would have on my life), because my ten year old self had thought that a book about wizards sounded incredibly awesome.  Spoiler alert, I was right.  But anyway, I also remember JK Rowling first introducing us to Luna Lovegood.  A character who is arguably one of my favorites in any storytelling medium.  Luna is so cool.  She’s blond with green eyes, just like me, and I totally admire her ability to believe the unbelievable, as well as her complete disregard for other people’s opinions of herself.  I think Luna is the reason that I too, don’t give a darn what anyone thinks of me.  She always served as a kind of role model to me, but not in the way that adults are role models.  Luna is a character that grew up along with me (until book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when JK Rowling took a two year period to release the next book and I surpassed her in age).  But nonetheless, I looked up to Luna as much as any kid could look up to one of their peers.  (Side note: I still consider her a peer because I’m not entirely convinced that I could possibly be a Muggle).

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So here’s the thing.  I’ve spent my entire life identifying with Luna.  Then, this Harry Potter based Jung Typology Test showed up.  Did I *need* to take it?  Probably not.  Anyone who meets me agrees within minutes that I’m a Ravenclaw.  I don’t need a test to confirm it for me.  But out of sheer boredom and curiosity, I decided to indulge myself in the affirmation this test would surely provide.  So there I went, answering question after question, critiquing my personality traits until hitting submit and awaiting my result.  And there it came INTJ (Introvert Intuitive Thinking Judging).  I flipped back to the Harry Potter infographic, and my eyes beelined to Luna I (yupp), N (mmhmm), F (wait, what?), P (?!). NO. No, no, no, no, no.  This can’t be correct.  Who’s lettering do I match?  And that’s when I saw it.  Draco Malfoy. Shock. Awe. Surprise. Confusion. Speechlessness.  These are all things that I experienced.

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Fortunately, Draco’s Jung character description is not nearly as awful as  the way his character behaves in the books, so I suppose that just goes to show you that it’s all about how you choose to apply your traits to your everyday life.  Here’s mine & Malfoy’s description: Natural leaders that strive for perfection.  Objective, independent, conceptual, and adaptable.  Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long range explanatory perspectives.  Skeptical and independent.  Tend to have an aura of definite self confidence.

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I spent a bit of time reflecting upon my life and wondering how this could’ve happened, and how I could possibly be like Draco Malfoy in any way, shape or form, but while barely any direct comparisons come to mind, I did find the description very accurate and applicable to my own self.  Then I thought back to good ole book number one when dear Harry begged the Sorting Hat to place him anywhere except Slytherin.  “Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin.”  And do you know what the Sorting Hat said? “Are you sure?  You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that – no? Well, if you’re sure – better be GRYFFINDOR!”  Which is why I’m choosing to believe that I am in exactly the same situation.  This Jung test is like my Sorting Hat and I’m begging for it to comply and allow me to continue living my childhood fantasy of becoming Luna Lovegood.  If I’ve learned anything from Harry Potter, it’s that the conscious choices we make are the ones that define us.  So while I’m quite happy with my outcome’s description, I suppose I shall attempt to be more empathetic from here on out.  In fact, the results have made me more empathetic towards Malfoy, which is probably a step in the right direction.  He made some poor choices along the way, but he proved himself in the end.  I may share traits with Malfoy, but Harry shared traits with Voldemort, and really, it’s all about the application of those traits to your own actions.  So, Luna Lovegood, I will not disappoint you!

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You can take the test here, and then compare your score to the chart above (click to enlarge!) to find out exactly which Harry Potter character you’re most like!  I’d love to know your results as well, so feel free to leave a comment!

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Tea & Toy Chat: Black & White Harley Quinn (Based on Bruce Timm’s Art)

DC Collectibles had teased us at SDCC with a sketch of the upcoming Harley Quinn statue based on Bruce Timm’s artwork, but it wasn’t until recently that they released actual photos of her.  The new Harley collectible is part of the Batman: Black & White series of statues and is sculpted by Jonathan Matthews.  I’ve always been a huge fan of anything Bruce Timm related so it’s no wonder how in love I am with this statue.  I’m absolutely thrilled to see Harley returning to a more classical look.  She’s gone through many costume changes over the years, and her newest New 52 outfit is absolutely ridiculous.  This Harley statue is clearly based off of her look in Batman: The Animated Series, which is where she was first introduced into the extensive Bat-villain family.  I’m amazed at how well the black and white shades work for Harley since she’s known for incorporating bright red into her attire but I love everything about this statue.  Her face is beautifully sculpted and her features are feminine, almost in a porcelain doll kind of way.  Her body is also very proportionate and the smoke coming out of her gun is optional.  I’m really hoping that someone will cosplay as Black & White Harley Quinn at New York Comic Con this year.  Comics Alliance has a wonderful interview with Jim Fletcher and Kevin Kiniry on their site which you can read here, where it’s revealed that DC is going to start numbering their statues again.  Harley is going to be part of a limited line with only 5,200 statues made.  Obviously, it’s imperative that I get my hands on one for my collection!

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(Photos via DC Collectors)

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My Favorite Moments: Baltimore Comic Con 2013

Baltimore Comic Con is once again my favorite convention of the year.  Each convention has a specific focus and personality to it and Baltimore’s is strictly comics.  I was so pleased to see how much the convention had grown in only one year.  There were plenty more people in attendance this year than there were last year, but even still the floor was not unmanageable to walk around.  There were definite crowds in some areas, but the floor is set up with enough space between aisles that there isn’t ever a major human traffic jam.  One of the reasons I love Baltimore so much is because all of the creators are so easily accessible.  This year the two longest lines I waited in were to buy artwork from Amanda Conner, and the Starbucks line. But to talk to Brian Bolland, the creator of one of the most infamous and terrifying images, depicting the Joker peering out from behind his camera with that eerie over exaggerated smile, I waited for MAYBE three minutes.

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I spent the overwhelming majority of my convention time walking around with Amy, who I absolutely adore.  The first day of the con Amy dressed as Princess Amethyst of Gemworld, and I was dressed as a casual Stephanie Brown Robin.  We were able to walk the entire floor in less than one day, but we spent a lot of time perusing through artist portfolios and Amy was in search of artists to draw in her new Daredevil themed sketchbook.  I don’t even want to think about the amount of money we spent between the two of us.  We also visited our friend Stephanie at Bill Willingham’s table and she entertained us with stories about cats.  Then we followed her into the two hour long Fables panel which I’m going to recap very soon for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  Amy and I walked into the panel slightly late and in the same door and time as Shelly Bond (executive editor for Vertigo Comics), so we were pointed at by everyone on the panel and stared at by the attendees while we tried to move across the room as quickly as Barry Allen to find seats and get out of that awkward situation.  After the panel we went back to the floor and (shocker) bought more art.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie Fay and Rich Bernatovech who I were drawn to because of their incredible artwork.  I bought a bunch of things from them including their complete Sentinels series, and I just finished reading their current series, Neverminds, which I totally love and am going to write a separate blog post about.

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Remember how I said the other longest line I waited in was for Amanda Conner?  Well that was because she already had prints with her from the upcoming Harley Quinn series her and her husband Jimmy Palmiotti are working on.  And Harley looks beautiful.  I’m really happy that I decided to commit and brave the long line because when I went to see Amanda on Sunday she was completely sold out of Harley.  I also picked up Supergirl, and Black Cat prints from her as well.  And if she’s coming to NYCC (which I’m pretty sure she is), there were Catwoman and Wonder Woman prints I had my eye on.  Other artists we saw and purchased prints from were Chrissie Zullo, Sean Gordon Murphy, Chris Samnee, and Franco.  I was disappointed that Cliff Chiang had to cancel last minute, but hopefully he’ll be at NYCC as well.  I also bought a bunch of older DC trades for 50% off and a Marvel holiday trade (because the cover has Spider-Man wearing a Santa hat, insta-buy) at the same booth I purchased trades at last year.  If it weren’t for the kindness of Amy’s fiance Thom Zahler, and his table mate Paul Storrie (who I also bought a really cool comic from called Robyn of Sherwood about Robinhood’s daughter), I might’ve ended up breaking my back and needing medical attention (which I how I felt on my commute back to NY).

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I had woken up at 3AM for my commute to Baltimore so I was pretty lame on Saturday night and instead of hanging out in the hotel bar and drinking with my friends I decided to stay in my hotel room and read some more of my book before I called it a night.  I know, such an exciting life I lead!  Still, I started Sunday morning off with an iced Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte and I spent the 45 minutes in line catching up with fellow New Yorker, Heidi MacDonald, who runs Comics Beat before the panel she was moderating.  Sunday is the big cosplay day of Baltimore because there’s a huge costume contest held for all the attendees.  I spent Sunday morning photographing my favorites (including these DC Aquaman/Mera and Green Lantern/Star Sapphire couples).  Afterwards, Amy and I (who dressed as ourselves for the day), attended another panel called Genderizing Comic Books  which was moderated by Christy Blanch, who I totally want to be when I grow up.  She was so inspiring and full of fascinating Superman stories I hadn’t ever known existed.  Her panel was very engaging and interactive, and it was clear the entire audience was captivated by her wisdom.  Amy and I had the longest talk with her after the panel and she told us all about her new comic book shop which I’d basically do anything for a chance to visit.  Then we popped back over to see Steph before she had to rush off to the airport back to Canada land.  And then we too were on our way back home.  I’m so happy I was able to spend the weekend with Amy.  We’ve been internet friends for a while but we hadn’t ever gotten to spend so much one on one time together!  I’m sure there are other highlights I’m probably forgetting from this whirlwind of a weekend because I definitely haven’t caught up on sleep just yet.  But, I’m not planning on getting much sleep anyway until after Fangasm premieres which I cannot believe is only two weeks away! SO EXCITING!

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