Since The Walking Dead is finally back, I decided that it would be an appropriate time to recap one of my favorite Walking Dead related events I have ever attended. Last Labor Day weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Atlanta for Dragon*Con with my lovely On Wednesdays We Wear Pink co-creator, Kristin, and her husband Patrick. In addition to our con-going we were also invited to attend “The Big Zombie Tour,” a tour created by Atlanta Movie Tours, which turned out to be my favorite part of our entire trip. Anyone who has visited our site knows that we are both huge zombie fans, and more particularly, Walking Dead fans. This bus tour takes you throughout Atlanta and brings you to all of the places where memorable scenes from The Walking Dead were filmed. Atlanta is such a beautiful city, mixed with both urban and suburban areas which made for an unique and gorgeous experience. Throughout the tour, there are trivia questions being asked with prizes for correct answers, photo-ops in all of the locations you visit, and anecdotes from The Walking Dead set. “The Big Zombie Tour” was hosted by a fellow named Charlie who played a zombie on the show with a featured kill, and an awesome tour operator named Patty. Charlie is the zombie in the beginning of season two that Daryl shoots in the eye with an arrow and guts in order to determine if he had eaten the missing Sophia. It was evident that both Patty and Charlie love what they’re doing, and their enthusiasm and knowledge of The Walking Dead truly enhanced the tour. Other Kristin also wrote an in-depth article about the specific places we visited which you can read about here. If you’re interested in attending The Big Zombie Tour, you can book your trip on Atlanta Movie Tours website. Trust me, if you love zombies, this is a tour that you cannot miss! Below are some of my favorite photos we took during our trip!
Since New York Fashion Week is upon us, I thought it would be fun to write a flashback post of one of my fondest memories in fashion. But more specifically, in Star Wars fashion. Not many people can say that attending a fashion show resulted in meeting and shaking hands with George Lucas, and Hayden Christensen, but strangely enough, I can! I attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on 28th street and 7th Avenue (or Fashion Avenue), in New York City and it just so happened that the year I began my continued education was the same year that the Ziegfeld Theater hosted a little event called “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars.”
I’ll never forget walking into the student life office during orientation and asking if there were any available volunteer positions for the upcoming Fashion Week. It had been close to the week’s commencement and I wasn’t positive there would be anything left, but I figured it was worth a shot. When she looked through the list and then back at me, her response was “Hmm, it seems like all we have left is this Star Wars thing.” STAR WARS THING?! Little did that employee know that she had said the magic words. My heart was racing, my brain was working overdrive, and my imagination began to run wild as my two loves of geekdom and fashion were colliding right before my very eyes. At the time I accepted I had no idea what the show was about nor that I would be meeting and conversing with anyone related to the film franchise.
My job was very simple and I would gladly do it again in a heartbeat. Before the show began, me and several other girls acted as ushers and pointed people in the direction of their assigned seat. It was really a quite simple task requiring almost zero effort, which is not always the case with many fashion shows. Once the doors were shut, and the audience was comfortably seated, we were able to stay and watch the entirety of show (might I add, in prime seating!) as a thank you for our hard work.
The show was held to celebrate the stellar costumes that Trisha Biggar designed for all six of the Star Wars films. As soon as the lights in the theater were dimmed, and the stage was lit, John Williams’ brilliant Star Wars score (which I am listening to as I write this very blog post), began emanating from the speakers and immediately, I was a little kid again, seeing Star Wars for the first time in the theater my father took my brother and I to. There were large screens positioned behind the models onstage which played clips from the movies
Held by Lucasfilm and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) the show celebrated all things Star Wars, and kicked off the “Dressing a Galaxy” exhibit that FIDM later housed in their school’s museum in LA. The show featured 35 Star Wars costumes in total and each design was more breathtaking than the last. I never would have imagined that I would be so close to all of the inspiring and intricate costumes from my favorite franchise. My favorite was Padme’s red voluminous red dress which the model wore with her signature white face makeup and thin red lipstick line.
Thursday September 15, 2005, is a day that will go down in history as the day I met George Lucas. I hung around a little while after the show ended in the hopes of speaking with him, and I was lucky enough to do just that! I was so nervous because he was one of the first really famous people I had ever met that I truly respected. Fortunately, George Lucas was wonderfully charming in person. I may have fangirled out a bit about my love of Star Wars, but Lucas took it like a champ and was very gracious and friendly throughout our entire interaction. I also snagged a photo with a very dreamy Hayden Christensen whom I was totally in love with at the time (what college girl wasn’t?!). I’m pretty sure I only asked him for a photo but didn’t make too much small talk because I was still rather speechless from meeting George Lucas. Keep in mind that this was before I owned a digital camera so I apologize for the awful picture-of-a-picture quality!
Anyway, between “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars,” and modeling for Her Universe at Star Wars Celebration IV, I feel extremely lucky to have been so involved in the fashion aspect of one of my all time favorite movie franchises. What are some of your favorite experiences? I’d love to hear about them!
This may sound like an awful pun, but I had been *dying* to see Warm Bodies since I first saw the theatrical trailer debut during an episode of The Walking Dead a few months back. Many people had been making fun of the idea of a zombie love story and I had heard many remarks about this film being a “zombie Twilight.” Regardless of the comparisons, I knew that I had to see it. In fact, I became so obsessed with it, that I convinced myself I loved it before I even had a chance to see it. Usually this kind of behavior doesn’t bode well for films because you end up having such high expectations, that the actual movie itself can only be a disappointment. Fortunately, this was not the case with Warm Bodies.
Here goes a sentence I never imagined I would say in my entire lifetime: R is one hot zombie. Played by Nicholas Hoult, our main lovestruck member of the undead, goes by the name R (since he is unable to remember his real name), and he is a self aware zombie who seeks more out of, er… consciousness. He saves a beautiful human girl Julie (played by Teresa Palmer), from being eaten by his hoard of zombie friends by masking her in zombie blood so they would be unable to smell their potential meal, but only after first eating her boyfriend. Warm Bodies used one of my favorite zombie-isms, a factor which I first read about in Chris Roberson’s iZombie, in which a zombie is subjected to all of the memories of the human they’re devouring once they eat said human’s brains. The film, adapted from the young adult novel of the same name, written by Isaac Marion, puts a modern post-apocalyptic day spin on Romeo and Juliet (I mean, the main characters names are R and Julie, it doesn’t get more obvious than that). I mean think about it, a zombie and a human, it is the ultimate in forbidden romances. Besides the obvious theme of young love, the film also managed to be an inspiring piece about craving more from life, and doing whatever is necessary to achieve it. R is one ambitious zombie. He convinces Julie that it would be unsafe for her to leave his zombie confine for a few days because his zombie neighbors and friends would notice, allowing himself just enough time for his endearing groans and choppy sentences to charm Julie into loving him. As if the life barrier wasn’t enough, R’s next conflict is winning over Julie’s less than reasonable father. But that’s a whole other story. Another notable character is R’s best zombie friend M, played by Rob Corddry. M and R share a the most adorable zombie bromance.
As I may have mentioned earlier on Twitter, a major reason this film works so well is because it is so self aware. From noting ironic music choices, to R commentating on his hopes of not coming off as a creep because of his zombie stare, to an almost romantic scene in which R relays to Julie that, yes he must in fact eat people in order to survive. The film did a fantastic job of humanizing zombies which is something you don’t see in many zombie flicks despite the fact that zombies are just dead humans. Instead, the film’s characters demonize a different breed of zombies, called Bonies. Bonies are zombies who have completely given up. R describes them as eating anything with a heartbeat and not feeling bad about it. With their disgusting skeletal frame and lack of skin, the Bonies also gain the ability to run at some serious speed and focus on their potential targets.
Overall, I loved Warm Bodies so much, that I decided to pick up a copy of the book which is currently sitting on my bedside table just begging to be read (okay fine, I picked up the book a few days before I saw the movie because I was anticipating loving it so much, but it all worked out in the end!). If you’re interested in zombie films, star crossed lovers, young adult fiction, or simply entertaining self aware comedies in general, you should definitely check out Warm Bodies while it’s still in theaters. I cannot praise this film enough.
*Side Note: One of my instagram followers pointed out that Nicholas Hoult who plays R, also played Tony in the British television show Skins, and now I can finally stop wondering why I felt like I already knew and loved him before this role. Evidently, he also played the child in the move adaptation of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy. And Beast in X-Men: First Class!
Each year I find that I have every intention of finalizing my convention schedule in January at the height of the New Year, but for some reason I am never capable of ironing out all of the details by then. I get a lot of requests on Twitter asking which cons, signings, events, etc., I’ll be attending, so I decided to compile one comprehensive list for everyone’s reference! I am so excited to announce that I will be fulfilling one of my New Years Resolutions for 2013 by attending C2E2 in Chicago later this year! So anyway, without further adieu, here is my schedule!
10th – 13th – New York Toy Fair
6th-7th – MoCCA Fest
13th – New York Comic Book Market
26th – 28th – C2E2
4th – 6th – Book Expo America (cancelled due to filming)
11th – 13th – E3 2013
17th – 21st – San Diego Comic Con
7th – 8th – Baltimore Comic Con
10th – 13th – New York Comic Con
1st – 3rd – Comikaze
When I heard that Ni No Kuni, a new video game with animation by Studio Ghibli, was being released, I knew I had to pick up my copy on the day it came out. And considering that so far, the game is only for PS3 (my game system of choice), I seemed destined to own this game. (If you haven’t already, you can pick up a copy on Amazon). The game itself is more like a movie than a game, but in the best way possible. It tells the story of the cutest little animated boy ever, Oliver, whose mom passes away just after saving his life. Shortly after his mom passes, Oliver’s tears break a curse that was placed on his toy, Drippy. Drippy, who turns out to be a fairy with a fun accent from the parallel reality of Ni No Kuni, comes to life and gifts him with a book all about the wonders, rules, and techniques of magic. Since the parallel reality is a sort of alternate version of Oliver’s current reality, he (reluctantly at first), decides to venture to Ni No Kuni, help Drippy free his world from the White Witch, and save his alternate mother. Below are some brief character bios from a site that my friend Dan (@Darkflight) was kind enough to send to me before I purchased my game!
The site also includes a link to all of the games trailers, but the one below is my favorite. The other trailer is a bit on the sadder side, and while that part really did get me in the beginning (don’t judge me for crying OKAY?!), the game overall is much more upbeat and fun!
Obviously notable is the Studio Ghibli animation. The game is gorgeous and movie-like and overall the scenery and characters are very enchanting. Adding to whimsy is the serene soundtrack performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus. I particularly enjoy reading The Wizard’s Companion that Drippy gives you immediately prior to the commencement of your quest. The companion is full of magical guides, information, how-to’s, and a language decoder. If you take the time to decode the language throughout the game you will find a bunch of easter eggs hidden within.
Kotaku put together a very helpful post with tips about Ni No Kuni before you delve into the game. So far, the most helpful that I’ve found are to 1) use L2 and R2 in combat, 2) don’t get too attached to your starters, 3) do side quests, and my own personal addition to their list would be to utilize the map in the top right corner if you’re unsure where you’re going.
One thing I haven’t yet done, but I think I may once I complete the game for the first time, is to play it again but set the language to Japanese. Studio Ghibli films are meant to viewed in Japanese with subtitles, but for my first time around I wanted to focus on all of the images without having to worry about reading subtitles. Overall, I’d say that picking this game up was a win-win situation. If you’re on the fence about buying a copy, I would encourage to you to take the plunge because it is well worth the money. In case I’ve convinced you that you need this game, the link to Amazon is below :o) I can definitely see myself coming back to this game after I’ve completed it, the same way I am drawn back to certain movies. The story is heartfelt and resonates in a way that only Studio Ghibli films can.
1. The Walking Dead Book 7 by Robert Kirkman
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
4. Morning Glories Volume 2 by Nick Spencer
5. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
6. Kingdom Come by Mark Waid & Alex Ross
7. Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones & Sam Kieth
8. Spider-Island by Dan Slott
9. Green Arrow: Year One by Andy Diggle & Jock
1. Sweet Tooth Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
2. Sweet Tooth Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. The Umbrella Academy Volume 1 by Gerard Way
5. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
6. Essex County by Jeff Lemire
7. Sweet Tooth Volume 3 by Jeff Lemire
1. Sweet Tooth Volume 4 by Jeff Lemire
2. Feynman by Leland Myrick
3. X-Men Season One by Dennis Hopeless & Jamie Mckelvie
4. Daredevil by Mark Waid
5. Severed by Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
6. Ex Machina Volume 1: The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan
1. iZombie Volume 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
2. Astonishing X-Men Volume 1 by Joss Whedon
3. Fantastic Four Season One by Roberto-Aguirre-Sacasa
4. Animal Man by Jeff Lemire
5. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 1 by Sean McKeever
6. Deadlocked by Charlainne Harris
7. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 2 by Sean McKeever
8. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 3 by Sean McKeever
9. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 4 by Sean McKeever
10. Love Buzz by Len N. Wallace
11. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane: Sophomore Jinx by Terry Moore
12. Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
13. Marvels by Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross
14. Iron Man Noir by Scott Snyder & Manuel Garcia
1. Mystery Men Volume 1 by David Liss
2. Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
3. Sailor Moon Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
4. Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
5. Mystery Society by Steve Niles & Fiona Staples
6. Batman: Death by Design by Chip Kidd & Dave Taylor
7. Astonishing X-Men Volume 2 by Joss Whedon
8. Hack/Slash Omnibus 1 by Tim Seeley
9. New York Five by Brian Wood
10. Daredevil Volume 2 by Mark Waid
11. Black Widow & Avengers by Paul Tobin
12. Batgirl Rising by Bryan Q. Miller
13. Batgirl: The Flood by Bryan Q. Miller
14. Spider-Man Blue by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
15. New York Four by Brian Wood
16. iZombie Volume 2: uVampire by Chris Roberson
17. iZombie Volume 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson
1. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
2. Daredevil Yellow by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
3. Fantastic Four Volume 1 by Jonathan Hickman
4. Fantastic Four Volume 2 by Jonathan Hickman
5. Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
6. American Vampire Volume 2 by Scott Snyder
7. Y: The Last Man Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
8. Y: The Last Man Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn
1. Y: The Last Man Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn
2. The Guild Volume 1 by Felicia Day & Jim Rugg
3. Speed Racer Volume 1 by Len Strazewski
4. Love and Capes by Thomas F. Zahler
5. Y: The Last Man Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughn
6. Batman: War Games Act 1: Outbreak by Devin K. Grayson
7. Zatanna: Shades of the Past by Paul Dini & Cliff Chiang
1. Ecko Rising by Danie Ware
2. Very Near Mint Volume 1 by Justin Peterson
3. Morning Glories Volume 3 by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
4. Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
5. Y: The Last Man Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughn
6. Y: The Last Man Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Adapted by Hope Larson
8. Y: The Last Man Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughn
1. Y The Last Man Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughn
2. Y The Last Man Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughn
3. Y The Last Man Volume 10 by Brian K. Vaughn
4. The Walking Dead Book 8 by Robert Kirkman
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
1. Green Arrow: Quiver by Kevin Smith
2. Atomic Robo by Brian Clevinger
3. Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb
4. Teen Titans Volume 1: A Kid’s Game by Geoff Johns
5. Nightwing/Huntress by Devin Grayson
6. Teen Titans Volume 2: Family Lost by Geoff Johns
7. Namor The First Mutant Volume 1 by Stuart Moore
8. Teen Titans Volume 3: Beast Boy by Geoff Johns
1. Birds of Prey Volume 1: Of Like Minds by Gail Simone
2. Teen Titans Volume 4: The Future is Now by Geoff Johns
3. Spider-Man Blue by Jeph Loeb
4. Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon
3. Teen Titans Volume 5: Life & Death by Geoff Johns
4. Batman Noel by Lee
5. DC Universe Christmas by Various
6. The Adventures of Tintin by Jamie Bell
7. Transmetropolitan Volume 1 by Warren Ellis
8. Transmetropolitan Volume 2 by Warren Ellis
- Write a Complete First Draft of an Original Novel – A few years back I had been accepted to go back to school for screenwriting but due to a scheduling conflict with work I was unable to attend. Since then I’ve been spending a lot of time writing for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, and while I would never in a million years give that up, I am going to make a conscious effort to spend time on more personal works as well.
- Read More Books – A couple of my friends and I have decided to keep a collaborative spreadsheet of the books we read as a way to motivate ourselves to read more. It is by no means a competition because reading is an enjoyable pastime, but rather a reminder that if others can find the time to read, so can we. I had been worried that I didn’t read enough in 2012 until I tallied my list and realized that I had in fact surpassed 100 books/graphic novels. I may post my list in the upcoming week.
- Save More Money – As I’m sure everyone in the geek community can relate to, when new things are released whether it be books, movies, toys or whatnot, I can never resist supporting my favorite fandoms with my hard earned salary. But sadly, I think it’s time for me to become more selective and attempt to be a fiscally responsible adult.
- Move to NYC or Brooklyn – This is going to be the big motivator to force me into my last goal. I lived in New York City during college and it was the greatest experience of my life. Ever since I graduated and moved back home I’ve wanted nothing more than to move back to the place I feel most at home. I spend a ridiculous amount of money commuting back and forth since I’m there 3-5 times a week every single week and train ticket prices are increasing yet again next year. Luckily I do have plenty of friends that let me stay with them, but I would really like a little place to call my own.
- Be Healthier – I am in no way stating that one of my goals is to lose weight because I’m quite happy with my body just the way it is. I have been a vegetarian for almost 4 years now and in that time I have learned the types of foods I need to eat to get all of the nutrients my body requires. I’ve read several books about the food industry and it’s a topic that I find fascinating. Towards the end of 2012 I started eating more sweets than ever and even some unhealthier meals which I am not proud of. I’ll be getting out all of my cravings today and starting the New Year by reverting back to my usual food choices. I have always relied on walking around Manhattan (I walk at super speeds) to be sufficient exercise, but I am also considering giving yoga a try.
- Take Some “Me” Time – This has always been something that I have struggled with. I am ambitious and enthusiastic and when given the opportunity to do anything I leap at the chance. I need to learn to not feel guilty about saying no and to remember that it’s important to take some time for myself as well. It’s this time that will allow me to focus on my novel and on reading more books. Both of which sound like the ideal way to spend extra time.
- Making New Friends – I think it’s important to have a core group of people you can rely on and who can rely on you. I very lengthily touched upon the friendships I have cultivated in 2012 in my previous post and I plan on continuing this trend for 2013. I would definitely classify myself as a people person. Everyone is the main character in the story of their own life and I find it fascinating to hear all about others experiences. Fiction is absolutely wonderful but it is romanticized and I think it’s important to stay grounded in the real world instead of living solely in a deluded false reality. Life is all about connecting with others and sharing in experiences together.
- Maintaing a Positive Outlook – Yes, I’m an optimist. No, I’m not planning on changing that, even after the chaotic previous year I had. I had a conversation with my best friend Melissa (@mechamelissa) this past year that I stand by wholeheartedly. After some of the experiences I had, I began to wonder if I should be more skeptical of people instead of being my usual trusting self. But then I quickly realized that I am never going to change who I am and what I consider to be one of my better traits because of other people. Things happen, not everyone is genuine, and some people have bad intentions, but I’m going to continue to take everything in stride and never lose faith in my belief that people are generally good. I am still going to behave in the same manner upon meeting new people and treat them with the same kindness, respect, and trust that I think everyone is entitled to until they may prove otherwise that they are undeserving.
- Regularly Updating My Social Media Sites – The internet in all of its forms provides endless hours of entertainment. I love my twitter, I love my tumblr, I love my blog and I love my instagram. I update each of these on regular basis (twitter being the most up-to-date and linking with all of the aforementioned sites). This blog was only launched in September but I have already written a number of posts, and I am going to continue to do so, at a more frequent interval throughout 2013. I do however, tend to neglect my Facebook, Goodreads, GetGlue, and This is My Jam accounts, but I am going to make a strong effort to keep them more up to date as well.
- Traveling – After a few years of taking a hiatus on vacation travels due to a terrible fear of flying, I overcame my fear and I traveled more in 2012 than I had in the past six years combined. I went to Florida twice, Atlanta, and Baltimore all within a span of 3 months. It was a lot of fun feeling like a jet setter and now that some of my very best friends are scattered throughout the US between the East and West coasts I plan on continuing my traveling trend. My top choices for travel destinations in 2013 include LA to visit Jen, Boston to visit Betty, Florida again to visit Kristin, her husband Patrick, and my cousin Rachel, and either Chicago for the Wizard World convention or San Diego (finally) for San Diego Comic Con which always occurs right around my birthday weekend.
Every year around December 31st when the weather gets colder and the year is coming to an end, I tend to spend some of my time inside reflecting on what I learned during the year, things I’ve accomplished, and things I want to spend more time improving upon in the coming year. I’m so pleased to say that 2012 is shaping up to be an incredible year for me. There is no doubt that it has also been one of the most chaotic and dramatic years of my life to date, but overall the great things that have occurred highly outshone the bad. I have so much to be thankful for that I wanted to write it all out and document the things that have contributed to my happiness.
Friends – There is no denying that 2012 was a pivotal year for me in the friend department. As I stated in the family section of this blog post, after my mother was diagnosed I had hit the pause button on my life. When 2012 rolled around, and my mother was newly declared as cancer free, I was able to press resume. In my time at home I had made some new friends online through twitter and tumblr and such and I had a great time meeting and becoming close with many of them in real life. But I refer to the year as pivotal because as things go, I suppose I have always been a tad naive when it comes to dealing with people. It’s hard for me to envision or believe anyone to be capable of such terrible things perhaps because I (luckily) could never put myself into whatever mindset is required to commit some of the acts I’ve witnessed this year. For a long time I have always considered myself to be a problem solver and when I see that someone is in need of a friend or advice I do whatever I can to be there for them. This year I learned that some people are simply beyond help and no matter how I may feel, it is not fair to myself to shoulder the responsibility of trying to make them happy. Maybe that’s slightly depressing, but maybe it’s also just reality. But overall and despite everything, I am so honored and happy to say that I have met some of my closest friends this year. That is why as cheesy as it may sound, I am still a firm believer in the theory that everything happens for a reason. When times get tough you find out who your true friends are and I cannot even describe the insanity I may have faced if it weren’t for Melissa, Giovanni, and Cassie. Others have been there for me as well, but the three of them have really gone above and beyond and I love them to pieces! I also met my co-super villain, the lovely Jen who means the world (that we’re planning on conquering) to me! As someone that’s always had a close knit group of girl friends, I’m also really pleased to say that immediately fit in with Betty, Sarah, and Lauren. They’re such a warm, welcoming and fun people and I’m really looking forward to seeing lots more of them in 2013. Especially since we realized that we are the Birds of Prey and this community needs us! And of course there’s Taylor, Tom, and Juan, who have provided endless hours of entertainment with their clever puns and good hearted conversations. Oh! And I could never forget to mention one of my fondest first encounters this year. I had planned on meeting my friend Rachael and former co-blogger/new friend Kim who I hadn’t previously met in person for happy hour. Upon arrival, Kim told me that I reminded her of one of my favorite fictional fairies, Tinkerbell!! I realize this paragraph is getting to be quite lengthy, so I promise I won’t go on much longer. But I also have to mention Alan, who is a warm hearted and knowledgable close friend, Chris, who is an unbelievably talented fellow with a great sense of humor, Marlene, a genuine and kind comic lover who attended an awesome zombie Quidditch match with me, Dan, a cheerful and awesome friend who shares my love of Doctor Who and pens one of my favorite comics, and my longtime best friend and twin, Kristin, who you shall hear more about in the next section!
Work – Kristin and I created On Wednesdays We Wear Pink in August of 2011 and we’ve been the perfect pair of co-writers ever since. We have complimentary strengths and in all of our time together we haven’t yet had a disagreement. I am so thankful to have been blessed with such a fantastic partner. We started our site as a blog where we would each take turns writing a post every other day. Since then, we’ve redesigned, upgraded, and evolved into a site that we’re both incredibly proud of. Our baby has blossomed! In working on our site, we’ve been able to attend a ton of conventions, movie screenings, press exhibits, and even speak weekly on her husband’s hilarious radio show. It also opened doors for us to other opportunities, some of which we can’t discuss just yet :o) This year, I have been lucky enough to attend Toy Fair, where I helped Gary film a segment for G4, which is crazy to think about since neither of us had known it would be their final year, Book Expo America, Star Wars Celebration where I modeled for Her Universe, DragonCon, Baltimore Comic Con, New York Comic Con, and Spooky Empire. And as I also briefly mentioned in the previous paragraph, Jen and I began filming a weekly comic book club called the Super Villains Comic Book Club (@SuperVillainCBC), in which we drink wine and discuss a trade or two each Thursday night. We had Kyle Higgins as a guest on one of our shows, and we have a lot more surprise guests planned to appear in 2013! We’re both so excited to be doing this as it’s a project that we’re both deeply passionate about. Another amazing opportunity I had was to fill in for Jill, and cohost the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast with Alan where we talked about Marvel NOW, Superman and Doctor Who. I feel like I’m forgetting so many other things, but I promise to keep better track for next year. It’s especially much easier now that I’ve launched SuperSpaceChick.com.