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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Sailor Moon & Sailor Jupiter

Sometimes it’s fun to just impulsively cosplay on an afternoon for absolutely no reason.  In between SDCC cosplay prep, Melissa and I decided to dress up in these Sailor Scout outfits because we had to wait about 30 minutes for our first coat of modpodge to dry.  Here are the resulting photos. Moon Prism Power Make Up!

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Pacific Rim Movie Review

Pacific Rim is a mecha dream come true.  In a world where the Kaiju, an alien race who emerges from the sea, attacks major cities in an attempt to take over Earth, the humans inhabiting it retaliate by building robots called Jaegers.  Jaegers are operated by two human pilots who use a technique called drifting to share their memories with one another and become compatible with the machine they’re fighting in.  Throw in a strong female character, Mako, who has spent her life resenting Kaiju and is waiting for her chance to pilot her own Jaeger, a mismatched team of quirky, yet lovable scientists (played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman), a former Jaeger pilot who lost his brother in battle against a category 4 Kaiju named Knifehead, and Idris Elba, the Marshall who is determined to keep the Jaeger program alive even after his funding is cut.  (How could anyone not get chills when they hear Idris Elba exclaim, “Today, we are canceling the apocalypse!”)  It would also be impossible not to mention Ron Perlman’s kooky character, an outrageous and cartoonish black market dealer of Kaiju parts who wears gold metal toed shoes and dark round glasses.  While some of the characters may seem cliched, there is enough heart behind their actions to justify their motivations and transform them into memorable characters.  Pacific Rim is a film about war, but instead of people vs. people, the people have all banded together whether they’ve helped build walls, machines, or technology, in an epic robots vs. aliens battle.

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Director and co-screenwriter (with Travis Beacham), Guillermo del Toro’s love of all things Japanese really shines through in the film.  The Kaiju and the Jaegers are both enormous in size, towering over any skyscraper, and the majority of the film’s footage is devoted to their larger than life battles.  The film utilizes special effects galore to show the destruction of coastal cities in the Pacific, create unique looking sea monsters and their portal to Earth, and of course Earth’s final hope at salvation, the Jaegers.  Gipsy is the beautifully crafted analog Jaeger depicted on all of the posters.  She enters battles by being flown in by a slew of helicopters who then release her from the sky, submerging her into the Pacific Ocean with a powerful splash.  Throughout the film, she feels very humanized from the moment she smashes her first into her palm before battle until her final run in with the Kaiju.  Del Toro also included a love story that is very shoujo in nature, which allows the viewer to focus their attention on Earth’s impending doom and of course, it’s beautiful creatures.

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Especially enjoyable are the brilliant pops of color and neons used throughout the film.  It feels like a Daft Punk video, meets retro color blocked comics, with a futuristic twist. In addition to the incredible aesthetics, anyone who’s ever played Portal will also be pleased to hear GLaDOS’ soothing robotic voice inform the Marshall of the Jaeger’s statuses throughout the film.  It’s difficult to put my love of Pacific Rim into words, but I will say that it renewed my faith in movies this year.  After seeing (and strongly disliking) Man of Steel and World War Z, I feared that I was becoming too critical, but Pacific Rim proved that my nitpicking is valid and thankfully, I am not becoming a miserable pessimist.  Guillermo del Toro created an instant classic and a welcome addition to the mecha vs. monsters genre.  This film is way more than fan service.  I had watched the Pacific Rim trailer on repeat since the day it was released, so I knew I was going to enjoy the film, I just hadn’t known I would love it this much.  Immediately upon its ending I found myself ready and eager to watch it again.  If you haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet, I strongly suggest sprinting to the nearest movie theater and getting comfortable for the next couple of hours.  It is worth it to see the film on the big screen.  Do not wait until it’s on blu-ray or demand!

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And just for good measure, here’s a photo of Charlie Day next to a Kaiju’s secondary brain.

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Tea & Book Chat: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Marissa Meyer’s debut novel, Cinder, quickly became a book that I could not put down.  In fact, I became so attached to the characters and the story that I ended up reading the entire 387 page book in just one day.  Cinder is a modern day Cinderella tale that blends science fiction with fantasy, creating a whimsical yet bleak dystopian society aptly named New Beijing, which formed following the end of the Fourth World War.  Adding to the science fiction aspect of the story, Cinder is cyborg, a lower class citizen in the ranks of New Beijing’s caste system, with a mechanical leg who suffered a traumatic event early on in her childhood, just before she turned 11.  An event of which, Cinder has no recollection of.  All she is aware of is that her father saved her life and soon after lost his own, leaving Cinder to live with her evil stepmother Adri, evil stepsister Pearl, loving stepsister Peony, and their hilarious android Iko who has an affinity for wearing jewelry.

Times are tough in New Beijing, as the entire county is becoming infected with a very deadly virus called Letumosis.  There is no known cure for the disease, also referred to as the plague, which hits suddenly and quickly progresses through the four stages of the disease before finally resulting in death.  Prince Kai’s father, the current Emperor, becomes infected with the disease along with Cinder’s stepsister Peony, before a cure can be discovered.  Once Peony’s illness is discovered and she is brought to the hospital to be placed in quarantine, Adril decides that the entire misfortune is somehow Cinder’s fault and as her legal guardian, she volunteers Cinder to join the Cyborg Draft and to become a test subject at the hospital.  They inject her with the disease, but miraculously, Cinder’s immune system seems to fight off the virus and her body is clear within a matter of hours.  She develops an interesting relationship to her less than truthful doctor, becomes more closely involved with Prince Kai, and learns some very shocking information about her past in the process of her volunteered research.  And of course, in true Cinderella fashion, the book spends many pages building up the excitement of big celebratory ball that is being held by Prince Kai in his castle during the final chapters.

Just when it seemed that their world couldn’t possibly face any other hardships, a race of humans who left planet Earth to inhabit the moon, called The Lunars, show up to negotiate a marriage to Prince Kai in exchange for continued peace between the colonies.  While Prince Kai detests Queen Levana, he is faced with the  difficult decision of marrying her in an effort to protect his people.  Queen Levana is shockingly beautiful due to a false facade that she is able to project to the people on Earth.  One line that I particularly loved in the novel conveyed the notion that truth cannot be hidden from mirrors.  Which is why The Lunars demanded that all mirrors be removed from the premises before they arrived on Earth.  In addition, any prior communication with Earth had always been done with a shield so they’re able to avoid revealing their true forms.

I really enjoyed this fractured fairytale.  Cinderella has never been one of my favorite fairytale princesses because she has always seemed slightly useless, but Meyer turns cyborg Cinder into a memorable heroine.  The book was full of foreshadowing which enabled me to figure out the plot twists early on, but despite being able to tell what was coming, I was still excited for all of the big reveals.  As I mentioned before, I ended up reading the entire book in one day because I had to watch the next series of events unfold.  I also liked how the beginnings of each section were prefaced with a quote from Cinderella which previewed the upcoming portion of the story which was about to be retold.  I’m very fond of the books cover art as well.  The artist made Cinder’s skin translucent so that you can see her mechanical leg which translates the fragility of the glass slipper into the fragility of her artificial limb.  She’s depicted wearing a striking red pump which pops against the shadowy background, and the title font is the perfect choice.

Cinder ends with a major cliffhanger, but luckily, the new paperback version of the book includes a bunch of extras that any book lover would appreciate.  There was an added short story called Glitches which brings us back into Cinder’s past before the events in the book occurred, an in depth interview with Marissa Meyer, twelve discussion questions which would be very interesting to discuss whether you are hosting a Cinder book club or simply pondering them on your own, and a seven page preview of Meyer’s next book.  Cinder is the first book in a four book series called “The Lunar Chronicles,” that Meyer will be releasing between 2012-2015.  Her second book, Scarlet, which twists and retells Little Red Riding Hood, will be available in bookstores nationwide this Tuesday February 5th.  Following that, Rapunzel’s story will be reimagined in Cress, and Snow White’s in Winter.  I am very much looking forward to continuing on with the series and discovering how each of the fairytales retellings will intertwine and relate to The Lunars.

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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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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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Tea & Book Chat: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson Review

This week I couldn’t put down Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  The book serves as a prequel to Peter Pan, who at the time is an orphan without a last name.  Peter and the other orphan boys are sent aboard a ship named the Wasp, to go to Rundoon and serve the evil King Zarboff, the third.  During their journey, Peter sneaks out of the boys’ quarters to attempt to find real food for them to eat.  Along the way he makes a new friend named Molly, who is an apprentice and descends from a long line of Starcatchers.  Molly is traveling separate from her father and guarding a magical trunk aboard their ship which is to be delivered to the Queen.  Peter and the Starcatchers is a mystical page turning adventure involving familiar characters such as the pirates Black Stache and Smee, Captain and first mate aboard the Jolly Roger, the most terrifying pirate ship in the sea.  As more sailors become privy to the magic withheld inside the trunk, chaos ensues on the high seas and five separate parties (Slank and Little Richard, Black Stache and Smee, Peter and Molly, the mermaids, and once they hit land, the Mollusks) battle each other to acquire the trunk.

If you have an affinity for the story of Peter Pan, you will fall deeply in love with Peter and the Starcatchers.  It’s wonderful to read the events which shaped Peter into the legend he is today.  You also learn about the origin of  the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, the mermaids, and Mr. Grin, the crocodile.  The story is rich with easter eggs its fast paced narrative instantly engages the reader.  I often found myself saying I would read “just one more page,” before I put it down, but in actuality I would end up reading twenty to forty more pages.  I loved the story so much that after completing the novel I felt compelled to look further into Peter and the Starcatchers online.  I had already known about the off-Broadway play in New York (which I’m going to force someone to take me to on my birthday), but I also discovered that Disney is planning on turning the book into a film.  They’ve already employed Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) to direct, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Peter and the Starcatchers is the first book in a four book series, and you can order a copy from Amazon.

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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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Happy 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon!

June 30th marked the birthday of one of my favorite anime characters, Sailor Moon, so I decided to write a post about what’s new and exciting in her world.  This year is an especially important year for Sailor Moon as her franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary which is a huge milestone.  In honor of Usagi’s decades of success, Bandai is licensing a ton of new merchandise that I can’t wait to own.

I fell in love with Sailor Moon when I began reading the issues of the reprinted manga that have been re-released in North America beginning in September of 2011.  All of the Sailor Moon manga is written by Naoko Takeuchi and the entire run is told through 52 chapters, with several side-stories.  In 2012 it was announced that a new adaptation of the anime would be released in the summer of 2013, but it has since been delayed.  In the meantime, I highly suggest checking out the manga if you haven’t already.

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Back to the new merchandise releases by Bandai!  You can pre-order everything online (but you must translate the website, as everything is being released in Japan).  If that’s too confusing, you will also be able to purchase them items on eBay once they’re released.  Below are some of the items I definitely have to have:

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S.H. Sailor Moon & Luna Action Figure $45 (Pre-order) – I saw this figure at New York Toy Fair and I fell in love!  It comes with 3 interchangeable faces, 3 left hands, 5 right hands, 2 Moon Sticks, Moon Tiara Effect parts & Luna

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Luna & Artemis Phone Case $21.25 (Pre-order) – What’s cuter than two cats sitting under the moon and stars with their tails intertwined?

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Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder $39.95 (Pre-order) – This compact is modeled after Sailor Moon’s Crystal Star Brooch

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Miracle Romance Nail Collection $53.45 (Pre-Order) – The nail collection includes the colors of the Sailor Scouts (red, green, blue, pink, orange) and the bottles are modeled after transformation items.

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