A Weekend Full of Zombies & Doctor Who

Q: What do a Doctor Who bar, Looper, a Zombie Walk, Mean Girls, and Left 4 Dead all have in common? A: They were all contributing elements to my fabulous weekend!  And what’s even better is that 1) it’s not yet over, and 2) NEW YORK COMIC CON STARTS THIS WEEK!  After a stressful day at work on Friday, I was forced to employ my Speed Racette driving techniques to ensure I made my train into Manhattan.  Seriously, I need to move there ASAP so I can avoid these types of close calls!  First on the agenda was to see the movie Looper, staring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis.    I had been wanting to see it since the movie trailer was released because besides the obvious reason (JGL), time travel is my absolute favorite sci-fi subject to explore in movies, novels, television, and *crosses fingers* hopefully IRL one day.  After a brief mishap with the ticket machine (aka Melissa & I’s first blonde moment of the weekend), we purchased our movie snacks and headed into the theater.  It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth and thankfully the concession stand at the theater was able to satisfy my major Sour Patch Kids craving.  Overall I really enjoyed Looper.  I’m thinking about writing a full review of it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink sometime this week if I can find the time between all of my NYCC planning. I was excited to see that Paul Dano had a small part in the film.  I’ve loved him since I saw him in Little Miss Sunshine, and I’ve been following his film career ever since.  Immediately following the movie, we were planning on going to the Bottleneck Gallery for their Zombie Art Gallery opening, but since we have all month to view it, we opted instead to head over to The Way Station.
It was my first time going to the famed Brooklyn Doctor Who bar and I had a blast! I will definitely be going back there the first chance I get.  Melissa and I decided to do a quick photo shoot in the bathroom with all of the fun paintings on walls.  Tom Baker’s scarf lines the wall, Matt Smith’s signature is framed above the toilet, there are Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, K9, and more, all are enclosed in a TARDIS which is definitely bigger on the inside.  The bar even has Doctor Who themed drinks (we stuck to River’s Red Setting which is a mix of Absolut Citron, Orange Juice and Grenadine), and they also have a supply of Sonic Screwdrivers.  At the bar we met a nice group of guys, one of which was body painted silver (the photo below is super blurry, but you get the idea!), and another that appeared to be cosplaying as David Tenant, although when Melissa inquired, he informed us that those were his normal clothes.  But the fun did not stop there! After The Way Station, we headed back to Melissa’s lovely apartment and then proceeded to play Left 4 Dead until 3:35 AM.  It was my first time playing Xbox, so Melissa was giving me tutorials and tips on shooter games.  We spent hours taking out zombies and I can definitely say that Xbox is at the very top of my wish list.  (The limited Star Wars edition Xbox that I mentioned in my last post =^.^=).  After we successfully slayed said virtual zombies, we knew we had a long day ahead of us on Saturday but we opted to watch Mean Girls anyway.  It was so much fun to watch it with some else who also knows all of the words!
After a night of 2 hours of sleep, I woke up Saturday morning, took a train home, and had just enough time to shower before driving back to the train station.  Normally it’s my train rides home from NYC where my comic reading is interrupted by drunken club goers, but as soon as I boarded my 11:54 AM train it was evident that Irish Day was being celebrated by the rest of the Long Islanders.  Leave it to me to be the outcast in the Imperial logo tank while everyone else was sporting kelly green and Irish accents.  Luckily I survived my commute and was going to have to re-read everything I began anyway due my lack of sleep.  So as everyone knows, my first stop in Penn Station was to acquire my obligatory Treinta Unsweetened Green Iced Tea from Starbucks, and some pumpkin bread for good measure.  The walk was in Asbury Park in NJ, so I met up with Mel and we hopped our next train to New Brunswick where we were greeted by Cassie.  Our next stop was the Halloween store where we tried on numerous costumes before finally settling on our final choices.  I ended up choosing to go as a Zombie version of Jem, the infamous animated front woman of Jem and the Holograms, while Cassie dressed as a Zombie Slytherin, and Melissa as a Zombie Chucky doll.  We headed back to Cassie’s where we bloodied ourselves up and then drove down to Asbury to join the herd of walkers and our friend Kim her fiancé Xander, and their friend Eric.
We roamed around town a bit, did some quick shopping at the booths set up by the boardwalk, and ran down the beach for a bit!  We missed the Zombie Thriller dance due to our tardiness, but hey, transforming into a zombie is no easy task.  We saw some very clever costumes while we were walking around, but my favorite was a group of people who were LARPing in the food court as the characters from the video game (Left 4 Dead) I had just played on Friday night!  We basically froze the entire time we were there which reminded me to start perusing ModCloth for new winter coats!  I was so cold the entire time we were waiting for our train back to NY that I couldn’t even tweet or text correctly.  Which made me even happier to think that in a few short weeks I’ll be in a much warmer climate when I visit Kristin in Florida.  Yesterday I spent the majority of my day curled up in my bed watching The Vampire Diaries, which is one of my new television obsessions.  I had never caught any of the episodes before but I took a twitter poll a few weeks ago and I received overwhelmingly positive responses from all who replied.  My verdict has been the same as what everyone forewarned.  The first few episodes are kind of silly and Twilight-esque, but by episode 5 they find a great action packed stride.  I’m going to start DVR’ing the current season in the hopes that I’ll catch up soon, although that may just be wishful thinking with all of the events I have lined up in October.

I’m planning on trying to start writing some more blog posts throughout the week which won’t only recap the events I’ve been attending, but will also give an inside look into what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to, and just loving in general.  I may also put together some fun cosplays to blog about, and some fun personal top 10 lists of my own.  Is there anything specific that you guys want to see?  Let me know in the comments section, on twitter, or send me a message on my tumblr!  But anyway, I must go get ready for the New York BlackMilk meet up!  First we’ll be doing a photo shoot in Central Park and then eating dinner with JL & Handsome Cam at a swanky Italian restaurant.  I can’t wait to meet the rest of the East Coast sharkies!

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Vintage Video Game Day at Cassie’s

There are very few things that I love more than vintage video games.  A vast majority of my childhood consisted of me, my brother, and two of our closest family friends (who lived 5 houses away from us!) sitting on our couch or theirs and competing against each other in video games.  We had all of the best systems growing up including regular Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Playstation, Playstation 2, Nintendo 64, Xbox, Game Cube, and of course Gameboy’s.  Needless to say, Santa was always good to us!  Our household is currently equipped with all of the aforementioned game systems in addition to PS3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and we’re hardcore coveting that limited edition Star Wars Xbox Kinect (which is at the top of my Amazon wishlist on the side of this very page!)  Anyway, my best friend Cassie and I decided to pay homage to our childhoods, break out the old systems and declare it to be Vintage Video Game Day!
The first game we chose to play while getting back into the video game groove, was one of my all time favorite games, Mario Party for Nintendo 64.  We played a 20 turn game on Peach’s Birthday Cake board.  I played as Peach and Cassie played as Yoshi.  We had set the computer players, Mario and Luigi, to easy but both of us would attest that Mario was anything but.  It was so fun going back and playing the old mini games.  The first one we played was Crazy Cutter in which Boo or a Goomba is fossilized in the ground, and in order to win the game and set them free you must obtain a score of at least 80 points.  Some of my favorite mini games were always Face Lift, where you rearrange Bowser’s face to match the one in the middle, Buried Treasure where you dig through the ground to try to be the first player to find the treasure chest, Tipsy Tourney where you use a turtle shell on an uneven board to reveal a picture, and Bobsled Run where you and a partner try to be the first to complete the course.  During the game, Mario ended up stealing my star away from me, but luckily I was able to acquire another one and in the end I beat that plumber! After Mario Party, we decided to switch over to Super Nintendo to play Donkey Kong. We were planning on playing Donkey Kong Country 2 because we both love playing as Diddy and Dixie Kong best, but in typical Super Nintendo fashion, we could not get the game to load.  Even after minutes of Cassie blowing on said game.
Then it was back to Nintendo 64 for us as we took on the rest of the Nintendo family on Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 64.  This time I played as Toad, and Cassie stuck with Yoshi.  We were ruthless  and struck each other with lightening each time the opportunity presented itself.  We also attempted to play in Sherbet Land, and I say attempted because neither of us could fully navigate that board!  In fact, we placed in the bottom 2 on that level.  We started our morning out with the best New York Bagels which I picked up before hopping a train to go visit Cassie, and we continued eating throughout the day.  Cassie purchased some of the most delicious cupcakes from the Sweet Spot Bake Shop which had recently won Cupcake Wars (although she shopped there all the time before their rise to cupcake fame).  When we finished our game playing, we ended the night in the best way possible.  We went to Cassie’s friend (also named Cassie)’s apartment and spent the evening watching Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods.  Cabin is one of my favorite movies I’ve seen this entire year!  I even did a spoiler free review of it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you change that ASAP!  I normally get scared really easily by horror movies, but Cabin was so inexplicably awesome, that it cannot even be classified solely as a horror flick.  You’ll know what I mean when you see it.  If you do watch it and want to chat about it, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section (no spoilers) or on my tumblr (spoilers are a okay!) since I’m a diehard Whedonite!  But anyway, it’s time to get back to NYCC planning! Is everyone exited for next week?!
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My Favorite Moments: Baltimore Comic Con 2012

This past month was the first time I have ever attended Baltimore Comic Con and I can confidently state that it is one of my favorite (possibly even my most favorite) of all the cons I have ever attended.  The convention is very comics-centric and since it’s much smaller than SDCC or NYCC, you’re able to see and do everything you could possibly want to without spending any time waiting on long lines.  Many of the industries leading talents were in attendance and because of the size, everyone was very approachable and you were able to have actual conversations with the people you admire without feeling rushed.  Not to mention all the shopping I did and all the rad cosplay I saw!  So once our press passes were approved, my brother and I got up super early on Saturday morning (like 3AM early), and hopped on a train to Maryland.  For the first day of the con I decided to sport my Lazy Oaf Batman bodysuit, which was lucky because one of the guys at the Stylin’ Online booth loved my outfit so much, that he gave me a pair of these Batman earrings for free!
I also ran into Scott Snyder again!  He and Greg Capullo were signing together and I had them put their John Hancock on a copy of one of my single issue Batman variant covers.  Greg was also giving out a limited edition print, and I was able to snag one of those as well.  Immediately afterwards, we found out via Twitter that Jeff Lemire (for those who don’t know Lemire is my absolute favorite comic book writer), was signing at the Top Cow booth.  Even though I had already read his latest graphic novel, Underwater Welder three times and own a hard copy and review pdf, I decided to purchase another, in which Jeff drew a beautiful sketch of Jack complete with bubbles and a personalization to me.  But here is the craziest part, there were only about 5 people waiting on his line, so I did not have nearly enough time to try to relax and be cool when I met him (see the photo of me smiling all uncontrollably silly with Lemire as proof).  That alone made my trip worth it, but there was so much more!  If you haven’t already read Lemire’s Essex County, Underwater Welder, or Sweet Tooth, you should immediately drop everything and pick them up!  I even cosplayed as Sweet Tooth earlier this year.
My next favorite part of Baltimore Comic Con was definitely the shopping.  I got a Wonder Woman messenger bag (lined with navy blue fabric with white stars), a kawaii Superman backpack, a Totoro necklace, Wonder Woman and Batgirl Barbies, and a ton of artwork.  I also finally got to meet my Twitter friend Joe Eisma who is the artist and one of the masterminds behind Morning Glories.  Joe totally made my day when he told me that he loves looking at my instagram photos to see the kind of outfits I’m wearing since the Glories are all just a few years younger than me.  I got a gorgeous Morning Glories print of Casey signed by Joe, since she is one of my dream cosplays.  I also met Thom Zahler and Amy Ratcliffe where I purchased some of the best Spider-Man artwork I’ve ever seen.  The art I now own depicts Gwen Stacy (aka me) and Mary Jane fighting over a Spider-Man costume.  It’s absolutely adorable!  I also was really excited to meet Amy, who is a writer for Nerd Approved with a serious affinity for Star Wars, and she was super sweet in person!  Next I visited Cliff Chiang’s table and we reminisced about seeing Marvel’s The Avengers.  Dan Slott and I had sat next to him during the Marvel screening last April.  I’ve really been loving Cliff’s Wonder Woman artwork in the New 52, and I always loved his Zatanna art as well.  I got a really cute set of mini prints from him that included Batgirl and Teen Titans art.  My last stop for artwork was at Paolo Rivera’s table.  I simply had to have the iconic Daredevil snow angel cover from issue #7 of Mark Waid’s run and of course a Spider-Man print.
And lastly, what would any convention be without some good ole fashion cosplay?  On Sunday’, Baltimore Comic Con hosted their annual costume contest, so that is the day to attend if cosplay is your thing.  I loved some of the really unique costumes I saw such as Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, The Riddlers, and a Captain Marvel fashioned after Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new series.  After the con my brother and I grabbed some dinner and drinks near the hotel before calling it a night.  Oh! Another favorite highlight was during the Marvel NOW! panel when Mark Waid made my brother stand up and model his “I’m Not Daredevil” t-shirt from WeLoveFine.  For full coverage of the panels I attended and the Harvey Awards, you can view it all at On Wednesdays We Wear Pink!
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Welcome & Zombie Quidditch!

Hey guys! I decided to start keeping a separate more personal blog from On Wednesdays We Wear Pink because I’d like to chronicle more of the fun things I’ve been up to in New York and OWWWP is a more professional site that I share with one of my best friends, Kristin Fowler.  You’ll still be getting tons of geeky and girly news from On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, and here you’ll get a deeper look into the stories behind all of the Twitter and Instagram statuses that I can’t quite describe in only 140 characters.  Kind of like an online diary, although, a girl’s gotta maintain some secrets :o)  Let me know in the comments section if there’s anything specific that you guys would like to see from me and I’ll do my best to incorporate it into my new blog!  I’ve been wanting to start a fun blog for some time and since I finally have a night at home (even though I should be cleaning my room), I decided what better time than now?  I’m going to be backtracking slightly over the next week or so because I really want to share all of my favorite moments from Star Wars Celebration, Dragon*Con, The Walking Dead Zombie Tour, and Baltimore Comic Con with everyone.
I figured I’d start with the most recent events, which happened just yesterday!  My friend Marlene and I attended our very first Zombie Quidditch game on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  It was unlike anything that either of us had ever been to before, and we couldn’t resist the awesome mixing of genres.  There were about 6 Quidditch teams each playing on two pitches.  The team that hosted the event were the NY Badassalisks, a Quidditch team associated with NYC’s largest Harry Potter group, The Group Who Shall Not Be Named.  The way it works is that there are 3 hoops set up on each side of the field and each team has Beaters, Keepers, Chasers, and a Seeker.  Then there’s a person dressed in gold that serves as the Snitch.  For a detailed explanation of Muggle Quidditch, I suggest visiting the Wikapedia page.  Co-hosting the event was ZombieNYC, who zombified all of the participants for free!  Obviously, we couldn’t pass up the chance to have our makeup done, even though it meant attending the Brooklyn Book Fair as zombies later in the day.
After Quidditch, we decided to grab some food (not brains), before heading into Brooklyn and meeting up with my friends Rachael and Giovanni at the Brooklyn Book Festival.  So many of our favorite publishers and NYC bookstores were in attendance.  One booth in particular that we loved was the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund table.  Their mission to protect the First Amendment rights in the comics medium.  They’re a nonprofit organization and you can donate to their cause on their website.  We hung out at the festival for a while and spent a lot of time charging our phones before helping Rachael finish moving into her beautiful new apartment!  As a thank you, Rach took us to her favorite bar, and we were treated to the crispiest, most delicious plate of french fries I ever could’ve hoped for.
After such an eventful day, all I wanted to do was run home and curl up on my couch in pj’s to watch the Emmy’s with my family.  But of course, I couldn’t leave NYC without stopping at Midtown Comics to pick up Guardians of the Galaxy (which is their pick for Friday’s book club at the downtown store) and Baked by Melissa for a box of 25 mini cupcakes, 10 of which I ate on the train ride home :o)  To be honest, I was kind of disappointed in the Emmy’s this year.  Most of the awards went to Modern Family, and John Cryer won for best lead actor in a comedy series.  Homeland, a show I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, won a bunch of awards too.  Although I was excited that Aaron Paul won for his performance on Breaking Bad, and Jessica Lange won for her role on American Horror Story.  Anyway,  I should get to work on my other blog posts for tomorrow since I have a very busy week ahead of me!
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