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 :-)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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New York Comic Con is the convention that I look forward to attending every year. It’s local, it’s not overwhelmingly crowded and the panels are usually pretty interesting. That is, until this year. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast at NYCC, but there is no doubt that the Javits Center severely oversold the event this year. There was even a point on Saturday when they closed all of the doors and were not admitting any more attendees into the convention because they were over capacity. I had arrived late that day, but luckily because I had a press badge and Melissa had an exhibitor badge we were permitted to enter anyway. I had also heard people complaining about the lack of guests and interesting panels. I disagree with this point. Last year, the two big panels were The Walking Dead and The Avengers panels. The Walking Dead returned for a panel again this year, but it wouldn’t have made sense for The Avengers to return when their next movie isn’t scheduled to be released for a few years. Plus, Clark Gregg crashed the Marvel TV panel to be there when Joss Whedon and Kevin Fiege’s video clips announced that the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series would feature Agent Coulson. That’s pretty darn exciting if you ask me! Not to mention that Tom Felton, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Stephen Arnell (the new Arrow) were all in attendance. As for other guests, I was very pleased. Maybe it’s because I love comics, but the main reason that I attend conventions is to see the authors and artists behind each of my favorite series. I don’t get overly excited when I meet movie stars, but place me in front of an author like Neil Gaiman and I’m speechless. I love getting my books signed and just being able to have a few moments in the presence of someone talented enough to have created a series I respect.
So now, for my favorite parts of NYCC. I was really pleased with the amount of Twitter people I was able to run into at the convention. It’s so lovely to be able to finally put an IRL face and voice to a Twitter handle. I do wish I could’ve spent more time with some of the people I met, but NYCC weekend flew past like a whirlwind. I didn’t even get to spend the majority of time with my close friends with the exception of Melissa (@mechamelissa) and Jen (@jennifermarie). Luckily, I was able to catch up with some others that I missed at the con at the after parties. On Thursday night, Melissa, Chris (@CapSteveRogers), and I ended our night early and nommed on Mexican food and margaritas before turning in. It was the perfect end to an exhausting day. The following night, Melissa, Alan (@SizzlerKistler), Lisa (@LisaMcMullan) and I attended the Psychology of Cosplay panel given by none other than Andrea (@ArkhamAsylumDoc) and Jill (@TheNerdyBird). It was a great panel and the girls did a wonderful job speaking and informing us about cosplay demographics! Immediately afterward we headed to The Mary Sue & Her Universe party which was moved to Beer Authority after the Houndstooth Pub lost the reservation. We had a great time just hanging out and eating cheesecake and fries. Saturday night was by far my favorite night of parties. We left the convention around 10pm and attended the Geek Girl party at Stitch, followed by the Marvel Comics party. In fact, we had so much fun that we didn’t end up getting back to Melissa’s until 5 AM (which we undoubtedly paid for the next morning). It was so much fun catching up with Brad Walker (@IamBradWalker), who drew the art for Guardians of the Galaxy. He just looked on at us embarrassed when Jen, Melissa, and I broke out into an Oasis sing along.
Part of what I find most fun about going to any convention is putting together outfits. On Thursday (the first photo), I was decked out in Wonder Woman attire which other people kept referring to as a costume. I had to assure them that those were in fact my normal clothes and are the way I dress on a day to day basis. The next day, Jen and I wore our galaxy dresses by Black Milk and I made us complimenting Lantern headbands. Jen is a Sinestro fan so she represented the Yellow Lanterns while I stuck to the classic Green Hal Jordan. We were planning on collecting Lanterns to take photos with, but sadly we did not see very many Lantern cosplayers. Then on Saturday we donned more of our BlackMilk pieces. We attended the con as the droids you’ve been looking for with me as R2 and Jen as C3PO. Almost immediately after entering the con, Melissa and I decided to impulsively purchase wigs and we spent the rest of the day roaming in our vibrant headwear. Our friend Lauren (@LaurenMoran), was also dressed as an adorable Ewok on Saturday so she perfectly fit in with our theme! Then on Sunday, I decided to cosplay since I hadn’t any of the other days. I went as Stephanie Brown Batgirl and Melissa went as female Solomon Grundy.
As for highlights inside the convention, I was really excited to meet Jim McCann and get a signed copy of his Mind the Gap Volume 1
trade. I’ve been loving each issue of the series and Jim even gave me his email address so I can interview him for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
. I also acquired a signed copy of Blacksad
by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, a beautiful Harley Quinn statue by Kotobuyika, an Indiana Jones Handbook
from my friend Eric (@EricSmithRocks) at Quirk Books (@QuirkBooks), a few adorable tees from WeLoveFine (@WeLoveFineTees) which I’m sure I’ll be modeling soon via instagram, a signed Fables
print from Bill Willingham, Harley Quinn and Batgirl iPhone cases, and I had Kyle Higgins sign my Nightwing
trade. And, I was able to accomplish my one convention goal which was to meet Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples and have them sign a Saga
trade for me. We arrived at the Midtown signing quite late, but thanks to Thor Parker (@ThorParker), we were able to get in line and be the last few to meet them! Overall, I’d say it was a very successful convention. I’m sure that I’m forgetting things because like I said before, this NYCC really did fly by. What were your favorite moments from NYCC? Let me know in the comments section, on Twitter
, or tumblr
! And for a full album on NYCC pics, feel free to friend me on Facebook