Wish List Worthy: Funko Announces Rock Candy Line

Yet another Funko announcement at Toy Fair that had me jumping up and down is their new line of vinyl collectibles named Rock Candy.  My favorite thing about the Rock Candy line is that it spotlights female superheroes.  Right now the collection only includes the women of DC Comic but depending on the success of the line, I’m sure they would try to extend their license to Marvel too.  The figures are already up for preorder on Entertainment Earth and at $10.99 per figure, buying the whole line is completely affordable!  The two that I’m definitely preordering are Modern Batgirl and Classic Supergirl.  Which are your favorites?

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The Top 5 Most Fashionable Females in Comics!

My second THINKAboutTheINK video is dedicated to a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  I listed the characters I count as the most fashionable females in comics.  Who are your top 5?

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Top 10 Comics

I read fewer comics this year than I did in 2014, but there were so many amazing titles to choose from that it was very challenging to narrow it down to only 10.  Here are my top 10 favorite comics of 2014 in a very particular order!  Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Books of 2014, and Top 10 TV Shows, Top 7 Movies, & Top 5 Broadway/Off Broadway Shows of 2014! What were your favorites this year?

10) The Woods

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9) Gotham Academy

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8) Silver Surfer

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7) Rat Queens

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6) Sex Criminals

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5) The Wicked + The Divine

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4) Batgirl

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3) Sandman Overture

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2) Lumberjanes

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1) Saga

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Bonus: Bee & Puppycat

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DC Collectibles Black & White Batgirl of Burnside Statue

A new series post I decided to introduce as a weekly feature on my blog is called Wishlist Wednesday.  I’m always finding things online that I feel like I might not be able to continue living without so instead of being impulsive and placing an order the moment I click on something I covet, I’m going to write about it first.

The first item in this series that I’m hardcore swooning over is the DC Collectibles Black & White Batgirl of Burnside statue which was announced last week.  The statue is based on the softly rebooted series by creative team Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr (which I have been loving beyond belief!).  Stewart and Tarr have revamped Barbara Gordon into a character that I’m once again excited to read new stories about. The fashion alone is one of the most compelling components of the book.  I love Babs’ new suit which consists of a much more practical leather jacket, leggings, snap-on cape, and Doc Martins.  And her “regular” clothes feel like something any fashionable twenty-something-living-in-Brooklyn would pick up at Forever 21 or ModCloth.

The statue has been sculpted by Irene Matar and will be released September of 2015.  I love that this new incarnation of Batgirl has been so widely embraced by readers after only two issues have been released that it’s already warranted a statue.  And not just any Black & White statue.  Batgirl of Burnside is going to be the first Black & White Batgirl statue ever released.  She’s going to look fantastic next to my Black & White Harley Quinn.

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NYCC 2014: Art I Purchased Spotlight On Babs Tarr

Since the day my press pass for NYCC arrived, I began scouring the official website to see which artists and exhibitors I couldn’t leave the convention without seeing.  To say that my enthusiasm level was anything less than the max when I came across Babs Tarr’s name, would be a gross understatement.  I’ve been following Babs art for ages before she was announced as the new artist on Batgirl but we have never been at the same convention and her Etsy shop is (sadly) forever closed.  I knew Babs’ table would be the one where I spent the majority of my convention budget and I couldn’t wait to hand over my credit card.

As soon as we got to NYCC on Thursday, Andrew and I went to straight to Artist Alley and I basically beelined for Babs’ table.  Unfortunately she was busy speaking on a panel so I decided to wait until she was there to take the plunge.  After visiting other artist friends and hanging at their tables which just so happened to be in close proximity to Babs’, she returned.  I may have even gotten a text message from Jen simply stating “the eagle has landed.”

I rushed back and excitedly pointed at all of the things I needed!  Babs was SO nice and I told her about how I had wanted her Harley and Ivy heart print forever but since her Etsy is always closed I’ve yet to acquire it which is when she explained that she hates shipping things.  Totally understandable!  Anyway, I ended up with 5 pieces in total and I’m so happy I picked them up when I did.  As the con went on her selection dwindled because obviously.  I just love the way Babs draws female heroes and villains and my favorite print I picked up from her was a Spider-Gwen.

I think part of the reason I’m so attracted to Babs Tarr’s art is because she pays such close attention to fashion.  I would wear the majority of the clothing the women she illustrates are depicted in.  I’m really really hoping that Babs will design a poster for The Mary Janes since she already took the time to draw Spider-Gwen.  Anyway, the below prints were a portion of my NYCC art haul:

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In case you also really love Babs’ work, here are the links to her Etsy store and her deviantart page:

DeviantArt – http://babsdraws.deviantart.com/

Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/babsdraws

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5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Love To Dress Up As For Halloween

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays (next to Christmas of course)!  It’s a time to indulge in delicious candy, catch up on horror movies you may have missed or revisit some old favorites, carve pumpkins and hunt for every pumpkin flavored food item one can find, and of course, to dress up!  For me, I personally think there’s a huge difference between dressing up for Halloween and cosplaying.  While I obviously want to be as character accurate as possible, I definitely put a lot less effort into Halloween costumes than I put into cosplay.  Especially since Halloween is not too long after New York Comic Con.  Our next 5 Fandom Friday post is about the 5 characters I would love to dress up for this Halloween and I’m treating my list as if I had unlimited time and resources.
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1) Elsa – I love Elsa for so many reasons.  I was already obsessed with Frozen before the film had even debuted because I would spend all of my free time wandering into the Disney Store in Times Square and admiring her ethereal ice blue gown accentuated with the perfect amount of sparkly crystals.  It was basically a test not to buy something each time I would get there without having seen the movie.  I only allowed myself to purchase an Elsa mug beforehand but you can bet that as soon as I saw it (opening night OBVS), I headed straight back to get my hands on more merchandise.  I also adore Elsa’s long full braid and her classic purple eyeshadow and deep red lips and porcelain skin.  So yupp, HUGE Elsa fan here :-)
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2) Spider-Gwen – Let’s face it.  Spider-Gwen is basically all of my fantasies rolled into one giant dream come true.  If there’s one character that was made for me, it’s Spider-Gwen.  I wish I had had enough time to put together a costume for New York Comic Con, but I’m so in love with Gwen that I didn’t want to rush at all.  I know I’m going to cosplay her at a convention next year, but there is going to be so much time, effort and care that goes into it because it’s one cosplay that I’m excited to wear multiple times.  I love Gwen’s Spider suit and the gorgeous hooded design.  It’s so sleek and classic, yet also modern and fresh. Oh Gwen <3
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3) Thranduil – One fandom that I am very passionate about but haven’t ever gotten into the cosplay spirit of is Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  After seeing GlitzyGeekyGirl’s Legolas cosplay, I’ve been dying to make my own, but ever since The Hobbit films have been released, I find myself more and more attached to Thranduil.  I love his long blonde hair (widows peak and all), and I super love his hair accessory/crown.  The delicate silver branchlike design works perfectly with the autumnal leaves.  I also love his floor length silver brocade(?) robe, knee high riding boots, and leggings.  Also, elf ears.  It’s going to happen at some point.
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4) The New Batgirl –  Another new costume that I’ve been experiencing intensely fond feelings for is the new Batgirl suit which debuted in issue #35 earlier this month.  The new Babs has been everywhere on the internet and I could just stare at her outfit for hours.  I love love love the fitted purple leather jacket, purple leggings, yellow Doc Martens, yellow Bat symbol and just all of the intricate detailing of the various snaps and zippers and what have you.  Batgirl is finally someone who is relatable and her costume could not be more perfect.
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5) Sylveon –   Sylveon is my favorite new Pokémon.  She/he’s what I would picture a Pokémon fashioned after a cupcake to look like.  There are such cute girl Sylveon designs on DeviantArt and I would definitely want to model my costume after this Sylveon Scout or a Lolita Sylveon.  Either way the costume would be so pink and precious and full of bows!  I’m pretty sure I would also be rather prancy.
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Which characters would you most like to dress up as for Halloween?  Send me your links so I can add them to my post!
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You Fancy Me Mad
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It’s Always October, Isn’t It
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Usagi In Wonderland
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Syrco Owl
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Kitten Of All Trades
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5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately

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It’s time for the next installment of 5 Fandom Friday!  Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart because it combines my two biggest loves- fashion, and fandoms.  For those that don’t know I attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, so fashion has always been a major aspect of my life.  And just from the general internet, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m super passionate about lots of fandoms, but my big two are comics and Harry Potter. So anyway, clothes!  These are the top five things I need in my closet immediately!

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Black Milk Clothing Harley Quinn Reversible Skater Dress – This dress is part of BlackMilk’s next collection “Hot Mess” and comes out next week! I just reached my 50 pieces so they sent me a gift voucher for $130 and now I’m even more excited to make my next purchases!

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Vena Dress – I have been eyeing this Venasaur dress on Etsy for quite some time.  It’s such an adorable interpretation of one of my favorite Pokemon so I think it’s only a matter of time before I add it to my collection!
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Harry Potter Student Uniform Dress – I just stumbled upon this dress on the Hot Topic website the other day and I adore the way it’s been styled! I already have a pair of the Ravenclaw knee high socks so all I need is the dress and the sweater to complete the look!4

Battlestar Galactica Admiral Skirt & Silk Double Tank – These gorgeous high fashion pieces of apparel are designed by a new clothing label called Cozday Clothing.  They’re a little on the expensive side, but a girl can dream.  The skirt was fashioned after Admiral Adama’s uniform and the silk tank is a high fashion interpretation of the double tanks worn by Viper pilots.
5New Batgirl Redesign Hoodie – I am basically obsessed with the new Batgirl redesign and I was astounded when this amazing hoodie appeared online within days of the new announcement.  I love that the shoulder even include the snaps on Batgirl’s new threads.  I only wish it were 1) available to purchase and 2) purple instead of grey.

Which clothing items are you lusting after?  Tweet me your list and I’ll add a link to your blog post in the list below!

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Cold’s Gold Factory

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

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

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Ivan Reis

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Mike Norton

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Ryan Stegman

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Cliff Chiang

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

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DC Bombshell Statues

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

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Baltimore Comic Con ’13: 7 Artists I Want To Give All Of My Money To

Normally I would narrow my list down to the top 5 artists I’m excited to see, but Baltimore Comic Con is an exception to all conventions.  It was my favorite show I attended of 2012, and it’s always full of the industry’s top talent.  Unlike SDCC or NYCC, it’s a much smaller scale convention, and it’s one of few that feels like everything about it is planned for fans.  Many creators I’ve talked to have said that Baltimore Comic Con is one of the shows they do the best at, so it’s beneficial for both attendees and industry folk.  But enough about the convention! Here’s a list of the top 7 artists I’m dying to buy prints from this year!

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Mike Maihack

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Brian Bolland

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Mark Buckingham

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Cliff Chiang

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Amanda Conner

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Sean Gordon Murphy

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Art Baltazar

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