Happy biggest shopping day of the year! Ever since I started college I’ve been learning about how Black Friday was named as such since it was the one day of the year that predicts if the store will make their sales goals. Retailers put a wide assortment of merchandise on sale in the hopes that it will attract potential customers and their profit statement will be in the “black” instead of the “red.” With that being said, buying trends have changed VASTLY since online shopping became a thing and many businesses aren’t depending on this one day anymore. In fact, with some exceptions, customers can usually find better sales closer to the holiday season than they can on Black Friday. It’s become more psychological that customers expect Black Friday to be the best deal so that’s usually when they’ll take the plunge on big ticket items. In all my years I have never lined up over night and waited in the cold to buy something but these are the things I *might* do it for if there were a good enough deal!
Canon Rebel DSLR Camera – Ever since I’ve begun blogging, I’ve gotten more and more into photography. I just love it! My entire mindset has changed to the point where every time I go to take a new photo I first think about what I can do to make it the best possible photo it can be (ie., move the object/person to a location with better lighting, consider the background, etc.). I’ve been working with my iPhone for quite some time now and the quality of my photos has improved SO much over the years but I love to keep improving. I look at the photos from some of my first blog posts and just CRINGE.
Batman: The Complete Television Series Limited Edition Blu-Ray – I am burning and pining for this limited edition Batman 66 television series blu-ray. I skipped out on preordering a copy because 1) it’s so darn expensive and 2) I’ve been crossing my fingers for a Black Friday miracle. The series is goofy and all of the characters are so perfect. I feel like I really need this blu-ray set in my life.
Pink KitchenAid Mixer – This pink KitchenAid mixer has been on my wish list for YEARS. I have always been kind of OBSESSED with the idea of owning and using this beautiful beautiful baking device in a kitchen of my own. When I lived with my parents I didn’t have enough space to own one, but now that I’m on my own and have even less space, I feel like I would be able to clear a corner to make this dream come true. Obviously I need a pink one and I don’t think that needs to be explained!
Dyson Pink Vacuum – I’m still not completely sure how I feel about knowing that I’ve been lusting after a vacuum but alas, I visit it every time I go to Target because holy heck it is a beautiful cleaning device. I can just picture myself using it to clean my apartment with a bandana in my hair like those retro-y images. Also, it’s PINK!
Hot Toys Loki (The Avengers) – This is one collectible that keeps getting pricier and pricier so even wishing for a Black Friday sale on this discontinued piece of perfection is very outlandish. He just looks so lifelike! And what girl wouldn’t want a little Tom Hiddleston causing a little mischief in their bedroom? His likeness is so good that it scares my friend Dan and he tried to dissuade me from wanting Loki by saying that he would probably Toy Story around my room when I’m not home. OBVIOUSLY this made me want him even more!
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it plenty more times, I love lists. Which is why I also love when the year is ending because it’s the perfect time to reflect on the things you enjoyed in the past 365 days, and compile them into one comprehensive guide (or in this case, one comprehensive guide in two parts). There were so many amazing comics published this year that it was too much of a challenge for me to narrow the list down to ten. I decided to divide my favorites into two parts with 12 on each list. Even with a total of 24, I feel as though I’m still neglecting several series that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this year. The list is overwhelmingly Image and Marvel titles and as much as I adore each of the series I’ve chosen to highlight, I am hoping for more diversity next year.
Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
Itty Bitty Hellboy by Art Baltazar & Franco
Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch
Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon & Becky Cloonan
The Wake by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy
Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja
Revival by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton
Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt
Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan & Jamie McKelvie
Trillium by Jeff Lemire
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
The jewelry company nOir recently released some new items in their DC Comics line, and among them is this Gotham City bracelet which has quickly made its way to the very top of my Christmas list. Not only does Gotham house some of my favorite superheroes and villains, but it also reminds me of my favorite part of my own hometown, the breathtaking architecture of New York City. The entire time I was in LA filming for Fangasm, I was feeling majorly homesick and I couldn’t wait to get back and wander the streets, so I could once again admire NYC’s skyscrapers. Almost every producer had told me that they’d never met a New Yorker who loves New York as much as I do. Even my own dad makes fun of me when we walk around Manhattan because I’m constantly stopping to take photos of my favorite buildings. And I know a ton of random trivia about said buildings. I am determined to own this beautiful piece of jewelry one day, not only to celebrate my love of Gotham, but also to have a piece of home close to me at all times. Plus, I’ve also started reading Gotham Central recently and I’m completely addicted to the series. This Gotham City bracelet will ship on December 19th, and it’s available on the nOir jewelry website for $310.
This year at NYCC, there seems to be more exclusives than ever! There are so many great items being offered by vendors that I know I’m going to have a difficult time narrowing down my purchases. Here’s what I’ve already decided I must have.
Rocket Raccoon Plush by Marvel $34.99 & comes with a Skottie Young lithograph
Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy $24.99 (She’ll match my Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC!)
Harley Quinn Funko Pop Vinyl Metallic Figure
Stan Lee Funko Pop Vinyl Figure
Batman & Batmobile Funko Pop Vinyl Figures
Her Universe 12 Doctors T-shirt
Personalized S.H.I.E.L.D. Badge
What are you most looking forward to buying at New York Comic Con?
A few nights ago I read the first two issues of Batman ’66 and for lack of a better phrase, I’m completely obsessed. In just 50 pages (30 pages in issue #1, and 20 pages in issue #2), we’ve already been introduced to Batman, Robin, Riddler (the Frank Gorshin version), Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred, and Circe. And we’ve already gotten some classic Boy Wonder exclamations such as “Holy Evil Alliance,” “Holy Tightrope,” and “”Should I enter it into the Bat-Computer?” The first two issues each contain one main story, and a backup story. Jeff Parker, who writes the series, told the NY Post that he listens to the characters speaking while he creates their dialogue, which you can easily tell while you’re reading. Parker has a much bigger opportunity to tell grander stories since there’s no budget for effects in a comic book, and it comes through in his writing that Parker is basically telling dream Batman ’66 stories which wouldn’t have been able to be told on the television series due to monetary restrictions. We haven’t seen a full blown Batusi yet, but hopefully Parker was foreshadowing in the first issue when a bar patron asks “Batman, I was hoping to run into you! Can you show us how to do that dance we heard about?” Sadly Bats doesn’t have the time because he and the Boy Wonder are investigating a serious crime.
Jonathan Case, who illustrates and colors the series, created artwork which perfectly captures the overall tone. He uses bright neon colors which pop against contrasting backgrounds, and in the first issue with the Riddler, he outlines all of the landscapes with blue lines which creates a kind of 3D effect in a much more attractive version of Gotham. Case perfectly captures the likeness of the Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar’s ’66 characters, using smooth rounded lines, and hairstyles consistent with the decade to depict the cast of the comic. And I just have to say this – Case’s Catwoman is purrfect. I’m also loving the use of the exaggerated sound effects within the comics’ panels. And the covers are drawn and colored by Mike and Laura Allred, who just so happen to be two of my favorite artists. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have flipped through these issues.
According to Comics Alliance, a very classy Mad Men-like version of Harley Quinn will be appearing in issue #7. If you’re reading the comic digitally, you’ve already seen Harley’s introduction, but since I’m reading in print, I’m only up to issue #2. Batman ’66 is part of the DC2 initiative to convert readers to digital comics. I’ve been reading the physical printed copies, which are released on a very delayed time schedule compared to their digital counterparts, but since I loved the first two issues so much, I think I’m going to finally cave in and start buying the series from ComiXology… as well as the print issues… and the trade. *Makes fist* damn you DC Comics for monopolizing my bank account!
This past weekend was arguably one of the best weekends ever. My best friend, Melissa, came over Friday afternoon, and we ended up having so much fun that she didn’t leave until Sunday evening! Anytime Mel comes to visit me, we always end up shopping at Barnes and Noble, Hot Topic, the comic book store, and several other locations, but this time, we were shopping with a purpose. We decided it would be fun to customize some vinyl toys so in addition to all of the books, clothes, and collectibles we usually purchase, we were also in the market for art supplies.
We spent about 13 hours painting toys while we watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I & II, Terminator 2, and Robocop. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies led to us ordering a pizza (obviously). There is probably no food in the world that’s better than a New York pizza with extra cheese.
But back to toys! Melissa and I basically made our toy dreams into a reality this weekend. We’re both really into pastel colors, and if it were up to us, there would be a lot more pink in the world. So we took that dream and applied it (almost literally!) to our new collectibles. I’m so thrilled to be the proud owner of a rainbow Robocop army, a pink Batman with a gold sparkly belt, Tinker Bell’s twin sister who prefers pink, a glittery Silver Surfer, and the sparkliest Spider-Man bank you will ever lay eyes on.
My absolute favorite toys that Melissa customized are her lime green Terminator figure, and her pink Hulk. If I saw either of them on a shelf at a store or convention, I would totally purchase them immediately!
Here’s a photo of what all of our toys looked like before…
…. and after!