I decided to lump together all of my favorite performances into one big best of 2014 wrap up post so I’m not overwhelming anyone today! I split both television shows and movies into two top 5 lists, one being the best of 2014, and one being the best of what I watched in 2014. And Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Comics, and Top 10 Books! What were your favorite tv shows, films and plays this year?
Top 5 TV Shows of 2014
1) Parks and Recreation
3) The Flash
4) The Librarians
5) New Girl
Top 5 (New to Me) TV Shows of 2014
1) Pushing Daisies
2) Veronica Mars
3) Pretty Little Liars
4) The Carrie Diaries
5) Twin Peaks
Top 5 Movies of 2014
1) Guardians of the Galaxy
2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3) The LEGO Movie
4) Into the Woods
5) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Top 2 (New to Me) Movies in 2014
2) How to Train Your Dragon
Top 5 Broadway Or Off-Broadway Shows of 2014
3) Of Mice and Men
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
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
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 (w
hich 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!