5 Fandom Friday is getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit! Our topic this week is about which fictional couples we ship. Anyone who identifies as a fangirl or a fanboy has VERY strong opinions about which characters belong together. Here are the ones that I feel most strongly about!
1) Peter Parker & Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man) – Gwen > MJ. No question. Gwen loves Peter and MJ loves Spidey. Gwen and Peter connect on a deeper level and I wish that they would’ve been able to explore their relationship further. Stupid Green Goblin *cries*
2) Cath & Levi (Fangirl) – This pair is adorable. Levi gets Cath to be open to new experiences and it’s the best thing for her. Their love is so innocent and ahhh.
3) Anna & Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss) – I just wrote a full review of this book which will be posted this weekend and it explains ALL of my feelings about Anna at Etienne but trust me, this pair will make you swoon. It’s a slow burn romance and it’s so so satisfying.
4) Lupin & Tonks (Harry Potter) – The FEELS.
5) Chuck & Blair (Gossip Girl) – Chuck and Blair’s relationship was such an emotional roller coaster for me. I had read the books so at first I thought that the idea of something between them was absurd, but Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick (*swoon*) have the best on screen chemistry possibly ever. I think they may be my OTP.
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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:
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/
Face it tigers, we just hit the jackpot! I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to review a statue than I am to review the stunning new Mary Jane Watson comiquette that Sideshow Collectibles recently released. The collection, which I SWOONED over at San Diego Comic Con last year, is designed by the ever-so-talented J. Scott Campbell. Having already owned some of his artwork (I even have a Gwen Stacy print hanging on my wall, which one of the other statues in the collection is based on!), I was completely on board to add these gorgeous creatures to my collection. But back to MJ!
I used in the first paragraph, but the only word to really describe the new Mary Jane Watson statue is stunning. She is by far one of the prettiest statues I’ve ever owned. Mary Jane’s pose is striking, as she kneels on a brown leather ottoman surrounded by fashion magazines and a June issue of The Daily Bugle whose headline proclaims “Spider-Man Frightens Citizens in City.” Perhaps my favorite part of her design is the top half of Spider-Man’s uniform which MJ drapes over her shoulders and exercises the suits flexibility by grasping and stretching the arms and positioning her arms on her thighs. I also must add that Mary Jane is wearing distressed denim jeans with back pocket flaps which sit dangerously low on her hips, accentuating her curves. Her outfit is completed with a tight and low cut white tank which as any Spidey fan would know, is very MJ. I love that she’s barefoot, and it appears that this is a pose that anyone may catch MJ in while sitting in her living room daydreaming about Spider-Man on any given day. I’m assuming that’s where her mind is because she also has a very seductive look on her face. Mary Jane has red lips and blue eyes which coordinate perfectly with the Spider-Man suit and she’s sporting cat-eyed eyeliner and an thin arched eyebrow. I love the extra attention to detail on her face, especially with the perfectly placed freckles which help her seductive look seem slightly more innocent. The sculpting of her hair and side bangs is also quite lovely.
I’m kind of having a difficult time writing my review without stopping to stare at her for a few more moments, even though I’ve been admiring her each day since she arrived at my doorstep! According to the Sideshow website, Mary Jane is cast in high quality polystone and hand painted with a new high contrast technique. I love the material used on this statue. It doesn’t feel as fragile as some of the other statues I own. The ottoman base is also very weighted, so I feel confident that it would take a lot of effort to ever knock her over. She actually weighs a full five pounds! Mary Jane is 11.5 inches tall by 5.75 inches wide and 5.75 inches deep. So in comparative terms, she’s bigger than a Kotobukiya bishoujo statue, or an Ame-Comi figure but quality-wise, you can’t even discuss them in the same sentence.
The Mary Jane statue is currently on sale on Sideshow Collectibles’ website, and she’s only retailing for $249.99. One of the other things I also love about Sideshow in general is that you’re able to split up your payments if you can’t spend the $250 all at once. The Mary Jane statue is limited to only 6,000 pieces (I have number 0585!), so you probably shouldn’t wait to long to place your order if you’re considering adding her to your collection. Below are some close up photos of the details on the statue, the bottom of the base, which is also beautifully designed, the box she was delivered in, and the last photo I took is of Mary Jane with one of my favorite Spider-Man comic runs, (just for good measure and not at all because I’m having way more fun photographing this statue than any adult should admit to).
Sorry I’m so far behind on writing my NYCC recap. Things have been insanely busy since our Fangasm premiere, but I wanted to share all of the wonderful moments I had at this year’s convention. NYCC is one of my favorite cons because it’s in my home territory. It’s the one time of year that all of my friends fly to me to visit and gather at the Javits Center because of our shared love of superheroes and such. This year was an exceptionally exciting year for me. I can’t even begin to tell you how heartwarming it was to be approached by so many people who had seen and loved Fangasm. The entire reason I decided to be on the show is because I love the geek community, and I always want to encourage a positive, happy, outlook on our industry, so having so many people tell me that our show inspired them makes me feel even better about my whole experience. Thank you to everyone who approached Molly, Regina, Sal and I and shared your fandom stories. You really made our convention a memorable one :-)
We started our day on Thursday by meeting up with one my favorite geek girls, Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe & Clone Wars. Ashley has always been a role model of mine. She’s a driven business woman, and she’s also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I love what she has done for geek girl fashion, and I wear her clothes all the time! After seeing Ashley, the rest of the Fangasm crew and I headed to the Diamond booth where we held a meet and greet for anyone who wanted to come say hi to us! I also got to see Chris (the amazingly talented designer of this very website!), and Stephanie, who did me a huge favor and brought my custom made Nightwing dress by Suckers Apparel so I could wear it the next day. I wish I could’ve hung out with them for longer, but this convention, I was constantly on the move. Next we went to the Stan Lee Collectibles booth and we were given the exclusive Funko Stan Lee New York Comic Con Pop vinyl figures! Mine is currently sitting next to me on my desk and watching me write this recap (and probably silently judging me for not posting it sooner). Afterwards we wandered around the show floor for a little longer and then we met up with Melissa and Christine and it was off to the Mary Sue Bash! When we first got there I finally met my long time internet friend Janna and her fiancé Mike, in real life for the first time ever! I also finally had a brief chance to catch up with Jill (one of the lovely hosts!), Rachael, Marlene, Amy, Eric, Alan, Lisa, and Ali, but not nearly long enough. We actually arrived on time (for once), and we ate delicious popcorn, waited anxiously as the raffle winners were announced, and played with superhero props, all the while drinking Strong Female Characters and Wonder Woman Movies which were cocktails that were custom designed for the party. I also was able to meet two more internet friends of mine, Sam Maggs, who was such a sweetheart, and Nicole who works for WeLoveFine! All in all, the Mary Sue Bash was an absolute blast!
After the previous nights festivities, Molly, Sal, Regina and I had kind of a late start on Friday morning. We spent a few hours lounging in our incredibly luxurious mod hotel room, gossiping and reminiscing about memories from our time we spent filming Fangasm. But once we made it to the convention, we had another action packed day of photos with Fangasm viewers, and we also did our best to walk around the show floor. I was able to buy an adorable Sailor Scout tank from WeLoveFine, and then I headed to one of my favorite places, the BOOM/Archaia booth to 1) get a hug from Mel and 2) pick up the first volume of Mouse Guard (which I’ve been dying to read) and the NYCC exclusive Robocop #1 variant as well as the Robocop trade based on Frank Miller’s original vision for the film. While I was roaming around, I was able to meet the awesome Clayton Cowles for the first time! He, Melissa, and I have a mission to plan a Terminator Christmas, but since we were too busy this NYCC, it will definitely have to happen in the near future. One of the highlights of the day was meting Jonathan London and listening to his psychoanalysis of Bruce Wayne. After the con, Molly, Regina, Sal and I went to Burgers and Cupcakes for dinner, picked up pie, and spent the night drinking champagne in our hotel room and meeting with Stan Lee’s team of people.
Saturday was probably my favorite day of the convention. On Saturday morning, I made Regina and Sal wake up really early and head to convention with me so we could be there when the doors opened. Why, you ask? BECAUSE I HAD TO HAVE A ROCKET RACCOON PLUSH. The line at the Marvel booth was constantly unbearable, but we met Leonard there and put in our line waiting time for over 45 minutes, and then Rocket Raccoon was all mine<3 Leonard also got me the Skottie Young Avengers movie poster print, signed by Skottie himself! Just as we finished paying I ran into Dan who happened to be signing at the Marvel booth in just a short time, and who I almost didn’t recognize because he was fully bearded. I’m so excited about the new Silver Surfer series he’s creating with Mike Allred! Then we headed downstairs to one of the meeting rooms and Sal and I got to sit in and listen to some of Regina’s Comikaze business dealings which was extremely interesting. Then Molly met us, and we went back to the Diamond Booth for more meet and greets, and business meetings! Molly and I purchased our NYCC exclusive Poison Ivy’s which match our Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC, and I ran into Lauren who was perfectly cosplaying as Catwoman. I wish I had gotten a photo with her. Afterwards, which was one of the most exciting con moments for me, we were able to see Stan Lee again. Stan is such a charmer. We thanked him for letting us take a photo with him and he commented that he could never be surrounded by too many beautiful women. Then I finally had some free time where I was able to meet up with my best friends (minus Melissa), and do one of my favorite con activities, which is sitting in one spot on the floor for hours. Conventions are very crowded, so if you don’t take some time to sit and spectate you’ll use up all of your energy before you get to attend any of the fun after parties. I did my floor sitting with Cassie, Giovanni, Betty, Lauren, and our friend Tom who was working for Marvel visited us twice in the six hours we remained in our same spot. After the show closed Giovanni, Tom, Athena, Lindsay, Jessy, Dan, and I went to Korea Town for some delicious sushi. Then it was back to my hotel room to get ready for the Marvel party! I got to catch up with Judy who I met the previous year at a BlackMilk meetup, and I spent the remainder of my night talking to Tom, Athena, Clayton, and Ramon Perez. Another good night, indeed!
Sunday morning, Regina left us to head back to LA, and Molly, Sal and I walked to the Javits to enjoy our last day. The first thing I did was attend the Comix Chix panel which Molly, Jill, and Heidi were speaking on, as well as some other ladies I love. After the panel I met Bonnie and Kate who are both super adorable and very inspiring! My good friend Leonard also completely surprised me and made my entire year when he gave me a Nintendo 3DS XL in pink! I was in shock! I have been wanting one forever, and I am ever so thankful for his kind gesture, especially since there are so many upcoming games I’m dying to play! Once the panel ended Jill and I spent the day walking the show floor and picking up the last minute things we had been wanting. One booth I was really impressed with was Hallmark. I couldn’t believe that I was seeing so many geeky Christmas ornaments that are debuting this year. I’m definitely planning on getting the Adventure Time, Spider-Man, and Star Wars ones once they hit stores. My only purchase of the day was Mind MGMT Volume 2 by Matt Kindt. If you’re not yet reading the series, I seriously suggest that you start. It’s beautiful and completely unlike what I had been expecting. While we were in the Dark Horse booth, Jill introduced to me Aub Driver, who was insanely energetic for the fourth day of the convention, as well as insanely awesome. I’m also thrilled that I was able to meet Dean Trippe in person. Dean and I have been friends for quite some time now, and he’s an incredibly talented writer and artist who just released an autobiographical comic called Something Terrible which you can read for only 99 cents! He gave me a poster of what I refer to as his masterpiece (and the current background of my computer). Then, just as quickly as the convention came, it was all over. Giovanni and I ended our NYCC by going out for pizza so we could unwind and attempt to mentally prepare ourselves for rejoining the real world. My only regret is that I didn’t have any time to go to Artist Alley. Thank goodness I stocked up on prints at Baltimore Comic Con!
Molly & Kristin First & Last Day Mirror Photos
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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