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?
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/
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
New 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!
Without further ado, here is the second half of my best of 2013 list. If there’s a title you didn’t see on either list that you think I should’ve included, leave a comment below!
Coffin Hill by Caitlin Kittredge & Inaki Miranda
HONORABLE MENTION: Harley Quinn by Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn gets an honorable mention because at the time I wrote this post, issue #0 is the only book to have been released.
In addition to shopping for other people, one of my favorite things to do before Christmas is make my wish list. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously, I’m somewhat of a list addict. So much so that my brother even bought me a book about lists for Christmas one year. So anyway, after careful consideration, I narrowed my Christmas Wish List down to these 8 items using Amazon’s convenient service ^.^ What are you asking for this year (assuming you’re on Santa’s nice list)? Leave a link to YOUR wish list in the comments!
The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Limited Edition – I read this graphic novel recently and I was fascinated by Brian Epstein’s story. This limited edition version of the book includes unique memorabilia and behind the scenes sketches. I loved it so much that I wrote a review of the book last week as soon as I finished reading it!
The Annotated Peter Pan (The Centennial Edition) By J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories of all time. Ever since I was young I’ve loved reading about the adventures of Peter, the Lost Boys, Wendy and Tinker Bell and all of their run ins, with Hook, and Mr. Grin in Neverland.
Gandalf the Grey 1/6 Scale Statue by WETA Collectibles – I always refer to Gandalf the Grey as my future husband. He’s by far my favorite Tolkien character, and I adore his hat and staff. I would love to place this statue on my desk so I could admire Gandalf while I work.
Dexter: The Complete Series on Blu-ray – Dexter has remained one of my favorite television shows of all time (mostly because of seasons 1-4). I’ve seen every episode countless times, and I’ve spent hours psychoanalyzing Dexter and basically forcing all of my friends and family into watching the series as well. The new Blu-ray collection comes in a collectible box fashioned after the box Dexter keeps his victim’s blood slides in. It also includes a new documentary about the evolution of Dexter Morgan.
Fables Encyclopedia By Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham & Jess Nevins – The Fables Encyclopedia is a recent release, and it’s a must have for any Fables fan. The encyclopedia explores the fairy tales used in Willingham’s Fables series as well as modern folk lore.
Harry Potter Special Edition Paperback Box Set By JK Rowling With Cover Art By Kazu Kibuishi – I’ve blogged extensively about how Harry Potter has shaped my life and then I blogged some more on Wear Pink Wednesdays about these very covers! Kazu Kibuishi’s new cover art puts a fantastical spin on the series. I love the scenes he chose to illustrate and it would be a fun change to re-read the series again with the new cover art as eye candy.
Harley Quinn Pullip Doll – I’ve been collecting the DC line of Pullip dolls and so far I have Batgirl and Supergirl. I would love to add this beautiful Harley to my collection as well! She comes fully articulated and her jester hat is removable, allowing you to admire Harley’s blonde pigtails. The faces on Pullip dolls are beautifully crafted and I can’t resist their anime like style.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Box Set by Hayao Miyazaki – I’m a huge Hayao Miyazki fan, having seen the majority of his animated feature films, but I have yet to read Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is one of Ghibli’s own original creations. The story is described as an epic fantasy tale, which is very pertinent to my interests. This box set includes two hardcover volumes and a bonus poster!
Last Sunday, my cousin Rachel came to visit all the way from Florida. We spent the day roaming around NYC with my brother, Bob . I wore my new Mermaid leggings by Black Milk, a hipster Ariel tee from Target, and Sephora’s Ariel palette eyeshadow in Sea Witch. We met at City Bakery which has delicious french toast, and the best hot chocolate you will ever taste in your life. It’s basically like drinking a melted chocolate bar! Afterwards, we went to Books of Wonder, a bookstore in NYC that specializes in YA fiction and children’s books. Next, we headed to the Southwest lounge in Bryant Park where we had drink and sat outside enjoying the beautiful crisp fall weather. Afterwards we went to Baked by Melissa (because cupcakes) and finally to Times Square (where the billboards were overtaken by geeky franchises), to go to the Disney store where all of the employees raved about my Ariel outfit. Later that night we met up with my cousin Samantha, and the rest of my family for dinner and then Rachael stayed overnight and I made her watch an episode of The IT Crowd which is my favorite sitcom ever created.
Monday I wore my new My Little Pony dress by Iron Fist Clothing. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect addition to my wardrobe. I also put out my Harley Quinn pop figure on my desk so she’ll be next to me while I write, and I read the first volume of Attack on Titan, which was really engaging. I’m definitely going to pick up volume 2 the next time I find myself in a bookstore, which is usually pretty often.
Tuesday was an eventful day because it marked the finale of Fangasm! Syfy played a two hour special of our final two episodes, which showed us LARPing in a park and visiting the Batcave from the 1966 television series, as well as final episode which showcased the launch party we had been working towards planning throughout our internship. I also received my copy of Jetpack Unicorn in the mail which is a game that I supported on Kickstarter created by my friend and pen pal Kristina.
I don’t have any photos from Wednesday, but I can tell you that I spent my night reading Pretty Deadly #1, a new series released by Image Comics, and Young Avengers #11 which I had been dying to read ever since Bleeding Cool posted a spoilery photo of Tom Hiddleston holding up a certain page from the issue.
When I came home on Thursday I was so excited to find a copy of Kiri Callaghan’s new book, Alys, which she had sent to me to read during my 5 and a half hour flight to LA next week. The book is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and I was so intrigued by the plot summary that I couldn’t wait to start reading. I’m currently about halfway through the book, and I absolutely love it. If you’re a fan of Lewis Carroll, I definitely suggest picking up a copy! I also reviewed these delicious Zombie chocolate bars for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. They’re zombie green bars with crispies inside and they even say Bite Me on them.
Friday was a ton of fun! After work I headed to Bryant Park where I was ecstatic to find that they’re already setting up the holiday shops and ice skating rink! It was an usually cold night, but I sat outside and finished reading the 5th volume of Sailor Moon. Afterwards, I met my friend Leonard at Kinokuniya, which is a manga bookstore in NYC, and I bought the second volume of Attack on Titan, and the second volume of NANA. From there we rushed to eat our dinner at the Brooklyn Dinner so we would be on time to see Matilda on broadway. Matilda was one of my favorite books as a kid, so I was particularly excited to see the show. The set design was beautiful! The theater was decorated with enormous sized versions of Scrabble letters, and the scenes of Matilda in the library surrounded by books were some of my favorites. I was so impressed with all of the talented children in the play, who are far more coordinated than I’ll ever be. After the play we went to the Disney store, where I got a Frozen mug. I keep wanting to buy everything with Elsa on it, but I’m trying to control myself until I actually see the film, even though I already know that I’m going to love it! Then we went to Jamba Juice and drank pumpkin smoothies before calling it a night.
I ended my week with the long awaited next installment of our monthly Geek Girl Blogger Brunch. We had a lot of ladies who were unable to attend this time, but even with our reduced number (me, Cassie, Melissa, and Yissel), we had so much fun! The theme was Harry Potter, and the majority of us were donning Hogwarts house scarves. The hostess asked if we were in a fraternity (which is especially confusing since women are in sororities, and not fraternities), but we were definitely our waiters favorite table of the day. He greeted us by asking if we were planning on playing Quidditch later that day, and he used my replica of Luna Lovegood’s wand to cast the levitation spell Hermione corrects Ron’s pronunciation of in the first film. He was also very confused by Cassie’s pygmy puff, Spartacus. We started our brunch by toasting to Melissa who just landed a book deal with Random House! Her first book is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2015 and we’re all extremely proud of her! After brunch we headed to a wiccan store where we played with cats. Then it was off to The Strand (where I purchased 4 books for only $20!). Then we went to the next closest bookstore, Barnes & Noble in Union Square, where Cassie and I shared pumpkin cheesecake. We decided that we couldn’t end our brunch without grabbing dinner, so we also hit Heartland Brewery and I finally tried their pumpkin & sage ravioli which is incredibly decadent. So overall, it was a fantastic week!
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?
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!