January Book Haul + Squirrel Girl Giveaway

As per usual, my haul this month is jam packed with way more books than I was expecting to purchase, but in my defense, I didn’t buy all of them.  And even better, there’s a Squirrel Girl giveaway I’m holding which I talk about in the beginning of the video!  I partnered with Marvel Press to be able to offer this giveaway to everyone so I wish you good luck and happy reading! If you don’t win, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World is currently on sale in bookstores everywhere.  You can read an excerpt from the book or the synopsis below:

Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her fluffy tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of… a squirrel!

After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, like a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born!

She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and prevents vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl is archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go… NUTS?

GIVEAWAY

One (1) copy of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and branded Squirrel Girl ears.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Marvel Press.

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Baltimore Comic Con: The Cosplay

Baltimore Comic Con was a blast (as always!).  If you haven’t already, you can watch my vlog of the con as well as my haul which I posted on my YouTube channel earlier in the week.  One of my favorite parts of the convention is admiring all of the wonderful cosplay that you see while walking around the exhibit hall, so today I’m sharing some of my favorites from this year’s show.  Saturday was the costume contest so I definitely saw the best cosplay that day and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how many adorable kids I saw in cosplay this con!  I think my favorites of the bunch are the Saga cosplayers, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale, Hawkgirl and the Spider-Men cosplay group!  Which are your favorites?

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The Collectible Corner: Recent Wish List

In the past couple of weeks while I was away for my honeymoon, I came across so many new collectibles and toys that I immediately added to my wish list! Some of them are SDCC exclusives (Katana, Vanellope & Green Goblin), another is going to be super hard to acquire because it’s only being released in Japan (Kiki) and others have a long wait until their release (Wonder Girl & Catwoman) but nevertheless, I will continue swooning over photos of them until I can make them mine! You can view the full set on Polyvore and find out where everything below is from.  What’s on your current wish list?

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Art Gallery: Anime ‘Captain America: Civil War’

If there was ever a mash up that I didn’t know I needed, it’s this Anime version of Captain America: Civil War.  I obviously loved the live action film wholeheartedly (I’m having trouble ranking my favorite Marvel films but it definitely sits within the top two spots for me) and anime, especially the animation and art style are up there in my favorite art styles so this mash up really speaks to me! All of the artwork is done by Bin1 Production and it mashes Captain America: Civil War with The Idolmaster.  There are mild Civil War spoilers in the artwork so beware if you haven’t seen it yet.  My favorite character drawn below is the female version of Spider-Man holding Cap’s shield<3

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Art Gallery: Tsum Tsum’s are Invading the Comic World!

It’s no secret that I adore Disney’s line of Tsum Tsum’s (here’s a post I wrote about while anticipating the first Star Wars collection, and one about my addiction to the app game) so when I heard that Marvel would be incorporating the incredibly adorable toys into some of their variant covers, I was beyond excited!  In addition to the covers, there’s going to be an in-continuity Tsum Tsum miniseries written by Jacob Chabot and illustrated by David Baldeon.  The story follows a crate of Tsum Tsum’s who think they’re actually the heroes they’ve been designed after who get lose in Brooklyn.  My absolute favorite of the variant covers has to be Chris Samnee’s Spider-Man cover but I also really love Joelle Jones’s Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur.  There are going to be 20 variants in all but below are my top 5! Although the Captain Marvel Tsum variant isn’t included below, it does make me wish that she’ll appear in a future collection!

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Amazing Spider-Man #16 by Chris Samnee

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 by Helen Chen

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10 by Joelle Jones

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Invincible Iron Man #12 by Brandon Peterson

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The Mighty Thor #10 by Natacha Bustos

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Wish List Worthy: Valentino x Spider-Man Purse + Reading Recommendation

I can honestly say that I never thought I would live in a world where I would find the Spider-Man purse of my dreams and then not be able to afford it.  Not to mention, it’s a Spider-Man purse being released by high fashion designer VALENTINO.  Ladies and gentlemen, that is not a typo.  Neiman Marcus describes this exclusive design as an abstract Spider-Man motif.  This leather purse is crafted in Italy and officially licensed by Marvel Comics.  If you happen to have an extra $4,595.00 laying around you can pre-order this beautiful accessory here (and I will be forever jealous of you).  I feel like this purse pairs perfectly with one of my favorite limited series of Spider-Man comics entitled Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane which is written by Sean McKeever and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa.  You may be thinking, really (since I am very vocally Team Gwen)? But this series is very Gwen Stacy heavy and the artwork is delightful so yes, it will forever be a favorite of mine!


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Outfit of the Day: I Know My Value

I’ve always been a huge fan of Karen Hallion’s artwork but I’ve never felt as compelled to own one of her shirts as when she debuted her Agent Carter design. The top means a lot to me for multiple reasons, the first being that I used to do video recaps each week for the Agent Carter televsion show while it was premiering on ABC.  Besides loving the show and the character, I devoted so many hours of those few months to the SSR.  I ended up quitting that position shortly after Agent Carter ended because the criticism I received from my then boss was that I’m “too female,” and it “alienates male viewers.”  Never have I felt as disheartened about the comic book industry as I did then.  Being female is not a thing I can or want to change so channeling Peggy and knowing my value, I quit without the slightest hint of guilt and I’ve never regretted it since.

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T-shirt: Art by Karen Hallion (TeeFury) | Dress: ModCloth (similar) | Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)

Bracelet: Comikaze Vendor | Toys: Captain America, Agent Carter – Funko

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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BookTube: The Avengers Book Tag [Original Tag]

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be posting my own original book tag today via BookTube!  Since it’s my first time creating an original tag, I decided to base it on something near and dear to my heart, Marvel’s The Avengers.  Basically, if you choose to do the tag, each question is based on a different character in the first film (I still have not yet seen the second one and I feel awful about that).  In addition to tagging a bunch of YouTubers, I’m also going to be tagging some bloggers in case you’d rather create a blog post instead of a video (but if I haven’t tagged you and you like to create your own, please do and leave me a link in the comments below!).  All of the questions can be found in the description box of my YouTube video.  I hope you enjoy it and I’m really looking forward to creating some more original tag videos soon!

Bloggers I tag:

My Life as a Teacup

Sincerely Sara

A Nudge in the Right Direction

Sparklegirl

Bookworms in Dresses

Travis the Grimm

You Fancy Me Mad

The Book Nosher

Joie Fatale

Le Fancy Geek

The Nerdy Girlie

Darling Stewie

#obsessivegirlfan

Cateaclysmic

Comics and Cookies

Cuteek

Kendall Ashley

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Art Gallery: Spider-Kristin By Pr1ps

Last night when I logged into instagram I was met with a wonderful surprise!  One of my favorite artists, pr1ps,  drew a sketch of me and I love it to pieces!  She drew me in a Spider-Man tank top and I’m accessorized with Sailor Moon earrings and a pearl necklace.  It’s just so perfect<3  I immediately updated numerous social media icons of mine because I’m so excited / flattered!

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Wish List Wednesday: Sideshow Collectibles Black Cat Statue

At long last, Sideshow Collectibles is adding Black Cat to their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man line of statues.  I immediately fell in love with the statue when Sideshow revealed the gorgeous design.  The base of the statue is pink and covered in diamonds.  What more could a girl ask for?!  Plus there’s an adorable white cat sitting at Felicia’s leg and winking at us!  Felicia’s face and body are exquisitely designed and I love her black boots.  She’s also leaning on a ball of yarn fashioned after Spider-Man’s head.  It’s just so perfect in so many ways<3  She’s available to preorder now from Sideshow!

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