Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week I’m choosing Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because I love me some Neil Gaiman! I’ve always been interested in Norse mythology and Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors so the fact that he’s going to be retelling these myths in his own prose is like music to my ears. The stunning cover was released earlier last week and I absolutely love the design. It prominently features Thor’s hammer against a cosmic backdrop. Serious heart eyes.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. (via Goodreads)
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday category is Halloween recommendations which is appropriate since Halloween is only 3 days away! For some reason my subconscious decided to type decorations instead of recommendations in the first sentence which shows much being festive is always on my mind on some level so that’s normal. Are there any specific books that you recommend for Halloween? Doing my video has given me the desire to re-read some of Neil Gaiman’s books<3
There are oh so many things I could write about for this week’s 5 Fandom Friday! I tend to be very excitable when I’m passionate about something. Since I know my own experiences and the awesome things that have happened to me, I think I’m most excited to read everyone else’s this week! (Apologies for some of the terrible photo quality in this post. My photography skills have come a long way since I started blogging!)
5) Attending the red carpet premiere of American Hustle & meeting Jeremy Renner at the afterparty – Last winter, my friend Leonard and I were lucky enough to attend the NYC premiere of American Hustle. Before the film, the director, David O. Russell gave a speech and we saw Christian Bale while he answered questions on the red carpet. After the movie we got to attend the afterparty along with all the stars in the film (sans Jennifer Lawrence because she’s doing press for The Hunger Games). Jeremy Renner aka Hawkeye put his arm around my waist while we were talking and it was SO hard to act normal! We also saw Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Louis C.K.
4) Dan Slott inviting me to see The Avengers a week early for the Marvel screening – Most people are aware that my favorite superhero is Spider-Man. A few years ago when I was just starting to use Twitter I became friendly with Dan Slott, the writer of Spider-Man and I almost fainted when he invited me to see The Avengers an entire week early with him at the Marvel screening. I wrote a blog post about why Dan’s invitation and The Avengers means so much to me<3 Dan also took me to see Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which is the silliest musical adaptation. Luckily, no one was hurt during the performance we attended!
3) Every single time I’ve come in contact with Neil Gaiman – The first story is the best which is when Neil Gaiman literally interrupted me to ask if I needed a hug because I could not stop talking. I told Neil Gaiman that I want his brain but not in the way that zombies want brains. That’s an actual thing I’ve said to my literary idol. The time I am speaking of occurred at Barnes and Noble for the Best American Comics signing (in retrospect, I’m sad that I couldn’t pay more attention to my interaction with Bryan Lee O’Malley but I was just so over-excited about seeing Neil). Since then I’ve also seen Neil in conversation with Lev Grossman at the 92Y, dressed as Charles Dickens and reading A Christmas Carol at the NYPL, and most recently, in Washington Square Park handing out free books in the freezing cold with Lemony Snicket.
2) Working on the Star Wars fashion show in NYC during Fashion Week & meeting George Lucas and Hayden Christensen – I wrote a full post about this as well, but in a nutshell, I attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for college and as luck would have it, I was able to volunteer and work on the Star Wars fashion show which showcased all of the fantastic costumes from the films. I was able to meet George Lucas and Hayden Christensen (who is super handsome in real life but meh prequels). And yes, the models walked down the runway to John Williams’ score. (Side note: what an embarrassing photo!)
1) Interning for Stan Lee / Being cast on a TV show on the Syfy channel – I’ve always wanted to visit LA and after a grueling three year process, I was chosen to be a cast member on a TV show called Fangasm which gave me the opportunity to LIVE in LA. The show was produced by the same company who created Jersey Shore, only it sounded wildly more interesting to me because we were able to intern for the living comic legend, Stan Lee! While on the show there were a number of wonderful things that happened to me. I can now say that George Takaei was in my living room, I pitched an original comic idea to Stan Lee, had Adrianne Curry (the first winner of America’s Next Top Model) in my living room so I could interview her for a podcast, hosted a party in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley, attended the Syfy party at SDCC and hung out with cast members from Being Human and Warehouse 13, went to E3 and stayed at fancy hotels, filmed promos and been part of professional photoshoots, all the while being followed by cameras and having a bruised back from my ever present microphone. Midtown Comics also hosted a premiere party for me and it was so much fun! It’s still so weird to me to think about have worked on the set of a television show.
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
I read fewer comics this year than I did in 2014, but there were so many amazing titles to choose from that it was very challenging to narrow it down to only 10. Here are my top 10 favorite comics of 2014 in a very particular order! Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Books of 2014, and Top 10 TV Shows, Top 7 Movies, & Top 5 Broadway/Off Broadway Shows of 2014! What were your favorites this year?
10) The Woods
9) Gotham Academy
8) Silver Surfer
7) Rat Queens
6) Sex Criminals
5) The Wicked + The Divine
3) Sandman Overture
Bonus: Bee & Puppycat
1. Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman
2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa
4. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa
5. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa
6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
7. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa
8. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa
9. Hawkeye Volume 3 by Matt Fraction
10. Teen Titans Earth One Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
11. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa
12. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
13. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa
2. Twin Peaks
3. The Flash
5. Bob’s Burgers
1. Big Hero 6
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2. Adventure Time Munchkin
3. Luigi’s Mansion
4. Tsum Tsum
My how I’ve grown to love Fridays! First things first: For the past few weeks Megan and I have been working hard to figure out a better system for linking all the 5 Fandom Friday bloggers in one place. At first I was adding links as they were sent to me but it ended up being really challenging because everyone posts at different times throughout the day and some people don’t even publish their post on Fridays at all (which is totally fine!). I tend to publish my posts between 6 and 7 am because I have a full time job and it’s not blogging. So, not being able to update my post with links until Friday evening or the next morning while the links kept building was becoming overwhelming pretty quickly. The entire purpose of 5 Fandom Friday is to meet other bloggers, make new friends and find some new sites to read in the process which I’m so happy to have done so far! I’ve added SO many new blogs to my Feedly and made so many new Twitter friends in the process that I’m totally satisfied with the experience so far and I hope you are too! So enter, ~the new system~. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a little blue button which allows you to enter the link to your post if you want to share it here (and I certainly hope you do!). I think this is going to be great and work better for everyone involved. Also, I just want to thank everyone who reached out to Megan and I with kind and supportive words last week when we were being harassed online. We both can’t thank everyone enough for your support<3
Now, to my post intro! This is the first week of 5 Fandom Friday that I’m choosing to use a variation on the topic Megan and I decided upon. The original topic is Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast but I decided to write about the authors I would love to invite. I’ve been on such a huge reading kick for the past 4 years (which I suppose classifies as more of a lifestyle choice now?) and there are so many fascinating authors that I would kill a turkey for a chance to dine with. Plus, I’m really truly thankful for each of the people in this list because each has written something that’s affected me in its own unique way. So, here they are!
1. JK Rowling – If I wouldn’t immediately burst into tears the moment I would be within personal bubble range of JK Rowling, I would have SO many things to tell her I’m thankful for. Harry Potter has and always will be my number one fandom as I’ve stated repeated online and IRL. I have formed strong opinions on every single character in the series whether I want to kiss them or send them infinite death glares but no matter what they each make me FEEL something which is so important for writing to do. Maybe these feelings have stuck with me for so long because I grew up with the characters and my impressions began forming at a young age, but OMG I would be fangirling uncontrollably if JK were sitting at my table.
2. Neil Gaiman – The first time I met Neil Gaiman I babbled incoherently until he interrupted me and asked if I needed a hug. When I met Neil yesterday I immediately went in for a hug and told him how excited I am to see him again and I like to think that the third time is a charm and should I cross paths with him again I would be able to interact like a semi-normal human being. I find it confounding that Neil Gaiman has the exact same words to work with as everyone else does yet he manages to arrange them in such a captivating manner. My only tattoo is a symbol from one of his works, my boyfriend and I began our relationship conversing about our mutual love of him, and I have more copies of the same titles of his books than any other author. Plus, THAT VOICE! So so so many thanks to Neil for existing and creating a better existence for all of us bibliophiles.
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
I am so so so excited to be writing my first 5 Fandom Friday post here on SuperSpaceChick! Megan and I were so happy that everyone was so receptive to our idea. It totally made our days, so thank you<3! We decided to kick off our blog baby with a post about our gateway fandoms. There are so many fandoms that are near and dear to my heart but it was very simple to pinpoint the top 5 from my childhood that molded me into the fan I am today. It was such an enjoyable writing experience to relive those old memories and really analyze my passions. What were your gateway fandoms? If you write your own post I would love to read it and share it here!
I’ve written extensively about how Harry Potter will always be my number one fandom. I’ve always felt an unbreakable connection to the characters in JK Rowling’s series because, besides the obvious fantastically crafted story, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, and I basically grew up together. We were the same age throughout the series (my birthday being in July a mere week after Harry’s) until the delay between Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince. I will never forget browsing through my a book catalog (my dad worked at a publishing company for the majority of my life so our house has always been overflowing with books) for new books worthy of my next order when I came across Harry Potter. My ten year old self read the description and preordered this book about wizards, having no idea it would end up meaning more to me than anything else I would read for the rest of my life (thus far). Besides the constant guidance from my parents, JK Rowling’s series is responsible for teaching me lessons about what’s right and how making the right choice is almost never the easy choice. My favorite character is Luna Lovegood and I am a proud Ravenclaw. I’ve attended every midnight book release party at my local Borders (how I miss that shop!), and every midnight movie premiere, having made custom Harry Potter t-shirts with my group of friends for all of these events. I own multiple copies of the books and all of the films on Blu-ray and more Harry Potter clothing and accessories than anyone needs. I visit Harry Potter World in Orlando as often as I can afford and I would do just about anything to take the studio tour in London. I also fancy torturing people in my car by forcing them to listen to Wizard Rock.
When my brother and I were kids, my Dad took us to a local movie theater to see Star Wars: A New Hope. I remember sitting in the theater, popcorn in hand, and being completely blown away by the opening credits. I felt like I was actually in outer space. For a kid that loved looking at the night sky through a telescope, this was huge. As soon as the movie ended my brother and I both wanted to see more. Luckily, the theater also screened Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and my dad took us to see each of those as well. Since then all three of the original Star Wars films have become my go to comfort movies. I’ve spent more nights than I can count scrolling through my Netflix cue for 30-45 minutes before just throwing on Empire Strikes Back. I was always (and still am) fascinated by Leia. She’s an awesome Princess but she’s still a badass. And now that she’s a Disney Princess, she’s set the bar pretty high for future female characters!
After falling head over heels in love with the Harry Potter series, I was eager to read more fantasy genre novels. I happened upon Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series which I love with all of my heart and then promptly proceeded to read just about everything else he’s ever published. I could watch YouTube videos of Neil speaking about writing or storytelling for hours on end. The entire reason that I joined Twitter is because (in the least creepy way possible) Neil is on it and I could read updates from him more frequently. He is the first person that I followed. I’ve embarrassed myself in front of him in real life but luckily he was so delightful and British and could see how happy and nervous I was that he interrupted me and offered to give me a hug. My first and only tattoo is an ankh symbol because of the Sandman series and I’ve cosplayed the character Death who wears an ankh around her neck. I’ve seen Neil at book signings, conversational evenings, and one of my favorite and most obscure events, when he read A Christmas Carol in its entirety at the New York Public Library. Neil Gaiman + Christmas is a combination that’s almost too much for me to handle.
Super Nintendo was my gateway into video games. It’s still one of my favorite game systems to date despite the realistic graphics and special effects that go into modern games. Call me crazy but I would take a side scrolling 2D game over the confusing directional controls on my PS3 any day. I think this is also why the game system I use most often is my Nintendo 3DS. My favorite game on Super Nintendo was Donkey Kong Country 2 which I feel like I could still beat with my eyes closed. I recently replayed the second and third games with Andrew (who makes fun of me for insisting that I haven’t beaten the game until I obtain the highest percentage achievable) and it was still so much fun. Andrew is going to let me play Chrono Trigger on his system soon! Because my brother and I used to play with our best friends Lauren and Gina, we would often do a two player contest and have to rotate playing or have two people sit and watch since SNES is only made for two controllers. I remember how excited we were to get Nintendo64 and play games like Mario Kart and Mario Party where we could all participate simultaneously. What a treat!
My final gateway fandom is without a doubt, Pokémon. I collected those cards like you wouldn’t believe. I remember printing out images I found on AOL during the days of dial up internet and pimping out my binder with cutouts of Jigglypuff, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. I had pages of holographic cards (the best cards, obviously) and my brother, Lauren, Gina and I would beg our moms to buy us a new pack of cards every week after our swimming lessons. I think it was this behavior that made me into the collector I am today. We would also collect McDonald’s toys (those were the unhealthiest weeks of our lives), Beanie Babies, Goosebumps cards, and so many other things I’m probably forgetting. I also loved watching the classic Pokémon TV show with Ash, Misty and Pikachu. I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to get into anime since I loved that series so much.
Honorable Mention: Disney
My Grandma and I would watch The Little Mermaid every single time I slept over her house. We would sing the songs (there are too many videos of me signing and thinking I sound like Ariel than I care to reveal), pretend forks were hair brushes, and then sing some more. I also loved watching Beauty and the Beast. Belle’s library is what I’ve always aspired to recreate in my future adult home.
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This past week has felt like a breath of fresh air as my social life took a turn for the best. It all started on Monday night when Andrew, Taylor and I gathered in the living room to watch the premiere of Gotham. We’re all usually so busy that it can become hard to coordinate at times, so I really revel in the moments I get to spend with my best friends and boyfriend. Even though we all had other obligations – Taylor has been busy as a bee spending just about every minute in our apartment working on cosplay for NYCC, Andrew has been hard at work creating this beautiful print series of Elsa (Frozen), Spike (Cowboy Bebop) and Link (Legend of Zelda), and I am forever with a laptop in front of me and tea in hand blogging for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and SuperSpaceChick – we managed to come together for the hour. I only wish I had had the time to make these Batman chips. I’m planning on baking them for the finale instead. Another blogger friend Travis made some for his premiere party along with Joker Juice which looked super fun! I really enjoyed the first episode and I can’t wait to see what direction Gotham is going to take. My only issue with it was that there were so many villains and characters crammed into the first episode, but since it’s a pilot, I think FOX deserves some slack for that. I would rather see a more in depth look at several characters than short bits of too many. For instance, give us more Montoya!
On Thursday night, after what had felt like forever (but was probably about a month) of dying to see The Boxtrolls, Andrew and I satisfied my desire. We would see The Boxtrolls movie poster advertisement in literally every subway station in NYC. It felt like torture! So when the night finally arrived, I could not have been more excited. Before the movies, I went to the grocery store to pick up some Halloween candy to snack on, and I happened upon those Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s I’ve been eager to try! So here are my brief reviews of each: 1) The Boxtrolls – The movie was adorable and well worth the wait. I loved the animation style and the story was so charming. I hadn’t realized that so many actors I love voiced the characters (despite seeing the poster every day, good job Kristin), but Ben Kingsely, Richard Ayode, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were all wonderful choices. The Boxtrolls are the cutest creatures and Andrew and I have been imitating some of their motions ever since we saw it. If you’re interested in animation, you’ll especially enjoy the ending that’s played while the credits are rolling, but that’s all I’ll say about that, and 2) The Oreos – Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s are like autumn in your mouth. It might just be me, but I felt like the cookie part tasted more like a graham cracker and sandwiched in between was a glorious pumpkin spice cream. They’re just the right amount of sweet and pumpkin. They’re now officially my second favorite Oreo flavor thus far, the first being Cookie Dough and the third being Birthday Cake.
Friday night, Andrew and I met up with Marlene for a catch up dinner at Beecher’s. Beecher’s is a delicious grilled cheese place in the Flatiron District and I’d only ever been there once before. It was the perfect evening. We sat around our table and each of us recounted our tales of the times we met Neil Gaiman. We also chatted about tumblr, (Marlene works there, how cool is that?!), I made each of them promise to read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss because it’s been recommended to me for ages and ever since I picked it up I’ve been captivated with Kvothe’s story, and just internet silliness in general. After dinner, Andrew and I went back to my apartment (where Taylor was still working on cosplay) and my brother Bob and Andrew’s co-worker Ben came over for a board game night and all the pumpkin flavored desserts you can imagine. We played a new game I had just gotten called Cosmic Encounter and it was SO much fun. It was recommended to me by Josh Houchin and I am so glad I listened to his suggestion. The game initially seemed really complicated (poor Andrew read us about 11 pages of instructions for 1.5 hours before we could actually play), but once the game started it was much simpler and way more quick paced than we though it would be. Basically, you pick an alien race, and then spend the rest of the game trying to be the first person to colonize 5 planets. Your pieces are spaceships which you use to attack other players with along with attack cards after choosing a Destiny card. Alliances are formed, and there are plenty of other cards which keep the game interesting. I definitely suggest playing if you have the chance! Oh, and my Peter Pan teapot came in the mail!
Saturday was probably the most relaxing day of my week. I woke up late (board games had kept us up well past 4 AM) and spent the morning/early afternoon baking Bee & Puppycat cupcakes. I also spent a good portion of the day watching Birds of Prey with Andrew and Taylor (again, while all three of us worked on blogging, art, and cosplay respectively). I hadn’t ever watched the Birds of Prey series while it was on television but I really loved what I saw. Keeping in mind it was made in the early 2000’s and the soundtrack, clothing, and filming style were VERY reminiscent of the time. For instance, there was some Michelle Branch music and it didn’t feel dissimilar to watching an episode of Dawson’s Creek except our protagonists had super powers and fought crime. Oh, and Aunt Becky from Full House played Dinah Lance’s mother, the OG Black Canary. My favorite part of the Birds of Prey DVDs were the animated shorts of the webseries Gotham Girls featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and Batgirl. They were super cute. Later I took so more photos for my next Outfit of the Day post on Wednesday which I’m pretty excited to share! Then Andrew and I headed to my brother’s apartment to celebrate his birthday. We spent hours chatting and drinking before heading to a bar in Williamsburg that my brother claimed was right off the L train (lies), but nonetheless, it was a lovely evening that turned into another really late night.
The next morning it was much more difficult to wake up but I was too excited to attend my first Medieval Festival to skip it in favor of Arrow and Parks & Recreation (because the last season is finally on Netflix!) Under different circumstances, I think the Medieval Festival would’ve been a lot of fun. I say this because according to our calendars it is officially autumn, but the sun decided to radiate heat at 81 degrees yesterday as if it were reverting back to summer. On top of that, the event was held at Fort Tyron Park by the Cloisters on 190th street and it was not the easiest location to get to. We went on a Hobbit style journey down several blocks and climbed about 150 steps and walked some more before finally hitting our destination. Combine all that with the fact that we were probably still dehydrated from the night before and quite honestly, it was not the best of conditions. Although, it was really interesting to see men jousting, women playing instruments, and a man welding metal. I would love to attend a Ren Faire in the near future when it’s cooler and I’m fully hydrated. Then Andrew and I went back to his apartment and spent the better part of the day eating pizza, French fries, pumpkin macarons, and pumpkin cheesecake, and drinking chai tea. We did get to watch more Arrow and Parks & Rec, but we spent a good deal of the evening playing Donkey Kong Country 3. I’m 94% completed with the game (after having beat it numerous times in my childhood), and I had been trying to get this one darn bonus coin so I could unlock the next level in the secret world for more time than my mind could handle.
Lastly, I’ll be recapping some blog things! Two of the most exhilarating things I did blogwise this week were publishing my first Outfit of the Day post, and announcing 5 Fandom Fridays With SuperSpaceChick & The Nerdy Girlie. We received such a warm reception via Twitter from other bloggers within the network and we were just so pleased with the positive reaction. I’ve already written a few of my 5 Fandom Friday posts because I can hardly wait to share them with the world! And here are a few of my favorite things I wrote for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: