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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NYCC ’13: My Favorite Moments

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 :-)

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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, EricAlanLisa, 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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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And now for a few more photos! The adorable custom Gwen Stacy LEGO figure was made for me by Jon, and the stylish Vader cameo ring was made for me by Pattie!

NYCC SWAG

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Molly & Kristin First & Last Day Mirror Photos

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How to Customize Your iPhone Apps

Yesterday I spent 3+ hours attempting to customize all of my iPhone apps because I’m a sucker for pretty images.  When I began the process, I had no idea just how time consuming a task it would become.  I’ve been getting a ton of people asking how I managed to change mine, so I thought I would write a quick post so you’re aware of what you’re getting yourself into before you begin this laborious task!  I’ll forewarn you immediately that if you are not 100% committed to customizing your images, you will give up.  And reasonably so for it is a very irritating process.  The first thing you must do is download the CocoPPa app.  It can be equated to an app icon designers social network.  You’re able to follow icon designers, look at popular designs, sort by category, color, or tags, and ‘like’ designs. Once you sign up for an account, you’re able to browse through and start applying all of the icons, wallpapers, and stamps until your heart is content.

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One of the most important things to know about the app is that although you are adding new icons to your home screen to replace your current apps, you must not delete the original.  The new icon simply links back to the you’re attempting to access.  In an effort to keep my screen organized, I created a separate folder for the apps that I added new images for.  As for for the pros to using the app, the resulting look is the biggest benefit.  There are many frustrating aspects to customizing your apps, so you will need to exercise a great deal of patience if your heart is set on making the cutest home screen in the world.  Here’s a screenshot of what my new home screen looks like (on my current Nightwing by Artgerm background):

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But now for the cons… and sadly, there are a lot of them.  As I mentioned before, this doesn’t replace your current app.  Instead the new image links back to the app that holds all of your data.  Besides the obvious con of double apps on your phone, this also delays startup when you use the new icon to enter a program, as well as opens both apps, so if you’re looking to conserve your battery, you’re better off clicking on the original application.  Another con is that the app seems to have connectivity issues.  I spent time choosing my images and attempting to add them to my screen for a grand total of three hours.  Much of this time was spent hitting the reload button when a pop up appeared advising me to check my connection.  I was in an area where I had full 3G service and all of my other apps were adequately functioning so this could not have been an issue on my end.  The process of choosing an icon is fun (provided the additional pages will load), but again, there are several obstacles to overcome on your way.  The first is that not all apps are supported by CocoPPa.  I was unable to link my Chase app back to my new Chase icon, so as an alternative I chose to link it to the Chase website through the Safari web app.  Once you choose the app to link back to, the new image opens in Safari, and you click the arrow button which gives you the option of adding the image to your home screen.  Yet another disadvantage is for the phone, mail, web, and message apps, you are only able to link them to a specific contact or website, and it does not pull information directly from the app.  For example, when I click web, I am automatically taken to Google.com.  If I were to click on phone or message, it would only launch an email or text to the number I specified.  (I actually opted not to customize the messages button for this reason because I’m somewhat of a text addict and I need to have all of my contacts easily accessible.)  This could be fun if you want separate icons for all of your friends, but seeing as how I don’t really need that I’ve been using my old apps and just keeping the new ones for aesthetic reasons.  It takes a bit of getting used to once you reorganize and alter the images your brain has been accustomed to, but I’m hoping it’ll get easier within the next few days of use.  Below is a short video about CocoPPa which is adorable, but I’m unable to read it since it’s in Japanese.  Aren’t the best things always in Japanese?

Should you choose to attempt your own customization, I wish you luck!  I’d love to see photos of the icons you choose, so please feel free to leave them in the comments or to tweet them to me @SuperSpaceChick!

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Batman #13 by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

I’ve always deeply loved and adored Gotham’s finest crime fighting Bat team, whether they’re gradually kicking butt across the beautifully drawn panels in a comic, animatedly doing so on my television, or being portrayed by actors on the big screen.  I definitely own more Batman comics and trades than any other title in my personal library and I love each and every one with my whole heart.  I’ve often spoken with people (more recently) that have enjoyed the Christopher Nolan films, but are intimidated by the comics because they’re unsure where a good starting point would be amongst all of the Bat history.  With DC’s reboot of The New 52 last year, it made it easier for some folks to jump in on the story and gain some background knowledge before delving further and exploring the extensive Bat lore.  Many longtime comics readers have been critical of DC’s New 52, but I myself was thrilled to be given the opportunity to introduce my world to a bunch of newbies.  Having already been very familiar with Batman, and with Scott Snyder’s beautiful prose, I had very high hopes for the series and as anyone who has been reading will tell you, Snyder and Capullo’s Batman is certainly a standout in the new wave.  If you haven’t already, you can pick up a copy of the first trade Batman Volume 1: Court of Owlsand the second trade Batman Volume 2: The City of Owls on Amazon.  And you can read my spoiler free review of the issue after the photo ^.^
After tearing through the first 12 issues of Batman, and waiting (not so) patiently after reading all of Scott Snyder‘s tweets, I was extremely anxious and excited to see one of my favorite villains return to wreak some havoc in Gotham city.  After months and months of waiting, it finally happened.  Today was the day that the new story arc began and The Joker himself resurfaced!  I literally counted down the minutes until my lunch break so I could run to my comic book shop and hold in my hands the very issue I had been coveting all along.  If anyone could write a Joker story, it would be Scott Snyder.  Again, the high expectations were set, the pressure was on, and my heart began to race as the first speech bubble appeared at the top of the page.  I read and read until finally, on page 8 his giant face graced Bruce’s monitor.  I don’t want to spoil any of the issue for those who haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I will say that it was everything I wanted in a Joker-centric story arc and more.  And it was only the first issue!  Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl all were already involved in the story, and The Joker made it clear to Gordon that he has is out for Barbara.  There was even an appearance by my favorite female villain, The Joker’s lovely counterpart, Harley Quinn.  The final page of the issue was so shocking and terrifying, that I’m quite uncertain as to how I will be able to wait until next month to get another piece of the story.  And as always, the artwork is absolutely breathtaking.  Greg Capullo designed gorgeous die cut covers for each of the issue #13’s of the titles involved in the “Death in the Family” story arc which I recently blogged about for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  I was pleased to find that I was able to intimidate several of my instagram followers who all admitted that they would be having nightmares after viewing my ‘mask.’  On Sunday during NYCC, my number one priority is to attend DC’s Bat panel, and if the audience dons Joker masks (at SDCC they were all Court-of-Owls-mask-clad) I will simply squee in delight!  What have you all thought of the story so far?!  Tell me in the comments, on twitter, or on tumblr!
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