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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The Fashion of FANGASM: Episode Four

So I skipped a fashion post for last episode because we were mostly seen wearing the superhero costumes we created to pitch our original comic ideas to Stan Lee, but I’m back this week with a post about my episode 4 fashion!

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In the beginning of the episode, Molly and I ask our lovely boss Regina if we can take the day off to attend E3, and I just so happen to be wearing a SNES controller skirt which you can find in the Go Follow Rabbits shop on Etsy.

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When Molly and I actually attend E3, I knew I had to wear my pink gamer dress by Black Milk.  The dress version isn’t a available anymore, but you can still grab the swimsuit in their online shop!

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While we’re prepping for the zombie drink and draw event I’m wearing my Pinkie Pie tank top from Mighty Fine which you can order off of Amazon!

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How the Adventure Time Video Game Took Over My Life

So last week was pretty atypical in the sense that I had way too much free time.  It all started when I caught an awful cold last Sunday night and was forced to miss three days of work.  I always talk about how badly I’d love to get sick and be forced to lay in bed all day relaxing and watch movies/tv shows and read/write for countless hours and last week I got my wish.  Only it was terrible.  I spent most of my time home asleep which is super unproductive and boring.  Even when I tried to stay awake to watch things, it just didn’t happen.  I did watch some things though like Futurama, Veronica Mars, Empire Strikes Back, and three Harry Potter movies.  It pained me to stay in Thursday and Friday night but for once I decided to do the responsible thing by staying in and trying to get better.  On Saturday, Melissa, came to Long Island to visit me and we had a crazy long day of toy shopping, C2E2 cosplay material shopping, and roaming around the mall because Melissa moved here from Texas and there aren’t any good malls in NYC so she was in heaven.  Then we grabbed sushi for dinner with my awesome genius brother Bob and when we got home we told ghost stories, drank white wine, and drunk tweeted The Avengers (sorry followers!).

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After I dropped Melissa off the next morning I purchased a much needed treinta unsweetened green iced tea from Starbucks and went home to clean my room which didn’t last too long.  Then it happened.  I came across the Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage? game for Nintendo DS that I purchased after brunch with my friend Jamila a few weeks back.  Oh my glob! Looking back, I totally just realized that I spent Friday night watching Adventure Time with my brother, and on Saturday I purchased a plush Gunther and a BMO toy with a changing face to add to my collection of Adventure Time toys so maybe my caving in and playing the game this week was like *destiny* or something.  Or maybe I really did have too much free time.  Either way, I became as addicted to the game as the Ice King is to finding a Princess to be his wife.

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The game has cameo’s from nearly every character in the show (including Lemongrab! and LSP! and Snow Golem! and Hot Dog Princess! and well, you get the idea).  You play on BMO (obviously) as Finn and Jake traveling throughout the Land of Ooo in search of the Ice King because he stole your garbage and you want to know why.  The game starts in the Grasslands, progresses to the Candy Kingdom, then to the Red Rock Pass, and finally ends in the Ice Kingdom.  Along the way you help many creatures with their issues and acquire all kinds of fun swords and abilities.  There are even some surprising villains to you have to face such as Marceline (because the Ice King promised her $5), and as if killing one Gunther wouldn’t be bad enough, there’s a Gunther clone machine and you have to kill a total of ONE HUNDRED Gunthers.  It’s heartbreaking until they start to irritate you and you begin to yell at them as the Ice King would.  Now, when I say that this game began to consume my life, I mean it wholeheartedly.  I began playing on Sunday night at 11:30pm (already a bad idea).  I played until 2 am despite having to wake up at 6 am on Monday morning for work, and then I repeated the pattern on Monday night.  And you know how I wake up at 6am so I can write for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and edit my tumblr queue?  Well I woke up at 6am on Tuesday morning and played more of the game until 8am when I had to get ready for work without writing anything at all.  I finally beat the game on Tuesday night (tonight), and now that I’m finished I feel completely free and relaxed.  There’s a chance I may even get a decent amount of sleep tonight unless I start playing something else.  I don’t want to give any spoilers about the end of the game in case you’re planning on purchasing a copy for yourself (which I highly recommend if you have or can make the time to devote to it) but trust me when I tell you that Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage? is a glorious addiction.  Friends, family and coworkers were worried about me but when I start communicating with the real world again tomorrow they’ll see that everything is okay.  One of my favorite things about the game besides the clever plot is that it plays much like Super Mario Brothers or Donkey Kong in that it has specific levels and bosses you must beat to save a princess from a misunderstood villain.  If you’re interested, you can buy a copy on Amazon for a reasonable price, and if you’re not, then I’m not sure why you’re reading this.

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Vintage Video Game Day at Cassie’s

There are very few things that I love more than vintage video games.  A vast majority of my childhood consisted of me, my brother, and two of our closest family friends (who lived 5 houses away from us!) sitting on our couch or theirs and competing against each other in video games.  We had all of the best systems growing up including regular Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Playstation, Playstation 2, Nintendo 64, Xbox, Game Cube, and of course Gameboy’s.  Needless to say, Santa was always good to us!  Our household is currently equipped with all of the aforementioned game systems in addition to PS3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and we’re hardcore coveting that limited edition Star Wars Xbox Kinect (which is at the top of my Amazon wishlist on the side of this very page!)  Anyway, my best friend Cassie and I decided to pay homage to our childhoods, break out the old systems and declare it to be Vintage Video Game Day!
The first game we chose to play while getting back into the video game groove, was one of my all time favorite games, Mario Party for Nintendo 64.  We played a 20 turn game on Peach’s Birthday Cake board.  I played as Peach and Cassie played as Yoshi.  We had set the computer players, Mario and Luigi, to easy but both of us would attest that Mario was anything but.  It was so fun going back and playing the old mini games.  The first one we played was Crazy Cutter in which Boo or a Goomba is fossilized in the ground, and in order to win the game and set them free you must obtain a score of at least 80 points.  Some of my favorite mini games were always Face Lift, where you rearrange Bowser’s face to match the one in the middle, Buried Treasure where you dig through the ground to try to be the first player to find the treasure chest, Tipsy Tourney where you use a turtle shell on an uneven board to reveal a picture, and Bobsled Run where you and a partner try to be the first to complete the course.  During the game, Mario ended up stealing my star away from me, but luckily I was able to acquire another one and in the end I beat that plumber! After Mario Party, we decided to switch over to Super Nintendo to play Donkey Kong. We were planning on playing Donkey Kong Country 2 because we both love playing as Diddy and Dixie Kong best, but in typical Super Nintendo fashion, we could not get the game to load.  Even after minutes of Cassie blowing on said game.
Then it was back to Nintendo 64 for us as we took on the rest of the Nintendo family on Rainbow Road in Mario Kart 64.  This time I played as Toad, and Cassie stuck with Yoshi.  We were ruthless  and struck each other with lightening each time the opportunity presented itself.  We also attempted to play in Sherbet Land, and I say attempted because neither of us could fully navigate that board!  In fact, we placed in the bottom 2 on that level.  We started our morning out with the best New York Bagels which I picked up before hopping a train to go visit Cassie, and we continued eating throughout the day.  Cassie purchased some of the most delicious cupcakes from the Sweet Spot Bake Shop which had recently won Cupcake Wars (although she shopped there all the time before their rise to cupcake fame).  When we finished our game playing, we ended the night in the best way possible.  We went to Cassie’s friend (also named Cassie)’s apartment and spent the evening watching Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods.  Cabin is one of my favorite movies I’ve seen this entire year!  I even did a spoiler free review of it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you change that ASAP!  I normally get scared really easily by horror movies, but Cabin was so inexplicably awesome, that it cannot even be classified solely as a horror flick.  You’ll know what I mean when you see it.  If you do watch it and want to chat about it, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section (no spoilers) or on my tumblr (spoilers are a okay!) since I’m a diehard Whedonite!  But anyway, it’s time to get back to NYCC planning! Is everyone exited for next week?!
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