Judging by my Pokemon addiction, it was only a matter of time until I found a book tag to go along with it! I have to say that my interest has been tapering off a bit lately because I’ve caught *most* of what’s out there and I get bored seeing the same things over and over again. I think my interest will be renewed when the game is updated with trading or the addition of my Sylveon<3 But as you’ll see in my video, I’m pretty excited about my Gengar! Thanks again to Aentee of Read at Midnight for creating such a wonderful tag and amazing graphics to go along with it!
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 the Official Pokémon Cookbook which is finally coming to the United States! It’s been available in Japan for a while but VIZ Media will be printing in English soon. The cookbook is *supposed* to be aimed at kids so obviously I’m super excited for it. All of the foods in the cookbook are made to look like Pokémon and I’m especially excited to make some Poke Ball Sushi Rolls. The cookbook comes out on December 6th (I’ve already pre-ordered my copy!) so it’s the perfect holiday gift for the gamer in your life<3
Fun & easy recipes inspired by favorite Pokémon characters!
Create delicious dishes that look like your favorite Pokémon characters – from desserts to pizza – with more than 35 easy, fun recipes. Make a Pokéball sushi roll, Pikachu ramen or mashed Meowth potatoes for your next party, weekend activity or powered-up lunchbox. (via Amazon)
Mean Girls is the movie that I quote more than any other film I’ve ever seen. It’s remained relevant after all this time and luckily my friend group is equally obsessed. For example, Kristin and I started our other blog together and named it On Wednesday We Wear Pink as an homage to Mean Girls and to female comic book lovers since Wednesdays is new comic book day (which I would assume you already know if you’re reading my blog because how else would you have ended up here?) Melissa and I even created the most horribly acted (seriously, we rewatched them recently and it was hilarious but also painful) Mean Girls meets Gotham videos at the very beginning of our friendship which are still floating around YouTube somewhere. I think it’s safe to call it a classic and refer to Tina Fey as a god of comedy.
Also a little interesting tidbit, I went to high school with Lindsay Lohan. It was considered “uncool” to like her movies since they were mostly on the Disney channel but as someone who stayed home from school to watch The Parent Trap on repeat and eat Oreo’s with peanut butter, I was pretty excited when I found out I’d be running into her in the hall. People were definitely mean to her but she wasn’t the nicest person either (I have several stories which I won’t share right now). She left in the middle of the year to film Mean Girls and once she finished she never returned. Mean Girls will always be one of my favorite movies and I admittedly still love The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. I wish she had done more with her career instead of letting Hollywood transform her into what she is today. What a shame.
Anyway, I needed this shirt because PINK POKEMON. As I’ve stated many times, the most recent game I’m addicted to is Pokemon Shuffle and this shirt has almost all of my favorites eating lunch together. I’m also holding my beloved Jiggypuff Amiibo in some photos because he is a treasure and I’m happy to have him in my life! Also, it’s just about the coolest thing ever that Dylan’s Candy Bar is currently selling a collection of Mean Girls candy and cookies. I had to have the Burn Book (which I still haven’t eaten because IT’S TOO PRETTY #firstworldproblems) and some of the candy bars. I’m still considering getting the You Go Glen Coco hot cocoa because how could I not? Outfit details are below!
Lately I’ve been absolutely addicted to Pokémon Shuffle for iOS (and Android). The game was first released for Nintendo 3DS but I love having the option to play the game on the train and while running quick errands when I might not necessarily feel like carrying my 3DS around. Like most recent games, Pokémon Shuffle is free to play with the option to purchase items in game. As challenging as it may be, I’ve done a great job of resisting the urge to splurge on hundreds of Great Balls which are easier to capture Pokémon with. You’re given a total of 5 hearts to start with and each heart replenishes after 30 minutes (this feels like the longest time frame in the world btw).
Each day when you log in you’ll receive a 500 coin bonus and you’ll also receive coins by defeating Pokémon in battle. You have the ability to use those coins before battle to purchase useful items such as a +5 move bonus, more exp. points, a mega start (starting battle with a mega evolved Pokémon), a -1 complexity, and two more options that I have yet to unlock. There will also be certain times in the game when you’ll be rewarded with Jewels. Jewels can be traded for coins so you can afford Great Balls or you can be like Andrew and just hoard all of your coins / balls.
When you’re in battle with a Pokémon, the game will give you a move option which is a thing I wish I could turn off. 9 times out of 10 I do not use the option they give me because there’s usually something better on the board. Ideally, you want to create a chain of 3+ Pokémon to attack but you also want to pay attention to the whole board because you’ll do much better if you plan out combo moves. A combo move happens when you break a line of 3+ Pokemon causing the rest of the board to shift and other lines to break. There are only so many you can predict but sometimes the odds will be in your favor. For instance, the highest combo I’ve achieved thus far is a 48 combo and I’ve never been able to beat it since.
Once you’ve beaten the Pokémon and perhaps captured it, a screen will appear with your battle stats. It lets you know which Pokémon’s attacks were the most helpful in battle, the number of coins you earned (you earn a lower amount each time after your first reward but it’s worth it to replay against Pokémon that you weren’t able to catch the first time because your EXP will continue to advance), and the game will also give a tip that could help you in the future and I should probably be better about reading those I guess.
About a year ago when I was visiting Kristin in Orlando and we were waiting on line at Disney to see Belle, we started checking our instagram accounts. It was then that I realized that unlike most people, I do not follow one single famous person. But I do follow a heck of a lot of bakeries. One of my favorite accounts to follow is Honey & Butter. It’s a macaron bakery and they’re always creating adorable geeky macarons such as Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Baymax, Tsum Tsum’s and more. You can follow them on instagram here. Here are some of my favorite creations of theirs!
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.
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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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The last few weeks have been on the action-packed side of the spectrum of my social life. Before I delve into what I’ve been up to I feel compelled to not-so-humbly brag about completing my latest Pokedex by catching all 151 Pokemon that were hidden around the world as part of the Google Maps April Fools Day career listing for a Pokemaster. The ending of the challenge was anticlimactic but I wouldn’t have spent those hours any other way (Yes, hours. Many, many hours especially in my quest for Mew).
Anyway, once I rejoined the waking world with other physical beings, the excitement continued. Melissa, Andrew, and I went to this super fun bar in the East Village called Otto’s Shrunken Head where we drank two of these specials* called a Volcano (*it is actually a bowl of alcohol that’s on fire aka our drink was like Katniss **one of these is meant for four people ***this also resulted in Twitter truth or dare ****we all had a rough next day at our respective workplaces). Melissa filled us in on all of the escapades that occurred during Emerald City Comic Con (which Andrew and I skipped to spend on the East Coast visiting the first Cupcake ATM in NYC, seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel, eating dinner at Red Bamboo, marathoning The IT Crowd on Netflix, and devouring the LSP cupcakes I baked). If there’s anything better than a night out with your best friend and your boyfriend, I haven’t found it yet<3 This week also gets points for being warm enough to walk around Manhattan in a leather jacket and drink iced teas from Starbucks.
Friday night was the night that everyone important in my life had been waiting for. It was the theatrical release of Captain America: The Winter Solider. Taylor was kind enough to secure our tickets to a showing on opening night (along with tickets to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 a day early). Andrew and I met Taylor, Katherine, Tom, and Athena at the theater and nearly took up half a row of seats once they allowed us inside. I was really looking forward to seeing Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Winter Soldier story arc on the big screen and I was overjoyed that the resulting film adaptation did the comic complete justice (not that I had any doubts because Marvel really gets movies). I loved seeing such a major Black Widow presence onscreen and despite The Avengers still holding the number one place in my heart, I feel comfortable saying that Winter Soldier was probably the most well written Marvel movie to date. I went all out with a Captain America themed outfit, like I do, and Andrew and Taylor wore Captain America t-shirts so basically we all looked adorable or whatever.
The next day we all reconvened at the Lexington Armory for MoCCA Fest which is the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art Festival. I really enjoy MoCCA because it’s a smaller show with more indie creators which means there’s always something new to discover and read. The one big name that I was really eager to see/meet/buy art from was Fiona Staples and I accomplished that goal within five minutes of entering the building. I was able to buy a print of my favorite Saga cover (issue #15 which features Marko and Alana looking like the characters of the cover of a romance novel), and have Fiona personalize it for me. Some other treasures I acquired are a Sylveon eating a macaron pin, a zine called All my Anime Boyfriends (which I also picked up a copy for and purchased on the recommendation of Betty), and a signed copy of Drama by Raina Telgemeier from the CBLDF booth. After MoCCA and eating, Andrew, Tom, Athena and I met Giovanni at Barcelona Bar which is possibly the most fun bar in NYC for themed shots. My favorite shot I witnessed was the Harry Potter shot which the bartender served in a Gryffindor scarf, and glasses while waving a wand, setting the shots on fire, and screaming “Avada Kedarva” at us. Other notable shots were Doctor Who, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Games of Thrones, and Legend of Zelda themed. Then on Sunday Andrew and I had a Terminator marathon (which obviously means that we watched only Terminator 1 & 2) while eating Cadbury mini eggs because ’tis the season. It’s the 30 year anniversary of Terminator so here are 12 fun facts I found online.
On Tuesday, Andrew and I met his friends Carolyn, Tony, and Nick at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side to attend a recording of the Comic Book Live podcast. Their guest of the week was Alex Segura who was there to speak about the big news of Archie’s upcoming death that was announced earlier that day. Alex and I have been following each other on Twitter for ages but I hadn’t ever met him in person so it was nice to be able to put an IRL face to the Twitter handle. I also hadn’t ever listened to Comic Book Live, but I had so much fun that I am definitely planning on going back for more shows. The hardest part of sitting in the audience and listening to other people talk about comics is getting Muppet-flail-level excited and attempting to restrain myself from shouting and contributing to their conversation. Andrew was lucky enough to sit next to me and hear my whispered commentary throughout the show. I decided to wear a Gwen Stacy style headband for the event because we all know how much I love her. Then yesterday was the long awaited released of Batman Eternal #1! I am so excited for a weekly Batman comic written and illustrated by some of my favorite creators that I could explode. Plus, Stephanie Brown is coming back so I obviously had to wear the Spoiler waffle pin Jessica of Bat-Earrang sent to me last month. You can see more of her adorable upcycled accessories in her Etsy shop. Then I got some awesome mail (like The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones on blu-ray for $30!) and birthday cake M&M’s which are sinfully delicious. Lastly, Melissa and I saw Divergent which we both loved. The movie was a little bit long but it was completely loyal to Veronica Roth’s YA novel of the same name. I read the book in one sitting on my plane ride to SDCC last year so I had forgotten some of the things that happened in the story. And now you’re all caught up minus my trip to Disney/Harry Potter World which I will probably write about soon!