5 Fandom Friday: 5 Times I Totally Fangirled

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!)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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Molly & Kristin First & Last Day Mirror Photos

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NYCC ’13: Top 7 Exclusives I Need!

This year at NYCC, there seems to be more exclusives than ever!  There are so many great items being offered by vendors that I know I’m going to have a difficult time narrowing down my purchases.  Here’s what I’ve already decided I must have.

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Rocket Raccoon Plush by Marvel $34.99 & comes with a Skottie Young lithograph

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Super Best Friends Forever Poison Ivy $24.99 (She’ll match my Super Best Friends Forever set from SDCC!)

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop Vinyl Metallic Figure

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Stan Lee Funko Pop Vinyl Figure

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Batman & Batmobile Funko Pop Vinyl Figures

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Her Universe 12 Doctors T-shirt

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Personalized S.H.I.E.L.D. Badge

What are you most looking forward to buying at New York Comic Con?

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FANGASM Or How I Spent My Summer

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a personal blog post about my latest adventures so I thought now would be as good a time as any to fill you all in on what’s been going on.  As you may have noticed I’ve been tweeting and Facebooking about a new television show on Syfy called Fangasm.  Fangasm is responsible for my internet hiatus earlier this year, and as much as I knew I would miss the interwebs, I also knew that I would have to be crazy to pass up this opportunity!  I spent the beginning of my summer moving clear across the country to intern for Stan Lee’s Comikaze and move into a house with five strangers and one of my very best friends, Molly McIsaac.  I can’t even begin to capture in words how excited I am to have been a part of show that celebrates geek culture instead of exploiting it.  I posted the full press release on my other website and you can also check out some of cast photos and promos on Syfy.com.  I can’t wait to be able to speak more about my wonderful roommates, my incredible boss Regina Carpinelli, and of course, the legend himself, Stan Lee.  Until then, here’s the newest promo for Fangasm, which is two whole minutes long!  And just to fangirl out for a moment, I’M ON A COMMERCIAL WITH STAN LEE!  If anyone ever says that dreams don’t come true, I will show them this trailer as proof of their fallacious claim.

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Happy Birthday Stan Lee From Your Friendly Neighborhood Gwen Stacy!

Last year I wrote this Happy Birthday blog post/love letter to Stan Lee for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and I thought I’d share it on my personal blog this year in honor of Stan the Man’s birthday<3!  Stan means a lot to me as he’s created so many of my favorite characters.  I read his biography a few years back and it made him all the more charming.
Today is comic book legend Stan Lee’s 89th Birthday! For those who don’t already know, Stan is responsible for creating the majority of today’s most popular Marvel superheroes.  Some of his brain children include SPIDER-MAN (he’s our favorite at OWWWP), Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Daredevil (with Bill Everett) and Doctor Strange (with Steve Ditko).  If you have not yet read Stan Lee’s autobiography Excelsior! I highly recommend it.  One of my favorite parts of his book was the story of how Stan Lee created Iron Man.  One of Stan’s bosses at the time remarked about how easy it was to make a superhero because everybody loves a hero.  Stan obviously knew better so he made a bet with his boss that he could create a successful superhero who the antithesis of everything America believed in at the time. During the height of the Cold War, when young American’s everywhere protested and despised the current war, Stan created Iron Man as a millionaire industrialist who developed technology and supplied the military with weapons. And as we all know, Iron Man became a favorite character of everyone. Another thing Stan shines some light on in Excelsior! (which by the way means Onward and Upward to Greater Glory!) is his early life and how he kind of fell into comics. Even after taking a brief hiatus and joining the army to assist in World War II (Stan ended up filming instructional videos and writing manuals for the soldiers going off to fight) he made his way back to Marvel.
With the mere mention of Marvel nearly everybody’s first thought is drawn to Stan Lee. Stan  is truly responsible for making Marvel what it is today. When nobody believed that there was any future in comics Stan just kept working even harder and has ultimately proven them to be very wrong. Last year at New York Comic Con (2010) was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing Stan Lee up close and personal.  I attended his panel about the new and exciting characters to expect from Marvel in 2011. Even then at 87 years old, Stan was one of the most charismatic people I have ever seen.  He thrives on being in the spotlight and he jokes around constantly.  As soon as he entered onto the stage the room took on a completely different ambiance. Everyone was just sitting with expressions of shock and awe on their faces, marveling at the fact that this legend was standing a few feet away from them.  Stan has also gone on to make cameo’s in Marvel Entertainment’s movies (we told you he loves the spotlight).  But our favorite cameo appearance we’ve seen Stan do was when he was on The Big Bang Theory. Stan played himself, signed comics at Stuart’s store and when an overexcited Sheldon showed up on his doorstep, Stan told him off, dismissing him as an annoying fanboy and called the cops.  We loved this scene so much because we know that it is the complete opposite of Stan’s usual fun loving attitude.  So we hope you’ll join us in celebrating Stan Lee’s 89th Birthday today by picking up a new (or old comic) of one your favorite Marvel superheros that wouldn’t exist today with the genius himself.  Thanks Stan, Excelsior!
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