The Great Book Giveaway With Neil Gaiman & Lemony Snicket

Yesterday morning Andrew and I braved the below freezing cold weather and headed to Washington Square Park before work because we found out that one of our favorite authors would be there handing out free books.  The author in question is Neil Gaiman (*heart pounds* *arm flails* *Sailor Moon heart eyes*).  On top of Neil being there, Daniel Handler, the author better known as Lemony Snicket, was also in tow for the event which was held by The National Book Foundation.  The Great Book Giveaway was a contest in which Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket would spend 30 minutes competing to hand out the most free books of their own and those nominated for the 2014 National Book Awards.
Two brilliant authors in one Manhattan park?  TOTALLY worth the loss of sleep and feeling in our extremities.  We arrived around 7:50AM and were handed numbers (60 and 61!) to wait in line for our chance to meet and greet the mastermind who’s changed both of our lives (side note: a mutual love of Neil Gaiman is one of the reasons Andrew and I started dating).  After getting our numbers, we headed to Starbucks for a quick hot beverage to combat the cold (another side note: I tried the new Chestnut Praline latte from Starbucks and it was scrumptious!  I’ll definitely be grabbing another one this season) and a warm buttery croissant to fill our empty stomachs.  As we walked back to get on the line which was now long enough to circle an entire New York City avenue, Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket walked RIGHT BY US.  So.  Much.  Excitement.
The line moved fairly quickly and the closer we got, the higher my already inflated energy level climbed!  I got a copy The Graveyard Book Volume 1 graphic novel which was adapted by P. Craig Russell, a big hug, a photo and an everlasting memory!  Andrew let Neil choose his book for him and he ended up with a copy of a graphic novel nominated for a book award called Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?  I had a wonderful time despite the 20 degree weather and having to wear multiple pairs of leggings yet still losing feeling in many places on my body and then being in pain from coldness once I re-entered the warmth of the subway.  Also enjoyable were the fall foliage and architecture of Washington Square Park.  Yay books!
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5 Fandom Friday: Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday topic is “Comfort Foods that Always Make Me Feel Better.”  In a surprise to no one, my list includes some of my favorite desserts- cupcakes and ice cream, and my two biggest comfort meal foods- pizza and bagels (but, very importantly, only from New York).  If this were a favorite foods list, sushi would be in there somewhere too.

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1) New York Bagels – I remember being in elementary school and counting down the days each week until it would finally be Wednesday and I could finally enjoy a bagel.  I don’t eat them as often as I used to (which is a shame since I’m now living and working in NYC, the bagel capital of the world)
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2) Starbucks Zen Tazo Tea – My body basically runs on Zen Tazo tea.  I have about 3-4 20oz cups of it each day at work and sometimes I’ll even spring for an additional cup at night.  I like that the Zen tea isn’t a straight green tea.  It blends lemongrass, and spearmint as well which makes for an irresistible flavor.
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3) Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns or Candy Bar Pie – The Ben & Jerry’s Candy Bar Pie is a recent addition to my list but it is seriously the PERFECT ice cream.  It’s the exact right combination of sweet and salty and I could eat container after container.  I particularly love enjoying it while watching Netflix so it’s kind of a double comfort food.  Cinnamon Buns has always been one of my favorite flavors Ben & Jerry’s consistently produces.  It has cinnamon bun dough chunks, and a cinnamon swirl all mixed in with caramel flavored ice cream.  Delish!
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4) Cupcakes – Also living in NYC, I have a pretty wide selection of bakeries to buy cupcakes from when the craving strikes.  If I’m in the mood for something small and sweet I would head to Baked by Melissa for chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.  If I want a flavorful full sized treat, my first instinct is to head to SoHo for Georgetown Cupcakes.  I especially love their Key Lime flavor.  And lastly, if I want a classic vanilla cupcake, I’ll hit up Magnolia for buttercream goodness.
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5) New York Pizza – The first thing I do whenever I land home in New York after going on vacation is to make it a priority to eat a slice of pizza, no matter how late or early I arrive.  I made the mistake of ordering pizza in a few other states (the only one that was okay-ish IMO is Chicago), and there’s just nothing that compares.  Andrew and I also have designated Sunday as pizza and video game day so I look forward to it every week!
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Comics, Desserts, Hobbits & Cartoons

I’ve been itching to get into a better blogging routine for posting more on SuperSpaceChick since it’s my personal site and I have some of the most fun writing things here than I do any other place.  I’ve already been plotting some really exciting things with The Nerdy Girlie and I cannot wait to debut our new idea to all our blogger friends out there on the interwebz!  I’m sure we’ll even make some new ones in the process :-D  But, since this has been one whirlwind of an eventful week, I thought I’d share all of the wonderful things that’ve been happening in my first foray back into blogging!

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It’s been a very slow moving process for me to bring all of my beloved collectibles, books, comics, and other assorted treasures to my new home.  I moved into an apartment in Brooklyn in May with my good friend Taylor and my new friend Emma.  Since then, it’s been weekend after weekend of my wonderfully supportive family and boyfriend Andrew driving from my old Long Island home to my new place and carrying heavy bag after heavy bag of graphic novels, shoes, statues, video games, books, and more up several flights of stairs and into my bright pink room.  In the last batch of packed items I hauled some of my favorite comfort graphic novels since I had previously tried to fill my shelves with things I have yet to read.  Since I have less space here it’s been quite a project to prioritize and determine which things I want to have here and which collectibles should be displayed.  One of my creative ways to display more toys was to prop my TV set up on several art books so I could place my Star Wars themed Disney Vinylmations in front of the set without blocking the picture.  It’s kind of funny to think that I’ve been trying to de-clutter my online life (another project this week was to unfriend anyone on Facebook that isn’t a close personal friend, a family member, or someone I communicate with regularly online), while trying to maximize the clutter in my real life.

 IMG_9238While I’m on the subject of comics, SPIDER-GWEN came out last week and it was literally one of the best moments of my life.  It’s part of the Spider-Verse story arc and it takes place in an alternate dimension where Gwen Stacy was bitten by a spider and becomes Spider-Woman.  Even more exciting than this is that Gwen is awesome.  She’s the drummer in a band called The Mary Janes with Mary Jane Watson as the lead vocalist.  Their hit song is fittingly titled Face It Tiger and there’s already a band that recorded their interpretation of the song!  It has a punk feel which totally fits the story.  I love the father/daughter dynamic of the story between Gwen and Captain Stacy and I really really really hope Marvel sees all of the positive feedback they’ve been getting and the pleading so many of us have done online for a Spider-Gwen ongoing series.  Gwen has always been my favorite Marvel lady for Peter Parker.  They’re my OTP.  To see Gwen in this one issue (and ASM #9) is a dream come true.  The variant cover even looks exactly like yours truly!

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photoLately I’ve been on a major Disney kick.  I think it all began when I saw that Disney came out with a second wave of their beautiful fairytale collection mugs.  I have the Tangled mug from the first collection which I purchased after admiring Megan’s.  I remember how quickly they sold out of stores so a few hours after my discovery I speed walked over to the Disney Store in Times Square on my lunch break and I picked up the Aurora mug.  I also bought my first Tsum Tsum, Minnie, and she is just precious.  Shortly after that, Betty told me about the Tsum Tsum game that I could play on my iPhone, and let’s just say that Andrew has mentioned the word intervention more than once since I made my account.  It’s a really fast paced 60 second game where you have to connect as many of the same Tsum Tsum’s as possible.  The more points and coins you accrue, the more Tsum Tsum’s you can purchase and the higher level you’ll achieve.  It’s also fun because several of my other friends play too and we send each other hearts every chance we get!  Then on Saturday night Andrew agreed to have a Disney movie marathon with me.  We decided to watch The Little Mermaid, my personal favorite, and Frozen, my second favorite.  The marathon also included Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Core Ice Cream which is just heavenly and brings us to the dessert and food portion of my post.  (Sleeping Beauty is coming out on blu-ray in October, so we’re going to fit that into our viewing schedule as soon as we get a copy too!)

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It’s been big few weeks of desserts for me.  I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I’ve been trying my hardest to eat really healthy during the week for breakfast and lunch, that way I don’t feel as bad about indulging in some sugary sweets later on in the day.  The first photo, which may look like an ordinary Starbucks cup, is full of one of my seasonal favorites, the Pumpkin Spice latte.  I know it’s a thing that everyone makes fun of, and it’s even worse that I instagrammed it, but I love Pumpkin Spice everything and I’m not ashamed to admit it!  If it was offered throughout the year, I would buy even more of it than I do now, even though Andrew is convinced that I’m a victim of limited time marketing, but I’ll post more on that later.  We also found that Trader Joe’s, our go-to dinner source, made an ice cream version of Cookie Butter!  It’s vanilla ice cream with cookie butter inside and it’s just as delicious as it sounds.  The next photo are of some Battlestar Galactica cupcakes I baked a few weekends ago.  Andrew and I have been binge watching the series to the extreme and I felt inspired.  And when we’re not watching Starbuck, Adama, Helo, Apollo and the rest of the gang aboard Galactica, we’ve been having our regular weekend routine of Sunday pizza and video game day.  We’re currently in the middle of BioShock!  Andrew and I also stopped at my favorite cupcakery in NYC, Georgetown Cupcakes, to pick up a box to bring home and consume during tea time with my parents.  I love trying their monthly flavors and I’m really looking forward to when Gingerbread returns.  One of the most exciting things I’ve done this week is that I FINALLY tried a cronut.  And not just any cronut, a coffee creme filled cronut.  It was scrumptious!  I’ve never been a huge fan of donuts, however, I am a big advocator of croissants.  I also had a macaron brownie which is basically a macaron half dipped in chocolate and wedged in between a rich chocolate brownie.  All of this sugary goodness was eaten at Paris Baguette with Leonard and Andrew, where we also debated the number of times Gallifrey was shown on Doctor Who, discusses Peter Capaldi’s attack eyebrows, and complained relentlessly about how Clara needs to go.  Another new thing I tried is the Lazy Sunday ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.  There are cupcakes bits inside it and I developed very strong feelings about it within the first few bites.  Lastly, a Smashburger was recently opened in NYC and since I used to love going there during lunch at my old job with my friends, I suggested that Andrew and I head there for dinner.  My favorite item on their menu is the Nutter Butter shake.  I also got an Avocado Ranch Black Bean Burger (vegetarian), and veggie fries which I like to think are healthier than regular french fries, but probably not.

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Since I started working at my new job, I am no longer allowed to dress casually.  This has meant that I’ve been purchasing and wearing an influx of geeky jewelry so I can still feel like myself from 9-5.  Some of my new favorites are this Groot necklace by Red Dingo Designs on Etsy and this Hobbit Hole necklace that was fashioned after Bag End.  I wore my Hobbit necklace most of last week because I am so excited for my future Lord of the Rings plans.  My wonderful boyfriend Andrew got tickets for us to see the full LOTR trilogy screened with a live orchestra at Lincoln Center next April.  The event takes place over three separate nights and I’m going to be decked out in all the Tolkien things every single performance.  Now the only question is how I’m going to be able to wait until next April!

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Luckily I still have the weekend to exercise the fun part of my wardrobe!  I decided to wear my LSP skater dress by Black Milk on Saturday for my Grandma’s 75th surprise party.  I accessorized with my glittery LSP necklace, House of Harlow fringe earrings, a ton of bracelets, my Batman ring, and my favorite pair of Jeffrey Campbell wedge boots.  Oh my glob did I feel great!  I was almost as tall as Andrew!  Then this morning I was feeling very magical girl and I decided to wear my Pinkie Moon t-shirt from WeLoveFine.  It’s a mash up of Sailor Moon and My Little Pony which seemed appropriate since Andrew and I were going to a movie theater in Williamsburg to watch cartoons.  I accessorized with my Artemis ring and my Moon Stick necklace, both of which were purchased on Etsy.  You also get a sneak peek of my bookshelf in this photo!  I’m going to be doing a more in depth post about my new room once I feel like I have it decorated to my hearts desire.

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So, as I mentioned above, there’s a wonderful indie cinema in Brooklyn called NiteHawk Cinema.  They hold a monthly event called Spoons, Toons, and Booze and it’s one of the most fun events I’ve ever been too.  I’m definitely going to go back next month, and I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be Halloween themed.  There’s an all you can eat cereal bar included in your ticket price.  I munched on Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams, Fruit Loops, and a peanut butter Jif cereal from Canada while Andrew’s cereals of choice included Cocoa Puffs and Oops All Berries.  There’s also a separate menu you can order from if you want other brunch foods, and there’s a menu of cocktails as well.  I had a black tea and lemon iced drink that was infused with vodka.  They also offer cereal shots, in which you mix a shot of Baileys or Kahlua with milk and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  And the best part of the whole ordeal is that all of this food is served while you watch Saturday morning cartoons on a big screen.  There’s always a theme (this month’s was Rock and Roll), and the audience votes on which cartoons they watch.  In my session we viewed Garfield, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Animaniacs. Afterwards, we walked along the Williamsburg Waterfront and admired the view of what we could see of the New York City skyline in the fog.  Then on our way back to my apartment we came across this beautiful graffiti!

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And the last paragraph in this incredibly long post is dedicated to my favorite things I wrote this past week for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  We’ve been updating our site with 6-9 articles per day and I’m so proud of how much content we’ve been putting out but I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite posts.

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Winter Catch Up Post

I haven’t written any personal updates recently about what I’ve been up to and since I have some extra time I thought it would be fun to catch you up on what’s been going on (mostly through photos because how else would I remember the last few months?) from Christmas to present.  I’m finally back to writing consistently for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink with my BFF other Kristin. I really missed the excitement of finding stories and sharing them with all of our readers.  Now that I’m back to writing I feel totally refreshed and re-motivated about working on our little blog baby.  I spent the winter getting my life back in order after Fangasm ended and spending all of my time with the people who matter most to me, namely my soulmate BFF, Melissa and my favorite little fiery redhead Cassie.  I wouldn’t trade my Fangasm experience for anything, but I would lying if I didn’t say that I’m kind of ecstatic it’s finally over (despite missing Molly like crazy).  Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing:

CHRISTMAS (obviously the largest collection of photos)!

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I spent December doing the things I always do which include visiting the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center twice a week or more, drinking as many gingerbread lattes I can possibly consume without getting sick from the traditional red holiday cups at Starbucks, and dressing as festively as my wardrobe allows.  I saw Neil Gaiman perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the New York Public Library with my brother Bob and friend Rachael, drank the most delicious white hot chocolate topped with gingerbread spice at Rue 57 with my friend Leo, admired the stars hanging from the ceiling in the Columbus Circle mall, ate my cousin Samantha’s delicious sugar cookies, saw a gingerbread version of the Flatiron building at Citarella, traded presents with my besties, and of course, opened the presents under my own tree on Christmas morning from Santa!

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My love for Disney’s Frozen intensified.  I loved the film so much and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for March 18th to roll around so I can start watching the blu-ray on loop in my room.  I might’ve sang ‘Let it Go’ about a million times in my room/shower/car, etc.  In glancing through my Instagram photos I also noticed that Frozen subconsciously began influencing my fashion and food decisions.  Many trips to the Disney store in Times Square were made.

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One of the most exciting things I did this winter was attend the New York City premiere of American Hustle at the Ziegfeld Theater.  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, who just so happen to play some of my favorite superheroes.  The director David O. Russell gave us a speech before we watched the film and introduced the cast.  Unfortunately, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t in attendance because she had Hunger Games obligations so I guess that’s excusable or whatever.  After the film we grabbed a cab to Cipriani and spent the night enjoying the 70’s decor and talking to some of the cast.  I might’ve had a major fangirl moment when Jeremy Renner put his arm around my waist.  Also in attendance were Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams.

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2013-2014 has been one giant snowpocalypse of a winter season.  I always read a lot but with the 57+ inches of snow we’ve received this winter, I’ve spent much of my time inside hibernating and reading.  Some of my favorite things I’ve read recently are 1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which touched upon my Harry Potter addiction and  told the most endearing story about a fanfiction writer, 2) The Unbound by Victoria Schwab which is the sequel to The Archived and tells the story of Mackenzie Bishop, a keeper of Histories (dead people),  and her relationship with my literary crush Guyliner (Wes), and how she’s dealing with the aftermath of her traumatic experience in the first book, 3) Gotham Central and Daredevil which both fall under my read-all-the-Ed-Brubaker-things kick, 4) The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a supernatural story about a rebellious young girl named Evie O’Neill who moves in with her uncle in NYC during the roaring 20’s and works with him to uncover a serial killer which gave me nightmares, and 5) the last few issues of Young Avengers by Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie which made me want to sob uncontrollably because I was not ready for the series to end.  I also FINALLY acquired the new Harry Potter paperback books with the redesigned covers by Kazu Kibuishi which I’ve basically been coveting and visiting in bookstores since they’re been released.  I feel a re-read coming on.

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I had a very low key New Years Eve this year and it was absolutely wonderful.  I rang in 2014 with Melissa and my brother.  We drank pink champagne and watched the Akira blu-ray I recently purchased.  I couldn’t think of a better way to have spent the holiday.

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I’ve been eating and baking a lot of junk food lately so I’ll have to revert back to my rabbit food like vegetarian diet soon if I plan on fitting in my dresses for the summer.  Cookie dough Oreos may be the greatest thing I’ve ever tasted.  They have a faintly coffee like taste but you can feel the sugar particles in your mouth while you’re devouring them.  Macarons have kind of been my jam this winter.  I especially love Macaron Parlour in St. Marks which has really creative flavors like Cheetos and Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese. Yeah.  I’m also really impressed with the Carrot Cake M&M’s.  They’re no Pumpkin Spice, but they really hit the spot.IMG_0117 IMG_0230 IMG_0425 IMG_0894 IMG_0900 IMG_1277 IMG_1366 IMG_1481 IMG_1598 IMG_2158IMG_2126 IMG_2173IMG_1870

Being a hoarder, I’ve added a bunch of new statues, dolls, clothes, etc., to my collection over the past few months.  The biggest item I’ve added is the life size Daredevil bust by Sideshow Collectibles which I’ve been told freaks some people out but they’ll just have to get over it because it’s my room, my second favorite Marvel hero and he makes me happy.  I’ve also been collecting the DC Bombshell statues which combine my love of superheroes with my love of retro pinup style models.  Unfortunately my Supergirl broke into six pieces after falling two feet onto a carpeted surface (I shudder to think what would’ve happened on a tiled or wood floor), but my Dad superglued her together for me and she’s almost as good as new.  Sideshow Collectibles also sent me the Mary Jane Watson statue which is the first statue released in their J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection and I wrote a rave review of her for both of my websites.  Lastly, I’ve been getting into DC Tonner dolls.  My most recent addition is Poison Ivy and my instagram photo of her is featured on Comics Alliance this week!  I also received my first Sailor Moon preorder from Japan so I’m expecting a flood of new magical girl things in the next few months.  Seriously though, I just love these compacts.  And the newest anything I’ve gotten is the Target exclusive edition of Thor: The Dark World.  Obviously it was worth the trip alone to have my lovely Loki on the cover.

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I recently saw Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway (right before it closed) with Dan, Marlene and Ali.  It was incredibly silly and we all laughed throughout many of the scenes.  I had been the only one who hadn’t seen the show yet, and I’m SO thankful Dan thought of me when he got some last minute tickets.  Some of the villains had awesome costumes while others were absurd.  I was a little bit nervous when Spider-Man and the Green Goblin would fly above our heads after many actor injuries earlier in the show’s run.  I also saw Cinderella on Broadway with Leo which I totally loved to pieces!  Cinderella was played by Carlie Rae Jeppson (who I hadn’t known sang ‘Call Me Maybe’ until my mother informed me >.<)  They took some liberties from the original fairy tale but it worked for the play and I still find myself humming the songs from time to time.  The evil step mother was played by Fran Drescher who was perfect for the role.  One of her best lines was “I married for love, he died, I cried.  I married for money, he died, I got a house.”

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For the second year in a row I celebrated Galentine’s Day with Melissa.  As per tradition I re-read Mad Love by Paul Dini while I waited for Melissa’s train to bring her to me. We spent the night drinking lots of wine, eating lots of pizza, shopping for books, and having a Twitter battle over who our biggest celebrity crushes are, mine being Michael Cera.  You may think the top photo of Paolo Rivera sketches are of Melissa and I and shockingly they’re supposed to be the Baroness and Gwen Stacy but just compare our likeness!  We must’ve been used as references.

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A few weeks ago, Melissa and I braved the snow and polar vortexes and went to Toy Fair where I MET GRUMPY CAT.  Grumpy Cat is tiny, fluffy, adorable, and definitely heavily sedated since she sat in one spot for a few hours.  We also met Emmet from the LEGO Movie and everything was awesome.  I fell in love with all of the DC Collectibles, especially the Li’l Gotham figures, Pajama Party Harley Quinn, and Bombshell Zatanna.  I also loved everything by Funko, from Marvel blind boxes, to a Harley Quinn plush to their new line of Ha Batman and TNMT soft vinyls.  Kidrobot finally acquired a DC Comics license so I’m also super psyched for that Joker Labbit.  I wrote about Toy Fair extensively for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.

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Next is a collection of friend photos.  I played Cards Against Humanity with my high school friends during a mini reunion one night (I was so happy to have gotten the Batman card).  I co-hosted an event at Midtown Comics for my friend Eric Smith’s book The Geeks Guide to Dating.  We had such a fun time and afterwards we headed to the Red Door with Cassie, Taylor, and Katherine for after book club drinks and chit chat.  The gold photo is of Melissa and I drinking cider at Piano’s where we saw Giovanni’s band perform.  I also took a day off of work and spent the day shopping and drinking extra large green apple cocktails with Betty, Angelina, Lauren, and Nick.  And most recently, I tried on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Amanda’s upcoming wedding in November.

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Last and most certainly not least, I impulsively booked a trip to Orlando to see the aforementioned Kristin and my friend Christine.  I’m SO SO SO excited to leave for Harry Potter World and Disney and MegaCon in a few weeks and it seems like a bunch of my other friends will also be in town during the same time!  I’m going to try not to let as much time pass between posts so I won’t have to write a three month catch up again any time soon.  I hope you’ve all been well and I really hope that Spring weather starts happening soon so my upcoming adventures are warmer.

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My Favorite Moments: Baltimore Comic Con 2013

Baltimore Comic Con is once again my favorite convention of the year.  Each convention has a specific focus and personality to it and Baltimore’s is strictly comics.  I was so pleased to see how much the convention had grown in only one year.  There were plenty more people in attendance this year than there were last year, but even still the floor was not unmanageable to walk around.  There were definite crowds in some areas, but the floor is set up with enough space between aisles that there isn’t ever a major human traffic jam.  One of the reasons I love Baltimore so much is because all of the creators are so easily accessible.  This year the two longest lines I waited in were to buy artwork from Amanda Conner, and the Starbucks line. But to talk to Brian Bolland, the creator of one of the most infamous and terrifying images, depicting the Joker peering out from behind his camera with that eerie over exaggerated smile, I waited for MAYBE three minutes.

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I spent the overwhelming majority of my convention time walking around with Amy, who I absolutely adore.  The first day of the con Amy dressed as Princess Amethyst of Gemworld, and I was dressed as a casual Stephanie Brown Robin.  We were able to walk the entire floor in less than one day, but we spent a lot of time perusing through artist portfolios and Amy was in search of artists to draw in her new Daredevil themed sketchbook.  I don’t even want to think about the amount of money we spent between the two of us.  We also visited our friend Stephanie at Bill Willingham’s table and she entertained us with stories about cats.  Then we followed her into the two hour long Fables panel which I’m going to recap very soon for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  Amy and I walked into the panel slightly late and in the same door and time as Shelly Bond (executive editor for Vertigo Comics), so we were pointed at by everyone on the panel and stared at by the attendees while we tried to move across the room as quickly as Barry Allen to find seats and get out of that awkward situation.  After the panel we went back to the floor and (shocker) bought more art.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie Fay and Rich Bernatovech who I were drawn to because of their incredible artwork.  I bought a bunch of things from them including their complete Sentinels series, and I just finished reading their current series, Neverminds, which I totally love and am going to write a separate blog post about.

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Remember how I said the other longest line I waited in was for Amanda Conner?  Well that was because she already had prints with her from the upcoming Harley Quinn series her and her husband Jimmy Palmiotti are working on.  And Harley looks beautiful.  I’m really happy that I decided to commit and brave the long line because when I went to see Amanda on Sunday she was completely sold out of Harley.  I also picked up Supergirl, and Black Cat prints from her as well.  And if she’s coming to NYCC (which I’m pretty sure she is), there were Catwoman and Wonder Woman prints I had my eye on.  Other artists we saw and purchased prints from were Chrissie Zullo, Sean Gordon Murphy, Chris Samnee, and Franco.  I was disappointed that Cliff Chiang had to cancel last minute, but hopefully he’ll be at NYCC as well.  I also bought a bunch of older DC trades for 50% off and a Marvel holiday trade (because the cover has Spider-Man wearing a Santa hat, insta-buy) at the same booth I purchased trades at last year.  If it weren’t for the kindness of Amy’s fiance Thom Zahler, and his table mate Paul Storrie (who I also bought a really cool comic from called Robyn of Sherwood about Robinhood’s daughter), I might’ve ended up breaking my back and needing medical attention (which I how I felt on my commute back to NY).

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I had woken up at 3AM for my commute to Baltimore so I was pretty lame on Saturday night and instead of hanging out in the hotel bar and drinking with my friends I decided to stay in my hotel room and read some more of my book before I called it a night.  I know, such an exciting life I lead!  Still, I started Sunday morning off with an iced Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte and I spent the 45 minutes in line catching up with fellow New Yorker, Heidi MacDonald, who runs Comics Beat before the panel she was moderating.  Sunday is the big cosplay day of Baltimore because there’s a huge costume contest held for all the attendees.  I spent Sunday morning photographing my favorites (including these DC Aquaman/Mera and Green Lantern/Star Sapphire couples).  Afterwards, Amy and I (who dressed as ourselves for the day), attended another panel called Genderizing Comic Books  which was moderated by Christy Blanch, who I totally want to be when I grow up.  She was so inspiring and full of fascinating Superman stories I hadn’t ever known existed.  Her panel was very engaging and interactive, and it was clear the entire audience was captivated by her wisdom.  Amy and I had the longest talk with her after the panel and she told us all about her new comic book shop which I’d basically do anything for a chance to visit.  Then we popped back over to see Steph before she had to rush off to the airport back to Canada land.  And then we too were on our way back home.  I’m so happy I was able to spend the weekend with Amy.  We’ve been internet friends for a while but we hadn’t ever gotten to spend so much one on one time together!  I’m sure there are other highlights I’m probably forgetting from this whirlwind of a weekend because I definitely haven’t caught up on sleep just yet.  But, I’m not planning on getting much sleep anyway until after Fangasm premieres which I cannot believe is only two weeks away! SO EXCITING!

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This is Not a Costume Party: Sugar Skulls Edition

Remember at the end of my last post when I said I had to run because I was picking up Melissa from the train station?  Well, she visited with me this weekend and as usual, the antics we got ourselves into could easily be used as the premise for a sitcom.  On Saturday night, we spent hours applying sugar skull makeup to our faces because we were attending a belated costume party to celebrate my friend Amanda’s birthday and Halloween.  We were supposed to arrive around 9pm, but as our makeup was taking longer than usual I texted Amanda to let her know.  She replied “LOL,” with no other explanation.  At 11pm when we finally entered the party there were a bunch of folks standing around outside dressed in everyday civilian clothing.  Mel and I glanced at each other but assured ourselves that once we walked inside the room would be decked out to the nines in elaborate costumes.  So as we entered the door, and surveyed the crowd, we burst out into a hysterical laughing fit because it was apparent that we were the only ones in costume.  The bouncer even told us to just go because he wouldn’t be able to tell if it was actually us anyway.  Amanda apologized and said she had no idea what I meant when I said our makeup was taking a long time.  She also forgot to text anyone to tell them not to wear costumes, but everyone else (besides Me & Melissa) had decided of their own accord and laziness to come without getting dressed up.  Luckily for us, we both love dressing up and since we both don’t care what other people think, we had a great time.  No one had any idea what we were, but that’s a whole other story.  Anyone who is unfamiliar with Long Island, may not know that most of the people here are not the most, er, accepting of people.  I dislike making generalizations about large groups of people because there are always exceptions but for the majority of my life I knew that I  was meant for Manhattan and not this island.  Anyway, we were receiving weird looks all night from strangers, and accidentally scaring people whenever we turned around.  But obviously, this was not an issue for us, because look how totally AWESOME our makeup turned out!

Because of Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath causing a lack of transportation in NYC, I missed my Wreck-It Ralph screening which I had been looking forward to for over a month.  I had been determined to see Wreck-It Ralph and the “Paperman” animated short early but since I was unable to, I had my heart set on catching it on opening weekend.  There is still a gas shortage and commuting hasn’t returned to normal just yet, but luckily the movie theater is very local so Melissa and I headed out to see them on Sunday afternoon.  I fell both madly and deeply in love with the “Paperman” short.  I even cried during it!  For me, there’s just something about Manhattan that enhances love stories.  Maybe it’s because I’ve lived near or in New York City for my whole life and I know that I belong here, so to see such a touching film set in my very own world leaves me feeling hopeful and inspired.  “Paperman” definitely deserves an Oscar and I’m very certain that it has a good shot after the Academy impressed me with their choice last year.  If you haven’t seen it yet, or would simply like to relive the magic of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” you can click the link and be transported away :o)  I was so enthralled with “Paperman,” that upon arriving home I immediately tumbl’d a whole bunch of “Paperman” posts, and I even created my own paper airplane which I kissed after applying a coat of cherry red lipstick.  I was also extremely pleased with Wreck-It Ralph.  The movie was adorable and I loved all of the references to my favorite childhood video games.  I was charmed by each of the characters and I was definitely rooting for Ralph throughout the entirety of the film.  I might’ve cried during the actual movie too.  (Don’t judge me, I’m a sucker for Disney!)   It became apparent that if I ever were to move, the only other place I might enjoy living is Sugar Rush.  Disney did a wonderful job with both the animated short and the full length feature film.  Further proof that my favorite franchise (Star Wars, obviously), has fallen into good hands <3

I know I ended my last blog post gushing about my excitement for the upcoming holiday season, so I won’t bore you again :o)  But I will say that I am planning on making the absolute most of my season and enjoying each and every moment of it!  As you can see from the below photo I’ve already been unable to resist devouring some more of Starbucks’ Gingerbread lattes.  I also picked up a pair of Stormtrooper earmuffs from the Star Wars gift shop in Disney (after riding Star Tours five times) so I’d be prepared for my upcoming Manhattan adventures.  I’m most looking forward to wandering around the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park in the coming weeks.  What are you looking forward to this season?
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How I Spent Hurricane Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy has struck, there has been little to no transportation available around New York, plus most establishments were out of power, and some still are.  Never in all of my years have I seen the school district close down for six consecutive days and counting.  I am so thankful that everyone in my family and all of my friends made it through the storm okay with only minor damage and power loss in some instances.  One thing Hurricane Sandy has forced me to do is spend a lot of time inside my house.  Work was closed for two days last week (we were nowhere near as lucky as the schools!), and I used that time to finish reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, reorganize my book and graphic novels shelves, reorganize and minimize my DVD collection, straighten up some of the cluttered areas in my room (all while watching The X-Files), and spend a lot of time watching classic movies with the rest of my family.  It feels like I’ve been on the go since last March so it was really nice to enjoy a relaxing week at home for a change.  Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy curling up in my bed with a good book and a hot cup of tea, or lounging on my downstairs couch for family movie nights.  It’s always lovely to reconnect at home and spend some time selfishly indulging in the things that make you happy.  But now that it has been a few days, I’m ready to run out to Manhattan for more adventures.  I have plenty of exciting things coming up this holiday season, which I’ll be sure to share with everyone :o)
(I almost never wear my glasses, and I definitely never post photos in them, but since so much of my time was spent at home it just seemed easier than putting in contacts everyday.)  Anyway,  before I left for Florida I took a Twitter poll to see what I should read.  I began reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline on my flight there thanks to the overwhelmingly positive recommendations of some of my Twitter followers!  After the first page of the story, I was absolutely hooked.  Cline mixes my love of the 80’s with my love of classic video games to create a compelling story about an international video game challenge where players were competing to inherit the fortune and control over OASIS in real life after the creator passed away and left a video explaining the prize and a clue to begin the contest as a part of his will.  It took years before the first key was found (there are three keys and three gates that must be cleared in order to win the game) but once Parzival got the ball rolling, it was only a matter of days before other gunters (players who devoted their lives to the hunt for Halliday’s hidden easter eggs), began to crack the vague clue.  I think I enjoyed this book so much because it felt like I was piecing together a puzzle.  I spent just as much time reading as I did contemplating the possible places keys could be found or how to clear any of the gates.  Cline wrote Ready Player One in a way that made it difficult for me to ever put it down.  If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest ordering a copy on Amazon so you can begin the hunt as well.  If you do read it, or have read it already, please tweet me with your thoughts or contact me on tumblr as I would love to discuss it!  My brother is currently reading my copy and it’s so difficult for me to keep my mouth shut about what’s going to happen while he finishes.
The next activity I mentioned was cleaning, but since that is extremely uninteresting I’ll move along to the classic movie marathon my family has been having.  I’ve always been a fan of old movies.  I find the glamour and classiness of old Hollywood to be irresistible.  The first night of the storm we watched Hitchcock’s Vertigo staring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.  Stewart’s character Scottie is hired by his friend to tail his wife around town because he believes she has been possessed by a spirit.  As I’m sure you’d imagine, chaos ensues as Scottie gets closer and closer to his subject, and his affliction with vertigo plays a major role in the outcome of his assignment.  The next movie we watched was also done by Alfred Hitchcock, and is one of my personal favorites, Rear Window.  Jimmy Stewart also stars in Rear Window, but this time he is an adventurous photographer confined to his apartment after he breaks his leg.  He spends his time staring out his windows at his neighbors and gaining insight into their lives.  It’s all fun and games until he believes that he may have witnessed a crime.  With his the help of his companion, the lovely Grace Kelly, the duo collect evidence against their suspect and involve one of the local detectives.  The movie is quite exciting and the ending really moves you to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.  The rest of my family hadn’t previously seen Rear Window so I was really happy that I was able to introduce them to it and share in their viewing experience.  We’re also planning on watching another one of my favorites, Casablanca, several Audrey Hepburn films, and a few more Hitchcock masterpieces in the coming weeks.

I’ve always been the kind of person who loves holidays.  It’s a great excuse to craft things, bake delicious pumpkin and gingerbread desserts, spend time with your loved ones, and simply enjoy the spirited atmosphere that surrounds them.  Christmas has always been my favorite, but Halloween is a close second.  Because of the storm we didn’t have a traditional Halloween this year but I still ate my candy and watched James Gunn flicks.  One of the most exciting things to happen this week (you know, besides that whole hurricane thing), is that Starbucks brought back their holiday cups!  That means that Christmas is right around the corner! I had my first gingerbread latte of the season this past Thursday and it was the perfect way to console myself for being at work while the rest of my friends and family were at home.

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A Weekend Full of Zombies & Doctor Who

Q: What do a Doctor Who bar, Looper, a Zombie Walk, Mean Girls, and Left 4 Dead all have in common? A: They were all contributing elements to my fabulous weekend!  And what’s even better is that 1) it’s not yet over, and 2) NEW YORK COMIC CON STARTS THIS WEEK!  After a stressful day at work on Friday, I was forced to employ my Speed Racette driving techniques to ensure I made my train into Manhattan.  Seriously, I need to move there ASAP so I can avoid these types of close calls!  First on the agenda was to see the movie Looper, staring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis.    I had been wanting to see it since the movie trailer was released because besides the obvious reason (JGL), time travel is my absolute favorite sci-fi subject to explore in movies, novels, television, and *crosses fingers* hopefully IRL one day.  After a brief mishap with the ticket machine (aka Melissa & I’s first blonde moment of the weekend), we purchased our movie snacks and headed into the theater.  It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth and thankfully the concession stand at the theater was able to satisfy my major Sour Patch Kids craving.  Overall I really enjoyed Looper.  I’m thinking about writing a full review of it for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink sometime this week if I can find the time between all of my NYCC planning. I was excited to see that Paul Dano had a small part in the film.  I’ve loved him since I saw him in Little Miss Sunshine, and I’ve been following his film career ever since.  Immediately following the movie, we were planning on going to the Bottleneck Gallery for their Zombie Art Gallery opening, but since we have all month to view it, we opted instead to head over to The Way Station.
It was my first time going to the famed Brooklyn Doctor Who bar and I had a blast! I will definitely be going back there the first chance I get.  Melissa and I decided to do a quick photo shoot in the bathroom with all of the fun paintings on walls.  Tom Baker’s scarf lines the wall, Matt Smith’s signature is framed above the toilet, there are Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, K9, and more, all are enclosed in a TARDIS which is definitely bigger on the inside.  The bar even has Doctor Who themed drinks (we stuck to River’s Red Setting which is a mix of Absolut Citron, Orange Juice and Grenadine), and they also have a supply of Sonic Screwdrivers.  At the bar we met a nice group of guys, one of which was body painted silver (the photo below is super blurry, but you get the idea!), and another that appeared to be cosplaying as David Tenant, although when Melissa inquired, he informed us that those were his normal clothes.  But the fun did not stop there! After The Way Station, we headed back to Melissa’s lovely apartment and then proceeded to play Left 4 Dead until 3:35 AM.  It was my first time playing Xbox, so Melissa was giving me tutorials and tips on shooter games.  We spent hours taking out zombies and I can definitely say that Xbox is at the very top of my wish list.  (The limited Star Wars edition Xbox that I mentioned in my last post =^.^=).  After we successfully slayed said virtual zombies, we knew we had a long day ahead of us on Saturday but we opted to watch Mean Girls anyway.  It was so much fun to watch it with some else who also knows all of the words!
After a night of 2 hours of sleep, I woke up Saturday morning, took a train home, and had just enough time to shower before driving back to the train station.  Normally it’s my train rides home from NYC where my comic reading is interrupted by drunken club goers, but as soon as I boarded my 11:54 AM train it was evident that Irish Day was being celebrated by the rest of the Long Islanders.  Leave it to me to be the outcast in the Imperial logo tank while everyone else was sporting kelly green and Irish accents.  Luckily I survived my commute and was going to have to re-read everything I began anyway due my lack of sleep.  So as everyone knows, my first stop in Penn Station was to acquire my obligatory Treinta Unsweetened Green Iced Tea from Starbucks, and some pumpkin bread for good measure.  The walk was in Asbury Park in NJ, so I met up with Mel and we hopped our next train to New Brunswick where we were greeted by Cassie.  Our next stop was the Halloween store where we tried on numerous costumes before finally settling on our final choices.  I ended up choosing to go as a Zombie version of Jem, the infamous animated front woman of Jem and the Holograms, while Cassie dressed as a Zombie Slytherin, and Melissa as a Zombie Chucky doll.  We headed back to Cassie’s where we bloodied ourselves up and then drove down to Asbury to join the herd of walkers and our friend Kim her fiancé Xander, and their friend Eric.
We roamed around town a bit, did some quick shopping at the booths set up by the boardwalk, and ran down the beach for a bit!  We missed the Zombie Thriller dance due to our tardiness, but hey, transforming into a zombie is no easy task.  We saw some very clever costumes while we were walking around, but my favorite was a group of people who were LARPing in the food court as the characters from the video game (Left 4 Dead) I had just played on Friday night!  We basically froze the entire time we were there which reminded me to start perusing ModCloth for new winter coats!  I was so cold the entire time we were waiting for our train back to NY that I couldn’t even tweet or text correctly.  Which made me even happier to think that in a few short weeks I’ll be in a much warmer climate when I visit Kristin in Florida.  Yesterday I spent the majority of my day curled up in my bed watching The Vampire Diaries, which is one of my new television obsessions.  I had never caught any of the episodes before but I took a twitter poll a few weeks ago and I received overwhelmingly positive responses from all who replied.  My verdict has been the same as what everyone forewarned.  The first few episodes are kind of silly and Twilight-esque, but by episode 5 they find a great action packed stride.  I’m going to start DVR’ing the current season in the hopes that I’ll catch up soon, although that may just be wishful thinking with all of the events I have lined up in October.

I’m planning on trying to start writing some more blog posts throughout the week which won’t only recap the events I’ve been attending, but will also give an inside look into what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to, and just loving in general.  I may also put together some fun cosplays to blog about, and some fun personal top 10 lists of my own.  Is there anything specific that you guys want to see?  Let me know in the comments section, on twitter, or send me a message on my tumblr!  But anyway, I must go get ready for the New York BlackMilk meet up!  First we’ll be doing a photo shoot in Central Park and then eating dinner with JL & Handsome Cam at a swanky Italian restaurant.  I can’t wait to meet the rest of the East Coast sharkies!

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