Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week is pretty special for two reasons: 1) I’m participating in March into Middle-earth (LINK) so I thought it would be perfect to spotlight a book that’s on brand and since it’s something that I had recently pre-ordered, it basically came to me immediately, and 2) this is the first WoW post I’ve ever created where I’m unable to find the book on Goodreads! I honestly didn’t even know there could be books that aren’t on Goodreads. They’re so on top of everything! Anyway, Middle-earth Landscapes: Locations in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Film Trilogies is a new coffee-table book with a pretty self explanatory title. It seems to be a combination of the previous two books which were released separately (one for LOTR and one for The Hobbit) but of course, there is some new photography exclusive to this edition to entice all of us Tolkien fiends. Having never owned either of the previous books, I thought this is a pretty good option for me! There’s a forward by Peter Jackson along with contributions from Richard Taylor, Andy Serkis and Alan Lee. Since I don’t see any trip to New Zealand in the foreseeable future, this is a great piece of art to tide me over until that day comes!
Sumptuous hardback gift edition combining the best of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Location Guides, plus brand new photography unique to this book.
In the epic film trilogies created by Peter Jackson, New Zealand has become Middle-earth. From the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills and Volcanic Plateau of the North Island, the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was stunningly re-created on an epic scale.
Photographer Ian Brodie has captured these locations in all their beauty and splendour. Featuring the most breathtaking photographs from his bestselling The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook, plus all-new imagery and contributions by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Andy Serkis and Alan Lee, this is a magnificent record of a historic era in film-making, and a peerless collection of landscape and location photography by a master of his craft.
Featuring contributions from Peter Jackson and other members of the films’ cast and crew, as well as fascinating background to the film-making process, this is the ultimate tribute to the land and its locations. (via Amazon)
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This is the first month I’m taking part in 6 on 6 which was created by Scruffy Little Nerf Herder. Basically, you’re encouraged to take 6 geek themed photos and post them on the 6th of each month. Each month is assigned a different color and fittingly enough, October is orange. I’m kind of shocked to see just how little I own that’s actually orange but I’m really pleased with what I came up with!
- Smaug + Fantasy – I love my Smaug Funko! He’s taller than a giant stack of thick fantasy books which is pretty cool IMO. This photo shows some of my fantasy favorites and one (well, three because it’s a bind up) that I’m really hoping to get to soon, The Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. The MTV show looks incredible and I really want to read it before it premieres early next year!
- Currently Reading – I’m currently reading the 4th and final volume of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye which I was so sad to see come to an end. I really love Jeff Lemire but I haven’t picked up his reboot just yet. I’m also really addicted to Ranma 1 / 2 lately! I love that they’re reprinting the original in such a pretty new collection. The 3rd volume is pictured and I’m pretty in love with the cover.
- Pumpkins! – These are from a recent trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up on all of the pumpkiny goodness I could find but I’m going pumpkin and apple picking this coming weekend so looking that them is getting me even more into the spirit of Fall!
- Halloween Mickey Jewelry – When I saw this beautiful set from FemmeDeBloom on Etsy, I knew I had to have it. Disney and Halloween are two of the best things so combined, it makes me so happy. Plus, it’s really reasonably priced for a set that includes a necklace and earrings.
- Compilation of Orange Things – As I mentioned, I seem to be lacking things in the orange department so I started by grabbing some ginger Funko’s as a starting point, added my PSL #OrangeSleeveSociety cozy that Megan tweeted to me, a pair of pumpkin earrings I got on Etsy some time two years ago and my favorite pumpkin tea plus a pumpkin pie candle from Bath and Body Works.
- BB-8 – I preordered my Sphero BB-8 from ThinkGeek on Force Friday but I am still awaiting his arrival to my home so I visited one in the Disney Store in the meantime. He wasn’t for sale, otherwise I would’ve cancelled my preorder and picked him up on the spot!
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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays (next to Christmas of course)! It’s a time to indulge in delicious candy, catch up on horror movies you may have missed or revisit some old favorites, carve pumpkins and hunt for every pumpkin flavored food item one can find, and of course, to dress up! For me, I personally think there’s a huge difference between dressing up for Halloween and cosplaying. While I obviously want to be as character accurate as possible, I definitely put a lot less effort into Halloween costumes than I put into cosplay. Especially since Halloween is not too long after New York Comic Con. Our next 5 Fandom Friday post is about the 5 characters I would love to dress up for this Halloween and I’m treating my list as if I had unlimited time and resources.
1) Elsa – I love Elsa for so many reasons. I was already obsessed with Frozen before the film had even debuted because I would spend all of my free time wandering into the Disney Store in Times Square and admiring her ethereal ice blue gown accentuated with the perfect amount of sparkly crystals. It was basically a test not to buy something each time I would get there without having seen the movie. I only allowed myself to purchase an Elsa mug beforehand but you can bet that as soon as I saw it (opening night OBVS), I headed straight back to get my hands on more merchandise. I also adore Elsa’s long full braid and her classic purple eyeshadow and deep red lips and porcelain skin. So yupp, HUGE Elsa fan here :-)
2) Spider-Gwen – Let’s face it. Spider-Gwen is basically all of my fantasies rolled into one giant dream come true. If there’s one character that was made for me, it’s Spider-Gwen. I wish I had had enough time to put together a costume for New York Comic Con, but I’m so in love with Gwen that I didn’t want to rush at all. I know I’m going to cosplay her at a convention next year, but there is going to be so much time, effort and care that goes into it because it’s one cosplay that I’m excited to wear multiple times. I love Gwen’s Spider suit and the gorgeous hooded design. It’s so sleek and classic, yet also modern and fresh. Oh Gwen <3
3) Thranduil – One fandom that I am very passionate about but haven’t ever gotten into the cosplay spirit of is Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. After seeing GlitzyGeekyGirl’s Legolas cosplay, I’ve been dying to make my own, but ever since The Hobbit films have been released, I find myself more and more attached to Thranduil. I love his long blonde hair (widows peak and all), and I super love his hair accessory/crown. The delicate silver branchlike design works perfectly with the autumnal leaves. I also love his floor length silver brocade(?) robe, knee high riding boots, and leggings. Also, elf ears. It’s going to happen at some point.
4) The New Batgirl – Another new costume that I’ve been experiencing intensely fond feelings for is the new Batgirl suit which debuted in issue #35 earlier this month. The new Babs has been everywhere on the internet and I could just stare at her outfit for hours. I love love love the fitted purple leather jacket, purple leggings, yellow Doc Martens, yellow Bat symbol and just all of the intricate detailing of the various snaps and zippers and what have you. Batgirl is finally someone who is relatable and her costume could not be more perfect.
5) Sylveon – Sylveon is my favorite new Pokémon. She/he’s what I would picture a Pokémon fashioned after a cupcake to look like. There are such cute girl Sylveon designs on DeviantArt and I would definitely want to model my costume after this Sylveon Scout
or a Lolita Sylveon
. Either way the costume would be so pink and precious and full of bows! I’m pretty sure I would also be rather prancy.
Which characters would you most like to dress up as for Halloween? Send me your links so I can add them to my post!
I’m still recovering from what was quite possibly one of the greatest weekends ever, but I had so much fun that I felt compelled to write a blog post about it before attempting to catch up on some sleep! I only spent a total of 9 hours (including sleep) at my house this weekend but it was worth every minute! As a long time LOTR and Hobbit fan I knew that I had to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
on opening night. I was overcome with joy at the thought of spending more time with Gandalf and seeing Bilbo’s adventure finally come to life, so I brought my plushies of Gandalf and Bilbo to snuggle with during the film. But before heading to the theater, I unintentionally stalked my good friend Alan
via Twitter who happened to be filming at Midtown Comics. Melissa
and I met him there to buy a graphic novel for Thursday’s Super Villains Comic Book Club and then stumbled into a Ricky’s to buy wigs for the next days festivities. Before arriving at the theater we met the birthday girl, Jill
, her boyfriend Brad, and one of my closest friends, Dan
, at an adorable restaurant that was decorated beautifully for the holidays! Next, we proceeded to stock up on movie snacks since we knew there was an almost 3 hour journey ahead of us. We all agreed that the film was rather lengthy, but I really enjoyed it anyway. I did not however enjoy the 48 frames per second 3D aspect of the movie. It was just plain odd. Everything looked too real so it was as if you were watching a documentary. But I adored seeing Gandalf again, and Martin Freeman did a wonderful job playing Bilbo. Plus Thorin is the hottest dwarf in Middle Earth. But my favorite scene of the whole film was towards the end when Gollum and Bilbo were exchanging riddles. The same scene in which Bilbo happens upon the ring. I was pleased that the film was much more action packed than I was expecting, and I would really like to see The Hobbit
again in 2D before it leaves theaters.
By the time I arrived home it was nearly 4:15 am but since I hadn’t eaten dinner/ wanted an excuse to stay up later and watch my current tv obsession, Adventure Time
, I did just that. By the time Jake and Finn finished saving entrapped princesses from the Ice King, I ended up getting close to four hours of sleep for the night. I didn’t have much time to get ready and pack on Saturday before dashing back into NYC again for the main event of Jill’s birthday, an epic 80’s style prom, that would rival any John Hughes movie. I tweeted on Saturday about how crazy my neighbors must think I am because I was seen dashing across my lawn in a Batman sweater and carrying high heels. It was truly evident how much time and effort Jill put into organizing her party from her 80’s mix, which is the best soundtrack I’ve ever danced to, to the deliciously themed drinks (Pretty in Pinks, White Weddings, Return of the Jedi shots, and my personal favorite, Flux Capacitors), to the Save Ferris sign, and of course, the silly outfits we all decked ourselves out in! Jill’s awesome brother Adam
set up a photo station where we took 80’s style prom pics and plenty of other ridiculous photos. I was also really excited to see Rachael
who is one of the kindest and most genuine girls I’ve befriended this past year. Below is a collection of some of my favorite photos from the night! After the party a few of us headed to a dinner for a late night snack/ early breakfast, and then Melissa and I watched Bio-Dome
before going to sleep. At 5:30. Again.
Then on Sunday, instead of spending the day resting before the work week started, I met up with two of the most awesome girls I know, Sarah
, and we roamed around NYC in the cold, misty rain. First we stopped at Georgetown Cupcakes, and indulged in our favorite flavors while giggling and catching up on gossip. Now that they’re both on their winter break from classes I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot more of them :o) But our main goal for the day, which we achieved, was going to the Hello Kitty art show in SoHo. They had a bunch of gorgeous paintings by a wide variety of artists. My favorite was the Simone Legno print. Simone is the designer for Tokidoki and i simply adore each and every one of his creations. A close second was the superhero style Hello Kitty and a rock and roll style painting which made Hello Kitty resemble Adventure Time
‘s Fiona. While we were there we saw a girl outfitted in a Christmas style Lolita ensemble, and a giant Hello Kitty cosplayer. Even though we had been trudging through the rain we couldn’t resist taking our picture with them by the Hello Kitty Christmas tree. We also met the artist Tara McPherson and had her sign bookmarks for us. Afterwards, it was back to wandering around in the cold rain and visiting random SoHo boutiques in search of Christmas presents. Then we had a delightful dinner at Red Bamboo, a vegan restaurant in the East Village, where we drank shirley temples and conversed about the Star Wars expanded universe and all of the endless possibilities Disney has for expanding the franchise even further. We were having such a great time that none of us wanted to leave, but alas, the Dexter
season finale was premiering at 9 and since Lauren and I are avid fans we had to be home in time. I won’t say anything just yet since the episode only aired last night, but it was mind blowing. I am so pleased with the way this season has turned out after the lackluster sixth season.
I’m so happy that I was able to see so many of the people and I and care about just before the holidays. Plus walking around Manhattan during Christmastime is pure magic. And cupcakes. Cupcakes make the world a better place. I hope everyone else had a great weekend as well! One one more week until Christmas! Wheeee!