My Awesome Recent Times On The Interwebz

It’s no secret that I love the internet.  I mean, how could you not?  I love just about everything about it (minus trolls but I’m keeping this post positive)!  In the past few weeks I’ve received some recognition on several of the websites I love to pieces and visit each day so I thought it would be fun to compile a quick list and share them all with you!  I really appreciate when the people who inspire me recognize me back so this blog post is like my little mini thank you gush to those who made my last few weeks a little brighter!

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The moment I became privy to the Bombshell Zatanna statue that DC Collectibles announced I was absolutely elated and overcome with joy.  I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for her announcement since I felt she was snubbed and the Stargirl announcement was made.  I immediately tweeted a photo of her and somehow the internet gods alerted the official DC Comics account to my tweet and they not only RT’ed my 140 character excited sentiment, but they also started following me!  It may seem like a dumb thing to be happy about but 1) I love and respect DC Comics so much so it means a lot to me, and 2) it’s the little things that make me happy!

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Next up, which I mentioned in my Winter Catch Up post, Comics Alliance started a really cool column called “The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We (And You) Got This Week.”  This directly appeals to the obsessive collector (hoarder) in me because I love mindlessly scrolling through photos and viewing things that other people have collected.  My lovely Poison Ivy Tonner Doll which I acquired at my local comic book store  made the cut for their March 2nd post.  If you want your cool stuff to be featured on Comics Alliance too, you can hashtag your Instagram photos with #cacollection and their fine editors will compile their favorites for future posts. Happy hoarding!

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Then two of Kristin & I’s blog posts for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink were posted and linked back to by The Mary Sue (which my awesome geek girl friend Jill Pantozzi happens to be an Associate Editor for)!  We wrote about a new Divergent makeup line that Sephora is debuting early this month, and the design poll that DC Comics was holding in order for collectors to offer input for the DC Bombshell Mera statue.  (I seriously cannot get enough of these Bombshells.  Now I’m just waiting for Catwoman!)  We were linked back on their “Things We Saw Today” posts on February 25th and March 3rd.

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Lastly, my friend Betty alerted me to the existence of these Spider-Man leggings because obviously Wet Seal’s designers created them with me in mind.  I couldn’t stand the thought of ordering them online and then spending countless days (like 5-8) waiting for my shipment to arrive so I scheduled an emergency trip to the mall where I happily acquired the last small pair.  Then today while I was doing my daily blog read of my favorite sites I saw that my friend Amy had posted about my new leggings on Fashionably Geek and linked to my Instagram account! Hooray for infusing superheroes into style!

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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!

NYCC SWAG

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Molly & Kristin First & Last Day Mirror Photos

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My Favorite Moments: New York Comic Con 2012

New York Comic Con is the convention that I look forward to attending every year.  It’s local, it’s not overwhelmingly crowded and the panels are usually pretty interesting.  That is, until this year.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast at NYCC, but there is no doubt that the Javits Center severely oversold the event this year.  There was even a point on Saturday when they closed all of the doors and were not admitting any more attendees into the convention because they were over capacity.  I had arrived late that day, but luckily because I had a press badge and Melissa had an exhibitor badge we were permitted to enter anyway.  I had also heard people complaining about the lack of guests and interesting panels.  I disagree with this point.  Last year, the two big panels were The Walking Dead and The Avengers panels.  The Walking Dead returned for a panel again this year, but it wouldn’t have made sense for The Avengers to return when their next movie isn’t scheduled to be released for a few years.  Plus, Clark Gregg crashed the Marvel TV panel to be there when Joss Whedon and Kevin Fiege’s video clips announced that the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series would feature Agent Coulson.  That’s pretty darn exciting if you ask me!  Not to mention that Tom Felton, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Stephen Arnell (the new Arrow) were all in attendance.  As for other guests, I was very pleased.  Maybe it’s because I love comics, but the main reason that I attend conventions is to see the authors and artists behind each of my favorite series.  I don’t get overly excited when I meet movie stars, but place me in front of an author like Neil Gaiman and I’m speechless.  I love getting my books signed and just being able to have a few moments in the presence of someone talented enough to have created a series I respect.
So now, for my favorite parts of NYCC.  I was really pleased with the amount of Twitter people I was able to run into at the convention.  It’s so lovely to be able to finally put an IRL face and voice to a Twitter handle.  I do wish I could’ve spent more time with some of the people I met, but NYCC weekend flew past like a whirlwind.  I didn’t even get to spend the majority of time with my close friends with the exception of Melissa (@mechamelissa) and Jen (@jennifermarie). Luckily, I was able to catch up with some others that I missed at the con at the after parties.  On Thursday night, Melissa, Chris (@CapSteveRogers), and I ended our night early and nommed on Mexican food and margaritas before turning in.  It was the perfect end to an exhausting day.  The following night, Melissa, Alan (@SizzlerKistler), Lisa (@LisaMcMullan) and I attended the Psychology of Cosplay panel given by none other than Andrea (@ArkhamAsylumDoc) and Jill (@TheNerdyBird).  It was a great panel and the girls did a wonderful job speaking and informing us about cosplay demographics!  Immediately afterward we headed to The Mary Sue & Her Universe party which was moved to Beer Authority after the Houndstooth Pub lost the reservation.  We had a great time just hanging out and eating cheesecake and fries.  Saturday night was by far my favorite night of parties.  We left the convention around 10pm and attended the Geek Girl party at Stitch, followed by the Marvel Comics party.  In fact, we had so much fun that we didn’t end up getting back to Melissa’s until 5 AM (which we undoubtedly paid for the next morning).  It was so much fun catching up with Brad Walker (@IamBradWalker), who drew the art for Guardians of the Galaxy.  He just looked on at us embarrassed when Jen, Melissa, and I broke out into an Oasis sing along.
Part of what I find most fun about going to any convention is putting together outfits.  On Thursday (the first photo), I was decked out in Wonder Woman attire which other people kept referring to as a costume.  I had to assure them that those were in fact my normal clothes and are the way I dress on a day to day basis.  The next day, Jen and I wore our galaxy dresses by Black Milk and I made us complimenting Lantern headbands.  Jen is a Sinestro fan so she represented the Yellow Lanterns while I stuck to the classic Green Hal Jordan.  We were planning on collecting Lanterns to take photos with, but sadly we did not see very many Lantern cosplayers.  Then on Saturday we donned more of our BlackMilk pieces.  We attended the con as the droids you’ve been looking for with me as R2 and Jen as C3PO.  Almost immediately after entering the con, Melissa and I decided to impulsively purchase wigs and we spent the rest of the day roaming in our vibrant headwear.  Our friend Lauren (@LaurenMoran), was also dressed as an adorable Ewok on Saturday so she perfectly fit in with our theme!  Then on Sunday, I decided to cosplay since I hadn’t any of the other days.  I went as Stephanie Brown Batgirl and Melissa went as female Solomon Grundy.
As for highlights inside the convention, I was really excited to meet Jim McCann and get a signed copy of his Mind the Gap Volume 1 trade.  I’ve been loving each issue of the series and Jim even gave me his email address so I can interview him for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  I also acquired a signed copy of Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, a beautiful Harley Quinn statue by Kotobuyika, an Indiana Jones Handbook from my friend Eric (@EricSmithRocks) at Quirk Books (@QuirkBooks), a few adorable tees from WeLoveFine (@WeLoveFineTees) which I’m sure I’ll be modeling soon via instagram, a signed Fables print from Bill Willingham, Harley Quinn and Batgirl iPhone cases, and I had Kyle Higgins sign my Nightwing trade.  And, I was able to accomplish my one convention goal which was to meet Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples and have them sign a Saga trade for me.  We arrived at the Midtown signing quite late, but thanks to Thor Parker (@ThorParker), we were able to get in line and be the last few to meet them!  Overall, I’d say it was a very successful convention.  I’m sure that I’m forgetting things because like I said before, this NYCC really did fly by.  What were your favorite moments from NYCC?  Let me know in the comments section, on Twitter, or tumblr!  And for a full album on NYCC pics, feel free to friend me on Facebook.
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