This weeks 5 Fandom Friday topic was thought up by Kendall Ashley of Distracted Blogger and it couldn’t be more suitable for an October topic. Halloween is in the air and Fear the Walking Dead has been airing so a potential apocalypse is a thing most people start seriously considering again. Escape routes and food preparation are all well and good but it’s your apocalypse team that’ll really determine whether you make it or break it. When I hear the word apocalypse my mind immediately jumps to zombies so that’s why I’ve chosen the folks I listed below. In order to be a part of the team I’ve drafted, there would have to be some kind of really special thing that happens to me before the apocalypse strikes because otherwise I could never have the best of the best just banding together to protect little old me.
1. Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – If Buffy’s zombie slaying skills are anything like her vampire slaying skills I would not stray far from her in a crisis. She’s has years of experience and training under her belt and I would feel completely comfortable putting my life in her hands and following her direction and if you think otherwise then you might need to get your head checked.
2. Black Widow (Marvel Comics) – Natasha is well trained in martial arts and her weapons skills are a force to be reckoned with so I think Black Widow is a no-brainer when it comes to wanting to survive. Plus, if she could introduce me to my Spider-Man once things got sorted out I would be forever grateful.
3. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – Katniss is yet another badass female that I would trust completely on my Apocalypse dream team. She has a strong moral compass and her physical and mental abilities are equally up to par. I might also ask her for some archery lessons between running from campsite to campsite.
4. Shane Walsh (The Walking Dead) – If you haven’t been following me since The Walking Dead started airing on AMC, you may not know just how much I love Jon Berthnal’s character Shane (I assure you that my feelings toward Robert Kirkman’s comic book Shane are VERY different). I’ve defended him time and time again and I will continue to do so. He thought Rick was dead. He took Lori and Karl under his wing as his family and did what was best for them. He was the guy making all the tough decisions before Rick finally stepped up to the plate (that honestly took FOREVER) and if it weren’t for Shane Walsh that group of people would’ve died long ago. Kristin and I even made our own Team Shane t-shirts during Season 1.
5. The Winchesters (Supernatural) – If we’re dealing with demons of some sort, I definitely want these guys on my side. If not, they’re the perfect end of the world eye candy so it’s really a win-win situation any way you look at it. Also I really wanted to include this gif because it makes me smile uncontrollably. DEAN<3
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Since The Walking Dead is finally back, I decided that it would be an appropriate time to recap one of my favorite Walking Dead related events I have ever attended. Last Labor Day weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to Atlanta for Dragon*Con with my lovely On Wednesdays We Wear Pink co-creator, Kristin, and her husband Patrick. In addition to our con-going we were also invited to attend “The Big Zombie Tour,” a tour created by Atlanta Movie Tours, which turned out to be my favorite part of our entire trip. Anyone who has visited our site knows that we are both huge zombie fans, and more particularly, Walking Dead fans. This bus tour takes you throughout Atlanta and brings you to all of the places where memorable scenes from The Walking Dead were filmed. Atlanta is such a beautiful city, mixed with both urban and suburban areas which made for an unique and gorgeous experience. Throughout the tour, there are trivia questions being asked with prizes for correct answers, photo-ops in all of the locations you visit, and anecdotes from The Walking Dead set. “The Big Zombie Tour” was hosted by a fellow named Charlie who played a zombie on the show with a featured kill, and an awesome tour operator named Patty. Charlie is the zombie in the beginning of season two that Daryl shoots in the eye with an arrow and guts in order to determine if he had eaten the missing Sophia. It was evident that both Patty and Charlie love what they’re doing, and their enthusiasm and knowledge of The Walking Dead truly enhanced the tour. Other Kristin also wrote an in-depth article about the specific places we visited which you can read about here. If you’re interested in attending The Big Zombie Tour, you can book your trip on Atlanta Movie Tours website. Trust me, if you love zombies, this is a tour that you cannot miss! Below are some of my favorite photos we took during our trip!
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Every year I make a list of the books I have read throughout the year by month as a way to keep track of what I’ve read. I had been really worried about not having read enough books and graphic novels in 2012 because I had felt so pressed for time between all of my responsibilities, but once I tallied my list I was thrilled to discover that I enjoyed a total of 104 books. 2012’s reading list was very graphic novel heavy as compared with previous years, so another of my 2013 goals is to make sure I have a more well rounded list. 2010 was my best reading year to date. I had been commuting and for 3 hours per day, and since I didn’t have any close friends at my previous job I also had an extra 80 minutes of reading per day in break times. That’s a total of 4.5 hours of total literary bliss 5 days a week. I was much more conscious of switching up my reading as well. I would alternate between modern fiction, classics, non-fiction (mostly based on physics or nutrition), sci-fi/fantasy novels and graphic novels. I want to get back into that habit for 2013. So without further adieu, here is my 2012 reading list! (Some titles are repeated if I had read them multiple times.)
1. Sweet Tooth Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire
2. Sweet Tooth Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire
3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
4. The Umbrella Academy Volume 1 by Gerard Way
5. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
6. Essex County by Jeff Lemire
7. Sweet Tooth Volume 3 by Jeff Lemire
1. Sweet Tooth Volume 4 by Jeff Lemire
2. Feynman by Leland Myrick
3. X-Men Season One by Dennis Hopeless & Jamie Mckelvie
4. Daredevil by Mark Waid
5. Severed by Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
6. Ex Machina Volume 1: The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan
1. iZombie Volume 1: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
2. Astonishing X-Men Volume 1 by Joss Whedon
3. Fantastic Four Season One by Roberto-Aguirre-Sacasa
4. Animal Man by Jeff Lemire
5. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 1 by Sean McKeever
6. Deadlocked by Charlainne Harris
7. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 2 by Sean McKeever
8. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 3 by Sean McKeever
9. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Volume 4 by Sean McKeever
10. Love Buzz by Len N. Wallace
11. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane: Sophomore Jinx by Terry Moore
12. Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
13. Marvels by Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross
14. Iron Man Noir by Scott Snyder & Manuel Garcia
1. Mystery Men Volume 1 by David Liss
2. Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
3. Sailor Moon Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
4. Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
5. Mystery Society by Steve Niles & Fiona Staples
6. Batman: Death by Design by Chip Kidd & Dave Taylor
7. Astonishing X-Men Volume 2 by Joss Whedon
8. Hack/Slash Omnibus 1 by Tim Seeley
9. New York Five by Brian Wood
10. Daredevil Volume 2 by Mark Waid
11. Black Widow & Avengers by Paul Tobin
12. Batgirl Rising by Bryan Q. Miller
13. Batgirl: The Flood by Bryan Q. Miller
14. Spider-Man Blue by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
15. New York Four by Brian Wood
16. iZombie Volume 2: uVampire by Chris Roberson
17. iZombie Volume 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson
1. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
2. Daredevil Yellow by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
3. Fantastic Four Volume 1 by Jonathan Hickman
4. Fantastic Four Volume 2 by Jonathan Hickman
5. Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
6. American Vampire Volume 2 by Scott Snyder
7. Y: The Last Man Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn
8. Y: The Last Man Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn
1. Y: The Last Man Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn
2. The Guild Volume 1 by Felicia Day & Jim Rugg
3. Speed Racer Volume 1 by Len Strazewski
4. Love and Capes by Thomas F. Zahler
5. Y: The Last Man Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughn
6. Batman: War Games Act 1: Outbreak by Devin K. Grayson
7. Zatanna: Shades of the Past by Paul Dini & Cliff Chiang
1. Ecko Rising by Danie Ware
2. Very Near Mint Volume 1 by Justin Peterson
3. Morning Glories Volume 3 by Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma
4. Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
5. Y: The Last Man Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughn
6. Y: The Last Man Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Adapted by Hope Larson
8. Y: The Last Man Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughn
1. Y The Last Man Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughn
2. Y The Last Man Volume 9 by Brian K. Vaughn
3. Y The Last Man Volume 10 by Brian K. Vaughn
4. The Walking Dead Book 8 by Robert Kirkman
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
1. Green Arrow: Quiver by Kevin Smith
2. Atomic Robo by Brian Clevinger
3. Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb
4. Teen Titans Volume 1: A Kid’s Game by Geoff Johns
5. Nightwing/Huntress by Devin Grayson
6. Teen Titans Volume 2: Family Lost by Geoff Johns
7. Namor The First Mutant Volume 1 by Stuart Moore
8. Teen Titans Volume 3: Beast Boy by Geoff Johns
1. Birds of Prey Volume 1: Of Like Minds by Gail Simone
2. Teen Titans Volume 4: The Future is Now by Geoff Johns
3. Spider-Man Blue by Jeph Loeb
4. Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon
3. Teen Titans Volume 5: Life & Death by Geoff Johns
4. Batman Noel by Lee
5. DC Universe Christmas by Various
6. The Adventures of Tintin by Jamie Bell
7. Transmetropolitan Volume 1 by Warren Ellis
8. Transmetropolitan Volume 2 by Warren Ellis
What are everyone else’s reading goals for 2013? I’d love to hear which characters you’re planning on spending time with this year! If you ever have any good recommendations, please feel free to share them with me as I am always up for a new adventure!
I’m aware this may be an unpopular opinion as The Walking Dead has risen to become one of the top television shows currently running on cable television, but as a lover of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, I am sorry to admit that the adaptation is really falling short. Perhaps it’s because having read the series, I can envision just how spectacular the show could be, or perhaps it’s the steady decline in well written episodes ever since Frank Darabount’s forced departure after season one. The lack of strong female leads is certainly a major contributing factor. But either way, The Walking Dead television series simply is not cutting it. It seems as though the average viewer is willing to overlook poorly written scripts and lack of character development as long as they see a few good zombie kills at some point during the episode. This completely takes away from Kirkman’s original intention for the series. He has always explained that The Walking Dead is a tale about the survivors, and how they cope in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. In fact, Kirkman created the series due to his love of zombie films, but since he always felt curious about what the survivors would do when the movie ended, he started writing The Walking Dead so there would be a long term tale. Zombie apocalypse’s don’t just end when the movie does, which is why The Walking Dead is currently up to its 105th issue. Now I’m not complaining about the zombie kills, because who doesn’t love seeing them? But when the best episodes of the season are the ones with the least amount of dialogue, I think it’s safe to say there’s an issue.
Now, for the most unpopular opinion of all; the television show has made me feel love and sympathy for the Governor (played by David Morrissey). Having read the comic, I hated the Governor. There’s no denying he was a terrible human being who did unspeakable things, but as far as the television show is concerned, I cannot find any evidence of his wrongdoing. It seems as though the only reason people dislike him is because of their preconceived notion of him from the comic, or because they were told about him from their friends who have read the comic. So far, the Governor has offered Andrea and Michonne refuge in his camp, nursed Andrea back to health, provided a safe and functioning community for his people, and even has a scientific program in place to help learn about the walkers, all the while stowing away his little girl who he lost to zombies during the apocalypse. So far, I’m seeing a broken man trying to make the best of his situation and protect the majority of survivors. At the weak “cliffhanging” end of the episode, the Governor ousts Merle to the community as a terrorist whose lie allowed their camp to be infiltrated. Again, this is completely justified. Putting my love of Daryl aside, the Governor has no intel about Daryl’s camp. For all he knows they could be a horrible group of people who are banding together to steal what he’s built for his community. And after finding out that Merle lied about murdering Michonne, (another potential threat to his people), and that the attack his camp just faced was made by Merle’s brother, it’s only natural that the Governor assume that Merle is a traitor. Right before the cliffhanger, we see the poor Governor get attacked by Michonne, who not only thrusts a sword through his little girls head, forcing him to experience her death for a second time and takes away all hope of ever finding a cure for her, but she also sticks a long shard of glass in his eye, causing him to lose his sight and begin wearing an eye patch. How could you not feel sympathy for this man? Even if this is the big turning point where the Governor starts acting irrationally and cruelly, I will still feel sympathetic for him because we saw exactly what changed his attitude.
My next issue is with all of the women characters on the show. Why are they all being painted as these weak creatures who rely solely on men for protection? We have Andrea, who started becoming stronger towards the end of season two, revert back to the scared young woman who lost her sister. She barely challenges the Governor about the things she disagrees with, and she is completely wasting her talent for accurate shooting by playing girlfriend to the man in charge. It’s only natural for someone to look for protection and happiness, but at what cost? The Andrea of the comic would not behave in the same manner as television Andrea. Next we have Maggie, who also started out strong in season two as she rode in on horseback and slayed a zombie in her first cameo. This same woman folds within minutes of being brought into the same room as Glenn during the interrogation they were facing while a very beaten Glenn stays silent and tries to protect their camp. I won’t even go into all of my issues with Lori because she is finally gone, and quite honestly, I could go on for pages and pages. Next there’s Carol. Does anyone really even care if Carol is around or not? She’s really only served as a background prop this season. I know some people who didn’t even realize that she had been absent for several episodes because she has played such a minor role. Although, I’m certain she’ll receive extra screen time during the episode they kill her off in (see T-Dog & the attempt to redeem Lori). Then finally, there’s Michonne; my favorite character from the comic who is nothing like her literary counterpart. Glen Mazzara tweeted earlier today “Michonne’s personality is actually based on a close friend of mine. If I were in a ZA, that’s who I’d want on my team.” Great, so it’s no wonder Michonne hasn’t done anything worthwhile yet since she isn’t even based on Kirkman’s character. In fact, she’s really coming off as the stereotypical bitchy woman.
Now, I’m not saying that I hate The Walking Dead. I still read the new monthly comic issues as they debut, and I obviously haven’t given up on the show just yet. The fact that I even took the time to write this post and sort out the issues is a clear indicator that it’s a storyline I’m passionate about preserving. As a longtime fan of the series, I’m really hoping that the TV show can get its act together by the mid-season premiere. I’ve never been one to be overly critical of adaptations because I understand that film and print are two completely different outlets. I’ve previously enjoyed that some story elements were changed (i.e., Shane, Daryl & Merle [another first season element by Darabount]) as it allotted for the element of surprise to the readers. But there’s only so many poorly crafted episodes that I can overlook before I start to lose interest. I even took the time to talk to some people on Twitter and converse with fellow coworkers who hadn’t read the series to see if their perspective had been drastically different than mine. What I’ve found is that even they were less enthusiastic about the mid-season finale than they had been last season. I really hope that things turn around for the show and that Mazzara gives us at least one strong female lead before the third season comes to a close.
Do you ever just wake up and find yourself in a crazy random (awesome) mood? This happens to me A LOT. Like a lot, a lot. It happened today. I meant to spend my day doing productive things like writing blog posts and tons of other adult-like real people things. But I didn’t. What I did do was buy a purple wig. It’s from the same company that Melissa and I bought our New York Comic Con wigs from. It’s purpley and magical and will match my galaxy leggings. I love wigs. After that I decided to run around my room in a hot pink wig that I already own and pretend to be an airplane while straightening my room. Why? I have no idea. And that’s right. I spent much of Hurricane Sandy and the snowstorm cleaning and organizing my room and it’s already a little messy again. What a failure! I’ve also spent much of my day scouring the internet for a pink handbag that has a giant bow on it. Sadly after looking through 20 pages of products on ebay, I was devastated to find that most pink bow handbags are actually made for Barbie dolls. Wtf? Anyway, my next order of business was finding a gif maker online. I thought it would be entertaining to make a gif set of myself from the video I used to audition for a reality show this one time. I actually got picked to be on it but they keep having production setbacks so I’m still not sure if it will actually happen. Either way, I’ll be happy<3 Oh wait come to think of it, I already was on one reality show. It was on TLC and it was called Geek Love. This one (if it gets made) will also be geek-centric, but I digress. The next unproductive topic I tackled was to sit at my laptop and think about how unfair it is that Sailor Moon and Sabrina the Teenage Witch have talking cats and I do not. At least I had a gingerbread latte while I contemplated what my cat and I would talk about. Well, that’s two blog posts in one day which is probably crazy. GTG read some Batman comics and listen to Bright Eyes until The Walking Dead starts! What have you been doing on this unseasonably warm November Sunday? Hope you like my gif. Byeeeeeee.
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