Sunday DragonCon Sunday

Whew!! I saw my two biggest panels today which means I spent a long time standing in line!  

 This morning I saw an Arrow panel – Katie Cassidy, John Barrowman, Stephen Amell, and Matt Nable – we missed you David Ramsey! I loved it – Captain Jack lights up a room, I could listen to him crack jokes all day long!

This evening I saw Karen Gillan – #squee Amy Pond!!! Her favorite Doctor is 10 and favorite companion is Rose. Be still my heart!!  

Mark and I also went to an author signing for Timothy Zahn, author of numerous Star Wars books.  

Favorite cosplay from today: Gwendolyn and The Will from Saga!!  

DragonCon Day 2

I had such a great day today at DragonCon!  I am so so pleased with my Cosima cosplay. First thing I did today was meet Chris Rankin aka Percy Weasley!  Chris talked about his audition process, his favorite Percy moments, and what he’s up to these days.  For his Percy application, Chris mailed in a postcard saying he was a prefect in school, a ginger, not a twin and 16 aka perfect for Percy.  His favorite HP character is Tom Riddle and he’d love to play Arthur or Horace in a remake.    His favorite HP moments: leading the first years to the common room, the breakfast scene at the burrow especially the hair and the ‘night dress thing’, the final battle (apparently the Weasley family danced to Saturday Night Fever!), and his absolute favorite moment was yelling ‘I’m headboy’ in Prisoner of Azkaban.

Chris earned his degree in media production and currently works in TV production.  Overall, I was pretty impressed with the interview! 

Friday Schedule

 After Chris Rankin, I attended a panel discussion about creating a safe space for female (comic book) readers.  It was a great conversation between Gwenda Bond and Laurenn McCubbins and I came away with some killer reading recommendations: Bombshells, Not Funny Ha Ha, Diary of a Teenage Girl, and On A Wire to name a few.I wrapped up the afternoon by going to an X-Files panel featuring the actors who played Deep Throat and Alex Krychek (Jerry Hardin and Nick Lea).  Sadly, Lea confirmed he will not be appearing in the new X-Files in Jan. 2016.Two of my favorite cosplays I saw today were a couple dressed up as the Grey Lady and Nearly Headless Nick and a woman dressed up as The Last Unicorn, my FAVORITE childhood movie. Last but not least – my fellow sestras and I being silly ūüôā 

DragonCon Day 1

This is my first year going to DragonCon!!  

I’m really excited, I’m gonna try and do a post a day.

Check out these kick ass badges: 
Tomorrow will be my first full day.  I’m cosplaying Cosima from Orphan Black with two of my friends – I’ll have an Allison and Sarah to round out the clone trio. It would be great to find a Helena to take a pic with!  My co-worker offered to flat twist my hair to resemble Cosima.  

I’ll post my full cosplay tomorrow!!

Cat tax, my hair supervisor:  

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Chiik Chuuk Chik! ¬†That’s Northeastern Squirrelese for you Squirrel Girl novices!

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I have no idea why I waited¬†so long to read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Erica Henderson and Ryan North. ¬†Last week I bought Volume 1 (Issues #1-4) from My Parent’s Basement, Atlanta’s newest comic book bar. ¬†Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl) is a college freshman with squirrel blood – she possesses¬†the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel, oh and she has a tail. ¬†One of my favorite lines in the first issue is I’m Doreen Green, completely regular college student who knows how to tuck her her tail into her pants… and who just happens to appear to have a conspicuously large and conspicuously awesome butt. ¬†Let’s do this.

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I can’t sing enough of Squirrel Girl’s praises – Doreen Green is funny and brave, she wants to be a normal college girl while¬†saving the world. ¬†Her sidekick is Tippy-Toe, an adorable squirrel with a pink bow. ¬†Nancy Whitehead is her¬†college roommate who¬†loves to knit and illegally keeps her cat Mew in the dorms. ¬†Doreen¬†has a crush on a boy named Tomas Lara-Perez with the dreamiest cheekbones. ¬†North and Henderson do a phenomenal job of¬†bringing Doreen and her friends to life, Doreen¬†feels like a girl¬†I could have gone to school with, been friends with.

Volume 1 contains some great extras too – the¬†back pages show off some truly amazing variant covers, here’s just one example from Skottie Young. ¬†The collection also¬†includes Marvel Super-Heroes Issue #8 – Squirrel Girl’s first appearance in 1991. ¬†Truth be told, Doreen’s original caricature is¬†a little bit terrifying haha but you’ll just have to see for yourself.

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If you haven’t picked up The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl yet, what are you waiting for???

Last Week’s Comic Book Round Up

I got a little bit of everything in last week’s comic book haul – comedy, fantasy, superheroes, the works.

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Archie #2 – For a comic book all about Archie, all I got say is Jughead is hella hot. ¬†Jughead is even getting his own comic book 10/7/15 from Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson –¬†More than burgers but mostly burgers.

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Giant Days #6 – Love this cover! ¬†Daisy and Esther are on a mission to find Susan after she disappears during Christmas break with some help from McGraw ‚̧2015-08-21 22.09.15

Rat Queens #11 – After falling in love with the¬†trade volumes, I’ve crossed over into single issue purchases of Rat Queens! ¬†I’m not over the moon with the new artist Tess Fowler, unfortunately Rat Queens has been plagued with artist problems after the original artist Roc Upchurch was arrested on domestic violence charges. ¬†In other Rat Queens news, the series is being developed into an animated television series #squee! ¬†You can read about it¬†here. ¬†Also I found out I’m missing the special on Braga – Imma gonna need that!

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – I’ve heard so many good things about Squirrel Girl, I can’t wait to read it! ¬†I picked it up on a whim at the new comic book bar in town –¬†My Parent’s Basement, if you’re in the Atlanta area check it out!

The Runaways #3 – Runaways continues to be my favorite of the Battleworld comics ‚̧

Whatcha been reading??

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

I can’t describe to you my triumph of nabbing the¬†ARC of Black Widow: Forever Red¬†off the Little Shop of Stories’ ARC shelf before anyone else in my bookclub could get to it! ¬†Bwahaha! ¬†Black Widow is beloved by my bookclub¬†and pretty much all superhero-loving, women-kind.

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Nastasha Romanov¬†stands out as the lone female in the testosterone heavy group of the Avengers. ¬†But being the only woman is tough because we hold her to a higher standard, she’s the only one we have to look up to. ¬†We want her to be all the things – she can’t be perfect but she can’t be too flawed, she has to be relatable but still awe-inspiring, and so on and so forth. ¬†It’s a tall order for sure.

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It’s no surprise after the Avengers movies that women (and men too) were clamoring for more Black Widow (hello Marvel where is our stand alone Black Widow movie??). ¬†Coming out this October is a new Black Widow YA novel from Margaret Stohl (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series and author of the Icons series) – here’s the Forever Red synopsis from Goodreads:

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

For starters, look at this badass cover – it’s amazing!

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Forever Red reads like a movie script, it’s¬†fast-paced and action-packed and with some familiar faces (namely Phil Coulson and Tony Stark) it’s impossible not to read the dialogue using¬†the actors’ voices (not that that is a bad thing!). ¬†This book is written like¬†a movie in your mind. ¬†The story is told from 3 different POVs – Natasha’s, Ava’s and Alex Manor’s (a seemingly normal American teenage except that Ava has been dreaming about him for months even though¬†she has never met him). ¬†There is¬†at least one chapter that was titled as an Ava chapter and halfway thru it¬†turned into a Nastasha chapter, I’m hoping that gets cleared up #eek.

Overall, I liked the story/adventure/mission/whatever you want to call it, the novel is also full of witty dialogue and entertaining cultural references though I would have liked some more¬†feels. ¬†There is backstory (primarily referring to Natasha) but I want more – there can never be enough origin story. ¬†I think maybe because it read like an action movie, it lacked some depth, the story was bam bam bam scene scene scene. ¬†The downside – the climax¬†was over in an instant (insert sex joke), it happened so fast that I didn’t really have time to process that the final showdown was happening. ¬†Had it been a bit more drawn out, I would have had more feels because I was definitely supposed to. ¬†The story wrapped, no cliffhangers but there are unanswered questions so I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a series. ¬†All said and done, I really enjoyed Forever Red and can’t wait to let my bookclub fight over and then we can all dissect it!

Moral of the story is WHERE IS THE GODDAMN BLACK WIDOW MOVIE???

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