Playing Catch Up

Why hello there, long time, no see!  It has been quite awhile since I updated – over three months actually – eek!

My husband and I are expecting a baby boy in May so as you can imagine, our world is in the process of being turned upside down.  We’ve decided on a Harry Potter nursery, is anyone actually surprised??

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Our baby announcement!

We’ve gotten some of the major furniture items, done the baby registry, my friends are planning my NC baby shower and my next item of business is researching daycare for after I go back to work. The whole things still seems surreal!

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Harry Potter flying key mobile

My best friend from college was in Atlanta for a conference so we went a bit baby crazy.  We made this gorgeous Harry Potter mobile using this YouTube video as a reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyvv5eVOLao.  I am absolutely in love with it!

Amidst all the baby preparations, I did keep up with my reading.  Yes it is February but I would still like to share a few of my favorites from 2015:

Favorite Comics – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Nimona, Locke and Key, Rat Queens, Trillium, Descender, Wytches, Saga, Ms. Marvel

Favorite Books – Carry On, The Revenge Playbook, An Ember in the Ashes, Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, Rose Under Fire, Legend

Favorite TV Shows – Orphan Black, Supergirl

Favorite Movies – Star Wars, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two.

I hope you all have been doing well these path few months, reading some great books, and nerding out with some wonderful fandoms!

 

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Bookshelf Thursday – Star Wars

Short and sweet tonight because I’m exhausted after a 12-hour day, whew I need to go to bed early!

 Tonight’s cubby features Mark and I’s travel books over the past 10 years (yikes 10 years!).  In summary –  I studied aboard in Egypt in college, Mark and I just went to California for vacation last month, we spent our honeymoon in Spain and France, and lastly Mark went backpacking through Europe after college.  The cubby is missing 1 Caribbean travel book which my co-worker is borrowing for her honeymoon – we went to Puerto Rico just a few years ago.  So I’m not super well-traveled but not too shabby either!

Extra cubby pic featuring the whole little Lego Star Wars set  Hope you’re having a good week!

Bookshelf Thursday – Comic Book Cubby

The past year I have dived into the world of comic books and fallen in love.  This is my current storage method – I’m not sure the best method of storage but this has worked out better the more comics I acquired.  So that’s a sign to buy more comics?? 

 

Here’s the line-up: Ms. Marvel, Thor, Lumberjanes, Locke and Key, Saga, Nimona, Seconds, Courtney Crumrin, Descender, Star Wars, Outcast, Darth Vadar, Trillium, Giant Days, A-Force, Buffy, Orphan Black, Southern Cross, Wytches, Rat Queens, and Sex Criminals. Whew! (Or at least whew by my standards!)

What are your favorite comics? And what is your comic book storage methodology?

Sunday Comics

I am so excited about this weekend’s comic book haul! #squee

IMG_4677Star Wars #4 – Hoping its better than #3

Darth Vader #5 – Still need to read the 4 #eek

Saga #28 – God I love this comic so much.

Giant Days #3 – One of my new favorites!

Ms. Marvel #15 – Always a delight 🙂

Nimona – I haven’t read the web-comic but I can’t wait to dive in!

Descender #3 – I can’t wait to read this, the end of #2 was so heartbreaking, please check out this new, amazing sci-fi comic from Image.

Thor #8 – The unveiling!!!  (I approve)

What are you reading this weekend??

Sunday Comics: Black and Blue Edition

This weekend has brought a comic book haul of the black and blue color variety.

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Darth Vadar #1 – 3: I was impressed with Star Wars #1 (2/3 were so-so) but I am still eager to start this new Darth Vadar.  Questions!  Will it parallel the current Star Wars (taking place after A New Hope) or will it go into Darth Vadar’s past?  I’ll find out shortly!

Wytches #5: Each issue brings us closer to the unsettling truth behind the Wytches.  After this first arc is resolved, I’m going to read them all back to back for maximum creepy factor.

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop (Issues #6 – 10): I can’t wait to dive into the next chapter of our favorite orgasm-having, time-freezing couple Jon and Suzie.

I’ve also finished up Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu and Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, full review to follow.

What are you reading this weekend?

Sunday Comics

Seems like weekend comic book updates are becoming a regular segment!  Up this weekend are Ms. Marvel #13, Southern Cross #1, and Star Wars #3.

Ms. Marvel continues to be one of my favorite comics as we follow Kamala Khan navigating Jersey City as a Pakistani-Inhuman American.  Kamala is learning what it means to be inhuman as she balances superhero training with her familial obligations – Kamala’s parents may or may not be trying to set her up with the son of a family friend, someone with a few secrets of his own.

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Southern Cross is a new comic from Image written by Becky Cloonan and art by Andy Belanger and Lee Loughridge.  Alex Braith is taking a space shuttle to the mining planet Titan to investigate her sister’s suspicious death.  First impressions: 1) great artwork – I really like the blue and green tones, the character drawings, and the details of the space ship inside and out, 2) finally is a character named Erin (woot woot) who is also investigating Alex’s sister’s death, and 3) quite the cliffhanger ending.  Sign me up for Issue #2 in April.

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Lastly, Star Wars #3.  This issue was alright, my initial excitement of the reboot has waned and even though the trio was battling to escape from Lord Vadar, the issue felt like mostly filler.  On the plus side, Star Wars has been a successful gateway comic book for my husband who has now read the new Darth Vadar, Saga, Outcast, Y the Last Man and has started Locke and Key #squee!

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What are comic books are you reading this week?

Star Wars: A Gateway Drug (I hope)

Ahead of the new Star Wars film being released later this year (don’t mess this up JJ Abrams!), Marvel is releasing a new comic book series by Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, and Laura Martin which takes place after Star Wars IV: A New Hope. There are 2 issues out right now. Now Star Wars is beloved in my household – we love the original trilogy and loath the updated CGI, we are pro-ewok – we own the Caravan of Courage and Ewoks the Battle of Endor, we quote ‘It’s a trap’ constantly and our dog was almost named Chewbacca (we went with Indiana Jones, one Harrison Ford for another).

The husband does not read comic books but I knew, I knew that Star Wars would open his eyes to the amazing world of comics. He listens to the audiobooks of essentially published fanfiction for Star Wars so getting him to read a Star Wars comic book would be a piece of cake. I picked up both issues yesterday from my local comic book shop. I generously let him read them first (I’m so nice) and they are fantastic!

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far way… – STAR WARS – oh god, how cool would it be if there was accompanying music?! If it was like a musical card and as you turned the pages there were different sound bites?? Aaron has captured the essence of Luke, Leia, Han, Threepio, and Vader himself. Their dialogue is spot on, I swear I can hear the actors voices reading the dialogue in my head. The characters are drawn to resemble their movie counterparts and it’s done well, artistic without being creepy. The storyline seems like a completely plausible adventure that would have taken place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back and at this point, I don’t have any negative critiques. I did see from the ends of the issues there are upcoming comic books for Darth Vader and Princess Leia (different writers/artists). All the comics!! I really think this could be a gateway drug for my husband.

In addition to Star Wars, my latest comic book haul included Wytches #4, Ms. Marvel #11, Locke and Key Vol. 4, and mother effing Saga #26. Love love love Saga. Love Love love comic books.

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