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!

 

Charleston Comics

This past weekend Mark and I decided to flee Hotlanta and go to Charleston for a weekend away.  Between the beach (it rained) and the pool (magically sunny) and clothes shopping (yawn) you know I had to hit up the local comic book store, Captain’s Comics and Toys.  Pretty eclectic mix if I do say so.

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford (Full disclosure I bought this from Urban Outfitters before we went to Captain’s).  This gorgeous fantasy-themed coloring book was just calling my name.  I need to buy some colored pencils ASAP! 

Wytches Vol. 1 – Yes I have all the single issues and yes I still bought the trade.  I couldn’t pass it up, it’s just a beautiful volume.  (I’m also struggling with single issue storage, help!)

Captain Marvel Vol. 1 – I have never read Captain Marvel, I know blasphemy!!  Spurred by Kelly Sue DeConnick coming to DragonCon, I decided to finally get on board with Captian Marvel, can’t wait to dive in!

What comics are you reading?

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 (Tuesday) Comics

While I made sure to go to Criminal Records this past holiday weekend, I clearly did not make posting about it a high priority.  I beg for your forgiveness!  See my humble offering:

IMG_4698Wytches #6 – You will not believe who pledged Sailor to the wytches in the chilling conclusion to the first story arc.

A-Force #1 – Yay it’s here!!  Even though I was a little lost (this post from Panels helped a lot!), I thoroughly enjoyed so many bad-ass ladies in one comic book!

Lumberjanes #14 – A new story arc starts up as Jen is attacked and kidnapped in a freak summer snow storm!  Of course the ‘Janes refuse to sit by and they set out to rescue their beloved camp counselor themselves!

In related news, I read and LOVED Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, featured on last week’s Sunday Comics.  It was incredible – funny, serious, adorable, sad, ALL THE FEELS!  This week’s Oh, Comics! podcast from Panels is all about Nimona – check it out here!

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I’m a shark!!  What did you read over the long 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?

Friday Reads

You can always count on a cat to sit on whatever it is you need at that moment in time.  Bear is currently posing on top of my two Friday reads – I’m taking today off to take care of Mark who had his wisdom teeth taken out this morning (or as I like to say, forcibly ripped from his skull).

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Outcast by Robert Kirkman (creator of the Walking Dead) and Paul Azaceta is a new comic from Image, Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him comprises issues #1-6.  Leaving the world of zombies behind, Kirkman and Azaceta explore a new kind of horror in demonic possession.  Kyle has always been surrounded by demonic possession ever since he was a child, now as an adult he is beginning to comprehend how he fits into a larger war being fought between good and evil.

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Outcast isn’t as creepy or unsettling as Wytches but it definitely has potential to get there.  I am not familiar with the Walking Dead comics (I consume TWD a la television) so I can’t speak to Kirkman’s earlier work but I like the story, characters, and artwork of Outcast.  I’m looking forward to Kyle learn about his ability to possibly exorcise demons and get some more information on the war that God seems to be losing.

Side note: I need Wtyches #5 already!

Next up with Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu.  I went to an author event last year featuring Veronica Roth and Marie Lu and I received a signed copy of Legend with my ticket (and a copy of Four by Roth).  I just got around to reading Legend earlier this month and I was so surprised at how much I liked it!

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While I love me some YA, I have grown a little weary of the YA dystopian genre.  Surprisingly, I found Legend to be refreshing – thorough world building, distinctive dual POV, and no love triangle!  We learn about the futuristic state of the Republic through the eyes of Day and June, both legends in their own worlds.  June is a military prodigy being groomed for the highest leadership roles within the government while Day is one of the most wanted outlaws in the Republic.  Their lives collide when Day is framed for murdering June’s brother.  As June hunts Day down, they both come to uncover secrets about their pasts and how they are mere pawns in the larger conspiracy of the Republic.

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I tore through Legend and just started Prodigy, the trilogy finishes up with Champion and I can’t wait to read it!

Happy Reading!

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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