Monday, April 30, 2012

Geek Chic Make-up from Think Geek

With The Avengers movie coming out, I thought I would devote this weeks post to avengery things. Today's post is about make-up. This image is all over the web, and if I was more talented, I would be wearing one of theses to the premier.
If you want to just buy geek themed make-up because, like me, you lack the talent of the photos above, Think Geek now has a line of make-up! 
Because of my love for The Princess Bride, "As You Wish" is currently living in my cart.
Out of these solid scents, I am thinking "Frisky Pirate." No real reason that I am choosing that one over the other name wise, but the scent sounds most appealing to me.
  
Out of these choices, I think that "Health Potion" looks like a gorgeous color. I think I will start with that one and see how I like the product before I try the others.  All of these products are avaliable at thinkgeek.com and all of them look like something fun to try out for under $10.




Friday, April 27, 2012

Suprise Dalek

I love Doctor Who and I watched Rugrats all the time as a kid. I never noticed this awesome hidden reference before. Thought everyone should know and beware that the Daleks have invaded cartoons.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Faves for the week

In honor of my number one fave this week, Felicia Day's "Flog" on her youtube channel geekandsundry, I decided to start my own set of Faves list. It may be 5 things or it may be 10 depending on the list topic or how fond I am of things that week. So to start of my faves, I will start with things that I generally am in love with and I am currently follow. So here it is:

1. Felicia Day's Flog- I love Felicia Day. I want to be her best friend, but not in the creepy stalker way. She is a girl geek who made an awesome career for herself off of things she loves. She is the star of The Guild along with having appeared in Buffy, Dollhouse, Eureka, and many more awesome things. If you don't know about her, here is your chance to learn more while watching Felicia do random awesome things:


2.Nerdist Podcast- I listen to this podcast everyday as I walk to class. I did an earlier post about seeing them live and how awesome it was. This podcast is the reason people give me weird looks when I walk around campus because I am laughing so hard to myself. They have awesome guests such as Craig Ferguson, Neil Gaiman, and Matt Smith, but even if you don't know the guest, its still awesome to listen to. Nerdist industries just started its own Youtube channel with a show from Weird Al, celebrity bowling, and much more. I highly recommend anything from Nerdist industries.


3.Y: The Last Man- I am currently in the 4th hardcover deluxe edition of this awesome series. This is a great comic book series that is a good way to get people into reading comics. The story starts when something happens that wipes out everything with a Y-chromosome on earth... except a boy and his monkey. The story is amazing and there are talks of turning it into a movie (of course). It is totally worth the read.



4. The Avengers Madness- I love the Avengers. I love Joss Whedon. I love them together. I am so excited for the Avengers movie to come out next weekend. I am trying to plan a midnight showing group, but I am sure I will see it more then 3 times. In preparation for the movie I purchased this shirt: http://somethinggeeky.com/tv-film-t-shirts/unitywomenstshirtinspiredbytheavengers
 Its awesome and will be great to wear to the movie. So excited I can't even explain it farther.

5. New Girl- I love many shows on TV right now, Game of Thrones, Madmen, and many more, but I can't miss New Girl. I understand that some people can't stand Zooey Deschanel, but I love her and this show. This is the one show I watch were I sincerely laugh out loud during every episode. Also, Max Greenfield who plays Schmidt, is one of me favorite and least favorite characters ever (and was in Veronica Mars). I love this show and think everyone should give it a shot.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tardis Scale

I don't know about you, but I know this is how I rate sexiness. I am a little disappointed that the new Doctor Who season is not starting until August, but hopefully it will be even more awesome then series 6, which would be really impressive. I will be really sad to see Amy and Rory go, but hopefully the next companion will be just as amazing. Expect more posts about Doctor Who!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cool to be Geek

            This was one of the first videos posted on the geekandsundry channel, created by the amazing Felicia Day, on Youtube. The lyrics are a little hokey, but overall, it’s a really enjoyable music video. It features everyone from The Guild as a rock band. Felicia Day and Jed Whedon wrote the lyrics, and Jed Whedon also wrote the music and directed the video which makes it even cooler. I am one of the lucky ones who went to high school and never had any bad experiences when I expressed my inner geek. Even though I don’t really identify with song, the sentiment great and I agree that the geeks are inheriting the earth. The Guild also has two other songs out: "Game on" and "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar." I watched "Game on" based on a suggestion from a friend which led to me watch The Guild series. In case you live under a rock or didn’t really care about the show, here are the other two for your ears to enjoy:

Monday, April 23, 2012

"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope"


            Comic-Con Episode IV:  A Fan’s Hope was released on iTunes last Friday to rent. I had heard about the movie about a month ago and was really excited for it. I followed it to see where it was playing, but it is only playing in towns that have enough requests, so I knew it wouldn’t reach me. I was so excited to learn that it was available through iTunes and I was more than happy to pay the $6.99 it cost to rent it. I would say, for anyone who loves cons and wishes to one day attend Comic-Con, it is worth a watch.
            I have never attended the Mecca of all cons, I hope to someday, and this film only increased my ambitions to attend. I watch the coverage of the con on G4 every summer and think about how I will attend some year. Watching this film made me think of making this dream happen sooner than later.
            This film follows different types of people attending the con and their different experiences there. Two artists looking to break into the comic book industry are profiled. Both artists have talent, but they need to talk to publishers at the con to make connections. A comic book retailer that has been attending the con forever is profiled along with his protégé. Death of the comic part of Comic-Con is discussed along with following the case of the super rare Marvel comic Red Raven #1. A costume maker who has a love for Mass Effect is followed on her journey to Comic-Con’s masquerade. As someone who loves cosplay, I loved her parts of the documentary. A couple who started their relationship is also followed during the documentary.
            All of the cases are interesting, but what makes them more interesting are the cuts of different Comic-con attendees adding in their own comments. These attendees include Joss Whedon and Stan Lee, who are both executive producers of the documentary, along with people like Seth Rogan and average-Joe types. I really liked hearing their insight on the con and how it has changed.
            This documentary was really great. Anyone who has attended a con and loves the culture, or wishes to attend a convention will really enjoy this film. This film will help hold people over till the coverage of Comic-con is televised, or for those lucky enough, till they attend the actual Comic-con. This film was for sure worth the watch.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Captain America Auction

Marvel auctioned off props from Captain America and Thor Saturday night at C2E2. I took some pictures of some of the items up for auction such as Captain America's shield in ice!








Thursday, April 19, 2012

C2E2 Purchases

I tried to limit myself on my purchases at C2E2 and I did a pretty good job while ending up with cool stuff. The first items I bought were Morning Glories graphic novel #1 and #2. I had read the first one, and the deal was both of them for $20, already a good deal. What sweetened the deal was that Joe Eisma was there to sign them for me. He does the art which I love, so I was totally on board to pick up both. 

I also picked up some art. Katie Cook has a print that’s adorable of the main characters from Firefly which you can find here http://katiecandraw.bigcartel.com/.

I picked up an awesome pack of six prints from artist Cliff Chiang which includes this iconic piece: 

Y-the Last Man hardcover #4 and Invincible collection #1 rounded out my comic purchases. I spent $10 for a picture of me and my friend with Nicholas Brendan, which was totally worth it. The last thing I picked up was a Nerdist shirt. It was on my list of things to look for at the con. There were many other shirts I was tempted by such as a Mouse Guard t-shirt, but I decided to start limiting myself to one shirt a con. I am very happy with everything I purchased at C2E2.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Walking Dead Panel at C2E2

SPOILER ALERT: this post contains spoilers about Walking Dead Season 2


            One of my favorite Walking Dead characters is Glenn both in the show and in the comic. I was lucky enough to attend the C2E2 Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan. The whole panel was very entertaining. Both Lauren and Steven talked about their character development in season 2 and what they want to see in season 3. Both said they can see a marriage happening, but it won’t be elaborate with the whole zombie thing happening. They were also asked if Glenn and Maggie would make a baby of their own. They have no idea if it will happen, but they agreed that they would see how Rick and Lori’s turns out first. They discussed the death of characters on the show. They explained how close everyone on the cast is. The cast lives together in the middle of nowhere Georgia. They call themselves the Walking Dead family and it upsets everyone when someone leaves the show.
            A fan asked how Michonne was going to work out in season 3. All they had to say about her is that she will be as bad-ass as you hope she will be. They were also asked if they are ready to get closer haircuts as depicted in the comics. Both said that they are extremely committed to the show and if that is what the writers want, Lauren would jump on the bandwagon while Steven seemed a little more reluctant.
            I had never realized how many awesome things Lauren Cohan was and the panel made me feel bad that I had never been a fan of hers before. Lauren was in Chuck and Supernatural along with the Walking Dead, all things I love. She was asked who the better kisser was: Jensen Ackles or Steven? She answered with Steven, which shocked most people, but most of all Steven. Steven made her straight face reaffirm and she seemed pretty serious about it. I still don’t know if I believe her. The panel was great and you could tell that Lauren and Steven really got along which made the panel that much more enjoyable. Now I just have to figure out how to wait patiently for season 3.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cosplay at C2E2!

Cosplay is awesome. Some cosplay looks really good, some not so good, but everyone who dresses up loves what they are wearing (most of the time). I tried to take pictures of a lot of cosplay at C2E2, but didn’t want to be that person who stops traffic in the hall. I dressed up as Kissogram Amy Pond which helped me take more pictures. This is what I ended up with. Hope you enjoy it!






John Barrowman Panel at C2E2

Even though I don’t know everything about John Barrowman his panel at C2E2 was awesome. I have seen a few episodes of Torchwood, saw him in Doctor Who, and watched all of Torchwood: Miracle Day, so I am very familiar with him. I thought that Miracle Day was awesome and wanted to know what was next for John Barrowman. On the Torchwood track, Barrowman said that one of the writers was having personal issues and for the moment the series was on hold. Barrowman did discuss other things that he was working on that will keep his fans busy for awhile. He just finished filming a pilot for a show called Gilded Lilys which according to IMDB is “set in 1895, show revolves around the opening of the first luxury hotel in New York City and all the intermingling of love, treachery and disdain between the classes set against a backdrop of vicious family rivalries, scandalous secrets and conflict and co-mingling of classes.”
            Along with Gilded Lilys, Barrowman and his sister are working on two books. One, from his description, sounds like a young adult novel called Hallow Earth and is out in the UK now. The siblings are also working on a Torchwood novel. This is really cool because Barrowman has an insight into Captain Jack Harkness that only the creator of Captain Jack Harkness could have.
            Barrowman was really great during the whole panel. He said it was his first panel alone in the United States. He was asked who his favorite superhero was. Both Barrowman and his partner were wearing Captain America shirts, which was his answer. He invited his partner on stage and he is the only person I have ever seen who looks like Nathan Fillion, it took me a bit to be convinced he wasn’t. Barrowman was really good at dodging awkward questions which there were a lot of and at the end of his panel he sang a bit of his version of  “The Wizard and I” from Wicked called “The Doctor and I” which was awesome. John Barrowman’s panel was great and he was so excited during the whole thing. He is a true fanboy along with being a great actor.


Monday, April 16, 2012

C2E2 Overview


It’s the Monday after C2E2 and I wish I had another con coming up this weekend already. C2E2 was great this year. The vendor hall was bigger and there were way more people in artist alley. Also, attendance seemed to be up by a large amount. I spent most of Friday walking around and then attended Nerdist Live! Saturday I did attend the John Barrowman and Walking Dead panel which I will post about later this week along with being Amy Pond on Saturday. I have really enjoyed C2E2 both times I attended. The space the vendor hall is in is really nice. It is bright, clean, and has very roomy isles. I attended Wizard World Comic-Con Chicago in August and was much more impressed with how C2E2 presented itself. C2E2 is a con that I would highly suggest as a person’s first con. It is busy on Saturday, but Friday isn’t too crazy. A lot of different interests are covered and they usually have some pretty good guests and panels. I only attended panels for television shows this year, but there are also panels on how to break into the comic book industry, crafting, and professional panels. There were some panels that were only open to professionals, and since I am still a college student, I was unable to attend some that sounded really cool. C2E2 is only in its third year, and it is expanding really well. I would for sure recommend this for anyone in the Midwest, and for anyone who want to get their friends into more nerd things. C2E2 is a very welcoming convention that has a lot to offer, but without the craziness that seems to be Comic-Con San Diego. I had a really good time this year and am excited to see what they will have to offer next year for April 26-28 2013.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nerdist Live!


            I had the awesome chance to see my favorite podcast, The Nerdist, live Friday night. I was in the Chicago area for C2E2 and could not pass up the chance to see Chris, Matt, and Jonah do their thing live. I dragged the Hopeless Gamer along with me. He wasn’t really reluctant to go, but was not very familiar with the podcast and he didn’t have any expectations. I, on the other hand, have listened to almost all of the podcasts and was very excited. We arrived at the theater an hour and a half before the show, which worked really well for us. Doors opened at 7:00 and we had wonderful seats in the 5th row of the Vic Theater. To entertain us before the show, Tweetdeck was on a large screen with #NerdistChi. That was a great way for the fans in the theater to tweet, tell everyone how excited they were, and kept everyone from typing on their phones and being non-social. Hopeless Gamer posted an adorable picture of his cat and received cheers. At one point, the person running the computer with the tweet deck wasn’t paying attention and the computer screen showed their personal photos through a screensaver. This was corrected eventually to many cheers. The Nerdist himself tweeted about “breaking a vase” translated to killing a prostitute which everyone…enjoyed…
            The entertainment started with stand up from Matt, Jonah, and Chris. Each did about fifteen minute sets, and all were great. The Hopeless Gamer wasn’t familiar with Matt and Jonah, but after their standup, he was more excited for the podcast. After Chris’s set, the podcast began. They had a special guest, Alison Haislip from G4. She seemed really nice and involved in the conversation. The podcast was a mash up of random discussion and what was happening next in Nerdist Industries. During the quemments (Questions and Comments), Chris announced a brand new program for the Nerdist Chanel on Youtube. The Nerdist Chanel will soon have a show focusing on special effects. People will be asked to send in requests and experienced make-up and special effects artists will show step by step how to achieve the look. As a fan of The Face-Off on Syfy, I am really excited for this show. Chris and the gang were really great about answering questions and giving sincere answers while still involving everyone in the audience on questions that some people may not have been interested in.
            The Hopeless Gamer was nice enough to wait with me after so I could meet the whole crew. We waited in line for less than an hour, and it was totally worth it. Matt, Jonah, and Chris all signed my Doctor Who wallet and I was able to take a picture with Chris. They were all really great and nice. I know they must have been at the theater until at least 1:00 with all the people that were waiting to meet them, but they seemed more than happy to stay. The experience was great and totally worth it. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in nerd culture.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

C2E2!


Welcome to my blog! I’m really excited to get this going and what better way to start a blog about things I love than with C2E2. C2E2 starts tomorrow and I am so excited! I went last year and it was great. I had my picture taken with Sam Merlotte, met the very handsome Tahmoh Penikett, went to a panel featuring The Walking Dead’s Andrea and Shane, and met the Starkids. It was a great experience! I think C2E2 is a great as a first con for anyone and this year my group welcomes a new member to the con community. Many things to look forward to at this year’s C2E2 including John Barrowman, Chris Hardwick, Nicholas Brendon, Jane Espenson, Charlaine Harris, and Bill Willingham. So many guests, so little time! I also am very excited to be attending Nerdist Podcast Live! I will be taking many pictures and relaying my experience throughout the week after the con. If you like sweet cosplay, awesome celebrates, and general nerdiness, stay tuned!