Making it Happen

Hello friends!

I have a couple new posts in the works, but I wanted to drop a note to bring your attention to a new project two of my favorites are working on. Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk of Firefly (and much much more), are working on bringing us a NEW SERIES called Con Man. Check out their Ingiegogo campaign here to join me in contributing and help them make this happen! They are amazing and I have no doubt this will  be epic. I can’t see anything from these two being anything less than stellar.

 

**UPDATE! Friends, together, this amazing fan community has raised almost $2 million for this campaign. They have enough money to make an ENTIRE SEASON of Con Man! All this, in less than a week! I am so proud to be a part of such an incredible community! **

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Searching for Stories

 

This came in my Loot Crate last month!! I am so not artistic, but creating my own little comic might be a lot of fun!
This came in my Loot Crate last month!! I am so not artistic, but creating my own little comic might be a lot of fun! 

 

I have always loved reading, but when I was younger, comic books weren’t really on my radar. It wasn’t until recently that I have wanted to delve into the comic world. I started with Batman: Year One. I love that so much of it is also Detective Gordon’s story and not just Batman’s. I honestly think I have to go back a re-read it because I was so excited and it was almost a year ago and I don’t remember everything. I want to share with you a few of the comics I have found that I am planning on reading in the coming months.

1. Pretty Deadly– I read an article last night, er, very early this morning, about the comic book publisher, Image. It prompted me to look into the many comics they put out. I got on my Kindle, opened the Comics app (oh my goodness this is my FAVORITE app) and got to searchin’! I came across this comic and for some reason it really appealed to me. I like stories with heroines at the helm, that are intense, and dark. I can’t wait to get started on this once it finishes downloading!

2. Fables– I have no idea what to expect here, but I have always liked stories that incorporate fairy tale and folklore characters, so I’m interested to see how this series unfolds. There are a lot of issues to get through, so I will probably spread this out.

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3. Batman: Cacophony– This is the first Batman comic that Kevin Smith wrote. The boyfriend got me this comic book for this past Christmas because he knows how much I love Batman and Kevin Smith. I am interested to read what Kevin Smith’s Batman is like, and to read the other comics he’s written as well. I already love his movies and podcasts, I can’t imagine I won’t love the comics he writes. This right here is how much Kevin Smith loves Batman-he has an entire podcast dedicated to talking about the Caped Crusader (disclaimer-he does used some choice words, so you might use caution when listening).

4. Serenity: Those Left Behind– I love the series Firefly, and am still sad there was only one season. Luckily, Joss Whedon gave us this as the first of a few miniseries. This is definitely one that I will be reading in the next few months. I’ll take as much of my favorite Browncoats and the best damn ship in the ‘verse as I can get!

Comic books tell stories, just as television, movies, or other books do, and I love stories any way I can get them. I am really enjoying muddling through and finding new stories to read. I can’t wait to dive into the books I have listed above! What’s your favorite comic? Any suggestions for me?

I’m a Nerd for What?

The term nerd has changed meanings over the past ten years or so. What once used to be a negative term to describe smart people interested in computers, who liked Star Trek and comic books(these people were and are awesome), and, according to urbandictionary.com, were socially inept, is now more generally used to describe people who are immensely interested in certain television shows, books, comics, movies, or any specific hobby. While this is still quite similar to its past meaning, being a nerd is somehow cool these days. I believe it’s because of huge jump in numbers we have seen over the years. Fandoms are becoming more and more popular, with people obsessing together all over the world. Because I am a proud nerd gal, I’d like to share some of my favorite television fandoms, in no particular order.

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1. BBC’s Sherlock– my cousin introduced me to this show, and I couldn’t be more thankful. It is absolutely brilliant, based off Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the casting is just amazing. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are perfect and I highly suggest that if you haven’t, you should get on Netflix now, or at your earliest convenience, and check it out.

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2. Arrow- my first DC comic television show love. Oh goodness gracious this show is wonderful. I had seen the commercials in 2012 when it first came out, but didn’t have the time or space to record and watch it, so when it came out on Netflix, I binged. Right off the bat I was hooked, and the way the story unfolded was just magic. I have since started reading the Green Arrow comic books the show is based on, and  I really love how the show goes about telling the story. I don’t want to give too much away here, so I’ll stop, but please, this is another you should go to Netflix and watch. Oliver Queen and his team are seriously kick-ass.

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3. Firefly– I am so mad this show was canceled. I didn’t discover it until about 2 years ago, but once I did, I dragged viewing it out over about 6 months. I knew that there was only one season and a movie and I wanted the newness of it to last as long as possible. I had been a Nathan Fillion fan for years, mainly thanks to Castle, and was fully dedicated to Firefly after about 10 minutes into the first episode. Joss Whedon is a genius creator and writer and  this show is no exception. I am a Browncoat for life! Also, GO WATCH IT!

 

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4. Gotham- This show is in its infancy, but it has proven to be a serious contender. I am a Batman fanatic, so there was no doubt that I just had to watch this show, and let me tell you, I was impressed! I’ll be honest, I was afraid it would be cheesy, like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (sorry Marvel fans), but I was pleasantly surprised! Gotham has stuck to the darkness that I love about DC comics. The casting was fabulous-David Mazouz plays Bruce Wayne wonderfully, and Sean Pertwee as Alfred? Well, I love him. Donal Logue is seriously awesome. I swear he gets better and better the more I see him in different shows (did you see him in Sons of Anarchy? Amazing). And of course Ben McKenzie-Detective Gordon. This is a show about Gordon’s origin story, and I must say, it is doing a fantastic job. McKenzie plays the part better and better each week. I can’t wait for Monday nights!

 

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5. Haven-Another Netflix find! I saw a description about something sci fi-ey taking place in Maine (my favorite place, like ever) and I was in. This show was so much more intricate than I had even imagined and I even got the boyfriend hooked. The “troubles” that need to be solved episode to episode, and the way the overall story developed as the series went on is fun, and complicated, and keeps you guessing. I am patiently awaiting its return for the second half of Season 5!

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6. Supernatural– I wish the Winchester brothers were real. I wish that their kind of hunting were real. I wish I could be a hunter. Yep, I’m obsessed. I binge watched this on Netflix as well, my boyfriend gave in when I was 5 seasons in and caught up, and we are now watching “live.” I am team Dean all the way, and I always will be. I love every single character and the part they have played-even if I hate them, I love them. I honestly don’t know what else to say because it is just so good and so much has happened, and if you’re not on board, get on board. If you are, lets nerd out together! Seriously, leave a comment below, and lets chat!

I really love TV and will totally admit that it takes up way too much of my time. I love many more tv shows than what I have listed above, but I am positive I will get into them down the road. I have been so lucky to make friends who I can obsess with and with whom I can share new shows or comics or books. And I am so happy to share with you all, and hopefully make some connections with like-minded (or not-I love hearing about new things!) nerds. What’s your favorite fandom?

Becoming a Nerd

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          I owe a lot of my nerd-dom to my parents. We had lots of movie nights as kids, and I remember watching movies about Superheroes and outer space, pirates and princesses. I was encouraged to read, and loved digging deep and finding my place within their worlds. I love fantasy and mystery and classics and love stories. As I grew older, my mom and I shared books and TV shows.

        The movies we watched as kids are what started shaping the nerd in me. Star Wars was one of the first movies I remember watching as a family. I  remember my mom telling us that C-3PO was her favorite.  I wanted to be a Jedi. I’m not sure I ever told anyone that or not, it’s quite possible my brother and I pretended to be Jedi’s, but I definitely wanted to be one and carry a light saber. I mean, c’mon, you didn’t? I wasn’t outwardly obsessed with Star Wars, but it stuck with me all these years and has definitely made an impact on me.

        I LOVED The Mighty Ducks movies. They were hands down my favorite, and I was obsessed. My little brother and I even asked for Mighty Ducks jackets for Christmas one year (and got them!) I would be happy as a clam to sit through all three movies right now. I love them.

          When it comes to books, there was one series I remember reading religiously. I had SO MANY Baby-Sitters Club books! I loved them, I wanted to be them, I actually wanted to start a Baby-Sitters Club of my own, but I ended up being the only member. This gave way to my love of book series and obsessing over Harry Potter, The Hunger Games (I read those two series as an adult), and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

          Last but not least, Batman. He is my one and only. Seriously. I put no other Superhero in line with him. He’s the bees knees. I owe this to my dad, who bought the Tim Burton movies on VHS and called for a couple of movie nights. I was all Disney and princesses up until that point, which was totally fine, and I still love all things Disney to this day. But this was a game changer. I found my Superhero. That’s a big thing for a little nerd girl.

          I had lots of friends growing up that I could obsess over music with, which was amazing, and really helped shape me. For a long time though, I only shared my true “nerdiness” with my family, and really that was fine. I didn’t think much about it. I honestly didn’t call myself a nerd. I just felt I was who I was and I liked what I liked. When I got older, mostly high school and beyond, I began to make friends with people who liked many of the same things I did, and helped get me into new fandoms. We shared. It has made me feel like I belong, and sometimes I forget what it’s like to meet people who don’t understand anything about what you love, and just think you’re kind of weird. It reminds me we’re all different, and if we weren’t, it would get boring fast.

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