Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: I WANT CANDY!

Wow-ee!  It's been a month of linking up with The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick to play 5 Fandom Friday!  This was my favourite prompt so far and the easiest to answer:

1.  Mounds2.  Almond Joy  I was lucky growing up that both of my brothers and my mother despised coconut - as long as I could hide these two (or eat them!) before my dad found them, I was safe!  There is nothing.  I repeat.  NOTHING so delicious in my mind as coconut.  I wear coconut butter EVERY DAY, for frying out loud! 

3.  York Peppermint Pattie  oh yes, Sir, these are one of the best!  Finding one in your stash was highly lucrative - if you could resist it yourself, you could trade it for at least three of...

4.  Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
  THE ULTIMATE.  The smell of these conjures up images of trading candy on the floor, leaving greasy brown crumpled-up circles in their wake.  Is there anything more Halloween-ey than a Reese's?  Its orange and yellow packing LOOKS like a jack o' lantern.  When you take a bite, he becomes a crescent moon shape.  Reese's is the epitome of Halloween candy.

And who can resist this adorableness?

5.  Payday
  while the chocoholics fight over their Snickers and Milky Ways, I quietly relieve them of their Paydays.  Peanuts.  Caramel.  Shut up.  It's perfect.

October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Thursday, October 30, 2014

#tbt The Closet Costume

Ahhh, the art of the Closet Costume - a Halloween costume pulled together last-minute out of things you already own in your closet.  This photo wasn't taken last week, it was taken twenty (eep!)ish years ago.  I was a hippie for Halloween that year (proof that some things never change?) and my costume was essentially things my mother had owned and a giant skirt made out of tie-dyed fabric which I loved.  That big rainbow skirt would be totally appropriate for daily wear these days, I swear.

Many of my childhood Halloween costumes have turned into outfits I just wear regularly.  Like the time I donned a poodle skirt to match my two best friends at the sixth-grade Halloween dance (mine had a fluffy petticoat) and essentially wear large circle skirts all the time now?  And how about this photo from the year I went as a gypsy (GYPSY?  HIPPIE?  I spent my whole childhood waiting to grow up into Stevie Nicks):

LOOK AT MY EYESHADOW.  Don't even try to tell me that my getup in this photo didn't have a lasting impression on the way I make my face up today.  Let's talk about that HEAD SCARF, okay?  That is SO ON TREND.  Notice the sweatshirts taking prime focus in both photos?  Halloween in upstate New York is so cold that one must always layer their costume over the requisite Hanes basic sweatsuit OR FREEZE TO DEATH.  So it has been foretold by the crystal ball.

Not even candy is worth that fate.

Okay, but only a king-sized Reese's.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Cage Free Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

Trader Joe's Cage Free Fresh Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs

Tastes Like:  perfectly - perfectly - hard-boiled eggs. 

Great With:  cheese plates, fresh fruit, cottage cheese, breakfast and snack!

Perfect For:  turning into Devilled Eggs!  Cut in half, (gently!) scoop out the yolks, mash them together with mayonaise, cumin, vinegar or pickle juice, and scoop back into the whites.  Fairly fast, frugally fancy!  Boil a pot of tea, set out some dried apricots and figs, throw some cheese on a platter and you have fancy tea time SET.

Must Know:  these are eggs.  they contain egg.

Costs:  $2.49 for a bag of 6 - which always leaves you wanting more!.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Escargot All Out

When you're dashing to a lunch date with your feller and he texts you this picture: know your lazy Sunday is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

The plan was to meet at The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market (home of The Food Network.  No, really).  We had intended to park at the raw bar for some uni - that's sea urchin, to the UNI-nitiated (pun totally intended but possibly not worth it).  It comes in a spiny, tassley bowl that looks like something Bob Mackie would design to keep Sonny Bono's green M&Ms in backstage of The Sonny and Cher Show, if you can picture that.  A dozen or so oysters later, my guy reminded me about the escargot.

These poor, former garden terrors had been stuffed with butter and parsley and the plan was to heat them in the toaster oven at home.

Look!  That's my very own feet!  See, I totally did this at home - not even wearing shoes.  I eat bugs right out of their own homes without even wearing protective footwear, that's how hardcore I am.

After they cooked in their own juices ("Imagine...being cooked in your own juices."), it was time to pry them out of their shells and drink their buttery graves muah hah hah hah hah!

When all the decadent carnage is done, you're left with a pile of rather pretty shells, if I do say so myself.  I happen to think air plants would be very happy in these!  Or could we possibly donate them to homeless hermit crabs?  I had the idea to make jewelry out of them, and wear it about gardens like cannibals wearing the bones of the men they've devoured but I think my idea of intimidating snails got voted down.  What should I do with the shells instead?

If you've never tried escargot before, this is the way to go, I think.  Ten minutes in the oven, and you can try it - once - at minimal risk!  The only concern here is becoming addicted to them and having to go all the way down to Chelsea Market every week to get a dozen or so to get you through but hey, let's not escar-GO crazy, here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Stealing: Book Talk!!!

While Sunday Social is on hiatus, the hip place to be is at Sunday Stealing!  I love this week's questions because I LOVE BOOKS!!!

1. Favorite childhood book?  Birds Fly, Bears Don't.  I know all the stories by heart.  Special second place to the first book I ever read, Go, Dog, Go!, a frenetic journey through the secret lives of dogs.

2. What are you reading right now?  I've been reading comics off my iPhone!  How tragic!  Sorry, book purists, I just got my hands on comiXology and have been re-reading Secret Six before it returns in December - oops!  Secret's Out!  We'll talk more on this later.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?  I have a confession:  since I moved to NYC, I haven't checked out a single library book.  I think I'm afraid I wont return them in time?  Without the comfort of knowing that my dad is CEO of the local library system (like my entire childhood) and I can't just call to renew a book, it's scary to me to think - OVERDUE FEES!!!

4. Bad book habit?  Much like Bane, I love to crack the spines.  Makes them easier to read!

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?  Yeah...see above.

6. Do you have an e-reader? NOOO!  I hate the idea of reading WORDS off a screen!  Comics on my phone...different.  But the written word should be grokked off a page...something tangible that you can smell.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?  One at a ADD can't cope with conflicting plotlines.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?  Actually, yes, but not because of the blog.  Because of my commute!  I've started reading on the trains because my journeys have become longer and more unpredictable.

9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?  The Number of the Beast.  Sorry, Heinlein, ol' Buddy ol' Pal.  I say this with love, because he is my favourite author - I gave up on this one entirely.

10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?  Hard to say because Job: A Comedy of Justice was the book that introduced me to Robert A. Heinlein and his awesomeness.  But I think the one I truly loved the most (and keep wanting to re-read!) was Time Enough for Love.  It made me cry on the subway MULTIPLE times, shocked the pants off me (heh) and set up my second-favourite book, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, which comes close to that in terms of making me weep in public and I want to pull the first half of the book into reality and curl up and live inside of it!!!

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?  shame on me - almost never.  I know what I like and I know what I don't like - chick lit (Shopaholic), the Brontes and Austen, and most YA just doesn't do it for me.  Sorry!  I know!  No judgement if that's what you like, I wouldn't want you to judge me for my sexy robots and time-travelling lechers.

12. What is your reading comfort zone?  Science fiction, speculative fiction, short stories, and coming-of-age graphic novels.

13. Can you read on the bus?  NOOOOO I can't read on the road because I get HELLA CARSICK.  Which is unfortunate but I'll accept that gracefully because it doesn't bother me ONE BIT to read on the subway!

14. Favorite place to read? The subway, definitely!  It makes the commute (ugh) something to look forward to!  Second is the laundromat.  A good book can turn any shitty New York "waiting" scenario into something glorious.

15. What is your policy on book lending?  Never never never!  Okay, once in a while.  I lent my favourite, vintage copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude eleven years ago and NEVER GOT IT BACK.  So never lend a book that can't be replaced.  And as a funny side note, I now have TWO copies of that book...just in case.

16. Do you ever dog-ear books?  SO MUCH.  They look destroyed when I'm through with them but I think that's charming.  That means they journeyed with me as much as I did with them.  Like the Velveteen Rabbit, it shows how much they were looooved.

17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?  Nope, not really.  Unless the book is a gift, then I'll write away on the first page to the receiver.

18. Not even with text books? No, even then I preferred to make note-cards!

19. A book you didn’t expect to like but did? I read  A New Culture of Learning for business, not for pleasure, and found that I really dug it!  Not only was it informative and easy to follow (something I didn't expect), but I learned some cool tidbits that changed the way I viewed blogging as well!  It's really neat and worth a read for anyone who's involved with The Internet which would be...EVERYONE!

20. What makes you love a book? I think it's something I touched on briefly before...if it creates a world that I want to crawl inside and live in, a character whose life I want to's as though the author gets me and knows exactly what I want and presents me a fantasy I can escape to, which is why I LOOVE Heinlein's books...but that's a story for another time...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Balsamic Berry Brownie Bonanza

You guys you guys you guys.  My life has been changed forever.

I have learned how to make my own ice cream.

Now, you know how I hate to cook, but trust me, this is so easy, even I don't hate it.  And I'm barely competent enough to boil water.  And that's only so I can pour it into my eye sockets because I HATE COOKING.
Here's the basic gist:  combine 1 small can of sweetened condensed milk (which was on sale) with 1 pint of heavy cream (also on sale).  Beat it until it folds, but stop before it peaks.  This makes your ice cream base! 

From there you can add flavors.  I recommend very strong, and not too sweet, flavors as the condensed milk is already very sweet.  Delicious, in fact.  You'll want to eat it right off the beaters!  But, uh, unplug before you do that.  Your tongue is a terrible thing to waste.

For my first adventure in ice cream making, I took half the ice cream base and added approximately 3 Tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar to it.  YES!  BALSAMIC VINEGAR!  SHUT UP! 

After folding in the seasoning, I was worried that my base had gone flat, so I beat it up a little more.  In retrospect, I think I should have added all the things together - cream, condensed milk, and vinegar - all at once, THEN beat it.

To set it, just put it in a bowl and cover it with cling wrap, stick in the freezer for a couple hours and YOU'RE DONE!  I used the glass mixing bowl I made it in and it was fine.

The result was a slightly tangy - as my boyfriend described it - cheesecake flavour.  WHO KNEW?  The culinary wheels started spinning - what to toppings it with?  In the end I decided to go classic:

A warm (gluten-free) brownie and fresh berries.  Balsamic Berry Brownie Bonanza!  It was BRILLIANT! 

What flavours should I try next?  I have a few in mind that I can't wait to road-test and post all about!  And CAN YOU BELIEVE how EASY IT IS to make ice cream at home???  Let me know if you try this!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Halloween Movies

Time again for more 5 Fandom Friday with The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!  This week's topic is Halloween movies you must see - which is hard because I don't really have many!  I could only think of three that I *MUST* see every year:

1.  It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  OH MY GOD, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this movie.  As soon as it starts playing, and "Linus and Lucy" comes through the speakers, I begin to bawl.  Bawl like a baby!  Like Linus when Lucy carves the pumpkin!  Like Snoopy when the French ballad interrupts "It's A Long Way to Tipperary"!  Like Sally when she spends all night waiting in the pumpkin patch and misses tricks or treats!  I love this movie SO MUCH and I may have it committed to memory.

2.  "Fear, Itself"  Buffy the Vampire Slayer  Season Four, Episode Four - with the haunted frat house?  Oh it has everything.  Self-referential jokes, Anya in a bunny costume, and candy.  Best Halloween episode of the whole series!!!

3.  Rocky Horror Picture Show  last year, at midnight, I was at The Way Station in Brooklyn (you know, the one with the TARDIS for a bathroom?) and watched RHPS at midnight, in a red velvet ball gown, while drinking a cocktail named after Rose Tyler.  If that sort of thing doesn't cement a tradition, I don't know what does!

This year, I'll be giving back-to-back tours on Halloween, so hopefully I'll have a chance to unwind with these classics!  Meanwhile, check out what you've missed so far in the 5 Fandom Friday series:

October 24th:  My Must See List of Halloween Movies
October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#tbt Happy Birthday, Old Diane

In 2006, when I was a lowly transfer student at Binghamton University, a tall handsome ginger approached me in Watters Lobby and...asked me when I knew about AIDS lesions.

That handsome ginger would go on to become one of my very best friends.  Seriously though, isn't he HOT???

Well, TOO BAD, because this guy's got a fella and he's spoken for.  Off the menu!  So far off the menu, he dines at a WHOLE OTHER RESTAURANT, if ya get my drift.

He's my gay best friend.

And on Saturday, he turns 30.

Happy Birthday, "Old Diane"!  Happy birthday to one of the most sensitive, insightful, kind, stylish, funny, hardworking, and fun gingers this side of the Weasley family.  I'm so grateful every day for our friendship.  You are the support, the laughs, the best guy I could ever hope for or dream of.

Except for that whole ... you know ... dudez thing.


many, many happy returns of the day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

Tastes Like:  Cream cheese with a cinnamon tang.  I didn't really get a strong "pumpkin" flavor from this, more like "pumpkin spice cheesecake."

Great With:  bagels, English muffins, toast, any bread (or gluten-free bread!) product!

Perfect For:  making mini-personalized pumpkin cheesecakes!  one of my favourite corn cakes, slathered with a thin layer of this stuff makes a great crunchy snack!

Must Know:  it's not labelled gluten-free, but it didn't make me sick.  It's decadent but not too much more so than regular cream cheese.

Costs:  $2.99 for a half a pound of pumpkin indulgence!

Monday, October 20, 2014


If I tell you what Friday is about, you'll cringe.  I cringed.  And I'm Heinlein's NUMBER ONE FAN.  But yeah, it's hard not to cringe at the back cover:

But what do we know about judging a book by it's cover?  That ya shouldn't oughta do it, that's what.  And here's why.  In between that cheesy, sexed-up image on the cover and the lame back-cover quotes is one helluva novel.

It's classic Heinlein in all the ways:  a protagonist you love, characters you adore, and an orgy where they all swap.

As always, Heinlein makes you want to crawl inside the pages and live there forever with his too-cool heroine, her fawning male paramours, and lush banquets OH YES:

He also hammers home many of his favourite themes:  TANSTAAFL, the luxurious nature of bathing (bathing!) and his stance on cats:

Even though this is clearly a one-off, existing outside the Heinlein universe (Lazarus Long never shows up, not even to the orgy), it still feels familiar.  Classy, funny, charming, heartwarming, from the first action-packed 17 pages to the last line on the last page which leaves you saying "Awwww!" out loud.  Not bad for a book about a super-sexy genetically engineered superhuman, huh?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Whilst Sunday Social is on hiatus, I was invited to join the Sunday Stealing link-up!  This week's theme is loosely centred around travel, so let's get to it!

Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel?
Actually, I kind of don't.  It's such a hassle trying to get around, and I hate working around bus schedules, airport security, and oh yeah I'm not the biggest fan of flying, either!  I like being there, I just don't really particularly enjoy getting there.  Also, I get carsick really easily.

Where have you been?  I've only been to the West Coast once - to the San Francisco area, when I was sixteen.  In 2010 I went to London twice(ish) and from there to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, and Venice.

Next place you want to go?  I would love to go back to Amsterdam in the warmer months, or to trip across America and see the Grand Canyon and Great Salt Lake.  But lately I've been kind of homesick for upstate New York, where I grew up.  I bet the foliage is doooope up there right now.

What is something you MUST take with you when you travel?  I don't like to admit this, but I'm pretty high-maintenance.  I have a million little bottles of face wash, tea tree oil, sunscreen, coconut butter, shampoo, conditioner, eye makeup remover...I think I'd enjoy travel more if I didn't have to worry about my entourage of bottles!

How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation)
  I enjoy Greyhound buses.  I don't know why they get such a bad rep!  If only I could read on the bus, that would be the best!

I look miserable in this photo from a bus trip last year, but trust me, I really do love the bus.

With someone, or alone?  It's been forever since I've travelled with a companion (cough cough Doctor Who reference) and I understand why the Doctor does - it's more fun to share experiences with someone!

Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you?  YES.  Moving on.

If you're quiet what does it mean?  I'm sick, tired, or hungry.  Dire circumstances, basically.

avorite scent?  Nutz 4 Nuts carts here in the city!  Warm, sweet nuts.  Mmm.

Favorite store?  Trader Joe's, obviously.  Or any craft store!

Say you wanted coffee.. what kind is your favorite?  Snickerdoodle coffee from Tom's back in Binghamton, New York...almost worth travelling for!

Favorite kind of pizza?  gluten-free pizza is so hard to do well...but I have rosy memories of Nirchi's pizza back in Vestal, New York I TOLD YOU I WAS HOMESICK!  Best pizza, hands down, is at John's of Bleecker Street.  Wood fire.  Say no more.

Do you get embarrassed easily?  I wouldn't say that, but when I do, I blush easily.  I don't mind making a fool of myself, but when someone flatters me (or I get caught flirting) I turn so red it's almost aubergine.

Do you mind people asking you personal questions?  I'm pretty much an open book, so no, I'm more flattered that someone is taking an interest.

You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off… what do you do?  Take a long walk down to Chelsea Market, hit up the Artists and Fleas, splurge on something shiny for my phalanges, hit up Sockerbits and waste the rest of the money on salty licorice.  Then use the tank of gas to burn this mutha down.

Favorite tv show?  Of all time?  Probably Battlestar Galactica.  Talking (or even just thinking about it) makes me REALLY EXCITED.

Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to?  Preeeeeetty much anything.  I like to be surprised, which is why I'm such a fan of Pandora radio.

Something you keep in your car?  I'm a New Yorker, I don't have a car.  Moving on.

 Highlight of your day?  That first sip of morning coffee is pretty great, as is that warm mug of tea I usually steep at the end of the night.  Warm beverages are the bee's pajamaz.

 Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do?  Okay, I'll just say it:  I'm terrible at shaving my legs.  It always ends in blood.  It takes forever and I hate having to do it. 

 Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced?  I'm never home, so this is usually not an issue, but in general, that's not something I want to encourage.

What do you do when you disagree with someone?  Assume that they're an idiot?  No, I like to poke holes in their argument.  Debate, Devil's Advocate, and appealing to their common sense.  If it's about religion, and I feel like I won't get anywhere with logic, I just shut my trap.  I'll drop into the conversation that I'm an atheist, and let them prove their character my what they do next.

Do you enjoy rain?  Not when I'm working (outside)!!!  But I love rainy days when I don't have anything to do.  Maybe in a couple of months.

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Talkin' Cosplay

The super-cool ladies The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick started this ol's thing called 5 Fandom Friday!  Each Friday is a different theme and this week, we're talking about the five characters we'd like to dress up as for Halloween:

1.  Any Classic Doctor Who
  I already have the Tom Baker scarf, I would love to try to pull off a bowtie and suspenders like 2...or the dandy frippery of 3!  How classic and cool would anyone look, really, in a beige suit with celery?  Punctuate that with a question-mark umbrella!

2.  Sailor Moon  I mean, we have so much in common - both of us being boy-crazy, dessert-lovin' melodramatic klutzes and all.  Not to mention the fact that I am reincarnated from the Moon Princess...  er, maybe not.  But Usagi fights for love and justice, summoning up the strength that she derives from her friends and from knowing that she must do what is right.  What better girl-power heroine could there be?

3.  Any Heinlein babe  I have become obsessed with Heinlein for many good reasons and would love to show my geek pride by dressing up as any of the Heinlein female characters - Adorable Dora, Friday, or Maureen Johnson.  Unfortunately, nobody would grok my meaning and also, most Heinlein ladies typically walk around in the buff.  Who needs clothes? Uh, I DO.  ENNNT.  Not gonna do it.

4.  Six  ...but only on the condition that I get tinny, sexy music to follow me around (and get to hang all over Gaius Baltar...meeee-ow!)

5.  Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness  ummm, is this a thing?  Could I pull this off?  It would be terribly difficult...but totally worth it for the obscurity and because that's probably my favourite album of all time!

October 17th:  Characters I'd Love To Dress Up As For Halloween
October 24th:  My Must See List of Halloween Movies
October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Soy Chorizo

Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo

Tastes Like:  SPOILER ALERT.  this may be the most delicious thing I've bought at Trader Joe's EVER.  It's spicy but not TOO spicy, the texture is sorta like ground beef but BETTER, less chewy.

Great With:  the instructions say to sauté to heat it up, and I would recommend adding very finely diced mushrooms or orange or green peppers when you cook it up!

Perfect For:  Breakfast:  toss in with scrambled eggs, broccoli, shredded Queso Blanco, mushrooms and scoop onto an English muffin

Lunch/Dinner: sauté it up and make tacos topped with sour cream, avocado, cheese, broccoli, spiralized zucchini

Snack:  heat it up and dump it on top of some blue corn chips and top with cheese so it melts and have the best nachos you can believe!

Must Know:  Labelled "gluten free" right on front, it's vegan, this is a crowd-pleaser!

Costs:  $1.99 apiece.  APIECE!  HALF of this package makes right tacos and a plate of nachos that was dinner for two hungry adults.  I also made an egg and veggie scramble with HALF a package and there was leftovers.  This stuff goes A LONG WAY, and it's DIRT CHEAP.  Can we say VALUE?  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday at NYCC

Sunday was my longest day so far at New York Comic Con, with the least photos to show for it!  I decided to try to throw together a last-minute costume and felt really cute doing this twee, hipster, gender-bent Fourth Doctor!  Saw the talking K-9 and couldn't resist.  We made a smashing pair, isn't that right, K-9?  Affirmative!

Started out the day by seeing a panel on transgender representation in comics that blew my mind.  Made friends while waiting in line, too!  Then just narrowly missed getting Scott Snyder to sign a copy of The Black Mirror (my favourite Batman arc) for me.  Ah well, next year!  I wandered around for hours, just touching things, looking at things, taking people's photos and posing for photos as well!  Some of the coolest things at Con are things I never got photos of, like the giant stage where Just Dance was happening THE WHOLE TIME.  And Artist's Alley, which is the best place to take photos of people in costume.  It's so hard to put into words how much fun it is to just chat with people about, say, Tom Baker's Prime Computer ads with Lalla Ward and not have someone stare back blankly at you but actually listen and be interested!  That's one of the things I'll miss about Comic Con until it happens again.  Other things I will miss:

-  Making friends with people based off their costume
-  So many funny/witty t-shirts!
-  Recognizing people dressed as obscure references
-  Pointing at cute guys in costume and just yelling "NIIIICE!" because that's totally allowed.

Things I will NOT miss:

-  Waiting in line to pee every time-  The smell of day-old pleather jumpsuits in a room with no air-conditioning
-  Getting "flat tire" -ed
-  Hentai posters.  No offence if you're into that sort of thing.

In spite of all that, I'm still so excited for next year already!  I hope to sit in on more awesome panels, check out some screenings, get more autographs and even dress up again!  What to wear, what to wear???  Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday at NYCC 2014

So on Saturday at NYCC 2014 my friend dressed up as Ragdoll from Secret Six.  I spent a good part of the day taking photographs of his awesome cosplay and of getting his mask signed by Gail Simone - who confirmed NEW SECRET SIX STARTING IN DECEMBER!  At least we have something to look forward to!

In addition to my old friend, I made some new ones:

REMINDER:  cosplay is not consent.  Always ask before you pet someone's Wookie.  THIS guy was THE BEST Han Solo of ALL time.  His Millenium Falcon was made entirely out of corrugated cardboard and the textures and layering of it was ingenious.  The back of it LIT UP and it had several compartments (for phone and snacks, etc!).  He said it took MONTHS and it was well worth it!  Great job!

THIS guy RIGHT HERE totally nailed his Colin Baker Sixth Doctor costume.  It was almost like Colin Baker had hopped in the TARDIS and driven it to Earth, New York City, Javits Center for NYCC 2014 just to rub elbows with his fans with, yeah, is totally something Colin Baker would do.  He was such a nice guy as well!

And of course, you've already seen this guy!  He was AMAZING!  He moved and talked and was just like real.  I got to touch him and pose on him and I loved it!  As close to owning a Dalek you should probably get because they're insane and terribly dangerous. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday at NYCC 2014

Friday morning I was all set to get to NYCC2014 bright and early when disaster struck! A water main broke on my subway line - where's Aquaman when you actually NEED him? - and I wound up missing the only panel I really wanted to see that day.  It took a while for the pieces to fall together...

hah hah hah.

But once they did, I was literally squealing with delight to finally have arrived at ComicCon!

There were so many totally kick-ass costumes...this pair had dressed up as Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor, and Rose Tyler!   Old meets new!  I think Rose would have been a great companion for Pertwee, actually!

Totally cute guys totally nailing the "group costume" category with this Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog cosplay.

The best Joker at con, in my opinion, was this totally adorable and sweet gentleman who let me pose awkwardly with him.  AWW!

A Colin Baker Sixth Doctor cosplay?  You  betcha!  Hell, even Colin HIMSELF said he didn't want to wear this outfit.  This cool dude saw my legwarmers and beelined for me, I could barely stammer out how cool his outfit was and ask for a picture.

But the boldest costume of the day...

This Towelie stayed in character the WHOLE DAY!  Reminding people to bring a towel, asking if they wanted to get high, and hurling out the catchphrase "You're a towel!"  Oh, he was great!

I also picked up a couple cool items:  a copy of Jack Kirby's Street Code, a new tokidoki unicorn for my bookshelf, and an anthology of comic shorts inspired by Queen songs entitled Killer Queen!

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