Happy Geeky Halloween, from the royal family of Geekdom!

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It’s a day late, but Happy Halloween!

Saturday the 26th, Third Eye Comics held their Halloween Comic Fest. The family and I got into the spirit and did a little family costume ala My Little Pony! Prince is a HUGE Pinkie Pie fan and had asked to be Pinkie Pie for Halloween way back in August. He then suggested I wear my Twilight Sparkle costume and even wanted King to be a pony. King was okay with it, so long as I could get a stallion for him to dress up as and not a girl pony. Well, it just so happens there is a stallion that I knew would be perfect  for King: Big Macintosh!

The final results of our costumes are in the photo above. The ghost busting Deadpool just happened to be a totally awesome cosplayer at the Halloween event that we took a family photo with. 

At the store, Prince’s costume was a huge hit! I didn’t hear one negative thing about it. Our family costumes were well-received by the staff and patrons, which made the entire process of putting them together all worth it. 

Then came the costume parade at Prince’s school. Prince was so happy to wear Pinkie Pie to school! He was so proud of it. 
But, and it saddens me to say this, as I’m sure most of us know: bullies happen. There were 2 particular boys who were quite persistent in telling anyone who’d listen, that Prince was dressed like a girl and he was a lalaloopsie. I held my tongue, because Prince was unaffected by it. When one of the boys told Prince to his face he was a girl, Prince quite pointedly said “No, I’m a boy” and walked away. 
The girls in his class appreciated his costume. His teachers liked his attitude about his costume. Some of the other parents, while none ever said anything within earshot of me, had those disapproving looks and judgmental glances when they heard what Prince’s costume was. 
When did Halloween lose the awesomeness? Why is it okay for girls to be superheroes but my son can’t be a Pony for a day without people being total judging a-holes? My son is awesome! My family’s awesome! And I’m a little sad for those kids who already have such narrow ideas of what is or is not allowed based on gender. 
I’m proud that Prince isn’t taking the verbal bullying to heart. He doesn’t care. I think that means King and I are doing something right….I hope that means I’m doing something right. 

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Full-on Geek!

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It started with King’s message alert going off. His alert is George Takei giving his best “Ohhh My”. Prince has heard it so much he’s started saying it himself, but for some reason today he didn’t say it. I asked him “What? No “ohh my” today?” and Prince says “No, not today” only to go on and do it a couple of seconds later.
King and I start talking about the video King wants to make of Prince saying “ohhh my”. I say we should add more geek elements, since today Prince just happens to be wearing his Third Eye Comics tee-shirt. I say we should add a light saber, his Iron Man beanie and his Pinkie Pie stuffed animal.  You know, just go full-on geek.

I did go full-on geek, even filmed it in King’s Geekdom corner of the house, so Prince was supported by Stormtroopers, a Superman print and other miscellaneous geek symbols.

Use the Force...Iron Man?!? I'm so confused!

Use the Force…Iron Man?!? I’m so confused!

Finally….a comic book series I can relate too! (Rat Queens by Image)

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Every now and then there comes along a comic book series that just hits you, like a deep part of your soul, and you find yourself excited for the release of the first issue. That was me, the Future Queen of Geekdom, upon seeing sneak peeks for Rat Queens.

First, the main characters are all female and they all kick ass!

 

Next, I saw this:

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Then, during a sneak peek for the signing that Third Eye Comics was having with the creators of Rat Queens, I saw this page:Image

When I saw that page combined with the first photo of Hannah, I realized that in Hannah I had found a comic book heroine I could relate too. She uses magic, is quite curvy, kicks ass, gets ripped drunk and cusses?!?! Hello…it’s like she was written ABOUT me!

On September 28th, Third Eye Comics hosted Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch, creators of Rat Queens, for an in-store Launch Party and signing. As usual, the Royal family of Geekdom was in attendance for the signing. I was so stoked for this signing, I spent a couple of days getting a simple costume together for the event. Why? Well, because I was excited and I wanted to show some Rat Queens pride! Plus, I happened to have been given the perfect dress recently but no place to wear it….until the signing!

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I made a simple Rat Queens fascinator headband, plus a lace belt with the Rat Queens logo on it. The icing on the cake, so-to-speak, was my getting up and doing my hair and makeup at 8am on a Saturday! And it was so worth it! The creators asked to take my photo, because they appreciated my enthusiasm for their newest comic. Talk about feeling flattered!

As it turns out, Kurtis Wiebe who writes the series, bases Hannah on his own internal sarcastic side.  “She says what I’d want to say but never do”, he told me when I said how much I loved Hannah and her attitude.

About the comic book itself? What’s not to love! It’s got 4 chicks, who have drunken violent tendencies and yet also help clear their village of riff-raff, when they aren’t causing the riff-raff that is. The first issue ends with the foursome deep on an assignment and suddenly faced with an adversary that is killing off other groups like theirs.

This isn’t your average comic book. This one is WAY better than average! It’s well written, great art and has characters that hold a little something for everyone. Plus it’s published by Image Comics who has such awesome works as Saga, Morning Glories, East of West and let I not forget The Walking DeadRat Queens is in some good company and is sure to quickly join the ranks of Image’s buyers favorite, if their buyers are anything like me!

Happy geeking!

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The future Queen’s crafty outlet

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Lying Cat

Lying Cat

 

Star Wars coaster set

Star Wars coaster set

 

Batgirl close-up

Batgirl close-up

 

Wolverine silhouette comic book collage

Wolverine silhouette comic book collage

 

Jabberwocky (custom order)

Jabberwocky (custom order)

 

Spawn close-up (custom order)

Spawn close-up (custom order)

The future Queen’s crafty outlet

    I have a little shop on a small website known as etsy.com. My store is stocked with hand cut, silhouettes made from cardstock paper..mainly. There’s also some repurposed CDs turned coasters and one very cool Wolverine silhouette with comic book pages around it. You kind of have to see it to understand what it is, but trust me, it’s pretty damned awesome!

   The whole hobby began when I made silhouettes for Prince’s room decor as a birthday gift. The Avengers, to be exact. I had a couple people request some pieces, and an idea was born. It blossomed into a hobby I enjoy doing. I love challenging myself with some of the custom requests I’ve had. 

    Every design is cut by hand. My hand. With an exacto knife. There have been failed concepts, but even some of those I’ve saved by repurposing into another project. 

   Please, take a minute and check out my store front. There’s not much there, currently, but what is there, I’m pretty damned proud of. 

Annapolis Comic-Con…the good & the disdain?!?

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   The royal family of Geekdom ascended into the Annapolis Comic-Con last Saturday. King was dressed as Wolverine, Prince was supposed to be Lil Wolverine but after a battle of the wills he ended up going as Business Wolverine (for those not in the know, Business Wolverine is Wolverine minus claws and with a tie. In Prince’s case a purple and black striped tie. Quite professional) and I went as surprise, surprise Twilight Sparkle. 

   The Con was held in a Recreational Center, which provided more than ample space for the guest creators, vendors and even a kids alley. There was also a side room set up for an Injustice video game tournament, discussion panels and the costume contest at the end of the day. The center was well air conditioned, a much appreciated improvement over the Comic-Con we had attended in October last year at the same location when we were sweating through our costumes.

   In addition to all the guest creators and vendors, this Con boasted not one but actors from The Walking Dead AMC show: Travis Love (aka The Bowman) and Daniel Thomas May (aka Allen), who would not only be signing autographs but also be hosting a panel discussion about, what else, the Walking Dead. While I’m not a Walking Dead fan myself, I know the show has a following and to have these gentleman at our local Comic-Con was quite a draw. There was also a Tardis Photo Booth, another crowd pleaser!

   I’ll admit, I’m not a tried and true Con veteran. Including this most recent one, I’ve been to 3 Comic-Cons all on the small scale, all Maryland located but all of them fun. And yes, each Comic-Con the family attends, we attend in costume. It’s kind of the best part about going to a Comic-Con, in my honest opinion. With so many other fans in costume, it’s hard to not get that geek-pride bond feeling deep in your soul as you walk around and get stopped for photos, like we have each time we’ve gone as a family. It’s fun. It’s carefree. And I’d hope it would be a judgement-free zone as well. Sadly, in this day and age, there are no judgement free zones. Not even at a Comic-Con surrounded by other geeks. 

   When we’re out in almost any public setting, my focus is on Prince. He tends to get overwhelmed by crowds and unfamiliar sounds, loud noisy places especially (which any Con is going to be) and my job is to manage him hoping to avoid a full-on meltdown. Why take him, if we know he has these issues? Simple. He needs to be exposed to these types of environments and a Comic-Con offers some distractions that will interest him enough to be a good distraction whereas a local or state fair or an amusement park will just overwhelm him more with too many distractions. 

   My point is: I don’t tend to pay much attention to those around us because I’m cued into Prince’s needs and behaviors. King, on the other hand, has more capability to notice the crowds around us. For example, I was taking photos of Prince while we were in a quiet corner taking some time to calm him down. King was sitting with his back to the wall and scanning the rest of the room we were in. It was where the discussion panels were being held as well as the Injustice tournament. King says to me, quietly not overly annoyed just stating a fact, “Why would you come to a Comic-Con and toss around looks of disdain at all the cosplayers?” I’m taken aback by his comment, because I’m in my mom-bubble. He goes on “There’s a couple walking around an at every cosplayer they’ve seen, even us, they’ve tossed a look between themselves and rolled their eyes. Why? Why would you do that?” The only response I could come up with was “Maybe they have a stick up their asses, and they feel only children should wear costumes.” We left the area after a couple more quiet moments, but I saw the couple and they continued their “secret” looks at one another, at every cosplayer they saw. 

    Now look, I’m not going to say I don’t judge people. Let’s be real. Everyone judges people. However, I would never go to a Pride Rally and judge people for being proud of being gay. In my eyes, a cosplayer at a convention is showing that same pride in their geekiness/fandom. So to go there and toss dirty looks and roll your eyes and whisper to each other as a cosplayer walks by? Not cool, bro. The saddest thing is: these people were doing this with a child with them. Therefore setting the example that cosplayers are to be mocked and ridiculed for their child. Don’t like cosplayers? Think grown adults dressed in costume is absurd? Don’t go to a Comic-Con. But please, if you’re going to go be respectful. If you have comments to make, send a text to your friends or wait until you leave. I feel like I’m judged every time I leave the house. At least at a Convention I feel like I can let that part of me go and just enjoy the day. Thanks for stealing that from me. 

    Also, not every family or group of cosplayers costumes have to match a theme. True, it’s awesome when it does, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out like that. Last fall, we went as the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow. Totally awesome group costumes! This Con, the guys were Wolverine (King wanted so badly to be Big Wolverine to Prince’s little Wolverine that he bought a costume just for this Con!) and I was Twilight Sparkle of My Little Pony. I’ve put a lot of time, some money and effort into this costume and I’m not ready to say “so long” to her yet. 
   Please, tell me why I had to hear this “Twilight Sparkle and Wolverine?! Yeah because THAT makes sense, right?” followed by some chuckles as we were leaving the Con. I was carrying Prince in my arms and King was walking ahead of us, just a little. It was obvious who this person was talking about and that we were a family. 

 

    Look, maybe I’m being overly sensitive about the whole thing. It’s quite possible. But really, how hard is it to go to a Comic-Con or any kind of fan-based Convention and let the fans be fans without being judged, looked down upon, or ridiculed for expressing their fandom? Some people, like myself, have enough anxiety issues they don’t need the one safe place where they felt they could be themselves, taken away by people who are just being cruel. 

   In the end, those 2 events, while a little disheartening, did not ruin the day for us. We enjoyed our visit to the Annapolis Comic-Con and look forward to future Cons!

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Free Comic Book Day (better late than never post)

Third Eye Comics knows how to do an anniversary party right! In addition to their annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), it was also their 5th anniversary. In true Third Eye fashion, it was a go big or go home event. Steve Anderson, the owner of Third Eye Comics, went above and beyond when it came to planning this event. He went out of his way getting creator guests for signings, in addition to having all his geek bases covered with the Tardis Photobooth and the 501st Legion for photo ops (after all it was also May 4th!).

As this was my very first FCBD, I had no idea what I was in for. King and myself arrived around 4:30pm the afternoon of the 3rd. We had made plans far in advance to camp out the night before. We were among the first 20 people in line, but the honor of being the first in line went to a guy who admitted to “nothing else to do”and started camping out when the store opened at 11am. We were prepared for everything, but the cold. It was a chilly one, which found me curled up in my car most of the time, in an attempt to keep warm. Though cold, the spirit of the Geek was high and everyone was in a good mood. Laughter was heard most of the night. Steve and the Third Eye crew added to the good mood by having raffles and giveaways. King and I won the last two giveaways of the night: a Bizzaro Superman print and something else I can’t recall offhand right now.

We slept in my car for about 4.5 hours. It was not a restful sleep nor was it comfortable, at least not for King. I’m short and was able to curl up without issue in my small Kia Soul.

At sunrise I started donning my costume for the day: Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony. I spent quite some time in the front seat doing my makeup while others were sleeping, waking, breaking down tents and one poor soul was cleaning up puke in the parking lot directly in front of the store (someone couldn’t handle their drinky-drink the night before…his car was a MESS). Thank gods the bagel shop in the same plaza as Third Eye opened early. I was able to get some hot coffee and use the restroom…while in costume!

Third Eye had a tent set up at the back of their lot, for the creator guests. Since they had so many of them, the tent was a great idea to keep the store open and flowing while letting the customers get facetime with the creators. Who did they have? I’ll tell you: GAIL SIMONE (BATGIRL, SECRET SIX, BIRDS OF PREY)

CULLEN BUNN (DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED, VENOM, SIXTH GUN, HELHEIM)

CHARLES SOULE (SWAMP THING, 27)

JERRY & PENELOPE GAYLORD (FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, ADVENTURE TIME, NFL RUSH ZONE)

DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI (BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER WARS, JUDGE DREDD, CABLE, DEADPOOL WADE WILSON’S WAR)

JOSHUA DYSART (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS, UNKNOWN SOLDIER, DARK CRYSTAL, VIOLENT MESSIAHS)

JOELLE JONES (HELHEIM, DR HORRIBLE, HOUSE OF NIGHT)

BRYAN TURNER (FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES, NFL RUSH ZONE)

BRIAN HURTT (THE SIXTH GUN)

Not a bad lineup, eh? We were among the first 15 to get into the creator tent. I only had a few that I wanted to get signings by. Gail Simone was my big gun! I was also excited to see Cullen Bunn again, he’s seriously so chill and easy-going! We spent about 45 minutes in the creator tent, then off to the line for the store. About a 90 minute wait to get in then another hour wait to get to the register for our purchases.

The most surreal part of the day was when I was getting stopped and asked for photos because of my costume! I’m not usually much of a people person, but within half an hour of being in costume and walking around, I was smiling and waving to kids who were smiling at me!

Overall, King and I really enjoyed our time together at FCBD. Prince was home with his Nana, who came for a visit so we could do this. we knew he’d never tolerate all the people and waiting so we planned this way in advance.

And now, some photos:

Link and the Dalek

Link and the Dalek

the line before doors open

the line before doors open

Your Future Queen as Twilight Sparkle, with Spike

Your Future Queen as Twilight Sparkle, with Spike

Your Future Queen looking magical

Your Future Queen looking magical

Twilight Sparkle and Ms Marvel

Twilight Sparkle and Ms Marvel

Some of the creators:  Joelle Jones, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn

Some of the creators:
Joelle Jones, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn

Gail Simone and her husband

Gail Simone and her husband

Cullen Bunn and Twilight Sparkle

Cullen Bunn and Twilight Sparkle

the 501st Legion, Twilight Sparkle and King

the 501st Legion, Twilight Sparkle and King

Twilight Sparkle and a Doctor

Twilight Sparkle and a Doctor

The most adorable (and shy) Ewok

The most adorable (and shy) Ewok

Cobra Commander, Twilight Sparkle and Ms Marvel

Cobra Commander, Twilight Sparkle and Ms Marvel

Twilight Sparkle and the Punisher

Twilight Sparkle and the Punisher

Twilight Sparkle saves Tedd E Bear from the Punisher

Twilight Sparkle saves Tedd E Bear from the Punisher

 

Geek Pride Day

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It’s Geek Pride Day and nothing says “geek pride” like introducing my young prince to the Star Wars movie franchises for the very first time. The King chose Episode One to begin with, and it was the best choice because prince was enthralled from the beginning!

Prince was so into it he even said “I’m crying because I’m so happy Anakin won the podrace!” He’s such a sweet kid!

When the movie was over, as the credits started running, Prince says to me “Mommy, is there more movie to watch? More Star Wars movie, I mean?” Sadly, it was 10pm and he needed to going to bed for the night.

After I read him his bedtime comic book (Lil Gothem #2) I asked him if he liked the movie. He said “Not really mommy. All those droids got killed!”
Is he serious right now? He’s sympathetic to the droids/robots being killed by the Jedi?!
I ask him just that and he replies “But Mommy, they were all killed. They were cut and smashed into pieces. It wasn’t very nice.”

I even tried explaining “But honey, they were killed because they were trying to kill the Jedi and Anakin. Aren’t you happy the Queen and Anakin are safe?”
Prince’s reply? “No, mommy. The droids are dead. It’s sad.”
Thankfully he is willing to continue watching the trilogy and see what happens. But I do believe the Dark Side is very strong with our young Prince.

Prince, sporting his new tie, waiting outside before the signing this mornging

Prince, sporting his new tie, waiting outside before the signing this mornging

Prince's neat die line up

Prince’s neat die line up

Prince keeping busy with the dice, making neat lines by size

Prince keeping busy with the dice, making neat lines by size

Prince, concentrating on his die lining up abilities.

Prince, concentrating on his die lining up abilities.

Making the Prince’s dream come true

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I’m behind on posting here, I apologize. I still need to post about the awesomeness that was Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) and I will, I promise, I will, but first this post if for the Prince…and how the King and your fair future Queen made his day an epic one, mostly by coincidence, but don’t tell him that.

Today, in a city about an hour’s drive from us, was the 2nd Annual ANS Sci-Fi and Comic Con. Even though it was a bit of a drive, we decided about a month ago, that it’d be a fun thing to do together and we’d all go in costume. The King went as Captain America, I was Twilight Sparkle and the Prince was Wolverine. He was so excited about getting to wear his costume, complete with claws, that he thought when the sun went down Friday night it was time to get into the costumes! So cute!

Finally we arrived to the Con and were greeted by a Stormtrooper with the 501st Legion, who were in attendance and also playing putt-putt with the children. The Prince was awed when he saw the stormtrooper, enter first photo-op. We walked around and I realized, while we were waving and being stopped for photos, we were the only family in costume. There were some children, but other than a few other Star Wars cosplayers, we were the only adults in costume. I owned it!

Our young Prince Wolvie was leading the way and managed to find some sort of secret stage area. Well, it wasn’t really secret, we just hadn’t gone up to it yet. Lo and behold, who would be in a corner of this hidden area…none other than a life-sized, interactive, beeping and bopping, lights lighting up R2D2!! The Prince was so excited, he forgot his manners and photobombed another kid who was getting his picture taken with R2. After waiting his turn, Prince got to stand next to R2 and look right at him! To say he was speechless is incorrect, because the Prince was telling R2 about the Stormtroopers!
The guy who built this R2D2 replica did an amazing job! It sounded and looked just like what I’ve seen in the movies. He made so many kids happy today, with his incredible R2 droid. I know I have one very impressed little prince who wanted to keep seeing R2 as many times as we’d let him. It was that single-minded desire that led to the biggest score of the day: a Hasbro x-wing with Luke pilot, plus a tantan (I think) and another figure all for 2 bucks! Added with the 4 Star Wars squinkies he also got earlier and Prince made out like a…well, a Prince!

Today was all about him geeking out. We were merely his supporting cast.

Prince Wolverine meeting a Stormtrooper for the first time

Prince Wolverine meeting a Stormtrooper for the first time

Prince and R2D2 having a meeting of the minds

Prince and R2D2 having a meeting of the minds

Prince Wolverine was more than a little disappointed at first, when he realized this was just a stormtrooper and not Darth Vader. He still got his picture with him, but at first he was bummed.

Prince Wolverine was more than a little disappointed at first, when he realized this was just a stormtrooper and not Darth Vader. He still got his picture with him, but at first he was bummed.

Twilight Sparkle (with a moustached Spike), Captain America and Prince Wolverine....supporting cast of Dark Stormtrooper and Clone Trooper

Twilight Sparkle (with a moustached Spike), Captain America and Prince Wolverine….supporting cast of Dark Stormtrooper and Clone Trooper

Batman: The Killing Joke (holy crap!) *spoilers*

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My first real Batman read!

 

I can’t recall how I got interested in The Killing Joke, but I did. A stop at our favorite comic book store today and a horribly timed tantrum by the Prince resulted in an accidental purchase of this graphic novel by the King for me. I was very grateful for it and after Prince went to sleep tonight, I shut down the computer and read it.

HOLY CRAP, y’all! I know I’m behind on the Batman bandwagon (he really, really is not for me) and this was the first storyline I read about Batman and I might be hooked…because Joker and the Gordons are awesome! Batman? Eh, he’s still not doing it for me.

Now, here’s the thing that struck me after reading The Killing Joke:
* Batman created Joker,
* Joker was a man with good intentions derailed by bad decisions and unfortunate circumstances (he went to the mob to do a job so he could get money to move his pregnant wife into a better neighborhood, who can’t find a little sympathy for a man like that?)
* Of course the job goes south and Batman shows up

Who would he be if he didn’t lose his wife and child? Would he still have ultimately still have been Batman’s nemesis? According to the King they have a very intertwined history so it’s fair to assume destiny would have been the same regardless of the timeline.

And what about the Gordons?
*Joker shoots Barbara G point-blank in the pelvis (and makes several book-themed jokes about her as she lies bleeding on the floor)
* He then takes her father, Commissioner Gordon, to his decrypted amusement park and tries to make him crazy.
* Commissioner G stays sane enough to tell Batman to “do it by the book!”, when he arrives to catch Joker.

 

As I’ve said, this is the first Batman anything I’ve read. I’m not really surprised that I feel a sympathy of sorts for Joker, because of the storyline that was told in this graphic novel. For some people, Joker is just an evil person that’s the cut-and-dry of it. For others, like me apparently, there’s a side that wistfully makes you wonder if he was always crazy or if Batman gave him a push at his lowest, darkest moment that sent him into the crazy, dark abyss of insanity.
I’ve been a fan of Birds of Prey (the tv series and I’ve read some of the comic books as well), but I never really knew who put Barbara in the chair. Now I know. I’m beginning to feel like there’s a deeper pull into the DC Universe that I’ll have to read and get into, more than just Justice League of America, Catwoman and Birds of Prey.

I might have to actually read more Batman so I can read more Joker!

The most touching part of the story (for me)

The most touching part of the story (for me)