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Okay, here it is. THE BIG POST. Yes, it’s probably going to be a little on the longer side, but it’s been a month and I’m still so flippin’ excited I can’t hardly stand it. I’m already planning for next year.

So as I mentioned before, this was my first ever comic con. I had always wanted to attend one and just never had before. Well, my very sweet friend Tracy decided to treat me to this particular con, because she wanted to me to experience the greatness firsthand. It was a wonderful and amazing gift, let me tell you. I decided to go as Black Widow from The Avengers, and I think it’s safe to say that I made a few fanboys pretty happy. 😉 (Total side note, but I absolutely LOVED how my costume turned out. Buying from Amazon is never a guarantee, but in this case it was very well-made.)

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Not the best picture, but meh lighting will do that.

 

The only thing my grandma and I had to adjust was the shoulders of the costume, but I blame that entirely on my inability to measure correctly. I’m no seamstress, so I’m sure that I just sent in the wrong measurements. Everything else fit perfectly, and the accessories were just as good.

 

 

Tracy and I attended both days, and while I didn’t get a chance to listen to any of the panels, it was still a worthwhile experience in my opinion. It was a flurry of costumes and people, even a few service dogs. I glomped on right away to some of my favorite characters.

 

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And naturally, I had to pose with just about any character from the Marvel universe. Because Marvel. (And yes, I realize that Black Widow wouldn’t be grinning from ear to ear for all these photos, but I was excited and couldn’t help myself. Pretty much anyone who came and asked to have their picture with me got a huge smile because that was totally flattering.)

 

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This guy’s costume was INSANELY realistic. His voice sounded all electronic and everything. It was probably one of the most impressive costumes there, in my opinion. (And yes, it was even better than naked fish guy in the background.)

 

My personal favorite picture was when I found Captain America, Bucky AND the Black Panther altogether. I had seen the Captain and Bucky from a distance, and their costumes were probably the most detailed of all of the different Marvel characters I saw there. I had hoped that I would get a chance to take a picture with them and, low and behold, as we descended down the escalator, I spotted them with Black Panther and posing for a few people. I immediately dashed over and said, “I have GOT to take a picture with you guys.”

 

The second they saw my costume, they got all excited and motioned me over. Tracy was the primary one taking pictures for the weekend, so she snapped a couple of photos. Unbeknownst to her, a group of people immediately crowded behind her with their cell phones, getting shots of the four of us together. I tell ya, I felt a little like a celebrity for a few seconds. It was kinda cool.

 

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Not a bad looking bunch, eh? Team Captain FTW, baby. (And is that a handsome Captain America or what?) 😉

 

I even managed to find some Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

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Of course, then I found out they were actually working for HYDRA.

 

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So that was the majority of Saturday. Oohing and aahing over costumes, checking out all of the vendors (I got a GORGEOUS Doctor Who print that I love) and getting some autographs from pretty famous celebrities. Sunday was reserved more for photo ops and more perusing of the vendors.

 

Which brings me to perhaps my favorite moments and my celebrity reveal: I GOT TO MEET BILLY BOYD!!!

 

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Okay, this man is one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet. Seriously. He has such a sweet, gentle spirit about him, and he made every single person who came up to him feel special. I got majorly tongue-tied around him, but he was still nice despite my stuttering.

 

I got Billy’s autograph on one of my Lord of the Rings movie guides, which is officially the crowning achievement to my collection. (Yes, I have an LotR collection. It’s pretty awesome, though I have yet to be able to properly display it. I’m hoping to fix that one day.)

 

We also got to meet Dante Basco, who played Rufio from the iconic Hook. That movie is one of my absolute favorites of all time. Talk about a piece of my childhood. (And tell me, what girl growing up didn’t have a crush on Rufio when this movie came out? I’m guilty as charged on that one.)

 

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Dante was super cool in a more casual way. He was laid-back and easygoing but still very nice. He even told me I looked sexy in my Black Widow costume. That gives him major bonus points in my book. (This was taken with Tracy, the friend who invited me. She made her own costume and based it on a character of her own creation. Pretty darn cool.)

 

As we were standing in line to get pictures with Dante, there was this absolutely adorable little girl in front of us with her dad. She was maybe three or four, and she kept showing me her toys that she’d found at the conference. How was I supposed to resist such a cutie-pie wanting to play airplanes with me? The best part was when they went up for their photo with Dante, however. The dad had cut out a picture of his wife’s face and put it on a stick, so that she could be in the picture too. It cracked me up to no end. He looked rather sheepish when I asked him about it.

 

“She doesn’t actually know that I did that yet,” he said. “And she hasn’t seen the pictures.”

 

That made me laugh all the more, just picturing her reaction when she saw her smiling face in the photos as well.

 

I also got to (briefly) meet Stan Lee, Marvel creator and super-writer. There were so many people in line for the photo ops that our encounter was very short, but it was pretty overwhelming to be standing right next to a living legend.

 

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Naturally I had to wear my costume for part of Sunday, just long enough to get a shot with Stan Lee.

 

So yeah, I think that’s about it. It was an amazing time and really fun. I was very impressed with how respectful and considerate everyone was. All of us were there for the same reason, which was to have a good time and meet cool people. No one shoved in line to meet celebrities or got impatient. They were all willing to wait their turn and were super nice whenever someone asked to get a picture with them.

I highly recommend attending a smaller Comic Con like this one to anyone who wants to meet other geeks and have a great time. As I said, I’m already planning for next year!

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Wing it right back and add some lemons of your own.*

Okay, not really. But life does sometimes hand us some unexpected surprises. While prepared to go to Monterey, as previously noted in my blog, it was not something meant to be. In fact, a lot has happened in the few short months since I wrote that post. Far too much to go into detail at this time.

So instead, I will shift my focus to something far happier:

I’M GOING TO ROSE CITY COMIC CON!!!!!!

This is my first EVER comic con, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s just what I needed to help get through some difficult stuff right now, and it’s a more than welcome distraction. I have always wanted to attend one of these, so it’s awesome to get the chance to experience it firsthand.

For my costume, I decided to keep it rather simple and am going as Black Widow from Marvel’s Avengers. And you know what? I just have to say THANK YOU to Scarlett Johansson. She’s a kick-butt character in those movies, for sure, but she still has her curves and isn’t afraid to still be feminine. (Plus Scarlett is only about 5’3″, according to most web sites, which means that she’s only an inch taller than me. It’s extremely difficult for me to find characters to cosplay because I’m either too short or too curvy. Or both.)

So yes, thank you, Scarlett. For being an amazing, in-depth character that women can still relate to while not taking any crap from anyone. For having a slam-banging hourglass figure that those of us who aren’t 6′ tall can cosplay.

All that to say, a full blog post jam-packed with pictures will be coming after this weekend. (Plus you’ll get to see the super celebrity that I’m getting a photo op with!)

Until next time!

*In case you don’t get the reference, it’s from one of my favorite comics of all time:

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Dark EnergyDark Energy by Robison Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Parental guide: Minor swearing, some violence, nothing explicit.

Holy moly, this book was SO GOOD. It’s a fairly quickly read, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Alice is one of the best protagonists that I’ve read about in a loooong time, and I felt that the author did a fantastic job of writing from a female perspective. Also? I loved the fact that she had such a great relationship with her father. I feel like too many times in YA literature, the parents are either absent for one reason or another, or they’re portrayed as idiots. All parents were teenagers at one point in time or another, so it’s not entirely unreasonable to assume that some of them remember what it’s like. Alice’s father was a good mixture of protective and supportive, which made their interactions that much more fun.

Anyway, if you’re in the mood for a quick sci-fi, give this one a chance. I’m off to go check out some of the author’s other books now, don’t mind me.

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Well, once again my brother and I got to witness the fantabulousness that is Nightwish. It’s always a treat when they tour North America, and especially when they’re in my home state of Oregon. It was well worth the car ride to Portland, and they put on just as good a show as last time, though there was a far larger crowd this time around than the last time we attended two years ago.

Nightwish2The concert was longer this time, too, thanks to having two cover bands instead of just one. I had heard of the first cover band, Delain, but I hadn’t listened to a whole lot of them. I was pleasantly surprised by their performance. Their lead singer was fun. She actually reminded me a lot of Floor Jansen, the new(ish) lead singer of Nightwish, not only in looks but in her style. She really got the crowd going.

However, I think the main reason for the huge crowd this time was because of the second cover band, Sabaton. I had never heard of them, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Low and behold, they’re apparently Viking rock. No really. Imagine Viking war songs set to rock music. I’m officially going to have to check out more of their stuff now, because they were pretty awesome. The lead singer pulled a little kid onstage at one point, because he’d noticed him in the audience earlier on. Gave the boy his sunglasses and let him rock onstage with the band for the last song. It was pretty cute.

I confess I probably would have enjoyed Sabaton a lot more if I hadn’t gotten stuck right behind a rather pungent, gangly young man who kept elbowing me in the chest. The frequency of this occurrence made me start doubting its accidental nature, so I spent most of Sabaton’s concert portion clutching my phone protectively in front of me to ward off the offending appendages. Not to mention every time he started headbanging I got an eyeful of his hair. (Just be aware, tall people, that when we shorties finally reach our breaking point, we tend to punch things. And given where we reach on you, it’s probably not going to be very pleasant. You have been warned.)

When Nightwish finally hit the stage, it was getting pretty late. That ended up working to my favor because the more people left from up front, the closer I could get to the stage. I ended up with a pretty good viewpoint and no Elbows McFartypants in front of me, which made for a much more enjoyable experience.

Nightwish1We got home around 2:30 in the morning, which made me supremely grateful that I had taken a half day off today. I didn’t have to be at work until noon, and so far this I’m feeling mostly okay. (Ask me in another day or so – it may change.) Once again, it was worth every penny and minute, though I’m thinking that the next time they come around I’m just going to shell out the extra bucks for the VIP passes and enjoy the concert from the safety of the upper level.

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Firefight (Reckoners, #2)Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MY HEART. IT IS IN ITTY BITTY PIECES.

The more I read of Sanderson, the more I love him. Seriously. He has a way of weaving a story so well that you’re completely sucked in before you know it. Only when you look back do you see how he’s managed to bring everything together. The clues finally fit.

Needless to say, this was a stunning sequel to an awesome series. Even though I’m emotionally drained, it was amazing. I honestly wasn’t sure how much I was going to enjoy it, simply because of the absence of my favorite character, Steelheart himself. (I was rather devastated that he had to die. It’s my darn villain fetish kicking in again.) But I was pleasantly surprised in the character development of this installment, which made it just as enjoyable as the first. I also loved learning more about Calamity and the powers/weaknesses of the Epics. A few more pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place, which will no doubt reveal an ending of larger-than-life proportion.

I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on the next one.

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Apparently I wrote this post right after the latest Hobbit movie came out and forgot to actually put it on here. Dork. A little late, but here are my thoughts right after seeing the movie:

Husband and I decided to attend an impromptu showing The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies over the weekend, and now my heart is in itty bitty pieces.

Okay, so it’s a myriad of emotions, but tears of pain are amongst them. Yes, it was totally over the top. (Seriously, what was up with Legolas and the falling bridge? I know he’s an elf and all, but STAHP.) Lots of battle scenes that were trying too hard to be epic. Super Special Awesome Dramatic Music to make one have all the feels.

And I still loved it.

Epic Thranduil is epic.

Epic Thranduil is epic.

My favorite part was probably seeing so much of Thranduil in action. (Or, as my friend put it, “Thrandy and his Swag Stag.”) Dude’s made of win, what can I say? I shed bitter tears for the losses we suffered. I cheered for the moments of glory. I’m probably just a big sucker for anything with elves.

I confess that it’s been 15+ years since I read the book, so while I know they botched the story a lot, I don’t remember enough to know exactly how they botched it. Thus I was content to sit back and just enjoy the pretty. If you’re looking for a die-hard, true as can possibly be to the original version of the book…well, this isn’t it. If you want to see a lot of awesome fight scenes and Thranduil looking all regal and such, this is the movie for you.

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The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1)The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

James Dashner is rapidly becoming another favorite author of mine. I’m currently in the middle of the Maze Runner series, and it’s been awesome so far. While part of the reason I enjoy Dashner’s writing so much is because of the fast pace, I felt at first this book was a tad rushed towards the beginning. But looking back on it now, I realize there was kind of a reason for that.

It was a major thrill-ride once it really got going and had some definite creep factors once they were on The Path. There were some really good spine-tingling moments that made me want to snuggle under a blanket a little. Particularly the hallway with the undead people. Creepy.

And then the ending. Omigosh, THE ENDING.

I shan’t spoil anything for anyone else, but basically the last half of the book made it go from pretty cool to HOLY WOW. If you enjoy futuristic gamer books, this one is a winner for sure. Can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

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