Girl Gone Geek’s Best of 2013

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

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Game of the Year- Pokemon XY

I’m 2 badges away from beating the game because I keep getting distracted by Pokemon-Amie (but like, how can you not?!).

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Comic Book Series of the Year- Saga

What praise is left to say about Saga that hasn’t already been said? Saga is damn near perfect.

Runner up: Nowhere Men

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Comic Book Issue of the Year- Batman #17, Death of the Family Conclusion

The entire Death of the Family arc had me stressed. I was so concerned about Alfred’s wellbeing that I would think about him throughout the day and hope he was okay. Scott Snyder sure can come up with some twisted shit, but I love it!

Runner up: East of West #3

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Comeback of the Year- Sandman Overture          

I really just made this category to gush about Neil Gaiman. Sandman is one of my favorite comic book series of all time, so when I heard that he was making a prequel I practically had to call out of work because of the feels. Then! Then! They said that the J.H. Williams III was going to be the artist and I just about fell out of my seat. JH3 deserves an award alone for his imaginative panels in the first issue.

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Author of the Year- Matt Fraction

This guy! Hawkeye is pure brilliance and I was practically buzzing when I read the debut of Sex Criminals. It’s smart, funny, provocative and included a Lolita reference. What’s not to love?!

Runner up: Scott Snyder

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Artist of the Year- Fiona Staples

The characters in the Saga universe are pretty diverse to put it mildly, so it takes someone pretty amazing to make them all blend together. Fiona Staples does just that in a breathtaking way… Even that giant ogre with the dirty private parts.

Runner up: Nate Bellegarde

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Colorist of the Year- Jordie Bellaire

I am a super fan of Jordie Bellaire. From the clean lines of Nowhere Men to the expressive and painterly art of Pretty Deadly and American Vampire Anthology, Bellaire is a master of color.

Runner up: Fco Plascencia

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Show of the Year- Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad was flawless. I have never been this fully satisfied with a show since The Wire. Every episode, scene and line was carefully calculated and is easily one of the best shows. Ever.

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Film of the Year- Gravity

I don’t know what scared me more, The Conjuring or Gravity. It was intense, beautiful and emotional.

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Episode of the Year- Game of Thrones, The Red Wedding

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Anime Series of the Year- Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

I saw someone on tumblr describe Attack on Titan as the anime that uses blood like most anime use cherry blossoms. Its first season was fully equipped with enough “holy shit” moments to probably last you the whole series. It’s a lot of fun.

Runner up: Another

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Anime Film of the Year- Wolf Children

I may, or may not have cried.

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Fandom of the Year- Welcome to Night Vale

Brilliant, eerie and funny! It’s basically Lovecraft without the stick up his ass.

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TV Special of the Year- Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor

Clearly, I just added this category so I could add Doctor Who to my list. The 50th anniversary episode was everything I needed it to be.

Confessions of a First Time Cosplayer

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I’ve cosplayed as the Eleventh Doctor, but for whatever reason, I feel like my femme Spike Spiegel was my first legitimate cosplay. I can now proudly call myself a cosplayer, albeit, with only one cosplay in my bank.

girlgonegeek_TicciRockabilly_sketchSit down, grab a cup of tea and I’ll tell you my cosplay story… It starts off with a major dilemma. I can’t sew for sh*t. Which is what always held me back. I felt like I wouldn’t be a “real” cosplayer because I can’t make my costume from scratch. But after a few months of deliberation I said “Eff it!”. I decided to be Spike Spiegel from my favorite anime series, Cowboy Bebop. With my Femme Eleven and now Spike, I find that I really enjoy crossplay and I might just make it my thing.

Since this would made from scratch (by someone else), why not femme it up and make it my own? I looked up a few rockabilly pin-up designers on Etsy and discovered TicciRockabilly. I loved her designs and contacted her about making my custom femme Spike cosplay. The sketch she came up with was better than I imagined!

The outfit wouldn’t be complete with a few accessories of course! I bought fake cigarettes and fake gun at Halloween Adventure. I also ordered some cute revolver earrings from Girl Props for only $2. It’s the little things. I tried two different green hair sprays to give my black hair the green highlights Spike has but it didn’t look good, so I went with a sleek and classic look instead. Femme Spike wouldn’t have messy hair in my mind, especially wearing a dress! Also not sure how she’d be able to Jeet Kune Do, but that’s besides the point.

It was down to the wire (literally the first day of New York Comic Con) but my outfit was finally complete and ready to make its début. People seemed to love it and I had a blast posing for photos! I now know why people love cosplaying so much. It made me so happy and I can’t wait for my next cosplay!

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Tattoo Tuesday: LunaRae’s Sailor Moon & Lion King Ink

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LunaRae is back with new tats! You may remember her from her Yoshi and Fullmetal Alchemist Tattoo Tuesday Featurette a while back. We’ll she mentioned in that interview getting new ink and now she’s here to show it off!

If you’re interested in being featured in a Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette please email me at girlgonegeekblog(@)gmail(dot)com. 

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with LunaRae:

What are your new tattoos of and why did you get them? 

Girl Gone Geek Blog Tattoo Tuesday LunaRae tattoos Sailor MoonLunaRae: Sailor Mars tattoo – this is the symbol seen in Sailor Moon Super S and Sailor Moon Stars. It took me a while to decide but I liked the idea of keeping my ankle tattoos as symbols. Sailor Mars is my favorite Sailor Senshi. I’m also an Aries, and my name is Rae. Perfect huh? After not being able to see my best friend/sister in over a year (because she had to move away for a while), we are finally reunited and I have my matching [Simba tattoos] this time!

I’m loving your geeky collection of tattoos! Any plans for new ones?  
LunaRae:  Future tattoo plans?: I’m debating on The Hunger Games Mockingjay pin for the outside of my left leg. The book series is by far one of my favorites, and the movie was really good as well. The other idea is to do my favorite APC (A Perfect Circle) album design (“Mer De Noms” album). There are always ideas going through my head about adding to my Yoshi tattoos on my back, but I’m still up in the air about it.
Where do you live on the internet?

I’m on Facebook of course, though I keep that personal. I do have a photography page there “LunaRaePhotography“. I am also on Deviantart, LunaRaeB.
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AnimeNEXT Con 2013

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I attended the AnimeNEXT convention in Somerset, NJ over the weekend with my friends over at Otakus and Geeks and had a blast.

AnimeNEXT 2013 Girl Gone Geek badgeI had never attended this con before, so I had no idea what to expect. What I immediately noticed was there were more people in cosplay than people not wearing any cosplay. The crowd was different from what I had experience before, but not in a bad way! A category specific convention like AnimeNEXT weeded out the casual fans and observers you would see at the larger and more general cons and left only very dedicated anime fans and it was such a lovely experience. Everyone was buzzing with excitement!

Although the floor was small, it had a variety of different booths. Artist Alley was my favorite, which I probably walked around at least 10 times. They had a little bit of everything from art and accessories to crafts and commissions. I got two commissions done, too! The first was a chibi San/Princess Mononoke by the talented Lily Cernak and she gave me the Fionna Adventure Time print for free, sweet!

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The commission below that Eden Benton drew for me is absolutely amazing! I’m completely blown away. The colors and paper used really made this stand out.

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Of course I wanted to buy all of the things, but I clung on to what little self-control I still had. But that doesn’t mean I left empty-handed! I got these adorable Finn and Jake Adventure Time earrings and a Totoro ring from Kelly’s Keychains. I couldn’t resist getting this BMO “Dat Ass” keychain from another booth.

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One of my personal highlights was meeting the delightful Melissa of Cool Geek Madness. She follows my blog and remembered that I had a blogiversary! Etsy is my kryptonite, but I really needed some self-control at her booth because it was Etsy IRL! She has the cutest accessories and after much deliberation, I narrowed it down to the three headbands below.

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Now for my favorite part of AnimeNEXT, the cosplay! 

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Some of my Vines of AnimeNEXT!
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I was con’ed out!

 

Brussels Made in Asia Convention: Manga & Anime Art Show

Check out the artwork from the Brussels Made in Asia convention. The artists created work based on their favorite manga and anime from the 80s and 90s.

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Matt Ferguson – Akira

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Ibraheem Youssef – Akira

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Matthieu Lauret – Dragon Ball Z

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Arian Noveir – Totoro

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Juicefoozle – Tribute to Kaneda

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Carlos NCT – Vegeta


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Hexagonall – Gatchaman


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Raphael Cohas – Ken (Fist of the North Star)

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Andry Rajoelina – Saint Seiya

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Anne Viouly – Dr Slump

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Ben Guy – Takeshi

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Chad Gersky – Optimus Prime Chris-Gerringer-Racer-Family

Chris Gerringer – Racer Family

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Greg Guillemin – Robots Nono

 

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JB Roux – Goldorak

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JB Roux – Golgoth


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Lerms – Saint Seiya Manuel-Kilger-A-Stranger-In-The-Alps

Manuel Kilger – A Stranger In The Alps


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Oskunk – Saint Stencil Seiya

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Yves Jo Malgorn – Space Sheriff Gavan X-Or

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Raphael Cohas – Pegasus

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Raphael Cohas – Andromeda

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Greg Guillemin – Famous Capsules Manga

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Etsy Crush of the Week: Warp Zone Prints Geeky Cookie Cutters

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Interview with Athey Moravetz of WarpZone Prints

WarpZone- Mario 1-Up Mushroom CookieCan you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Athey: I’m 30, married, and have two kids, age six and three. I live in Central Oregon, where I’ve been for the last nine years. I moved here from Seattle, where I went to college. For eight years, I worked in the video games industry as a production artist. My husband also works in the video games industry, and for the same studio I did. When you’ve got two people, both working full-time for a game studio with yearly crunch hours, it can make things overly complicated, and after a series of events, I ended up at home instead.

What inspired you to a career in 3D art?
Athey: Long long… long, ago, when I was in middle school, a friend of mind got me a pirated copy of 3D Studio for DOS, that his friend’s father had brought back from a business trip to China. This was long before the days of bit torrent and easy software pirating – hah – so this was a huge deal. Half the people I knew didn’t even have a computer at home.

So, I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it anyway. Looking back, I know I did everything wrong, but it was a learning-blind self-taught sort of experiment. To put things into perspective a bit – There was no Undo option in this program. There was no shaded view, only wireframes, and there was no back face culling. You saved every thing you did, just in case something went wrong, but if you didn’t realize you’d messed up until sometime later, you’d probably already saved over any opportunity to back up before the mistake because the hard disk was so small that you couldn’t afford saving even a half-dozen iterations of your file. And if you wanted to edit a texture map? You had to close the program, exit out of DOS, boot up Windows, load up your graphic editing program, make whatever changes you needed to make and save it – shut windows down, go back into DOS, wait the excruciating long time it took to do all this and load up 3D Studio, and then hope and pray you got everything right.

Despite all this, I was hooked, and years later, when the guidance councilors were pressuring all us high schoolers to decide what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives and apply to a bunch of different colleges, I decided I wanted to go into 3D Animation. WarpZone- Game of Thrones Sigil Cookie Cutter Set of 4

Originally the goal was 3D art for movies, but that eventually morphed into 3D art for games. There was definitely no plan, way back then, to be 3D modeling for a home 3D printer. Definitely never saw that coming.

Warpzone Prints happened mostly because of a guy at my old work named James. James is a mad-scientist kind of guy. He likes to build things. He’s very into DIY stuff, and he built himself a 4ft x 4ft CNC in his garage a few years ago. He’s also made an Egg-bot, and a number of other crazy things. He’d been eyeballing 3D printers for a long while and ended up deciding that, this time, he’d get one that was pre-built, rather than building it himself. He bought a Makerbot Replicator when they were pretty much brand new.

My husband and I had printed things through Shapeways for years at this point, but we’d sort of disregarded the at-home 3D printers because the quality just wasn’t good enough yet.

When we saw the stuff that James was able to make with his Replicator, we caved in and ordered one of our own.

WarpZone- Doctor Who Cyberman CookieIt was, quite literally, nothing more than a toy in the beginning. We thought it was really cool, and wanted one. That was all there really was to it. But we told ourselves that maybe we could make it pay itself off a bit, by printing things for other people, and maybe even selling stuff on Etsy.

At this point, we were both still working full-time in the games industry, so anything done on the bot, was done in our free time.

After my job in video games came to an end early this last fall, I had a lot more free time on my hands and ended up putting a lot more time and effort into the Etsy store and the one item that seemed really popular – cookie cutters.

I made a ton of new designs and started taking custom orders, and things just kind of exploded from there.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so, what? 
Athey: Oh… so many. Let’s see – for a 30-year old mom-of-2, I’m probably unhealthily addicted to Harry Potter. I even made my own full set of Slytherin Robes for Halloween a number of years back.

I love Portal, and 3D Printed my own Portal gun last summer. I started working on the model for making a Wheatley core, but then I got busy and it was kind of a hugely intensive project to figure out how to separate it into pieces small enough to print and then to assemble together.

I -Love- Game of Thrones, and thing Peter Dinklage is absolutely amazing.

All three of my cats, and my daughter, are named after characters from One Piece. My son is named after a character from Final Fantasy 7. Both my kids have the middle initial D, because of One Piece. I intend to wait until they’re much much older, and in a forgiving mood, before I tell them this. WarpZone- Avatar the Last Airbender Symbol Cookie Cutters

My husband’s ‘man-cave’ is a Retro-Gaming wet-dream of collectables and rare games and consoles, including an actual Neo Geo arcade cabinet that was an outrageous struggle to get up the stairs because it weighs a ton, and is huge.

We have a life-size Master Sword and Shield mounted on the wall of one house along with a huge framed map of Hyrule. We also have a life-size Buster Sword. It is very very heavy.

If Kirby were to swallow you, what power would he get? 
Athey: Probably the power to speed up time. I seems like every time I start working on something, I blink, and its been five hours.

If you were on a deserted island, what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 
WarpZone- Bleach Kon CookieAthey:  I’d probably bring all of One Piece. It’s very… very…. long. It would last a while. Although, I would magically have it be finished, too. Maybe I’d just bring Eichiro Oda with me.

Where can we find you in the web? 
– www.warpzoneprints.com

And, as for social media –
www.facebook.com/WarpzonePrints
twitter.com/warpzoneprints
pinterest.com/atheym/warpzone-prints-cookie-cutters/

 

 

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette: Andy’s Studio Ghibli & Akira Back Piece

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Girl Gone Geek Blog Andy Tattoo TuesdayAndy: I’m 32, and living in Wales, UK where I work as a security guard and bouncer, whilst completing a film degree in my spare time. Still make time for my comics and Akira collection – my passion!

What are your tattoos and why did you get them?

Andy: My ‘main’ ink is a large Akira back piece (Notice a theme forming? lol) comprised of the 5th cover of the paperback collection (green Tetsuo), the cover of a Japanese special edition DVD (Tetsuo/cape) and Kaneda with Bike from an ad for the laserdisc. About 45 hours or so, but may add to it. As far as I’m concerned, nothing comes close to the quality of the film and comics. Perfection. On my stomach is a black and grey Totoro homage, with Mei leapfrogging Chibi and Chu. This was my very first tat. In fact, the search for references is what led me to your wonderful blog and your Totoro Tattoo Tuesday! Colour me grateful! :-) On my hip is a work-in-progress No Face from Spirited Away. They all represent my fanatical love of the Anime I grew up with, and a manifestation of my light fluffy side contrasted with my darker preferences, I guess. If I want be pretentious about it. ;-)

We can see that! Any plans for future ink?

Andy: I’m planning a massive studio Ghibli homage for my chest/ribs – bathhouse of the gods behind my NoFace, a Hayao Miyazaki landscape and Catbus behind the Totoro piece to go to my breastbone. A rocky crevice on the opposite hip to No Face to be filled with soot gremlins, with one or two joining procession behind Chibi. A cherry blossom tree atop the rocks, with the main from Princess Mononoke by it, and cherry blossoms falling/caught by soot gremlin below.
That should keep me going for a bit!

I love how you have all the details planned out. If you could have any Ghibli creature as a pet, which would it be and why? 

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Totoro and No Face

Andy: A soot gremlin (or MANY) as a pet, for sure. Would take the pain out of housework if I could just shout at the dirt and have it run itself away…

Good point, plus, they’re pretty cute. If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Andy:

Videogame – Skyrim

Comic- What else? AKIRA!!!

Movie – Akira AGAIN. But Spirited Away is a close second.

TV- Babylon 5, it was so clever for its time, and the narrative is EPIC. The Walking Dead, too, please. I’m greedy!

Where can we find you on the internet?

Andy: I’m almost off the grid:-( I don’t have my own blog yet, waiting until I restart my ink. If you wish, hit me up on email or Facebook at Andy-price@live.co.uk

All tattoos done by Dee Buchanan of VidaLoca Tattoo in Bolton, UK 

 

If you’re interested in being featured in a Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette please email me at jamila(a@)girlgonegeekblog(.)com or girlgonegeekblog(@)gmail(.)com