Batman Earrings Engraved Dark Knight Rises by LaserCutJewelry
Ponyo and Sosuke Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea by jennyloveskawaii
Spirited Away Chihiro and Haku Dragon Anime by jennyloveskawaii
Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Compact by Ge3kedUp
Pokemon Misty Anime Japanese Cameo Pendant by jennyloveskawaii
Guitar Pick Necklace Character or by RedLotusDesignz
I Choose You PokéHeart Pokémon Inspired by monsterkookies
Love Potion Necklace in Silver by ANORIGINALJEWELRY
Sterling Silver Serotonin Molecule Necklace With by katgirl86
I Say LOVE Wood Pendant Necklace by cricketstudiogallery
For the Love of Batman Friendship Necklaces Laser by LicketyCut
Chained Mad Love by Geekropology
Death Note Ryuk Manga Necklace by OneWord111
2012 has been a pretty amazing year for us fangirls and fanboys. Personally for me it was big in the comic book category. This was the year I had time to read a lot of ongoing series, which will account for why I have several categories for comic books alone. The “Best of” title is a bit deceiving; this isn’t my take on the best of 2012, but rather my personal favorites of the year. And by favorites I mean the geeky things I was completely obsessed with. Beware, baby spoilers ahead.
Movie (aka the movie I couldn’t stop talking about after I left the theater): Avengers
I think we can all agree that Avengers was the best superhero movie of the year. It did everything right. Loki and the Hulk deserve their own film.
Honorable Mention: Looper
Looper seemed like it was straight out of a Philip K. Dick novel. It was thought-provoking and timey wimey. I loved every bit of it!
TV Show (aka the show I live-tweeted the most): The Walking Dead
I’m a fan of everything The Walking Dead, but not blind to the many faults the TV series has had. I wasn’t happy with the first half of season two, frankly I thought it was quite boring. Everyone knew Sophia wasn’t smart enough to survive… no offense Carol. But season three has been intense all the way through and there’s no time to catch your breath. Much like Game of Thrones, in The Walking Dead no one is safe, and that’s a great feeling to have as a viewer. Needless to say, shit goes down!
Honorable Mention: Game of Thrones
I think Game of Thrones would be a far better show if it had two extra episodes to work with, but with that being said, it’s still one of my favorite shows of the year. To say I’m invested and attached to the characters is an understatement. I didn’t even give Doctor Who honorable mention and that’s saying a lot!
Episode of the Year (aka the episode that made you proud to be a fan): Sherlock “A Scandal in Belgravia”, Steven Moffat (writer) and Paul McGuigan (director)
One of the most brilliant pieces of television I’ve ever seen.
Honorable Mention: Game of Thrones “Blackwater”, George R. R. Martin (writer) and Neil Marshall (director)
“Blackwater” is what happens when a Game of Thrones episode isn’t cramped with plot or characters. Magic! (no pun intended) Also there was that jaw dropping explosion.
Anime Series (aka the only new anime show I watched this year): Sakamichi No Apollon (Kids on the Slope), Shinichiro Watanabe (director) and Yoko Kanno (composer)
The dynamic duo Watanabe and Kanno of Cowboy Bebop fame are back! I love jazz so this series is heaven for me. I also reviewed the first episode here.
Video Game (aka the game that made me cry): Journey, thatgamecompany (developer) and Sony (publisher)
Journey is a video game that gives you a spiritual experience. This was my favorite game of the year and one of my favorite games of all time. It’s difficult to express what kind of game Journey is because it’s just one of those things you have to experience for yourself. But in short, it’s about life, death and the journey you take in between. Journey is intense and deep without being heavy-handed. Last but not least, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
Honorable Mention: The Walking Dead, Telltale Games (developer and publisher)
I actually haven’t finished this game yet, but from what I’ve played (and heard) I know I’ll cry. #ForClementine
Writer (aka my Comic God of the year): Scott Snyder, Batman, American Vampire and Swamp Thing
Scott Snyder is one of those writers that make you say to yourself, “Where have your stories been all my life?”
I’m a huge fan of Batman, American Vampire and Swamp Thing. How he’s able to keep all three fresh and fascinating month after month is beyond me. But that’s also why he’s my favorite writer of the year. I could go on and on about why I fell in love with Snyder’s work, but I’ll save that for a future blog post.
Honorable Mention: Jeff Lemire, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth and The Underwater Welder
Lemire also takes the award for creating the character I’m most protective of, Gus aka Sweet Tooth.
Artist (aka art so good it makes your curse to yourself): Greg Capullo, Batman
Capullo’s art gives me goosebumps. Literally. His leather face Joker is simultaneously beautiful and horrifying. Just look at that gorgeously gory face!
Comic Book Series (aka my favorite Wednesday of the month): Batman, Scott Snyder (writer) and Greg Capullo (illustrator)
It was incredibly difficult for me to deicide which series should take the top place as my favorite series of the year. Well… that’s a lie. I knew it was going to be Batman the whole time!
I don’t even know where to begin with Batman. Judge if you want, but this was my first time reading an actual Batman comic. I’d been a fan of TAS other shows and films, but with most mainstream superhero comics I didn’t know where to jump in. Thankfully DC’s new 52 gave me a great starting point.
Snyder got me hooked with the Court of Owls and the current Joker storyline has me on an emotional roller coaster. One minute I want to cry, the next I was scared shitless for the Bat-fam. Snyder’s Batman is dark and seriously scary and I couldn’t be happier.
Honorable Mention: The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman (writer) and Charlie Adlard (illustrator)
Kirkman had me worried there for a while, I wasn’t interested about the series at all. It was the same ol’ same ol’, and I felt I was reading out of habit rather than actually being interested in what was happening in the story. However, that all changed when Negan and Lucille entered the picture (or should I say panel). I haven’t been this excited about the series since the governor!
New Comic Book Series (aka that thing I couldn’t stop talking about): Saga, Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (illustrator)
Saga is the new kid at school that everyone has a crush on. This series is what it would be like if BKV wrote a science-fantasy version of Romeo and Juliet, except the characters are believable. What really made this new series my favorite are the raw and brutally honest characters. Fiona Staples also gets the award for making me feel like a creep for having a girl crush on a spider’ish alien. Don’t act like you didn’t think The Stalk was a total babe… for a spider.
Honorable Mention: Hawkeye, Matt Fraction (writer) and David Aja (illustrator)
I confess, I was one of the Hawkeye haters. Compared to the rest of the Avengers, Clint seemed kind of lame. This was before I read any Avengers or Hawkeye comics. I still haven’t read much Avengers, but Fraction came along and changed my mind before I even finished the first issue. It’s genuinely “laugh out loud” funny with an interesting storyline and a character that has, well, character. I’m now a proud member of the Hawkeye fan club because of Matt Fraction.
Mini Series (aka a series I want to talk about but needed more categories): Punk Rock Jesus, Sean Murphy (writer and illustrator)
Punk Rock Jesus combines two fanatical segments of our society: media and religion. Murphy holds nothing back in PRJ, which is part of what makes it one of my favorite series of the year. It’s a candid look on society housed in a captivating story and supported by complex characters.
Honorable Mention: Happy!, Grant Morrison (writer) and Darick Robertson (illustrator)
Happy! is the Grant Morrison I fell in love with. The jarring, post-modern’ish, mind blowing WTFs with themes that make you reflect on yourself and society Grant Morrison. I also didn’t realized how much I missed Robertson’s art (Transmetropolian) until I read Happy!. He does gritty do damn well! The dark and ultraviolent story juxtaposed with a bubbly blue horse work surprisingly well together.
Graphic Novel (aka more comics I want to talk about but needed more categories): Prince of Cats, Ronald Wimberly (writer and illustrator)
This is the only story I fell in love with visually, sonically, emotionally and intellectually this year. You can read more about PoC and an interview with Wimberly here.
Honorable Mention: The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire (writer and illustrator)
Probably the most atmospheric (Is that a thing? It is now.) and eerie story of the year. It also managed to say the most without saying anything at all.
Best Issue (aka the holy shit issue): The Walking Dead #100, Robert Kirkman (writer) and Charlie Adlard (illustrator)
This issue was the comic book version of being punched in the stomach. I’m still too devastated to talk about it.
Honorable Mention: Batman #14, Scott Snyder (writer) and Greg Capullo (illustrator)
Hell hath no fury like the Joker scorned. Batman just keeps getting better… or worse depending on who you are. The Joker’s soliloquy in this issue was close to perfection. He had me hanging off of every word. The Joker is back and he’s pissed at the Bat-fam for making Batman lazy, and he’s going to make them pay. Did I mention he’s doing this all out of love? Don’t even get me started on Alfred…
Late to the party (aka the most time consuming obsession): A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin (writer)
Even though A Dance with Dragons came out in 2011 I read it this year, along with the rest of ASoIaF series. I prayed to the old gods and the new for several months (and still do from time to time). This series also has a special place in my heart for having a lot of kick ass female characters. Brienne and Arya are my heroes!
Honorable Mention: Lost
I’m not ashamed to admit my life was consumed by Lost for a few months. I skipped parties, went over my data plan and didn’t hang out with my friends as much because I wanted to be on the island. I watched the series in about two months and wrote all about it here in, ‘Confessions of a Lost Late Bloomer’.
As you can tell by now, I’m a big fan of tattoos. But there’s something about Miyazaki related tattoos that I love more than others. I even wrote a Thank You Letter to Miyazki, explaining my love for the animation genius.
So when Alexia emailed me her darling tattoo inspired by the Studio Ghibli Great Collection, I instantly fell in love. My next tattoo will be a quote from Sandman, but recently I’ve been considering a Ghibli/Miyazaki related tattoo. Of course, if that happens I’ll blog all about it!
Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Alexia
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My names Alexia Christofi, I’m a 21-year-old girl from London, but I’m at university in Portsmouth studying computer games technology.
What is your tattoo of and why did you get it?
My tattoos a Studio Ghibli inspired piece, it’s the front cover of the Studio Ghibli Great Collection. I’m a massive Miyazaki fan and have been since I was younger, I can watch the films over and over and still be impressed every time. I figure if I was going to have something permanent on my skin it may as well be something beautiful that I’m passionate about!
Do you have any other tattoos?
I have a small heart on my wrist. Pretty cliché but a best friend and I decided to get matching tattoos, and it’s simple and small enough to not be overbearing.
Any plans for future tattoos?
I have at least 2 more planned, one is my daughter’s name in Greek on my wrist, but my biggest one is a Howls Moving Castle sleeve. I need to first find someone who’s brilliant enough to do it though, it’s pretty intricate!
Favorite Miyazaki movie?
Favourite would probably have to be Howls Moving Castle. My best friend and I probably watch it at least twice a month!
Which character from a Miyazaki movie would you love to have as a pet?
I’d love to have a totoro as a pet, I’m not sure why but they’ve just always appealed to me!
What are your other favorite fandoms?
I’m not sure I really have any other favourites, I suppose I read a lot of books and play a lot of games but I rarely find myself focusing a lot of my energy on one thing!
Where can we find you in the web?
I have a twitter and a tumblr, but I be honest they’re both just full of pictures from my instagram and random reboots and retweets, but feel free to follow if you want to anyway! :D
Rachael is a gamer girl with a knack for creating darling hand-made jewelry. Whether you’re a Whovian, gamer or otaku, there’s a little bit of everything in Treno Nights for you! Find out more about the talent behind the charming Etsy shop in my interview with Rachael.
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Interview with Rachael of Treno Nights Etsy Shop:
Rachael: My name is Rachael, and I live in Fort Worth, TX. I have a miniature dachshund and a silver german shepherd and I live with my husband. I am hopelessly addicted to video games… My husband got me into them when we met and I haven’t been able to stop since. I play anything from Little Big Planet to Resident Evil. I am an addict for sure. I sit in front of my computer WAY to much, I have an addiction to caffeine, and I have issues with procrastination.
How long have you been crafting and making jewelry?
Rachael: I have been crafting my entire life. My mom never did my school projects for me, and she would NEVER buy those kits that come with all the things you need. I was forced to go around the house and find things I could use in my project. As much as I would resent her some times for that, I owe her for my creativity. As for making jewelry that is a fairly new hobby of mine. I picked up polymer clay for the first time a little over a year ago. I was hooked immediately.
How did Treno Nights come to be?
Rachael: What got me hooked on clay was cell phone charms. I went crazy and was buying all sorts of licensed charms and turning them into jewelry. Then I discovered Etsy and saw what people were making out of clay. I rushed to Hobby Lobby and I bought a sample pack, ran home, and I made a cupcake and a digivice and I was sold. I knew that making charms that you can’t find anywhere else was what I wanted to do. I wanted to share with the world my creations, so I started a shop on Etsy. :D
Where did you get the name Treno Nights?
Rachael: Treno Nights is inspired by Final Fantasy IX. In that game there was a city named Treno. Specifically the Dark City Treno. In that city there are lots of auctions, games, and gambles. I took the name because taking a risk is a gamble, and sometimes you may seem lost in the dark. It seems a little cliche, but it works for me. Although most people don’t even think twice about the reference, it has special meaning to me.
Rachael: Where to begin… Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts, and Legend of Zelda. I would LOVE a crossover. :D
If you were on a deserted island what video game, book, movie and TV show would you bring?
Rachael: This is a really, really hard question. If I could have one of each I would choose Kingdom Hearts (I could always try to beat Sephiroth), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumb and Dumber, and for TV show I choose Mythbusters.
Where do you live on the internet?
Rachael: I do accept commissions, so if you don’t see something in my shop that you want, I can make it just for you.
I’m extremely picky with my anime, but Samurai Champloo is damn near perfect in my eyes. But what else would you expect from the great Shinichirō Watanabe? The animation is sharper than Mugan’s mouth and the soundtrack is smoother than Jin’s swordplay. I was head-over-heels in love with Mugen and Jin. How could you not adore bad boy Mugen and his b-boy fighting skills?! Or admire the reserved and mysterious Jin? And can someone please tell me how Fuu manages to eat all that food! I’m sure Momo is hiding somewhere in the folds of blog post. Champloo was beautiful, hilarious and touching at the same time. Simply put, it was a damn good anime.
You can’t talk about Samurai Champloo without including the opening credits.
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Samurai Champloo wrist and ankle bands [Source: Alchemistproductions.Tumblr]
“Mugen tattoo 1/2 done – have the other arm scheduled in 1 month.” [Source: Meeokie]
Mugen Tattoo by dmtattoo
Terrell is my IRL friend. I’ve known him for a few years now and he is one of my few friends that I can actually talk to about my numerous geeky obsessions because he’s pretty obsessed too. We always seem to talk about Cowboy Bebop, because, well… it’s Bebop! He’ll end up talking about his crush on Faye, and I always gush about having the hots for Spike. Terrell is also a talented graphic designer and musical artist. Check out the interview to find out the inspiration for his incredibly amazing Spike Spiegel and Anubis mashup tattoo he designed.
Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with Terrell:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Terrell: My name is Terrell Coakley, I am an aspiring artist in the fields of both music and graphic design. I have a small addiction to the cinemas (small as in I have a plethora of random movie quotes in my head from films that most people my age haven’t even heard of.) and I can sleep through an atomic bomb, given enough blankets.
You designed your Spike Spiegel/Anubis tattoo, where did you get the inspiration to mash up Cowboy Bebop and Egyptian mythology?
Terrell: I started to have dreams about Anubis, that were very interesting, so I began to research more about him. I talked to my professor, Kaba Kamene, he gave me some background information and I realized that Impu (Anubis) was my egyptian astrological deity. Well that idea just HAD to become a tattoo. I didn’t want to get him in his original egyptian form, however, because I thought I would want to better represent the person I am now. Being that I LOVE Spike Spiegel, ( I seriously want to be like him when I grow up and or become a famous anime character, whichever happens first) I thought, why not give Anubis Spike’s trademark swaggerific single breast space suit. So I put the pen to the paper, and now its a permanent mark on my arm.
Do you have any other tattoos?
Terrell: I have seven tattoos, all in simple outline, very minimalist. I don’t think too much detail or shading compliments my skin tone. I have two outlines of africa on my forearms, that become one image when I put my arms together, a koi fish, a dragon, a phoenix, words across my chest in phonetics, and Anubis is the most recent.
Any plans for future tattoos?
Terrell: Tattoos are so addictive…I think I want about 4 or 5 more, specifically inspired by Kemetics. but I always wait until I find something with meaning, so that I wont be too upset when I’m looking in the mirror at age 70.
What are some of your other favorite geeky things?
Terrell: Like most guys I love video games, and high tech geeky gadgets, but I think my obsession with Spiderman probably takes the cake…Still upset about spiderman 3 though.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Terrell: I would bring my original copy of final fantasy VII, though I’ve beat the game with friends, I never actually beat it on my own playstation. I think that would occupy a lovely amount of time. of course I would want to bring Watchmen…but as of late I’ve gotten really addicted to the comic stylings of Jason (John Arne Sæterøy) so I might actually want to bring “pocket full of rain” thats an amazing comic book. As far as a movie I would have to bring ‘Coming to America’..only because that shit will NEVER get old. I would bring ‘How I Met Your Mother’ for a tv show, as long as I could get the script for when ted actually meets this chick! but since he probably wont ever meet her, I’d just bring Bebop.
Where can we find you in the web?
Terrell: Hit me up on Tumblr: northstarbrooks.tumblr.com, and Twitter: @northstarbrooks … Facebook is gonna die soon, but you can check out some of my music there if your ears need to pleasure: facebook.com/northstarbrooks