New York Comic Con 2015: Gimmie The Loot

Here are all of the goodies that I got from NYCC. This post was half done a month ago but life has been kinda crazy so better late than never as they say!

The Divine 
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The Divine is a fast-paced, brutal, and breathlessly beautiful portrait of a world where ancient powers vie with modern warfare and nobody escapes unscathed. (via Amazon)” This is a perfect example of why you should judge a book by its cover. (I bought this from the Kinokuniya booth along with Virgil.)

Eliza Frye 

Her art made me stop in my tracks!

Virgil

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“Betrayed, beaten, and banished by his own, an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica for revenge! (via Image)” Virgil was a thrill ride. Buy this!

Jordie Bellaire is GREAT & They’re Not Like Us 

Jordie Bellaire is my favorite colorist. If you read (good) comics, chances are Bellaire is the colorist on one of them. She’s crazy talented, hardworking and to top it all off she’s a super nice person.

About two years ago I was tweeting sweet nothings to @whoajordie about her coloring and she said she was going to the upcoming New York Comic Con and she’d give me a little something. I promptly melted. Sadly, she couldn’t make it to NYCC that year. But she didn’t forget that convo. This year she tweeted at me that she wasn’t going, but Declan Shalvey (another talented artist) was going and she would give him something for me to pick up. I was just beside myself. I didn’t think she remembered a few tweets she exchanged with a fan two years ago, let alone decide to give little old me something.

Fast-forward to the con and I pick up my gift from Bellaire via Shalvey and it’s volume one of They’re Not Like Us written by Eric Stephenson art by Simon Gane and colors by Jordie Bellaire. Now I’m already reading this comic because duh, why wouldn’t I be? But I didn’t have the first volume which I was excited to get. And then to have it blessed by Jordie Bellaire herself was one of the highlights of New York Comic Con. She did a cute little sketch and wrote, “Thanks Jamila”. Thank YOU, Jordie. For real. Thank you. It never gets old when you realize someone you’re a fan of is a really nice person.

Tephlon Funk

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Tephlon Funk is an anime/manga and hip hop inspired comic with plans to come out as an anime as well. TF is one of those projects that I could just throw my money at without knowing much about the story because the art is so dope. This post was supposed to go out when the Tephlon Funk Kickstarter was live so y’all could fund it. But alas, life did its thing, and now the Kickstarter has ended but thankfully it was funded!

Alitha Martinez

Alitha Martinez is a talented artist who has worked for DC and Marvel and we’ve been on two panels together about Women of Color in Comics. Martinez had a booth in artist alley and I HAD to cop her art. I picked up two postcards and a beautiful erotic comic called Foreign: Gifts and Curses: Pillow Book.

Wayward

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My friend Roshi is reading Wayward and told me she loved it and I should read it, too, so I stopped by writer Jim Zub’s booth in artist alley and picked it up. The cover is filled with cats so I’m already a fan.

Markus Prime

I’ve been a fan of Markus Prime for a while now. I love his creative, race swapped characters. He was at NYCC supporting Amandla Stenberg and Ashley A. Woods’ new comic Niobe (see below). He also did a variant cover for the series. He didn’t have a booth but he was nice enough to bring two prints for me to buy from him the next day!

Ego Rehab by Dave Crosland

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While in artist alley, I did my usual “scan for artists of color and women to buy from” and came across Dave Crosland’s booth. I bought his comic Ego Rehab, which is an autobiographical story where Crosland is rescued from lack of inspiration by his adventurous inner child. It sounded like fun so I picked it up!

Niobe: She is Life Print & The Untamed

I stopped by the Stranger Comics booth to support the new series, Niobe: She is Life. It’s written by Sebastian A. Jones, and Hunger Games star and activist Amandla Stenberg with art by Ashley A. Woods based on layouts by Stranger’s Art Director Darrell May. Unfortunately, issue one was sold out but I managed to snag a gorgeous print and and the hardcover of The Untamed. Niobe seems to be sold out pretty much everywhere so lucky you if you managed to get a copy!

Nowhere Men

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My love for Nowhere Men runs deep, y’all. Very rarely do I fall in love with every bit of a comic but I did with NM. It was young love, but just as we were getting to know one another, my heart was broken when it went on a hiatus with no mention of a return. I felt like I was left at the alter. Despite its abrupt stop, I continued to tell anyone who would listen to read Nowhere Men. But as they say it’s always darkest before the dawn and it was announced that Nowhere Men was returning.

When is it returning? Not sure exactly, sometime next year. But just like Nana, I’ll wait forever for its return. This announcement, however, came with upsetting news. The original artist, Nate Bellegarde, won’t be returning with it. I’m really sad about this and will probably never get over it, but I understand. For a minute or two, I tried to figure out how to describe the way Bellegarde’s art made me feel, but I can’t. I’m speechless… Or rather wordless. I wish him all the best. He is talented beyond words. I’m looking forward to Dave Taylor joining the Nowhere Men team as the new artist. (Oh, and shout out to David Brothers for being awesome!)

The Beautiful Stuttgart Library

Libraries are cool, and the Stuttgart Library in Germany is one of the coolest. Seriously guys, the entire time I was like, “Ohmygodthisissocool!” I bet I was so annoying but I don’t care. When beautiful books are encased by a beautiful building it’s like cool squared (wow that was corny I apologize).

When I stepped inside the library I felt like a kid. I wanted to squeal I was so excited… Or rather squee because it sounds cuter and less pig-like. You know when you’re playing Pokemon and your Pokemon enters a battle and sometimes does a little shake and wiggle because it’s excited to whoop some ass. I wanted to do that kind of shake and wiggle inside the Stuttgart Library.

The building’s dad is a Korean-born, Germany-based architect Eun Young Yi. The design for the the Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart was influenced by the ancient pantheon. It was born October 2011.

Click photos to enlarge and view slideshow. Hover for captions (not all photos have them).

The Outside

The Labyrinth-Like Staircase

I kept expecting to see Jareth, the Goblin King and his bulge walking upside-down on these stairs.

The Heart

This was when I questioned if this library was just a front for a museum.

The Inside

Some pictures of books for proof this is an actual library.

Children’s Floor

Game of Thrones 80/90s Art by Mike Wrobel

If you’re like me, you always wondered what the citizens of Westeros and Essos would look like in the ’80s and ’90s. Alright, I admit, it’s never crossed my mind. But after checking out Mike Wrobel’s renditions of our most loved and hated (Joffery, I’m looking at you) characters, it’s funny how perfect they fit in that era. I wouldn’t mind seeing an episode or two of them in a totally screwed up version of Full House.

Here’s what Wrobel had to say about his series:

What “Game of Thrones” would have looked like if the action had been set in the 80/90s?

What if swords, bows, spears and armors had been replaced with some NES guns, bats and tracksuits?
This is a fun project i ve been recently starting, imagining all the characters fighting for the throne in a 90s grunge/gangsta era.

You can find Mike Wrobel on…

Arya Stark

Arya Stark

Bran Stark

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Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth

Bronn

Bronn

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen

Jaime Lannisert

Jaime Lannisert

Joffrey Baratheon

Joffrey Baratheon

Jon Snow

Jon Snow

Khal Drogo

Khal Drogo

Maergery Tyrell

Maergery Tyrell

Robb Stark

Robb Stark

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

Talisa

Talisa

The Hound

The Hound

Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister

White Walker

White Walker

Ygritte

Ygritte

Etsy Crush of the Week: Miniature Literature & Giveaway

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I can’t help but imagine Arrietty reading these adorable mini books! Lauren, the owner of the Etsy shop, Miniature Literature found the perfect way for bibliophiles to flaunt their favorite books.
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Interview with Lauren of Miniature Literature

GGG: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

lauren miniature literatureLauren: I’m a craft enthusiast, Disney nerd, and dedicated flosser. I’m currently in school for Toy Design, which is just as fun as you’d think it’d be.

How long have you been making jewelry?

If you count the paper clip necklaces I would make in my dad’s office as a tot, a long, long time. I started making my own jewelry in high school when I couldn’t find anything to match my outfit, and started my first Etsy store, LB Yours, over my Christmas break last year.

How did Miniature Literature come to be

I don’t know if you’ve ever read (or seen) Roald Dahl’s Matilda, but that was me when I was little (except my principal never locked me in any pokey room), and I haven’t changed much since. I love a good story and the feeling of being snatched up and taken away to someplace else in one. Somewhat conversely, I suppose, I love jewelry, fashion, etc., and I always have a hard time finding pieces that I think are unique. I wanted to make something that told a story. And here I am!

If you had to live in any book for one month, which would it be and why? The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Necklace

What an awesome question! Of course I’d love to go to Hogwarts, but I’m going to have to go with Alice In Wonderland. If you’re going to live in a book, you might as well make it one that’s as far from reality as possible.

Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?

I am quite the Disnerd. I’m at Disneyland just about every weekend. This last Halloween, I dressed up as Space Mountain. Not as a cast member- as the actual ride. I made a light up dress and hat that looked just like the building and, I’ve gotta say, it turned out pretty great.

Also, I do love a good video game. I can beat anyone at Mortal Kombat (my girl’s Mileena).

And have you heard Kingdom Hearts 3 is on its way?! *squeal*

 

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Best deserted island ever- where can I buy my ticket? I’m bringing my trusty Sega Genesis, and every episode of Bob’s Burgers and/or The Golden Girls. Is it cool if I also bring my microwave for some Toaster Strudel action?

 

Where do you live on the internet? 

You can find me all over the place! Of course there’s my two Etsy stores, MiniatureLiterature  and  LByours. There’s also my Pinterest or my Facebook ShopLByours!

Giveaway over, congrats Joanna!

Hogwarts Textbook Holidays with Hags

  • One lucky reader will win the Harry Potter Necklace above!
  •  1. Answer the following question in the comments section:
  •       –  What would be the title of your biography?
  • 2. Like Miniature Literature on Facebook- Facebook.com/ShopLByours
  • * Giveaway ends Monday, Sept. 23rd
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Sunday Funnies: Bane of Thrones

Totally me.

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The Day I Met Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is one of my top three Geek Gods. (Grant Morrison and Hayao Miyazaki complete the Trinity.) What sets him apart from others is that his work affects me on a much higher level. Just to give you some context of the experience I am about to retell, Neil Gaiman has changed my life in a very real and personal way, as well has how I see the world and my place in it.

I met Gaiman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the reading and signing of his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. New York wasn’t New York that night. Rather than the usual, “Mind your business and I’ll mind mine.” mentality, everyone was happy and friendly. Strangers were becoming friends. It was beautiful.

We sit down and anxiously wait for him to get on stage and you can practically hear the low buzz of everyone’s excitement in the building. Then, Neil Gaiman comes on stage and you exhale not even realizing that you were holding your breath. You begin to clap, hoot and holler and make sure he knows just how happy you are to be in his presence. The cheers go on for a while. Some people stand. He knows that we’re happy. He knows that you’re happy. And he’s smiling back at us.

Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American GodsAnd when, he speaks… oh when he speaks! It’s that voice you love. That voice that always makes you smile because it belongs to one of your favorite people in the world. His English-accented voice is layered with so much genuine kindness and warmth that it gives you goosebumps. Then the tunnel vision begins because all of your energy is focused on this one man on stage. It’s surreal. As he begins to read from his new book and it feels like a personal moment, despite being surrounded by 2,000 people.

He finishes the chapter and you are inspired. He makes you want to create. No, he makes you feel like you can create. He’s a master weaver of words, worlds and myths. The same worlds you fall in love with over and over again. There’s something magical about him. He’s not quiet like everyone else. Well, they say you are what you eat, maybe you are what you write as well.

Now you enter the signing room and all sorts of emotions overwhelm you. You are only a few people away from meeting him and you begin to panic and try to figure out what to say to this person you admire so much. Everything your brain comes up with doesn’t seem good enough. It’s as if you’re reenacting that cliché movie scene where you’re talking to yourself in a mirror.

Then it’s your turn and without thinking you tell him that it’s an honor to meet him. It’s an obvious statement, but you’re okay with that because it’s simple, yet true. He looks at you in the eyes like he cares, and you feel that he does. He thanks you and tells you that he likes your Doctor Who shirt and your smile widens, because you haven’t stopped smiling since you walked in the building. More words escape your mouth, but you’re too happy to really care if they make any sense.

Then it’s over. Your encounter was just a few brief seconds, but it was long enough to create a memory you’ll never forget. As you make your way home and the real world slowly creeps back into your senses, you replay the night over and over again in your mind. Just like you reread his stories over and over.

You’ll always have his stories and you’ll always have that moment.

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Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- Matt’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Smaug Tattoo

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Matt Naragon, and I have been geeky as long as I can remember. I am an avid game player, a Mac enthusiast, a dnd lover, and a husband of an equally geeky wife.

What is your geeky tattoo of and why did you get it?

The tattoo is of hobbit origin, and shows us part of the famous map and an image of Smaug lurking around the side. I have always loved Tolkien, and the tattoo just naturally suits me. The tattoo was created by artist Brooks Blanton from Wildman’s Tattoo in Ft Wayne, IN. He did a fantastic job bringing this tattoo to life, and remains one of the most amazing portrait tattooists I have ever seen.

Any plans for future tattoos?

Future plans for the tattoo are to bring Gollum into the mix on the other side of the map, along with slowly migrating down to the stomach with more tasteful Tolkien art.

Are you a fan of anything else in the fantasy genre? If so, what? 

I am a big fan of gaming, especially Assassins Creed as of late. I also love Star Wars and things associated with it. Oh, and zombies.

If you were going on an adventure, which 5 Tolkien characters would you take with you?

I would definitely take Boromir as my first pick. Elrond would be useful, and young Bilbo would come as well. It would be a toss up between Fili or Kili for fourth spot, and I could have no other than Gandalf taking up the rear (to always save the day).

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 

I would bring along Skyrim for gaming, as it would last me the longest. The Hobbit would be book of choice, and probably movie of choice as well. The TV show would be Rules of Engagement, I’ve been watching that sitcom lately on Netflix and love it.

Where can we find you on the internet?

I am not on the Internet in force much, but you can usually find me on Facebook or Deviant Art. If not there, lately I have been going crazy planning out the perfect Connor AC3 cosplay outfit.

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