Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Cthulhu Wake Up

Girl Gone Geek's Alien Chest-Burster Necklace by Cthulhu Wake Up

The chestburster Alien necklace from Cthulhu Wake Up Etsy shop is everything you didn’t know you wanted. Although I can’t lie, I’m always a bit nervous saying the Etsy shop name out loud. Not trying to cause the end of days or anything…

The Xenomorph necklace pretty much speaks for itself, but I’ll say a little about it either way. I know in fashion they talk about statement necklaces, but I doubt they even had this deadly beauty mind. The chestburster is masterfully crafted from pewter and sits perfectly on top of your chest, all a-burstin’.

I had the chance to interview Luis about his gorgeously gruesome jewelry only to find out he has a pretty impressive day job! He’s a vfx artist and has worked in movies like Green Lantern, GI Joe 2, Riddick and more. (Which explains why the craftsmanship on the pendents are damn near perfect.)

Interview with Luis from Cthulhu Wake Up

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Cthulhu Wake Up- Alien Chest-burster Pendant 2My name is Luis Alberto Cayo, I have been a a vfx artist for 5 years working in movies like “Gi Joe 2”, “Riddick”, “Green Lantern”, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”, among others (www.cayovfx.com). Although I enjoy working for these big projects I also want a venue were I can share my own voice and jewelry is a perfect fit for me.

How did Cthulhu Wake Up come to be?

Practicing digital sculpture in my own time, I came up with the Cthulhu pendant and I really wanted to do something with it. I put it up in kickstarter and raised money to make 150 of them. I was thrilled not only that I was able to share my personal work but to make some money along the way too. After that I decided to work towards making a side business of it. Unfortunately, I can’t work as fast as I would like to towards that goal but I’m getting there!

How long on average does it take you to make a piece?

Is a fluid process really. Going back and forward, doing drawings and sculptures. Because I made a point to make it as fun and freestyle as possible I can’t track it that much. 3 days would be my best guess.

I love the idea of the chest-bursting alien necklace, what inspired that piece?

It just popped in my head and made me laugh. It made sense as it looks like is bursting out so I said, why not?

What draws you to Lovecraft’s work? Do you have a favorite story?

Lovecraft is an excellent story teller. Modern storytelling is VERY rushed and the plot needs to be moving along always. Rarely movies, comic books, and TV shows slow down to take the attention from the story and spend some time building an atmosphere and taking us places emotionally. Lovecraft does this very successfully without being boring at all, not to mention he does it only with words! Of course he is not the only one that does this, there are great moder storytellers as well but no one tackles the weird mix of science fiction, fantasy and horror any more, not the way he does.

I have many favorite stories from him. Starting to “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Shadow out of Time”, “The Whisperer in the Darkness”, and many others.

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

Many others, Dragon Ball Z and Batman being the most prominent. One of my long term goals is to write a Batman story. I love steampunk and enjoy watching cosplay.

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

Above all I would prefer an sketchbook and a ballpoint pen with everlasting ink. Video game: Street fighter 3, Comicbook: The Dark Knight Returns, TV shows: Batman, the Animated Series.

Where can we find you in the web

Our online store is Cthulhuwakeup.com and our facebook page is Facebook.com/CthulhuWakeUp

Giveaway!

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1 lucky reader will receive the Snalien chestburster pendant!

How to enter: 

1) Leave a comment on this post

2) Like Facebook.com/CthulhuWakeUp

Contest ends Monday, May 13th

 GIVEAWAY CLOSED- Raven was the winner, thanks everyone!

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/

 

 

Doctor Who DVD Giftpack & Books Giveaway

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Our favorite madman in the blue box is back on TV and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway! You don’t have to wait until Saturday to have the doctor in your life, check out these three new Doctor Who books from Broadway Books! Details about the three new book below.

Giveaway Rules:
1. Answer the question: What’s your favorite episode of Doctor Who and why?
2. Like Girl Gone Geek Blog on Facebook: Facebook.com/girlgonegeekblog (if applicable)
3. Follow @girl_gone_geek on Twitter (if applicable)
*Giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
*Giveaway ends Saturday, April 13th
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The 3 Sonic prize winners will receive:
Winner 1: 
–  A copy of PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN by Justin Richards with signed bookplate
–  Classic Doctor Who DVD Giftpack: “Doctor Who: The Robots of Death”
Winner 2:
–  Classic Doctor Who DVD Giftpack:  “Doctor Who: The Ark in Space”
Winner 3: 
–  Classic Doctor Who DVD Giftpack: “Doctor Who: Shada”

Original adventures featuring the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith 

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Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen

By Justin Richards

 Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation

By Nicholas Briggs 

Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow

By Tommy Donbavand  

Since Doctor Who’s 2005 revival after an almost fifteen-year hiatus, the British sci-fi show has become an American cult phenomenon, as an Entertainment Weekly cover feature noted in August 2012. But the show’s U.S. following is such that “cult” may well be an understatement. In September, 2.47 million Americans watched Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as the Doctor and Amy in the show’s season seven premiere, giving BBC America its highest rating ever—previously, in 2011, the show was iTunes’ number one most downloaded television series, outselling favorites such as Glee and Mad Men. In December, Doctor Who won TV Guide’s “Fan Favorites,” and 2.4 million viewers tuned in to the show’s Christmas special.

Who fervor is on the rise, given the show’s 50th anniversary this year, so Broadway is thrilled to introduce its forthcoming paperback original Doctor Who tie-in series, sure to feed that insatiable fandom. Featuring all-new Eleventh Doctor adventures and to be published on April 2 to coincide with the new Doctor Who episodes that will air on BBC America starting March 30, Justin Richards’s Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen, Nicholas Briggs’s Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation, and Tommy Donbavand’s Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow are penned in collaboration with BBC’s Cardiff-based TV production team. These authors are given advance access to the scripts of forthcoming episodes and made privy to the secrets of the Doctor’s future before even the most fanatical of fans. Approved by the BBC to make sure nothing is overlooked, these books have the intimate and authentic feel of lost episodes.

In Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation, we find the Doctor investigating a world in which the Daleks suspiciously seem to be a force for good. In Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow, the aftermath of JFK’s assassination is the setting for an attack by an alien Shroud feasting on the grief of a world in mourning. In Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen, the Doctor discovers the residents of a 19th-century village beset by a plague that causes its victims to leave their graves. As we follow the Doctor through new catastrophes in history, on earth, and in space, reading Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen, Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation, and Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow might just be the next best thing to traveling around in a TARDIS, sonic screwdriver in tow, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting Broadway’s fourth all-new Doctor Who adventure, acclaimed science-fiction author Alastair Reynolds’s Doctor Who: Harvest of Time, featuring the Third Doctor, in June.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

JUSTIN RICHARDS has written numerous science-fiction and fantasy novels, including several previous Doctor Who tie-ins. He is creative consultant for BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who fiction.

NICHOLAS BRIGGS is a British actor and writer who has worked on Doctor Who since the 1980s. He has played numerous roles on the show but is best known as the voice of the Doctor’s archenemy, the Daleks.

TOMMY DONBAVAND is an author, actor, and playwright best known for his Scream Street novels for kids. He is also a huge fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. 

ALASTAIR REYNOLDS’ novels have appeared on numerous “best SF” lists and won several major awards.

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Show Pony’s Fantasy Jewelry

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I’m a jewelry fiend, whether it’s geeky or not. I’ve noticed when it comes to a lot of geek-related jewelry they get an A+ on the geeky part, but miss the mark on the actual quality of the jewelry design. Thankfully, I stumbled across Show Pony on one of my weekly Etsy binges and fell in love. Her  fantasy-themed references already make the items a must-buy, and then her elegant jewelry designs put them over the edge.

I featured Show Pony‘s “Always” necklace on my Harry Potter & Valentine’s Day Jewelry Post. It’s pretty much one of those, “I need this for reasons.” necklaces. It’s a subtle way to show your off Potter pride. I absolutely adore mine!

Shelby also does custom pieces! I had her make a custom Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire cuff for me with the words, “Valar Morghulis”. It came out just as I imagined. It’s thick, but still easily bendable to adjust to any sized wrist. I’m throwing a giveaway with a few lovely items from Show Pony, check out how to win below!

Get 30% off  Show Pony throughout March using: MARCH30 

My Show Pony Jewelry!

My Show Pony Jewelry!

Interview with Shelby of SHOW PONY STORE

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Show Pony- Hunger Games Holding nightlock IIShelby: My name is Shelby Isaac I’m a college student from Maryland, U.S.A. and Etsy is my creative outlet/moneymaker. I have a pet tarantula and a kitten that keep me company while I run my Etsy business.

How long have you been making jewelry?

Shelby: I’ve been making jewelry since 2010, when I opened my Etsy shop.

How did SHOWPONYSTORE come to be?

Shelby: Oddly enough, I started out making my original items out of frustration. My first purchase on Etsy was an overpriced Harry Potter inspired vial necklace. When it arrived, it was broken, leaking through the package, and no “thank you” note was included. I knew I could make something better for a cheaper price, so that’s what I did.

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Shelby: My “always” doe patronus necklace is my favorite. It’s subtle and still geeky. That’s not always easy to find in jewelry.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so what?

Shelby: Any other geeky obsessions… I love Tolkien and Martin. High fantasy is my thing.

What do you think your your patronus be? 

Shelby: It would be a shark! A little one. Like a spiny dogfish/mud shark.

If you lived in Westeros, what would your house name, sigil and motto be? 

Shelby: I already consider myself to be of House Tyrell, so creating my own house is out of the question. Growing strong!

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

Shelby: I would bring the Potter series. Television show that I couldn’t live without: Star Trek. The original series.

Where can we find you on the web? 

SHOW PONY STORE GIVEAWAY!

Show Pony Girl Gone Geek Giveaway

L to R: Harry Potter “Always” Doe Necklace, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Necklace, Game of Thrones “The Wall” Ring (example shown) and Harry Potter Divination Class Tea Cup Necklace

1. Answer the of the following question: What do you think your patronus be?
2. Like SHOWPONYSTORE on Facebook: Facebook.com/SHOWPONYSTORE (if applicable)
3. Follow @BeansCreations on Twitter (if applicable)
* Please state the item you’d like to win, you can say all items if you’d be happy with all.
* Four readers will win one of the items featured.
* Contest ends Wednesday, March 27th

Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook

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Whether it’s fish fingers and custard, a Jammie Dodger, bananas or celery, food always seems to be involved when it comes to that madman in a box. So it should come to no surprise that a new Doctor Who-inspired cookbook, Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook, was created by Chris-Rachael Oseland.

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Dalek Ironside Toast Sandwich

Chris-Rachael’s a freelance writer by day, and by night she’s creating culinary dishes inspired by different fandoms. She recently self-published Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook, her fifth book, through Amazon’s independent publishing platforms, CreateSpace (print) and Kindle Direct Publishing or KDP (e-book). Her first self-published book was a steampunk-themed cocktail book, SteamDrunks. Even though agents felt the book was well written and funny, they didn’t want to take it on because it appealed to a niche audience. Rather than letting it collect dust, Chris-Rachel decided to give self-publishing a go – and readers have been “drinking it up” ever since!

Dining With The Doctor comes out just in time for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who later this year! This is actually the first Doctor Who cookbook since 1986. A lot has happened in the last 27 years; most importantly, the return of Doctor Who. Chris-Rachael grew up watching Doctor Who and when the show came back her love was reignited. She said, “I knew I wanted to do something big for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. As a food writer, I naturally started thinking about dinner parties. One recipe turned into 10, and before I knew it I decided to come up with a recipe for every single episode of the new series.”

The chef watched more than 100 hours of Doctor Who for inspiration and created a recipe for every episode! She has recipes – from “Tardis Wellington” to “Slitheen Eggs” and they are accessible for cooks of all stages and ages, and work especially well for Doctor Who viewing parties!

If you’re still hungry for more you can visit Chris-Rachael’s food blog, Kitchen Overlord, for weekly illustrated geek recipes and sneak peeks at upcoming “geektastic” projects. Chris-Rachael has two other self-publishing cookbooks in the works: Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settler’s Cookbook (due out in May) and The Noshing Dead: The Unauthorized Walking Dead Cookbook (slated for September, with an ebook mini-cookbook version available.)

Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook is available now at Amazon.com.

Interview with Chris-Rachael Oseland

How long have you been a chef?
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To me, a chef is someone who works in a restaurant while a cook is someone who prepares food in any other setting. I can’t get up at 4 a.m. to work 16 hour days 6 days a week, so I’m happy to call myself a cook. On a professional level, I’ve also been a food and beverage writer for about 7 years.

What made you want to merge cooking and geek culture together?

Being a lifelong geek sort of forced me to start thinking about food from alternative perspectives early on. For some reason, geek culture seems to attract people with food issues. Maybe geek culture is more open about biological weirdness beyond your control, or maybe people with one weird part of their life are drawn to a culture that celebrates weirdness. Either way, you can’t go to a geek gathering without meeting someone with a lethal nut allergy, another person with Celiac disease, another who is lactose intolerant, etc. To make it even more fun, geeks who don’t have a biological issue are often attracted to extreme diets, like veganism or paleo.

If you want to get all those people to sit down to a single meal together, you’ve got to be creative and ambitious in the kitchen. Once you used to thinking about how you’re going to feed a Celiac, Vegan and Paleo dieter the same dinner, nothing seems weird anymore. So why not write a Doctor Who cookbook? It’s not as strange as an average Sunday night.

Plus, I love having people over for watch parties. Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, or The Walking Dead are all excuses to hang out with good friends and good food. I think a lot of geeks enjoy using geek culture as an excuse to get together. I’m just making it easier.

Do you have any other geek culture cook books planned for the future?
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Queen Victoria’s Tipple

I do indeed! I’ve had such a good experience working with CreateSpace that I’m releasing Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook with them at the end of May, just in time for the summer gaming convention season. I’m still working on photographing all the recipes. You can see some previews at Kitchen Overlord. I love the fact that CreateSpace lets me keep working and tweaking right up to the point where I’m published, so there aren’t any “I wish I could’ve added…” moments. Working on the Settler’s cookbook has been a heck of a lot of fun. I’m also releasing The Noshing Dead: The Unauthorized Walking Dead Cookbook via CreateSpace in September. Thanks to my mildly scandalous love affair with my new Kitchenaid, I’m also working on a crazy book of geek breads full of things like Starfleet Insignia pain d’epi and cinnamon Wookie pull apart bread. It should be out in time for Christmas.

If you could describe the doctor as a dish, what would it be and why?

I’d say the Doctor is a bittersweet chocolate truffle full of salted caramel. Chocolate, because you’re always happy to see him. Salt for the tears he inevitably induces, cries or both. Caramel because he’s often both sweet and sappy. And a single truffle because, much like the best cholesterol filled desserts, anything more than a taste of life with the doctor will break your heart

Who is your favorite doctor and companion and why?

Rory Williams is, hands down, my favorite companion. I love the Rory as the new Chuck Norris memes. He’s developed so much from being the Doctor’s oft mocked whipping boy to being the platonic ideal of what every woman wants in a husband. (I’m sorry gentlemen. I know it’s an unrealistically high standard.) He’s also the one person willing to really acknowledge that simply meeting the Doctor is dangerous for us mere mortals. I cheered at my screen when Rory told Amy, “Any time the Doctor gets chummy with someone I want to notify their next of kin.”

That said, “favorite” Doctor is a hard one. I really like the direction Moffatt is taking things with Eleven, but since I’d like to live past next Tuesday, if a blue box materialized in my living room, I hope Nine would walk out. Well, Nine or Four. Tom Baker was my first Doctor, so he’ll always have a warm place in my heart, but I also love Eccleston for his ongoing hopeful attitude. He’s the only one who could honestly and sincerely say, “Today Rose, everybody lives!”

If you could invite 5 characters from Doctor Who to a dinner party, who would they be?

Only one dinner party? Gosh, narrowing it down to just five is hard. I’d have to say River Song, Winston Churchill, Captain Jack Harkness, Madame Vastra and sexy Shakespeare.

Oh, and Cassandra – just to make her watch us all eat.

Harry Potter & Game of Thrones Valentine’s Day Jewelry

Confession: Every time I ran across a Snape/Always piece of jewelry on Etsy I wanted to cry. #alloftheemotions


Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace I Love You by spacepearls

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Necklace - I Love You

Harry Potter Jewelry  After All This Time by chasingatstarlight

Harry Potter Jewelry - After All This Time Always

You are protected in short by your ability to love by chickylovit

Harry Potter Quote Jewelry Necklace- You are protected in short by your ability to love

Harry Potter Lots of Love Lily Necklace by amartone

Harry Potter Jewelry Lots of Love Lily Necklace

Harry Potter Bracelet I love you like Snape by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Bracelet -I love you like Snape loved Lily Cuff

Severus Snape Always Doe SHOWPONYSTORE

Harry Potter Jewlery Severus Snape Always Doe Patronus Necklace

Harry Potter Necklace  I heart Harry Potter by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Necklace - I heart Harry Potter with lightning bolt scar and glasses

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome by resinapocalypse

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome Necklace

Harry Potter Font Golden Snitch Always Necklace by SimplyHarry

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Always Necklace Steampunk

Game of Thrones Quote My Sun and Stars by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Quote My Sun and Stars Shekh ma shieraki anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Khal Drogo Moon of my Life by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Khal Drogo Moon of my Life Zhey Jalan Atthirari Anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff Set by JTSkyDesigns

Game of Thrones Jewelry Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff SetKhal and Khaleesi Game of Thrones  Set of Two by emerydrive

Game of Thrones Jewelry- Khal and Khaleesi Set of TWO Dothraki Rings

Girl Gone Geek’s Best of 2012

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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.

 

1Avengers-LokiHulkMovie (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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

I met Scott Snyder at NYCC!

I met Scott Snyder at NYCC!

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.

batman-joker-death-family-dc-face 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!

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Honorable Mention: Yanick Paquette, Swamp Thing
Simply stunning.

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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!

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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.

tumblr_mb4sr6dC7I1r9dsg6o1_500 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.

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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.

CelebratingWD100_0712 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…

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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!

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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’.