Recap of New York Comic Book Marketplace or The Day I Bought A Lot of Comics

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My massive haul from NYCBM!

My massive haul from NYCBM!

I don’t know if you live in the NYC area, but every year there’s a glorious event called New York Comic Book Marketplace (NYCBM). It’s a place where you can buy comics for really really cheap. This year it was on Saturday, April 13th.

I’ve been about two or three times now and every time I leave with a backache and beautiful comics. This year proved to be no different. I made sure I was fully caffeinated, equipped a couple empty bags and cash. But probably the most important part was that I did not get a manicure because I knew I was going to be doing a lot a digging and my nails would get messed up. These are things us fangirls have to consider.

Old time greats like George Perez and Chris Claremont were in attendance. I ended up buying 17 trades (hardcover and paperback) 1 collected story and 4 single issues. They were either 1/2 off or $5! I made the mistake of not bringing a suitcase to carry them all, or at least a rolly backpack!

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George Perez

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Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Nerdy Hussy

During my weekly Etsy binge, I was searching for comic book decoupage goodies and stumbled across Nerdy Hussy shop and immediately ordered a Batman flask! (And it’s just as amazing as it looks) After interviewing Carrie I discovered we pretty much have the same pull list. Find out all about Carrie, how she got into crafting and all of the geekery she loves. Oh there’s a giveaway too! See details below.
The flask I got from Nerd Hussy! (Surrounded by Arkham Asylum)

The flask I got from Nerdy Hussy! (Surrounded by Arkham Asylum)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Carrie of Nerd Hussy sporting Captain America earrings she made.

Carrie of Nerd Hussy sporting Captain America earrings she made.

Carrie: I live in a small town in Illinois but live very close to St. Louis, MO. I work as a Case Manager for an agency that advocates for the prevention and treatment of HIV. I consider myself a feminine feminist, I love wearing dresses, makeup, and jewelry and advocating for gender equality, education, and eliminating homophobia. I believe that socially constructed gender roles should not interfere with a person’s interests. Isn’t that what being a nerd is all about; liking something even if it’s considering uncool?

How long have you been crafting?

Carrie: Since I was very young. As a child I would request craft kits and paint supplies as presents. I was a creative child, I once used my older sister’s liquid foundation to create a beautiful wall mural…i.e., I covered my hands in foundation and made hand prints all over her room.

How did Nerdy Hussy come to be?

Carrie: It started as a hobby, mostly watercolor paintings that I would sell in a different Etsy shop, it wasn’t too popular but I had a lot of fun doing it. Slowly my crafting became exceedingly reflective of my nerdy personality and a coworker suggested I start selling the nerdy crafts on Etsy; however, the products were not congruent with the other store front, so I scrapped the other shop and created the NerdyHussy, specializing in geeky products.

Do you have any funny crafting stories?

Carrie: No animals were harmed in this story. For a few months I was doing most of my crafting on the floor, I would spread out all the materials I needed and watch Star Trek while creating items for Etsy. My cat found this incredibly interesting and took it upon herself to treat it as an adventure, investigating every scrap piece of paper, tissue paper, or product. After I had finished crafting for the night, I noticed my cat was trying to get something off her paw; she was licking it and trying to flick it off her paw. She had a piece of comic book stuck to her paw. She had stepped on one of the scrap pieces that still had the water-based glue on it and managed to glue it to her paw, the glue is non-toxic and removable with soap and water so I washed her paw off and removed the glue and comic book. I have since moved from the floor to a sectioned off part of the living room with a table and shelves, no cats allowed.

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?

Carrie: My favorite requests are the ones who force me to broaden my nerd knowledge. I know very little about Transformers but when I first started, I had a request for a Ratchet necklace, with a little research I was able to make the necklace and she was incredibly happy and I was able to learn a little more about Transformers.

Do you have any favorite comic books and comic book characters?Nerd Hussy Comic Book Shoes Made to Order

Carrie: Yes, definitely! My favorite comic book from DC is probably the New 52 of Wonder Woman, my favorite Image comic book is Saga written by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples and my favorite Marvel comic book is Hawkeye, so far. As for comic book characters, most strong female characters such as Wonder Woman or Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. I roughly have 15 comic books in my pull and hold at my local comic book shop, not including the trade paperbacks I read.

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

Carrie: I have an obsession with Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Trek — in order of favorite The Next Generation, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and then Voyager. I get so excited when I watch any of these shows that I’ll clap like a misguided penguin trying to fly.

I also game. Once a week I play a table top RPG that’s similar to Dungeons and Dragons called Pathfinder. In addition, once or twice a month I play board games such as Settlers of Catan and Dominion.

I enjoy going to conventions but I’m fairly new to them, I’ve only been going the past couple years. I’m looking forward to attending C2E2 in Chicago and GenCon in Indianapolis in 2013.

If you were a superhero what would your name and power be?

Carrie: Easy question, Boobarella with a transgender rooster named Cock Punch. During the day, we would educate men and women on healthy relationships and at night, fight crime.

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

Carrie: I would bring my Nook, Laptop, and the collection of Sandman by Neil Gaiman.
Where can we find you in the web?
Carrie: Where can I be found on the web? In addition to the Etsy shop, I have a Facebook page Facebook.com/NerdyHussy and I can be emailed at nerdyhussy[@]gmail[dot]com. I have some pictures on Facebook how my products hold up over time and pictures of custom orders I’ve done in the past. Occasionally, I’ll post a promotional coupon code.

Nerdy Hussy Giveaway!

Spiderman Pendant

Spiderman Pendant

Win a custom pendant from Nerdy Hussy’s shop! She can customize it with either Wonder Woman, Batman, Batwoman, Batgirl, Flash, Green Lantern, X-Men or Spider-Man.

  • 1. Answer the following question: What comic book would you love to live in for a month?
  • 2. Like Nerdy Hussy on Facebook: Facebook.com/NerdyHussy
  • * One reader will win a pendant from Nerdy Hussy
  • * Contest ends Jan. 14th

My Pull List: The Walking Dead #102 & Revival #3

My Pull List Intro

Some of you may know that I’m fairly new to the comic book scene. I started reading comics a few years ago, and only recently felt that I had enough older (and complete) series like Sandman, The Insivibles and Transmetropolitan (among others) under my belt where I felt I was ready for the new stuff.

I started with The Walking Dead, or more accurately, I devoured The Walking Dead. I caught up on years of issues faster than a walker can chew through your large intestine. Once I was caught up, I needed more comics. But to tell you the truth, I was intimidated. I liked things like X-Men and Batman but when it came down to the comics, I didn’t know where to start. That’s when the new DC 52 walked into my life, looking all tall, dark and handsome. I thought to myself, “This is what I was waiting for!” Now I finally have a soft reset and can easily start from issue #1(ish). And now here I am, officially plugged into the Matrix.

I’m currently reading Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Batman (Snyder), Chew (hilarious), Sweet Tooth (pulls at my heart-strings), Revival, Harvest, Punk Rock Jesus (amazing), Hawkeye, Fashion Beast, Saga (brilliant), Gambit, American Vampire, a few older series and that’s it… for now.

I wanted to start an ongoing blog series that was a comic book version of TV Talk. Where I gush from the heart about the comics I read every week. I’m not going to sit here and review them in a formal way because that’s not how I read them. I read them with emotion, sometimes too much emotion. These comics make me happy, stress me out and sometimes (almost) make me cry. I’m always looking for new comic suggestions, so feel free to share with me what you’re reading!

So here we go, onto “My Pull List” for the week of September, 19th!

There will be spoilers about the issues discussed in this post.

The Walking Dead #102

Writer: Robert Kirkman

Penciler, Inker, Cover: Charlie Adlard

My first thought was Rick was acting like a punk when he said he wanted to let two-face go. I want Negan, and the rest of his crew, to suffer. Even better if it’s death by Lucille. But I realized Rick was just being realistic.

I was expecting Rick to blame himself for Glenn’s death. I am glad Andrea reminded him about all of the good that he’s done to help keep the community alive. I think this scene also served as a reminder to us about all of the smart choices Rick has made. Which foreshadows the news we discover on the last page between Rick and Jesus. Even when Rick’s decisions don’t seem to make sense in the beginning, they usually work out in the end. Usually.

(Side note: I don’t really care for this Rickdrea relationship. I don’t hate it, but I don’t really like it either. I feel like it’s too soon after what’s her face… Well, maybe not that soon since I can’t remember her name. I’m also still sad about Lori. I have a long grieving process.)

I love Michonne and I say it every chance I get. Having a strong black female comic book character, (who’s still alive mind you) makes me incredibly happy. Because honestly, they are few and far between. So every scene (or panel rather) that has Michonne, I savor like the last bite of my mom’s cheesecake.

I’m extremely glad Kirkman addresses something that’s been bothering me about Michonne for a while now. When she mentions to Rick that she’s felt like a killing machine, I’ve felt the same way. If I remember correctly, there was a panel a few issues ago with Michonne, Rick and zombies and all Rick said was her name, and she immediately sliced off their heads like a trained dog. That panel has bothered me ever since. Granted, she’s one of the most skilled fighters/killers they have. But it left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m glad that it was something Kirkman had done on purpose and not haphazardly.

I felt like this issue really read my mind, and I’m sure yours as well. Especially when Michonne and Rick started to talk about he who shall not be named. The Governor. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been as excited, or stressed, about The Walking Dead since the Governor story arc. I felt the series hit a plateau for a while. I’m glad I’m back to being scared of what I’m about to read. I love that feeling. I’m still traumatized about issue 100.

I feel in the coming issues we’ll see a rift between Rick (including everyone who witnessed Glenn’s death) and Andrea (including everyone who stayed at the community). I wonder what Rick and Jesus have up their sleeve!

P.S.- If you haven’t read the letter hacks yet, you’re in for a treat! ;)

 

Revival #3

Writer: Tim Seeley

Art: Mike Norton

Since Revival is pretty new, most of my commentary on it will be filled with a lot of questions. But I’ll start by saying I really enjoy this series. There are bits and pieces that don’t fit yet and it’s exiting to try to put them together.

Here are a few questions I have:

  • Did Martha (the detective’s sister) have an affair with the teacher?
  • Who killed her and why won’t she say anything about it? My guess is it has something to do with the affair. Or that she killed herself.
  • – What is this alien-like creature?
  • – What was the original thing that Mrs. Vang wanted to show Martha?
  • – Is the Limp Bizkit ringtone guy the “ghost”/alien?
  • – If not, it’s clear he has something to do with it. If it is a ghost, rather than an alien, maybe that’s why the faux exorcist guy is involved.
  • – And finally, what’s up with the revivers? It seems like the old woman, Arlene, goes back and forth from her original self to her… let’s call it her “reviver self”, where she’s rabid and out of control. It looks like she tried to kill herself, not wanting to live like that anymore.

I can’t wait to see when these pieces all start to connect. Until, then it’s more questions!

Tattoo Tuesday- Avengers

Tattoos Assemble! 

I include all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

Brandyn Brinson’s Avengers logo tattoo” [Source]

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Avengers tattoo by James Dean Pruitt at Alliance Tattoo Lounge in Yuma, Arizona [Source]

Tattoo by Nick Bones [Source]

Girl Gone Geek Reader Submission!

The Avengers Trio above is from my Twitter buddy and Girl Gone Geek reader Alycia Carhart/@MalfoyFangirl:

“Of all the comics I’ve read, Marvel has most appealed to me. I enjoy all their groups (X-Men, Fantastic 4) but The Avengers is my favorite. I got the Iron Man tattoo because he is my favorite superhero. But he was lonely so I decided to add Cap and Thor, my second and third favorites, to balance the art.”    Artist: Josh Hartley, Shop: Guru Tattoo, San Jose, CA

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The original line-up from Avengers #1. Done by Roger Z., formerly of Tuff Luck Tattoos in Carbondale, IL. [tattoo above Source] [2nd tattoo image Source]

Hulk and Captain America Tattoo done by Steve Wimmer – Willow Grove, PA [Source]

The four tattoos above are oalvarez_inc’s avengers tattoo sleeve [Source]

And MadHatterJervis‘s Loki tattoo just ’cause it’s Loki [Source]

The TV Geeks Podcast Episode 5- NYCC Robert Kirkman Spotlight Panel

At New York Comic Con this past weekend I went to the Robert Kirkman Spotlight panel. He was the guest of honor at the con and I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead comics (and show). I recorded the panel and this episode is just that! He’s a really funny guy and the audience had some great questions. Enjoy!

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Tattoo Tuesday- Green Lantern

Despite your (I assume) ill feelings about the Green Lantern movie, I hope you can still enjoy this permanent body art dedicated to the Green Lantern. At least these Green Lantern tattoos won’t take your money and make you sit in a theater for 114 minutes forcing you to watch an ironically unimaginative movie with CGI overload that takes itself too seriously. (By the way I haven’t seen the movie, I’m just guessing that’s how it was based on the trailers and my twitter timeline.)

I include all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at].com.

“start to a large super hero leg piece done on comic book artist russ jackson based offa alex ross art”
Tattoo by Cecil Porter in Murrieta, CA [Source: Death to False Tattoos and Cecil Porter’s Deviant Art] Continue reading →

Congressman Creating Graphic Novel on Civil Rights Movement

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Congressman John Lewis to Create a Graphic Novel “March” about his Struggle for Civil Rights

Top Shelf Productions announced they are partnering up with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and his aide Andrew Aydin for a historic publishing agreement. Rep. John Lewis plans to release a graphic novel titled March about his decades of involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and other human rights efforts.

Lewis said,

“It is my hope that this work will be meaningful and helpful to future generations to give many people here in America and around the world the urge, the desire, to seek, to build, their own world, their own future.”

This will be the first time a sitting member of Congress will have a graphic novel. Publisher Chris Staros says,

“this is truly a deep honor. To bring, not only his life’s story, but that of the Civil Rights Movement to the comics medium is truly exciting. This will make this historical and timeless message accessible to an entirely new generation of readers.”

I think this a great collaboration. Not only are graphic novels being taken more seriously in mainstream society but to publish such content in this medium like the Civil Right Movement is definitely praiseworthy.

March is scheduled to be released in 2012, no artist has been chosen yet.


Summary of Lewis’ life and achievements:

“In 1959, John Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. He was beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South.

From 1963 to 1966, Lewis was Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As Chairman, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. Lewis was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and at the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.

In 1964, John Lewis coordinated SNCC efforts to organize voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Lewis helped spearhead one of the most seminal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Hosea Williams, another notable Civil Rights leader, and John Lewis led over 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as “Bloody Sunday.” News broadcasts and photographs revealing the senseless cruelty of the segregated South helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. After leaving SNCC in 1966, he continued his commitment to the Civil Rights Movement as Associate Director of the Field Foundation and his participation in the Southern Regional Council’s voter registration programs. Lewis went on to become the Director of the Voter Education Project (VEP). In 1977, John Lewis was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency.

In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. (via Topshelf)”

[Source: Geekosystem Topshelf and Bleeding Cool]