Every year I attend New York Comic Con more and more fans cosplay. It’s tough picking favorites but the ones that made me squee the most were Death from East of Westand Steven Universe and his mom as Garnet. Oh and here’s my post about my Sailor Moon (aka Sailor Goon), Space Dandy and Spike Spiegel cosplay.
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.
I’m a fan of many things, two of them being extremely cute things and print books. So it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of Beth Yates’ bookmarks. She used her graphic design talents to bestow charming bookmarks upon the world in the form of our favorite British fandoms. I’m one of those people who does not want to buy an e-reader (yet), so there are plenty of books that I’m reading that will become a temporary home for the Doctor, Ron and Sherlock bookmarks. Although, carrying around some books will surely give me scoliosis (I’m looking at you A Dance with Dragons), I do it for the love of print. Now my only problem is, how will I get any reading done when I’ll be too busy staring at the bookmark?! Long live print and very cute bookmarks to put them in!
Beth: Well I’m a Graphic Design student, currently coming up to the end of my second year at university. I live just outside Leeds and I’ve always been a total geek. I love videogames, movies, anything to do with fantasy, superheroes and the like. I also love reading, hence the abundance of bookmarks.
How long have you been designing?
Beth: Well I’ve always been creative; I was always drawing and doodling through school. I really started to get into drawing and design around age 15 – inspired by other fandoms; I was particularly into Kingdom Hearts at the time. It’s only in the last couple of years though that I really started to get into serious design and its completely taken over my life (in the best possible way). I just get the most amazing buzz from designing and creating things, and I’m hopefully going to be able to turn this in to a fully-fledged career.
Why did you decide to make an Etsy shop?
Beth: I’ve always made things for myself and thought it would be cool to share the stuff I make with others, see what they thought. It’s been a great platform to get feedback on my designs, and its also helping to pay my way through university, which is brilliant!
So I think it’s safe to say that you’re pro-print books since your adorable bookmarks don’t work on Kindles, right? What are your feelings on these e-readers in general? Do you think they will eventually make print books obsolete?
Beth: I don’t think print is ever going to be obsolete, there’s just something about the experience of picking up a book, the feel and smell of the pages, the whole experience is so much more than the printed words. I’m a total gadget nut, but there’s so much about our lives today that’s completely ephemeral; music, photos, even money – its all digital and so transient, there’s a physicality and realness to a book that for me you just cant beat.
Since you’re a fellow Whovian I have to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?
Beth: Oh its so hard to pick, I just love the whole program. I think it’d probably have to be Tennant and Catherine Tate as Donna. I didn’t really get into Who till Tennant took over (now I’m completely obsessed) and Donna was just brilliant! The chemistry they had was so entertaining to watch. Saying that I really love the new series too! Fishfingers and custard all the way!
What Hogwarts house would the sorting hat put you in and why?
Beth: I got sorted on Pottermore into Gryffindor! Twice! (I wanted to see if it was a random generator or not) I actually squealed. I think it’s quite accurate really, although I’ve always been quite academic I’ve got a quite strong sense of justice. I see and read so many instances of people being wronged and it really makes me want to just go out and do something about it. There’s also nothing more important to me than my friends, I love spending every day surrounded by such fun and brilliant people.
What are your other favorite fandom’s?
Beth: I absolutely love Sherlock and Merlin. They’re the main two, but I’m also a big fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, so many different video game franchises (old and new), though I don’t really take part in the online fandoms, I tend to just geek out with my mates.
If you were on a deserted island what would video game, book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Beth: I would have to bring the whole Monkey island series, the whole Harry Potter series, Megamind and all the series of Merlin.
Where do you live on the Internet?
Beth: You can find me on Etsy and tumblr :D feel free to drop me message anytime, any requests for new bookmark sets are most welcome!
This weeks PotW is just bursting with all kinds of greatness! Everyone’s favorite boy wizard (or at least mine) Harry Potter and David Bowie’s alien rocker persona Ziggy Stardust combine their lighting bolts in this stellar art. The art is inspired from David Bowie’s iconic album Aladdin Sane (see picture below).
“Harry Stardust” was created by Evan Ferstenfeld & Enkel Dika. Here’s what Made with Awesome had to say about this design:
“Combining everyone’s favorite lightning-faced sorcerer and the iconic musician who launched a million spiders from Mars, this poster for the more sophisticated fan can magically transform any wall for the better, from the most spacious floating-candle dining hall to the tiniest cupboard room underneath your stairs.”
This hilarious music video “Like It’s Quiddich” is a parody of The Far East Movements song “Like a G6” was made by The Station. I love the Potter infused lyrics especially since I was one of the many fans at the Deathly Hallows midnight showing. It’s better than the original!
Today’s Tattoo Tuesday are a tribute to infamous horror/fantasy/sci-fi/weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft and of course everyone’s favorite cosmic entity Cthulhu! I’m a big fan of Lovecraft’s work, although many are dense and difficult to get through, the mythos he created are so fascinating. You find yourself immersed in his cosmic and dream worlds you forget where you are, well at least I do. I think the best, and worst part, is that his stories are told like accounts, which are frightening believable. Speaking of believable, while searching for these tattoos I found a few Elder Sign tats, which I suppose is a good idea because when the Deep Ones come along, they will be protected and the rest of us… well, not so much.
I included all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesdayfeel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.
“Escher, Lovecraft, Tolkien, and her mom. The full piece was designed by a friend and then Anna got it inked by Attilio Capra at Il Pellerossa. The tattoo is based on the “Haunter in the dark” story from Lovecraft, with the geometrical crystal pictured as one of Escher’s solids. Also inside there is the Quenya word “amil” which means “mother”. (via GeekyTattoos)”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes out midnight on Thursday Nov. 18th and of course I’ll be in line with the other muggles and a cup of Butter Beer to keep me warm. It’s only fitting to have this weeks Picture of the Week dedicated to Potter and pals.
This past weekend was New York Comic Con and Anime Fest and it was every otaku and fanboy/fangirls dress up dream! Instead of the usual Tattoo Tuesday I’m going to feature some of the many cosplay and costumes I saw at NYCC and NYAF. A few pictures are from Dorkly and two are from Tall Tale Features.