Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: NH Vinyls

Love my prints!

Nick’s Etsy shop NH Vynals is a great example of how less can be more. I have two of his minimalistic prints and a hand painted vinyl piece and they are all great quality. Read more about Nick, his shop and how to win a print!

Interview with Nick of NH Vinyls Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Nick: My name is Nick, and ever since I was little I have always been to cars and the art world. The one thing I aspire to in life is to be happy, as I believe everything falls in place when your happy. When I am working on cars or drawing new designs, I feel happy, and doing something you love is the best feeling in the world.

Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

Nick: Recently I have been watching a lot of old cartoons on Netflix. I think that’s how I was first inspired to start my poster art collection. It reminded of the days of my younger years where the most important thing was Saturday morning cartoons.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Nick: At the moment I have become obsessed with Minimalist Art. But I see myself adding more and more detail to my new collections. So I guess it depends on how I wake up that morning.

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

Nick: I would have to be Ironed Claws or something like that. It would be a mix of Iron Man and Wolverine. I love the science and technology behind the Iron Man suits, and Wolverine is just unstoppable practically. With self-healing and a iron suit, you can’t go wrong.

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

  • Video Game: Grand Theft Auto
  • Comic Book: Iron Man Collection
  • Movie: Transformers, Avengers, Fast and the Furious and this list could go on forever =)
  • TV: The bigger the better
  • And a sofa of course.

Where can we find you on the?

Three (3) Lucky Readers will win a poster from NH Vinyls!

  • 1. Shout out your favorite print from NH Vinyl’s Etsy Shop in the comments section below
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/pages/NH-Vinyls/192519464134463 (if applicable)
  • 3. Follow @NHVinyls (if applicable)
  • * Contest ends Wednesday, Oct. 10th

Etsy Crush of the Week- Treno Nights

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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When my earrings arrived in the mail it felt like Christmas!

Interview with Rachael of Treno Nights Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

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.

What are you a fangirl for? 

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.

Etsy Crush of the Week- Go Chase Rabbits

I’d eat Top Ramen for a month if it meant I could own all the skirts in Go Chase Rabbits Etsy shop. Ashley is the talented creator of this geek chic Etsy shop. I’m sure I’ll be seeing geek girls sport her adorable skirts at cons and I’ll be one of them! Shout out to my internet friend and stylish geek blogger Kristin of On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink for showing me Go Chase Rabbits!

Interview With Ashley of Go Chase Rabbits

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Ashley: I am 26 years old. I originally am from Michigan but moved to Manhattan when I was 18 for college. I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and currently work as an Assistant Designer for a large brand.

What is Go Chase Rabbits origin story?

Ashley: I started Go Chase Rabbits because I really wanted to express my own personal style. I am very girly and quite nerdy and wanted to wear things that suited my personality. I kept seeing all of these great ideas for clothing and I really wanted to make them my own. I love making things for the everyday girl. I love hearing the fun stories from my customers and it’s really what encourages me to continue creating and expanding.

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Ashley: I love making my R2D2 skirt, I’ve gotten such an overwhelming response to it, I would never have thought it would take off like it has. I had to create a printed version because of the demand as it allows me to make them for more people.

Do you have any plans for future designs?

Ashley: I am working on more Mario skirts, as well as custom requests for Harry Potter. I also just finished the printed version of my TARDIS which I hope to have up very soon.

Do you do custom orders?

Ashley: I am always taking suggestions for skirts and do make all my skirts made to each customer’s measurements. It does take time though, usually 2-3 weeks for me to make.

Who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

Ashley: David Tennant is definitely my favorite, I love him in almost anything he does!

I’m a proud Tennant fangirl as well. What else are you a fangirl for? 

Ashley: I have so many things I’m interested in, i’m very eclectic. I definitely love Star Wars and classic video games. I also love anything to do with fairy tales, especially the darker versions (I’m a HUGE Tim Burton fan).

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

Ashley: Ohh that’s a good question:

Video Game- Super Mario Kart on SNES (I spent hours playing that when I was younger with my brother)

Book- Alice in Wonderland (This is my favorite book, it’s also the inspiration for my company name! :) )

TV Show- Big Bang Theory (I’ll forever watch reruns of this show!)

Where do you live on the internet? 

Facebook.com/GoChaseRabbits 

GoChaseRabbits.tumblr.com

Twitter.com/gochaserabbits

Etsy.com/shop/gochaserabbits

For the Love of Geek

This is a stream of consciousness post. It won’t be polished, but it will be personal.

Some of you who are my friends, or follow me on Twitter know that I recently lost my uncle. He was an amazing man and one of the biggest reasons why I love the things I love. He took me to my first comic book convention. He introduced me to countless films, books and comics that I have grown to love and appreciate. I miss him terribly.

My Uncle Barry was the first major death I’ve experienced in my family. It was rough, and it still is. While watching The Dark Knight Rises (don’t worry, no spoilers), there was a scene that struck a chord with me. A character was talking to Bruce Wayne saying something like, “People can try to understand what’s it’s like to be an orphan, but only we know what it’s like.” Though I’m not an orphan, since my uncle’s death, I’ve been more sensitive to death in general. Whether it’s the death of a fictional character, or the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. Death seems to affect me more now because I don’t have to imagine what it feels like to lose someone you love. I know it. And unless you’ve experienced it, to quote that character again, you don’t understand what it’s like.

Now this post isn’t about death, or about TDKR, it’s about a realization I had during that scene. The reason why I love these “geek” things is because I can connect with them. All works of fiction are in some obscure or obvious way trying to tell us how to live, or not live, our life. I love geek things not because they are “geeky”, but because I can connect to them in a way I can’t with other fictional works. You, being a geek as well I assume, understand where that passion comes from.

We need these characters from tragic beginnings to show us that whatever troubles we have experienced, or are experiencing, we can overcome. We need to read and watch stories about the past, the future, the now and the never. We need heroes to believe in because we may not have them in our own lives. We need to lose ourselves in fantastic realms and outer space, because sometimes, we can’t deal with what’s going on in our own world. We need adventures and journeys to make our lives not as dull. We need villains to loath. We need something and someone to believe in. We need to laugh, love and cry. We need to understand why bad people do bad things. We need to know what to do when bad things happen to good people, and vice versa. We need to love people who can never die.

These stories, characters, worlds and adventures give us what we need. They give us what regular life may not, or cannot give. Yes, realistic fiction can give some of us that, but for whatever reason, we connect with these stories. And frankly we obsess about these stories, if nothing else, because they are damn good.

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Zombie Jester Creations

Marti is the creator and owner of the adorable Zombie Jester Creations Etsy shop. She crafts the cutest bows featuring your favorite comics, games and other geekery. Marti also writes for Geeklisted, and she wrote a nice piece about my blog! I already know you want a bow, check the bottom of the post for the details on the giveaway!

Check out my adorable NES bow from Zombie Jester:

Interview with Marti of Zombie Jester Creations

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Marti: I’m a 22 year old lady, and lifelong geek. When I’m not making bows I spend my time watching horror movies, listening to vinyl records, playing video games, reading comic books, and surfing the net.
What is Zombie Jester Creations origin story?
Marti: I’ve identified myself as The Zombie Jester for years. The term combines my love for all things colorful, joyful, and lively. As well as gory, macabre, and dark. It’s the perfect fit for my personality, and a natural choice for my business.
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
Marti: Any custom pieces are always a blast since they present a challenge. I also love incorporating the cameo charms, since I design them each myself. I enjoy the digital creativity on top of the normal design process.
Do you do custom orders? 
Marti: Always! Whether it’s for a costume, event, or a gift for someone special. I love helping fellow geeks represent their favorite obsession, in a unique style all their own.
I know you write for geeklisted.com, can you tell us a little about that?
Marti: Geeklisted is a web directory of awesome websites, that makes it easy to look up and discover geeky entertainment. As well as gain exposure for your own projects.
Any plans for future bows?
Marti: I try to stay up to date with geeky happenings such as movie and video game releases, conventions, holidays, etc. In honor of The Dark Knight Rises, July is Batman month!
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Marti: I’d have to bring some form of The Sims (most likely Medieval), The Killing Joke, Battle Royale, and The Guild.

Zombie Jester Giveaway!

Two lucky readers will win one of the bows above from The Zombie Jester’s Etsy shop!

  1. Answer the following question in the comments section below:
    • “Which fictional character is your fashion icon?”
  2. FollowZombie Jester on:
  3. Giveaway ends Monday, July 23rd

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- ‘Harshness’ Geek Art Posters

Anthropologist in the house! Aside from being an anthropologist, Nicholas also creates some fun fan art to feed our hungry geek bellies. With art honoring such fandoms such as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter (to name a few), I’m crushing pretty hard on his Etsy shop. Get to know Nicholas and enter the giveaway, details below!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Nicholas from the Harshness Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Nicholas: I am an anthropologist that has a fancy for graphic design.

What is Harshness origin story?

Nicholas:  A couple of years ago I was making a dog book with a canine-centric revision of human history just for fun.  It was purely made out of magazine collage and took me a long time to do.   A lot of people loved it so I started a tumblr and put them all on there.  I also started making them on photoshop and illustrator for the blog.  That led into selling some of them as prints on Etsy.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Nicholas: I am not quite sure how to describe it.  I don’t feel I have found a certain style that I would call me.  I like to try different stuff and would hope that shows in the different series I do.

Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

Nicholas: I do a lot of movie and sci-fi related stuff.  So I would say from those I pull a lot of inspiration.

What fandoms do you want to design for next?

Nicholas: I just did some Game of Thrones posters recently.  I have been loving that series.

Favorite artists?

Nicholas: Evan Hecox and Marc Mckee.

What are some of your current obsessions?

Nicholas: I have been fishing a lot and it’s spring in Portland so trying to skateboard more while the weather permits.

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

Nicholas: Mark Zuckerberg and the power to control the internet.

Where can we find you in the web?

Nicholas: Etsy Society6 Facebook Tumblr and I am on Instagram under the name Harshness if anybody wants to see my daily life things.

Harshness Poster Giveaway with 2 winners!

  •  –  Like Harshness on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/JTFWZR)
  •  –  Either comment on this blog post or like and comment on the Facebook post. That’s it!
  • –  Two lucky winners will get one 11×17 poster from Harshness Etsy Shop
  • –  The winners will be chosen by random on Monday May 21st

Etsy Crush of the Week- Artist Scott Christian Sava

When I saw the painting of Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element by Scott Christian Sava I began crushing hard on his Etsy shop. And to think I hadn’t even seen the David Tennant watercolor! Scott is an artist who has worked on the Casper movies, Power Rangers and even conquered his dream on being the artist for Spider-Man!

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Girl Gone Geek Interview with Scott Christian Sava

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Scott: I’ve been drawing all of my life. My biggest dream was to be the artist on the Spider-Man comic book. I graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a major in Illustration in 1991. I got into video games early on in my career and worked on several big titles. Married in 1993 and a year later, we moved to Los Angeles where I got into film. After working on the Casper movies, Power Rangers, and the like, I finally got my chance to fulfill a childhood dream…I was the artist on Spider-Man in 2002. Since then, I started my own comic book, The Dreamland Chronicles, and my wife and I (along with our twin boys) moved to Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville). I’ve taken up painting again. Trying watercolors. It’s been fun to “get my hands dirty” again.

What made you decide to start selling your artwork on Etsy?

Scott: Friends had recommended Etsy. I was selling my work on Ebay…but the 7 day limit was too…limiting.
I wanted a store of sorts…and Etsy works perfectly for that.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Scott: Well, this style is still in its infancy. I guess it’s a combination of loose watercolors with the inkwork of comic books. I’m going to keep pushing myself to see where it goes…but I’m not really using anything as a template.

Favorite artists?

Scott: So many. I love Drew Struzan’s poster work. I’m a huge J.C. Leyendecker fan. Maxfield Parrish. Norman Rockwell. N.C. Wyeth. In comics, it’s John Buscema, Winsor McKay, Steve Ditko, Alex Ross. The list could go on and on…

What artist living or dead would you want to create your portrait? 

Scott: That’s a really tough one. I’ll cheat and give some options… Frank Frazetta. I could see me, sword drawn, fighting a Thark on Mars with a beautiful half-naked woman behind me. Ha ha Maxfield Parrish would have me and my family with a gorgeous landscape behind us. Norman Rockwell would tell a story of a moment of my life…all in one image. Any of these would be amazing.

What else are you a fanboy for?

Scott: I grew up on games. I love them. Still play them. Comic books are my passion. Though I can’t say I read much these days. I have lots of toys from my childhood adorning my office. I love Micronauts and Mego action figures. Hot Wheels and the like. I’m a kid. I’ll always be a kid. My 9 year old boys love that about me. My wife…well…I think she tolerates it. :)

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

Scott: Assuming I didn’t WANT to get off the island… Modern Warfare and my PS3. The Dreamland Chronicles (my own comic series) just so I could finish the darn thing. The Princess Bride. I could never be tired of that movie (though Zoolander might be a close second). Law and Order for my television show. I just keep that running all day while I work. What a great show (though I truly loved The West Wing as well).

Where do you live on the internet?

Scott:

 

My Unrealistic Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa,

I know I haven’t written you in a long time but I never forgot about you. My Christmas lists went from letters to the North Pole to emails to my parents. Now I’m writing you instead of them because this list is very special. Some people say it’s unrealistic but I know if anyone can get me these things it’s you. There are a lot more things I want for Christmas of course but I’ll save some for next year. Thanks in advance!

Always,

Jamila

 

My (Unrealistic) Christmas Wish List:

TARDIS (Doctor Who)

I want this because: It’s mandatory. And it would be extra awesome if the doctor was inside as well *wink wink* Santa!

Sonic Screwdriver (Doctor Who)

I want this because: Just in case I need to open doors, perform medical scans and things of that nature that don’t include wood.

Instant-Color Nail Polish Changer (Total Recall)

I want this because: Isn’t it obvious! I’d never need to pay for a mani or pedi ever again. Future why are you not here now?

Tachikoma (Ghost in the Shell)

I want this because: They are so doggone cute! Well they sound cute, and probably the only self-aware AI I wouldn’t be scared of.

A Makeup Box (The Fifth Element)

I want this because: This would cut out a lot of time and money in my life.

DC Mini (Paprika)

I want this because: The DC Mini can let you enter other people’s dreams. It’s probably really creepy that I want this. But I don’t care.

An Invisibility Cloak (Harry Potter)

I want this because: Who doesn’t want to be invisible sometimes?!

Hermione’s Bottomless Purse (Harry Potter)

I want this because: It will solve my over packing problem.

Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (Portal)

I want this because: I’m lazy.

Fizzy Lifting Drinks (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory )

I want this because: It looks like a bottle full of fun!

Alethiometer (The Golden Compass)

I want this because: I’m sure knowing whether people are lying or not will come in very handy.

Kaneda’s Motorcycle (Akira)

I want this because: Just look at it!

Vortex Manipulator (Torchwood/ Doctor Who)

I want this because: It was on Captain Jacks arm. And will also come in handy when the TARDIS is PMSing.

A Catbus (My Neighbor Totoro)

I want this because: It’s a bus that is also a cat.

Spider Jerusalem’s live-shades (Transmetropolitan)

I want this because: I’ll look cool.

A Lightsaber (You should know where it’s from)

I want this because: No explanation necessary.

 Death Note

I want this because: Just Kidding!

Deniath- The Flash Sale Site by Geeks for Geeks Relaunch

You’ve probably heard about them and maybe you’re even apart of them. You know, those deals-of-the-day invite-only sites with discounts so crazy you swear it must be illegal but you don’t dare ask. There are dozens of them, most notably Gilt and Rue La La focusing on fashion. But guess what geeks, we have one now too! And it’s name is Deniath.

Deniath is a members-only flash sale site for pop culture, geek collectibles and merchandise. The deals are actually for 72 hours (even better than 24) and up to 70% off! After a brief hiatus Deniath has relaunched with new brand partnerships, revamped blog and a sweepstakes with Newsarama.

I am personally excited about Deniath. As you well know, when us geeks love, we love hard. And we want to own, rep, display and wear those obsessions we love so dearly but all of that fandom can really start to add up. And this is when Deniath swoops in and saves the day (aka our wallets) like a good superhero should. Because at the end of the day, who doesn’t love a sale?

I was able to interview the CEO and Co-founder of Deniath, Wade Sugiyama, check out the interview below.

Special Deniath Offer for Girl Gone Geek Blog Readers!

You can receive a free invite code from Deniath for a limited time. All you have to do is email community@deniath.com before Wednesday, November 23rd at 12am EST and type “Girl Geek Blog” in the subject line. Enjoy!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Deniath’s CEO and Co-founder Wade Sugiyama:

Girl Gone Geek: What is Deniath’s origin story?
Wade Sugiyama: Prior to Deniath, I worked at WizKids Games, where I had the privilege to work on some amazing games like HeroClix, Pirates of the Cursed Seas, and Star Wars PocketModel TCG. While there, I often worked as an exhibitor at many different consumer conventions like San Diego Comic Con, where I would usually find some new thing to “geek out” on. But, outside of the conventions, it seemed difficult for customers to constantly find new products and services that interested them. In addition, finding something new and cool at a convention was often overwhelming, not to mention an expensive endeavor for a regular consumer.

Then, my partners and I stumbled across private-sale e-commerce and its rapid success in the fashion industry. The model regularly provided customers with brand-specific deals at an entry-level price, making it easier for customers to try different products and learn about new companies that might interest them.  We believed that, given the right geek adjustments, we could build a tailored experience that generated the same excitement, while effectively introducing customers to new geek obsessions.

GGG: Where did the name Deniath come from?

WS: What I can tell you is that it is a made-up word.  The true meaning behind the name is something that we will be revealing to our members over time. It’s derivation has everything to do with our future plans for the site and what we believe we can build.

We wanted to pick a name that we could ultimately define for ourselves and that wouldn’t explicitly pigeon-hole us into any particular type of site.

As a result, we’ve gotten some pretty interesting guesses regarding its meaning and I’m actually intrigued by others’ interpretations of the name.

What does it make you think of?

GGG: It makes me think of a Greek goddess or a fancy Shakespearean way to say deny, which I’m going to guess isn’t what you were going for. So why the brief hiatus?

WS: Like any business, we really had no idea how the market would react to Deniath when we first launched.

We had an extremely small team with minimal funding and activity started to pick up rapidly; which was wonderful, but honestly we struggled to expand as fast as the business was growing. So, we took some time off to get all our ducks in a row, build bigger and better partnerships, revamp and improve the site, hire an awesome team, and prepare for the true potential of this company.

If you weren’t a member before, I think you’ll find it pretty cool; if you were, you only got a small taste of what we will become.

GGG: Some people may want to know why a membership for the site is necessary?

WS: For many of us, the value of getting a deal or being a part of something is heightened by a sense of exclusivity. We want the Deniath experience to be just for geeks, and we want our members to feel like they are a part of something special. Our members-only experience also enables us and our partners to be more creative and exclusive with our offerings.

That being said, our goal is never to exclude anyone.  If you have a friend who is already a member, they can invite you, or you can sign up for the wait list on the site itself and your request should be processed in a few business days.

GGG: Besides catering to geeks, what makes Deniath different from the other deal of the day sites?

WS: Our goal is to become a much more comprehensive and in-depth geek experience rather than just a deal of the day site.  Some of the beginning elements of that include our newly revamped blog, brand specific deals, and our belief in excellent customer service. Upcoming additions to the experience will include a mobile app, Deniath coupon deals, and Deniath Member Services.  We want our members to feel like they are a part of something and that they are listened to and cared for.  We’ve spent an enormous amount of time on the relaunch and we look forward to both our older members enjoying the changes and captivating an entire new audience as our community grows!

GGG: What do you see for the future of Deniath?
WS: We envision Deniath evolving into the ultimate geek experience! Our deals are simply the first step to making that a reality. Over time, we will build the ultimate geek experience, piece by piece, collectively with our members. For now, that’s all we can really say about what we will become. There are a lot of different projects and initiatives in the works, and as we are able to announce them we most definitely will!

Check out:

Deniath.com

Deniath Blog

Twitter @_Deniath

Deniath x Newsarama Sweepstakes

New York Comic Con and New York Anime Fest 2011- Day 1

Sensory overload!

NYCC/NYAF is here and I’m beyond excited. It’s my geek Christmas!  The con was open for a few hours on Thursday for press, professionals, VIP and 4-day pass holders.

Of course I was there in my dalek shirt trying to see as much as I could without the massive crowd that will attend Friday-Sunday. I’ll be there every damn day so if you’re at New York Comic Con/New York Anime Fest hit me up on @girl_gone_geek or email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail[dot]com and say hi IRL!

Enjoy these cosplay pics from day 1!

(click to enlarge)