NYCC 2014: Cosplay Roundup

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 West and 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.

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29 Breaking Bad Tattoos

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The Deconstruction of Walter White by Peter Gonzalez  Source Breaking Bad Tattoo 7

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“Traditional Portrait” by Paul, Spilled Ink Tattoo Studio, Dublin. Source

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Filadam Tattoo, Istanbul. SourceBreaking Bad Tattoo 22

Walter White by Matt Hart, a tattoo artist at Inspirations Tattooos in Leeds, U.K. Source

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From Matt Cooley, a Manchester, UK tattoo artist. Source

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Gus Fring by Paul Acker, a tattoo artist at Deep Six Tattoo in Philadelphia, PA SourceBreaking Bad Tattoo 30

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Tattoo Tuesday: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead comic is one of the few series that constantly stresses me out. With complex and interesting characters thrown into unbearable situations, there’s bound to be some emotions involved. And for me, it has been all of them. Issue 100 left me devastated for days, to say the least. I still don’t like to talk about it. (Obsessed much?!)

Although my opinion of the comic and TV show waivers from positive to negative at times, my love for The Walking Dead always remains.

And to think that I thought I was a huge fan of The Walking Dead!

I include all the information about each tattoo that was available. If you’re interested in your tattoo being featured on a past or future Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette, email me at jamila[@]girlgonegeekblog[.]com.

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Sam Marie‘s The Walking Dead Comic, Rick Grimes Tattoo . Tattoed by Curt Baer at Championship Tattoo. Redding, CA.

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Rick Grimes tattoo – Done by Filip in Interskin, Staines [Source]

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Zombie Lori from The Walking Dead comic, back cover art (Half done). Tattoo by senshicat [Source]

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dlowery317‘s Zombie Shane from The Walking Dead TV Show. By James Rowe at Tattoo Station Tennessee [Source]

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Walking Dead Zombie Girl Tattoo by Ron Russo [Source]

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TV Talk: The Walking Dead Episode 309 ‘The Suicide King’

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not discuss major spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talkin’ about TV.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a TV Talk, but it’s time I shared my thoughts on a platform other than Twitter.

the-walking-dead-3.09-the-suicide-king-explosionAs you probably know, I’m a pretty big fan of The Walking Dead. I read the comics, watch the show, play the game… I literally have the show in my calendar as an event. However, what I don’t do is blind admiration. I adore the show. It stresses me out in a way that may concern others. But I’m not ignorant to its faults. Now I don’t mean to worry you, I actually enjoyed almost all of this episode, but it left me a little nervous, and I’ll tell you why.

If TWD writers learned anything from season 2, it was that fans were not fond of the slow-paced farm life. I valued the melodrama and character development that occurred, but of course it dragged on like a hot and humid southern summer. Season 3 on the other hand has been the complete opposite. It has been intense to the point where I feel like I’m out of breath after watching an episode. It’s exciting again. (Yay!) All of the things I love from the comic are happening… all except one. Rick loosing his mind.

Rick’s mental break is completely understandable. Add up a zombie apocalypse, plus killing your best friend and your cheater wife dying, and you have the perfect ingredients for a mental breakdown. But I don’t want this to happen to Rick. I want him to be strong, and more importantly sane. I didn’t like the “phone thing” in the comic, and it still annoys me on the show. the walking dead the sucide king

I feel like there’s a link missing that doesn’t make the “Crazy Rick story” fit quite right. It feels more like an awkward and forced way to illustrate the stresses of living in a perpetual war zone. Excuse me if this sounds strange, but Rick seeing dead Lori took it too far. Yes, I know I’m talking about a zombie show, but it’s “my” zombie show. I love it dearly, therefore feel I can say when I think it may be headed in the wrong direction. The Crazy Rick storyline, despite how much it makes sense in the scheme of things, I feel can easily jump the shark. I’m not entirely against it, but apprehensive of where it could go.

Enough of crazy old Rick… Now onto some random musing about what happened in this episode. Michonne isn’t going anywhere, let’s be real. So I’m not worried about Rick being determined to throw her out. He’s going to need her when The Gov comes looking for revenge. I’m still really excited to have Tyreese on the show, Rick can’t kick them out. They didn’t bring them in and make us like them for him to kick them out an episode later. So the walking dead the sucide king rick grimesI’m not too worried about that either. Carl continues to be the bad ass that he is. It was a very touching (and sad) moment when he confessed to Carol that all he thinks about is being mean to his mom. There’s no amount of therapy that can fix that kid. Although, much time hasn’t passed in the show, you can already tell Carl’s personality has been dramatically molded by the apocalypse. In my opinion, he’s found a way to deal with it better than anyone else on the show.

Oh and Daryl will come back. He has to come back…

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

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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.

batman-11 Comic Book Series (aka my favorite Wednesday of the month): Batman, Scott Snyder (writer) and Greg Capullo (illustrator)
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.

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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.

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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’.

TV Talk: The Walking Dead- Trigger Finger

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

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I’m a huge fan of TWD show and comic, however I’ve been concerned about the shows direction this season. A lot of people have complained that season 2 has been too slow. I would be a staunch advocate and tell them TWD isn’t always about… well the walking dead. It’s about the characters and how they cope with surviving the zombie apocalypse.

TWD is also a show on AMC, which is home to some of the greatest television series like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Brilliant shows, yet slow-paced, but still great. But you rarely hear anyone complain that Breaking Bad is too slow, they just chalk it up to it being a drama because that’s what dramas tend to do.

To me, The Walking Dead is 70% drama 30% horror. It’s tough though, I kept fighting for TWD, saying the “slowness” is due to the writers focusing on character development. Which they were, but I finally had to admit to myself, I don’t think it was done the right way.

Towards the end of the first half of season 2, I was loosing my will to fight for the show. I thought it was dragging and they looked for Sofia way too long. I only looked forward to the moments with Daryl (for obvious reasons), but I didn’t care for anyone else or their storyline. It just wasn’t that exciting.

Nebraska: The mid-season premiere episode, Nebraska, had about 10 minutes worth of relevant plot that happened in a 45 minute show. There’s a lot of Team Rick and Team Shane going on in season 2, but I’m proudly Team Rick. Shane is a ticking time bomb. He acts on his emotions and Rick is more calculated. Clearly, Shane has some demons he needs to battle, but battles with everyone else instead of taking a look into himself.

The bar scene, of course, was the highlight of the episode for me. When Rick shot Tony and Dave, he became the Rick I’ve grown to know and love in the comic series. He does whatever he needs to do to keep his family safe. No matter what. The scene was intense and suspenseful and I think it truly embodies what The Walking Dead is about. Yes, zombies are dangerous, but the real danger is other humans.

Trigger Finger: This episode was amazing and had balance of intense action and drama. The Walking Dead is back baby! The thing I love so much about TWD is the way they say so much without saying anything at all. The fear on Glenn’s face and the look on Rick’s face when Lori whispered in his ear about Shane were my favorite moments.

I also think that Tony and Dave’s people are going find the barn, people will die, probably most of Hershel’s people except for maybe Hershel and Maggie, maybe T-Bone too. And they will be forced to flee and find a new place to live.

My heart aches for Daryl. When he was yelling at Carol, we all know he doesn’t mean those things. He’s angry because Sofia died. He acts like he doesn’t care, but we all know he does. Especially Carol. He had a rough childhood to say the least and isn’t used to people caring about him, or him caring about someone else. But the fact that I felt all of that, all of the hurt that Daryl is going through, just from that scene with Carol and Daryl says so much about how well this show handles character development and interaction.

Carl is growing up very fast to say the least. He’s braver than most kids and experienced more than he should have at his age. The apocalypse will do that to a kid. I think they are grooming us for Carl to do something major, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve read the comic. (It’s really hard not to talk about comic spoilers.) I feel like the show is finally back where it should be, and I couldn’t be happier.

TV Talk: Fringe- A Better Human Being

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

You can find the Fringe seasons on DVD at Amazon for cheap!

Oh my, where to start. ‘A Better Human Being’ had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I felt the first half of season was very up and down. We would only get little doses of the major story arch, but mostly they focused on the case of the week.

The last few episodes are finally discussing what we really care about. Will everyone be drinking boxed wine in the future?! And also, who the observers are, is Peter where he’s supposed to be, and what’s up with Nina drugging Olivia with cortexiphan?

Peter has annoyed me with his whole, “I need to go back to my timeline” thing. My theory is, I think he is in his timeline, it’s just that Olivia and everyone elses’ memory hasn’t snapped back yet. So this episode Olivia is finally starts getting major flashbacks, and my emotions are all over the place! I’m so excited she’s starting to remember, but poor Peter is too scared to accept it. He doesn’t want another Fauxlivia baby mama drama on his hands (and neither do I). When they held hands, my poor heart just couldn’t take it. I think that scene expressed more than when they kissed in the car.

Poor Walter is jealous that Olivia is getting flashbacks about Peter and he isn’t. And I can’t be mad at him for that. He also finds out about Olivia and the cortexiphan in her body and goes with Lincoln (yay he’s back!) to talk to Nina. The bomb is dropped and they find out Nina was lying. Then they drop another bomb and not only is Olivia kidnapped, Nina is kidnapped too! What the what?!

So is the Nina kidnapped in the basement “our Nina”? Is the bad Nina a shape-shifter or a FuaxNina from the red ‘verse? Maybe they perfected shape-shifters so they don’t have to kill them and identical genetically. They must be keeping Nina alive for some important reason. Is AltBroyles a baddie too? Does Olivia really have to die? Can she rewrite fate? When will we find out about who the observers are? What is Phase 2? What is Jones master plan? Why was the glyph of the episode “HENRY” the cab driver from the red ‘verse? So many questions!