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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day: You're Doing It Wrong

I wasn't originally planning on writing a post of this type, but people....ignorant ass people are basically forcing me to. All day today on my instagram feed and my twitter feed, I've seen pictures of pinups in front of flags, girls covering themselves with flags and every post has a cheerful 'Happy Memorial Day' alongside it. Every. Single. One.

This infuriates me. But I'm sure there are thousands of other people who feel thr same way. I think thr majority of Americans have no idea what Memorial Day is actually about. It seems like everyone thinks this holiday is all about a 3 day weekend, the pools opening up and barbeque. Wrong. All of it is wrong.

What is a memorial? A memorial is defined as:
something, especially a structure, established to remind people of a person or event.

Why do we build them? To remind people about something important that has happened in our nation's history. BBQ is not worthy of a national day of remembrance. We celebrate Memorial day in honor of the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we could have everything we have now. these brave soldiers gave up their lives so that we could live ours with freedom. For most people (especially those either currently or formerly in the armed services) it's not a happy day. They are thinking about their friends and other people they served with that didn't make it to see today. So think about that today while you're at that BBQ, and laying by thr pool.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

This past weekend, a friend of mine (who happens to know about my enthusiasm for cosplay) asked me about the Atlantic City comic con, and I was a little confused because I'd never heard of anything of the sort. Naturally I started poking around, and sure enough, the event, which is actually called the Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, is a real thing that just took place for the first time. It brands itself as &the East Coast's newest con for comics, cosplay, gaming, and all things geek& on its website. Right, then! Sounds right down my alley! 

As it turns out, the ACBC is a pretty legitimate comic con, not as significant or recognizable as some of the bigger cons around the country, but something I'll definitely be looking into in years to come. According to the event website, there was a slew of celebrity guests involved, with Kevin Smith seemingly taking a prominent role in the convention. Other noteworthy attendees (who also participated in panels, meet and greet sessions, photo ops, etc.) included Adam West, Paris Themmen, Verne Troyer, Georgina Haig, Michael Rooker, and even Sean Gunn (aka the guy responsible for Rocket Raccoon motion capture in Guardians of the Galaxy). 

A wonderfully thorough article at BamSmackPow carried more information and details about the specifics of the conference, including a number of pictures of the displays. In showcasing a wide open convention center, the article states that the ACBC &managed to pretty comfortably pack in a little something for everyone,& be it cosplay, celebrity interaction, comic booths. The overall picture sounds fairly typical of large comic con events: interviews and panels, company booths and dealer stands, cosplayers everywhere. Although, the article does go on to show off some of the pretty cool props and attractions dotted throughout the main convention center, including an array of various Batmobiles from different Batman films and comics! 

There was also apparently a more unique side to the con, in that the Atlantic City organizers attempted to incorporate a sort of comic-infused nightlife experience. A report on the ACBC in Bleeding Cool detailed this attempt and, truth be told, painted a somewhat-disastrous picture of a nighttime party venue set aside, decorated, and then largely ignored by cosplayers and other con-goers. It sounds as if the theory of it all had potential, however, as various comic-related backdrops were positioned around the room for photo ops, and a bar was included. 

If this was a failure, however, it sounds as if the spirit of Atlantic City ended up blending with comic con culture in a unique and very entertaining sounding way. The Bleeding Cool article goes on to say that a lot of con-goers wound up at Bally's Casino, one of the Atlantic City strip's most recognizable venues. For those unfamiliar with it, Bally's is described by Mayfair Casinos as having obtained iconic status by inspiring two squares on classic Monopoly boards. As such, the venue already has a natural connection to geeks and gamers. Indeed, the two squares are actually Park Place and Boardwalk, which just so happen to be the two most valuable properties in Monopoly! With such an inspiring casino destination playing host, apparently a number of con-goers and cosplayers partied late into the night, while a DJ played music infused with superhero and gaming soundtracks. This alone might be reason for me to check out ACBC next year.... 

Ultimately, the real fun of a cosplay event that you don't actually attend yourself is in checking out the best costumes and props that made the rounds there. For this, I'll refer once again to Bleeding Cool and their 278 photos of ACBC. There's also an excellent little &guess the character& game (which I wish was longer!) that I found at Press of Atlantic City. Looking through these two sources paints a pretty fun picture of the ACBC and makes it all the more likely that I'll try to attend next year. 

Will you?

This article was written by Brian Newman. He is an avid gamer, collector and cosplay enthusiast, so when he has the opportunity to travel it's usually for a convention. He covers those topics and other entertainment news for blogs and websites. 

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Zatanna Cosplay Photos

I've been working on so many random cosplays lately and I have just now chilled out and taken a good look at what I've got going on. In doing so, I decided to make some upgrades to my Zatanna cosplay. This costume was originally put together last year for my presentation at the LoneStar Mensa regional gathering. I wore it and stashed it away. When I got it out I noticed a few things that I wanted to change. I used my corset! This was purchased a few months ago. I cannot begin to tell you guys how much this has already payed off! I should have invested in a corset a LOOOONG time ago! In addition to adding a corset, I changed the fishnets. My original fishnets were the extremely large hole ones. They looked decent, but they tangled something fierce! After about 10 minutes trying to untangle them, they went straight into the trash! The fishnets I replaced them with have holes that are larger than standard fishnets, but they are nowhere near as big as the first ones, and these have not tangled at all. I also redid my gloves. The first pair I made were decent, but they were a bit on the tight side. I made a second pair that were a little more loose in the fingers. A little change made a huge difference! I also wore heels for these photos. No bright green cast this time! Seriously, I had a green cast on my leg because this was a week, maybe two weeks after breaking my leg. Now that I'm able to walk normally, heels were a must! I'll leave you guys now with my photos, let me know what you guys think!!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Superhero Day

Did you know that today is National Superhero Day?! I was a bit late finding this out, but at least I'm getting this in before the day is over! That counts, right? When thinking about who my favorite superhero is, I didn't hesitate. Anyone who knows me, should know who is my favorite....Batman, of course!!

There are a lot of reasons why I love Batman. The main reason being that he is a regular (well, filthy rich-regular) guy/human. He has no special abilities, no superhuman mutations, no super powers. He is a man who decided to take a stand. I know, when you have billions and billions of dollars to do whatever you want with, that definitely makes it easier. We all love our phones, tablets, game systems, tech items etc. Well Batman has a ton of gadgets. And lets face it, they are always the coolest! His brooding is just an added bonus, lol! Who is your favorite superhero?

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Sunday, April 26, 2015


This weeks Movie Monday post is about Lucy starring Scarelett Johansson.

I Love love love the concept of this movie. I'm sure many of us have wondered what it would be like to use more of our brains capacity. This movie takes you through a journey of what happens to Lucy. Starting from getting mixed up with drug traffickers. She is forced to smuggle a lot of some kind of new synthetic drug in her stomach. After being kicked, the bag containing the drugs leaks out and gets into her system. This starts her journey to using more of her brain. She becomes almost like a super human being able to heal herself quickly, not feel pain, and even use telekinesis. She seeks out Professor Samuel Norman in hopes that he can help her (he has written a lot of articles and given speeches about humans and brain capacity usage). The rest of the movie is about her increased brain usage and the drug lord that originally was using her as a mule tracking her down. 

I had really high hopes for the movie from the previews. It definitely looked amazing. But after watching it, it seems like the end, like a lot of movies, fizzles out. It seemed like they were building up to something that could have been great, but instead they were just kinda done. Originality wise, this movie was great. But i definitely don't see myself watching it again or suggesting it to other people. 

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