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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Umbrella Carrying Characters

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Umbrella Carrying Characters

Umbrellas are not an everyday accessory for most people. However, several characters can be seen carrying umbrellas regularly for one reason or another. Below are 10 characters who include an umbrella as a regular accessory:

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Mycroft Holmes (as seen in BBC series Sherlock)

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Mary Poppins

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Totoro

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The Doctor (7th)

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Perona

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Mr Tumnus the Faun

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Hagrid

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Kagura

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John Steed

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The Penguin

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Queens

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Queens

Below is a select list of Queens and the feature or series they appear in:

Queen Padme Amidala from Star Wars

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Queen Serenity From Sailor Moon

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Regina, The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time

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Queen Regent Liz X from Doctor Who

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Elsa, The Snow Queen from Disney’s Frozen

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Princess Mononoke

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Princess Mononoke

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Today, I thought I would highlight one of my husband’s favorite Hayao Miyazaki animated films, Princess Mononoke, per his request.

This animated film was released in 1997 in Japan and adapted for English speaking audiences and distributed by Disney.

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Set in medieval Japan, Miyazaki’s original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he protects. When Ashitaka, a young warrior from a remote, and endangered, village clan, kills a ravenous, boar-like monster, he discovers the beast is in fact an infectious “demon god,” transformed by human anger. Ashitaka’s quest to solve the beast’s fatal curse brings him into the midst of human political intrigues as well as the more crucial battle between man and nature.
from amazon.com

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What I find the most interesting about this film is not only is an epic fantasy story, with interesting characters and scenery, but it also seamlessly integrates hand-drawn cels with computer-generated images, which created a new standard of visual storytelling.

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An example of the computer graphics used in the film

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Libraries

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Libraries

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Today starts National Library Week and I thought I would celebrate this by showing some of my favorite libraries.

Library in the Beast’s Castle from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Animated Movie and Broadway Musical

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The Beast’s Library at Disney’s Californian Adventure

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The library in Hallow Bastion from the video game Kingdom Hearts

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Hogwart’s School Library from the Harry Potter film series

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The Jedi Archives from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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The Library from Doctor Who

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Storybrooke Library from Once Upon A Time

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Picture of the Day: a Fangirls Dream

This fangirl has had enough of Winter and is dreaming of Disney Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World!

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Me and Jedi Mickey

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My husband and I with Asajj Ventress

I enjoy going to these events as often as I can. Here is hoping that this fangirl can attend this year!

Happy International/Galactic Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day, but StarWars.com reminded all of us that it is really Galactic Women’s Day with the following pic:

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As you can see there are some awesome women in that Galaxy, Far, Far Away including Leia, Ventress and of course Ahsoka!

This fangirl is hoping that the next Star Wars films, TV, etc will feature many more of these women role models!

Again, Happy Galactic Women’s Day and remember the Force will be with you always!!!

The Resurrection of the Disney Princess

Cool blog article on the history and the Resurrection of the Disney Princesses in films, TV and merchandising.

Highlights in Fandom History – October

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – October

Today, I will highlight some interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of October for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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October 18, 1985: Nintendo NES first released in New York and select North American markets.

Literature:

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October 31, 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first collection of stories by Arthur Conan Doyle was published.

Pokémon:

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October 28, 1997: First volume of the manga Electric Tale of Pikachu was published in Japan.

Disney:

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October 30, 2012: Disney announces that it will acquire Lucasfilm Ltd

Star Wars:

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October 30, 2012: Disney and Lucasfilm announce

…new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

Highlights in Fandom History – September

Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – September

Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the month of September for the following fandoms:

Technology:

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Picture from Wired.com

September 2, 1969: The First ATM Machine opens for business. Where would any of us who attend cons be without the good old ATM machine, huh?

Television:

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September 13, 1990: Law & Order premieres. My Mom was a big fan of this series!

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September 26, 1969: The Brady Bunch premieres

Movies:

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September 9, 1939: A surprise preview of the movie adaptation of the novel Gone With The Wind is shown in Hollywood, CA.

Literature:

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September 30, 1868: The First Volume of Little Women is published.

Disney:

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September 18, 1928: Walt Disney’s patent application for Mickey Mouse is granted.

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September 19, 1989: The Library of Congress selects the animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be placed on The National Film Registry.

Anime:

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September 20, 2002: The Oscar Winning Anime film, Spirited Away, by Miyazaki is released in the U.S.

10 favorite fandom couples

Topic: 10 favorite fandom couples

I am a sucker for a good romantic story. Lucky for me, many of my favorite fandoms include a romantic story either as a major or minor part of the plot. Therefore, today I decided to share with you 10 of my favorite couples from some of these fandoms…

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Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon
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Rick Hunter & Lisa Hayes from Robotech

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Belle & The Beast from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

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Westley & Buttercup from The Princess Bride

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Lee Stetson & Amanda King from Scarecrow & Mrs King

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Cordelia & Aral Vorkosigan From The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Kenshin & Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin

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Ren & Kyoko from Skip Beat

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Elizabeth & Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

And finally…

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Princess Leia & Han Solo from Star Wars

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