Yesterday, my younger sister Sheila and I attended a small local comic event, Great Lakes Comic Expo. This event, which focuses on comics and pop culture that takes place a couple times a year usually at local churches and halls and yesterday’s event cost us a whopping $6 to attend!
There were a fair number of tables with comic and merchandise vendors and comic artists. There was also a good mixture of franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and of course The Marvel and DC Universes.
Afew of the vendors were selling vintage toys including these Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson figures from the 1970’s. (Personal note: I had a big crush on both of these actors back then and would have loved to own these figures.)
However, despite the number of vendors and the diversity of merchandise, we were disappointed in the price and the selection of items available for our family and ourselves.
For example: The recently released Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka and Darth Vader 2 pack, that my husband and I wanted, was being offered on the event floor by a vendor for $35. This is $20 more than it is selling at the local Meijer just down the street from the event. Guess where I bought this two pack at, huh?
There were also hourly door prizes given away with a grand prize of a Fantastic Four #48 issue for those that purchased the Early Bird entry fee.
There were a few cosplayers in attendance as well including these two adorable fangirls dressed as Batman and Robin in tutu’s!
My sister and I only spent a few hours at this event and we only walked away with a few items. However, we had fun looking around and being part of the overall event experience!
#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:
Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Mid to End of May
Today, I will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history during the middle of May to the end of May (between May 15th and May 31st) for the following fandoms:
On May 21, 2010: Viz Media launched an online English version of Ikki magazine.
On May 16, 1939: Batman debuts in Detective Comics Vol 1 #27.
May 15, 1987: Disneyland park introduces Disney Dollars currency
I have a couple of these in my collection!
The two weeks at the end of May are important for Star Wars History. All, but one of the Star Wars theatrical releases, debuted between May 16 & May 25. Below are the debuts of each of the Star Wars films, that have been released so far (I Hope Disney continues this tradition!):
The Original Trilogy
The Prequel Trilogy
Today, May 25, 2013 marks the 36th Anniversary of the original release of Star Wars and also marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi!
I recently attended Motor City Comic Con and met author and illustrator Mike Bocianowski in Artist’s Alley. When I visited his table, I saw some illustrations of some very cute looking creatures. I instantly wanted to learn more about them. As I was looking at the illustrations, the artist formally introduced me to them. These cute creatures are called YETS.
What are YETS?
YETS are creatures who have no name as of yet. They live in the giant Treeworld of Chlem. Humans couldn’t pronounce the real name of these creatures, so they renamed them Yets
It did not take much persuasion on the artist’s part to convince me to buy YETS! 1: The Adventure Begins, which is the first volume of the graphic novel series starring the YETS.
After only reading the first pages of this volume, I noticed that the artwork was very crisp, clean and easy to follow. In addition, the story was interesting and the dialog was fast paced. I could tell right away that this was going to be an interesting adventure. Therefore, I went back the next day to Mike Bocianowski’s table and bought the other two volumes of the series as well.
These volumes have now been added to my ever growing to be read (TBR) pile. Once I read the entire series, I will write a review and post it here.
Topic: Highlights in Fandom History – Beginning of May
Today, I am starting a new blog topic that will highlight interesting events in “fandom” history. The plan is to post select historical events that took place within a two-week time period. Below are select historical events that took place sometime in the beginning of May (between May 1st and May 15th) for the following fandoms:
On May 10th, 1962: The Incredible Hulk #1 published by Marvel Comics and written by the legendary Stan Lee was available on news stands for purchase.
On May 8, 2011: World premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland Park in California.
On May 4, 1959: First Grammy Awards Ceremony was held in both Los Angeles and New York to recognize and honor musical accomplishments.
A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Librarians, Beyond the Stereotypes
A common belief in the general public, especially in North America, is that librarians have the following characteristics or stereotypes:
2) Mean or Stern
5) In Glasses
Like the definition for “fangirl” that I mentioned in a previous post, a “librarian” can have many different characteristics than the stereotypes listed above. There are many of those who are educated in the library sciences, both male and female, that can label themselves as “librarians”, even if they never worked in a library for one reason or another. I am one of those who were educated in the library sciences, but have not been fortunate enough to work in a traditional library setting. This is part of the reason I created this blog, I wanted to go beyond the stereotypes, not only in my fandom, but in my chosen profession as well. Therefore, as a self-proclaimed fangirl, I am always on the lookout for fictional characters that go beyond these stereotypes including those that can save the world. Fortunately, there are several of these fictional “librarians” including:
Name: Barbara Gordon aka “Batgirl”
From: Batman Franchise
Characteristics: Has a PhD in Library Science, fights crime, has exceptional computer skills and may have glasses, but only uses it as part of her every day disguise.
Name: Yomiko Readman aka “The Paper”
From: Read or Die Franchise
Characteristics: Can bend and manipulate paper into a variety of shapes including bulletproof shields and durable weapons. She is obsessed with books, but also fights evil and saves the world.
Name: Rupert Giles aka “Watcher”
From: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Franchise
Characteristics: Not only a male school librarian, but has a side job training and fighting with Buffy Summers, The Slayer, against many evil creatures who want to destroy the world!
Name: Flynn Carsen aka “The Librarian”
From: The Librarian TV Movie Franchise
Characteristics: Another male librarian, who is an awesome translator, a keeper and acquirer of ancient artifacts and can fight the bad guys like Indiana Jones!
Name: Jedi Master Jocasta Nu
From: Star Wars Franchise
Characteristics: She may be the closest to the stereotype when she appeared in Star Wars: Episode II, but when she appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV Series she is seen wielding a lightsaber!