I Am Groot (Making of Baby Groot)

Baby Groot StatueLike many, I loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. And I knew it was love when I heard “I’m Not in Love” start playing in the first few minutes. GOTG incorporated everything I enjoyed in a movie – the ’80s, an awesome soundtrack, great characters, and a quirky sense of humor. The moment the movie ended, I was already itching to make some sort of fan art. I just didn’t know what – until I came across one of Funko’s toy posts where they showed this custom Baby Groot! I was so inspired to make my own version of Baby Groot and here’s what I came up with.

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SDCC 2014 – Camping for Hall H, Nerd HQ, and Panels!

Hall H SDCC 2014

Yes, it’s me in my Pikachu hoodie, sleeping on a sidewalk for Hall H. But hey, I got my wristband!

If you’ve ever talked to multiple people about San Diego Comic-Con, you’ve probably realized how everyone’s experiences at SDCC can differ so much. There’s people who never walk the floors and only go to parties, people who only cosplay, those who camp Hall H for 4 days straight, and some people who only focus on getting the toys and exclusives. For me, SDCC has always been about doing a little bit of everything – cosplay, panels, walking the floor, buying toys, and lately, even a little Nerd HQ.  And that’s exactly what I did.

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A Web of Lace

Joie Shiane Top and Amazing Spider-Man mcdonalds happy meal toys

I’ve been on a McDonald’s Happy Meal spree lately, first picking up most of the My Little Ponies that came out a few weeks ago and now getting their latest goodies from Amazing Spider-Man 2. Walking into McDonalds, I had to do a double take when I saw not only “boy” Spider-Man toys, but then also “girl” Spider-Man toys as well!! In the past, they have always separated the “boy” and “girl” toys – well, not in the ’80s and ’90s so much, but that’s a whole different discussion. Usually, a movie like Spider-Man would be marketed to boys and the girl toys would be something completely different. But the fact that this movie launch includes both variations just goes to show how times are changing. Maybe marketers are finally realizing that yes, girls do like this kind of stuff too! About time, right? And sure, they may be girly and pink, but honestly, that doesn’t really bother me. It may be a slow journey, but at least we’re headed in the right direction.

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WonderCon 2014 Recap

Wondercon 2014 pics

I may say this all the time, but this year’s Wondercon was truly different than other cons that I have experienced in the past. Not only was I in my first panel, but what made this a truly fun experience was getting to meet some of you guys – my readers and those familiar with this blog and my cosplay work. I was so flattered and really humbled to have met so many great people and it was so encouraging to me to finally put some faces to those “likes”. To my readers, followers, and fans (I still cringe at that word to think I might have “fans”), thank you so much for your support, feedback, and always encouraging me in my work.

No recap is complete without pics, so on with the photos!

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We Want Star Wars Weekends!

Star Wars Princess Tee and Chevron Striped Maxi SkirtFor someone who lives a 6 hour drive away from LA, I am pretty sure I frequent Disneyland more than the average person in the Bay Area. Estimating something like 2 times a year for the past 10+ years, I’d say I’ve been there quite a lot, almost to the point where I must go at least once a year. And for the first time in my life, I am an annual pass holder, which means Disneyland all year round!! Woo hoo! Some of you may wonder if one would just get sick of Disneyland after a while, but if you’ve been there enough, you’ll come to realize that there is a whole ‘nother dimension of Disneyland - Disneyana. Continue reading

Geekify Your Home

Star wars ale giorgini art Adventure Time comic pillow

If there’s one thing about geeks, it’s that they love their fan art. One of my favorite things to check out at cons is the Artist Alley and you can guarantee that I will always come home with at least one new piece of art. But it doesn’t stop there. I was recently exploring Society6.com only to find that they now make printed pillow cases! So not only can you hang your geeky art, but you can cozy up to it on the couch. With that, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces of art that I’ve picked up from cons over the years as well as some fun ways to make your home more geeky!

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Wondercon 2013 Recap and Photos Extraordinaire!

Wondercon 2013 Nathan Drake CosplayAnother Wondercon has come and gone and like most big cons, it’s always a little sad when it’s over. Yup, back to reality and my mundane life where I can’t cosplay for 6 hours a day. But it was still a great time and nice to go to a con that had many of the booths of SDCC, but not the overwhelming crowds. As for panels, I was probably the most excited about the Continue reading