Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wizard World Madness

It's always such a blast seeing various people decked out in fabulous superhero/villain costumes. I try taking as many pics as possible posing with them or getting solo shots of creativity at work. Sure they say that comic books are just for the nerds, but rest assure every one of every creed and station gets a kick out of letting their inner child come out. Dressing up isn't just for Halloween anymore!

The Costumes

I have no idea what this person was supposed to be (they didn't either!), if they were male or female (they refused to speak!) but giraffes rule & should be in the comic books fighting crime (giant evil Panda Bears?), I suppose!

Rogue & I are the untouchable, unstoppable kind of women! I commend her costume, I really do. Much, much better than that atrocity X-Men put together for Anna Paquin.

A babe amongst babes, hahaha! Though I could use work. Wonder Woman & unidentified black leotard chick were definitely sweet crime fighters & I was greatly obliged to them for stopping to strike a Vogue pose.

This very nice guy was promoting a costume shop that sells unique one of a kind costumes, like the one he wears here- a guinea pig from an early 90's Japanese cartoon series that I'll have to look up in the future! He claims it was pretty good so I guess I better take his word on that!

So Johnny Depp (he ooked sort of like Captain Sparrow without his pirate attire, I guess, then again he probably wasn't even costumed..)& the female Robin were outside on a bench chatting. I wasn't eavesdropping seeing as they were fifty yards away. I just happened to see them from inside of a window and thought, "well what an awesome shot this would be!"

In your face! Who's scarier now Jason? Who? Grrrr!!!!

Fighting the good fight along with Wolverine, Mr. Fantastic, & Supergirl! Doctor Octopus, seriously outnumbered & happily awaiting a crushing defeat! He and his eight arms are going down!

Yup, there you go! A rocket launcher dude....
Pretty darn expectable!

Go Tollway Warrior Man (or woman?)!
It took ample courage to walk around in something that looked so overly heated and heavy! Pretty cool, if I must say so!

OMG! It's Black Canary & her superhubby Green Arrow! Don't they just look lovely?

It's Centaur Man! Look how he carts around his better half! ;)

The Celebs

I was upset at not being able to take pics with James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon, Kelly Donovan, Mercedes McNab, or Clare Kramer, for these were who I came to see! They had an actual photo op. Last year a fan could stand in their line and pose for pics with them, but this time had to be at the photo op section at a specific time and once it was over, basically screwed out of taking pics with them. So I did get to see James, shook his hand and said, "hello," and he smiled charmingly, sweetly commenting that I had a nice smile, which surprised me and had me blushing! Egads! That was completely unexpected. I thought he would be mean asking me why I was in line without the intention of spending $40 for an autograph, but he was quite surprisingly cordial. Definitely a highlight of whole experience at Wizard World! :)

It's the Willy Wonka children all grown up, well two of them at least, but Charlie Bucket isn't looking so happy (someone please get that man a Golden Ticket!) and Veruca Salt doesn't look so spoiled anymore! All in all, they were very, very nice!

Charisma is blond now!!! She must have dyed it for an upcoming role. I really wished I had the courage to chat with her, she was alone at times, but the woman is undeniable beautiful.

If Lou Ferrigno caught me, he would have beat me up, for he always wants fans to pay for a pic, even one as far away as this one! Thank goodness, I snapped this quickly! Had no intention of having a black eye ruining my outfit!

Pam Grier was so gracious!
Chatted with her about Wizard World (she was having a good first time!), her book which is being financed into a movie, & culture.
Told her that my mom was a fan of hers and she asked me why she didn't come down. Plus she asked me my mom's birthday and said, "Mine is two days after hers." She autographed a beautiful black & white portrait and scribbled "Happy Birthday" and "Jackie Brown" on it!(My mom's name is Jackie!)
All and all what a woman! Sweet, funny, and full of down home charm!

I spied Clare Kramer (the evil Glory from Season 5 of Buffy!), Mercedes McNab, and a bit of a smiling Nicholas Brendon!

Nifty Objects

This colorful vintage Batman & Robin litho is pretty damn sweet! But I didn't have $270 for it!

I agree with you, Buffy! Spike fans definitely rule! <3

It's the Thing and he's comprised of balloon fun! OMG, just amazing huh? I can't even make a dog, much less a cat out of balloons....

Doctor Doom is also made up of balloons??? Wow! Creativity at its finest!

A big soft and squishy Yoshi for your enjoyment!

Can you guess who I would want to play Catwoman over Anne Hathaway??? C'mon Christopher Nolan give her a chance! Don't count her out because she's stuffed with felt and bean pellets!

Wizard World Chicago 2011, hits & misses, but still had a great time! :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Great James Scott

The drive to Niles, Ohio was four hours and twenty minutes.
But after that- confusion central.
On the website of the Scrappers Little League Game it said to go to the Subway on 5555 Eastwood Rd which turned out to be a mall. We went to the Subway there and they instructed us to go to the Subway up the street. At that location, they claimed to have given away all of their free tickets, but when I mentioned that I paid for mine already in advance, they told me about the Will Call at the stadium which was addressed at 111 Eastwood Rd. not a place I saw on the actual site.
Thankfully, it wasn't far from the mall.
We arrived at the stadium thirty minutes later, found the Will Call (yes, it was a Subway Will Call too, omg!), and stood in a very, very long line.
But I guess this pic was worth it!

I loved seeing James's awesomeness!
He was sweet, a little tired, and rushy, but I still love him very much. I mean, what lady wouldn't??? Days is lucky to have acquired such a kind, talented fellow, but they are obviously working the man way too hard.
He deserves a much needed extended holiday vacation! Poor baby. :(
This may have been visit number three for me, but I definitely plan on seeing him more and more/ Plus bringing him Nutella, Larabars, & art each time!
Yay!!! :)

After this, let's just say that things got less amusing. Hmmmm....

James throwing the first pitch in blurry faraway, bad pixelated camera vision! (Yes, I'm going to get a new one in the near distance future...)

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Artsy Fartsy Adventures of Online Shopping

First off, the upcoming weekend is very, very exciting for I will be writing about the upcoming James Scott Minor League Baseball game on Saturday evening and the fantastic, fun filled enjoyment of Wizard World Chicago on Sunday. Woot! Woot!
Now on with the show!

For the past few weeks, I've been digging one of a kind items, especially uniquely crafted wearable art that relate to me as an individual, as a creative, free-spirited young woman.
It was imperative to find things that speak that language.
Some of which I saw on etsy, rarely eBay, and now I've been looking into shops a lot more independent.
One purchase I loved was made last Friday, a beautiful bag from an incredibly chic indie store, called Vau Store which features sweet tote bags featuring modest, minimalistic, metaphoric (say that three times fast, I dare you!) designs.
I was very lucky for it was sold out a week prior, but the store tweeted me a heads up once it was stocked (and on sale nonetheless!) Drawn by the symmetry of the composition and the subject of nature love, I couldn't wait to receive it!
Arriving just two days ago, in pink tissue paper, folded neatly, and tied with a ribbon, I sighed happily at acquiring such a purse.

Called "Cuter Than Glee," the soft, finely stitched bag is abundantly green with ten dots on the left hand corner, an off centered white circle, and a pink, bold magenta outlined deer breaking that very circle. The interior, reversible side was called "Pink Gingham" and the pretty, repetitive shapes reminded me of strawberries and vines, one of the finest, sweetest tastes of summer.

If a lot of people commented on the pink Strawberry Driving Tofu bag that I usually wore, there would be ample hits on "Cuter Than Glee" as well. Its adorably lovable nature theme is definitely a worthy conversation starter.
I know it's a relatively small gesture, but this was unexpected and very thoughtful! I was utterly delighted to find a small pink envelope bearing my name (Spelled correctly! Yes!) in a sweet cursive penmanship. It was an altogether touching anecdote, personalizing the online transaction experience and making me ultimately want to buy more from the shop in the future.
So yes, if you're wondering what happened next, I immediately untied the strings and stuffed my new tote with the girl essentials- book, keys, lipgloss, wallet, & iPhone, cheerfully on my way, proudly displaying my bag on its nature side!
Needless to say, but must be said, if anyone tried to purse snatch me, I would gladly dump everything to the ground (Hahaha! Because I carry no cash or credit cards anyway!), in order to save my beloved bag! After all, I could always get more lip gloss....

The second item I wanted to mention was from a few weeks ago- a very beautiful Frida Kahlo brass antiqued locket adorned with pearl beads and a lovely red rose. It made perfect sense for me to acquire such a necklace because Kahlo has always been one of my inspirations for becoming a painter, for her bold, zesty portraits are hauntingly brave and narrative.

The problem with it was that the length of the black velvet cord was too long. I didn't want to cut it do to the sewn toggles. Though I am relatively good at sewing, I wouldn't consider myself to be on an expert or novice level. So I only wear it with either plain tops and dresses or daringly low cut attire.
Now the color palette itself stands out exceptionally well. It's quite catchy in a fetching sort of way, one of which has gotten many admirers.
Sadly, the little piece of sentimental paper somehow flew out of it. I should have taped or glued it in there, but I suppose I just got carried away- happy that I was wearing my favorite artist around my neck and holding a treasured memory of someone special inside.
So to sum it up, I love both of my purchases and will continue to make more fun, thrilling ones in the future.
Woo hoo!!! :D