Friday, June 20, 2014

My Special Edition NYC 2014 Day 2 Recap: Deals, squeals and feels~

In my last post, I shared my Special Edition NYC 2014 Day 1 experience, so now I bring you my Day 2 recap!

On Day 2 of SE:NYC, my goals were to go meet Gail Simone, attend a panel (or two), get a handful of $1 comics, score a toy ( or two... haha), do whatever I wasn't able to do on Day 1 and just have fun-SURPRISINGLY I was able to accomplish them all!!!

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The weather that weekend was a little on the hot side, but it was totally okay because the AC at the Javits A+++


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After settling in and enjoying the coolness, I headed over to Show floor to look over the booths again, ogle over toys and debate with myself on whether or not I should purchase them.

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Riot Gear Glenn was one of those items! I have the BIGGEST crush on Steven Yeun and his character Glenn on The Walking Dead, but I had to pass. I think if it was the figure based off S.Y. I would have thrown my money at the booth owner.

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I wasn't severely allergic to dust and could own plushies... <3 
This time around I bought more items (photos of loot just a few pics away) Definitely picked up more comics and I even haggled my way for this Justice League Unlimited 3 figure set of Flash, Question and Wonder Woman for $7. The guy was so nice~

The day before, I really wanted to meet Gail Simone, but the line to her booth was so long (rightfully so) and I was a little intimidated so I passed off and decided to save it for day 2! Which was a great idea because the line was much shorter so I got to take up her time trying to get the right photo!

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I didn't bring any of my comics written by Gail Simone which I'm kinda kicking myself about. When I I usually visit a writer (or artist) I do, but I had no space in my back pack. Next time!

Also, I wanted to meet Francis Manapul, but his booth's line trailed down to the restrooms and again- intimidated ( and waiting and stuff). Heard he was doing free sketches, once again king myself. I did get him to sign a majority of my Flash Comics at NYCC, so not too bad, right? T_T

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Creeper shot from a far ...DOODS, amirite?
While In the Artist Alley part, I stumbled across two amazing cosplayers! RIGHT? Tell me not!!

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That definitely had to be the best Dee cosplay I've ever seen and Black Canary was not only sweet, her duds were so on point!

Speaking of on point cosplays, I stumbled upon this crowd pleasing duo on my way to the panel room!

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One of my goals was definitely visit a panel and time allowed me to go to two! I attended the Howard Chaykin Spotlight Panel and Marvel: 75 Years of Marvel Panel. Definitely panels I wouldn't normally attend, but I'm glad I did because they were very interesting!

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Gosh- Who knows what Chaykin was saying, but I'm pretty sure it was sassy and funny haha!



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After the panels, it was time to part ways with Special Edition NYC 2014! My loot and I headed over to Taco Bell to celebrate a successful summer con with a bean burrito, so I can sleep off the con experience. (which is mostly caused by from walking for hours haha)

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  • Assortment of $1 comics (10+)
  • Justice League Unlimited 3 Figure set, Wonder Woman, The Flash & The Question
  • Yale Stewart 7 pin set 

I really enjoyed myself at Special Edition NYC 2014! I definitely enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and having a con before the con available. Happy I had Andra of Crowded Thoughts and Crooked Teeth 's company of Day 1! ^^ Oh and OF COURSE,  being offered the opportunity to cover the event as media. Eeep!

See you, this October at NYCC (If tickets don't sell out in seconds haha) and of course next year, SE:NYC!!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Special Edition NYC 2014 Day 1 Recap: Comics, antics and pics~

This past weekend, Special Edition NYC 2014 held their very first convention! This new convention was aimed to celebrate comic book culture without all the additional entities New York Comic Con offers. As an attendee, I can confirm SE:NYC 2014 definitely lived up to it's agenda!

The convention was held at The Javits center with the bulk of it held in the North wing( which is New York Comic Con's usual "Artist Alley").

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Visitors were greeted with music (there was a live DJ!) and several life size cardboard cutouts of Batman over the years in celebration of his upcoming 75 year anniversary!

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The Show Floor!~
Since I was attending both days, I wanted to focus my first day on getting a feel for the floor, hunting for items and scouting for deals~

I arrived pretty early, and was immediately on the hunt for Barbie dolls on the show floor! I know. I know. I CAN EXPLAIN-cons usually have great Barbie finds for great prices so I just had to try to get them before anyone else! Haha. I hoped my barbie back pack would bring me some luck (that and help me with my haggling), but I just came across a two!

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Harley !!! @[email protected]
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Check out Elektra!
I was tempted to purchase that Harley Quinn Barbie, but I decided to try my luck on eBay. The booth owner told me he had JUST sold the Batman The Animated Series Harley doll and I cried a little inside.

Once I finished my search, I went hunting for deals! I recently gave up purchasing trade paperbacks and hardcovers, so I stood as far away from them as I could. Which was hard since they were mostly 50% off.

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Check out the crowd!
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There were comics $10,000 (and up) to a mere .25 cents! A majority of the booths offered comics for $1 and it was so hard not to go crazy. I manged to pick up a handful of $1 comics that I knew I had to have!

One of my favorite things about SE:NYC was that I was able to freely browse for comics without making people linger around me to check through the box I was looking at, you know?

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First Printings~
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Spotted this...Oh, Adele~
There weren't too many comics I was specifically looking for, just some back issues of Gotham Girls and Rat Queens. I didn't have much luck and the only Gotham Girl's available was issue #5 and that went for $150 and up!! T-T

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Gotham girls #3 and a lil collection of comics feat. Harley
Since I limited my purchases, I only left myself with comics and toys to splurge on! SE:NYC definitely had a lot of those so I definitely wasn't losing out!!The slection of statues and toys was amazing! Everywhere I looked I found something I either owned as a kid or wanted to own!

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ALL THOSE STATUES AND FIGURES

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Elvira <3 <3 <3
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My childhood toy collection weeps~
After doing mild damaged, I decided to venture out to the Artist Alley section! I stumbled up Kate Bresnahan's booth where I spotted her Shoujo Batgirl Print that has made its way on Tumblr dash several times.

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Oh Boy, is it lovelier in person! Kate was sweet and offered all her freebies which included a sample of her I have no idea what I'm doing book of comics- which was an awesome. (so relatable)

I also came across, Rich Bernatovech who I purchased a Helena Bertinelli piece a couple years ago at NYCC. It was nice to see his new work and prints~

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Later on, I met up and spent the rest of con with Andra of Crowded Thoughts and Crooked Teeth! It was great to meet up again especially at this con because we usually venture to these events solo! She's great company!
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While browsing the aisles and booths, we got stopped for a couple of photos. One including one by Lucinda Lewis of Vampire Realm, who was such a character. You can find it somehwhere here~

We both ended up with a little loot of comics, all of which were $1 or less. SCORE! There were a few I had my eyes on and decided to pick them up on Day 2~

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My lil loot~
  • Robin #16, #80
  • Batman/Superman #24
  • The New Teen Titans #30 
  •  Kate Bresnahan freebies
I definitely took Day 1 slow and kept my spending super low, but I had so much fun! I wanted to enjoy the floor, ~all the space~, the conversations, the people and most importantly get a feel to plan for Day 2!!

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Well, that's a wrap!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bat-Earrang satisfies your CUSTOM comic jewelry dreams for no additional cost !

Aside from marathoning Orange is the New Black and eating way too much junk food, I spent my weekend working on custom pieces for my etsy shop Bat-Earrang!

That's right! Along with the up-cycled comic jewelry pieces I have listed in the shop, I also offer custom requests! So you can request a piece style of your choice (brooch, necklace, earrings or collar pins) along with the panel featuring the comic book character(s) you want for no additional cost!

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Photo: @batearrang on Instagram

CURRENT STYLE PRICING 
Earrings                 | $12 | 
Brooch                  | $8   | 
3 Panel Necklaces | $20 | 
1 Panel Necklaces | $15 | 
Collar Pin Set        | $14 |  
If you're interested in a custom piece you can request a piece three different ways...
  1. Submit a request via Esty
  2. Direct message me on Instagram @batearrang
  3. Send me an email at [email protected] 
With which ever method you decide, just detail your request including the style and character and we'll work it out from there! ^^

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OH! If you're wondering- Yes, That piece above is on available! It is on sale for just $20 +2.75 shipping! It's one of my favorite pieces, but I'd love for it to go to a Harley + Ivy lover!

If you're interested just send an email to [email protected]

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If you were to custom a piece, what would you decide tot get?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Screen Style: Batman Beyond (1999) , a style analysis

There is no other way to say it-Ever since I decide to join the Netflix bandwagon, I've been glued to Batman Beyond. Watching it again over a decade later has allowed me to truly appreciate the awesomeness that is this show. Its edginess, story lines and of course- the character designs.

With the adventures of Batman Beyond created in the 1990’s and taking place in 2039, it’s no surprise it’s characters designs were influenced by the two time periods.We can spot these characters wearing iconic ‘90’s fads with a futuristic twist of what would have been trending 40 years later. You know-like glasses without handles, square tipped ties  OH! and splicing. (I’ll talk about that later!)

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Trends like minimalist pieces, dark pouts, chokers, over-sized pieces, slip dresses, large frames, bold hair and even turtlenecks can be seen on our favorite and least favorite characters.

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On our leading ladies, we can spot popular hair trends like, pixie cuts, sleek straight cuts, bangs, pigtails and big curly locks. Not to mention cool colors!

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Of all the locks-Melanie’s hair took the cape (ba dum tish) for me!

Speaking of capes-it’s pretty easy to tell apart the bad guys from the good guys in this show. Aside from the good guys usually donning capes and the bad guys wearing glares, radioactive glow and their obvious genetic modifications might give it away right off the bat (ba-dum tish! ), but their outfits definitely help.

Take the street gang Jokerz for example! Donning clownish costumes, makeup to match and carrying ‘pun intended’ weapons. You can’t miss ‘em!

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Paying homage to Mistah J and even Harley Quinn, we can see the goons wearing trench coats, mini pieces, jester hats, and of course…a smile!

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In the ’90s, body modifications we’re familiar with like plastic surgery, tattoos and piercings picked up trending speed. Now, these trends are not obsolete in 2039! Okay, maybe tattoos. Terry once pointed out his mother’s tattoo and referred to it as a relic from her wild teen years. But procedures to change your appearance is not a thing of the past. There is splicing! (Remember I said I’ll get back it?)

Splicing is a procedure that not only changes your outer appearance, but your inner…you know by like manipulating genes to give humans animal traits.

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Of course this procedure had ulterior motives, so like all fads whether from 1999 or 2039- it was cool while it lasted.

While the style and designs wasn't the show’s main focus, you can’t deny the they were pretty shway. Not to mention, everyone likes a good style recap to inspire some outfits-even Terry couldn't help himself and offer tips during the show! 0:38~