Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday's Treasures: San Diego Comic Con Shopping List

Frye Shut up and take my money!

San Diego Comic Con was last week, and with it came a veritable truckload of announcements of stuff you can buy! Some of it won't hit their respective stores till later, but that doesn't stop me from planning my future purchases.

 My Little Pony: The Movie Pinkie Pie Undersea Cafe 

My Little Pony The Movie Sea Pony 3-inch Figure - ApplejackMy Little Pony The Movie Sea Pony 3-inch Figure - Applejack

Weta Mini Epics: Gimli

Marvel Legends Defenders 6" Figures (Release TBD)
Marvel Legends Defenders 6" Figures

Deadpool Monopoly

Deadpool Monopoly

Deadpool Monopoly (Release TBD)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

View From The Snakepit: Metallica In Detroit

A few weeks ago, Chauncey and I traveled up to Detroit to see our 2nd show of Metallica's "Hardwired" tour. We has previously attended the Chicago show with our cousins, Beth and Joe, and THAT was an adventure to say the least. At the Chicago show, we were General Admission, which meant we were on the floor of the venue with several thousand other people and it sucked. The show itself was amazing (as Metallica always is), but the crowds were terrible. Way too many drunk (and high) people, too much shoving and pushing without regards to those around you. We had scored a great spot right in front of the stage, but had to move once the crows became overwhelming. Once we were further back, it wasn't too bad.

So fast forward to the Detroit show, where we managed to scored access to the SNAKE PIT. The Snake Pit is the opening in the middle of the stage, so that it wraps around some of the audience.

The Snake Pit in the 90's

So how does one get into the Snake Pit? There's a few ways: win passes via the Metallica Fan Club (which is how we won), win an upgrade at the venue, win at the shop if your tour date includes the Metallica Pop-Up Shop, and I think some shows had VIP packages that included Snake Pit access as well (but on a VERY limited basis). So when Chauncey got the email that we won, we were pretty stoked!

Comerica Park

We got to Comerica Park about an hour before the doors were set to open, and we picked up our wristbands at the Will Call window. We had to go in and through security with everyone else, and get the wristbands for the General Admission as well, but once we got down to the floor we were able to walk right in. I couldn't believe that we were so close!

There was a threat of bad weather rolling in once the show started, so Volbeat ended up going on about 10-15 minutes early. Volbeat wasn't at the Chicago show, so we were both super excited to finally see them live.


Avenged Sevenfold was next, whom we had already seen in Chicago. So when they announced that they would be cutting their set list short so that Metallica could have a chance to get their entire set in before the storms came, we weren't too upset.

M Shadows Avenged Sevenfold
M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold

Metallica ended up coming on about 30 minutes early, and that was a good thing too cause it started raining not long after the show ended! So we were able to experience the ENITRE show from the Snake Pit....and it was AWESOME! The Snake Pit wasn't completely full for Volbeat or Avenged, but when Metallica hit the stage it got quite cozy. Thankfully everyone was respectful of those around them, and there was no moshpitting either (something that I HATED at the Chicago show). Even the security guards near us were getting into the show.

The set list was pretty much the same as the Chicago show, with a few changes (Motorbreath instead of 4 Horsemen and Blackened instead of Battery in the encore). But having the guys walking around right by us, so cool.

Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour

Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour

Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour

Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour

I was kinda concerned that the sound might not have been as good being inside the stage, but it wasn't an issue at all. I still wore earplugs because I have really good hearing and would like to keep that thank you, but the mix of all the instruments and vocals sounded great from our vantage point. 

Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour

Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour
Managed to score from guitar picks! Thanks for the throw in our direction Kirk!

Big Mick Metallica Detroit Hardwired Tour
Chauncey got to meet Big Mick, Metallica's long-time live audio engineer

Overall we both had an amazing and memorable experience, and so glad we could check this one off the bucket list. Now if we could only get this close for Paul McCartney!


-The Snake Pit gets warm! So stay hydrated and dress comfortably! I got overheated at one point and had to step out, security gave me water and were super nice about letting me walk away and then come back in. 
-Follow the rules. We were given rules in our winning email and again when we picked up our wristbands. No food or drinks are to be set on the stage, don't touch or grab the band (but they can touch you).
-Have fun! The Snake Pit (and similar spots at other shows) is likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so enjoy it!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blockbuster Libations: Superhero Cocktails and Mocktails

The Justice League movie is due to be released later this year, and The Avengers: Infinity War comes out next spring. Heck we've even recently got a new Power Rangers movie, and we're getting a new Doctor on Doctor Who. So superheroes are on everyone's mind, and nothing says celebrating the good guys winning but with some superhero themed cocktails and mocktails (for the younger fans and those who want to remain alcohol free).

So here are some of the recipes I've rounded up for your next superhero shindig. Just make sure a certain assistant to the Watchers stays away from the hard stuff.....

From The Tipsy Bartender: Top 10 of the Greatest Super Hero Drinks Ever The Wonder Woman
The Wonder Woman Cocktail

From Wheel 'n Deal Mama: The Hulk Smash! Frozen Sour Apple Pucker 

From Wheel 'n Deal Mama: The Hulk Smash! Frozen Sour Apple Pucker

 From A Worthy Read: A Captain America Red, White and Blue Kid Friendly Mocktail

From Our Family World: The Ultimate Power Ranger Movie Punch (Kid Friendly)

From Our Family World: The Ultimate Power Ranger Movie Punch

 From Movie 7 Batman Themed Cocktails to Accompany Arkham Knight The Boy Wonder

From Being Geek Chic: The Sonic Screwdriver

From Being Geek Chic: The Sonic Screwdriver

*As always, when consuming any sort of alcohol, please do so responsibly. Unlike Steve Rogers, we regular humans can get drunk.*

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hello #13!

The Regeneration Cycle
The Cycle Begins

Yesterday the internet exploded upon itself when the BBC announced who would be playing the newest incarnation of The Doctor on Doctor Who. When Peter Capaldi announced his intention to leave the show after 3 seasons, speculation ran wild on whom might fill the Time Lord's shoes. Everyone from Rupert Grint to Kris Marshall was mentioned, but of course the powers over at the BBC were keeping their lips tightly shut. That is until yesterday, when after the men's singles final at Wimbledon that the news dropped.

The Doctor is going to be regenerating into a woman! Yes, Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the first ever cannon (*coughs* Curse of the Fatal Death *coughs*) female Doctor. While I'm still rather upset at Capaldi leaving, there's always a part of me that's thrilled when new faces come to the show because they bring with them new stories and personalities. I've never been opposed to a female Doctor, especially after the brilliant performance by Michelle Gomez as the female version of the Master, Missy. But with this being the day and age of the internet, people have gotten their knickers in a twist.

"Political correctness" "Feminist agenda" "So Doctor Who is committing suicide via SJW retardation" "I will darken by TV come this Christmas and not watch this bullshit as the Doctor is destroyed" and it goes on and on and on.....

The irony is that Doctor who is based on change, evolution, accepting others when they are different, embracing the unknown, yet these sold called "fans" are ready to dump a show that has a 50+ year history at the drop of a hat because the Doctor is now female. Give me a break! I'm thrilled that they hired a woman, and not just because I'm a woman myself, but because it'll be FUN and DIFFERENT! Maybe the writers want to challenge themselves? Oh my! And for those complaining that Doctor Who is getting too political and SJW, Doctor Who has been political since the beginning. So if you're leaving Doctor Who JUST because the Doctor is now a woman.....

Now I don't know anything about Jodie (I know I really need to go and watch Broadchurch) but from what I understand she's a capable actress. Sure her first season might not be perfect (no season of Doctor Who ever is), because we're not only starting with a new Doctor, but also a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall and a new companion (who is yet to be announced). But if the episodes are written and directed well, then I'm sure it will be another enjoyable season.

Like I said earlier, I'm not excited just because they cast a woman Doctor, but I'll admit that there is part of me that is excited because she will be female. With today's climate, even after years and years of fighting, women are still fighting for equality. In media, the majority of women still get portrayed as mothers, nurses, other caregivers and playing second fiddle to the male leads. But recently we're seeing a shift: Peggy Carter, Rey in Star Wars, Wonder Woman, and now The Doctor. Girls and women are being shown strong leads, women who stand up for what they believe in and fight the good fight. I hope that the writers at Doctor Who still write the Doctor has the character has always been, with these same traits, it just so happens that the face speaking those words will be female.

I'll leave this little rant with this video I found on Twitter yesterday evening, which pretty sums up WHY a female Doctor is important.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cosplay Anatomy: The 4th Doctor

I'm the 4th Doctor

Help me Sarah Jane!

Hat: Forever 21
Jacket: Thrifted
Vest: Thrifted
Shirt: Thrifted
Silk Scarf: Thrifted
Long Scarf: Gift from my aunt
Pants: Thrifted
Shoes: TOMS Desert Wedges

Would you like a Jelly Baby?

I'm not sure how Tom Baker wore such a layered outfit for 7 seasons of Doctor Who. My scarf alone, while it's only 5-6 feet long (compared to his which ranged from 12-24 feet) is pretty warm. Of course I appreciated the layers the day these pictures were taken, it was about 40 degrees outside and I was shivering by the time we were done. While my scarf was made by my aunt for me, there are instructions on how to make a screen-accurate scarf here: 

I love this cosplay and is fun to wear despite all the layers. Despite it not being screen-accurate (something I don't focus on much) I love how it's instantly recognizable to any Doctor Who fan.

Cosplay Anatomy is an ongoing series of posts where I breakdown the parts of my various cosplays. This allows readers to find out how I completed the look and how they might go about making their own.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Con Preview: Indy PopCon

Indy PopCon July 7-9

This Friday starts one of my absolute favorite conventions in Indiana, Indy PopCon. PopCon started back in 2014 and has seen growth every year. Their focus is to offer celebrities, panels and events you don't see at those cookie-cutter cons elsewhere (*coughs* Wizard World *coughs*) Ahem, sorry, got a tickle in my throat there.

There are a lot of things at PopCon that you would expect to see at a con: Artists Alley, Cosplay, TV and Film Celebrity Autographs and Photos, etc. But with their focus as a "pop culture convergence" they've expanded to things you might not expect:

-YouTube stars like ProJared, Nicki Taylor and CrankGamePlays to name a few
-Twisted Toonz (which I'm super excited about!)
-A Cartoon Heroes Dance Party! with local family-friendly fandom band The ShakeUps
-Sabotage The Death Star with 501st and the Rebel Legion

Of course we can't forget about some of the celebrity guests, including:

-Greg Grunberg (or as I like to call him, the Where's Waldo of the JJ Abrams universe)
-Jess Harnell
-Matt Ryan
-Johnny Yong Bosch (Go Go POWER RANGERS!)
-Sam Jones (Gordon is ALIVE?)
-Garrett Wang

A full guest list can be found here!

Joey But wait! Theres more gif


Friday evening will see PopCon take over the Indiana Podcasting Awards, with the awards ceremony happening at 7pm on the Main Stage. Right after the awards, a good handful of the podcasters will be heading over to Scotty's Brewhouse on  Virginia Ave for a PopCon Pub Quiz for charity. Teams will answer pop culture and PopCon related questions, and the winning team gets the entry money to donate to their chosen charity.

Also, the Podcast Stage will once again be live-broadcasting local podcasters, including your's truly. I will be on the stage on Sunday at 11am with a special guest.

I'll also be working with the Indiana Cosplay Association as they run their 'Heroes for the Homeless' table for the 2nd year. We'll be collecting canned goods and toiletries for Wheeler Mission. I'll be helping man the table at Noon on Saturday.

I'm super excited for this year's Indy PopCon. The people who run the event are super nice and care so much about the guests' experiences (and I'm not just saying that to suck up to Carl!) The con might start this Friday, but tickets are still available, so come join the fun!