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On a special episode of Talking Dead that aired right before the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, host Chris Hardwick commented that long-time The Walking Dead fans will appreciate the companion program. One reason is because the show offers a glimpse of the world they missed during the time Rick Grimes was in a coma after being shot on ...

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On a special episode of Talking Dead that aired right before the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, host Chris Hardwick commented that long-time The Walking Dead fans will appreciate the companion program. One reason is because the show offers a glimpse of the world they missed during the time Rick Grimes was in a coma after being shot on the job. Viewers know this universe and understand the consequences of the undead apocalypse, but they’ve yet to see the origins of the show. And since Fear the Walking Dead premiered as the most-watched cable TV show pilot of all time, it’s a safe bet to say zombie fans are responding well to this new glimpse into a familiar world.

 

When The Walking Dead premiered in the Fall of 2010, creators assumed that their target audience already had a decent-sized knowledge bank for how a zombie apocalypse could feasibly start due to popular mainstream horror films like Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later. They plopped viewers right into the nightmare without over-explaining it. This was a fair assessment that still holds today, but as The Walking Dead enters its sixth season this Fall and builds up a more complicated and detailed world of disease and death, loyal viewers will inevitably start asking questions. Enter Fear the Walking Dead.

 

Though the shows are set in the same universe, there are some fundamental differences that make this companion show a new experience. Instead of in Georgia, complete with the gray concrete and lush green wildlife we’re accustomed to on its parent show, Fear the Walking Dead takes place in sunny Los Angeles, filling the screen with transition shots of palm trees. The streets bustle with the non-dead and our main characters deal with stepparenting, high-schoolers with knives, and post-graduation anxiety more often than blood and guts. While we only received about fifteen minutes of normalcy with Rick, Shane, and Lori in The Walking Dead, we’re given a deeper glimpse into the everyday lives of these new characters.

 

Kim Dickens takes the lead as Madison Clark, a single mother of two kids–exasperated high-school senior Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) who fills the screen with sighing, eye-rolling, and an undeniable mischievous charm, and bad seed Nick (Frank Dillane) who spends his mom’s money on heroin and eventually ends up in the hospital after “hallucinating” his acquaintance eating someone’s face. Admittedly, the family drama involving Nick’s failing sobriety, Alicia’s artist boyfriend (Maestro Harrell), and Madison’s new live-in boyfriend Travis (Cliff Curtis) can’t compare with disintegrating zombies coming out of a well or a hoard of walkers pulling a horse apart with their bare hands, but it certainly sets a foundation for why we should care about them.

 

The Walking Dead has never used pre-apocalypse flashbacks as a storytelling technique, but Fear the Walking Dead essentially is a flashback – one that blinks into reality in the final moments of the pilot when we can feel the terror begin as Madison and Travis roll to a stop on a backed highway and startle at the sound of gunshots ahead of them. From the pilot episode, we can only assume it’ll get even better and more gruesome in the coming episodes, which will air every Sunday on AMC through cable TV. At this point, fans know what is coming, and they wait with bated breath to watch these new characters go through the inevitable horror.

 

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Remember when I mentioned my new favorite con, Con GT? Well, plans are already in motion for ConGT Squared, which happens next year in Clarksville, TN. Not only that, but today, con organizers announced the first batch of guests. First up, the con welcomes Wayne Neumaier’s BRAUN the Dalek. Yes, WE HAVE A DALEK. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, ...

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Colin Baker, the Sixth DoctorRemember when I mentioned my new favorite con, Con GT? Well, plans are already in motion for ConGT Squared, which happens next year in Clarksville, TN. Not only that, but today, con organizers announced the first batch of guests.

First up, the con welcomes Wayne Neumaier’s BRAUN the Dalek. Yes, WE HAVE A DALEK.

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the second guest announced was… drumroll, please… Robin Burks! Oh, wait, that’s me! Yes, I will be a guest at next year’s ConGT again, which is awesome because I had so much fun at this year’s convention. I plan on having some books available for sale and signing, too, so be looking for more information on that.

Finally, ConGT welcomes the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker! I’m sure the con is really excited about having Baker on board (I sure am) and having seen him at other cons, I’ve already seen just how much fun he is.

For tickets and more information, you can visit the official ConGT website

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It seems as though everyone and their cousin knows about (and attends) San Diego Comic Con, so I want to fill you in on slightly smaller cons that trade the glitz and glamour for a more intimate, fan-oriented vibe. These are a few of the coolest conventions that happen across the country every year that I totally recommend checking out. ...

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It seems as though everyone and their cousin knows about (and attends) San Diego Comic Con, so I want to fill you in on slightly smaller cons that trade the glitz and glamour for a more intimate, fan-oriented vibe. These are a few of the coolest conventions that happen across the country every year that I totally recommend checking out.

Dragon Con

Forget what you know about Comic Con because Dragon Con is the real deal for the hardcore nerds with some of the most elaborate cosplay you’ll ever seen on either coast. The multi-genre celebration of all things geek overruns the Peachtree Center in downtown Atlanta for four full days devoted to everything nerdy. The Labor Day extravaganza regularly brings in over 50,000 attendees and boasts one of the best guest lists you’ll ever see.

On the comic side of the things you’ve got some of the coolest artists and creators gathered under one roof, including the most awesome power couple in comics, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction. DeConnick has received much praise for her terrific run on “Captain Marvel” and Matt Fraction’s stint on Marvel’s “Hawkeye” has brought a newfound popularity the character hasn’t seen in years (seriously, it’s a lot of fun, you should read it).

When it comes to TV and movies, you’ve got Barry Bostwick (Brad from Rocky Horror), Felicia Day from The Guild, most of the main cast from the Battlestar Galactica reboot, and frikkin’ Hodor (Kristian Nairn) from Game of Thrones! I’ve got my fingers crossed that he’ll grace Atlanta with one of his legendary DJ sets. For real, I’ll be here all day if I keep this up, so you can go here to see the full list of all the people who will be at Dragon Con this year.

Otakon – Las Vegas

The little sister of the longstanding Baltimore convention has only been around for two years, but it is quickly making a name for itself on the convention circuit. 2015 marked only the second year of the Vegas event that has brought in several thousand visitors each year and continues to grow with each passing.

The event is held at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, which is actually a nice change of pace over your traditional convention center. The venue helps to complement the con with its host of fun movie memorabilia. It fits in so well that sometimes you can’t tell which are permanent exhibits and which pieces were specifically brought in for the con. I also read in this article that Britney Spears is actually a regular performer at the hotel’s attached club, The Axis, which is kind of amazing if you’re looking to satisfy some guilty pleasures.

Anime News Network reports that last year brought in terrific talents like voice actress Wendee Lee (Faye Valentine from “Cowboy Bebop”) and vocaloid pop sensation Hatsune Miku—and I expect 2016 to be even better. It’s always fun to get in on the ground floor of a convention because you can take full advantage of the great guests and events but not get lost in the sea of attendees and body odor.

NC Comic Con

Nestled in the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, the NC ComicCon is an intimate affair that caters to both fans and creators with a superb list of guests year after year. Held at the Durham Convention Center and in the historic Carolina Theater, the con combines community events, panels, cosplay, and a film festival for a fun and affordable weekend that’s very accessible for both friends and family.

Gerard Way, the former My Chemical Romance singer and author of Eisner Award-winning comic book “The Umbrella Academy,” will be attendance. He’ll be joined by big-time illustrators, like Adam Hughes and Cliff Chiang, in addition to acclaimed indie artists, like Ignatz winner Liz Prince.

For all the “Dead-heads” out there, this year will also feature the only U.S. appearance of “Walking Dead” artist Charlie Adlard, so don’t miss out on your chance to pick the brains (get it?!) of one of comic’s hottest stars. This event goes down Nov. 13-15, 2015.

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Last month, anglophiles of Washington rejoiced at the regeneration of Anglicon – a fan-run British media convention with an emphasis on Doctor Who. Despite being its first year back in over a decade, Anglicon had some stellar guests lined up for fans, including the Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker, Doctor Who’s monster extraordinaire, Jon Davey, and beloved classic Who companions, ...

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Last month, anglophiles of Washington rejoiced at the regeneration of Anglicon – a fan-run British media convention with an emphasis on Doctor Who. Despite being its first year back in over a decade, Anglicon had some stellar guests lined up for fans, including the Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker, Doctor Who’s monster extraordinaire, Jon Davey, and beloved classic Who companions, Katy Manning and Sophie Aldred.

Anglicon is without a doubt the smallest convention I’ve ever attended but I was totally okay with that. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more because of it. I had a lovely time despite finishing three final projects for school that same weekend.

The con had a laid back feel to it. There wasn’t a rush to get to autographs or the next panel, which may or may not already be full by the time you get there. I felt like I was stepping back in time to catch a glimpse at conventions of old, when the guests and the fans weren’t so stressed, when the barriers between celebrity and fan were taken down a notch to just enjoy yourselves for a weekend without expectations.

The smaller size of the convention lent itself to other perks as well: there was actually a hospitality room the whole weekend with free soda and snacks! On Saturday evening, they even provided British sodas for some taste-testing. I can’t say I’ve ever had that kind of experience at any other con.

I had the pleasure of attending Anglicon with my good friend Christina of Urbanflower Designs. I love going to events with her, we share so many fandoms and have a rather similar outlook on things. I always know we’re going to have fun together and Anglicon was no different. Christina actually wrote up her own Anglicon review that summarized generally how I felt as well. Here’s what she had to say:

Much like Doctor Who itself, I came to Anglicon only upon its relaunch, which followed a decade-long hiatus. The event ran annually from 1988 to 2004, after which declining attendance forced its closure. Ironically, it was very shortly after the demise of “Classic Anglicon” that Doctor Who was reborn, giving rise to a whole new generation of fans.

As a newly regenerated event, this year’s Anglicon was easily the smallest and most intimate convention I have ever attended. This comes with a lot of perks, including the opportunity to see and speak with celebrity guests without waiting in atrocious lines, being herded through like cattle, or having to pay for an autograph when all you really want is to say, “Hello, I love your work. Thanks for coming here”.

The downside, some might say, is that it would never attract the likes of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. I am okay with that, and I get the impression that most of the attendees would agree. While I didn’t grow up on classic Who (as my father did), I have a deep respect for the roots of the series. Being able to hear some of its early stars speak about their experiences with the show was like listening to my Grandmother tell stories about her teenage years; I became more aware of the connections between the past and present, the way that these people ultimately shaped the program that I love today.

I was further wowed by a glimpse into the life of Jon Davey, who has played some of Doctor Who’s most notorious monsters. A time-lapsed video of him being turned into a Whisper Man (from Series 7 finale, “The Name of the Doctor”) played at his table, prompting the question, “How did you breathe in that?” I consider it a commendation of the series that unmasking the mysteries of its visual effects does little to diminish the awe and appreciation for the spectacle it creates.

Another bonus of attending such a small convention was that my failure to secure childcare was pretty much a non-issue. My four-year-old son, whose badge was free, happily ran amok while wearing his homemade Ood hood, zapping people with its sparkly ball “brain”, and generally being unbearably cute. He posed for photos (or not), talked with vendors, and asked for endless cups of water, which was readily available throughout the convention space.

  

Speaking of water, the numerous coolers of chilled H2O and plentiful cups weren’t the only way in which Anglicon sought to keep its guests and attendees comfortable. The hospitality lounge (which occupied one of four rooms which were located away from the main halls) was stocked with complimentary fruit, pretzels and chips, candy, and soda. Yes, you read that correctly: free food.

Adjacent to the hospitality lounge were a video room, a gaming room, and a craft room, all of which were well supplied with various forms of entertainment. While I was not actually present at the time, I am told that a rousing game of Doctor Who-themed Cards Against Humanity was played on Saturday evening in the game room.

Back in the main part of the convention, panel subject matter ran the gamut from Q&A with the Sixth Doctor to British humor to writing fanfiction. The combination of relatively small crowds and spacious halls meant that the panels were never full, and it was easy to move from one room to another.

Of course, this being Seattle, the cosplay was on point. I saw far more classic Doctors and classic companions than I typically see (or perhaps notice) at larger events, but the newer incarnations were well represented as well. I went as Amy Pond on Friday and happily found a Weeping Angel to pose with me in the outdoor garden. On Saturday, I resurrected my very first cosplay and dressed as the Tenth Doctor.

 

Billed as a “Doctor Who and British Media” convention, Anglicon 2015 was definitely Whovian-centric. With the exception of a few panels, the focus was squarely on Doctor Who. As an ardent fan of the show, I wasn’t troubled by this fact. However, I think there is also a lot of potential for celebration of other British imports, from Downton Abbey to Harry Potter. As the convention grows, I expect so will the programming.

Thanks, Anglicon, you were fantastic! Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I!

*All photos in this article were taken by Fearless Photoworks.*

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Sakura-Con is one of those conventions I know I’m going to have a blast at and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. It was my first large con and was the gateway to meeting nearly all my cosplay friends. As such, it is usually one of my busiest conventions for photoshoots as well. However, due to Sakura-Con ...

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Sakura-Con is one of those conventions I know I’m going to have a blast at and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. It was my first large con and was the gateway to meeting nearly all my cosplay friends. As such, it is usually one of my busiest conventions for photoshoots as well. However, due to Sakura-Con being one week after Emerald City Comic Con, and with my school’s Spring quarter beginning the following Monday, this year’s convention was a lot more low key for me. Still, I had an amazing time with all my friends and took a ton of photos. I just made sure not to push myself as hard as previous years.

I went to con with no set plans and it was really nice, on Friday I had an impromptu shoot with Feldon as Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, which was just lovely. We’d been meaning to get together for ages, it was nice to finally chat her up and get some photos of her. The photos turned out absolutely fantastic as well!

I had the opportunity to work with Ai-Rika and Pantyshotapproved for a quick and delightful Revolutionary Girl Utena shoot at the gazebo in the park attached to the Washington State Convention Center. Along with the Utena shoot, I also was able to “bear” things with Aubrey and Bella with a Yurikuma Arashi shoot. One could say it was a rather gay afternoon! (I’m sorry I couldn’t pass that one up). But, for real, it’s always a thrilling time hanging out with these ladies and it’s even more fun when we get to take fantastic photos.

After a few more hours of wandering around with friends, it was time for the masquerade. The masquerade ball is one of my favorite parts about Sakura-con. I just love seeing everyone getting dressed up and having a good time on the dance floor. It’s like every school dance but without the anxiety because you’re in cosplay and know that everyone else around you accepts you and your hobbies. The theme for this year was “Carnival”, with decorations and pink and yellow lights to match.

*****

I enjoyed sleeping in on Saturday and didn’t get to the con until around 1pm. I eventually I met up with my hotel-mates, Benny and his sister, for a No Game No Life photoshoot. Afterwards, I ran off to a large Sailor Moon meetup.

My biggest plans for Saturday of Sakura-Con was definitely the Moonie meet up hosted by Shelby from the PNW Moonie Club. So many wonderful Moonies showed up! It’s probably the largest meetup I’ve ever been to, but thanks to Shelby and Trista it was beautifully run and well organized. It was so thrilling to see so many other Sailor Moon enthusiasts in one spot. Sailor Moon was the first anime I dove into and that really got me into fandoms, so it always gives me warm fuzzies to see so many other fans. Everyone looked amazing and took directions really well despite the chaos of having so many people in one place. Great job, Moonies!

I spent the rest of the con day walking around getting hall shots and browsing the dealers room. It was nice to take a slow pace after directing so many people at once during the Moonie meetup.

*****

Come Sunday morning, I was really feeling the effects of going to two cons in two weeks. I was sore and very tired, so I made sure to have a super chill day. I didn’t do any shoots or meet ups. I mostly checked out the dealers room and snagged some deals on things I’d been eyeing all weekend. I also sat around with a few friends from out of town, getting a last hangout before they’d be leaving. At one point, we ran into these two nice con-goers that had brought their birds and took several photos with them. It was a lot of fun and a great way to unwind on the last day of the con.

                  

Sakura-Con is a con that I’ll always migrate back to and look forward to every year. I always know that it’s going to be a fun and family friendly event suitable for all ages. It’s a guarantee that I’ll run around with friends and get some awesome pictures and make many precious memories. As always, I look forward to attending next year.

All photography by Fearless Photoworks.

 

 

 

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The identity of the new Spider-Man has finally been released. This time round, Tom Holland, a 19 year old British actor, will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next film, in theatres July 2017.  Who is Tom Holland, other than the next Spider-Man, you ask? Well, he is known for having played the title role for Billy Elliot the Musical in ...

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The identity of the new Spider-Man has finally been released. This time round, Tom Holland, a 19 year old British actor, will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next film, in theatres July 2017.  Who is Tom Holland, other than the next Spider-Man, you ask? Well, he is known for having played the title role for Billy Elliot the Musical in London. He has also performed in “The Impossible,” and “Wolf Hall”. Marvel and Sony Pictures, as well as producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal were impressed by Holland’s performances, as well as his screen tests. In an extensive search for the Spider-Man star, a few actors were put through rigorous screen test with Avenger’s star Robert Downey Jr.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and Sony saw more than 1500 actors and finally narrowed down the 6 most promising actors for the role. The 6 were flown to Atlanta for tests, where marvel is currently producing Captain America: Civil War. Strangely enough, the new Spider-Man will first appear in Civil War, and later move on to headline his own trilogy. Robert Downey Jr., the face of the famous Iron Man also will appear in Civil War. He will be sharing some scenes with Spidey, and so the shortlisted actors had to participate in screen tests with him as well. The producers looked closely for chemistry between Downey Jr., and the Spider-Man potentials, until finally, Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe were the two main contenders to the role. While the actors also tested with Chris Evans (Captain America) , the one to impress was Downey Jr., who remains to be the linchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the second round of screen-testing, Holland came out ahead, and was chosen as the next Spider-Man.

It is interesting to note that Holland is only 19 years old. The producers choose to go with a young Spider-Man for once, so that the Peter Parker character would truly look like he was in high school. It’s hard to image Robert Downey Jr., who became an Avenger in his 40’s playing Iron Man at the young age of 19. Similarly, Chris Evans was casted as Captain America in his 30’s.

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Spiderman

Nonetheless, Holland shows much promise, and will be signed for at least three movies, as well as his brief role in Civil War. All in all, we are looking forward to this Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaboration, and can’t wait for the 2017 release!

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Soaring Through Superman Celebration 2015 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/06/superman-celebration-2015/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/06/superman-celebration-2015/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:00:17 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11130 FanGirlConfessions.com
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Another year, another Superman Celebration. In spite of the heat and humidity, though, this year's event was the best one yet!

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So this year marked my third year at the Superman Celebration, but my first year doing a whole weekend, as in spent two nights in nearby Paducah so I could attend all the events of the weekend that I wanted. And you know what? This year was the best ever!

Yeah, I’ll probably say that every year. But last year, I made friends, and those friends introduced me to a wonderful group of friends on Facebook, the Superfriends of Metropolis. I’ve had a whole year to get acquainted online with these people, and this year, I met many of them face to face. It seemed like everywhere I went in Metropolis, I bumped into someone I knew from that group.

So this year, Superman Celebration felt just like a big old family reunion.

I began my Friday by leaving my house early enough to make lunch at this wonderful bar and grill called Fat Edd’s, which is where the Superman Super Site was having a meet-up. I arrived and it was jam-packed with people, including people giving away DVDs and things.

Super Site Meet-Up At Superman Celebration

Guess what? I WON A DVD! It was pretty cool, because I never meet anyone. I had lunch with my friend Allie, her mom and another Superfriend, Rose.

By the time we were done with lunch, I decided I should head to the hotel in Paducah where I had booked my room (no offense to Metropolis accommodations, but I like to pay less for more, if that makes sense). I got all checked in and cooled off, because well, to say it was hot and humid is putting it lightly.

Then I got all Wonder Woman’d up for a photo shoot at 4:30 p.m. Of course, my superhero partner in crime, Supergirl (Allie) was in the shoot, too.

Wonder Woman and Supergirl

Pardon my squinting, it was also very bright. We posed for some cool photos (which haven’t been uploaded yet) and then it was so hot, that I was ready to go grab some dinner (which I did) and change for my second photo shoot of the day, because, well, I’m crazy.

Hey, guess what the second photo shoot of the day was?

Rose Tyler

That’s right: my favorite fandom, Doctor Who! That was a really fun shoot, and yep, I made new friends. For those wanting to see the photos from that shoot, they’re here on Facebook.

After that, I was hot again (really, I wasn’t going to wear the jacket, but I did anyway, because it just pulls the costume together), but I had a bag of jelly babies to comfort me (I ate them all in one sitting). And although I got invited to a Harry Potter photo shoot (sans costume, because I didn’t know about it beforehand), I was exhausted from the heat, so went back to the hotel to cool off and get some sleep.

The next morning, it was time to get up and at ’em again, because I was sort of working. Caity Lotz (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) and Candice Patton (The Flash) were in Metropolis for the Celebration and because I was doing a panel later that day, I got an autograph ticket for that. I met both actresses, who were lovely, and Caity commented on the Wonder Woman necklace I wore, which was a gift from my Superfriend Rose the day before.

Then I grabbed some water, ran down to the Metro tent and waited for their Q&A, which I recorded for an article (you can read that here).

Time for lunch! Obviously, I headed back to Fat Edd’s and had BBQ nachos, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do before getting into a corset, but it was worth it. I changed in the bathroom at Fat Edd’s for a 1940s Heroes History panel, which was a LOT of fun. Photos of that can be found here (sorry for all the links, but these aren’t my personal photos).

At some point (I don’t even remember when), I had Kurt Busiez sign my copy of Astro City #1. But it’s all a blur now, because HOT AND HUMID. It was one of those “feels like 100+ degrees” days.

Signed Astro City #1

How awesome is that?

After the Heroes panel, I had to run back to my hotel AGAIN to change for yet ANOTHER photo shoot (I decided to be super social this year, and you know what? BEST IDEA EVER). This time, the shoot was for Supernatural and I signed up as Mary Winchester. Which is, basically, a blonde wig and a night gown. Let me tell you… that was the most comfortable and cool costume of the weekend.

That was also the most fun I’ve ever had on a photoshoot. This is a fun group of people. Seriously, check this out. This guy cosplayed Ash! Everyone’s favorite dude in a mullet, right?

Supernatural Ash cosplay

We don’t yet have all the photos in from that shoot yet, but there are a few here. I look so angelic in my white nightgown, right?

It was nearly 9 p.m. by the time we were done, so I went back to the hotel and passed out. I slept so well that night.

Sunday, though, was the day I would cosplay one of my all-time favorite comic book characters, Death. If you know me or read this blog, you know that Neil Gaiman is my favorite writer. So cosplaying one of his characters was a dream come true.

I had the make-up and everything, but then I went outside and slowly started melting. But here’s a very cool photo I got with one of my new friends, Jeff. I call this “Death and the Joker take a holiday.”
Death and Joker take a holiday

I stayed for the costume contest, but not before getting so hot that I thought I’d pass out and ended up in a t-shirt and shorts instead. You know it’s awful if I’m wearing shorts in public. Because that’s something I NEVER DO. But I thought I was going to pass out in all that black. Seriously, this outside thing in June sucks. And I’m pretty sure that this was the hottest it’s been for me at a Superman Celebration yet. But hey, there’s always next year, right?

Anyway, it was a fun weekend, and although I didn’t get to see the whole costume contest because I had to get home and edit photos and get transcriptions done, I had a blast. Meeting so many wonderful people (and now adding them all on Facebook) is awesome! Now I can’t wait until next year.

Anyway, here are some photos, but also check out my article on cosplay at Superman Celebration over at Tech Times.

Soaring Through Superman Celebration 2015
Robin

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Game of Thrones: Recap of Season 5 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/06/game-of-thrones-recap-of-season-5/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/06/game-of-thrones-recap-of-season-5/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:35:19 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11123 FanGirlConfessions.com
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As the fifth season of Game of Thrones draws to a close let’s take a moment to look back and reflect. Sometimes it seems like nothing can compare to the shock of the Red Wedding or the Purple Wedding in the past seasons. But this season might have changed that. There were big, character defining, heart stopping, emotionally exhausting moments ...

Game of Thrones: Recap of Season 5
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As the fifth season of Game of Thrones draws to a close let’s take a moment to look back and reflect. Sometimes it seems like nothing can compare to the shock of the Red Wedding or the Purple Wedding in the past seasons. But this season might have changed that. There were big, character defining, heart stopping, emotionally exhausting moments in this season, some of which all came down on us like an avalanche in the finale. Spoilers ahead.

In a lot of ways, many of our beloved characters developed and grew with new chapters in their lives. Despite that, it seems that this season was the hardest on Sansa Stark, who has been mistreated, abused, used, and discarded by one man after another since the show began. She had one of the most controversial storylines of the show in season five, causing a huge ruckus over many fans online. After going along with Littlefinger’s plans, she found herself beaten, raped, and constantly degraded by her new husband Ramsay Bolton. Needless to say, it was difficult to watch a character that had tried so hard to be brave be tortured repeatedly. In the final moments of the finale she seemed to take back some of her strength, as did Theon ‘Reek’ Greyjoy, as they jumped to their likely death.

When it seems like Arya was one of the last Starks still fighting, we find that she has taken up a sort of apprenticeship to learn the ways of the Faceless Men. She spends countless days trying to learn about them, to become one of them, and give up her identity as “Arya Stark.” However, it doesn’t seem that easy as she brutally murders Meryn Trant, one of the people on her revenge list. When it comes down to it, she is ultimately Arya Stark, out for revenge. For this, Jaqen punishes her.

In King’s Landing and after a long while of rivalry with her son’s wife, Cersei reinstated the Faith Militant to rid herself of her competition – Margaery Tyrell – and ended up getting arrested and disgraced herself. We were shown her at her lowest, with her hair cut off, nude and barefoot walking throughout King’s Landing while her people spat and threw whatever disgusting things they could get their hands on. While her walk of shame through King’s Landing should have taught her a thing or two, the presentation of her new Knight in shining armor at the end of that walk may cause a setback in her education.

After murdering his father, Tyrion went through a lot to get to Daenerys. He was shipped across the world in a box like a meaningless object, kidnapped by Jorah Mormont with whom he almost met his death by the Stone Men, was taken as a slave and given as a gift once finally reaching Meereen. Despite all this, Tyrion’s time with Daenerys was cut short as the Sons of the Harpy attacked during a show at the fighting pits and split the power couple, with Dany riding off on Drogon. And now, with the Queen gone and as Daenerys’ advisor, Tyrion is left running the city and hoping that the Mother of Dragons will return from her trip. Though, in the Queen’s last scene of the season, it seems that things are dire as we find Dany being surrounded by a Khalasar.

Meanwhile, Stannis Baratheon had just as hard a time of it this season as everyone else. The Lord of Dragonstone couldn’t get the help he wanted at The Wall, then he sacrificed the daughter he started to show loyalty and love for, and in the end, his army fell and his Fire Priestess abandoned him. Ultimately, he met his killer in the form of Brienne of Tarth, who had been searching for Arya and Sansa this whole time. Unable to find Arya and failing to collect a reluctant Sansa, Brienne and her squire, Podrick, awaited Sansa’s signal to save her.

Jaime Lannister also went on a journey, this time in the hopes to restore what was left of his family. As he tried to gather Myrcella from Dorne with Ser Bronn, they are attacked by the Sand Snakes and Bronn is thrown into prison but is eventually set free. After a bit of negotiation, Myrcella and Trystane agree to head back to King’s Landing. On the ship, Jaime tries to tell his daughter that he is her real father and Myrcella reveals that she somehow always knew. However, moments after their heartfelt embrace, she collapses and presumably dies from the poison she ingested through Ellaria Sand’s kiss.

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Possibly the most gut-wrenching (pun intended) death of the finale was Jon Snow. Throughout this season, Jon has been focused on what he sees as the real threat to Westeros – not the political machinations of lords and ladies and kings and queens – but the army of White Walkers that may descend at any moment and wipe all of them out at any moment. As seen in Hardhome, the Army of the Dead seems invincible and downright terrifying. And even members of his own team are too busy plotting and scheming and ultimately betraying him and each other to focus on the real problem at hand. When Olly delivered a false message to Jon to lure him out, members of the Night’s Watch repeatedly stabbed him in the stomach, ultimately killing him. However, many still believe that he is not actually dead.

As the finale episode of season five closed, it left just as many questions as it answered. With the show deviating so much from the books at this point, even fans who have read through the entire series thus far are in the dark on what will happen next. Don’t worry if you missed the finale (if so, why are you reading this?!) or the whole season for that matter. Make sure you catch previous episodes online (both Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS have them on demand now, as does HBO Go of course) and maybe you can pick up some hints on where the next season will go. Will Bran and Rickon prove to be the final Starks alive in the world? Will Cersei regain her foothold on the Iron Throne? Will Daenerys and her dragons ever finally reach Westeros? Where’s Hodor? Only time, and the next season of Game of Thrones, will let us know.

Game of Thrones: Recap of Season 5
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Highlights from the 2015 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/05/wizard-world-st-louis-comic-con-2015/ http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/2015/05/wizard-world-st-louis-comic-con-2015/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 18:24:42 +0000 http://www.fangirlconfessions.com/?p=11118 FanGirlConfessions.com
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In case you missed this past weekend's Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, here are some of my personal highlights, along with cosplay photos.

Highlights from the 2015 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
Robin

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I’m sure if you follow me on social media, you’re already tired of me talking about all the fun I had at this past weekend’s Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, but I’m still blogging about it, so there! Yes, it was a lot of fun, especially since was my first Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con press gig (I covered the WW Nashville con last year as press).

Having been to a few WW events now, I felt better prepared this time around, especially when it came to budgeting, because I spent entirely too much money at last year’s event. I still went over my budget this time around, but only by about $30, so go me!

I arrived at the con on Friday, and decided to put on my Emma Swan cosplay from Once Upon A Time. Only about three people actually got the costume, so I’m not sure I’ll wear it again, although it is super comfortable. I actually mix and match a lot of the pieces of that costume with my normal everyday clothes, so it’s not a huge loss.

Emma Swan cosplayOf course, wearing a leather jacket inside a crowded convention center in 80+ degree weather got hot, but I was determined to get a photo with Giancarlo Esposito who plays Sidney Glass on the series. I bought my ticket and stood in line only to be told that he wasn’t available for photos that night. Instead of getting a refund, though, I knew I had my STAR Labs t-shirt in my backpack, so I changed and got a photo with Rick Cosnett from The Flash instead. When I met him, I was like “EDDIE!” (If you’ve seen the season finale of The Flash, you’ll understand my distress). He gave me a massive hug and said “I’m still alive. I’m right here.” Totally cool guy.

I came back Saturday, though, and had him sign the photo for me. Look! I’m a babe! I wore my 1941 Wonder Woman costume and he high-fived me and told me I was awesome after he did a double-take because I looked so completely different in costume.

Rick Cosnett and me

It’s a good thing I got that early, though, because Saturday is always the busiest day of the con and there were long lines for everything after that.

Like I said, I wore my Wonder Woman costume on Saturday, which meant I got a lot of attention. This, however, is the first photo I posed for of the day. And probably one of my favorite photos ever because I think it just sort of represents what cosplay means to me.

We are all Wonder Women

By the way, here’s my friend, Allie, and me, dressed in our superhero costumes on Saturday.

Supergirl and Wonder WomanAllie and I had plans to check out the panel with Robin Lord Taylor, so we snuck into the panel before his and munched down on some peanut butter and crackers until we could get further sustenance. Then Allie got up and asked Robin Lord Taylor an awesome question and we both fangirled out. I covered the panel for Tech Times, and you can check that out here.

After that, we got our photo taken with Penguin himself. This is the sort of ironic photo where Supergirl and Wonder Woman team up with one of Batman’s villains. But hey, Penguin is COOL.

Supergirl, Penguin and Wonder Woman

He’s a very sweet guy, but unlike Rick, he’s not a hugger. I think he’s still sort of getting used to being famous. But he’s earned it because he is, seriously, the best actor on Gotham.

With that out of the way, we ate an overpriced slice of pizza (well, actually it was a BIG slice of something that tasted a lot like a Digiorno) and walked around the floor posing for photos. We took a lot of Justice League shots, and did I get any for myself? Of course not. Dur. I was too busy taking cosplay photos of other people for work. And then I had to go to the Agent Carter panel with Hayley Atwell and Lyndsy Fonseca. You can read more about that here. Both women are now my two new favorite feminist icons.

So that’s about it for Saturday. I wandered around the showroom floor… well, I limped because Wonder Woman’s boots hurt after being in them all day. I got more cosplay photos and took off, deciding to get a good night’s rest for the next day.

Which arrived quickly. Sunday brought on one of my favorite costumes of the weekend: Liv from iZombie.

Liv cosplay from iZombie

And with the show being new, I wasn’t sure people would get it, but I posed for more photos as Liv than as Wonder Woman! Everyone talked about how much they loved that show. And the icing on the cake is when the real Liv (actress Rose McIver) saw a photo of me on Twitter and replied that she “loved it!” This one is definitely a keeper.

I spent Sunday working, when I wasn’t posing for photos, getting a few more cosplay photos, as well as a few shots of some of the guests. Unfortunately, it was finally time to go home, and thanks to the fuel provided by a Starbucks S’mores frappucino, the three-hour drive went quickly.

For some of the photos I took over the weekend, you can check out my gallery over at Tech Times. But here are a few more for your viewing pleasure, including this guy who stole the hot sauce from my cosplay.

Michael Rooker with my hot sauce

Highlights from the 2015 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
Robin

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