5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fictional Pets I’d Like to Adopt

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There are so many fun pets in the many fictional universes of pop culture. I’m sure there are some I’ll think of later and kick myself over. For now, here are the five fictional pets I’d like to adopt.

Waddles the Pig

Waddles the Pig (Gravity Falls)

Just look at that adorable piggy face! I want to squeeze his cheeks and cuddle him so hard! Waddles is pretty much the cutest (full-size) pig ever. He would be my trusty sidekick and I’d feed him scraps from the dinner table. It would be even more amazing if I could adopt the super-genius Waddles from Season 2 after he eats that magic mushroom paste. Then we could save the world together and he’d be the first pig to win a Noble Prize.

Hedwig the Owl

Hedwig the Snowy Owl (Harry Potter)

Hedwig is super smart and protective of Harry. She even gives her own life to save him! I would love to have a beautiful, intelligent owl like Hedwig to keep me company and deliver my mail. I’ve always liked the idea of an owl post. Seems to me it would be more effective than our current postal service.

Adipose

Adipose (Doctor Who)

Ok, I know the Adipose are made up of fat and other biological tissue, but they’re just so damn adorable! They’ve got one little tooth like a baby. I bet they would be super squishy to hug. I seem to have a thing for fat, cuddly, squishy things. ūüėÄ

Raja the Tiger

Rajah the Tiger (Aladdin)

Who wouldn’t want a ferocious bengal tiger as their pet? Especially because that probably means you’re royalty like Princess Jasmine. I always wanted to be like her when I was little. She’s the prettiest Disney princess in my opinion (and the one I look the most like thank you very much). Rajah is super sweet with her like a tamed house cat, but very protective as you can see from this photo from when he bit Jafar in the ass.

Pascal

Pascal the Chameleon (Tangled)

Pascal is hilarious. He would always keep me entertained. Just look at the expression on his face; he’s got to be the most expressive chameleon in existence. I’m not normally into lizards, but I do adore chameleons. Their color changing super powers are pretty rad too.

I have a feeling I may have more favorites after Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out! What are some of your favorite fictional pets?

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5 Fandom Friday: Five Fictional Vehicles I’d Love to Travel In

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Oh man, I am really into this week’s 5 Fandom Friday: Five Fictional Vehicles I’d Love to Travel In. It’s incredibly hard to narrow it down to just five when there are so many amazing vehicles I could have adventures in. I mean, I even have this shirt from TeeFury, which shows just a few of the most famous fictional (and nerdy) vehicles just from¬†movies and TV.

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But, I did manage to narrow it down after a lot of brainstorming (and reading other female geek bloggers’ posts!). Allonsy!

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1. TARDIS

I love Doctor Who and am pretty enamored with the Doctor’s¬†ship the T(ime) A(and) R(elative) D(imenson) I(n) S(pace). Not only is it blue (my favorite color), but it’s bigger on the inside and can travel anywhere in space or time. I would love to be one of the Doctor’s companions and see the Oods or the Boekind, and have adventures on distant planets.

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2. Starship Enterprise

Star Trek is one of my favorite sci-fi series of all time, specifically The Next Generation because I grew up watching it. I have always wanted to travel on the Enterprise D ship, which is from TNG. I could transport myself onto the surface of another planet or use the holodeck. Plus it would be so cool to be in Starfleet Academy and be an officer on the ship.

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3. Hogwarts Express

Oh my God you guys, how amazing would it be to get to ride on the real Hogwarts Express?! That would mean you were going to school at Hogwarts and were a witch or a wizard! Obviously this had to be on my list, especially because Harry Potter is pretty much my #1 fandom. I would order so many chocolate frogs from the food trolley. O_O

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4. Batmobile

Chicks dig the car, right? I am also a huge fan of Batman and the Batmobile is pretty much the coolest car there is. While I love the original vintage Batmobile from the TV series purely for aesthetic reasons, I’d want to ride around in Michael Keaton’s batmobile from the Tim Burton Batman movies. It’s so hilariously phallic and cartoonish.

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5. Cylon Raider

Technically, the Cylon Raiders are actually sentient beings, but I could pilot one if I wanted to like Starbuck did. They’re just such menacing vehicles. They always look like they’re about to attack you even if they’re not. The Cylons in the reboot are pretty badass so I wouldn’t mind being one, or the descendent of one anyway. ūüėČ

What are your favorite fictional vehicles and why?

Lessons Learned from Comic-Con 2015

This year’s Comic-Con turned out even better than last year’s for a number of reasons, which I’d like to share with you all. Although it can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned con veteran, there are ways to make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful.

Plan ahead, but don’t over plan.

Last year was my first Comic-Con and I went a little overboard in the pre-planning stage. It stressed me out so much I was incredibly anxious the first night I got to San Diego and was trying to figure out how I was going to do everything. Well, reality check, it’s impossible to do everything you want to do. Events, panels, autograph signings, and giveaways often overlap. The most important part of planning is to know what’s going on within a time block and knowing what your number one choice is with a backup or two in case you miss out on your first choice. The Comic-Con app¬†is super helpful and was created for exactly this reason. It even has some of the outside events on there like the Her Universe Fashion Show and Adult Swim on the Green. With all this being said, that leads me to my next point…

Leetal Platt's model for her Usagi's Transformation Sailor Moon dress kisses her boyfriend after the Her Universe Fashion Show
Leetal Platt’s model for her Usagi’s Transformation Sailor Moon dress kisses her boyfriend after the Her Universe Fashion Show

Spontaneity is okay!

Even though I planned ahead and picked out what panels I was most interested in, I only went to about 10% or less of them. The thing about Comic-Con is, you never know what might happen. It’s good to be spontaneous and go with your gut if something all of a sudden appeals to you or you find out about a last minute opportunity or signing. If I had gone to every panel I initially was interested in, I would never have had an opportunity to even visit the exhibit hall. I saw a few different celebrities while I was down there including Natalie Dormer, Elijah Wood, Seth Green, and Edward James Olmos. On Friday, I pretty much abandoned the idea of panels all together and my friends and I decided to do The Game of Thrones Experience and walk around the Gaslamp district for most of the day.¬†We got some fun swag out of it and really enjoyed ourselves¬†since we took turns waiting in line. The point is, don’t be chained to your schedule, Comic-Con is full of surprises!

Me as a white walker at GOT: Experience the Realm
Me as a white walker at GOT: Experience the Realm

Make time for friends

Obviously this mainly will apply¬†to you if you have friends that are also going, but it also applies to the random people you’ll meet while at Comic-Con. Don’t be afraid to talk to people, especially while you’re waiting in line. I made some great line buddies during the Gravity Falls panel and I wish I had gotten their information. In comparison to last year, this year was ten times as enjoyable because I went with friends and we all made time for each other at some point during the day, often for a meal or outside event. I¬†also had the opportunity to meet up with other friends that incredibly, I have made only within the past year or so! Meeting these people has been largely due to the making of our Harry Potter fan film “Severus Snape and The Marauders.” (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out my post on our teaser trailer here.) I am incredibly grateful for those wonderful people and super excited to put out our little fan film that we all worked so hard on.

Mick Ignis (Snape), Justin Zagri (my boyfriend and the Writer/Director), and Dani Jae (Lily) after the Harry Potter fandom panel.
Mick Ignis (Snape), Justin Zagri (my boyfriend and the Writer/Director), and Dani Jae (Lily) after the Harry Potter fandom panel.

Exclusives are over-rated

I really had my heart set on getting a few of the Comic-Con exclusives this year, mainly the Fight Club 2 variant cover and the Heisenberg Blue Sky Pop vinyl. However, it was pretty much impossible to get either unless you arrived to the convention center at the crack of dawn before the doors even opened. I did not attempt to fight with the hoards early morning just for a chance at an exclusive. I heard horror stories of running and pushing and shoving and yelling, and that’s just not how I wanted to start my day. Even more importantly however, I didn’t want to sacrifice my sleep or my time especially when I could just buy them later anyway. Yes that’s right, you can still buy many of the exclusives after Comic-Con. Sure they might be more expensive than they were at Comic-Con, but not by that much. The Fight Club 2 comic is going for $15-20 and was originally $5, while the Heisenberg Pop vinyl is going for $30-$40 and I think it retailed for around $15 originally. However, I found out through the grapevine that many of the left over Pop vinyl exclusives are available at both Barnes & Noble and Hot Topic after Comic-Con. Unfortunately they were out of the Heisenberg one by the time I found this out on the 16th, but I did pickup the Eleventh Doctor Pop vinyl exclusive at Hot Topic for $15.

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Doctor Who 11th Doctor Cyberman Head exclusive

Don’t feel obligated to Cosplay, but do it if you really love the character

In the past, I’ve felt like I should be cosplaying at conventions. I have friends who are¬†professional cosplayers and costume designers and their costumes are always outrageously good. The thing is, I always had a hard time choosing characters to cosplay as because I feel like there aren’t too many characters that I look like and I hate wearing wigs. Last year I did Jane Lane from Daria, but I feel like a lot of people didn’t know who I was because I didn’t have a Daria with me. This year I decided to do Dipper Pines from Gravity Falls and had a lot of fun doing so. It’s another easy costume¬†to put together, but is much more recognizable since it’s from a current show. I wore the costume to the Gravity Falls panel and had a great time with other cosplayers just taking photos and talking about the show. The best part however, was the producers of the show inviting all the cosplayers to take a group photo with Alex Hirsch and Kristen Schaal after the panel! Just another example of one of the many Comic-Con surprises that can spontaneously happen at any time!

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Dipper Pines cosplay adventure at SDCC 2015!

Only take free swag that you really like, will use, or know someone else will like.

Last year I was in awe of all the free stuff that I tried to collect ALL THE THINGS! This is completely pointless because I think I have less than half of the free stuff I got last year still. Most of it is promotional material for things you just won’t bother with, so only seek out goodies that are of interest to you. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and get an exclusive giveaway or raffle at a panel. Or you may find a brand ambassador for a TV show wandering the Gaslamp Quarter with free stuff. Or even still you might get some sweet swag at an outside event.

Swag from the Her Universe fashion show at Comic-Con
Swag from the Her Universe fashion show at Comic-Con

 

Was this post helpful or do you have any advice or lessons you’ve learned from Comic-Con? Leave me a comment below!

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Favorite Things I Own That I Bought at Cons

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I’m not one to spend hundreds of dollars at cons each time I attend, but I do like to snag at least one awesome thing. I’ve probably attended about 10 cons in my life as I only really started going to them after college. Here are my five favorite things that I bought at cons (so far!).

Abe Lopez Batman Haunted Mansion

This signed “Haunted Arkham Asylum” print by Abe Lopez. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. I snagged it at Wondercon¬†this year. It combines two of my favorite things: the Batman universe and Disney’s The Haunted Mansion ride!!

Pugs Book

I am completely in love/obsessed with pugs and I had to have this book when I saw it at Comikaze last year. It features a really cute and derpy pug, doing what they do best. Being cute and derpy. ūüėÄ The author also signed it and made a small drawing on the inside. You can check out Dave Kellett’s stuff here.

Camille Rose Garcia 1st Edition Signed Snow White and Print

Camille Rose Garcia has been my favorite pop artist since high school when I saw her work featured in Nylon magazine. I have her first art book and the Alice in Wonderland book she illustrated that is like this Snow White one. I have always wanted to own one of her prints and this deal was pretty much the closest I could get currently. Snagged a signed first edition of her Snow White book along with a signed print at Comic-Con this year!

David Mack Kabuki The Alchemy

I met David Mack at Miami Supercon back in 2010. I was wandering through Artist’s Alley and his watercolor work caught my eye. I told him I thought his work was really beautiful and he was super sweet in response. I bought this version of Kabuki and he threw in a couple of the comics, signing everything. David is one of the most generous artists ¬†out there. He’s featured in the documentary Temple of Art, which I am proud to have been a supporter of via Kickstarter. This year, I¬†found him at Comic-Con and he signed my copy of Fight Club 2. He’s also very responsive on Twitter, which is awesome.

Tardis Blueprint Tank Top

Bought this Tardis tank from GeekyU at Comikaze and am super in love with it. I love nerdy tank tops and would much rather wear them than t-shirts, especially since I live in Southern California. The design of this shirt is really cool because it’s in that blueprint style, which is kinda popular right now. I’ve received lots of compliments on it too!

I’d love to see your favorite con purchases! Link me in the comments below!

Severus Snape & The Marauders Teaser Trailer Released!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I produced a Harry Potter fan film this year with my boyfriend, Justin. Our film is called “Severus Snape & The Marauders,” and we are currently in the post-production phase. Justin got to be on a Harry Potter fandom panel during this year’s Comic-Con entitled “Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them,” where a tiny amount of footage was shown. However, on Tuesday of this week, we released the first official teaser trailer for our film much to the excitement of fans and journalists alike. So far we’ve been covered on Hypable, the BBC’s Anglophenia, and MoviePilot among others, but we’re hoping for more coverage as the word spreads and the trailer gets more YouTube views. So without further ado, I present to you, the teaser trailer for “Severus Snape & The Marauders.”