A Battleworld Newspaper: Something You Never Knew You Needed

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First of all, I talked yesterday about the All-New, All-Different Avengers cover. Well, we’ve finally gotten a glimpse at the entire cover! Head on over to The Mary Sue to check it out! You can also go to the official Marvel site to learn more about this comic, which will be at comic book stores for this year’s Free Comic Book Day.

But let’s get to the story at hand. It sounds like we are going to be getting an actual newspaper coming straight from the surface of Battleworld, to give us the scoop on what the heck is happening in the Marvel ‘verse about a week before Secret Wars kicks off. Check out this official release from Marvel:

Coming this May – dispatches from the world of SECRET WARS come straight to you in this special edition of the New York Bulletin! The NEW YORK BULLETIN SECRET WARS NEWSPAPER is an actual, real newspaper featuring all the news you care about from the surface of Battleworld. New articles, new features, news from other domains – if it’s happening on Battleworld, the New York Bulletin has the scoop!

Your number one source for late-breaking news from the brink of destruction, the NEW YORK BULLETIN SECRET WARS NEWSPAPER is coming to comic shops one week before SECRET WARS #1.  From Greenland in the North to New Xandar below the Shield – our reporters have eyes and ears everywhere!

Who is the mysterious and “quiet” vigilante who leads the Inhuman rebellion? This tell-all expose will keep you up-to-date on Inhuman affairs! Homicide, mischief and mayhem! Scan the Police Blotter for a list of major crimes put to a halt by the Thors! Looking for a great vacation spot?  Don’t miss the new, expanded Travel section!

Plus, prepare for Secret Wars like never before with an exciting roadmap charting important moments, relevant stories, and can’t-miss collections to get you caught up for the highly anticipated first issue!

For all the Secret Wars news you care about – don’t miss the NEW YORK BULLETIN SECRET WARS NEWSPAPER, coming to comic shops this April!

What do you think about this whole Secret Wars/Battleworld thing? Are you confused or excited? Are you going to be checking out the All-New, All-Different Avengers comic on Free Comic Book Day? Let me know in the comments! 

More Characters Revealed for Marvel’s All-New, All-Different Avengers!

Marvel just released an image featuring a few more of the characters we can expect in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day comic, The All-New, All-Different Avengers. These guys will officially assemble after Secret Wars ends this fall. Because their sales are rocking the house, it’s no huge surprise to find the Goddess of Thunder and Ms. Marvel gracing the cover (they were revealed yesterday), but now we’ve got a closer look at two of the other figures gracing the cover: the Vision and Nova. Check it out! all new all different avengersWho do you think the silhouetted characters are? Do you think those green hands in the foreground belong to the Hulk, Radioactive Man, or someone else entirely? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to be hitting theaters in about nine or so months. So I figured it’s time to start planning re-watch parties (especially if you are old like me, and you and your equally old friends will only be able to get through one or two movies per get together–a proper re-watch could take a while for people like me). I also have recently learned that I have a friend who has never seen Star Wars. Ever. It is my duty as her friend to not only watch the films with her, but to make an event out of the viewing. Because of my old lady-ness and the inevitable length of time it will take for us to get through all the movies, I’m already planning my re-watch parties. So, in the days and weeks to come, I’m going to be posting about different things you can do to make your Star Wars re-watch parties awesome–I mean, it’s safe to assume we’ll all be re-watching episodes 1-6 before Force Awakens hits theaters, right?

So today I’m dedicating my everyday cosplay post to a few Star Wars-inspired outfits that you can wear to a re-watch party, but also in your every day life. Take a peek:

Everyday Han Solo
Princess Leia Everyday Cosplay
Everyday Luke Skywalker
Everyday Darth Vader
Who are some of your faves from Star Wars? Are you planning any rewatch parties before December? Let me know in the comments!

The Mary Sue Post: The Walking Dead Recap

There is one episode left in this season of The Walking Dead! But, before we jump into the season finale, I’m back at The Mary Sue recapping last night’s episode. I hope you’ll join me over there to hash it out!

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We’ve got a lot to talk about, so let’s get right to it. As always, there are spoilers ahead, so read on at your own risk.

We are officially one episode away from the season 5 finale, and things are most definitely starting to heat up in Alexandria Safe Zone. After last week’s episode, “Spend,” it was inevitable that the tension boiling just under the surface would finally come to a head.

Glenn, Nicholas, Eugene, and Tara all return from their supply run, and while Tara heals under Pete’s care, Nicholas goes to Deanna to explain the events that led to Aiden and Noah’s deaths. Unsurprisingly, he is a complete coward, doesn’t own up to his own actions, and tells Deanna that Glenn and Noah tried to abandon Aiden, and that Nicholas escaped the revolving door in an attempt to escape Glenn’s attempts to kill him, not in a disgusting display of selfish cowardice…

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue!

Geek & Sundry Post: Amazing TV Shows With Amazing Women

I’m over at Geek & Sundry again, talking about a few shows that feature some truly amazing women. I hope you’ll join me over there and join the conversation by leaving some of your favorite TV shows starring kickass women in the comments!

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I love television. One of my favorite things is to curl up on the couch and settle in with one of my favorite shows. I get even more excited when I stumble across a show the features some pretty kick-ass women. More recently we’ve been given the gift that is The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but that show comes after a long line of some pretty amazing women in TV. These shows kind of span genres, showing how much awesomeness women can offer to shows, be it in a fantasy TV show, a contemporary program, sci-fi, or a 30-minute sitcom. There’s something on this list for everyone, and I’ve most certainly missed some. Here are some of my favorites, but I hope you’ll add some of your favorites (and why you love them) in the comments!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Buffy is one of those shows that sort of paved the way for “geeky” television shows that feature women. Buffy managed to walk that line of being a teenager, but also being a kick-ass character. She could handle just about anything that came her way, and she had an awesome group of friends to help her through whatever she came across, be it human stuff or supernatural. Really, I’m just all about anything that features some awesome supernatural throw downs and some interesting, dynamic characters like Buffy, Willow, Dawn, and Cordelia…

Read the rest over at Geek & Sundry!

Why You Should Watch the Glee Finale…Even If You Gave Up On Glee

I remember when I decided that Glee was, officially, my new favorite show. It was this scene, right here:

As soon as Mr. Shue said, “from the top,” I knew I was hooked. For the first time in a while, I had found a show that I completely related with. Though I was never in show choir, I was a theatre kid in both high school…

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You can spot Junior Year Kendall in the front row. I’m third to the right of the girl in the white dress.

…and college.

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My costumes were out of control for this show. Believe it or not, this purple get up was one of the more subtle of my costumes.

I related all-too well with the struggles of a poorly funded fine arts program. My high school didn’t even have a stage for us, so it was a normal occurrence for us to perform our plays at other venues, other schools, or utilize my least favorite thing of all, “theatre in the round“–which meant we were usually having our play in the middle of a gymnasium. We never had a lot of money for costumes either, so it was standard procedure to scour each of our closets and Goodwill looking for pieces. I instantly fell in love with Glee because I felt like I was watching a wackier version of my own high school experience.

Buuuuut all good things must come to an end. When Glee started to kind of suck, I drifted away from the show. I came back to watch “The Quarterback”–and  I cried my eyes out–but then I resumed not watching Glee. So why did I watch the finale, and why should you?

The same reason people go to their high school reunions. Because even though you lose touch with people, you still like to know that those individuals you cared about ended up happy. While I may have been unhappy with the showrunners choices after the first class graduated from McKinley, seeing everyone come back together for that last episode reminded me of my high school and college theatre friends–and that relatability is what made me fall in love with Glee in the first place. While we don’t have any Tony Award winners in our midst (yet), I have friends who have moved to New York themselves to pursue set design, I have friends who have moved to LA to become professional actors and agents. I have friends who returned to our old school to teach, and friends who were together in high school who have ended up married. For all the crap I gave the McKinley kids for returning to their old high school, I myself have returned–even to make a “guest appearance” in our annual improv show–and have even kept in touch with my version of Mr. Shue, Mr. C (mercifully, Mr. C didn’t go through a rapping phase like Mr. Shue did). So for all the whining I did over Glee becoming ridiculous and unrelatable, it looks like there were still parts that were right on the money.

Sure, Glee had its rough patches, but even if you decided you were over Glee like I did, you should definitely watch the finale. Why? Because just like a high school reunion, the finale lets you gloss over and straight up ignore the messy, uncomfortable, or awful portions of the show’s past. Instead, you can just sit back and smile at the good times.

Here’s the final number from the series finale. While I was really, really bummed they didn’t do some sort of nod to “Don’t Stop Believing” in the final number, I did love the wink to those original red “costumes” and the choreography from that first number. Check it out for yourself:

Did you watch the Glee finale? What did you think? Have you been watching from the beginning, or did you drop out in the middle like i did? Let’s talk about this crazy show in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: My Top Comfort Films and TV Shows

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I’ve got a bit of a routine if I’m stuck at home sick, but if I’m having a tough day, the introvert in me usually likes to be able to sort of shut down for a bit. The best way to do that without being a complete weirdo, sitting along in a dark and quiet room (though I have to admit to occasionally driving home from work in a totally silent car after particularly rough days), is to watch some TV. These are a few of my go-to movies and shows that can instantly make a crappy day a bit brighter.

1. Singin’ in the Rain

This is one of my top five favorite movies of all time. I’m a sucker for musicals, and this one has some of the best song and dance numbers around. I submit that it is scientifically impossible to watch this film and not at least crack a smile.

2. Legally Blonde

I can’t help it; I love this movie. It’s fun with a healthy dose of girl power. It also got turned into a pretty fun musical. Because I love you all, here’s a song from the musical:

3. The IT Crowd

IT Crowd is, hands down, one of my all-time favorite shows, and this clip happens to come from my favorite episode. Each episode is lighthearted, slightly ridiculous, and rife with that British humour that I do so love. Popping on IT Crowd on Netflix and just letting it play is one of the best ways to turn a crappy day around.

4. Arrested Development

I love this show so much. Arrested Development’s bizarre, witty humor is my favorite thing, and they have some of the best running jokes around (and that is why you always leave a note!). The Charlie Brown sad walk, featured in the video above, is probably one of my favorites.

5. Monty Python’s Flying Circus

My parents introduced me to the wonderful world of Monty Python years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since the first time I heard, “Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries.” Monty Python’s Flying Circus always makes me laugh, even on the crappiest of days.

Honorable Mention:
Parks and Recreation

I love this show, and Leslie and the rest of the folks in Pawnee always make me smile. However, since the show literally just ended, I’m still dealing with a bit of post-show blues. So once I finish the mourning period and stages of grief you go through when a favorite show ends, it will be restored to its rightful place as a “comfort show”.

How about you? What shows and movies always make you feel better on a crappy day? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is saying. And be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr to get more Distracted Blogger! 

Geek & Sundry Post: The Awesome Women of the Whedonverse

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Hey, guys! I’m back at Geek & Sundry writing about some of my favorite women in the Whedonverse! Be sure to head over there to check out my blog (and check out my other G&S blogs), but also take a bit to look around and the re-vamped Geek & Sundry site. It looks completely awesome, and I’m so excited to be a part of this new era of the Sundry!

Here’s a sneak peek at what I wrote today:

Joss Whedon has brought us some truly amazing characters, and some even more amazing female characters. While there are tons of kick ass women to choose from in the Whedonverse, here are a few of my favorites.

Cordelia Chase, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

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Cordelia had quite the awesome run on Buffy and Angel. Though she may have been a bit vapid and air headed when we first met her at Sunnydale High, but she slowly became much more than the popular cheerleader after working with Buffy, and even more so in Angel once she starts having visions of people who need help. What makes her awesome is her growth. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to be judged by the high school version of me. Cordelia showed us that there is more to life than being popular, and that everyone has the power to change for the better…

Read the rest over at Geek & Sundry!

Skyrim Cell Phone Cover

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It’s no secret that I love Skyrim, and this isn’t the first time I’ve done a Skyrim-inspired project on the blog. BUT I just love doing craft projects that are inspired by my favorite video game, so I couldn’t help but kick off another Skyrim project. I’m pretty excited to show you my latest nerdcrafting endeavor, a Skyrim cell phone cover. I’ve had this idea floating around my brain for a while, and I finally got the project done. My idea came from the arrow you see on the Skyrim compass that directs you towards your next goal. Like this:
skyrim screenshotI liked that the symbol would make for a subtle tribute to Skyrim, and since I have a bad habit of misplacing my phone around my house very frequently, I thought putting one of these arrows that is meant to point you towards something would be quite fitting.

Here’s what I used:

skyrim cell phone nerdcraftingYou’ll need to get a clear cell phone cover. You can find these for about 99 cents on Amazon. [Side note: this is a cheap cell cover, so if you need some high tech cell protection, this might not work for you.]

You’ll also need some washi tape. Get a pattern that you think is cute. I picked a pink and sparkly washi tape because…well…I like things that are pink and sparkly.

Mod podge. A must-have for just about any craft project, amirite?

Finally, print out the arrow. I found my picture here, but you can just do a quick Google search to find one you like.

From there, I just printed out the size I wanted onto card stock. I put a couple of extra layers of card stock behind it to make the arrow extra thick, mod podged  it all together, and let it dry.

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Mine was smack in the middle of drying, which is why it is pictured in a tiny bowl with some goo on it.

Once you have your supplies and your arrow is drying, grab your cell cover and the washi tape. Cover the back of the cell cover with the washi tape, and then paint a layer of mod podge over top. If you’re like me, it would really bug you if the mod podge dried in a weird pattern. To avoid this, paint the mod podge on vertically. Let it dry.

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Once the arrow and the cell cover are mostly dry, decide where you want to place the arrow onto the cell phone cover. Once you found a spot you’re happy with, put a teeny bit of mod podge on the back of the arrow to secure it to the cover, and then paint another layer of mod podge over the arrow.

skyrim cell coverOnce that’s dry, you’re all set to bring the spirit of the dovahkiin to your cell phone! Check out the finished product:

skyrim cell cover finished productI’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty thrilled with how this turned out. I think it’s the perfect blend of nerdy and cute. Also, did I mention how much I love pink and sparkly things? I also like how simple the whole look is, because it gives me options to add something to the cover later (it might be cool to add some dragon runes) if I really want to let my nerd flag fly. Regardless of what I choose to do with this in the future, I love how this turned out.

What nerdcrafting are you doing these days? Let me know in the comments!

The Mary Sue Post: The Walking Dead Recap

I’m back at The Mary Sue talking about last night’s episode of The Walking Dead! I hope you’ll join me over there!

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We’ve only got two episodes left in season 5, and things are definitely starting to get intense. However, before I jump into this week’s recap, be warned that there will be spoilers ahead.

Last week’s episode was relatively sleepy and character-focused. Though this week’s episode kicked off feeling equally sleepy and character-focused, it most certainly was not.

The biggest thing we realized this episode? Our concerns about Alexandria were pretty much right on the money. At this point Alexandria is no Terminus or Woodbury, but there is certainly a bit of a dark undercurrent in the midst of those perfect, suburban homes.

Unfortunately, one of those negative forces is coming from within our group….

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue!