Geek & Sundry Post: Geeky Wedding Inspiration

We can’t all rock a full-out geeky wedding. Sometimes you want to go for a more subtle geeky day, but it can be tough to figure out just the right way to make it work. So I scoured the internet and found five pretty rad ideas of some subtly geeky weddings to help you get your wedding planner on. I hope you’ll join me over at Geek & Sundry to talk about it!

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Weddings are awesome, but they can be super stressful. There can be tons of pressure to make sure everything is PERFECT from the color scheme to the venue, and it can always be tough to balance the desire to let you and your partner’s personality shine through the day without making the day feel tacky. While some people can totally rock a wedding that’s all-out Star Trek or Game of Thrones themed with serious style and flair, that kind of a wedding shindig isn’t for everyone. Maybe you want to make sure your love of Harry Potter gets represented in your wedding, but you aren’t in love with the idea of standing at the altar wearing Hogwarts robes in your house color. For those of you who want to add a few more subtle tones of geeky fun to your Big Day, here are some truly awesome examples of a geek chic wedding…

Gamer Wedding

Anli and Laura are two gamers who wanted to bring their love of gaming together with their love of one another. The ceremony had plenty of gamer love–using things like the Nintendo DS to display the rings and a Portal companion cube cake with gaming-inspired toppers…

Read the rest over at Geek & Sundry! 

Fallout: Lois Lane Book Review

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve always kind of love the nineties-tastic show The New Adventures of Lois and Clark starring Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher.

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It was one of those shows that I started watching as a kid, and even though I easily recognize the cheese factor of that show, it will always have a dorky place in my heart.

But, I mean, seriously. Look at those quintessentially 90s glasses. I just, I can’t even with those glasses right now…

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ANYWAY…

Because of my love of Superman–and it totally doesn’t matter if that love began with Dean Cain and not Christopher Reeve–I was super excited when I got the chance to check out Gwenda Bond’s new book, Lois Lane: Fallout. Bond’s book is a bit of a new spin on a classic character, which I couldn’t wait to dive into. Check out the book’s rad cover:
loise-lane-fallout-finalHere’s a quick breakdown of the book:

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight.

As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy…

I’ll be honest. I didn’t know what to expect from this book. A YA re-imagining of Lois Lane–a character who has literally been around for decades? Would it feel like a cheap knock-off? Would it cheapen a character that I actually love? Would it just be a stupid, useless addition to the Superman canon?

Short answer: not in the least.

It’s true, this story is rather different from other stories involving Lois, but it definitely feels like the Lois we all love, especially compared to recent developments in the Lois story arc in the comics world.

Bond gracefully and masterfully creates a teenage Lois Lane that is believable and shows the Lois Lane that we all love–the one who is way more than a chick who is frequently saved and occasionally dates/marries Superman. Bond’s Lois is smart, she isn’t afraid to make waves, she’s brave, and she looks out for other people–this book captures all of that with a fun and exciting mystery that she has to unravel.

We have so many origin stories or tales of a young Superman/Clark Kent out there, but there isn’t nearly as much out there on Lois’ backstory. Sure, Lois doesn’t have superpowers, so I get why the focus is often Clark-centric. However, Lois isn’t just a shrinking violet, damsel-in-distress either. Part of the reason Lois jives so well with Clark–I think, anyway–is because she’s able to keep up with him. She’s just as smart (if not smarter) than Clark, she’s highly intuitive, she’s quick on her feet, she cares about bringing bad guys to justice, and she isn’t afraid of a dangerous situation. Bond’s book describes a teenager who would clearly grow into just that woman. It’s a nice blend of Superman and a Veronica Mars-type story, and I just love that.

Teenage Lois has a bit of a record from her previous schools, but she’s got a reason for every bit of “trouble” she’s caused. Here’s an example:

“Did you really create a noxious cloud that caused the evacuation of your school in Ohio?”

“Of course not.” I waved my hand dismissively.

“Good,” she said….

…”It was a few harmless chemicals mixed into an equally harmless cloud. Not noxious so much as big,” I said, “It was a distraction to help this girl, Sophie, who really needed an A. Her partner messed up their lab on purpose, because she broke up with him.”

I love Bond’s Lois so much. Sure, it’s a bit different, but I think that’s good. I love the new spin on classic, beloved characters, and I love that this book focuses on Lois rather than Clark. Of course, the shadow of her online friend “Smallvilleguy” (gee, wonder who that could be!) is a fun wink to the Superman fandom that Lois’ adventures are only just beginning.

TL;DR: This book is awesome. It’s fresh, it’s exciting, it’s funny, and it’s nearly impossible to put down. It also released today, so go buy your copy now! 

After reading a book like this, I knew I had to interview the author. Was it intimidating to write this book? Where did the inspiration come from? WHEN CAN I GET BOOK TWO!?!? Happily, she was kind enough to take time out to chat with me. Here’s my convo with super-author Gwenda Bond:

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Kendall: There are tons of ways to fall in love with the Superman universe. Did you come to it through comics, TV (there’s no shame in liking Lois & Clark with Dean Cain. ­­I know I did!), or the movies?

Gwenda: I absolutely agree! No one should ever feel ashamed about liking what they like or feel they need to apologize for it. My own first encounter with Lois Lane was as a kid watching the Superman movie, with Christopher Reeve as Superman and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. I was immediately drawn to this character not quite like any I’d seen before, and I tracked her progress in various media after that on and off—from stealing my brother’s comic books to buying my own. But I think we all have those fictional characters who become more a part of us than we even recognize at first, perhaps. Lois is definitely one of those for me.

K: What inspired you to write about a teenage Lois Lane?

G: I was lucky enough to be asked if I was interested in writing about a teen Lois Lane as a reporter and my response was of the “ARE YOU KIDDING? SO IN” variety. More seriously, though, it was inspiring—never has a project unlocked its secrets to me so quickly.

K: How did the writing process for Lois Lane: Fallout differ from your previous novel, Girl on a Wire?

G: The only major differences were really that I had to do a fairly detailed outline up front—I’m an outliner, but usually I’m the only one who sees it at the start and with Girl on a Wire, I mostly felt my way through—and that the sense of please­don’t­screw­this­up always present when I’m writing a novel was stronger. I didn’t want to disappoint long-time fans of the character who have been waiting for a showcase like this. But, other than that, the process was very similar to my normal one.

K: Was it intimidating to write a novel from the perspective of a character that has not only existed for decades, but is fairly well-­loved among Superman fans? If so, how did you deal with that?

G: It was! But, honestly, I feel like my love for the characters and the pull of the story was strong enough that it overpowered the worst. I guess you could say that my superpower was to put that out of my head while I was writing. Though I would joke to my husband that “I don’t want to be the one who screwed up Lois Lane.” So, yes, I was nervous when people starting reading early copies of the book, and so so so relieved when several people who care deeply about the character gave it the thumbs ­up. I wanted this book to feel like a gift to those readers.

K: Did you spend a lot of time researching Lois from TV, film, and comics, or did you shy away from spending too much time in Lois stories to keep yours fresh?

G: A mix of both. In the first month I was working on the project I went back and re­-watched some Touchstone movies, live ­action and animated, and revisited some of the comics, and read some writing about her. But then I sensed that it was time to just start writing and let my version of Lois come to life on the page.

K: What do you hope Superman fans will take away from Fallout?

G: I hope they’ll feel like it has the things they love about the Superman world but presented in a fresh way, through Lois’s eyes, and also that they enjoy the new elements and characters too.

K: Do you think die ­hard Superman comic book fans will like your book, or do you not care since this is arguably tapping into an entirely new market from a traditional comic reader?

G: Truly, I tried to make it the best of both worlds. So far, from Superman fans, I hear delight in picking up on some of the touchstones seeded in and that the characters feel right to them. But from people who aren’t necessarily Superman fans, they don’t seem to feel like there are things they’re missing out on (a lot of them are Veronica Mars fans, and so coming to the story from more the gutsy girl sleuth angle—which I also deeply appreciate). I wanted it to have a welcome mat for all readers interested.

K: If Fallout was a movie, who would you love to see cast as Lois?

G: What fun that would be. And here is where you find out that even though I watch entirely too much TV, I hardly ever know actor and actress names! So, either someone I have no idea their real name or someone completely unknown. Lois should be a career­-making part.

K: Were you anything like Lois when you were a teen?

G: Ha! It’s funny you ask, because this book probably actually has more nods to my own adolescence than anything I’ve written. My parents were principals (my dad my elementary school, my mom my high school—they are both lovely), and I always joke that’s where my authority issues come from. Let’s just say that Lois’s penchant for elaborately getting in trouble is not entirely unlike my own teen years.

K: Who is your favorite Lois, Amy Adams, Erica Durance, Margot Kidder, Noel Neill, Kate Bosworth, or Terri Hatcher?

G: That is a list of wonderful ladies. I’d have to say Margot Kidder, for reasons cited above. But I will also throw in a vote for the voice work of Dana Delany.

K: Who is your favorite Superman, Christopher Reeve, Brandom Routh, Henry Cavill, Dean Cain, or Tom Welling?

G: Again, I’m taking the easy way out! Lovely list of men (truly: lovely), but Christopher Reeve remains my favorite. The physicality of the way he played Clark Kent vs. Superman is just masterful; I’ve compared him in the role to Cary Grant (who of course started out in vaudeville and could be quite the acrobat, and brought that great physical timing to his roles). I’m a bit of an old Hollywood nerd too.

K: Can we expect more Lois Lane novels? If so, do you have anything cooking that you can tell us?

G: Well, it is announced as a series. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say anything else right now, but I will say: buy Fallout! Because there are many more stories I’d love to tell starring Lois Lane. Ultimately, it’s the success of the book that proves there’s a market for those stories.

K: Where can we find you online?

G: Far too frequently on twitter as @gwenda, or goofing off on tumblr as gwendabond.tumblr.com, and on my own site at www.gwendabond.com.

K: Anything else you want to mention that I didn’t ask?

G: Thanks for your interest and the interview, and I shouldn’t miss an opportunity to say again what a pleasure it’s been getting to talk to people and hear about what Lois Lane means to them. So, anyone who ever sees me at an event, please come up and tell me, if you’re so inclined. I still can’t believe that talking about Lois Lane now falls under the heading of “job.”

Be sure to follow Gwenda online, and pick up a copy of Lois Lane: Fallout from your favorite bookstore, or from these online retailers! Let me know what you think of Fallout–have you read it? are you going to read it?–in the comments! 

Geek & Sundry Post: TARDIS Travel

I’m at Geek & Sundry talking about travelling in a TARDIS. I hope you’ll join me over there to talk about what you would do if you could take the TARDIS out for a spin! geek and sundry

Everybody loves to take tons of pics and spam Instagram with your vacation pics. And when I say everyone, I definitely mean Time Lords, too. The Instagram account @tardiscovery, run by the honorary time Lords Olivia and Lewis, features photos from all over the globe featuring aTARDIS. The Doctor would be so proud.

Buzzfeed featured a list of some of the most amazing places Olivia and Lewis have snapped pics of their tiny TARDIS, like pics of the phone box with a phone box, or even visiting with some old frenemies.

Of course, this super creative travelogue idea got me thinking about having my own TARDIS. If I had my very own TARDIS, and all of time and space, where would be the best places to start?…

Read the rest over at Geek & Sundry!

Free Comic Book Day 2015 (illustrated with Bridesmaids gifs–because why not?)

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Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day, guys! Get excited!

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If you’ll remember my endeavors from last year’s FCBD, I kind of half-assed the entire effort. I didn’t decide I wanted to partake in FCBD until the day of, and I didn’t decide to actually venture over to my local comic book store until later in the day, which meant I kind of missed out on the whole thing.

Not this year, kids! This year, I’m going to fully partake in the Free Comic Book Day festivities. What festivities are those, you might ask? Well, let’s start with the obvious…

Free Stuff!

Its-free-gifNamely, free comics. I mean, it’s called Free Comic Book Day for a reason. Even cooler, most comic book publishers have released issues just for FCBD. You can see the list of those titles on the FCBD site.

Your Comic Book Store Will Make An Event Of It

partyThis is a pretty big event for comic shops, so they’re gonna make it worth your time to stand in line and jam into a super tiny, shockingly crowded comic shop. Though every store will be different, usually you can expect to find anything at your local comic book store from local artists to indie publishers, local writers, cosplay, contests, drawing, and even food–not to mention the awesome experience of getting to meet and hang out with some other local comic book lovers.

Some Pretty Rad FCBD Merch To Help Commemorate FCBD 2015

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You can get yourself anything from the official 2015 shirt with this year’s FCBD logo designed by Amanda Conner to posters, totes, and hats. Even better, you order the merch through your local comic shop, so it helps a local small business. Win-win. You can see the 2015 FCBD merch on their website.

Check out the store locator to see what comic shops in your area are participating. You can also check out if your local library is doing anything to celebrate FCBD. In short, it’s gonna be awesome, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy–even people new to comics. I cannot WAIT for tomorrow! One more day, guys…

one more dayAre you going to be participating in Free Comic Book Day this year? What are your plans? Let me know in the comments! 

Fandom Nails: Avengers!

It’s Ultron week, so I’ve been focusing pretty heavily on getting you ready for the premiere with tips on throwing an awesome watch party and some everyday cosplay suggestions. Of course I couldn’t let this week go by without doing some Avengers-inspired fandom nails, right?

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Weeellll, Avengers nails weren’t as easy as I thought they’d be. I began with these grand plans of putting very elaborate designs on my nails that would clearly and perfectly represent each Avenger. However, after the zillionth failed attempt at painting a tiny mjolnir on my nails…

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Still, I wasn’t ready to give up entirely. I packed up my nail polish for the night, and came back the next day to give it another try. Only this time I opted for some less-obvious tributes to my favorite group of superheroes. Here’s what I used (spoiler alert: I used a crapton of nail polish):

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OPI, Yoga-ta Get This BlueSalon Perfect, Black DiamondSalon Perfect, White OutNicole by OPI High Shine Top CoatPetites, Passion OrangeNYC, White Lights GlitterPure Ice, BewareSally Hansen, Slick SlateSally Hansen, Black HeartSally Hansen, Purple CrazeOrly, Teal Unreal

I got my inspiration from other nail designs I found online. However, most designs I found were super colorful. I decided that I didn’t want to have so many contrasting colors happening on my nails, so I opted for blue on my ring fingers, and then I alternated between the slate and the black on my other nails. I work in an office, y’all. I can’t go around work with bright red, green, purple, AND blue nails, yafeelme?

After picking base colors that would both serve my purposes and keep my bosses happy, I tackled the designs. For Thor, I opted for a lightning bolt rather than the mjolnir–way easier. I went for red (okay, dark orange–it was all I had), white, and blue stripes for Cap (I’ve seen several Captain America nails with stars, too, but I am so bad at drawing stars on paper, so I didn’t want to even attempt them on my nails). I created a arc reactor-esque design for Iron Man, and I drew a basic arrow for Hawkeye. Since I was quickly running out of fingers, I tossed symmetry to the wind and used my thumbs to rep Black Widow and Hulk. On one thumb, I drew purple and green (okay, teal–again, all I had) stripes for Hulk–I wasn’t even going to attempt to draw a DNA strand, radioactive symbol, or Hulk-face on my nails–and a red hourglass for Black Widow.

I added a green glitter to my Hulk nail to bring out the green, and on the other nails I added a silver glitter. I felt like a bit of glitter gave the nails a bit of superhero magnificence. Also, I just love glitter. Here’s how the nails turned out:

Avengers NailsWhat do you think? Have you tried any Avengers nail designs? Are you doing anything special for the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron? Let me know your premiere plans–be they watch parties, everyday cosplay, fandom nails, or something completely different–in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: The Avengers

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It’s just about time for Age of Ultron to hit theaters! Get excited, Marvel fans! Earlier in the week I wrote up a few tips to a killer Marvel watch party over at Geek & Sundry, and now I’ve got a few ideas for some Avengers-themed everyday cosplay. Check it out:
Everday Hulk/Bruce Banner Cosplay
Everyday Black Widow Cosplay
Everyday Captain America Cosplay
Everyday Thor Cosplay
Everyday Ironman Cosplay
Everyday Hawkeye

And, for those of you who can’t pick just one Avenger to emulate, I give you the generic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent everyday cosplay:

Everyday SHIELD Agent Cosplay

Of course, do be careful with this one. That tank top definitely might give away any Hydra-leaning tendencies you might have…

Are you going to be watching Avengers: Age of Ultron when it premieres this weekend? Let me know your premiere-viewing plans in the comments!

Geek & Sundry Post: Throw an Awesome Marvel Watch Party

Guys, it’s officially Age of Ultron week! I’ll be focusing a bit more on Marvel-centered posts here on the blog, and I’m kicking things off with this post that I wrote over at Geek & Sundry. Obviously you’re going to at least have to re-watch the first Avengers film before queuing up for Age of Ultron, but maybe you want to get really crazy and watch ALL THE MARVEL MOVIES before you see AoU. Whatever your plans are for prepping for Age of Ultron, I’ve got some tips on how to take your watch party up a notch from pizza and beer to something truly burdened with glorious purpose. I hope you’ll join me over at Geek & Sundry to talk about it!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is hitting theaters on May 1, so now is the time to catch up on your Marvelmovies. Whether you’re planning to re-watch the first Avengers movie or you’re particularly motivated and plan re-watch watch every modern Marvel film from the first Iron Man to Captain America: Winter Soldier, it’s worth making an occasion out of it. However, throwing a truly epic watch party can be a bit of an intimidating endeavor, so I’ve compiled some tips to make sure your Marvel watch party has just the right amount of epic awesomeness to get you pumped for the Age of Ultron premiere.

Send Out Actual Invitations
I know, in this day and age, who sends out actual invites? While we’re in a digital age, it can be kind of fun to send your guests something physical to hold in their hands to invite them to come watch superhero flicks at your house. The internet is rife with invites you can buy, or free printables. Here are a couple of pretty awesome ideas of physical invitations you could send out…

Marvel Watch Party Invite

Find out where to get these invites and read the rest of the post over at Geek & Sundry!

Geek & Sundry Post: So The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Isn’t THAT Bad…

I’ve been talking a lot about Star Wars here on mine blog, and I decided to carry that fun over to Geek & Sundry. I’m over there today talking about the prequel trilogy, and how it actually isn’t as bad as every makes it out to be. I know. Apparently I just wanted to piss people off on the interwebz today. I hope you’ll join me over at Geek & Sundry to talk about it!

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I know. The title of this article alone has made your blood boil.

Who in their right mind could defend those movies? The continuity errors? Jake Lloyd? The horrible chemistry between Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen? Jar-Jar Binks?

Sure, the original trilogy did a lot of stuff wrong, but sometimes I think the fandom can be a bit hard on those films. Despite it all, there are some good things that make the prequel trilogy very important to the Star Wars saga. Stick with me here, okay?

Let’s start with something pretty easy. The original trilogy was limited by the technology of the time. So while lightsaber fights looked like this in A New Hope:

…newer technology allowed the prequels to offers us pretty awesome lightsaber fights like this one in Phantom Menace:

So plot, acting, and chemistry aside, the prequels were able to visually reach a level that the original trilogy never could because the technology simply wasn’t there yet. The prequel trilogy got to not only display crazier fight scenes, but the scenery and landscapes shown in the films were leaps and bounds beyond what we see in the original three (I’m not going to talk about the atrocity that is George Lucas’ “additions” to the original three–that’s a whole different can of worms). If nothing else, the prequel trilogy is just a lot more visually stunning than the original trilogy. Of course, there is much more to a film than looking pretty, and the prequel trilogy had incredibly giant shoes to fill…

Read the full article at Geek & Sundry!

Survival Guide for the Walking Dead Hiatus

Season 5 of The Walking Dead is in the books, and we’ve all had a few weeks to catch up on the season finale, and fully accept the fact that we are officially in the middle of the show’s summer hiatus. As y’all know, I recapped The Walking Dead at The Mary Sue this season. So I was ALL ABOUT the Ricktatorship this season. Now that the season is officially over, what exactly are we supposed to do? Since we’ve got quite a few months ahead of us, here are some ideas I’ve compiled to help make the time go a bit more quickly:

 Watch Fear the Walking Dead

This one is a no-brainer. A great way to pass the time this hiatus is to jump into another zombie show, right? FTWD is the official spin-off of The Walking Dead that will be airing this summer. Of course, there isn’t an air date for this show, and it still won’t give us clues as to what is happening with Rick and the survivors. So here are a few other options:

Max Brooks’ Novels

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Max  Brooks has written a ton of awesome zombie-related books. From World War Z (seriously, read the book, so much better than the movie), The Zombie Survival Guide, to the Recorded Zombie Attacks graphic novel, and more, there is a lot of zombie love to be found in Brooks’ books. Also? Reading is good for your braaaaaaiiiinnnssss

Train!!!

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So you’ve read Brook’s zombie survival guide, but now it’s time to complete your preparations: train for the impending apocalypse with Rule #1: Cardio. Check out the Zombies, Run! app to help motivate you in your running endeavors, or check out an actual zombie race in your area. There are tons of different zombie races, but you can start by seeing if there is an official Zombie Run in your area.

Or you could just stay inside and play video games…

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Okay, running is fine, but for the rest of the humans out there who aren’t about the “going outside” and “running outside where bugs live” life, there are video games. You can play an actual Walking Dead video game, check out a Call of Duty zombie game, Day ZLeft 4 Dead, or any of the other zillions of zombie video games or apps out there. Best of all? You never have to put on real pants to engage in simulated zombie fighting.

Netflix Binge A New Show

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There is no better time to jump into a new show (or a new-to-you show) like the summer hiatus. For me, I’m watching Breaking Bad for the first time, and I’m completely obsessed. Delving into the world of Heisenberg has been a great way for me to fill that Walking Dead-shaped void in my life. Only problem? Breaking Bad is so completely amazing that I’m already halfway through season four (for those who don’t know, there are only 5 seasons of Breaking Bad). Pace yourselves, friends.

Go to Comic Con!

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The best way to deal with the hiatus is to commiserate with members of your fandom, and there is no better place to meet other members of your fandom than comic con. Summer is when conventions big and small take place, and it’s a great place to talk to other TWD fans about how much you miss the show. If you live in the Colorado area, you should check out Denver Comic Con! I’ll be there, and I’d love to say hey. Even better, there are some cast members from The Walking Dead that will be at DCC like the Governor himself!

Of course, if all else fails, you can just re-watch The Walking Dead starting with season 1, right? It seems like such a long time ago that Rick was confessing his love to Lori…

to me you are perfect

…wait. I’m getting my Andy Lincolns mixed up…Whatever. Close enough.

How are you passing the hiatus of TWD? Let me know in the comments!