5 Fandom Friday: Geeks Who Inspire Me

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There are a lot of geeks out there doing a lot of good, so this week’s fandom 5 prompt of “5 Geeks Who Inspire Me” was kinda tough. There are a LOT of geeks out there who inspire me for very different reasons. So while my list is incredibly long and complicated (complicated as in: this person is a geek because they are on this geek show, this person inspires me not because of how they live, but because of how they reacted that one time, and this geek is just flawless so their mere existence inspires me…). Still, I’ve managed to whittle down my neuroses and came to my top 5 geeks:

Felicia Day

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Felicia Day is so awesome. She create, wrote, directed, starred, and produced her own webshow, she started her own business, and she’s starred in some of my faves like Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and Supernatural. All the while she manages to be hilarious, positive, and is always super kind and encouraging to all of her fans. I want to be Felicia Day when I grow up, y’all.

Chris Hardwick

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Chris Hardwick is another geek who essentially made a spot for himself. He’s a stand up comic, he runs Nerdist.com, he has his crazy successful Nerdist Podcast, and he hosts shows like Talking Dead and @Midnight. Not only do I admire this guy’s motivation and what he’s achieved, but I love his positive attitude. He’s another that just is genuinely nice to his fans–and humans in general.

Hilly and Hannah Hindi

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Hannah and Hilly, who you may know better as the brains behind the Hillywood Show, are amazing. They’ve created something so incredibly unique with Hillywood, and the amount of creativity that goes into each of their parodies is astounding. As someone who’s always secretly wanted to do parodies, I respect–and am in awe of–what these women have created.

Jared Padalecki

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I’ve talked about how much I respect Jared for his Always Keep Fighting campaign. I think it’s so great that he’s raised so much awareness for depression, anxiety, suicide, and self harm while also being open about his own struggles. He’s a guy that clearly has a huge heart, loves his fans, and genuinely wants to help people–and he uses his celebrity to do just that. I respect that so very much.

Stephen Amell

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My work buddy and I always talk about how Stephen Amell has been able to get us to care about stuff we would never encounter were it not for our membership in the Arrow fandom–baseball and WWE? Who am I? Stephen is not only nice and funny, but he uses his celebrity to do good in the world (his F Cancer campaign was CRAZY successful). Beyond that, he shares his personal goals, even if they’re a bit nutty like being in the WWE, and he achieves those goals. I think that’s so awesome, and I really admire him for it.

Who are some of the geeks who inspire you? 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 talking about today!

Book Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

I’ve been excited about Felicia Day’s memoir since the moment it was announced. When it was first available for pre-order, by some magical act of providence, I had recently been given a Barnes & Noble gift card. If you know me, B&N gift cards make it maaayyybeee 1 hour before I buy ALL THE BOOKS with it. So the fact that I had the card–fully loaded–and found a book I wanted available to pre-order was nothing short of fate. I ordered the book immediately, subsequently zapping my gift card of most of its funds–like I said, B&N gift cards don’t last long with me.

Of course the bad thing about pre-orders is you must wait for what seems like ETERNITY for your book to come off-press. If you want an example of how early I pre-ordered Felicia Day’s book, I’ll just tell you that the book was going by nothing beyond #FeliciaDayBook, and the cover looked like this:

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Yeah, I had a while to wait for this sucker to come out. Happily, the wait is over, and I was able to zip through the book in a matter of a couple of days. And let me tell you, the book was FANTASTIC. While I’m sure you’ve now seen the actual book cover for Felicia Day’s now-titled memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), but in case you haven’t here it is again:

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You guys, this book was fantastic. I’m a sucker for a good memoir, but even if I wasn’t a memoir fan I would have eaten this book up. Felicia not only shares stories from her unique childhood (being home-schooled–for, as she says, hippie reasons, not religious–becoming a violin prodigy, and going to college at 16 years old, just to name a few oddities), but she also talks about chasing her dreams and carving out a space for herself online while fighting some pretty intense anxiety–also removing any doubt that Codex from The Guild is essentially Felicia.

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Felicia’s story is an inspiring one, and it’s one that I related to (at least, at the front end of her story–the latter part where she becomes the internet-deemed “queen of the geeks” and launches her super successful web series and website landed more in the “inspirational” rather than “relatable” camp for me). She’s got a crazy drive to succeed, and pushes herself–often to her detriment–to do her very best and reach her goals. Driving yourself literally crazy to do your very best to achieve your goals? Oh yes, the meltdown I had at my kitchen table two nights ago will tell you that I most definitely relate to that.

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My meltdown looked startlingly similar to this…

But what I loved about the book was that it wasn’t just the story of one woman disregarding her personal health and social life to achieve her dreams–and you can, too! Instead, Felicia gave us her formula for success, but she also explains how it nearly destroyed her. I really appreciated that honesty of, “Hey, I had a dream, I went after it and I definitely did not take care of myself. It worked, but I put myself through unneeded hell. Don’t do that.”

I’ll be honest, I really struggle with that desire to do everything, having dreams, but not knowing exactly how to achieve them. Most of the time, I either feel completely swamped and overwhelmed with good things happening or I feel completely ill-equipped and like a GIANT impostor. I often convince myself that if I’m not running myself ragged, I’m not doing a good enough job

Success is work, right? So why the heck do you think it’s okay to be going to bed before midnight on a work night? 

Sure, you could spend a little time turning your brain off, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the successful people are working and brainstorming right now!

I realize you haven’t seen your bestie in several months, but if you want to be successful, you’ll stay home and work on your blog today. 

My brain is a mess, you guys. So I really appreciated and resonated with someone talking about chasing their dreams and working to build something for themselves while trying to work against Jerk Brain telling them that success = no sleep, fun, family, self-care, and friends. The book ends with her talking about the healthy place she’s in now, and her excitement for Geek & Sundry and its future–as a Geek & Sundry writer, I was kinda got some warm and fuzzies at that part.

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I don’t think I can recommend Felicia’s book highly enough. She can spin a good yarn, she makes you laugh (even when she’s talking about some of the darker periods of her life), AND she includes plenty of pictures of baby Felicia in the book. That alone makes it worth the buy, but the amount of inspiration and motivation it left me with to work to make my dreams a reality made it one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s impossible to close her book and not feel a bit like you should do the Xena yell and conquer the world.

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If you haven’t gotten your hands on a copy of Felicia’s book BUY YOUR COPY NOW! It’s a fun, fast, inspiring, and quick read that I couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Have you read Felicia’s memoir? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments! 

Geek & Sundry Post: MOAR COSPLAY!!!

I do a lot of writing on cosplay over at Geek & Sundry, and I love it (mainly because I am so very bad at it–I like to talk to and feature those who are super talented at it). So here are a few of my most recent cosplay posts over at the Sundry, an interview with the amazingly talented Emily Kelley, and two outstanding cosplay gallerys. Please to enjoy!

Interview with a Cosplayer: Emily Kelley

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What has been one of the coolest things to come from cosplaying?

At WonderCon 2014, when I debuted my Red Sonja cosplay, Gail Simone was a guest at the convention and I got to meet her at a signing. I was hanging out by the Dark Horse booth before her signing and someone asked to take my picture. Afterwards, he said he was Gail’s husband and she always liked to see the cosplays of her characters. When I got to her, she signed my Red Sonja #1 and took some pictures with me. Later on, she tweeted the picture her husband took of me and called me “gorgeous and fierce.” Life made!

Speaking of cool things you’ve gotten to do, I see you were recently on Geeks Who Drink! Tell us about that experience!

Oh goodness, it was amazing. From the moment I arrived on set, everyone — from my fellow contestants and the crew to Zachary Levi and the celebrity captains — were nothing but nice and inclusive. I’m a huge LOST and Supernatural fan, so when they told me I’d be on a team with Mark Pellegrino, I had a fangirl moment. He was incredibly nice and genuine and chatted with us the whole time, as did Zach. It was definitely nerve wracking being on camera and having to answer the questions, but I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be with. You can see my face when it was over and I couldn’t stop smiling…

Read the rest of the interview at Geek & Sundry!

Spider-Gwen Cosplay Gallery

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Marvel has been doing some awesome stuff lately, offering us up some truly amazing female superheroes. One such hero is none other than Ms. Gwen Stacy herself, drummer of the band the Mary Janes and the costumed hero known affectionately as Spider-Gwen. Spider-Gwen’s popularity took off like a wildfire, and her issue of Edge of the Spiderverse sold like hotcakes—and led to her own series, and clothing line on We Love Fine. With such a rabid fandom and crazy-fast popularity growth, it’s no wonder that cosplayers everywhere couldn’t wait to try out their own Spider-Gwen cosplay, and I’ve compiled a gallery of some of my faves…

See the gallery on Geek & Sundry! 

Supergirl Cosplay Gallery

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This is an awesome time for female characters in comic books. With a woman taking the role of Thor, Captain Marvel getting her own movie, and the introduction to everyone’s favorite teenage Avenger, Kamala Khan; there are more and more amazing women getting the spotlight in the comic book world.

This fall, DC Comics will be launching a new television show featuring another amazing female superhero–Supergirl. While the trailers for CBS’ new Supergirl show have been mixed, there’s no doubt that everyone’s buzzing about finally meeting Melissa Benoist’s version of Kara Zor-El. While we’ll have to wait until October for the show to officially launch, we can pass the time by checking out some amazing cosplayinterpretations of Supergirl’s signature look. I’ve pulled together some of the coolest examples of Supergirl cosplay, from the cute to badass, all bringing exciting interpretations to Supergirl…

Check out the gallery on Geek & Sundry!

Check out the articles, and tell me about some of your favorite cosplayers in the comments! 

Geek & Sundry Post: Adam Nimoy Interview

I recently had the AMAZING opportunity to ask Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy a few questions for Geek & Sundry about his upcoming project, For the Love of Spock–a documentary about Leonard and Spock’s cultural impact, to be released in conjunction with Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary. Even though the interview was via email, the whole situation kind of had me freaking out–in the best way possible.

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Like many of us, Leonard Nimoy had a pretty big impact on my life as Mr. Spock, and I was terribly sad when he died. It was incredibly thrilling to get to talk to his son about his father’s amazing life, and how he plans to honor his father with For the Love of Spock.

ALSO, Adam is running a Kickstarter to raise money for the project, so if you want to offer up some financial support for the Spockumentary, you can do that at the project’s Kickstarter Page.

Here’s a quick excerpt from our interview:

G&S: One of my favorite things about your dad was his immense love for his fans. I remember him unofficially initiating several of his fans into his family as honorary grandchildren. What was it like, experiencing your own profound loss yet seeing millions of strangers worldwide also mourning your dad?

AN: The fan base was always very important to Dad as they are, really, what the whole ride was about to begin with. He was always very patient and giving of his time to people who admired him and that always impressed me. Losing Dad has been a difficult process but I, and my family, have taken great comfort in hearing the stories and anecdotes from people around the world who loved Dad and his most famous alter ego: Mr. Spock.

G&S: What is the one, big thing you hope fans come away with after watching For the Love of Spock

AN: This film will explore the creation, life, and legacy of Mr. Spock and the many sides of Leonard Nimoy including actor, writer, producer, director, poet, [and] recording artist. It will also contain some of my perspective growing up with Mr. Spock in the house. I’m hoping people will come away with a better understanding of Spock and Dad as well as the challenging journey of a father and son.

Will you be seeing For the Love of Spock? What is your favorite Spock moment? Read the whole interview at Geek & Sundry, and let’s talk Spock in the comments. Also, don’t forget to check out the For the Love of Spock Kickstarter

Geek & Sundry Post: Treat. Yo. Self.

Parks and Rec has brought us a lot of awesome stuff. Not only has it given us fabulous new ways to tell our besties we love them…

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…it’s also given us the brilliant holidays of Galentine’s Day and of course Treat Yo’ Self. While TYS 2015 doesn’t come around until October 13, today is National Splurge Day (an actual, IRL holiday). So why wait until October to treat yo’ self? On Geek & Sundry, I’m offering some ideas on how you can treat yo’ self today that stray from traditional TYS fare of clothes, fragrances, and fine leather goods. Here’s an excerpt:

…while Tom and Donna like to celebrate their particular day by showering themselves with massages, fragrances, fine leather goods, and clothes, they would be the first ones to tell you that any day where you relish in the finer things in life looks different for everyone. This goes doubly for a day full of splurges when your idea of a good time is less about rolling up in a Benz and more about rolling the 20-sided dice.

Because this particular special day only comes once a year, I’ve compiled a few creative alternatives to the traditional Treat Yo’ Self festivities of shopping and pampering. There’s no wrong way to treat yo’ self and splurge on the good times, after all. So here are a few ideas off the beaten path to get your creative juices flowing:

Get that autograph and photo op. 

It’s comic con season, and buying a pass (and potentially a hotel room) can really drain your bank account. It may seem silly to drop another chunk of change to get yourself an autograph and photo op with you favorite celeb attending the con. At least, on any other day it would seem like that…

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Sure, celebrity autographs and photo ops can be pretty pricey, and depending on who the celeb is, you will probably have a good wait in line before you get to actually take your picture/get the autograph. However, it’s totally worth it to get a few minutes (well, seconds is probably more realistic) with your favorite star. Plus, you’ll have that pic forever. Worth it!

Read the whole article at Geek & Sundry.

I HAD to include getting a celeb photo op on my list of ways to splurge since I got to experience my very first celeb photo op with the marvelous Karen Gillan at this year’s Denver Comic Con. Here’s the pic again, because I most definitely splurged on it, so I’d better get some mileage out of this pic. Also, I have a picture with Amy freaking Pond, and that’s amazing. BEHOLD:

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ANYWAY…

What are some creative ways you can splurge today? I hope you’ll join me over at Geek & Sundry, and offer some of your ideas!

Geek and Sundry Post: JJ Abrams Is Great for the Star Wars Franchise

Star Wars holds a special place in the hearts of many sci-fi fans. So while we’re all SUPER excited about The Force Awakens coming this December, there’s still a bit of concern that we’ll have another disappointing trilogy and obnoxious characters on our hands, not that I’m thinking of anyone in particular…

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*ahem*

I’m over at Geek & Sundry talking about ways I think JJ Abrams will be good for the franchise, and bring in several new fans. Check out an excerpt:

We could talk for hours about what we did and did not like about the first three, but suffice it to say that Lucas faced a set of challenges and expectations that simply are not being placed on JJ Abrams—which is great for The Force Awakens. Though he is telling a continuation of the Star Wars saga, he isn’t seen as the series patriarch. Abrams is new bloo, and fans everywhere expect him to bring a fresh, new perspective to the franchise. Lucas has been tinkering with the Star Wars universe for years, creating things like the prequel trilogy and even tinkering with the original three films by adding weird, sometimes unnecessary, and occasionally awkward CGI characters to a movie born well before it existed. You could say Lucas got a bit of tunnel vision when it came to the franchise, and I think fans everywhere are excited to see how an outsider will bringStar Wars to the screen again. There are several Star Wars fans out there who, while they love the original three (and maybe even the newer trilogy), are a bit wary of Lucas’ ability to create another good Star Wars film. Bringing a fresh face into the mix, free from any Star Wars fan hate will really free Abrams up to focus on creating a great picture.

Additionally, Abrams is also pretty famous for revamping another classic science fiction franchise, Star Trek. Abrams did a great job depicting the familiar world from the Star Trek universe while adding his own personal touch (LENSE FLARE!) to update look and feel of a sci-fi classic. While a lot of die-hard Trekkies weren’t thrilled with Into Darkness, there’s no denying that Abrams managed to take the helm of the Star Trek franchise and create a movie that excited longtime fans  while also bringing new ones in. Both Star Trek movies are good films, and — love or hate Into Darkness — the alternate universe aspect of the movies makes both films an interesting addition to that particular canon…

There’s a TON of pressure on Abrams to make this movie work, and work well. However, I think that with the Disney powerhouse behind the movie, a seasoned, trusted director at the helm, and a horde of crazy talented actors, we’ll have a great film on our hands. With products out there like the cartoons and comics, new fans are already being brought into the Star Wars fandom, and I think that will only continue as time goes on.

Do you think Abrams will be good for the franchise? Can you see him bringing in new fans in a way Lucas never could? Are you excited for Force Awakens? Read the rest of the article at Geek & Sundry, and let’s talk about it!

Geek & Sundry Post: Awesome Supernatural Guest Stars

I’m over at Geek & Sundry today talking about some of my favorite guest stars from Supernatural. I didn’t realize just how many amazing guest stars have come through this show until I started trying to compile this list–let me tell you, narrowing it down to a manageable number proved to be crazy tough! I hope you’ll join me over at the Sundry, and leave some of your favorite guest characters in the comments! geek and sundry

Supernatural has been on for ten seasons now. While the show’s action and adventure as well as the incredibly attractive lead characters are certainly part of what makes the show amazing, a huge part of Supernatural‘s success comes from its characters. While the relationship between brothers Sam and Dean Winchester is certainly the foundation of the show, any member of the fandom will tell you family–especially the Supernatural family–don’t end in blood. If the Winchesters are the foundation of Supernatural, then those individuals the Winchesters meet along the way are what give the show color and life.

Obviously, ten years is a long time, so there have been quite a few guest stars along the way. There are those recurring characters we all love (or love to hate) Crowley, Anna, Meg, Kevin, Ruby, Abaddon, Chuck, Lucifer, Gadreel, Bobby, and the list goes on. Whether they were always an integral part of the plot like Bobby, Kevin, or Lucifer, or if they’re like Castiel and managed to move from guest star to recurring character to series regular, those recurring characters get a lot of airtime in the fandom. Sure, those guys are amazing (or amazingly awful, depending on who we’re talking about), but this show also has featured some pretty amazing guest stars. Some were only in one episode, some were in a few more, but regardless of the time they spent with the Winchesters, they made a lasting impact. So let’s give those guest stars a bit of airtime. Here are some of my favorites:

Layla (Julie Benz)

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Layla was briefly a part of the Winchester’s lives, but she was the first one to really get Dean thinking about that whole “who deserves to live, who deserves to die” thing. Of course he would only have to think about it more after his dad’s “transaction” with the yellow-eyed demon (it’s literally been decade, but I’m avoiding spoilers in case you’re new to Supernatural), but his interactions with Layla are his first real encounters with being spared while someone else suffers in his place…

Read the rest at Geek & Sundry! 

Geek & Sundry Post: Live-Action Little Mermaid Dream Cast

With the success of the new, live-action version of Cinderella, it’s gotten a bunch of us thinking about other classic cartoons that could get a live-action remake. I’m over at Geek & Sundry talking about my suggestions for a live-action Little Mermaid. I hope you’ll join me over there!

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Nerdist posted an article listing 5 classic Disney cartoons they would love to see made into live-action films, Cinderella-style. While I totally agreed with their picks, I kind of went a bit overboard and decided to offer my dream casting suggestions to all 5 films they listed. So here are my suggestions for a live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid:

Jeff Bridges as King Triton

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Jeff Bridges has that perfect balance of being a sweet man and being the fierce, trident-wielding god of the sea. He would probably intimidate the snot out of Prince Eric, and he’d be the most fearsome leader in all of the sea while exhibiting that he’s got that deep-thinking zen we’ve seen him display as The Dude and his Squarespace commercials. Also, he’s already got that King Triton beard down pat…

 Head over to Geek & Sundry to see my other casting suggestions

Geek and Sundry Post: Favorite One-Off Companions

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It’s officially been a decade since Doctor Who rebooted with the plastic-tastic episode “Rose”. To celebrate, I’m at Geek & Sundry talking about my favorite one-off companions from the series since that episode aired. I hope you’ll join me over there to talk about it, and add some of your favorite non-regular companions!

Doctor Who has been passing some pretty impressive milestones lately. 2013 marked the show’s 50th anniversary, and March 26th marked the 10th anniversary of the show’s 2005 reboot. Since that first episode in 2005, “Rose”, Whovians have gotten to meet several wonderful traveling companions for the Doctor in Rose, Amy, Rory, Martha, Clara, and Donna, and some other great characters that didn’t have a permanent spot in the TARDIS but reappeared often like River Song, Jack Harkness, Jackie, Jenny and Vastra, Strax, Danny, Wilfred, and Mickey. However, sometimes my favorite characters are those that the Doctor only has adventures with once–maybe twice. While they aren’t ever properly “companions” to the Doctor, and they may never get to even see the inside of the TARDIS, their short time with the Doctor often has a profound impact on his life and his future choices. So after a decade of new adventures with the Doctor, I thought I’d tip my hat to those amazing one-time companions we’ve met since the reboot.

10. Jackson Lake
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When Jackson first meets Ten, we are lead to believe that this is actually a future regeneration of the Doctor–one who lost most of his memories. Watching Ten interact with a man he believes to be a future version of himself is hilariously fun, and his story has a bit more depth than a lot of the Christmas specials. Jackson is able to save London from a Cyberman invasion, despite having limited resources, a…less than stellar TARDIS, and a severely jumbled memory. Jackson’s adventures with Ten was also David Tennant’s last Christmas special, which makes this episode a bit special as well…

Read the rest over at Geek & Sundry! 

5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing Items I Need Immediately

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I’m back with my newest post in The Nerdy Girlie‘s and SuperSpaceChick‘s 5 Fandom Friday linkup. If you didn’t see my last Fandom 5 post about “gateway fandoms”, you can find that here. This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is all about geeky clothes. Here are 5 geeky clothing items I need in my closet right away!

1. Black Widow Jacket 

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This Her Universe original has also been sold on Think Geek and Hot Topic, but sadly, it’s sold out. Still, I’m obsessed with this jacket. It is incredibly cute and unique. I also love the S.H.I.E.L.D. logos on the shoulders. I’m hoping this one comes back in stock soon, because I LOVE this jacket.

2. Hydra Takeover Tank

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Another great one from Her Universe. This tank has the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo in the light, but a glow-in-the-dark Hydra logo shines over the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo in the dark. Plus, the tank’s cut is too cute. Also, hail Hydra.

3. Handbag of Holding 

handbag of holdingOkay, so this isn’t technically “clothing”, but I still think it counts. This one comes from Think Geek. I’ve got a serious weakness for a good, roomy purse, and this one is quite exceptional. The Handbag of Holding has tons of pockets and compartments that make it perfect for a chick like me who loves to carry books, notebooks, and an e-reader in her purse at any given time.

4. Geek & Sundry Hoodie

geek and sundryI love Geek & Sundry, and I think they have an incredibly cool logo. I’m also a big fan of comfy hoodies. Living in Colorado, a hearty supply of good hoodies is kind of a necessity.

5. Star Wars Hope Hoodie

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Speaking of hoodies, here’s another cute one from Her Universe. This is a lighter hoodie, so it’s perfect for wearing with leggings or wearing into ballet during the winter.

What are some of the geeky clothes that are on your wishlist? Where are your favorite places to get your geeky gear? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to check out the other 5 Fandom Friday posts by following the hashtag, #Fandom5.