Distracted Blogger 2016 Summer Reading

Even though, where I live, we had snow like literally two weeks ago, I’m officially calling it summer…

…or spring, at least. I just want it to be a season where I’m not always freezing.

ANYWAY since it’s getting warmer, it’s time to start planning out my summer reading! Here’s what I’ve got on the docket:

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

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I bought this book the day it released, and I cannot WAIT to jump in farther (I’m on like chapter two right now). The story centers largely around Leia, as the cover suggests, and it takes place in the space between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens.

Leia is a Senator in the New Republic, and after years of peace she is beginning to sense the breakdown of the era of peace as the New Republic becomes divided between those wanting a galaxy united under one ruler (how could that possibly go wrong) and a galaxy where each world was given sovereign governing rights. Understandably, Leia is super wary of the people wanting to unite under one ruler.

While I love a good story about Leia kicking ass and taking names, I’m also interested to see how much of Han and Ben we get. I’m assuming they’re saving Ben’s Kylo Origin Story for the actual films, but I’m eager to see a bit of their kid prior to becoming the Dark Side’s whiniest soldier.

Aftermath and Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig

Okay, so Aftermath has been out for a bit, but I only got myself a copy a couple weeks ago. Imagine how STOKED I was to hear that because I’m late to the party, I won’t have to wait too long until the second book in the Aftermath trilogy. Aftermath: Life Debt comes out July 12! Of course I’ll have to wait a while for the third book, but that’s Future Kendall’s problem. The Aftermath trilogy, like Bloodline, takes place between Episode VI and Episode VII, and gives us the details of how the galaxy went from chaos under the Emperor to peace to somehow being in chaos again under the First Order. I am so excited about these books, I can’t even.

Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond

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This is the second book in Gwenda’s Lois Lane series, the first being Lois Lane: Fallout. I’ve been reading this one for a bit, and I LOVE it. Gwenda is doing something totally awesome with Lois, and I love getting to see her as a teen, chasing down stories, and helping the little guy. Of course it’s also fun to see her interact with SmallvilleGuy, but I really like how Gwenda is portraying Lois. Even though she was occasionally portrayed as nothing more than a damsel in distress in the comics, Gwenda shows Lois as she really is. Lois is a hero in her own right. She might not be from Krypton and she might not be from the House of El, but Lois is a badass and she fights for justice. Since she isn’t bulletproof herself, it kind of makes her that much more of a hero. Lois is human just like the rest of us, but she still never hesitates to put herself in harm’s way. I just love that about her. Plus, she’s hella sarcastic which is the quickest way to get to my heart.

Investigating Lois Lane by Tim Hanley

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I had to toss a non-fiction book into the mix, right? Plus, I feel like this one is a great chaser for Gwenda’s book. Tim Hanley investigates the history behind the Lois character, and discusses her evolution throughout the comics and even into television shows and movies.

Like I said before, Lois wasn’t always portrayed as a strong, capable character, so it will be really cool to see how she’s changed over the years and how different mediums have treated the character. Here’s hoping they mention something about Terri Hatcher’s version of Lois lane and those epic, nineties pantsuits with the shoulder pads.

But in all honesty, I’m really excited to get to read something that takes a critical, almost academic look at comics. Taking a genre studies in comic books and graphic novels in college is what made me fall  in love with them, so I can’t wait to read something about comics that goeses beyond  a basic love for the art form and does some deep dive into character evolution. Plus, I don’t have to write a research paper after reading this, so HUGE bonus!

What is on your summer reading list? Have you read any of the books on my list? If you have, give me your non-spoilery thoughts in the comments! 

Denver Comic Con 2016:THE OUTFITS

Denver Comic Con is getting closer everyday, so that means it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to wear. Since I go as press–and because sewing is my bane–I like to go to DCC in everyday cosplay. For last year’s convention, I ended up choosing to dress in Heisenberg everyday cosplay and Scarlet Witch everyday cosplay (I had big plans for doing Black Widow everyday cosplay, but that didn’t work out). So while I’ve got loads of other everyday cosplay outfits set up that I’ve done here on the blog and on Geek & Sundry, I wanted to create a couple of other options to potentially join my outfit lineup for Denver Comic Con 2016. Here they are:

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

Okay, so this is technically more of just an outfit, but I love this top that I got from Jordandene, and so I had to create an outfit to go around it. I’ve done Hamilton everyday cosplay before, but this shirt is too cute to not wear to big events like DCC.

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

 

Everyday Melisandre

You will have to provide your own 400 year-old body if you really want your everyday cosplay to be authentic.

…probably real fire, too, not just fire-inspired jewelry, though I don’t recommend that. You do you though.

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Everyday Jenny Flint

I’ve been obsessed with this outfit since the moment I saw this episode. I just love the leather and lace Victorian superhero outfit look. Green ring for Jenny’s Silurian wife, Vastra, obvs.

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Everyday Rey

Hot Topic and Her Universe just released their limited edition Force Awakens clothing line, and one of my favorite pieces (though there were many) was the Rey sweater. I don’t know what Rey has against proper sleeves, but I like her style.

Everyday Rey Cosplay

 

Snape-Ricot

Are you going to Denver Comic Con this year (buy tickets here)? With guests like Stan Lee, Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Karl Urban, Clark Gregg, and more this year’s convention is going to be GREAT. Let me know if you are going. I’d love to say hi! Even if you can’t go to the convention and you’re in the Denver area, be sure to hit up the 2016 convention beer launch for this year’s brew, Snape-ricot, at Breckinridge Brewery on Lincoln Street!  I love that this year’s convention brew is honoring the late Alan Rickman, and it sounds like it will be a pretty tasty beer! If you want to attend, there’s no charge to get in, the first 200 people to order the con beer get a special pint glass for free, and the artist behind the AMAZING Snape-Ricot pint glass artwork, Frankie Serna, will be there to sign your glass. And, of course, there will also be some awesome music by the Gin Doctors and Red 5.

What do you think of these looks? Do you have any suggestions of everyday cosplays I should try to Denver Comic Con? Are you dressing up for a convention this year? Tell me about all your convention plans in the comments! 

Let’s Wildly Speculate About the Rogue One Teaser!

It’s been quieter around here on the blog, and that is because for the past two weeks I’ve been backpacking across the UK, France, and Italy! The trip was AMAZING, and I’m definitely going to be talking about it more here (though you can see some geeky travel tips I compiled over at Geek & Sundry), but we’ve got something WAY more important to talk about first: THE FIRST ROGUE ONE TEASER HAS DROPPED!!!

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Okay, let’s take a peek one at the trailer. I’m sure you’ve already watched it by now, but one more viewing is probably best, right?

What We Know About the Movie

  • The movie is set between Episode III and Episode IV
  • Felicity Jones’ character is called Jyn Erso. She’s apparently been super busy during the rebellion.
  •  The story centers on the rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star.
  • We’ve got a young Mon Mothma, people!

Aaaand…that’s about it. That’s really all we know for sure. We don’t even know other major character names. But since this is the internet, let’s do what we internet-folk do best and wildly speculate on what’s to come based on under two minutes of footage!

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This movie definitely seems to have a grittier feel than the other Star Wars movies. Not only is Jyn is a bit rougher around the edges than characters like our other protagonists like Luke or Rey, the story itself is more of an underground, battlefield-level mission. I’m definitely a HUGE fan of that, and I think that a story with a bit of a different tone will just serve to make the universe larger. So what do I think we’ll see in this movie?

We’ll meet young Han Solo. Officially, this actor’s not been cast, but we do know that his standalone movie is on the way and that they’re actively casting for it. Rumors have been swirling about who’s been cast (my favorite rumor is Taron Egerton, though he may not be game for that role), but it stands to reason that the reason they’re rushing with the Solo casting is to introduce him in Rogue One. I’d totally be for that.

What about Chewie, then? I know we’re kind of acting like the prequel trilogy doesn’t exist with the new Star Wars series, but since Chewie was in Episode III, I’d say it’s totally possible that we’d see him in Rogue One. However, he wasn’t paired with Han in Episode III, so we ~could~ see the two meet for the first time if Han’s in Rogue One. The origin story for one of my favorite bromances ever? Yes, please!

The Jyn and Rey Theory. It hasn’t taken long for the internet to cook up a CRAZY theory tying Jyn to The Force Awakens‘ Rey. Rey was left on Jakku by her parents, and one of my favorite theories on Rey’s parentage is that Luke is her father. So the question is, who is Rey’s mom? Well the bets are in calling Jyn Rey’s mom. Not knowing anything about Jyn, I’m a fan of this theory for now. Of course, if Jyn is Luke’s baby momma, does that mean that…

We’ll meet the young Luke? I’m dubious on that front. As far as I know, we’re not in for a young Luke movie (I mean, how exciting can a movie be that’s about moisture farming and whining about going to Tosche Station), and both Luke and Mark Hamill were pretty young in A New Hope. I’m betting that, even if she does end up with Luke, that action will happen off-camera. But I could be wrong there.

Is Jyn going to go Dark Side? There’s a pretty striking image of Jyn in an Imperial uniform with the voiceover asking who she’ll be. However, it really seems way too obvious for me. I think they’re trying to make us think there’s a chance she’ll cross over to work for the Imperial Army, but she likely won’t. My bet is that she’s actually on an undercover mission.

Will we meet other characters from the original trilogy? We know from the trailer that we’ll see a young Mon Mothma. But outside from her and a potential appearance from Han (and maybe Chewie too?), can we expect to see others? I’d love to see an appearance from Leia and Boba Fett, (though we run into the same issue as we did with Luke based on both Leia and Carrie Fisher’s age in New Hope), and with a Boba Fett movie in the works as well, maybe we’ll get a cameo from our favorite bounty hunter.

Regardless of what we’re in for with Rogue One, the trailer looks AMAZING and I cannot wait to see what is in store for us when the movie hits theaters in December. What are your theories for Rogue One? Let me know in the comments!

It’s Totally a Real Job: Amy Ratcliffe, Writer

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When I first started blogging, I went to a panel at Denver Comic Con 2014 called Women in the Geek Industry. One of the things that really stuck with me during that panel was Bonnie Burton telling the audience to reach out to those people that inspire them. She encouraged everyone to tweet at their favorite creators, comment on their pages, and do whatever they could to try to pick their brain–after all, social media has made it easier than ever to get in touch with our faves. I decided that I would do just that when I returned from the con, and one of the writers I reached out to was Amy Ratcliffe.

Amy was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing: she was writing, and she was writing for some truly kickass places. StarWars.com, Nerdist, and IGN. I HAD to pick her brain. What was it like to be a writer full-time? How did she get to write for amazing places like StarWars.com? How did she manage to make people actually pay her to write? Without expecting a response, I fired some questions off to her. I figured she probably wouldn’t answer, but I didn’t think it would hurt to try and reach out. Of course, because Amy is great, she responded and sent me back a really helpful, informative response on how to expand my network and ways to try to find paying work. So when I started this series, I knew that I had to include Amy, one of the people who really helped me begin to find my footing in the writing world, and a genuinely nice person to hang out with on the interwebz. I’m so happy to introduce you all to Amy!

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What does a normal work day look like for you?
I spent most days at my desk for many hours working through my list. I use an Excel calendar to manage my deadlines, so I start my day with making a handwritten list of everything I need to do that day (it’s repetitive, but I really like crossing things off lists). The first thing I write most weekdays is a round-up of television news for Nerdist, and then I work through any articles that are due – it can be anything from TV reviews, to cosplay galleries, to interviews – and check my email continually to take assignments throughout the day if I have extra time. There are occasionally phoners or meetings, but mostly, I sit at my desk and write. Sometimes I remember to eat lunch at a normal time, but usually I don’t remember until I feel cranky. Finally, I usually have to watch TV for review purposes or research.

You write for some pretty impressive places like Nerdist, StarWars.com, and IGN–just to name a few. How did you get connected to those sites?
It varies. In some instances, I made connections through Twitter first. I didn’t necessarily start talking on editors on Twitter with the intention of networking, just discussing things we had in common. In other cases, I spotted a job listing (also on Twitter) and applied with a resume an writing samples.

What has been the biggest challenge as you’ve launched your writing and journalism career?
The hardest part is to keep writing. When you have to churn out large amounts of content – which often feels necessary because writing for the web doesn’t pay amazingly well – it can be hard to keep motivated and to keep it from being dull. I’m constantly learning about how to convey news and facts while injecting some of my voice, and that helps stop things from feeling boring.

What has been the most surprising thing, good or bad, you’ve experienced as a writer?
I’m continually surprised by how many sites – and not small ones your friend is running – don’t want to pay for content. A number of places try to push “exposure” instead of dollars, and exposure doesn’t pay bills. There are instances in which working for free is worth it, but it usually isn’t.

What do you wish people understood about your career?
That it’s actually work. I’m fortunate and get to cover a ton of awesome events and interview people I admire. I recognize and appreciate all the cool things I get to do, but people don’t understand that it’s also work. For example, doing press lines and covering panels at conventions brings neat opportunities but also a ton of running around and skipping parties/hangouts in order to file stories.

With books like Sam Magg’s Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Kathleen Smith’s upcoming The Fangirl Life, we’re seeing a lot of geek girl bloggers turn to books. Do you want to write a book someday?
I would definitely like to write a book one day. My ultimate goal is to write Star Wars reference books. I’m also trying to toe more into travel writing, but a book in that area is a long way away.

What has been the coolest thing you’ve gotten to experience as a writer?
I’ve been able to combine something I love to do with the stories I love. My fandoms are often part of my job, and that continually blows my mind. The way they mingle comes with its own challenges, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Where do you hope your writing takes you in the next few years?
I hope to keep pushing myself and to write for new outlets and to write about new topics. I very much want to stay in the world of pop culture, but there are other corners to explore. I don’t want to get too comfortable, you know?

What is the piece of writing you’re most proud of, and why?
Hmm. I can’t point to one piece, but I am proud of most articles I write about equality and representation. It’s important to point out when film and television get it right and wrong when it comes to diversity, and I’m most concerned with gender diversity.

Did you always want to be a writer, or did that come as you grew up?
Sort of? I didn’t know what I wanted to be until quite late in the game – my late ’20s to be exact – but I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I was in junior high and high school, I loved writing essays and short stories. My enjoyment of writing fiction sort of died off around my first stab at college, and it took me a while to realize there were other types of writing that would satisfy me.

Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
Oooh. That’s hard because it changes. Today the answers are Neil Gaiman, Mo Ryan, and Cat Valente.

To be a successful freelancer, you have to have a pretty strong networking game. Does that come naturally to you, or do you have to work to network?
I’m terrible at face to face networking. Terrible. I’m not so hot at talking myself up or knowing when it’s even the right occasion to do that. I usually wait for work to come up naturally in conversation so I can find a non-pushy way to hand over my card, and maybe it’s cost me some work, but I’m fine with it. I see more than a few people who are constantly all “look at me, look at my work” and it’s incredibly obnoxious and doesn’t seem to really pay off. It’s a balance.

What are your tips for people who struggle with networking?
It’s hard but often a necessary evil. Do your best to be assertive but not aggressive, and if you’re better with emails rather than face to face, get a card and send a killer follow-up email.

What advice would you give for aspiring freelancers and aspiring journalists/writers?
Be prepared to write, write a lot, and write quickly. Start with your own blog and write a variety of articles and make sure they’re all as professional as can be. That way, by the time you start looking for paying work you’ll have a catalog of work and writing samples to send an editor. There’s probably something to be said for going to school for journalism too, but since I didn’t go that route I can’t offer advice in that particular arena.

Where can we find you online?
Right now I’m most active on Twitter at @amy_geek. I contribute to Nerdist, StarWars.com, and IGN regularly and occasionally post at my personal blog Geek with Curves.

A HUGE thank you to Amy for taking time to do this interview. Now go forth, you aspiring writers, write and create a space for yourself out there! Don’t forget to check out the other amazing women I’ve spoken with (like Jordan, the creator of the amazing Jordandene fashion lineKathleen, author of the upcoming book The Fangirl LifeMari of Sent From Mars, the Geek Girl Brunch founders and Meli from Melificent) in the rest of the series, and stay tuned here every week for another women who proved success doesn’t always come in a cubicle. And if you want to continue the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #RealJob. 

5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms I’m Thankful For

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Strangely enough, it’s been a long time since we’ve talked about fandoms on Fandom Friday, but happily we’re bringing it back to the source! It’s nearly Thanksgiving, so it’s time to take a moment to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for–fandoms included. I have quite a few fandoms to be thankful for. Whether they started me on my journey in blogging, creating amazing friends for me, or just gave me something great to watch or read I’m so happy for the fandoms in my life. I’ll be honest, I’m a proud, card-carrying member of quite a few fandoms, but here are my top 5:

Supernatural Fandom

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The Supernatural fandom was really the gateway fandom to get me into the world of geek blogging. I love the show a lot, but seeing the intense passion fans had for the show and the huge community behind it really motivated me to explore the blogging world more. I’m so grateful for this fandom–even though it can get kinda weird at times (looking at you, Wincest shippers).

Female Geek Bloggers

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*this gif is not a realistic representation of the FGB G+ Group. Though there are dozens of us. DOZENS!!!

Finding the G+ group Female Geek Bloggers was truly stumbling across hidden treasure. This group has been so amazing, and I’ve managed to not only find a bunch of other writers that I admire, but I’ve also made a few friends, too. The Geek Girl Blogger fandom/group/whatever is one I cherish so very much, and am so happy to be a part of.

The Walking Dead Fandom

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Look at that Tennessee Tophat run…

I love the Walking Dead fandom. One of the most fun things for me is to finding other Walking Dead fans in the wild be it at work, ballet, or while I’m live-tweeting each week. This is such a fun group of people, and it’s such a ridiculous fandom that we’ve actually got a show that airs after each new show to talk about the show. It’s out of control, but I love it so much.

Hanson Fandom

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Despite what this gif might make you think, Weird Al is not the 4th member of Hanson.

I remember the first time I heard a Hanson song. I was in the second grade at a roller skating rink (I’ve always known how to party hard). Despite what you may think, Hanson not only has several songs outside of “Mmmbop”, but they still are making new music. Plus, they usually do a walk for charity with their fans before each show. Hanson concerts are the best, because even if you show up to the concert alone, you’ll leave with at least two or three new friends. Hanson fans are the absolute coolest.

Star Wars Fandom

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I have always loved Star Wars, and I clearly remember the first time I saw the films. The Star Wars fandom is great, because the universe is so incredibly vast, which leaves room for fans of all sorts of “dedication” levels–and Star Wars fans are a largely welcoming group. Sure, we can be kind of critical towards the movies (looking at you Episodes I-III), it’s only because we all have so much love for the franchise. The Force Awakens is giving the fandom a whole new life, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow and evolve.

What fandoms are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments, and as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

Everyday Cosplay: Captain Phasma

I am already OBSESSED with Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma. Gwendoline is an all-around lovely human, as I learned this year at Denver Comic Con, so it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with her character from The Force Awakens. Just look at her:

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While I know absolutely zero about Phasma, I think she’s going to prove to be quite the formidable foe. I can’t wait to see her up on the big screen! While I’m already pretty positive what I’ll be wearing to the Force Awakens premiere (probably my Welovefine dress), I’m still not 100% set, so I thought I’d create an everyday cosplay look to pay tribute to the amazingly badass Captain Phasma–complete with some winter wear essentials to keep you cozy while you’re waiting to be let in to the theater.

Everyday Captain Phasma

Have you decided what you’ll be wearing for the Force Awakens premiere next month? Which character are you most excited to meet for the first time? And on a related note: are you buying into the internet conspiracy theory that Luke is actually Kylo Renn (for the record, I’m not)? Let me know in the comments!  

5 Fandom Friday: My Apocalypse Survival Team

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With all of my zombie movie and TV watching paired with my zombie video game playing, I’d like to think that I’m a bit prepared than the average human for the inevitable apocalypse. Of course, one of the first things that any good apocalypse survivor learns is that it’s dangerous to go alone. Having a solid team around you for apocalypse survival is key. So for this Fandom Friday post, we’re talking about my apocalypse survival dream team (a topic I actually came up with–see the 5 Fandom Friday fearless leaders’ blogs for proof). Here are my apocalypse draft picks:

JO HARVELLE

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Jo is no stranger to things like the apocalypse and dealing with a variety of monsters. Tough, smart, brave, loving, and loyal, Jo is never one to shirk back from a challenge or hide from danger. The only thing is she’s not afraid to put herself in harm’s way if it means getting the job done, so we’d have to keep that self-sacrifice thing on lock. We’re not gonna let her be hell-hound bait on my apocalypse survival team.

Hermoine Granger

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Who wouldn’t want the brightest witch of her age on their apocalypse survival team? Aside from the fact that Hermoine is literally magic, she’s also got a crazy amount of knowledge stored up in that head of hers, which helps her think on her feet and come up with means of survival in the face of crazy odds. Plus, being on the team that took down Voldemort is a pretty impressive thing to have on one’s resume.

Carol Peletier

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Girlfriend GETS STUFF DONE. Sure, Carol may have started out the apocalypse a bit more soft-spoken, and she may have appeared weak, but Carol is ANYTHING but weak. She’s a great shot, she thinks quickly on her feet, and she’s got a killer survival instinct–which can be a double-edged sword. I’ll just have to be careful that I don’t ever appear to mentally unsound to avoid a “look at the flowers” moment, and if I start to get a cold I’ll keep it on the DL to keep her from…you know, lighting me on fire.

Leia Organa

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Leia would be perfect on my apocalypse survival team because, not only does she have the bravery and skill to make it against incredible odds, but her experience in the political realm could make her a serious asset as we try to rebuild some sort of society. She’s literally royalty, but she’s not afraid to make the tough choices and get right there in the trenches next to everyone else. Plus, she’s got the added bonus of having the Force on her side, which makes the her an even stronger addition to the team.

Michonne

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As evidenced by the gif, this chick knows her stuff. Michonne is brave and an incredibly skilled fighter. But even more than that, Michonne is kind, she’s loving, and she’s fiercely loyal. She’s got such a good heart, and she is never hesitant to go out of her way to make those she loves happy. She’s someone you can count on in a fight, and count on as a fellow human.

Who are your top five picks for an apocalypse survival team? Let me know yours in the comments, and as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Also, be sure to check out my Instagram to see what I post for Megan and Kristen‘s 5 Fandom Friday photo challenge. You can see what everyone’s posting there by following the hashtag #5FFPhoto.

Everyday Cosplay: Chewbacca

We’re getting close and closer to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so as the date gets closer, here’s another everyday cosplay look that YOU can wear to the premiere–or to any other inter-galactic errands you might have.
Today, I’m paying tribute to everyone’s favorite walking carpet, Chewbacca. With the creation of more fandom-oriented outfits, you now have the option to either take the subtle route in your Chewy tribute, or you can go all out by wearing one of the newly introduced, super furry Chewy jackets. Regardless of if you want to let your geeky, Chewy-loving flag fly high, or if you want to keep things on the DL, this look is perfect for anyone who loves a Wookie. Everyday Chewbacca

Geek Fuel August Review

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My Geek Fuel August box arrived, and it was FAN-freaking-TASTIC. You guys, I’m super stoked about these guys. I’ve gotten a few boxes now–check out the June and July boxes–and I love how every box has a different feel to it, and it’s full of stuff that not only will clutter up your desk but is also USABLE. So. Good.

This month was awesome because it featured a Deadpool shirt. After the excitement from the upcoming film’s first official trailer, I was stoked to have a Deadpool shirt of my very own.

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As I mentioned last month, the August box contained an officially licensed Marvel item–either a Wolverine or Spiderman. My box contained a Wolverine item–a book called The Wold According to Wolverine. It’s fantastic and is chock full of Wolverine facts and pictures. The box also contained the usual Geek Fuel mag, a book mark, and a Finn from Adventure Time Funko keychain. And if you look in the lower left hand corner of the picture there, you’ll see the item that was connected to this month’s steam code. What is that item, you ask? It was full of those little popper things–you know the ones, you throw them on the sidewalk and they make tiny explosions.

Yes, that’s right, Geek Fuel sent me an actual fire hazard. I was a little excited about the possibilities…

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Okay, so maybe they don’t cause that much destruction (or any at all, really), but I was still excited about the poppers.

The box also included a Nuka Cola magnet, and a TMNT lollipop…which I promptly broke right in half…

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…it was still tasty though.

Despite my Hulk-like strength that caused my candy to break, the box was fantastic. I’m so excited about my shirt, and will definitely be wearing it when Deadpool hits theaters.

Do you want to subscribe to Geek Fuel? You can pick your subscription type, from one month to several, and when you subscribe using any of the Geek Fuel links in this blog, your next box will contain a FREE mystery item. Hooray for free things! 

Also, Geek Fuel is running a contest to win a bonus box FULL of Star Wars goodies like:

  • BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero (Yeah…that one!)
  • Star Wars Imperial Troop Transport by LEGO
  • Kylo Ren Wacky Wobbler by FUNKO
  • Starship Episode 7 Hero Closed Wings Vehicle by Hot Wheels
  • The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Extendable Lightsaber
  • Star Wars T-Shirt
  • Heavy Artillery First Order Stormtrooper Funko Pop

If you’re curious about the contest, click on the picture below!

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Everyday Cosplay: Padme Amidala

Say what you will about episodes I-III of Star Wars, you cannot deny that Padme had some serious style. With Force Friday just barely behind us (don’t get me started on the ginormous bummer that was the Cover Girl #BeautyForce fail), I thought it timely to do an everyday cosplay look to pay tribute to a character that gets a pretty bad rap in the Star Wars fandom–a more light and summery look, and a darker look for fall.

Everyday Padme Amidala

Do you like Padme? What do you think about episodes I-III of Star Wars? What character in the Star Wars ‘verse has your favorite style? Let me know in the comments!