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A Fancy Geek Your Pooch Will Be

yoda dog ears petco comic con

Geeky pet owners rejoice! Petco debuted their special line of Star Wars threads and toys for pooches and kittens at Comic-Con a few weeks ago!

When I first got Rory  a couple years ago I was really bummed  by the lack of geeky dog apparel out there, so there are really no words for me to express how ecstatic I am over this crazy awesome line! And the Petco booth also gave out Yoda ears for pets as con exclusive freebies!!! They ran out when I went on Sunday, but my sister was able to grab a pair for Rory when she went on Thursday 😀

The collection hits stores on September 1 and will include an array of hoodies inspired by your favorite Star Wars characters (the Chewbacca and Boba Fett ones… shut up. Just. Shut. Up.), leashes and collars, fluffy dog beds shaped like Yoda and Darth Vader, chewy squeaky toys, and there’s also little mice dressed like characters for your kitty to play with!

One piece I can’t wait to get my hands on is the Darth Vader knitted nordic sweater. Rory is going to be the baddest ball of fluff on the block. Is it weird that I’m extremely happy that my dog and I will have matching knitted Vader sweaters and that I can’t wait to take pictures of the two of us so I can turn them into holiday greeting cards? Actually, I don’t care if it’s weird. I’M TOO EXCITED TO CARE.

While I was perusing the booth, another con goer looked at me and said, “Oh man. I’m going to have to buy all this stuff for my dog.” Me too, dude. Me. Too.

Do you plan on getting your pooch or kitten a little Star Wars trinket (or maybe one or two, or ALL OF IT)?

Cheers,
Nina

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Doctor Who Fan Meet-Up

Last Saturday I headed to the Doctor Who Fan Meet-Up in San Diego! I was daunted by the fact that I would be going solo (my sister and her boyfriend aren’t into Doctor Who and none of my other friends who like Who were there) as I am terribly shy in many social situations. So why did I go? Well, at last year’s Who meet-up, Matt Smith, Karen, Gillan, and Arthur Darvill randomly showed up and I figured the same case would go for this year. I had already missed the Nerd HQ ticket sales for the Doctor Who panel, and I didn’t feel like camping outside of Hall H to get into their Sunday panel, thus I figured going to this shindig would definitely increase my chance of getting to see my favorite Doctor in person, and possibly even meet him! The latter I didn’t do, but the former I did! But more on that in a bit. BBC set up a sweet little party for us Whovians and provided us with sliders and cupcakes adorned with the TARDIS. And thank goodness, because I was waiting in line for two hours and was STARVING. So yay for cuppy cakes and sliders! There were a couple Cybermen and an Ood walking around as well which was totally amazing! And there were lots of great cosplays going on as well. I think the best one I saw was a freakin’ TARDIS [picture below] — it lit up and everything!

There was a cosplay theater contest where a couple of cosplayers got onstage and did a little scene from the show and Mark Gatiss and Filch David Bradley came out as celebrity judges! My inner teeny-bopper kicked into gear as I attempted to work my way to the other side of the second level after I saw them head upstairs in hopes to take a better picture of (and maybe even meet) them. It was way too crowded though. Did I mention that the line for the meet-up was like two or three blocks long? Needless to say the place was packed!

So while I was working on my second slider, I heard a familiar voice say “hello” and then all hell broke loose. Suddenly it felt like it was 1999 — the year I went to my first *NSYNC concert — fangirls wailed and I immediately made a beeline downstairs to head to the back of the club to get a better look because I KNEW it was Matt Smith! Him, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat were onstage and stayed there for about 10 minutes. They said thanks for coming and all that good stuff. Like I said, my inner teeny-bopper was alive and kicking so my thought process was, “OH MY GOD I’M BREATHING THE SAME AIR AS THEM.” Oh, and Jenna Coleman is ridiculously gorgeous in person. It’s really not fair how beautiful she is. I kept telling Tim over the phone how stupid pretty she was in person!

So, that was my little bit of Who during Comic-Con! Were you there too?

Cheers,
Nina

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Some Geeks Get Left Behind

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Oh, Comic Con. I have such a love/hate relationship with you.

Last year I decided that I needed a break because the Con has gotten way too overwhelming over the past few years. My anxiety can’t take it (nor can my wallet)! And with their new method of purchasing badges last year, it took my sister and I 45 minutes to get through. And even then the 4-day badges completely sold out. SO FRUSTRATING.

But now that Comic Con officially starts today, I can’t help but feel a bit bummed that I’m not there to partake in the geeky festivities. sigh Seeing all sorts of Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook updates about it colors me chartreuse (not all the way green, as I’m somewhat content).

I just keep reminding myself of how annoying it was waiting for hours on end to get into the exhibit hall, how overly crowded it was, how getting into panels isn’t as simple as it was before, how getting freebies at all the booths is a bitch now, and the B.O. Brigade (stinky folks everywhere!). And I impulse buy like nobody’s business, and when I get home I look at my loot and say, “Well what the hell am I gonna do with all this now?”

Here are some Con exclusives I would have totes gone for (and possibly regret later if I managed to get my hands on them):

Polly Pocket & Friends DC Comics Villains set, via Hasbro
Tiny Titans figure set, via Mattel
Sulley & Boo Pop Vinyl set, via Funko/Disney

I shall live vicariously through all the Comic Con updates I see over the interwebs. In the meantime, I guess I have Stockton’s first official comic book convention to look forward to next month.

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Who-Licious

Comic-Con was a freakin’ Doctor Who fest for me! Unfortunately, after waiting in line for nearly 2 hours on Sunday morning, I didn’t draw a winning ticket to get into the Doctor Who signing. Booo. 😦

On the bright side, I walked away with some awesome Doctor Who swag. 😀

BEHOLD!

I got…

  • Dalek coin bank. I couldn’t find a little Dalek or Cyberman action figure, and stumbled upon this coin bank and thought, “Close enough!” I’ve already dumped my spare change in it.
  • 11th Doctor + River Song’s Sonic Screwdrivers. Now I can coordinate outfits with Sonic Screwdrivers!
  • Water color doodle by Katie Cook. She’s the bestest. If you’re at a convention, and Katie Cook is there, you must, MUST, get yo ass to her booth. Her little water color doodles are only $5 and you can ask her to make whatever you want.
  • Doctor Mew print and buttons. I’ve seen this cat art on Tumblr before and found that the artist, Jenny Parks, had a booth at Con this year! I couldn’t resist nabbing a print and buttons for myself and Tim! My favorite is the 11th Doctor in a fez.
  • BBC America Comic-Con exclusive shirt. I had a bit of buyer’s remorse after I purchased it. I just felt weird not buying anything at the BBC America booth, but I have come to love it. 🙂

One thing I’m sad about is this:

[courtesy of BBC America/Anglophenia]

On Saturday, while I was roaming around the exhibit hall, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan showed up at the BBC America booth! I have no idea where I was when this happened. #@()#()_@*$$&%&&%*#!!+($(! It would’ve been cool to say that I saw the Doctor and Amy Pond with my own eyeballs, y’know? Oh well. I do not own a TARDIS or a Time Turner, so there’s nothing I can do about it.

le sigh

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I’M GOING TO SAN DIEGO!

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A., but I’ve been a busy little thing. Right now I’m at the airport noming on a Hawaiian pizza while I wait for my flight, which has been delayed. Rugh. 😦

I’ll be going to Comic-Con on Saturday and Sunday!!! And Doctor Who is going to be all over the place! I’ll most likely not get into the panel on Sunday, and I missed out on buying tickets for the Nerdist Podcast Chris Hardwicke is going to have with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. I don’t want to go into the details of that unfortunate event. It’ll only make my inner She-Hulk come out. BUT, I’m totally looking forward to all the Who merchandise, and other things that’ll be at Con.

Hopefully I’ll be able to blog while I’m down there — unlike my Disneyland trip, I’m staying at place with interweb connection. Woop!

PS: I got a haircut on Tuesday. Behold…