Runaways is a series that’s been on my TBR list for over a decade. I remember my sister and brother-in-law telling me about it — the premise is these teens find out their parents are actually pretty damn evil after witnessing them do a heinous act, and thus find themselves on the run as they can’t depend on the law to be on their side. The original series was written by Brian K Vaughan and I remember around the time it was out, my sister and B.I.L. had been reading BKV’s Y: The Last Man (which I started and never finished, but thoroughly enjoyed).
Back in October I started reading the first volume of Rowell’s run since it was easily accessible, and as soon as I finished it I found myself falling down the rabbit hole as I read the entirety of BKV’s run, all the way to the Young Avengers three issue mini series on this website (WARNING: the ads are gross AF). I had to know what happened to this group of misfits and how they all got to where they are in the current series as it begins with all of them being dispersed. I still have a bit of a ways to go before I complete it all, but it goes without saying: I’m OBSESSED.
This series is so fun and filled with tons of humor, action, angst (a bit too much from Gert if you ask me), and there’s a dinosaur with a septum piercing named Old Lace! If you haven’t read Runaways yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. But don’t be like me — start from the beginning. I really wish I would’ve started there because the plot twists that come before are insane. I picked up the second volume of Rowell’s run last month and still need to read the rest of the original, but I’m still taking a bit of a break before I dive back in.
Have you read Runaways or watched the show (I have yet to see it)? Who’s your favorite character? Mine’s Nico! Let’s talk about it in the comments section 🙂
Force Friday has come and gone, and now the countdown for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has entered the double digits! 99 MORE DAYS UNTIL WE GET OUR MINDS METAPHORICALLY BLOWN LIKE ALDERAAN… errr, I mean… too soon?
My Force Friday was crazy busy. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I was really excited!! At first I didn’t think I was going to go, but I casually mentioned it to Jen, not even trying to ask her if she wanted to go, and then she asked, “Which Target do you want to go to?” #bestestbff
Jen and I went to the Target in Elk Grove around 10 pm-ish or so since the one in Stockton wasn’t holding a midnight release for new merch. My main goal was to get anything Captain Phasma and BB-8. Obviously, I know nothing about the two except for the fact that Captain Phasma is a mother flippin’ FEMALE Stormtrooper played by the goddess that is Gwendoline Christie and I feel like those two things alone make her fierce as hell. And BB-8 is stupid adorable. Why wouldn’t I want anything with his mug on it?
Target was pretty organized with its midnight Force Friday event. They told all customers that they could only take one of each item, that way everyone had a chance to buy something — although I didn’t get any of the little action figures or Black Series figures that I wanted. I saw Funko Pops! across the way, but there were 3 huge bikes and a display obstructing my path, but I managed to get through and grab the second to the last Captain Phasma. PHEW! With every purchase customers were given a re-usable tote. I got a BB-8 one!
They were also giving away 3 big ass Chewbacca plushies that you could totally spoon. I was really irritated with the last man who won because you could totally tell he wasn’t a fan. He was probably just there to buy the toys and make a profit off of them on EVILbay eBay. He wasn’t excited AT ALL to have won. I mean, he could’ve at least pretended! — insert angry emoji with steam coming out of the nose —
We also went to the Disney Store in Modesto when it opened at 8am so we could get the free pin with purchase! There was another dude there that had no chill whatsoever. He was carrying a big pile of the Elite die cast exclusives and then I saw him accidentally knock over a little girl, and didn’t even apologize! WTF, man? Anyway, we headed to the Target over there to get breakfast and check to see if they had the Star Wars Cover Girl make-up before heading to San Francisco (Jen started school that day, so no, we didn’t just go for Force Friday) and to check out any of the other merchandise they might have left over.
Things I got:
Captain Phasma Funko Pop! vinyl
BB-8 Funko Pop! vinyl
Rey Funko Pop! vinyl
Captain Phasma die cast Disney Store exclusive
Rey & BB-8 die cast Disney Store exclusive
Darth Vader pullover by Fifth Sun
Disney Store re-usable bag
Disney Store exclusive Force Friday pin
Star Wars the Force Awakens poster (not pictured)
Stormtrooper mug (didn’t actually buy it on Force Friday, but whatever)
Red Light Saber keychain (not pictured)
I was super bummed about not finding a BB-8 Funko, but then I had the brilliant idea to call Barnes & Noble and ask to put 2 on hold — one for me and one for my sister. We got there 15 minutes before closing only to find that they didn’t put them on hold for me AT ALL. Apparently whoever was supposed to put them on hold didn’t print out a paper with my name and number on it, or at least write my info on a sticky note and place it on the items that were supposed to go on hold. I used to work there and placed things on hold for customers quite often. I know how things are supposed to go, so I was livid. Thankfully, there were 2 left on the display (the ones that were supposed to be for me). I really didn’t want to be that customer to go apeshit on an employee, but… y’know. Put things on hold properly, man!
And before Jen went to school we stopped by the Disney Store in downtown San Francisco and they were still giving away The Force Awakens posters! I also bought a little red Light Saber keychain to put on my purse because why not? ☺
Overall, the Force seemed to be quite strong with me on Force Friday. Did any of you participate in Force Friday? What kind of stuff did you get (or not get)? Lemme know in the comments!
Hey my little ponies! I’m not dead, I swear. I’ve just been recuperating from last week’s geeky festivities at Comic-Con. It’s been a little over a week since I was down in San Diego and I still feel grossly exhausted. I only went to the actual convention for 2 days (Saturday/Sunday), but I got there on Thursday and there were plenty of things to do off-site! One thing included the Game of Thrones exhibit at the Omni Hotel. Oh, by the way, I’m horribly obsessed with that show right now. SO. OBSESSED. I started it a couple weeks ago and I’m currently on the 4th season, meaning I marathoned the sh!t out of seasons 1-3. * insert screaming face emoji *
Anyhow, everyday the line capped around 2ish, so on Sunday morning I got there at 7:30 am because I DID NOT want to miss it (the line wrapped around the building by 9:30, yikes)! And it was totally worth the three and a half hour wait. The exhibit was full of original costumes (take a look a the insane details on the costumes pictured below. The embroidery is immaculate and gorgeous!) and interactive experiences such as making a gif set next to Drogon (I’m not posting mine because I froze and ended up smiling because I had no clue what to do), going into a cage with headphones and occulus goggles like you’re going up the Wall; a fireball came hurling at me at the very top and I “died.” Valar Morghulis, I suppose (that means “all men must die” in High Valyrian). It was kind of scary and I ended up gripping the side of the cage and I could totally feel my arm digging into the bars. Haha! But there was one girl who was totally freaking out — her shrill screams of terror filled the room as she made her “descent” (quotes because it’s not really happening, y’know?) down the Wall. Oh, and of course the last part was having a photo op on the Iron Throne! I wore my Khaleesi shirt and my sister bought a set of dragon egg keychains from the Factory Entertainment booth so I held one of them in my picture 🙂 Everyone also got a baby blue Khaleesi shirt with her three dragons on it. Huzzah for freebies!
One more thing that the exhibit offered were free tattoos courtesy of HBO to the first 25 people in line who wanted them each day. Like, REAL legit permanent tattoos. House Stark is my favorite (I think they’re everyone’s favorite, right?), so if I had the opportunity to get one the tattoos I probably would’ve picked a dire wolf (#7 on the picture above) or maybe the one that says “Valar Morghulis” (#1). I like the Baratheon sigil the most (a stag with a crown around its neck — like Bambi!) and their house saying is pretty badass (“Ours is the fury”), but I’m just not crazy about anyone that belongs in that house.
There’s a Game of Thrones exhibit that’s been traveling across the globe for awhile that has way more props and costumes than the exhibit I went to. The last stop will be in Vancouver from August 8 – September 1, so if you love GOT and happen to be in Vancouver between those times you should definitely go.
PS: Here’s yours truly sitting on the Iron Throne!
Tom Hiddleston is what we fangirls like to call a “life ruiner.” As many of you know, he’s known for his portrayal of Loki, the god of mischief and Thor’s [adopted] baby bro in Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers. Hiddleston raises expectations of potential future mates sky high by being uber charming, extremely funny (have you seen the Loki’d video? Or him doing impressions of other people and a raptor?!), kind to his fans, and not to mention that he’s really, really, really, ridiculously good looking. I’m so glad I have Tim, otherwise I’d be a hot mess of a single lady since I’d probably have even higher expectations of a future-boyfriend because of Tom Hiddleston. That perfect bastard.
Ever since Comic-Con he jumped from #5 to #1 on my list of Top 5 celebrity crushes (sorry, John Krasinski)! I mean, how many ovaries exploded when this happened?:
So today’s Wishful Wednesdays post is ALL THINGS LOKI!!!
I did a little Loki search on Etsy and found so many awesome things! A couple of my favorite finds that I’ve been drooling over for the past week are the heart shaped Loki helmet necklace by FanFlail and dress by Couple Parel. I love the design of the pendant — I think it’s clever, elegant, and the perfect thing to wear to rep one’s love for Loki and show allegiance to his army. And the dress. DAT DRESS. I keep creating different outfits for it in my head, I’m OBSESSED. And it’s only $16.99 (+ $8 for shipping)! Totally a decent a price!
The green satchel with gold accents is from Asos, and the only item on my list that’s not directly Loki-related. But in terms of color, he’s definitely represented. And how cute would it look with that dress? HELLA CUTE. That’s how cute. The scalloped details along the border of the satchel is adorable too ❤
I’ve been in love with Bamboota‘s Bifrosted Loki Charms shirt since I saw it on TeeFury ages ago. I’m lame and totally missed my chance on buying it because I kept asking myself all day if I wanted to or not, and by the time I figured out that I did, the next day’s shirt was already put up. RUGH! But it’s available on Level Up Studios now, so huzzah! Like FanFlail’s necklace, the design on this shirt is super clever. From the marshmallow shapes to the tagline (“Mischievously Delicious!”) to the free prize inside (Loki’s sceptre), it makes me wish I could find a box of Loki Charms at my grocery store.
And lastly, the little Loki figure by Funko. I adore their line of Pop! figures, I have quite a few Disney ones, and this Loki one is soooo amazing! But they retired the design, so if I want to take this guy home I’d have to give up a little over a hundred dollars. *cries* I’m hoping that they’ll come out with another one since Thor: The Dark World is hitting theaters this fall.
Are you part of Loki’s Army? Do you think Tom Hiddleston is a life ruiner? Let’s fangirl together in the comments section!
outfit details – skirt + hairbow: H&M // blazer: Living Doll (Crossroads Trading Co. find) // dress: BeBop // belt: Xhileration // boots: Steve Madden // necklace: Once Upon a Smorgasbord (buy similar here) // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy here)
Since Tim and I both had Monday off, we headed to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco to check out the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic exhibit. The show consisted of original concept art from the film and I’m such a nerd for that kind of stuff! Well, I’m a nerd for pretty much anything Disney, but I digress. Concept art from Disney movies are absolutely stunning, so it was an amazing experience to be able to see some of these sketches up close and personal. The details on some of them are incredible — if you look close enough you can see each pencil stroke the artist did and see just how hard they pressed their pencil against the paper.
I also got to learn a few things about the film that I never even knew about (and I know a lot about Disney)! Though Snow White is a beloved classic family film, Walt Disney originally intended that the movie be for adults. He told a journalist, “Before seven or eight, a child shouldn’t be in a theater at all. But I didn’t make the picture for children. I made it for adults — for the child that exists in all adults.”
Upon learning that Snow White was originally created for adults, I now understand why it scared me sh!tless as a child! I still like to refer to Snow White as my favorite “scary movie” or “horror film.” Hell, even the ride at Disneyland scares me! In my defense, it is called Snow White’s Scary Adventure, so… yeah. I think the Evil Queen is absolutely terrifying. Her transformation scene still gives me the heebie-jeebies, and during the exhibit I learned that artists studied the the transformation of Dr. Jekyll in order to truly get the Evil Queen’s done just right.
And of course, I had to dress accordingly to our trip to the museum by wearing the Snow White necklace I made featuring concept art by Gustaf Tenggren, whose art was shown and used on the banners and posters to promote the exhibit (up-close shot of necklace pictured below). I still have a similar one available in my Etsy store 🙂
If you find yourself in San Francisco before the 14th this month, definitely make a trip down to the museum. The show is insanely gorgeous, so definitely check it out if you can!