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Pinspiration -Black Widow

It is almost a decade since Black Widow’s first appearance onscreen in Iron Man 2. Since then fans have been wanting a stand-alone film for Natasha Romanoff. Which hopefully, we will be getting in the next few years. Until then she is an important member of Avengers Team (for a while the only female member).

Black Widow
Black Widow Cookies
Black Widow Pinata Cookies

When I listed my favourite Captain America pins, I mentioned that I loved piñatas, will I am also a fan of piñata cakes and cookies! I was so excited when I found the Black Widow piñata cookies on the Ya Gotta Have A Hobby blog.

Black Widow Belt
Cosplay Belt Tutorial

It would be quite easy to add this rhinestone design to an existing black belt. Although Set to Stunning designed this belt is intended as part of a cosplay, I think it would be great would be for everyday cosplay. Wearing it over a little black dress or playsuit would make a cute Black Widow themed outfit.

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Cocktail by The Experience Bar

The Experience Bar designs nerdy cocktails based on video games, cartoons and movies. By blending Vodka, Kahlua, Grenadine with Cola. The Black Widow cocktail manages to incorporate the colours of her “suit” in this drink.

Black Widow Nail Art
Nail Art

I love nerdy nail art but tend to be drawn to the simpler designs. Like the Thor Manicure I wrote about, this Black Widow themed manicure is easy enough for a beginner and Chalkboard Nails has created a great step by step guide.

You can see all my Pinspiration posts here, these including more Avengers themed ideas. If you would like to be featured in a future post please contact me.

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Monday Musings -Batgirl Revisited

Monday Musings - Batgirl Movie

Last year, I wrote about the upcoming Batgirl movie. I spoke about how happy I was that Joss Whedon had signed on as the director. And examined some of the storylines I would like to have seen included in the movie. I posted this before Whedon’s ex-wife published her open letter. My post was also written before I had seen experienced seeing the Amazons, Valkyrie and Dora Milaje on the big screen. My opinions have obviously changed since writing the blog post.

Last week, news broke that Whedon had walked away from the project. Initial articles stated he was “unable to find a story” Of course, this is ridiculous. Over the years many comic book storylines have featured Batgirl. Anyone one of which could be adapted into a feature film.

The news instead seems to point to yet more problems in with the DCEU franchise. The success of the Wonder Woman movies last year was a high point for the franchise. However, the Justice League movie (which Whedon worked on), was meet with mixed reviews, was a low point.

According to Wikipedia, there are over twenty possible films planned in the DCEU. Whilst some like the Wonder Woman sequel and Shazam movie, have tentative release dates. Over a dozen more are all in the planning stages. These include a Gotham Siren adaption, Flashpoint and The Batman reboot. Production on the Batgirl movie was due to start later this year. I’m assuming this will still happen. The success of Wonder Woman, shows audience want to see female lead superhero movies. Batgirl is one of the best know DC women, along with Supergirl she is the obvious choice for a next movie.

All over the weekend, I have seen several blog posts featuring lists of “female directors who should direct the Batgirl movie.” I am not going to re-hash them here (but have included a few of the links at the end of this blog post). I will go on record as saying I am hoping Lena Dunham isn’t involved in the project, I am not a fan of her work.

Batgirl (New 52)

On Twitter, several authors expressed an interest in the project. Of course, we would all love to see Gail Simone write this movie, most comic book fans are familiar with her work. The New 52 reboot of Batgirl, with Barbara Gordon, once again redonning the cape and cowl. Is one of the more popular storylines and, is the obvious choice for the film. Similarly, I would love to see Hope Larson work on the movie. As the current writer of the Batgirl comics she is someone very familiar with the character, and personally, I love the ‘Summer of Lies‘ storyline.

Batgirl Summer of Lies

Whilst it looks like the movie is still moving forward, which of course I am happy about. I do still have so many issues around its place with the DCEU as a whole. The Wonder Woman movie could exist outside of the franchise. Her storyline is not intertwined with other characters from the DCEU. Yes, there was the package from Bruce Wayne at the beginning, which served as a plot point. But she could have just as easily found the photo herself.

Batgirl’s origin story includes Batman. In both versions, young Batman intrigues the young Barbara Gordon. Originally, in the Detective Comics (which was later retold in Year One), she idolized Batman and Robin and saves them from Killer Moth. In the New 52 storylines, Batman is an important part of the plot.

Which leads me to my problem. Can this movie work whilst the DCEU is a mess? Ben Affleck has expressed an interest in leaving the franchise. And the standalone Batman movie is on hold. Can they make a Batgirl movie with a new Batman, will that work? Should this movie be made after the new Batman reboot? Or will the Flashpoint storyline reboot the franchise, so recasting a new Batman would be possible.

Overall, I am happy Joss Whedon has left the Batgirl projects. I am excited to see a female director making another superhero movie and the possibility of a female writer. However, as with all projects in the DCEU at the moment, this news has left with more questions than answers.

Recommended Reading

9 Rad Women We’d Love To See Director Batgirl (Nerdist)
10 Female Directors Who Could Take on DC’s ‘Batgirl’ Movie (comicbook.com)
Batgirl: Year One
Batgirl: The Darkest Reflection TP (The New 52)
Batgirl: Summer of Lies

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Monday Musings: Confession Time

Monday Musings: Confession Time
Normally, my Monday Musing posts are a chance for me to have a little rant about something that’s been on my mind lately. This week I am I’m going to do something a little different. I am going to make a confession. Are you ready?

It’s a big confession.

I have never watched Supernatural.

Wait a minute, what?

That’s right, I have never watched Supernatural! I have never seen an episode, this show seemed to have slipped past my geek radar.  I know what you are thinking, Supernatural is one of the greatest shows, how have you never seen it. The honest truth is I am not 100% sure why.

Before Supernatural aired, I remember thinking it would be a show I would like. I loved the other CW programmes shown at the time. Programmes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Roswell. Jared Padalecki starred in the Gilmore Girls and Jensen Ackles was briefly in Smallville. Two shows I also loved around the time. So why didn’t I watch their new show?

As I said I have no idea why I didn’t watch it. Supernatural originally aired on ITV2 in the late evening. So maybe the time it aired had something to do with me not watching it. Since then it has changed networks several times, for a while, I think it was on Sky Living and it’s on E4.

I am assuming because Supernatural has had several broadcasters in the UK, that is why no one channel can repeat all the series. Similarly, why isn’t available on a streaming service. Whilst, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and it’s spin-off Angel), seem to have found new fans by streaming on Netflix. Other “Monster of the Week” type shows, like Charmed or Ghost Whisperer seem to be constantly on TV. Why isn’t Supernatural?

Not being on a streaming service means it is not easy for me to watch Supernatural. So it seems my only option is to watch it the old-fashioned way, to buy all the box sets and binge-watch them. Which brings me to another issue. By now Supernatural is on its 13th season. That is over 250 episode to watch! That will involve a mammoth marathon, how long would that take? It seems a little daunting to even start.

So it would seem I am not meant to watch Supernatural. Even though I am sure, it would be a show I would enjoy. Having said that I am planning on trying to watch the spin-off programme The Wayward Sisters. I am hoping it isn’t too linked to Supernatural and I can enjoy this programme in its own right.

Are you surprised I am not part of the SPN family? Do you think I should start watching it? What TV show are people surprised that you don’t watch?

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Review Of The Year

2017 REVIEW OF THE YEAR

I had intended my final post of 2017 to be a “Review of the Year!” However, due to illness, it will be my first post of 2018. These are the questions I devised in 2016, with updated answers for 2017. Like before if you want to join in, feel free to use the graphic above and I look forward to seeing your answers.

Highlights – What one great thing happened to you this year.
At the start of the year, I attended the Women’s March in London. I went with a dear friend, we had a chance to chat and laugh whilst we walked for an amazing cause. I adored the March for several reasons, women (and some men) joining in together. the amazing signs (so many Princess Leia themed signs) and the knitter in me loved seeing the sea of pink pussy-hats. Finally, seeing a Wonder Woman movie on the big screen! At the end of the year, the midnight showing of The Last Jedi and I finally got to see Hamilton.

Surprise – either TV show, film, game etc. that impressed you the most.
Kimi no Na Wa (Your Name) I first heard about the movie at the beginning of the year but missed the UK release date. So I had to wait for the digital release to watch it. I was not disappointed, the movie itself is visually gorgeous, plus it has a beautiful storyline.

New Fandom – Did you gain a new obsession in 2017?
I guess this is an extension of an existing fandom! After seeing The Last Jedi, I have joined the dark side and am now ‘Reylo’ Trash!

The Comeback Kid – Was one of your fandoms rebooted, re-released, or re-imagined.
This has to be Twin Peaks: The Return, I loved the show 20 years ago and the newest season was as quirky, surreal and funny as before. As with the earlier seasons, the soundtrack is also amazing.

Still going strong? – did one TV show have an amazing season? Or did a book series have a truly impressive release this year?
Last year, I said Game of Thrones, as season six was epic. As expected season seven was extraordinary. I was also impressed with the second season of Stranger Things.

Biggest disappointment of the Year.
Non-geeky related, it was Jury Service. I have always wanted to be called for Jury Service, and in hindsight, it was two weeks of sitting around in various beige rooms and drinking bad coffee.

Event of the year – convention, viewing party, geek girl brunch etc.
For personal reasons this year was very quiet for me. I didn’t go to any conventions. Over the summer, I visited a few geeky exhibits in London (Star Wars Identities and The Art of Brick). At the end of the year, I had so much fun attending the midnight screening of The Last Jedi in Leicester Square which was introduced by Rian Johnson himself.

What are you looking forward to next year?
So many movies, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity Wars and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Hopefully, having a mini vacation in the spring.

Quick Fire Round

TV Show of the Year: Game of Thrones
Movie of the Year: Wonder Woman
Game of the Year: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Book of the Year: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Album of the Year: Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series)

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Updated Christmas Eve Box

A few years ago, I wrote about our adult version of Christmas Eve box. Our Christmas Eve tradition now involves relaxing at home, ordering a takeaway and having a few drinks. A calm night before the big day. So I create a special parcel for the evening. Think of it as a grown-up version of the boxes designed for children. The box is filled with pyjamas, movies to watch and cocktails!

This Year’s Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

Deadpool Pyjamas // Wonder Woman Pyjamas // Espresso Martini // Book
Ornament // Cocktail Set // Box

Each year, I like to add a new ornament to our Christmas tree, something related to the previous 12 months, a souvenir from a vacation, something a little more personal. Or like this year, a geeky one relating to one of our favourite films of the year. I love this Wonder Woman Ornament kit from LexiCorp.

A recent UK Poll recently declared Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie, well in our house we disagree. Our traditional Christmas Eve movie night involves a trilogy of Muppet’s Christmas CarolNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and ends with Die Hard. When I saw this illustration book based on Die Hard featured on Nerdist, I had to order a copy to include in the Christmas box.

As you know I am a coffee addict and an Espresso Martini is my go-to cocktail. Unfortunately, I am can’t see to perfect my recipe to make them at home. I have a few tried pre-mixed cocktails, but this year I thought I would try the Tipplesworth mixer. I also love this Espresso Martini gift set, which includes a cocktail shaker and martini glasses.

Do you have any traditions for Christmas Eve? What are your favourite Christmas Movies? Do you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Stranger Things Must Haves

Without a doubt, one of the huge success stories of 2016 was Stranger Things. For the months, fans have waited for the next season. So many questions were left unanswered. Hopefully, later this week, we will get some resolutions. To mark the release of the second season of Stranger Things. I thought I would put together a few of my must-haves for any fans of the Netflix show.

Stranger Things Must-Haves

Stranger Things Must Haves
Hawkins Stripe T-Shirt // Vynl Figure // Book of Barb
Visit Hawkins T-Shirt // Backpack // Monopoly
Frozen Waffles // Poster T-Shirt // Pin // Mug

Last month, a Stranger Things t-shirt appeared on the Louis Vuitton catwalk during Paris Fashion Week. This week, Topshop has a pop-up store featuring sets from the show as well as selling their new Stranger Things range. Providing the show is really on trend at the moment! #geekchic

It was hard for me to pick just one t-shirt. But as I said they are this season’s all-important fashion item, so I have included three! I love the vintage feel of this Hawkins Power & Light shirt from Topshop. Similarly with the “Visit Hawkins” tee, or you can go for the classic poster t-shirt.

It was a shock to me, to discovered that there aren’t any official books related to Stranger Things. Why hasn’t someone turned it to a graphic novel? I did find a few unofficial book and thing cute Book of Barbs, which is full of 80’s geekiness.

Everyone loves a Pop Funko figure, but  I do like some of the newer vinyl collectibles. This pair of VYNL figures is so cute, Eleven with her Eggos and my favourite Barb! Speaking of Eggos, we can’t actually get Eggos in the U.K. (shocking I know), but you can get Bird’s Eye Toaster Waffles, which I believe are similar and ideal for a snack whilst binge-watching season two.

Stranger Things Must Haves

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Gift Guide: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Gift Guide

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As the Wonder Woman movie is finally getting released on DVD and Blu Ray this week. I thought I would put together a gift guide of some of the Wonder Woman merchandise available. I have written before, how I impressed I was with the amount of merchandise DC Comics have created. Whilst, it still isn’t ideal it is an improvement on other franchises.

Den of Geek wrote an amazing article over the summer highlighting the problem with the Wonder Woman merchandise. And the problems Star Wars and Marvel fans have faced. I know the amount of girly products available might offend some people. I don’t mind it. In fact, I love it when cosmetic companies have collaborations with geeky fandom. Like the MAC Wonder Woman range from a few years ago or the Covergirl and Star Wars collection. Yet, it is pointing out the lack of Wonder Woman merchandise for non-girly fans!

Wonder Woman Gift Guide

Wonder Woman Gift Guide
Wrap Bracelet // Cross Body Bag // Mug
Nail Wraps // Shopping Tote // Top
Mason Jar // Make-Up Bag

What do you think of the girlier merchandise? Do you like geeky themed make-up or jewellery? Or would do you prefer to buy Lego sets and action figures?

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Art of the Brick: DC Heroes

One of the top items on my bucket list for this summer was the Art of the Brick show. With such busy schedules over the summer, we had to leave it until the last weekend to visit. Nathan Sawaya, has had art exhibitions all over the world, all using Lego as his medium. Build as the world’s largest Lego exhibition. Over 2 million bricks have created sculptures of DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains.
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Art of the Bricks: DC Super Heroes

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Art of the Brick: DC Heroes
I expected the exhibition to just feature life-sized figures of characters from DC Comics. The kind you see in the Lego Stores or at conventions. Yet, it was an interesting mix of statues, and smaller figures. Lego was even used to recreate of classic comic covers, and brick pictures which adorned the walls.

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What amazed me the most about these pieces of art, was the attention to detail. The Wonder Woman portrait had hidden Lego stars and shields in the frame. The full-sized Batmobile, included bat shaped headlights. Tiny bat motifs in the hubcaps and even a personalized license plate.

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Art of the Brick: DC HeroesArt of the Brick: DC Heroes

Unfortunately, the Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes has now closed. Hopefully, Nathan Sawaya will do another exhibition in London again soon.

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Con Envy

We are in the middle of Comic Con season! Whilst that is great to hear all the news about my favourite TV shows, or see trailers for upcoming movies. Watch the live stream of panels and see all the amazing photos on social media. It also means Con Envy! You know the feeling dreaming that you too could be in Southern California experiencing the wonder that is San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).

Con Envy

Whilst I had always been aware of SDCC and wanted to go, it wasn’t until about twelve years ago con envy set in. It was still in the early days of social media, so there wasn’t a lot of places to see the delights of SDCC. That year, I was obsessed with Lost, it was just after the first season had ended and I was eager for news of season two. I found a recording of the panel from “Hall H” and soon after that my infatuation with SDCC began.

Over the years, social media had increased my con envy. I have watched countless panels youtube, seen hundred of photos on Instagram, seen all the breaking news via Twitter. The weeks after SDCC I read numerous blog posts about other peoples experiences all dreaming that one day I will get to go! But this year I am going to try to be a little more realistic in an attempt to control my con envy.

First of all, you spend a lot of time at cons queuing. Yes I know lining up all night can be fun and that you make friends in the queue. But let’s be realistic, you have to queue to enter the convention centre, queue for the panels, queue for the shops and even queue for the toilets! It gets a bit much.


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Secondly, even if you are at the Con you will have FOMO. Have you seen the timetable for SDCC, it’s full. There would be a lot of events on at the same time. I know from previous experience you have to make decisions which panels or events you want to attend. Then there are all the unexpected moments that you hear about after all. When you are not in line you are rushing about to get somewhere.


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Finally, you would spend a lot of money! Cons are expensive, not just the tickets, travel and accommodation. There is also the merchandise. Funko, Hasbro and Her Universe are all teasing their SDCC exclusives online plus all the figures or comics you would buy to fill in your collection. Then there is the artist’s alley and official merchandise. It all adds up. Oh who am I kidding, we all know I will end up buying the Con exclusives from eBay for twice the price.


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Recommend reading if you are going to SDCC

Geeks Who Eat – Not Getting Hangry At A Con
My Geek Parade – How To Budget For A Con
The Nerdy Girlie – Comic Con Survival Bag

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A to Z Challenge

A to Z ChallengeI have seen this quick challenge on a few blogs, The Howling Wolfheart originally started the A to Z movie challenge. However Geeky Brunette expanded it to include television programmes. I have attempted to do both challenges!

A to Z Movies

The Avengers
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Captian America: The Winter Solider
Dazed and Confused
Empire Strikes Back
Finding Nemo
Guardians of the Galaxy
Heathers
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Juno
Kill Bill
Lion King
The Magnificent Seven
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Oceans Eleven
Pulp Fiction
The Quick and The Dead
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: A New Hope
Terminator
Unforgiven
Veronica Mars
Wonder Woman
X-Men
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Zack and Miri Make a P*rno

A to Z Television Programmes

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Breaking Bad
C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigates
Doctor Who
Elementary
Firefly
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
iZombie
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
K
Marvel’s Luke Cage???
Mad Men
The Night Of
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Lies
Quantum Leap
Ripper Street
Sherlock
Twin Peaks
Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt
Veronica Mars
The Wire
The X-Files
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Z

I was unable to think of any TV shows being with “K” or “Z,” can you think of any? The Killing (the orginial Danish version), has been on my to watch list for a while. Maybe it’s time I checked it out.

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