Convention Wrap Up: C2E2

April 29, 2015

Hi Gang!
 Last weekend, my family and I went to Chicago, Illinois! We were supposed to go to Tennessee, but we decided on a different place. This awesome and very last minute turn of events led me to be able to go to my VERY FIRST C2E2! And Now I'm gonna tell you all about it!
  Google Maps, should not be trusted when there is construction about! They are terrible, The trip was only supposed to be 4 and a half hours, it was more like 6 and a half! We circled the same street three times, and we were only 2 minutes from the convention center, and it was raining, AND People drive in Chicago like it's New York or something, not stopping at stop
signs, turning even though there's no space for them. a 44 minute trip took almost 2 hours!!
 However, when we actually made it to the convention, it was GLORIOUS! Alex and I breezed through registration to grab our Saturday Only passes, and we were off! I thought I had been to some big conventions, but C2E2 was on a whole nother playing field!! It was actually really overwhelming, so many people, so many things to see! The only thing that kept me sane, was remembering that I was on a mission. With all of the traffic delays, we didn't get into the convention until about 2 ish, and it closed at 7! I wanted to make sure that I did everything that I wanted, before my time was up.
 Ipacked: Batgirl #1, Birds of Prey #1, Harley Quinn #1, Gotham Academy #1 and Superman Unchained #1 to get signed by their respective artists: Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brenden Fletcher and Scott Snyder. That was the mission. I think I did a pretty decent job. I got everything signed except Superman, because Snyder's line was so long, it didn't have any form! I had Babs Tarr sign my guidebook, I got three of her stickers, and I got a photo with her! I found a C2E2 exclusive of Batgirl #40, but of course she was gone by then. Gail Simone was at a panel, so Alex and I were first in Line, and I was able to get a picture with her, and I bought three amazing Prints by Amanda Conner, my favorite is Iron Man getting his ass handed to him by She-Hulk. I got all three of the prints signed, and I can't wait to put them up on my inspirational wall of awesome!
  Alex got a Black Adam T-shirt, and I found Ashley Woods in Artist Alley! I bought a Lilith print, had it signed and got a pictures with her, and then we were photographed by The FINAL Call. I'm gonna be in PRINT! It was so inspiring to see an african-american artist there, it just reaffirmed my belief that with enough effort the limit to which you can achieve does not exist! If you don't know who she is, Please click on her name, learn something new today! I had so much fun, C2E2 is definitely going to be added to my "must do again" list! The next convention I am gearing up for is NYCC, I really REALLY wanna go to that one. It's not until October, so I still have plenty of time to save up, I even joined the newletter so I know when tickets go on sale and such. I haven't gotten anything yet, so I'm buckling down, and trying no to spend lots of money. Since there is so much time left, I think I wanna do a cosplay for NYCC, I haven't decided what yet, but seeing everyone dressed up at C2E2, really made me itch to put together a costume, I think I wanna do Storm, the outfit will be easily recognizable and airy enough, to not have me die of Heat stroke in the building, surrounded by all the people,

What are some of your favorite Conventions? I wanna try and explore the Country more, so don't be afraid to send me far out, the conversation continues on twitter, like always!

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It's SuperheroDay! Who's Your Favorite?

April 28, 2015

Hi Gang!
 I just wanted to stop in, and wish everyone a happy #Superheroday ! In honor of this day, I have decided to talk about four of my favorite heroes today. I also have mentioned it on Twitter and Instagram, where like always the conversation continues! Feel free to talk to me there as well!

Vixen: DC's 2nd Black Heroine. Their first was Bumblebee who was created in Teen Titans in 1976. I love her because she is a strong character. No matter, how many times writers and artists try to white wash her, or write her into idiocy, her inner Character always shines through. She is literally one of the few female characters that always seems to bounce back. I feel like she doesn't really get enough shine, she's always been really understated in the DC Canon, that honestly makes me like her more. If you don't know her, look her up on Wikipedia. Go get you some knowledge.

M: Monet St. Croix is another name to the list of Marvel's heroines of color. She was created in 1994 and has an extensive list of powers. Telepathy, Super speed, agility, strength and supersonic flight. She is also on a small list of Muslim heroes. I love her ability to be resiliant. She was turned into a mute, untouchable creature named Penance by her brother, and now she is one of the authorities in the x-men. I feel like she is another character that hasn't gotten the shine that she deserves, and she is also on my list of cosplay goals.

Storm: Ororo Monroe is Storm. No matter how many people know who Storm is, she is constantly left out of stories, left out of movies, or completely screwed up in story lines. She is one of my favorites because she was the first female superhero I was introduced to. I didn't learn about Wonder Woman until much later in my childhood. Just like Thor, Storm is a GODDESS. She's not just a "mutant" with the penchant to control the weather. To me she WAS the weather. Storm is the reason why I fight for Comics to be intersectional and to include everyone. Storm is the reason, why Nerdette at Large exists. Storm was my Gateway into Comic Books.

Black Canary: I won't write a lot about Canary because I actually wrote a long Girl Crush post a while back about her. I love her character, I love her strength, and even though she has been featured on WIR more than once, as a character she continues to delight lives through generations. Even though, I am not a fan of how she is portrayed on Arrow, She still remains in my top 4.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,


Mummies and Sciency-type stuff!

April 27, 2015

Hi Gang!
 A while ago, Alex, his family and I headed over to the museum to go see the Mummies of the World exhibit! It had been a while since I'd even been near the museum, my family and I used to go all the time when I was younger and homeschooled, but I missed it and was excited to go! I packed up my usual travel kit, and we were off!
 After a bit of ridiculous traffic, and a GPS that was totally lost, we finally made it and parked. We got tickets for the Mummies event AND the Natural History Exhibit. Over all, I was kind of disappointed, there were really only 12 real mummies and everything else was pretty much re-manufactured. They said mummies from all over the world but there were really only 5 or 6 countries mentioned, I wasn't allowed to take photos of the event, and as a blogger, that really makes me sad.
 Afterwards, we went through the Natural History Museum, and I was able to take lots of pictures there and I was happy again. We ran into Sherlock Holmes and of course had to get some shots with him, all in all it was pretty decent day! I saw some dead people, learned lots of Sciency- type stuff and was able to relax the rest of the day with family, fun and board Games.

T-Shirt// Walmart

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OOTD: Vodka Dreams

April 22, 2015

Hi Gang!
 So Friday, was my cousin Bri's 21st birthday and her friends did not disappoint. They rented a little lounge in Clifton, and had a blast. I was only there for a couple of hours, between doing technically a double at work and Alex, I totally felt like a little old lady out past her bedtime. I picked up a pack of Original Smirnoff, because they were all out of Strawberry, a New Notebook, and  a pack of pens, and Alex and I were on our way to the Party! Thankfully, we were able to find a parking spot on the same street, instead of walking all over creation, and when we got there the party was already in full effect! There were so many people there?! I knew Bri was a part of her College's Community, but gee Golly, we could barely slide through. I thought we were going to do a bar crawl, so I got dressed in "club" apparel, but I'm glad I wasn't too over dressed for the occassion, regardless. Make sure you guys stop by Bri's Blog and wish her a belated Birthday!!

Dress// Loveculture (part of a haul that I'll show you guys a little later!)
Shoes// UnionBay (Purchased from Amazon)

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,


  The Noire Menagerie

Series #11: Daredevil: Ep 1 + 2

April 20, 2015

Hi Gang!
 The other night, I was able to catch the first two episodes of Netfilx's Daredevil and I thought I would write a post on my thoughts. Now Disclaimer * Spoilers are present*, I'm going to watch the show slowly instead of my general binge policy, apparently, we'll have to wait a year for something new, so I thought I would take my time.I'm totally new to Daredevil. I only know three things about him. 1. He's a blind lawyer. 2. His name is Matt Murdoch. 3. He works/lives in Hell's Kitchen. Now without further ado, My thoughts!

- Why is Murdoch so hot? It's the first time since Captain America, I've been attracted to a superhero...

- Like we needed fictional reasons to despise the NYPD? Is there a NY officer that isn't corrupted?
Anywhere in fiction?

- Is Foggy supposed to be Matt's Bucky? Because if so, that's going to end pretty badly in the future. *Winter Soldier*

- ... Where exactly does the human trafficking come into everything? I wonder if it will be the kind of thing with the Gotham Underground Crime Bosses...

- He better be a great lawyer, if he can tell people are lying just from a simple heart beat.

- Why does no one but the liason know what the Chinese woman is saying? How are they supposed to plan dastardly evil deeds with a language barrier in the way?

- I like that I don't really know anything about Daredevil so I can go into this show with fresh eyes.

- These bad guys don't really leave any loose ends do they? Everyone and their grandmama is dead sheesh!

- Turk buys a gun, and this confuses me. If you are running a sex slave business, why don't you own a gun already?

- When Daredevil is on the top of the building, he kind of reminds me of an owl. Just the way his head turns as they hear different noises of the night.

- YAY! Rosario Dawson, I hope she becomes an actual cast member!

- Murdoch is messing around with some seriously dangerous people, I'm going to need him to get some armor, he was all kinds of jacked up before Claire Fixed him.

- When Clair is on the top of the building in that white t-shirt/hoodie combo she kind of reminded me of white tiger. Maybe it's just me groping at straws but it would be awesome, if she actually became White Tiger, and Tiger got some screen time, because lets face it, it's not like the "lesser-known" Marvel characters are getting any Film love right now.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,


  The Noire Menagerie

March Favorites!

April 15, 2015

Hi Gang!
 This is just going to be a quick post of things and people I found or thought was pretty cool for the month of March! The month passed by pretty fast, but that didn't stop me from discovering some pretty nifty internet things.

- My Little Pony: There are four seasons on Netflix, and I have been watching it while doing other things. Its a simple and adorable cartoon that doesn't need all of your attention so, I can do things like fixing my sewing machine, or practicing knitting stitches. I'm on Season 3 now.

- Gain- Paradise Lost/ Apple: These songs are still on repeat to this day! I am so in love with the music videos, Apple, has to be one of my favorites since I discovered K-pop! I was even able to sneak Apple in to my playlist at my job without anyone being any the wiser.

- ClothesEncounters: Youtube run by Jenn Im, and she shows you how to thrift, and all the amazing places she gets to visit!! I'm subscribed to her, and pretty sure I've seen almost every video.. Hope that doesn't make me a stalker.

- VintageVandal: The Buyer for Pinup Clothing! I love all the people and outfits in her instagram.

- PaperTiger: A knitwear designer, I love reading her blog, it is just so calming! I love looking at all of her amazing designs, and wishing that I could do even just a couple of the things she does.

- Izzknit: Knitter and seamstress supreme! I am so in love with all the luscious yarn porn she posts and all of her beautiful pieces!

- Silk Bamboo Yarn: I picked about 6 balls at Jo-ann Fabrics, and it was pretty decently priced, I chose silver and the yarn just feels so amazing, I'm so scared to use it!

- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries I even wrote an entire post about it!

What are some things that you enjoyed last month?

Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,


 The Noire Menagerie

Nerdette At Large: Back to Basics

April 13, 2015

Hi Gang!
  I honestly can't believe that we are already halfway through April! Where does the time go, goodness! For the next couple of weeks, I'll be making some changes to Nerdette At large. The type of content you'll find here, will be closer to the original postings of Vulcan Sugar and Spice. I got a little fame, and kind of lost my head, I feel like getting back to my original blogging roots, will help me keep a better schedule, and keep the blog feeling more like me, then what's popular now.

- Comic Reviews : Just got done reading X-men #1-5 By Wood, expect a post of that coming soon. I've decided that I won't be picking up any more comics until I finished reading the contents of my long box, writing blog posts will give me some motivation to finish so I can move onto new stuff like Storm (Pak) or Silk (lee)!

- Knitting roundups: I've been getting more and more of an itch to create things again. I even got a new set of circular knitting needles for making hats, and I just found the most amazing Silk bamboo yarn for the Gabrielle Vest, Post about that coming soon as well.

- Gaming Posts: Like Last Week's Apology letter, but with more pictures. I've actually been thinking about joining Twitch, and starting some tournaments, I've even been approached by other girl gamers about joining up and creating gaming content. It sounds like so much fun to me!

  Finally, I just want to get back to the laid back flow I used to have when I started blogging. It was never difficult or hard when I wanted to write, it just kind of flowed whenever I put my fingers to the keyboard. I was never concerned about what people were going to say, or how they were going to respond because I honestly, didn't think anyone was reading it. I'm not saying that I wish the followers and supporters of Nerdette at Large weren't there, please do not misunderstand me, I am simply saying a while ago was a much simpler time, and I wish that I could get back to that kind of blogging. Where people blogged because they had something to say, not because they wanted to be on top of the competition.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat channel,


  The Noire Menagerie

Handheld Mistress #31: Week of Gaming

April 10, 2015

Hi Gang!
 Long time no post! I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posting for this week. If you missed me, I just wanted to let you know, that you can always find me on Twitter and Instagram, they are on my ipad, and that's always on me, where my blog is usually on my laptop at home. It's a brand new month, and its already going by so fast!! I am working in my secret laboratory and thinking up some cool new stuff for Nerdette At Large, I want to get back to my roots, and how I used to blog, it was so much more fun then.
  This week has zoomed by like it was nothing! Why it's already Friday!! I had full intention to write at least two posts this week, had photos and everything. But, then I stopped by Game Stop, and soon everything fell by the wayside. I picked up Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 Hd Remix, and saved $5 on each game! Then I came home to find that my long awaited Amazon purchases had arrived. Sonic Generations for the DS (Alex) and Ultra Street Fighter IV for the Ps3.
  I can't remember if I wrote about it on here, but my father and I watched the Capcom Cup, and I was inspired to start participating in small tournaments, and this is the game that they play in the tournament. I've been playing video games for quite some time, and even though I've been playing arcade fighters for just as long, and am pretty good at it, I am a notorious button masher. So, I've been practicing actually learning what buttons do what, and how to pull of seamless combo finishers. I'm better but still in need of lots of practice.
  These new games have renewed an urge of gaming in me. That's what I've been spending the week doing. Playing Kingdom Hearts 1.5, I've just landed in Wonderland, I've started learning the moves for Elana in Ultra Street Fighter IV, I attempted to play Sonic Generations, but I just don't have the patience for side scrolling handheld sonic, and I went back to playing Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright and got a lot further than the last time I played it. I made it all the way through Espella's Court case, but then I was so excited that I accidentally hit the cartridge without saving first and it erorred out and now I have to start over. The only thing worse than glitches in games, has to be
  So at least it wasn't a wasted week, I've just been giving into my gamer urges and just completely lost track of time. Don't fret, I have a whole slew of blog posts ready for next week, and hopefully, Nerdette at Large will be back on track.
Are there any games taking up your time? Tell me on twitter. We can join gamers anonymous together!

Until Next Time,

The Noire Menagerie

5 Tips to make your Nerdette Sleepover a Success!

April 1, 2015

Hi Gang!
 Oh my goodness, you guys, I can't believe it's already April! Where does the time go? We're already 1/4th into the year! If I keep blinking it will be 2016 before I know it. I'm super excited for all the events and activities I have planned for April and the fact that my college girlfriends and I are going to have a Sleepover this weekend. I haven't seen them in about three to four months or so, I'm pretty excited about nerding out and catching up.
 Now, sleepovers are different for everyone, but there are certain things that everyone needs to make them a blast. This list is perfect for us, because its a group of Nerdy ladies and Alex getting together to talk about everything from Video Games to Japanese live Action movies of Animes and more! I'm so excited that my hands are shaking as I type!

#1: Delicious Finger Foods: Everyone but Em plays video games, so we need to be able to pop something in our mouths, dust off our hands and get ready to go head to head in the Ultra Street Fighter IV I got for the PS3 and other extremely fun Fighting/ Party Games. You definitely don't want your guests to starve, so make sure that there is a decent spread. Soda, Juice, Chips, pigs in a blanket, Mozzerella Sticks, and things of the like. We're personally going to do wings, and when I saw we I really just mean Alex.

#2: Fun Activities: Have fun Group activities! Even though, Em doesn't play video games, I've got board games for her. Make sure that everyone feels included, Em generally cheers us on when we play, She's a one woman cheerleading team. I have Scattegories, Name 5, Scrabble, Upwords and Twister all ready for them! I'm literally chomping at the bit for them to get here.

#3: Sleeping Arrangements: I've always been the kind of girl to sit on the floor. I've always had very little furniture in my apartments. Whenever someone comes over, I always tell them upfront. Hey, if you have a sleeping bag or a spare blow-up mattress bring it, Covers and Pillows, whatever is going to make it easy for you to fall asleep and be comfortable. I have procured an extra air mattress to make sure my girls are comfortable.

#4: Conversation: We nerdy types love to talk about things that interest us, especially when we have seen each other in a while. I haven't seen Renee in over two years, So I honestly can't wait to talk each other's ears off. Comics, Video Games, Television Shows that we're obsessed with, and anything else that fancies us!

#5: Entertainment: Each one of us are bring our favorite movies, and since I met my gals in our Anime Club, I have a few Anime Crossover Movies ( Conan Vs. Lupin III 1 +  2) and a few Live action favorites ( Black Butler + Ace Attorney) and Old Favorites (Sailormoon). Claire is generally the one with the most patience, so she enjoys the subbed animes, so she can bring a whole slew of brand new anime, that none of us have probably even heard of!

The most important thing is to enjoy yourselves. It's a whole night of fun and free debauchery with your girls in a safe place, what more could you ask for?

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,
  The Noire Menagerie


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