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{August 1, 2011}   Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…

Couple of things!

First off, I am writing on another blog site again! Along with whenever I post to Nerds of the Round Table (yeah yeah I know its been like forever) I’m writing a weekly post for ScienceFiction.com! I’ll be writing the recaps each week for True Blood. The first two posts are already up, so you should totally go read and comment on that, like, right now. Go. Now. Then come back here.

Secondly, since I have been stretched thin writing wise lately, I have a new author added into the Nerdy Cupcake world. His name is Ryan, he’s still a nerdling so be nice. Seriously, he’s not really much of a nerd at all. He also doesn’t feel he’ll be writing much, but keep an eye out for his posts. You can follow him on Twitter as well at @echoingvoid

I’m currently playing Borderlands and it is eating my life. Also, I’m magically getting older tomorrow against my will, but if you want to make the sting less painful feel free to send chocolate and/or nice words. I’ll have a real post up soon, for now check out ScienceFiction.com and look for my True Blood recaps!

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First off, a big congratulatory shout out to Nerds of the Round Table, who have hit the top 100 comic bloggers by Technorati! Check it out here:  http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/entertainment/comics/page-5/

Chris has been awesome about putting up with my lack of postings on his site recently too, which my next post will be an anime one since I just finished D. Gray-Man and might as well review it for him. I’ll get that out eventually. You know, because I’m awesome. Also, he’s been my Twitter Pimp!

This weekend I will be at Anime Central (or ACen) in Chicago on Saturday. Look for the French Maid with (more than likely) Purple Hair. Its not based out of any anime, but its a pretty last minute trip and I don’t have the time to build a new costume by then. I’ll be there Saturday, probably around 1. If you want to meet up, shoot me a message or a comment and I’ll arrange something 🙂

As I mentioned previously, I did finally finish D. Gray-Man. I’ll have a full review of it on Nerds of the Round Table, but let me just say that this is an anime worth checking out, and its relatively short with only 103 episodes.

I finished reading The Postman. I started writing a review and then my work computer ate it. I also then went to Nebraska. Please read this as my list of excuses as to why I don’t have any posts up for the past couple of weeks.

I also finished reading Dead Reckoning, which is the latest in the True Blood book series. Season 4 starts soon, which I’m super excited about.

I am currently reading This I Believe, which is a collection of essays  of personal philosophies. I will be attempting to write my own version of the essays, which is proving to be harder than I thought it would be.  You can read them as well at http://www.thisibelieve.org

Television wise How I Met Your Mother had their season finale this week, tonight is The Big Bang Theory’s season finale. I’m not crazy about the direction TBBT is taking just because I personally can’t stand Leonard when he is in a relationship, but I’m curious to see how it goes tonight.

Okay, that is it for my quick update. Again, please feel free to contact me via here or email if you would like to meet up at ACen, and I will hopefully have a real post for you soon.



{March 21, 2011}   C2E2: The Post Con Report

Woo! Well, here we are folks, the Post-Con report of C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, the big con I’ve been talking about, tweeting about, and reposting everything about for months!

I was an area manager, which means I didn’t get to experience everything at the con, but I do want to write what it was like being a volunteer and what I did get to encounter while I was working. I’m going with Friday-Sunday, since Wednesday and Thursday were pretty much just prep-work and bag stuffing.

Also, I will post the pictures of everyone I met in a following blog post, since I am currently on a work computer and not at home I don’t have access to that stuff.

Friday was spent running like a fool most of the time, trying to find people that I didn’t know which is hard. Doubly hard was that one of the people who I was talking about no one seemed to know who she was, so I was forced to believe for over 4 hours there was elaborate prank being played on me.  During those 4 hours I was also directing traffic and trying to help out as much as possible. That was also my first look at the exhibit hall, which was huge! I was impressed. After I finally found Keithanddave (yes, that is what they will be forever lumped as since you can never find one without the other) and Nikki I was scheduled to work the IGN Theater, which meant Comedy Death Ray with Patton Oswalt! I played ticket looker…since we didn’t take the tickets away. My voice was giving out after what felt like the millionth “Thank you!” I did get to enjoy the show from the door, but I didn’t get to watch the opening acts. Patton Oswalt killed it though, he was amazing. After we got the room cleared I headed out and back to where I was staying for the weekend…working early in the morning then working at the con made me a little tired.

Saturday I got in to the con around 9:30-10ish and immediately went upstairs to do crowd control in the IGN Theater for the Chris Hemsworth THOR Q&A. For the most part everyone was very agreeable to the squish together and make new friends line. There were two types of VIP, which was the original VIP and then the Chris Hemsworth VIP, which got first access and a private signing with him. A lot of people who had the original VIP thought these were one in the same, which I had to explain no, the Hemsworth VIP paid a significant amount more and regular VIP had to wait in the general admission line. This did not make for a few happy campers, and press was not easy about it either.  After that Q&A I was told to sit backstage, since the doors kept locking. Score one for this girl, because I got to meet everyone who came backstage then, including Tahmoh Penikett[Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse], Eliza Dushku [Dollhouse, Buffy] (which, there is a funny story to this, that I will explain later) Aleks Paunovic [Battlestar Galactica] (another story), Jon Bernthal [The Walking Dead] (who is the SWEETEST guy I have ever met), Laurie Holden [The Walking Dead] and the some of the cast of True Blood (which I squeed a lot about). After that, a guy walked backstage on his own, and we were talking for a bit about the next panel, which was Vampire Diaries. I don’t watch the show so I didn’t know anything about it, but he told me it was pretty decent and to check it out. After that I was shooed away from backstage by CW and watched the panel. Apparently I was talking to Michael Trevino…and didn’t realize it. I’m really hoping I didn’t say anything insulting about the show! After they left I went backstage to let people in for the Chuck panel. Another show I don’t watch, but keep meaning to, and got to see everyone from it before getting shooed out again. Then it was time for set up for the Masquerade.

The Masquerade was really cute; there were some really cute acts. The biggest complaint and I mean this was HUGE complaint, was the host. He was, in fact, awful. He sang three songs…the first song wasn’t bad, but then it started to become really self indulgent on his side of things and it just, kept, going. People were walking out by the hordes. So then the acts started, which had a really cute act with kids doing Avatar: The Last Airbender and Pop-Lockin Mario which was amazing. After all the acts concluded the host came back on stage…and showed us a (very long feeling) 15 minute clip from New York Comic-Con. Almost everyone left at that point, we had only about 2 rows of people left.  I got pulled by con-goers who wanted to complain about it as well. It was pretty bad. The winners were all very well done and I congratulate all of them! Headed home after that, since Sunday my shift started at 7am and I needed to rest. I know, I’m pretty lame sometimes.

Can I just say it was late Saturday night I woke up? Because 4am still seems like Saturday to me. Anyway, had to pack and get ready and hit the train out. Surprisingly still wasn’t the first volunteer in….and I was early. Sunday morning started off with Volunteer Office shenanigans since we all started off a little delirious.  Khahil talked me into drinking a 5 Hour Energy…which was disgusting. I really don’t know why people like them. Sure it’s only a couple seconds of gross but it is BLECH gross.

A lot of this stuff needs picture evidence here too, so when I can access the pictures I can tell more about the delirium that happened Sunday Morning.

After that I was working in the Autograph hall with Bravo and Joe, which was fairly uneventful. In my slap happy state I decided Bravo was my bitch somehow. I was also somewhat cosplaying…again, pictures will explain it better…and had everyone in the hall sign my cape. This included those who I mentioned above, and then also Mark Shepphard [Firefly, Battlestar Galactica], Mike Holman [Jackass], the cast of Paranormal State: The New Class and Ghost Hunters. I also got to meet China Mieville, who I have to say is absolutely GORGEOUS, and he signed his book for me, but I forgot to have him sign my cape…curses.  Also some of the volunteers signed the cape which was awesome. Somewhere in my breaks I also met up with Jonathan (who I only really know as TheOnlyJonathan on Twitter, but is an extremely talented artist and we’ve kept in touch via Twitter) and Randal Millholland, from Something Positive. At about a quarter to five we all met in the back, and at 5 o’clock all the lights went out and cheers came from the exhibit floor. It was an amazing end to the con, and we all got to clear out the floor.

So here are the side stories.

Eliza Dushku:  So I was working backstage and Eliza came up to the door. I opened it, said hi, and then she walked in. She also had Rick Fox (her boyfriend) with her, and all of the security. I was about to ask for a picture when she was called out for the panel. Then she was rushed back out so I didn’t get to ask then either. Not to mention, to me she’s incredibly intimidating since I’m pretty positive she could kill me with her pinky. I know her boyfriend could. So then while I was working at the Autograph Hall on Sunday, I kept say how she was the only one I hadn’t met yet and Bravo (being he’s a dude and a nerd helps with this too) hadn’t met her yet either. But Bravo is shy. I had made good with her handler during the panel on Sunday, so I talked to him and he said I could meet her. So right before she took off for the airport I did get to meet her and get a picture, even after saying hi and briefly talking with her in the tent a good 2 or 3 times. Bravo did too, although he was even her security while she went shopping and he was still too shy to say hi. Boys! Haha.

The Aleks story isn’t nearly as fun, but essentially is I was playing the “Who the hell are you” game, I knew who he was, I couldn’t figure out why he was travelling with Tahmoh, and then after they left backstage it hit me like a ton of bricks. DUH. He’s in one of my favorite episodes of BSG (the boxing episode). Yeah, dorkin it like a champ.

So my clock is running out on work time and I think I’ve given you enough to read. Enjoy until I can get the pictures up!



{March 17, 2011}   C2E2…The Beginning

So, for a few months now I’ve been talking about how excited I am that I will be an Area Manager for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (or, more commonly known as C2E2). This is the weekend that it is happening folks so I’m telling you now to show up because you really, really don’t want to miss this.

I honestly could go into the details as to who all is going to be there, what all is going to be revealed…but if you do your homework and actually follow me on Twitter like I tell you to then you would already know all of this because I retweet EVERYTHING C2E2 constantly. HA!

Honestly, I don’t even want to list them all because it would take me forever. But more importantly, I can make you check the website for yourself. http://www.c2e2.com . Go. Now. Look.

If you are attending, please be nice to those of us working. It hasn’t happened to me personally, in this instance, but being rude and mean really won’t get you anywhere. Oh, and love of all that is good, please shower. I can’t stress this enough. The con will still be there, hop in for 5 minutes and put some soap on yourself, get out and put on deoderant. I didn’t have much problem with this last year, but I’m seeing the pattern that this year is going to be much bigger.

At the end of C2E2 I will be doing a Con Report…but it will be from a working stance, most likely not from a con-goer stance. Mainly because I won’t actually have much time out at the con. I’m putting my OCD to use here kids, which is the best thing to do with it.

If you are at C2E2, please come find me! Say Hi! I’m really quite friendly. Plus I have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle nails and I like showing them off. Is that weird? I think that’s weird.

Also, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe St. Patricks day, please make smart choices guys, don’t drive if you’re drinking. I doubt I’ll have time to drink (we’ll see how late I’m working tonight because I have early bird shift in the morning) but if you are, have one for me. I’m only a ¼ Irish but that’s enough for me to dress in green and eat lots of corned beef!



So, a couple of years ago I received a book for Christmas called “Dead until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. I read it, thought it was an interesting take on Vampires, and never thought about it again. I didn’t know it was a series, and not long after the whole OMG TWILIGHT craze started, which completely turned me off to vampires and everything about them.

For the record, before I hear the whines of teenage girls and horny mothers of the world, I did read Twilight. I wanted to know what this craze was. And you know what? I got past the glittery vampires that drive silver Volvos thing. I got past the stupid werewolf guys club. I got past the fact that Bella is an empty shell of a teenage girl that EVERYONE can say “Oh, she’s just like me!” But what I could not get past? Was the fact that she got impregnated by the vampire that everyone swoons over, Edward, gives birth to a cannibalistic vampire baby that is the size of a 3 year old and then, THEN, it turns out the werewolf Jacob isn’t in love with Bella…he’s in love with her baby. SERIOUSLY. I can see where the teenage/horny mother craze went off with glittery vampires and handsome werewolves…whatever. BUT COME ON. SERIOUSLY. CANNIBALISTIC VAMPIRE BABY.

Woo! Saw red for a second there. Hope no one is hurt.

But the thing is, Charlaine Harris’ books aren’t the greatest by far either. The storyline isn’t that original, its very basic supernatural beings and their rules; it’s not even the greatest writing. But Harris managed to make these books so interesting, and more of a fantastic guilty pleasure then Twilight could ever be.

Not long ago I picked up “Dead until Dark” again to re-read it, for funsies, and was told that it was a series. Lucky for me I had a gift card (YAY UNEMPLOYMENT) and picked up the next 8 books.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I read 9 books in 12 days. That is 2/3 of a book each day. My friend owns the True Blood series. I watched 2 seasons of True Blood in 4 days. I found a copy of season 3. Another two days wasted. I. Am. Addicted.

So is she by the way. She is suffering the same madness I am. We are constantly emailing each other things we found on the interwebs about it. We go through eBay trying to find copies of the next book pre-released (which she found, in Europe, and is seriously debating picking it up). She’s all about Eric and I am all about Bill, so it works out well. Even though Bill and I have a very abusive relationship since he keeps being a jerk and all.

Not that I think Bill is real.

Cough.

Anyway.

The thing is, I needed something new to be addicted to. While my other shows are still as important, I find myself needing something outside of my sitcoms to watch. Dexter was able to fill the void in the fall, but this season just didn’t have the impact on me that previous seasons had. I think it was just because John Lithgow was such an amazing bad guy you really just could not top that in my head. But back to True Blood. I needed a good drama show. I watch mainly comedy because I like to watch TV to escape the drama, not be reminded of it. But True Blood, dealing with the supernatural and all, made it okay. And it’s interesting. Do I want to be Sookie…fuck yeah! In the book she screws EVERYONE. Not saying I would like to screw everyone but COME ON, who wouldn’t want naked fun time with Alexander Skarsguard? Or Stephen Moyer? Or Joe Mangielleno? (Okay, I don’t think her and Alcide ever actually got it on, but I would settle for making out as well.)

TV Series to Books are two totally different entities. As a general rule, I usually like the books more. But I’m surprising myself as to how much I enjoy the TV Series, even though there is so much different. It’s like watching a different story with the same characters. Its two different series really, and I’m strangely okay with that. I know this might shock you, but there is actually less sex in the TV series then there is in the book. I know, right? I’m totally down with the naked. But it’s okay, because when you read the book you can imagine the naked fun time. That can be just as good.  But I’m actually really enjoying the two different storylines, and I’m actually hoping this way Bill is in the picture longer. I love Bill; I really do, even though he’s a pretty big screw-up at times.

So I’m recommending it. Go out, read all the books.  You can buy it in a set now. The next book comes out in May, so you have time. Then watch the TV series. Again, it’s not the exact storyline but it’s a damn good watch. Go enjoy yourself. Then report back to me to find all of the fun stuff that I have about True Blood.



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