Once Upon a Comic Con

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Stepping off the subway at 34th and Broadway, you can sense in the air that this is not your typical Thursday in New York City. Something special is going on.

Those in the know are aware of what that something is. But the lay people of NY may be confused by the sight of Gandalf the grey on their train. And really confused by Two-Face Gandalf the Grey and White. But hey… it’s New York. So maybe they chalk it up to the quirks and oddities that come with everyday city life.

But then comes Princess Peach and Darth Vader. A Jedi My Little Pony walks by followed closely by an Optimus-Bumblebee hybrid. (Hybrids were very big this year. Click HERE for a laugh about it from College Humor.) Maybe characters they don’t even have a name for. These are the unique, non-mainstream costumes that only those of the “nerd” persuasion can identify and truly appreciate.

Yes… this is New York Comic Con.

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A place where Harley Quinn and Iron Man can be seen walking hand in hand. A magical land where Bronies and Deadpools and Stormtroopers all belong. And where you can find a unique interpretation of Elsa around every corner. Basically it’s nerd heaven!

The second you walk through those big glass doors, after making it through the never ending line that finally ends and you have your bags and weapons checked at the door, you do one of two things… 1. Quickly race to the first panel of the day or 2. Head straight up to the showroom floor. Either way you head there will be another line waiting for you. But it’s a line filled with Poison Ivy’s, Slave Leia’s, 10th Doctors and Disney Princesses… so is this line the end of the world? Nope! Just another day at the office.

If you have any Comic Con Spidey sense, you brought your snacks, wore the proper footwear and have leisurely mapped your day out, incorporating ample people watching time. Because that in and of itself is a beautiful and fascinating thing.

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Witnessing people in their natural element is an amazing treat and these people, my people, are most at home here at the Con. Among thousands of other like minds who understand their fandoms and passions. I can fall as easily into conversation with the Cumberbitches as I can with the Whovians. And the Trekkies and the Hookers (a newer one for sure.) And even with the DC universe vs the Marvel universe… here at the Con we are all nerds in this together. No warring factions here.

And for the first year ever, we have eclipsed the staggering mythological numbers that SDCC pulls in every year. And why not? After all, we are no red-headed step child. We are NYCC. A tour de force, a tidal wave of nerd culture. And in New York City we never do anything small!!

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Mind… Blown!

This is pretty epic! A few days ago news broke that Ian McKellan would be the officiate at the wedding of Patrick Stewart to Sunny Ozell.

Forget the Royal Wedding… this is nerd royalty at it’s finest!!!

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Again… Magneto performing the wedding of Professor X!!

Wait… Gandalf is officiating Captain Picard’s wedding.

Anyway you slice it, it’s pretty nerdtastic!!!

LOTR Christmas Recap

On Christmas Eve 2012, my family and I gathered for our unique Christmas tradition.
In the past there was Harry Potter Christmas, Narnia Christmas, Star Wars Christmas and now Lord of the Rings Christmas.

The younger generation is not the only one to get into the spirit of Middle Earth. From me to my mother to my sister-in-law to my 92 year old Granny. No one is immune from the fun of LOTR Christmas.

We take photos in front of our huge green screen and have even incorporated themed gingerbread construction.

It is a festive affair.
Take a look at the continuing tradition:

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First a stop at Denny’s for their Hobbit inspired menu… in full costume, mind you.

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I dressed as Legolas.

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Many came as Hobbits.

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My dad was Gandalf the Grey.

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All the Hobbitses.

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Balrog and Shelob living the villain life.

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The dwarves Gloin and Gimli.

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My little Granny as Bilbo Baggins.

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And Grandma as Rosie Cotton.

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My mom dressed as Pippin.

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My brother as Gloin father of Gimli.

Then there was gingerbread and cookies:

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The Shire.

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The ‘happy place.’

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Tower, eye of Sauron and the one… 3 rings.

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The dwarves and Gandalf.

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Minas Tirith.

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The eyebof Sauron.

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Assorted LOTR shapes.

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And the waterfalls of Rivendell.

Stay tuned for edited photos of everyone in true Middle Earth scenery. (We don’t play around!)

Also, next year will br Doctor Who and I will be a weeping angel.

The Hobbit: an exceedingly expected delight

Let me preface this and any future review by saying that I am not a movie critic. I will basically be telling you what I love about the movies and tv show i watch and see. Seldom do I walk away from a movie hating it. Actually that is an almost never. I love pretty much everything. (People can attest!)

With that being said…
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The Hobbit opens to familiar scenary (the beauty of New Zealand clearly remains the unchanged), music and faces. Honestly, it felt like I had returned to the company of dear forgotten friends. And I had a tear in my eye at the reunion.
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Richard Armitage brings the kind of epic majesty to Thorin that Viggo Mortensen brought to Aragorn. It’s a quality that without being told, lets you know these characters are more that what they seem. He is the eager hero, the reluctant leader at times but always the stength of the travelling pack.
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Martin Freeman is beautifully endearing. Long have i been a fan of his body of work. Fron The Office to Hitchhiker’ Guide to Sherlock. He brings a quality to Bilbo that i believe no one elae can match. Bilbo’s fear of adventure lends to the bravery to take on the journey despite said fear. And he becomes the hero we all know he is meant to be. Even though a Hobbit may travel the lands virtually unseen, Bilbo’s heart is what drives everyone forward and equally allows him to shine.
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The cast of dwarves work in perfect harmony. Even taking time to ‘whistle as they work’ in true dwarf fashion. They all weave and work together like the braids on their beards.
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And as far as Ian McKellan… well it’s no surprise that he is as stalwart and Galdalfian as he ever was.

I personally have no interest I  hearing or reading one negative syllable about it and also cannot wait to see the sequels. For I know that they, respectively, will hold the same magic that this film does.