The Stan Lee Collection
June 16-18, 2017
Our first year at Awesome Con, Washington D.C was a slight change than our usual Philadelphia drive to Wizard World. The last 3 years have been the best in Philly, from meeting new people (who are now friends), exploring the city and most importantly, eating at WAWA for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t judge.
Since we live in the D.C area, we thought we should give Awesome Con a chance and they did not disappoint. Unlike most comic cons, Awesome Con did not have a preview day (typically a Wednesday or Thursday) but I was fine with that, especially since we did not have to travel far. Like always, the first thing we do on the very first day is scope out the Artist Alley. We saw a few familiar faces from Philly but a lot of new talent.
For Artist Alley & Cosplay coverage, stay tuned for Part 2 Awesome-Con Coverage.
Cosplayers were in full effect from Sonya Blade to an amazing Princess Leia. Side Note: The woman that cosplayed as Princess Leia looked exactly like a young Carrie Fisher. Brendan and I were both stunned. As I expected, there was an abundance of Wonder Woman variation’s, and surprisingly, a good amount of Steven Universe. This year I only cosplayed on Sunday as DC Bombshell Harley Quinn. Taking an hour long Metro ride was quite interesting while in makeup. I received many confused looks on our way into Washington D.C and I enjoyed it. It’s fun to see people’s reactions.
Next up, Panels & Food. We did not have a chance to attend any of the panels, so, we cannot offer our review on that side of the con. We really wanted to check out the crowds and have enough time to walk thru and see each artists table. The food options were not basic. They had the regular food stands that had fries, burgers, etc. but they also had stations with Caribbean food, which we totally appreciated. The curry chicken & rice was delicious.
Complaints that I’ve read and heard: “Long lines for celebrities, Stan Lee sitting in his photo-op, long food lines” and so on. What I can say to that is, as a customer, it should be expected. I’ve waited for photo ops in the past and it sucks to wait forever for a few milliseconds but, that is how it is at cons. Sometimes, they oversell tickets. Is it fair? Nope. But it is to be expected. I will say, the times we’ve attending a comic con and did not meet any celebrities, t ’was probably the calmest experiences we’ve had.
To end, Awesome Con was worth it and we will attend next year. The volunteers were polite, the artist alley was diverse and it was near our home. It appears that Awesome Con will be held earlier in the year, which might allow us to attend Wizard World Philly. If you are in the area, or close enough like Philly, New York, Maryland, or Virginia, you should give them a try.
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It’s been a while since our last post and we are sorry about that. Once again, life happened and in an exciting way. I am officially a college student. I never had the opportunity to go after high school and after a 12 years hiatus, I am now going back and earning my degree. Pretty excited but nervous at the same time. We have kept up with television shows, newly released films and the reading challenge I created. I will post my reviews on the books separately and I will do a quick review of the films we’ve seen, just to catch us up, in another post.
This past weekend was AWESOME-Con in Washington D.C (our first time attending) and we will be posting our coverage on that in the next week or so. I am very hopeful that once we get back on track, we can post weekly again and start Torture Brendan back up.
If you are still reading this, here’s a virtual high five and a hug. We thank you for sticking with us and we promise we have not disappeared. We are still here!
This is going to be extremely random but here goes.
Since the release of the Entertainment Weekly issue featuring the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I drove to 5 different stores to locate any copy. I really wanted a copy of each cover but as long as I could find any cover, I’d be happy. After searching high and low, I found the Buffy and Angel cover at Barnes & Noble. When I located the magazine, I noticed a guy looking at all of the issues. Needless to say he was there for his girlfriend, who also searched high and love for a copy. We started to chat about our love of Buffy, Comics, Comic Con, Stan Lee and just overall geeking out.
Point? I never would have met this nerdy couple (Van & Heather- I say that as a major compliment) if it weren’t for this Buffy issue. I am sure I can speak for most Buffy fans out there when I say, talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer you never know the friends you’ll meet and the topics you have in common.
Random Additional Topic:
Barnes & Noble. Why I don’t bother walking into that store.
In south Florida, libraries are nonexistent and if you are lucky enough to find one, most books are damaged and the library is falling apart. As an avid book reader my next option was Barnes & Noble or Borders (no longer in business). My best friend and I would always go to B&N, cover crush, buy new bookmarks and make some unnecessary purchases (i.e. book totes, notebooks etc.…). Once I moved to Virginia, the nearest store is about 30 minutes from my house and that is without traffic. So, it helped with my addiction. Plus, with Amazon Prime, books are much cheaper and get delivered directly to my house.
Nevertheless, there is always that special feeling when walking into a Barnes & Noble store and grabbing all the books, finding an isolated corner and diving into that book. After 3 years, I walked into B&N last night and I was reminded why I don’t go there because I end up spending A LOT more than I wanted. I only went for 1 issue of Entertainment Weekly ($5.99) and ended up spending $50! I purchased the magazine, a couple books and book tote. Like I needed another one. This is in no way bashing B&N, just simply stating I have a book problem and I try to avoid this store at all costs.
Thanks HBO for my March Television Obsession.
Big Little Lies
This isn’t a show that really grabbed my attention. The previews just seemed a bit boring and yet I still gave it a try. In the words of Ron Burgundy “When in Rome”. The opening of the show is very calm and shows you a beautiful scenic drive involving the main characters Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) and Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) driving their children to school. The first episode starts off almost like the show “Revenge”. They show the audience the final episode, but doesn’t show who was killed and who did the killing. The first few episodes weren’t just meh. It was slow and we just didn’t really learn too much of any of the characters. Because I love all 3 actresses I decided to give continue and see where it lead, especially since it was a miniseries and I would only be vested for 8 episodes. Along the way I figured out about 80% of the puzzle. The finale aired this past Sunday and what I did not predict was the killer. It was a surprise but still left with a lot of questions and question I don’t really care to have answered. Everything was mostly on the surface. It didn’t go deeper.
I don’t know if I should suggest this show only because it was just okay. The other shows I’ve seen/suggested I would much rather suggest again rather than try to convince someone to watch this. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t the greatest.
Synopsis: Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “mothers of Monterey.” (via Wikipedia)
Now this was an unexpected dark comedy I didn’t think I’d like and would suggest. There are 10 episodes, 20 minutes long and shows a dark but humorous side to getting a divorce. It showcases how quickly you could change your mind from being cordial to getting nasty in a divorce. Weirdly, the show did make me laugh at times when I probably should have but it was more of a “oh snap” laugh than a malicious laugh. Obviously a divorce is no laughing matter but just try the show out and you’ll see what I mean.
Synopsis: Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is suddenly reevaluating her life and the strained relationship she has with her husband, Robert. Friends like Diane, who is successful and has no children, and Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced, make Frances wonder what she’s missed, or is missing. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and starting anew is harder than she thought. “Divorce,” a comedy series co-executive produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances, follows a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs of New York City as they grapple with the effects of their failing marriage, not just on themselves, but also on their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.
Spartacus Television Show. If you don’t know, now you know.
Spartacus, the television series first aired back in 2010. This show was an immediate hit and anyone with a taste of Roman and Greek history with gore, passion, quite a bit of sex and nudity, but ultimately, an amazing storyline performed by true artists. Spartacus is the star of the show. The story begins when the Romans deceive the Thracians into joining them in the fight against the Greeks. Spartacus is then taken as a slave along with his wife when he refuses to fight for the Romans. Spartacus’s journey begins at that moment as he desperately tries to break free and get back to his wife. My husband and I spent many nights binge watching this series and it’s still one of our favorites.
If you haven’t seen this eye-popping series, click below for the trailer.
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A couple of weeks ago I watched the documentary “Be Here Now”. It tells the story of Andy Whitfield, best known for his lead role in the hit television show, Spartacus, which first aired back in 2010. Andy wowed the public with his performance as Spartacus so naturally, everyone was shocked when the news of his diagnosis of Lymphoma broke.
“When we decided to do this, we felt that if we’re going to go through something like this, let’s see what we can learn and share. Otherwise, it’s just another wasted journey.” – Vashti Whitfield
Andy and his wife decided to document his second round of treatments and while this was an extremely difficult thing to watch, it was all the more beautiful. In watching the documentary, it hit home. I remember watching my little sister go through the different stages of treatment. She was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), when she was 18 months old, and how it breaks down all the good cells in the body. Luckily, my sister has been in remission since she was four years old.
So, as I was watching Andy and his family go such a tremendous battle of life, it was both hard and relatable. The thing is, when watching this documentary, you know it doesn’t end well, and so this made it all the more difficult to get through. Andy was quite a vision to behold. He was a gorgeous man to say the very least and his acting was captivating. I was completely mesmerized by the way Andy and his wife looked upon each other and spoke to one another with this amazing outlook of life. They both had this complete faith in manifesting whatever you may want in life by simply believing it is already yours and for most, it is not something that can be believed whole heartedly. However, in their case, this is how they lived their lives and for the most part, they achieved all that they wanted. While one of these things could have been Andy living a much longer life than he was able, it seemed that they really understood and accepted that this was just a part of their journey. They chose to live their life to the absolute fullest and in doing so, they approached each day with optimism and love. You truly feel and see the beauty in their journey and while difficult, it is something I recommend all to see. It really shows the viewer that while life can be very messy, there is so much beauty to behold and it is important to enjoy all that life has to offer and accept each moment with love and gratitude.
Click below for the trailer. Watch the full documentary on Netflix.
x Steph Cardozo