Attack on Titan: Escape from the Walled City

Team Freckled Jesus (i.e., my friends and I named after Marco Bott, who died for our sins) made an appearance at the official Attack on Titan: Escape from the Walled City event in NYC!

t was the last stop of the tour, so I was more than pleased that we got to make it and try our hand at solving the admittedly very difficult Attack on Titan-themed puzzles. I wasn’t so pleased with the day’s conclusion, but… well, you can see what happened in the video above.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron a little early thanks to the fine folks over at Allied Hispanic and instantly posted a video of my first reactions, because that’s a thing normal people do. Now that I’ve had some time to sit and think about the film, however, I want to offer a more comprehensive breakdown and adjust my initial rating!

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Jeremy Renner totally smiled at me

Thanks to really awesome friend Alex Stone, I got a pass to the Marvel Unlimited-exclusive section of the Avengers: Age of Ultron event on Good Morning America.

We got to watch stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner (who totally smiled at me, I swear) interviewed up close and indulge in shenanigans during commercials. We were also gifted with theater passes to see the new movie, which I ended up giving away on my YouTube channel— just another reason for you to subscribe. ;)

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On Representation and Libraries

Last month, a journalist named Pete shot me a message requesting help with a story he was putting together for University. I was happy to answer his questions, and the final result was published online not too long ago: “Marvel and D.C. comics fail at affirmative action.” I recommend giving it a read and picking through the extensive data analysis he’s provided, which really highlights the changing comic book market.

In the same vein, I got a pingback in my inbox from a different author– turns out my Women Don’t Read Comics article was linked to in a piece by Director for Library Undergraduate Services at Oklahoma State University, Matt Upson: Comics on Campus: Starting a Successful Graphic Novel Collection at Your Academic Library. Another important read, especially for you scholars out there!

(Banner image from Ms. Marvel #2 by Jamie McKelvie)

Latinas in Comics Panel

The always lovely Regine Sawyer of Women in Comics NYC and Lockett Down Productions invited me to speak on a special Latinas in Comics panel back in March. What an experience! I had the honor of speaking alongside industry veteran Alitha E. Martinez (DC Comics’ New 52 Batgirl, Papercutz Comics’ WWE), webcomic artist Savanahh Zambrano (Unlazy), artist and educator Quiara Escobar (NYC DOE), illustrator Sara Woolley (Charlotte and the Quiet Place), and artist/journalist Suzy Exposito (MTV, Riot Grrrl Problems). I think I learned just as much participating in the panel as the eager group who came to listen, packed neatly in the sunny Poe Park Visiting Center.

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Comicsverse Podcasts: Rogue & Kamala!

I was invited to speak on not one but two podcasts over at Comicsverse!

The first features X-Men’s Rogue, including a detailed history of her appearances in comics and an in-depth character analysis.

The second features the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. It explores her importance in the Marvel Universe and just what makes this teenager so very, very special.

Check ’em out, let me know what you think and make sure to show the Comisverse folks some love.


Adventures in YouTube Space NY

This week I headed over to the brand new YouTube Space NY to unlock access, take a tour and marvel at tons of equipment and gear that I didn’t even know the names of.

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CLOSED: Mockingjay Review + GIVEAWAY!

CONTEST IS CLOSED. Congrats, Benjamin!

Have I mentioned how much I love my job? Because I love my job. Last Wednesday, Tumblr took us out for a treat: a pre-screening of Mockingjay. I read The Hunger Games over a year ago and I’ve been a huge fan ever since, so just try to imagine the sounds I made when we received the invitation. Check out my review below and make sure you enter the contest for a chance to win an official Katniss poster!

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COSPLAY WARNING: Don’t order from Jim Logan Props!

Hello, Internet! I’m here with a very important public service announcement regarding one of the most notorious con artists in the cosplay community, “Jim Logan” of Logan Props and I Am Your Heroes. So, if you’re a cosplayer, aspiring cosplayer, cosplay admirer, photographer, entertainer, comic book fan or any combination of the afore-mentioned, please read the post below in its entirety. I’ll be talking about who this man is, why he’s built such a bad reputation, how he scammed me out of half a grand and the personal experiences of countless others. Here we go!

* IF YOU HAVE ALSO BEEN SCAMMED: please see the bottom of this post for how to report fraud!

UPDATE 11/11/14 (see bottom of page): “Jim” has posted a “short” (4,000 word) statement addressing recent criticisms. Oh, boy. tl;dr version at bottom.

UPDATE 11/7/14: He’s been deactivating and reactivating his pages in response to the negative press, nobody is surprised. He has also been messaging past victims, often rather rudely.

UPDATE 11/5/14: Tons of reports are coming in from others who have been scammed, too. He’s been actively deleting comments about these issues on his own pages and now considers cosplayers “irrelevant” to his work (screenshot included). His accounts were temporarily deactivated.

UPDATE 11/4/14: “Jim Logan” finally responded! Only because I posted this.

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