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Happy 2015 You Guys!

23 Jan

Hello world!

A little late, but Happy 2015 to you, all! I have been a hermit, I know- but I have working really hard to get my crap together, leave doubts behind, and just create (art, crafts, write, read…). I have been swimming in a sea of projects to just start generating new and fresher ideas.

After a long literary dry-spell I finally picked up a book that is blowing me off my freaking feet. Thank you Old Man Geek for lining up at SDCC last year to get me Beautiful You. This book, you guys, OMG! Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk is simply amazing. I have most of his book and I still have not finished most because I am always stunned by the beautifully written prose– the descriptions in all of his books are more visually effective than a movie’s. Thank you, Chuck Palahniuk for bringing back to me the joy of reading with yet another one of your magnificent works.

For a while I have been drowning with doubts about my writing, my art… all of it. And now I decided: you know what? I miss doing what I love and why am I getting so anxious about if it is something I need to do to survive. Like air: I need art, books, and pens in my life– it is as needed as water, the ways I can express myself without awkwardness, the way I charge my batteries. So I decided: To hell with the doubts and fears, I am doing what I love. And let me tell you, I have been very happy and inspired lately, I am super proud of the things I have created so far this year and very excited to work on those I have planned. I still need a job, granted, but I am looking– wish me luck! ❤ Positive vibes all around ❤

So yeah… expect to see more of my art, writings, reviews, and crafts. Yes, I do plan on catching you all up to what has happened while I have been a tad MIA.

See you soon, my lovelies. Geek OUT! ❤

 

Book Expo America Part 2: Authors and Books

23 Jun

As you, all, know I got to attend BEA two weeks ago. You can read my general thoughts on it HERE. I am so sorry about the lateness of this post, but I’ve been juggling two part-time jobs and commission works to save up for my upcoming trip to San Diego -the whale’s vagina- for the International Comic Convention next month. Which, I am happy to announce, I am almost reaching my goal… although I keep having to alter it and make the budget slightly bigger each time.

But back to the most important part: I can’t get over how amazing it was to be a part of the Book Expo America this year and how many books I got to keep. I was able to drag about 85 books with me, plus comic books. I am elated and still in the clouds thanks to all the authors I’ve been following for so long that I got to meet. That coupled with their signed books or previews of them was enough to make this Nerdy Faery’s dream come true! I am so so happy!

DAY 1: 

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First is first… Neil Patrick Harris… I got a wink… I love that guy! Didn’t get a chance to talk much to him since it was one of the biggest lines during the whole BEA, but I got to squeak a short “Hi, I love your work!” and then felt like a total fangirl fail. But I got the wink with a sweet thanks, and I am holding on to that! I, also, got a signed preview of his upcoming autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography; which so far reads marvelously and is super fun. I am looking forward to it.

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5 years ago I was able to meet Melissa Marr at Books of Wonder for a signing of Fragile Eternity (Third installment on the Wicked Lovely Series), yet it felt great to finally get a chance to interact a little bit with her. She is an author I admire, not just for her writing, but as a person. It was quite funny– I had tweeted a picture of myself and the line behind me because I was first and had been waiting for a little while before it started forming; and she asked me if it was me. The part I am most excited about? I got a signed copy of Made For You! I cannot wait to start reading it- she was telling us (Old Man Geek & myself) how proud she is of this novel and gave us a sneak-peak of what we are going to be soon reading.

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Another amazing author extraordinaire I got to meet was the man himself: R. L. Stine… Last year I was able to cover one of his panels for Bleeding Cool (you can read it here), which ended up being one of the best decisions ever. It is always great to see how an artist (author in this case) goes about his or her craft. I like learning new methods to approach what I love to do all times, so to get a chance to meet him one-on-one was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity/dream that I had to take. He was so surprisingly sweet and nice to me that I still can’t get over it. I remember my sister going crazy and pouring over his books when I was a kid– trust me, she was R.L. Stine’s biggest fan and it was one of my first experience of appreciating one author’s work as a whole. It was a dream come true to get a signed book of his’, Party Games, and personalized no less! *dies of awesome and waiting for sister to die of jellyness*

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Another highlight of DAY 1 was getting to meet author John Scalzi. When I first started following him I wasn’t aware that he was an author, I just loved his blog– the way he always expressed/expresses himself and how he writes. I was happy to see, when I first checked into BEA, that he was going to be there this year signing ARC’s of his upcoming book: Lock In. About an hour before his signing I made I beeline to the autograph section because I had to meet the man. After seeing the length of the line a bit after joining, I was happy I was there early and #3 in line. During that wait Old Man Geek got me a copy of Endgame: The Calling by James Frey with one of the sweetest inscriptions by the author– thank you, Old Man Geek! When Scalzi first got there he took a picture of all of us lined up to see him. Needless to say, I am stoked to have gotten this ARC. Hell Yeah!

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Picture taken by Scalzi.

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Those were my highlights of DAY 1 at BEA.

Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 1 in no particular order:

  • A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen
  • The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset
  • Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson
  • Party Games by R.L. Stine (signed)
  • Made for You by Melissa Marr (signed)
  • Lock In by John Scalzi (signed)
  • Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz (signed)
  • The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Biography (Preview) by Neil Patrick Harris (signed)
  • Cannabis Pharmacy by Michael Backes

 

DAY 2:

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Day 2 Loot

On day two there were two major moments for me: getting to meet Stan Lee and Amanda Palmer. Once again, I was a first in line, this time for Amanda F*cking Palmer! I was very excited when she retweeted a picture of Old Man Geek and I in line and waiting. I didn’t get much of a chance to interact with her, other than rambling about how much of an inspiration she is to me as a woman. When I asked her if I could take a picture with her she asked me to go to her side and pulled me in for a tight hug. I cannot express how much that moment meant for me– *fangirl squeaks* I’ve gotten to meet her and Neil Gaiman (but that was last year); there is nothing much I can ask for anymore… My nerd-girl’s wet dreams came (half-way) true! Oh, did I mention that I got a signed preview of her upcoming book, The Art of Asking? Umm, yeah I did.

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Like you read on the previous paragraph I, also, got to meet Stan Lee– Old Man Geek and I lined up a couple of hours before and that line grew until it had to go around… and it was a ticketed signing! I was a tad annoyed at the people who had Front-of-the-line passes; though I am sorry, guys, I was only being a petty hater: I was just secretly wishing I had one myself! It was sad that we didn’t get a chance to talk to him much since they wanted us to move fast, but it was so nice to get to say thanks to him, and get my preview of his upcoming book, Zodiac, straight from his hands. We couldn’t take pictures of him, but here is one from the Book Expo America’s Instagram.

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I also got to meet Andy Cohen who was, also, incredibly nice and funny. I got a little notepad from him and signed, as well– yay! And one of the biggest scores for me that day was getting an ARC of The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare— I love their writing so much that I got in line for it about an hour before at the publisher’s booth. Whilst I was waiting for this piece of gold Old Man Geek was being the biggest doll and got me a copy of Clariel by Garth Nix. I wanted that book so much that you have no idea how happy I got when he appeared with a galley in hand for me! Right after we started the line for Jeffrey Brown at the Autograph Section, signing uncorrected proofs of Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan. It was lovely to get the chance to meet him since I love all his work so much! And look, YAY:

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Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 2 in no particular order:

  • Virgin by Raghika Sanghani
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
  • Zodiac (preview) by Stan Lee (signed)
  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • The Art of Asking (preview) by Amanda Palmer (signed)
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • Clariel by Garth Nix
  • The Science Book
  • Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

 

DAY 3:

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Day 3 was much more relaxed. I was, however, a bit shocked that they closed off part of the floor to BookCon attendees. Why? … Anyway, I was able to meet Cassandra Clare and Holly Black– I got there early to get tickets for their signing, earning myself a signature on my ARC of The Iron Trial and a signed copy of The Shadowhunters Codex! Wootsies! Since I wasn’t able to meet Becca Fitzpatrick the day before, I got to- at least- grab a copy of Black Ice. Pretty happy about that! Be jealous of Old Man Geek: he snagged an ARC of Project Superhero by E. Paul Zehr and illustrated by Kris Pearn.

Top Books (Published/Comic Books/ARC/Galley/Previews) of Day 3 in no particular order:

  • Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Fiddle by George Hagen
  • Tape by Steven Camden
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Clare & Lewis (Signed)
  • One Kick by Chelsea Cain
  • Skink– No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I cannot stress how fantastic of an experience BEA was– If you like books you should really try to go. You meet the best authors, amazing people and even make new friends with the same book obsession! I can’t wait for next year’s already! YAY!

Back from BEA 2014

9 Jun

Hello world!

So… Book Expo America 2014 came and went and I still haven’t posted about it. Well- it was amazing and I am quite a happy nerdy faery right now.

Last year I got to attend the Power Reader Day of BEA (as BookCon was formerly known- which I have to say I liked better; sounded like a bunch of fast readers getting their fix for the week… heehee) and this year it was a whole new experience, which I learned lots from. I got sick on the first day of the event- I don’t know why, but I always get sick before/during/after any geeky event. I am still shaking my fists at the gods for it, but it was still one of the best experiences ever.

First, BEA’s first days are only open to people within the industry, book bloggers/reviewers, press, and retailers. Making connections and networking is its main purpose. BookCon is the day it opens to the General public. I was quite surprised this year though- they closed part of the showfloor during BookCon day. The rest was open for people with BEA badges; I am still incredibly grateful I was a lucky carrier of a BEA badge. On the bright side, though, I got to break away (even if just a bit) from my shy-ness and got to meet some fantastic people and authors I have been following for a long time. I have to say, there was an amazing line-up of authors at BEA. So many amazing names! Standing on this side of the fence as opposed to being a regular attendee is a fine mix of excitement, nervousness, and all around wonder. I got to shadow interviews and learned a lot from it. Trying to reach farther and bring you, guys, more great content.

I was happily surprised by how organized BEA it was. Granted, as in every convention there will always be some line issues; but, like last year, they were on point in keeping lines organized. Major props to the staff working at the Autograph Section: they did a magnificent job in keeping everything in check. As for the books… well… I tried containing myself- I got to put back some books I was sure I wouldn’t get to (which earned me the weirdest looks; I think that is not a practice they see often)- yet still, I came back home with more books than I expected. How did that happen? My back is still slightly twisted to a side because of the weight of these. There was a book for every taste being given there; and I was also very happy to see the presence of Comic Book publishers at BEA, too. I finally have a copy of Deadly Class (Image Comics), although I couldn’t get my hands on Day Men (BOOM! Studios). Galley drops, ARC’s, and published ones felt like precious warm hugs falling into my embrace with every publisher I passed, accompanied by the smile of people that I believe were angles in disguise giving me slices of happiness here and there. I will get more in depth on my BEA loot and authors on my next post, but here is a (not so) tiny preview.

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I waited 365 days since BEA2013 for this year’s event and it was everything I expected and much more. People were always smiling and generally pleasant. The ambiance and mood were friendly and everything was just PERFECT! Thank BEA for another wonderful event-I am already counting down and looking forward to Book Expo America 2015. I shall be In you! *-*

PS: HERE is a write up I submitted to Bleeding Cool about the event- thank you so much, BC!

And HERE is an article about BEA submitted by Ray from Old Man Geek. (:

Scheduled Events: BEA 2014 & Special Edition NYC

16 May

I have good news: I will be attending two events and I am incredibly excited.

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I’m so happy to announce I will be going to BEA/BookCon starting Thursday, May 29th-31st.

Last year was my first time attending BEA’s Power Reader day (which is now BookCon), and to be able to go all 3 days this year leaves me speechless. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to meet all the authors I follow– YAYYYY!!!! I’m already making lists of all the panels, authors, signings, events, books, and everything that I can to make the most out of it. I feel like a kid in a candy shop and the event is still two weeks from now!

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And I will also be at SPECIAL EDITION: NYC! A Comic book-only festival that will be held annually. I’m stoked and can’t wait for it to come already!

Will you guys be attending? Are you as excited as I am? Let me know! =)

X-Men X-Perience Live, Global Premiere in NYC

16 May

Let me just start by saying: WOW!

After a night out and sleeping 4 hours to get to the Javits by 6am, I was not prepared to line-up for 10 hours and remain standing for+10… Was it worth it? TOTALLY WORTH IT.Fun times in line with Ray from BecauseCowsMakeDelicious!

First off: I would like to say I was in line behind one of my favorite alt. models/cosplayers, Cin’ Von Quinzel (on FB), and she looks as beautiful as she does on pictures. I was too out of it and shy to say anything. However, now I wish I had asked for a pic; She dressed as Mystique and she looked amazing. I really liked all the cosplayers I saw at the event- Bishop looked great, too.

In line we were given the new flavored Twinkies, pink and blue (which was the one I had), and RedBull– one of my favorite drinks ever… and yes, I know it’s pretty unhealthy, but oh-so-deelish! Thank goodness for that sweet nectar of the gods, it was the one thing that helped me stand and cheer for so long. YEAAAAAAHHH!

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The place “red” actually blue carpet was located in the Javits looked GREAT! From the huge X’s hanging from the ceiling to the huge screen projecting 3D images of the characters… the lights, the music, the people. It was all so beautiful. We got some swag (t-shirts and posters) and then it was trivia time with Skeery Jones from Z100- so much stuff signed by Hugh Jackman. Ray won a poster signed by him. Let’s say the questions were a tad off, but we had a great crowd that stuck by their own. I loved the spirit and sense of familiarity in the environment, I felt so happy being there!

I was too busy taking pictures of Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence to remember to ask them to sign my poster, but I did get Booboo Stewart’s and producer Lauren Shuler Donner’s. Wootsies!

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Turns out that the first 500 fans to get to the event would get complimentary badges to watch the movie that same day. I was dehydrated and thought I was going to crash and sleep through when I entered, but man, was I wrong. ITWASSOAWESOME! I won’t spoil it for anyone, but I need to say that it was just everything I hoped for and even more so, and I just couldn’t get enough of it. *hearts, winks, and all fangirl stuff* ❤

Ray and I wrote a report on the event for Bleeding Cool. You can read it here.

It was a perfect day with the perfect ending despite the little bumps, which is bound to happen on long days. As I write this I feel as if I’m reliving that day and it feels so great– I mean, nothing better than bitter morning coffee, yummy hotdogs, twinkies, fries, redbull, great company and a cast of the most dreamy and gorgeous people to make a day wonderful.

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Shameless Self-Plug & Giveaway: Raising Funds for SDCC 2014

23 Apr

Hello Beautiful People! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break/Easter. As I mentioned before: I might be having the great opportunity to report from San Diego Comic Con 2014, in July, for one of my favorite sites. With this, the pass to enter the convention is taken care of, but I will still need to raise funds to pay for the trip, stay, and food during the con. In order to do this I am selling my artwork and taking commissions. Here are the pieces I have up for sale at the moment:

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Dia de los Muertos
Ink and Pastel Pencils

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Sailor Pluto
Ink on white paper (Colors can be added)

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Dancing Flowers (Inspired by Walt Disney’s FANTASIA)
Ink and Watercolor

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Unicorn Centaur
Ink and Watercolor

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Narwhal Mermaid
Ink on white paper (Color can be added)

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Rainy Day Splatter
Ink and Watercolor

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Inspired by Kimberly Gomez’s Spooksieboo
Ink and Pencils
*RESERVED*

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Dick Vader (Dick Vader Series by Ale Bodden, your’s truly)
Ink (Colors can be added)
*RESERVED*

HEROES AND VILLAINS, STUDY ON MERMAIDS SERIES
by moi:

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Poison Ivy, Mermaid
Ink, Watercolor, & Pencils
*RESERVED*

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Harley Quinn Mermaid
Ink, Watercolor, & Pencils

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Bluebird/Harper Row Mermaid (STILL WIP)
Ink, Watercolor, and Pencils

Thank you for taking your time to look, I would really appreciate any help I can get in getting these out there. If you are interested, have any questions, or commissions: feel free to hit me up at NERDY.FAERY@GMAIL.COM.

As a little incentive and thanks, I will be giving away this:

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Wonder Woman Mermaid (Heroes & Villains, Study on Mermaids)
Ink & Watercolor
by Ale Bodden

If you want it just leave a comment here telling me: WHICH FEMALE SUPERHERO IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?  (I will pick a random comment on June 1st)

SDCC 2014: I WILL be IN You! Mark your calendars…

10 Apr

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Hello beautiful people! I hope everyone is having a magnificent week. I have great news for you, all: I will be heading to San Diego Comic Con this year (July 24th-27th)– it will be my first time there! Of course, I am still crossing my fingers and planning so everything can actually happen, but I am so excited. I am hoping things go well so my dreams become a reality. I will give more details as it gets closer.

In order to pay for the rest of the expenses (trip, food, housing, …) I will be selling my artwork and taking commissions to raise funds for my budget, if anyone is interested feel free to contact me (nerdy.faery@gmail.com). I will be posting all pieces that are up for sale as soon as I am done photographing them, but here you have a sneak peak of a series I am currently working on (They are still WIP):

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Thank you so much, in advance- I would truly appreciate all the support I can get.