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missemmamm’s 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Diary

Over the next few weeks, I will be writing extensively about my experience this past weekend at the most recent Wizard World in Philadelphia. I will be going into depth on panels, celebs, cosplayers, artists, and more. I’ve decided to do a comprehensive, yet, hopefully not too wordy, diary style overview to kick things off. Times are approximate and are in EST. New correspondent Robert Sunshine accompanied me. During this post, I will just refer to him as RS.

FRIDAY, 5/8/15
10:37PM

We got on an Amtrak near our hometown to get to Pittsburgh. The train was late, which was actually a positive as that would make our wait for our bus in Pittsburgh that much shorter. The trip was uneventful.

SATURDAY, 5/9/15
12:35AM

After walking across the street from the Amtrak station to the Greyhound and getting situated, we called our families to let the know that everything was going well. We snacked, talked, and played on our phones for under an hour. Then, it was apparent that the Greyhound line for our bus was getting long, so we headed over to wait in it until 2AM. Our bus left about 20 minutes late. As usual on the Greyhound, the ride was uncomfortable. Of course, it was faster and cheaper than the Amtrak, so I’m good.

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This is what I look like after 10 hours of travel.

8:30AM
Our bus actually made up the time that we’d lost, so we arrived on time. We quickly walked from the Greyhound station to the convention center. On the way, we stopped at that super ghetto, yet super close McDonald’s (if you go, you know the one) for breakfast.

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9:37AM
By this time, we had changed into our costumes and picked up our wristbands. (I was very impressed by how quickly these were passed out.) We were ready, but volunteers were only allowing VIPS onto the showroom floor until 10AM. RS made sure that his artist portfolio for Marvel was to his liking. We observed some great cosplayers. A talent agent for an extras casting company took down our info and gave us his card.

10:05AM
We were finally allowed onto the floor. One of the first things that happened was Michael Rooker walking quickly by us. Ah, the excitement when you see celebs so quickly like that! A few years back, I had an encounter with Norman Reedus that still gives me chills.

We got photos with some cosplayers and some even requested some with us. I was just happy that people got who I was dressed as, the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn. RS was a jester (or harlequin, as he was fond of saying), which garnered a lot of attention. I also picked up my Stephen Amell autograph ticket. It had said that it was for Saturday when I ordered it, but I was given one for Sunday. I was actually happy about this, because Saturday was so packed full of things to do. Plus, this would mean getting to see Amell on both Saturday and Sunday. That line was pretty long, so I couldn’t stomach waiting in his photo line then as well.

This is my fourth year attending (RS’s first), in all of that time, I’ve barely bought anything aside from photos and autographs. I don’t like dragging stuff around and I’m cheap. RS is a bad influence though. In no time at all, we had bought a good number of prints from some talented artists. We played a spin the wheel game at the CW booth. RS won a The Flash hat and I won an Arrow poster.

11:30AM
We hit up Summer Glau‘s panel. Her Firefly costar Nathan Fillion was originally scheduled to attend this as well. However, he was injured and had to drop out. She seemed sweet, but the panel wasn’t as exciting as it could have been. I always enjoy when actors have other actors to volley with, not just a moderator.

12:15PM
Glau’s panel was immediately followed by Lin Shaye’s, in the same room. I do wish that I could have stayed for that and the meet and greet that followed (we had passes), but I decided to go another way.

RS is a Potterhead. James and Oliver Phelps of Harry Potter fame had been added to the con’s lineup about a week or so beforehand. So we trekked to their room. Unfortunately, it was super packed. Being that I’m not a Potterhead, needed to charge my phone and figure out directions to our hotel, and the claustrophobia of a standing room only panel getting to me, I opted to chill out in the hallway, while RS watched. He said that is was very entertaining.

 

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Katie Cassidy

1:30PM
Katie Cassidy‘s panel was being held directly after the Phelps’ in the same room. RS has never attended before, so he didn’t know that he could have stayed in the room and moved up to get decent seats for us. No worries, I joined her line before the Phelps’ panel let out. Her panel was very fun and informative. RS waited in her Q&A line, but never made it to the microphone. This wasn’t surprising as many fans ask multiple questions even though they are repeatedly asked to keep it to one.

Ben McKenzie (Gotham) and Penn Badgely‘s (Gossip Girl) panels conflicted with hers, making them impossible to attend.

2:15PM
At this point we had about an hour and 15 minutes until Stephen Amell’s panel. It was originally set for Sunday, which I would have much preferred. However, it was moved, I believe, due to his Wine Mixer that day.

We were exhausted from lugging our backpacks all night and day. So, we booked it to our hotel (about a half a mile away). We didn’t have time to sight see on the way but I could tell that RS was really into the city. After checking in and grabbing some complimentary snacks, we headed up to check out our room and dump everything that we wouldn’t need for the rest of the day.

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Stephen Amell

3:30PM
We got to Stephen Amell‘s panel just after it had started. So, we were way in the back. I enjoyed hearing Amell talk about the progression of Oliver Queen’s character.

4:15PM
Amell‘s general photo ops for Saturday were set for 5:40PM (WAAAYYY too late IMHO). After exiting his panel, we headed to the photo booth to get our hard photo op card. We spoke to a volunteer who told us that we should come back at 5:20 to line up for Amell.

However, due to the photo op time, the time it takes to get around the convention center, etc. we were unable to attend any of the following awesome panels that were happening from 4:30-6: DANNY TREJO, MICHAEL ROOKER, ROGER CORMAN, and BURT REYNOLDS. We only had ONE professional photo op. I think that you’d miss a lot more if you had bought some more. I really wish that these panels were more spread out. I think that Reynolds and Corman were only there for Saturday, so that’s understandable. However, I don’t see why Trejo, Rooker, and some of the earlier panels in the day, couldn’t be pushed to Sunday. Then ticket holders wouldn’t have to feel like they were missing out on so much.

We took the probably half hour that we had after getting our op in order and changing, to shop and admire more cosplayers.

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Robert Sunshine, Stephen Amell, missemmamm

5:20PM
We joined Amell‘s already long photo line. We were behind two very fun young ladies who were cosplaying Canary and Felicity Smoak (!). They made the time fly by. It actually did go pretty quickly though. I think that we had already made it near the front of his line by 5:40. I wish I had a good story about the op, but all I can say is that Amell has a nice smile. RS said something to him to the affect of, “Don’t worry, you’re almost done”. Amell seemed happy about that. I’m super suprised at the ops of him actually doing poses with attendees as these ops are always very quick. Maybe those were VIPS, or folks with much bigger balls than I.

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6:40PM
After the op and checking out a few things on the floor, we decided to head back to our hotel. We stopped for a brew on the way. At this point all we were missing was the Frankie Muniz panel, which was probably good, but not a must for either of us.

I chose a hotel with a pool so we could wind down. So after eating our food that we’d gotten to go, cheese steaks of course, we went for a dip. This was during the costume contest. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never attended a costume contest at the Philly con, so I wasn’t worried about it.

9:50PM
By this time, I was tucked into bed. I know this makes me a party pooper. After all, the official after party was taking places at the Field House from 9PM-2AM. However, I was exhausted and not feeling well. I felt a bit bad because RS has never been to a WW after party. However, I’ve only been to one and the experience was a bit of a let down, so I didn’t feel that bad personally. I think I was asleep by 11PM.

Sunday, 5/10/15
8:15AM

My alarm was not set until 8:30, but I had slept my fill. We had to be checked out by 11AM. So we did the logical/fun thing and got our money’s worth by taking a dip in the pool again, after packing.

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Robert Sunshine at the LOVE fountain

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Robert Sunshine at Gallery Mall

10:30AM
We were headed to the Gallery Mall and then the con. On the way, we were very touristy and took photos. Unfortunately the main store that we wanted to shop at in the mall was closed for some reason, but oh well.

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Cary Elwes

11:35AM
RS and I went to get his Sunday wristband. Yes, he had to buy separate Saturday and Sunday passes partway through April, because the weekend ones had already sold out. After that, RS headed over to the floor to see what Marvel thought of his art. I went to get decent seats at the Cary Elwes panel. Elwes was very entertaining and looked smashing.

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Katie Cassidy

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with Katie Cassidy

12:45PM
We headed to the floor so I could buy some table selfies for Katie Cassidy and Cary Elwes. That didn’t take too long. I was disappointed that the day before when I’d gotten my Amell photo, a staff member had told me that these could be bought in line. So, I tried to line up in Cassidy’s line first. Luckily, a volunteer found out the truth for me, so I didn’t wait in her line without a ticket.

Cassidy‘s line was fairly long. If I’m calculating it correctly, we were probably in her line for about a half hour. It was the fastest table meet I’ve ever had. I didn’t get RS in the pic, which sucked. Although I later saw others get two attendees in their pics on Instagram, so I guess I shoulda been pushy. No candid photos were allowed in Cassidy’s line. We found this out after snapping some. This is very odd to me. In the past, if you had bought an autograph, etc. from a guest, you were allowed to snap some pics in line.

When people ask me what Cassidy was like, I say that I don’t know, because I literally said “hi”. She said nothing to me. RS randomly asked her something as we were leaving the table. She answered, but in a very uninterested way. She’s definitely as beautiful in person though.

1:30PM
At this point, I truly didn’t feel like entering Amell‘s line, but when you have pre-bought tickets you can’t just throw money away and not go get them. I think that’s the idea. We waited in Amell’s line for about 50 minutes. Candids were also not allowed in his line. Since I knew this, I didn’t attempt to take any. Although, you will see some on Instagram that others took anyway.

I had bought the autograph, because you typically get at least a minute to converse with a guest when you are at their table, unlike in a professional photo op. However, I had a bad feeling when I got up to the table. The person at his table didn’t help me pick a photo. They asked if I wanted the photo personalized and then wrote my name, my four letter, easy to spell name on a post it and attached it to the photo. The only time I’ve had that happen for me, because I have an easy name, was when I met Christian Kane back in ’05. He was too hungover too function correctly.

Amell, however, seemed to have checked out. IMHO, he was in a hurry to leave and go promote his wine. I had read that the mixer started somewhere from 4-5. I tried to engage him in conversation. I told him how we loved his show so much that even though we’d only started in a couple of months ago, that we were already all caught up. I complimented him on his panel. I honestly don’t think he said anything back. He may have glanced up at me while signing the photo. RS is ballsier than me, so he stopped to ask Amell a question as we left. Amell gave him a more satisfactory answer than Cassidy (more details to come on what this is regarding).

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Robert Sunshine with Matthew Mercer

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with Cary Elwes

2:20PM
And now to the longest wait of all: the Cary Elwes line! After being in his line for about 20 minutes, I heard over the loud speaker that Matthew Mercer was having a free meet and greet in one of the rooms (It turned out to be a martial arts demonstration, very cool!) I told RS to go enjoy. RS had a theory that Elwes line was moving slowly because he was actually taking time to talk to attendees.

At about 3:15PM, I was sooo close to Elwes. His booth had fabric around all sides, absolutely negating any photos being taken by looky loos. I was the fourth person outside of it. There were maybe 9 people waiting behind me. This is when Elwes decided to take a break from signing. So I then waited a half hour for him to return. During this time, I watched Frankie Muniz, who was two tables over, interact with some young fans. He was great with them.

And…It was all worth it! He was so charming. He actually shook my hand and asked my name. I told him how I’d enjoyed his panel, and he was happy about it. Then I said, “I’ve had a crush on you since I was nine”, and he said, “Come here and give me a hug”. Aw! We hugged! Then we took a photo together. Ah, dashing!

4PM
RS and I met back up for our final hour at the con. Doors closed in an hour!!! First, I stopped at Muniz‘s table just to tell him how great he was with his fans. We had to make a mad dash to buy stuff, get a photo at the Tomorrowland booth, and check out cosplayers.

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Robert Sunshine with the Nesquik Bunny

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with the Nesquik Bunny

4:40PM
We left the convention hall, saw the Nesquik rabbit outside and got pics with him/free Nesquik from him.

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4:53PM
We arrived at my favorite place to eat in Philly, Bar Ly! It was awesome, as always. It’s still strange that this once Asian tapas eatery had to morph into a sports bar to keep business afloat, but they still serve the same great food, so not matter. After dinner, we chilled a bit and decided on our next move.

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7PM
We ended up at the Ritz East movie theater. We watched the mind blowing Ex Machina and got to chill out for a couple of hours.

9:15PM
While trekking back to the Greyhound station, we were stopped by some other attendees of the con. They were a lot of fun, so we joined them for a drink at a small bar.

10:30PM
We decided to take our leave, because it’s always recommended that you get to the Greyhound station early. We were there sometime after 11. Our bus was set to leave at 12:20. At 12:10, after already being lined up for a while, we were told that it was running 20 minutes late. It was wayyy longer than that. We didn’t leave Philly until after 1AM.

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Gino’s Cafe

8:24AM
The lateness of our departure, coupled with the driver’s poor driving, and the always ominous traffic while entering Pittsburgh, means that we didn’t get there until 2 hours after we were set to. This made us an hour late for our last bus to our hometown.

So we had 3 hours to kill until another bus would be there. After chillin for a while, we went to eat at a nice little place called Gino’s Cafe. On the way there, we stopped at a cool, geeky trade in store that we vowed to return to in the future.

11:45AM
Our bus arrived 15 minutes late, arggh. We were so tired. We slept all of the way home. Unfortunately, as the Greyhound driver sucked, I did not get a nap in before returning to real life, and a meeting at 2PM, but what can you do?

The juice was worth the squeeze.~The Girl Next Door

Thanks to Wizard World for providing me with a complimentary weekend press pass to the 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. For info on Wizard World’s upcoming cons, please go here.

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An Overview of Season 8 of Doctor Who

This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

I love Doctor Who. Yeah, that’s right, I said it. It’s a funny show for me to watch, even when I’m not really paying attention to it. I just sit back with a pen and some paper, and draw while the Doctor is throwing zany one liners and cracking jokes. It’s a TV series that has made me laugh on one episode and cry on the next. Each doctor has his own personality. Whenever he is dying or near death his body transforms into a brand new actor’s contract. With his faithful companions, he travels through time and space to different worlds, saving the day!

Season eight was beautiful. I remember sitting down, watching live, when he was revealed to take Matt Smith’s place in the blue box. I mean, yeah, when I first saw it, I was a little skeptical. I’m not the easiest when it comes to change and I kinda liked Matt Smith, but then I saw this.

This sold me. I wanted that as the doctor. And for the most part that is kinda what I got, an angry old man in a suit. His acting obviously has a lot more depth. I was blown away by his performance as the Doctor.

For people who don’t watch the show, the Doctor is about 2000 years old by the start of season 8. Mind you, he was already pretty old, but with his regenerations he can transform himself back to youth. So him transforming into an older looking man, a man who does not even give a tenth of a fuck, and is more openly insulting and berating…..it’s so fucking great. Peter, as the Doctor, has definitely changed a few scenarios about the show. There is no longer a romantic interest between the Doctor and his companion. The show itself is set in a much darker tone then the other seven seasons. With the upcoming 9th season, we can definitely assume that it might only get darker.

All of us know that this isn’t Peter’s first time on Doctor Who. He played in season four’s “The Fires of Pompeii” and it was mentioned in Capaldi’s first episode as the Doctor that he has seen this face before. We can only speculate some kind of bullshit about why he chose that face, and maybe even see a couple other old faces from the previous Doctors later in the series, here’s hoping.

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Now, the season didn’t really have any bad episodes. Some moments were drawn out a little too long, but each episode had it’s own special tone to it. My personal favorite episode of season 8 is “Listen”. It’s an episode about creatures who evolve specifically to not be seen. The episode was creepy. In the end, it was tied up in a nice little TARDIS blue ribbon.

The show is POP culture incarnate. With so much merchandise, that if you actually watch the show back to back and love it as much as I do, you will end up going to work one day with Doctor Who socks and underwear, showing off your wibbly wobbly t-shirt you just had to have. Between the wacky quotes, heartbreaking moments, and out of this world adventures. It’s no small wonder that a show like this should peak the minds of both the young and the old.

You can buy season 8 of Doctor Who in streaming, DVD, or Blu-ray format here on Amazon.com (Note: This is an affiliate link.)

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2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con: missemmamm’s Top Programming Picks

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I’m excited to announce that, once again, I will be attending the Philly Comic Con as press. Recently, Wizard World released their full programming list. Check out my top picks below. Unfortunately, I will not be there until Saturday, so I will miss the earlier events.

Wednesday, 5/6/2015
7-10PM Kick Off Party at the Hard Rock Cafe-Tickets are $25. Admission includes a walk on the red carpet, complimentary appetizers and buffet, and the opportunity to meet celebrities. Celebrities who will be attending include include Michael Rooker, Lou Ferrigno, Vincent Young, and Chris 51. You can buy your ticket here.

Thursday, 5/7/2015
6:30-7:45PM Wayward Pines Premiere Episode Screening, followed by a Q&A with M. Night Shyamalan (Room 108)

7:30PM Wizard World Comic Con Exclusive Advanced Screening of Mad Max: Fury Road (Visit the Daily News booth on the exhibition floor for more info.)

8:30PM-12AM Comic Con Casino Night and Mad Max After Party at the SugarHouse Casino-This event is free to those with a Wizard World wristband. The party includes complimentary appetizers, cocktails, $25 match play credit, $15 bonus play credit, and free Craps lessons.

Friday, 5/8/2015
3-3:45PM Adrian Paul Panel
(Room 103A)

3PM Wizard World Gaming Presents: Mortal Kombat X Tournament-The entry fee is $5.

4-5:30PM-Marvel Portfolio Review (Room 104)-If you are an aspiring artist, bring your portfolio with you to the convention.

4:30-5:15PM-How to Write Comics with Spider-man’s Tom DeFalco, Hulk’s Peter David, Billy Dogma’s Dean Haspiel, Archie’s Barbara Slate, and Darkhawk’s Danny Fingeroth (Room 111)-for writers

5-5:45PM Voice Actor Panel with Charles Martinet and Matthew Mercer (Room 103A)

5-5:30PM Pictionary (Show Stage)-The audience (you!) can team up with artists to play. I love games. This really sounds fun.

6-6:30PM Matthew Mercer Meet & Greet (Room 104)

8:30-10:30PM Creator Pro Am: Drink and Draw at the Hard Rock-Compete for prizes. This event is included in your admission. Just show your wristband to be admitted.

Saturday, 5/9/15
11-11:45AM WETA Workshop: Character Creation Through Prosthetics, Hair and Make Up
(Room 111)-Make up and effects artist, Warren Dion Smith, will do a real time make up demonstration.

11:30-12:15PM Firefly Panel with Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau (Terrace Ballroom)

12-12:45PM Marvel: Inside the House of Ideas (Room 103A)-Discuss all things Marvel with many people from the company.

12-12:45PM The Sun Devil and the Princess Screening (Room 111)-Check out this Samurai fantasy short film starring Tony Todd.

12:30-1:15PM Harry Potter Panel with James and Oliver Phelps (Room 113)

12:30-1:15PM Lin Shaye Panel (Terrace Ballroom)

1-1:15PM Kelly Frye (The Flash) Panel (Show Stage)

1:30-2:15PM Gotham Panel with Ben McKenzie (Terrace Ballroom)

1:30-2:15 Arrow Panel with Katie Cassidy (Room 113)

2-2:45PM Penn Badgley Panel (Room 103A)

2-2:45PM Charles Martinet Panel (Room 111)

2:30-3:15PM Agent Carter Panel with Hayley Atwell (Terrace Ballroom)

3:30-4:15PM Arrow Panel with Stephen Amell (Terrace Ballroom)

4:30-5:15PM Danny Trejo Panel (Terrace Ballroom)

4:30-5PM Michael Rooker Panel (Room 113)

5-6PM Roger Corman Panel (Room 108)

5:30-6PM Burt Reynolds’ Panel (Room 113)

6-6:45PM Frankie Muniz Panel (Show Stage)

6-9PM Wizard World Costume Contest (Terrace Ballroom)-takes places after the Critical Hit concert.

9PM-2Am Official Wizard World After Party at the Field House-$10 cover

Sunday, 5/10/2015
11-11:45AM How to Draw Funny! Panel with Phil Oritz and Jason Yungbluth
(Room 107)

12-12:45PM Cary Elwes Panel (Room 113)

3-3:45PM Kids Costume Contest (Show Stage)

5PM Stephen Amell’s Nocking Point Wine Mixer at Union Transfer Philly-This event is not affiliated with WW. However, Amell is obviously corresponding the time frame to work with it. Ticket’s are $100. Admission includes a commemorative wine glass, tasting of wines, cocktails, beers, and appetizers, a Q&A with Stephen Amell and his partner Andrew, live music, and a silent auction. In the past, Amell has posed for photos with fans at these events. It now sounds like you would be incredibly lucky to get a selfie with him. I understand that wine mixers are fancy and typically expensive. Plus you have a celeb, but without the possibility of a photo, this is a bit high for me. I still really want to go though. You can buy a ticket here.

The full programming schedule can be found here.

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An Overview of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series

This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

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A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin
published by Bantam
release date: October 29, 2013

Books as of this day and age really don’t get talked about nearly as much as they used to. You don’t see them advertised on the television an maybe every once in a while you’ll see a bestseller on the shelf of your local grocery store. With modern technology booming like World War 2 veterans returning from duty, you seem to be drowned in too much television, video games, movies, and porn…oh, so much porn. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are some pretty damn good books out there. They aren’t nearly as talked about as their flashy movie counterparts.

Now between work and sleep, I don’t really have enough time to crack open a book next to a crackling fire with a corn cob pipe. I get my books in when I can, usually when I work. Believe me, it’s not easy to start a fire in a call center without somebody getting all uppity. So, after bargain shopping at a local supermarket chain in search of some visual entertainment, I stumbled upon George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire”.

I had already watched “Game of Thrones” religiously. I’ve always wanted to read the series and here it was wrapped up in a tiny little package. Thousands of pages that inspire the imagination and take you on an adventure into a captivating world of magic, murder, incest, and dragons. So, you know, fun for the whole family.

The books themselves are told from the perspectives of several characters, each with their own unique personalities, situations, and world views. This shows the emotional struggle of the men and women who have their stories unravel in front of you, their triumphs and their defeat. Depicted is the harshness of their world, filled with war, poverty, and disease. All of that hardens those who are able to survive, while killing those too weak to do so. This is a series that is not short on blood and dismemberment, but it is more than that.

The story is filled with so much story, lore, and fine details that you fell like you are there. It’s easy to imagine laughing with the brothers in black and dining with the lords and ladies, while sinking your teeth into crackling pig smothered with honey and spices. You actually feel these characters, an emotional attachment that doesn’t come too often from a book.

Another thing I would like to talk about are the combat strategies placed throughout the books. Believe me when I say that there are a lot of fucking battles in this story, and why wouldn’t there be? Seeing these battles rage in your mind, hearing the clash of steel and bone, flesh and fire, is enough to get a rise out of anybody. It makes your heart beat just a little faster or maybe, makes you lean a little more forward in suspense. That is what makes a good fucking book, the suspense-the wanting to know what happens on the next page. These battles are nothing short of brilliant. From single combat to epic wars, it’s like the author just sat there playing the world’s most bloody game of chess with himself.

Now don’t get me wrong. There is a lot of sitting, a lot of talking, and a lot of well…not doing much. The story itself drags out. There are scenes where you just want to skim through a page or two to see where it starts to get juicy. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. The only reason the slow pace is there is so you can soak it all in. The details put into the world, as I mentioned earlier are there. He wants you to be there, to be in that character’s head, to know their surroundings, and to immerse yourself. When those juicy little tidbits do come up, when the tale goes to a bloody twist or turn, it makes you feel that rush of excitement so much more!!!

I mentioned earlier that I had watched the series before reading the books. This gives me a different kind of perspective than someone who would have read the books first. I do see all of the small and big changes in the storyline and character’s plot line. Plus the new episodes themselves are going in almost a completely different direction than the books. This isn’t really a bad thing. I’d love to see the books play out in the story, shot for shot and word for word, but there is a completely different process when it comes to filming.

First think about what the average reader enjoys in a story and then think of how a person who doesn’t read a lot of books, but is more of a connoisseur of television enjoys a show. Those two people have a marginally different idea of what entertainment is. Producers have to work with that without making anyone too pissed off. All of us know that is going to be nearly impossible.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone about this story. It would be wrong to spoil even the smallest detail to someone who has never watched the series, but still plans to.

If you’ve ever considered watching the show or reading the books, then I would recommend them in a heartbeat. George R.R. Martin has mixed in a beautiful world of long seasons, a variety of cultures, good food, and a story that will leave you wanting for more. So sit back, open up a bottle of wine, and immerse yourself in one of the best stories of its generation.

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Unboxing: Nerd Block Classic April 2015 Growing Up 80s

Check out my above unboxing video. Plus, view the below photos, links and additional info. This is my first Nerd Block.

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Back to the Future 88MPH Tee
by Shirt Punch, exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $10
This is an okay tee for a great movie. Personally I would have liked something more innovative. I can’t find this particular tee online. Here’s one on Amazon that includes 88MPH. This one is more of a cosplay style. It actually has Marty’s shirt and vest printed on it. Now I would have LOVED something like this! BTTF tees seem to retail online for about $10-20. This actual shirt was made exclusively for Nerd Block from Shirt Punch. Shirt Punch is a site that has a tee for a limited amount of time. Tees on there go for $10.

kevin smith book
Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (paperback book)
by Kevin Smith
retail $13.49
I love Kevin Smith, but I have a huge stack of books to read. Hopefully this will be entertaining when I actually get around to reading it. IMHO-Books shouldn’t be a main item in a crate because it’s been my experience that they have the lowest resale value right after you buy one, even if it’s brand new. For instance, you can buy this used for 15 cents right now on Amazon. Why do I mention resale? I will resell items that I don’t want.

ecto 1
Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Car
by Titan(s) Vinyl Figures exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $20
This is exclusive to Nerd Block. I immediately resold on eBay for $10, because it’s not my style. It would probably have a projected retail price of around $20. This is the Funko that I refer to in the video. If I had received this, it would be proudly displayed in my home right now.

pacman mug
Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug
by Paladone Products
$10.99
This mug sells for $10.99 on Amazon. The design changes with heat, which is cool, but I most likely would not pay over $5 for it.

nerd block cards
Nerd Play Cosplayer Playing Cards
by Nerd Block
approximately $1
I’m being generous at estimating these at any type of price point as I think they are a ridiculous product.

Actual Price
almost $30

Approximate Retail Value
$55.48

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This box did not live up to my expectations. It proves that even if the items are technically worth an adequate amount, if they are not worth it to you, then it’s a waste of money.

You may also enjoy:
Unboxing: Loot Crate April 2015 Fantasy
Unboxing: Loot Crate Play February 2015
The Works of Kevin Smith on Netflix Streaming
Movie Quotes: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: My Favorite Costumes-includes a photo of a customized Delorean
Style File: Strawberries Forsythe-includes a Ghostbusters cosplayer

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