Five Favorite Things for October

This is coming a few days late because it has been a wild week or so, and I’m now contending with a horrid cold.

  1. The IT Crowd – This one was on my Netflix queue for like two years. I finally dug into it this past month. It is so cute and clever. I like the episodes where they go very meta. Definitely worth watching.

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  2. Wolf Hall – I read the first of the trilogy this month and to be honest, I had mixed feelings. It was dense but that also made it very rich —  like a Tolkien book only semi-true. I felt like some things were discussed in depth and some were kind of swept over when I wanted to know more. Overall though, if you can keep track of all the Thomases and Richards that make appearances, it’s a delicious, scandalous story based on real people and events.

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  3. Roasted Pumpkin SeedsI carved pumpkins this month for Halloween and half the fun of doing that is the seeds you get out them! Don’t be foolish and waste them because I am telling ya, they’re so so tasty. My go-to recipe is coating the seeds in a wee bit of olive oil, 1 tbsp garlic salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Spread them out on a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Enjoy!
  4. Manhunt: Unabomber – Sam Worthington is one of those actors (like Carl Urban or Jon Bernthal in my opinion) that just hasn’t quite gotten his big break yet. He’s been in a ton of stuff but I feel like he’s waiting for his defining role. This probably isn’t it either, to be honest, but it is certainly a great display of his acting skills. It’s the story of the man who caught the Unabomber and the way his own life unraveled in the process. It’s all the more gripping because the Unabomber was a real guy who did real, horrible things because of his own twisted ideology.

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  5. Hearthstone – Going back to this one after a while. It’s an oldie but a goodie. I would love to join some of you in a battle or two because I am rusty as hell. Hit me up and we’ll play!

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This month will bring five more things I enjoy. Can’t wait to share them with you all.

 

xoxo
Gorey

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Halloween

Hi all! In addition to the October Create-A-Day challenge, Stranger Things party, and LACC, I managed to fit in Halloween fun! Check out my Halloween in a nutshell below.

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I tend to go overboard when it comes to projects, especially anything Halloween-related since it is one of my favorite holidays. This year I was on a budget and really wanted to make an effort to re-use pieces I already had for this year’s costume. Play it smart! And what better choice for a costume than the ultimate Ghost With The Most?

I’ve done a couple versions of Beetlejuice now that you’ve seen. The first was a femme Beetlejuice with a little umbrella and skirt for Son of Monsterpalooza. The second was with pants and a striped top and definitely more masculine. I did a very messy brow and Oreos in the teeth for extra ick-factor. 🙂 This time around I went kind of in between. Masculine wear but a slightly femme face and a pair of jazzy green heels (left over from Poison Ivy cosplay!)

Also, my lovely friend went as the Lydia Deetz to my Beetlejuice and she KILLED it. We gave her spidery bangs and she used her Dad’s vintage camera as a prop.

As a treat I made these “Graveyard Cups”. Very similar to “Worms and Dirt” or “Pumpkin Patch” treats but with a minor candy tweak. These are just chocolate pudding, crushed chocolate cookies, and little candy skeleton parts. They’re colorful, tasty, and I got all the stuff from the dollar store. Cost me a total of $6! Cute, huh?

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Oh, and don’t forget the pumpkins!

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Happy belated Halloween, boys and ghouls. I hope you made this week a good one.

 

xoxo
Gorey

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October Create-A-Day

This year I participated in an October drawing challenge. There are a lot out there — Drawlloween, Inktober, etc. — but I went with this one because it was the first I had seen and a few artists I follow on social media were also doing it.

Here are the prompts that I followed and a collection of my work in order. Oh and sorry for any poor quality. These have been size adjusted and cropped many times over at this point. :/

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(The last one is David S. Pugkins btw)

Thank you for taking a look!

xoxo
Gorey

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Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con Wrap Up

Hi all!

I had a blast at LACC and wanted to share my trip with you! This con has changed so much in the past five years — for the better! Comikaze was the first con I went to after moving down to LA and it has grown and evolved into something really special. Check it out!

Here is my Log Lady cosplay, first of all. I attended alone this time, so these are all selfies. Apologies!

I actually had the plush log pillow for my Twin Peaks-themed living room already, and all the super frumpy clothes were mine because I’m secretly geriatric and just want some Werther’s Originals and a nap. So all and all, the look cost me about 20 bucks for the glasses and wig via Amazon. I’m hoping at some point to re-use the glasses for a Where’s Waldo look or maybe Barb from Stranger Things. Cosplay is best when you can get a lot of mileage out of it! Yay cheapness!

A shot of the crowds before they were let onto the con floor:

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I started out by visiting artist Camilla d’Errico.

Her work is fanciful, surreal and just so gosh darn cute! I loved her little strawberry porcupine and her rainbow Totoro. We spoke a bit and it turns out she’s been doing artwork her whole life, but professionally for about 18 years. She has a handful of compilation books with Dark Horse that you can find here. You can click here for her own store with prints and things! Seriously, check her out.

I moved on around the Artists section, visiting several talented individuals. Here are the ones that stick out in my mind…

How to describe Harvey Del Rey‘s pop art? It’s like someone was watching Bravo and then took acid. It can be purchased here.

Cutesy items from Doctor Frankendesign. A husband and wife duo manned the booth and they were really sweet. You can purchase their stuff here.

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My favorite was probably Joey Spiotto aka jo3bot. His artwork is so great! I love the juxtaposition of adult pop culture references and Little Golden Books-esque children’s art. He has a book about Ridley Scott’s Alien and the rest of the Nostromo crew taking a day off. The Alien cleans the house and runs errands and stuff! SO PRECIOUS! AH! His stuff can be found on etsy here. Use coupon code “JOEBOT2017” and save 20% on your order. It expires December 31st so act fast!

Honorable mentions worth checking out (in no particular order):

  1. Karate Petshop – There is a Christmas themed book that I’ll likely buy for my nieces. It’s called “The Naughty List” and it’s about a boy who has to be naughty in order to save Santa and Christmas.
  2. Zacksploitation – Taco BELLE. Heh.
  3. Plop Cartoons – Check out the Halloween special on YouTube!
  4. Michael Stiles – He has a hodgepodge of things on his etsy right now, but the food-related pieces were/are my favorite. Like the little Smarties candy reading a book. 😀
  5. Jon Goff – Talked to this dude for a bit about his comic (and the sequel) about a dog named Pugly who leaves his life of luxury and joins a gang of street dogs who teach him what it means to be a true canine. Super cute and clever. I’m a sucker for anything with smushy-faced creatures though, so let’s be honest, it didn’t even need to be clever. Hit him up on twitter here. Though I can’t say I agree with the views he’s expressed about Stranger Things on there. 😛
  6. Jenisse Taylor – I like this style a lot. The Labyrinth and Haunted Mansion pieces are really cute.
  7. Miss Alphabet – She is a one-stop shop for all things Kawaii and pastel goth. I really want a pair of her pizza hotpants. What a fun secret to know you’re sitting down at work with zany undergarments on underneath. The pop tart bloomers are so good too!
  8. Bat in Your Belfry – Spoke very briefly with Michelle Prebich, the artist. I’d seen her stuff at a horror con or two (can’t quite recall). She’s been doing the con scene for a couple of years now. I love here Shining twins, Haunted Mansion, Nosferatu, etc. I fear if I had a disposable income it would get spent A LOT on her shop.
  9. Crude Inc. – Shout out to these dudes for giving me a free Twin Peaks button for my cosplay. 🙂
  10. Super Emo Friends – The little Dean from Supernatural and Pennywise are the best in my opinion. They have all sorts of characters to choose from.

After the artists area, I went over to the corner where The Price is Right was doing a special travelling thing. I managed to spin the wheel that ruled my childhood and do the Showcase Showdown! Spoilers: Log won a jet ski and a lifetime supply of Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice.

After that, I really just roamed the con floor meeting cool people and seeing cool things! Here are some random shots I got along the way:

Overall, it was a very cool con with a good mixture of special features, panels, cosplay, and artists. I was only able to attend Friday, so I can’t really speak to the celebrity encounters, but I’m sure they were fantastic. In previous years I’ve attended the masquerade and other evening events, and I could attest that they’re lots of fun. 10 out of 10 would recommend. 🙂

Can’t wait for next year.

xoxo
Gorey

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How To Throw A Kick Ass Stranger Things Party

Season 2 of Stranger Things is here! So maybe you want to throw a viewing party for the first episode (or all of them!). Here is one I threw  this past weekend, and it was easy to put it together. (Not pictured: bundled ball of Christmas lights, DnD materials, and a few other little decorations)

I knew that I wanted to throw this party but do it as cheap as possible. Hey, it is the holiday season, and I need money for gifts! No judgement. 😛

Here are things you can do for free (or close to it):

  • Christmas lights – string lights all over the place! Joyce Byers went light-crazy when trying to communicate with Will.
  • Sheets and/or sticks for a make-shift Castle Byers
  • Set the mood with a Spotify playlist. You can play the Stranger Things soundtrack and/or mix it up with songs by The Clash, The Bangles, Peter Gabriel, etc.
  • Print out these flyers and tack them up everywhere!
  • Recycled paper/posters done up with paint and/or markers to make signs. You could do Castle Byers, Welcome to Hawkins, U.S. Department of Energy, etc. and place them around your house.

If you want to get fancier:

  • Themed foods – I served Eggos and coffee for breakfast, chocolate pudding for a mid-day snack, burgers and fries for dinner, and a Barb-themed cake for dessert
  • Costumes! Hot Topic has some great options.
  • A plastic ax a la Joyce Byers vs. Demigorgon
  • Make an alphabet wall! I did mine with paint, posterboard, and tape. It was actually pretty simple!
  • Crushed coke cans a la Eleven in the lab 😥
  • DnD materials strewn on the table
  • Pumpkins if you want to be on point for this season’s theme – Halloween
  • A make-shift photobooth! These are really easy to do — I did one for Labyrinth once for a friend. Section off a little area of your house for photos and someone can be the picture taker. It’s better yet if you have a Polaroid or a tripod, but remember your phone probably has a timer on it and a selfie-mode to check that you have your photo just right. Make it fun! Here are some ideas:
  • Themed drinks! Everyone loves a themed cocktail. Try one of these ideas:

 

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Now run out and enjoy your party! Make it a GOOD now-memory!

xoxo
Gorey

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Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con – Let’s Go!

Well there was a bit of a to-do about my press pass this year, so I haven’t been writing much about LACC on the off chance I wouldn’t attend, but at one minute to midnight, the pass came through! I’m still expecting a bit of a kerfuffle picking it up, but regardless, I WILL be at LACC today!

Please feel free to say hello and let me know you’re a reader. I’ve met some really cool folks that way. 🙂

Remember I’ll be dressed as Log Lady from Twin Peaks, so be expecting cosplay pictures along with photos/recap from the con itself!

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Sharing this as I’m a fan – The Rock to appear at LA Comic Con

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con and Official Media Partner ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Announce Appearance by Dwayne Johnson at L.A.’s Mega Pop Culture Gathering at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 28

LOS ANGELES, CA (Thursday, October 12) – Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con and Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (EW), the official media partner of the 2017 edition of L.A. Comic Con, announced today that Dwayne Johnson will make a special appearance at the convention. On Saturday, October 28, Johnson will appear on behalf of his upcoming film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which hits theatres December 20. The 3-day pop culture extravaganza runs from October 27-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

As the Official Media Partner, EW is collaborating with L.A. Comic Con to enhance and elevate talent participation and programming for the over 100,000 attendees expected for this year’s 3-day mega-convention.  EW will feature all the fun and excitement of the Convention in the magazine as well as on EW.com.  And to top it all off, each and every badge holder will receive a one-year subscription to America’s leading pop culture magazine, with a total combined audience of 26 million consumers.

Badges are available now at http://StanLeesLAComicCon.com.

2017 marks the 7th year for Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con, which has grown into one of the largest gatherings of stars and creative talent in comic book, publishing, gaming, film, broadcast, cable and streaming entertainment.

About Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con:

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is Los Angeles’ biggest and best large-scale, multi-media pop culture convention. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con assembles the most exciting and innovative in comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop-culture. With a mission to provide celebrity, creator and talent access that is unequalled in comic conventions, Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con features unique panels, autograph sessions and photo-ops that give fans once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to truly interact with their favorite creators and major players in the entertainment industry.  Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is a partnership of Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, Cassandra Peterson, and Comikaze Entertainment, Inc.  Visithttp://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/.

ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY is your all-access pass to Hollywood’s most creative minds and most fascinating stars. The magazine was launched by Time Inc. in 1990 and is America’s leading consumer publication in the entertainment category, with a guaranteed circulation rate base of 1.5 million and a combined audience of almost 28 million loyal, engaged fans.  Each day, EW.com publishes a myriad of featured stories, news articles, TV-recaps, original videos, film reviews and photo galleries. The PEOPLE/ENTERTAINMENT WEEKKLY Digital Network continues to rank as the #1 site in its competitive set with close to 100 million monthly unique visitors. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY is the first to know about the best in entertainment. With sharp insight, unparalleled access and a trusted voice, EW keeps readers plugged into pop culture. This is where the buzz begins.

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Five Favorite Things for September

1) Explorer’s Press – I found this brand in a little consignment shop called Hunter & Hare in Vancouver, B.C. The spirit in it reminds me of my dad and his friends in a lot of ways. 4x4s, camo, hunting, adventuring, camping, staying up late and raising hell! I got this patch because I thought it was fitting to pick up while traveling: https://explorerspress.com/collections/patches/products/travellers-crest-patch Yay for supporting local artists!

2) Halo Top – I’m obsessed with this ice cream. It is about 300 calories in an entire pint, it’s packed with protein, and it comes in really good flavors. I think the only ones I don’t care for are Red Velvet because that’s disgusting in general (don’t argue with me!) and Oatmeal Cookie because it was meh. Pro tip: Crumble a few pretzels into the Salted Caramel one and enjoy! 😛

Bonus, look at this weird ass commercial for it:
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3) Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return – I used to watch MST3K as a kid, so I was both excited and a little nervous about this reboot not living up to my fond memories. I really love it though! Jonah Ray is doing a great job in the hero role and Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day as the villains? Come on. Gold.

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Do yourself a favor and at least watch the Reptilicus episode.

4) Farm Sanctuary – I had the opportunity to transport an animal to this facility recently and take a tour while I was there, and I just have to give these guys props. It’s clear how much they love these animals by the care they provide.

Look at these cute lil turkeys! See the bandage on the white ones foot? It has a little infection so they’re taking care of it. 😥

5) Oxygen Not Included – You all know that I’m a fan of Klei’s Don’t Starve game, and this is there new venture! It feels more technical than Don’t Starve, but maybe that’s just because it takes place in space. You have to build your little people a bunker, make sure they have places to sleep, enough resources, sustainable oxygen levels, etc.

I’m new to it, but it’s just as addictive as Don’t Starve and I’m really getting into it. Check it out!

 

That’s it for this month. Stay tuned for more posts about LA Comic Con and the Labyrinth Masquerade I’ll be attending!

xoxo
Gorey

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Twin Peaks Cosplay

Alright, ladies and germs, the time is here! I’ve decided that at L.A. Comic Con, I’ll be cosplaying as…

*drum roll please*

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Quick two minute doodle I did on the tablet

Margaret Lanterman aka LOG LADY from Twin Peaks! It’s a weird choice, I know, but I like weird. I can’t wait to see you all there to discuss owls, sticking gum under counters/seats, and perhaps a special kind of oil.

xoxo

Gorey

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Five Favorite Things for August

Bringing back an old favorite here —

Five Favorite things! This time it is for the month of August. These are basically just things I’m excited about currently. It’s like Oprah’s favorite things only you have no reason to listen to me, and you’re not getting a new Prius or a lifetime supply of stainless steel cooking knives by Mariooooooo Bataliiiiiiiiiiii! So…useless sort of. Whatever, read anyway. 😛

  1. Overdrive app – My friend Susie told me about this app and I’m obsessed now. You link it to your library card and can place holds, borrow ebooks, etc. with a little tap on the screen. I’m still figuring it out, but I’ve blown through half a dozen books already. I have a long commute (about an hour in the mornings and evenings – 45 mins at best), so I can really cruise through audiobooks. Recent reads include Neverwhere, The Maze Runner, Gone GirlAmerican Sniper, The Invisible Man, and The Devil Wins. Speaking of…
  2. Neverwhere I LOVED this book. It’s my first experience with Neil Gaiman, but I’ve been wanting to read his stuff for a while. Everyone has a different favorite of his, so I put holds on every audiobook of his that they had in my local library, and this one was the first one I was loaned. The world is so beautiful. Honestly, I got a little obsessed. I’m so glad to hear that now that he’s done with Norse Mythology and American Gods is underway on TV he is working on the sequel to this book. YAY!

    Beautiful interpretations of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, two of my favorite characters (click the photos for source artists as well as I can tell):

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  3. Wraps – Switching over to a veggie-only diet could have been challenging, but wraps have been one of my favorite things for super filling dinners. My favorite recipe right now is Sundried Tomato and Basil tortilla, a dollop of Athenos plain hummus, a handful of baby spinach, some cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, black pepper, and slow roasted chickpeas. If you want to go really buckwild, add a drizzle of light Italian dressing. Et voila!
  4. Art Set Pro – With the new tablet, I realized I needed a decent program to doodle in. I did some research, and while I’m keen to try several more, I’m very happy with the one I chose based on reviews: Art Set. It lets you use multiple tools (pastel, crayon, pen, paint brush, etc.) and lets you adjust things like opacity, thickness, etc. It’s been very helpful for me. Here’s a little sampling of things I’ve done thus far:

  5. Outrider Design by Ryan Lynch – I love this guy’s designs. His patches, pins, mugs, etc. are mostly Southwest/American West-inspired. You can buy his stuff here. These are my favorites that are on my wishlist:
     

    I’m a mug junkie so the Midnight Oil one is high on my list. Perfect camping mug. ❤

     

Look for next month’s edition of my Five Favorite Things and thank you for reading!

xoxo
Gorey

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