Halloween 2018

Hi all,

I didn’t end up going to as many cons as I wanted this season, so here are a few shots of my look for Halloween. Killer clown. Took inspiration from a little bit of everything. Penywise, Joker, Harley, and some amazing artists. 🙂

Also, if we communicated via twitter, you’ll notice that I no longer have one. After a lot of thought, I decided that I want to focus on living my life, not on social media. I was checking these things far too often and getting anxious over ignorance, racism, etc. I think my time is better spent enjoying life and doing things to actually combat those negatives. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but for now, that’s what I’m doing!

 

xoxo,

Gorey

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LA Comic Con Update

Hi all,

Unfortunately, I’m afraid my eyes were bigger than my … energy level? I know I said I was going to LA Comic Con but there was a mix up with my press credentials and when it all came down to the wire, I decided I didn’t have it in me.

HOWEVER, I will have some fun costume photos from Halloween. So stay tuned for that.

Thanks all!

xoxo,

Gorey

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Recap: Long Beach Comic Con 2018

Hi folks!

This past weekend was Long Beach Comic Con, and I had the pleasure of attending. I went on Saturday as Black Cat, so if you saw me and/or we chatted — hello! Miss Felicia is a cosply I’ve done before, but always interpreted in a different way. This was definitely the most va-va-voom I’ve ever gone with her, which was fun, but in terms of comfort, boy did I miss the last version I did where I wore very comfy, flat boots! I still have blisters on both of my footsies. That made workouts this week a real treat, haha.

Overall though, it was fun as usual. Check it out!

The costume:

My favorite artists/booths:

  • Fan Flaire — This gal is clearly a 90s baby or just a big fan. She basically made my whole childhood into pins, and they’re amazing. I particularly liked the Benny’s Cab Co. pin from Halloweentown, the Leaning Tower of Cheeza and Hi Dad Soup pins from A Goofy Movie, and the Killer Tofu pin from Doug. Check out her work!
  • Drip Face — If you are into the movie The Witch and that whole period, ritualism aesthetic, you might dig this artist. The tooth necklace and three-eyed cat are probably my favorite pieces.
  • Kai B Parker — Really liked this guy’s loud, graphic art. Checking out this gallery online, I dig the Spider-man/skull piece, the Barb piece, 80s Frankie, and, maybe most of all, the Cyclops artwork.
  • Frank Gidlewski — This guy was so nice. He did a free “bad drawing” for me of a really weird robot. He said he is inspired by 90s shows like Ren and Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life (another 90s kid!), and that really comes through in his work. It’s all really out there and fun. You can get his comic Fantasma Girl and Fantastic Boy No. 1 for just $5 on his site.
  • Wee Bit O’ Geek and Freak — I might have saved the best for last here. This is a mother-daughter duo who make felt dolls of characters from their favorite fandoms. I’ve purchased one from them in the past and was so happy to run into them this con so that I could get another. I bought a Dobby for my girlfriend’s birthday and she was totally smitten. The dolls feel very well-made and they’re all so darn cute. No matter which you choose, you really can’t go wrong. (Their felt dolls are pictured in the mosaic below.)

Cosplay and other sightings around the con:

I also ran into my bud Cujo from the 30 Minutes of Diabolical podcast who chatted briefly with Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones). Snapped a pic of that (see below). And Nairn said he liked my costume, so, yeah, pretty sure we’re best friends. Don’t worry, I won’t make him haul me around in a basket when we go out for brunch.

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Well, that’s all from me! Another successful con. I know I said that I was considering attending Son of Monsterpalooza, but I ultimately decided to pass. I’ve had a run of bad luck (my laptop quit on me, car needed some repairs, etc.) and it’s left me drained both of energy and moo-lah. It’s important that I just recharge and avoid buying up a bunch of spooky goodies. So, the next thing on the agenda is LACC which is in late October. See you there! 😀

xoxo,
Gorey

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Recap: ScareLA 2018

Hi Boils and Ghouls!

I attended ScareLA last weekend, as you may know, but I’ve been dealing with a cold this past week, so I’m just now getting to the recap. Here goes!

Entrance to ScareLA

The entrance was very cute. There was the big, blow-up monster archway pictured above, and then on the other side, there was fog drifting in, pumpkins, and a big ScareLA sign pictured below.

I didn’t want to go in costume to this con since I was bringing my mom with me and she didn’t really want to dress up. So I just went with some fun make-up and horror/Tim Burton-inspired clothing.

I have never been to a convention before that was in the dark, and got really excited walking in and seeing that all the lights were out and there were flashing lights and screams coming from the main hall. The only problem was that you couldn’t get very good photos in the dark, so they’re all a bit grainy.

A zombie maze at the entrance. I didn’t go in myself — I’m not one for these kinds of jump-scare things — but people were definitely having fun!

The layout of the convention was my biggest issue with it. There were some live performances going on by this group of creepy clowns called the Decayed Brigade. I’ve seen them at past conventions as well. They slide around, do stunts, and scare people basically. The area they were performing in, as well as the ghost train space, was just a little chaotic and cramped, and since it was in the dark, it was a little disorienting to navigate around. Other than that though — very cool!

Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers?!

The convention offered lots of hands-on, immersive experiences. I was very impressed by the range of activities. There were crafting sessions, VR areas, little vignettes for photo ops, psychic readings, movie screenings, makeup demos, and more. I caught a couple of panels, one of which was “Evil Genius + True Crime.” They discussed (among other things) the recent capture of the Golden State Killer, which I’ve mentioned before here that I’m very interested in.

Also, sometimes smaller conventions lack decent food and beverages, but that wasn’t the case here. In the upper foyer of the Los Angeles Convention Center there is a cafeteria and coffee stand. ScareLA had live music going on there, so you could eat and listen to different artists. Inside the actual hall, you could get healthy, veggie-type bowls, donut ice cream sandwiches, what looked like various types of asada fries, craft sodas, and cocktails. As you were leaving the con, there were vendors selling dirty dogs and sodas, too.

As for the booths on display, there were lots of clothing and accessory shops and places selling horror-themed toys. My favorite vendors this year were Monster Tease, DRKLGHT CLOTHING, Dirty LolaDemonic Pinfestation, and, as always, Local Boogeyman.

I purchased a Jason Voorhees shirt from Monster Tease. It was hard to choose, as there were great Bride and Creature shirts. I liked the unexpected pop, neon colors. From Dirty Lola, I purchased an enamel pin that was a cat with the Aladdin Sane lighting makeup. I purchased it as a gift for my friend who is a fan of both Bowie and kitty cats. (Shhh, it’s for Christmas!) And I got a “Hail Walt” shirt from DRKLGHT. I love Disney and I love goth/horror stuff, so this was perfect. It is very Rosemary’s Baby. Plus, the company is all about “Positive Mental Attitude” and support, among other things, the LGBTQ community.

The Voorhees shirt says “Killin It Since 1981” by the way.

We had a couple of cool celebrity sightings. Linda Blair, who plays one of the most iconic horror movie characters of all time, Regan from The Exorcist, was there. My mom and I also got a picture with Ve Neil, who, if you aren’t familiar, is an Oscar-winning makeup artist. She’s responsible for Beetlejuice (!!!) so yeah, she’s a big deal. She’s also a judge on Face Off which I have just gotten into recently and my mom really digs.

Ve was sitting (she appeared to have a foot injury of some sort) and my mom is basically a leprechaun, so I had to crouch awkwardly in my heels.

Overall, I had a lovely time. It definitely got my psyched up for Halloween and scratched my horror itch for now.

Closer look at my makeup. The dope Frankie necklace is from my friend. She also gave me a Wednesday Addams one. ❤

Thanks for reading, all! Next weekend is Long Beach Comic Expo, so tune back in for my recap of that. I’m hoping I’ll be cold-free by then, because I’m sick of feeling sick! 😛

xoxo,
Gorey

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Upcoming Cons

Hi all,

Just checking in. A few folks have asked if I plan to attend any cons anytime soon since I’ve been a little MIA, and the answer is yes! I have a little health issue I need to get taken care of which takes precedence, obviously, so that could derail some of my plans. As it stands right now, however, here’s my calendar:

  • August 26th – ScareLA (no costume/cosplay)
  • September 8th – Long Beach Comic Con (will be cosplaying)
  • September 16th – Son of Monsterpalooza (no costume/cosplay)
  • October 27th – LA Comic Con (will be cosplaying)

xoxo,
Gorey

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Five Favorite Things for July

1. Dark Edge Jewelry by Ewelina Pas

I had mentioned in a previous post that I have been getting into raw jewelry lately, but this is a whole new level. Dark Edge Jewelry is very witchy and bold, and I’m really into it. There are some pieces that are more costumey and some that can be worn every day. I like the everyday pieces the most because they’re a little subtler but still make a statement.
This one is probably my favorite:

2. Sleepy Hollow

I had watched the first season of this show when it premiered, and then, to be honest, just kind of forgot about it. I’m glad I got back into it though. It’s pretty darn cute! If you’re into fantasy, a bit of light horror, and history, this could be your next show. It’s kind of like National Treasure meets Grimm in terms of content, and I’d say tonally it’s similar to Once Upon a Time. Definitely worth checking out!

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Found on PopSugar.com

3. Pokemon GO

Okay, don’t judge me! This is another thing I’ve recently gotten back into, and I’m actually really having fun with it. I had hit level 20 the first go around (when people were going insane for the app) and then got rid of it because it was taking up too much room on my phone and I was losing interest. I started back up because I am trying to lose a little weight, and I wanted to go for walks on lunch, and thought this would be a fun way to keep me moving. It’s working! I’ve been spending my lunches catching little summertime pikachus wearing cute little hats and sunglasses! Look at this evolved form:
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How cute is this??

4. My Favorite Murder

I’m officially a murderino! That’s what this podcast’s fans are known as, and I’m proud to say I’m in that group now. My two friends got into this podcast and kept telling me that I absolutely had to listen because of my love of the macabre — and they were totally right. It’s taken over my commute to and from work.

The podcast is basically just two women from California discussing murder (everything from Ted Bundy to mass shootings to cold cases) in a very casual, funny way. They’re both comedians/writers/actors/podcasters, but it really just comes across like two best friends gabbing, which I like. I think it’s a perfect example of that feeling we all have — looking over the edge of a building, rubbernecking at an accident, etc. — morbid curiosity. And, like Karen, I’m interested in the build up to these incidents and the psyche of these killers. I don’t really care to revel in the gory details (they’re very good about not doing that for the most part), but rather, understanding all of the pieces of the larger puzzle.

5. Fancy Shmancy “No Cal” Coffee

Like I said, I’m trying to slim down a bit. One change I’ve made to help with that is to change my coffee habits. My go-to historically has been a skinny vanilla latte (sometimes hot, but mostly iced) which doesn’t have much in the way of calories. Usually it is about 100-200 cals depending on the size of the cup. However, I’m now doing cold brew + stevia + a generous amount of cinnamon. That’s maybeeeee 10 calories, and yet, it’s so yummy! If I’m really looking to treat myself, I’ll put a splash of coconut milk in it. It’s like horchata. Mmmmm. Seriously, you should try it.

On that note, I’m going to start doing a new feature which is a recipe and a TV show/movie recommendation to paired with it. I did this a few times when I first started my blog, and I’m eager to get back to it. So many ideas! 😀

Always more to come, guys. Thank you for reading!

xoxo,
Gorey

 

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Twitter Update

Hi guys,

I have privatized my twitter account for a little bit after a bad experience. I will be back though! No worries. 🙂

xoxo,
Gorey

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Five Favorite Things for June

  1. The Alienist

    found on NME.com

    I really enjoyed this show. I love a good period piece and drama/horror is totally my bag, so this was a match made in heaven. Luke Evans plays this lushy playboy and Daniel Bruhl (who always has a face I want to punch) is this very fastidious, cerebral doctor. The juxtaposition of the two is great and might have been enough, but the show goes one step further with Dakota Fanning. She really makes the team what it is. Also, I still can’t get over the fact that she hasn’t stayed permanently 5 years old. Is that just me?

  2. IT

    I finally finished reading IT which is just a monster of a book in more ways than one. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it, but I thought it deserved a place on the list because it is definitely a powerful piece of writing. I will say that reading the book gave me a great many gripes with the new movie though. It makes me angry that they marginalized Mike even more than he already is! He’s the historian. He pulls them all together. He joins the group and makes it the magic, sacred number 7. He’s crucial to the defeat of It, and you’re going to make him this nothing character and give Ben the historian role? Not cool. Also, having Beverly be this damsel in distress when she’s 1) the crack shot and 2) the reason they escape It the first time around is just lame. I did like the movie — very Stand By Me — but when compared to the books it is a hard pill to swallow.

  3. SNES Classic

    found on GameSpot.com

    I just got this and I’m having a blast playing the games I did as a kid. Donkey Kong and Super Mario, in particular, give me the feels. I want to start playing the games that I never got to as a kid, but I’ve been caught up in the nostalgia of the others. Anyway, it has been fun and well worth the purchase.

  4. Gillian Flynn

    I started reading Sharp Objects recently. I loved (to hate) Gone Girl, and I think I may love this book even more. I think Flynn is very talented and just gets right to the meat of people — their thoughts, their feelings, their secrets. She explores all the ways our different relationships (be it with spouses or parents) twist us into knots. Can’t wait to watch the show! I love Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. That is a dream cast. And I can’t wait for more Flynn books.

  5. DONUT FRIEND

    found on donutfriend.com

    If you’re in the LA area, you should check this place out. They’re a vegan donut shop, but I’m telling you, even if you’re not vegan, this place is rad. I feel like because there used to be so few options out there, people started to feel like the word “vegan” was this uppity hipster bullshit word synonymous with “garbage.” It soooooo doesn’t have to be. Try this place and you’ll understand. The MC5 Spice is my fave out of the few I’ve tried. Can’t wait to eat more when I have a cheat meal some time in the future (for now I’m on a bit of a diet :/).

As always, thanks for reading guys!

xoxo,
Gorey

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Five Favorite Things for May

  1. Atlanta

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    from Variety.com

    I am a big Donald Glover fan. I think he is an amazing person — such a mega-talent. So I’m ashamed to say that I was late getting aboard the Atlanta train. At first it was because I didn’t have a streaming service it was on, and then I just got overwhelmed by all the other shows I had been catching up on. I am thoroughly on board now though and loving it!

    I certainly have no idea what it is like to be a PoC, but I do know what it is like to be poor, and so much of it feels so true to that life. Highly recommend!

  2. Words With Friends

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    I just got back in to this since getting my iPad. They say crossword puzzles and word games are good for your brain because they help fight neurodegeneration. I would play them even if that wasn’t the case though!

    The only thing I’ll say that I don’t like about the game is that cheating seems to be pretty popular among online players. I’ve matched with folks that bust out words that I reallllllllly doubt are things they just know. Azotes? Really? If you cheat at a game like that…who even are you?

  3. Christina Tossi’s Crack Pie

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    I own both David Chang’s Momofuku and Christina Tossi’s Milk recipe books. You may know them from PBS’s The Mind of a Chef, Netflix’s Ugly Food, or maybe you’ve had their amazing food in person. (If it’s the last one, I’m envious!) Well, I tried one of Tossi’s recipes for a special occasion, and it was a HUGE hit. Lived up to the name! Addicting as hell.

    As for what it actually is? It’s kind of like pecan pie without the pecans — but shhhh, don’t tell Tossi that. Apparently she hates when people say that. 😛 In any case, it is a giant glob of sugary buttery goodness.

  4. Long-Term Fitness Goals

    I’ve found that I’ve hit some plateaus lately, sometimes even struggling to keep my weight in check. I’ve probably gained 10 pounds over six months if I had to guess. I don’t weigh myself much anymore — I go by how I feel. So who knows really!

    A way to help with all that though, is goals. Not ones tied to your weight or calories or anything that might make you feel frustrated or obsessive. Rather, fitness-based goals. I think short-term fitness goals are great and can help keep the grind exciting, but long-term is where it’s at. Train for something months out. Try a new sport with a goal of playing a game or competing.

    I signed up for a 5k myself about a month back. That’s not very far to a lot of people, but I have a not-so-great knee and I hate cardio, so it’s a good “fun” goal for me. I’ve improved my endurance in a very short amount of time, and feel really good about that. Woohoo!

  5. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

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    I love Patton Oswalt, and like everyone else, my heart broke when his wife passed away so suddenly. It seemed so unfair for a person who brings people joy for a living to lose his own. I wasn’t familiar with Michelle McNamara’s work, but felt I owed it to Oswalt to read her book when it came out. I was blown away.

    The book is so thoroughly researched, it’s mind boggling. She finds a way to be warm, personal, and respectful of the trauma these victims went through, and yet, she doesn’t skirt around the facts. She lays them out for you. The book is made even better now that they’ve caught the piece of garbage responsible for so many sleepless nights. It’s a must read.

    Thank you for reading this list, pals. I haven’t been on top of this blog for a while. I’ve been busy with my 9-to-5, as well as freelance writing and doodling. So thanks for hanging in. 🙂

 

xoxo,
Gorey

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Recap: Long Beach Comic Expo 2018

Hi all,

I had a great time at Long Beach Comic Expo this past weekend!

First stop was a stop at The Mighty Luchador booth. I tell ya, it really pays to be positioned near the door, because people pass by you when they arrive and right before they go — double the shot at a sale. I was that sale! I bought a shirt for my friend’s upcoming birthday and the lovely creator of the comic, So Electric (clearly his Christian name, right?), threw in a free signed comic and button! Check them out here.

A little ways away, I snagged a beautiful Bride of Frankenstein pin from the Psycho Swami booth. I have a Frankenstein from Yesterdays, and I think they’re going to look super cute next to each other on my leather jacket lapel. I like the juxtaposition of something creepy or bad ass with fun colors. I guess that’s why pastel goth appeals to me.

 

Moving on, I stopped by the Karate Pet Shop booth. They may sound familiar because I saw them at the last con I hit and we spoke for a bit. They have some really cute books, including one about a kid who has to make the naughty list in order to save Christmas. This time, I noticed a new book: a Rikki Tikki Tavi graphic novel with the original Rudyard Kipling story in the back! Yeeeeee! My nickname growing up was Rikki (my dad still calls me that when he phones), and it was just too perfect. I bought one and the author, Norm Harper, signed it for me. 🙂

 

As expected, I saw some wonderful cosplay as I walked the floor and the outer courtyard. Here are some of my favorites:

 

Finally, got to see some famous faces. Joe Keery (Steve from Stranger Things), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy from Twin Peaks), and Sherilyn Fenn (perhaps best known as Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks) were among them.

To move in order…

Yes, Joe is as cute as a bug’s ear — all that gravity-defying hair included. He seemed very nice to all his fans, though I didn’t personally talk to him. He seemed quite busy as you’d imagine, and I thought I’d leave him to his hoard of adoring fans.

Kimmy was so quirky and cute. Again, I didn’t speak to her personally because she was about to go somewhere, but I definitely made note of her colorful hair and outfit. It totally matched the way I had pictured her to be in real life. Maybe it’s her voice? She just seemed very pixie-like. She had some rad blue-teal hair going on and a rainbow sequin backpack — the mermaid scale kind that changes as you pet it.

Finally, Sherilyn was very sweet. I actually got a chance to speak with her for a while. She said my hair was a beautiful color and pointed out that it was the same as Kimmy’s. (I wish she had said “Isn’t it too dreamy?” but I’ll take what I can get ;)) On a sadder note, she mentioned that her dad had passed away just a few days prior, but that the con was helping her stay busy. I gave my condolences and agreed that it is sometimes best to keep your mind active during those times, or you might just end up sitting at home, living in the sadness. She said she knew her dad would be happy that she was out, especially spending time with fans. My heart just went out to her. Even if it is expected (I have no idea if it was or not), it doesn’t make it any easier.

Before I end the recap, here are a few artists I think you should all check out. They caught my eye at the con for one reason or another, and I wanted to show them some love.

Jenna Gray
Maiden Voyage
Ellie Abate
Hailey Rose Kosinski

That’s it! So happy to have attended and look forward to next year’s LBCE. 🙂

xoxo
Gorey

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