Weekly Badass Princesses Links

It’s time for weekly links again, and as ever, I’ve been collating some good ones for you (and some stupid ones, naturally!) – here they are, so enjoy!

Find the Invisible Cow. Seriously. Make sure you have your sound on for this one.

If you’re into cool stories about Princesses (like me) then this will be up your street – Rejected Princesses, which are stories from around the world about lesser known stories in fairy tales, history and myths with princesses who were, basically, badasses.

300 hours of work, millions of handmade dots and lines with Rotring Inkpens – I don’t think I’d have the patience, but what a beautiful piece is created at the end of it.

Ever wanted to see the worst of Youtube videos? (You probably don’t) – wonder no more with boootube.com Enjoy and cringe away.

Did you ever play the Oregan Trail in your childhood? (I sure as heck did, I’m surprised how many others there are out there as well!) Well, here’s a zombie version of the game to re-live your childhood memories.

Designer Seb Lester re-created famous brands and logos with a pen hand. I love stuff like this, it’s beautifully done and oddly satisfying to see a pen used so well.

A (very cool) father and daughter recreated Jurassic Park with $100,000 worth of Lego – you can watch the video here.

Feeling stressed? Have a rainy window. Makes everything better.

Ever wanted a designer handbag made of pancakes, or sandwiches, or bagels? Well now you can have some, courtesy of Chloe Wise and her foodie fashion bags. The only thing I’d be worried about is hungry passerbys and birds trying to eat your bag and make your lipsticks fall out.

Rocko, you look so…wild. If 90s cartoons were translated into real life, here’s how they would look. Very confusing.

London Film and Comic Con 2014

My sister and I were able to visit the London Film and Comic Con this weekend, over Friday, Saturday and Sunday (we just went to the Saturday event, though), which was a really fun experience, especially as this is the second comic-con showe we’ve been to after the MCM London Comic Con last year. The event was held at Earl’s Court and showcased a number of things – I love that Comic Con has now become much more than just comic books and superheroes. This one covered film and TV series, comic books, computer games and also fiction books. There were a number of TV and film celebrities available for photos and signings, and also comic book artists and book authors who were in attendance, ready to sign their work.

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My sister had the foresight to buy ‘Earlybird tickets’ – which still meant queuing up but it meant that buy paying a little extra, we could get into the venue at 9.00am, which we managed to do. While queuing we saw a huge variety of costumes, merchandise and cute little children dressed up as Supergirl/Superman/Spiderman/that little girl from Dispicable Me which were a fun prelude (and a sign of who the real fanboys were).
When we finally got inside, the place was already busy and there was lots of things to see and visit. The venue was divided into different ‘zones’ for varying interests as well: the Book Zone, the Comic Zone, the Anime Zone, the Video Game zone, the Cosplay zone and Artists Alley, alongside the talks, celebrity photoshoots and signings which were going on, not to mention various raffles, stalls and competitions.

As always, this year’s Film and Comic Con was full of costumes which had been really well thought out, I loved some of the originality of costumes, not to mention the attention to details which made some of these look really good (a lot of them stayed in character too, Chewbacca spent the whole time growling and making squealing noises everytime we went past him).

The celebrities were a big appeal for us. We managed to see most of them with the exception of Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia in Star Wars) who we missed, and comic book legend Stan Lee, who was in a separate area and which we would have had to buy extra tickets for (which were expensive but still very popular!) Below are just some of the celebrities we saw, there were a lot more which I haven’t included! We recognised pretty much most of them, partly because I watch too much TV and also because some of these people were pretty cool. The celebrities all seemed really nice and down-to-earth, which was great to see.

There were also a lot of talks going on during the day with various actors and writers, my sister and I are big Sherlock fans (the British version) and there was meant to be a talk called ‘Sherlocked’ with the writers and producers of the show, which we wanted to attend. However after we took one look at the huge queue and the fact that it would be at least an hour and half wait, we decided not to go (and just stream the talk online at home!) – it was just too hot and would have made the long day longer, if we hadn’t been fasting it would have been worth the wait.

I loved the fact that there was a separate section for YALC – Young Adult Literature Con, which was apparently the first one in the UK. I’m a big book-reader and aspiring author, and it’s always great to see support out there for people who want to write. There were also a lot of names I recognised, many from books I read as a teenager whom I was a big fan of like Malorie Blackman, Darren Shan and Patrick Ness, who are pretty well-known.

And of course there were hundreds of stalls, booths and tables to buy all sorts of things, comic books, costumes, gadgets, computer games, toys and souveniers. We kept an eye out for anything we wanted to buy, but some of the things were a little pricey (I wanted a comic-book print dress but wasn’t really prepared to spend £65 on it), but it was still good to see the buzz of people selling all sorts of things.

My sister and I spent a lot of time looking at various comics, gadgets and quriky stuff, and we ended up at the table of an emerging artist, Hameed Catel, creator of kirucomics which we had a good discussion with as he told us the premise of his two comic book series (and also sold us one, which he also signed!) I really like the idea of both of his comic series, one about a young thief who is suddenly given powers, and who doesn’t behave as heroic as he should, which sounded pretty funny – the Champion of Dema graphic novel is the one we bought. He also told us about his other comic series which was waiting to be published, about a detective called Hani. We both really liked the idea of this one because it seemed more Middle-Eastern based, and also very Muslim-friendly, goodness knows there aren’t enough Muslim superheroes out there, although it’s a growing niche! The series is still waiting to be published very soon, I’ll post about it as soon as I hear more!

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We also stopped to play a few vintage arcade games, as well as look at the latest games being released (I beat my sister at Pacman, naturally). It was good to see people of all ages at this place, there were an area of old-style arcade games grouped together which gave an arcade-feel, as well as lots of computer and television monitors around with the more modern games.

 

Throughout the venue were plenty of displays, from books, TV series and films, and all pretty spectacular. I love the Sherlock set (I have no idea if its the original one, but I wouldn’t be surprised), and the Batmobile (something my nephews would love).

Because we were fasting, we didn’t want to spend all day at the Comic Con and left in the afternoon after we had spent time looking at everything and stopping again to peeki again at several celebrities. It was also a really warm day, and as we walked out of the building back to the Underground Tube station, we could see the queues of people waiting to come in were still getting longer and going down past the roads – it really was astounding how popular this London Film and Comic Con is, and how far people travelled to come.

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All in all we had a good day, and it was interesting to meet various fans who interpreted film, TV and comics in their own way. I don’t think I’m as big a fan as some of the people who attended, but it was fun, and who knows, maybe next time I’ll go in costume!

Weekly Penguins in Sweaters Links

I do enjoy doing these. I’ve decided to start watching Hannibal after reading good reviews about it (it’s been on my to-watch list for a while), so while I do, here’s some links.

Apparently it was National Grammar Day last week, here’s a buncha cards you could have sent.

An idead of what it would look like if our Great-Grandmothers would’ve had Facebook and Twitter when they were young.

Penguins in knitted sweaters. Cuties, I tell you.

Good news, there’s finally a Pakistani-American superheroine called Ms Marvel (aka Kamala Khan) – I also liked this blogger’s take on the character.

Please stop falling down Jennifer Lawrence. Sincerely, all of us.

The Drama Button. Play at appropriate moments.

A photographer dresses up her little bebble in various film and tv characters (I like the Game of Thrones one!)

Bored on the train? Do what this artist does and make the journey more fun!

1000 Life Hacks – some of these are actually quite useful!

The pains and joys of having Very British Problems. I suffer from many of these, at least about 10 times in a day.

That’s all for this weekend, I’ve been caught up again going through a spiral of links which lead me to another twelve links, so excuse me while I explore the wonderful world of cats with moustaches or something.

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My Week In Pictures: New Year Sales, Scrumptious Food and Multi-Colours

I know New Year celebrations are well and truly over now, but the sales aren’t, and it hasn’t stopped us buying scrumptious food and looking at pretty things. Here’s a quick snapshop of my week this week, it’s not entirely reflective of the whole week (doesn’t have the boring office and commuting pictures, but hey, who needs to see that?) but here’s a few of the things I’ve been looking at (and eating), makes a nice colourful grid, doesn’t it?

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MCM London Comic Con 2013

I mentioned before that I visited the MCM London Comic Con, which is a big comic convention that takes place in London twice a year. While it’s not as huge as the San Diego Comic Con, it’s still pretty popular, and draws a huge crowd with interests in drawing, comics, gaming and various films.

We spent the day looking at comics and merchandise for sale, meeting comic book artists and seeing hundreds of fans in costume (known as ‘cosplay’), and generally had an interesting day. I’ve always wanted to go to a Comic Con but have never had the chance, so it was a different experience for me to see various different groups of people get together and have fun.

Here’s a few pictures of the hundreds I took, some of the costumes we saw were just mind-blowing, with some really great detail. I don’t have a single favourite costume because there were far too many, but among my top favourites would be a girl dressed up as Cersei Lannister from the tv series Game of Throne (and looked spot on!), and a girl dressed as Storm from the X-Men, white contacts and all!

Stormtroopers against the horizon at London Comic Con…!

I attended the MCM London Comic Con today, which was great fun, not least because of the amazing, detailed costumes worn by a lot of the fans. I’ll be posting properly about the Comic Con in a couple of days, but in the meantime here is one of my favourite photographs that I took at the Comic Con.

I’m not sure if it’s because of the awkward posing of the Stormtroopers, the fact that the backdrop of the Royal Docks behind make an almost anachronistic setting (it’s not the Death Star, is it!) or even the fact that I wanted to (and almost did!) dress up as Darth Vader (the hijabi version) for the Comic Con that makes this picture memorable for me – but I do think these were one of the many highlights of the day : )

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Weekly Mushroom Books Links

Weekly links time! Here’s a few of the ones I’ve bookmarked this week, I’m off to try my hand at drawing some mushrooms and teacups now.

If brands were more honest, they’d probably look like these – I do like the Nokia one!

Something which made me think about why we read books – is it escapism, inspiration or even compulsion? Not to mention the fact that I have no idea how many books I’ve read in my life so far, but I suspect that the number runs in the thousands, like this guy.

I thought this was an interesting take on fairy tales – one where reality rears its ugly head in a photo-series by Dina Goldstein. I love that Pocahontas is a cat-woman with about 15 cats!

Film parodies…in Lego. The Lego twins in The Shining version is still disturbing, oddly enough.

Anyone tried this? If you pause a YouTube video, click outside the frame and type ‘1980’, you will be forced to fight off missiles!

Why Twilight sucks, yet another article. I can never read enough of these.

A generic birthday party. I guess it’s cheap, universal and doesn’t discriminate against any group?

I do love optical illusions, but it’s hard to find ones I haven’t seen before, or which haven’t been done to death. Ukrainian artist Oleg Shuplyak has created these amazing paintings which make you look twice and wonder what the heck the painting is showing.

A My Little Pony resume. I really have no idea if this guy got a job in the end though.

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Who needs drugs to fly away? Have a book mushroom.

Weekly Scary Muppets Links

It’s been a good while since I’ve done of these, I’ve been bookmarking funny (and random) articles everywhere waiting to do a Weekly Links post, and finally am able to link them. I won’t bombard you with all of them, so here are some of the best ones:

Books – and what a difference one letter can make. The Lion, the Itch and the Wardrobe makes me think of mothballs, for some reason.

Muppets with people eyes
. This is genuinely disturbing for a reason I can’t quite put a finger on – maybe because they look so much more sinister and serial killer-y. Yikes.

Conversations with Cats. Just because.

Some Disney love – Disney movies inside other Disney movies (because we can spend the whole film looking for other characters rather than follow the plot) and er…exploding Disney Princesses. I don’t really know how to explain that one.

This is cute, a blog about brothers and sisters relationships pictures – although less cute is the postal potato (I may try this on one of my sisters though).

Bad lip-reading (and translation) of scenes from The Walking Dead. There’s a whole channel devoted to this, believe it or not!

Silly Youtube comments. We all look out for (and contribute to) these!

Cliches and well-worn sayings, I do like this, plus there’s the following two posts underneath.

Lastly, why we like WordPress.com (if you’re actually on WordPress then you’ll relate even more!)

That’s all for this week, I hope you’re enjoying the weekend and planning lots of things for the summer (I know we are!), until then, here’s some Lego.