Art - community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry / prose. Art prints.
Need arty gifts for the holidays? Check out my dev art site :)
I had a dream last night that I was standing on the parapet of a castle that was sinking into a small lake. I encountered multiple versions of the Doctor, some hurt, most confused. Eleven was very excited. He kept saying “I called them in Gallifreyan!” When everyone was more or less paying attention, someone asked “How did this happen?” Eleven answered:
"It is not the how of the universe, but the why…" He used the sonic screwdriver to draw points of light in the air that formed a circle (almost like writing in Gallifreyan). He called it Arctus Centuri (or more likely Arcturus Centauri, the brightest star in the northern hemisphere). I woke up before he could explain more.
Now I am concerned that I went on a trip with the Doctor and the mind wipe isn’t holding…
(btw I have only watched through the first season with Eleven so don’t throw spoilers my way in reaction to this post, please)
My husband and I are avid boardgame geeks so when a new Boardgame cafe opened on Thompson Street near NYU we were intrigued. The cafe was a part of a successful kickstarter campaign and provides all day game rentals for 5$. Their selection is pretty good. I’ve tried a lot of games through the NerdNYC Boardgame night, but there were a pile of games on the wall I had never played before.
Above you can see Us trying out Lords of Waterdeep (which was a blast by the way). This is a great way to try out games that you are unsure about purchasing for your own. If you do decide to buy it, the Uncommons also sells games! The drinks are reasonably priced and pretty tasty. The Uncommons is a one stop shop for caffeine, gaming, and meeting new people.
The only downside to the cafe is that it is so small. They run events there, but you can’t pack in the crowds. The atmosphere makes it intimate and very congenial. When i needed directions somewhere I just asked the entire cafe at once. Several people pulled out smartphones to help me out. I find board game people are some of the sweetest, most friendly people.
I give this one 5 awesome points out of 5
New York Comic-Con Part 3
As usual there were some awesome costumes this year.
New York Comic-Con Part 2
Line talk out of the way, I was lucky enough to attend the first screening of Zero Charisma directed by Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews and stars Sam Eidson. The film is an IndieGoGo success story. They had set out to raise $15,000, but raised over $25,000 in 30 days! Good job guys. The film itself is a sweet, funny, and get a tinsey bit misty eyed story about Dungeon Master Scott and his trials and tribulations during a transitional time in his life.
Scott is a bit abrasive, lording over his players during gaming sessions as well as in real life. His constant companion Wayne, played by Brock England, starts as a loyal lap dog, doing everything Scott says until the fateful moment Scott’s soon to be enemy joins the gaming crew. Miles, played by Garrett Graham, is a charismatic hipster with everything Scott desires in himself: A great job, beautiful and nerdy girlfriend, and the ability to command the room without trying. As Scott deals with Miles we see the other side of Scott; the little boy who just wants everyone to like him.
Sam Edison does an excellent job of making the audience feel for Scott if not like him. We all groan a long as we watch him fail, but we get excited at his successes. I think the film was well written and directed and if you get the chance go see it!
Here’s the trailer!
New York Comic-Con Part 1
This years con was full of awesome. My first impressions were “Hey, wow, they finally figured out a way to make the lines to get in flow better!” I had a professional pass, but I was attending with a friend that didn’t. As i went in the blue entrance which had no line, I figured that my pal would be outside for about an hour, online to get in. Within 10 minutes she was by my side! I think the new system really has improved. :)
The autographing was kind of controversial this year. Many of the big names were charging ridiculous prices for a simple signature. To get to meet Sylvester Stallone you paid $450 for a photo op and $395 for an autograph. Others were only $40-80, but sill that is a lot of money. A strict no photos of celebs you didn’t pay for was enforced as well. If you were online for John Barrowman they warned you not to even think about taking a picture of David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson. Do you think it is ok for celebs to charge these kind of prices to do an appearance? I mean they are working the convention and deserve to be paid. On the other hand, plunking down a $1,000 to meet a few people and have them autograph a head-shot (that you also have to purchase) seems pretty maddening (Especially when you have to wait 3 hours in line and miss a lot of the convention).
I was unable to make it to any panels this year. I know in previous years there was a lot of anger thrown at the policy of not clearing the rooms after a panel finished. I believe they continued this policy this year. I would love to hear from you guys how it went if you attended. Did you benefit from the policy? Did it mean you missed a panel you really wanted to see? Did you have to spend all day in line to see the Walking Dead panel like everyone else?
Despite the shortcomings Comic-con continues to be my favorite event of the year. I love seeing the cosplays, meeting new friends, watching the artists, and all the other exciting stuff. Let me know: How did you like the con?
The Poison Ivy Costume is done. Here are a few shots I took of the completed piece. Still trying to think if there is anything to add. (not that i HAVE MUCH TIME TO MAKE PROPS. :p