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While I was at MCM this year, I picked up some goodies for myself. As the cold weather is starting to seep in (especially here in Britain) I thought it was time to get some warmer clothes. I love zip-up hoodies, so when I passed by a JINX rep’s stall at MCM, I knew I had to buy something. As I’ve recently started playing World of Warcraft playing for the Horde, I just had to pick up the Horde hoodie! They only had the men’s hoodies on sale on the stall, so I took a dive and got it.

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This is the hoodie I got! Because I went on the second day to pick it up, the smallest size I could get was a medium. That’s generally okay for me, as I like hoodies to be kinda baggy and have room for more layering, and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint! However, because it’s a men’s size hoodie, it’s pretty big on me, but that’s how I like it. It fits the Boyfriend-Wonder almost perfectly though!

Thanks to the Boyfriend-Wonder for agreeing to model for me! As you can see, it fits him perfectly.

Thanks to the Boyfriend-Wonder for agreeing to model for me! As you can see, it fits him perfectly. However, the lighting in my house leaves a lot to be desired.

It’s incredibly well-made. It’s very warm, very cozy and very soft. I haven’t washed it yet, so I’m unsure as to shrinkage, but it’s unlikely it’ll make much difference. The hoodie itself has some really, really cool stitched details on it, such as the big Horde insignia on the back, the small insignia on the front, and Horde stitched onto the hood. They’re all really secure, and the red really pops on the black hoodie. However, the logo on the back is a bit harder to see, and really requires the right light. That said, it still looks super cool, and from the back, it’s a great subtle reference.

Horde insignia on the back of the hoodie

Horde insignia on the back of the hoodie

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Small insignia on the front

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Hood detail

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The hoodie also has a really strong metal zipper, with a solid, metal charm. When it’s fully zipped up, it keeps me very warm. The hood is really cool too; it’s bright red (the same red as the small insignia) and has the map of Azaroth printed onto the material. It’s a big hood, and when I got caught in the rain the other day, it completely covered me. Last but not least, it has pockets! Superb pockets. There are three, two standard ones and a smaller, phone sized pocket inside one of the pockets. It also has slightly longer sleeves with thumb holes which keep your hands nice and warm.

While the price for the hoodie is quite high, it’s licensed merchandise, so you pay for that. I paid £50 straight up for it, but I saved out on delivery. I would absolutely buy more World of Warcraft JINX clothing, because they do a really big range for both men and women, at a fairly reasonable price. If the quality on all items is like it is on this hoodie, I will definitely be buying again!

Holy alliteration Batman! Thanks to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie I’ve got another great themed blog for you this week as part of Five Fandom Friday!

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It’s sad, but I’m addicted to my phone. I don’t even get that many texts or phone calls, but I’m always checking some social media or another, or playing games. I’m really bad for it! Without further ado, here are five of my most favourite apps…

1.) Instagram

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When I got my new phone as part of my contract the other year, Instagram was one of the pre-loaded apps on it. I made an account, followed a few people, but I initially didn’t think much of it. A few months passed by, and one of my friends convinced me to start using it, and now I can’t stop! I upload pictures almost every day, and I’m always scrolling through my newsfeed and leaving comments on friend’s photos and liking cute animal pictures. My housemate Daryl and Boyfriend Wonder Iain don’t understand my obsession with Instagram, but I love being able to share my nerdy loves and goofy selfies with my followers! You can find a short photo stream on the sidebar here on my blog, or you can see my pictures under the username ariellalphabet.

 

2.) Task Hammer

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I’ve talked about Task Hammer before (in this post) but I really can’t emphasise how good it is. It’s a combination to-do list/RPG, and awards you EXP on your character for every task you complete. Sure you can cheat it, but I never have! I’m pretty scatter-brained at the best of times, and so Task Hammer helps me collect my thoughts and prioritise on things that need to be done, whether it’s arrange to meet up with a friend or to do laundry. Such a fantastic app! To make things better, it’s free on Android as well!

3.) Twitter

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I’m quite the avid Twitter-er. I will tweet at about all types of random stuff (things that have happened, weird dreams, thoughts on comics/films/TV shows/games etc) and having it on my phone only helps me to tweet about more random stuff on the go! I like being able to connect with my friends and followers on a regular basis, and as quite a lot of my IRL friends use Twitter as well, it’s super easy to share things I like with them…. Or just endlessly quote Mean Girls, like my best friend Lawrence and I did last week. So fetch!

4.) Piano Tiles

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As I’m big on my video games, I absolutely had to have a game in my list! Piano Tiles is a super fun rhythm game where- you guessed it! You have to press the right keys on a scrolling piano to play the song. There are a ton of different modes and game types (including backwards and upside down, which are confusing!) and it’s endlessly addictive. Both my Daryl and Iain have this app too, and we’re always having little competitions to see who can get the highest score. I’m currently winning on classic arcade mode!

Joint 5) SHUgo and BBC Weather

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Having to pick only five was quite a struggle! My first four picks were easy, but I couldn’t decide between my last two. SHUgo is my the app developed by my university and mostly contains quick links to important university things. It’s absolutely perfect if I’m on the go and not near a computer if I need to check when my classes are, or reserve books in my library. As for BBC Weather, I am notorious for either under-dressing or over-dressing for the weather, or not taking an umbrella out when it rains. My Grandma has been telling me for almost a year to get a weather app like this, and after one too many mishaps involving the rain, I finally caved and downloaded this one. It’s localised to my city, tells the temperature and is seven-days, so it’s great for what I need.

 

Welcome to my latest post in my Confessions of a World of Warcraft Noob series! I’ve made up for not playing much last week and there have been two big things happen recently…

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First of all, I managed to hit level 87 this week, gaining five levels since my last post, and completed all the quests in Mount Hyjal. Every single one. It feels like it took a long, long time, but the hours just melted away every time I logged in and did more questing. I’ve been able to get hugely better gear for myself while I was there, as well as understanding how to play a bit better. A lot of the games I play mostly just require button mashing in order to survive (Tekken, Soul Calibur and Diablo 3 to an extent) but there’s a lot more thought that goes into World of Warcraft, especially as a damage warrior. I’ve been looking at my spell books, cast times and effectiveness a lot more this past week, and it’s paid off. I’ve noticed enemies dying a lot quicker and I’ve been surviving longer, relying less on potions.

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Level 82 stats, just finishing Mt. Hyjal

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Questing

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One of the big bosses I fought, and the first I fought on my own.

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This quest made me giggle so much. Mylune was so adorable!

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Once I handed the last quest in Mount Hyjal in and went back to Orgrimmar, I was then directed through The Maelstrom, and into content from the Cataclysm expansion. Again, I was hugely impressed with the look of the areas and totally shocked when I was flown by the Maelstrom itself. However, upon reaching the Jagged Earth and picking up a few quests, I realised that I wasn’t getting that much EXP from the monsters or quests there. At this point, I was level 84 and was surviving everything easily, taking out monsters easily, so Boyfriend Wonder Iain recommended I go to Grommash Hold and go to Pandaria, aboard Hellscream’s Fist.

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This was an amazing moment

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Everything was so pretty here.

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When I got there, I was met with a very unpleasant surprise; because I wasn’t level 90, I couldn’t fly on my mount! My main method of exploring is by jumping on my mount, flying around and admiring the scenery. I received a very hard landing when I eventually reached Pandaria! After facing off against the Alliance, I realised that all of the enemies and monsters in Pandaria were a lot harder than anything else I’d fought before. I’m also getting more into the story of this expansion, so I’m really enjoying the character interactions between the Horde generals (and beginning to realise how much of an angry dick Garrosh is, not just in the raids!) and with meeting the new race of Pandarens. The division between Alliance and Horde is becoming a lot more obvious, and I’m pretty damn happy to be a member of the Horde! Darn Alliance folk, causing trouble. Anyway, all annoyance and side-eye directed at the Alliance aside, I’m absolutely loving the new area. Enemies are hard to fight, drop good stuff (when it isn’t intellect/stamina all the damn time) and I’ve picked up tonnes of experience from simple things like finding Pandaren treasures.

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Aboard Hellscream’s Fist. I couldn’t help myself from sitting here!

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Wém at level 85, shortly after I started in Pandaria.

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This was a fun quest to do.

Something I’ve noticed in my current area (the Jade Forest) is that the missions are a lot different. It’s not just kill x enemies and pick up x item, or kill x. While there is still some degree of that, some of the other missions have been more. I completed three recently where I had to relive a group of Horde and Hozen officers’ scouting mission, and it was great fun! As well as that, there’s been picking up and listening to Lore from the Pandarens, as well as investigating the area itself.

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Exploring. That update message came at the worst time.

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If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that on Wednesday night, I was doing dungeons. On my own. And was terrified. Normally when I go through dungeons, I have Iain, Daryl and occasionally Joe helping me, so I never get stuck, rarely die and get told where to go and who to kill. On Wednesday night, Iain had gone to bed early, Daryl was playing Destiny on his Xbox, and Joe was watching streams so I was completely on my own. The reason I ended up doing dungeons is because the world sever for Pandaria was down. I was just running along, doing quests when all of a sudden, I was back on the character select screen. I’m used to getting randomly thrown back to the character select screen, so didn’t think anything of it… Until I ended up in Orgrimmar and read Trade Chat. Normally, Trade Chat is a hub of weirdness, guilds recruiting, and the odd trade, but it was from there I learned the server was down and no one could get in. I was stuck; what could I do? I wanted to carry on playing, building levels and getting gear, but nowhere was high enough level for me. I flew around Kalimdor for a while and then it hit me, like an Alliance sharpshooter: Dungeons. They gave damn good EXP (hence why I got to level 82 so quick!) dropped some ace gear (although Iain gave me a full Ghost-Forged set, it’s always good to try for new stuff!) and were generally quite fun. I flew back to Orgrimmar, said, “fuck it!” and joined the queue.

*done. Autocorrect on my phone rears its ugly head again.

*done. Autocorrect on my phone rears its ugly head again.

About ten minutes and two-and-a-half Lana Del Rey music videos later, I got the notification that a random Pandaria dungeon had been found for me, so I jumped into the Shado-Pan Monastery and hoped for the best.

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Everything was really, really tough and I had no idea what I was doing. At all. In the slightest. I hadn’t done any of the Pandaria dungeons with the guys so I didn’t even know the basics, and I just stuck to following my other team members around. I only died twice (one time is because I was way, way too slow getting out of the way of the big bosses spin attack) but once I knew what I was doing, I was able to get the hang of it, and was able to more or less keep up with my dungeon team. I levelled up to 86 while I did this dungeon, and got some good gear too… Even if the vast majority of drops were intellect/stamina.

After I dropped back to Orgrimmar, sold my bits and pieces that I needed rid of, I queued up the dungeon finder again, put some more Lana Del Rey videos on, and began waiting. This time, I wasn’t waiting very long, and joined a dungeon in the Stormstout Brewery. The team that did this dungeon were a lot more chatty and friendly than the last one. Yeah, we might have wiped on the final boss ‘cuz we didn’t realise to kill the adds straightaway, but it didn’t feel like a total failure. We regrouped, killed Yang Zhu the Uncasked in pretty quick time, got our loot and EXP, said goodbyes and left. It was a really fun dungeon, partially because it was extremely linear (there was no wondering where I was going, or wondering where the rest of the team was) the team was pretty good, and it was quite funny. When are drunk pandas ever not funny?

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Now that the Pandaria world server is working again, I’ll be jumping back online  tonight. As always, I’m on the Chamber of Aspects server, and you can send me a message if you’d like my BattleNet ID.

Lok’Tar Ogar! Until next week!

 

 

At the start of October, I entered a giveaway hosted by the lovely ladies over at Geek Chic Style Guide to win some awesome Sailor Moon related jewellery, and to my surprise, I won second prize! I was allowed to pick one Sailor Scout-related/themed jewellery set and I went with the Sailor Moon one. I was super tempted by the Sailor Mercury one too! I was really surprised that I won, given that my luck with competitions and giveaways is usually absolutely terrible. After I supplied the girls with my shipping info, the waiting began. Sad to say, but I’m quite impatient when I’m waiting for things to come in the post, especially awesome things like the jewellery set! I was like Bart in the episode of The Simpsons where he keeps asking the postlady, “Where’s my spy camera?”! It finally arrived on Thursday and I was over the moon.

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The necklace is the cosmic heart compact that Usagi got to help her transform into Sailor Moon, and the ring is just a simple gold coloured ring with Sailor Moon’s insignia on it.

I am so, so in love with this jewellery set. As I write this blog, I’m wearing the necklace now, and I’ve barely taken it off. I even wore it to my interview today to get a bit of extra luck from the Moon! It’s on a thick, gold chain with a strong clasp. The cosmic heart compact itself is quite weighty, and I can definitely tell when it’s on! It looks really great and is really shiny. It has three different coloured gems on it, and it’s really pretty.

I wore it yesterday for my #theputtogetherproject selfie. It complemented my outfit perfectly!

I wore it yesterday for my #theputtogetherproject selfie. It complemented my outfit perfectly!

 

The ring is really nice as well. It fits my ring finger on my right hand perfectly, although it does look a bit like a wedding band! My only niggle with it is Sailor Moon’s insignia is really pale on the ring and it’s quite hard to see. Other than that, it’s practically perfect!

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You can only about see the Sailor Moon insignia on the ring, but that might be due to my camera being crappy!

It came in a really nice box. It’s quite long, with the usual bright red padding inside, but the lid is so cute and I just can’t stop looking at it!

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My thanks again to the girls at Geek Chic Style Guide, I’m totally in love with this and will hopefully be taking some better pictures soon!

You can find them in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geekchicstyleguide?fref=ts

Instagram: geekchicstyleguide

Twitter: @TeamGeekChic

LookBook: GeekChicStyleGuide 

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It’s no big secret that I’m a bit of a homebody. Most weekends you’ll find me bundled up at home in my PJs either playing video games, watching TV shows or marathoning films. If I’m not doing that, I’m visiting family or staying at my best friend Gina’s, where we basically do that anyway. One of the most important things about being a homebody is having the right snacks and the right comfort food. Many times the Boyfriend Wonder and I have planned a weekend around playing games or marathoning TV shows (our current obsession is Bones!) and then made a trip to our local supermarket to stock up on yummy foods and snacks, with the occasional call to our favourite takeaway.

Without further ado, here are some of my favourite snack foods!

1.) Chocolate M&Ms

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I love chocolate M & Ms. If I’ve had a rough day, or I just want to treat myself, I’ll buy a share pack, throw them in the fridge for a few hours, then eat them when they’re sufficiently chilled. I’ve loved M&Ms for years, and still mourn the loss of the crispy centred ones. They were so good! One of the best things about M&Ms is that they’re available everywhere, and I never have to go far out of my way to pick some up.

2.) Cookies

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Hey, there’s a reason my blog is called Comics and Cookies! It probably comes as no big surprise that I love cookies. In my university cafeteria, they bake fresh ones every day in a variety of flavours (including double chocolate chip and white chocolate and raspberry) and if you go in at the right time, they’re fresh out the oven and the chocolate is all melty. So yummy!

3.) Chicken Zinger Wraps

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This isn’t quite what mine looks like, but it’s the closest I could get!

I know it doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but one of my favourite takeaways in town does THE BEST chicken wraps in existence. Chicken cooked in a slightly spicy sauce, mayonnaise, lettuce and wrapped in a still warm tortilla wrap with a side of order of fries and 7Up. Delicious! It’s my go-to order every time we get takeout.

4.) Pizza

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Pizza is the best thing in the world. You can put anything on it, and it doesn’t detract away from its taste and the warm feeling you get when you eat it. My personal favourite is margherita (which I’m told by many people is ‘boring’) but you can’t go wrong with a classic!

5.) Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are magical, wonderful items. Sweet, filling, and totally cute! When I used to go college, there was a really great cupcake stall on my way to the bus station that made amazing flavoured ones. Usually by the time I’d finished class at the end of the day, they were cutting prices ready to close, so I’d get yummy cakey goodness at half price! Some of my favourites from that sadly now closed store included Vimto and Daim. I’m still yet to find a good local cupcake place!

So what are your favourite snacks and comfort foods? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Here in England, Halloween isn’t a massive deal. Unless you’re a kid under ten who can go trick or treating or you’re old enough to go out to nightclubs for all the themed drinks and costume contests, Halloween tends to just roll past, interrupted by the odd trick or treater. I’ve been trick or treating twice in my life, and I didn’t really enjoy it that much either time. However, now I’m an *cough cough* adult, I can buy my own treats! So, Without further ado, here are five of my favourite Halloween treats:

1.) Spooky Gingerbread

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I LOVE gingerbread sooo much. I could honestly just eat it all the time. Most supermarkets in Britain sell gingerbread men/shapes year round, usually seasonally themed, but it’s the Halloween-themed ones I love the best. Spoopy ghosts? Tesco have got you covered. Bone-rattling skellingtons? Sainsbury’s sell ‘em! However, this year I wasn’t able to buy up gingerbread goodness, but thankfully my friend Amy (who is an epic baker!) made some gingerbread headstones and ghosts and shared them out at university. It was so good!

2.) Krispy Kreme Halloween donuts

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This year, for the first time ever, I had Krispy Kreme donuts. I’m lucky enough to live near a big shopping centre which has a Krispy Kreme stand, and when I visited recently, I was able to pick up a Halloween themed one. It was a ‘Trick or Treat’ flavour, and you’d get either chocolate truffle in the centre or lime. I got the lime and it was so delicious! When Halloween rolls around next year I plan on stocking up on those bad boys!

3.) Chocolate and/or toffee apples

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These have been a childhood favourite of mine. I really love apples (I’ll be a Shinigami before I know it!) and the combination of sweet, sticky toffee or yummy chocolate is absolutely perfect. I would buy and eat these all the time if I could! Maybe next year I’ll finally make the jump and make my own…

4.) Haribo Tangfastics

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I know, I know. Tangfastics are available all year round, but they’re so yummy I just had to include them on my list! They’re simultaneously sweet and sour, and I could just eat them for days and not realise it! Haribo make the best sweets, and Tangfastics are the best of the best.

Smarties

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I have always, always loved Smarties, ever since I was a little girl. My Grandma would always be a big tube at Christmas, and I’d usually eat them all that day! Smarties were always my choice of sweets at any given time throughout my childhood, and I always get tempted to pick them up again now and enjoy some sweet candy nostalgia!

What are some of your favourite Halloween treats? Let me know in the comments section!

 

Welcome to part two of my Confessions of a World of Warcraft Noob blog series! I’m a little late (almost a week!) in posting this, but in that time, a lot has happened to my Blood Elf Warrior Wém in Azeroth.

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Interestingly enough, I’ve been questing on my own this last week. While the Boyfriend Wonder Iain, Daryl, and our other friend Joe have boosted me through some dungeons and helped me rack up the levels, I didn’t get much chance to play on my own, and learn much for playing solo. This week, that has changed, as once I hit level 71, Iain took me over to Northrend and left me to fend for myself.

An enemy in the Stratholme dungeon

An enemy in the Stratholme dungeon

As it was the first time playing on my own, I didn’t have the luxury of a healer to heal me up if my health dipped, and I didn’t have an epic tank to take hits for me either. While I was running, flying and fighting my way through the Tundras and dealing with Garrosh Hellscream’s war command, Daryl, Iain and Joe were levelling their own characters through dungeons, and making the most of the recruit-a-friend perk, which offers 300%+ EXP. For new players, it’s a really easy way to gain EXP quickly and gain a lot of levels, especially in big dungeons. It took me a while to get used to playing on my own, and I had to keep a careful eye on my health as much as I could! Luckily, I only died a few times, and was able to pick myself back up pretty quickly.

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Standing at the gates of Orgrimmar

I spent a lot of time in the Northrend. I flew from corner to corner, doing quests and killing monsters for every person I came across. I really enjoyed questing like that, as it allowed me to always have something on the go. As soon as I completed one quest and handed it in, I already had another three I could get started with, and I managed to build up a lot of experience and get some decent (ish) gear for myself that actually looked pretty good too! I absolutely loved the look of Northrend. Even though my laptop can’t run it on especially good graphics, it still looked absolutely gorgeous, and when I reached The Nexus I was in awe. Everything was so pretty, and the colours looked fantastic.

Flying around the Amber Ledge

Flying around the Amber Ledge

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The Nexus! So pretty, even on low graphics

The Nexus! So pretty, even on low graphics

I took a few days off to work on some of my university work, but then I jumped back on as soon I could! Daryl, Iain and Joe ran me through a few more dungeons, and before I knew it, I was level 75 and the enemies in Northrend didn’t challenge me anymore, and thus it was time to leave. Iain recommended I fly over to Dragonblight and start questing there. I flew over (carefully avoiding the PvP area) and made a start, killing off a few enemies here and there. Again, I was in awe of the look and aesthetic of the place, and set off doing as many quests as I could gather and hand in! I eventually made my way to Naxxramas and took out the necromancers, and after flying around for a bit, killing the odd skeleton, I realised the enemies here were too easy. So, after some talk with Iain and his ridiculous encyclopaedic knowledge of WoW, he loaded in his level 80 character and we headed off to Mount Hyjal.

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That’s when I saw the biggest dragon in a game I have ever, ever seen. The route that I got taken on when I flew took me via Deathwing, and my reaction was “holy shit that’s a big dragon I hope I don’t have to fight him!” then Iain informed me that yes, you have to fight him on a raid, and I died inside a little bit. Deathwing aside, Iain and I quested around Mount Hyjal for a while, killing slightly smaller dragons and harpies, and I enjoyed flying around the place. I’ve come to realise that WoW is probably one of the most expansive and beautiful games I’ve played. Every area looks different, and has a different type of monster, and the music for it is superb. I could honestly listen to WoW music all day, every day.

My last quest completed; Kill Sethria

My last quest completed; Kill Sethria

Aside from my usual questing in large areas, I ended up teleporting to Dalaran and running around there for a while. I watched the Lich King cinematic, and then rendezvoused with Iain, who took me through a few more dungeons and helped me get some better gear.

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Iain (Cipheon) and I in Dalaran. The seasonal pumpkin heads never fail to make me laugh!

Iain (Cipheon) and I in Dalaran. The seasonal pumpkin heads never fail to make me laugh!

As of now, I’m level 82, and still questing on Mount Hyjal. I play on the Chamber of Aspects server, and if you’d like my Battlenet ID so you can add me, just drop me a line in the comment section below!

I’m a small-town girl and I’ve only ever gone to small town cons. Most of the cons I’ve attended in the last three years haven’t attracted more than a few hundred people, and Leeds Thought Bubble is the biggest convention I’ve ever been to. So, when my best friend Gina told me that she’d bought tickets to MCM London Comic Con for her birthday back in June and asked if I wanted to come with her, I jumped on board straight away! I hadn’t been to London in years, so I was eager to visit the big city again. The days and weeks rolled by fairly slowly, but then before I knew it, it was the week before it kicked off and I had nothing prepared by way of cosplay or outfits. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Royal Mail gods smiled on me that week and I was able to get everything in time. Gina, however, was less lucky! She had ordered a wig from discount Lolita brand Bodyline that never arrived, and the waistcoat that she ordered arrived on the Friday, at which point it was too late.

There was a lot of travelling for Gina and I. I got the train over to Gina’s on Thursday afternoon, after hurriedly packing several minutes before I left, which meant I foolishly left behind my petticoat, the nametag for my cosplay, and a borrowed pair of the Boyfriend Wonder’s glasses. When I got to Gina’s, she let me borrow her mega poofy petticoat and a pair of fake glasses, and we settled in to play Lego Harry Potter and watch Family Guy. Friday morning saw us setting off bright and early at 9AM, with Gina’s Dad kindly driving us all the way to our hotel in a hired car. We eventually reached the Holiday Inn Express at about half one, after travelling for several hours and getting lost on the tricksy London roads! We checked into our hotel, ditched our suitcases and headed down to the ExCeL building. Our hotel was a mere ten minutes walk from the convention centre, which was super lucky for us. There was also a Tesco Express and a few pubs and takeaways dotted around so we definitely didn’t have any problems finding food. After some recon in the area, Gina and I stopped in at a pub for lunch, and then joined the most enormous queue I have ever seen. As Gina had bought us priority weekend tickets, we had entrance to all three days, but that didn’t stop us needing to queue! After queuing for what felt like an eternity, we made it in! As someone who has predominantly lived in a small town, went to college in a slightly larger city, and then moved to a slightly larger city for university, I was not expecting the place to be so big, or for there to be so many stalls and people!

Us in the hotel room!

Us in the hotel room!

I wish I’d thought in advance to have an outfit prepared for the Friday! Instead, I was just wearing ordinary clothes, and not even a nerdy tee. However, it seemed a lot of people made the same choice, so I didn’t feel too out of place. There weren’t too many people there on the Friday, probably half as many as on the Saturday, and a bit less than Sunday. It was nice that there was less people, as it was a lot easier to navigate the halls and stalls. As well as checking out the myriads of stall and people in cool cosplays, Gina and I also got to play some pretty ace video games and pick up some freebies! I played Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Borderlands the Pre-Sequel. I enjoyed Shadow of Mordor (even if I died almost straight away from a pack of uruks who had it out for me) and loved the fluid combat style and movement. I can see that game being a lot of fun! As for Borderlands the Pre-Sequel, I’ve never really played any of the Borderlands games so I had no idea what to expect. I like FPS games, but it was a bit fast-paced for me and I wasn’t quite ready for it, and so I died pretty promptly. However, I got some pretty ace freebies from both stalls, including a pin, a travel wallet holder and an awesome Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies wristband. I also spent most of the time on Friday scouting out what I wanted to buy, because there was so many stalls!  At every stall there was something new, cute and nerdy that I wanted to buy for myself, the Boyfriend Wonder or Daryl. I had to exercise a lot of discipline over myself and my bank account! I could easily have spent three times as much as I had, as there were so many things I wanted. There was stalls selling manga/anime merchandise, video game merchandise, figures, models, replica weapons, J-fashion, nerdy fashions, comic, Japanese snacks… I’m not even scratching the surface! I only bought one thing on the Friday, which was from the Cyanide and Happiness stall. Because Gina and I spent a certain amount of money, he did a sketch for me, which turned out hilarious. I picked out three prompts from a box and got nerds, flappy faces, and corpses. The results speak for themselves…

This piece of artistic genius has pride of place on our door and I laugh every time I look at it.

This piece of artistic genius has pride of place on our door and I laugh every time I look at it.

Pikachu hats were everywhere, courtesy of the Pokémon trading card stall.

Pikachu hats were everywhere, courtesy of the Pokémon trading card stall.

One of the best pictures that exists of me. Fact.

One of the best pictures that exists of me. Fact.

Exhausted after a long day of window shopping, taking pictures and getting freebies, Gina and I went back to our hotel, via Tesco for snacks, and spent the night watching TV. That is, after we saw a random guy walking around in his underwear on our floor… It wasn’t a quiet night, as we had the misfortune of having a room next to really loud group of people who yelled and bickered through the night, interrupting our Family Guy! Our hotel room was really nice, and we were quite lucky. The bed was nice and comfortable, the bathroom was clean, and the shower ran really hot water.

Saturday morning rolled around and I WAS NOT READY. I was not made for early mornings! As you may have seen pictures in my previous post and on my Facebook, Gina and I cosplayed as Cecil and Carlos from podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and we got recognised  a lot throughout the day, which surprised me. Gina was fairly recognisable as Cecil, but I put a slightly more feminine twist on Carlos and still got plenty of compliments and was asked for photos. I spent the Saturday buying up the things I’d seen the day before, and was lucky enough that most of it was still there. However, my main purchases were my World of Warcraft Horde hoodie (Or Hordie as I call it. Review to follow!) and my Fallout 3 bobblehead. I picked up some other pretty good things, but they were my two favourite buys. Again, I saw a lot of things I could have bought, but chose not to. Rent is a bit (only a tiny bit) more important than a replica of Tyrael’s sword from Diablo 3, or a huge alpaca plush. I hit up the Insert Coin clothing stall and picked up a lucky pack too, and lucked out on the warmest Assassin’s Creed hoodie ever (review to follow!) Gina also tried her luck, and got a Killzone tee and some really cool Assassin’s Creed leggings which she instantly fell in love with. I played a few more games on the Saturday, including Persona Q, a cute JRPG for 3DS. As I plan on getting a 3DS for my birthday (it’s almost a month away and I’m getting excited already!) it was nice to play such a classic feeling game. I used to play RPGs all the time when I was younger, and I miss them so much. Persona Q had a really classic turn-based combat system, and downright adorable animations and visuals. Plus, the 3D didn’t hurt my eyes too much, so Persona Q will probably be a purchase in the future. Gina and I also really wanted to play the new Adventure Time game, but every time we walked past it, it was packed to the gills with people. Instead, we played the new Harvest Moon, Dangon Ronpa 2 (which was weird as balls) and the weird new Pac-Man game, based on the animated show. Pac-Man has changed so much! As well as playing video games, buying ALL THE THINGS and taking pictures of awesome cosplayers, Gina and I also attended the Welcome to Night Vale meet-up, which was made up of a pretty big group of cosplayers and we took tonnes of great pictures and met fellow fans. After the meet, we roamed the halls a bit longer, taking regular breaks to rest our feet, and we bought some small alpaca plushies. They’re so cute! Before we knew it, 7PM had rolled around, and it was time for Gina and I to head back to our hotel and rest our tired feet and fall asleep watching Family Guy.

Here comes the next photo spam!

Carlos cosplay!

Carlos cosplay!

Gina and I as Cecil and Carlos

Gina and I as Cecil and Carlos

The alpaca plushies were so cute!

The alpaca plushies were so cute!

I saw this amazing Night Elf cosplayer from World of Warcraft and just had to take a picture of her. She later went on to win the judge's award at the Cosplay Masquerade on Sunday!

I saw this amazing Night Elf cosplayer from World of Warcraft and just had to take a picture of her. She later went on to win the judge’s award at the Cosplay Masquerade on Sunday!

This Fallout group was the best!

This Fallout group was the best!

The Rilakkuma on this display didn't look best pleased...

The Rilakkuma on this display didn’t look best pleased…

Carlos'!  I'm on the far left.I was trying to look all knowledgeable and pensive, but ended up looking pissed off. Story of my life!

Carlos’! I’m on the far left.I was trying to look all knowledgeable and pensive, but ended up looking pissed off. Story of my life!

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY GLOW CLOUD

My alpaca Conrad!

My alpaca Conrad!

Gina and her alpaca!

Gina and her alpaca!

My post-wig hair was a bit crazy.

My post-wig hair was a bit crazy.

My con haul!

My con haul!

Roll around Sunday morning, a heavenly later start, and Gina and I frilled up in our Lolita finery! I wore my new R Series Luna in the Sea dress and Gina wore her Innocent World dress. We decided that day two would be all about attending panels, as we realised there were quite a few that looked good! First of all, we kicked off Sunday with more window shopping (I was very very very close to buying cute laser cute jewellery from Glitterbomb to go with my Masterball ring) and then went to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries Panel that Gina wanted to go to. I knew very little about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but after attending the panel and seeing the passion that the writers and actors have for the project, I’ll likely give it a watch some time. After the panel had finished, we took a quick lunch break, and I tried to find some cosplayers who were cosplaying Tyrael and a Demon Hunter from Diablo 3, but had no luck. It was as soon as I stopped looking for them that they walked right past me!  Gina and I reconvened after lunch, and went on to our next panel, 18 years of Resident Evil, which was partly a playthrough of the new game (a remake of the remake of Resident Evil 1) and a Q&A session with Capcom Community Guru Neil Gorton and the voice of Albert Wesker in RE5, DC Douglas. DC was absolutely hilarious and charming and answered some great questions while going in and out of his Wesker voice. I couldn’t stop laughing! I got some pretty neat RE6 stickers from the panel, and I’ll be working out where to put them now… After the RE panel, we headed out to the Tofu Cute Fashion Walk, but sadly, it got called off. So, after another look at the kawaii stalls around the Tofu Cute stand, Gina and I went to the hall where the Cosplay Masquerade would be… And apparently everyone else decided to go there too. We were lucky to get seats at all, and a lot of people had to stand up. There was less people than there were on the Saturday, but there were still a lot, and it was commonplace for there to be queues for food, cash machines and signings. The Cosplay Masquerade was amazing, even if we had far, far back seats. There was absolutely loads of entrants, and they all looked incredible, and I’m glad the winner of best in show got her award, as she looked amazing. I eventually found the Diablo cosplayers before they went in and got my picture taken with them, as well as nerding out a lot.

Sunday photo spam:

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I met some "friendly" xenomorphs...

I met some “friendly” xenomorphs…

These cosplayers looked amazing!

These cosplayers looked amazing!

This Princess Bubblegum cosplayer was adorable!

This Princess Bubblegum cosplayer was adorable!

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Big Pikachu!

Big Pikachu!

I was very, very sad to see the con go. There was no negativity there, and everyone was friendly. No one minded being asked to stop for pictures, and it became second nature to say, “hey, nice tee!” to people who were wearing cool clothes. It was an absolutely incredible convention and experience, and I would go again in a second. I absolutely plan on going again in May (or again in October next year) and would also love to check out the Birmingham show too! If you ever get the chance to attend MCM, I absolutely recommend it. There’s nothing like it in the world.

Gina also put together an ace video if you wanna check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNSt3xjBpEA&feature=youtu.be

This week has been crazy. I’ve had a job interview (fingers crossed!) travelled halfway across the country (more or less) and prepared for a cosplay at literally the last minute. I’ve also been watching the anime Paradise Kiss and playing the usual amounts of World of Warcraft. I’m a little behind on posts, but I have so, so many coming up over this week. Most of them are con-related, but there’ll be the usual comic reviews and I have a big Confessions of a World of Warcraft Noob post coming up.

I had class on Monday, but skipped out of the screening. This week’s film was Halloween, which I’d seen a bajillion times before, so I decided to stay at home. I’ve also been hard at work on my script outline and ideas for it. I have most of my idea fleshed out, but it still needs some tweaking. I’m looking forward to actually starting it and beginning my writer’s circle with my university friends. Our ideas are so varied and diverse, it’s always interesting getting together and chatting. I had an interview for a job this week, and hopefully it went well. Aside from a panic about my skirt breaking before I left, I feel it went really well. Hopefully I’ll have a job this time next month!

I am always last minute getting things together. Christmas presents, birthday presents, and now, apparently cosplays. I’ll never learn. My best friend Gina and I cosplayed as Cecil and Carlos from radio podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and despite the fact that there are very few physical descriptions of either characters given, Gina and I still had our own ideas for what the characters looked like. By the start of the week, I had three items for the cosplay, which soon dropped down to two after my skirt broke. By Thursday, when I went to Gina’s to go down to London, I had everything! I managed to get a black wig (Thank you Black Candy Alternative Fashion!) a lab coat, a name tag (which I promptly forgot) a new skirt, and a clipboard. Thankfully, Royal Mail had my back for once and everything turned up in fantastic time. Overall my cosplay turned out pretty good and I was recognised by more people than I thought! I put a bit of a feminine twist on Carlos and I’m glad it worked out so well. There will be many more pictures to follow in my MCM post, but in the meantime, enjoy this selfie I took in the hotel mirror:#

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I spent the entire weekend in the capital of England, the lovely Laaahnndann for MCM! Aside from some issues actually finding our hotel, it was amazing. Our hotel was right around the corner from the ExCeL building, and there was a Tesco Express and a few pubs on the way, so we never had far to go if we wanted snacks. We arrived at about half one on the Friday, and after we’d checked into the hotel and freshened up a bit, we headed out to join the epic queue of doom to get our wristbands. The Friday was really quiet and a lot more relaxed, and I spent my time scoping out things I wanted to buy, and only bought a book from the Cyanide and Happiness guys, and got a custom sketch. I’ll be writing more about MCM in a later blog, but it was ah-mazing. I saw some incredibly cosplays, bought some epic loot, and probably walked several miles. I had an absolutely amazing weekend, and Gina and I plan on going again in May. Hopefully I can do a better cosplay and actually get it together in plenty of time.  We’ll see!

Gina and I as Cecil and Carlos

Gina and I as Cecil and Carlos

My con haul! Mostly made up of cosy hoodies and nerdy tidbits!

My con haul! Mostly made up of cosy hoodies and nerdy tidbits!

 

In the meantime, here’s this week’s posts:

Edward Scissorhands #1 Review 

Bee and Puppycat #5 Review

 

STK650923At this point, IDW have pretty much cornered the market on film and TV show adaptations. Aside from Kaboom’s tie-ins, IDW have all the great shows, film adaptations and stories (Ghost Busters, Borderlands, and all the Cartoon Networks tie-ins you could ever want) as well as reprints of classic 2000AD strips. IDW always tend to have sleeper hits on their hands, and Edward Scissorhands by internet-and-comic queen Kate Leth and artist supreme Drew Rausch is one such title.

Edward Scissorhands #1 is a spiritual successor to the 1990 Tim Burton film, and follows the life of our title character as he continues trying to find a companion. No one in the neighbourhood believes that he’s still there, but Kim’s granddaughter does, and wants to believe in Edward and all the seemingly crazy stories her grandmother told her. The story takes a turn for the worse as Edward finds another broken boy left behind by the Inventor called Eli, and as Edward tries to bring him to life like him, he realises it’s harder than he first thought… Edward Scissorhands #1 has covers by Gabriel Rodriguez, Gabriel Hardman, Drew Rausch, with Rodriguez and Rausch also offering convention and Hot Topic variants respectfully.

I’ll begin my review by saying I am hugely biased in terms of Kate Leth. I’ve been following her online webcomic, Kate Or Die! for about a year or so, and I find her humour and her storytelling absolutely fantastic. She’s strong-minded, smart and funny, and I almost always end up loving her work, and I think that Edward Scissorhands is her best book yet. She captures the dream-like, modern fairytale feel that the original film has, while also making a completely new story within the story’s universe. Her dialogue and interactions are superb, and she manages two simultaneous story threads fantastically. Leth captures the childlike wonder of Edward’s character perfectly, and she handles the story twist excellently, matching a equal parts of horror and wonder. As for the storyline with Megs and her mother, the arguments between mother and daughter feel horribly realistic. They jar the comic by bringing it back to earth, and outside of the fairy tale that is Edward’s solitary life, and oddly complement it. While all Megs wants is to be alone with her thoughts and hear her Grandma’s stories, Edward has nothing but himself, and is wrapped in comfortable loneliness. Leth manages the themes with ease, and this dark fairy tale not only echoes the original, but it brings a fresh breath of life to it, complete with Leth’s trademark warmth and humour.

I’m a big fan of Tim Burton’s spoopy, gothic films, and I also enjoy his poetry (I read The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories when I was younger and fell in love with it) and his artwork. The art is dark, cute (in a weird way) and inimitable. Artist Drew Rausch’s art is all of this and more, and excellently suits Burton’s cinematography and filmic eye. Rausch’s art looks dark and cute, perfectly suiting the tone of Leth’s storytelling. His artwork is cartoonish in some place, with a hint of Rob Guillory and Roman Dirge for good measure. Rausch captures the world of Edward Scissorhands with a careful eye and creative style.

Edward Scissorhands #1 is the spiritual sequel to the film, and writer Kate Leth brings a unique take to the dark fairy tale, capturing the themes of the story perfectly. Leth has delivered a superb first issue which balances storylines and sets up on heck of a cliffhanger. The artwork from Rausch is excellent, and blends gothic with cute, perfectly complementing Leth’s story. Edward Scissorhands  #1 is an exciting start to what is bound to be an interesting story, well told by Leth and Rausch.

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