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Huzzah! I’ve almost caught up with these prompts. My most sincere thanks as always go to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie. I’ve been able to rediscover my love for blogging with these super fun prompts, and I absolutely love the conversations that the posts have been creating with readers and friends. My responses for this prompt are pretty short because I haven’t really been able to fangirl or go out to anything hugely exciting.

1.) Meeting Kelly Sue DeConnick at Leeds Thought Bubble in 2013

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Yes, I met Kelly Sue DeConnick! It was at Thought Bubble 2013, when I’d spent pretty much the entire year nerding out over Captain Marvel & Pretty Deadly. Kelly Sue was kind enough to take this awesome picture with me and was super friendly, and recognised me from my blog once I told her my name. It was really tough for me to not freak out as I’d been excited for so long. Now, my signed copies of captain Marvel & Pretty Deadly are my babies. Kelly Sue was one of the nicest people I’ve met in the comics industry, and I’d love to meet her again… and freak out all over again!

2.) Seeing Katy Perry live

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I WAS SO NEAR THE STAGE! 3 rows back! I have loved Katy Perry since I was 14/15 (I turn 23 this year!) and have wanted to see her for just as long. It was an extremely lucky coincidence I was even able to see her at all. My best friend Lawrence’s friend had ordered tickets for the two of them, but she was no longer able to go, and he invited me in her place. Apart from the 45 minute wait between the opening acts and Katy, it was such an amazing night. I sang my heart out, and barely stopped jumping and dancing. I cried when she sang By the Grace of God because it was so heartwarming, and I honestly couldn’t believe I was there. There are no greater moments than being able to see one of your favourite artists perform live!

3.) Meeting Mairi Hedderwick when I was a kid

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When I was a wee lassie (trust me, the Scottish accent is necessary!) my grandparents who live in Scotland would send me these wonderful picture books called the Katie Morag series by an author called Mairi Hedderwick every year for birthdays and for Christmas. As I’m part Scottish, it was nice getting gifts set in Scotland, and even more so as I was a similar age to the protagonist in the books. I remember having about six or seven in total, and I loved them. When I was at primary school, there was a trip for some of the younger children to go to another school and meet her- luckily, a family friend was able to get me on the trip too! I got the chance to meet one of my heroes at a really young age and she signed all my books for me. I can’t remember the event all that well, but I remember it being amazing.

When have you fangirled over meeting someone or going somewhere?

Check out Kristen’s blog for April and the past few months’ prompts.

Now I’m fully caught up, I might try my hand at Leslie’s DLC over at Darling Stewie!

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Choosing a favourite comic book artist can be super tricky. Some have styles that are perfectly suited to a certain type or genre of comic, some just do fab posters, whilst others write as well as illustrate their comics. There are a lot of comics that I’ve read and fallen in love with the art (some of which I’ve long since forgotten) but here’s a quick list of a few of my favourites!

1.) Jamie McKelvie- known for Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine, Phonogram

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I talked a little bit about McKelvie’s gorgeous pop art stylings yesterday, as well as his bromance with writer Kieron Gillen, and I can always talk about him more! What I love about McKelvie (especially when he works with Gillen) is that his work is dynamic and full of life. Even in the more quite moments of comic books, there’s always *something* going on. As well as this, McKelvie makes every character stand out, through awesome fashion choices. He’s also responsible for the bangin’ costume that Captain Marvel wears, which is as functional as it is awesome! Add to the fact that he is one of the nicest guys in comics, this makes him one of my favourite artists.

To see some of his best work, check out The Wicked and the Divine, or Phonogram: Singles Club

Also, he’s worked with electro-pop band Chvrches to create this awesome tee which I totally want.

2.) Babs Tarr- known for Batgirl, Gotham Academy covers, logo for Thought Bubble 2015

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Babs Tarr is known for her colourful, highly stylised approach to artwork. As you can see in the example above (Bosozoku Sailor Scouts) her work has a real distinct look which has allowed Tarr to make herself known in the industry. She currently draws Batgirl for Cameron Stewart, and as well as tons of nerdy references (I’ve noticed Usagi in a background before!) she’s brought a true-to-life style to Batgirl of Burnside. While a lot of people dislike the new direction of the comic, I think it makes complete sense, and Tarr’s artwork merely serves to support its awesomeness. The women of Tarr’s comics world are hugely varied in size, shape, colour and style, and it’s incredibly refreshing to see. Babs Tarr is one of the coolest, talented and well-dressed women in comics right now, and I’m excited to see where she goes.

To see some of her best work, check out Batgirl or her Tumblr here.

3.) The Hernandez siblings- known for Love & Rockets

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The Hernandez brothers were responsible for one of best underground/alternative comic series of the 80s, and encapsulated sci-fi, the punk lifestyle, LGBT+ and relationships. It was part drama, part sci-fi and 100% awesome. Think Archie… But set in LA to a punk soundtrack and where Betty & Veronica were occasionally lovers, and Betty was a mechanic. The Hernandez siblings had a really noticable style; while it was simple, black and white with defined lines, it’s so stunning and crisp and ultimately timeless. It’s not aged like other artists from the 80s (*cough cough Rob Liefeld cough) and you still see many artists that have been inspired by the Hernandezes.

For examples of their work, check out any of the Love and Rockets graphic novels, which you can get from the Fantagraphics site.

4.) Kate Leth- known for writing Adventure Time: Seeing Red, Bravest Warriors and Edward Scissorhands, as well as drawing strips for Comics Alliance and The Nib and producing some awesome merch and tattoo designs

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Kate Leth is one of the hardest-working women in the industry, but continues to stay hilarious and angry, two things which come across in her work. She’s a multi-talented lady, drawing comics for Comics Alliance and The Nib, as well as doing her own ongoing autobio comic (Kate or Die!) she writes a bunch of comics for Boom (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time one shots and Edward Scissorhands, as well as assisting in the design of Lumberjanes) AND helms her own podcast, where she chats to other creatives. I’ve been a fan of Leth for several years, and seen her work blossom and develop into something incredible. Her writing is just as good as her art, and you can tell that every single thing she creates is full of love and attention. Her webcomics are personalised, kooky and cute, and they’re perfect for cheering yourself up, as her comedic timing is nothing short of perfection, as well as her art.

For Leth’s best work, check out Edward Scissorhands for writing, and Flash or Die! for her tattoo art.

Also, check out this badass tee that us geek girls should wear with pride!

Who are your favourite comic artists?

For more info on 100DBGCH check out Ariel’s blog.

Friday Favourites!

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I’m trying out a new type of post on my blog: Friday favourites! This is where I’ll post cute or funny things I find around the internet, as well as what I’m listening to, reading, watching and playing. It’s also a bit less clunky and heavy going than my usual weekly posts I do on Sunday. I’ll keep doing them, but they’ll be way more decompressed.

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How adorable are these kitty shoes from TUK? They’re hella cute and really appeal to my inner crazy cat lady.

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While this is… Not quite the top I planned on sharing with you all, it’s the closest I could find on the H & M website, which for some reason doesn’t have it. I really love jersey shirts like this, and the one I have my eye on has mermaids and unicorns on it. Magical. I’m also eyeing up these cute Hello Kitty PJs for the summer.

From fashion, onto music!

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I literally cannot stop listening to American Beauty/American Psycho by Fall Out Boy. The opening two songs are incredibly catchy and I’ve fallen in love with them all over again.

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Blogging friends Mia Moore of xoMia and Liz Locksley, both of SuperHeroEsque have started this awesome podcast called Fake Goth Girls, and it’s downright brilliant and well worth a listen!

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I’m also shamelessly addicted to Froot by Marina and the Diamonds. The bridge from Blue is just so damn catchy.

Sadly I haven’t been reading or watching anything exciting- just the same old thing. Endless cartoons to help me unwind!

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I also came across this awesome print from artist Paulina Ganucheau on Tumblr. Isn’t her work mega-cute?!

What have you guys been up to this week? What do you think to my new feature?

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At this point, I’m enjoying flexing my skills at Polyvore. It may just be my new favourite thing. For the fandom item, I chose a super awesome Batman tee!

Look One: Class

For more about this set, see here.

For more about this set, see here.

I have worn pretty much this entire outfit to university many times! I have a strong love for high-waisted floofy skirts, and I love how they go with graphic tees. The best thing about putting this set together is I actually own and use that notebook! Polyvore really came through for me. This outfit is both nerdy and stylish, and perfect for a university student.

Look Two: Work

For more info on this set, see here.

For more info on this set, see here.

I promise I don’t wear black all the time! Just… Some of the time. Okay, most. Anyway, I work in an office with a fairly lax dress code, so I’ve got away with wearing this sort of thing. As I work with film I decided to include a little reel of film up in the top corner too!

Look three: Casual

For more info on this set, see here.

For more info on this set, see here.

The casual look. A classic among geeks. A minor variation on what I’m wearing right now. The best thing about graphic tees is that they literally go with anything. Skirts? You betcha. PJs? Of course. Jeans? Duh. This look combines cnerdy with comfy, and I think it works pretty well.

Look Four: Running Errands

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For more info on this set, look here.

You know how it is. You have to run into town to pick up that book, then send that thing at the post office, then swing by the supermarket to pick up milk… You’re running a bajillion errands, and you need a comfortable outfit to wear! I decided to go with jeans for this look, as they’re a bit more casual than skirts, and give you more freedom. I went with an awesome galaxy backpack and some super-duper good headphone for your personal soundtrack. Cowl and cape optional! 7

Look Five: Summer!

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For more info on this set, see here.

Can you tell I’m getting excited for summer? Haha this was another great outfit to put together. It’s casual, but still perfect for warmer weather. Everyone knows denim shorts and Converse go together, so I had to include it! I included a water bottle, which is probably one of the most important accessories to have in summer! It’s so easy to get dehydrated in summer, but you can fight it somewhat with a water bottle. Even better if it’s cute like this one! I usually carry a satchel around with me, but come summer, I prefer having something off my legs and equally balanced on my shoulders- hence the snazzy backpack!

Which of the outfits is your favourite?

Thanks to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie for putting this together! For more info on April’s prompts, check out this post on Kristen’s blog.

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If you want to go to a them park in England, you’re kind of limited. Your options are either the super expensive franchise parks like Alton Towers, or your crummy, might-fall-apart-any-minute rides ta funfairs or the seaside. I’ve not been to that many amusement parks, as they’re pretty far away from where I live. My best friend Gina is a fiend for amusement parks and rides, and she and I want to go and check out the following places:

1.) Alton Towers

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Gina and her spirit of conquering have been to Alton Towers several times before to tackle the roller coasters there (The Smiler was the last one she beat) and while rides don’t always agree with me, I’d love to go. I’ve loved rollercoasters pretty much as long as I can remember and I’d love to try some of the beefier ones… Although I’m sure my stomach would disagree with me.

2.) York Dungeons

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Spooky? Historical? Kinda gory? Count me in! The ___ Dungeons are a mini franchise throughout the UK, and are basically a spooky tour, with actors jumping out and scaring the bajeesus out of you. They usually have themed tours, and I’ve been itching to make my way up to York, bestie in tow, so we can be in our natural faux-gothy environment.

3.) Harry Potter Studio Tour

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The Harry Potter tour is another thing on my bucket list- you get a guided tour around the studios and sets used to make the films! This appeals to both the film nerd in me as well as the Harry Potter nerd. I’ve wanted to go to something like this for ages (and totally dress up, obvs) and I’m hoping to go soon. I can hear the music whisking me off already…

4.) Disneyland Paris

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What girl doesn’t want to go to Disneyland?

I decided to leave it at four as I drew a blank for theme parks! What are some theme parks you’d like to go to? What’s your favourite ride at theme parks?

Thanks go to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie for arranging this challenge! Check out the prompts for April on Kristen’s blog here.

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My gosh, I could talk and talk and talk about comics forever. It’s so hard to pick just one favourite comic book series or book, and that’s why I’m picking threeto nerd out about!

1.) Phonogram Rue Brittania & The Singles Club by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

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Kiero Gillen is one of comic’s golden boys right now thanks to titles like The Wicked & The Divine (which is somewhat inspired by Phonogram) and it’s not hard to see why. His writing is slick and cool, and deals with mystical and magical topics with ease. He’s worked on comics for Marvel (Invincible Iron Man and Young Avengers) but it’s his independent work which I love the best. What I love about both volumes of Phonogram is that they’re completely unlike everything I’ve ever read. It blends music with magic, and that’s just about the coolest thing I could think of! The series is incredibly well-written by Gillen and the artwork by McKelvie is absolutely stunning. The two are on the same wavelength for Phonogram, and it really, really shows. Rue Brittania follows the story of phonomancer David Kohl as he deals with aspects of the goddess of Brittania, and Singles Club follows the story of several phonomancers, varying in skill level, as they all attend the same club night. I couldn’t possibly decide on a favourite as I love them both so much. They’re incredibly cool comics with an absolutely corking soundtrack. Pull Shapes, anyone?

2.) Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

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Sex Criminals is hands down, one of the funniest and sexiest comics on the market today. Writer Matt Fraction & artist Chip Zdarsky absolutely nail (pun intended!) the intricacies and hilarity of sex and relationships, whilst setting it to a background of super-powers and whether or not they should be used. The first four issues of Sex Criminals deal with the back story of our two heroes Suzie and Jon, as well as their blooming relationship. It’s so honest and funny you can’t help but fall in love with the series. While Sex Criminals is not for everyone, it’s a hilarious, charming and damn sexy read.

3.) Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe, Roc Upchurch & Stjepan Šejić

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Rat Queens, the most badass girl gang this side of Palisade. Rat Queens is an ongoing fantasy series from Image and is probably one of the funniest comics you’ll ever read. It’s not for the faint of heart; with a ton of bad language and violence, but hey- it’s the Rat Queens. Disagree with them and they’ll kick your ass, if they’re not getting hammered first.

These books all inspire me as the female characters in them are strong as hell and absolutely do not back down from any challenge. They have their own, fully fleshed out back stories, and they’re respectully written and drawn.

What are your favourite comic series?

For more info on 100DBGCH challenge, check out Ariel’s blog here.

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For today’s catch up prompt I’m combining two; Halloween films, the prompt I missed for some reason, and comfort films. Some of the comfort films I watch are definitely horrors or have horror aspects, so I decided to combine the two. Also, as a film student, I could talk about films all day to whoever would listen to me.

1.) Scott Pilgrim vs the World– Comfort film

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I freaking ADORE this film! I’ve probably seen it 10+ times, and I can quote along with it like a pro. I’m a huge fan of Edgar Wright, and I think his take on a comic book film was superb. He manages to capture the more cartoonish moments of the comic while also looking film-like and fancy. I love the colours, the acting, the stars, the music… I just love everything about it. It’s such a quotable film too! I’m one day dreaming of cosplaying Ramona (or twisting it and cosplaying one of the evil exes!) I just need someone to cosplay with me…

2.) Shaun of the Dead– Horror film (but also comfort)

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Don’t worry, this is the last Edgar Wright entry! My main love for this film is how it’s the bridge between Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg’s less-known stuff, and their introduction to the film world and industry. It has the silly jokes of Spaced, but the higher production values of a film. Shaun of the Dead, funnily enough was one of the first “horror” films I ever saw… and it freaked me out so much! I wasn’t expecting all the blood and gore, or the death of so many characters! Since then, I’ve watched it dozens and dozens of times and completely love it. I think Wright’s loveletter to George A Romero is absolutely superb, and takes a fun spin with the genre and genre expectations- not every zombie film ends with the zombies actually dying… Or being chained up in the garden shed to play Timesplitters.

3.) The Addams Family Values– Comfort watch

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One of my all time favourite films! This is one of those films that I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched it, just because I love it so much. I think it’s much, much better than the first film, in both story and production value. I love the dual story of Addams Family Values and the characterisation of everyone is excellent. The writing is superb and Wednesday Addams’ comedic timing and delivery is perfect, and Wednesday it totally my role model.

4.) Evil Dead 2– Horror film

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Bruce Campbell is the king of body comedy, let’s face it. His performance in Evil Dead 2 is absolutely hysterical and the film itself is just as brilliant. While I like the first one for its creepy moments, its that scene at the start with the tree I have issues with. I don’t believe it sits well within the film, and sticks out like a sore thumb. Anyway, Evil Dead 2 also set up Army of Darkness which is also another favourite! Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are unstoppable when it comes to horror, and Evil Dead 2 is the best example of their work. Hail to the king, baby!

5.) The Simpsons Movie– Comfort watch

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I grew up watching The Simpsons so I was absolutely psyched when the film was announced! My Dad and I went to the cinemas and watched it especially and we loved it. I picked it up on DVD a few months later, and now it’s one of the most watched films in my collection. It plays out like an extra-long episode, and that’s why I love it. I still laugh at the jokes almost 10 years later, and I still sing along to Spider-Pig.

6.) Halloween– Horror

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A classic. Halloween both re-invigorated a tired subgenre and a genre. It came during a huge period of social upheaval following 1960s America, and encompassed all the “innocence lost” feelings that were floating around, as well as paranoia, fear about mentally ill people, and furthered the sex = death/ virginity = purity dichotomy which reigns (ed?) supreme for many years. I studied American contemporary cinema for several months as part of my university, and as a massive horror fan, I loved it, and I love Halloween. John Carpenter is a genius.

7.) The Big Lebowski– comfort watch

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The rug really tied the room together, man! My Dad showed me this film several years ago, thinking it would appeal to my sense of humour, and boy did it! It’s the most chill comedy ever that (sadly) launched a million lame memes. The story is just so bizarre and hilarious that you just find yourself smiling at it. It has some really great lines as well, and Jeff Bridges is superb as The Dude.

8.) Rec- horror

rec-2I’m not *that* easily scared when it comes to horror films. I’ve yawned my way through Saw, laughed my way through Paranormal Activity and its many sequels, and rolled my eyes at The Conjuring. Then Rec happened. It’s a Spanish film about a TV crew that get caught up in a minor “zombie” (it’s not specified as zombies, but it’s basically zombies) apocalypse in an apartment building. It has some of the most intense jump scares and atmosphere creation that I’ve seen in a while. If you’re gonna watch this and you haven’t seen it before; be prepared to jump and be paranoid of any sounds. I know I was.

9.) 10 Things I Hate About You– Comfort watch

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90s high-school rom-coms, where would we be without you? I’m usually pretty anti-rom-com, but I can’t hide my love for 10 Things. It’s a great take on Shakespeare (an adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, donchaknow) with an all star teenage (ish) cast who totally rock it. It’s partially the cast that I love about this film, but also some of the fantastic lines- “The shit hath hitteth the fan” is frequently said in my house (not that I made the Boyfriend-Wonder watch this with me one evening) as well as a load of other films. This is one of those films that I watch the most with my bestie and will quote forever, and I really need to buy it on DVD.

10.) Insidious- horror

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I understand this is a pretty polarising opinion. While the first Insidious film is (presumably) the best in the trilogy, it still has it’s… Bad moments. The final third of the film is pretty ridiuclous, and the final showdown is oddly surreal. I personally really enjoy Insidious. It’s one of the most enjoyable modern horrors I’ve seen in a while, and I always enjoy rewatching it. Director James Wan managed to create a superb atmosphere and make the safe unsafe in this film, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s one of his better films.

What are your favourite horrors? What are your comfort watches? What do you think to my list?

Thanks go to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie. For more info on the prompts, check out this post on Kristen’s blog.

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Another super fun prompt! I have to say, when you’re put on the spot, it’s super hard to think of female super-villains, apart from the obvious ones- Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy & Catwoman. I don’t know what it is, but Batman seems to have the best ladies in his rogue gallery. After deciding on Poison Ivy, I hit a wall. I didn’t want to pick someone obvious but had no idea who to pick. So, I asked the Boyfriend-Wonder, who gave me Cupid, from Arrow. After some research, her outfit came to be! They were both pretty fun to do.
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Summer Poison Ivy! I just love making summery outfits at the minute. I went with the green dress for her natural colour scheme, and the brown sandals in a natural, earthy colour. I went with a flower crown for obvious reasons, and I thought the gardening gloves were a nice touch.
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Find out more about this outfit here!

This outfit was super fun to put together! I went with a red-hot dress as the main piece for the outfit and accessorised with a green leather jacket for Ollie Queen. All the arrow insignias and jewellery complements her outfit (and her personality) and I opted with flat black shoes- how the hell are you gonna scale a building and fire a bow in heels?
Which outfit do you prefer? I think Ivy’s is my favourite!
For more info on 100DBGCH, check out Ariel’s blog here.

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Before I get to know someone and be comfortable around them, I am really, painfully quiet and shy. I’ve always been this way, and I probably always will. However, there have been some people I’ve just *clicked* with almost instantly; for example, my best friend Gina and I got on so well when we met because we were stuck with the same dummy tutor for college classes, dresses the same kind of way and had a zero tolerance for bullshit from other people. That, and we were (still are!) big nerds.

This list is five people from fiction I think I’d click with just like my bestie!

1.) Wednesday Addams

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Wednesday is from one of the coolest families ever, she lives in an awesome house, and she has great attitude. I feel Wednesday and I would connect on our shared hatred for things. That and our fondness for wearing black.

2.) Daria

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We love pizza. We’re sarcastic to a fault. Daria and I would be those two girls you don’t dare cross out of respect for your hopes and dreams.

3.) Kimmy Schmidt

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Wouldn’t it be great being besties with Kimmy Schmidt? She’d be your own cheerleader at any time of the day! It’d be totally awesome hanging out with her and introducing her to new world things.

4.) Princess Bubblegum

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Her entire kingdom is made of candy! Plus she’s the sweetest, cutest princess in Ooo and I could hang out with Marceline too, although I’d try not to be a third wheel.

5.) Lisa Simpson

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Lisa Simpson has been my role model for basically my entire life. She’s headstrong, brave, intelligent and cute to boot. Even though I’m more than double her age, I still think she’d inspire me to be the best that I can be.

Who are your fictional BFFs?

Thanks go to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick and Megan of The Nerdy Girlie for organising Five Fandom Friday! For more info on this month’s prompts, check out Kristen’s post here.

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Yay! This is gonna be my favourite week for sure- all the prompts are comic book themed! I’m especially in love with today’s prompt- making outfits inspired by superheroes. Bless you Polyvore, I’m starting to come round to your way of thinking.
Outfit number one is business Princess Bubblegum! I know that Princess Bubblegum is technically a cartoon character, but there are PLENTY of comic books featuring everyone’s favourite scientist princess! I tried to keep as much of her pink colour scheme as possible without appearing garish, and I added in the black skirt because it helped calm the outfit down. A kind of gothic necklace to symbolise Marceline and a super cute BMO mug to finish it up. The yellow bow is a replacement for her fabulous crown!
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Outfit number 2 is a bit more casual. White Queen Emma Frost in the summer! I like to think she’d relax and let her hair down a bit- or at least go for summer waves in her hair like in the picture. I think I managed to channel Emma’s outfit in my take on her. This one was a bit trickier to put together, but no less fun.
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Find out more info on this outfit here!

Which outfit do you prefer? My favourite is the PB one, but that’s because the novelty of dressing like a comic book character in an office is still awesome to me. Mostly because I work in an office and can do this!
For more info on 100DBGCH, check out Ariel’s blog here.
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