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Dog Day Sunday: The Rainbow Bridge

This week I had to say goodbye to someone who was a huge part of my life for the last decade and a half. She provided comfort and a shoulder to cry on when I fought with my siblings, and watched YouTube videos with me after a long day (she loved the ones of puppies barking). She enjoyed going on long drives and adventures, and was always gracious and poised— even when she was caught chewing up a pair of my Chucks. I had to say goodbye to Little Woman, the Schlaff family’s beloved Scottish Terrier.

Losing a pet is losing a family member. In 2013, we had to say goodbye to Little Man (Little Woman’s brother) and it was heartbreaking. I still miss him to this day. I remember someone paid their respects by giving us a framed copy of the story of the Rainbow Bridge, a tale about pets and their people being reunited in the afterlife and crossing “the rainbow bridge” (a pathway between an Earthly life and a Heavenly one) together— the ultimate walk to the park! Despite not being religious, I was very moved by the story and the gesture. Later, I showed my boyfriend the poem  and cried to him about how Thor-throwing-hammerunfair it was that dogs don’t live as long as humans. He attempted to cheer me up by telling me, “It’s ok. Little Man’s not hurting anymore. He’s in Asgard with Thor now.” At the time, Thor: The Dark World was about to debut in theaters, and trailers regularly showed clips of Idris Elba‘s Heimdall guarding the magnificently colored Bifrost Bridge. Through my tears, I smiled.

Little Woman will forever be missed. I couldn’t even get through this article without crying, remembering the adorable and wonderful things she did over the years, before she got sick. But there is a small comfort when I picture her with Little Man, playing fetch with Mjölnir on the Rainbow Bridge.

Rest in peace, Little Ones. We love you!

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Want to get into Comics? Here are Some Tips!

Comics are an interesting medium that anyone can get into – there’s a little something for everyone!

But getting into comics may be confusing and a bit intimidating for some people, especially women. You may be afraid of being mocked for getting into comics or rejected because of your gender (I know I was), or you might not know where to even begin, especially with series that seem to have gone on forever.

I didn’t really get into comics until about two years ago myself, so I understand the struggle that many women face when trying to jump into the comic book world. So if you want to start getting into comics, then I have some tips for you that may help!

Check out Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in May.  Attending this national event is a great way for you to figure out which series are popular and doing well while simultaneously introducing you to your local comic book stores. These stores usually have a large and varied selection, making it very easy to collect comics and items that you might be interested in. Attending Free Comic Book Day also allows you to see what kind of fandom crowds shop at each local store and what items shopkeepers typically keep in stock. For instance, I prefer a comic book shop that is half an hour away from my location because they tend to keep Archie comics in stock and have a bigger selection of them compared to closer stores that specialize mainly in card games such as Magic the Gathering.

Click here to locate a store that will be participating in the celebration, and click here to see a list of items that store’s will be receiving!

See if your favorite TV show/movie from the past or present has a comic

If you feel more comfortable reading material that includes characters you already know and like, then consider picking up a comic book that corresponds to your favorite TV show or movie.

802549Some of my favorite shows currently on TV have their own comics, including Bob’s Burgers and Doctor Who. The latter has had some amazing stories with different doctors as the leads, and one of the new issues that just came out features the Fourth Doctor!

Many of the shows and movies that we love are based on comics. To be honest, I was first introduced to two of my favorite comic book superheroes after liking their characters in television or movies. I would have never found out about Starfire had I never been introduced to the Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (2003-2006), and I would have never known about Thor if it wasn’t for the The Avengers (2012), let alone got into his comics.

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was Sabrina the Teenage Witch (both the animated version from the early 2000s and the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom), was based on a comic as well, a fact I found out while researching Archie comics when I was 10-years-old.

Point is, you never know what series or show has comics! Take a look through Google or your local comic book store – you might be surprised by what you find!

Ask for recommendations

When it comes to recommendations for a great comic, you can always ask someone who likes comics (like me!), or you can check out the staff picks at whichever store you choose to go to. At a good store, the week’s picks are varied, so you will have a few different ideas of what people think are good comics.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help on which comics to read next!

Most shops have pretty friendly staff (or they are supposed to) and they should be able to help you if you need help with finding something that may not be a staff pick. They won’t judge your choice of comics and are usually very happy that more people are getting into the medium.

If all else fails, go explore a store!

Comic stores have displays full of comics and graphic novels for you to check out, so it’s always a good idea to go walking around to see what they have to offer.  If a comic book cover catches your eye, look into that comic more!

You may never know what wonders you’ll find in a comic book unless you open it and dive into it.

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Fan Film Friday Reviews Scratchtent’s The Avengers

With Avengers: Age of Ultron now playing in cinemas nation wide, we couldn’t help but reminisce over how our favorite Marvel superheroes all came together to save the world! So, this week we watched Scratchtent’s The Avengers, a goofy, low-budget re-telling of 2012’s The Avengers. Watch Scratchtent’s The Avengers here.

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NerdyBound: The Avengers

One of my favorite loves in life is anything and everything to do with Joss Whedon. So when I heard he was directing and writing The Avengers movie I had extremely high hopes and I was not disappointed. The Avengers would come to be my favorite movie of 2012 (along with everyone else that saw it, I’m sure). It was an unquenchable obsession with Loki/Tom Hiddleston that jump started my journey down that cyber rabbit hole known as Tumblr. I had always been a Marvel fan, but now I was in the Marvel fandom! I’ve made lifelong friends in this fandom and I basically got to go to my first San Diego Comic Con because of this fandom. I’m so happy that the Marvel Universe is a part of this superhero cinematic golden era we’re currently in because I get see my heroes come to life. We can criticize the mistakes movie adaptations make until we’re blue in the face, but you can’t deny the magic those movies bring to the fan experience. We get to cosplay outside of Cons, midnight screenings become instant fan meet-ups and, you know, if you’ve been to a good midnight screening, you know they’re kind of akin to a rock concert, the energy level is that amazing. Movies bring more fans, and with that comes more merchandise which equals more fan events. So, yes I’ll probably criticize with the best of them, but for now I’m just thanking the geek gods that Joss Whedon still manned the helm for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

I’m so excited for the premiere of Age of Ultron! I can’t wait to see their interpretations of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Although I wish Loki could be the villain in every Avengers movie, I have to admit those trailers featuring Ultron with James Spader’s sexy voice had me going. So in honor of the premiere next weekend, I’m dedicating this NerdyBound to The Avengers! I just want to give a quick shout out to Hot Topic who is currently killing it in the everyday cosplay game. I’m a huge fan of their Orphan Black line and they’ve recently announced their new Avengers line. All of the looks are retro inspired takes on The Avengers, they’re all available in plus sizes, and I need to own every piece. I’m honestly so impressed and I can’t wait to see what fandom they do next. I didn’t use every piece in their line, but I felt I should mention it since I’m doing looks for the Avengers and if it were me reading this, I’d want a link to the line ASAP. There are so many Avengers to choose from, but I decided to stay true to the movies and only feature the film’s core group, as this is in honor of the premiere of Age of Ultron. I also had to feature Loki of course, because I would never not feature him in anything having to do with The Avengers. I hope you’re inspired to try one of these looks for the premiere!

 

Iron Man/Tony Stark

Iron Man

Shop the look: The Avengers Black Sabbath Iron Man Tony Stark T-Shirt $31.28, Sweet Your Heart Bow-knot Pleated Skirt in Ruby $39 Plus Size Option: Musee Matisse Skirt in Crimson $34.99, Lipsy Everyday Fashion Cotton Leggings $12 Plus Size Option: Premium Leggings $22.50 As a plus sized girl, let me tell you, these are honestly the only pair of black leggings you’ll ever need again. I recommend investing in at least two pair and going a size down so that you get good tummy control. They’re so comfortable, I can wear them all day and they give amazing support. Bucco Grania Metal Plate Boot $20, Stark Industries Women’s Classic Carrier Purse Leather Handbag $27.99, Iron Man terrarium necklace! $28.04, Iron Man Bow $9, IRON MAN Helmet Ring $15, Iron Man Mark 42 Gloves $6

 

Captain America

Captain America

Shop the Look: Marvel by Her Universe Captain America Halter Dress $59.50, Captain America Logo Ladies’ Cardigan $39.99, Cherry Jam Wedge $64.99, Leg Avenue Women’s Cuban Foot Pantyhose $5.46 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Bow Back Seam Tights With Support $18, Marvel Captain America Shield Backpack $44.50, Steve Rogers Earrings $12, 50’s Rockabilly Avengers Headband $12.49, Hydra Pilot Wings Red Skull $12, Captain America and Bucky Barnes Inspired Friendship Necklace $15, I’m with you till the end of the line 8mm hand stamped Bracelet Cuff $18

 

The HULK

The Hulk

Shop the Look: Jukebox DJ Jumper $89.99, NE PEOPLE Roll Up 3/4 Sleeve Button Down Shirt with Stretch $16.99 Plus Size Option: LE3NO Women’s Plus Size Roll Up 3/4 Sleeve Button Down Shirt with Stretch $20, Periodic Table of Elements Messenger Bag $45, Pikolinos Women’s Niza Safari Pump $109 Budget Friendly Option: Gleeful Gait Heel $69.99, Hulk crystal beaded earrings $15, Marvel INCREDIBLE HULK Glass Pendant $9.02

 

THOR

Thor

Shop the Look: A.S Military Corset Stretchy Body Bustier $21.99 Plus Size Option: Tripp Sleeveless Military Jacket $78.50, Noisy May Skinny Denim Pants $61 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Ridley Super Soft Skinny Jean In Deep Indigo $54, Lapel Belt Overcoat $37 Plus Size Option: Hi/Low Fit and Flare Blazer $47.99, Stride to Be Boot in Black $13.99, Valkyrie Barrettes Hair Clips $12, ModCloth Minimal Too Electri-cool Earrings $13, Thor’s Hammer Necklace $7.77, Thor & Loki Collar Clips $4.02, Thor Nebula Scarf $52, Norse Viking Carving Leather Cuff $29.99

 

Black Widow

Black Widow

Shop the Look: Marvel By Her Universe Black Widow Girls Belted Jacket $64.50, ASOS Leggings in High Waist with Leather Look Panel Detail $45 Plus Size Option: Faux Leather Moto Leggings $42.50, Nature Breeze Richie Studded Strap Bootie $26.97, LOVEsick Rose Gun Earrings $6.50, Black Widow’s Arrow Necklace $13, Black Widow Bracelet $9, Metric Raven Bag $349 Budget Friendly Option: Revolution Canvas Holster Pack $79

 

Hawkeye

Hawkeye

Shop the Look: Love 21 Beaded Cutout Cami $24.80 Plus Size Option: Must-Have Scoop Tank $9.80, Warehouse Leather Shorts $118 Budget Friendly Option: Zip-Front Faux Leather Shorts $15.90 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Shorts In Leather Look $54, Black Buckle Combat Boots $46.50, Hawkeye Bow $11, Hawkeye and Arrows Pendant $6.50, Hawkeye Bracelet $9, Punk Rocker Dancer Fingerless Zip Glove $29.99, Hip Pack Leather Utility Belt $76

 

Nick Fury

Nick Fury

Shop the Look: ASOS High Neck With Zip Through Top $45 Plus Size Option: Faux Leather Surplice Tank Top $38.50, H&M Imitation leather skirt $14.99 Plus Size Option: H&M+ Circular skirt $24.99, ASOS Biker Jacket with Waterfall Front and Zip Detail $99 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Waterfall Biker Jacket with Zip Detail $99, ModCloth Adventure Essentials Bootie $49, Grunge Gun Printed Tights $8.90, Lookin’ for Booty Eye Patch $9 I know we’re not going to be walking around wearing an eye patch unless medically necessary, but I would totally wear this as a headband in honor of Nick Fury’s eye patch. The Avengers Pendant $9.98, Marvel Agents of SHIELD Avengers Fully Adjustable Ring $6.23

 

Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch

Shop the Look: Forever 21 Cami Fit & Flare Dress $11.90 Plus Size Option: Stretch Knit Cami Dress $14.90, GUESS Ombre Faux-Leather Moto Jacket $66 You can try your luck getting this jacket on Ebay or you can get awesome Etsy seller “LeatherCollection90” to make a custom Scarlet Witch jacket in your size! Scarlet Witch Avengers 2 Age of Ultron costume replica leather jacket $159, Knee High Slashed Stockings $10, Marvel Comic Combat Boot $49.50, Filigree Lariat Necklace $4.90, Vintage Marvel ‘SCARLET WITCH’ Necklace $16, Studded Wet look Cuffs Arm warmers $13.40, Faux Stone Midi Ring Set $6.90

 

Quicksilver (Okay, I know this isn’t Quicksilver from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I feel like the styling they chose for him really fell flat. I’m sorry, but I’m just not fond of it at all. Now Quicksilver from X-Men: Days of Future Past is amazing. I’m kind of obsessed with everything about him, and so I just had to base my NerdyBound Quicksilver on him.)

Quicksilver

Shop the Look: PINK FLOYD Dark Side Classic Slim Fit T-shirt $21.99, Brigitte Bardot Light jacket $112.50, River Island Denim Short in Washed Black $54 Plus Size Option: Torrid Skinny Short Shorts – Black Wash with Destruction $38.50, Divine Factory Laceup boots $22.55, ASOS Hamsa Chain Hair Crown $14.50, Silver Marine Vinyl Utility Belt custom size $64, Vans Belt silver $25, TMS WWII Raf Vintage Pilot Motorcycle Biker Cruiser Goggles $5.98

 

Loki

Loki

Shop the Look: Marvel By Her Universe Loki Halter Dress $59.50, Black Single Breasted Pockets Cape Coat $24.17 Plus Size Option: Anne Klein Women’s Plus-Size Cape $38.56, Black Wedges with Gold Spikes and Ankle Straps $88.99, Loki Horns Hair Bow $14, Medieval Crown Top Knot $25 I felt this was a fun and very appropriate hair accessory alternative for our throne-thirsty God of Mischief, Loki. Loki Dangle Earrings $14, Loki Hearts pendant necklace $32, ASOS Metal Waist Belt With Cut Work Detail $57, Angular Cutout Cuff $4.90, Forever 21 Caged Cutout Cuff $5.90, Loki Gold Helmet Ring $15.50

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3

Marvel just released the third official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron!

In other news, Marvel fans everywhere are lamenting the fact that they cannot create a time machine to travel to May 1st. Who needs March and April, anyways?

Check out the trailer below:

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Tea Review: Thor Blend

Thor Tea (sounds really funny to me)
Thor Tea (sounds really funny to me)

thor blend

created by: Cara McGee

A deep, strong flavor, incredibly masculine, with bright notes of apricot.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics character Thor. I have no affiliation with Marvel or Disney or any of those related companies. This blend is made for my own enjoyment.

My Review

So, right off the bat, I know I’m going to have to brew this a couple more times to really get a feel for the blend. Like the description says, it has a deep flavor. You can certainly smell the sweetness of the apricot, but the taste of it is much more subdued. The toasted mate (as with the Coulson blend) really, really comes through.

The deeper tones of the ceylon and mate are kind of defying my description at the moment – I’m just not sure how to describe it. I think it must be the slight tang of the ceylon sonata I’m noticing? It is pleasant, though.

However, I think I messed up on my first cup and didn’t steep it for long enough and that is probably why I couldn’t quite get a handle on the flavors.

I’ve brewed a second cup: 200 degrees Fahrenheit, 1 heaping teaspoon, around 12 oz of water, steeped for 5 minutes. Opening the tin (as with the original bag) the first thing you smell is the sweetness of the apricot. It’s really quite fruity.

Once brewed, the apricot scent diminishes significantly, though you can still detect it (of course, this could be because I steeped mine for 5 minutes. I got distracted by a game.) It’s not as strong in flavor as I thought it would be; at least, I don’t find it quite as hearty as the Son of Coul blend. Thor is (surprisingly) kind of mellow. Having said that, it still maintains the toasted mate flavor very well, with hints of the sweet taste of apricot that lingers on the tongue.

I enjoy teas that I don’t have to add anything to, and Thor is one of those.

After the second cup, which was about a million times better than the first time round, I give this 4 of 5 stars. You can buy it here.

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