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I Did That!!

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Last week was marked with achievement for me as it relates to my ongoing personal fitness goals!! It began the Sunday before last when I was able to do side crow for the first time ever in hot yoga!!!

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“OMGosh! OMGosh! I can’t believe I’m doing this!!”

And, I didn’t do it just once; I did it THREE times!!! I was able to do it on both sides during practice and then my bestie/yoga buddy take this pic of me doing it again after class ended!! Okay … so, I haven’t been able to do it since … but, I now know that I can do it and can do it again!! I also tried scorpion (assisted against the wall and with my arms strapped around my elbows) for the first time! And, it was pretty good for a first try!! Woot Woot!!

So, at the end of yoga, my bestie tells me about this Superhero 5K in Morristown the following Saturday. She knew I finished C25K (she was 5 weeks in and we were talking about signing up for the Morristown Warriors Dash). She is also well aware of my love of comics/cartoons and knew this would be right up my alley. How fitting would it be that my first 5K in life be superhero themed?!?! So, when I got home, I looked it up and saw that the 5K was not only fun, but to raise money to bring clean water to Africa and Central America. Superhero-themed and for a good cause? Sign me up and call me Batman!!

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Oh! How could I forget?! Part of the reason this came up was because of a belated birthday gift from my buddy Fernando! Batsocks!!

And so, this past Saturday, I ran my first ever 5K!! And, I did not walk once!!

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Let me tell you, those hills are a b@#$!! LOL!! But, I am very pleased to say that I ran it in 34:40.92 minutes, which was an  11:09 mph pace! So, this is right about on par with the 5.5 mph pace I’ve been running on the treadmill! And, I was came in 114th place out of 498 women!!! Woot Woot squared!! LOL! My goal is to be able to run a 5K in 30 minutes or less … but one day at a time :).

So yeah … great week for me personal fitness challenge wise :)! And, as of yesterday, I’m 3 months/84 days into this working out for at least 10 minutes every day!! When I started this, I was just trying to get past the 3 week hurdle. I am totally ecstatic that I’ve come this far and don’t see myself stopping now!

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Have you recently accomplished a health and/or fitness goal? Dish!!

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JL8: A Refreshing Re-Imagining

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In honor of the long overdue Sci-5ive lunch that I’m going to attend today, sharing a little gold nugget of a comic strip that a friend posted on my Facebook wall a couple of weeks ago. If you like/love the Justice League, especially Batman, and GOOD comic strips, check this one out. It starts out a little slow, but really starts getting good around strip 10-12. There are a lot of cameos and inside jokes for the well-versed superhero fan and the continuous story keeps you coming back for more.

Here’s a little tease with one of my faves from JL8 (I think it stands for Justice League 8 y/o).

JL8_23If you watched JL/JLU animated, this strip is like a full series based upon one of my fave episodes, Child’s Play!!

Check out JL8 from the very beginning here. You can thank me later ;).

(p.s. There are currently 103 strips and, from what I understand, new strips are added twice a week.)

 

NYCC 2012 Recap

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PIC HEAVY POST

I’m sitting here at 10:15 pm with indigo in my hair that I need to rinse, so that I can deep condition! But, I didn’t want to let another day go by without sharing a ton of pics from New York Comic Con 2012!

Here are some of the highlights!!

Day 1: Friday, October 12th

Kasim, my Comic Con road dog for four years and running.


We were attacked by Aliens almost immediately upon our arrival on Friday morning!!

Burt Ward and Adam West, TV’s Batman and Robin, were awesome!! They were so funny and obviously good friends who enjoyed their time together on the show. Adam gave us a little Mayor Adam West and Burt threw out a few, “Holey Moley Batmans!!” This was definitely one of the big highlights of the Con for me this year!

There were so many female Loki’s!! This young lady was among the best!
Those horns are massive!! Talk about needing good posture!!

Artists’ Alley
As I mentioned the other day, comfort and warmth were my number one and two priorities
when choosing my OOTD!! So, I picked up this hooded sweater (which is actually from the plus sizes)
and faux-fur lined combat boots at Marshall’s earlier that week!

Gandalf and Frodo!! They had several of these amazing Lego sculptures!!

Catwoman and Deadpool. This was our entertainment while waiting on line for an autograph from Anne Rice. Deadpool was wile’in out!! (Btw: the line was out of control and we never made it anywhere near Anne Rice
… waste of an hour. But, at least I got this pic!).

This is the other big highlight of the Con! I got to see Seth Green at the Robot Chicken panel in the packed to capacity 5000 seat IGN Theater! He was so frickin’ funny, sweet and nice! He was giving people hugs, taking pics, accepting gifts! I just want to put him in my pocket and carry him around (he’s little like me and Wei ;)). Almost got to ask him a question too (was trying to get my own hug! *lol*), but they cut the line off, like, 2 people ahead of me!! Boooh!!!! 

Day 2: Saturday, October 13th

This was the day that I debuted my Appa (Avatar: The Last Airbender) hat!! So, I had to wear a hairstyle that was befitting! This is my Katara-inspired hair loopies and bun.

Now, who to take with me?!?! Yeah, no way Appa was going! Plus, I was
already repping him and Katara. Ultimately, Momo made the cut ;)!

We took the train into the city each day. Surprisingly, no one seemed to notice the hat much. 
But, who could blame them when Hans Solo, Batman and Naruto were in the vicinity too ;)! *lol* The hat was a hit at the Con! Got asked where I got it several times and also got a few requests to take my picture ;). Of course I obliged!

The first stop of the day for me was a Buffy: 10 Year Anniversary panel.
And, look who was in line with me!! Illyria!!

The panel was actually the writers and editors of the Buffy and Angel comic book series.
But look who showed up! It’s Xander!! Oh, yeah, sorry. Nicholas Brendon. He was very Xander-like though!!

That evening, we attended a Hip-Hop and Comics panel with Pete Rock, DMC and MC Jean Grae, among others! 

Pete Rock rocking a really cool Hulk tee!

We hit the convention floor again as my plans had run afoul! There was aFirefly 10th Anniversary Special Event that I had every plan of attending. Got to the IGN theatre 2 1/2 hours before the panel to wait in line. The 5000 seat theatre was already full and I was quickly told that I wasn’t getting in, but I could go look at the line if I wanted. Walked to the holding area and there probably was another 10ooo people sitting on the hard concrete floor waiting. Booooo! And, just like I knew would happen, Nathan Fillion made a surprise guest appearance. BOOOOOO (that’s an ever louder boo than before). I’m still very bitter.

Of course I had to go hang with the Sci-5 in Artists’ Alley!!

I love this pic! My girls Jackie and Megan!! The women of the Sci-5!!

Day 3: Sunday, October 14th

Got a little camera time with Thor. He’s big, but not as big as I would expect a god to be. *lol*

Calvin and Hobbes!!! Awwww, Bill Watterson, come back to us please!!

Mr. Freeze!! So cool to meet you!!
Get it?

Best. Costumes. Ever. Only a few people will get why.

Boba Chicken!!

Speechless. Okay, not really. Mera was, like, 7 feet tall and all diva!! Aquaman likes ’em burly, I guess! *lol*

Special Feature: Naturals at the Con!!
Last year, I was too shy to ask to take pics. But, this year, I got a little bolder! There were sooo many beautiful naturals at the event, working and attending! I had to stop myself from chasing down a couple of ladies!! LOL!  




The young lady in the infinity scarf made it herself! I have to check out her Etsy shop, Purl Affair (acissejlates.etsy.com). Oh, and if you know who the last young lady is, you get bonus points ;).)

And That’s a Wrap Folks!!

By Sunday afternoon, around 2-3 pm, I was DONE! I went to the food court to read Ender’s Game, which I picked up for free at one of the convention tables (Kas scopes out all the free book tables and this was a brilliant recommendation! I loved it!), and immediately passed out! That’s how Kas and his friend found me! So we paid one last visit to the Sci-5 and hit the road home! It was a great time, saw some things, missed some things (still bitter), got some free stuff, took some pics, got asked to be in some pics, nursed my aching feet (even flat boots couldn’t stop the dogs from barking after walking and standing for hours on end for three days) and will be ready to do it all over again next year!!

And with that, here are a bunch of other pics! It’s almost 1 am now, I still have indigo in my hair and still need to rinse and DC. You know I’ll be sleeping in conditioner! Hope that you enjoy this ridiculous number of pics!!

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Which pics would you caption and how ;)?

One Thousandth Post and NYCC 2012!!

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Guess what?!?! I hit another landmark!! A couple of months ago, I hit 1,000,000 + views and today, I hit a landmark post!! This is the 1000th article published on hairscapades.com!! Wooh-hooh!! That’s a lot of content … y’all don’t need me to write anymore, right ;)?! LOL!! And, I figured, what better post to debut my newest head accessory for New York Comic Con 2012 ;)?!?! If you’ve been around since this time last year, you know about NYCC 2011 and my hair accessories of choice for that Con. But, if you missed the recap, feel free to check it out here. Although I don’t “cospay” (noun. Literally, “costume play.” The art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction.), I do like to join in the fun with my own fashion choices. Typically, it just involves a fave character tee-shirt, but I’ve gotten a little more creative in the last couple of years with the help of the internet!

I saw the above pic (left) on the Tumblr page of  Bryan Konietzko, one of Avatar: TLA creators. I immediately knew that I HAD to have it! So, I “commissioned” a friend/co-worker to knit it for me!! She was tickled pink at my silliness and immediately accepted the challenge, despite the fact that she hadn’t knitted in a few years and had never made a hat! But, I think she did a GREAT job! And, no hair worries! I’m wearing a Dri Sweat Fit Cap under it to protect my tresses from the moisture-robbing fabric (see, I brought this back around to hair ;)!

Anywho, can’t wait to debut my hat at the Con next weekend to see what kind of reaction it gets! That’s one of the very few places in the world with people who will appreciate it rather than look at me like o_O! LOL ;)!!

Alright, that’s it! I just couldn’t wait to debut my little secret anymore!! I’ve been keeping this under wraps for over a month now! But, with the Con less than a week away and this being my 1000th post, thought it was a great time to share!!

Lata Gatas!!

Epics Launch and One World, Many Naturals Hair Expo Weekend!

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Okay, don’t have much time!  So, I’m just sharing some pics from my weekend at the Epics Launch in Madison, NJ on Saturday and the One World, Many Naturals Natural Hair Expo in Newark, NJ on Sunday!

A quick hair note. I didn’t wash it this weekend … too much running. So, on Saturday, after wearing a cinnabun for two days, I refreshed the stretched WnG with Infusium 23 and Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter mixed with Samy’s Get Curls Curl Potion (think the latter has been discontinued :(, but I stocked up a year or so ago at a local drugstore’s going out of business sale). Then, on Sunday, I decided to banana clip big bun it for the Hair Expo. Glad I did, because it was windy as all get out outside!!

Okay, here are pics and I’ll be back later tonight (I hope) to add more photos and provide some explanations!!

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Comics: Tips for Getting “Your Foot in the Door”

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“The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.” – pencils by Fernando Ruiz

About a month ago, I got the following e-mail from a reader:

Hi, my name is Ashanti. I just want to say that I love your blog, especially anything tagged the “random things you like.” It is really encouraging to see the person beyond the hair and beauty posts, especially someone with interests like mine (go Korra!!).

I saw that you have connections in the world of Archie, and I have some questions. My sister is deep into DC. She lives and breathes it, knows the back story of nearly ever character, and can wax poetic on the interplay between each one. She has tons of ideas, from merchendise, to plot development, to distribution. I would love to see her turn her interest into a career, but we dont know where to start. Is there any advice that you could give her on how to put her foot in the door? Thanks a lot, and keep posting!! You help my work day go by that much faster :).

Awwwwww!! I was so flattered and so happy to know that other readers share my interest in comics/cartoons and enjoy my related posts! So, I reached out to Archie artist extraordinaire, and one of my good buddies and Sci-Five founding member ;), Fernando Ruiz and asked if he could share any advice to point Ashanti’s sister in the right direction. He replied with a very detailed and helpful list of tips that he said I could share here!! So, if you, your kids, siblings and/or friends have any interest in comics/cartoons as a career, here are some great tips for getting started!!

Hey Shelli,

That was a nice letter.

Here are a couple of suggestions…

1) If she’s interested in art, take a class in it. It’d be great to take a cartooning class, but they aren’t always offered everywhere. A Basic Drawing class or figure drawing class is always a great place to start. It doesn’t have to be anything as intense as the Kubert School. Try an evening class or afternoon workshop just to see where her ability is and if she enjoys it. Classes can be found in lots of places. You don’t need an art school necessarily. Try a local community college, an adult program at the local high school, art associations, community centers or the library.

2) Attend a comic book convention. Go to the DC booth. Talk to the people you’d like to work with and make connections that can help you later. Let them know you’re interested in comics as a profession and they might be able to help you. Conventions are a great place to get a feeling for the business. Try to stick to larger cons. Smaller ones tend to be about dealers, buying, and selling. Comic book companies mostly attend large shows only nowadays. This might require some traveling but there are large shows in many major cities across the US such as Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Orlando, and of course New York and San Diego.

3) I’m not sure where Ashanti and her sister live but they might be interested in coming to one of the Kubert School’s Open Houses. We have them in October and in March. They’re a great opportunity to find out about the business and what it takes to break into the business. It might be a good idea for Ashanti’s sister to see even before finding out what the business is like, to find out what it takes to learn about the business. It’s not about selling her on the school. It’s more for the casual setting and access she’ll get to many of our different instructors.

4) Depending on her sister’s age and location, she might want to consider an internship at a comic book company. Lord knows comic companies love free employees! If she doesn’t mind grueling work for free, it’s a great experience. You really see the day-to-day guts of a comic company and you make great connections.

5) If art is her sister’s thing, she might want to consider one of the Kubert School’s correspondence courses. I know they’re not cheap, but they are very good in terms of instruction and they’re a nice non-committal way of dipping your toe in the water. The courses are available through the school’s website.

6) This might also require some travel, but take a tour of a comic book company. I know Archie has granted tours to fans who have called to ask for one. Naturally, these are usually done through appointment only.

7) Hang out at comic shops. Comic shops are often the buffer between fans and pros. Pros are often fans themselves and like to hang out at comic shops too. They’ll also do appearances and signings at these stores so these are good opportunities for her to meet people and pick their brains.

I hope these ideas help. Feel free to post any or all of my response on your blog.

I’ll talk to you soon!

Fern

How awesome is that?!?! Thanks Fern!! You’re the best!!

And, if any of you are interested in checking out more of Fernando’s artwork, you can find it here on his website, www.fernviewart.com, or by picking pick up an Archie Marries Betty/Archie Marries Veronica the next time you’re at the bookstore, comic book store or newsstand:)! Speaking of Archie Marries …, did you know that Archie married Valerie of Josie and the Pussycats too?!?!

Dan Parent drew this limited (for now ;)) Archie Marries series, but Fern hooked me up with signed copies anyway!!

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out Fern’s collaboration project, EPICS, with fellow Kubert School alums Bob Hardin, Anthony Marques and Fabio Redivo!! I already have my digital copy and can’t wait for the launch party next Saturday. It’s bound to be a great time as whenever I hang with the Sci-Five, I laugh until my stomach and cheeks hurt!!

Lata Gatas!!

EPICS! EPICS! EPICS! via EpicsAnthology

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EPICS has finally arrived and the artists/writers behind it … who happen to be some of my best friends and Sci-5 colleagues 😉 … are having a Launch Party at Dewey’s Comic Book Store in Madison next Saturday, September 15th from 1-4 pm! So, if you’re into comics even the slightest bit, this is the place to be next Saturday ;)! You know that I’ll be there!!

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Come to DEWEY’S COMIC CITY (www.DeweysComicCity.com) in Madison NJ on Saturday, September 15th from 1-4pm to pick up the first issue of EPICS! The creators of the book, Fernando Ruiz (The Iron Ghost), Bob Hardin (A Racy Story), Fabio Redivo (Drake) and myself (Katyusha) will all be on hand to sign copies and do sketches!

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