Behind the Scenes

Wrap-up: March 2016

March was – in my opinion – a hectic month. Lots of preparing for both Dutch Comic Con and HobbitCon. Easter and lots of work I needed to do. I am that person that does everything last minute. Two days before we left for HobbitCon (which is today, the day this will be published), my friend and I (or mostly my friend) were still working on a bodice for my hobbit cosplay. Oops. Anyway, here is the month of March in a nice wrap-up!

Books I bought

I only bought two books this month. Received one that I’d pre-ordered in December, and received one from a friend. The rest of the things in this list are all comics. I am starting to go the good way, yay!

IMG_5288

  • Lux: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This book has aliens in it and I love science fiction/spacey books. I am not a huge fan of the romantic part of this book, but a friend of mine loves this series so I thought I’d try it out. Also apparently the main character is a book blogger? Cool!
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – I pre-ordered this book in December because of the pre-order goodies. This was the first (and so far only) one that I’d found that shipped internationally. Down below I’ve also got a picture of the goodies that arrived not long after the book itself did.
  • Harry Potter en de Gevangene van Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – My best friend’s boyfriend mentioned that he has a set of unread (!!!) Harry Potter books in Dutch on his shelf. I was still looking for two of them, so he ended up giving his copy of the third book to me. It looks so new and shiny next to my own books, but I am so happy to finally have this book again! I now only need the second book and then I have two full sets of Harry Potter books again!
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – I found a copy that’s the same size as my (massive) Red Queen copy, so naturally I had to buy it. I have also already read it and I really enjoyed it!

IMG_5291

  • Uncanny Avengers volume 3 – My friend and I went to our bookstore to see if there were new Marvel comics out. The third volume of Uncanny Avengers had just come out, so I immediately bought it, because it is really cool even if it’s in Dutch!
  • Decimation: Son of M – I saw this by chance at one of the stands on DCC and immediately claimed it. Pietro Maximoff is one of my favourite characters, and this is a continuation of House of M, which was one of my favourite Marvel comics that I’ve read last year. Can’t wait to get started into this one! I just need to find all the other Decimation comics, but they’re not available anywhere.
  • Vision and the Scarlet Witch – My friend found this and we were both like ‘OMG I NEED’, so she was like ‘go buy it, and if you don’t – I will’ but I ended up buying it, even though it was about 17 euros (still a lot cheaper than anywhere I could find, and even there it wasn’t available).
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – I found this at the same stand where I found Son of M, so this was also an immediate buy. I love the Percy Jackson series, and I’ve always wanted to try out the graphic novels. I believe only the first three books were made into graphic novels, but still I want to try them out!
  • Star Wars 5, 6, 7 & Darth Vader 9 – I bought the Star Wars comics from the magazine store at my local shopping centre. The Darth Vader comic I got for free from Dutch Comic Con!
  • Totally Awesome Hulk #1 – Also a free comic at DCC. This was really cool though, so I might see if I can find a whole volume of it somewhere.
  • Kick-Ass #3 – Again a free comic from DCC; and I basically only took it because in the movies, Kick-ass is played by Aaron Taylor Johnson.

Other things bought

Of course I bought plenty of other things this month. I’ll not include all the things bought for HobbitCon because that’s a lot, but I’ll just show you the things bought at Dutch Comic Con and clothes and stuff!

IMG_5292

  • Empire Civil War edition – The new Captain America movie is coming out next month, and Empire put Tony and Cap on the cover for their April edition. So naturally, I had to buy it. It has an amazing picture of my fav character (Wanda Maximoff) in it!
  • Amsterdam Comic Con ticket + Photo-op with Sean Astin – Showmasters are organising the one and only Amsterdam Comic Con in August, and my best friend and I decided to go there (it’s like 15 minutes away from where we live, so why not). When Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) was announced, we were extatic. As soon as the photo tickets went online, we bought ours, and now I can say I AM GOING TO MEET TWO HOBBITS THIS YEAR!
  • Lake-Town inspired outfit – I was panicking because I still hadn’t received my Valar dress by the time we went to the Vintage Store. So we went thrift shopping and I bought this entire outfit for less than 25 euros. I’m going as an older version of Tilda (one of the cosplays I had planned this year) and I’m really happy with how it looks!
  • Scarlet Witch & Sleeping Beauty Funko’s – I had already pre-ordered (and paid for) the Scarlet Witch Funko before DCC, but I could pick her up there, which was really exciting. Then, on Sunday, we went to this other stand that had only Funko’s, and there I saw this classic Sleeping Beauty. There’s a version of the new movie, Maleficent, as well, but this one is my Aurora. Super happy with both of my babies!

Books read, movies watched

I’ve only read three books, one of which I’ve DNF-ed. The rest were all either graphic novels or single comics. I rewatched three movies, watched two new ones and finally finished a TV show again. I am definitely going to read and watch more (new) stuff next month but I just haven’t been in the mood to read or watch anything these past couple of weeks.

What happened in my life?

I decided to rewatch the Lord of the Rings movies, because I was in the mood for that, and I just hadn’t seen them properly in a while. I still cried at the part where Aragorn said ‘You bow to no one’, and at the end when everyone went to the Grey Havens. *sighs*

We also went to see Allegiant, and I personally really enjoyed it. There were some not nice things about it (Peter being the comic relief instead of being an actual asshole, etc), but overall it was a good movie. Then I saw that Inside Out was on Netflix, watched it and got a serious case of the sads afterwards (no seriously, I think Sadness is my main emotion).

2016-03-26 11.22.11

Then it was time for Dutch Comic Con, and of course I got ill. I had a serious cold and a sore throat a couple of days before the con, but I still went and cosplayed on both days. At the end of the first day, I had almost completely lost my voice. We did have this really cool Marvel vs. DC shoot outside with a lot of awesome cosplayers. Then we went out for pizza with a couple of friends, which was even cooler. The second day my voice was still gone, but I went on, cosplayed and we had another Marvel vs. DC shoot at the end of the day. Then, it was prepare for HobbitCon time!

I was stressing a lot because I hadn’t received the dress I ordered, and I am definitely not getting it before we leave on Thursday. So I ended up completely throwing my cosplay plans overboard and making up new ones. I’ll be an older version of Tilda, (lightbrown haired) Arwen and a random Hobbit (Dora Boffin of Needlehole, no seriously that’s my Hobbit name). I had to remake my shirt for a special thing that we’re doing on the first day which added a bit more stress to my already stressed body. Luckily, everything went alright and I now have an amazing tshirt.

Today, seeing as this will be posted on the 31st, we’re leaving for HobbitCon and seeing a lot of our friends again. Then it’s four days of party, and four weeks (approximately) of being completely kaputt gemacht afterwards. During DCC I decided to not go to any Civil War premiere, even if it’s going to be in London, just because everything is too close together, and they still haven’t announced if there even is going to be a London premiere. I am going to focus on going to the one for the new Thor movie, which was the first Marvel movie I really liked so I guess that makes it a bit more special!

Next month

Technically next month I am going to be at HobbitCon, so I am going to say the following: Next month I will be meeting Billy Boyd who y’all might know as Peregrin “Pippin” Took from the Lord of the Rings movies. He was a last-minute announcement, after Graham McTavish had to cancel. I am honestly not too sad about Graham cancelling, because I’ve already met him twice, but I am sad that this is going to be the last time and I really wished all of the (dwarf) actors could be there.

After HobbitCon, I’m going to try to relax, hopefully get better, and enjoy my HC memories. Then? I honestly do not know what I am going to do in April. Prepare for my birthday I guess? Start my cosplays for Amsterdam Comic Con? I am going to cosplay a dark version of Rey (complete with Dark BB-8) and Wanda’s Civil War outfit. They’re pretty simple, but the only ‘hard’ part is finding 5 meters of crinkly fabric that isn’t too expensive and the right colour.

I am also going to do a short read-a-thon, because I have not read all the books I wanted to read the past couple of months due to convention-stress, and I really want to read more.

What I want to read: Honestly I am not going to make a list this time. I’ll try to read the books I put on my previous three wrap-up posts that I still haven’t read.

What I want to see: Daredevil S2, Captain America: Civil War, Eddie the Eagle, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, The 100 S3.

How was your month?