Villainous Grounds

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A few months ago, I went to a tiny con in Farmington, MO called Max Con. While there, I met the lovely shop owner of Villainous Grounds in Perryville, MO. I’ve never been to Perryville, but decided that I’d make the 50 minute trip to check out the shop on a weekend. It took me a couple months, but I did it! Totally worth the drive!

There are two floors to Villainous Grounds. The first floor is a cool and welcoming coffee shop. The second floor, which is where I darted to first, has three rooms of comics and collectibles, etc, as well as  The Mad Hatter’s Tea Room – a cozy place to enjoy your beverage ordered downstairs, or to host a small event for a reasonable fee.

Upstairs was my haven. I loved how comfortable I felt, as well as the selection of newer issues. And that DC Rebirth wall? Ooooh, yeah. I need to go back in with a list of what I’m missing and catch myself up!

But, the comfort was a big thing for me. I have, on occasion, felt very uncomfortable in some shops, as odd as it sounds. I feel like I shouldn’t look or touch, or I shouldn’t even be there, etc. However, in Villainous Grounds, I felt at home. It was clean and cool, but also felt like you were in a welcoming environment. Plus, you can’t beat the delicious smells coming from downstairs. Then, there are the nerdy little touches:

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After I made my selections, I headed back downstairs to pay, and ordered one of the most delicious hot chocolates EVER to go. You can check out their menu here.

My haul:

I hope to head back soon with some friends, a list, more time, and a wad of cash. And, hopefully, make it in for an in store event. If you live in Missouri, or happen to be visiting, definitely go stop in if you have a chance. I hope to spend a little more time during my next visit, and plan to do another, more detailed post when I do.

You can visit Villainous Grounds on their website or check out their Instagram ( @VillainousGrounds ) for some fantastic pictures.

 

-Angel

Travel Plans: Fan Expo Toronto

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Next year begins a grand adventure, with my very first trip to Canada! I’ve been wanting to go to Fan Expo Toronto a few years now, and I’ve finally decided to go for it next year. While the con is definitely my main purpose while I’m there, I’m hoping to see a few things in Toronto if I can, and possibly stretch my trip a bit to visit a few other areas in Canada. One particular place being a comic shop in Windsor I’ve been dying to see.

This is one of my bigger trips, and definitely one I need to be strategic about financially to pull off. I’ve already began the good old change jars for spending money. I need to do some extra shoots, sell some art work, maybe have a yard sale or two, just to help cushion my wallet a bit over the next year. But, I’ll make it happen, and keep updating on the progress as I go over the next several months.

Stay tuned for more the next few weeks, including more on Halloween Horror Nights this year!

~Angel

HHN 26: American Horror Story

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American Horror Story is an FX series that has grown a massive following of horror and non-horror fans, alike. With changing themes each season, it’s definitely an interesting concept that keeps people guessing what will happen from season to season, and, more recently, trying to connect the dots between each season.

The American Horror Story house for Halloween Horror Nights 26 is comprised of three seasons: Season One – The Murder House, Season Four – Freakshow, and Season Five – Hotel. Unfortunately, while I did get to tour this house, I couldn’t take any behind the scenes pictures because the photo policy with the IP houses just changed. However, I do have a little bit of insight to share.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Return of the NerdGirl

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AND WE ARE BACK!

Sort of.

I was a bit overwhelmed with things after coming back from Orlando, and fell behind on posting. However! This week, we should be back in business, with catch up from Halloween Horror Nights starting on Wednesday.

So stay tuned, ladies and gents! We’re going to be back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

~Angel

Halloween Horror Nights 26 Prep!

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, boys and ghouls! Autumn is in the air, and Halloween is creeping up on us. You know what that means — Halloween Horror Nights!

Some of the houses I’m particularly excited about – The Exorcist, AHS, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween – have had my happy little horror loving brain so excited that I can barely focus. I’m finalizing plans and tickets. I’m freaking out with excitement because I know I’ll be there Sunday, finally basking in the awesome which is Universal, and Halloween Horror Nights.

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I decided to pack my Blood Brothers shirt from Terror Threads to wear for the event itself. Fitting, since last year they had the Freddy vs Jason house, and this year they’ve brought Michael Myers and Leatherface back.  Plus, this shirt is ridiculously cool and comfortable, as are all of the shirts from Terror Threads. If you love horror, you’ll definitely love their products.

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We start the drive to Orlando Friday night, so there probably won’t be any new posts here until I’m back. Can’t wait to come back with loads of pictures for you guys!

~Angel

HHN 26: Updates

I’ve had a lot of things kinda drag me behind lately, so forgive my absence! I’ve missed updating you guys on the rest of the announcements for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, and with it starting this week, and my own trip beginning next week, I probably need to catch up!

Here’s the rest of the house line up from the official Halloween Horror Nights site:

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KRAMPUS

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Suicide Squad: Premiere and Review

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The critics have been bashing it. Kevin Smith has sung praises for it. It’s finally here for the masses. And, specifically, I was eagerly waiting to watch it. There was a lot at stake for me: I’ve been wanting a New 52 Suicide Squad movie. When I saw the first pictures of the cast, I was nervous. The first SDCC leaked trailer left me feeling unsure. Whenever new trailers began releasing, though, my opinion changed. My personal hype began building. I finally built this up so much, that when the movie finally began, I was grinning like an idiot. My baby, Harley Quinn, that I’ve loved as long as I can remember, was FINALLY GOING TO BE ON SCREEN.

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But, what did I actually think of the movie?

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It was what I needed. The Easter eggs were so magnificent, I nearly jumped from my seat to cheer. The feel of the New 52 Suicide Squad comics and the missions, characters I loved seeing on the screen like Harley, Deadshot, Diablo, and Boomerang had fantastic chemistry. Margot Robbie was fantastic. Even Jared Leto as the Joker made me happy. This movie was what I needed it to be, and I left happy. I understand why it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But don’t ruin it for those of us that it worked for.

I’d love to go into detail on more things, but I’ll wait a while before I say anything spoiler-y.

Either way, this was what I needed it to be, and I can’t wait to see it again. Critics and haters be damned.

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In Skwad We Trust. 

~Angel