Star Wars and the Power of Costume

20120215_202756As some of you may remember, during the summer, I had a short notice trip to the New York / New Jersey area. I was only going to be there for a few days, and didn’t have much wiggle room to do extra stuff. But I had one day I could spare to return to New York, and I happily made a nerdy itinerary for that day.

Among the things on my list: Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square, where I could see screen used costumes from the movies.

Now, I took LOADS of pictures, because there were SO MANY COSTUMES. However, I think I’m just going to highlight some favorites. So, let’s begin!

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Wizard World St Louis 2017

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It’s that time again, boys and girls. Wizard World St Louis – a time I can attend a con and
drive my things home at the end of each day, and not have to worry about safely getting everything home in luggage that may or may not arrive at my destination with me. This particular con makes my little collecting heart happy. BUY ALL THE THINGS!

My con prep was a little more involved, this time. I had two new bags to try out – reviews to come on those, plus I needed to sort through some of my comics to figure out what I needed to fill in some gaps, if the dollar bins would be kind to me. So, my handy dandy notebook of lists got a few pages added to it. But, aside from those things, I also needed to locate shirts, roll up posters, find my plastic protective sleeve things I use for prints, etc. Don’t even get me started on trying to figure out panels and schedules. Ooooh boy.

This was actually one of my least busy cons, but somehow felt like I was trying to do more. Funny how that works, huh?

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Gods and Monsters

 

Last fall, during my most recent trip to Orlando, Florida, I had a brilliant idea. I decided that, on our last day in town, before we started our trip home, we’d locate this shop I’d heard about called Gods & Monsters.

Now, at the time we went, Gods & Monsters was located in the Artegon, which was one of the coolest mall type buildings I’ve ever been to. However, it unfortunately closed in January of 2017, which meant Gods & Monsters – among other stores and shops – had to relocate. Now, Gods & Monsters has a lease with Orlando Crossings Mall, and has since reopened, I believe.

Anyway…

I knew I’d heard glorious things about the size of this place and the HUGE amount of nerdy delight it contained. But I was still massively overwhelmed the moment I stepped inside.

There is such a HUGE spectrum of amazing things inside this shop. While they do have quite a few current books, they don’t really have much in terms of comic back issues. HOWEVER, that’s totally fine, given the massive amount of other things they did have.

There were older and newer collectibles and toys, ranging from sci fi to fantasy, comic related to horror, etc. Honestly, I wish I would have spent less at Universal and Disney, so I could have made a massive haul in Gods & Monsters – because there were some treasures I desperately wanted.

But aside from just having loads of cool things, they also had a gaming area set up in the back, if I remember correctly, as well as some insanely cool decor going on. My particular favorite? Anything and EVERYTHING Batman related. The Arkham games themed check out counter area was PHENOMENAL. GodsandMonsters2

If you’re in the area, go check out Gods & Monsters at their new location. I’ll be heading back for sure the next time I make my way to Orlando!

Have you ever visited Gods & Monsters? Have you seen the new location yet? Comment below and let me know!

 

~Angel

 

Nerd Girls Day Out

The beginning of February, I took my mom and best friend both on a bit of a nerdy shopping adventure for  girls day out. It was much needed, since I haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with my best friend lately, and retail therapy always helps.

We started our adventures back at one of my favorite places, Villainous Grounds in Perryville, MO. I caught up on some comics I needed, since they were having a fantastic sale (25% off single issues, if I remember correctly) and picked up a cup of delicious hot chocolate before we set out for our next destination.

Brittaney had told me about a store in the St Louis area called Saga Toys, gushing about how amazing it was and promising me I would love it. She was not wrong! I hope to go back some time with more money and focus, and do a proper post on just this store alone. Saga Toys is huge, filled with new and old, loads of Legos, tons of Batman (yay, me!) and – as you would expect – SO MUCH STAR WARS!

Then we moved on to the mall closest to where we were – South County. Inside, though, are two of my favorite stores to hunt for collectibles in: V-Stock, and Slackers. I bought a bunch of Batman books in V-Stock, since they were having a BOGO free sale on Batman back issues and pre-owned comics. OOOOOH, yes. Then, my only pick up from Slackers was the newest All Star Batman, I believe.

Overall, it was a great day of nerding out and spending quality time with my best friend.

If you’d like to see more of these collection hunting posts, and maybe including the haul at the end, let me know in the comments!

I have LOADS of posts to catch up on, and Wizard World St Louis is just around the corner. So stay tuned!

 

~Angel

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