Avengers and Free Comic Book Day!

There are some weekends where I do absolutely nothing, and then there are others that are filled with tons of nerdiness. This past weekend was one of those super nerdy weekends.

Thursday I got together with some friends and did the Avengers Double Feature for the release of Age of Ultron! I love super hero movies, and because of the influence of my friend, I’ve been getting more into comics. Mostly I just read X-Men, but that didn’t stop me from being really excited for the newest Avengers movie. We definitely didn’t have the time or the will power to do the mega Marvel marathon that lasts for like, two days. We settled on the Double Feature instead; which was the first Avengers movie and the newest one.

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Of course we had to dress up. I went as Scarlet Witch, because of my love for X-Men (even though they aren’t really included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). I was missing a few pieces, and it wasn’t completely accurate, but recognizable enough. We also had a Black Widow, Tony Stark, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent! The most popular of our group was Black Widow, obviously. She had several young girls take pictures with her! After the movies were over, some people included me in their photos. Scarlet Witch is a bit more recognizable after the movie for most people.

It’s really great to see young girls get excited about female Super Heroes. And they say no one is interested in female Super Heroes.

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The Double Feature was great, for the most part, but I’ll get to that. The best thing was that it was full of super nerds like me! Even though I’m kind of a stickler for quiet in movie theaters, for something like this there are moments when cheering and clapping is great.

This was also the first time I’ve seen the first Avengers movie in theaters! I was in Japan when it originally came out so I missed it (it came out in Japan after I had left). Of course I’ve seen it before, but it was really nice to see it on the big screen!

Ultron was fantastic! It was a ton of fun and full of all the super hero feels you can get. But we had a bit of bad luck. It was in IMAX which was awesome, but there was a storm and it messed with the projector. The movie went out twice and after it came back the whole thing was a little dim. That was really disappointing, but the theater gave us free tickets to come see it again (or anything else) uninterrupted. Though it did give us some time to express our excitement to each other while they worked on getting the movie back up! I know I gushed about Steve Rogers during that time!

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I’ve already seen the movie twice. I saw it with my parents on Saturday too. I was dying to talk to my dad about it so I wanted him to see it right away (My dad and I always talk about comics and super hero movies. He loves Iron Man).

Saturday was also Free Comic Book Day! The first weekend in May is always a day when comic book fans can journey to participating stores and pick up some exclusive comic books, for free! This was my first time going. I’ve always felt wary about comic book stores because I have friends who have had bad experiences being females in comic book shops. I went with the same friend who was Black Widow on Thursday for some support. It was a good experience actually! Most shops have a limit on how many comics you can get (this one was 3). A lot of people will go to different stores all day to get all of the free comics, but I only had one participating store near by.

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I picked up both of the Marvel comics (Secret Wars #0 and the new Avengers) and I also got one from Black Circle comics. The reason I picked up the one from Black Circle was because there was a cool looking lady hero on the front, but there was no content for her story! There were previews of two other male led stories, but the lady only had some character art! I was a little disappointed by that.

In order to support the shop I also picked up some X-Men! I got volume one of the Age of Apocalypse. This will get me ready for the next X-Men movie (which is the same story). I can always use more X-Men!

It was a super comic filled weekend for me! I love weekends like this where I can just do things that make me really happy.

Did you go to Free Comic Book Day? Let me know!

JK Rowling writes more Harry Potter!

I got some great news when I got home from work today. JK Rowling released somewhat of a short story about Harry Potter and his Pals!

The story was released in the form of a gossip column written by none other than the (in)famous Rita Skeeter.Through Pottermore, a site that’s purpose is to give fans little snippets of extended Harry Potter cannon, JK Rowling has been writing updates for the 2014 Quidditch World Cup (which coincides with the Soccer World Cup in Brazil).

Apparently today was the final match and some VIPs showed up: Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, Luna, and Neville, among others. Rita writes in a way only she could, about what Harry and the gang have been up to, and it’s fantastic.

You can read the whole thing over on Pottermore, but there are some parts that I really loved.

  • First that she tries to play up a cut on Harry’s face as some sort of domestic dispute between him and Ginny. In true Rita Skeeter fashion the assumptions are completely unfounded, and we’ll really never know if it was Ginny or it was due to Harry’s job as an Auror (which it probably was). Harry seems like he is a very private person, and probably wouldn’t tell Rita Skeeter anything anyway, but I like that he tries his best to keep to himself.
  • Rita mentions that Hermione is moving her way up quickly in the Ministry. Hermione Granger for Minister of Magic.
  • Teddy Lupin and Victorie Weasley just kissing everywhere. EVERYWHERE
  • Neville and his wife enjoying firewhiskey. Party it up Longbottoms. I bet Neville and Hannah throw the best parties.
  • Ron running the joke shop with George. Still a family business. Ron seems much more suited to this kind of work than fighting evil wizards. Ron, like his brothers, loves to laugh and is probably a people person so the joke shop is a good match for him.
  • Rita’s comment about Hermione’s hair. That made me laugh out loud.


I love getting things like this from JK Rowling. Harry Potter has always been a consent in my life, and probably in Rowling’s. Seems like she can’t leave it alone like I can’t. Having this story written from Rita Skeeters point of view just gives us a vague idea of the facts with a lot of speculation. And that’s kind of how I want my information about Harry and friends to be from now on. I’ve had my seven books of inside Harry’s head, and it’s nice to be out of it. I would really like to keep getting information about Harry and friends from “sources” like this: interviews, articles, or just outsiders.

And I swear to god JK Rowling. If on July 31st we don’t at least get a lengthy Pottermore entry about Dumbledore’s Army: The Darkside of the Demob I’m going to be….very disappointed.


Did you read the gossip column? What was your favorite part?