Saturday, 25 March 2017

For the Love of the Con

To drown my sorrows of not going to Comic Con this year, I thought I’d take a trip down the memory lane of conventions past…

It all started in 2015 with a tumblr gif set announcing Billie Piper (!!) was coming to Adelaide for Comic Con and my discovering it wouldn’t leave me completely broke to go to see her. It was actually during a really stressful period of study, so it was perfect timing for an escape. Amy, James and I waited in line two and a half hours for BP’s autograph, which (at the risk of sounding like a complete fangirl, which really I am) was totally, unquestionably worth it. During the brief signing and lightning fast photo session, she really made you feel like she was happy to be there and she took the time for everyone. It’s such a lovely feeling to meet someone you’re a fan of and have them be so sweet in real life.
We also got to meet and greet the one and only Michael Shanks (aka Daniel Jackson) and listen to various actors talk on panels (Billy Boyd was a highlight). The array of stalls filled with geeky stuff, good food, nice guests and fun panels made the experience one the three of us were super keen to repeat.
And so begun my love of conventions.

The following year, Amy and I cosplayed as Hufflepuff students, as you do, and met Xena, also known as Lucy Lawless. We had a lot of lovely compliments on our cosplay, which delighted and surprised both of us. Karl Urban and John Rhys-Davies were panel highlights.

Then in November (too warm for cosplay), we attended Supanova for the first time. It was much bigger than I expected. While there were aspects that made me feel that Comic Con is the better of the cons, Supanova was a lot of fun.
As big Charmed fans, it was a thrill for Amy and I to see Holly Marie Combs but the highlight of the con was meeting and listening to Nathan Fillion. His panel was one of the best of all the cons and he was just really lovely, one of those people that you feel more of a fan of after meeting than you were before.
And now I’ll go back to counting down the days til Supanova…
Three things we learnt at the first con that we’ve been paying heed to ever since…

1. Don’t give up perfectly good seats hoping to get better, it’s not worth it & could backfire (Let’s not talk about the Billie Piper panel).
2. It is worth spending more on autographs/photos, rather than worrying about having enough for cool fan stuff. The experience is worth more than the items.
3. Getting there an hour before it opens is worth it (especially if you haven’t pre-ordered tokens).

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Series | Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura is one of my favourite manga and anime series. Cardcaptors, as I knew it originally, follows the story of Sakura after she accidently breaks the seal on The Clow, releasing a set of magical cards that all wreak chaos on the world until she can recapture them. Sakura is helped by Kero, the guardian of the Clow who give loves eating and making sassy remarks, her friend Tomoyo, who provides the appropriate costumes and moviemaking services and rival Syaoran, who arrives to take on the task of recapturing the cards himself.

The series is a lot of fun. I loved watching and reading it as a kid and still love it as much today! It’s a fun, magical girl adventure. It’s humorous, light and cute. I love Sakura as a character because she’s always so optimistic and tries her hardest no matter what. There are two arcs to Sakura’s story, the first is the best but the second definitely doesn’t disappoint.
And there is a third arc on the way, which I’m quite excited about, hopefully it’s as good as the other two!

But in the meantime, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle features an alternative world Sakura and Syaoran and is also amazing.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Quote | I'm already wise enough


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....maybe not quite.
Uni started this week and I’m slowly (but surely) remembering how to do things.

Also, Adelaide Writers’ Week started yesterday! Ugh, so happy! I wish I could spend all week sitting in the shade listening to authors talk but, alas, uni calls.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Craft | summer holidays edition

This summer holidays I managed to successfully mix things I “had” to do in order to be organised and ready for uni and fun things that I hadn’t had a chance to do because of uni, and that meant making some serious time for crafting. I started a number of projects and even finished some! This year I hope to do a lot more making.

 

Skirt

Sewing is something I love to do, even though it’s so hard. I was determined to get something sewn during the holidays. With my Mum’s help, I made up this skirt in time to celebrate Christmas on Boxing Day with my Babcia.

I love the fabric because it looks very Polish to me. I’m planning a simple shirt out of the leftovers.

Pompom Garland // Pillow 

To help brighten up my college room, I spent many-a-nights making pompoms to turn into a garland for the wall (they are attached to a crocheted rope Mum made) and it turned out so cute.
And this little pillow was something I had made during the winter holidays, all it needed was to add some cool trimming. Something about the colours of this trim reminds me of my childhood. I love it.

Works in Progress 

I started a couple of other projects that I didn’t quite managed to finish before I had to actually start packing.
This simple floral shirt is something I’d half sewn at some time or another. I tried to get it done but it still needs a hem, sleeves and some buttons.
And then, inspired by this Oh Joy tutorial that actually features the exact throw I have, I started to decorate my bed throw with some fun colour.

Also, not pictured, I finally started my Messy Book by completing three pages (a 2016 overview and the title page). It’s really so much fun and much easier than traditional scrapbooking.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The English Review Vol. 3 | Film Studies

I actually studied Film Studies for my Art History minor, but it is an English course technically. I really enjoyed my film tutorials and learning a little about a lot of different things you need to know for film studies, such as film history and filmic techniques (a little bit I already knew from photography and my previous Art history course).

In Bruges (Dir. Martin McDonagh, 2008) & The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Dir. Robert Wiene, 1920) 

In Bruges was an odd, funny film. Unnecessarily gruesome in unexpected places, it was also silly and funny.

I would never have gotten through The Cabinet of Dr Caligari if Mum hadn’t volunteered to watch it with me. A slow film with an odd story, making for a slightly bizarre introduction to silent film.

 

The Third Man (Dir. Carol Reed, 1949) & Chicago (Dir. Rob Marshall, 2002) 

One of my two favourite films of the course. I really appreciated the complex female character of Ana in The Third Man. She wasn’t a simple love interest that fell for the main character. The whole film was good. It had a fun plot, great writing and an unusual soundtrack.

Chicago was an entertaining musical that cleverly weaved the musical numbers within the story. It really got going half way through.

The Intouchables (Dir. Olivier Nakache & √Čric Toledano, 2011) & Rear Window (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) 

Lighthearted, The Intouchables was an enjoyable French film. It was interesting to look at how the cinematography reflected the characters’ emotions.

I really liked Rear Window. It was an entertaining movie with a vibe in similar to Agatha Christie adaptions, which I love. It was nice to see active female characters, even if they were motivated by the male protagonist.

Chinatown (Dir. Roman Polanski, 1974) & Once Were Warriors (Dir. Lee Tamahori, 1994)

Chinatown was a good film. It looked good, had an interesting plot, a touch of humour and a dramatic end.

 I’m not sure how I feel about Once Were Warriors. It’s quite a violent film and some scenes were hallowing. The dialogue was often a bit clunky and you could tell it was made in the 90’s. But it was a good film to address and think about Postcolonial theory.

Thelma and Louise (Dir. Ridley Scott, 1991) 

My other favourite film of the course, Thelma and Louise wasn’t the happy-go-lucky roadtrip movie I was expecting, but it was as good as I hoped. Thelma and Louise is known as a feminist film and it doesn’t disappoint in that sense. The central relationship in the film is the female leads’ friendship, which is refreshing, and the film plays with female and male stereotypes.
Unfortunately, despite what some feared and some hoped, Thelma and Louise didn’t quite revolutionise film, there is still plenty of inequality. However, it is an inspiring, iconic film.
 
Honourable mention to Battleship Potemkin, which screened as an extracurricular activity. It was a much easier silent film to watch than The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and was my first experience with soviet montage.


And that was Film Studies, a really fun course!

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