a very belated birthday post

hey, here's a belated post about my birthday weekend a couple months ago~

This year, my birthday (September 19th) fell on a Friday, and since both Jordan, Lauren, and Nick were visiting over the course of two weeks, we ended up celebrating both my and AK's birthdays for the rest of the month. On my birthday, Jordan treated me to lunch at my favorite ramen joint and we went to the New England Aquarium (thanks to resident mermaid, Maris). Since it was off-season and a workday, we were able to peruse the Aquarium without dealing with massive crowds and I got to spend more time petting mantarays and admiring the tiny tank of Leidy's Comb Jellyfish. We also got a chance to ride the carousel before we had to head back to Somerville to get ready for my and AK's karaoke birthday party.

After skipping out on birthday parties over the last couple of years, AK and I decided to treat ourselves to a proper birthday celebration this year. We summoned our closest friends to a private karaoke room at DoReMi and everyone sang (including the karaoke newbies) and it was great. I'm jonesing to organize a monthly/bi-monthly karaoke thing but I'm kind of deterred by the fact that there aren't more karaoke places in Cambridge/Somerville.

During the weekend, we originally had planned to go to Funspot in New Hampshire for a day at the arcade, but due to a late start, we ended up going to Shake Shack and Lanes & Games for drinks and a couple games of bowling. It was a lot of fun, but I'm really itching to go to an arcade again. LET'S GO TO AN ARCADE SOON, GUYS.

Anyway, some of my talented friends surprised me with some birthday art
by beanyneko
by Susie Nguyen



happy halloween

One day, I'll get around to posting about everything that's happened over the past couple of months, but for now, Happy Halloween~


art walk in the park / in the name of the moon

Here are some belated photos from two art events that I went to in August - the Art Walk in the Park in Central Square and the In the Name of the Moon art show at Hub Comics.

Art Walk in the Park was organized by Tofusquirrel, who coordinated local artists for a small show in University Park. I got to see Jonathan Reincke and Marc, whom I've befriended after loitering around their booths at Boston Comic Con over the years. I also had the delight of meeting Christina Siravo, whose artwork was whimsical and retro and perfect - I would love to commission her for some artwork in the future

Phillip & Liz

Jon & Mark

Christina Siravo

pins! by Bamcat, Christina Siravo, & Tofusquirrel

Sailor Venus & Sailor Mars prints (by Jonathan Reincke), Little Red Riding Hood comic (by Bamcat), Unico & My Little Pony print (by Christina Siravo)

The In the Name of the Moon art show took place at at Hub Comics and was organized by my friend and ComicsAlliance colleague Juliet Kahn. In the same vein as Hub's annual Batman art show, In the Name of the Moon featured multimedia artwork inspired by Sailor Moon from local artists, including Erica Henderson, Joe Quinones, and more. The volume and diversity of the showcased artwork was amazing - I was particularly captivated by Rhonda Ratray's Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask paintings in the style of Margaret Keane, Christina Kelly's Moon Star Chart, and Lisa Kurth's Moonlight Sensation LP. I really hope that Hub Comics holds another Sailor Moon event next year - I would love to submit something for the show.

Luna, by Beany Neko

Sailor V & Princess Serenity, by Kate Bresnahan
Sailor Saturn, by Amanda Boucher

Sailor Moon & Luna, by Joe Quinones

Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask, by Rhonda Ratray

Sailor Soldier Mementos, by Rhonda Ratray

Tattooed Sailor Scouts, by Jonathan Reincke

Sailor Moon, by Amanda Boucher

Moon Star Chart, by Christina Kelly

Tuxedo Mask & Sailor Moon, by Erica Henderson

Moonlight Sensation, by Lisa Kurth



Here are a bunch of photos I took during our adventures this Summer. I didn't get to edit all of them until now, so here are approximately 100 photos from over the past few months.

Come relive the Summer with me~


Convention Recap: Boston Comic Con 2014


Hi, it's September now, so here's a post about a thing that happened a month ago! On the weekend of August 8-10, we went to our hometown convention, Boston Comic Con. Ever since it's earlier incarnation as a small basement show in the Back Bay Events Center, I've been attending and covering this show annually as it's evolved over the last five years. This year, the event expanded to a three-day convention and took place at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Boston Comic Con QTs: Jordan & Joe; Maris; Babs; Erica & Ming

After pre-gaming the convention with One Direction at the Gilette Stadium on the eve of Boston Comic Con, we all crammed into a taxi and headed to the Seaport on Friday afternoon. I spent most of my convention time wandering the Artist Alley with AK and Nick, looking at vintage toys, and photographing some of Boston's exceptional cosplayers (all of my cosplay photos can be seen HERE). I also got bother all of my friends who were tabling and commission some beautiful artwork from Kate Bresnahan, Jonathan Reincke, and Kristilyn.

Magical Girl x Batgirl: Batman bow (handmade) / moto jacket (Forever 21) / Batman ring (eBay) / Oh Snap! shirt (Sarah Hiraki) / Batman '66 utility belt (Mattel) / pink pleated skirt (H&M) / grey tights (Urban Outfitters) / yellow boots (Dr. Martens)
Donna Troy:
gold bow (handmade) / star chain ear cuff (H&M) / red bodycon dress (H&M) / gold star pin/clip (Bonjour Honey) / gold bracelets (eBay) / heart chain belt (eBay) / gold crossbody purse (H&M) / black boots (Rainbow)

I didn't really get a chance to plan any new costumes per se, but I wore Batmangirl and I managed to put together a magical girl x Batgirl of Burnside look (featuring Sarah's Oh Snap! shirt) and a last-minute Donna Troy outfit. I've realized that Boston Comic Con has turned into a casual cosplay con for me, which is honestly more relaxing and fun. I do hope to put together at least one new costume within the next couple of months for New York Comic Con and/or Halloween.

Although we had a fun time at the show, the one major downside were the lengthy admission lines (for both prepaid and at-the-door admission) and the congested crowds. Since the location of the Seaport was more isolated than the Hynes Convention Center, the flow of the crowd was definitely more stagnant than Boston Comic Con 2011/2012 or Anime Boston. In efforts to relieve ourselves from the stuffy crowds on Saturday, we got some fresh air and Sangria at Rosa Mexicano across the street for a couple of hours (note to future self: I highly recommend that you do this again next year). So like, hey Boston Comic Con - move to a more suitable location or whatever!


Anyway, we sang Vengaboys at karaoke at some point and here are some photos of my friends and all the cute things I got~~~


Convention Recap: HeroesCon 2014

In late June, we flew down to Charlotte, NC for our very first trip to HeroesCon. My friends have been raving about how great this convention is, but since HeroesCon is approximately one month before San Diego Comic Con (our usual big annual convention trip), we've never been able to maneuver both conventions in the same year. This year, we finally opted to make the trip to HeroesCon in lieu of San Diego Comic Con, and it did not disappoint.

pre-HeroesCon digs: outfit details HERE
~baby's first bojangles~
AK & I arrived to Charlotte on Thursday afternoon (June 19th) and picked up our badges and some Bojangles after we dropped off our bags at the hotel. When Jordan arrived, we all went out to dinner and mingled at the Westin bar with a bunch of our friends. Although the Westin was already crowded with convention guests and attendees, it was nice to pregame the show with some drinks with friends and getting a chance to meet some of my long-time internet friends. Also, I got to debut my new booty shorts (a convention exclusive betty felon variant!).

Since the North Carolinian temperatures averaged around the mid-90's the entire weekend, I opted for more casual, lightweight costumes for this convention. On Friday, I wore my Kate Bishop dress (by Suckers Apparel), with Jordan as my Hawkguy; on Saturday, I was Batmangirl, with Jordan as my casual Robin; and on Sunday, Jordan and I were Jon and Suzie from Sex Criminals. I originally had some different costume plans, but I opted to save one of my costumes for a cooler convention in the Fall (New York Comic Con, perhaps?) instead of getting sweaty and grumpy in a big heavy cape.

Let's Be Villainettes Again
The convention itself was a great time - although the layout of the convention included one of the largest Artist Alleys I've ever had to navigate, the set up of the convention made it easy to peruse through aisles upon aisles of talented creators. The cosplay attendance was also off the hook; the HeroesCon cosplay class photo was large and insane and I had a blast photographing and meeting some really amazing cosplayers throughout the weekend (psst, all of my cosplay photos can be seen HERE). I also got to meet some creators whom I've admired for years, as well as a chance to reunite with some of my long-distance friends whom I rarely get to see nowadays. We spent most of the weekend wandering around the con with Chris (and taking many #chrishaleyface photos, seen below), and I got to spend a good chunk of Sunday shopping and exchanging presents with Jessica and Zach (I'll post photos of my presents in a separate post) ♡

I think what I really loved about HeroesCon is that it was such a chill convention that felt like a comics summer camp with some of my favorite people in the community. It was one of the most positive convention experiences I've had in a while and I really look forward to making the trip down to Charlotte for the show next year (and for more Bojangles).

Side note: the TSA for JetBlue were super-nice and called me Batgirl.

Anyway, here are a ton of photos of my rly qt friends and all of the amazing artwork I acquired at HeroesCon 2014~~~