Stewie’s Picks: November 2015

Brisk autumn chills are here (sort of) in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Alright, it’s been unseasonably warm, which is kind of annoying. I’ve been trying to cozy up in my winter coat and scarf, but mostly I’m just sweaty. I’m also getting psyched for the holiday season! Fa la la la la… I might be watching Christmas movies already. Don’t hate, I just got cable, and the Hallmark channel is my jam. Here’s what I’ve been a drooling fangirl for this month!

Felicia Day’s “You’re Never Weird on the Internet” [Audio book]

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Felicia Day’s book makes me itch, but in a good way. It’s been inspiring me to create, while making me snort-laugh out loud. Felicia Day’s memoir covers her strange home-schooled childhood, angst-filled teen years (including awkward band moments), the sudden growth of a magical land known as the Internet, and ultimately her well-deserved success as a writer, actor and producer. It’s weird, uncomfortable, inspiring, funny, and totes relatable. Between candid descriptions of panic attacks in parked cars, social anxiety in Build-a-Bear workshops, a serious World of Warcraft addiction, and becoming a professional trash picker (for her screenplay, duh), this book has too much awesome and too much geek culture to reference. Listening to the audio book, as read by the author Felicia, will only help you to fully understand her neurotic awesomeness, as you listen to the cracks, quirk, and humor in her voice. If you’re a super nerd, love video games, were a child of 90’s and remember the rise of the Internet, or are an awkward lady – you’ll adore this adorable trip down her memory lane. I am loving it, and relating to every hilarious moment. (If you want to read about my personal Internet Firsts, I wrote an embarrassing blog post about it.)

Hello Fresh [Delivered Food Box]


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If you want fresh-delivered ingredients that’ll make it look like a pilgrim barfed on your kitchen table, then you want Hello Fresh. It’s like a subscription box for people who like to pretend they can cook, and end up exploding a packet of cayenne pepper all over their kitchen table. I might not follow the recipes exactly (some of them involve using kitchen tools I don’t own, like a grater, or a peeler), but my cooking somehow turns out delicious. The ingredients are hand-picked from the best sources, the recipes are fun and unique, and it forces me to try new things. They send you everything you need for your entire meal, so there’s no chance for you to screw up and forget something at the grocery store (I do that all the time.) Use my referral code for a free box! (or don’t, I know it’s a lot of pressure, and who wants that?) I’d love to see pictures of your attempts at cooking (my attempts are hilarious and messy!) Seriously. I don’t cook.

Joe Hill’s “Locke and Key” [Comic Book / Audio Book / Drama Production]


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In a nod to the spooky Cthulu mythos, Locke and Key is a fantastic story that takes place in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. The story centers around 3 very different siblings, and their enchanted house, known as Keyhouse. Their cozy home contains magical doors (and keys that unlock them!) to other worlds, or that grant you weird powers. If you found a key that could literally unlock your head, and then add or subtract anything you wanted by tossing in a book or removing a bad memory, you know you’d want to use it. The keys’ magical doings range from the ability to turn you into an animal, to the ability to change your gender entirely! (Mr. Stew could be a reality!) It’s not fair to call this an audio book – it’s a full blown theatrical audio production. Multiple voice actors, spooky sound effects, and enchanting music make this story immersive and magical. It’s hypnotizing, scary, and uber mystical. The original comic books are full of beautiful and imaginative artwork, so don’t leave those out if you listen to the book! Once you see how wild this story gets, you’ll want to see how it could possibly be drawn in comic book form.


What are you obsessed with this month? Let me know in a comment!

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Ghibli Week and Who’s That Geek! Hey that rhymed! A giveaway of Ghibli inspired goodness.

This is one of those funny posts that’s really two wrapped into one. Why you ask? Because I didn’t post yesterday! So I’m posting a two-for-one special: like Siamese twins, but less weird!

I most certainly would have been best friends with Christian Petersen as a child. He is a kindred spirit who designs fantastic fandom inspired digital art on Etsy, at The Geekerie. He’s the kind of fancy man who has a super awesome Etsy store full of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Studio Ghibli inspired magic. Minimalism and pop art at its very finest! And the fact that his Etsy account kind of started as a test/joke, well, that just goes to show you his talent. How awesome!

Today you have the chance to win one of these three amazing illustrations! …Okay, so yeah, I know you are so excited, and you want to rush away to enter to win… of COURSE. But pause for a second to read Christian’s interview. We both loved David the Gnome, and that is ALL you need to know. Gnome. Know gnome. Hehe.

Don’t forget to enter to win an epic Studio Ghibli print!


The adorable Christian Petersen in front of the amazing designing machine.

1. Who do you cast to play you (real or fictional person) in the movie about your life?
I don’t know of anyone who can pull off high-strung workaholic with a heart of gold. Maybe Diane Keaton, but she’s a lady and I most certainly am not. So, a male Diane Keaton who is a muddled composite of a chubby Tom Green, fully-gelled David Tennant, and a roughed up Gerard Butler would just about do it.

2. What was the first print you designed for your amazing Etsy, and why?
The first print I made for my shop on Etsy was a vintage travel poster for the planet Vulcan from Star Trek. It was part of a series of three created as filler for a dummy account I was using to teach a fellow artist about Etsy. I sold a few and caught the bug; turning my test account into a real shop and here we are a few years — and many hundreds more listings — later.

3. Who is your geeky role model?
For her ingenuity, adaptation, and motivation; I would choose Felicia Day. She has managed to uncover and celebrate the best of Geek culture while bringing us willingly out into the sun for a meet-and-greet with the rest of the world. Wil Wheaton gets a heartfelt shout-out.

4. What was your favorite cartoon or nerdy show as a kid?
I mean, should I run through the list? Fraggle Rock, Gummi Bears, Ducktales, He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, The Littles, Voltron, Silverhawks, Smurfs, David the Gnome, Beakman’s World, Captain N, and Alf the Animated Series. It’s possible that I watched Carebears, She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, Zoobilee Zoo and My Little Pony, but it’ll cost you too many rupees to get a confirmation.
(*By the way, Christian, my list is so similar, and far too long*)

5. You suddenly turn into a cartoon character! Who are you?
I would be Baron Von Rotton from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, or one of his weasel goons.

Enter to win an epic Studio Ghibli print from The Geekerie!

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