Top 10 @ Keystone Comic Con 2018

Welcome to my Top 10 @ Comic Con series, that is, where I rant about my top 10 experiences or cool things from the show I was just at.

  1. How freakishly tall Joe Manganiello is IRL: While working backstage during the True Blood Reunion panel, I was luckily able to watch the cast answer fan questions from behind the curtain which was super exciting! And when Joe and the crew walked offstage, it was only then I realized how GD tall he is. 6’5 in fact! Oh, and I also learned he’s married to Sofia Vergara – COOL! Love her on Modern Family. Tangent, sorry. Anyway, he was wearing his brand, Death Saves, a clothing brand and tribute to D&D, proving he’s ultimately a supernerd in his own right with good fashion sense.
  2. Death Knight Coach Jacket. Source: Death Saves

  3. Flossing original cosplay boy: This child, omg this child. I friggin love flossing for whatever old lady reason. He told me he was cosplaying as an original character. Same boy, same.
  4. ASSEMBLE! The Official Keystone Comic Con Beer ft. amazing retro artwork by Dave Perillo: I love me a good themed beer, and in true ReedPOP fashion, Keystone Comic Con was able to lock in and brand an Official Show Beer before their launch. This particular brew had beautiful custom cans with artwork by Dave Perillo! His retro style and use of color makes me all kinds of happy.
  5. The Official Assemble! poster ft. artwork by Dave Perillo and an Instagram post ft. the can in action by Evil Genius Beer

  6. Chatting with a very neighborly sweetheart, David Newell, aka Mr. McFeely from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: David was intensely sweet and wanted to chat my ear off. He ended up signing a photo for me and was SUCH a friggin delight to chat with. He reco’d me to check out Laurel and Hardy, whoever the F that is. Memo penguin to watch the new flick Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and his documentary, Speedy Delivery. I wish he was on Twitter or something so I could @ him about how much I loved chatting with him!
  7. Another adorable encounter with Richard Horvitz: I first met the legend that is Richard Horvitz during C2E2 2017. Fast forward a year, and during Keystone, I was able to ask the incredible Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) a few questions… spoiler alert, he’s always such a freaking delight. Did you know? Invader Zim was my high school obsession. Well, to be clear, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was first, then came Zim.
  8. Johnny the Homocidal Maniac. It me. Source: Comic Vine.

  9. Nerd music and also video games at the same time, by Bit Brigade: Fun fact! You can totally speedrun Mega Man and simultaneously play awesome music. Bit Brigade took the stage during Keystone and paired their feverish rock with some dude in a bean bag speedrunning Mega Man – quite the experience. Would deffo love to see this again with my husband… I feel like he’d fully appreciate it. This video is them live at MAGFest. Side note: I sadly missed MC Chris on the same stage, but there will be other times for my backpack to have jets.
  10. Being in the glorious presence of Ray Park: I feel like Ray Park was my very first celeb crush? But as Toad from X-men. IS THAT WEIRD? Whatever, frogs are cool. He’s a Scottish martial artist, which means his voice is gorgeous, and he is super devout to his fitness craft. Being that jacked takes TIME. Obviously he was Darth Maul, which makes the Star Wars nerd in me tweak out. He seems mega down-to-Earth and I was so happy to be able to ask him a few questions for the Keystone Instagram Stories.
  11. He protec, he attac. His tongue grab a lot of snac.

  12. Another incredible installment of Twisted Toonz: I’m a nerd for many things, but I’m a supernerd for voice actors. The cast of Twisted Toonz took the Main Stage on Saturday and ran with Rocky in true Philly fashion. Between Phil LaMarr’s Barack Obama and Troy Baker’s Severus Snape it was an improv and VOA geek’s dream. Twisted Toonz is a CAN’T MISS panel at any show and I mean that wholeheartedly. Check out this full panel from C2E2 2017 of Twisted Toonz doing one of my all-time favorite movies, Back to the Future or maybe just make sure to go see every Twisted Toonz panel ever, kk?
  13. An amazing Jack-Jack: My ovaries, DAMMIT, my ovaries! This was my very first onsite experience and full-blown Comic Con after my very first maternity leave. And let me tell you, leaving my husband and our fresh out the womb 3-month old son was SO. DARN. HARD. I saw so many children… TOO MANY CHILDREN… during Keystone that constantly reminded me of my own little boob goblin. This one cosplaying as Jack-Jack with his mum stole my heart. Jack-Jack is a legend and cosplaying as a family is probably one of the many reasons I was so excited to have kids. The family who cosplays together, amirite?
  14. The cast of The Office packing the Main Stage: I’ve deffo seen my fair share of The Office episodes. I mean, I did move to where I live now from Scranton, Pennsylvania. And if I didn’t hear enough Office references while I lived there, I was met with many an excited fan during the inaugural Keystone Comic Con. Who knew a mainstream syndicated sitcom would have such a cult geek following? The Office Reunion panel PACKED the Main Stage seats and the cast members were incredible, down-to-Earth, hysterical and genuinely seemed to have a good time. Memo penugin to rewatch the entire The Office series and find out what this cult is all about.

Thanks for reading <3 Tweet me your favorite memory of Keystone Comic Con 2018 or just for funzies, and we’ll see you in 2019!

Scary movies that gave me a spook: The Boy / I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in your House

I love me some horror movies. Terribad and horrigreat, I kind of like them all. This post contains spoilers in clearly labeled Spoiler Section areas, so if you wanna avoid them cuz they baddies, just don’t read those sections.

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The Boy (2016)

Basic plot synopsis: Starring Lauren Cohen (Maggie, from The Walking Dead!) the film is about an American chick (Greta) who takes a job as a nanny for an older British couple’s son, who happens to be a doll. NBD. Happens all the time. Greta learns this is some kind of weird coping mechanism and that their actual son died 20 years earlier. Greta begins to care for the doll as the older couple goes away on holiday, and suddenly, the doll seems like it might actually be alive.

Stewie says: Doll movies, always creepy. I would love a doll to make me a PBJ… sounds like a perfect doll to me. I loved everything about this flick, from the cute grocery boy and Lauren Cohen’s chemistry, to the super creepiness of this doll and all the weird rules surrounding its care. Greta seems to have a pretty realistic reaction to everything that happens to her, including her coming to realize that the doll might be alive. I totally sympathize. My dolls come to life all the time.

Spoiler Section: As it turns out, the long dead son that this old couple was mourning was living in the walls the hold time. UGH if I had a nickel for every ex-boyfriend I found living in my walls. And suddenly, everything they had revealed about the dead son’s behavior, and the care they give the doll (Loud music! Louder!) makes so much sense. The peeps at Rotten Tomatoes gave this flick a 27%, which I’m like… why?! I loved it! People seem super butthurt that the creepy doll from the movie was not actually supernaturally possessed by the spirit of a dead little boy, which, yeah, I feel that way all the time when I look at my Care Bears. But I think the twist / reveal was ultimately super scary and unexpected. It gives me chills and I still see creepy dudes wearing doll masks crawling out of my closet.

9/10 spoops: 10/10 was surprised, 7/10 doll cuteness factor, 9/10 badass level of a suicide pact in the ocean

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I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in your House (2016)

Basic plot synopsis: A Netflix-made movie! An in-home nurse named Lily, who is easily spooked, goes to care for like, the old lady version of Stephen King. The old lady was a hit in her time for writing some of the scariest horror novels, including a particularly famous one about someone named Polly. Lily starts to discover that one of the books this author wrote might have been based on an actual murder that happened in the house.

Stewie says: This movie had me on the edge of my old lady hipster rocking chair. The visuals of the gorgeous ghosty, old school music (30’s and 40’s… think the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) and suspense-building/timing of everything make it totally worth the watch. It’s probably a bit slow if you’re the kind of person who likes to watch arms get chopped off every 5 seconds and also if that’s you, you crazy. It’s pretty easy to sympathize with Lily, in the way that she constantly looks like she is peeing herself from being in that creepy house. It doesn’t have that stay with you, “scared to get out of bed and pee in the middle of the night” (totally me) horror movie vibe, but it was enjoyable and elegant nonetheless. Also, ghost clothes, 10/10, would cosplay.

Spoiler Section: Rotten Tomatoes gave this 60%, and most people were pissed off because they said the film was boring and pretentious. I mean, I guess the old lady did have an old school rotary phone in her home, which is pretty hipster, so ya. If you weren’t interested in the beginning of the movie because it wasn’t gory enough, the bit where Polly the ghost lady gets her head smashed in was enough to crack the tension that had been building. The time travel bits, where we see the old author in her time, were totally cool. Plus lots of interesting chicks which is overall cool in movies.

7/10 spoops: 12/10 fashionable ghost dresses, 4/10 modern day phone usage


Thanks for reading. I welcome your recommendations, so please post them in a comment!

More YouTube magic, plus an awesome C2E2 recap

Greeting magical internet people! I hope all is amazing in your world! I’ve been busy lately – running the IGGPPC takes up so much of my time. I made a couple more YouTube videos for the Geek Girl Pen Pals on YouTube!

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I also posted a recap of our epic time at C2E2! There I cosplayed as a steampunk Snow White and a renaissance Sailor Moon. Mash ups are the best.

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Check out my recap post here!

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Doing that good ole YouTube Thang

I love creating content. I have lots of experience bloggging (writing) as well as designing and marketing, but my newest endeavor is a totally new ballgame. I’ve been working hard with a fantastic team of girls to polish up the Geek Girl Pen Pals YouTube channel. These fine woman are: Jenny, Summer, Joanna and Rosa.

We’ve been crafting a content strategy, tweaking the channel, and most of all – filming dorky and adorable videos. The uncharted waters are really really fun – but it’s just so different for me! My anxiety at first was pretty high, doing something so uncomfortable and foreign. But with some advice from good friends, and my trusty tripod, things seem to be coming together. So here I go, of my comfort zone and into the YouTubes!

Pokemon Tag

I filmed and edited this video about Pokemon! I hope you’ll make your own #PokemonTag videos – link them up in a commment!

Geek Girl Pen Pals at C2E2

Sumsy filmed and editied this video… and it’s also a pretty good representation of the silliness you can see on our channel. In which I cry over Old Gregg. He was playing his love games with me.

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50 ridiculous and awesome things I would buy if I won the Powerball lottery

It’s everywhere – Powerball fever! And the best part about that? Fantasizing about what you would spend your millions (or billions!) on! I’ve compiled a list of the more essential things I’d squander my new-found wealth on.

1. “Firefly,” second season. And third.
2. Pay a Starbucks barista to write “Fonzi” on everyone’s cup for a day
3. One of those guns that shoots out a little flag with the word “Bang” on it
4. Goat farm
5. Pay JK Rowling to tweet that Draco Malfoy is a cotton-headed ninny muggins
6. Pet monkey named Edgar. Coat not optional

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7. Caregiver for pet monkey (caregiver not to be named Edgar, too confusing)
8. Funeral costs for caregiver of pet monkey, once pet monkey ultimately kills him 🙁
9. Pet lobster (much more manageable)
10. Life-size cardboard cut-outs of Orlando Bloom as Legolas for each of my co-workers
11. Pink bowling ball with human skull in it
12. A planet named “Couscous”
13. All the tattoos
14. Panda party
15. Room full of Japanese Gashapons
16. Season passes to all of the Disney theme parks
17. A castle
18. Signed document from all my enemies stating “I never really thought she was that bad”
19. Legal name change to Stewie
20. Legal name change back to Leslie when my mom gives me major shade
21. A bouncy castle
22. Fresh coconut water every morning

23. A lilac Mini Cooper with the license plate “MYLILPNY”
24. All remaining copies of ET: The Extra-Terrestrial for Atari
25. A functioning replica of the Voyager Golden Record
26. Voice role in new “As Told By Ginger” reboot
27. A major technology expansion for the IGGPPC
28. Develop restaurant franchise just like the Rainforest Cafe, but the Outer Space Cafe. Gravity optional.
30. Tokidoki Barbie
31. A replica of the costume Snow White wears in Disney World
32. An avocado tree
33. Go to France to see what champagne is “really supposed to taste like.” Try it in front of a bunch of champagne enthusiasts. Act unimpressed.
34. Babysitter for my tamagotchi
35. Private detective to figure out if Steve Avery really did it or not
36. A heart shaped hot tub
37. My own private island filled with wombats


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38. Cotton candy machine
39. 1,000 friendly kittens for a local nursing home
40. Dive into a room full of gold coins, Uncle Scrooge style
41. Every third Tuesday of the month would henceforth be known as “Wiggle day”
42. Pink toilet paper
43. Gak, Floam, and any other toys from my childhood I can’t seem to find anywhere anymore
44. Swimming pool full of jello. Not green.
45. An adorable army of Great Danes with clever rich-person names like “Neiman Barkus” and “Cosmopawlitan”
46. Carl Kassel’s voice on my voicemail
47. Vintage airstream
48. Fancy ass wine cellar, fully stocked with delish red wine
49. The answer as to what the 3 seashells mean
50. The Pokemon Jet


This is a Doggie Bag post, which means I want you to take it home, and write your own! Post a comment with a link to your “50 ridiculous and awesome things I would buy if I won the Powerball lottery” blog posts, or just comment with your own extravagant needs.