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Comic Con 2013!!!

24 Jul

Han Solo, Mom Solo and Baby Solo … may the Force be with us :)

Comic-Con 2013 – where to begin? As a family, we’ve been looking forward to this year’s “Big Super Hero Party” since last year. As a mama, I’ve been secretly stressing about making sure this year’s event proved to be as special and memorable as last year’s for my little super monsters.

First off: the costumes. As always, I let the kids guide our costume-making decisions. Having recently discovered the awesome-ness of Star Wars, Blake Dean decided we would all dress as Han Solo for the big day. Meet the magic that is Han Solo, Mom Solo, and Baby Solo (duct-tape guns in tow.) Turns out it was a winning choice. I can’t describe the happiness I get when our costumes make people smile/high-five/thumbs-up, or just offer a little “Good job, mama!” *One of the best feelings ever.*

Second: the Con. Attending Comic-Con with kids means realizing that many of the things that make Comic-Con so cool (amazing panels, ridiculous giveaways) are just not do-able with children. Still, that isn’t to say there weren’t plenty of magical moments to be had. When it comes to kiddos, the little wins often prove to hold the biggest and best memories …

Han, Yoda and Obi-Wan reporting for duty.

Han, Yoda and Obi-Wan reporting for duty.

The Force was with us!
The kids saw Star Wars for the first time about a month ago, and it’s been the central focus in our house ever since. I think Blake’s head almost exploded when we met Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Darth Vader.

We made the news!
Rhett Lee being named one of Yahoo News’ 20 Best Baby Superheroes of Comic Con. Seriously – how rad is that?

The boys have no idea how cool this is now ... but someday they will.

The boys have no idea how cool this is now … but someday they will.

We met Stan Lee!
We were in the Marvel booth when a staff member came over and said, “Don’t leave! Something awesome is about to happen!” A few minutes later, they roped off the booth, and Stan Lee walked out. He signed this cool poster for everyone who happened to be there. Rad!

Our hotel rocked!
At first we were miffed that we got stuck at a hotel 6 miles from the convention center. That frustration quickly subsided when we found that we had a private beach, playground, and an amazing view. Oh, yeah, and the hotel (the Kona Kai Resort) was showing Star Wars by the pool all week during Comic Con. What are the chances?

Han Solo gets Minion-ed

Han Solo gets Minion-ed

We got Minion-ed!
An artist from Minion-Me.com was offering free black and white portraits outside the convention. was offering free black and white portraits outside the convention.

Nothing to see here, folks! Our guns are tagged and safe!

Nothing to see here, folks! Our guns are tagged and safe!

We got our weapons checked!
Comic Con insists on inspecting every single weapon that comes through the door of the convention hall – even our blasters, constructed out of foam and duct tape. The inspectors were awesome and took our inspection super seriously – leaving a lasting impression with the monsters.


Sponge Bob Square Solo

We got swag!
From Sponge Bob glasses, posters, and Kreo sets, to Hotwheels Legos, free comic books, buttons, posters, books and more – we got tonnage! And the boys were in love with every single piece of it.

The Walking Dead Escape

The Walking Dead Escape

We fought Zombies!
I was also psyched to have a chance to experience the Walking Dead Escape. Though not scary (in the least!), it was way more physically challenging than I expected. In the end, I got executed (shocker!). The sweetest part was my son worrying that his mama was lonely when I was fighting zombies on my own …

Hobbit Village, care of Legos

Hobbit Village, care of Legos

Once again, the outdoor events proved to be some of my favorite, from artists and giveaways to Smurf Village and the Vikings, Hello Kitty, Bates Motel, Scooby Doo, and Hobbit Village (built completely out of Legos!) exhibits.

Lying in bed Sunday night (after a marathon 3.5 hour ride back from San Diego), I asked Blake if he had a fun weekend.

“Mommy – I had so much fun, I can’t even tell you!”

An emotional Mom Solo got teary-eyed. Sounds like a win to me. J


Baby Solo ... dreaming of a galaxy far, far away ...

Baby Solo … dreaming of a galaxy far, far away …

And a few more pics of our exploits below …


My super-hero crush: it’s in the bag …

2 Sep

My Captain America bag: saving me from the ever-threatening dangers of bag boredom

So – I’ve made no secret of my love affair with Captain America. Thus, when I saw this rad comic-inspired fabric with mi amour all over it, I had to nab it. The hope was to create a stylish little going-out bag that’s part geek/part chic. [And heavily studded, of course.]

Three super pockets for change, keys and phone-age

The hardest part about finding the perfect going-out bag is that the small ones don’t hold anything and the big ones are a major drag to carry. So I designed this one as a slim/compact wristlet, with enough pockets to cover the essentials. I even found the perfect button in my notions box: a silver star, a la the Captain America shield.

No one can save you from a three-year-old Captain America fan.

The only down side? My son keeps stealing it! Take that, mama! Pow!

Total cost: $5 in fabric and interfacing, plus some remnants from my scrap bin.


On a lighter note: WHAM, POW, KAZAM!

29 Jul

Super Man, Super Mama ... safe diff.

Following Comic Con I’ve been all about super hero worship (I guess I’m still on a Spider Man high), and I was psyched to find that www.desizns.net offers some rad super hero embroidery machine patternz in addition to the Thomas Train ones I already picked up the other week. Even better, they’re all super simple and use just a few different colors, making them quick and easy to stitch. Plus, they make the perfect size patch for baseball hats, hoodies, backpacks – you name it.

FYI: It’s about to get *real* super up in here!

36 designs for $7.50. Kapow!


Super Blake hits Comic Con …

26 Jul

Blake Dean on the Comic Con prowl.

This past weekend, we took Blake down to San Diego for Comic Con – the international convention for all things super-hero/comic book/overall rad. Granted, we didn’t actually have tickets. Instead, a good friend, Doug Kline, (author of the Unauthorized San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide and the geek behind www.PopCultureGeek.com), was good enough to share inside info on all the free events happening around the venue that an almost-3-year-old would love. He didn’t disappoint. The experience was pure heaven for Blake Dean, who walked the event fully clad in his red Super Blake cape, making beautiful memories at every turn.

Darth Hottie. Er, Hot Vader. Whatever. Blake was happy.

Super Blake and his friend Doug Kline of PopCultureGeek.com

I have to admit – I’m not really into comic books. But that point is so irrelevant when it comes to Comic Con itself, where there are costumed people, parties, and mayhem at every turn. My favorite moments:

People watching: Everywhere we looked, we saw super heroes and icons, from Spider Man and Darth Vader to Dexter victims and Beetlejuice. There was never a dull moment. We could have watched the madness for days.

Spidey! (This sighting earned me Top Mom honors for sure)

Getting people-watched ourselves: Blake’s cape won him some adoring fans; he got photographed numerous times for different FB pages and blogs, which of course made my mama tail feathers fan out in pride. Someone even asked which comic Super Blake is from. Um … the one where Blake puts a home-made cape on! :)

Super Blake with Joker

Trucking it
: The super-hero themed monster trucks at Marvel Monstergeddon were amazing

Monster Truck heaven.

Biting it: Blake could have watched folks fall off the mechanical shark at the Shark Night 3D event all day long

Super Blake = shark bait.

The swag: We got fun free food, stickers, tattoos and toys at every turn, including a rad Transformer and stuffed Angry Bird plushie

Storm Trooper

And the best part: Seeing Blake’s eyes light up literally everywhere he looked.

Taking a break with Super Blake

It was an amazing weekend and just what we needed to remind ourselves of all the simple sweetness all around us. (Special thanks to Nancy’s Vacation Rentals for having such rad pads.)

View from our Comic Con bat-cave.

Thanks, Comic-Con – see you again next year. I already know what I’m going to wear … (I’m pretty sure I already have that skirt and those boots ;)

Astrid: How to Train Your Dragon (a.k.a. Me at next year's Comic Con)