Brunch 9 From Outer Space

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Princess Leia, Leeloo and Barbarella walk into a bar…

We’re back from Brunch 9 From Outer Space!

Geek Girl Brunch transformed the Bell House in Brooklyn into our very own Space Cantina to throw a cocktail brunch party to open the epic Wasabassco 10th Anniversary Show!

Wasabassco is a great friend of Geek Girl Brunch and we’re all huge fans of their amazing, hilarious, often geeky and always “brilltarded” burlesque. What better way to celebrate November than with good friends, mimosas and geekery? Brunch 9 From Outer Space was the kick off to the incredible night of Wasabassco burlesque!

With help from the folks at Film Biz Recycling and Prop Shop we decorated with a decidedly SciFi flair! Wasa10th attendees were treated to a solar spread, including fresh baked bagels and pastries from La Bagel Delight and tasty scones, breakfast sandwiches and cider from Kiwiana! Grapefruit mimosas flowed from the bar and we observed many enterprising attendees purchasing shots to add to their ciders!

We set the mood during the cocktail hour by projecting Barbarella on stage, as the always well-dressed Wasabassco crowd nibbled and noshed waiting for the galactic-sized show to begin.

Wasabassco fans are like a big supportive family and many of them sport special pins that mark them as Agents of Wasabassco. Much of the Brunch 9 crowd was full of these lovely agents and it made Brunch 9 feel like a bit of home amongst the stars. In order to mix with the style of the crowd and the theme of the event the GGB co-founders dropped their everyday looks for decidedly more iconic personas!

Attendees enjoyed space-themed swag from SV Charms (amazing laser cut planetary necklaces), Boutique Academia (Space-themed jewelry) Zombie Jester Creations (cleverly repurposed comic art jewelry), mermaid says (Lego Star Wars jewelry) WineMakers Sister (TARDIS keychains for Timelords, obviously), and NextLife Toys (super cute Lego-style accessories)! The swag table was a busy place for delighted guests already excited about the tasty treats!

We were also delighted to see some awesome vendors on site. Our brunchette Melissa set up her shop Cool Geek Madness offering geeky jewelry and bow ties for ladies and gents. We all walked away from brunchette Jessica‘s Bat-Errang Jewelry table with punny bracelets. She was also vending for Booty and the Geek; an awesome geek clothing shop owned and operated by the evening’s first performer, Magdalena Fox!

Once cocktail brunch hour was over we all eagerly gathered to see the opening act, a very Geek Girl Brunch style number by Mags! She wowed us all with her haunting and powerful Amidala! Dancing to Bjork has never made more sense. Mags is clearly a brilliant costumer (her costume lit up!), and for those of us who wanted to take home some of her work we got to run back to the Booty and the Geek table to snag some pieces.

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our little space cantina amongst the stars! Brunch 9 was a ton of fun! And of course, happy 10th Anniversary to Wasabassco!

Harley Quinn Mani Tutorial

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To celebrate New York Comic Con (and the wildly successful Fan Girls’ Night Out, naturally), I looked to one of my favorite characters in DC’s canon for inspiration: Harley Quinn. Ever since the character’s introduction in the animated series of the early 90’s, she’s occupied a special place in my heart, not simply because she pulls off a jester costume the way so few people can, but because she’s, to put it politely, absolutely fucking nuts. There are plenty of reasons to love Harley, her poor taste in men notwithstanding, and with a few (sort of) simple steps, you can show the world just how much you care.

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Fan Girls’ Night Out

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Fan Girls’ Night Out was amazing!!! We’ve heard from many of you that it was “the best party at Con” and we could not be more happy that everyone had such a great time! Many many thanks must go to our Sponsors, our Special Guests (our Surprise Guests), our INCREDIBLE cake makers at Anna Artuso Pastry, our Venue, Latitude Bar and its amazing staff, our DJs, our photographer and everyone else that helped us behind the scenes! So many thank yous! We could not have pulled off FGNO without you!

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When we decided to throw a party during New York Comic Con it was because we wanted to extend the safe and enthusiastic space we create at our Brunches to NYCC, an event that for many of our brunchettes and fellow geek girls is a yearly highlight. We had to have a presence there and we knew we wanted to throw a party. We could never have guessed that so many people would want to help us along the way and that so many of you would attend! Sure, we worked hard to fill the venue with guests and prizes but there is no party if no one shows up. Thank you to all of you who came to FGNO. We hope you had fun! If you walked through the door you were greeted by our staff of Brunchette volunteers and very probably one of us too. While you enjoyed our menu of themed drinks, danced to the stylings of DJ Millz and DJ Clean and chatted with new friends and our guests we want you to know that we never stopped working that night and we did it for you. Thank you!

The official list of sponsors is long and full of rockstars! We at Geek Girl Brunch and the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club would like to thank

ReedPop, Valiant Comics, Anna Artuso’s Pastry Shop, Geeks for CONsent, Press Any Key Podcast, Zen Monkey Studios, The Geekerie, Geekilicious, SacGeek, Costume Super Center, Stephen Pitalobethydesigns, Nerdtastic.net, Small Things for Sale, Night’s Requiem, Artcessories by Dakota, Paige Lavoie of Pumpkin Spiced, Treno Nights, The 42nd Seal, Liliannamarie Designs, Word to Your Unicorn, Comic Salvage, Crafted Owl and every volunteer!!!

The Venue was Latitude Bar and Grill

Latitude BarWe’re reserving our place for FGNO at Latitude next year. They should be called Latitude: Awesome & Epic. We were all stressy balls of stress and panic leading up to and at some points during the party. But the amazing Alyssa, Jonathan, fantastic and sexy bartenders Julian and Kaitlin, really help calm us the f**k down and ensured things were taken care of and ran as smoothly as possible. Amazing, amazing staff. And a beautiful space. We do hope our guests listened to our repeated announcements to make it rain on the bartenders. And you at home reading this now… you do that too. TIP YOUR BARTENDERS.

The Drinks

fgnomenuAlyssa, Latitude’s event planner is a goddess! A brilliant, geeky goddess who totally understood our vision, being a Harry Potter fanatic geek girl herself. We were incredibly lucky and after our initial meeting at the venue, we knew we were in good hands. We had ideas for New York Comic Con themed drinks inspired by female characters from all genres and she got her geekiest bartenders on it. And an in house graphic designer too. The result? An expertly put together cocktail menu, that really reflected the spirit of NYCC and FGNO.

THE CAKES

Portal themed cupcakes and cakes from Anna Artuso PastryHOLY CRAP the incredible, ridiculous, amazing, gorgeous, geeky cakes from Anna Artuso’s Pastry Shop! We could not have been more fortunate to have come across a family of geeky bakers! At an enormous scale, the cakes were serious show pieces. RJ took time from baking wedding cakes to build our massive geeky showstoppers. And that’s not all. In addition to looking amazing and bringing tears to our eyes, they tasted incredible! The replica cake from the end of Portal was a rich, moist Black Forest. The model Companion Cube was seasonally flavored with pumpkin spiced buttercream frosting, and the accompanying orange and blue portal cupcakes? Orange Blossom and Blue Velvet, respectively. We will be dreaming about cake for ages to come. If you’re a geek, and even if you’re not, and you want to work with bakers that will go above and beyond for you, you have to use Anna Artuso’s. They really are that good.

The DJs

Ruled. We’ll be seeing them again. Shout out to DJ Millz and DJ Clean! Samus was twerking. That happened. That was because of you.

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The Photographer

Gleb Perevertailo of geometria.tv was a last minute addition to FGNO. Crisis averted! Superhero moment! He was amazing, weaving amongst the attendees and guests getting candid shots and cosplay portraits.

Please check out all the incredible photos of the night over at our facebook page!

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We had a lot of favorite moments!

Hannah-When the cakes arrived we may have cried.

-FGNO marks the first time the entire Geek Girl Brunch crew has been in the same place at the same time!

-Looking at the dance floor to see a ton of happy geeks including a twerking Samus!

-Raffling off almost too many prizes! And surprise prizes! And the looks on our winners faces as they were handed their prizes by our Special Guests! Star struck!

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-Surprise bonus special guest: Roc Upchurch in the house! It was pretty awesome seeing Hannah party with her creator.

-Lex Luthor and Bizzaro hit the dancefloor towards the end. And one by one, our very special guests joined us in front of the crowd to give away some incredibly special prizes.

-One of our sponsors, Mike of PAK Podcast took to the mic to bare the majority of the MCing load.

 

The Special Guests

IMG_6456Our guests ran the geek/pop culture gamut. Comics, cosplay, YA lit, anime.. we even had a few extra surprise comics guests. Special comic guest Steve Scott, best known for his work on Batman, pre new 52, and the widely circulated concept art for Batfleck, and currently working on Judge Dredd, invited along his friend, the brilliant Rodney Ramos, of Transmetropolitan fame! He even surprised us with a bonus raffle item: a beautiful Catwoman watercolor. I hope the winner is aware of just how special that prize is. Funnily enough, he’d also worked on some issues of Rai  for Valiant comics, our sponsor! Thanks to BB Heart, Brooklyn burlesque star and ultimate Hannah cosplayer, Rat Queens artist and co-creator Roc Upchurch, also made a surprise appearance (If you cosplay (like a bawse) he will come)!  Cosplay Queen Chubear could be seen on the dance floor with Burlesque beauty and Samus-costumed Dangrrr Doll! At the bar guests chatted up NYTimes bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige and voice actress Amanda Goodman (Revolutionary Girl Utena fans were definitely in the house!)  It was a pretty surreal night for us, surrounded by all these talented folks!

The Raffle

IMG_6564We gave away everything but the kitchen sink. Hell, we gave away things that weren’t even physically there. And then we gave away things that magically appeared! Winners walked away with incredible art, hand-made cuteness, coveted rainy weather gear, autographed EVERYTHING and more!

Please tag yourself and your friends in the pictures! Tag us on twitter and instagram to show off your #FGNO loot! Tell us your #FGNO stories in the comments! Thank you so much for coming! We hope you had a blast!

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Retro Games Brunch

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It was an overcast day in Brooklyn on the morning of Retro Games Brunch but the lights of the arcade games lining the walls of Barcade were a siren call to our Brunchettes for a Fall afternoon indoors!

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The Legend of Zelda Mani

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In honor of Retro Video Game Month here at Geek Girl Brunch, I’ve decided to tackle one of the world’s most beloved franchises: The Legend of Zelda. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have the cutest mani in all of Hyrule. All you’ll need is gold and black polish, a top coat, a small detail brush, and some vases to break for ambience (the last bit is optional).

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Retro Games Brunch Sponsors

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Once again we have to give a big shout-out to our sponsors this month. Our Retro Games Brunch was a success and every one of our brunchettes LOVED their gift bag. Thank you Sac Geek, Spirit Halloween, Pink Toe Press, Blue Bird Patchworks and Happy Tutus for helping make our brunch awesome.

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Our Favorite “Retro” Games

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By Yves José Malgorn

What is your favorite “Retro” game? Is it a game you grew up playing? Is it a game you’ve recently discovered? It’s Retro Game Month in September here at Geek Girl Brunch and we wanted to pay homage to the games that started our own obsessions! Whether Retro makes you think of the Atari, SNES, Dreamcast or Gameboy we want to know what games get that gold star!

Keep reading for the GGB founders favorite Retro Games!

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Marvel Brunch

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S.H.I.E.L.D. called and we assembled… for brunch! Each brunch gets bigger and better. This month we had 29 brunchettes attend! Finding a brunch place that can fit 29 geek girls wasn’t the easiest, but Southern Hospitality in Hell’s Kitchen accepted the challenge. We have to thank Doris from Southern Hospitality for helping us orchestrate such an amazing event (and never once complaining about all of our emails).

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Interview with Kelly Sue!

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Having worked in comics for over a decade, Kelly Sue DeConnick‘s body of work boasts nearly 50 titles. Most notable of these is Captain Marvel, a series that has garnered a massive and most loyal following.

Her latest series for Image, Pretty Deadly, is a breathtaking blend of beauty and brutality. You can’t know comics and not know the legend that is Kelly Sue and we were very fortunate to have been able score an interview with the legend.
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Our MARVELous Brunch Sponsors

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Every time we brunch we get bigger and better. Our Marvel Brunch was our biggest one to date, we had 29 brunchettes attend! We’ll blog all about brunch very soon, but our brunch wouldn’t have been as MARVELous if it weren’t for our amazing Etsy sponsors. Each of these creators and sellers went above and beyond to make sure our brunchettes had fantastic swag. Without them our brunch wouldn’t have been the same. Geek Girl Brunch and all of the brunchettes thank you! Heart their shops on Etsy and follow them online!

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