The inside cover reads like a propaganda poster. In fact, it is. The print brightly states “Life Sentence? Fight For Your Planet Instead And You’re Out In 15 Years. Talk to Your M.I.D. Recruiter for Details” and lists the message is brought to you by GLOBAL OUTREACH ENTERPRISES. Well, that certainly is a good way to capture your audience’s attention.


Each month’s Loot Crate brings new and exciting nerdy gear to incorporate into my excess of nerd lifestyle. Subscribers know the theme, but don’t get to know what’s inside until the crate arrives on the doorstep (or until, you know, they watch one of those nifty unboxing videos). The element of surprise is partially what makes every crate such a fun treat every month. It’s an amazing way to discover new items, brands, and even interests. But with such a varied and unpredictable lot, there are bound to be an item or two that you just don’t know what to do with. Resale is, of course, one option, but I think there’s another choice. Especially with the things that you definitely want in your life but simply don’t know where it would fit. Thus, “Loot Crate Hacks” was born. Every month, I’m going to select an item that can be crafted into something new and unique. Let’s get creative! After all, nerdy shit and crafting are two of my ultimate favorite pastimes!


Hello! Welcome to our humble Café and please do make yourself comfortable! Enjoy our variety selections of delicacies and please do try our specials served up hot and fresh to your liking. Here we offer up such dishes and foods seen in your favorite anime, manga, and beloved video games for your eclectic and unique taste. So sit down, enjoy your drink, and please let us serve you something new and exciting!

The quintessential Japanese comfort food seen in almost every manga and anime is the Onigiri, the travel size ball of rice. You might remember the character Onigiri in Air Gear, as the character’s head resembles the rice ball, or if you were one of the many who grew up watching Pokemon, you might recognize these as oddly shaped “doughnuts” or “sandwiches”, which my friend is far from the truth!


In my quest to find new comics to read each week, I go through a variety of different thought processes. Too much in my mind goes into picking what I read. I know, not the best way to look at things, but hey, it’s worked for me so far! My eyes will wander the “New This Week!” rows and dazzle in the delights of what this weeks illustrators have to present to their comic consuming public. I have to admit, on this one I am a bit behind, as I found Feathers #1 a month after it’s release…but hey, at least I found a copy. From what my research tells me, the first issue sold out! And would you look at that, Feathers #2 released on Wednesday. Hmm. The opportunity struck!


I try to incorporate a little bit of fandom into my everyday, and accessories can say it all! My favorite pieces are creations from artists I run into in the Artist’s Alley of a convention or on Etsy. I also love making my own nerdy jewelry, which makes the topic for my very first 5 Fandom Friday rather fitting. Here are a few of my favorite items from an ever-growing collection!


“So you want another story?”
“Uhh… no. We would like to know what really happened.”
“Doesn’t the telling of something always become a story?”

Edward Bloom isn’t a man at all. He’s more of a legend, a fast-paced trail of stories, adventures, and experiences that are literally too wild to be true. Written by Daniel Wallace in 1998, the whimsical and heartbreaking story was adapted into a film by Tim Burton in 2003. I won’t say that the film version of Big Fish is superior to the novel, since the two are vastly different creatures that happen to share an overarching idea and a handful of character names, but the fantastical world created by the film proves to be a vividly colorful place that weaves a new tale from the novel’s more disjointed anecdotes.


One of our twitter pals, The Nerdy Girlie, participates in a weekly write up called Five Fandom Friday. What exactly is Five Fandom Friday? She describes it as:

 A weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic.  It’ll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality.  It’s a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month.

If you want to read more on the origins of Five Fandom Friday, click here

We decided that this would be great to take part in because who doesn’t want to learn just a little more about the folks they read posts by all the time? It’s a bit of insight into the lives of those who you may only read on a back-lit screen.  So, without further adieu, here is our first Five Fandom Friday!


“The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.”

Author Peter S. Beagle and co. set off on an amazing worldwide tour adventure in 2013, bringing the beloved classic The Last Unicorn to theaters and to the fans. This tour will stretch into 2016, crossing oceans and spanning the better part of three years. The Last Unicorn, penned by Beagle in 1968, finds a wide and loving audience in its’ 1982 film adaptation featuring the voice talents of Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, and Tammy Grimes.

The devotion to all things The Last Unicorn is staggering. Fans the world over hold Schmendrick, Molly Grue, Prince Lir, and the Lady Amalthea close to their hearts, a childhood story that passes effortlessly into a grown up tale of inspiration. The tour allows fans a chance to join together in this appreciation. Sold out theaters, gorgeous cosplay, and thankful fans have met the writer and faithful crew at every turn. The official facebook page has countess examples of fan dedication around the world.


“You look so Seattle but you feel so LA.” – Irresistible

This is the first of many lyrics that stuck out to me when listening all the way through the newest Fall Out Boy album for the first time. Fall Out Boy, who has been around for quite the time now and is no stranger to how the world of music works, follows up their Save Rock and Roll with their newest album, American Beauty/American Psycho.


Their return with Rock and Roll was something that my generation, as the ones who grew up listening to albums such as Take This to Your Grave and From Under the Cork Tree patiently waited for, after what I want to a call a lull in creativity in past albums. Some fans will argue with me, but there were times when listening to Fall Out Boy was not something you admitted aloud (I’m looking at you Folie A Deux…). Feel different? Let me know in the comments.

Fall Out Boy’s sound this album is something that is hard to pinpoint. I can hear a definite maturity, coming off of making a 6th album, but I can also here the influences from the early albums, even their PAX AM Days EP. I feel like the sound of each album is well represented and shows just how far the band has come from singing lyrics such as “his smile’s your rope, so wrap it tight around your throat.”

Take their single “Centuries.” The opening of the song is not the band themselves, but a throwback to the song “Tom’s Diner” by Susanne Vega, which weaves itself in and out of the song, injecting old bits of pop culture into the new pop culture that this generation is a part of.

The song “Uma Thurman” has this infectious clap track that makes you want to do nothing but clap along. The guitar throughout the song reminds me of being out by the beach, a summer surf anthem blasting from the speakers on an old boombox. Jeeze, I’m dating myself there.

You also have the slower tracks…well it’s not slower. No, its more soul-driven. You can feel the emotion as lead vocalist, showing off the vocal chops from his stint solo, in the song “Jet Pack Blues,” which may end up at one of my favorite tracks on the album itself.

“I will always land on you like a sucker punch”-Novocaine

The song does not lie, because all of these tracks land and stick as a well put together pop rock album. You have your highs, you have your lows, and you have the songs you just want sing in the shower or blast out your car window. For me, that song is “Immortals,” but your own song of choice is up to you.

Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho is out everywhere now. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Tracklist: (Favorite tracks are bold)

1) Irresistible
2) American Beauty/American Psycho
3) Centuries
4) The Kids Aren’t Alright
5) Uma Thurman
6) Jet Pack Blues
7) Novocaine
8) Fourth the July
9) Favorite Record
10) Immortals
11) Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel in NYC)

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