Friday, October 19, 2012

The Biggest Gaming Charity Event Of The Year

This Saturday, October 20, has been deemed by the Extra Life Foundation as a day for gamers everywhere to participate in a charity event. On this day, gamers can take a pledge to stream games and have friends and family sponsor their efforts. This event is backed by big names such as G4. I have noticed that many of my friends and awesome gamers that I follow have decided to take part in this event.

For those who are unfamiliar with Extra Life, they are an organization founded by gamers with a mission to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. It is a tremendous cause and I applaud the many gamers who have put effort into raising money for this foundation.The organization was founded only a few years ago, but it is greatly rising in popularity.

More information on Extra Life's event can be found here.

I fully support all of my friends who have decided to take part in this charitable cause. To honor them, I have decided to compile a list of my friends who are taking part in Extra Life 2012 this weekend. Please take a look at each of their efforts and consider supporting their cause!

Extra Life 12 Hour Marathon Livestream Part 1

Frag Dolls - October 19 & October 23

Donation Page

The Frag Dolls will be hosting two 12 hour Livestream events for Extra Life. The first half on Friday, and they will be playing several different games such as ShootMania and hosting special guests on their stream. In addition, the Frag Dolls be holding giveaways with awesome prizes to those who donate. Tune into their stream at 11 a.m. EST and donate to their cause. 

TakeoRey - October 20

Donation Page

My friend Allen has been a huge supporter of Extra Life for years. This Saturday, he will be at the Microsoft Store in his area for a 24 hour livestream event to raise money.

The goal he is looking to reach is for each person to donate $1 for each hour of his marathon. That is $24 for each person who sponsors him.

Allen is a member of the Extra Life Houston street team. Check out their Facebook page to read up on their cause and support him.

Dave Blank - October 20

Donation Page

My friend Dave from 2K Games will be holding a 24 hour gaming marathon with a variety of different games. During his stream, he will also be auctioning amazing games and collectibles  including rare Borderlands 2 merchandise.

To read further about his cause, visit his blog to see what he will be auctioning during his stream.


Ms. Vixen - October 19

Donation Page

As part of Team V Gaming, Lanai will be playing Modern Warfare 3 for 24 hours on her stream starting at 11 a.m. EST. With a 4.2+ K/D, you will want to watch this girl rock MW3. She will also be giving away prizes on her stream.

V Rex - October 20

Donation Page

Vanessa will be hosting a 24 hour gaming marathon and playing a variety of games such as Battlefield 3, Halo: Reach, and Minecraft. She is inviting gamers to add her on Xbox Live in order to play with her during her marathon.

Further information about her gaming schedule can be found on

I know that there are so many other gamers out there who have decided to devote 24 hours to supporting Extra Life's efforts. These people are incredible, and I know they will be making a difference in the lives of children at their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. I will be supporting each of my friends in their livestreams this weekend. With your help, each of them can reach their donation goals (donations are tax deductible!). I wish all of these gamers the best and much love. 

Miss Magitek

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

My college friends and I on the last day of NYCC 2012!

This year is the first year since 2009 that I have attended NYCC. This event happens to be one of my favorites for many reasons. Firstly, it is located in the city which I call home -- New York City. This also means that many of my friends attend NYCC, and being able to see them always makes me happy.

This year's NYCC was a little different for me. For the first time in what seems like forever I did not find myself working at this event, nor did I debut a special cosplay. I did cosplay all weekend, but I wore "simple" costumes that I did not spend time slaving over and trying to set up photoshoots. For the first time, I simply enjoyed the convention.

I earned a "life achievement" on Friday at the con: I finally met Stan Lee. Meeting him was a top priority of mine, so it was one of the first things I did on that weekend. This man is simply incredible. He is over 90 years old and just recently had surgery where he now has a pacemaker. Despite all of this, the man still decided to attend this convention and do his thing. I would not take back the few seconds that I spent in Stan Lee's presence for anything. 

However, I do wish the meeting had a bit more to it. I was able to have a photo op with him, but the photo op consisted of me walking in the room, saying "hi" to Stan, snapping a photo, saying "thank you", and walking out. If possible, I would have at least wanted to shake his hand and tell him that he has inspired me since I was 7 years old. In addition, the picture of Stan and I is completely unflattering (I was in my Star Trek cosplay. There is a reason why Vulcans do not show emotion -- they do not look good when they smile). Even though I was not able to have a real conversation with Stan Lee and my picture came out bad, I am still unbelievably happy that I met him.

My NYCC Collection, including Cable & Deadpool #1 & Amazing Spider-Man #620 Variant

The top right picture in this image is a photo of my boyfriend and I with Peter Davison. Seeing Davison, who is mostly known to be the 5th Doctor and David Tennant's father-in-law, was a fabulous moment. He was such a kind man and I adored his British accent. It only made sense for the two of us to wear Doctor Who cosplay for this exciting event.

There are many stories of meeting famous people to be told from this past weekend. My boyfriend and I have been following IDW's Star Trek/Doctor Who series since it's inception. So far, it has been great. We both incredibly admire the artist, J.K. Woodward. To our excitement, he was in attendance at the Artist Alley. We were able to purchase postcards of his amazing artwork. On Sunday, I was donning my Star Trek uniform while Christian had his David Tennant suit on. When we stopped by Woodward's booth, I think he was more excited to see us dressed up than we were excited to see him. We managed to get one of Christian's comics signed, and he tweeted a picture of us! It was certainly another memorable moment of the weekend. Woodward is an amazing artist because of his amazing paint jobs on all of his artwork. When we visited him, he was in the process of doing a painting of Amy Pond and it looked absolutely beautiful.

The two of us also had encounters with Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings, and Mark Waid, the current Daredevil writer. But alas, another convention has gone by without me meeting Nathan Fillion who was one of the surprise guests at the Firefly panel. Conventions like this always get me excited because I have the opportunity to meet so many famous individuals -- I am still in awe of being in the presence of so many cool people.

Being able to simply enjoy the geek culture and meet awesome people who inspire me made NYCC great. I had an incredible weekend, and I look forward to my next adventure at a convention.