Sunday, May 29, 2011

Epic Package Pt. III

I don't know how to start this series anymore... so let's get on with it!

Though I've liked Collide for some time now, I never had much of anything of them on my walls. Probably because I haven't any new magazine clippings of them (I used to buy Gothic Beauty magazine religiously, but not no mores).

I REALLY loved my purchase and was so happy and excited with all the free swag I got with it, just look!

I looked over my television and saw the empty wall. To the left is spooky stuff (you can see my Collide stuff on the bottom) and to the right was my family photos montage, but there was a hole in the middle.

I used to have a poster there, but it would fall and knock stuff down so I took it down. I got out the board and opened that sucker up (sorry for the dirty carpet).

I began to block things together. This flier was already on my wall, and they both were the same. I took it off my wall and arranged it side by side with it's flip side.

This (SIGNED!!!) card had the same front emblem as the sticker I had taken off from the front of this package, so I put it on the inner left side of the card and taped it down carefully.

I began to work. I knew I wanted to use EVERYTHING (tissue paper too) so I put everything down on the plastic where I wanted it, and began to layer stuff on top. This is what the back looked like when I was done.

Lame I know, but check out the front. OHHHH YEAAAAAHHH!!!!!!

I put the swag down on the plastic, then cut out magazine pages that had black paper with white letters (thank you Gothic beauty!!!) and used the tissue paper as a background. I'm really happy with the way it came out, the tissue paper adds a cool dimension to it, I think.

I layered pages of articles and quotes over one another so they overlapped. One could read it, but I liked how scattered it looked.

I've done this other times in the past with my other wall mounts- I would tape stuff onto an old poster or some Christmas wrapping paper and pin them up wherever I wanted. You don't necessarily need a fabric covered tack board... though those are nice too.
I love my new board. It shall rest upon my useless, unused t.v. for now until I mount it on my wall. I love this thing soo much, it shall be mounted with pride. <3!

Epic Package Pt. II

Hello everyone! On with the legacy!
Underneath my SIGNED poster was my actual order, but by this time, I completely forgot what I had bought. :P

This is a longsleeved black shirt with their band logo sewn on the front.

The logo is pretty intricate, I took like 3 photos to find the one in the best lighting.

And attached to the sleeve...

The next thing I bought was a shortsleeved black shirt with the band logo.

This logo was a lot more "sinister" looking than the other one that had a sort of ancient script in the background.

And last but not least!!!... my undies.

Okay, so I normally wouldn't show these on my blog, but they're new! They're clean! I swearz!!!

Another cool logo on the front.

I love their tag too. :3

I couldn't be happier with my order. Everything fits VERY well and I love it!

Remember Part I? There's a reason I showed you all my free swag, look forward to Part III! <3!

Epic Package Pt. I

Good morning, oh spookily inclined ones!

So I woke up to a great day today! I went into the living room and saw a package on the armchair near our front door. I looked at it and my heart leapt with joy as soon as I saw this.

It was for me! I had ordered from a website from one of my favorite goth bands- Collide. Their stuff is handmade and I heard of good quality, so I finally ordered some stuff. Little did I know how awesome the packaging would be! I cut open the big envelope carefully with scissors (I am a horrible HORRIBLE letter opener) and out slipped this.

It was my whole order, carefully wrapped with black tissue paper and sealed with this sticker/stamp.

I love that emblem! I carefully peeled back the sticker (to save) and this was what my order looked like.

At first I thought I got the wrong order because there was so much paper stuff enclosed, but I had opened the package so I thought "Might as well go on." They also enclosed a sweet treat for me too. :3

At the top of the paper pile was a cardboard paper note (you can see it in the photo above the candy, I don't want to post too many photos and kill your computers), the insides of which said...

My heart stopped. The two main members of the band are kaRIN and Static, and from what I've seen from her fans photos... THIS IS HER SIGNATURE!!!!!!! I did a little spooky dance then moved on to the rest of the stack.

The rest of these are fliers and this one is from a side project that they were involved in called The Secret Meeting Place. And yes, that's the lovely kaRIN seated in the chair.

Added to that is their clothing line called Saints and Sinners. I really like their stuff- it's good quality at a reasonable price unlike other spooky stores (*coughcough HeavyRed coughcough*). On the flip side of that flier is this.
Again, the lovely kaRIN as well as a discography of all their CD's along the bottom of the flier. I've always loved her sense of fashion, it's really unique.

Here's another flier for their S&S store with the GORGEOUS model Kato. She has these huge blue eyes that makes your heart melt, and these thick beautiful lips and gorgeous skin. She dresses steampunk most of the time and is really cool. I first discovered her on Myspace. :3

Kambriel + stripey dress = WIN. 'nuff said. On the back of the stripey dress card was this. I like how vintage-y it looks, almost like a long lost postcard.

Another industrial band that is pretty cool is Android Lust. I've heard of them but never bought or listened to them, but I'm definitely inspired now.
The back of that flier showing their discography.

Just below that flier I saw this. I recognized the signature immediately, but didn't understand why she'd sign a small booklet flier.


I FLIPPED out!!! A SIGNED POSTER from one of my favorite bands! And I didn't buy it! They just included it because they're awesome like that! BOTH OF THEM SIGNED IT.

This is why I had to post something about my order- with small handmade vendors, they genuinely care about their customers. They don't just jam your order into a hacky sack and mail it to you, they care about their customers. These are people who are touched that people actually want to buy their things. With the rise of commercialism and monopolizations of corporations, people are getting lost. But with smaller vendors, not only do you get awesome things, but you know it's one of a kind and unique in it's own aspect.
End rant.

Look at my next post to see what I actually ordered, haha! <3!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Comic Inspirations (IMG heavy)

So I was thinking of other inspirations that at I have gathered over the years and realized- there are a few graphic novels that have influenced my "goth-dom."

Being a young spooky kid, a cartoon that caught my eye was Invader Zim.

                                                  (This is Gir. He's crazy.)

I liked the humor- it was dark yet gross and witty in an odd sense. I learned that I liked Jhonen Vasquez and read his other stuff too. The comic that started it all was "Squee."

It's about a little boy (also shown in "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac") and the random weird events that encompass his life.

From here on, I learned about JTHM ("Johnny the Homicidal Maniac") and read that too. Here's how many people know him.

A little side-comic within the JTHM comic is Anne Guish (punny, no?). I like her character too, she's type-cast as a stereotypical goth and brings me LOL's.
                                             (Overuse of the word "dark".  ... and eyeliner.)

                                                            (Yeah, she BELONGS).

A love interest in the JTHM comic named Devi had her own spin-off comic called "I Feel Sick." It's about a young artist (Devi) whose painting starts interfering with her life. I love her character for some reason I can't really tell, she gets the most pictures because of my love for her. :P
                                                           (Just a typical Saturday night)

                                                                         (At a club)

                                                                 (Attempting to date)

                                                                       (With JTHM)

Don't leave just yet! This isn't just a post about Jhonen Vasquez (I swearz!). Another quintessential typical goth graphic novel I love is "The Crow." I love the imagery and the poetry and the story and... *swoons* Yes I'm lame, but if you're a goth and don't know The Crow...      .......... yeah.

Much lesser known to the goth community is my favorite goth model/photographer/designer/artist/person-in-the-world, Laura Ziba Caraway. Her creations are really cool too, though not at all as heavy as the subject matter in "The Crow" nor as frivolous as Jhonen. Observe.

These next two are ones I've read online but don't own (sad face).

The first is Hellsing. It's about Alucard (King of the Vampires)- he kills freaks (rogue vampires) along with Seras Victoria, a policegirl he converted to vampirism. (I have this DVD).

Though this next one is aimed towards a younger audience (like 13 or so), I LOOOVE the artword. It's called Bizenghast. Just look at the cover in all it's Victorian Steampunky splendor. I will raise my future daughters on this.

That's all for now. I'd do a blog on my favorite books, but I have a feeling like that'd be a series of posts. I'll try to categorize by author's. :P

What about you guys? Do you like comics? Graphic novels? What's your libel junk food? <3!