C2E2 – Business Card Giveaway

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This is it, the Big C2E2 weekend and I (along with a zillion other people will be there)

While there, I will be handing out a business cards. If you received one from me, look at it closely because you may have won a prize.  If your card has something ‘winner!’ written across it you have won a prize. To confirm you are a winner you will find a secret word written on the back of the card, you will need that word to claim your prize.

If one side of your card resembles this, then read on to claim your prize

100_5838To claim your prize you must email me at acarvelli@live.com with the following information:

  1. Visit popculthq.com and give me the title of one article
  2. Go to popculthq on Facebook and like us – email your facebook name so I can confirm it
  3. Give me the word that is written on your card
  4. Send me your name and address, so I can send out your prize.

You have until May 31st to claim your prize

Mad Max: Fury Road – A True Dystopian Masterpiece in Pulp Fiction


April Carvelli:

I went and saw Mad Max on opening night and all I can say is.

IT IS AWESOME!!!!

If you haven’t seen it yet, then do so.

Originally posted on Pop Cult HQ:

fury road1Wow! He did it. George Miller’s latest addition to the Mad Max franchise is a winner. He managed to keep it true to the original two movies, yet bring the filming, acting and action into the current era.

Mad Max: Fury Road is an action packed chase movie right from the start, with barely a moment to breathe between action scenes. George Miller stays true to the Max Max form; he’s not going for bigger and bigger explosions. He doesn’t do what most modern film makers do. He does not attempt to keep escalating his action scenes. All of them are well done classic style action scenes. There are no impossibilities, no upping the action, just a constant stream of high quality action.

The entire movie is an imaginative dystopia. Throughout the whole movie you see the historic remnants of today’s civilization and how they would have been interpreted over…

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Not a Lot of Free Time Lately

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Hello out there. I’m not even sure anyone is reading this blog, but that is okay. This blog is set up more as my portfolio and resume for writing than for anything else. If I see something cool I will put it up here, or if I have excess articles they will go in here. As you can tell, I don’t have excess articles, probably because I am pretty darn busy and only seem to have time to write the articles I am assigned.

I get up at 5:30 and start writing. I make sure the kid is up by 7, feed him and get him out the door and on his bus by 8:20. I then continue to write until 9 when I head to work. Hopefully by nine I have cranked out two to three articles.

I work until 3 or sometimes 4 and then head home. If the weather is decent I will work in the garden until about 5, if the weather sucks then I either use this time to write more articles or I clean. I start dinner around 5 and by 6:30 I am usually writing again or at least doing some research. I get the kid in bed at around 8 and then spend until 9 doing whatever needs to be done.

I usually try to wrap things up by nine so I can spend an hour or so with the hubby before crawling off to bed and starting it all again.

Not much free time to read, talk, catch up with friends or to just chill out, but it seems to be working okay for now.

Spring is here

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Well it seems that the weather has finally decided to settle into spring and jump right over to summer with these temperatures. The only thing spring about it is the intermittent rain.

It continues to be a busy year, there is a lot going on. There is writing and work, and gardening and housework. Then on the weekend I seem to be replacing work with charity or costumed events of some sort.

I’d like to get to a few car shows, but I am not certain when that will happen. I’d also like to get Bernice out and drive her a bit, but the weather has been pretty unpredictable lately so I will wait until there is no chance of rain, besides with all the pollen currently in the air she is likely to come back yellow, and I don’t want to spend that much time cleaning her up.

Popculthq is doing great. We’ve got sponsors and a lot of regular readers. If you haven’t checked us out yet, then I suggest you do so.

C2E2 2015 Cosplay Pictures

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It was a busy weekend and I am only just starting to catch up. Here are a few pictures from the C2E2 weekend. Hope you enjoy them:

If you want to see some great pictures of the C2E2 weekend then head over to popculthq where I have posted some of the best. they were broken up into Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Group Cosplay, and Kids Cosplay (which should be posted over there later today.)

C2E2 2015 Was a Blast

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11156212_10101650298874925_8307586902000411351_nThe weekend is over and I have a hardly begun posting pictures and information from the C2E2 weekend. I have some pictures posted over on popculthq. Some Day 1 and Day 2 pictures are up. Some Day 3 pics will be up later today. I still need to sort through my pictures and do some edits before I can get them all up.

Photo by Will Byington

Photo by Will Byington

I gave out a lot of business cards. If you received one of the cards that said WINNER!! Then check out this post to claim your prize.

Danielle Neville

Photo by Danielle Neville

If you saw me and took any pictures I would be delighted to see them. I was Maleficent on Friday (accompanied by giant Groot and Baby Groot,) Part of the Spaceballs group as Snotty on Saturday, and on Sunday I was a Judge Dredd (With Stallone style shoulder rig and accompanied by a young Sith Lord.) We weren’t in the gear long on Sunday, it was just too crowded. So after a while we were just civilians.

I left with quite a few cool things, that I can hopefully snap some shots of later..

Fully Functioning Hylian Shield by Man at Arms

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link shield 2If you are a Legend of Zelda Fan then this is something you need to check out, a fully functional Hylian Shield.

link shield 3Man at Arms, of Baltimore Knife and Sword, creates realistic replicas of our favorite weapons from popular video games and movies. They don’t just create pretty wall hangers, they create actually functional weaponry. Some of their creations might be a little unwieldy, but they are all gorgeous, functional and as true to the original as they can be.

link shield 1One of their newer projects is the Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda. Check out the intricate detail work, I love how they provide you with full details of the how and why during construction. They go all out on the shield, from the amber Triforce to the painting, it is a beautiful piece of functional artwork.

Then, just to top it all off they make the perfect sword to go with it.

Check out the video, where they take you from concept through construction all the way to their final test. They have creted it as a fully functional medieval shield, so it even deflects arrows, or at least medieval arrows.

DC World Event in Plano, IL

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dc recordToday, April 18th DC Superheroes will gather in assigned places around the world in an effort to set a World Record for Most Costumed Super Heroes. The City of Plano, IL is one of many cities participating and I will be there to record this momentous event.

While there, I will be handing out a small amount of business cards. If you received one from me, look at it closely because you may have won a prize.  If your card has something along the lines of ‘you may be a winner’ and a single word written on it, then you have won.

To claim your prize you must email me at acarvelli@live.com with the following information:

  1. Visit popculthq.com and give me the title of one article
  2. Go to popculthq on Facebook and like us – email your facebook name so I can confirm it
  3. Give me the word that is written on your card
  4. Send me your name and address, so I can send out your prize.

DC world event

You have until May 31st to claim your prize

Spring Cleaning and What to Do with Certain Things

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springI don’t know about the rest of you, but when the nice weather shows up, I start moving things around and my garbage cans end up with an awful lot of stuff in them. One of the problems I frequently have is determining what can and can not be thrown out, sometimes you want to hold on to those product boxes because the item is worth more later on if you have it. Here is a great article that tells you how to determine what to keep and what to toss.

What to do with all those product boxes

Another problem I find during the cleanup procedure is gift cards. It’s not that I have lost them and they are essentially found money, it’s that I find myself with a handful of gift cards that I will never use. Either there is no location near me, or they just aren’t my style. Unless you regift them there isn’t a lot to do with them…until now.View Post

What to do with those unwanted gift cards

Olivia Munn cast as Psylocke

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The newest Marvel announcement by Director Bryan Singer is the casting of Olivia Munn as Betsy Braddock. The actress from The Newsroom will be playing Psylocke in the May 2016 release X-Men:Apocalypse.

Olivia Munn is best known for her role as Sloan Sabbith on The Newsroom and has had a variety of minor roles since 2004 and a large variety of guest appearance on talk shows.

Psylocke started out as a minor supporting character in Marvel UK series Captain Britain, she is the twin sister of the title character and briefly held the title herself before shifting to the pages of X-Men.

Captain Britain, vol. 2 #13. Art by Alan Davis

Captain Britain, vol. 2 #13. Art by Alan Davis

Betsy’s powers gradually grew from those of a precog to a full blown telepath. She is one lady you would feel sorry for, if she wasn’t so damn tough. She has been kidnapped at least twice and brain washed each time. The first kidnapping led to a bionic eye and the name Psylocke. The second kidnapping and brainwashing led to her taking on a totally new appearance and becoming the Hand’s ultimate assassin.

Now she is a model with powerful psychic abilities and awesomely advanced martial arts training.

Now I wonder if we might have a chance to also see Captain Britain, or least hear a mention of him? I don’t know about some of you, but I think he deserves his own movie.

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