2016 was quite the year to say the least. A couple of my blog posts are going to be devoted to end of year wrap ups including this cute and clever tag created by Princess Deia. Here is my last hurrah to 2016.
Highlight – What’s one great thing that happened to you this year.
Visiting Chicago is one of my favorite experiences this year. I have always driven by Chicago, but I have never been in the heart of the city. It reminded me of a smaller and mid western NYC. The deep dish pizza was to die for thanks to Gino’s East. One of my old roommates lives in the Chicago area so I’m trying to plan another visit soon to hit up all the museums.
Surprise – Be it TV show, film, game etc. that impressed you the most.
Overwatch is a game I wanted to play, but didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. There is a steep learning curve for me because when I first played, I sucked. With more practice I got much better and actually was a vital role for my team. Mercy is my go to healer character though I also love D.VA and her gigantic pink robot along with Zarya. Zarya is a bad ass muscular chick that I aspire to be.
New Fandom – Did you gain a new obsession in 2016?
Table top gaming is a recent new fandom of mine. I played Pandemic for the first time this year and I also dipped my feet into a Star Wars D&D campaign. I hope to play more table top games and try another campaign sometime this year.
The Comeback Kid – Was one of your fandoms rebooted, re-released, or re-imagined this year.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was wonderful. The niffler is the cutest creature plus it’s always up to no good. The jewelry store scene in the movie is hilarious thanks to the appearance of the niffler. I’m interested to see where the movie series goes because let’s face it, if it’s Harry Potter related, I’m going to see it or watch it.
Still going strong? – did one TV show have an amazing season. Or did a book series have a truly impressive addition this year.
Earlier this year I read Firefight the second book in the Steelheart trilogy. The second book was really good and I have Calamity on my to be read list. I love this series because it’s almost a dystopian X-Men novel about beings with superpowers, but end up taking over the world instead. It’s one of my favorite series I have ever read.
Biggest disappointment of the Year.
DC’s movie line up was discouraging. Batman V. Superman had a variety of issues including Lex Luthor/Jessie Eisenberg’s Riddler Lex. This movie was a mess with too much crammed into one movie. Darkseid references and a weird Flash dream? I had expected Suicide Squad to be the movie to redeem DC, but nah. Suicide Squad was okay, but it was problematic on many levels. I’m hoping Wonder Woman will be the movie that saves DC.
Event of the year – be it a convention, viewing party, geek girl brunch etc.
Convergence 2016 was kick ass. I made my cosplay which was an interesting experience and I could unwind with friends. I also met up with my uncle and my aunt (they’re the coolest people who attend conventions too) and I went to the party rooms with them. Another highlight was MCBA Comic Con 2016. This con is entirely devoted to comic books and illustrators. It’s where I met Phil Juliano who I wrote about here: [insert Phil Juliano blog post] I wish I had brought more cash to spend.
What are you looking forward to next year.
Movies: Wonder Woman, Spiderman Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Beauty and the Beast. Besides movies, I’m going to try and read more books and comics because this wasn’t as good of a reading year for me.
Quick Fire Round:
TV Show of the Year: The Night Manager with Tom Hiddleston.
Movie of the Year: Fantastic Beasts
Game of the Year: Overwatch
Book of the Year: I’m going with Naibiter. It’s a horror graphic novel that I wrote a review about earlier in the year. It’s so good, I need to get my hands on the next couple volumes soon.