MCM London Comic Con haul: May 2018

Despite how many years I’ve being going to MCM London Comic Con and how many times I’ve been to the Excel centre; I still managed to almost get lost on the way there. However, we ultimately did make it there and made some friends in our confused state on the way (I’m lucky that I’ve always had lovely experiences with the people I’ve met at cons and on the way to con).

This year was one of the first times in a while I felt like I was going for me. Therefore, in the end I didn’t take as many pictures as I usually would because I just wanted to relax, enjoy the con and have a chill time (hence why I chose to go Friday, as it’s generally one of the quieter days). I also had a little bit of money to spend this time so actually had some joy looking at the merchandise. Though maybe because I actually had money; I was actually less tempted than usual. I did ultimately pick up some goodies, which I wanted to share, as I lot of them from independent artists and that is always nice to share and promote!

Pusheen x Artbox 

This was one of the stalls I knew I definitely had to visit at con and it did not disappoint with it’s Pusheen goodness. I really was mostly interested in the pins but to purchase the pins you had to buy an item to be able to buy each pin (i.e. buy one item you can buy one pin, buy two you can buy two pins, etc.). I could only really afford to buy one item and a pin even though I really wanted two of the pins (pins you could chose from are below).

☆~~ Pin Giveaway ~~☆ We are thrilled to present the complete collection of enamel pins from the Pusheen x ARTBOX collaboration (yes, there is a third one; it's sparkly and can be worn as a collar chain)!! . You'll be able to pick up these beauties at the Pusheen x ARTBOX booth at MCM London Comic Con this weekend and ARTBOX Covent Garden next weekend, but for those of you who can't make it ~ we are giving away the full set of three pins, to THREE lucky winners! TO ENTER: . • Follow @artbox_uk and tag a friend in a comment on this post (1 ENTRY) . and/or . • Upload a photo of your Pusheen collection or Pusheen outfit, tag @artbox_uk and @pusheen in the photo and use hashtag #pusheenartboxuk (5 ENTRIES) . ————————– . Giveaway is open worldwide, and closes on 11th June 2018. Winners will be drawn at random. Two winners will be selected from Instagram and one from Facebook. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. #artboxuk #pusheen #pusheencat #pusheenthecat #enamelpin #pingame #pingamestrong #pusheenicorn #stormythecat #superpusheenicorn

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In the end I decided to get the unicorn pusheen pin (it was between that pin and the pastel one) because I liked how it could double up on a shirt collar if I wanted it too.

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Pusheen unicorn 2

Luckily, I was able to find an item that I wanted to buy that was also something that was really cute (not hard when its pusheen) and that was a birthday cake pusheen keyring. I wanted a keyring, as thought it would look cute on one of my bags and I liked the birthday cake pusheen because it’s my birthday coming up so I love all things birthday at the moment.

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Birthday cake pusheen or me in pusheen form.

I also wanted to visit the Artbox store because I knew there would be a competition to win a GIANT PUSHEEN.

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MY SON!!! (I know Pusheen is a girl, I blame Pixielocks for this, ha, ha)

Although, I know I will not win this competition I am still stubbornly determined that I will and desire it with my whole heart because I am pretty sure the pusheen length wise is about as big as me. Though I’m not sure if the giant pusheen you win is the size of the one above or below – either way I want it!!

Overall, I really loved the Pusheen x Artbox collaboration because the ice cream sundae theme was pastel perfection. So much so that I couldn’t bear myself to throw away the leaflet I got with my purchase because it was just too cute (I mean look at Pusheen’s little hat!)

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Pokémon Sylveon purse

I’ve been wanting to get another purse for a while now so when I saw that this adorable Sylveon purse was only £8 I couldn’t resist. I also liked how it was a bit smaller than some of my other purses so that it could be used to accompany smaller bags or when I don’t have a lot of room in my bag!

 

 

 

 

 

I still can’t decide on my favourite Eevee evolution so it took a few minutes of deliberating before I chose this style but I thought the pink and blue would match a lot of what I have in my wardrobe already. This purse also came with a little bag of sweets (which, I unfortunately can’t eat because they’re haribo) and a badge that I thought was a super lovely touch.

Sailor Moon manga vol. 4 

I’ve been wanting this volume for a while now because I needed to know what happened next so when I was finally able to find a stall that sold manga (I kept seeing stalls with manga in the title that only sold anime) I couldn’t resist this. I was also very tempted by The Ancient Magus Bride manga but decided to resist for now and go with the Sailor Moon because I am already in the middle of reading the series. I’ve actually already read this volume and I love it – I sense Sailor Pluto is going to become one of my favourite Sailor Scouts.

Sailor Moon Vol. 4

Sailor V Pop Figure 

In keeping with the Sailor Moon theme I also picked up this Sailor V Pop figure because I’d been eyeing it for a while on Forbidden Planet because it was an exclusive (so wanted to get it while it was available). Sailor Venus is one of my favourite scouts and I love this look and figure however I was a bit disappointed with the figure’s quality. As you can see in the image the paintwork by her feet is messy and both her feet can’t go on the stand at the same time because either her feet aren’t far enough apart or the stand is made incorrectly.

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Geen Jones artwork

So now let’s finally get onto some of the amazing artwork I picked up. The prints by Geeno Jones were reduced because they were old/ some had slight imperfections. My untrained eye didn’t notice any issues and I really loved the print of the girl with the cherries in her hair so much I had to have it.

Cherry print hair

I’m not sure if I’m going to frame these or what I’m going to do with them! I know I want them on display somewhere however.

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I had to of course pick up their Kiki print (I don’t think I can resist any Kiki’s Delivery Service artwork).

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One thing I noticed at con was that there was a LOT of Yuri on Ice merchandise (which, I’m not complaining about). I managed to resist a lot of it but had to pick up these adorable pastel prints of Yuri and Viktor. These I definitely think I want to frame (maybe in a special double frame) and have on a table or alternatively on my wall somewhere.

If you like Geen Jones’ artwork you can find them on the below links.

Etsy: geeniejay

Here’s some of my favourite picks from their shop:

At the Flowers girl cafe print

Pastel Witch print

Cats of Anime print

Instagram: @geeniejay

Facebook: @geeniejay

Twitter: @GeenJones

Morgana Amelia artwork 

I only picked up two stickers from this store but I love, love their work so can definitely see myself picking up more in the future. I’ve recently started watching Steven Universe (which, I love!!) so could not resist picking up these Pearl and Amethyst stickers.

 

 

 

 

 

I doubt I’ll ever be able to commit to sticking them on anything though because they are just too pretty.

If you like Morgana Amelia’s artwork you can find them on the below links:

YouTube: jelliebee

Twitch: jellie_bee

Twitter: @missjelliebee

Instagram: @missjelliebee

I personally wish I’d picked up this beautiful piece of artwork!!! So if you’re at con and you see their stall, don’t be silly like me and get this before it’s too late!

Weiliwonka stickers 

I for some reason bought a lot of stickers that I’m going to be unable to stick anywhere this con but I just could not resist these two sets of stickers featuring all my Studio Ghibli favourites.

Studio Ghibli stickers 1

Studio Ghibli stickers 2

If you love these stickers as much as me you can check out Weiliwonka on the below links:

Blogspot: http://weiliwonka.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: @weiliwonka

Instagram: @weiliwonka

Facebook: @weiliwonka

The Custom Cupcake Company cupcakes, fudge and brownies

I couldn’t of course go to con without picking up my favourite fudge in the entire world. Both Martin and I picked up a box (which, surprisingly are still partly intact). As always the staff were super friendly and helpful and everything was covered in glitter – I can never fault them!

 

 

 

 

 

So here it is my small(ish) MCM London Comic Con haul. I hope everyone who went to con had a great time and please do comment below with what you picked up or any artists’ work you admire!

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An Interview With Kimothy Joy

Image provided by Kimothy Joy

I stumbled upon Kimothy Joy’s artwork last month after seeing the awesome illustrations she provided The Huffington Post for their campaign #WeMakeHerstory, which inspired and intrigued me so I set out to find out more, and to of course follow her on Instagram! The collaboration was also partially what inspired some of my own blog posts and collaboration with Caroline from The Kawaii Kollective, who provides me with illustrations for my feminist reading journey (in each blog post I have credited Kimothy Joy for inspiring the artwork).

For those who aren’t familiar with Kimothy Joy she is a Denver-based illustrator who specialises in watercolours and ink drawings. Her work generally centres on female empowerment, usually through painting heroines from the past, and present (like in The Huffington Post series). Her art is art of resistance, as she believes art and creativity can be a powerful force for social change. Therefore, she often partners with companies that aim to make the world a better place for everyone.

It’s unsurprising that the popular items that she sells (for UK readers she sells internationally on Etsy) carry the slogans, ‘Make America Kind Again’, ‘The United States of Nasty Women’, ‘The Future is Female’ and ‘Rise Up’.

Image: @kimothyjoy/ Instagram 

I of course was interested to find out what her favourite quote to live by was as someone who illustrates so many inspiring quotes…
“Find joy in life. Share joy with others.” It’s so simple but very meaningful to me. My mother had it printed out and taped to our fridge during her last year fighting breast cancer. She maintained an overall resolute disposition – determined to find the beauty in her battle. That lesson will also stay with me. And the irony of Joy being my middle name. I think I’ve recently really brought that sentiment into fruition in my own life. I know she’s proud.

How do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration from other women who have found their own voice and found the courage to speak their own truth to the world. This comes from something as casual as coffee dates or via books, music, podcasts, poets, and documentaries. Books written by Maya Angelou, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, or modern day women such as Jessica Bennett’s Feminist Fight Club or We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Currently, I am so utterly moved by the music of Tank and the Bangas, a group from New Orleans. They’re on repeat.

What artists inspire you?
Lately, I’m really inspired by poetry. I don’t think I’m alone in this becoming something the general public is yearning for more and more in these very confusing, conflicting times. Nikita Gill’s work is stunning. So is the poetry of Cleo Wade, Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire, and Rupi Kaur. Their words provide so much understanding, peace, and healing. They inspire a lot of my paintings.

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Do you think art and creativity can drive positive social change?
Immensely! Art, music, dance, any creative expression – these are the languages used by us humans that are able to transcend barriers whether they be cultural, racial, gender, whatever. They harness so much power. In challenging times when we’re trying to work out how we feel or what is happening around the world – there is always art and creativity to help us feel heard, connected, understood. Art transcends words. It heals and unites. I have so much faith in its power and magic. It’s the language of our soul.

Image: @kimothyjoy/ Instagram 

What has been your favourite campaign you have worked on/ supported so far?
My favourite campaign has been the project in which I created art in celebration of Women’s History Month with The Huffington Post. The editors selected a great variety of women, some lesser known; these women peaked my interest and I was happy to get to know them better before painting them. I love that Huffpost used their platform to spread the words and stories of these women.

🔥Alicia Garza🔥 #WeMakeHerstory (🎨: @kimothyjoy) #WomensHistoryMonth

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Have you always called yourself a feminist? Has your work always been centred around women’s rights?
I didn’t call myself a feminist in my youth and my work became rooted in feminism before I self-identified as one. Over the last few years as a creative consultant, I chose to partner with organisations that focused on women’s rights and empowerment. I was completely moved by what they were doing especially organisations like Smart Girl who work with middle school girls on building emotional intelligence, mental health awareness, confidence, anti-bullying, etc and Threads Worldwide who promote fair-trade goods and economic opportunity for women around the world. I think I was too busy trying to figure out how to advance the work they were doing that I didn’t stop and categorise myself. I didn’t think to state it publicly or draw a line in the sand. If feminism means believing in equal rights / human rights than it should be a given, right? – something that you don’t have to claim. However, I think it’s important to claim now more than ever because of the negative connotations still associated with it. We need to break down those misconceptions and make it commonplace for all humans to call themselves feminists. It’s a no brainer. It shouldn’t be taboo or divisive. We also need to collectively work to clarify its definition in being inclusive of people of color, the LGBTQI community, etc. and recognize the privilege and disadvantage that groups within the feminist movement are experiencing.

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How did you choose the quotes for your series with Huffington Post Women for Women’s History Month?
The editors at The Huffington Post selected the women and quotes then I narrowed down a list that I wanted to paint. I liked the diverse, wide array of people they chose. Some were classic heroines of the past and others were modern day leaders of movements like Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, co-founders of Black Lives Matter and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and Illyse Hogue, president of NARAL. I also love that they chose provocative, challenging quotes. Their selections sparked a lot of conversation and engagement online especially regarding intersectional feminism and resistance.

Wise words from @ilyseh 🔥 (🎨: @kimothyjoy) #WeMakeHerstory #WomensHistoryMonth

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Who is your favourite author or activist/ quote out of the women you drew?
That’s a hard one! So many gems in that mix. I think it’s a tie between the quote from Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Cheryl Strayed who said, “The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.” I love that she’s telling us to get in the game, get dirty, show up, be brave, wrestle around with it. Do not shy away from finding your own truths, beliefs, opinions. Give it your all.

What charitable organisations do you support?
I support Southern Poverty Law Center, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Move On, and I think I’m missing a few more. I support these organizations by donating a portion of profits from my products to their mission.

Have you ever seen someone wear one of your designs?
I’ve seen many photos of people sporting my designs which is the best! I’ll run into people with my tote bags or wearing a t-shirt. It makes me so happy to know these messages resonate with others and they’re proud to share them with me. I’ve never felt so connected to so many (once) strangers before.

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Your work is all about positivity, how do you stay positive in the period America is in at the moment? Have you ever received negativity about your work?
This is a real challenge for me, actually. I practice staying positive and actively seeking out things and people who inspire and uplift me. There are days when I feel so low about what’s happening. But then I have to try harder to find a poem that that brings me back to life, or a book, or a story, one act of bravery or love, then I sit down to paint. Then I share it online and find that it helps to heal others, as well. I’ve been being very diligent and intentional about it these last few months. It’s my sacred habit. I love that I can share it with other people who are craving it just as much as me. And yes, I have received some negative feedback about my work, which is expected when you share of yourself online, especially creative work, and your reach expands. The issues that I choose to paint about are usually divisive topics for our country so that invokes strong opinions one way or the other. Art itself is subjective and open to various interpretations. That’s what makes it powerful. Also, I’ve learned to listen to the criticism that starts off from an emotionally correct or respectful place.

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Do you think it is important that feminism remains inclusive of all women (i.e. inclusive of people who identify as non binary and trans women) as I’ve noticed those themes in your work?
Definitely. One of the mainstays of my work is to portray a diverse, all inclusive, array of people. I don’t necessarily include a lot of masculinity in my work, because it just doesn’t come natural to me, but I don’t want to exclude them from my messages, either. It is really important to me to include all ethnicities, sexualities, body types, varying body abilities, ages, trans, non-binary, queer, everyone. Feminism is about passing the mic to the most disenfranchised and marginalised. It’s about demanding human rights from the bottom up, by putting those that are the most threatened at the forefront.

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What is next for you with your artwork? What are your plans for the future?  
I would love to publish a book of my illustrations. I’d like to partner up with organisations I support and different campaigns to promote positive social change. Whatever I can do to leverage the power of visuals to change minds, perspectives and unite and connect.

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