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Black Milk Clothing Takeover


"Give me nylon or give me death!"
“Give me nylon or give me death!”

photos: courtesy of Black Milk Clothing


I first encountered Black Milk Clothing a little over a year ago. I was introduced by a friend to something that would quickly become the addiction I was warned about. If it sounds like I’m talking about a drug, well, you’re not far from wrong. Black Milk (James Lillis – designer and Cameron Parker – marketing/pimp daddy) is a company springing from Australia and they’re the purveyors of sick, slinky, sexy nylon wear with a definite edge. Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Fuck yes. Going back to a life before BM is simply not an option as I’ve been fully assimilated. Hello, I am a “Sharkie” aka a fierce devotee of all things Black Milk. But let’s talk about the “why” of that.


bm blue tartan


One of the things that makes the clothing line stand out, and is gaining them major traction on the ‘net these days, is their niche attention to geek detail in a way never before seen. Part of a fandom and need hot gear proclaiming that? BM has you covered, literally! If they don’t, they’re more than happy to take any and all suggestions from their Facebook community on what should be tackled next. *gasp* Whaaaaaat?! A quality company that actually listens to it’s customers and does it’s utmost best to satisfy them?! It’s true, this ain’t no Lululemon world! Along with excellent customer service (their staff is love), there’s the fact that BM has a very active presence on nearly every social media platform possible, where “Sharkies” can tag their fabulous outfits and get similarly pimped by the brand themselves. No need to wonder what “real” people look like wearing these clothes because the evidence is all right there! I mentioned quality and it’s truly no joke. James and Cam know that their reputation hinges, at the end of the day, on the actual products they provide which means they manufacture killer pieces built to hug you in all the right places and make you feel like “a hot little boss”.


bm nairobi cat


So, yeah. Geekery. Somewhere along the way, Black Milk realized that a huge number of their fan base was made up of geeks. This, of course, includes their actual employees who may be some of my favorite people on earth! So they decided to start licensing images and crafting them into the kinds of clothes anyone would be happy to represent their fandom in. There’s been Star Wars, Harry Potter, Mass Effect, Lord of the Rings, etc. with Batman being the latest. But it’s what’s next, what I’ve been waiting six months for, that I’m most excited about: The Black Milk Game of Thrones collection! YES, MY DEARS, IT IS COMING (JUST LIKE WINTER FOR AUSSIE-LAND) AND JUST IN TIME FOR THE SEASON 4 PREMIERE ON APRIL 6TH. This collection is the reason I’ve been somewhat stringent with my BM purchases over the past couple of months; I need to buy all the things because, if you’ll remember, “I go hard”.


bm winterfellbm dragon suit














Now, this isn’t to say that Black Milk focuses solely on the nerdy! They remain true to their intended vision of creating lovely, unique designs for public consumption (proof: the “A-Sassy-Nation” bodysuit). It’s just also incredibly validating that an entity has finally realized how inspirational geek culture is and is willing to cater to that. Not to mention that the feeling of looking fabulous in nylon pretty much spoils you for anything else. *shrug*

Check out the promo video for the Game of Thrones collection:


and Batman:


GoT drops March 11th at 9am (Aussie time) at BlackMilkClothing.com, March 10th at 7pm (EST).

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The Trolls Of My Heart, Starring Bryan Fuller Of ‘Hannibal’ And Orlando Jones Of ‘Sleepy Hollow’


This is mainly just a flaily status report on the awesome of two of my favorite people. Ever. Bryan Fuller (‘Hannibal’) is like the white night who rides again while Orlando Jones (‘Sleepy Hollow’) is fully playing both sides of the fandom fence i.e. being both star and fervent  troll. Prevalent through the acts of each man is a healthy love and respect for us fans and what we bring to the table. It’s a new dawn, a new day, and we’re ALL feeling good.

Halloween just passed so, along with hosting a party on the ‘Hannibal’ set, Bryan decided to dress up as everyone’s favorite cannibal. Then take a rocking photo alongside said cannibal. THE SUITS, PEOPLE. LOOK AT THEM. (Not that the suits are people although they might be, but I digress.) True, I have a wicked bias when it comes to plaid and am in no way objective. Still. THOSE.SUITS. Wardrobe on this show is absolutely ridiculous and beautiful and euwahwaiowaiotgwagfGBWAH. Bryan in one of Hannibal’s suits?! My body wasn’t ready. Also, damn, he cleans up nice.

Seriously, guys?! Not fair.
Seriously, guys?! Not fair.

Speaking of wardrobe! So, I’m puttering on Twitter minding everyone’s my own business when this is retweeted:


I just…I can’t…and while we’re all STILL recovering from this, Bryan decides to give us a sneak peek of said swimsuit:

Hannibal swimsuit
“Mads Mikkelsen’s Complete Wardrobe for Friday’s #HANNIBAL Shoot. You’re Welcome.”

THIS IS A THING THAT WE WILL BE SEEING ON OUR TV’S, GUYS. Mads Mikkelsen‘s delectable musculature being hugged by spandex as water sluices down his skin in (preferable) slo-mo. Hold me closer, tiny dancer! You can’t see me but there are tears, tears on the sides of my face. I mean, Bryan was decent enough to give us Hugh Dancy‘s thighs on more than one occasion during season 1; maybe he’s looking to top himself in season 2?! No one here is complaining. Dear Bryan, I don’t think I’ve ever been loved this well before. Please adopt me. 

Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones at NYCC © 2013 Francesca Rodriguez

Now, Orlando Jones? He is a whole ‘nother level of troll. No light caresses here! Orlando frolics on tumblr with regularity, compares ‘ships, and has sent out a formal call for fans to send him their fanfic. You know, so he can read that shit aloud and broadcast it! WHAT IS GOING ON?! And it’s not like he’s taking the piss either. He’s a legit fan of his own show and enjoys being as silly about it as the rest of us. This bond he’s developed with us, by admitting he IS one of us, is extraordinary. It’s just another example of doing “it” right and remembering that there’s not THAT much difference between creators of something and those who appreciate it. At the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ panel at NYCC, the man outright asked, “who ships Ichabbie?!” Between him, the self-proclaimed “flouncing tart” that is Tom Mison, and Nicole Beharie being the resident HBIC, this show’s cast  is a perfect fit for it’s fandom. *FYI, “Ichabbie” is the ‘ship name for Ichabod/Abbie.*

(l-r) Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter at NYCC © 2013 Francesca Rodriguez
(l-r) Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter at NYCC © 2013 Francesca Rodriguez

Orlando recently gave an interview to vulture.com in which he stated:

“I don’t get to sit back and pretend I’m too good to talk to them. That’s bullshit. Digital lets us have this conversation and make it as awesome as we want. Why can’t I share fan-fiction? Those fans are artists too, I’m not more or less of an artist than the people who are writing that, or drawing fan art.”

Dude. Let me clasp your wise self to my bosom because THIS. Fucking preach! It’s a reality that more folks in the industry need to get hip to and folks like Orlando and Bryan give me hope that this will start to be the norm. Not interacting with fans for shits ‘n’ giggles, but interacting with them because you actually value what’s been inspired in them whether it be ruminations or physical art. Talk to us, not at us. Then let us “talk” back.


New York Comic Con 2013: Survival Of The Fittest


photos: Vintage Frenchie from NYCCs past


*deep inhale* Ahhhhh, yes, the sweet scent of geekdom in the air! New York Comic Con aka “Geek Prom” at the illustrious Jacob Javits Center is upon us, where comic/sci-fi/anime/gaming/etc. fandoms the world over will converge to form something of a black hole. Of awesome. How best to describe the experience? Well, to some, the idea is this:

vintage nycc

or this:

vintage cosplay


And, while that is a lot of what goes on, it can sort of feel…hmm. Let me see. Okay! Remember that opening scene from the movie ‘Blade’? The whole “Bloodbath” thing? Here’s a refresher:


THAT’S what it’s like. Every sense is on high alert and your mind is trying to absorb everything at once but it JUST.CAN’T. So here’s my little list of things I deem most important in the quest to enjoy NYCC without feeling too overwhelmed.

1) Pack small, protein-based snacks to keep you going. Not only is con food expensive but having to completely stop your show floor trolling/skip panels because you feel faint is a total buzzkill. My favorites are beef/turkey jerky, M&M Peanuts, trail mix, and granola bars.

2) Grab a significant amount of cash from the ATM before you enter the convention center! Again, you want to cut expense and your time waiting on the endless lines to get more money. For large purchases, 99.99% of booths will accept credit/debit cards, so the cash is mainly for knick-knacks and any con food you do end up buying.

3) Speaking of which, it’s best to resign yourself to the fact that you WILL be spending more money than you’d like. Minimize what you can and just accept it when you end up splurging on things here and there; there are so many geek related items that are easier to acquire at Comic Con than anywhere else. *ONE YEAR, I SCORED THE SOUNDTRACKS TO BOTH ‘LEGEND’ AND THE ORIGINAL ‘FRIGHT NIGHT’. I HADN’T LIVED UNTIL THEN.* Working with a budget helps. So does reminding yourself that this is only once a year.

4) HAVE AN ATTACK PLAN. Listen, I cannot stress this enough. It is stressful as fuck but trust me when I say that having a plan is key to a great con experience. It can be as flexible or concrete as you want but have something to guide you as there is way too much going on in the Jacob Javits Center to go in blind, only to later discover you missed something awesome simply because you didn’t “study” beforehand. Go to the site, check out “My Show Planner”, and get the low-down on any guests/panels/booths you want to hit. You can keep it digital but I, personally, am more tactile i.e. I print my schedule and break out the highlighter. You’re going to save so much angst in the long run.


nycc sched
Wait. You thought I was playing? THIS IS WAR.


5) Bring a water bottle and hydrate accordingly. It’s incredibly easy to dehydrate when you’re walking MILES and talking about shared passions at the same time. Also, all that body heat means you start to feel like a roasted chicken.

6) Pack light in GENERAL. Back to minimizing, take the least you can or the smallest versions of your “must haves”. You can coat/bag check the majority of your things but you still don’t want to be stuck dragging around nonsense items from home when there is serious swag in your future.

7) Stay fresh in every way possible, people. I’m talking Purell, wipes, deodorant,  gum/mints, getting rest, taking vitamins, etc. Think of it as prep for a marathon because that’s essentially what it is. And it’s a marathon filled, to the brim, with a large number of humans in a central location. That means GERMS. Do you want to get lurgy? Didn’t think so.

8) Yo. Do not forget any batteries or chargers you may need. DO NOT. You will only end up having a Darth Vader moment that you’ll be kicking yourself over later. Unless you’re actually dressed as Vader and then, I don’t know, chalk it up to realism? Certainly, some kind and nerdy soul will help if they can, but everyone will be needing to charge their own electronics as well.


This pic? Not mine.


That’s about it, guys! Get dressed up, go in, have fun, rinse, and repeat! I’ll catch ya on the flipside!

P.S. If you have business cards, bring them. Comic Con is a hotbed for networking and you never know who you’ll meet!