Jay Baruchel Encounter, Johnny Wander Meeting, & CulturSHOCK News!

, by Zoë Gulliksen

Hey guys!


This has been one of the craziest and most exhausting weeks I can remember. Those from Twitter may recall the horrendous professor episode on Tuesday (where for no apparent reason a professor told me in a meeting that I was not competent enough to pass the 7 classes I'm taking) but that was quickly dealt with after filing a complaint to a dean. 


I always look goofy in celeb pictures
I also finally met my biggest celebrity crush, Jay Baruchel! My one on one interview was combined with a bunch of other journalists, which was unfortunate but actually for the better. About 15 journalists sat at a conference table with Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Sean Williams Scott for their new movie Goon. As the talent walked in the room, Baruchel sat down, looked around and noticed me right away from across a crowded room! He made eye contact, grinned and said, "Hey! It's you!" I practically melted and just grinned like an idiot. He recognized me from talking on twitter all these months (I guess cause I'm a stalker *sigh*)


JAY BARUCHEL
The conference mostly centered around hockey and less on the movie, which meant that I was a bit lost, but it was alright because I honestly was so star struck that I could not trust myself to ask a question without faltering. I was shaking more than when I talked with Spielberg in December! After the conference was over, I waited while other journalists hounded the talent pictures and such. Baruchel then came over, gave me a hug and said we needed to take a picture together!  So we did and he signed my Fanboys DVD and the special edition comic on the inside while I attempted to appear normal. Other journalists tried to intervene but he ignore them =) Of course I could HARDLY SPEAK AT ALL. I was speechless. A fangirl mess.


Bathroom Shot!
You can dress me up in professional clothes, give me questions to ask, and put the intellectual glasses on my silly face but you cannot take the fangirl out of me. And so Baruchel gave me another huge hug and took another picture with me and my life was made. I was shaking for the next two hours. In fact I'm shaking now as I'm typing this because it was so amazing, minus me being a mess. For YEARS on the internet I've been known for my massive crush on Baruchel. The amount of fangirling and money I've spent on this crush is well....rather absurd. 


However I know he and I will cross paths again! After all, he's in my comic book so I have to ask his permission to use his name & likeness =) Speaking of which, I hope you all have seen the first page of my new comic, "EPiC"! (Just look one post below this one) The last panel of the page is currently the background on my computer, SO PERFECT.


Friday night I also had the honor of co-hosting the Midtown Comics Book Club with writer Ananth Panagariya and illustrator Yuko Ota of the webcomic Johnny Wander of www.johnnywander.com. It was crazy seeing them walk in the store because they look EXACTLY like their characters (as they are meant to) and it was very surreal. They even brought along their room mates and fellow characters in the book John and Conrad, who in turn commented on behind the scenes adventures of a bunch of the stories in the book. If you guys haven't checked out this comic, RUN! GO READ IT NOW! No seriously, its a great collection and they are fantastic people, so I give my stamp of approval.


And now just a normal Sunday listening to the Tony Bennett cd I bought yesterday, which was the greatest purchase I made all week. I love the hell out of his other albums, and I can never get enough of him, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble. 


We also released the official logo for the new website I'm going to be Editor in Chief of, CulturSHOCK! Tomorrow I'll reveal my amazing crew of writers for you all =) (Just remind me if I forget....)






And I think that's it for now! I'm still taking applications for an LA based journalist (details HERE) so forward it to your peeps on the West coast if you know of anybody interested! 


I'm also taking applications for anyone who can make me Toothless/Pascal stuffed animal, as shown here--->


Until next time!
-Zoë

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FIRST PAGE REVEALED FROM MY COMIC "EPiC"

, by Zoë Gulliksen


Isn't it beautiful, ladies and gentlemen? My ridiculously talented artist and collaborator Juan Albarran (@JuanAlbarran75 and http://juanalbarranart.blogspot.com/) emailed me this page earlier today. I've been having a stressful and rather awful week, but this single page managed to keep my spirits up.

This comic is about a girl who works in a college bookstore but also fights against bullies who pick on the underdogs of New York City. Her sidekick is a raccoon named Scooter =) I am exceedingly proud of the script and am continuously thrilled by Juan's art.

That's all for now, can't wait to hear what you guys think!

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Seeking LA Based Journalist

, by Zoë Gulliksen

For the new geek centric site I'm launching next month, I am in need of a journalist based in LA to attend press events for me. Payment will not be made for the first three months, but I assure you: as soon as *I*  start getting paid, so will you. You don't need to have a lot of prestige experience, but more of a professional attitude.

In short, I need a presentable journalist who lives in the Los Angeles area to attend press events in a mature and intellectual manner. I need you to be reliable and with writing experience. This is a beneficial opportunity for you because you will be given press passes to major movie events such as celebrity interviews, red carpet events, and others.

To apply, send me an email at zoe.gulliksen@dailyblam.com with links to your writing examples and a paragraph on why you would be ideal. If you have a twitter or blog, please include those links as well.

Thanks guys!

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Baruchel Interview Update, New Site, & New Glasses!

, by Zoë Gulliksen

Lot's of exciting things coming up!


Baruchel
My Jay Baruchel interview is now this Friday, so please let me know what questions I should ask him! And if I have time for him to record my voice mail, what should I have him say?

I also have a huge announcement! I will be the Editor-in-Chief of a new geek centric site called CulturShock! It will be under the umbrella of the Daily BLAM! family and will focus mainly on the geek community. I have my team of initial writers more or less gathered and I've been chatting with them all morning on what we want to have on this site. For updates, check the twitter account! www.twitter.com/culturSHOCKblog


CulturSHOCK logo!
What topics would YOU guys like to read about? You can leave ideas in the comments below or email me at zoe.gulliksen@dailyblam.com. I'm really looking forward to this huge step because this site will be something that is all my own that no one can take from me. And that feeling is extremely important to me. 


I've had to make a lot of important and difficult decisions this week, both professionally and personally. It's hard to admit to yourself that something will not be beneficial in the long run, but I am certain that it's all for the best. 


However, my favorite thing that has happened this week? I finally bought a new pair of glasses. They make me feel edgy and nerdy and professional all at once. Can't argue with that =P



Hope you're all doing well, and keep in touch through email/twitter/facebook!

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My #ThorDad Now Has A Twitter Account

, by Zoë Gulliksen

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you would know the reoccurring hash tag #ThorDad pertains to my father, who is 6 feet four inches tall, and 100% Norwegian. He has longish blonde hair, a blonde beard and ice blue eyes. He is infamous in my town for looking (and sounding like) Thor from the comics and movie. The baristas at my Starbucks call him that and many a times my mom has had cashiers at stores tell her how lucky she is that her husband looks like Thor.


Now my dad is also known for saying weird shit. He thinks everyone is an idiot and asks me nearly every morning why I dress like I'm homeless. His goal in life is be just like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.

The best comparison to my dad is Roxanne's Dad in A Goofy Movie. I couldn't find a quality video to show you, but those of you who have seen the film would understand. He would have no problem telling a guy that showed up at my house that I don't live there.

The point is, I have finally made my #ThorDad a twitter account. It was at my mom's suggestion and she thinks it'll be easier to tweet all the weird shit he says. My family is pretty cool, I mean it's not every day that your mom texts you to create a twitter account for your dad...

So go follow him already! It's @Thor_Dad (www.twitter.com/thor_dad). I promise everything he says on that account are things he says in real life.

This is a small picture of my dad with my younger brother:

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movie Thor--------->

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A Fortune Teller

, by Zoë Gulliksen

When I was younger, I would wish that I would live a never boring life. I was terrified of being stuck in a job I hated in a town where nothing exciting happened. I somehow always knew that I was meant for something so much more.

Around the age of 11 I went to a carnival hosted by New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg because a relative was an employee of his. There were food and ice cream trucks driving every where giving out free food, carnival games and rides, a fun house and countless arcade games. Despite these attractions, all I wanted to do was see a fortune teller. I made my mother wait in line on a hot summer day for ages just to see one.

When it was finally my turn a woman said that she didn't specialize in children, unlike the man next to her, but she would give me a simple reading. This fortune teller read my palms and said that I would have a very happy and successful marriage. However, after a moment  the woman paused and placed her hands in her lap, looking at me with such an odd expression.

The fortune teller turned to my mom and said in a slow, hushed voice: "I hope you realize what an extraordinary daughter you have. One day she will do great things."

My mom doesn't believe in any nonsense like this,  and I don't blame her. I'm skeptical of people who tell stories for a living and pass it off as fact. But that woman acted so surprised, that part of me needs to believe that. My mom still talks about this story these days, pointing out that the gypsy was right whenever I do something ridiculous and out of the ordinary. (Like interview Steven Spielberg)

So no matter what I believe, I will always think that on a hot summer day in New York, a complete stranger predicted that I would live an extraordinary life. I find that very comforting.

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Comic Book Men Gives Their Apologies

, by Zoë Gulliksen

Just a quick note everyone! A lot of you have been reading my blog because of my involvement with Kevin Smith's new reality show, Comic Book Men. It's been pretty surreal this week because twitter friends have linked me to articles about the show where I'm mentioned, including The Observer, MTV Geek, and a blog called Mercury Town. (click those names for links to the articles)
It's interesting to be talking about for not having accomplished anything at all. It's even weirder when random people on Twitter will tweet at @BrywaltQ, telling the guys on the show that they wont watch it because of the way they treated me. I have never bashed this show nor have I told anybody NOT to watch it. I'm looking forward to it very much! The only time I was upset was when Walt said I shouldn't have showed up at their comic shop half naked in my Black Canary costume on their podcast.


I was deeply offended by this because the producers of the show during filming had told me specifically to wear my Black Canary costume to the shop. I didn't understand why I had been yelled at by Walt for wearing what producers had told me to wear. But that's show business guys.


This morning I politely addressed Twitter this morning: "Guys, I don't appreciate berating  on my behalf. I'll be watching the show tonight & I hope it does well! Dont be mean to anyone." And for the first time, Walt and the guys contacted me directly in response to all this hoopla on the internet.


In case the picture looks blurry to you, they quoted what I had said and added, "You clearly have more class than I. It shouldn't have taken you saying it, but I sincerely apologize for any remarks I made that hurt you. I'm a reactionary type when mine are attacked & you paid for the other girl's remarks. Again, apologies."

I will admit that this meant an enormous deal to me. All this confusing and conflict cleared up just in time for the show to premiere tonight at 10pm on AMC! I'll be tuning in after The Walking Dead, and I hope you guys will too!

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I was just told via Twitter that Bryan said the tweets from this morning, not Walt. But Walt apologized apparently the day after the podcast, I just wasn't aware of it. So there's that!


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I would also like to add a link to a post I wrote last year after interviewing Kevin Smith in March 2011. People have asked me about what it was like to meet Smith, and here are all the details again =) READ HERE

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Sunday Night Catching Up

, by Zoë Gulliksen

Hey guys!

Time sure does fly when you're busy as all hell. As I've mentioned before I'm taking 7, SEVEN, classes in order to graduate college in May. January is already over and I'm one step closer to having to face the real world. I'm completely ready and itching to get out of college, unlike most of my classmates. I'm majoring in Creative Writing and Organizational Leadership, which is ALL READING. I print out hundreds of pages worth of articles and plays a week, plus hundreds of pages of reading in multiple books. 

This past week has been one of the rougher ones, when people from your past come back and you find out that what happened didn't actually happen. I'm not going to disclose much more, except that if a guy is in a relationship, he should not be in love with other girls. 

Highlights of this week however, DO include:

1.) Seeing The Artist, finally! I loved it, but it was not what I thought it was going to be. Honestly I thought the movie was going to be a romance, at least that's what I remember from watching the trailers. But the film focused more on George's journey than on his relationship with Peppy. Despite my disappointment on lack of kissing scenes, I enjoyed it tremendously. There was not much of a plot, but I guess that's what happens when your characters don't talk.

Angela & I in our LOTR shirts!
2.) Going to the One Man Lord of the Rings show with my best friend, Angela! For those of you that follow me on Twitter, you may recall Angela and I going to see all the extended LOTR films in theaters over the summer and crying our eyes out. Our mutual love of hobbits is what made us friends, even though we are very different people.  The one man show was campy and ridiculous and amazing. Here is the website for more information: http://www.onemanlotr.com/ I would recommend it to all LOTR fans, but ONLY those of you who have seen the films multiple times. The show is full of obscure lines and references, and its easy to get lost.

I also found out about a couple of future press events I'm attending! At the end of the month I will be interviewing Robert De Niro and Rachel Weisz for their upcoming film, Being Flynn. I also received confirmation that I will be attending The Avengers red carpet premiere later this year! I did lots of screaming when I was told =)

That's all for now. This week is also incredibly busy with Toy Fair and Social Media Week next week! I have papers to write and homework to do and my bookstore job on campus. I get overwhelmed a lot, and terribly anxious about everything, but I'm trying. I'm trying.

Sketches from the comic!
What I'm MOST excited about, however, is a current project of mine! I just finished writing my first comic book script, something I never thought I would do. I'm a horrible screenwriter and I don't like it very much because I'm a die hard prose writer. But I was approached by an artist I respect very much to write a story he had in mind, and I  loved  it. Granted, the story is about my friends and I, but the theme means a lot to me. I just finished the first draft and I emailed it out to the people involved and I'm nearly jumping out of my skin waiting to hear what everyone thinks.

That's it for tonight, hope everyone is doing well!

Toootles =^.^=



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