The Amazing Stan Lee…Excelsior

I have been a big nerd since as long as I can remember. Today, Stan Lee, the Marvel legend has died at the age of 95 years old.

He came up with characters that are enduring and powerful. When you think of Marvel, you think Stan Lee. The one thing about Stan Lee’s characters are that they are real with human foibles and frailties. That’s the way he wrote them. There is a personal connection and you can relate to these characters. Stan Lee lived his fans all the way.

There will never be another Stan Lee or anyone like him. He exuded love and kindness and leaves an indelible mark on so many lives.



Los Angeles Comic Con 2018

L.A. Comic Con, formally Comikaze Expo, and then Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, and then Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con brung in fans from all over to celebrate Halloween weekend and fun filled with comics, cosplay, guests, panels, horror, and pop culture. This year it was held from the 26-28 of October. The doors opened on the 26th to welcome excited fans into the exhibit hall. The difference this year I that Stan Lee is not there due to his recent set of medical illnesses, which a legend like him deserves time to rest and take care of himself.

Still, there was more attendees this year, there were still much to celebrate like Halloween being that Tuesday. Also, with a main stage live panel of Marvel’s Agents if S.H.I.E.L.D and Runaways.

At 12:30pm, the Cast of Steven Universe hit the main stage voice actors Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Jennifer Paz (Lapis Lazuli), Shelby Rabara (Peridot), Grace Rolek (Connie Maheswaran), and Kimberly Brooks (Jasper). The cast really touched on interesting points on each character, personalities, and touching on real life issues. The lapis character is a personality I can relate myself dealing with anxiety and depression. As she said, Lapis had to learn her way or earn the trust.

There was was a the Comic Book Men panel on the main stage but Kevin Smith was unable to attend. He did apologize for not being there sadly. We all sent a message (directed by Kevin Smith) to Stan. “We love you Stan, Excelsior!” I am willing to bet that cheered him up.

*By the way, if some of you all don’t know “Excelsior” is his trademark motto since 1960’s. He likes to sign off with catchphrases.

On the last day of the con, I had the pleasure of interviewing the president of Legion M, Jeff Annison talking about the fan base, Mandy, and the purpose of Legion M. Also, I did have some help from The Steel Shark as well. [Actually video footage will be available soon]

Overall, I believe the con before Halloween was a success. Next year, it will be on October 11-13, 2019.

*If you haven’t figured it out buy now, I also am an avid cosplayer. Here are a few shots of my cosplay.

Steampunk Catwoman
The Dark Knight: Joker | Courtesy of Ivan Aburto
Domino from Deadpool 2

Bullying & Anxiety

We all known about bullying and how it can affect people especially children. What a lot of people don’t know is that the anxiety caused by bullying can have physical affects as well.

I will tell you that I was bullied as a kid well into my teens. Kids would steal from me, break my glasses pretty frequently, and call me all sorts of name. There were days I would get off school crying but hide it from my dad because I never wanted to worry him so much. It became a constant thing and became much more paranoid around people. I never knew what people were going to say or comment on.

Bullying range in different levels. Children can become hospitalized, get sick, and even commit suicide. It is said that children are prime targets when you are shy and timid or look less likely to stand up for yourself. I was that child, unfortunately.

People underestimate the mind and body connection when it comes to anxiety. It is suggested to make the school aware or someone aware of what’s going on. In my case, it always seem they were against me rather for me. This really did make the anxiety worse. I was told that the kind was jealous or liked me. I was told that kids are just being kids.

Today, the affects of bully really makes it hard for me to make friends fully. I will talk to them but I’m always surprised when someone is nice to me. I always felt that when people are nice to me that they either feel sorry for me or actually want something.

Childhood bullying is actually serious and the mental and physical health affects can not be ignored.