Articles by Jane

Moving to another city, especially in another country, can be a shock. While London is in an English-speaking country it didn’t feel anything like the New York City I grew up with. Not to mention I embarked on this adventure without knowing anyone and praying everything would work out. New city, new roommates, and new job were what welcomed me. In the beginning my time was spent adjusting to life and visiting some tourist attractions. I didn’t feel I truly belonged in London until I was told about a little shop on Shaftesbury Avenue. I had been at work two weeks when…

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Many visitors to Great Britain think they need to spend all their time in London, where there are months worth of activities. But some of my best experiences happened outside of London. One such place is Oxford, which is a little over an hour train ride from London Paddington station. Part of me regrets not spending more time in this city to further explore the colleges and the surrounding villages. The University of Oxford is the main draw of the city, and makes up the majority of the city centre. Paid tours are offered of many of the colleges, but…

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Hyde Park in London may be my favorite city park in the world, especially the Kensington Gardens. Part of this may stem from my love of J.M. Barrie’s character Peter Pan. The first ever Peter Pan story shows an infant Peter hiding from his future adulthood in the gardens and befriending the magical creates who live there. While his story changes over time, the gardens are always the ‘birthplace’ of Peter Pan. For this reason J.M. Barrie commissioned a statue that still resides in the gardens and is modeled after the real life inspiration for Peter, Peter Llewelyn Davies. During…

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Artist Alley, or any artist exhibition, is my favorite part of almost any convention. While it is always enjoyable walking the showroom or attending events, Artist Alley is always the highlight. Here you get to interact with the artists, some of whom draw your favorite comic books. It doesn’t hurt being able to pick up exclusive art, commission art, or get some comics signed. While all the artists are great, there were a few specific prints I had to add to my collection this year. My favorite acquisition came from MJ Erickson (@kreugan), who had one of the few The…

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New York Comic Con is a monster. I cannot think of a better word to describe this four day event. It has grown so much that for Friday and Saturday they rented out the theater at Madison Square Garden for ‘premiere’ panels, along with having events at two other locations. Because of the new fan verification policy for buying tickets I was able to procure Saturday and Sunday tickets. During these two days I hardly scratched the surface of what Comic Con offered. I won’t go into much detail since many of the panels were live-streamed and a vast majority…

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