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Back Again

18 Jun

I know… It’s been a while… But I haven’t left!!!! Marilia is still here but very very busy!!!! All these exams and preparations for my erasmus exchange have kept my blogging back but, now that my exams will finally end and everything is set, I’ll have more time for blogging!!!!!! Thus, I’ll keep my promise for posting new stuff every Tuesday! Believe me, I have a bunch of new things to share with you! 😉

For the time, I have this poem I came up  while reading Literary Theory and Criticism! I know, it happens almost every time for me to get inspired during exam periods! But that’s how things are! 
Enjoy 🙂

 

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The Snake Pit

The city’s dark,

plumed with the fear of people

who inhabit it,
The air is dry and suffocating,

the smell is rotten and humid,
Everything is silent,

only red greasy creatures are moving

between the leaves,
I wonder why I ended up there, in a nowhere where no-one’s here

to verify my own existence,
I wonder, from the cold glassy waiting room that has now become my prison,

why I let them take me here?,
Ghost-like figures are passing before me, their eyes are hollow,

their mouths are black,
They’re trying to speak with seamed lips, but I can’t understand,

or I don’t want to yet,
Wild eyes are slowly making my heart quiver,

eyes once filled with essence,
And when the man in white comes to my side,

whispering me things once lost in my oblivion-I scream,
But he won’t leave my side, he’ll always be there,

my memory, my guilt, my shadow, my enemy, my ally and my broken hopes

of a world I once wanted to seduce,
I’m still here, tied on a bed of silk and thorns,

and the only thing I’ve left is my deviant fantasies and the fiend that lurks in the shadows…

Picture by ~Il0v3pAiN

It’s Comicdom Time!

30 Apr

Hello there!

During the 19-20th of April, I had the chance to attend Comicdom Con Athens 2013!!! 

Well, Comicdom Con Athens is an annual three-day comics festival, organized by the non-profit organization Comicdom Press and the Hellenic-American Union. In this event,  the audience is introduced to one of the most interesting Art Forms: famous guests, original art exhibitions, sketch events, panels, documentaries, movies, workshops on comics and related arts, panels, publisher spotlights, retailer booths and comics industry awards.

This year, I had the chance to see Matteo Scalera (the penciler for Secret Avengers, Deadpool etc), as well as John Wagner (Judge Dredd). The two of them participated in the panel: “Inspiration Vs Deadlines” which was very interesting and people had also had the opportunity to attend special workshops with them. In addition, I was so lucky that I actually talked to Matteo Scalera and had him autograph my Comicdom Con Program (on which a sketch of his was being featured). Not only this, but he was giving away sketches which he was drawing at that exact moment, so I instantly asked him if he could make me a sketch of Iron Man!

The result was this:431820_4311392396654_1956663456_nI’m very grateful to Matteo for this one because I was last in the row and he had been sketching for over 2 hours! This guy is totally amazing!

Also, during Comicdom Con, there was a bazaar where you could find old and new comics and manga  at exceptional prices! I spent almost 3 hours searching for manga and old comics that are now considered collectibles and I still hadn’t decided on what to pick! It felt like paradise because I’m a huge fan of manga and comics. Everywhere I looked, I could see comic figures that stood there waiting for everyone to take their gazes away in order to become alive.

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And of course, I met some very interesting and “weird” people there as well.

From the Walking dead team:399717_4311394156698_1552479348_n 

whose make up looked so realistic and scary at the same time. 

To the well-designed costumes of the Kingdom Hearts guys:430190_4311394356703_558371751_n Say hi to Sora and Riku there! Those guys had to make their costumes by themselves in order to participate in the Cosplay that took place on Saturday afternoon. You can see all the hard work they did there! These keyblades were absolutely amazing.

After these three full of comics and manga  days, I felt like I didn’t have enough of it!  I believe the same applies for the rest comic fans as well.  Overall, these events seem a nice way to find and see various stuff and of course meet people who can actually inspire you! This meeting with Matteo Scalera actually inspired me to test my skills in sketching Marvel heroes! (You can see the outcome of it in my previous post) I gained a lot of experience by going there, and I actually learnt some things from all the people who were invited. I highly recommend that you should attend such events, if you have both the interest and time! It’s always a good thing to see people talking about their passion and their experiences with you; it just makes you want to try to improve yourself in everyway possible!

I’m already waiting for the next Comicdom Con!

UPDATE!!!

21 Apr

Hello!!!!!!!!

 My Erasmus procedures have kept me behind, I know! But I finally found some time to make some sketches in order to show you that I’m still here!!! From now on, I’ll be posting every Tuesday and the weekends! I have a lot of updates to share with you so keep waiting!!!!

Well, Iron Man 3 is coming out on the 25th of April!!!! This thing inspired me as well, but the most exciting event of the week is my meeting with Matteo Scalera, the pencil for the Secret Avengers during Comicdom Con Athens 2013! I’ll let you know more about it on Tuesday!

Enjoy 🙂

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Natassa Romanoff aka “Black Widow”

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March Adventures! (Back to Action)

2 Apr

Hello!
 It’s been a while since my last post due to my busy schedule! But now, I’m back again with fresh ideas to share with you!
Let me first make a synopsis of what I did during March:

No1: From Xanthi with love

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  During the 15-18th of March I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Xanthi. The city is located in Thrace, northeastern Greece and it’s a worthy opponent against the city of Patras concerning Carnival days. So, as you can imagine I went up there to attend the 2013 Xanthi Carnival and I have to say that the city was overwhelming by the amount of people who were there.
 Little children, teenagers, adults and elderly were all enjoying the music which didn’t stop flooding every cobbled street of the Old City centre until the 18th. The most famous attraction was the Parade were thousands of people took part in dressed in colorful, funny, weird and even scary costumes. I had the chance to participate in the Parade, too! Well, our theme was Toy Story and we had to choose from Jessie the Cowgirl, Buzz Lightyear and, last but not least, Mr. Potato Head! Of course, you can imagine which of the three I chose! 😛 Mr. Potato Head’s costume was absolutely hilarious!!! I’m not going to upload a picture of me dressed like a gigantic potato with a moustache because (let me borrow the famous quote) what happens in Xanthi, stays in Xanthi!

Overall, it was a great experience, although it took us 5 hours in order to get to Xanthi via train from Thessaloniki. We danced, had fun, ate well, met new people and left the City of Colors behind us only with the promise to come back some other time.

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This is a small taste of what happened on Sunday 17th of March!

No2: The Lady of the North

 The Lady of the North can be no-one else than Thessaloniki. I bet that a lot of you have heard of it due to the fact that it’s considered to be the most famous city of Greece after Athens. I visited Thessaloniki 3 times during March and if I could, I would travel up there more because Thessaloniki is a city you will fall for right after you arrive. 

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 From the friendly people, the White Tower and the hidden places around the city to the picturesque wine shops near Rotunda (a cylindrical church build in 306 AD near the famous meeting spot Kamara in the city centre), Thessaloniki has something for everyone. Just walking down Aristotelous and Naurinou (two of the most popular pedetrian precints with shops and cafeterias) with my friends, makes me feel like I’m transferred into a whole new city.

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The old imposing buildings located on both sides of Aristotelous create a feeling of awe to one’s soul especially if you’re walking there during sunset. Another major thing I adore, is the Old Town or Ano Poli as it is called in Greek. Ano Poli ( literally the Upper Town) is a district north of Thessaloniki’s city center that was not engulfed by the fire of 1917 and was declared by UNESCO a heritage sight. It’s one of Thessaloniki’s most traditional part of the city, still featuring stone paved streets, old squares and traditional Greek and Ottoman houses. Just a walk up there is something memorable enough.

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The city is also well-known for the famous Trigona Panoramatos, triangle shaped phyllo pastries stuffed with custard cream, among all the other delicious things. Maybe that’s a reason that I visit Thessaloniki so ofter 😀  but trust me, once you try one you’ll be asking for more. As I came to the conclusion, Thessaloniki is the city of senses. Basically the city of taste and smell. Wherever you might find yourself, you’ll come across delicious smells that will tinkle your nose and tempt you to try pretty much everything. For me, this city is also a source of inspiration and whenever I’m out of ideas, I just go through all the photos I’ve taken so far.

And No3: Inspiration Recharged!

Well, I was sort of running out of inspiration lately but all these ‘adventrues’ March provided me with gave me a great boost. 🙂 For the time I’m occupying with my book’s availiability issue and I just started proofreading the second one again. I’m so thankful for your patience and support and I’m doing my best for everything to be ready soon!

Remember Straw Hat?

20 Mar

Long time no see…! But there is a good reason for this one! For the past few days I was at one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, Xanthi!   I’m currently preparing an article about the Carnival that took place there during 16-17 March. But, for the time, I’ll let you enjoy these manga sketches from One Piece (I bet the majority remembers Monkey D. Luffy 😀 )DSC03408 DSC03415

Tango Rojo

10 Mar

…tan cerca pero tan lejos…

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Acrylic in Canvas! Everything was in a mess after I finished but it was totally worth it.

The Street of Art

2 Mar

Recently, a very good friend of mine visited me. So, I decided to show her around Athens now that the weather is good! 

One of our stops was Acropolis, the jewel of the glorious city of our ancestors. Walking there, where Perikles was walking so many years ago, always gives me a clear idea of what ‘awe’ means. After walking around the Parthenon, my friend and I found ourselves walking down Dionysiou Aerogapitou where the new Acropolis Museum is located. The thing that attracted our attention, though, wasn’t the museum but the various street performers along the way. People playing the violin, saxophone or any other instrument is something we have seen several times before, but, looking at a young girl moving a  toddler-sized puppet so elegantly was something I never expected to see. She was so synchronized, trying to make the puppet look like it was actually playing the small wooden piano in front of it. Plus, this young street performer had music playing during her show and that made her performance much more realistic!

 Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to take a picture of her. But, later on, we found a young boy doing the same thing. 🙂

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They made it look very easy but I can imagine that they had apparently spent hours practising in order to present something so innovative. 

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After we left the two of them, we came across a lady dressed like a pierrot or a clown.  She was taking pictures with a little boywhen she looked at us. Well, I didn’t hesitate and greeted her with a big smile. The result was to tell us to wait and then she handed my friend and I two paper hearts. Well, that was such a nice gesture. And her costume was so beautiful. 

 

This time of the year we celebrate ‘Apokries’, the Carnival, in Greece which is a festive season that occurs immediately before Lent. After meeting that nice lady, we saw some more people wearing masks and funny glasses while enjoying their walk under the warm sun.

Our walk ended at Plaka, where we had lunch in a small cozy restaurant located in an old cobbled street near. 

Although I’ve been in Athens for more than a year now, it was the first time I discovered all these. This walk left  my friend and I a kind of sweet and nostalgic feeling. This was actually another aspect of Greece. We saw people smiling and talking to one another, people enjoying the sound of music and dancing; that can only be good because Greece is facing more than one serious problems right now that have led people to depression and even suicide. But seeing people still hoping that things will soon get better just fills me up with hope, too. 

It’s a long way to recovery…