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Fanfiction Theater Recap

On April 14th, we celebrated the joys of fandom with our second annual Fanfiction Theater. For me, it was extra-special, because it was the first time I got to experience it in person. It was everything I hoped it would be.

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40 things I learned by 40

If you have been reading along you know that we have been focusing on love this month….not necessarily romantic love, but rather those things you might be a little embarrassed to love, and well, love filtered through the eyes of some dinosaurs. This month I am going to tackle what is probably the most difficult type of love. Loving yourself.

Two of the ladies hit big birthdays this year, and hitting a big birthday can trigger a desire for introspection. You’ve made it this far, so what did you learn? What would you tell 20-year-old you? This, plus, have any of you seen this Vogue list? Frankly, I barely got through the thing. It’s astounding in its lack of relevance and practicality. But it did inspire me to , as our Honorary Lady Gary says, turn inward, and take a look back at what I did right, what I did wrong, and what stuff makes me realize that yeah, maybe I’m doing all right.

Your mileage to this list will vary, you might think it’s terrible, or just as irrelevant, but I hope it inspires you to make a list of your own so you can take stock of what you learned, how you have grown, and what a long way you’ve come baby.

Tiny Doom’s 40 things I learned by 40

  1. Don’t listen to your High School Guidance Counselor
  2. It’s ok not to want kids
  3. You are just as valid if you are a mother of pets, plants, other humans, dragons, or nothing
  4. Be reliable
  5. Be capable
  6. Be open to compromise
  7. It’s never a good idea to idolize someone, everyone is human
  8. Know what colors look good on you and wear those
  9. If you want a tattoo, get a tattoo
  10. Do your research
  11. It’s ok to be a little weird at work so long as you can back it up with #’s 4 and 5
  12. Friendships drift and that’s ok
  13. Pay your bills on time
  14. You can adapt to almost anything so don’t be so afraid of change
  15. Put stuff in your Amazon shopping cart and then give it 24 hours before you hit buy
  16. Look forward, not back
  17. Avoid self-help books
  18. When it comes to skin care most expensive stuff isn’t always the best stuff
  19. It’s ok to drink most of your liquid in tea form
  20. Eat your vegetables
  21. Scarves really do keep you warm
  22. Take care of your feet! I cannot stress this enough
  23. You don’t have to smile when someone tells you to
  24. Always act like you are supposed to be there-it’s ok to fake it
  25. Watch all the crap movies and TV you want
  26. Say no
  27. Red lipstick
  28. It’s not bullshit that doing nice things for other people can make you feel better
  29. Bring your lunch to work as much as you can
  30. Make a family that’s not related to you by blood
  31. Mittens are better than gloves
  32. Just do the thing, you’ll feel better when it’s done
  33. Walk there when you can
  34. There is a certain joy in day drinking (as long as you don’t make it a habit)
  35. Don’t be afraid of new technology
  36. Always keep your own bank account no matter how in love you are
  37. Try to travel if you can
  38. Learn to make things-food, socks, plans
  39. If people make you feel bad about yourself, don’t hang out with them
  40. Never turn down a piece of pie

Ok, if anyone else feels like taking on a list, I would love to see it.

Advice for the Lovelorn – Raptor Style

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ladies fans! In honor of the holiday, we’re bringing you a very special Fashion Raptors column. You see, our friend and Honorary Lady Gary had this blog years ago where he talked about some of his collectibles. His great passion is for Bobby Orr paraphernalia, but he’s no slouch at comic collection, either. A subset of that collection is romance comics – those treasured tales of the 60s and 70’s. Part of these books involved advice columns – the mostly teen, mostly girl readers could write in and lay out their romantic and other dilemmas for the book’s agony aunt to solve. Gary shared a few of these, and we thought that, beyond the historical interest, there was an opportunity here for the Fashion Raptors to weigh in with their own take on the questions. So here it is, the Fashion Raptors’ advice to the lovelorn, next to the originals. Enjoy!

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Beating the Winter Blues: LOC-style

Wow, just wow. No matter how tough we New Englanders are, our insane winters always find a way to surprise and challenge us. This winter has already proven to be no exception. So, the question on my mind is: Is there a way to actually enjoy the winter as opposed to just surviving it?

In the interest of sharing more than just my methods, I reached out to my fellow ladies to get some of their ways of beating the winter blues. They should be following up during their weeks.

Disclaimer: I feel that it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge that both depression and seasonal depression are very real things. The methods we discuss here are meant to be fun and might be helpful to some, but are by no means designed to replace a doctor’s or therapist’s guidance.

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Fashion Raptors: Dinovember 2016 Edition

Happy Dinovember, advice-seekers! This is our favorite month of the year. Besides being a 30-day celebration of our glorious selves, it’s the month in which we celebrate our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. It’s the one day of the year you humans take in the right number of calories. This year, the feasting starts early – we and the Ladies are kicking off our celebration on Saturday, November 5th with our buddy Kyle Coston’s Gut-Bustin’ Thanksgiving special. The Ladies will be feeding Kyle a special treat, so don’t miss the fun!

If you’re more into dinosaurs than turkey, be sure to follow the adventures of our pal TR Henri and his friends at the Henrietta Public Library. These guys get up to all kinds of hijinks!

And now, without further ado, we solve your problems. These questions come from some of our friends who attended LadiesCon 2016! If you don’t see your question, fear not – we will address it in a later installment.

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Fashion Raptors Bite Back – Issue 2

In which our agony aunts, the Fashion Raptors (or Fraptors, as I like to call them) answer your questions on fashion, etiquette, and life in general. If you’ve got questions for our saurian sages, email us at ladiesofcomicazi@gmail.com and we’ll pass ’em along.


Shared interests can bond a pack together.

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Fashion Raptors Bite Back- Issue 1

Hey readers.  You may recall  that previously The Red Menace put the word out that our lovely mascots, The Fashion Raptors, were interested in sharing some of their well thought out advice.  Well, this week we let them take a crack at some of your concerns.  Are they helpful?  You can decide.

Dear Fashion Raptors:

I worry about the apocalypse (Ed: don’t we all?).  We never know when the dead might begin to rise, some contagion might be released, or even what’s really in the Mariana Trench.  While I don’t want to become one of those crazy preppers,  I do feel like some sort of on-going level of preparedness isn’t the worst idea. Thoughts on footwear that is both fashionable and functional in the event of a total collapse of civilization?


Looks Like a Pump, Feels Like a Sneaker

Dear Llapflas,

You bring up a great point.  Though we raptors don’t need to worry about shoes, we know that humans feet are fleshy and delicious….um, sensitive, and need protection.  However that protection need not be unfashionable.  Opinions on the best apocalyptic footwear may vary. But we feel you should have something durable, yet flexible, because face it, when alien overlords take over, you are going to need to run.  Because of this, stay away from any high heels or wedges.  While a running shoe is the ideal for this, they may not hold up to the rigors of a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  We suggested you focus on a leather shoe or boot, with a rubber sole and a little spring.  A brand we suggest is Teva.  They have some very fashionable options that can be worn daily and with either pants or skirts, so if you aren’t home and near your closet when the end of days comes, you’ll still be able to outrun the weaker and less informed members of the pack.  Happy shopping….

The Fashion Raptors.  


Eh, I’ve got no kids so I know exactly what to do.

Dear Fashion Raptors:

I’m what you might call, “accident prone.”  So accident prone that it’s been suggested that I just wrap myself in bubble wrap and be done with it.  While this might be protective, I’m not sure it will look that great.  Any suggestions?


Hey Fra-gil-le,

We think we understand your issue.  

There are a few directions you could go with this.  We understand the bubble wrap might not be the most flattering of mediums; however, one of the nice things about bubble wrap is that it is clear.  This means you could wear your favorite pants outfit or dress and have the bubble wrap as an outer layer.  Think of it like the clear plastic protective cover on a sofa.  Our grandma used to have those because it’s hell getting viscera out of upholstery.  Here are some great examples of a dress, and a lovey two piece ensemble.  Depending on your accident level you may want to add protective layers as appropriate.

Good luck!

The Fashion Raptors


Do you like it? It’s imported.

Dear Fashion Raptors:

I am a young human female, and I live in a large urban environment. Sometimes when I am walking down the street, complete strangers, always human males, will tell me to smile. They might say, “Aw, it’s not so bad” or “You look prettier when you smile.” But I think it’s weird to walk down the street grinning, and it’s none of their business. Should I just ignore them? Say something?
Ain’t All Sunshine and Roses

Dear Sunshine and Roses,

We Fashion Raptors don’t understand this request  since showing your teeth should be considered an act of aggression.  If people don’t understand this, we think you and any of your other friends who have this same problem should work on resetting the cultural expectations. When someone tells you to smile, really bare those teeth!  What you really want to work on is developing the kind of smile that makes your prey run (we know we love a good chase).  The more teeth the better!
We don’t want to make any judgments about smiling making you prettier, since it’s possible you do look prettier when you smile. Prettier, hungrier, more likely to gnaw someone’s face off.

You are right, I should smile more.

We hope you enjoyed The Fashion Raptors’ maiden voyage into advising.   Send your questions, fashion-related or otherwise, to ladiesofcomicazi@gmail.com, or post them to our Facebook page.