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I made it through the A to Z challenge – I was SUPER worried a couple of times through the past weeks, but I made it to the end!

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

For those who haven’t been dropping in on my nerdy little spot here, I decided to stitch some SUPERheroes, specifically weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler and fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

avengers.earths.mightiest.heroes.season.01.episode.07.screenshot.27Sharing each character to represent the letter of the day, I not only stitched the corresponding characters – I shared some of my personal thoughts and knowledge along with any research that I had about those characters.

For me, this challenge was tough – it was a SUPER challenge. I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew with the ambitious choice of two alphabet cross stitch patterns. It was rough sometimes, especially when I work on a third-shift schedule.

avengers.earths.mightiest.heroes.season.01.episode.24.screenshot.27I’m not a regular blogger anymore – ever since I finished college, blogging has fallen on the back-burner.

So posting everyday was SUPER challenging with working at night and sleeping in the afternoons – but I managed to post every day for each letter. SUPER proud!

It was intense at times when I was feeling the pressure of stitching and blogging on the same day. I tried to manage my time the best I could, but everybody has their off-days when you just don’t feel like stitching or writing.

the.batman.season.04.episode.10.screenshot.26It was exhausting, and to be completely honest, I’ll be putting the girl power alphabet down for a bit before I even start detailing it with backstitches and french knots.

I’ll definitely be taking a step back from the blog for a bit, but I’ve definitely been feeling the rush and satisfaction of posting on the regular.

Hopefully, I come back sooner than two years, which was the length of my last hiatus here at Nerdy Girl – I definitely have some future SUPER posts in mind!

Through the challenge, I met some amazing bloggers and fellow stitchers. I actually communicated with one of the pattern designers, which is SUPER exciting because I’m a big fan of her cross stitch patterns. I met some fellow SUPERhero fans too!

the.batman.season.03.episode.02.screenshot.15I admit that I didn’t check out as many blogs as I had planned, but I found some real gems out there.

I even shared some with my (cross stitching) mother, who found the entire challenge SUPER inspiring.

Will I do the challenge again next year? (SUPER) Hell yeah!

I’ve actually thought of possible topics, but I’m not sure if I’ll stitch the alphabet (or multiple alphabets) next time around. I’m really into animation (if you hadn’t figured that out with my challenge posts) in all its forms, and I’m leaning toward some topics that might spotlight animated series and movies.

Nerdy Girl out!

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A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

Z is for Zatanna

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Zatanna is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

She’s a magician both on stage and in real life. Like her father before her, Zatanna is a skilled and power magical user.

She’s one of the most powerful sorceresses in the DC universe, and she was born with the magical aptitude in her very blood.

Zatanna has always seemed like a woman of mystery and illusion. I’m a fan of magic, and I was definitely a fan of Zatanna as a little girl seeing her debut as an illusionist on Batman: The Animated Series.

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Magic packs a punch!

She’s skilled as a stage magician, training with her sleight of hand tricks. I’ve always loved that she’s more than just her innate magical prowess – she’s a sorceress, yes, but she’s a magician and a showman.

She’s a bit of a flirt, both live-action and animated, with Batman, Superman, even Constantine. She’s also quite mischievous when it comes to her friends, using enchantments to spice up the lives of her allies.

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Time for a magic show!

I love that she casts spells by speaking backwards! It’s actually a tribute to her father – speaking backwards when casting. It kills me that she speaks backwards as easy as she speaks forwards.

Zatanna’s definitely my favorite sorceress of the DC universe. She’s fun and she’s flirty, and she uses her hat as a dimensional portal. She can do so much more than pull a rabbit out of her hat – Zatanna is SUPER awesome!

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Zatanna is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Zatanna appears in several series of the DC animated universe, including Batman: The Animated Series, the web series Gotham Girls, and Justice League Unlimited.

She makes a cameo appearance in Batman Beyond. Zatanna appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. She appears in the Young Justice cartoon series.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

W is for Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

It’s the Amazon princess! Diana of Themyscira is a warrior princess and a demi-goddess – rooted deeply in Greek mythology.

She’s been depicted as strong, vulnerable, compassionate, intelligent, headstrong, willful, and innocent throughout her inked life. Wonder Woman is a pop culture icon that stands side-by-side with Superman and Batman.

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This is gonna hurt! Are you ready?

Her superpowers are blessings from Olympian goddesses, including strength, speed, agility, durability, endurance, and reflexes. Wonder Woman is ageless! She’s a master at hand-to-hand due to her Amazonian-training.

She along with Batman and Superman are considered DC comics iconic superheroes or the World’s Finest Team (or the World’s Finest Trinity). For several years in the 1950s, the only three superheroes to have their own comic book were Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

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Now, who’s the damsel in distress?

She’s beautiful and powerful – Diana of Themyscira is more than a pop culture icon. She’s been a role model to little girls and young woman for decades – on par with Batman and Superman in power and popularity.

I love Wonder Woman – from the campy Lynda Carter TV version to the innocent animated Diana of the League. She’s always been the epitome of gender equality and justice for me – standing and fighting with the “boys” of the League.

She doesn’t take crap from anyone – male or female – and some of her villains are straight from the Greek pantheon , which makes my inner Greek mythology nerd squee!

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Check out this lasso!

I’m SUPER excited about the live-action solo film Wonder Woman that is set to be released in 2017. However, I have yet to see Gal Gadot’s depiction of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is her first live action theatrical film appearance.

She was first added to the DC animated universe on Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Wonder Woman appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice.

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Wonder Woman is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

She stars in the animated feature film Wonder Woman. She appears as a main character in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Wonder Woman appears in several direct-to-video DC original animated films, including Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Doom, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

V is for Vision

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Vision is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

I was only recently introduced to Vision through the Marvel cinematic universe, specifically the film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

So I researched him, learning that there are actually multiple superheroes who share the title of Vision in the Marvel universe. The first Vision was simply an alien – an alien from an alternate dimension.

The second Vision is the one portrayed in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he is the Vision that I want to say most people envision as the Vision. He is an android and a member of the Avengers – he was created by Ultron to use against his creator, Dr. Hank Pym.

The Vision is every bit like a human being, but he is constructed of synthetic materials. He has superhuman agility, intelligence, strength, and stability. He has the power of flight, shapeshifting, density control, mass manipulation, intangibility, and solar energy projection.

The third Vision is the time traveler previously known as Iron Lad, who is fused with the operating system of the second Vision.

He appears in The Avengers: Earth Mightiest’s Heroes cartoon. Vision will appear in the upcoming third season of Avengers Assemble. The first Vision appears in the direct-to-video movie Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

 

V is for Vixen

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Vixen is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Vixen is a badass! She totally put a dent in my lil shipper heart as a little girl watching Justice League Unlimited, but she was awesome every time she was on the Cartoon Network animated series.

Her powers are SUPER sweet! Her primarily ability is to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth, and she possesses a healing factor. She can fly like an eagle; she can use the strength of an elephant; she can run like a cheetah. She can wall-crawl like a spider, and she can regenerate like a lizard.

Vixen wears a mystical artifact called the Tantu Totem, a fox-head shaped talisman given to her ancestors by the African trickster god Anansi. Having ties to African folklore, Vixen is even more awesome! She’s definitely a favorite of mine.

Vixen appears numerous times in Justice League Unlimited, and she appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Vixen stars in the web series Vixen on the CW SEED, and subsequently appears in the episode “Taken” of the current season of Arrow.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

T is for Thor

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Thor is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

The Mighty Thor! I will be honest – I was not very knowledgeable about the comic book God of Thunder until the movie came out back in 2011.

I’m kind of a mythology nerd – especially when I was a kid, but I never really connected the Norse mythology’s deity to the comic book Thunderer (being without comic books related to Thor). However, he has become near and dear to my heart.

Not only Thor himself, but the world and characters of Asgard have been revealed to my eyes like dimensional rifts in the sky.

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How about some thunder!

Thor’s long-lived and physically the strongest of the Asgardians. He’s boisterous, and he’s a warrior through and through.

He’s an Avenger, a founding member to be exact, and Thor is capable of great feats of strength. He can only wield his mighty hammer, Mjolnir, if he is worthy of its power.

With Mjolnir, Thor has more than super strength, speed, and endurance. He can manipulate the weather and electricity, transport through dimensions, and last but not least – FLY!

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I have the POWER!

Thor stars as main cast member in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble. He appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and the animated series Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thor appears in the animated films Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, and Thor: Tales of Asgard. He appears in the direct-to-video short film Hulk vs. Thor, and he makes a brief appearance in Planet Hulk.

 

T is for Terra

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Terra is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Now, the Terra that I know is not this particular Terra (Granted, the Teen Titans cartoon portrayed Terra as more a tragic heroine rather than an irredeemable villainess – but she is definitely depicting Tara Markov’s Terra). This is Atlee, the third Terra, who is introduced in Supergirl #17 (January 2007).

Apparently, Atlee (Terra) is a member of an alien race called Stratans who live below the Earth’s surface in a massive subterranean cave called Strata, which is actually the empty spacesuit of a long dead cosmic extraterrestrial. She possesses a rare mutation granted by a unique ore called “quixium” that grants her the earth powers she wields.

I didn’t know about any other Terras before I stitched her – I was curious if this character design was an update or if she was a completely different character. She’s still Terra, she’s still DC, but she’s not the Terra that I’ve known, which is still SUPER cool!

So many code names are reused – sometimes to continue a legacy, and other times simply because some powers are so similar. Regardless, I’m pretty impressed by this Terra – she’s a peppy nerd, who’s completely innocent about surface life and whose love for “pop culture” knows no bounds. She’s not broody and somber like the original Tara.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

R is for Robin

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Robin is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

When I hear the name Robin – I think of Dick Grayson, the first incarnation of Batman’s sidekick. He’s the Robin that I viewed on screen time and time again as a child on my Saturday mornings.

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Feet off the dash, Dick!

Granted, Tim Drake, the third Robin, was also introduced to me through animation in The New Batman Adventures, which is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series (personally I just categorize both as Batman: The Animated Series even with the obviously changed character design), where Dick had taken the mantle of Nightwing.

The identity of Robin isn’t directly obvious on Teen Titans, intentionally never referring to his full name. However, it is heavily implied that this particular Robin is Dick Grayson during a time travel episode, where Starfire meets a future Robin who has taken on the role of Nightwing.

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Now… we get some ice cream!

The Dick Grayson version of Robin appears in The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In an alternate future story “The Knights of Tomorrow!” from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Damian Wayne acts as the new Robin with Dick as the new Batman.

My introduction to Jason Todd, the second incarnation of Robin, was with the DC original animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

I actually investigated the storyline before the DVD was released for mass viewing – I had no idea that he was actually voted to be killed off by the readers until then.

I had only known of him before, but the animated movie introduced him as Robin through the events of his death and flashbacks/memories of his time as the caped crusader’s sidekick.

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You’re in MY way, Aquajerk!

Robin (Dick Grayson) is one of the main cast members in the animated series Young Justice. In season 2, set 5 years later, Dick Grayson as Nightwing leads the team and has been replaced as Robin by Tim Drake.

In episode 8 of season 2, a hologram computer image of what appears to portray a second Robin with features similar to Jason Todd in the Justice League pantheon for fallen heroes.

Carrie Kelly appears as Robin in the two-part non-canonical animated film The Dark Knight Returns.

Robin (Damian Wayne) appears in the DC original animated films Son of Batman, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, and the recently release Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

The Robin costume has been donned at various times in the main DC Universe continuity by Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne.

 

R is for Raven

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Raven is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

I love Raven! I was a teenager when the Teen Titans animated series premiered on Cartoon Network, and I was hooked! Of course, Raven was my favorite Titan other than Robin, which is kind of obvious considering my love for almost everything Bat-related.

Raven is an empath, which is a power that I have always loved. She has the ability to sense and alter the emotions of others. In the Teen Titans cartoon, Raven has very powerful empathic and telekinetic abilities, which are fueled by her emotions.

She is the daughter of a demon father and a human mother with the whole good versus evil dynamic built into her very DNA. Raven rules!

Raven appears in the Teen Titans animated series film adaptation Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. She appears as a main character in the animated film Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

P is for Power Girl

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Power Girl is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

Power Girl is Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr, from the world of Earth-Two. Her dimensional counterpart from the main universe, where she becomes stranded, is Supergirl.

Biologically the same person, Power Girl behaves as an older, wiser, more mature, and more level-headed version of Supergirl, with a more aggressive fighting style.

She’s a favorite of my friend, who owns a figure of Power Girl as part of her and her husband’s collection. I am a fan, but I am certainly not as big of a Power Girl fangirl as my friend.

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Power Girl is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

She does not directly appear in the Justice League animated series or the follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, the JLU character Galatea is based on her – a clone of Supergirl who resembles Power Girl.

Power Girl appears in the animated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies film, marking her first true appearance in animation.

Power Girl makes a cameo appearance as a member of the Crime Syndicate of America in the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, intended as the alternate reality’s version of Supergirl.


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