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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!

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

Y is for Yellowjacket


Yellowjacket is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

The moniker of Yellowjacket is used by several characters in the Marvel universe.

Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym is the first to take on the codename Yellowjacket, and he’s also been known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, and Goliath.

Rita DeMara is the second Yellowjacket, debuting as a supervillain and later becoming a superhero.

Recently, Yellowjacket was introduced in the Marvel cinematic universe with this iteration of the moniker being the film’s antagonist, Darren Cross, a protege of Hank Pym.

I will admit that my only real exposure to Yellowjacket is the recent Marvel movie Ant-Man, which I loved! It was interesting to learn that it was a title that has been used by several characters – superheroes and supervillains alike.

Yellowjacket made his animated debut in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when Hank Pym suffers from a personality disorder and turns into a new vigilante.


Y is for Yuriko/Lady Deathstrike


Yuriko/Lady Deathstrike is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Lady Deathstrike is a supervillain in the Marvel universe – a foe of the X-Men, especially Wolverine.

I remember seeing her on the small screen of my living room as a kid, thinking that she was evil for sure, but such a badass!

She was transformed into a cyborg by Spiral and the “Body Shop” using alien technology of Mojo’s dimension. She has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility.

Deathstrike’s skeleton has been artificially laced with molecules of adamantium, rendering her skeletal structure practically unbreakable. Her fingers have been replaced by five 12-inch long adamantium claws replacing each finger of each hand.

She’s got Freddy Krueger beat hands down when it comes to having knives for fingers!

Lady Deathstrike appears in the two-part episode “Out of the Past” of the X-Men animated series.

Deathstrike makes an appearance as an antagonist in the “Hulk vs. Wolverine” segment of the animated film Hulk Versus.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

V is for Vision


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


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

U is for Union Jack


Union Jack is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

I knew nothing about Union Jack before I started stitching him, but I found out he (the first incarnation) actually appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger (not utilizing the Union Jack identity).

Union Jack is a superhero that has had three incarnations: two of which were from the Falsworth bloodline, James Montgomery and his son Brian, and the current incarnation named Joseph Chapman.

James is a superb athlete with expert hand-to-hand combat skills, espionage training, and he is pretty handy with a handgun and a dagger. Brian has the ability to project bolts of magical lightning along with supreme athleticism and hand-to-hand combat expertise.

Joseph is highly skilled with a knife and handgun, and he’s a skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant with mystically enhanced strength, speed, and endurance.

In Captain America: The First Avenger, James Montgomery Falsworth is a member of an elite special unit of Allied soldiers formed in World War II known as the Howling Commandos. His name and alias is actually the name of the British super soldier from WWI.


U is for Ultragirl


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

I knew nothing about Ultragirl before I started stitching her – Marvel? DC? I didn’t know!

Ultragirl is a Kree superhero in the Marvel universe. Ultragirl is Suzanna “Suzy” Sherman, derived from her Kree name Tsu-Zana.

A mutant Kree or possibly Kree-human hybrid, she has superhuman strength, reflexes, stamina, durability, healing factor and can fly and see full-spectrum energy patterns.

She was actually an inspiring model until she unexpectedly grew inches taller, acquired the body type of the average bodybuilder, and developed superpowers. Mourning her future modeling career, Suzy began to envision using her Ultragirl persona as her ticket to fame and stardom.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

T is for Thor


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.


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!


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


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

S is for Spider-Man


Spider-Man is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

It’s everybody’s favorite wall crawler! Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can!

Sorry, my Spidey fangirlness is tingling! I was first introduced to Spider-Man once again as a kid watching cartoons on Saturday morning – Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Granted, that iteration of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man was a college student rather than a high schooler. Spider-Man: The Animated Series features most of Spider-Man’s classic villains, including the Green Goblin, the Lizard, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, the Vulture, and Venom.

Spider-Man’s rogue gallery is another favorite of mine (alongside Batman’s and slowly with my growing knowledge of its members the Flash’s). Most of his villains are favorites of mine, especially Venom!


Front page news, Spidey!

I was late to the party on the awesomely styled Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon, which sadly only lasted two seasons, but I enjoyed that version of his animated self enough to purchase the series on DVD.

Peter Parker is the original Spider-Man – he’s the socially awkward teen who obtained superpowers from a radioactive spider bite. He’s the Spider-Man that I’ve known and loved since I was a child, but he’s not the only one out there.


What up, Vulture? I’m just chillin’… chillin’ like a villain.

Benjamin “Ben” Reilly is a clone and ally of Peter Parker also known as Spider-Man, (the first) Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Carnage. Mattie Franklin, the niece of J. Jonah Jameson, was granted spider powers and filled in for Peter Parker, later becoming Spider-Woman when he retook his role.

And Doctor Octavius swapped bodies with Peter Parker during the “Dying Wish” storyline, with Peter dying in Octavius’ body. Those three incarnations are only a few characters that have adopted the alias of Spider-Man over the years in the main Marvel universe.


The senses, they be tingling!

There are alternative versions of Spider-Man too! Here’s a few alternates just to start with: Spider-Ham, an anthropomorphic swine that was born a spider, known as Peter after being bitten by a radioactive swine May Porker.

Spider-Man 2099 is a geneticist named Miguel O’Hara gained his spider-like powers from a gene-splicing incident. After Peter Parker’s apparent death in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, a new character named Miles Morales takes up the mantle of Spider-Man as a thirteen year old superhero.


I can stick to anything.

I love Spidey! Maybe it’s because of Peter Parker’s awkwardness or Spider-Man’s sarcastic wit – all I know is that I love Spider-Man!

Spider-Man stars as a main character in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and Ultimate Spider-Man. He appears in some episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Avengers Assemble.


S is for Scarlet Witch


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

Witchy poo Scarlet Witch – she’s able to manipulate probability via “hexes,” which physically manifest as spheres or bolts. Her abilities include probability manipulation, reality warping, and chaos magic.

She’s wicked powerful and her headdress is super sweet! She’s the twin sister of Quicksilver and, in most depictions of the character, the daughter of Magneto.

Scarlet Witch has her mutant abilities, but she also has magical power. Beautiful and strong Scarlet Witch is a warrior woman. She’s been a villain and a hero – a witch in scarlet and the power behind the mutant catastrophe, M-Day.

Scarlet Witch appears in the X-Men animated series, the X-Men: Evolution cartoon, and the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

Q is for Quicksilver


Quicksilver is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

Super speedy Quicksilver! He’s the twin brother of the Scarlet Witch and, in most depictions of the character, the son of Magneto.

He’s quick-witted and quick-tempered, and his abrasive and impatient personality is a result of the world moving in slow motion through his eyes.

He’s kind of a hothead because of his impatience, but I like his snarky attitude and his snappy retorts. He’s a redeemable villain, and he’s a reformed superhero.

Quicksilver guest-stars in three episodes of the X-Men animated series. He is a recurring character in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. Quicksilver also appears as a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants in the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series.

Quicksilver will be appearing in the upcoming 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse with Evan Peters reprising the role.


Q is for Quasar


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

I knew nothing about Quasar before stitching her, then I learned that there were several superheroes that went by the name Quasar in the Marvel universe.

This Quasar in all her stitched glory is Phyla-Vell.

Her SUPER abilities include superhuman strength, flight, energy projection and absorption, and cosmic awareness. She can fire energy blasts and fly. She also acts like an “energy sponge,” absorbing any energy attacks directed at her and returning them as energy blasts.

Quasar (Phyla-Vell) appears alongside the other Guardians of the Galaxy in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode “Michael Korvac.”

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

N is for Nightcrawler


Nightcrawler is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

He’s another member of the X-Men. Nightcrawler is a teleporter with superhuman agility and adhesive hands and feet.

His physical mutations include indigo-colored skin, two-toed feet and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears, and a prehensile tail.

I’ve always liked Nightcrawler. He’s happy-go-lucky, and he’s a prankster. He’s fun loving and fancy free.

Nightcrawer fancies himself a swashbuckler, always charming and gallant. He’s a jokester, and he is an extremely religious man.

Nightcrawler appears in the 1992 X-Men animated series. He is one of the main characters in 2000 animated TV show X-Men: Evolution. He is a recurring character in the 1009 animated series Wolverine and the X-Men.

A young Nightcrawler will appear in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.


N is for Night Girl


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

I knew nothing about Night Girl before I began stitching her. Was she Marvel? Was she DC?

She’s from the 30th century of the DC universe. Night Girl is a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, and of the most recent incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Night Girl (Lydda Jath) is a native to a world which is in perpetual darkness, heated by an internal power source.

She has super strength, given to her by her scientist father, but only at night or in deep shadow.

Night Girl appeared (non-speaking) in two episodes of the Legion of Super Heroes animated series, “Lightning Storm” and “The Substitute.”

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

L is for Logan


Logan is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

It’s the Wolverine! Logan, born James Howlett, is another antihero that I love – his willingness to use deadly force and his brooding nature became the standard characteristics for comic book antiheroes.

He’s a fan favorite of the X-Men franchise, and he’s been featured in his own solo comic.

He’s rough around the edges and tough as nails. He’s what I like to call a man’s man. He’s lived a long life, and he’s intelligent in both foreign languages and cultures from traveling throughout his long life.

Logan is frequently portrayed as a gruff loner, and he will sometimes lapse into a “berserker rage” while in combat.

Logan has always been a favorite of mine, being introduced to the character on the X-Men animated TV series. He’s brooding and sometimes harsh, but he has wisdom to share. He’s gruff, but he cares, mentoring some of the young mutants.

Logan appears in the animated series X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men. Logan makes cameo appearances on The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Ultimate Spider-Man.

He also appears in a short film called Hulk vs. Wolverine from the animated double feature Hulk Versus.


L is for Lyra/She-Hulk


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

I knew nothing about Lyra before stitching her. I knew of the original She-Hulk, but I didn’t know a thing about Lyra.

She’s from an alternate future of Marvel’s main timeline, and she’s the daughter of that reality’s Thundra and the 616 Hulk.

Interestingly enough, Lyra becomes weaker when she becomes angry. In a calm state, Lyra possesses vast superhuman strength as well as superhuman speed, agility, stamina, and durability.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

J is for Jean Grey


Jean Grey is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

She’s always been one of my favorite X-Men, combining telekinetic and telepathic abilities in a single mutant – being an Omega-level mutant.

Jean Grey is kind and caring, but she has to deal with her exceptional level of power. She is also the physical manifestation of the cosmic Phoenix Force.

I loved the adaptations of “The Phoenix Saga” and “The Dark Phoenix Saga” on the X-Men television series as a kid. Powerful and then malevolent, Jean Grey was another woman who intrigued me.

Jean Grey is a central character is the X-Men animated series and the animated TV series X-Men: Evolution. She appears in Wolverine and the X-Men.


J is for Jubilee


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

She’s another member of the X-Men, a teenage “mall rat” of the 90s. She was the youngest member, playing a sidekick role.

Her mutation allows her to generate pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands. I always saw her mutation as more of a parlor trick than anything powerful, seeing the fireworks shoot from her hands as a child.

However, Jubilee has the potential to blind a person with her “fireworks” or destroy property with a powerful detonation, or a precise burst inside a human brain, simulating the effects of a massive stroke. The strength of the energy she harnesses has far more range in power and intensity than I realized as a kid watching cartoons on a Saturday morning.

Jubilee is a main character of the 1992 X-Men animated television series, but she only appears briefly in X-Men: Evolution as one of the New Mutants.

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