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< Piro >

Miho poster is almost here!

"Otakon 2006"

Sunday - July 30, 2006

[Piro] - 12:30:00 - [link here]

A week between two large conventions isn't a good thing, especially when it's two of the largest conventions of the year. It's even worse when they are on different sides of the country. Ever since we got back from San Diego Comic Con, we've been scrambling to get everything together for Otakon 2006. My head hasn't stopped hurting yet.

Otakon is a little harder to prepare for because we bring the MegaGear store with us. (Last night was spent loading boxes and figuring out load limits on the minivan - books and shirts are heavier than you might think) We won't be brining everything, but we'll have a nice selection of shirts, blankets, COPIC markers, and other nick nacks for you to choose from. Also, Hawk and Ananth from Applegeeks will be joining us in our booth and we will have a good selection of Applegeeks swag to choose from.

The most coolest thing we'll have at this years show is the new Miho poster that Hawk and I worked on. The proofs looked really good (we actually had to review and approve them in San Diego in order to have them in time) and we will be debuting them at the show. If you'd like one and you'lll be at Otakon, please drop by the booth and pick one up. For those of you who can't make it to the show, the poster will go up for sale in the MegaGear store as soon as we get back from Baltimore.

Our booth shouldn't be too hard to find, we are once again going to be in the Industry room, so if you have time please drop by and say hi. Hawk, Ananth, Seraphim and myself will be on hand to sign and otherwise deface innocent pieces of paper and merchandise as usual.

One thing i should mention that i am adjusting my signing policy somewhat. One signature and sketch per person per day, please. When there is a significant line of people, it's unfair to them to have to wait while i sign multiple books (my signature is pretty useless anyway, IMHO). I'd rather take the time to draw something nice for each person that comes up than have to rush and scribble my incomprehensible signature in dozens of books. Also, a lot of people have been coming through the line multiple times to get multiple drawings. I don't really mind taking care of a sketch for you and a friend, but i've been seeing people come through the line 5 or 6 times a day to get more drawings. I appreciate the fact that you are willing to spend most of your time at the con waiting in line to get little scribbles from me, but please, cut me some slack. Depending on the length of the line, i can be somewhat flexible if you are only going to be there one day (and you want to get a book signed for a friend) and the line isn't too bad i can probably take care of you but please, just use your judgement. :)

I'm not planning anything special for this year's Megatokyo panel, which means that this years panel will probably be a lot better than last year's. I've come to the conclusion that i'm really not very good at public performances and it's best if i just ad lib things and field questions from the audience without any attempts to be fancy or clever. The Megatokyo panel this year is from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on Saturday, in Theater 1. It's just going to be a laid back panel with the usual level if inane silliness and mind numbing rambling i tend to do when talking to people. In other words, it'll probably be fun and unpredictable, so stop in if you've got nothing better going on around 4:30 on Saturday.

(btw, when i say last year's panel was bad, it was very much my fault, and my fault alone. I really didn't have things planned out or practiced well enough to make them work. I'd like to thank Bill for all his help last year in trying to help me liven things up by being on stage and adding musical backup to the show. It was really irritating that the guy at the sound board couldn't get it through his head what Bill was trying to do and in the end he had to give up on much of the musical backup. I think Bill would be more than happy to make those tracks available via a torrent, i'll look into doing that when i get back.)

Oh, and Pontus and Christian? Please dont tell them when this year's panel is. Please?

:P

The one thing that I'm really worried about right now is comics for next week. I do not know what the comic schedule is going to be yet - there will be a comic for Monday, but Wed, Fri and Monday are up in the air right now. It all depends on how well things go over the next few days. I'm trying to be realistic about what i can do and not promise strips to you and then not deliver. I'll post an updated comic schedule over the next few days.

I'm sure there are other things i want to talk about - tons of other things, really, but it will have to wait till i get back. I kinda new that this three week period would be a disaster, but i guess it's not as bad as it could be. Oh, earlier this year... i seriously contemplated trying to show at Summer Comiket in Tokyo, which is the weekend after Otakon. That would have left two or three days between getting home from Otakon and then flying to Tokyo.

Even i came to my senses on that one, thankfully.

Ah... Comiket. One of these years ~ :)

< Dom >

Yet more ah-nold references!  Running Man!

"Coming up Gundams, part II"

Wednesday - July 26, 2006

[Dom] - 10:00:00 - [link here]

Chapter 4: The Suberunker Brief
Well, I was holding this rant back until Cortana had finished creating a proper torrent site for MT, both for the subject of chapter 4 and for putting my goddamn Jeopardy! episode up on the site for people who've been asking for it since February (It exists, I swear! Bug Cortana on the forums to make it work!).

But, no, PHP is hard, so I'll just rawdog the rant this time. Sorry, buddy.

So anyway, when I left off my story a long-ass time ago, it was the Saturday of Anime Expo, and I found myself sitting behind the Press desk again, doing work to fill in the time and fill in the empty spot in the rotation. I honestly didn't mind it--I got to meet some nice press people, got to deal with some not-so-nice press people who reminded me how good it is to be polite, and my editors at NewType, who saw me last year bumming around the karaoke room (yes, guys, I'm a multi-talented nerd).

Also behind the press desk was a man-child you AMV fans know as Suberunker, but who I know as Vincent Benedict, my tween brahthah (As he tells it, he's the one who got the better Batman movie, and I can't disagree). As I said, everyone behind that desk either went to school with me or dates someone who went to school with me, so there were good times being had by all behind that desk.

But there was a dark cloud over it--rather than being press staff, "Subie" had gone to Anime Expo to participate in the music video contest, and as some of you may know, his entry was rejected for being too original.

He was more than a little bitter about it, and he will never enter Anime Expo's music video contest again, but in the interests of getting his video out to more people, since he just wants people to SEE it, check it out on AMV.org. Love it, hate it, feel meh about it, he just wants people to see his work, and while I promised that I'd put it up on MegaTokyo, I wanted to host it myself so as not to hammer The Org. Well, if the MT torrent system goes up, Suberunker's videos will be the first things on there, along with my Jeopardy! episode. And it'll happen soon, I promise! Bug Cortana to get it done!

Chapter 5: The Lost Day
Other than the residual angst about the Anime Music Video contest later that night, there really wasn't much that happened on Saturday. We sat around, we talked about what was going on, Suberunker, mikelurker and I made a long series of inane jokes, and we heard a lot more about CLAMP than we actually saw. Which I'm fine with, honestly--I was all set to go see their press panel, but I realized... I don't care. Things got much lighter for me when I didn't have anything scheduled.

And then Eric made a huge mistake. He gave me access to blank badges and a label maker.

With my short attention span and silly sense of humor, I promptly cranked out about 12 badges proclaiming the wearer to be Spartacus, Roman Gladiator. I started handing these out to my friends as they came by the booth, and everyone from Taka in Guest Relations to Hamu in Karaoke ended up wearing the things.

Among other badges I made for people included:

Snakes, On a Plane
Zinda, His Face Black, His Eyes Red
Adam, Prince of Eternia (well, this one was Paco-Paco's, not mine, but I remember it better than most of my other ones)
Suberunker, touchedbydom.com
Dom, touchedbysuberunker.com

Moral of the story: Don't give me a label maker unless you know exactly what you're getting into. You'll end up with a bunch of silly badges being passed around, and quite possibly a bunch of nerds yelling "No, I'm Spartacus!"

Next time: Niece-attacks and fanboyism.

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