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    Joe - 7/19/04       Laura - 6/28/04  

Conneticon was a blast! It was a little intimidating being around some top-notch webcomics like Ctrl+Alt+Del, Sluggy Freelance, Dominic Deegan, the whole Dumbrella crew, and so many others. There were 30 people on stage for the "uber-webcomic panel". It was pretty chaotic, but it was a lot of fun.

Thanks to the fans that stayed up to come to the actual panel for the comic that they gave me... all two of you! You guys rock! And thanks to Aido of Fallen for dragging one other person with her (to make a total of three for a midnight panel... which is 3 more than I was actually expecting). I hope I was able to make it worth your while.

The worldbuilding workshop, which was sandwitched between the "uber-webcomic panel" and my comic panel went well too. There were actually a decent number of people in there waiting for it. It was my first time doing that workshop and I have ideas to make it better. The feedback that I got afterwards was pretty positive, though. I'll probably be running it again at some point.

As a side note, I don't know what it is about Hartford. The moment I set foot in that town, I could not get a cellular signal for my phone. It's not like I usually have lots of people calling me, but not having contact with the outside world made the entire weekend have this kind of twilight-zoneish feel to it. They also had the only KFC/Long John Slivers that I've ever seen.

So, I have a week to recover, then it's off to Otakon! I wonder how many people will show up. Last year, Otakon edged out AX by around 500 people to become the largest anime con in the US, and this year, AX's attendance grew by 10%. If the same happens to Otakon, it's likely to implode on itself and form an otaku-sigularity (run for your lives, before the fanboy funk overwhelms you!). Although it will be hard to top the apocalyptic Otakon of a few years ago, with it's exploding manhole covers and nighttime rivers in the streets.


You know what the lame thing about me writing rants is? A whole month goes by, during which I know I have thought several times to myself, "This would make a good rant topic." And now, here I find myself trying to write a rant, and drawing a blank. The most I can think of is to write about how I can't think of anything to write about 0_o

Well, let's see. I will be having my badly needed vacation this week. My first amount of extended time off from work in like a year ;_; I need to see some movies this week. There's a whole bunch of summer movies I've been wanting to see but haven't. And now I have Spiderman 2 to add to the roster. I must see it! It looks kickass. And Bruce Campbell must have another cameo or I will die!

Also, Otakon is coming up. I'm all excited about that. Mainly about the dealer's room. That's what my big love for cons is all about, buying stuff I don't need. There's a LOT of stuff I don't need. Like mangas. Lately it's seems like there's so much manga out there, I've been having a hard time developing more than a passing interest in anyone title. Kind of like what Joe was saying some time ago, I go to a bookstore to look at manga shelf and it's just like, "Whoa." Kind of the same thing with anime. Years ago, so much of the anime I watched was borrowed fansubs and now that it seems like everything is coming to America, I'm a little overwhelmed and finding it hard to focus. But I've been able to pick up a few titles here and there. I've been reading Fruits Basket and Hellsing, both which I think are pretty enjoyable (though I've been holding off on the latest installments so I can get my 20 percent discount at the con. It's hard ;_;). Joe's also been sending me eps of Samurai Champloo since I am on a lame 56k connection, and probably will be for life since I am cheap. The show looks so awesome. I can't wait for it to come to America.

Well, I guess that's it for me this, week. I have to start compiling thoughts for my next far-off (probably) rant so I have something more compelling to write about next time. ; )

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