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April 20, 2003:
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Wow... boy was I shocked when I walked into the panel room 15 minutes before it was going to start and saw at least 10 people already there waiting. Before the con, I was thinking that maybe 10 people would show up... if we were lucky. But there were people sitting on the floor because all the chairs were taken, and there were even people waiting at the door to get in! The resource page I mentioned is at http://bonsaimechafactory.org/web-comic-resources.html . Thanks goes to everyone who attended and the Bizarre Uprising crew for an Awesome panel.
I hope the people who attended the panel found it useful. If anyone has any comments, criticisms, requests and / or suggestions, feel free to e-mail them. This was the first, but probably (and hopefully) not the last time that I run this panel. There's something rewarding about helping others out; unfortunately I only have so much time to spare. I guess I do have an ulterior motive for doing it... I want to read more good comics for free :P
The con itself went pretty much like the panel went. It was pretty packed... so packed that they had to start turning people away from registration at around 10:30AM on Saturday. From talking to some of the con ops people, thye said they had a total of 4000 people registered. I don't think AXNY had that many people. It's definately a con that's worth keeping up on. I'm almost definately going again next year.
Now, I'm exhausted... need rest...
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Laura: April 7, 2003:
Hello, it's me. I'm not dead yet. It's been a hefty chunk of time since my last rant, but as stated previously, as if anyone could remember what I wrote some three weeks ago, I've been in a bit of rut lately. I just feel like a slug. I basically don't want to be bothered with stuff lately. That's not to say, I don't want to do the comic or anything. I'm just feeling rather anti-social lately. Also, I just don't always have something to write about, so I probably won't rant as frequently as Joe. Incidentally, I don't like calling it a rant. That word has a negative connotation. It sounds like whining. I hate whining.
Enough of that. So anyway,I think I'm starting to pull out of my rut. I'm starting to feel a little more productive lately, though I'm not totally cured of it (this comic is late isn't it?). Spring is here, and it's starting to finally warm up where I live, and lot's of stuff is starting to come up. Anime Boston's coming up in a couple weeks, and even though I won't be going, I'll be curious to see how Joe's panel fares. I'm already starting to look forward to Wizard's World, though this year it looks like we'll only be attending one day, and plans are already in motion for Otakon.
Also, I was very pleased that Spirited Away won the Oscar (as it should have) as it enabled me, and I bet of lot of you guys, to finally see it. I don't really gush about stuff, but it was a refreshing movie, clean and enjoyable, and devoid of well...schlock. It was aggravating that it was considered an "arthouse" movie, but as thrilled as I am to finally see an anime in the theaters, my opinion is that the general American public are not mentally equipped to appreciate this film and many of it's kin for what they are. Case in point, I was on Amazon.com recently to look up the release date for the Spirited Away DVD and I saw amongst the many glowing perfects reviews, a one star commentary titled "This is an Outrage!" The person went on to exclaim, "Who do these Japanese think they are?" and told of how their 8-year old child was frightened by scenes in the movie (you can probably guess which ones if you've seen it). I dunno. All I can say is, that I think American children should be able to take it. Toughen up kiddies. Sentiments like this have basically bullied American media aimed at children into dumbing down their creations to avoid enraged parents empowered by the power of whining in this day and age. As a result, do you think an American studio will ever churn out a gem like "Spirited Away"? Probably not in my lifetime.
Ok, I'm blathering. Oh well. At least I'm writing again. Now, will anyone actually scroll down to read this far? Will anyone even know I wrote something?Hmm....
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