Katsucon and Responsible Presence

To paraphrase a personal icon of mine: ‘To Business!

Katsucon was, summarily, amazing.  The panels were huge hits, and then some.  I was really delighted by how the panels filled up and how engaging they were.  In years past, it’s been hard to guess how a specific panel might be received but every event this weekend was pretty much standing-room only.  It was a delight and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out. Continue reading “Katsucon and Responsible Presence”

Rim Countries

Somewhere at the confluence of Anime Fan (or ‘otaku’ if you want to be pretentious about it) and Martial Arts Fan is the odd territory of Japanophile.  This is a person who is fascinated with, studies, and generally loves, all things Japan.  From its history to its culture to its myths.  There are other roads that lead to that strange land, but these two seem to be the most common.

I don’t know when my fascination with Japan began, but it definitely blossomed in my post-high school and college days (unlike many peers, I didn’t go into college straight out of high school).  And I didn’t study Japan all at once, I grew fascinated with elements of it.  The martial arts, the anime, the language, the history, the culture, back and forth.  Pieces at a time, really.  At no point would I consider myself a real Japanophile; merely focused on one aspect of Japan’s world, with a journeyman’s awareness of other corners of their world. Continue reading “Rim Countries”

Quick Update

There’s a lot going on!

When I sat down to write this update, I couldn’t figure out which direction to begin.  So how about all of them?

Rhest of the Time (Rhest for the Wicked 2) is nearing completion.  The manuscript is going through the last few edits and will be going to a copyeditor at the end of the week.  Assuming that goes well, it will be off to the presses shortly thereafter.  I don’t have a release date yet, but I expect before the summer.  Maybe even sooner? Continue reading “Quick Update”

Sanctity of Life

I will never understand three crimes: roadkill, animal abuse, and littering.

I consider myself fairly upstanding when it comes to the law.  I don’t break the law or break rules if I can help, sometimes even if it doesn’t matter if I should.  I don’t speed (…much), I don’t buy pirated copies of movies or knock-off toys (it’s a big problem in the Transformers world).  I believe in rules and laws. Continue reading “Sanctity of Life”

MAGFest 2019

In all this hubbub about the Rhest for the Wicked Short Film (contribute to the Kickstarter here!), a con report on MAGFest had to be delayed.

This year was quite different from previous years.  I had a slightly abbreviated schedule with regards to panels, so I was able to stretch out a bit more.  Some of the panels were filmed, and I’ll be posting those links once they go up on the MAGFest Youtube Channel.  But I spent most of my time at my table, meeting people and selling books.  The 2018 Anthology was very well-received (and you can get your copy now), and RocKaiju sold out because giant monsters plus rock ‘n roll is a recipe for success.

The Punk’d Up panel – talking about cyberpunk, steampunk, etc – got off to a shaky start without any visuals, thanks to some ransomware.  But in some ways, I think that made the panel work better.  The sight gags would have been nice, but there was something visceral about talking uninterrupted about the origins of the 1970s Punk movement and its evolution in literature.

Top Ten Episodes of Transformers drew a huge crowd, as it tends to.  Reviewing and ranking every episode, from Gen-1 through the most recent episodes of Cyberverse, was a daunting task but it was/is done and the final numbers are tallied.  And wow did a lot of Beast Wars make the list!  😊

Transferring Game Mechanics into Literature was a shaky list.  I enlisted the help of some experts – Tee Morris and Azarith Stryffe – to help me with the panel, but it really just kind of turned into an occasional rant about Ready Player One.  We didn’t get to all the topics, but a good time was had by all.

There was a lot of talk about MAGFest’s origins, from ages ago when it was the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Festival up to its arrival at National Harbor.  Work is underway to do a picture book with accompanying oral history.  A lot of us reflected on the weekend’s evolution from niche event into a cultural touchstone.  As a Lumberjack Guest – an inside joke, referring to attendees who have been at every single MAGFest – it’s been amazing to watch the transformation.  MAGFest has always been a party, a good time, a delight.  But with each passing year, it has become all the more ambitious in its fun.  I can’t sing the praises of the convention enough and if you get the chance to go in 2020, I heartily encourage you to do so.

I also heartily encourage you to consider donating to the kickstarter, but that’s unrelated.  😊

 

 

Next up is Katsucon.  There was some confusion coming out of MAGFest about my ability to be at Katsu this year, but working with the convention – who were extremely kind and accommodating – I am going to be able to make it happen.  More than that, however, I will be announcing the results of the kickstarter at Katsu!  If possible, there may even be a surprise or two!