The Tyranny of Fine Art

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m not the biggest fan of high art.

Oh, I like the good stuff, make no mistake.  Whether you are talking about Mozart or Rembrandt, I get the appeal.  I see it, hear it, appreciate it.  But I don’t consider high art to be all that.  And while I am well aware of the dangers and abuses of it, I think commercial at is vastly underrated. Continue reading “The Tyranny of Fine Art”


RavenCon 2018 Schedule

The official RVA schedule for RavenCon!
1pm – Ask a Scientist: Kids’ Edition
5pm – Geek Debates
10pm – Ask a (Mad) Scientist
11pm – Worlds of RVA: Rhest, RocKaiju, and Proton
11am – Steapunk is not Dead
All weekend, of course, there will be the table where copies of Proton, Rhest for the Wicked, Samifel, the 2017 Short Story Anthology, and RocKaiju (soft and hardback) will be available!

Marbles & Ready Player One

This past Sunday, I spoke at Marbles Museum here in Raleigh.  It was in conjunction with a showing of the new movie Ready Player One and it was in tandem with the esteemed Dr Cashman.  We were both speaking about the themes in Ready Player One, a tale about a young hero raised on 1980s culture who has to fight to save his world.

Dr Cashman spoke about 1980s art and culture and what helped to make it so unique (and did a wonderful job, especially the Name-That-Tune sequence).  From there, I dove into discussing just why corporate art exploded in the 1980s and how it helped to transform the world, but in very unexpected ways.

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Con Job

Attending conventions as a guest is a very different experience from attending them recreationally.  That probably comes as no surprise, but some fans seemed shocked by the amount of work that goes into working a convention.  Work, and expense.

I’ve been doing conventions since 2002 (the first MAGFest, as I will tell anyone who will listen).  In the intervening sixteen years, I’ve truly lost count of the number of conventions I’ve done.  I have my staples (MAGFest, Anime Mid-Atlantic, Katsucon in more recent years), but I’ve also done some one-time appearances at places like Otacon and WorldCon.  I have yet to make it to DragonCon but it’s on the to-do list.  Given what I have heard about working DragonCon, I must confess it isn’t a priority. Continue reading “Con Job”

Katsucon 2018

                Katsucon is the Valiant Comics of US conventions.

                Not as famous as Comic-Con or Dragon-Con (the Marvel and DC comics of this analogy), Katsucon has and is quietly building the sort of convention brand that is synonymous with excellence.  Beginning back in the mid-1990s, Katsu is an anime convention that now resides in Washington DC, living and thriving in the famous Gaylord Hotel (stop giggling) in National Harbor.  A three-day event during which anime and Japanese culture in general are celebrated, it has become one of the major cornerstones of not just the anime community but of fandom in general.  It is a mainstay of many major headlining celebrities and the famous Katsucon Gazebo even has its own Twitter account.  If you’ve never been to Katsucon, it is something to look to remedy.  It is an amazing event with some of the best guests, panels, cosplay, and community of any convention today. Continue reading “Katsucon 2018”