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”

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Katsucon!

Good morning, all!  Short update this week because A) it’s my week off and I’m trying to let my brain and my typing muscles rest and B) this weekend is Katsucon.

I will be in National Harbor this weekend, giving a variety of presentations as part of the Japanese Cultural Institute, an intellectuals’ track for Katsucon.  What presentations, you ask?

Friday
2:30pm – Transformers: Differences between the American and Japanese series
(what happens if you throw logic, reason, and physics out the window?)
5:30pm – How the Meiji Era helped create the modern world
(you owe 15% of your modern lexicon to Jigoro Kano)
8:30pm – The History of the Japanese-American Interment Camps of World War II
(it breaks my heart how this panel gets more topical with each passing year)

Saturday
10:00am – Intro to Martial Arts for Kids
(parents welcome if kid is prepared to vouch for them)
11:30am – Intro to Martial Arts
(kids welcome; it’s the same class, only with less giggling)
7:30pm – Legendary Swords of Japan
(less history and more oral tradition, but it has a Donald Faison cameo, so that’s something)
9:00pm – A Brief Biography of Miyamoto Musashi
(see how many times I can say ‘drunk’, ‘murder’, and ‘asshole’ in a one-hour panel)

Sunday
10:30am – Myths and Misconceptions of the Martial Arts
(Get some background on the Horse Stance, Chi Sao, and why the samurai carried guns)

Of course, I will also be promoting all of my books, so come by the table and say hello.  See you there!

MAGFest 2018

We’re sixteen days away from MAGFest 2018.

Time sure does fly.

This year, MAGFest returns to National Harbor for an event that transcends description: part music festival, part convention, part fan experience, part industry meet-and-greet, and part…family reunion.  MAGFest remains the cornerstone of my year, professionally and personally.  In 2002, after publishing my first book – Crossworld – I netted an invitation to a tiny start-up convention called the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Festival.  It was my first convention.

In 2018, I will return to MAGFest to promote my newest books: RocKaiju and Proton. Continue reading “MAGFest 2018”

ANIME USA

Big thanks to everyone at Anime USA this year.  It was an absolute blast and I want to thank everyone who came by the table and came to the panels for making it so memorable.  To try and return the favor, Caffeine & Ink hooked up all AUSA attendees with free links to the first chapter of my new book, RocKaiju.  Given the traffic we immediately saw, I’m guessing they like rock ‘n roll and giant lizards.

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