Cartoon Characters

I forgot when I started.

Sometime long ago, I began working on a convention panel titled: The Top Ten Episodes of Transformers.  Originally, the panel was just the Top Ten episodes of Generation One (the original 80s cartoon).  But then I learned about the Japanese-only series.  And there was the argument that Beast Wars was part of the Gen-One Continuity.  So I thought to expand the panel, and eventually I took on the very ambitious task of reviewing every single episode of the Transformers franchise, from Gen-One all the way through the newest shows – either Robots in Disguise or Prime Wars, depending on how you see it.

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Jury Duty

First up, my apologies for the late post.  I had jury duty yesterday which kind of hijacked my schedule.

If you’ve never had jury duty, it is a terribly misunderstood and confusing experience.  Part of the reason I didn’t post a filler episode yesterday is because I wanted to actually recount my experience and share it here.  I have known people who talked about getting out jury duty, which is a behavior I don’t understand.  Jury duty is one of the simplest active functions a person in our society can hold and it is one that I feel strongly in favor of.  If you’ve heard it is a thing to avoid, please read on.  I’d like to persuade you otherwise. Continue reading “Jury Duty”

Equality of High Shcool

I miss high school.

It’s an odd thing to miss that awkward time in life.  You’re trapped between being a child and being an adult, often with some skewed and incomplete set of responsibilities compared to the freedoms full adulthood might grant.  Hormones are raging and societal pressures mount.  Parental pressures too.

My high school experience was far from ideal but – having heard stories of some peers – was vastly better than most.  I had many advantages (middle class, white, male, straight, cisgender, etc).  I also had the boon of being creative, a wee bit intelligent, and still have some athletic prowess.  And while I wasn’t gigantic, I wasn’t small either.  I experienced very little bullying through most of my school career.  I say all of that to get out of the way that while I’m about to wax about high school, I know others had a far less…positive experience. Continue reading “Equality of High Shcool”

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”