April 14th, 2015
This is unfortunately typical of most stamp shows today.
I’ve been thinking about this recently, seeing that the hosts of my favorite stamp collecting podcast Stamp Show Today started commenting on a previous post. I had said that I’d try to get to a couple of local big stamp shows, which I didn’t do, mostly because I forgot all about them. The next local show of any size is Sescal, sometime in the fall, and once I have actual dates, I’ll put it on my calendar in an attempt to remember it.
But the more I think about it, the more I’m asking myself why.
April 12th, 2015
Here’s a “secret” that most people don’t know about me. I love filling out opinion polls. If I’ve got nothing to do, mostly when I’m listening to a podcast, I’ll be on one of those polling sites filling out questionnaires about cars and food and electronics, etc. It’s fun to give my opinion and I get rewards out of it, why not? I have more than $200 in rewards sitting in my Amazon account at the moment, just from spending a couple of minutes here and there clicking through some polls.
Recently, one poll asked if anyone in the family had ever been involved in breeding dogs or cats and while nobody ever has, certainly I and my wife were heavily involved in breeding rabbits, rats, mice and hamsters in the distant past. It’s something I’ve never really talked about, so here goes nothing.
April 11th, 2015
There was a time when I felt I had a good line on Marvel Comics. I read through Previews every month, I ordered my comics, I knew what was coming and when. I just don’t feel like that now that I’ve gone full digital. Series end and I have no clue until I realize I haven’t gotten one for a while. Short series come along and I just don’t know that they’re short until there are no more. That’s the case with Scarlet Spiders, a 3-issue mini-series that took place in the Spider-Verse “event”. Somewhere along the line, I knew it was a mini. I guess it just never stuck and after issue #3 came out, it struck me, oh yeah, this is over already!
Therefore, it’s time to give my take on Scarlet Spiders. And away we go…
April 10th, 2015
I wanted to get this out reasonably quickly but I also wanted to give myself a couple of days and some much-needed rest to think about it carefully. Wondercon has been in Anaheim for 4 years and in that time, it has had some serious issues that have never been addressed. I’ve written several posts about why it is doing things wrong and what it ought to do to improve. Therefore, I’m going to pull out my previous complaints and see what they did right this year, what they continued to do wrong and where they had new issues to solve.
April 9th, 2015
Our favorite crazy detective is back. Otonashi Tsukiko has returned from working with the FBI and has convinced her boss to start a new branch of the Metropolitan Police Department that focuses on strange and potentially supernatural cases. Called the UIU (Unscientific incident Investigation Unit), she reunites some of her old team and they go off looking to prove that urban legends are really true. But are they?
After really enjoying the first season in 2012, how will the second fare? Let’s dive right in to Toshi Densetsu no Onna 2, shall we?
April 8th, 2015
Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be cosplayed by fanatics either.
It strikes me that there is a significant difference between the classic convention costuming and the “newfangled” cosplay. On the first day at Wondercon this year, I went wearing a Captain Kirk t-shirt. That’s as far as it went, I didn’t wear a phaser and communicator, I didn’t pretend to talk like William Shatner, it was just a simple homage to a character on television that I enjoy and want to pay tribute to. That’s about as far as I go in any kind of costuming these days. Sure, in the distant past, I’d actually put on a costume, but it seems to me that a lot of the modern cosplay crowd, they don’t want to just pay homage to a character they enjoy. No, they actually want to be the character.
April 7th, 2015
Now this isn’t about bad translations, incompetent fansubbing, or anything technical. It isn’t about fansubbers making their file formats difficult to convert to something that can be burned on a DVD, although there are plenty of those out there. In fact, it isn’t even about fansubbers who drop projects half-way through or vanish into the ether, although that is certainly a problem. This is about fansubbers who are not only inconsistent, they apparently don’t care about their fans enough to even let them know what’s going on.
April 5th, 2015
Well, this is the last day, and as usual, it’s going to be the slowest day. As always, this is “kid’s day” with a lot of programming for kids and the young at heart.
There’s my badge to the left, it’s going to join a big pile of hanging badges from past conventions next to my desk including all of the Wondercon Anaheim badges and, for some weird reason, a couple badges from San Diego Comicon 2007. I have no clue why that’s there but it is. Maybe I ought to pack some of these away. A long time ago, I did a big photo spread on all of my recent convention badges that ran from the late 90s to somewhere around 2010 but I can’t find it, maybe it’s been lost to the winds of time. I’ll have to go looking for it again.
So let’s take a look at the final day of this year’s convention.
April 4th, 2015
Day One down but that was an easy one, now comes the real challenge, the first day to completely sell out and always the busiest one of the bunch. This is where the rubber meets the road and where Wondercon proves if it can make it alongside the other big conventions.
Day One was very promising, something I’m still surprised I’m actually admitting, so let’s see how Saturday goes at the 2015 edition of Wondercon Anaheim.
April 3rd, 2015
This is being written nearly a month before the convention, on the day they opened professional registration. I just will never understand how Wondercon operates, especially since it’s big brother, San Diego Comic Con, runs so entirely differently. SDCC knows long beforehand where it’s going to be. Wondercon seemingly never does. SDCC opens registration, both attendee and professional, at least 4-6 months before the convention. Wondercon gives you barely a month and a half, less than that if you’re a professional. SDCC guaranteed, at least this year, that any professionals would have a ticket available for them no matter what. Wondercon made it really clear that when pro registrations were gone, they were gone. How two conventions run by the same overarching company can be so different, I will never know.
So will this con be better organized than the past couple of years? Let’s see as I report on day one, Friday, April 3.