Emerald City Comicon 2013 Highlights

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Another eventful Emerald City Comicon has come and gone. Along with the camaraderie of fun-minded folks in costume and the star-studded panels, there were other lesser, yet still interesting, events. Here is a snapshot of amazingly amusing stuff going on in Seattle this past weekend. Continue reading “Emerald City Comicon 2013 Highlights”

Long Beach Comic-Con 2012 Report

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Roshawn Rochester, creator of Anatomy of War, shares his experiences at LBCC and its Artist Alley:

The Long Beach Comic and Horror Con was AMAZING! I had so much fun! From the friendly staff to the new faces and people we’ve met in Artist Alley, this was one of the coolest conventions I could’ve ever hoped to be a part of. It all started on a Friday for us. My wife and I left at 4 o’clock in the morning and we arrived in Long Beach a little after 10:30. From there we made our way to our hotel and then to the convention center. Continue reading “Long Beach Comic-Con 2012 Report”

Review of Dragon*Con 2012 [VIDEO]

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Every year on Labor Day weekend, thousands of people head to Atlanta, Ga for Dragon*Con. If you haven’t heard of this event then you are missing out on an amazing con. Dragon*Con is a Sci-Fi convention with plenty of things for everyone. The con if spread out into the major hotels in downtown Atlanta: The Hilton, The Hyatt, the Marriott, the Sheraton and the Westin. Anything sci-fi related or you can think of is there. Featured there are video games, movies, TV shows, and the works! Continue reading “Review of Dragon*Con 2012 [VIDEO]”

RHM Interviews Anime Aftermath's Shela Amienyi

Ah, anime: awesome, bold, and weird.

If I, not living in any major metro area, wanted to express my fandom, where would I go? I was pleasantly surprised to find a local anime club, Valdosta State University’s Anime Aftermath. The people have been nice and enthusiastic in the brief time I’ve followed the club. I was bummed after finding out the final meeting was this Saturday. The following is an interview with Anime Aftermath president Shela Amienyi:

Shela AmienyiRHM: What was your first exposure of anime & manga?
SHELA: I can’t even remember when I first started watching anime. I was one of those kids who woke up at seven on a Saturday morning to watch PokemonYu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon on TV. I had to, at least, be around the age of ten, if not before.

I first got into manga in the sixth grade. My very first manga was Fruits Basket, volume 2. From there, I would spend so much time in Borders reading manga that Borders became my second home.

RHM: What do you tell someone who confuses anime with children’s cartoons made for a Western (i.e. Non-Asian) audience?
SHELA: Anime is a very different from the average cartoon. Whereas most cartoons are garnered more towards children, anime is a whole new genre of production, which varies in its target market and content. There are anime for children, true; but there are also adult-rated anime.

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Some stock anime characters (Maids by Wikipedia user Kasuga; CC BY-SA 3.0)

RHM: Was there an anime club at VSU before Anime Aftermath?
SHELA: I have no knowledge of an anime club before the Anime Aftermath. When I applied to Valdosta, I looked to see if the college had an anime club and the Anime Aftermath page was linked. Continue reading “RHM Interviews Anime Aftermath’s Shela Amienyi”