First off: I get on a plane for Tokyo in five days. Expect a slew of blog posts once that kicks off.
Secondly: This blog has been slow lately due to being extremely busy with things like, say, planning to go to Tokyo. Gomen’nasai.
What that in mind, some pretty cool shit has been going down.
Approximately once a month I have been flying out to Los Angeles, California to work on an amazing new event called Project Anime (www.projectanime.org.) For years, anime convention promoters have discussed the idea of a “convention convention” where con chairs and owners all meet up for a conference to discuss running their respective events and the state of fandom as a whole. Project Anime is the realization of this thanks to the folks at the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. They’ve spearheaded the concept and brought in Wasabi Anime to make it a reality.
It’s been a lot of hard work, but if this thing goes according to plan then anime conventions (and convention featuring anime) across North America will gain access to valuable information and resources making the fan experience that much more extraordinary.
That said, those of you who regularly read my blog know that I am cheesy tourist at heart, so I’ve done my damnedest to fit in some local sightseeing on these business trips.
This one photo, though, defines the vibe of the trip more than any other:
That’s myself, some of the executive team from Anime Expo, Rikki “Gir” Simons, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons all about to enjoy pineapple ice cream goodness on in the Enchanted Tiki Room after a long day of business meetings and stuff. (Disneyland is open until midnight on Friday nights!)
And here’s Rikki and I wearing “Dale” hats:
I make no excuses. We were high on churros.
Stay tuned, kids. This summer is going to be one hell of a ride.