This, ladies and gentlemen, has been an insanely busy summer. Seriously.
I mean, my car is DIRTY and my house needs cleaning. Those of you close to my life in the real world know that THIS NEVER HAPPENS! I just haven’t had time. I’ve barely had time to sleep. The result, though, has been a life that many geeks can only dream of having.
So bitching aside, I’m pretty lucky to be who I am and doing what I do. Thank you, universe.
So let’s travel back to a few weeks ago…
InvaderCON III: FINAL DOOM in Austin, TX (Week 1) – Nothing says “we did it!” like a trilogy. Three Star Wars movies, three Indiana Jones movie, and three InvaderCONs. These conventions are a dream come true. InvaderCON is the sort of event that promoters rank with unicorns since no one thinks they exist: a well run event with amazing guests and even more amazing attendees. InvaderCON changes lives.
It’s hard to shake a memory like standing on stage for closing ceremonies and have a young girl, maybe fourteen, request the mic to ask a question only to take it and start crying.
“At school,” she said, tears streaming down her face, “I don’t have many friends. I don’t talk to many people. At InvaderCON, though, everyone is so nice and you all understand me. I am going to miss you all.”
I hopped off stage and hugged her. Then I turned her around to face the audience and took the mic from her, still holding her.
“Look,” I told her, pointing at the audience, “You have a lot of friends. Here’s over one thousand friends who all care about you.”
The audience burst into thunderous applause while I could here her crying under my arm.
“Except that guy in the red shirt.” I pointed to Joey Snackpants humorously. “He’s not your friend. I don’t think he likes anyone.”
She, and the audience, laughed at this quip and I went back on stage.
That’s just one example out of a hundred of what made the InvaderCON conventions different than normal anime/comic cons. It was magical.
CONjure in Orlando, FL (Week 2) – Everyone loves a good underdog story. While CONjure’s existence got lost in the sea of SO MANY new conventions this year, some of us knew it wasn’t exactly a “new” convention. Ten years ago, the promoter (Ron) invited Wasabi Anime to come out and run panels and a viewing room for an event called DreamCon. DreamCon was, for all intents and purpose, the beta test for CONjure.
Green Mustard Entertainment didn’t just return as Wasabi Anime again (panels and viewing room!) – we also provided tech support for the convention and tested on of our own new projects… Photos For Cons.
It was a great weekend with a great team of people. I’m interested to see what CONjure does in 2015.
Florida Comics Experience in Melbourne, FL (Week 3) – This small town “comic con” project did exactly what it was supposed to do for Year Two: it found a home (it outgrew it’s original home in year one!) and it found it’s vibe.
We moved the one day festival to EGAD: the Eau Gallie Arts District. This seems suiting to me since comics are (IMO) an art form – and I’d love to see it flourish in that limelight. FCE wasn’t perfect this year (we had a LOT of speed bumps,) but 2015 already looks to be epic.
Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN (Week 4) – This was our fifth year helping Gen Con’s Animation & Film Track and it was the smoothest running on yet. This is the convention populated with “adults” which makes the feeling of being there less stressful and more fun.
I mean, it’s a convention about games, so it’s supposed to “fun” – right?
Some of this year’s highlights:
- Getting to visit Ken and Katie who now live in Indianapolis.
- Getting to see Marc and his fiance Pam who came out from California to help paint My Little Pony figures.
- Getting to see Derek, the Gen Con events manager, propose to his girlfriend Nelly on stage one year after meeting her at Gen Con speed dating in 2013.
- Running my first “official” 5k with Katie and Shannon. I even got a medal!
- Finally getting to try True Dungeon. It lived up to the hype.
We’ve already started planning details for Gen Con 2015. So many great ideas already in the works…
OFF (Week 5) – This weekend! I’m still working, of course, but I’m not running a convention/events at a convention. I’ll swing by Orlando Anime Day tomorrow (to drop off flyers) and I have to run a few miles this weekend to keep up with marathon training.
Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA (Week 6) – Each year I say that I’m not going to Dragon Con, and each year I wind up there somehow. I’m driving to Atlanta on Thursday for four days of cosplay, drinking, friends, and seeing one of our other projects, Talent For Cons, thrive.
So if you’re going to Dragon Con – let me know. I’d love to say hi.
Thus: 4 States for 5 Conventions in 6 Weeks. It’s a hell of ride, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.