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Did you know that I have a blog? True story. I started blogging in 2003 with no particular purpose in mind. I just liked the idea of writing for the sake of writing. Ars gratia artis and all the jazz. I figured the only folks who were reading were a dozen (or so) of my friends who are web savvy enough to know what a Livejournal was.
It seemed, though, that more and more people were paying attention over time. Someone recently reminded me of this golden nugget on teh webz: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Tom%20Croom
Yup. That’s referring to me.
So yes: I have a blog and it seems I have been neglecting it lately. The reasons for this, though, are fairly well justified in my opinion. In any case, here’s the most recent thing I need to report/blog about: I’m going to be in Tokyo, Japan this time next month.
Let’s back up and fill in some blanks over the past few weeks first.
1. My hobby is acting more and more like a business.
I have a day job. I don’t talk about my day job for a myriad of reasons (most of which have to do with me wanting to keep that job,) but it’s there. It takes most of my time during the work week and pays the bills. Anything outside of that part of my life is considered my “fun” life. My hobbies. Etc.
When I started Wasabi Anime in 2001, it was as an excuse to help spread the word about the blossoming fandom of Japanese animation in Florida and to have a good time with my friends. Flash forward to a decade later and Wasabi Anime® is now a register trademark (note the snazzy “R” with the circle around it when I mentioned it this time) that is owned by Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. This leads me to the large number of projects I’m now working on as a result of the hobby/business/evil-online-empire.
2. Florida Anime Experience
The first event designed out of the gate by my team and I to be an annual thing. We’re building an anime convention in Florida that is about pure distilled anime fandom. We constantly tout our “no Halo in the game room” policy as a guiding light for our theming. There’s also the fact that we’re the first convention in U.S. history to score the English voice of Sailor Moon as a guest. Since I started going to anime conventions because I was dating a girl (now my wife) who loved Sailor Moon, this reeks of “destiny.” You can (of course!) read more at www.FloridaAnime.com.
3. InvaderCON II: DOOMCON
InvaderCON (the Invader ZIM convention) was a great learning experience for the Wasabi Anime team on a number of levels. The first lesson was that we can build a family friendly convention experience around a single show. Those sort of conventions (akin to the classic Star Trek conventions of the late Eighties/early Nineties) just don’t seem to exist anymore in my eyes. Hence “we’re takin’ it back” to paraphrase Randall.
The second just as valuable lesson is that the team can run a convention outside our home base area of Orlando, Florida. This year, though, we’re pushing that ability to the limit by putting InvaderCON on the west coast.
No. Not Tampa. Los Angeles.
The convention is still five months out and we’ve already sold over one fifth if the total tickets for the event. The show is destined to be the stuff of geek legend… www.InvaderCON.com
I still have a ton of work to get done on this before the first weekend of July. This is literally me deciding to test a one day show based on everything the lovely ladies from the Mint Chocolate Chippies celebrate and represent.
And classic pinup style, rockabilly culture, and an art style from one of the most colorful times in our history. Cleavage jokes aside, I think Florida needs an event like PinUpalooza and I’m thrilled to see where it goes. www.PinUpalooza.com
5. Other Plans in the Wasabiverse
At any given time there is an imaginary dry erase board that holds concepts for other events and things that my team and I are talking about for later this year and 2013 and beyond. We’re looking at Jacksonville, Florida. We’re talking about anime and comic books and video games and ponies and times of adventure and British doctors and… Well. I’m getting ahead of myself. The point is we’re ALWAYS planning something. Just last week I bought www.WasabiCon.com – just in case.
6. Project Anime
This event is a shared credit with the folks at the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation… aka “the folks who run Anime Expo.” I was approached late last year about the idea of helping put together an event that gathers convention runners from across North America.
An “anime summit.”
A “convention convention.”
You get the idea. I liked the concept and signed on to bring the resources from the Wasabi Empire to help out. It’s been a rocky road convincing everyone of the noble intentions, but the more solidified the event becomes the more folks seem to “get it.” Of course there’s www.ProjectAnime.org.
Which leads me to the title of this post.
It seems our parallels in Japan are looking to walk towards the same path Project Anime is. The organizers at the Tokyo Anime International Fair have invited a number of convention promoters to a private event taking place during their convention next month.
In the interest of planning forward for Project Anime, I’ve decided to tag along with members of the Anime Expo team that are going.
That’s right, kids: I’m going to an anime convention on Tokyo, Japan next month.
Between that and trip back to California in a couple of weeks, I will spend approximately 44 hours on an airplane next month.
THUS, I have been hard at work getting the 1,000,000 other things in place before I disappear from the states for eight days.
Pending WiFi access when in Japan, expect to see lots of blogging/photos/goodness as I represent Wasabi Anime at “the source.”
Karma, though, will be here. Sleeping (like she is doing while I write this.)
I haven’t picked this up in some months, but this morning seemed like a good enough time to revisit The LiveJournal Project. In short: When I started blogging, it was on a website called LiveJournal (yes – the same website for those of you that were paying close attention at the beginning of The Social Network.) Last year I imported all the old posts into this blog for posterity. The thing is, most of my LiveJournal posts were locked (aka “made private”) so I have started going back and unlocking them one at a time.
The process has been fun for me (and my friends who were around then) as we revisit the old days of convention fandom and the OMGDRAMAZ that ensued in the early days of online interaction.
Here’s the rest of July 2003:
- Speaking of 15 minutes of fame…
- So where DID I get my arguing style from?
- posted this as a reply… but:
- Whoohoo! Censorship!
NOTE: This is prime EllJay material. Dade from the old school crew of Anime Festival Orlando arguing with me on an online forum. It does beg the question, though: what ever happened to Shojo Jojo? LOL
- Fujikoma vs. Wasabi?!!!
- As long as we can laugh when it’s all over…
- 14 minutes and 45 seconds into Dade Bell’s fifteen…
- He’s still a sad sad little man…
- “Tom Croom… the Bill Gates of fandom”
NOTE: Oh this post is pure gold. Check out this nugget: “This AFO will be the last con I ever attend outside of FX. I was kinda already feeling that way, but now… I’m just sick of seeing how Tom Croom and Wasabi Anime have taken over just about EVERY FUCKING ASPECT of anime in Florida. Jesus, they don’t even PRODUCE anything. They just latch on to whatever is available and go from there. I can’t read a SINGLE item about fandom in Florida without it turning into some kind of Wasabi thing.”
- Anyone want to buy me an early XMas gift? (Knight Rider)
- Yes… It’s all woman’s fault.
- Quotable Quotes…
NOTE: You can still buy this t-shirt online. AWESOME!
- Sleeping puppy!
I have been a fan of letting millions of anonymous strangers across “teh Interwebz” know what I am doing and thinking since the nineties. It was made worse when I caught the blogging bug in 2003 and now?
Let’s just say that I am writing this on an app while sitting on an exercise bike at the gym because, defying all logic, I believe random online strangers give a shit about what I am doing.
That’s a lie.
I don’t think anyone gives a shit. I just like writing for fun and sport. (The bike part, though, is 100% true… check my Twitter for the Foursquare check in.)
So I actively post about my hectic life of fun adventures, but I have come to a crossroads. Thus, I am looking for some feedback from the masses of online peeps. Here goes:
Pros: Lets me check into TV shows and movies (which I do with Miso); Lets me check into video games (which I do for Xbox Live via Raptr); Mails me FREE STICKERS. Shannon (my wife) uses it.
Cons: Shows don’t have episodes… which I track to remember where I left off at in box sets.
Pros: Lets me check into TV shows (by episode) and movies.
Cons: No free stuff.
Okay Internet. Talk to me.
I was asked recently why I blog because, to the person I was talking to, it seemed like a waste of time. I quickly answered with my own question: “I’m not sure, but how much time have you wasted in your life watching football on television?”
Now, I’m not dogging people who watch football. I personally enjoy football games more in person. Shannon and I have been to the Sun Life Stadium for Dolphin games before, but I can’t say I’m a dedicated fan to any one team.
The point of my question is that everyone finds some sort of enjoyment in “wasting time.” I enjoy writing. I’ve been writing stories, screenplays and other assorted silliness as far back as I remember. Typing out my thoughts on the Internet started as part of the LiveJournal craze among my friends in the early 2000s. Since then, I always assume that there are about five people who read my rantings and ravings… and that at least three of them don’t like me, but read for the purpose of being pissed off.
So onward I go into my eighth year of typo filled thoughts from my boring ass life in South Florida.
It should be noted, though, that Google Analytics has been happy to convey that more than five people actually stop by and read some of this stuff. You’d be surprised at some of the key words that people search that lead them here.
For those of you who read regularly – yes. ”Beast Wars” was one of the top five reasons people found my blog via Google in 2010. I guess people really do want to know (or want reaffirmation of) why that series truly sucks.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go waste some time on a keyboard.
I mean, COME ON Dragon*Con.
There are dozens of blogs, Livejournal posts, forum discussions and websites all preaching the reasons why Dragon*Con’s registration sucks. Instead of some epic post going on and on forever – I prefer to just illustrate the problem and solution using math.
I have never preregistered for Dragon*Con.
Here’s the math: If I did preregister, it would save me about $40. Then I would have the privilege of standing in line for about three hours.
If I show up with $100 in cash, then I don’t wait in line. I walk straight up to the window, give my money, and get my badge… all in less than 10 minutes.
170 minutes of my time > $40
Dragon*Con is attended by about 40,000 unique paying attendees each year… give or take. The average ticket price clocks in at about $50. The event (not including revenue from dealers and advertisement sales) grosses about $2,000,000.
$2,000,000 = enough money to hire a professional paid staff to run registration instead of volunteers
Yes, I said there were three parts in my last post.
No, I haven’t had time to finish them.
Yes, I will post them soon.
Yes, I still need to write the story of our visit to have chicken and waffles in Atlanta.
Yes, I need to add my Dragon*Con posts thanks to recent rantings I read on LiveJournal.
No, I don’t know when the posts are coming… exactly.
Yes, I have watched more Doctor Who and have reviews in the works.
Yes, I got a snazzy new cell phone I intend to write about (along with the Android apps I am enjoying).
Yes, I am also working on posts about releasing my retro-LiveJournal posts.
Yes, Wasabi Anime will be appearing at Super Anime Day at Past Present Future Comics & Games in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Finally: YES, I will be at Anime Weekend Atlanta this coming weekend. Come and say hi (here’s the schedule) if you are nearby.
More (hopefully) soon!
The story to far…
1. Around the end of last year, I got word that BotCon, the Hasbro sponsored official Transformers convention, would be coming to Orlando, Florida. My friend Joey Snackpants and I became as giddy as schoolgirls at a Twilight movie premiere.
2. We contacted the convention offering to bring a “local flavor” to the show with the copyrighted trademarked patent pending universal awesomeness of “DARE! The Transformers Panel Ultimate”… our uniquely unique Transformers fan panel that has been featured at dozens of conventions in the Florida/Georgia area.
3. After a number of “please stand by” emails – we finally heard back with “no thank you” less than six weeks before the show.
4. Since we weren’t performing at BotCon, we took up an offer from the pop culture website You Bent My Wookie to go as press and write a review of our experience.
5. Joey Snackpants drove south. I drove north. We went to BotCon. We wrote this.
6. Not happy with our less than stellar review of thier show, BotCon fans found the YBMW review AND my original post criticizing BotCon regarding #4 (above.) Arguments ensued on my blog in this post.
7. Using the power of the Interwebz, I found the source of people finding my old blog post… it seems it was born out of this thread on the All Spark forums. (subsequent digging have also tracked that the blog post has been linked in member messages to and from folks at TransformersClub.com)
So there we are. I took some time to read some of the forum posts on the All Spark forums – and I found this gem from a BotCon STAFF member:
Registered attendees always will take priority. It is all of you who support the convention, the local hotels, the eateries and so on and thus help us continue to churn out conventions and toys.
It reminds me of a scene from The Wedding Singer…
One of our first class passengers would like to sing you a song inspired by one of our coach passengers. And since we let our first class passengers do, pretty much whatever they want, here he is…
A lot of the BotCon attendees have started to freak out and take offense to my insinuation that there is an air of elitism in the BotCon ranks and that the show doesn’t really cater to the “off the street” casual Transformers non-toy collecting fans. HELLO. (See above quotes.)
People keep resorting to diversionary Internet argument styles reminiscent of LiveJournal circa 2004… that is, they are trying to hinge their “argument” off of opinions OR facts that have nothing to do with what is presented while AVOIDING the key things that were brought up. Or they just post idiotic shit like this loser so his Twitter so his five followers can read it. FAIL.
So for all of you posting in this thread on my blog and visiting lurkers from AllSpark.com and TransformersClub.com… this is for you.
FACT: In the YBMW review (and related blog posts) we are talking about BotCon 2010. A number of you keep telling me how great the other BotCon conventions have been for years and (quite bluntly) I DON’T GIVE A SHIT. I reviewed BotCon 2010… not 2009, not 2008, and none of the years previous. The more you tell me how great the other years truly were, the more you are helping justify my opinion that this year’s show was WEAK.
FACT: BotCon only provided two rooms of entertainment for attendees – a dealers room and a panels room. This is BELOW AVERAGE for a fandom convention, thus the formultion of my opinion that BotCon presents itself as more of a TRADE SHOW.
FACT: BotCon did not have tickets on sale for their event online until (approximately) May 18th – which is barely a month out from June 24th (the start of BotCon) – a mere 36 days from the show… and not ALL the tickets. General admission was only available at the door. BotCon has been doing conventions for YEARS and yet the local “mom and pop” amateur shows seem to be able to get their act together sooner than that.
FACT: Speaking of tickets online, BotCon failed to disclose ALL of their pricing information in advance. Nowhere on the site did it state that there is an additional fee of $25 for an autograph AFTER paying $50 for an early admission ticket. Hence the perception of gouging attendees for money!
FACT: Speaking of information in advance, the BotCon schedule of events wasn’t announced until less than an month from the show. (See my comment a couple of facts back about the whole “amateur shows in Florida have been doing it better for years!” comments.) BotCon isn’t San Diego Comic Con; they’re not juggling 125,000 people – thus a schedule in advance shouldn’t be this hard!
FACT: Approximately 35% of the event schedule posted by BotCon was merely “autograph sessions.” Add in the fact that they list the load in times for dealers and related non-attendee useful information and it is EASY to come to the conclusion that the schedule is PADDED to look busier that it was.
Face it folks… those of you who spend the money you do on the BotCon trade show do so for collecting toys – NOT for a convention experience. I don’t know who is to blame in the end: Hasbro, the Convention promotors, or the complacency of the fans who keep handing over their money year after year.
In the end, though, Joey said it right: BotCon was BotFAIL this year.