Hey guys, it’s news time again! I know, I know… you want LOLZ instead. Sorry, I’ve got a bunch of stuff to get through so bear with me!

First real quick, sorry I slacked a bit on updates over the weekend. I’m usually pretty good with keeping the queue filled, and I’ve actually been really proud that the site has been pretty damn consistent with about three updates a day on weekdays and three over the weekend. So yeah, my apologies!

Secondly, I’m gearing up for some convention madness the next three weeks! To start it off, this coming Memorial Day weekend I will be doing not one, but TWO anime conventions! How is that possible? Well here’s what’s going on:

FanimeConMay 22nd-25th I will be at FanimeCon in San Jose, California. I attended Fanime for the first time last year and had a great time, and I’m looking forward to giving it another shot this year! Like last year I will be in the Artist Alley hanging out with Dave (SNAFU Comics) and Matt, Ian & Jess (Three Panel Soul). And of course I will have NINJA-BOT stuff for sale (flying out to California ain’t cheap ya know!)

Anime BostonNow at the same time (May 22nd-24th), I will have a booth in the Dealers Room at Anime Boston in Boston, Massachusetts. Of course, I won’t actually be there… I’ll be in California! However I have a crack team of NINJA-BOT sales assistants who will be manning the booth and selling Halolz related stuff! Yeah I know, it kinda sucks I can’t be there… honestly I’d like to go to AB as well, but for whatever reason AB moved to Memorial Day weekend this year, and seeing as I’ve attended AB for like, five years in a row, I figured Fanime would be the one to do if I had to skip one.

So yeah, that’s the story on that. Simple right? Well… I’m not done! It’s kind of a last minute thing, but I’m also going to be attending A-Kon in Dallas, Texas the following weekend! It’s a long story, but anyway, I’ll be there! Then the weekend after THAT, the MoCCA Festival in New York City! I know right, I’M FREAKING INSANE to be doing all this. Three weeks… three parts of the country. Really you have no excuse for not stopping by and saying hello!

And since we’re on the subject, I thought I’d answer a quick question I got recently. I was asked why I attend so many anime conventions… and I think that’s a pretty fair question. In 2003 I started attending conventions as an artist for my work on “Staccato,” and one thing I noticed as a webcomic artist was that anime cons tend to be run by really nice people and the attendees really embrace pretty much everything (anime, comics, video games, board gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, horror… whatever!) However comic book conventions were, ironically, not all that great for webcomic artists (I think because they were looked down on, especially six years ago).

But anyway over the years I’ve been attending more and more conventions, and without a doubt the ones I tend to enjoy the most are the anime ones. And really, you don’t even need to like anime to go to these things! (I don’t really consider myself a huge anime guy).

So I guess what I’m saying is… if you’ve never gone to one of these things, you should at least check one out next time there’s one is in your area. They’re actually pretty interesting for video game fans in general (which I’m ASSUMING you all are!)

But yeah, so that’s why I tend to have so many anime cons on my schedule each year. Not that I don’t like going to other types of conventions… for example the MoCCA Festival is an indie comics convention (which will actually be a whole new experience for me); and not to jinx it or anything, but right now it looks like Halolz will have a booth at PAX later this year (possibly the greatest gaming expo out there). So really I just go where I think there’s going to be folks who are interested in the projects I work on… and I guess it’s just a coincedense that anime cons tend to be full of those people!

So anyway I hope that kind of answers that question… and be sure to swing by one of these cons sometime if you can make it! It’s really great meeting readers of the site in person!

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Posted by Shawn Handyside on May 18, 2009 · 6:29 AM 
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6 Responses to “[NEWS] Weekend Updates, Anime Boston & FanimeCon 2009”

  1. Nick Soapdish on May 18th, 2009 12:19 pm

    While you're gone give us the keys and let us post some lolz up!
    I promise not to destroy things…..well maybe a tiny bit……maybe not too badly….
    ok, I can't promise that at all.

  2. Kevin_J167 on May 18th, 2009 11:25 am

    If I had the cash and transportation, I would totally go…

    and another thing, you avoided my question about Staccato last time, so here it is again, when are we gonna see more Staccato? I miss it!!!

  3. durrrrdurrrrrp on May 21st, 2009 2:27 am

    anime sucks!

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