Feralia: Revised Edition Available now, Feralia: Requiem of Mist coming soon!

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Just a reminder that Feralia: Revised Edition is available now in softback and Kindle Edition. We also have signed copies available. We’re working on other formats (Kobo, Apple, ect.) as well.

The sequel, Feralia: Requiem of Mist is coming soon! Stay tuned for news on its release!

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Feralia.net blog. episode 28: Night Train to Rigel and my Timothy Zahn experience

So I’ve been meaning to write about this for a long time but wanted to finish the book (Night Train to Rigel by Timothy Zahn) so I could include it. Back in 2016 our company (Alicia’s Anime) attended Ring of Fire Con. It was a lot of fun, especially since we don’t do a lot of shows primarily featuring fantasy and sci-fi since anime and video games are our biggest focus (although Star Wars is a big exception).

Anyway, ROFCon was a lot of fun (as it was this year), and one of the coolest things about it was that one of the guests was author Timothy Zahn. Most of you will probably recognize him as the author of the beloved Star Wars: Heir to the Empire series (now part of Star Wars Legends) and the new Thrawn novels. But he also has a lot of other great work as well.

I was lucky enough to meet and talk to Timothy for a while. I’ve met a lot of people in the industry, and he was definitely among the nicest and most down to earth. One funny part of the experience was that I had to fill out my address when purchasing a book since it had sold out over the course of the con… what makes it funny is that my then 2 year old daughter was with me, and at the time was going through one of her wild and silly stages. Timothy was kind enough to keep an eye on her for me so I could get my form filled out and was very good with her, even asking her about her favorite Star Wars characters. (She cosplayed Rey that weekend and was obsessed with BB-8).
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I was also excited to buy Timothy’s novel Night Train to Rigel, which I really enjoyed. I’ve always loved his writing style so I was excited to finally pick up some work of his that is outside the SW universe. I was not disappointed. It had been a while since I’d read Timothy’s work, but I was instantly drawn back in by his smooth style and vivid descriptions. The story is the first book in the Quadrail series and follows protagonist Frank Compton on his journey on an interstellar sort of train through the galaxy which is operated by an odd sort of aliens known as the Spiders, and his part in preventing a major conspiracy. I won’t get into anything more story-wise to avoid spoilers, but I must say that I loved how the story had a familiar earthly detective sort of feel (mainly thanks to Frank) yet also takes you into an amazing deep and rich galaxy. It’s a fun read that I highly recommend and I can’t wait to start the next story in the series, The Third Lynx!
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-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 27: Disneyland!

For the first time in over 10 years, my family and I finally got to go on a vacation that was more than a long weekend. It was long overdue and we were so excited! We decided to head to California. It was the first time any of us had been there (we live on the east coast of the US). Our adventures included Disneyland, Universal Studios, the San Diego Zoo, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.
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Today I wanted to focus on Disneyland, which, in short, was amazing. I’ve divided everything up by quick points for an easy read :

  • Overall both parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) captured the magic and the atmosphere of Disney extremely well.
  • Downtown Disney is a nice touch for added shopping and dining and doesn’t require park admission.
  • As a reference for any parents out there, my daughter had just turned 5 and had the time of her life.
  • Fast Pass is an absolute must! It drastically reduces wait times.
  • Fireworks every night!
  • Great merchandise (more on that later).
  • The rides were amazing! We really enjoyed every one!
  • The Star Wars attractions were a lot of fun, including cool stuff to look at and pictures with characters for no extra charge! (The app worked well for retrieving your pics from around the parks, by the way.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout was just awesome. It’s the only ride we got on twice. The fact that we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into made it even more surprising and fun.
  • For the most part the parks seemed wide and not too cramped.
  • Very family friendly but fun for adults, too!
  • More than enough stuff to do.
  • Lots of beloved series and characters were well represented, including Pixar, especially since we went during Pixar Fest.
  • The music and soundtracks played around the parks added a lot to the atmosphere.
  • The Frozen live show was also surprisingly good.
  • Though expensive, Breakfast with Goofy was a wonderful experience with real good food and characters present who visit you at your table.
  • We went for 2 days (one for each park) but felt like at least one more day would have made it easier to see everything. (There were just a couple things we missed.)

There were just a few negatives to add, which honestly did little to dampen the overall experience:

  • It was VERY expensive. Be prepared to spend a lot of money. This includes restaurants and merchandise.
  • While the merchandise was really nice, it would have been great to see a wider variation of movies/series. I found nothing from Disney XD favorites like Phineas and Ferb and Gravity Falls. Although I was pleasantly surprised to see stuff from Darkwing Duck, Chip & Dale’s Recue Rangers and Duck Tales (both the original and new series)!
  • This was likely because we went on a holiday week, but the crowds started to become tiresome and grew worse as the day and evening went on. Next time we’ll make an effort to go on a slower week.
  • The Disneyland App helped a lot but could be improved in some areas.
  • Surprisingly, there were very few characters around the park. If it weren’t for Breakfast with Goofy we would have missed a few of the popular ones, and we didn’t see any princesses.
  • Lastly, the signage left a lot to be desired. I know they probably wanted to keep with the themes, but it made navigation difficult at times.

In conclusion, while there were a few minor imperfectons, Disneyland was a dream vacation come true and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I do think that our next visit will be easier because we’ll know what to expect and will be able to get around easier, but this first visit left my family and I with great memories that will last forever. (And some cool pins pictured below. Yay for finding something Maximus related!)
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-Clint

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Feralia.net blog. episode 26: My new favorite show – Joe Pera Talks with You

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Those of you who are regular viewers of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim have likely at least seen commercials for one of it’s newer shows: Joe Pera Talks with You. I was immediately drawn to the random and odd qualities that the commercials did a great job bringing across and decided to give it a shot.

Let me just say that it’s got to be one of the weirdest things I’ve ever watched. Joe Pera (played by himself) is a kindly man who appears to be young (thirties, maybe?) but acts like an elderly man. He’s very earnest and sincere as he talks with you about the seemingly most mundane things ever: the rocks of his hometown, the details of choosing breakfast, his annual fall drive, and more.
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These talks are often interrupted by interactions with others, which are so socially awkward at times that it’s almost painful to watch (which I believe the writers were going for). This is where some of the best moments come in. The interactions between other characters who are just as odd in their own way, as well as ‘normal’ characters’ reactions to Joe’s quirky manner are entertaining and fun.

The subject matter sounds as if it would be something that almost no one would want to watch. He sounds downright boring. But there’s something about Joe, an innocent charm, a wholesome goodness, that makes him an instantly lovable character.
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Fans of random and weird humor will love this. But it should be noted that it’s a much more ‘clean’ humor than, say, the kind that Tim and Eric deliver. There’s nothing disturbing or gross here, yet it’s still very weird. I found myself unable to stop watching and will be sad to come to the end when I catch up on last night’s season finale on demand.

Definitely give it a shot. It’s refreshingly different, and at about 12 minutes per episode and only 9 episodes long, not a big time commitment.

-Clint

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Last stop on a crazy tour

This past weekend I attended Anime Mid-Atlantic, while our other crew worked at All-Star Comic Con. Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by at both shows, and extra thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of the book!

This weekend we’ll be at Too Many Games, which I’m super excited about for a number of reasons. TMG is one of my favorite shows, one of the ones that I get to enjoy more than most. It’s always a great time, especially if you’re into video games and video game music. I’ll be there with Alicia’s Anime – we’ll have a huge booth with not only Feralia: Revised Edition, but a ton of game and anime related stuff. We’re just one stop there in an amazing marketplace and a fun weekend full of awesome music, guests and events.

This will also be our 13th show in 14 weeks before a much needed break! (One which will hopefully be both restful and productive!)

Come out and see me there!

-Clint

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Thank you AnimeNEXT!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to see us at AnimeNEXT! It was awesome talking with you and the response was so great! I hope all of you enjoy the story, and for those of you who are writing, keep at it! I’m looking forward to reading your work as well!

-Clint

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Come see me at AnimeNEXT this weekend!

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This weekend I’ll be with Alicia’s Anime again for AnimeNEXT! Stop by and see me for a copy of Feralia: Revised Edition and tons of other cool stuff! It’ll be at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hope to see ya there!

-Clint

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Thank you Animazement!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by at Animazement! I hope you enjoy the story! It was a nice con and super friendly crowd as usual. Already looking forward to next year!

-Clint

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