So I usually like to post about cons ahead of time, but so much preparation went into Otakon this past weekend that I wasn’t able to find the time. This was my 14th Otakon with Alicia’s Anime, and it ended up being among our best. Big thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us, and extra thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of Feralia: Revised Edition! It was great meeting new people as well as some fellow writers!
Otakon is always a crazy weekend. I did miss a lot of friends this year, but I’m thankful for the many I did get to see, even if it was just for a bit!
Another cool thing was getting to see our friends from Afterimages of Ghostfire! I’m so excited to be working with them and it’s always great to check out their amazing booth! Check them out!
Next up is Dover Comic Con, another favorite of ours. I hope to see you there!
Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to see in Raleigh this weekend! North Carolina always has the friendliest people! I hope everyone that picked up a copy of Feralia: Revised Edition enjoys the story!
Also thanks to Tom Kenney, for being so awesome to our daughter who is a big fan!
Looking forward to next year!
This weekend I’ll be at the Alicia’s Anime booth for Raleigh Supercon! Stop by for lots of cool stuff as well as copies of Feralia: Revised Edition (free bookmark and button with purchase)!
Thanks again to everyone who has stopped by to see us this over our crazy stretch of conventions which ended a few weeks ago! (As well as all of our shows this year!)
Also big thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy online, whether a physical copy or the Kindle Edition!
I hope all of you enjoy reading Feralia: Revised Edition. The second story: Feralia: Requiem of Mist is close to being ready for publication, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the excerpts from it included with the first story.
Check back often more more news!
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).
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.