AWA is coming

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:38 am
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Just like it's been doing for the past 22 years, AWA is approaching, Atlanta's premier Japanese animation event.

I see people using the term "Atlanta's premier (WHATEVER) event" a lot, and I just want to point out that I was the first person to use that in the context of a fan event. I labeled AWA "the Southeast's premier Japanese animation festival" when other anime conventions started popping up in our territory. When AWA started in 1995 there was nothing within 700 miles of Atlanta that could reasonably be called an anime con. Katsucon started the same year as AWA, but the DC area is more of a "mid-atlantic" than a "southeast". Animazement in Raleigh started in 1998. Now there are anime cons in every middling-sized city everywhere.

Anyways, I see conventions use "premier" as a modifier, and half the time it's used by people that don't know the difference between "premiere" and "premier," and the other half of the time it's used by people who don't know what it means anyway, but are just copying AWA. Which remains the Southeast's number one anime fan event, as far as I'm concerned.

So what am I up to this year at AWA?

The SuperhappyFunSell is AWA's yard sale garage sale used merch event and it's a lot of fun and I floor-manage it.

Anime Hell is the freeform clip show event that I evented and invented. This will be the 20th year of doing Anime Hell at AWA!!

Saturday at 2:30 I'll be talking about the Japanese anime films that made their way into American theaters in the years before Akira finally put anime on the art-house cinema map.

Saturday night the grownups get their own space to socialize and have a few drinks! I'm sort of hosting this, which means I make sure the room opens on time and then I wander around introducing strangers to each other.

Sunday Neil Nadelman and I are talking about what may be the worst Japanese cartoon ever made, a little thing called "Chargeman Ken". And then for me AWA is over and I can relax for a few weeks and then it all starts all over again. Wheeee!

If you want to track me down, your best bet is to find me at one of these events. I don't know if my cell phone is going to work at all - Verizon changed their plans and now they no longer offer pay-as-you-go, so I can't just let it sit idle and only put money on it when I need it, and from here I can't even call into their network to see if I have any time left or put more money into it. There really isn't a good option for me and phones in America that doesn't involve me unlocking this phone and buying a burner sim card every time I cross the border, and I'd do that if I had any free time in Atlanta before AWA, which I do not. Probably get it done at Xmastime.

the barber dynamo

Sep. 10th, 2017 09:47 am
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Yesterday we went hiking along a spur of the Bruce Trail in Ontario that takes you alongside the Credit River to the ruins of the Barber Dynamo, the first electrical generation plant in North America.

It's an up-and-down hike on a trail that doesn't see a lot of use, but is maintained, after a fashion - there are bridges across the deeper gullies. The ruins aren't fenced off or anything, unlike the ruins of the paper mill this plant was used to power back in 1900. There's a lot of murky water in the bottom of what used to be the penstock. Be careful!


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