Things You See At Momocon 2014: Video Compilation

Momocon was every bit as fun this year as it was last year. Okay every bit as fun and then some!

Although any and all thoughts of this being a ‘smaller con’ were put to rest last year, this year basically did a dance on those thoughts’ grave while wearing fancy light-up stilettos. Momocon spanned two hotels this year and offered up a host of big name guests. The crowds were out in full creatively cosplayed force as well, and over the course of three days there was always, always something exciting to be done or seen.

Don’t take my word for it though!

Nothing beats being there, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, surely a video comes close, right? So here you go! Some walking, some panels, some randomness– a veritable smorgasbord of Momocon goodness in case you missed it this year.

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Grateful 365 #44 – The Only Girl in the World

If you’ve been within 100 ft. of the news (televised, telegraphed, written or otherwise), you’re probably aware that it’s been snowing in Georgia again. Yes, yes. Infrastructure breakdown, power outages, a city in turmoil…

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For me it was a snow day. I felt well and was able to eat, chat on facetime, do some writing for myself and for the site. …And then in an amazing atomic-level attack on productivity, I decided I would do my first few dungeons with others on Neverwinter. When I looked back up from the screen, it was 3am, and I was stir crazy.

So I bundled up and went for a walk.

snowwalkNow everytime I mention a late night walk, there’s at least one person who gasps in horror. If you feel so inclined, go ahead and get it out of the way. I’ll wait. Done? Awesome.

Personally, I was more worried about slipping and unceremoniously busting my face or ass or both. Bodily harm a la ice was, and continues to be, much more real to me than this idea that as night falls, serial killers spring from the bushes and wait for unsuspecting prey. 29 years and I have yet to meet any representative of  these burly, hand wringing, darty eyed, collectors of lady-organs, but I honestly feel that if any of them wanted my kidneys, they’d likely take them regardless of what time it was. Ice, on the other hand, puts the fear of God and gravity in me. So if it was icy or I had any trouble with traction, I’d just head back in.

I passed the overhang of the carport and took my first tentative steps. The snow compacted underheel with a satisfying crunch and I sighed with relief. Snow, I could cope with. …And it looked like it was all snow. I proceeded forward.

It didn’t look like 3am. The blazing white blanket that covered the snowalk2entire landscape caught the moon’s gaze and spilled mystic blue light into the air from all angles. The roads were barely touched. The sidewalk even less so. I made it a fair half mile before I saw another set of foot prints, and even those were shrunken and faded by the still falling snow.

The illuminated evening glittered with lazy flakes that twirled down around me. Beyond the crunch of each step as I moved, there was no sound, no motion at all.

I felt like the only girl in the world.girl

Kroger was open and I bought a soda and drank it while talking to the sole clerk and security guard–both stuck there and bored from an inactive shift. It was a nice moment of camaraderie, but I found myself anxious to get back out into the night. Snap some more pictures. Drink in the scene with my eyes. Immortalize the moment.

It’s rare to feel so alone, but there’s a peace to it that is just indescribable.kroger

I’m so grateful I was able to experience it. …I may have to rethink my once negative opinion of snow.
~all the love~

2014 Southeast Convention Overview

Take a deep breath. Do you smell that? Yes, the (hopefully soon-to-be) warming air and comforting musk of stir-crazy fanboys and fangirls. Winter has come…and is leaving. Now it’s Convention Season. Delicious.

So what cons are Krissia (my partner-in-con) and I looking forward to in the coming months?

Let’s pull out our crystal balls and stare deeply!

(Permanent Page here- 2014 Southeast Conventions. Stay tuned for updates and coverage!)

anachrocon bannerAnachro Con
http://www.anachrocon.org/
February 14-16

$70 3-Day Pass
Firday $30 single day price at the door
Saturday $40 single day price at the door
Sunday $20 single day price at the door
Ambassador Pass $100 includes a specially designed badge, a gift bag, a private tea party, access to Green Room and priority seating in panels!

Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30346

Guests:
Lawrence M. Schoen: Authority on the Klingon language and constructed tongues. Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. Author.

Allan Gilbreath: Author of adult vampire novels, Galen and Dark Chances and the Jack Lago supernatural mysteries.

Kimberly Richardson: Author of Tales from a Goth Librarian. Finalist in the National Best Books 2009 Awards and 2010 International Book Awards.

Lee Martindale: Author of numerous short stories. Named Bard, a Lifetime Active Member of SFWA (where she serves on the Board of Directors), a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a member of the SCA, and a popular guest at science fiction conventions all over the country.

Jana Oliver: Author of Briar Rose, a dark steampunk take on Sleeping Beauty, the award winning Time Rovers triology, and Demon Trappers, a young adult series.

Thomas Willeford: Artist. Specializes in steampunk sculpture and wearable art. Author of Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos.

Bill Pacer: Performer, Actor, Baritone, Former War Correspondent and News Editor. Reprising the role of Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Pacer’s credits are numerous and span opera, stage, film, and paper.

Balogun Ojetade: Author and authority on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines African American culture and lifestyle with steampunk philosophy and fiction.

Phillip Sacco: Author, Mythologist, Speaker. Author of Awaken the Warrior- a multi-discipline study of the armor of God, and leader of Walk-n-Talks- a unique blend of astonomy and story telling.

& Many More Authors, Performers, and Artists!

Events:
Panels
Performances
Vendors
Costuming
Horror Track
Gaming Track
Culture & Media Track
Fabrication Track
Fashion Track
History Track
Science Track
Etiquette & Indulgence Track
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Absinthe Tasting

momoconbannerMomocon
http://www.momocon.com/
May 23-25

$45 3-Day price at the door
Friday $25 single day price at the door
Saturday $35 single day price at the door
Sunday $25 single day price at the door
Early Bird Rate (3-Day): $40 before May 11th

Downtown Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta And Marriott Marquis
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Guests:

Troy Baker: Voice of Joel in The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite, Vincent Brooks in Catherine, Excalibur in Soul Eater, and many more!

Courtnee Draper: Voice of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite, and many various live action and voice over roles!

Doug Walker: The Nostalgia Criticand mastermind of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com!

Dante Basco: Rufio from Hook, Voice of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and General Iroh from The Legend of Korra!

Tress MacNeille: Voice of Dot from Animaniacs, Mom from Futurama, Agnes Skinner from The Simpsons!

Rob Paulsen: Voice of Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from ‘Pinky and the Brain’, and Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom!

Maurice LaMarche: Voice of The Brain from ‘Pinky and the Brain’, and Morbo/Kif/Calculon/The Donbot/Clamps in Futurama!

Cherami Leigh: Voice of Asuna from Sword Art Online, and Lucy from Fairy Tail!

Bryce Papenbrook: Voice of Kirito from Sword Art Online, and Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist!

Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny: The creators of martial arts style of ‘bending’ from Avatar the Last Airbender and Korra!

Jordan Weisman: Creator of Shadowrun, MechWarrior, and Crimson Skies. Founder of over 6 companies including Harebrained Schemes!

Mike Reiss: Creator of ‘The Critic’ and current writer/producer on ‘The Simpsons’!

Event Offerings:
Panels
Screenings
Workshops
Rave
Karaoke
Costume Contests
Blades Demo
MomoCon LAN Party (byoc)
Board Games
Card Games
RPG Tabletop Games

seishuncon bannerSeishun Con

http://seishun-con.com/

June 20-22

$30 3-Day price at the door
$20 single day price at the door
$25 3-Day price pre-registration
(*prices based off 2013)

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
500 Powder Springs St
Marietta, Georgia 30064
United States

More Information Coming Soon!
Last year was a blast!

metrocon bannerMetrocon
http://www.metroconventions.com/
July 11-13

Single Day Ticket (Friday) $35.00
Single Day Ticket (Saturday) $35.00
Single Day Ticket (Sunday) $30.00
Weekend Pass $60.00
Weekend Pass (Early Bird Pre Reg Before March 31) $48.33
Weekend Pass (Early Bird Pre Reg Before May 31) $51.67
Weekend Pass (Early Bird Pre Reg Before June 30) $55.00
Fantasy Masquerade Ticket $10.00
VIP Weekend Pass $100 (Available until June 30, Includes: early entry to all Main Events and Special Events, premiere seating during all Guest Track, Main Events, and Special events, admission to the Fantasy Masquerade, exclusive VIP events, early admission to the Dealer’s Room, priority access to Guest Autograph Signings, and one convention T-Shirt. Benefits subject to change.)

Guests:
Scott McNeil: Voice of Piccolo from Dragonball Z, Koga from Inuyasha, Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, Stork from Stormhawks, all manner of Transformers, and many other roles!

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: Voice of Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, and many other roles. Director of several series including Naruto, Tenkai Knights, and Penn Zero Part Time Hero. Vocalist in the American adaptation of Akira Yamaoka’s Silent Hill music.

Richard Epcar: Voice of 40 characters (and the narrator) and author of White Eyes- A Doc Savage Novel, a pulp fiction audiobook. Voice of Batou from Ghost in the Shell, and many other video games andanime. ADR Director of titles such as Blue Dragon, Unreal Tournement. Director of Lupin the Third, Ghost in the Shell 2, Noien, and others.

Ellyn Stern: Director of several projects including Samurai X and Star Wars Episode lV-A New Hope dubbed into the Navajo language. Voice of Yu’s Mom in Noein, Jack’s Mom in Marchen Awakens Romance, Hiroshi’s Mom in Zenki, and Ichigo’s Mom in Bleach. Voice of many other non-mom characters in anime and video games as well!

Zoe Van West: UK Hardcore Vocalist who has worked with Sythnwulf, Rythmics, DanielSeven, Flawless, and Transcend. Promoter of Happy Hardcore, designer of Kikgirl, and sponsered artist of Kikwear and Kikgirl.

dcon bannerDragonCon
http://www.dragoncon.org/
Aug 29-Sept 1

Downtown Atlanta
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta Hilton
Sheraton Atlanta
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

More Information Coming Soon!

awa 2Anime Weekend Atlanta
http://www.awa-con.com/
Sept 26-28

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sheraton Suites Galleria

More Information Coming Soon!

mizucon bannerMizucon
http://www.mizucon.com/
Oct 3-5

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center
711 N.W. 72nd Avenue
Miami, Florida, 33126

More Information Coming Soon!

Grateful 365 #8 – Wonder

It was like walking into life itself as she opened the door to the dark chill of night.

Cold.

So very cold.

It felt good against her skin, awakening nerves dulled by sleep and underactivity. Her first footfalls were silent, but solid. The ground seemed to push back against her steps, lifting her up into the serene skyscape of clouds and stars.

Her breath coalesced into mist as she exhaled, and the next cloud escaped through a smile. Her rhythm was anything but quick, and yet everything joyful as she strode away from feelings of infirmaty. She wouldn’t go far, but she could go.
The cement appeared as the future as she stepped forward and then vanished into the past as she left her last stride behind. The street lamps cast halos; the tree branches and mailboxes -shadow puppets.
Her gaze held on the lights of an illuminated neighborhood sign behind the road hers would soon join. She glided forward, the constant surroundings taken as a given…until a silent whisper of movement moved across her intended path.

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This is not my coyote. This is just a tribute.

The night soaked creature moved like a ghost, lithe legs carrying it quickly between the lights and the woman  where it became mere silhouette. A slender, wild frame, a slightly bushy tail. It’s figure as an entirity so natural and recognizable, it might as well have been a greek bust.

As suddenly as it had appeared, it stopped as though posing. The backlight of the neighborhood sign behind it casting the wild figure in perfect profile. The head raised curiously, pointed ears perked as it’s golden eyes glowed like moons against its dark outline. Every fine and windblown hair that framed it was  sharper than any picture and radiantly shadowed in a detail that seemed supernatural.

She hadn’t realized it, but she had stopped as well. As the moment progressed, she remembered to breath again and wondered how long it had been since she’d stopped. There was no fear in the air between them. There was no threat. One set of eyes looked at another, but she couldn’t help but think this creature was granting her this moment.

She was grateful. It was beautiful. Perfect. One-of-a-kind.

A moment made just for her by the unlikely intersection of two night dwellers’ coincidental paths.
She yearned for a picture, but the moment she reached to her pocket, it was as though the contract had been breached and the coyote looked away as though saying-

Yours.

She smiled wide as a child as the canine ghosted away along its initial path and out of sight with the speed of a blink.

This moment was hers and its and no one elses. A snapshot that only her mind could ever see in all its fleeting perfection.

This is not a picture of that coyote, and the above is the best I will ever manage where giving others my experience last night is concerned. It was an amazing moment with a gorgeous animal. It was unexpected, emotionally moving in a way that surpasses words, supernaturally peaceful,  and made even more beautiful for the unlikelihood of our paths crossing when and as they did.

So today I’m grateful for the sensation I had and still have looking back- astonishment. Sheer wonder.

For all our science and modern advances, there are still those moments that we can never hope to recreate artificially. Those scenes that are amazing because we did nothing to create them. They are given to us by intersecting realities and paths which cross unpredictably.

These moments don’t just brighten the time in which they happen, but every moment afterwards as we look expectantly forward to the next time they might occur.

And they could happen at any moment.

~all the love~