June 3rd, 2010


Sorry to break up the action here, but I will be spending this weekend at A-Kon in Dallas! As you might have guessed from Shadow’s giant sword, it’s an anime convention. They were kind enough to invite me out, and as I have never done an anime convention before, I couldn’t resist.

I’m, uh, a little scared. I mean, I liked Bleach as much as the next person, before it started to suck, I’ve seen Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell and all the classics, but I am told that anime conventions are a completely different animal than regular sci-fi cons, so….we’ll find out.

If you’re in the area, drop by, say hi, talk me down off the ledge…always glad to meet the readers!

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Discussion (41)¬

  1. BarGamer says:

    Oh NO, a Hallow got a hold of Ichigo’s sword! Whatever shall we DO?!

  2. Bwee says:


    Sorry. What I actually meant to say was stay away from the rabid shippers, watch out for pic snipers and have yourself some fun.

    –the one who dresses up as Ultraman-with-boobs

  3. Freki says:

    Rabid shippers?

    Shadow/Murai otp.

  4. JewelWolf says:

    Okay, I almost had a happy heart attack. I had minimized the window before the page had totally loaded. When I opened it up, at first glance, I saw ShadowChild, and I was like, “SHADOWCHILD IS BACK TO HELP MURAI DEFEAT JHALM!!!!!!!!!!!” Then it turned out to be a filler. Y-Y
    Still, I am happy for you Ursula. Have fun at the anime convention.

  5. Polychrome says:

    Ah, if you can handle furry cons you can handle anime cons. They’re just a somewhat different brand of weird.

  6. saphroneth says:

    Well, that seems…. about as appropriate as could be expected. Maybe his attack would be Shadow piercing fang (ie. Getsuga Kage)?

    “Am I a shinigami?”
    “N- er, by the looks of it, yes.”

  7. Rhio2k says:

    No, Shadow, eye-gouging is BAD.

  8. Mister Dictionary says:

    … If I recall correctly, isn’t the first release of the sword called Shikai? <__>

  9. Ketira says:

    *sighs* wish I could go… but me moving = NO cons. 🙁
    At least say hi to the creators of these comics as well: Dominic Deegan, Dr. McNinja….. and I’m not sure if Schlock‘s creator is going or not. (I didn’t check his calendar.) Meeting all those folk and you would have been nice…. if I were going. 🙁

  10. Madam Atom says:

    Wait, no one’s gotten to the vote link yet? Well, here we go:

  11. Hawk says:

    Why is everyone saying anime cons are weird? **ALL** cons are weird!!

    There are just different flavors.

    Have fun Ursula and safe trip!

  12. contrary says:

    WOW! Digger’s #28!

  13. JewelWolf says:

    You know what I just realized? For every con, there’s a group of people against the theme. Think about it for a little. And when I say “against” I mean against, not “complete and total loathing.”

  14. Niall says:

    So we get to wait longer to know who said that last line. Augh!

    Have fun, Ursula. Just don’t get depressed at how bloody YOUNG everyone is at anime cons – they make furry cons look to be a bunch of old farts in comparison. Also, A-Kon in particular will make most furry cons look sedate in comparison…

  15. XJaxX says:

    How weird, I just paused my Bleach dvd so that I could read this. Lol, happy reaping Shadow!!! NO! Not me! I’m not dead yet!

  16. BarGamer says:

    @Mr Dictionary: Yes, first release is Shikai. Even though the caption says “Bankai!” Ichigo’s sword is still in it’s Shikai release form.

    For Shadow, “Bankai!” would probably be his lizard-y form, after he “ate” He-Is’ shadow, or Whoever-That-Was.

  17. Kez says:

    heheh, anime conventions are strange indeed. Granted, all conventions have their own breed of strange. Just be sure to bring a camera! Nothing helps break the ice at an anime convention like asking to take a picture of someone’s costume. 😉 I used to be freaked out at anime cons (a LOT of screaming teens…) but I think they’re just fun.

  18. kisame says:

    try reading the manga, its much beter then the fillers in the anime, and the customs there will be amazing, it will make waiting in the line for a ticket much more fun (unless you dont have tickets there, ive only been to book mese, but it was fun)
    (p.s.: GETSUGA TENSHU!)

  19. It’s nice to see ShadowChild even if its out of a cannon, but I really wanted to find out who had come to Murai’s aide. Could be Grim Eyes, Could be The Shrew and her Trolls, Whoever thought it could be the Hag, made me think, “Yeah, she’s no one to triffle with either.

    I went to ComiCon last year for the first time and that was sort of weird of all flavors. It was kind of random behind us in line was Ash and Misty and Infront of us were stormtroopers and infront of them were some Cobra guys from G.I. Joe. And there were some Purple Bellies who were handling line duty. We counted no less than 15 Jayne hats. I saw no Wombats and wondered how Ursula was doing and if she was around.

  20. JewelWolf says:

    I frikin’ hate my town right now. It never has any kind of convention. No furries, no anime, nothing.

  21. @JewelWolf 🙁 I’d share. I suppose you are no where near California?

  22. JewelWolf says:

    @Duck Whisperer: Try the other side of the country. South Carolina.

  23. Sondre says:

    Digger’s moving upwards as we speak.. Currently at #27. Have a good time, Ursula ^^

  24. @JewelWolf Awww, no good. Do they have Ren Fair’s at least?

  25. Mark Antony says:

    @JewelWolf I did the exact same thing! I saw the page and my immediate reaction was, “WHOA, IT’S SHAD-oh, it’s only filler.” =P

  26. Maureen says:

    The only thing with anime cons that’s really different is the lines. Lines to get into every program item, even panel discussions between nobodies. Always having to get up out of your comfy seat, stand in line, come back into the same room, and have a worse seat than you had before. Lines to get into the dealer room, lines to get around the dealer room. Queues are the essence of anime conventions, to the point that your mind begins to break.

    However, Ursula is on the program and working in the dealer room or artist row, and thus will not have to worry about anything but the line in the restroom. 🙂

  27. Emma says:

    DAMMIT!! (I can’t believe I have to wait for frickin’ Tuesday!) Of course, if this is foreshadowing for the next story comic, I will be the happiest nerd on the planet. I’m not mad, I just got too hyped up for this.

  28. JewelWolf says:

    @Duck Whisperer: I don’t think we do, no.
    …I hate this place. x{

  29. AlpineBob says:

    Greenville used to have a great con called MOC, but it is sadly defunct. If you can travel to Atlanta, you can experience DragonCon.

  30. Maureen says:

    JewelWolf — SC does seem to be a little thin of conventions. There’s the gaming one in Columbia, RoundCon, and then there may or may not be a relaxacon named NONCON on June 19-20 in Charleston. (I think you have to email them. Relaxacons hide.) And of course, there’s nothing stopping you from starting a club or convention!

    This weekend in Charlotte, NC, there’s ConCarolinas and Heroes Con. (One general con at a hotel, one comics con at a convention center.) You might keep an eye on the Southern Fandom guide. There’s always something going on down there with y’all.

  31. Maureen says:

    Southern fandom seems to hold a lot of scheduled, everyone-in-Creation-invited parties, picnics, pig roasts, movie nights, and the like. These don’t usually get announced formally on the Web, except maybe on somebody’s Livejournal or Facebook or whatever. So you might have more going on in your area than you know.

  32. JewelWolf says:

    A relaxacon, you say? I might look into that.

  33. Shadw21 says:

    When I first saw the page I thought it actually was the next page in the comic minus background art….. which would have been epic.

  34. Hawk says:

    @ Jewel Wolf: I live in an area with no cons too (Mississippi). I hear there are occasional Ren Faires in Alabama and Georgia, but in my own area? One convention – Coast Con – which takes place 2 hours from my home town, in the spring.

    And it sucks so bad, apparently, that even my parents (who attended Coast Con even when they had to travel from west Texas – a 20 hour drive!) well they haven’t bothered to attend for four years. The entire con has been taken over by Vampire LARP-ers and Magic card gamers. Not that those two genre’s are bad…but, the standard table gamers and miniatures gamers have been elbowed out by the rudest and nastiest of the fans of that genre. The convention has lost any dignity/respect it once had in the eyes of its older fan base…and no new con has been put together to cater to those “old tastes” because Coast Con’s mistakes have ruined the entire south half of the state completely for gamers.

    As for other, bigger cons, as I mentioned to a friend today, things like DragonCon might as well be on the Moon, as far as my ability to get there! I completely understand your frustration.

  35. BunnyRock says:

    @JewelWolf, hawk. Tell me about it. For some reason the British mentality has never aided conventions. I think we’re too reserved; cos-players should never end up standing around in small groups talking about the weather. We don’t even have decent sized comic cons. The only half good convention type things I’ve been able to get to are games day, run by Games Workshop, which was always good for those of us who are terminal warhammer geeks, and Detling Military Odyssey which, as a member of a historical enactment group at the time, I turned up at in full Zulu war uniform for. That was good. But real no furry cons, tiny, depressingly small anime cons even quite small US or Canadian cites could beat, and even comics don’t get the treatment they deserve outside of London and maybe Birmingham and sometimes Bristol.

    And as for rabid shipping is there really another kind? If shipping gets a little TOO serious just throw a crack-pair into the mix and run. Not that I’d ever engage in nonsensical shipping in quiet mockery of my peers, of course. I feel that when writing fanfic you have at least some duty to keep a serious tone respectful of the original work…

    *Noise from down stairs, as the outer door is kicked in and the inter security door hacked apart with namespace knives*

    NOOO! The Protectors of the Plot Continuum. El-ahrairant! Hide the Redwall/Neverwhere/Starwars fic! I knew they get me eventually for shipping Slagar the cruel with Mr Croup! They’re both vulpine psychos who’d be willing to work as bounty-hunters for Vader as part of his evil plan to enslave the Forrest moon of Mossflower, it’s practically cannon! Practically cannon I tell yooooouuuu!

  36. Bwee says:

    Elil-hrair-rant? Rant of a thousand enemies?

    Yeah, that sounds about right. XD

  37. TekServer says:

    @Bwee: as any diehard fan of BunnyRock rants lectures monologues can tell you, “El-ahrairant” is the name of BR’s patron higher being, though it escapes me at the moment whether El-ahrairant is angel, demon, both, neither, or something in between, or maybe even all of these at once.


  38. TekServer says:

    Ack! Codes didn’t quite work right, so just imagine that the words “rants” and “lectures” above are struck through …


  39. alondro says:

    I should note that the “Bleach” anime is back to the main story! Fight with Ulquiorra = friggin pwnage.

    But yeah, the huge filler arc was awfully dumb this time. The Bount arc was a better filler idea.

    And Ursula, I’ll be coming to Anthrocon with a custom-made Ulquiorra mask to get the hair styled properly while I’m wearing it. It’s for a secret plan! Now that I know you’re a fan, I’ll bring it over to show off! ;3

  40. BunnyRock says:

    Angel, although demon in the original Greek sense of δαίμων (daimôn, or more correctly or neuter daimonion as El-ahrairant doesn’t have gender unless the punch line of whatever I’m typing requires it) “any supernatural being, regardless of character alignment, between mortals and deities” or a daemon in the sense of “His Dark Materials” as an external manifestation of a person’s two “hidden” Jungian archetypes (the shadow and either anima or animus depending on gender) or a cute Shadowchild style demon, is also acceptable. To be fair “all of the above” covers it pretty well. Looks like the lovechild of Inlé-rah and one of the dust-bunnies from Ursula’s excellent “irrational fears” comic. Lives on votive offering of tea, pilfered alcohol and pencils, but protects from internet trolls and dispenses brain-bleach in exchange, so you could probably make a case for “lares” “brownie” “ùruisg” or “sprite” too. : )

  41. Ellemerr says:

    One half irrational fears dustbunny? Now I want to actually meet this El-ahrairant fellow. I’ve gathered it as a very useful entity, but you never mentioned it being hugably adorable!
    Also, I don’t know if I should be intrigued or terrified by that Redwall/Neverwhere/Starwars fic mentioned. >.>

    [rant]As for cons, I’m out of the lucky zone as well. Norwayland has nothing against strangely dressed people gathering to discuss the weather, but you have to go to the capital to get a large enough gathering of geeks to get anything going, and that’s across the country from where I live. Now, I know that is practically nothing in comparison to the length of the States, but Norway is still pretty darn long! And even if I do go to their comic con (which is the most interesting one for me), the artists are all… well, scandinavian. I’ll know two, tops three of them. There won’t be no Ursula!
    It’ll also be expensive as all hells. Everything norwegian is.

    … There is the rest of Europe, though. Games Week in Paris last year was my first and thus far only con, and it was pretty cool (although all the pinup models were ladies *sigh*). Still, meeting Ursula would probably be even cooler.
    (The chocolate con next to the gamesweek area almost became my second con, but the ticket cost at least the double of the gamesweek one. Some people love chocolate maybe just a liiiittle too much. O_o)