Superhero Day at Dehart Park

Our first WAR – World Autism Respect event went great! Thanks to everyone that donated in exchange for one of my Wolf’s WAR books, or our merch from King Kawaii! Special thanks to Sammie Cassell for inviting me to help hand out free comic to the kids! Check out all the great work he does for kids here : Sammie the Comic Book Man Also made some new cosplay friends! If anyone who sees this would like to join in helping with WAR (becoming a warrior, I should say), I would love that; as long as you support neurodiversity acceptance, and are against bullying, that is!

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Where have all the anime and game shops gone?

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of weekends spent playing Pokemon at the locally owned game and anime stores; family friendly places that parents weren’t afraid to leave their kids, where everyone felt welcome. Those stores are no more, and the closest you can get to that experience is a convention. Even though there are some comic book and gaming stores still around, they are usually not family friendly (a lot of use of profanity), and they don’t offer the kinds of items people want, so they end up going online to get it. On top of that, these new stores don’t cater to women at all, only offering men’s t-shirts. These stores don’t have the types of items I want like cosplay, accessories, clothing, jewelry, bags, plushies, anime items (except the few series that are “popular” in America, like Hot Topic carries), Gundam model kits, wall scrolls, Bushiroad Card Games like Weiss Schwarz (an anime card game), etc. My brother and I have been discussing how to revive the type of store I always dreamed of owning as I child, but we have little resources to do so. We will start by selling some things we already have, we can make ourselves, or that we can buy cheaply. We still haven’t found a cost-effective location yet; our base of operations is Dad’s guitar shop in Cana. If you know of any cheap convention tables, flea markets, or places to rent, please let us know. Our dream is to one day own our own storefront; King Kawaii and Café, where we would have live music, game tournaments, and other events.

Triad Anime Con 2017

I attended Triad Anime Convention on Saturday for the 2nd year. For over a month now I’ve been doing an exercise and diet program, not for appearance but for fitness and health; I’ve lost about 15 pounds so far. I’m usually not very confident in myself, especially when in an outfit that attracts attention, so I’m proud that I cosplayed confidently as Serena from Pokemon. I was surprised and thankful for the reaction I recieved; many people wanted pictures made with me and talked with me. I also met some actors from my favorite shows including Johnny Yong Bosch and Erica Schroeder!

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The Patrick County Young People’s Artist Work Shop & Art Show

Yesterday Jake and I attended “The Patrick County Young People’s Artist Work Shop & Art Show.” It’s always great to be surrounded by like-minded people enjoying a shared activity, and I’m so glad we got to go. We had the chance to meet some amazing artists including Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jason Bowers. They were also filming a documentary! Most people would think it coincidence that we were filming “Rhythm From Chaos”, the documentary I was in by Joel Goldsmith who did music for Star Trek and Stargate, on the same day several years ago. It would also seem like huge coincidence that the host of this event, and star of the documentary, is someone my Mom went to school with who has a daughter about the same age as me, but I don’t believe in coincidence.

Sammie sent Jake some comics about three years ago around Christmas time; he was asking everyone on Facebook if their kids would like some comics. At that time I had just finished watching the X-Men Animated Series with Jake and had read some X-Men prose novels I bought at the used bookstore. I was still trying to convince myself that it was really only my little brother who liked X-Men, and I was just watching it because he liked it; I didn’t think I needed another childish thing to be into. I soon learned that X-Men, and comics in general, are not “childish”. Sammie had sent two parts of the Weapon X story arc by Barry Windsor-Smith; if you really know me, it’s that thing that I won’t stop talking about by that writer/artist I’m obsessed with. As soon as Jake pulled those books out, the covers struck me as something I had never seen before. I immediately read them, sat there a minute absorbing, then reread them. By the next evening I had bought the rest of the story arc on the IPad.

Long story short, comic books have an impact on people than other mediums do not. A comic book is a combination of art and storytelling that is very much unique. Sammie goes around to schools teaching children about comic books, and I think that is a very important thing that will impact those children’s lives.

The workshop was a great experience. Despite having earned ribbons in school art shows when I was younger, and loving to draw, I’ve always thought I was terrible. I’ve always been hard on myself in everything I do, whether it be music, writing, or just how I act around others; I think it’s human nature to want to be “normal.” Jason Bowers, who we spent much of our time with, said something like, “Never compare yourself to another artist.” If someone had told me something like that when I was around ten years old, I might have went into art. I think it’s very important that those types of lessons were being taught and impacting the younger children at the event.

Long story short, it was a great experience for both of us. Here is a picture of the goody bag I got, and the art I made. I know my art looks a little spooky, but the real world can be a scary place too. I had charcoal all over me, and I don’t think I got it all off until I took a shower this morning.

International Sailor Moon Day

Join me in celebrating International Sailor Moon Day with a LiveStream on my Youtube channel!
Events include:
-Sailor Moon Video Game Playthroughs
-Cooking Demonstrations:
Cookies from SuperS the Movie Recipe:http://realanimefood.tumblr.com/post/106382528443/usagi-cookies
Americanized Bento Boxes: You will need Hot Dogs, Rice, and an empty Lunchables container.
-Showcase of commericials, merchandise, etc.
-Your fan art, cosplay, collections, etc. (If you send them in through this event page)
-I’m also very open to suggestions.
*Times are subject to change as unpredictable life events may interfere. A link to the LiveStream will be posted the day of.

https://www.facebook.com/events/287234321636767/