Category Archives: Conventions

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Anticipating The Geek Con Right

It’s a little odd to be sitting, of all places, in an airport on wi-fi waiting to meet up with people and yet feel excited about a future event, but here I am. This weekend, I’ll be hitting up PAX East in Boston for various

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Among My Geek Peeps, or Why I Was Gone

There’s obviously been a big ass gap of posts on the blog lately, and there are a variety of reasons for it, some which I can get into here at Optimism Central, and others that I can’t. Sorry about that, guys and gals – it’s

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Convention Staffing – The Real Masochism

Way back before I was building community in the gaming world, I was doing the same thing in the convention circuit – anime conventions to be exact. As I prepare this week to come back to a convention that I considered a part of home

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Revisiting The New Anime Generation

For those of you among my humble little readership who don’t know, I used to work in the anime convention circuit. For nearly a decade I worked various events, mostly around my native Chicago and surrounding environs. What did I do? Well, you name it,

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A Comfortably Geeky Halloween

Ah, Halloween. That time of year when people who cosplay are actually not unique snowflakes in a public crowd. It’s also the time of year when the inevitable temptation of foodstuffs starts, starting with candy and sweets and finishing with an “I ate wayyy too

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Overly Positive Thoughts: The Wonderful World of PAX

Image via Wikipedia Mike Fahey from Kotaku reports on the triple-digit exhibitors coming to this year’s Penny Arcade Expo, the fan-based show that took in all of the waylaid common gamer folk left out in the cold from E3. PAX has always been a show

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The Comic-Con Phenomenon

Image via Wikipedia This weekend is geekdom’s well-known “nerd prom”, San Diego Comic-Con. Every year, tens of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to the West Coast to partake in the country’s most well-known show on comics, games, sci-fi, and more. I have to say,

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The Geek Essentials

Mythic Producer Josh Drescher talked a bit today about fitting a bunch of junk into your little bags for a jaunt, pretty much calling out fellow employee Justin Webb for trying to cram everything into one carry-on bag for a trip to Germany’s Leipzig. Now

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The Geek Prom

Not too long ago there was a post on Mythic producer Josh Drescher’s blog about how San Diego Comic-Con is like “The Geek Prom”. That’s actually pretty accurate except for the fact that I don’t recall my high school prom having every other person dressed

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Fan Convention Tips for Celebrities

With this weekend being the geek orgy event that is Comic Con, I’m starting to see from my highly comfortable yet envious seat back here in the Midwest that there are a bunch of people who are first-time celebrities to Comic Con. Either they’ve become