June 23rd, 2013

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PortConMaine is a very good con

Wrenn and I are having a tremendously good time at PortConMaine. While it's primarily an anime con, they also branch out into other geekery, and it's kinda fun being the only author here (most of the guests are anime voiceover actors and effects artists and musicians and such). Hanging out with voiceover actors Cherami Leigh (Negima, Witchblade, Sergeant Frog) and Chris Cason (Dragonball Z, Full Metal Alchemist) has been particularly fun. I got a great response to performing in "Anime Unscripted" (which is basically a geeky version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?). I love doing improv. :)

My two Q&As have been very well attended, particularly today's. Yesterday, I read "I Believe I'm Sinkin' Down," a Cassie Zukav story from Tales from the House Band Volume 2 (and which will be in Ragnarok and Roll), and today Wrenn and I read the all-dialogue story "Brotherly Love" in Tales from Dragon Precinct.

Wrenn and I also were two of the judges for the costume parade/contest in the Maine Mall, sponsored by the fine folks at Newbury Comics. It was incredible difficult to narrow it down to the eight prize winners, given that there were more than 100 entries, and I felt really bad for some excellent costumes that we were just unable to recognize. Still, we had a great time, and the costuming here really is first-rate. Bravo to all and sundry.

I was also in the audience for two delightfully twisted events: "Things That Can't Be Unseen," a collection of really bizarre-ass videos submitted by folks throughout the previous year, and "Extreme Geek," which was a whole lot of people doing crazy-ass shit on stage. I tweeted during it, so check my tweets from late Friday night.

Tomorrow, we sleep in, pack up, and then do my 3pm Q&A, followed by closing ceremonies, and then we head home, with a brief stop outside Boston to have dinner with two dear friends.
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