A Series of Posts to Help You Get Ready for Your (Possibly) First Convention [part 1: Packing]

Hey guys! IT’S MAY, and what does that mean? Convention season for Crimson has started this month (this past weekend actually)! And by convention season I mean “convention season” since I’ve had to cut down quite a bit on my outings this year

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And it’s actually because of that cut that I now have more time to sit down and pass on my infinite wisdom to all of you young con-grasshoppers. If anyone wants my credentials for these posts: I got none (jk jk, I have attended like 2 conventions in my life, that makes me an expert, right?)

Now this was going to be one post but as I got writing, I realized I had quite a bit to say, so we’re going to have a second part later on this week. Possibly on Friday as I sit down and cry about the fact I can’t be in CA for the Sherlock Convention #CRIES

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Mechademia: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga

And here is some new content for my blog!

Recently I’ve gotten back into reading (thank you Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) and I was on Goodreads, looking through my groups. I remembered that I’d entered into this yearly reading contest for Wacky Reading Challenges and I went to check it out. My entry had been stuck at about 20 books for a couple months and then I decided I’d continue.

Basically, the yearly contest is called 15 x 15 Challenge and participants are allowed to pick one of the five levels listed:

  • 1 x 15 (15 categories, 1 book per category = 15 books total)
  • 5 x 5 (5 categories, 5 books per category = 25 books total)
  • 5 x 15 (5 categories, 15 books per category = 75 books total)
  • 15 x 15 (15 categories, 15 books per category = 225 books total)
  • 10 x 15 (10 categories, 15 books per category = 150 books)

I ended up choosing the 10 x 15 level even though I know I’m not going to be able to read 150 books in a year (no manga). I thought it would be fun making categories and besides, we’re allowed to change levels at any time before the challenge ends. It’s highly likely I’ll end up changing to level 5 x 5, haha. Not so likely but possible to do the 5 x 15.

Anyways, one of my categories that I made was titled Stalking Kleptomaniac, which basically means I’d read books from other people’s bookshelves. I decided on that title because I’ve been called both things before and I thought it would be fun

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And so for my first book I decided to choose Mechademia: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga that I got from Cassandra’s (The Huge Anime Fan’s) Goodreads bookshelf! I actually started reading the book while my family was road tripping to Wyoming and I just finished it.

I usually post a summary for everything I review but this time I won’t since I’ll outline the book’s contents along with my thoughts.

Thoughts

For my first book on anime/manga scholarship I think it was an interesting and informational read. One of the things I really liked about this book is that each article was done by different people. It really allowed for a change in pace and gave a few different perspectives on different topics.
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