• Convention,  Daily Life

    Conventions of Needles and Ink

    If you’ve been around here a while, you know I attend a good many conventions over the year. Anime, Sci-Fi, Board Games, Web Development; my interests and job skills span a lot of categories. Recently however I had a new one to add: Tattoo Convention. The Motor City Tattoo Expo is an annual gathering of some of the best tattoo artists around the world. It’s been going since 1996, and what really interested me was that it’s curated by the organizers. Artists are invited, rather than just an open market free-for-all. I’ve wanted a tattoo since I was about 14. My mom is a practical person and her only response…

  • ShutoCon 2015 – after con report
    Convention,  Food

    ShutoCon 2015 – after con report

    Normally we go to ShutoCon as artists – selling our usual array of buttons. This year however due to conflicting schedules I missed out on alley registration and decided to just buy a normal badge. It’s been YEARS since we’ve hit a convention as regular run-of-the-mill attendees. I’m always either working a table or official press. So it was very weird and kind of lost-feeling to not have a “purpose” each day. I had a work commitment in the morning so couldn’t roll in until the afternoon. Lunch per usual was at El Azteco. It may not be the most authentic mexican place you can stop at, but the burritos…

  • Chatter,  Convention

    My Life At ACen – a Look Back

    There’s a thing on social media called Throwback Thursday. It’s a way to have a post that isn’t involved and detailed by just showing something from the past, usually a photo. Of course much like The Bloggess, I’m not really good at following directions so this post will be pretty detailed. My first Anime Central was way back in 2003. The specifics are fuzzy on how we found out about it but I do know that we ended up driving to Illinois with a friend of a friend (hi Nicole) and stayed at her friend’s place (hi Shannon and Rich) who I’m happy to say are now our friends. We…

  • Convention,  Photography

    Penguicon 2014

    Warning – LOTS of pictures, please give the page time to load. Since this is primarily an adult convention with some 18+ panels, the writeup does contain some adult themes. On with the show! You guys can keep a secret right? Just between us… Penguicon is my favorite convention. Don’t get me wrong! I enjoy all the conventions I attend (else I wouldn’t go – if I’m not having fun how can I convince other people they will?), but Penguicon is, as they say, “my people”. This year my convention started with a little lunch outing of gun powder. Geeks With Guns is currently organized annually by John Bell and…

  • Convention

    Midwest Media Expo 2014 – After Con Report

    The first ever Midwest Media Expo just ran and I was lucky enough to be chosen to cover it as Press. If some of the staff look familiar here it’s because the event is helmed by the same people who run Youmacon. It is not simply another anime convention however. As the name suggests they are highlighting a broad scope of media – film and print, comic and animation, voice actors and artists.

  • Buttons,  Convention

    ShutoCon 2014 – After Con Report

    ShutoCon is held in Lansing, MI. It has a particular focus on promoting artists and cosplayers as well as being a designated “safe space“. This was their 4th year in operation. Last year we had decided it was time to change our displays and had converted one board over to a magnet system instead of the clips we previously were using. We found that the clips made it confusing to customers who were able to pull up the buttons a quarter inch, along with it being a tedious thing to set up each time. After some deliberation we decided on magnets instead. They are rare earth and have a 9lb…

  • Convention

    After Report – Anime Park

    This was our second year selling at Anime Park. It’s very well organized for such a new anime convention, and being a High School student run one at that. There were a good mix of panels and a great Maid Cafe, and seemed to be a decent turnout of attendees. We’re here! With that in mind, there are definitely some things that can be improved. Some I expect is out of their hands. For instance, we were in a different school this year. Still on the same campus, because the city of Canton has this unique setup where there are three high schools all on the same land. I’ve never…

  • Convention,  Photography

    After Report – Penguicon 2013

    Hold on to your keyboards folks, this one is going to be lengthy! I have ton of photos to share, along with summaries and thoughts on the convention and panels. So just what is Penguicon? First, let me tell you what it isn’t: it isn’t just one thing, one genre. I mention this because when I talked about Penguicon to friends I heard “Oh, but I don’t really know Linux.” Let me stop you guys right now, because it is WAY more than a Linux con. It is everything geeky, nerdy, open-source, Sci-Fi, and a bit of things in between. Panels ranged from “how to promote yourself” to “creating 8-bit…

  • Buttons,  Convention,  Photography

    After report – ShutoCon 2013

    ShutoCon in Lansing, MI is a newer anime convention with a good focus on artists and cosplayers. The AA coordinator (and convention chair) is a long time artist herself and strives to make her con have all the best available for us. She was extremely understanding about feedback and complaints (I had few, and most weren’t under her control but felt should be noted), and definitely has a good thing started. It was held at the Lansing Center and the connected Radisson Hotel from April 5th-7th, 2013.

  • Convention

    Convention Appearance – Shuto Con

    Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again – when DisjointedImages will be out in the wild selling our amazing buttons. This weekend come find us at Shuto Con in Lansing, MI. Running April 5-7 and featuring a bigger exhibit hall this year, Shuto puts emphasis on the Artists and Cosplayers throughout the weekend. Rest assured though, they have a huge lineup of great events and guests to keep you busy too! Take a peek at the schedule click here. Hope we see you there!