Connecticon was a lot of fun this year! Hawk, Yuko and I spent the weekend doing panels, hawking our wares, and spending time with friends. We sat across from Jeph and Christy of Questionable Content and Claire Barry of Kittybot, both of whom with we had a rather spectacular rubberband war. Congoers died, it was epic.
We were seated next to Rob Balder and Jami Noguchi of Erfworld, Brian Wilson of Hookie Dookie Panic, the ever illustrious (also: awesome) Mookie of Dominic Deegan, Woody and Kendra of GU Comics, Chris Malone of Blue and Blond, Trish and Damien of Novablade Studios, and Garth of Comedity. I also caught Brian Clevinger of 8-Bit Theater with his new partner in criminal activities, Scott Wegener. They’re both working on a project called Atomic Robo, and I’m excited to see it on store shelves – that’s right, they’re going straight to print!
We also got to see a lot of people again – Dave Lister of Paradox Lost was around, and it was cool to see Jamal Joseph Jr. of Chugworth Academy (is the site down? I’ve been unable to access it for a few months now) – he’s a cool cat. I got to do a panel with Russ Nover of Rockets, who is working on a top secret project. I didn’t have a chance to chat with the Dead of Summer guys, but they’re local boys so I think I’ll catch them at Otakon. Also! I saw Lem from Bunny for the first time in a year – he’s away from his natural habitat.
Jekka of Seraphic Blue and Pat are always great to see. Jekka is one of the first friends we made on the convention circuit, and I hadn’t seen her in over a year – wave hi Jekka! Pat is the former chair of Anime Boston and creator and mighty steward of Anime Cons dot com. They are both real great.
Hawk and I have only recently made the acquaintance of Steve Bennett, who is something of an industry veteran. He’s worked as an animator in Japan, so – as he says – if you’ve watched any anime during the eighties and early nineties – then you’ve probably seen something he’s worked on. He’s a very entertaining guy, especially on panels – we met him in Chicago at Anime Central a few months ago.
Shawn Handyside is basically awesome 100% of the time. He does a comic called Staccato, and sells a slew of very clever t-shirts.
happy birthday shawn
We also finally got to meet Randy Milholland of Something Positive, who is incredibly cool. We shot rubberbands at him as well – I wish we’d had more time to socialize, but something flinging small rubbery bands is saying just enough. Also, his tablecloth was great – ask him about it. No, seriously.
Yuko and I participated in and sat in on a couple of panels run by the Geek Nights guys, Rym and Scott. Their Anime Match Game panel was a resounding success – and their Gekiga panel is really, really interesting. They’re well-spoken, so the panel sounds something like a presentation by academics. They’re running the Gekiga panel as an 18+ panel at Otakon, so if you meet the requirements then check it out! I plan on being there.
And finally, thank you to Matt, Brianna, Larom, Sarah, and all the staff at Connecticon for giving us another fun weekend in Connecticut. This convention is always especially a pleasure for us because we’re so well taken care of.
Hawk’s posted some photos, so check them out!