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About theshaggyfreak

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  • Birthday 02/05/1974

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  1. I have plenty to work on: 1) The next issue of my comic book 2) My web comic 3) A new EP to release around the first of the year 4) Recording other bands 5) Work on new 3D stuff Between all that and going to a handful of other cons, I'm good.
  2. Here's a bit of video I took from my table at the Artists Alley:
  3. As far as I know, although I am not staff, escalators get turned off because they just can't handle the amount of foot traffic that Otakon has. That's typical of many escalators in general. They would most likely break down within hours of the con opening. I myself have a hard time with stairs but I didn't have any problems using the elevators through out the convention center.
  4. Getting music rights in a week make everything a bit difficult. Once again, I want to thank Concrete Prophet for writing us the Adult Swim music in a weekend and letting us use it for only a credit. Next time we do a commercial, I'm sure we'll be putting an all call to local and independent bands who want to provide music for us. We'll also need music for other promotional items If anyone thinks their music would fit great with Otakon, please let me know!
  5. dont forget, usually by 5pm friday, the atms are empty of cash
  6. More and more vendors accept plastic these days or at least they have in my experience. Hell, I'm even accepting credit cards at my table in the artists alley.
  7. Here's my take on why I feel Death Note has gained a bit of popularity. 1) Scientific and paranormal type crime shows seem to be rather popular. Death Note captures a pretty good feel for that sort of thing. 2) The quirkiness of L and Ryuuk provides for comic relief for a good bit of the series which helps balance out it's serious nature. 3) The beginning of the series draws you in because you're trying to decide whether Light is good or evil. Those are at least the three main reasons that make sense to me but it's just an opinion after all. Everyone isn't going to lik
  8. Ahhh Voltron! One of the first anime shows I got to see as a kid (my first was Battle of the Planets). I may have to check out Saber Rider, though. I don't remember seeing that one.
  9. I disagree -- he's very good at certain types of roles, but he's been SO typecast (as Neo, or Ted) and he hasn't done well with trying to branch out. For what OUGHT to be an action piece where the lead is a bit of a cypher, Keanu could be a good fit, and a guaranteed draw.
  10. "That profession" compared to what? A typical 30-second TV commercial has a development budget that runs a few hundred thousand dollars; some have budgets that rival Otakon's operating budget for a year. A typical local commercial runs several grand. Ours cost us a comped membership and a fair bit of hard work by volunteers. And we got a pretty hefty discount on the ad package. Personally, I prefer the adult swim one. In a nutshell, we were hoping to be able to use footage from the animation, but it wasn't ready -- then things got very very busy and we ended up having a week to wri
  11. I moved to the DC Metro area in the spring of 2000 to marry the girl I was dating at the time. Well, without going into a ton of details, things didn't go as planned and we were on the outs by late summer. I was looking for a reason to get out of the house and get my mind off things when I read an ad for Otakon. So, I drove up early Saturday morning and I was pretty quickly hooked. Prior to Otakon, the only anime I knew was Sailormoon and things like Akira and Demon City. That year I was introduce to Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star and Gundam Wing which was the start of a new habit. Eight
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