Posts tagged "Rosemont"

Anime Midwest 2014 RECAP: Personal Hygiene and My Return to Anime

These Luteces are real-life brother and sister.  So patriotic on the 4th of July!
I remember my first-ever convention.  It was Anime Central.  At the time, I was a bullied high school student.  Despite getting in big trouble with my chaperone for accidentally separating from the group (oops), I had an awesome con.  It was really my first experience with other geeks.  Every cosplayer was beautiful.  Every piece of... Read more »

This GEEKend: DucKon, Star Trek Con, Japan Fest, and Ghostbusters Anniversary

It has been a cool week for Internet activism.  John Oliver turned the public’s attention to net neutrality (finally!)  Geek girls got vocal about Star Wars, so Princess Leia toys will be introduced by Disney (finally!)  Before this week, Solar Roadways got funded.  Reading Rainbow got funded. Never before has it been so easy for individuals... Read more »

This GEEKend: Anime Central, Doctor Who Cosplay Night, and Space Happens!

Well, geeks- I made it to May 15th before thinking about this year’s Halloween costume.  Agent Scully?  Betty Grof?  Queen Elsa?? …My earliness isn’t entirely my fault.  Halloween is a big deal at my day job, and it was mentioned in a corporate context.  Now, my favorite holiday is in my head.  It shouldn’t be!... Read more »

Kollision Con 2013 Recap: New Location FTW

Haruko and Kanti from FLCL
As I lie on the couch, burning up with a fever, I reflect on last weekend.  I was healthy, energetic, and having fun at Kollision Con 2013. …I’m actually betting I caught the flu (aka “con crud”) at Kollision, but that’s not important. The convention where East “kollides” with West is still very much an... Read more »

This GEEKend: Kollision Con, Mighty Con, and Doctor Who Trivia

The Force was not with me today.  I spent hours out in the cold for the Star Wars open casting call, only to be turned away.  I expected it; thousands of people were inevitably going to rise up from this geeky city.  However, I am still disappointed.  We were there more than 3 hours before... Read more »

Anime Midwest 2013 Recap: Energetic, Affordable, and Crowded

Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!  Huge prop is huge.
Before I even get started, I must extend a sincere “thank you” to my readers, old and new.  My “5 Things You Should Never Say to a Cosplayer“ article reached over 20,000 views.  WOW!!  The conversation it inspired has been a joy to participate in.  I truly feel honored.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.... Read more »

This GEEKend: Anime Midwest 2013 (and Surrounding Controversy)

EDIT:  A reader has brought to my attention this Official Statement from Ryan Kopf.  I’m glad for the clarification; as a result, people who had been worried got to enjoy Anime Midwest.  Full coverage of the event is coming soon.  Thanks for the spot! Happy Independence Day!  Now, let me tell you why I hate fireworks.... Read more »

Anime Central 2013 Recap: Two Schools of Thought

Starting the gallery off with a bang.  Gosh, what should I even call these guys?  Exotic Eeveelutions?  Chippendeevees?  Gigoleevees?!   All I know is, I gotta catch 'em all.
I honestly didn’t expect to have fun at Anime Central 2013; I hadn’t for several years.  I assumed I’d be too old, too overstimulated, too out of touch with the anime scene.  Turns out, ACen isn’t really about Japanese animation anymore!  American cartoons, comics, and sci-fi were everywhere… as were people my age.  Awesome. As the title of... Read more »

This GEEKend: Anime Central and Fight Girl Battle World

My very first geek convention was Anime Central 2001.  I went with one childhood friend and some girls from another school.  One of their mothers made me a costume (?! I hated it), and I got in trouble for going to the Masquerade.  To this day, I stand by the fact that I told them... Read more »

3 Geeky Live Shows to See in Chicago This December

Whenever the daunting task of holiday shopping gets me down, I try to think outside the box.  I’ve purchased a helicopter ride for my dad,  a cooking class for my sister, skydiving for a friend.  …It hardly ever works.  Only one of these has actually used their gift.  Perhaps it’s time to think a little... Read more »