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Picture of helen_keeble is from wiscon.
What happened, did I fall off a cliff? Not exactly. I think I owe
y'all a recap of my fall
and winter since my last installment. Let's pick up the story with
Part 1 of my four-part PMX report. The post I made on animelosangeles
doesn't count here, and for the most part I'm repeating everything I said there anyway.
Pacific Media Expo was the first full weekend of
( My Friday morning started out with a detour to pick up Selina. We had about ten people representing Anime Los Angeles over the course of the weekend... )
library_lynn (left) was able to come out for
part of the
weekend! Hooray! My lovely wife doesn't make it to that many of the
conventions on the circuit, because she works about three Saturdays a
So on the whole, it was a weekend with some of my favorite
The fine folks at
had given us a choice spot, on the side of Artists' Alley closest to the
elevators (right). With our shiny new red tablecloth, we had an eyecatching
The Downstairs Team spent the weekend there, giving away
postcards, Shinbunshi (our newsletter), and temporary tattoos with
le_moose's "Chibi Winking Ala" on them, granola bars, gummy
worms, and bottles of water; and sold some silly ribbons to raise money
for all the ribbons we
give away for free at animelosangeles. Also they had some
ribbons to give away freely as they wandered the convention, to add to the
buzz. I'm thinking next year
we'll have an ask-for-it-nicely ribbon -- if you say "May I please have
an xyzzy ribbon" you'll get that one.
( It's been pointed out that sometimes I'm ambiguously snarky, or even passive-aggressive, in my LJ posts. So let me state this plainly: I like Pacific Media Expo... )
likely to invite Sam Bak Za,
they can do it and not have it conflict with their charter.
( Does PMX have problems? )
They're a small convention with big-convention connections.
Oh, I'm green with envy on that front -- one of my
do with "big conventions can do things little cons can't, and
little conventions can do things big cons can't" and they're straddling both
areas. (Do I need to add a caveat that "...and PMX can do everything?")
Just as one example,
they're bringing in Asian fashion designers you won't see at Animé
Los Angeles or at Anime Expo. And they seem to be giving AX a run for
their money as far as bringing in musical acts.
They're doing okay. I hear they had about 1400-plus people, and
that they were up a little from last year.
There's a great
community of people that appreciate PMX for its unique aspects, especially
regarding art and fashion.
trying interactive events such as a Cowboy Bebop event, which
reminds me a little of what Rum Party has been doing at other SoCal
conventions. And tatsugawa is encouraging people to
participate, to bring in more ideas. Anyone want to report on how PMX is
using Facebook and Myspace?
To be continued...