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I Am Made of Ouch

My leg's getting worse and my back is joining in the act, so no Bowflex today. I have to recuperate from yesterday's long bouts of standing, walking, and standing some more. As predicted, laurie_robey, hantamouse, and I all went to KatsuCon yesterday. A few of my random observations about that:

  • I was very surprised to encounter a fandom that skews even younger than furries. Holy cats! I felt like a teacher on the first day of high school. Which is considerably better than I felt as a freshman on the first day of high school, but still. I wasn't expecting to be quite so outnumbered by kids. Next time I find myself thinking about age demographics in the furry fandom, I'll look back at KatsuCon and say, "Nevermind."

  • The con was small, certainly no bigger than MFM, but overall well-run, well-attended, and vibrant. On the other hand, because it was small, there wasn't that much to see. The art show in particular was tiny and rather sparse.

  • I can't help but find otaku goofing on furries to be sadly amusing.

  • The dealer room was a disappointment. While it was huge, it was also cramped, claustrophobic, had spots that permanently smelled of sewer, and basic rules of etiquette and traffic flow were nowhere to be found. I did get to renew my acquaintance with Phil Foglio there, which was a plus, but otherwise the booths fell into basically five categories: cosplay stuff of varying quality, miscellaneous chotchkis from mecha shows I'd never heard of, manga overstock, anime DVD overstock, or Yaoi/hentai overstock. Not exactly the place to go to find a new manga series to be interested in -- all of the tables were packed to the brim and you couldn't get to 'em anyway. If you knew what you wanted already, you might be able to find it, but if you knew what you wanted you could have ordered it at Barnes & Noble a long time ago, so what's the point? You could have just as easily had six tables (one for each category, plus Phil Foglio) and you would have gotten all the same selection without needing to close off part of the parking deck. For that matter, why wasn't Phil in the Webcomics Walk?

  • Who was it who wanted me to check out Mail Order Ninja? 'cause Joshua Elder and Erich Owen had a table in the no-man's land between Artist Alley and the Webcomics Walk, so I grabbed up vols I-II and totally blanked on your identity. I believe my exact words were, "Somebody from your mysterious past says hello, but for the life of me I can't remember who." Yes, I'm an airhead, this is old news. For the record, Mail Order Ninja is very silly and I enjoyed it.

  • Weighted Companion Cubes! Trendiest thing evar! Maybe they should have called it PortalCon.

Will I ever do Katsu as a working con? Not sure. Certainly not with Suburban Jungle heading into hibernation and NN's status up in the air. But maybe in the future.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Otaku goofing on furries, eh? Please, do tell. :)

Re fandom demographics; I bet KatsuCon draws a younger subset of the anime fandom, because we all know that there's lots of older fans out there; there woldn't BE KatsuCons were it not for the pioneering otaku who organized and laid the foundation for what came after. If KatsuCon skews more towards the kid end of the spectrum, there is probably a reason. Of course, in sci-fi and fantasy fandom, your con-goer demogrpahics are a pyramid with kids at the base and oldsters at the top, that's just the nature of how it works... we grow up and get busy and don't have the *time* anymore... or we've been to enough cons to have pretty much seen and done it all.

Will you be at PonyCon? I've got the damn Bar Exam the weekend before. :(
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Other than having been asked by a random sampling of people whether I'll be at PonyCon, I know nothing about it. So I couldn't say!

Feb. 17th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
*waves hands*

Oooh! Oooh! I suggested Mail Order Ninja!

I'm glad that you enjoyed it; Josh is working on a couple other projects as well.

Hmm..I'll have to see if I can hit him up for vol 2, as I can't find it around here to save my life.

Have a great day!
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
The art shows i've seen in katsucon the two times i've gone, and the one or two times i've visited otakon...

it was kinda sad.

what really struck me was the utter lack of almost anything resembling Original Content. Often, it was more a case of the artists copying a particular cel from an animation... often the same cel. The number of people who drew Cowboy Bebop's Faye Valentine staring at you with her eyes, her gun, and her boobs... was excessive. Granted, that was what was trendy then.

I don't really even know what's new, just that i haven't run across many series that interest me, and even some of the old classics that i've gotten on DVD aren't terribly captivating anymore.

It can be said in the favor of the furry fandom that you can meet 90% of the "name recognition" folks if you go to enough conventions. Take an anime/manga con, and you're likely to find a few Big Names as guests of honor, but the creator:fan ratio is substantially different.

Feb. 18th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
I find the way otaku bash on furries to be hilarious, because both fandoms were started by the exact same people.
Feb. 21st, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Makes me think of the story Uncle Kage told at the Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public, about a few goofing otaku and how he dealt with them. Very entertaining. n_n
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