Hey guys, I got back from Katsucon a little earlier today and the weekend was a blast but I am dead. There is something indescribably exhausting about being on the way you have to be at a convention. It’s not an act, or a fascade, but you definitely end up exerting yourself in interesting and unusual ways when at a con. Particularly if you’re an introvert like myself. So, I realize that despite having been away for some 3 weeks I’m going to have to push it just a little further. Friday we’ll see the first update of Chapter 4 which’ll be the cover art, however I won’t make you wait a full week before we get into the story. I’m going to punch out the first page and have that posted for you all by Tuesday. After that we’ll return to our now standard Tuesday updates.
I have other grand plans for the near future. Not only will we be kicking off Chapter 4 this week, but there will be some marked upgrades all around. I’m going to overhaul the Finder’s Keepers website in the next couple of months. The new format and navigation of the site has proven to work quite well, but there are always things that can be improved. As such I’m going to make said improvements, to bring you guys an even better reading experience.
As for what I’ve been up to in my absence from the web, the last three weeks have been amazing and exhausting all at the same time. Ohayocon proved to be an amazing con, despite the ridiculous cold. Columbus also surprised me by being the once city I can think of that I didn’t automatically hate when I drove into it.
What the Hell?! Con reminded me of why I like college conventions: they’re fun beyond reason! I also got auctioned off like a slab of meat (sexy sexy meat) at the geek auction, and I would not be surprised if the event was covered in some regard by the Devil’s Panties in about 2 months or so. It was also really great to see Kel and Ursula aka. Lol Wut? Pear Lady again. It’s amazing how long it sometimes is between meeting up with friends.
Katsucon was epic this year. I’m not sure there’s a better word to describe it. The Gaylord convention/resort is an amazing (if labyrinthine) and Katsu really stepped up it’s game in spite of the snowpocolypse of twenty ten. Despite the multiple feet of snow, the airplanes that didn’t make it off the runway which delayed essential convention supplies (i.e. badges) Katsucon brought its A-game and rocked the national harbor. Katsucon also played host to what I would call the greatest Super Art Fight ever. Three amazing bouts between amazing artists, yielded the best show I have ever been to, and I’ve been to most of them. Michael Brocco and Nick Borkowicz put on a spectacular spectacle in the first round, the second round in which I defeated Jamie Baldwin was probably the loudest I think I’ve ever heard a super art fight audience be, and Jamie Noguchi was brave and bold but ultimately got his ass handed to him by the insanely talented Jo Chen who proved to us all that the only way to art fight is with a brush.
Katsucon also made me do something I never thought I’d do. The convention was so amazing that I broke down and started a twitter account. You can now follow me between updates at GarthFT. Maybe I can keep that updated better than my old livejournal.