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2010 New York Comic Con / New York Anime Festival Report: 5 Highlights and 5 Lowlights 
11th-Oct-2010 12:53 pm
Rose
Highlights:
  • Free books that I'm actually excited about and want to read! Novels include: Heir of Night by Helen Lowe, Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (galley), The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and Across the Universe by Beth Revins (galley). Comics/manga include: Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Black Butler Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso, and Koko Be Good by Jen Wang.
  • Superstar SF/fantasy novel editors who signed the books I grew up with. Now I know the faces of the people I would grovel before. (Betsy Mitchell better watch out!) It's so rare these days that I feel pleasure in fandom, and this weekend was one of those times.
  • The "Anime in Academia" panel. Organizer and moderator Alex Leavitt did a superb job of leading a conversation between Mikhail, Jennifer, and myself about how to wed one's interest in popular culture to an academic career. It was the beginning of an important discussion, and I hope to see it continued in the future.
  • I understood every single word of Japanese spoken in my presence during the con. Thank you, Middlebury Japanese School!
  • And last but not by any means least, old friends and new acquaintances. The great thing about cons is that they bring people together--people with both like-minded and new perspectives. Many thanks as well to Brigid, Todd, Robin, Gia, Eva, Melinda, and Lissa for great dinner conversation.
Lowlights:
  • The writhing wall of people that was everywhere--everywhere--on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Overhearing some bigwig [expletive redacted] in kids comics talking about how publishers ought to solve all of their financial problems by laying off all of their full-time employees and replacing them with freelancers. After all, you don't need to provide freelancers with 401(k)s or health benefits!
  • Speaking of freelancers: An ANN panel that didn't actually feature (Gia: Sorry!) hardly featured any of the site's full-time staff. Furthermore, what meeting was so important that Chris and Justin couldn't make an appearance at their own panel? ::snark attack::
  • The "Manhwa" booth on the Exhibition Hall floor, which seemed to suggest that a single publisher's output is synonymous with Korean comics translated into English. ::snark attack #2:: (FYI: Yen Press publishes Goong, the one manhwa series the Manhwa booth was selling solely in the original Korean editions, in English translation for the United States.)
  • "No one ever tells you this, but you will fall in love while on fieldwork," promised Prof. Georgie Born, formerly of the University of Cambridge. Well, I'm (somewhat) sorry to report that it hasn't happened yet.*

*I will say, though, that there are many people in this world whom I love. These are the people who have been a part of my life for years, and we've laughed and moaned and come into our own together. You know who you are. You guys are great.
Comments 
11th-Oct-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had an awesome time, I'm so pleased for you!

As for what meeting was so important that Chris and Justin weren't there? See this: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-10-09/oreimo-episode-2-leaked-1-day-before-japanese-debut

They are probably in deep shit with the Japanese distributor right now and trying to get their way back to the status quo that they would like to establish with "simulcast" anime on the site.
11th-Oct-2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oops. I guess I shouldn't mix different degrees of sincerity in a single post, should I? ^^;;;;;;;;;;;;
11th-Oct-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
ha! Next time just add sarcastic emoticons and then maybe I'll catch your tone! (Even though I'm not an emoticon person and don't understand a lot of them).
11th-Oct-2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm still fuzzy-headed from four days of sleep deprivation. >_<

Edited. ^_~
11th-Oct-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Speaking of ANN, every redesign of their site seems to make it remarkably more ugly and less intuitive to browse through. Oh well. I don't read them much anymore. If want to know something specific I search via plugin.
11th-Oct-2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Actually, Gia is a full-time ANN staffer for their news section.
11th-Oct-2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Edited. Thanks!
11th-Oct-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
I forgot you were there! I should have called!
11th-Oct-2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
No problem. I was really busy.
12th-Oct-2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I look forward to your thoughts on The Strain. I hated it. :-) Koko Be Good was lovely, though.

I'm bummed I didn't get to make it to NYAF this year! It's a nutty con, but there were tons of people who I really would have liked to see, you being one of them. Alas...

But yeah, it's sad/disturbing how publishing all over is going freelance reeeeeally quickly. Argh.
12th-Oct-2010 05:20 am (UTC)
I'm bummed I didn't get to make it to NYAF this year!

OMG, yes, how many years has it been?! Two or more??? Cross my heart that I'm going to make it out to LA next year, though!!!

But yeah, it's sad/disturbing how publishing all over is going freelance reeeeeally quickly.

Oh yeah...funny you should react to that bullet point. The same Bigwig had some choice comments related to Tokyopop too. (Apparently Bigwig hired a former TP editor who was vastly overqualified for the Bigwig's poorly-paying open position.)
12th-Oct-2010 05:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, at least two years--I was at NYAF last year, but then you weren't, as I recall. Woe...

I bet. It's a bummer when TP's long-standing ability to hire awesome people at discount prices is becoming industry standard, rather than something that we're all growing out of. (mind you, I still get paid pretty well for what I do, so I shouldn't complain, but...)
12th-Oct-2010 05:59 am (UTC)
I was at NYAF last year, but then you weren't, as I recall. Woe...

Oh, I remember that. You were only there for one day, right? I was at NYAF that day too, but we managed not to run into each other. (These cons are getting so big that I can just forget about randomly running into everybody I want to catch up with now.)

TP's long-standing ability to hire awesome people at discount prices is becoming industry standard

I doubt it's just the publishing industry. It's everywhere. We're both extremely lucky not to be at desperation's door right now. I saw a lot of great people at NYCC that were. At the rate it's going, this country will soon have a lost generation... *gargh*
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