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Temporary Hiatus

Hey guys!

So our old printer/fulfillment company, Monument, will be closing its doors soon. We wish them the best as they move on to new things, and are really happy with all of the wonderful work they’ve done for us over the years.

But for the time being, this means the online shop is temporarily on hold while I wait to receive my existing stock, find a new fulfillment company, and get everything organized. I am hoping it won’t take more than a couple weeks, but I won’t deny there’s some trepidation about bouncing into something new. I want to make sure the new endeavor is better than the old, and that means researching all the things and learning from past mistakes. I really want to thank everyone for their patience and continued support!

In the mean time, I will still be exhibiting at conventions. Youmacon in Detroit will be the next one I’ll be at, followed by Oni-con in Galvaston. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

NYCC retrospective

NYCC is simultaneously an amazing experience and an amazing headache. As much as I adore the culture, fashion and food of NYC, I am strongly of the opinion that NYC drivers believe the commute is Deathrace 2000. But thankfully, we were Witnessed and totally able to make it through to sell some really awesome t-shirts to a whole set of new fans!

This year was a first as we were splitting the table with the lovely team at The Slug and Kraken. She makes really amazing jewelry and accessories inspired by sea creatures! Be sure to send her some love and look at her cool creations (and crustations).

There were some pretty neat things being promoted this go round. For the audible release of the Harry Potter books, they had a giant pensieve immersive experience. By choosing a vial, you got to follow the journey of a particular character and then a free copy of one of the books. My friend learned so much more about Voldemort!

Comics-wise, I am always looking forward into all the things coming from Image. New releases from Saga, The Wicked+The Divine and Blackbird sorely tempted to pull moneys from my wallet. The Deadly Class series also looks pretty neat, but I was unable to pick it up. But I guess it will also be a tv series in the winter, so something neat to look forward to.

Speaking of, CAN WE GO ON ABOUT HOW AWESOME THAT GOOD OMENS TRAILER LOOKS?!?!?!

I can’t even speak of how perfectly the casting has brought these characters to life. And holy moly, between this, Harry Potter and Jessica Jones I am just in complete love with David Tennant as a bad guy. No one else is capable of seething so beautifully, it is just an absolute joy to watch.

The final thing I will close out with are some of the few cosplay pics I managed to snag! Sadly, my phone lost many of the other photos I had saved, but it’s ok! Still many enjoyable cool and creepy cosplays for all! Feel free to follow my instagram so you can keep up with the convention action while we’re there!

 

Anime Expo 2018 Retrospective

With the end of Anime Expo, we saw the successful launch of our super fun Protein! design! Aggretsuko has been our favorite little surprise since its airing, and I’m so happy that the glory of the yoga master is enjoyed by so many others! For those not familiar, though he speaks in few words (well, one word, really…), his wisdom cannot be beat as he defies the limits of time and space for his students’ happiness. I can’t wait to see how the next season turns out!!

I didn’t really get to walk around too much at the convention, but the things I did see that were exciting were the hype teaser for One Punch Man Season 2 (though no actual announcement of release date), and the playable demo for the My Hero Academia Fighting game.

The game kinda reminded me stylistically of the Persona fighting game, only instead of using your Persona for Special attacks, you have your “sidekick” characters. The animation was fluid and beautiful, and the attacks seemed really fun and exciting.

Overall it was cool seeing all the new things on display, though it was kind of crazy how much the marketing machine for Fate: Grand Order was in full swing. Whole buildings were covered in images of Saber, Mash and Ruler. New and gorgeous figures and alternate costumes and outfits were all over the Model booths. Having Saber/Arturia as one of my favorite waifus really makes me want to get more into the GO mobile game, but I keep getting distracted by other shiny things. And I admit, part of me is afraid of the addictive nature of collecting all the epic heroes to fight the epic battles.

It was also lovely seeing all your lovely faces! Looking forward to next year!