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Balticon Bound?

So I imagine that at least I and the Young Lady will spending the day at Balticon tomorrow. (The Mr. was muttering something about Too Much Work.) I see that they do indeed have single-day registration available, although it's $40 for Saturday.

Is anybody else headed out that way?

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smillaraaq
May. 23rd, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Maybe some other year -- the logistics/expense/etc. of travel and hotel and puppy care are a lot less friendly for me than Katsu, alas. But if the vendors have a better range of Saiyuki goodies than we saw down here the other month, please call me! ;)
chomiji
May. 24th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)

There wasn't much manga stuff there at all, last year. A few copies of popular things like Furuba at some of the book stalls, and maybe some buttons and T-shirts referring to manga in general - but that's it!

(The Mr. is feeling rotten and I have houseguests I'd forgotten about ... his sister and our nephew, on the way back from a week-long field trip that she was helping to chaperone. Tomorrow should be very complicated ... .)

avierra
May. 24th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
I was wondering about that.

I may go to Otakon later on in the year, which is in Baltimore proper, although I am wondering about that. I have fairly bad arthritis in my knees, and it's hard for me to walk around for any length of time, but I think they might have more of the stuff I am interested in since it is manga/anime oriented on the face of it.

Hope you have fun, and hope you find some cool schtuff!! :D
chomiji
May. 27th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)

We may do a day at Otakon too ... it's a great place to shop. In fact, all we did was shop (if you count the Artist's Alley as shopping too) and people watch.

About all I really got, aside from some more of Nancy's Buttons, was a Neil Gaiman mousepad and T shirt (from these guys ... the "Scary Trousers" T-shirt and Graveyard Book mousepad). Oh, and a Kinuko Craft artbook that the Young Lady spotted for me.

avierra
May. 23rd, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I am afraid not I either. Actually, I had thought Balticon was over Easter, but I see they switched it a few years ago.
chomiji
May. 24th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)

Yeah, I didn't go to cons when I had a child that age either .... .

I only started going to it in the last couple of years. Way back when, I used to go to Disclave.

sanada
May. 24th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I'd be there if I weren't in North Carolina this weekend!
chomiji
May. 24th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)

Oh, pooh! Yes, I remember your going to this NC con last year, too! (Have fun ... see if you can get pix of your costumes ... you know, I never did see your Saturday Katsucon costume.)

dana1witch
May. 24th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Balticon was fun a couple of years ago when I was there. Anything specially interesting this time?
chomiji
May. 27th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)

Well, Emerald wasn't feeling well, so about all we did was shop and then take a nap in the lobby ... we did attend one session on YA fantasy/SF writing. Some good points were made, but I was unimpressed by the authors on the panel: how can you speak as an authority on YA SF&F when you've never heard of The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley?

dana1witch
Jun. 4th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
It's funny you should say that because I just happened to read The Blue Sword a few weeks ago. She's a great writer (it's a woman, right?) I didn't even think of it as a young adult book but now that you said it, it makes sense.
chomiji
Jun. 7th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)

Yes, she's a woman, and married to fantasy & mystery author Peter Dickinson. If you liked Blue Sword, check out the prequel, about Aerin: The Hero and the Crown.

Like most well-written YA, it can be read by adults with no problem!

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