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Experiencing Reality
Posted Nov 23, 2009 - 9:20:34

Trae, you are the Henry Rollins of Anime Conventions Stick FiguresLast night I got back from Daisho Con, which was a blast. I'll do a full write up of it over the next few days, but believe it or not -- unlike almost every other convention I've been to since I started vlogging -- I do not have a video to show you. The reason for this is quite simple: I wanted to have fun and experience my life rather than spend my whole time documenting it.

Allow me to explain.

I brought the camera, spare batteries, my laptop and a microphone to the convention as I planned to do both a podcast and a vlog from Daisho Con this year. On the drive to the con though (in which I was alone, as Crysta had too much stuff to get done this weekend to join me), I started to think about a couple of things and exactly what I was doing. My thought went back to this article by Paul Carr from a month ago on TechCrunch. I thought about how rather than experiencing reality I was too busy documenting it. I realized that I was effectively removing myself from the very thing that I wanted to enjoy by documenting it.

So that was it. I decided that the camera would stay away all weekend. My laptop only came out once so I could charge my iPod for the drive home. The internet was, in fact, the enemy for those days and experiencing real life to its fullest became the goal.

I have to say that it was the most fun I've had at a convention (other than my own) in a long time.

Mind you, I'm still a massive attention whore, so I'm still going to do a full report about the weekend. I used to do full text write ups of events though, so I still had an option. That led me to a small quandary though, as I took no pictures of the event to illustrate said write up.

And then I remembered the wonders of stick figures.

The comic that accompanies this post is one of the illustrations I've done for the write up. I've got a couple of other ones drawn, and a few more in my head that I have to get down on paper. I think these will help give you a more accurate picture of my experiences than any three minute video ever could. For the record, the comic I've attached is a real moment from the convention too. It's a real moment that I'm not sure would have happened if I spent the weekend being to busy with my camera to actually enjoy myself, and as it happened in the men's room, I wouldn't have included it in the report even if it HAD happened.

...because, y'know, I've never brought a camera into a men's room at a convention before.

So look for that in a few days, I promise it will be entertaining and mildly epic. It may not go to the lengths and depths of a 1stAgent Report, but I promise it will have 100% more stick figures in it.

And possibly 100% more moments in a men's room.

...that came out wrong.
- Traegorn

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Trae, you comics are totally epic and you know what, I've stopped taking pictures too only because I forget to buy them. But you know what, it's awesome to find them on facebook, the forums, and photobucket by other people. And I must say I had a lot of funn too. And it was a week ago that I learned I drive for Bonding and Learning. These conventions have helped me get there. So yes I had a lot of funn as well.
Not to be contrarian, but I fail to see how you are the Henry Rollins of conventions. I have never seen you wear black shorts (and I mean only black shorts) to a convention. As such I am also unable to comment on whether you are covered in tattoos. Your neck muscles are of a normal size. You don't write dark, angry poetry or highly confusing and experimental post-modern novels. I do not believe I have ever heard you yell, excepting when we perform "Sandwich". To my knowledge you have never performed in a film with Charlie Sheen or Michael Keaton.

I guess what I'm saying is I'm confused.
I cannot be held responsible for comparisons made by drunk congoers at 2 in the morning. :P




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