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NotCon 2017 Review

Initially, my plans for a review of the Midwest Media Expo (MMX) were set. I was going to compare this year’s event to last year’s event. However, those plans came crashing down when MMX was cancelled three days prior to the big day. I found out about the cancellation of MMX on Tuesday evening and the shock of the cancellation didn’t hit me until Wednesday morning. To say I was bummed out by the cancellation of Midwest Media Expo would be an understatement. Most people encounter post con depression. I had pre-con depression. I had done over 30 hours of research on the 6 guests I was hoping to interview. When I found out that the event was cancelled, I felt that all of my work, for what I hoped to be awesome interviews, was washed down the drain. While I resigned myself to joining fellow attendees in wallowing over the loss of MMX, an unexpected turn for the better occurred. On Wednesday, the staff of MMX announced that they were putting on a weekend event for the fans. Out of the ashes of Midwest Media Expo’s cancellation, a baby phoenix in the form of a free fan appreciation event called NotCon appeared.

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Macomb-A-Con 2017 Review

The emergent anime convention, Macomb-A-Con, returned to Macomb Community College on April Fool’s Day in 2017. Last year I attended the one day event to see what the new convention had to offer. The convention provided a good time but it certainly needed some polish. How did this year compare to last year? Did they listen to the feedback from 2016 to improve? Or did they flop? Find out in this review.

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Shuto Con 2017 Review

Annual anime convention Shuto Con returned to the Lansing Center during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Instead of magical leprechauns, magical girls were everywhere. How did my third visit to Shuto Con stack up to last year? Was it magical? Cheesy pun aside, let’s find out.

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2016 Year in Review Summer Part 1

These Year in Reviews are not, what I call, official “reviews”. Like last year, they will be a series of musings, learned lessons and stories of what I experienced through out the year. Of course, reviews are featured but they are blended in with everything. The theme of FIRSTS sum up the beginning, middle and end of my year, as you will see. Enjoy my year of 2016 in the Michigan Geek Scene.

Ah, Summer. Beautiful, sunny weather without a hint of snow in sight. Con season is in full swing and outdoor festivals appear to entertain you. I can only be inside of convention halls and hotel rooms for only so long before the freedom of outside beckons me. Just like the Lovin Spoonful said, “Despite the heat, it’ll be alright”.

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2016 Year in Review Spring Part 2

These Year in Reviews are not, what I call, official “reviews”. Like last year, they will be a series of musings, learned lessons and stories of what I experienced through out the year. Of course, reviews are featured but they are blended in with everything. The theme of FIRSTS sum up the beginning, middle and end of my year, as you will see. Enjoy my year of 2016 in the Michigan Geek Scene.

When May arrives, winter is nothing but an afterthought. No snow or ice in sight. The cold weather is gone (for the most part since it is Michigan after all.) Con season is in it’s stride. What events did the fifth month of the year bring me? Let’s find out.

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