PAX East 2014 - Barber Shop Quartet - God Only Knows - Bioshock Infinite
PAX East 2014 - Barber Shop Quartet - God Only Knows - Bioshock Infinite
Because no matter what we do there will always be unevolved cowards among us. and the anonymity of the Internet brings out some people’s worst instincts.
please read my words carefully… I said some people. and its only some people. but those people seem really awful.
truthfully, it is not just female creators. a lot of people take weird, hateful shit from weird people. truthfully, honestly, a lot of us get showered with lovely thoughts all day as well but the sickening stuff stands out because… it just does.
but I think that all of us would hope that we would have gotten to a place as a society where our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives could go on the Internet without having to worry about being called a whore for having an opinion.
I think what rattles most of us in the comic book community is the fact that someone could read a bunch of comic books, with very specific, simple moral themes with highly moral characters, fighting the fight for good, and COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT.
you know what Capt. America would never do? he would never go on the Internet anonymously and slam anyone.
the point of the stories, the good ones :-), is to show us what we could be. not to waddle around in the minutia of comic book science but to enjoy a world were someone is fighting the good fight. a world we hope we could live in one day.
just because you are posting anonymously doesn’t mean that those thoughts are not yours. it is not role-play, it is not a character, that is who you really are. that is the energy you are putting out in the world. this isn’t some mask you are hiding behind… this is who you REALLY ARE.
and if who you really are is a bully, anonymous or not, I truly feel bad for you. I really do. I feel bad that you’re hurting so badly that you think you need to do this.
but there is NO excuse to attempt to punish others under the cloak of anonymous. none.
That was a good hour.
BIOSHOCKIN AT PAX EAST 2014 PART 1
I was fortunate enough to have hella shoots de la photo at PAX East this past year. The homie lady-ava-cosplay helped set up the 2nd one, being my Liz and booking our photog LuckyGrim Photogrpahy. We shot near the inner harbor Of Boston, mere blocks away from the con center
Kildread and his gf what handle IDK- The Luteces
taking by the wonderful Gianna Rovelli see more in her flicker https://www.flickr.com/photos/blanko_photography/
this was taking at magfest one fav video game cons!!
Robert Lutece Nathan Dister
Rosalind Lutece Heather Burgess
Figured I’d do a little more detailed PAX East 2014 recap than the standard tag people/name drop thing I usually do on Facebook. I mean I’ll still do that coz I can, but I’ll do something more than just “WALLS OF TEXT” for the Tumblr crowd, since both winkonthings and I are waiting on proper photo shoot pics to spam.
Going into PAX East this year felt a little weird, as we were down 5-7 of our regulars, and let’s face it, there’s no avoiding the fact that there’s a little weirdness attached to the show.
Not that said weirdness ISN’T warranted, but it seems odds that PAX East stands out when there’s plenty of ugly shit that we’re all aware of in relationship to SDCC and NYCC, not to mention Dragoncon and E3. Shit is fucked everywhere, and I think the fact that people are working to change it is often overlooked more times than not on the internets. I’m not saying STOP CARING, and yo, things are far from fair, but you can afford to take a breather here and there and take some comfort in the face that things are improving. IDK, may have gotten a little off topic here.
(( Waits for someone somewhere to do something incredibly dumb to make my previous statement a moot point ))
Anyone, once everyone was checked in, washed, fed and the drinks started flowing and bros started meeting up, we were very much in the groove once again. Nothing too exciting to report, just some CAHs in the lobby bar with friends and random strangers. Got to run into the Strip Search vets, which was nice, because they’re a good group of ppl. Stayed up later than I should have, got up earlier than I planned, drank a little more than I expected to, that kinda thing.
The first morning flew by, but it was totes worth it. Got to get my hands on Evolve, which was dope. It’s a next-gen Left 4 Dead, only set on an alien planet. It’s doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but it’s a ton of fun. I definitely want to upgrade my graphics card so my PC can run it later. Aside from that, it was a trip to indie land to check out a few smaller games, the Blizzard booth to play Hearthstone iOS, and some shopping was done. New hoodie, some shirts, the annual Udon entertainment commission, etc.
After that, I grabbed some foods, and shower and started doing the panel thing. There was a jobs in gaming thing that was kinda eh. John and I watched Cat in the first round of the Omegathon where she was sadly eliminated. The dinner, the Gamers w/ Job panel which was really neat. Ken Levine was the real reason I was there, but the panel was really great. There was another Irrational employee there (I forget her name, and I’m not sure if she was formerly with the company or still was) who had a lot of great things to say, and we chatted a bit post panel. I got to chat up Levine as well, who I got a selfie with, my copy of OG Bioshock with, and got to watch some friends meet. It was cool. From there I changed out of my nerd clothes (Booker cosplay), into licensed nerd clothes, and headed down to one of the bars to hang out with a bunch of ppl, including my friend Meg, who I haven’t seen since last PAX, and a bunch of her co-workers.
This was super great. Aside from catching up with an old friend, I got to talk to some really cool industry folk and debate some things. “Debate” may come off as a tad harsh, but it was cool to actually talk to people about things that we didn’t agree on, and everyone be all civil and shit throughout the conversation. This is something the internet could work on as a whole, present company included.
But yeah, eventually stumbled off to catch the end of the Anamanaguchi concert, came back to the hotel to play various games, etc.
Saturday was a mix bag of incredible highs and some whack lows. Mostly my own fault for running around on like 5-6 hours of sleep again. Caught the draw a strip panel, which was okay? The pre-screened questions were smart, and there was a lot of good stuffs, but the strip itself was kinda whack. But the day improved IMMEDIATELY come cosplay photoshoot time. I was blessed to be able to work with a BUNCH of awesome cosplayers and photographers, which I loved. I don’t want to shit on any of my past cos-pals, but this was easiest one of the best shoots I ever had the pleasure of attending/being a part of. After that, it was some wandering and food, because PAX Saturday was kinda light for the afternoon programming. HOWEVER, I did get to get my party on, first at Square’s fan VIP thing, which was nice because it was FREE, and then at Sanshee’s thing which was DOPE. There was free food, drinks, and the chance to party in a vault. That was awesome yes/yes. After that, I headed back to the hotel, said hi to some ppl and called it a night.
The Gearbox signing aside, Sunday was pretty uneventful. I did manage to check out the Diversity longue, which seem neat, but could use some improvement. It definitely wasn’t the zoo some people feared it would be, but it seemed kinda dead compared to the kickstarter room going down next door. But I really don’t have any sound suggestions how to off the top of me head.
Overall, PAX East 2014 was a fun but exhausting time. Fun was had, lessons were learned and swag was bought. Not the best PAX East of all time, but some great moments none the less. My takeways:
-Maybe I should give LoL another shot?
-Definitely play that Last Of Us DLC
-Carrie wants to play Borderlands which is rad.
-I definitely need to flex my creative muscles more. Luckily I wrote up about 1900 words of various content today, so that’s rad.
-Less drinking, more sleeping.
Anywho, definitely rambling now, so I’ll end it here. If people want to talk, ask questions, whatever, holla at me.
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