27 August 2015

Elite Book Promo: Violet Chain by J Kahele












Welcome to my tour stop of Violet Chain by J Kahele! This is a contemporary romance novel. The tour runs from August 24 - 28 with reviews and excerpts.

VIOLET CHAIN
BY J KAHELE



After catching her fiancĂ© with another woman at their engagement party, Violet Townsend's world is turned upside down. 

Desperate to numb the pain, she falls into the arms of charming, young entrepreneur Chain Alexander.

Chain, a notorious womanizer of Philadelphia, not looking for anything more than a night of pleasure with a woman, is drawn to Violet instantly. There is something about her that he needs and wants so desperately and it’s not just sex. 

But Violet is resistant. Can she open her heart again after having it broken so brutally? And more importantly, should she? 

This book is intended for mature audiences only! 

  
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EXCERPT ONE



The silent communication in her eyes, the stillness of her body told me she knew I was hurting.

Her hand cupped the nape of my neck. “It’s okay, I’m here—I’m here,” she whispered as she kissed each tear on my cheek.

She slanted her mouth to capture mine and kissed me slowly as her hand curled around my body, pulling me against hers. I drew a breath and held it as her lips caressed my neck.

I was falling.

Deeply.

Unconditionally.

In love with her.

A chill swept across me as the warmth of her body left mine and she sat up, sliding off the t-shirt I had given her to wear to bed, then slid on top of me. Her deft fingers slipped beneath the waistband of my boxers, light kisses raining from her lips against my skin as she moved down my body, sliding my boxers off and throwing them to the side. She reached to the nightstand to grab a condom, when my hand stopped hers. I wanted to feel all of her—bare.

Her eyes blinked hard as I flipped her over and slid on top of her.

As our sleek bodies moved feverishly against each other, I held her tight, wanting to remember the smell of her hair, the touch of her skin, the taste of her lips. This was where I wanted to be, this was where I belonged, buried inside of her.

As we found our release together, her body fell limp against mine and I wrapped my arms around her, never wanting to let her go. I raised my head to look down at her and could see tears forming in her eyes and I knew for that moment, she was completely mine and I was hers. And I knew I was ruined, I would never feel the same way about another woman as I felt about Violet. I kissed her softly on the lips.

EXCERPT TWO


His hand slid to the curve of my back and he pulled me into a deep embrace. My eyes met his and they gleamed with a softness and gentleness that took my breath away. He smiled as he slid his finger down my cheek, across my chin, before slipping back into a kiss. I didn’t know if it was the way his lips softly touched mine, or if it was the loving way he had looked into my eyes, but everything about Chain at that moment captured my heart.

He placed feather kisses across my collarbone, the curve of my neck, my jaw, and then claimed my lips. The kiss was soft, slow and lingering. As our lips parted our tongues met in sync. I held him close, wanting to remember his strong shoulders, the touch of his skin to mine. His hand caressed the inside of my thigh and I moaned, then he curled me close to him and kissed me with a passion that made my heart skip a beat.

As our bodies slowly moved against each other, I felt something reaching deep inside of me, gripping at my heart, overwhelming my emotions, causing tears to stream uncontrollably from my eyes. Chain lifted his head, staring into my eyes, and I saw he was mirroring the same feelings as I.

As he circled his hips slowly, we found our release together and I exhaled sharply. That familiar feeling filled me, that stabbing, aching feeling.

It surrounded me.

Engulfed me.

Suffocated me.

I turned away from Chain, hugging my pillow, my mind drifting off into a pit of despair. As much as I tried to fight it, to run from it, there was no denying that I was falling hard for Chain Alexander and there was no way of escaping.

~*~

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I am a proud mother of three daughters who are my absolute complete existence. I write to relieve the scattered thoughts that stream through my mind, constantly. My biggest downfall is that I am a huge procrastinator, which makes my life at times hectic!

24 August 2015

Elite Book Promo: The Replacements by David Putnam

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Welcome to my tour stop of The Replacements by David Putnam!  The tour runs from August 24-28; follow the tour here.

The first novel The Disposables was a finalist for the SCIBA award last year. This year The Replacements has also been chosen as a finalist for the SCIBA (Southern California Independent Booksellers Association)!

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ABOUT THE BOOK


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Bruno Johnson, ex-detective with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and an ex-convict, is hiding out from the FBI in Costa Rica, tending bar to support eight children he illegally rescued from abusive homes. Partway through a normal day, Barbara Wicks, a former colleague and the chief of police for Montclair, California, walks into his bar. Bruno is shocked to the core.  Is she there to arrest him and take him back to California? Turns out she's there to request Bruno's help.  Two children have been kidnapped.


The kidnapper, Jonas Mabry, was himself a victim whom Bruno rescued as a small child.  Now Mabry demands a fool's retribution, a million dollar ransom, and Bruno to put his life on the line to get the money. In this twisted turn of fate, Bruno returns as a wanted criminal to California.  Despite the risk of arrest and even his life, he cannot turn his back on these kids.  And neither can Bruno's girlfriend, Marie. 

EXCERPT


The day the house bled started out sunny and warm. I was a rookie street cop in South Central Los Angeles. I worked uniform patrol for the sheriff's department, a job that could impact the community in so many positive ways. I ferreted out the predators, either put them in jail or prodded them until they moved on to another neighborhood. I liked working with the kids the most. I tried to find them before they were corrupted by the cancerous part of the street. There were the lost causes, but most kids wanted to better themselves and were hungry for guidance.

The absolute worst part of the job was bearing witness to the lowest ebb of humanity. I never could understand the motivation, the reasoning, the excuses for harming children. Because there weren’t any. Not in this world or any other.

The day of the horrible bleeding house incident started out great. A Blood by the name of Little Ghost had been dodging me for weeks. Anytime I was able to feed my handcuffs with a predator gave me a warm feeling. He’d set up shop slinging rock cocaine two blocks from a middle school, and I hadn’t been able to nab him. That day I put on a gray raincoat over my uniform and snuck up on him through a back alley, caught him right in the middle of a hand-to-hand deal.

So I was having a good day until the call to “keep the peace” came my way. I pulled up to a house in East Compton. White Street, west of Atlantic. A house like any other on the street, light blue with dark blue trim, maybe maintained a little better with a mowed lawn and a trimmed hedge. A man in slacks and a long- sleeve blue dress shirt stood out front wringing his hands, his expression one of genuine concern. I pulled up and parked half in the driveway, half in the street, and got out. “How can I help you, sir?”

“My name’s Micah Mabry, and I’m worried about my kids, Jonas, Betsy, and Sally. Jonas is five, Betsy’s seven, and Sally, she’s…she’s eight. Yes…yes, she’s eight last October. I knocked and knocked and they won’t answer the door. Please, you have to help me. Please.”

“Okay, Mr. Mabry, slow down and start from the beginning.” “Right, right, sure. My wife Bella and I are separated. We’re getting a divorce.”

“I’m sorry.”

He waved off the apology. “It’s okay, it’s a long story. But two nights ago she was supposed to meet me at McDonald’s. I was supposed to get my three kids for the weekend.”

Dispatch hadn’t told me this was a hostage exchange—the term used for child custody conflicts. The adults never acted like  adults,  and  the  losers  were  always  the  children  caught between  parents  they  loved,  with  their  petty  conflicts  and wounded egos. The parents’ bitter emotions were the worst to deal with in these incidents. People became irrational. Child custody calls tore at my gut. I couldn’t stand to see children cry and I always had to suppress the urge to do something about it.

Mabry continued, “She never showed up. I’ve tried to call her for the last two days, so I came over here. Listen, I’m going to tell you up front, she has a restraining order against me, and I’m not supposed to be here.”

No wonder she wasn’t answering the door. I  couldn’t allow him to stay if he was telling the truth about the TRO, the temporary restraining order. I said, “Do you have the court custody papers signed by the judge?”

“Yeah, yeah, sure.” He pulled them from his back pocket. I checked; they were complete and in order. He was right, it was his turn to have the kids.

“Okay,” I said, “Here’s the deal. All I’m allowed to do in this case is take a report and submit it to the DA as a violation of a court order, a PC 166.4—”

“You can’t make her give me my kids?”

“No, you have to have your attorney pull her back into family court.”

“Come on, that can take forever.”

“I know, I’m sorry.” I sat in the front seat and filled in the report form while he stood in the open door of the patrol unit staring down. I knew he was staring at me, and I couldn’t look up at him. He pulled out his wallet. “Deputy Johnson, you have kids?”

I was raising my daughter on my own and found it damn difficult to juggle her upbringing with an ever-shifting patrol schedule. I knew how hard it was to raise children and disliked him a little for throwing the kid card.

He held out his wallet, the plastic sleeves cloudy from overuse. The kids were cute. What child wasn’t? I wrote the case number down on a business card, got out, and stood in the open door. I handed it to him. Micah Mabry stared at the card as if it were a disappearing lifeline.

I said, “Ah, hell. You knocked?”

“Yes, yes. I’ve been here for an hour. I’ve knocked again and again the entire time. I know they’re in there. Please, Deputy?”

Son of a bitch. I reached in and picked up the mic. “Two- fifty-five-Adam, start another unit to back. I’m going to force entry.”

I’d hardly unkeyed the mic when Sergeant Foreman came up on the air. “Negative, Two-fifty-five-Adam. Stand by, I’m responding.”

Once Foreman arrived, no way would he do  anything other than what the book said.

I tossed the mic onto the seat. The window configuration of the house, outlined in dark blue paint against the light blue of the house, made the windows look like the eyes of a monster.  I walked with purpose to the front door. I’d made up my mind and didn’t want to think about the consequences. I knocked loud enough for the neighbors to hear. No answer.

“What’s your wife’s name?”

“Bella. Her name’s Bella, but this won’t do any good. I’ve tried.”

I believed him and was beginning to have a bad feeling about the entire situation. I yelled, “Bella, this is Deputy Johnson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. I need you to open the door. Come to the door and talk to me. Now.”

Something was wrong about the whole setup. Anxiety rose up in me, and I could no longer follow proper protocol.

I looked down just as water, a little at first, then more, seeped under the door and out onto the porch. I stepped back and booted the door.

~*~

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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During his law enforcement career, David Putnam worked primarily in California on special teams for Patrol, Investigations, SWAT, Narcotics, Violent Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Detective Bureau and as child protective services coordinator.

He rounded out his law enforcement career with a few years in the Hawaiian Islands as a Special Agent-part of a real-life "Hawaii-50″ team.

He's now retired from law enforcement and spends his time growing organic California avocados and writing, with his wife Mary and their two dogs.

14 August 2015

Come see me at Matsuricon!

Original banner (c) Matsuricon. 

Fanfic into Fiction! 2pm, Saturday, August 15th!

Pod 122/Rm 19 @Greater Columbus Convention Center

Program description:

Fanfic into Fiction – Rated T (for ages 13 + up)

Fandoms are awesome, and the publishing industry is taking notice. Fanfic gets to the heart of what readers want, which is the key to successful fiction. With this crash-course in writing, you’ll learn what it takes to make your fanfic rise above the rest, and grow your skills to become a published author!
My presentation, Fanfic into Fiction, is a creative writing and appreciation panel of fan fiction. It's also a little bit like a lecture module, because I devote segments to providing a general understanding of fair use and copyright; developing writing skills from creating derivative works; and moving beyond fan fiction into writing for publication and general audiences.

I'll be offering it on Saturday, August 15th, at 2pm in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Matsuricon website has a link to the maps for the convention, as it's spread out between three locations this year: The Crowne Plazathe Hyatt Regency, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Here's a copy of the map I lovingly defaced so you can find me:

Original map by Matsuricon and the GCC. 


For the rest of the Matsuricon schedule,  click here.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

10 August 2015

Rating the Epic Anime Watchlist: What does it all mean?

Some choices might be obvious; others, not so much.
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Followers of my blog are aware that I've kept a long-running anime watchlist which started right around the time I began attending conventions. I'd ask voice actors, fans, friends, and strangers what anime I should watch, and have kept the log running for about three years or so.
In 2015 I decided to apply an actual ratings system to categorize not only the shows I still needed to watch, but what I thought of the shows I completed, and why other shows were started but never finished. My tastes are a little bit all over the place, to be honest, and some of my choices have baffled others, particularly when I slam a show that's good, and loved a show that's bad.  I've even had tepid response to a series people are crazy about, so I thought I'd explain the method to the madness. 

This is post is for the 2015 Anime Watchlist, but I'll also continue this for future entries with a hyperlink back to this article for reference.

Quick note: Series vs. Franchises


This might be a little confusing--there are some franchises that have multiple series within them, and you may wonder if I'm referring to the entire franchise or the individual series when I rate them.

I tend to lump franchises together under the original series name with very little exceptions. Basically, if series are linked together by continuity, then I refer to them as a single entity--the franchise name.

If I say that I like Tokyo Ghoul, for example, I'm referring to both Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul √A (the first and second seasons of the series). When the Tokyo Ghoul Re: comes out, even though it's a separate series, I will continue to lump it under Tokyo Ghoul anyway, since it's a continuation of the original story. Even with Tokyo Ghoul Jack being a prequel/spin-off, I'll still lump it under Tokyo Ghoul. Why? These iterations are all linked together as a complete telling of a single story.  

If I say that I like Darker than Black, that means I'm including the OVAs (which are key to understanding the second season, in my opinion) and the second season called Gemini of the Meteor. Again, these are all linked together as a complete telling of a single story. 

An exception to this would be Fullmetal Alchemist. I treat Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood as a separate entity from FMA even though it's technically the same franchise. I consider them separate works because they ultimately tell two very different stories. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) was completed before the manga ended, and with Hiromu Arakawa's blessing, that series took a completely different direction with their own characters and resolutions. Fullmetal Alchemist (2008) follows Arakawa's manga to its completion (and what I'd consider the true version). The word Brotherhood was added to the English title to help illustrate that this was a very different series from what we saw in 2003, and I think it was a smart decision. Thus I've treated them separately in my ratings as well.

And now, the ratings! 


I COULD NEVER QUIT YOU
This seems a bit obvious, but I think the key point to stress is that these shows have proven they are immensely re-watchable. I find them totally engaging with emotionally fulfilling storylines and characters, and because of this, I come back to these shows again and again. I love them so much, I add them to my permanent collection, and if I can, get the actors to autograph the box art at conventions. Essentially, these are my treasured choices that get special treatment above all others. Examples would be Tokyo Ghoul and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

TOTALLY WORTH IT
These are also well-loved series that are just a smidgen below the "treasured collection" qualifier. They're not necessarily something I'd add to my DVD/Blu Ray collection, but definitely worth streaming marathons or multiple-episode view sessions. So, this refers to "totally worth the watch," as in, I was really glad I watched the show. Examples would be Gurren Lagann and Hellsing.

ENJOYABLE
Another way to describe shows that I liked, but not necessarily loved. These would be the shows that I could watch on-and-off, but were still good enough to hold my interest. In other words, these were wonderful series, but I didn't always feel compelled to binge-watch, which is perfectly okay. I would still recommend these shows to other people, but I may not rewatch them in the future after wrapping the final episode, or add them to my permanent collection. Examples would be Hamatora and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

LIKED DESPITE THEIR FLAWS
This is reserved for shows that are problematic--where some parts of a series or film are absolutely brilliant, but due to issues with story, plot, characterization, consistency, and sometimes even the animation itself, I can't bump it up to a higher list. Usually something happened in the show that completely took me out of the immersion, or there was a character "betrayal" or huge inconsistency that removed me from the suspension of disbelief. 

For example, Sword Art Online would have been an "I could never quit you" if it wasn't for the problematic shifts in the plot during the Alfheim arc. Asuna became a character-betrayal in terms of a complete switch in purpose and personality from the Aincrad arc, which was really disappointing (basically, being demoted from awesome to weak). I also wasn't fan of the slowly-but-surely invasive fanservice that seeped in, making the show feel partially like titillation and therefore pointless at times. I was excited when I learned of Gun Gale Online, which I hoped to redeem the series from Alfheim, but part of the reason I haven't enthusiastically cleared the arc is because the strategic, lingering camera shots of Sinon and her gun. Even Kirito got on my nerves (more like, the "everybody loves Kirito!"). The murder mystery aspect of Gun Gale Online was pretty much what kept the show entertaining, but I hit a snag and haven't returned to the series. I hope to remedy this, though, due to some favorable descriptions in Kotaku's reviews that make it seem like the show will redeem itself (here and here). Despite how I feel about Alfheim and parts of Gun Gale Online, I loved the Aincrad arc so much that I'm still happy to say that I like Sword Art Online as an overall series anyway.

SWINGS; BOTH HITS AND MISSES
This category is actually really similar to "Liked Despite Their Flaws," except in this situation, despite some very likable moments, the series on the whole just didn't work for me. Most of these have to do with a feeling of being unsatisfied after a show wraps, although there may be problematic moments that are so overpowering that they've ruined my overall feeling for the series. 

Some examples of problematic moments: 

Space Dandy was fun for part of the time (great acting, animation, and some funny moments), but other times, it was a bloated mess that didn't know what it wanted to be, like the episode where Dandy died (not a spoiler because Dandy and company die in multiple episodes as a running gag) and ended up in a weird afterlife planet that was a mix of Beetlejuice and Wonderland--in a bad way, in that the tone was uncharacteristically somber and therefore hurt the weirdness that usually makes Dandy fun.

I was all-aboard for Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet until the dance scene with the girls during the festival. I had a squick reaction that was pretty unexpected. I know most lead characters in Japanese anime are not so much children but more like teenagers, 15 and 16 years old. But the girls in this scene didn't look 15 or 16. I had no idea what age they were supposed to be, but the way their bodies were drawn had the kind of chubbiness that younger teens (and girls) have. When these girls are dressed like Las Vegas versions of Princess Jasmine, that didn't really bother me too much (it was just awkward to look at). When they started jiggling around and the camera lingered uncomfortably on different parts of their bodies, that's when I felt grossed out. It's crossing the line from showing the male lead finding the female lead sensual, to becoming titillating for the audience, for no freaking reason. I'd feel more comfortable with the fanservice except that at different times in the show, these female characters look anywhere from 9 to 13 years old. Ew.

SO WRONG, BUT SO... RIGHT?
These are the series that I feel guilty for finding enjoyable. I feel guilty for enjoying these shows because my enjoyment follows zero logic. I am betraying my own principles for liking these series, and yet, there's something about them that's memorable enough for me not to dismiss them. There are some terrible issues with these shows, and not necessarily with plot or characterization (although that's the case for some). Sometimes the show promotes a message or portrays an issue in a way that pisses me off. Sometimes it's just because the fanservice is so over-the-top or ill-timed that I find it insulting. And yet...I found something likable in it that somehow allows me to make an exception where I can't completely hate the thing.

For example:

Future Diary was insane in the most entertaining way, and I binge-watched the entire thing--I couldn't get away from the craziness and horror of it, which I enjoyed immensely. But what troubled me was the dynamic of one of the most twisted, abusive relationships I've ever seen. I couldn't get behind the idea that this was a type of "true love," and even when characters were depicted as redeeming themselves in some way, I couldn't get behind that attempt at redemption. I was hoping to see a character become strong enough to stand up for himself, learn the truth, and liberate himself, but he just became a slave to a psychotic girl in the end whom I had zero empathy for, even from the flashbacks that explained away the crazy. To me, it was like watching a murderer in the courtroom working the insanity plea in the hopes it nullifies every criminal act they committed. I know there will be people who disagree with me, and reasonably so (and there are people who find this level of crazy sexy), but if a series is built on a love story, that love story had better be worth it. I saw no payoff for these two characters being in love with each other, and am not entirely convinced any minute of that love was real. Maybe that was the point of the series. But it left me unfulfilled and kind of bitter at the end of it all. Nonetheless...I liked it. Someday I may even rewatch it to see if there was anything I missed in the first go-through, and perhaps I won't feel as guilty for liking Future Diary if I can make more sense of what happened. It's just hard to get behind abusive relationships, though. 

Which leads me to my next example:

Diabolik Lovers has a gorgeous aesthetic. The score, in particular, can be very lush and beautiful at times. Some of the imagery, like a vampire drinking blood underwater (it's the combination of the lighting and texture of the water mixed with the blood floating in it, like smoky ribbons), is memorable. As a horror fan (and especially of Gothic horror), there were moments that genuinely appealed to me. The problems included a heroine who is a freaking doormat with no personality or logic in her possession (like Bella Swan, but sometimes worse). There were some rapey undertones which are usually common in vampire stories, but in this series, it was designed to titillate, thanks to the uncomfortable lingering of the camera (this seems to be a common complaint I have). I also felt like there were some obvious hints at incestuous relationships, which, in any storyline (from anime to Game of Thrones), has me cringe. Basically, if you wanted to watch a bunch of "sexy" brothers abuse and nibble on a totem pole for 12 episodes, this was the show for you. But I held on, because there were also hints at what could've been an interesting storyline of a troubled history with the dynastic vampire family. These little moments seemed to promise something potentially extraordinary, but failed to deliver at the end. But because there were some great moments that appealed to me, I can't 100% chuck this show. I can only continue to feel guilty for enjoying it.


The rest of the ratings are pretty straightforward, I think.


  • For some illogical reason I hate this: aka, hating something for no reason, instantly and completely.
  • I appreciate these films for what they do... these are well-made movies that have clear messages or teach specific lessons. These are films meant to illustrate as well as entertain.
  • ...but I don't know what to say about these films: as in, I'm not sure what the movies were going for, what their stories were, or why they were made. Basically, this is my "meh" rating.
  • Currently unfinished because bored or distracted: If something bores me, it means that there is no momentum, or whatever the series has been building up to has lost steam. If I'm distracted, it just means that something better (or more watchable and engaging) has come along to pull me away from completing the series.
  • Currently unfinished because *this* or *this* or *this*: these phrases are hyperlinked, basically sending you to articles that explain things that trouble me. I'll stop watching a show if the fanservice is really gratuitous with no saving grace from the storyline (or the fanservice simply overpowers or is the storyline); I'll stop watching a show if the undercurrent of incest is too distracting from the storyline; and I'll stop watching a show if the trope is so horribly overworked that it's beyond saving my attention span. Primary culprits are harem and reverse-harem shows in this instance. I've never believed that five to seven people can fall in love with a single someone, usually when that someone (aka the lead) is weak or unlikeable. It becomes a show where five to seven people are actually insane and their level of pettiness and competition for that person make them wholly unlikeable, especially when the protagonist doesn't seem worth the attention. 
  • Currently unfinished because *ridiculous*: this is reserved for shows that are so over-the-top in terms of plot or characterization  that I had to stop watching. These shows are not included for the fanservice or titillation (in truth, most of these don't have that problem); these shows are just crazy on their own in a way that I can't get into. Most of it comes from whining or screaming all the time from the characters, to be honest. 


The final sections of the Watchlist are like status reports.


They let you know what I'm currently in the process of watching; shows that are listed as "in the queue" are literally part of the watchlists from my Funimation and Crunchyroll accounts; and the final shows are the recommendations that I haven't gotten around to yet or haven't been able to find so easily, especially when it comes to streaming. I'm sure I'll add to that last list as time passes. 


I hope this clarifies some of the ranking process, and gives you a snapshot of what I like and dislike about anime. Thanks for reading!

08 August 2015

Countdown to Matsuricon!

Original banner (c) Matsuricon. 

I'm happy to announce that the schedule for Matsuricon is publicly available, which confirms the time and location for my most popular writing panel, Fanfic into Fiction, which will make its Matsuricon debut this year!

I've presented Fanfic into Fiction regularly since 2013, with versions that last anywhere from 60-90 minutes depending on the size and scope of the convention. Matsuricon is jam-packed with events this year, so I'll be doing the shorter presentation this time around.

So what is Fanfic into Fiction? In a nutshell, it's a creative writing and appreciation panel of fan fiction. It's also a little bit like a lecture module, because I devote segments to providing a general understanding of fair use and copyright; developing writing skills from creating derivative works; and moving beyond fan fiction into writing for publication and general audiences.

I'll be offering it on Saturday, August 15th, at 2pm in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Matsuricon website has a link to the maps for the convention, as it's spread out between three locations this year: The Crowne Plaza, the Hyatt Regency, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Here's a copy of the map I lovingly defaced so you can find me next Saturday:

Original map by Matsuricon and the GCC. 

Art (c) Pulpfest.
Running the same time as Matsuricon is another great pop culture convention, Pulpfest, where "hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials" meet up to express their love and appreciation. This year's theme for Pulpfest is celebrating H. P. Lovecraft!   Lovecraft, well-known for the Cthulhu mythos, is one of the great contributors to modern horror. He has a famed history with the pulp magazine Weird Tales, which is also being honored at Pulpfest.

There's a special deal for convention attendees where you can purchase discounted admission to Pulpfest when you show them your Matsuricon badge at registration. The same deal goes for Pulpfest attendees, who can purchase a discounted Matsuricon badge, as well.

For more on this awesome deal, (pump up your weekend!) check out the information on Matsuricon's website here.

When it gets closer to convention time, I'll be sure to post another reminder, and as always, will review my convention experience upon my return. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support!