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The July 2014 Line-Up

July 31, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Whoawhoa! It is definitely con season looking at the licensing list! But I’m particularly excited about a Magic Kaito TV anime series!

hisui_icon_4040 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches! Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches! Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches!

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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BEST 10 TIPS! Otakon Survival Guide Edition

July 30, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 Otakon is right around the corner and for some of our East Coast readers this might be the first time they are going to a something other than their local convention. If that is the case I put together a video of the top ten ABSOLUTELY VITAL pieces of con survival that will help anyone. Even if you are a veteran con goer you might not know some of these pro tips that will let of maximize your con going experience!

Otakon Survival Guide Edition


The Speakeasy #055: GTO, So You Want to Run a Panel

July 28, 2014
Drink #055: GTO
So You Want to Run a Panel

We talk in-depth about panel preparations thanks to us being fully immersed in our own panels for upcoming Otakon 2014. We tackle the topic from many angles starting with the decision to run a panel, then on to submitting to a convention, then of course to the intense creation of the presentation. At the end, we also talk about troubleshooting and worst case scenarios. We hope this will be a helpful guide, but we are still learning a lot about doing panels ourselves!


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 oz grenadine syrup

Mix all ingredients in tin over ice. Strain into shot glasses and enjoy!

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How the Library Became My Go-to Place for Manga and Comics

July 16, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Lately, whenever I say to someone, “Oh, check the library.” I get this look, followed by something close to: “My library never has anything I want.” I’ve taken notice because I find myself telling people to go to the library more and more often these days. I can’t really blame them for their opinion on the library though, after all up until about a year ago I hadn’t borrowed a book in a decade.

Let’s be clear, that doesn’t mean I hadn’t read a book in decade, but simply I had been buying them instead of going to the library. Then, suddenly (sooo not suddenly), my Brooklyn apartment felt full to bursting with books and I decided I had to make a change.

I went into purge mode. I found a place to donate books. Some friends were even inspired to pare down their own collections. I set a strict rule that any book that stayed was 1) something I loveLOVED and 2) was in a desirable format; everything else had to go. And this extended to all the books in my house including graphic novels, comics, and manga; everything had to be reassessed.

After I decided to change my habits, I had to figure out a better way to acquire new material without filling up my house again. Because, let’s be honest, there was no way I could have stuck to my plans if I didn’t have a place to read new things.

The library saved the day. The library is amazing.

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