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MoCCA Arts Festival 2014

April 17, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Do you enjoy the artist alley at anime and/or comic conventions? If yes, you should be heading to the MoCCA Arts Festival each year to feast your eyes and empty your wallet.

This two-day convention is run by The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art which was folded into the Society of Illustrators. It is one large, bustling, but not overwhelming, room in midtown which one can easily visit for the low, low price of $5.

The convention is small enough to spend as little as a half-day walking around without missing much. There are a few panels but the main draw is slowing making your way from table to table inspecting various artists styles and offerings. And suspended above our heads was the Charlie Brown balloon from the Macy’s Parade watching over the proceedings.

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PAX East 2014: General Impressions

April 16, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 I think there was a danger of over-expectation on my part based on friends who absolutely loved PAX East in previous years; after all, they were instrumental in finally getting me on board with checking it out. But it was quickly apparent that I had actually underestimated the convention, leaving me surprised and overwhelmed, all in good ways, once I entered the event.

All the rumors are true, PAX East is a frickin’ blast.

hisui_icon_4040 Say what you will about Penny Arcade in general but the PAX conventions are fairly well-regarded as being some of the best run conventions you will ever go to. Some of our friends have been trying to convince us to go for a while now with PAX East being in Boston. We are not huge gamers but both of us at least casually play enough games, and absorb enough geeky news in general, that we had an interest in going. (Also for some reason I casually consume a lot of information about game design.) Much like SDCC you have to decide fairly early on that you want to go to PAX East. You can’t just decide a week before the convention that you should go and then get a 3-day pass and a hotel. This is a convention that sold out of weekend passes a few hours after they went one sale. The only way to get a ticket past that point was to pay marked up ticket scalper prices. So we barely got our tickets but we got them. So the question is was it worth the effort for a convention about a secondary fandom of ours.

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Crime Scene Investigations #006: PAX East 2014, Friday

April 15, 2014

This is a bonus segment of the Speakeasy Podcast we like to call Crime Scene Investigations. These are random bonus podcasts that we record live from various events. There is no regular schedule for these. We will put them up as quickly as we can when the opportunity for one occurs. 

PAX East was a brand new experience for us so we recorded a quick podcast after the first day. It is unedited and includes special guest Patz Prime who spent the whole con with a cough so forgive the less than polished nature of this recording.

Full articles as well as the next Speakeasy podcast will go in-depth with our experience over the wonderful PAX East weekend. Please look forward to them!

Crime Scene Investigations #006:
PAX East 2014, Friday

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PAX East 2014: Tweets

April 14, 2014

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