Crowds Eat Up Offerings at Japan Day in Central Park

They sure know how to throw a party! Perfect spring weather, Kabuki face painting, robotech contests, kickin’ martial arts demos, calligraphy and my fave – taiko drummers were all thrilling the crowds today. Attendees were also feted with free samples of Japanese culinary treats such as gyoza, sushi, noodles and complementary cans of Oolong Shot, a new energy drink. Many, many takers stood on winding lines for a taste.

Oh, did I mention that Cos Players adorned the festivities? Gotta love those guys and gals who take their favorite anime characters and bring them to life for all to see. There was also a free hug from one, how much friendlier can you get?


MOCCA Fest Inks Indelible 10th Year

Hied myself over to the Lexington Avenue Armory on Sat., April 28 for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art comics expo. Certainly not the vast vendor-scape of a NYCC or SDCC but crammed with eager talented comics creators you actually got to talk with.  It was like having the two biggest comic cons distilled into their essence – the comic books and their makers. All good, that.

Having only the resources for the admission, I woefully couldn’t buy anything when there was so much worth buying. Thankfully, the artists were super friendly and engaging. I collected free swag and business cards and I will visit every website to follow up on them. Nice turnout.

Friend Eclipse and I opted for one panel, and it was the Nordic Roundtable. These were comics artists/creators from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and yes the Land of Midnight Sun comics are different. One panelist mentioned their motivations were usually autobiographical while in the States, external. Found out that Donald Duck is a super star, esp. in Finland. Conversely Mickey Mouse, not so much! Oh, and that Disney’s cartoon work is centered in Europe not stateside. Mea culpa for that surprise.

Made the rest of the rounds of the artists then called it. Almost felt like we’d done a mini NYCC. This was my first MOCCA Fest and won’t be my last. Loved getting a close up on new/independent/alternative works and bonus back-story by creators. Once I’m flush again, will fork over the dough for MOCCA membership with a smile.

And loved this year’s artsy poster.

Fun and informative; just what a geek craves.

Be your dream –

Mythic Mage

NOTE: As mentioned in Rant Rant, have to post this without a picture due to some kind of supernatural/extraterrestrial/WTF? glitch. Rest assured there will be pics when the bogies have been defeated. – MM


OK, so patience hasn’t won out here. After huffing and puffing and ready to premiere this blog, the pictures won’t load! What the devil is ‘crunching?‘ and why is it taking so long? Come on, WP, it’s been going on for weeks. This really cool theme is wasted without pics.

I’m going to give this a few days before posting anyway. Time for action, WP!  – MM 

Rant Rant: Posting my blog without pictures??