Summer Preview: Indy PopCon 2017 and San Diego Comic-Con

Summer-memes-for-whatsapp.pngSummer is just a couple of weeks away. Do you already have your Summer plan? Although the heat might stop you from going outside, there are still many Summer ACG events in every corner of America.

If you don’t want to go far away from Indiana, there is Indy PopCon 2017 in Indianapolis; if you have enough budget and want to attend a big, international comic con, you can try Comic-Con San Diego. Here I will provide some information on both events to you.


Indy PopCon 2017

Time: July 7-9, 2017

Place: Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN

Website: https://indypopcon.com/

According to their website, Indy PopCon is an event that celebrates all kinds of pop culture and is not limited to certain genres.

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Indy PopCon is very proud of their guest list. Each year they invite a lot of celebrities in the pop culture, voice actors of animes and cartoons, YouTubers, gamers, and authors to join the event. Each guest usually has a place to meet fans and give out autographs, and you can easily find their appearance date and booth number on the website above.

This year, the guest list includes many celebrities such as Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman in NBC “Heroes”), Matt Ryan (Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag), Charlet Chung (D.Va in Overwatch), Jonny Cruz (Lucio in Overwatch), and even Timothy Zahn, the author of the Star Wars series. If your calendar is open during July 7-9, do not miss this great opportunity of meeting the celebrities!

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Some of the guests

As a comic con, Indy PopCon provides different activities for fans, gamers, and cosplayers. There will be a cosplay workshop and championship for cosplayers, opportunities for gamers to host a public game, and different workshops and exhibitions for fans of ACG and pop culture.

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Pictures from Indy PopCon 2016

If you have more questions about how to get tickets, where to stay, what other events they have, or just want to look for more other information, please visit the link above and all information is included on this official website.


Comic-Con International: San Diego

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Time: July 20-23

Place: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego CA

Website: http://www.comic-con.org/cci

This is one of the biggest comic cons in the U.S. or even in the world. Fans and exhibitors from all over the world gather together for this feast. There are not only ACG related goodies and events, but also lots of great guests, movie festival, and their annual masquerade.

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Best Original Design Award Winner, “Angel from Hell”

In Comic-Con international, you can see the cosplay of the highest quality, meet the best gamers, get autographs from the most popular and famous celebrities, share and exchange your passion to a certain piece of work with many old and new friends. The advantage of such a large comic-con is that everyone can find new friends who share his/her obsessions.

 

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Judges’ Choice 2016, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast

 

Obviously, Comic-Con International have also invited many great artists, authors, and celebrities to join their event and meet their fans. This year the list includes Arthur Adams (artist of Marvel covers, movie, toy, game designs, etc.), Sergio Aragonés (artist of MAD, Groo: Fray of the Gods, and Sergio Aragonés Funnies), Marguerite Bennett (writer of Batwoman and DC Bombshells), etc., and the list will be continuously updated on a weekly basis.

Since San Diego is a little far away from Indiana, you need to plan your time and budget well before departing to this amazing event. Although the official website does not provide any suggestions about hotels or facilities, it does has a page about transportation. Hopefully, this information would be helpful for you if you plan to visit.

Transportation Link: http://www.comic-con.org/cci/getting-here


Alas, this is the two events that I think would be the best for you ACG lovers, one local and one international. Please be strong for the last couple of weeks of school, and use the ideas of the awesome opportunities and activities to be always optimistic.

And finally…

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3 Fun Facts about Rick & Morty

The world of ACG does not only include Japanese stuff, but animation, comics and games all around the world. Recently, an American cartoon, Rick & Morty, shows some preview of its 3rd and new season, and the preview makes it harder to wait for the real show. After all, the fan of this show has been waited for “about a year and a half”, which was announced in the final episode of the 2nd season.

Rick & Morty is an animation show on Adult Swim. It tells the story of the adventures of Rick Sanchez, a crazy scientist, and his grandson Morty Smith. Sometimes the family members would also join the adventure.

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Rick is that kind of old and clever person who can find the way to get whatever you can or cannot imagine from wherever in the space (or even parallel space), while Morty is just a normal boy. Rick appears in Morty’s life suddenly, and they have gone through a lot of interesting events.

To show my excitement of this new season, let me reveal some fun facts about this show for you. I have read some of them online, and I picked 3 to share. I hope you can enjoy them. (And here is the wa-a-a-ay the news goes.)


FUN FACT 1: Rick and Morty are played by the same guy!

If you are more familiar with Japanese ACG, you might understand why I am so surprised to see one person playing two characters in the same show, and the two characters are totally different from each other.

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Justin Roiland, the voice actor of Rick and Morty

Japanese voice actors usually do not play two characters in the same show. If they had to, usually they play one main character, and the other would have only a couple of lines. However, in Rick & Morty, the voice actor Justin Roiland plays two main character. The most incredible thing is that we can easily recognize the two voices.


FUN FACT 2: The bur… the burps

Another fun fact about voice acting. Rick, the crazy scientist, burps randomly when he talks. With this setting, Justin Roiland has to really burp when he is reading the lines. Secretly telling you, I tried it and I gave up. This is not a very easy thing.

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“Burrrrrrrrrrrp.”

However, the voice actor of Beth (Morty’s mother and Rick’s daughter), Sarah Chalke, can burp when asked. Justin Roiland has been very jealous about Sarah’s special talent because he is the one that burps constantly.


FUN FACT 3: Some monsters are created randomly

I don’t want to be a spoiler, but in the 6th episode of Season 1, countless kinds of monsters appears, and they all look weird, creepy, even a little gross. These monsters are actually somehow also connected with Justin Roiland.

Justin sometimes doodle random things, and he would send the pictures of the strange monsters to the animators for joke. After laughing, the animators seem to like the designs, so they give these monsters a chance to be in the show.

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Some of the alien and monster characters

Actually, I personally think this specific episode is THE most thrilling and deep episode of the current 2 seasons. If you are interested in this show, I suggest you to see this episode twice, and you will find something that you didn’t notice before.


What do you think about these interesting facts? If you are interested in watching Rick & Morty, please follow this link and watch it for free. (Since it is an Adult Swim show, I will suggest minors to let their parents check before watching.)

http://www.adultswim.com/videos/rick-and-morty/

If you have seen the show or if you have anything you would like to share, feel free to contact me. As a big fan, I would be very happy to discuss about it with you. Also, make sure to check your storage of popcorn and soda, because Season 3 is on its way!

Event Review: Purdue Haru Matsuri 2017

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First of all, thank all attendees for coming to the PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest) yesterday! Also, thank all PACGA officers and managers for preparing and working for the event. Although we cannot recur the real Japanese matsuri, all of us spent time planning and worked together so that we were able to create this great memory.

Haru Matsuri is a celebration of Spring. During the planning process, our officers and managers decide to include most of things that appears in a Japanese matsuri: food, games, snacks, goodies for sale, etc. We also planned to add a photo booth so that customers can try on some traditional clothes and have their pictures taken.

We prepared a table for video games, a section for kendama, and another section for water balloon fishing. Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy, and the goal is to use the wooden lever to catch the ball. There are hundreds of ways to play with this toy.

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A kendama

Water balloon fishing is another traditional game. The player will get a string made of a piece of tissue with a hook at the end of it, and the goal is to use this string to lift up a water ballon from a pond. Since the string is easy to break, this game is quite challenging, and fun for both the players and others who watch.

As for food and snacks, we prepared oden and okonomiyaki as hot plates, and dorayaki and dango as snacks. Hot plates are cooked during the event, and snacks are prepared before.

For the goodies, we invited Emily Han, an expert of making fabric flower jewelries to the event, and she created a hair piece as the final lottery prize. The flower pieces you see in the slideshow are all made by Emily. However, since the winner of the lottery was not very interested in jewelries, he picked a character figure instead.

We set up a photo booth with extra costumes for the attendees to try on. If you have your picture taken, all photoshopped version will be posted on our Facebook page, and we will notify you as soon as possible.

Finally, thank you again for coming to the event, and thank all the workers again for your contribution. If you have any question about PACGA’s future event, please leave a comment or contact me. We are looking forward to seeing you in our future events!

Live Tweet: PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest)

[THIS DOES NOT COUNT AS A POST OF THE WEEK]

I am live tweeting the 2017 Purdue ACG association Haru Matsuri on Twitter, check it out by searching #harumatsuri2017, #pacga, or @Purdue_ACG for the live tweet! The live tweet event will end at 5pm today.


Haru Matsuri, or Spring Fest, is PACGA’s annual Spring event. Attendees can have free food, play mini games, and purchase hand made goodies such as jewelry.


This year, we have prepared oden, dango, dorayaki and okonomiyaki for food, and we have games such as omikuji (fortune telling), cosplay, photo booth, video games, etc.


The event is taking place now in KRACH Leadership Center on 3rd Street. You can still come at any time!

Interview: The Path And Future Direction of Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch has been on the top of a lot of gamers’ shopping lists for a while. Many of my friends and classmates have received their own Switch, and I have chosen one of them to interview about his thoughts about it.

Steven Osmolski has been a game since forever. As a fan of handheld consoles, he owns almost all kinds of consoles of different platforms. Therefore, he has compared Nintendo Switch with other consoles, and we talked about the advantage and disadvantage of this new gaming device.

Since NS is still a new device, there are only several games publicized on this platform. Steven bought Legend of Zelda so that he can start playing as soon as possible.

“The game is really good I think, Nintendo has focused on good games and they do well.” Said Steven.

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We have also talked about the experience of the new platform system. On this topic, Steven seems to be a little disappointed because the system of the Switch does not match his expectations.

“It’s good that the system is simple. It’s easy to understand. But on the other hand, it is too simple.” said Steven, “I think Nintendo really focuses on game designing, so it focuses less on the system and custom experience.”

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FAN DESIGNED The Legend of Zelda edition of Nintendo Switch.

Steven also thinks that Nintendo will go back to the path of focusing on system design in the future. He thinks the machine design and the game design are not so important as a system that has a lot of useful and helpful functions to enhance the experience of the players.

“In general, I like the Switch very much. I think it’ll have a higher selling point than 3Ds, and I’m looking forward to play more games on it.” said Steven.

What is your experience with Nintendo Switch and other handheld consoles? Do you have any interesting stories with your device? Which game do you want to see on Nintendo Switch? If you have any comments, ideas or questions about this new game device, feel free to contact me for more discussion.


 

Picture source of the fan design:

http://www.polygon.com/2016/11/8/13563254/nintendo-switch-mario-zelda-kingdom-hearts

 

PACGA Models Posed for Pictures for Spring Fest

Winter is still around, but Purdue ACG Association is already prepared for Spring. This Saturday, a group of PACGA members and officers went for a small cosplay and photo-shooting event in order to prepare for the advertising of the upcoming PACGA Haru Matsuri (Spring Fest).

Our production crew met in Purdue Memorial Union at around 11 a.m.. The preparation time went over the expected length; it took about 2 hours for all models and photographer to get ready.

Since all models had to have their pictures taken in very thin clothes, we decided to stay inside for the pictures. Luckily, we did find some great spots for good pictures.

Five models attended this event. All of them are PACGA members, and some of them are officers of the association. Since the pictures were expected to be part of the advertisement, the managers decided not to invite models who are not PACGA members. We hope that we can show the spirit of PACGA people while advertising for our new annual event.

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Models of the photo-shooting session

The photo shooting session lasted for about 2 hours, and all models have their portrait and some interaction pictures taken.

Pictures in this specific blog post are used as an early release, and we hope all of you can keep following the blog and our social media for more information of Haru Matsuri.

The major theme of Haru Matsuri this year will be about the Japanese anime show Noragami, which tells the story of different gods in the traditional Japanese culture fighting against monsters in the human world. The two seasons of Noragami are available on Gogoanime and Crunchyroll, you can easily check them out during your free time.

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Shujun Yao as Yato, the protagonist in Noragami

In addition to the anime theme, Haru Matsuri also includes some Japanese culture reflection. Two delightful young ladies modeled for the Japanese yukata and hakama, which represent this second aspect that PACGA would like to share with the attendees.

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Xingshuo Chen modeling Japanese yukata

Thanks to Xinran Li, the photographer and the technology coordinator of PACGA, for taking these great pictures. The pictures posted are only a part of them, and more are coming as posters that you can see around Purdue campus.

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Emily Han modeling the Japanese hakama

If you are interested in Spring Matsuri, please follow this blog or our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/purdueACG. More details about this event will be posted very soon. Before that, please look forward to our beautiful posters around campus!