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Monday, January 23, 2012

Sugar Alcohol and Nicotine Akumakon 2012

When people mention Galway it usually involves horses and gambling. But this past weekend it held the only Anime and Gaming Convention in the West. Akumakon in its second year was something like a complete surprise for me. This convention was absolutely one of the best conventions I've ever attended For a convention over over 400 people attended the convention was run with very little problems and providing a fun and relaxing convention .The staff and committee were absolutely excellent while being professional and effective in dealing with drama which there was little to see and helping special guests and panelists with their stuff . They also showed a personal enjoyment running the convention and being approachable to most people. Highlights Special Guests - MaskoX and Leo and Satan panel . They were amazing MasokoX and Chris O'Neill and Sean Kiely were entertaining and informative and showing that even being internet superstars they were still approachable and friendly human beings .The second is the Events each of the events seemed almost special and unique to Akumakon these included A special breathtaking performance of Chronic Candies and the work of Tab Kimpton a specialist and expert on Steampunk fashion. Fire dancing that not only was breathtaking seemed to entrance the audience including myself and on personal note hosting my first ever panel which was satisfying after so many years of getting rejection from my panel . The panel went particularly well including two pranks pulled on the friendly rivalry between Me being a anime fan and the bronies subculture. And The steam punk talk on the Sunday. Truly absolutely I have fallen in love with a Galway girl she's crazy fun and never dull . Her Name is Akumakon 5/5 stars booze and sugar rushs  
IwI would like to personally thank a few people that made the convention great
JoJohn Burke ,Sharon Nolan and The Commitee and Staff of Akumakon they did a fantastic job not just making a great convention but making everyone feel welcome and helping me with my first panel everduring the 
Bronies of Ireland Group   for being good sports about the the jokes on stage about them and the pranks for a a unique fanbase that can come out as sometimes cult like They seem a friendly and easy going group
Irish Cosplay and Cosplay Ireland are two organisations that have shown the true talent of the  anime community can do. And a final thank you for ever single attendee that made the convention welcoming .

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bronies a Outside Review on their culture

Bronies culture was developed somewhere between October 2010 where people between the ages of 14- 35 immerse themselves the tv show my little pony friendship is magic . I know for some people this seems to be a strange fandom but lets not forget Tranformers, Gi Joe and Spongebob square Pants have all had their moment in time where they have also had cult following . After watching 3 episodes of the show I determine that these people must be a fan of waterbrush art because the series is like having sex with a clown bright color overload and living on a pinata diet(too sugary and sweet). These people have made fan art dressed in the style created fanfics and mash up videos all involving this series. The critical Response to this show from Ms blogger Kathleen Richter has deemed the show sexist and racist . Saying it show negative stereotypes of females and showing no black ponies in the show . Hold on and lets analyze this statement I may not have post graduate degree in feminism like Ms. Ritcher is but I can tell you 2 things automatically without watching that many episodes . 1 Stereotypes in women the show is specifically designed to teach kids about friendship its in the name the accents is only made to differentiate one creature from another  and 2 I'm pretty sure that as ponies they have fur why would they care about their skin color  if they are covered in fur and they are too many different colors racism in that world would be complicated to work out and would result of a whole generation of inbreeding and mutation because they don't like pink they would stick to staying their their own heard. Other haters a lot them involving negative comments on boards and forums have shown that these people need to go back to school . The spelling of these people and reasons for hating them are just plain stupid. the worst of these was covered by a Fox news red eye report where these people not just ridiculed them. but it seemed to show that how truly ignorant republicans can be at times and in my own opinion showed that one of the hosts looked like he was on cocaine. Now why do I have a hatred for these bronies , Technically I don't its just growing in a state full of radiation going through hardship when i moved here and attacked I am literally the exact opposite of everything the show stands for unless the secret magic is actually radio active veins and seething hatred for most things cute that don't have boobs.  But in the greater circle of things what are the bronies they like a animated show they costume fanfics mashup videos and write reviews on stuff . Sounds familiar ...... thats right people this is the start of a offshoot of anime fans and comic book fans another geek medium that should of started back in the 60s and 70s with Fritz the Cat and Fire and Ice so in the future I shall find out why has it taken it so long for this group to pop up.  Also I like to thank the admin of Bronies of Ireland for indirectly providing me with enough info for this article