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From The Bizarre Ashes: End of Year Party

10 Dec

Hello Readers,

The second annual BCAM End of Year Party has come and gone and the event was amazing. There was something for just about everyone: there was food and beverages, desserts, card games (Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic), video games (Super Street Fighter 4 and BlazBlue), music (courtesy of our very good friend Julian aka DJ cariño), dancing to said music and if nothing else just people to hang out with.

I spent most of my time moving back and forth across the room doing a few things:
1) Cleaning up
2) Taking pictures for not only myself but also Ed the club president
3) Getting people to sign the attendance sheet (in which we amassed approximately 60 names!)

As I spent my time going back and forth across the room, I was able to see first hand, how much fun people were having. I was great to see people relaxing and having fun (especially since Finals begin shortly). Even though I was constantly busy making sure the party was going smoothly I still managed to have a great time. I think I was very happy to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Unfortunately there were some unfortunate turn of events. Mostly this was that we planned on doing Karaoke, but as we didn’t get a mic with the setup and no one asked we just didn’t do it. It is a shame but fortunately that didn’t really hinder the party at all.

Easily my favorite part of the night was Ed’s speech to everyone. He expressed his appreciation towards not only the other executive members (which includes myself, Jenny the VP and Justin the treasurer) but also towards everyone who showed up and truly helped make this party the success that it was. I really was embarrassed when Ed said such nice things about me and had me speak to the crowd (Justin and Jenny had done the same before me). It was a very surreal moment for me (as I don’t really like public speaking all that much; and I was met with a hail of OBJECTION!‘s and HOLD IT!‘s when I mentioned cosplaying). I am very happy to know that I am doing a good job and I feel a great sense of accomplishment in seeing the party come to fruition.

So lastly I would like to offer my own thanks to Ed, Jenny and Justin for doing so much work for this party and for putting up with me. Thanks to everyone who attended and made the party great and finally I want to thank Julian for entertaining us for the four or so hours that the party lasted, you truly did a great job.

All I can say (and I am quite sure I can speak for the other executive members when I say this) is thank you to everyone who has showed up to not only this party but has contributed to something during the semester. It has been a wild ride; from NYAF/NYCC to the less than spectacular Halloween Party to the Thanksgiving, GMB Video Game and End of Year parties.

I would like to take this opportunity before I end to wish everyone good luck on their finals/projects, the happiest of holidays and a very happy, healthy and safe new year.

Until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

Your appreciative secretary,

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

Ed, Justin, Jenny and myself

And as a little bonus

TCD Group Shot!
If you don’t understand this don’t worry too much, it’s a bit of an inside joke.

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From The Bizarre Ashes: Halloween Party

24 Oct

Hello Readers,

Well that special time of the year when all the ghosts and ghouls emerge from the shadows repeating the unholiest of mantras: “trick or treat”; yes Halloween is nearly upon us. For some of us this time of year gives us an excuse to dress up as a hero, villain, or other character from some bit of pop culture or history that we love or identify with. For others this is a time of great annoyance having to deal with costumed “weirdos” and frequent trick or treaters. And for some All Hallow’s Eve gives us an excuse to throw a party (usually a costume party). I am here to tell you that the Brooklyn College Anime Manga Club in conjunction with the Sci-Fi club and M.E.Do. (I am sorry but I cannot remember what it stands for all I am pretty sure is it the Dominican club though). I am not entirely sure what entertainment is planned but if you are looking for a nice little (or big) party to attend look no further than our Halloween Party.

The All Saint’s Eve Extravaganza begins at 7:00PM in the SUBO basement and lasts until 11:00PM. Admittance is $3 unless you are wearing a costume in which case admission is free. My advice, if you want to attend throw something together that can be called a costume so you don’t need to pay. I was thinking that I would not bother to go in costume (as I am not really one for parties and wearing a costume on my way to campus and in class might be interesting to see some people’s reactions is not a very desirable thing for me) but perhaps I will throw on my blue suit and don my Phoenix Wright persona yet again (I am still on the fence about it).

My prediction: I really don’t know what to expect mostly because I do not know what is happening during the course of the party. My initial reaction to hearing what this party would be like was this thing is going to be FUBAR (fouled up beyond all repair/recognition; a slightly censored version of what the abbreviation stands for). And unfortunately I still think this going to be the case at least to some extent. Normally at these kind of events we have people playing card games (mostly Magic: the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh) and that is not going to be allowed at this party.

While the ideal for the Anime/Manga Club would have been an event similar to last semester’s cosplay cafe, due to certain constraints we were unable to have an event like that for Halloween.

So expect to see me there, possibly rocking my blue suit. While my expectations are kind of low I am hoping to be proven wrong.

So until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

Your (possibly) costumed secretary,

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

From The Bizarre Ashes: New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con Convention Report Part 3

11 Oct

Welcome readers to the last installment of my Convention Report,

This should be a short piece. I would just like to discuss the bits going into the con.

Mostly it involved going to Staples and making a large over sized print out of the OBJECTION! vector about a month before NYAF. Then a few weeks later (the weekend before NYAF) I ran over to Staples and bought the larger size foam board so I could mount the print out on something. I bought wooden sticks to tape together to use as a handle.

The other bit that I should have been involved with that I wasn’t was getting the badges early. That ended up falling into the laps of the other executive members of the club. That included traveling to Image Anime and getting jerked around by the college waiting on the check to pay for a decent amount of the badge cost (this was for not only me but about 9 other people).

Finding food/drinks is not very difficult at all. There is a full food court in the Javits center and a plethora of vending machines. However like any center or stadium the food is criminally overpriced. There are cheaper (and probably unhealthier) alternatives. There is a McDonalds, Five Guys, Subway and many restaurants (which I am sure is more expensive than the con food).

My advice is this: Make sure you eat a good, big breakfast to try and make it through most of the day and either bring a bottle of water or buy one from the vending machine and keep it. Fill it up for free water wherever you are.

A bit more advice: Try to do everything you can in order to not get sick right before a con. I started coming down with a bug and attending a con while sick is not very pleasant.

The last thing I can offer is this: Make sure you have something to do. Anything that you might enjoy, either visit panels, hit up booths in the dealer’s room, check out the artist alley, even do something as simple as hang out with friends. Hell even make new friends or meet people you’ve met on the internet. Spending 6 hours in the dealer’s room on day one felt like nothing since I was constantly walking around looking at booths, meeting up with friends and even meeting some of my online friends for the first time in real life.

So finally parting ways with NYAF/NYCC all I can say is this (courtesy of Uncle Yo; let’s hope I quoted this correctly): live, laugh and glomp.

So until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

Your thorough club secretary,

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

Me and my online friends.

From The Bizarre Ashes: New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con Convention Report Part 1

9 Oct

Hello readers,

I decided to try my hand at posting some detailed reports of my time at NYAF/NYCC. This will be a three part special (one post per day). Hopefully this will give you an insight not only into my experience at this con but hopefully an appreciation of what goes into attending a con. A quick note: I will not mention most of the times when I posed for pics. I can’t remember when it was and I lost track of how many people took pics of me very early into the con.

My NYAF/NYCC day 1 began at midnight. I needed to clean up so that includes showering, shaving and styling my hair (which turned out poorly in my opinion). I goofed around for quite a while after that. At around 4 or 5 I went to sleep and woke up at 7. I goofed around some more, got dressed in blue suit and all, ate breakfast while goofing around. Left my house at about 9:45 in costume with sign in hand. I got on the subway and got off at 34th street and walked down to the Javits Center. I killed some time in the lobby by posing for pictures. Eventually I ran into a friend who was setting up a table in the artist’s alley. I returned to the lobby, had more pictures taken of me and met some club members. My phone rang and my friend from a card store I frequent wanted to meet for a bit. I rejoined with my fellow club members and met someone from a forum I post on (who ID’ed me by my costume, sign and referring to me by my forum handle), and after parting ways with her we just sat down for a bit waiting for everything to open to the general public. A little after one (when everything was open) we headed towards the dealer’s room. The line was HUGE. It snaked around the food court into a huge room and snaked back and forth maybe 7 times before exiting the room leading to escalator which brought us to another set of escalators. We arrived in the dealer’s room and I immediately set out to find Kinokuniya’s booth. I met the cashier (who I know from a forum) and said my goodbyes before deciding to wander around the dealer’s room checking out certain booths (these include Halolz, Troll and Toad and Wizards of the coast which I will from now refer to as WotC). Halolz was very close to kino so I headed over there. I only wanted to go there because I knew Brentalfloss was supposed to be there (Brentalfloss for those of you who don’t know makes the “what if ‘X’ had lyrics” videos; in which X is usually if not always music from video games, for Screw Attack that end up on youtube). I saw him but decided to go back later. I headed to Troll and Toad slightly curious to see their stock of Magic: the Gathering (which they didn’t even have surprisingly enough). Making our way through all the comic tables (which didn’t interest me in the least) we reached the opposite end of the room and took at looks at Wotc’s area. I made my way back to kino’s booth when the forum member who I met earlier had texted me asking if I wanted to meet up at Kino’s booth. When I arrived I noticed the cashier was out for lunch which I had known was a possibility since he told me so when I first saw him. I met another forum member and the first one had arrived. We wandered a bit until the cashier returned. We talked, took a group shot and went out separate ways. Soon after I met a friend from Brooklyn College. I returned to Halolz only to see Brentalfloss leaving for an hour or so. So the two of us wandered around the dealer’s room taking interest in most non-comic displays. After making a huge circle we returned to Halolz, Brentalfloss had returned and I was able to get a picture with him and bought his CD and a (what I believe is a con exclusive) poster both of which he autographed. I left the Javits center with a few others to go to the McDonalds that is nearby. I just got a large chocolate shake since I had (and still have) a sore throat. I returned to the dealer’s room, saw a few more friends (including one who was cosplaying a character from the same series as me). I met a large group of friends after a little more wandering around. We decided to head over to the Capcom panel where they were going to unveil characters from Marvel vs Capcom 3. The line was too long (even after finding more friends who were maybe halfway through the line) so we headed to another panel. On the way we passed a panel for The Venture Bros. (which I am a huge fan of but even that had a large line, although not large enough that we wouldn’t get in), but I continued with my friends and went to the panel with the New York premiere of the anime movie “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.” I wasn’t too happy since I didn’t watch the series so I thought I would just be bored for up to 2 hours. How wrong I was. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Afterwards we leaved the Javits center, stopped for food and then headed home. Once back home I uploaded the (very few) pics I took. The only thing left to do is mend my sign since it got a little…okay a lot more banged up than I expected. Tape to the rescue.

So I hope you enjoyed this look into my NYAF/NYCC day 1 experience. Part 2 should be up tomorrow so, but before that I think I will do a small piece on The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

So until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

You devoted club secretary

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

(Me and Brentalfloss)
Wow just over 1000 words.

From The Bizarre Ashes: Club Schedule

20 Sep

Hello all,

First thing is that I decided to name these posts, the name of choice came from my username.

While not much has been established I can let you in on some events that may possibly arise over the course of the semester. I know details are a bit sketchy but things like date, time and location aren’t even really being thought about now. So expect updates and/or other posts on this.

1) A club member wishes to have a workshop based on the art of cosplaying. I can definitely tell you this much: if you think cosplaying is interesting you should try it. I am new to it (only cosplayed at Otakon 2010) and I don’t think I have ever had so much fun. I think that people could take a lot away from this workshop (this needs to be discussed with said club member as I would love for this to happen.)

2) A Halloween party: this is really unknown especially since we might end up having to merge with SUBO’s (Student Building’s) party, while I think we would be in charge of the costume part it is suboptimal since normal Halloween costumes and cosplaying are two completely separate entities.

3) A holiday party: since this is so far away there is really nothing I can say about this as I really know nothing about it (I doubt anyone does). I would still expect this to occur in some form.

4) A “cosplay cafe”: this event (at least from my experience from the one this spring; there should be an earlier post covering it here) is somewhat deceptively named. There really wasn’t much cosplay. It was really a karaoke party. This is another event that I would be very surprised not to see materialize; if not a separate entity then at least shoe-horned into another party.

That about wraps up the possible events (simply put I can’t think of any other events). Remember there are clubs meetings every Tuesday during common hours (about 12:15 PM-2:15PM) in the Student Building on the fourth floor.

Another reminder, as NYAF is just over 2 weeks away, don’t forget to pre-register before the event (it makes everything so much easier). I believe that you can discuss this with any of the executive members (although you should seek me out first as it is my job to act as the liaison between the members and the president, vice-president and treasurer; and I guess the head of cleaning and the head of party to a lesser extent). I think that if you have the money for NYAF, that the club will handle getting the badge for you, I am not entirely sure and I think this might be addressed at the next club meeting on September 21st 2010 during common hours.

Lastly if you have any ideas please feel free to run them past me, if they are at least decent I will probably talk to the others about it.

So until next time; rising up from the bizarre ashes,

Your loyal club secretary

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

New York Anime Festival

10 Sep

Hello my Otaku Army,

That time of year is quickly approaching where the streets and subways of New York City will be inundated with Otaku from all over the Northeast. If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post I am talking about NYAF. There are many things to point out, but as I am quite biased about many things anime/manga related I don’t think it would be fair to make a list here; as it might as well be blank as I am going more to be there in cosplay rather than for a certain event(s). So if you are indeed interested you can find out everything you need to know by clicking this link:

http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/en/NYAF/

At the behest of certain others this post maybe edited with specific events/guest but this post is (at least initially) meant to inform you of the event. Like I said I don’t care about things that make them scream “OH MY GOD!” and I just don’t feel I can do it justice.

So if you are going to attend make sure you preregister  so you can quickly pick up your badge. If you attend keep an eye out for me; I am going as Phoenix Wright.

Until next time.

Your faithful secretary,

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

Otakon 2010

1 Sep

Hello everyone! Hope you enjoy my first post.

For those of you who don’t know (I know that there were a few posts from Otakon 2009 however it didn’t really explain it), Otakon is a yearly convention that takes place in Baltimore, Maryland around the end of July to the beginning of August that is held over three days (this year’s was held from Friday, July 30-Sunday, August 1). Otakon is also the largest convention on the East coast (I am not entirely sure if this number is accurate but I remember reading that Otakon 2010 had something like 25,000 people attending).

There are a plethora of activities for all groups of people:

  • There are cosplayers for all different series whether it be from Animes, Mangas, Video Games, Movies, TV, comics, etc. There are also many, many photo shoots for a large number of series (some series have multiple photo shoots over the three days). There are some great spots for good photos: an indoor fountain, an outdoor fountain, an outdoor terrace, a nearby bay (I don’t actually know if people took pics there). I believe there are also competitions for the best cosplays.
  • For those of you who enjoy art and/or merchandise from your favorite series there are two areas in the con called the dealer’s room and artist alley where you can purchase art (artist alley); clothes, accessories, fake weapons, video games, anime, manga, doujinshi (dealers room).
  • There is a HUGE room dedicated to video games. The appropriately named Game Room has games of every genre, for many systems and even ran tournaments for some games. Many popular games were Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Street Fighter (I believe there were a few different versions of the series), Soul Calibur, Tekken, shooting games, DDR and there were tables set up where people would congregate to play Trading Cards Games like Magic: The Gather and Yu-Gi-Oh.
  • There are a large number of auditoriums that were used for panels; screenings and other special events (at night some of these are 18+ and require you to prove your age and get a special wristband.)
  • There appears to be some sort of night life in the area during Otakon (I do not know anything at all about this; only hearsay from a friend).
  • There are many guests that show up (generally they will probably be a part of panels).
  • There is a special event called the Masquerade. It is a competition where your average John and Jane Does can enroll and enter and perform a cosplay skit. Each skit is a hit/miss reaction and while I enjoyed a majority of it however some of my friends did not. One issue with this Masquerade (as opposed to those at other cons; such as the one at New York Anime Festival) is that they do not screen the entries so even the horrible ones (and there were some abysmal ones) make it in.

Everyone who went in our group had a different experience (even though some of it might overlap). I can only speak of my experience (if anyone who attended would like to share your experience please feel free to share in the comments.) Bear in mind this was my first con (and my first cosplay as well), but I can definitely say it was one of the best times of my life (barring one or two things) and as soon as I got back I decided to attend next year’s Otakon. My experience was filled with walking around a LOT (expect to get some blisters); cosplaying (I attended all three days of Otakon as Phoenix Wright of the Ace Attorney series) which includes both photo shoots and people asking me to pose for pictures (many more people asked than what I expected; and taking photos (the vast majority of which was from the Phoenix Wright photo shoots and the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure photo shoot.)

There was one main issue with my Otakon experience

  • On the second day (Saturday, July 31) at approximately 2:00 P.M. I (along with the many other Phoenix Wright cosplayers) were beginning the second photo shoot (we got a group shot in) when the fire alarm rang and we were instructed to evacuate the building. They evacuated the entire building of all attendants, guests and merchants while the fire marshal was called to make sure everything was safe. And it was. Someone had pulled the fire alarm as a prank (not funny in the least if you ask me). So the streets of Baltimore were flooded with Otaku, even slowing down traffic. The crowds were so thick you couldn’t even walk on the sidewalk. Absolutely horrible. Many people were out for blood (I wouldn’t want to have been the ass who pulled the alarm).

Here are us as a group.

This should be an adequate description of Otakon. I hope I didn’t miss much. Until next time (which should be very soon).

JojosOBJECTION

Seth Tobias Zeltzer

Club Secretary