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by davemerrill
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: Other Japanese cultural imports?
Replies: 34
Views: 1267

Re: Other Japanese cultural imports?

Kinda back on topic of Japanese cultural imports - I wish US comic publishers were more adaptive of Japanese manga publishing practices. By that I mean a serialized periodical with chapters of dozens of titles, cheaply made/printed and sold for a rock-bottom $5 or $6 bucks in everywhere from gas st...
by davemerrill
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: PhenomiCon
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: PhenomiCon

the small hotels by the interstate off-ramps will rent their meeting rooms to anyone who can put down a deposit. The Castlegate, in particular, was Atlanta's destination hotel for every kind of meeting you can think of. Indian weddings, hemp advocacy conventions, gun shows, comic book shows, stamp s...
by davemerrill
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: PhenomiCon
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: PhenomiCon

Some of PhenomiCon's guests and attendees were probably white supremacists, racists, or various degrees of fascist or Nazis, but none of that was on public display at the convention. One of the guests, Milton William "Bill" Cooper, wrote a book that has been described as "the bible of the militia mo...
by davemerrill
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: PhenomiCon
Replies: 5
Views: 127

PhenomiCon

This was in no way a Japanese animation convention, but back in the early 1990s I was part of "Atlanta's Most Dangerous Convention", PhenomiCon, which was a gathering of hackers, gamers, UFO kooks, conspiracy nuts, fake religionists, and deep thinkers, all bouncing off each other for two conventions...
by davemerrill
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: Other Japanese cultural imports?
Replies: 34
Views: 1267

Re: Other Japanese cultural imports?

On the one hand I think it's great that science fiction and fantasy from around the world has become a big part of popular culture and that books, toys, games, and merch from a wide variety of properties and licenses is available in stores around the nation. On the other hand, I love buying old comi...
by davemerrill
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: Other Japanese cultural imports?
Replies: 34
Views: 1267

Re: Other Japanese cultural imports?

long story short with the American comic book industry - Used to be comic books were sold alongside magazines and newspapers, and the vendors - newsstands, drugstores, etc - could return unsold comics for credit. This was 1940s-1970s. Sales of comics have been dropping fairly steadily since a peak i...
by davemerrill
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Anime
Topic: What are you Watching?
Replies: 1378
Views: 151119

Re: What are you Watching?

Attack on Titan is back for its last season and I gotta admit I was iffy that the thing could figure out a way to get to a satisfying ending, and it looks like they're going to make it. Yuru Camp is back for a second season and it's exactly what the world needs, low-stakes camping and cooking while ...
by davemerrill
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: Other Japanese cultural imports?
Replies: 34
Views: 1267

Re: Other Japanese cultural imports?

I went and checked Google and that store ("Players Choice?") in the North Myrtle Beach Mall is still there, and I think a new arcade opened up there as well? That's a pretty good store, lots of everything. Interesting in how a shop like that shows how Japanese animation has become such a part of Am...
by davemerrill
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: Other Japanese cultural imports?
Replies: 34
Views: 1267

Re: Other Japanese cultural imports?

as the malls of America hollow out, the niche retailers are going to move in - how long before we get our own Nakano Broadway, a mall full of model kit stores, DVD sales, old books and magazines, video games, collector's toys, and comics? This was my plan for the Galleria - the mall that got turned ...
by davemerrill
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Fandom of the Roughly Mid-90's and Earlier Era
Topic: Other Japanese cultural imports?
Replies: 34
Views: 1267

Re: Other Japanese cultural imports?

I went and checked Google and that store ("Players Choice?") in the North Myrtle Beach Mall is still there, and I think a new arcade opened up there as well? That's a pretty good store, lots of everything. Interesting in how a shop like that shows how Japanese animation has become such a part of Ame...