No, you didn’t miss anything—I really didn’t put up a post this Monday. I got back into DC on Monday evening, and it took until Wednesday morning for me to feel like I was almost on top of things again. Anime Boston is a real “work hard, play hard” con for me, so this weekend I’m going to unwind with Sakura Matsuri and actually watching anime (funny how little time you have for that during an anime con.) But first, I’m kicking off my weekend with a 5k race that I’ve built a new Yowapeda soundtrack for.
Hope your weekend plans are just as relaxing. Enjoy some links!
- Student journalists are the best kind. The high school newspaper investigated their new principal in a way the experts weren’t willing to, and what they found compelled her to resign.
- Does marketing to fan communities help fandom? That’s an easy one—only if the marketers actually understand the community first.
- Expert-level cosplayer Bill Doran’s book, A Beginner’s Guide to Making Mind Blowing Props, is currently $0. No idea how long this freebie will last.
- Is there a big creative project you keep putting off—in exchange for smaller, less cerebral ones that you at least know will earn money? One of my favorite writers, Alexandra Franzen, explains how to get motivated.
- When my friend Rachael wanted to publish a book, she knew so little about it that she started by buying “Getting Your Book Published, For Dummies.” Today her book is in major stores. Here’s how she did it.
- I get bored at the gym and my new thing is listening to podcasts. Right now, my favorite by far is Gaby Dunn’s ‘Bad With Money’. Gaby’s interviews are eye-opening: like with a disabled woman who is incentivized to earn less to keep her benefits, and with Roxanne Gay (yes, that Roxanne Gay) about the time a dealership didn’t want to sell her a car because she’s black.
- I didn’t watch Ghost in the Shell, but I’ve read a lot about it. My favorite take: 4 Japanese Actresses Dissect the Movie and Its Whitewashing Twist.
- Finally, check out ‘Timeless,’ the winning Anime Music Video for Anime Boston 2017. It’s the first video in AB history to win Editor’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Best in Show all at once.