"Cleveland Beaner" - when someone leaves a baseball on your chest.
Graduated high school. Kissed someone. Collected something really stupid. Smoked a cigarette.
Got so drunk you passed out.
Rode every ride at an amusement park. Gone to a rock concert. Helped someone. Gone fishing. Watched four movies in one night. Gone long periods of time without sleep. Lied to someone.
Failed a class.
Been in a car accident.
Been in a tornado.
Been to a funeral. Burned yourself.
Ran a marathon.
Cried yourself to sleep. Spent over $200 in one day. Flown on a plane.
Cheated on someone
Written a 10 page letter.
Gone skiing. or snowboarding
Had a best friend. Lost someone you loved. Shoplifted something.
Been to jail.
Dangerously close to being in jail.
Skipped school. Had detention. Got in trouble for something you didn’t do. Stolen books from the library. Gone to a different country.
Dropped out of school.
Watched the “Harry Potter” movies.
Had an online diary. Had a yard sale. Had a lemonade stand.
Actually made money at the lemonade stand.
Been in a school play. Been fired from a job.
Swam with dolphins.
Taken a lie detector test.
Gone to sea world.
Voted for someone on a reality TV show.
Written poetry. Read more than 20 books a year. Gone to Europe. Loved someone you shouldn’t have. Used a coloring book over age 12. Had surgery.
Taken a taxi.
Seen the Washington Monument.
Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once. Overdosed.
Had a drug or alcohol problem.
Been in a fist fight. Suffered any form of abuse.
Gone surfing in California.
Had a hamster/guinea pig. Pet a wild animal. Used a credit card.
Did “spirit day” at school.
Dyed your hair.
Got a tattoo.
Got straight A’s.
Been on the Honor Roll.
Know someone with HIV or AIDS.
Made-out with someone. Played on a sports team. Snuck out of the house. Swore at a teacher. Gone laser tagging. Had a boyfriend/girlfriend. Been on the TV.
Driven a car. Performed in front of an audience. Been in love. Been on a train.
Seen a ghost.
Been to Mexico.
Crashed a car.
Been kissed in the rain. Made an 11:11 wish. Drank alcohol.
Forwarded a chain letter.
Made a mistake.
i made you some mascot valentines
heres what people forget when they complain about jontron/egoraptor/game grumps not updating
- you are getting entertainment for free
- you are getting entertainment for free on the internet
- you are not entitled to get free entertainment on the internet
- you may pay for shirts and stuff but that means you are entitled to the shirt, not the entertainment you’re getting FOR FREE on THE INTERNET
- jon and arin are playing these games and recording on their own free time
- jon is making his videos on his own free time
- arin is making his videos on his own free time (i think)
- barry is fucking editing the game grumps videos on his own free time
- ARE NOT
- TO FREE VIDEOS
- ON THE INTERNET
Ever notice that if you listen to the audio only and not look at the video, the “Boppo” episode of Rugrats is actually kinda disturbing?
when someone shit-talks your favorite thing
A big fat 0.
Alright, alright. I can see my post has caused quite a stir, so let me elaborate a bit.
I’ve gone to SDCC in 2008 and 2009 and NYCC in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and I’ve come to realize that yes, cons definitely are not my cup of tea. And I noticed that every year that I’ve gone to one of them, it’s gotten more and more hectic to deal with. Maybe it’s because I’ve lost interest in comics, maybe it’s because I’ve reached the ripe ornery old age of 23. Probably both. But either way, I definitely don’t like going to cons anymore.
There were only two reasons why I went this year: one was because I’m moving to California soon and this would my last time going to it, and because there were some friends visiting from out of town and I wanted to see them and catch up. There was nothing I was seriously looking forward to this year, like guests or panels, and besides a few small-time artists and friends, I didn’t seek out any particular booth. I just waltzed around, bag in tow, checking out the con and to see what’s going on.
And yes, the intention of going to Comic-Con is do do all these crazy things you wouldn’t normally do, like dress in elaborate costume and have a really fun time with other people interested in the same things you are, which is fantastic. But it’s a shame that by doing so, some people neglect and ignore safety and normal manners and etiquette and just run wild. I stand by this firmly; no, going to a con and dressing up does not entitle you to not bathe (or at least put on deodorant), push and shove, act impolitely and hinder other people’s experiences. It’s fun to dress up like a Dr. Who character, but there is NO REASON why you should bring a 5’x5’ cardboard Tardis and try to navigate through aisles that are not only narrow by themselves, but filled to the brim with other people. Sure, you might have a really awesome costume, but think how much of a disruption that is to other people. And there was plenty of examples just like that one throughout the entire weekend, and on a constant basis. I left with scratches on my arms from swords and pointy props, battered feet from being stepped on, my path blocked by wings and other wide props and actually knocked down a couple of times by people who couldn’t see where they were going because of their costumes.
It’s a shame, because unlike the San Diego Convention Center and the area surrounding it, the Javits Center in NY is a very small convention center, and NYC is cramped as it is. I’m definitely not the only one who complained about the crowds and the overall layout. Except for the main doors, all the exits were closed off. The aisles were narrow. And despite the efforts of the staff working at the show to keep everything in order, there was no way they could control the amount of crowds and disfunction that went on throughout that weekend. It was a madhouse. There were some things they did try to improve on from the last few years, but there still were a lot of issues.
And while my post did seem like I had a horrible time all around, I did have a few good moments. I got to see a few friends after a long time (I couldn’t HEAR them, but at least I saw them), I did a little bit of shopping for Christmas, and I tried a new cereal (Krave, the best freebie I ever received from a convention). But sadly, at least for me, the bad outweighed the good this time around. I felt that between the tickets and the commuting, my money was wasted. And unless I’m actually promoting or selling something, I’ll probably never go to a convention of that nature ever again. Live and learn.
I prefer comic shows like MoCCA a lot more, not only because it’s a lot smaller, but because it’s a lot more intimate. There’s no noise, no pollution, no frills, just artists coming together to interact and show their stuff. You can really talk and interact with the artists and get to know them. And, it’s a lot cheaper to boot.
And while the intention of my post was supposed to be humorous, it’s clear that not only did a lot of people take it too seriously, but it made me come off as elitist and just plain derogatory, and for that I’m sorry. I should’ve worded it a bit better and I’m sorry that I came off as a “Big Ol’ Grumpy Gus”. And some of you worded things a lot better than I ever could, and I definitely agree with some of your points, but I still stand my ground on some issues. I know I’m still gonna get a lot of shit from some of you, but hey, everybody’s open to their opinions. And at this point, I take everything that’s not constructive with a grain of salt.
Take it easy.