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Given President Trump’s very slow reaction to what happened last Saturday in Charlottesville and this bizarre rant he made today where he blamed both sides for what happened, I am now convinced that he is secretly on the white nationalists’ side and he is secretly proud of what they did. I wouldn’t be surprised if he blames Heather Heyer for her own death, to be blunt.

Which makes this animation I made back in the 1990’s sadly relevant once again. I originally created this animation in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. When I remastered it and uploaded it back in 2014, I honestly wanted to believe that it was a relic of a time when things were horrifying but this nation had managed to put it behind although, in reality, there has been a bunch of far-right wing extremists that has risen in the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 election as the first African American president and 2012 re-election. (These are the kind of people who were aghast that a black man was actually elected not once—but twice—to the White House and they probably still believe that he was really born in Kenya instead of Hawaii.) Now I believe this animation is even more relevant now. At least my old 1990’s animation does a far superior job of denouncing white supremacy/Nazism/fascism than anything that has come out of President Trump’s mouth so far.

So, without further ado, here is The Unicorn With An Attitude #3: Speaking Right.

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I wish I can say that I created this meme but I really got it off of Facebook. This is so totally awesome that it really needs to be seen by more Americans.

I’m starting to think that the Germans had it right when they banned the swastika flag and all kinds of pro-Nazi propaganda following World War II. While things aren’t 100% perfect in Germany, you don’t see a German film equivalent of Gone With the Wind that openly pines for the days of the lost Nazi regime in a postwar society, you don’t see Germans argue that the swastika flag is a part of “German Heritage” and the Jews must tolerate its display in public places, you don’t see monuments erected to honor Nazi generals like Kurt Daluege, you don’t see Adolf Hitler statues erected anywhere in that nation. Because the Germans were so thorough in their de-Nazification efforts, you don’t see Germans openly proclaiming how much they want to see the return of a mythic “Third Reich” where everything was perfect for the Aryan Race.

Unless the United States of America undergoes a similar campaign to get rid of all vestiges of its Confederate past, crap like what happened yesterday in Charlottesville will happen over and over again. And that includes HBO’s attempt to do this alternate history where the Confederate States of America won the Civil War. That’s because, as this tweet so succinctly puts it:

Until the U.S. begins an earnest drive to get rid of every last vestige of the Confederate States of America and everything that it stands for, it’s up to various individuals to shed a light on those pro-Confederate, pro-Nazi assholes. So far a Twitter user known as YesYoureRacist has been busy exposing the identities of those white men who were photographed in Charlottesville and that effort has gotten results (so far one man has lost his job and I’m sure that there will be more firings to come.)

Meanwhile, here’s a perspective on yesterday’s fuckery in Charlottesville from across the pond.

Last night a bunch of white supremacist jackasses marched on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Today in Charlottesville these same assholes took their vehicles and plowed through those counter-protesters who were peacefully protesting because they simply want these neo-Nazi and KKK pussies to just go away. Right now I’m seeing tweets like these and there are literally no words to describe this.

It was only last month when I happened to be back in my hometown of Glen Burnie, Maryland when I came upon a parking lot with this yellow pickup truck that had this bumper sticker.

I can imagine the owner of that pickup truck cheering whoever plowed into a group of protesters in Charlottesville today. If he has an orgasm over this, I wouldn’t be in the least bit shocked.

This is the latest in a string of incidents that has led to the rise of the white supremacist movement, which began with the election of Barack Obama (because the American people dared to elect a black man to the White House) and it has accelerated since Donald Trump was elected.

I live just a two-hour drive away from Charlottesville so, in a way, it’s like this happened in my own backyard just like the police murder of Freddie Grey in Baltimore.

All I know is this. If you whine about terrorism from ISIL or Al Qaeda yet support the Ku Klux Klan, you are inconsistent because the KKK is a terrorist organization that is just as deadly as the other terrorist groups. If you support neo-Nazis then you are spitting on the graves of those people in the U.S. military who literally gave up their lives fighting the Nazis during World War II. There are no shades of grey when it comes to supporting white supremacists.

Let’s take a look at these two videos. The first one is a vintage video of members of the German army raising their right arms and taking an oath of personal loyalty to Adolf Hitler in 1934.

Now here’s Donald Trump at a rally this past weekend in Florida, where he had attendees raise their right arms and take an oath that they will vote for Donald Trump.

Isn’t anyone alarmed by the similarities of the two videos?

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I’m not the kind of person who casually hurls labels like “fascist” or “the new Adolf Hitler” at people whose views I personally disagree with. That’s because I can remember when various Republicans hurled those labels at President Barack Obama simply because he championed health care reform and their Tea Party sympathizers held signs at various protest rallies depicting President Obama with a Hitler mustache and swastikas. (Never mind the historical fact that Adolf Hitler would’ve sent someone like Barack Obama to be gassed at a concentration camp because he had a white American mother and a black Kenyan father.)

I’ve long considered Donald Trump to be a total buffoon. There are his multiple bankruptcies. There are his campy reality shows (The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice) that I used to watch for laughs. (I still remember one episode that took place in the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City where Trump spoke at length about how huge and state of the art it was only to have that hotel file for bankruptcy soon after that episode aired.) There is his amazing feat for tanking an entire sports league. There is also his huge ego. I’ve long thought he was overrated as a business genius and celebrity who has this total knack for attracting media attention even though he doesn’t offer much substance. (There are other real estate developers who are far more successful who get only a fraction of the media attention that Trump gets mainly because they are more focused on doing their day job well than being attention whores in the public eye so the media can report on them.)

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While I still have the talking Donald Trump action figure that I originally purchased for my then-husband as a gag gift for Christmas while the second season of The Apprentice was on the air, I began to really loathe The Donald back in 2011 when he flirted with running as a Republican only to decide against running when NBC told him that he couldn’t continue with The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice shows while being a presidential candidate. He blatantly catered to the birthers by saying stuff like “How do we know President Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate is real and he wasn’t born in Kenya instead?” It’s one thing to attack a sitting president based on his policy but it’s something else to cater to the conspiracy theorists, many of whom are racist white people who are totally aghast that a person with brown skin is currently in the White House.

It was also around this time that I started reading this poem that I wrote about Trump in late 2011 at local poetry events. I later made a video using that Donald Trump action figure and other dolls I had. Sadly, the words in that poem are just as relevant in 2015 as they were four years ago.

While Trump ultimately decided to continue with his reality show, I stopped watching it entirely because I was so turned off by what he did in that campaign that I could no longer stand watching him every week.

When Donald Trump first ran for public office this year I heard people compare him to Hitler because of his horrible racist rhetoric towards Mexicans. I held off from joining that crowd because, while I think the critics are correct in branding him a racist, I really believe that he would have to stoop way lower before I would give him the fascist label and start comparing him to Hitler. I also didn’t want to be like those Tea Party types who casually hurl the fascist and Hitler labels at someone whose views I simply disagree with.

I initially considered Trump to be such a joke that I even created this graphic that I’m currently selling on t-shirts and other printed stuff in my RedBubble shop.

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Over the past few months Donald Trump has campaigned for the president by displaying misogyny, racism, ableism, anti-Semitism, classism, homophobia/transphobia, and xenophobia. Trump even had the gall to insult former POW John McCain while claiming that his years at a private military academy provided him with better military training than what most people get when they join the military. For a while I thought that all of those outrageous statements that he kept on making on a daily basis had all the hallmarks of “LOOK AT ME, I’M AN ATTENTION WHORE!” While those antics proved to me that he’s a despicable human being for whom I would have lost all respect if it weren’t for the fact that I never had any respect for him in the first place, I didn’t feel that they prove that he’s a 21st century Adolf Hitler—until this week.

Donald Trump definitely crossed the line with his call for a total ban on Muslims from entering the U.S. (including even U.S. citizens who happened to be traveling abroad at the time the ban is instituted). What’s worse is that Trump also said that he wouldn’t rule out warrantless searches and ID cards for Muslims living in the U.S.

Okay, now he’s done it. I now consider Donald Trump to be a fascist and a 21st century Adolf Hitler. Those proposals he has for Muslims are way similar to the program that Adolf Hitler outlined for Jews in his book Mein Kampf. The only difference is that Trump hasn’t called for concentration camps—yet. But if he gets elected president, I wouldn’t be surprised if he manages to establish concentration camps because, sadly, the Republican Party seems to be dominated by the extreme right wing whose ideology is a bizarre mix of Fundamentalist Christianity and Ayn Rand’s Objectivism (despite the fact that Ayn Rand was a very staunch atheist).

The only good thing about this is the amount of condemnation that Trump has received. An online petition to ban him from the UK has gained so many signatures that Parliament is set to discuss the issue. The White House has issued a statement saying that Trump’s Muslim policy should disqualify him from even occupying the Oval Office. Trevor Noah called Trump a “White Isis” on The Daily ShowEven Dick Cheney has found Donald Trump too extreme.

Despite all the condemnation, Trump is still among the top Republican contenders. This New York Times headline says it all: Donald Trump Solidifies His Lead, but Leaves Many Nervous. I’m not surprised that Trump is able to keep his followers despite his outrageous statements because I’ve witnessed some of this first-hand. A few weeks ago I had volunteered to do some phone banking for the Bernie Sanders campaign where we went to someone’s home, divided up a list of registered Democratic voters in New Hampshire (which is an early primary state) while using our cell phones to call those voters. We were to identify anyone who would be interested in volunteering for the campaign in that state and, if the person couldn’t or wouldn’t do so, we would encourage them to vote for Bernie in the primary. Most of the numbers we received were either disconnected or went into voice mail. There was one guy I called who actually indicated that he intends to support Donald Trump. I quickly ended that call when he was proclaiming his support of Trump just so I wouldn’t give in to the temptation to say something like “What on Earth could you possibly admire about an attention whoring buffoon like that?”

CNN has a story about some of the people who actually support Trump and the reporter found that these people tend to be far to the right of the Republican Party. He has the support of white supremacists. One Black Lives Matter protester was beaten by Trump’s supporters with Trump himself saying that “maybe he should have been roughed up.” There are so many parallels between Donald Trump’s supporters and Adolf Hitler’s brownshirts that it’s totally alarming.

What’s even worse is that Donald Trump’s nasty rhetoric regarding people who aren’t white heterosexual Christian men is becoming fashionable among certain Republicans. Like this headline says: Sorry, Media, Trump-Style Racism Is Mainstream In Republican Party. Think Progress has a list of equally outrageous quotes from Trump’s Republican competitors. Even a Supreme Count justice has recently said that black scientists would benefit from a “slower” academic track because regular school is just “too advanced” for their inferior minds.

And Trump’s hateful rhetoric is spilling over into other areas as well.

In New York City, a shop owner was savagely beaten Saturday by a stranger promising to “kill Muslims.” In California, a man was playing volleyball and praying in a park on Sunday when a woman accused of him of being a terrorist, struck him and splashed him in the face with coffee. And in Philadelphia, a severed pig’s head was tossed outside of a mosque on Monday.

Here in DC someone sent a letter to the Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR) containing a white powder just a couple of days ago.

But that’s not all. Sikhs in the U.S. are also bearing the brunt of the Islamophobia because the haters assume that they must be Muslims because they are brown-skinned people who wear turbans.

Basically Trump is serving as a role model for uncivil behavior and it could have a potentially damaging impact on the U.S. for years to come—especially in the treatment of anyone who’s not a white Fundamentalist Christian heterosexual man. I find it sad that this crass hateful behavior has become so mainstream in the Republican Party. This is the same party who once championed ending slavery and changing the Constitution to give African Americans the right to vote. While I’ve never been a Republican, I’m old enough to remember when that party was dominated by moderate level-headed people like Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller and their supporters were civil middle of the road types. Now that’s no longer the case. As the last paragraph in this New York Times article makes clear:

He is dangerous, but only because he has enough followers to make him dangerous. Without them, he would be what he has always been: another crass man saying crass things to which few serious people listened.

After all, Adolf Hitler was only able to achieve the slaughter of six million Jews with the help of his numerous like-minded followers who also shared his extreme form of anti-Semitism. Without that help, he would never have gotten as far as he did before the Allies stopped him.

I’ve also heard persistent rumors that Bill Clinton had urged Donald Trump to run as a Republican in a ploy to damage the Republican Party so much that people will ultimately vote Hillary Clinton into the White House. Those rumors are so persistent that even the BBC has done a story on it. It’s an interesting rumor and it’s even plausible given Slick Willie’s past escapades. The only issue I have about this rumor is this: What would Donald Trump gain by running a fake campaign that would ultimately benefit Hillary Clinton? Trump is already wealthy so money wouldn’t necessarily be a lure. It’s not to increase ratings of his reality show because Trump had to give it up when he began his latest campaign. Trump could possibly gain a cabinet position in a Hillary Clinton Administration but the thing is that Trump has alienated so many people with his campaign that appointing him to anything would result in fierce opposition in the Congress and the general public that giving him such a position would be too much trouble. Donald Trump has always struck me as the kind of man who wouldn’t do a favor for others unless he would directly benefit from that favor. So much about that rumor just doesn’t make sense.

If there is hard evidence from less partisan sources (other than the right wing extremists who have long hated the Clintons with a burning passion) that Trump’s campaign is nothing more than a conspiracy that was cooked up by a collaboration between Trump and the Clintons, I will be among those to denounce it. I would not only urge Hillary Clinton to get out of the presidential race, I would even urge a lifetime ban on both Bill and Hillary from ever running for any kind of public office no matter how local or minor that office is. (Including being elected to a local part-time school board/mayor/city council in a small town located in a rural part of the country.)

As for me, there is no way in hell that I will ever accept a modern day Adolf Hitler in the White House. I feel so strongly about this that I’ve decided that I will no longer associate with any of my friends or relatives who express any kind of support for Donald Trump no matter how minuscule. To me, anyone who supports Donald Trump in any way (no matter how minor) is for fascism and against the U.S. Constitution and I consider such support to be a slap in the faces of all those who fought and even sacrificed their lives during World War II in order to stop fascism. In short, as this Rolling Stone magazine headline says, if you support Donald Trump, you are unpatriotic.

If Donald Trump somehow gets elected president, I will either join a resistance movement similar to the White Rose and French Resistance movements during World War II or I’ll be among the first wave of American refugees crossing the border into Canada. (I have three acquaintances who live in eastern Canada. Two of them live in Montreal while the third lives in Ottawa. All I have to do is inquire about temporarily sleeping on one of their couches until I can get back on my feet after I cross the border.) I’ve read too much history of what Germany went through with Hitler’s Third Reich and, to be blunt, I refuse to be a party to anything like that. Just reading the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller is enough for me to refuse to ever do anything that would benefit a fascist Trump Administration. Even Uncle Sam the Eagle doesn’t want anything to do with Donald Trump.

I was heartened to hear that the hacktivist group Anonymous is going after Donald Trump in a way that’s unfolding in real time on Twitter under #OpTrump and they’ve even released this video.

This all brings back memories of last year’s Justice For All March in downtown DC where the protest route went past the Old Post Office Building, a historic building that the GSA, in its infinite wisdom that will have you go “WTF?!?”, decided to let Donald Trump convert it into a very expensive luxury hotel. Someone who was dressed like he was an Anonymous sympathizer made his own mark at the giant oversized Trump sign that now covers the front of the Old Post Office Building.

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It’s so surreal that I’m putting a lot of my hopes on Anonymous to stop Trump from ever reaching the White House but these are not normal times. I’m hoping that they succeed in stopping Trump in his tracks so—in the event of a Donald Trump election victory—I won’t have to make the hard choice of whether to stay in the United States and join a resistance movement or flee to Canada as a refugee.

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Well, anyway, if you need a gift idea for someone who doesn’t like Donald Trump this holiday season, check out my RedBubble shop.

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Here is the third in a series of computer animations called The Unicorn With An Attitude that I did back in the 1990’s in an ill-fated attempt to show off my abilities as an artist and a computer whiz in the hopes of either 1) get famous or 2) get a higher paying job than the office administrative work that I was frequently offered.

I did this animation on the heels of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which led to a whole flurry of media stories about the rise of the militias, which came about because of this extreme hatred for President Bill Clinton and the U.S. government. I based the public park where the animation took place on the real-life Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner in London. I’ll never forget how some of the militia people interviewed talked about how the U.N. is going to take over the government and they are going to send black helicopters to oppress the people. I even remember an interview with a woman who says that using zip codes is a form of oppression, never mind the fact that zip codes were set up by the U.S. Postal Service in order to ensure a more accurate delivery of the mail and not some nefarious plan to round up people and send them to internment camps.

Sadly, this clip is still as relevant as ever. Even though the extreme right wingers went quiet when George W. Bush was in power, they resurrected themselves when President Obama was sworn into office starting with some elements of the Tea Party. This year alone there has been incidents like the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s ranch, a Sunday service at a Unitarian Universalist church in New Orleans being disrupted by an anti-abortion group, a young couple went on a shooting rampage in Las Vegas in the name of “revolution,” a former Ku Klux Klan member named Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people outside Jewish facilities in Kansas, and a group of adult protesters hounding a bus full of immigrant children in California.

I created this animation way back in 1995 and I actually uploaded it on various BBS as well as CompuServe. I originally created it as an animated gif using cheap software for a 386 PC. I later imported it into QuickTime and uploaded it on my own site. I have totally remastered it in high definition video using Apple iMovie and I also created the music using Apple GarageBand.

So here’s the original write-up I did that accompanied the third animation, “Speaking Right.”

The Unicorn With An Attitude confronts a very racist rat who is so racist that he even wears his whiskers like a Hitler mustache.

Well, anyway, without further ado, here’s “Speaking Right.”

You can view the other animations that I’ve uploaded right here.

I had gone to the Katsucon anime convention in the past but it must have been at least five years since I attended the last one. (I remembered I attended the last one when it was still held in downtown Washington, DC instead of its current home in National Harbor, Maryland.)

The past few weeks I slacked off on doing major decluttering of my home because I decided to try participating in my first anime convention-related Art Show. (I’ve been to previous anime conventions but I’ve never submitted anything to the Art Show.) I purchased a blank canvas bag and did this two-sided painting of the Gardener Twins Souseiseki and Suiseiseki from the anime Rozen Maiden. (You can read the February 14, 2013 blog entry for more details about the painting of this bag.)

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Even though I preregistered over the Internet (I was able to get a weekend pass at a discount) and it entitled me to pick up my pass the day before the convention opened, I wasn’t able to make it on Thursday because the pick-up time conflicted with my weekly support group meeting for people who are separated or divorced. (Since the meeting fell on February 14—Valentine’s Day—the group was holding an "Anti-Valentine’s Day Party" instead of the usual meeting and I really wanted to go to it.) So I woke up early and got to National Harbor as soon as possible. Luckily there was a separate line for preregistrations and it was shorter than the line for those who were purchasing passes at the door so I didn’t have to spend too much time waiting in line.

Once I picked up my pass I immediately headed to the Art Show where I entered my tote bag. I had put it in a display case but I also posted photos showing both sides of the bag since the display case could only show one side at a time. Here is what it looked like after I hung it at the Art Show.

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By the time I got my pass and hung up my tote bag at the Art Show I was feeling hungry because it was around noon. In order to save as much time and money as possible, I opted to bring my own lunch, dinner, and sodas in a giant Wegman’s insulated bag from home. (The bag was pretty heavy to carry around at times until I consumed the food and drink.) So I sat in a chair in the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center lobby and ate my lunch. I have to admit that the entire large complex was pretty fancy. Here is a shot of the Convention Center atrium.

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The only major snag that first day came when I realized that I didn’t have enough battery power in my cell phone so I couldn’t issue as many Twitter tweets as I wanted. I had a car charger but it would’ve meant going to the parking garage, finding my car, starting the engine, letting it run for up to a half-an-hour while my phone recharges, then go back to the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center. I found a Best Buy Express vending machine and I found that there was a battery recharger on sale for my cell phone. I sucked it up and charged $40 to the credit card to get that item.

So while I was eating lunch I decided to recharge the cell phone with the new battery. It worked for a while then it stopped recharging. I read the manual and found that the battery needed to be recharged and it didn’t have much juice left. The battery didn’t come with any wall adapter and I really didn’t want to pay more money at the Best Buy Express vending machine to get one so I basically dealt with a cell phone with low battery power for the entire day. As a result I ended up making tweets about the day’s events the following morning. I kept on taking photos with my cell phone until I lost battery power entirely.

Once I finished eating lunch I shopped around in the Merchants’ Room. I did mostly window shopping because I’m currently in the process of decluttering my home and I’m trying to be conservative in spending my money due to my husband suing me for divorce. There were plenty of things on sale and if you weren’t careful, you could easily go broke buying all kinds of stuff that you really don’t need to survive but they looked irresistable.

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This one statue on sale made me feel old. It’s Kimberly from the early 1980’s video game Space Ace. I remember when I used to play that game in the arcades. If the statue hadn’t been out of my personal price range, I would’ve been tempted to buy it because of both the video game and the fact that she shares the same name as me. (LOL!)

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The next three photos are from the most bizarre booth I saw in the Merchants’ Room. The military-style armbands promoted tolerance of same-sex relationships by using terms like Yaoi and appropriate symbols. But the hats reminded me of Nazi hats from World War II and there was even a giant swastika against a psychedelic background on display in the background. That booth had me scratching my head.

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I read on the Den of Angels forum of a series of Asian ball jointed doll meetups that were going to happen during Katsucon. I was on the fence about being able to make any of those meetups so I decided to pack my smaller 1/6 and 1/12 scale dolls just in case because they are lighter and easier to carry than my larger dolls. (I’ve carried some of these larger dolls around at anime and doll conventions in the past and it turned out to be such a pain to lug them around.) I slipped these small dolls in a plastic bag then put them in the large Wegman’s insulated bag. Here are the dolls I brought with me to Katsucon from left to right: Orient Doll Ji, Soom Mini-Gem Uyoo, Soul Doll Kimmy, and Bobobie Sunny.

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I arrived at the meetup right at the 2 p.m. start time. The Asian ball-jointed doll meetup went off pretty well for me with no drama. Everyone was pretty nice and I got a chance to see some gorgeous dolls. Here are the photos I took of that meetup.

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After the Asian ball-jointed doll meetup I walked around and took photos of cosplayers and people carrying various plushies until my cell phone battery finally died.

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Someone cosplayed as Merida from the Disney/Pixar film Brave.

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This cosplayer was in a wheelchair yet was still able to rock it in this awesome looking costume.

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This cosplayer in the next photo appeared as his personal fursona Azure.

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Here’s Belle from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast.

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Spiderman poses with a friend.

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It’s a unicorn!

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According to the comments and messages I got through Flickr, the woman in the next photo was cosplaying as Kougoyku Ren from the Japanese anime Magi.

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The last two photos feature a total blast from my own past. Yes, it’s Gumby!

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I attended my first panel at Katsucon. It was called "Publishing for the Speciality Market" and I was mildly curious about the topic since I can draw and write and it was supposed to provide tips on how to make an income off of your work. That panel was a definite eye-opener. It’s disheartening to hear that there is only one major distributor of comic books in the United States (Diamond Comics) so if your idea for a comic book gets rejected by this one publisher, you don’t really have any alternatives. As for me, I could see myself maybe doing a web comic or digital e-book in some distant future as a hobby but I found that publishing my own comic book/graphic novel to distribute myself or convince Diamond Comics to distribute to be downright daunting and scary.

Immediately after the first panel ended I attended a second panel called "Bad Anime, Bad!" That one is definitely self-explanatory. I saw clips of anime that have either a) awful animation, b) lousy dialogue, c) poor translation, or d) all of the above. I’ve seen this same panel at other anime conventions in the past and it’s amazing that the guy who runs it always gets new examples of anime so bad that it’s really hilarious.

After watching bad anime, I settled down in the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center lobby to eat a pre-packaged dinner that I brought with me. What was funny was that I had some people sitting near me asked me where I got my dinner from and they seemed disheartened when I said "Wegman’s." (LOL!)

After dinner I managed to attend one last panel in the evening. It was called "Steampunk to Cyberpunk: A History" and it was an interesting presentation that compared the steampunk with cyberpunk sub-genres of science fiction. When that panel ended I was so exhausted that I decided to drive back home. (In order to save money I opted to commute to this convention instead of staying at any of the hotels located in National Harbor.) I had this harrowing commute because it was raining very hard and the streets were so slick that they resembled mirrors. On top of it there were crazy drivers on the road who were speeding on these very slick roads and it was a challenge to avoid accidents. At least I made it home okay.

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