From the mouth of babes…

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Spending time with the family and friends dear to us this holiday season you are invariably to come across little ones and the little ones you come across with always have something oh so important to tell you. From how they don’t like aunt so and so’s casserole or they don’t like the home made socks gram-gram makes. All the things that can come out of the mouths of our children are miraculous and unfathomably hilarious driving home the fact they are apart of us. That they are the passing on of ideas, concepts, mannerisms, biology, and all those things we did as kids to our parents just revisited with the twist of a new generation.

My niece and nephew pictured here are prime examples of this in action, I was having a talk with my nephew Devon(not pictured) and i asked him about a girl he was interested in and faster than he could reply my niece rattled off the girl in questions full name, where she lived, how recently she has been over, and that Devon has kissed her(on the cheek). I was well…stuck by the info dump not at what it was but how freely and easily she spoke of it, and the beet red face of my nephew spoke volumes as well. It took all I had to not laugh and hold it together to explain that this is something for me and Devon to discuss, also had to explain they were brother and sister(which she answered “I know uncle Jason”) and that she isn’t supposed to snitch or tattle tale on her own brother because family has to help each other. The rest of the conversation with my nephew was continued outside just for the preservation of my nephews pride.

So keep that in mind this holiday season, be prepared for the the things from the mouths of babes it can be a bit…shocking, alarming, and down right hilarious.

Family

Airborn operations with my fatigue family

This is the time of year where family is the centerpiece to all things. Though many have forgotten this and or have chosen to ignore it for the flashier far more eye grabbing subject matter of what valued item is going to be imparted upon them by loved ones. I know we all do it, but Big Bear is here to spread some holiday wisdom for all to take and use as they see fit.

This advice is, Family. You only have one Family, no matter how idiotic, egotistical, fucked up, or just down right annoying they are, it doesn’t change the fact they are your one and only family. You can add to a family but never take one from.

Blood does not link to bond people together to make them family. Events, circumstances, and feelings all can create family. I want to take a darker look at family for moment because a friend of mine told me that doesn’t like celebrating the holidays with his family because they had suffer great losses during the holidays and that is what drives all of the feelings and conversations during this time of year for them. I thought about this for along time to see what I could offer up to help him and at first I came up with nothing. That night at work while letting my mind wonder I ponder this situation more and I turned on my thinking music or in this case my serious thinking music and the soulful sound of the blue legend B.B. King filled my night at work yet I still came up with nothing then finally as I was getting off work and was gonna admit defeat it hit me like a sack of bricks.

Death does not diminish the bonds we have with those in our family if we simply step back and take a look we can see those we have lost right there within us. Personally I have lost my mother and there I times I feel like I am alone but then I do something like I did this night when trying to help my friend that shows me those bonds with my mother are stronger than ever. What did I do you ask? I listened to B.B. King a habit I picked up form my mother when something bothered her for she needed to think or just needed to buckle down and put in the work she needed to do at the time she listened to him. I wouldn’t her favorite song by him are my favorite songs but his music is like a woven strand of that part of my life with that of my departed mother giving new life to the memories I made with her all those years ago.

So I told my friend to tell his family when they start to cry or feel deeply sadden by there loss that they have nothing to be sad about because that person is still right there with him in the faces of there parents, and children, in the memories left behind by the things still found in their home no matter how small or faded they will come anew with the magic that is this time of year.

When families get together the chinks in the armor begin to show up if you will all the tiny things wrong here or there all the little fault lines begin to show and alot of times it tares families apart. I went to visit family weekend before last and 2 of those shaky lines reared their ugly heads 1) Begin an alcoholic cousin whom I ran into at the barbershop. My instincts( a.k.a my natural mean side) said simply leave him and go about my business but I remembered that he us family and I only have one family and his mother would not approve of me leaving him, so I trudged through the mountains of alcohol slurred retorts and argumentative statements and took him home not with out a lot of repeating my self and creative negotiations however.  Afterward albeit more annoyed and agitated I sudden felt better warmer and all the angst, agitation and anger washed away. That next day I went to see his mother and though her advanced age has claimed much of her memories and mobility she still hugged me greatly and thanked me for taking her of her baby boy even though he is almost twice my age. and that is when I realized just how important and irreplaceable family is no matter their faults.

So please don’t let your family divide let them know there importance not just to you but to everyone in your family this holiday season and maybe you to can partake of this bear warm and fuzzy feelings this year because as I have stated before and you should remember…You only have one family

Things Men Should Know…

Its been awhile since the Bear dropped knowledge and wisdom upon the masses well today is the day and I am coming out with a bang a manly bang, thing that men should know bang.

So fella’s listen up…

1) Chapstick is the weird albino cousin to lipstick so when picking out some you don’t need popping sour candy apple, or raspberry twist ok motherfucker? seriously when even your girlfriend looks at you funny you need to take a step back…way back. Also if it has balm in the name cherry lip balm or melon berry lip balm you need to do like 36 mafia says a kill your self. OH and don’t ask your local produce guy who is trying to work which one he thinks is better because I kill lame animals, I can’t stand to see them suffer.

2) If you are going shopping for you ol’lady or mother, or some female associate or family member know what the hell they are looking for, and if you don’t know what a fucking Kiwi is, just know its the small brown fuzzy thing you call a brain.

3) This is something on a more serious note that all guys should know. YOU ARE NOT THE HOT ONE OF THE RELATIONSHIP! you are lucky to have the lady at your side, you cold be a 40 year old virgin playing with Ninja Turtle figures pissed off in the basement cause Nick still hasn’t put are you afraid of the dark back on the air during the 90’s is all that block.

Treat her right fellas if that means going to see that last Twilight movie(god forbid she tortures you in such a way) then do it and don’t bitch about it cause if you can get through such things then the land of milk and honey awaits you afterward…but no seriously if i see or hear another dude complaining about what his ol’lady won’t do or watch or what ever I am gonna rip his testies off and let my gay friends use them as beer pong balls csause you obviously aren’t man enough to realize the women makes the man JACKASS.

Join me BigBear the next time I spits worth the vitriol that is things men should know…

AFO In Review: Day 3

Alright this is the last day of AFO In Review and tagging along will be my summary of the dealers room. This will be a very short review because I only went to one panel, by this point of the con I was exhausted I hadn’t been sleeping much since the I hung out the first night, and wrote reviews the next two nights, all which didn’t get me in bed until 4am or later and I was back up before 9 because of early morning panels.

Well what did you do you ask? Well I went to the Anime You Should Watch panel, I enjoyed it very much the complete list of what was shown can be found at the AWO website which I have listed on the blog. Oh and for the AAA podcast panels they are also broken down on there site. This panel was again well done the host Daryl Surat obviously has used it many times and come to grips with its quirks and issues. To sum up my opinion of this Con if you have a chance to see any of the podcaster led panels go to them. Panels I wanted to go to but couldn’t do to either other panels, sleep, or time crunches, there was the Konoha Corner panel(a podcaster panel), The Fairytale panel(another podcaster panel). To make up for this I will be checking out there podcast and reviewing it in the future, but since I keep writing review checks for my ass to cash I have a full plate and can’t even tell you when I will be able to get to it. Also slowing down my podcast reviews is the fact I am running out of HD space, but a external is coming so yeah.

Also on Sunday, I spent time getting the autographs I needed to finish up my con guide pictured above and Reuben Langdon was the last of those. If you notice yes Wendee Lee(who proclaimed me no longer a con virgin) and Christina Vee both laid some love down in there for me(no I did not ask which makes it even more fucking awesome). Speaking of Miss Christina Vee she is totally smoking nerdy lil geek girl and if you weren’t there for he flash back to high school drum line with some awesome technical drumming skills then you missed out it was awesome and I am pretty sure every band geek nerd in the room got a semi. well enough of my band geek gushing on to the dealers room.

The dealers room at AFO was rather a let down. there were only 2 booths that were worth your time, the first was the Anime Pavilion booth. this was the only major manga both there and the deals they offered werent to great but they had a huge huge selections to choose from also they had a decent selection of anime on Blu-Ray and DVD. This booth was pretty straight forward but I actually didn’t buy anything from them I bought my few items from the 2nd booth worth talking about the Discotek Media booth, which had a good sized selection of stuff but the best part was the variety, I bought Sea Prince and the Fire Child, Megazone 23, and Galaxy Express 999 all from there. 999 and Sea Prince were 15 a piece and no there isn’t deal per say for this price but animation quality, nostalgia(for 999 anyway) the prices were good. Sea Prince is a great example of how anime was influenced by early Disney cartoons I mean the animation is right out of Bambi, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and the like. Megazone 23 was a good pick up because the animation, and mecha designs were phenomenal plus it has a decent little storyline. So there is your dealers room in a nutshell sorry but almost all the other booths were just the same run of the mill, plushy this, poster that, hug pillow here, spank sheets there.

To Finish up all in all AFO is a great starter con, I mean its no were near as big as Otakon or AWA, I will say this the rave I personally could do with out but it brings in people which is what the con needs to survive and flourish so whatever. Also I really wish the Con cracks down on fucking dumb bullshit costumes and what I mean by this is, if you and your friends wear towels and say your the old spice guys then you should probably be put to death, I mean made to go change or whatever. also if you were a yellow towel and some pikachu ears and say your cosplaying as pikachu then your death should be painful and slow. There where many more costumes that shouldn’t in my opinion be allowed I mean seriously check out some of the cosplayers I got pictures of on my Facebook there were some good costumes out there I ain’t saying go all out like that but for the love of god the fucking furries had better costumes fuck. Oh and furries if your gonna come to the con, save it for the rave or something jeez unless your the awesome cosplayer in the full Star Fox suit that was a great costume that did dwell in to the realm of furries but “I’ll allow it” sadly I didn’t get any pics of Star Fox just video that I may edit and post but go knows if or when. so yeah if you were a towel and that’s it your not cosplaying and you should die.

Well That is my review of AFO I hope you are intrigued enough to check it out next year I will be there hopefully with business cards and a years worth of blogs, and maybe even a press badge to boot but anyway I am signing off I got work tonight so keep a look out for my Artist Alley series of blogs which may or may not be a continuing deal so until next time.

AFO In Review: Day 2

We have now moved into the most populated, and crazy day of the con Saturday. So Much was going on and I was running around to so many panels and what not that I don’t have many pictures from Saturday but I do have a lot of panels to run through.

First and fore unlike most people I was up and at’em early Saturday morning for the 9 am Start Your Own Anime Podcast Panel. I will be honest I wouldn’t have missed this panel for anything on this earth, I tell you this because You have SBR Ryu from the GunDAMN! anime podcast, Chiaki and Mitsugi from AAA podcast, Daryl, Gerold, and Clarissa from the AWO(Anime World Order) podcast, and the SSAA(ass backward) anime podcast crew. This last podcast I hadn’t ever heard of before because I felt my search for anime podcast was over once I found AWO, AAA, and GunDAMN!, but hey never close your self off to new things and since the con I haven’t been able to get around to listening to them but I am going to and will definitely review them at some point(more than likely when I cam finish there backlog and catch up, that goes for all of these podcast oye).

This panel was scheduled against the Saturday morning cartoons panel, which in my opinion was a common occurrence, Podcaster panels either being lined up against things that drew huge crowds for the wrong reasons(in my opinion) or against one anothers panels examples Traveling to Japan panel up against Jason David Franks karate panel, Gambling anime and manga panel, The Awesome Fights in Asian Cinema against Science Fiction Anime, The JRPG Panel against Devil May Cry Reboot and Devil May Cry Panel with voice actors in tow. Also The Mecha Modeling 101 Panel against the Panel of DOOM!. This to me seemed like something that was very deliberate, also the Gambling anime and manga panel kicked off the 18+ time slot even though it was not 18+, all this taking into account I feel is the reason these panels didn’t get as much love as they should. I know that man of these got good turn out but could have gotten better turn outs if in bigger rooms and bit better scheduling, if you still have your Con schedules then you will see there are so many grey spots of empty time in every panel rooms column that these changes could have been done. Anyway I have rambled on enough I should be happy that people cam out at all but yeah anyway

The Start your own anime podcast panel was very good more open forum than the other panels but the hosts were all of course very knowledgeable. They displayed there knowledge with well formed and opinionated answers to the questions from the Host. I am not going to go into to much detail because I have some video from this panel that I have to edit and get up on here for you all. To sum up if you didn’t your pool Party hung over asses up and check out this panel or if you skipped it for Saturday morning cartoons that were for the most part not even Japanese cartoons then you should probably just fucking hang your self and stop talking about or watching anime.

Short side note after this I went out and ate breakfast with SBR Ryu and his wife, Doc Anime was there as well and it was a very good time. Now onto my next panel which was Traveling to Japan by AAA podcast crew. This panel was very well done and put together it was obvious Chiaki had a lot of time and chances to perfect this panel, also it is easy to see she had been to Japan multiple times. I had never been to a con before so this was my first time at seeing a rather in depth look at traveling to Japan and I learned a lot. This was one of my favorite panels, sigh why lie all the podcaster panels were my favorite and if you think I am bias because I listen to them, I say again if you had of gone you would have seen that these guys prepared there panels and executed with flawlessly though there were some tech difficulties but hey that happened a lot all over the con in many panels so you can just ignore that for the most part.

The next panel I went to as you can see was the EyeShield 21 panel, a shonen sports show about football you heard me right football, AMERICAN Football. This panel was done by Sean Forster this was not the most technically sound panel nor was he the most eloquent speaker. However this was his first panel at a con and the concepts he wanted to try and convey did come across, and he even went far enough to show real life comparisons of things covered in the show. He did a very good job at explaining the types of shonen sports show characters that you will find in the genre, and how the abilities and skills are conveyed along with exaggerations taken to make the show more enjoyable. All in all this was a very informative panel even though he didn’t go along wit his own panel break down. I attribute this to lack of confidence and fans of the show ruining his set up by blabbing out but that is to be expected when you have hard core fans of the show amongst your audience. If Sean does another Eyeshield 21 panel at future AFO’s or other cons I go to then I will definitely go this panel was good but the ceiling for it is no were insight.

I had later on the Awesome Fight in Asian Cinema , Science Fiction Anime, and JRPG Panels all hosted by the Anime World Order panel except for the Scifi anime panel which Gerold was a co-host along side Jaun Sanmiguel and older anime fan with a rather vast pool of anime knowledge. I listen these all together because they are rather straight forward in there subject matter, common panel hosts, and there one right after another. These were all put together well and ran seamlessly. Sadly the Fights in Asian Cinema and SciFi Anime panel were up against one another and I missed the beginning of the Scifi anime panel.

After a rather large period of time with a good bit of panels I only peeked into or avoided all together came the last two panels for me the Mecha Modeling 101 panel and the Panel of DOOM!. Sadly they were put against one another and on top of that I was almost late do to some FUCKING ASSHOLE passing out for some damn reason at the rave causing the staff to block the hall way until paramedics cam and picked up this loser, and just to let you know I don’t know there condition or if it was serious but if you put yourself in that position you should deal with the consequences and not cause problems for everyone else…douche bag. but any way after i walked outside through the fucking heat and made my way to the panel Mecha panel I was rewarded with great info on the types of models, and how they were rated though there were people in the audience who definitely shouldn’t have been in a 101 panel but you have to deal with these type of fans when talking about Mecha I mean there the most intense fandom around period. now after this along with Gerold and Clarissa the hosts of Mecha 101 headed to the infamous Panel of DOOM!. All i can say about this panel is it is a 2 hour panel of hilarious random clips from all forms of entertainment and should not be missed if you have ever scene anime hell then you have a idea about what this panel is all about and having missed 30 minutes i still felt i was well rewarded for coming, so to all you ravers out there I hope you choke and die on the E pill your trying to swallow so they get rid of that bullshit and have more fucking panels like those i have talked about in this review.

Coming up next will be AFO In Review: Day 3 + the Dealers room round up. This will be the shortest Review of all. After this last review I will begin my Artist Alley Way Reviews of those I talked to and liked there artwork then after those it will be time to move on from cons and onto something I have promised for along while my Tee Morris Bio and Billibub baddings review so get ready see you all later…oh and FUCK YOU RAVERS!!!!!!

AFO In Review: Day 1

On the first day of Anime Festival Orlando I really didn’t have many panels I wanted to go to, in reality a lot of them were game shows, or panels dedicated to cartoons that were not anime. There were also some interviews but the only guest with an extensive background in anime was Wendee Lee, also Johnny Yong Bosch, and John Swasey two anime voice actors that I think are awesome. The other guests were more along the line of motion pictures, video game and of course power rangers.

Wendee Lee
John Swasey and Christina Vee
Johnny Yong Bosh

The First panel I went to was the cosplaying for dummies panel put on by  Matthew Diaz and Mandi Kaalstad. When I asked them a few questions after the panel and told them it was for my blog, and along with that I would be giving them and the con a review they were a bit worried that I would be trashing there panel. I thought that was funny seeing as they did a good job with there panel there  power point slides were really good though I feel they could have used for pictures and visuals on them to help ease the death by power point feel. They did how ever supplement the panels slides, and there verbal discussion with props and aids. These were wigs, pieces of costumes, material, and items used in the styling of wigs. The discussion was rather diverse though some of the topics were not discussed in much depth such as Steam punk, and furries. Though in this bloggers opinion furries could have been skipped all together. They had a friend in the audience whom they actually called up to talk about the steam punk genre of cosplaying and I thought she as a friend , and steam punk cosplayer could have easily just been on the panel and provided a well need boost to that topic. I say boost because it was obvious that the costume making and prop knowledge was Mandi’s expertice along with working with ones own real hair, not to say matthew couldn’t make props but her knowledge showed she did that more so than he just form the volume of information she spoke on. The inverse is for her not saying she cant work with wigs but Matthew new insider tricks and tips that can only come from lots of experience with wigs.  They both new a lot of the different sub genre of cosplaying but there knowledge outside of there main focus was limited. Which is why the third panelist would have been really wonderful to the over all information of the panel.

Matthew Diaz

That all aside for it was not anything bad or damaging to the panel just my own personal observations, the panel picked back up rather quickly after they got through the types of cosplay breaking down each one and showing examples of each, I wont go into that in this review because this is not a transcript of the panel though I will provide Matthew’s information and links so you can ask him yourselves. After this they moved into the props, tools, materials, and wigs. I made mention of this above but Matthew really new his stuff about wigs and did demonstation of his craft proving his advice was sound and work with out fail. Mandi’s costume pieces showed she was a skilled crafts women when it can to making very realistic armor for her cosplay costumes along with unique props for unique personally created characters. All in all I have to say this as my first con and this my first panel it was very well done and the panelist for very informed and knowledgeable about there subject. Combined the two host had well over 10 years cosplaying experience. I endorse this panel to anyone who is interested in cosplay, it was definitely worth my time to go and have it begin the con weekend.

After this I hooked up with Ashlee Miller and we did a photo shoot with Aladdin, Jafar, and Superman. Yes I know there not anime characters buy they had some of the best if not the best costumes the entire weekend very well done and they got very much into the photo shoot the women with Aladdin whose child was dressed as the red Ape ninja power ranger(adorable) was a con veteran if it will having gone to all previous AFO except for the first. I talk to her awhile hearing about how the con had begun to shift dynamics from anime con to a more general fandom con.  After this we went back in side and got ready for the opening ceremonies, Neo orlandia Act 1 and what I was looking forward to Wendee Lee’s retrospective on cowboy bebop.

Opening ceremonies was funny all the guest for introduced and the power ranger having all know each other for some time play off one another and played to the crowd and at the point Jason David Frank was introduced(he was only here for Saturday of the con) Johnny Yong Bosch except there intro bowing and hamming it up to the fan girl screams and fan boy cheers. Reuben Langden upon his introduction was immediately stopped from stripping out of his shirt and then carried around by Dan Southworth around the front blowing kisses at the girls and acting like a royal pomp before his adoring kingdom, it was rather hilarious and entertaining. The show was literally and figuratively stolen by John Swasey who stole the mic from ceremonies host Angie and preceeded to drop several Fuck’s in his promoting of his coming panel later that evening, nothing lightens the mood like a F’bomb. The ceremonies ended with the Neo Orlandia LARP(Live Action Role Play) this was well done and performed though the only male faction leader stole the show with his charisma and aussie accent. Following this was the Wendee Lee Retrospective on Cowboy bebop.

Wendee Lee was a fountain of information her experience in Anime Voice acting from not just bebop but from her days in the streamline outfit were present as she easily wowed the crowd by going through seamless transitions from her normal voice to her voluptuous and sexy character Faye Valentine, who she cutely referred to as Faye Faye.

She shared several behind the scenes stories about Bebop and the occupying movie, one even involving her getting a little risqué on stage using the voice of Faye. She also talked about her past history at coming to the con even explaining she came in a cast and had to be wheeled around during AFO 3. Truly she could have talked on for days and everyone including me would have sat there and listened to our anime loving hearts content but the bebop movie was the reason for this retrospective and thus I took my leave when she finished and the film started. Up next was the best Anime you’ve never seen hosted by none other than the AAA podcast crew Mitsugi and Chiaki.

This was the first panel hosted by people whom I knew off before the con that wasn’t a voice actor they covered there panel very well, I had a list of the anime they used for the panel but I seem to have lost it which is very sad, but good new is there panels they do are on there AAA podcast website. I do recall they had one of the segments from memories, along with a film called comedy. Those were the ones that jumped out to me because I felt they were the best of the bunch, although they did have an anime by the same man that did Elfen Leid, which I enjoyed very much so. This would be the first panel that Chiaki and Mitsugi would co-host but it would not be the last nor was it the best of the bunch. The start your own anime podcast panel was the best as for engaging information, conversation and info but I will leave that for AFO in Review: Day 2.

I did not go to the power rangers after dark sorry folks but honestly once I got here I realized that the rush and lines to see them was to long I mean I have video of the throngs of people and it was just to much to waste so much time just for an auto graph or picture, though I did get some video of Jason David Frank, and the guests were pretty cool constantly walking around the con. On Saturday I even ran into Johnny Yong Bosch at like 3:30 in the morning just walking around he even sat and talked with some con attendees which I thought was pretty laid back and cool of him.

Full crew of Anime World Order Podcast

Now to finish up Friday up AFO in Review: Day 1 I would like to talk about the last two panels of the night which were Clarissa along with Gerald of Anime World Order Podcast fame’s “Playing the Odds: Gambling Anime and Manga” Panel. This was a very well put together panel and it was obvious Clarissa had put a whole lot of time into it, her intro was very detailed with several visuals of gambling manga anthologies from Japan. Surprisingly she didn’t kill the assholes in the back who were talking during this part of her panel, much love for the tolerance Clarissa much love. Just to name a few she covered Legendary Gambler Tetsuya, Akagi, among others and of course I can’ forget the political satire, “Legend of Kouzume”. The short episodes of Kouzume allowed for them to be shown during the panel in there entirety which was definite side busting jaunt into Gambling Anime. So with the utmost adoration for the AWO Podcast crew I say please, please go check out these gambling anime and manga they are very underrated shows. This was a fun and very enjoyable panel I even drug along some friends I made at the con on Thursday who are apart of the younger and newest generation of anime fans and they totally dug the pan I was quite surprised seeing as they were vehemently against going at first, so keep doing the good work AWO crew your word and influence are being spread even if it to cure one “truth” infected anime fan at a time.

Last but not least was the gruesome anime violence panel host by Mitsugi and Chiaki, And it is exactly what it sounds like they played clips of some of the most gruesome and twisted violence through out anime going from Devilman all the way to legend of the over fiend. Also on this list was Elfen Leid, and ninja scroll two of my personal favorites. Yet again AAA podcast crew put on a good show some technical difficulties with the coding of the panel plagued them but they muscled through and came out like a blood covered spinal cord ripped free from a some unfortunate soul with scull and brain still attached. Well this ends AFO in Review: Day 1, thanks for reading.

I will be including the dealers room on either a separate review or on the last day of AFO in Review: Day 3 so thanks a lot and keep on looking out for more of my con series AFO in Review.