April 15th, 2011

Enchanting Mermaid

Tokyo Popped!

Tokyopop USA just announced it is shutting down.  Stu Levy made the official release today.

Yup.  That was one I was wagering would sink under the Borders bankruptcy.

My heart goes out to everyone who worked for them who now finds themselves out of work in a tough economy.

Except Levy.

Sorry, but after his cute little number with the Manga Pilot years ago, I have had no sympathy for him.  In fact, I'm surprised Tokyopop survived as long as it has.  I thought it would buy the farm two years ago, and had a suspicion that the Tokyopop tour bus at Wizard World was just delaying the inevitable.

Now, the German division is still in operation to deal with TV and movie licensing.  But Tokyopop Prime is no more.

Maybe I should poke my head into the old anime forum and see if everyone is blaming the demise on Internet piracy again...nah, I'm happier without those loonies.

I'm Gonna Need A Vacation From Vacation

Let's see -- my upcoming trip to Florida includes:

*  excursion to a ren faire.  Never been to one before, and I know I'll have an excellent guide in the form of mornblade  and his lovely wife.

*  Wikki Wachee Mermaids.  STFU.

*  At least one day at Harry Potter World

*  Meeting clionona  at Harry Potter World so we can get our picture taken in our robes under the Hogshead sign

*  My parents want me to meet with them for a while while I'm there.  Yeah, that'll be a treat.  And as if that's not enough, my relatives from my mom's side of the family want me to say hi.  You'd think the fact that I haven't seen or spoke to them in several years would clue them in that I might not want to do that.

*  Overnight at Jules' Undersea Lodge

Holy crap!  I'm only going to be there a week!

I hate the thought of doing something every single day.  I mean, I'll have access to a pool and access to a beach.  My usual MO is to do something and have the next day to process it.

There's also how I behave in new environments.  I tend to wander, getting the lay of the land and figuring out what is where.  I'm going to be in a whole new state.  I'm probably going to not only want to examine how the neighborhood is laid out, but maybe do some local stuff as well.

I'm starting to think I have waaaaaaaaay overbooked for the trip.  So I'm probably going to pare down the list of things.

Jules' Undersea Lodge would be a gas.  But I think that will wait until next year.  The Ren Faire, Harry Potter World, and Clionona are non-negotiable, I'm doing those.  And I doubt I'll be able to dodge the parental units my entire trip (the rest of that nutball family?  Oh, I have ways).  I think I'll just do a few things (those key ones I mentioned), and I'll do more next year when I have a better idea what such a trip entails.

Jesus, I can't believe how many typing errors I made.  I must be tired.  I'm going to bed.  Wake me later.