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(12/20/2014 4:04 PM)
This is an interview from Steven Savage a contributor from one of Indie Haven's partner websites at Crossroads Alpha. Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach. He blogs on careers at http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/. [...]
(12/20/2014 2:35 PM)
I love underwater games. BioShock, FarSky, even Depth Hunter 2 all gave me a lot of fun exploring life at the bottom of the sea. When I heard that Unknown Worlds was developing an exploration-based survival sim set down there, I was instantly excited for it. Now Subnautica has been released on Steam Early Access, [...]
(12/20/2014 2:00 PM)
Was Tim Burton's classic holiday film, The Nightmare before Christmas... a masterpiece?
(12/20/2014 10:00 AM)
If you like The Hobbit check out the 1977 animated version. Really does it justice.
(12/20/2014 9:11 AM)
Directed by Robert Altman this live-action adaptation of the spinach-eating character premiered during the holiday season in 1980. A joint production between Paramount and Walt Disney Productions, Popeye would mark Robin Williams first lead role in a film. Produced by Robert Evans with a notable cast of actors, a sprawling seaside set on the coast [...]
(12/20/2014 5:30 AM)
A few tidbits for the month. The big news involves the Doctor Strange movie. Jem and the Holograms comic due in March. The new design for the characters has been released. The art is updated while still keeping to the ...
(12/19/2014 8:03 PM)
(Way With Worlds is a weekly column on the art of worldbuilding published at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) For the next few columns I'm going to be exploring the dysfunctions and conflicts in the worlds we create. Not conflicts brought about by our mistakes as worldbuilders (though those can become fuel for deeper worldbuilding [...]
(12/19/2014 5:05 PM)
In other news, the XLR-115 rocket was successfully tested on December 7, 1959.
(12/19/2014 3:30 PM)
July of 2009 saw the release of a new, experimental project from DC Comics: Wednesday Comics. The twelve-issue weekly comic, the brain-child of DC Comics Art Director Mark Chiarello, immediately set itself apart from other books by virtue of being printed on broadsheet in order to evoke the "funny pages" of newspapers. At sixteen pages [...]
(12/19/2014 2:00 PM)
In Batman Returns it's Christmas time, and the whole city of Gotham is celebrating.
(12/19/2014 1:18 PM)
The Deer God is a great example of a 2-D platformer game that will probably will be great, but dear God it has a few flaws right now. See what I did there. "Dear God." I spoil you with these puns, you know. Heh. Anyway, it's on Early Access. You play as a hunter who [...]
(12/19/2014 12:30 PM)
This comes as no surprise to any fan of animation or comic books, but very often, both tackle real life issues. When someone generally thinks of cartoons and comics, images of super heroes and wacky creatures spring into their mind. The truth is, there is a lot more going underneath all of the perceived wackiness [...]
(12/19/2014 12:00 PM)
I guess what I'm trying to say is that Constantine has a talent for tightening its narrative grip into an unbreakable chokehold.
(12/19/2014 12:00 PM)
Originally released on September 16, 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, Titan Comics is pleased to announce that it is going to a second print of Michael Moorcock's Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne due to exceptionally high demand. Michael Moorcock's Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne is the first in a series of graphic adaptations [...]
(12/19/2014 10:30 AM)
Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for IDW's Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division #4 (of 4), set to hit stores next week on 12/24/2014. Details and preview pages are below. JUDGE DREDD: ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION #4 (OF 4) Writer: Matt Smith Art: Carl Critchlow Cover: Matt Haley Price: $3.99 Synopsis: In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson's early [...]
(12/19/2014 10:00 AM)
What do you think? What would you do to fix the 98 Godzilla?
(12/19/2014 7:51 AM)
WAR COMES TO WONDERLAND KINGDOM OF THE WICKED WRITER: Ian Edginton ARTIST: D'Israeli FORMAT: 128pp - HC - FC PUBLISHER: Titan Comics PRICE: $19.99 US, $22.95 CAN, £14.99 UK ISBN: 9781782760566 RELEASE DATE: January 06, 2015 MIND BOMB! In this sumptuous collection of their first collaboration, Ian Edginton and D'Israeli - whose work together includes H.G Wells' The [...]
(12/19/2014 7:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds is a weekly column on the art of worldbuilding published at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) So last we met I discussed how using RPGs was actually a boon to Worldbuilding. There were positives in ...
(12/19/2014 7:00 AM)
Otaro Maijo's genre- and criticism-defying novel ignores conventions of style, genre, narrative, and logic; would that it added up to more than a stunt
(12/19/2014 5:00 AM)
Mike Grell continues sharing his stories from more than four decades in comics in this second part of a two-part interview. If you missed part one, read it here. Bryan Stroud for Comics Bulletin: Over the course of your career, Mike, you've done lots of super-heroes, adventure, science fiction, and mystery. Did you have a [...]
(12/18/2014 3:00 PM)
Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for ONI Press' Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #4, set to hit stores Wednesday, January 7, 2015! Details and preview pages are below. SIXTH GUN: DAYS OF THE DEAD #4 Writer: Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt Art and Cover: Mike Norton with Bill Crabtree Price: $3.99 Synopsis: The Sword [...]
(12/18/2014 2:30 PM)
Wow, what a year for comics. Our ace reviewers count down our favorite ongoing comics of the year. 10. Trees Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's horror/sci-fi Trees gets my vote as one of the best ongoing comics of 2014. Ellis's multiple-perspective narrative follows some of the most dynamic characters in comics. His grasp of humanity [...]
(12/18/2014 2:00 PM)
Because, above it all, that's what Die Hard is. The ultimate bad-ass, snarky Bruce Willis quip movie.
(12/18/2014 1:35 PM)
Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look for MARVEL's She-Hulk #11, set to hit stores next week on 12/24/2014. Details and preview pages are below. SHE-HULK #11 Writer: Charles Soule Art: Javier Pulido Cover: Kevin Wada Price: $2.99 Synopsis: At long last, it's all come down to this: THE BLUE FILE revealed! Titania vs She-Hulk! Angie Huang, [...]
(12/18/2014 12:44 PM)
More cities and worlds to adapt or use unchanged for your stories and games. The Magic Dyson Sphere I'm not sure where this idea came from, but what if magical energy came from a variety of places, and one of those was the process of decomposition as it occurred in a god? You would have [...]
(12/18/2014 12:00 PM)
A Very Merry Muppet Christmas marked a return to form comeback for the Muppets.
(12/18/2014 10:47 AM)
Inspired by the two-button fighters on the Neo Geo Pocket Color, Pocket Rumble intends to bring a level of accessibility to competitive 2D fighters by placing more emphasis on strategic decision making and less on complex, timed button inputs. Essentially, if you can perform a Hadoken and Tornado Kick in Street Fighter, you'll have already [...]
(12/18/2014 10:00 AM)
I was so hoping for a Vampire Diaries Christmas miracle where Mr. Cuddles would call her back or something.
(12/18/2014 7:30 AM)
Edward Morris is a man seeped in literature from a young age, who's also lived quite a life. He's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011, the Rhysling Award in 2009, and the BSFA in 2005. From short stories ...
(12/18/2014 7:15 AM)
Anthony Gallegos and Nathan Martin join us to talk about The Talos Principle, Pizza Hut, Dragon Age Multiplayer, Hatred, monetization in games, Sears, Xbox in China, and game journalism. DOWNLOAD MP3 Libsyn Web Page RSS...
(12/18/2014 7:00 AM)
'Naruto' stage play, Mamoru Hosoda's next film, and Moyoco and Hideaki Anno do shorts.
(12/17/2014 6:15 PM)
There are times that I feel I could trot out the same
(12/17/2014 2:00 PM)
Brazil is a science fiction masterpiece; a poignant tribute to the human need for freedom. Yet it never buckles under its own weight.
(12/17/2014 1:19 PM)
This is a game developed by a Dad and his eight-year-old daughter. There is no possible way I could give it a bad review. I could never do anything to upset this adorable girl. However, I must report that Super Chibi Knight is actually... a good game. A little grindy though. I'm sorry. Honestly though, [...]
(12/17/2014 10:00 AM)
Marvel Comics' answer to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - The Incredible Hulk, comes smashing onto primetime television!
(12/17/2014 7:30 AM)
Career Five things you worry about on your resume that people doing the hiring don't - Some good advice here. I'd especially call out that a fancy resume doesn't work unless fancy is part of the job, and I reguarly ...
(12/16/2014 11:34 AM)
Why? Why is Waking the Glares even here? Why is it on Kickstarter? Why is it on Greenlight? There is almost nothing there. You might as well start a crowdfunding campaign to turn a puff of hydrogen into a star. It's like chucking flour, raw egg and baking powder in a pile on a plate [...]
(12/16/2014 9:51 AM)
I've never been the kind of person to get addicted to Cookie Clicker or any of it's various clones, in spite of an addictive personality that should lend me to obsessively raising numbers without reason. I'm the kind of video game player who obsessively spirals areas of maps trying to ensure I definitely saw everything, [...]
(12/16/2014 7:30 AM)
I met Cindy Alvarez essentially at random, finding her as I was surfing news stories. She's got a project to collect 365 positive stories of women in tech - to find out what made a difference. She's planning to publish ...
(12/15/2014 7:30 AM)
Some time ago I'd mentioned the Lantern and the Outernet. The Lantern was designed to be a wireless, convenient, regularly updated library that would give people access to useful documents. The Outernet would support it, and involve a satellite-based internet ...
(12/15/2014 7:00 AM)
Hayao Miyazaki's final bow as a director is a down note -- an aimless, shallow, and all-too-fictive biopic that never engages with the moral questions at the heart of its own story
(12/15/2014 6:27 AM)
This Friday night was a bit of a repeat performance of last week's: another trip to the German delicatessen in Escondido, another beer, another coffee and dessert. This time, I was in the most enjoyable company of my wife, and we had an avid discussion of what it is to be a "fan."
(12/15/2014 5:41 AM)
Download this episode (right click and save) Hello and welcome to Episode 74 of The Indie Haven Podcast, that weekly internet show where we get Indie developers on to talk about all sorts of things. This week however is different and focuses on our editors discussing Game of the Year nominations. This week Laura, Andre [...]
(12/14/2014 8:07 PM)
Yeah, another delay - holidays, illness, work craziness. I am so glad I've got vacation time coming up. So first up, more detail on the Magical Power Generator idea. Basically I noticed in things like anime (especially Fairy Tail which inspired another generator a year ago - which is how long this idea was sitting [...]
(12/14/2014 12:50 PM)
And here we go, an update - sorry I didn't do one last week, life got kind of wild. But now if the Holiday Of Your Choice Spirit has got you looking to do good, here's more ways to do ...
(12/13/2014 1:03 PM)
It's 2014. Video games have reached a wider audience than they have at any other point before. The ESA reports that people of all ages, genders, and presumably races are playing video games. And the systems we play these games on are just as various to match. We play games on a wide variety of [...]
(12/13/2014 8:36 AM)
A recent tweet from @NinjaTheory hinted at something else they're working on (besides HellBlade). Could it be Enslaved 2? I am really hoping it is. That game was an underrated awesomefest. Here's the tweet. What...
(12/13/2014 5:30 AM)
Over the course of writing Lost in Translation, I've seen movies that caught the core of works perfectly and I've seen movies that missed the target to the degree of not even being in the same ballpark. It's easy enough ...
(12/12/2014 1:24 PM)
Ever wanted to jump into the shoes of a psychopathic computer AI like System Shock's SHODAN? Players can do just that in the upcoming social simulator, Human Orbit. Taking control of The Sixth Eye - an AI who controls all functions of a space station orbiting a mysterious planet - players exert their influence on [...]
(12/12/2014 8:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds is a weekly column on the art of worldbuilding published at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) So last we met I discussed how using RPGs was actually a boon to Worldbuilding. There were positives in stimulating thinking, in sheer entertainment, and of course using premade concepts to test the consistency [...]
(12/12/2014 7:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds is a weekly column on the art of worldbuilding published at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds). A lot of people who wolrdbuild get into roleplaying games. I feel I can make this statement clearly; its true ...
(12/12/2014 7:00 AM)
The live-action remake of the infamous 1998 anime OVA is nowhere nearly as repellent as its source material, but don't take that as a recommendation
(12/12/2014 5:59 AM)
Two days ago, there were three active satellites-two Vanguards and one Explorer.
(12/11/2014 9:33 PM)
Kinsey and I podcast about Dragon Age, Playstation Experience, The Game Awards, and Tomb Raider while a massive storm rages outside. Also, there are wind chimes. Download MP3 Links: http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/11/7376997/watch-every-panel-from-this-weekends-playstation-experience http://www.polygon.com/2014/12/10/7373017/tomb-raider-mini-serie http://videogamebreak.net/dawn-crazy-facial-animation-2/ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/11/ea-sports-ufc-added-to-ea-access?abthid=548a14fa19b8966d2d000036
(12/11/2014 12:33 PM)
A collection of cities and worlds to draw inspiration from or use outright for your own settings. The Arcane City Assume, to be totally arbitrary, a council of thirteen archmages. Below them are seven circles of seven mages each, and below these are one hundred apprentice mages at various stages of learning. They are not [...]
(12/11/2014 7:30 AM)
Pretty much if I tell you there's an "Anime and Manga Studies Blog" you probably don't need to know anymore, you're there now bookmarking it. But hold your enthusiasm for a bit so I can actually talk to Mikhail Koulikov, ...
(12/10/2014 10:49 PM)
By David Harris The "moment" that professional gaming (aka eSports) is having right now is about to get even more substantial, especially overseas. While the other big markets for eSports, namely the U.S. and Korea, have been consistently growing these past few years, it's the U.K. that's primed to have its own explosion. According to [...]
(12/10/2014 1:38 PM)
If you're like a lot of us you probably half choked a little when you heard that the new Tomb Raider would be exclusive to the Xbox (One and 360). Well, after some tweets and...
(12/10/2014 12:57 PM)
See the rest of them so far here:
(12/10/2014 11:13 AM)
You might have seen the Until Dawn gameplay at The Game Awards last week, but this new video shows a bit more about how awesome the facial animations are. "Cough" .. uncanny valley
(12/10/2014 11:00 AM)
Spoiler...the game's closing credits have a song called "Hope for the Future," and it's done by Paul McCartney. Well .. if you like that song AND want to see Paul as a hologram .. watch...
(12/10/2014 7:00 AM)
Shot, and stabbed, in the back: The Saratoga Springs, Utah cops who shot and killed cosplayer Darren Wilson will not face any charges. Kickstranger: The Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter that's been re-started by Digital Manga Publishing has some mighty strange ideas...
(12/8/2014 4:46 PM)
Science fiction is dead. Long live science fiction.
(12/8/2014 7:00 AM)
From a simple premise can be spun any number of stories, and 'A-Jin' unfolds its premise with savage cleverness and whiplash speed
(12/5/2014 6:47 PM)
I admit it. I splurged last night.
(12/5/2014 1:15 PM)
If you're checking out this post on Friday 12/5 then The Game Awards are streaming tonight (6pm PST 9 EST). Make sure to check them out, tweet about them, and promote - becauuuuuse awesome guy...
(12/5/2014 8:36 AM)
Kinsey and I blab about Dragon Age Inquisition a LOT. Paul chimes in and schools us on competitive score battle gaming. Kinsey eats a sandwich, and I compain about being on meds (and that I...
(12/5/2014 8:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds is a weekly column on the art of worldbuilding published at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds). A lot of people who wolrdbuild get into roleplaying games. I feel I can make this statement clearly; its true in my experience, and of course I'm not quoting any numbers so I have deniability. [...]
(12/5/2014 7:00 AM)
Let's not shy away from calling this not only Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's greatest achievement, but one of the finest of all films, animated or not
(12/4/2014 9:52 PM)
The Game Awards 2014 took place in Las Vegas on December 5, 2014. One of the highlights was when they unveiled new, in-game footage of one of the most anticipated games of 2015 - The...
(12/3/2014 7:00 AM)
Magical hijinks in high school are the jumping-off point for this enjoyable story with no small amount of potential, but also unnecessarily confusing visuals
(12/3/2014 7:00 AM)
If at first you don't succeed, start, start again: Digital Manga Publishing and Osamu Tezuka's estate are taking another crack at getting Tezuka's remaining works into English. This time, they're doing it title by title -- the far slower, but...
(12/2/2014 5:57 PM)
With only four science fiction digests coming out per month (really three if you count
(12/2/2014 7:29 AM)
On March 31st 1994 the Original Tekken was released on arcades and home consoles in Japan. Since then it has spawned a cult following of competitive gamers across the globe. It has become one of...
(12/1/2014 7:50 PM)
OK a bit behind - been busy, been traveling, so here's what's up! With the holidays coming, here's some gift idea generators for you. Because generators. Got a lot more writing done on Way With Worlds - in this case I'll cover RPGs and their pluses (and minuses), and voyage into conflict and cultural meltdowns [...]
(12/1/2014 6:00 AM)
How the near-disappearance of physical stores has transformed one of the classic pleasures of anime fandom: stumbling across hidden treasure
(11/28/2014 10:26 AM)
It's enough to make a fellow cry.
(11/28/2014 9:20 AM)
I sat down with my good buddy Cor Bader and Jason Sacks (of Comics Bulletin) and we discussed video games based on comics, and a few comics based on video games. *Note: We lost a...
(11/28/2014 8:30 AM)
(Way With Worlds Runs at Seventh Sanctum, Muse Hack, and Ongoing Worlds) So we discussed the odds of things in your world, of knowing how likely things were. Now let's talk the thing you're writing the most, the odds you know but don't realize you know, and the most important part of your world and [...]
(11/27/2014 5:30 AM)
"In Michael Moorcock's universe, a war is fought by two separate yet equally important groups: Law, which provides the fundamental capability of existence, and Chaos, which provides the ability for change and development. These are their stories." Awhile back I wrote a post with four moral dichotomies that were not so simple as "Good vs. Evil." I [...]
(11/26/2014 3:50 PM)
(11/26/2014 7:00 AM)
A day late and many dollars short: The Tezuka Kickstarter sponsored by Digital Manga Publishing has failed, by quite a wide berth, to reach its goals. Word has it DMP will be talking to Tezuka's people about other possible options....
(11/24/2014 5:25 PM)
Been kind of quiet here - busy, had a bit of a cold, and general crazy. Not too much to update folks on yet, though with the holidays coming up . . . well I do have my next generator plan queued up. Something I've been kicking around for awhile. Pretty much planning to hold [...]
(11/24/2014 7:00 AM)
At the heart of Hayao Miyazaki's most effortlessly charming film is a character of equal charm, learning her magic alone isn't what is most important about her
(11/22/2014 9:00 AM)
Good morning, dear readers. Based on the incidence of fan mail, it appears you now number nearly half a dozen (unless, of course, it's just you, Laurose, writing in under a number of pseudonyms; if that be the case, I'm still grateful).
(11/21/2014 7:00 AM)
Looking back over this legendary and now-concluded OVA series, it's striking to realize how it all amounted to a great deal less than it might have seemed
(11/20/2014 5:41 PM)
Here's a short update before I fully review this month's
(11/19/2014 7:00 AM)
Anime Web Turnpike goes offline, 'Rin-ne' is getting an anime adaptation, and the 'Sailor Moon' picture quality controversy takes a turn for the worse.
(11/17/2014 4:46 PM)
Hello, fellow travelers! As promised, here's a round-up of
(11/17/2014 7:00 AM)
Its story may be straight out of the tattered young-adult dystopia playbook, but 'Patema Inverted' boasts a central visual metaphor so dazzling it begs for IMAX
(11/14/2014 5:23 PM)
Have no fear, for The Traveler has returned from Orlando safe and sound. My apologies for not submitting this article earlier, but I did not have easy access to a typewriter or my editor while on my vacation.
(11/11/2014 10:36 AM)
*UPDATE* I will be changing my E-Mail address from the normal firstname.lastname@example.org to my g-mail address so that I can cut costs overall. Please update your address book accordingly. Hey All, For a while now you have not really seen any updates on the site and there's a very good reason for that. University. Many [...]
(11/10/2014 5:02 AM)
Greetings from sunny Orlando, Florida!
(11/6/2014 6:28 PM)
Whenever I read the book review columns by Floyd Gold, Damon Knight, Groff Conklin, etc., or the science articles by Willy Ley and Isaac Asimov, I'm always as fascinated by the little personal details they disclose as the information and opinions they provide. It's a glimpse into their lives that humanizes their viewpoint. Anecdotes make fun reading, too.
(11/2/2014 7:35 PM)
Hello, all. My editor is nice enough to let me publish a quick note in lieu of an article.
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(10/24/2014 7:05 PM)
I've found the bottom, and it isn't the Mariana Trench.
(10/22/2014 4:12 PM)
Walter M. Miller Jr.'s
(10/21/2014 8:20 AM)
30-something female seeking: a villain who enjoys long walks in apocalyptic cityscapes and philosophizing about revenge for his often misunderstood, now extinct home world. Preferably equipped with a fully developed sense of injustice, a distrust for the establishment, and a flair for prose about morality. Must have own lair, have an eye for detailed planning [...]
(10/20/2014 5:49 AM)
(10/17/2014 7:53 AM)
Canadian Poet, Writer and all around inspirational person, Vanessa Shields has been writing about her life since she could hold a pencil.Now, with over six books under her name and interviews galore, we talk about her career, love of writing, creative process and a tiny bit about Cmdr. Hatfield
(10/15/2014 7:26 PM)
Here's a couple of interesting space news items:
(10/12/2014 6:04 PM)
Seattle really knows how to throw a science fiction convention.
(10/10/2014 9:30 PM)
It's going to be a dreary month, if October's selection of digests is any indication.
(10/8/2014 6:05 AM)
Robert Heinlein newest short novel is out, and my feelings toward it are much mixed.
(10/6/2014 4:04 PM)
The Soviets have done it again, reaching yet another milestone in space exploration before the Americans.
(10/4/2014 9:01 AM)
Ryō Horikawa is an Actor/Musician known for his work on Dragonball Z and beyond, Horikawa Ryo-sempai has done many things in his lifetime and while I wasn't able to see the Super Panel Dragonball Z with both Vegeta's I really did enjoy this Panel. Here it is in all it's glory... pardon the shakiness.
(09/29/2014 9:03 AM)
Thomas Anderson is an avid reader. He reads literature without pictures and for every book that he reads are under a dollar. His site tagline is "Reading cheap literature so you don't have to" We talk about great cheap books, and those that are brutally horrible as well.
(09/26/2014 7:00 AM)
Sire James is a musician, comedian and known for The Tim and Eric Show. Now he is starting his own variety show titled, The Sire James Show. We sat down with him and Social Media / Indiegogo Campaign Manager Zon Petilla to talk about his career, love of music and how he handles success and [...]
(09/25/2014 10:45 AM)
Got those ABCs down? Recharged? Fed? Time to get back to the show floor. Last week we covered a few preliminary notions on conventioning for beginners (if you missed Part I, Learning your ABCs: Attending Big Conventions, it's here - http://tgtmedia.com/spotlight/attending-big-conventions/). Let's just keep nordic walking our way through the final points. Celebrity and [...]
(09/20/2014 7:05 PM)
Artist, Comic creator, Illustrator and more...Del Hewitt Jr. comes back to Two Geeks Talking to talk his newest Kickstarter, Comics and anything in between.
(09/18/2014 10:59 AM)
Fan Expo is about the Fan Experience. That's on the attendee as much as it's on anyone else. Put on some comfy walking shoes and accompany me on a trek through this indulgent guide to attending big conventions. Part I The very first convention I ever attended was a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. [...]