Ben

Sweet Mother of Awesome

Posted by Ben at 2011-05-06 03:04:10 UTC

We have our own Tvtrope page: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DubiousCompany . Kudos to user Clubtail for being pure awesome and putting us up there (Completely independent of us, how cool is that?). Club, you’re my new best friend and I never even met you.

I’ll admit, when I’m writing for Dubious Company, sometimes I feel like I’m screaming into a void. It’s the most frightening feeling in the world. And then something happens, like getting a Tvtropes.com page, a Facebook tag, or even a fun little comment on the main page, and it’s all worthwhile again.

So, if you’re ever thinking of doing something oddly Dubious Company related, like a review, a blog post, some cosplay or what have you, but think to yourself, “Maybe I shouldn’t, TagalongDT or Tria might not like that,” go ahead. We encourage it in fact, it keeps the void at bay and lets us keep making comics for you folks.

Thank you all for sticking with us for so long, we’ll keep writing as long as you guys keep reading.

-TagalongDT

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Ben

Post Con Breakdown

Posted by Ben at 2011-04-25 21:54:55 UTC

TagalongDT tiiiiired. Okay, I feel there’s some need for explanation since I was apparently very hard to find at Sakura-Con. Honestly, this doesn’t really surprise me since I was…um…really hard to find at Sakura-Con.

There’s an explanation for my apparent absence; actually there are several smaller explanations and excuses that combined to form one Voltron like explanation. First and foremost is that I did not actually think I would make it to Sakura-Con. Work (the not fun work that pays me) had been kicking my ass for the past several months, so I really didn’t have the time to prep. Additionally, I have no money (car and dental work sucked my bank account dry at the last minute). The only reason I could make it up to Seattle is because my friends over at Cel Style Games (look them up, they’re awesome) needed a ride up and agreed to pay for my con entrance and part of my hotel if I acted as their driver. Sadly, this was less than a week before the con occurred. I didn’t even have the time to properly preregister much less actually acquire and set up a Dubious Company booth. It won’t happen again, I promise.

I suppose the second problem had to deal with name badges. Though there is a fun little story behind this issue. When we started our little trip I was fully expecting to have to wake up at “far too early” in the morning on Friday to register for the convention (having missed the preregistration deadline as you recall). However, as my friends were picking up the various con paperwork for their booth (Cel Style Games) they realized that they’d ordered three badges for the booth (one to spare). Coincidentally, there were only three of us (myself included) there at the con. So my options were: A.) Save sixty dollars and get to sleep in (as much as people sleep at cons) or B.) Spend sixty dollars, wake up ass-crack early, but get a name badge with the name TagalongDT printed on it. I choose option A. Sorry but I’m poor and I need sleep. I did write in TagalongDT on the badge, but it was kind of subsumed by the giant “CEL STYLE.” But hey, I tried…kind of.

In truth though, I didn’t really go to Sakura Con to make Dubious Company known. Yes I did hand out the fliers and mentioned it to more than a few people (Jake, my buddy who runs Cel Style let me use his booth to hand out the cards for free, I’d be a fool to say no), but I really didn’t have the time to properly set up anything. Mostly I went as a info gathering expedition. I’ve been to a lot of cons as the con goer, and a few cons as a staffer, but I’ve never really run a booth. So I wanted to watch from a safe place how other folks do it, what works, what doesn’t (sadly I mostly learned what doesn’t), and what the average con goer is expecting from a booth. Overall I’d say it was pretty a good con. My only real regret is that I couldn’t actually meet up/find any of you folk.

-TagalongDT

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Ben

Off to Sakura-Con We Go

Posted by Ben at 2011-04-17 03:05:02 UTC

As the title of the rant implies, we’ll be heading to Sakura-Con up in Seattle around April 22. And by ‘we’ I mean ‘me’ since Tria is still over in Japan doing…whatever it is Trias do in Japan. But that’s okay because I’ll be there and I’m sure you’re all dying to meet me, right? Right?

At any rate, I realize this is really short notice for a lot of you. Sadly this is really short notice for me too. I’m going to admit that I did not actually have the funds to attend Sakura Con. Fortunately, I have friends. Specifically I have friends who really really need a ride up to Seattle so they can attend Sakura Con.

So words were spoken, handshakes were exchanged, and a deal was struck. My friends will pay for my con pass, as well as hotel and some of the gas. In return I will haul their butts up to Seattle (and my butt as well). Yay for me! The downside is that it took so long to shift around money and arrange for hotels and such that I missed the deadline to attend in any official capacity.

The upside is that my friends do have a booth. More than likely I will be spending most of my time at said booth for several reasons. First, they’re my friends and I like hanging around my friends (who doesn’t? My friends are awesome). Second, they will more than likely need a bit of help running the booth and in addition to hanging out with my friends, I like helping them out. Third, they’re letting me hand out some Dubious Company material from their location, so I kind of owe it to them. Finally, it gives me a nice stable location in case any of you wonderful readers want to meet me.

So, if you’re at Sakura-Con (April 22nd-24th) try to find some time to stop by the Cel*Style booth. They specialize in anime style role-playing games, which is great for me because I love anime and I love role-playing. It’s like putting both of my heavy addictions into one wonderful bundle.

Remember, you can find me at Cel*Style games (or at least talk to some people who might know where I am). Keep reading and hope to see you all there.

-TagalongDT

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