Apr. 26th, 2017

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http://www.vulture.com/2017/04/s-town-podcast-visiting-woodstock-alabama.html?mid=twitter_vulture

been reading this article (edited to include link) about the NPR series "S-Town", about Woodstock Alabama and the local eccentric and murder and the claustrophobic trapped nature of small towns, small Southern towns. Most of the citizens aren't happy about being the latest small town being held up to the gaze of the wider world; I don't blame 'em, for the most part. I had to look it up on the map and it's south of Birmingham on I-20, halfway to Tuscaloosa, so it's a town I've been through, at least technically.

I really like that part of the state, it's all piney woods and foothills and rivers. Birmingham is big enough to have interesting people and events, but not so big you can't get across town in ten minutes.

I have a friend that lives out that way that I haven't heard from in a while. He's not on social media, the only email I have for him is connected to a job I don't think he has any more, the last time I phoned nobody answered, I don't know what's going on with him and his family and I wanna get back in touch, but I don't want to, you know, bug somebody unnecessarily just so I can say "hey man, what's up?"

I need to take a month off work and stay at my parents house and just spend a month tooling around the South, seeing old friends, digging through crumbling ruins, sweating like a pig, getting lost on backwoods state roads.
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Here's what's happening for the rest of the year for us, with a few updates.

April 29 - Anime North Staff Meeting

April 30 - Toronto Comic Book Show http://www.torontocomicbookshow.com/

May 7 - Ancaster Collectorfest http://www.collectorshows.ca/Shows/TOY_2017-05-07.php

May 13-14 - TCAF http://www.torontocomics.com/
This is downtown and free and we might just drop in!

May 22- Anime North Staff Meeting

May 26-28 - Anime North http://www.animenorth.com/live/
Going to be doing Anime Hell and some panels at this one!

June 4 - Ancaster Collectibles Extravanganza http://www.collectorshows.ca/Shows/TOY_2017-06-04.php

June 9-11 - Anime Next http://www.animenext.org/
There's been some talk about us attending this show... but that was last year, and I haven't heard anything subsequently, so I'm not gonna worry about this one.

June 25 - Toronto Comic Book Show http://www.torontocomicbookshow.com/

June 25 - Ancaster Nostalgia Show http://www.collectorshows.ca/Shows/NOS_2017-06-25.php

July ? - Liberty Village Yard Sale
No date announced yet, but this was a fun neighborhood thing we did last summer and hope to do it again this year.

July 4th? At some point around this time period we will be on vacation and it'll involve Atlanta and a beach, probably.

July 28-30 - Con Bravo http://2016.conbravo.com/
We missed this one last year but we might swing by this year. There's a guy doing a panel about making fun of stuff, and he emailed us about being on it with him, so we just might be on a panel!

August 6 - Toronto Comic Book Show http://www.torontocomicbookshow.com/

August ? - Zine Dream http://zinedream.com/
No date announced yet but our intention is to get a table & sell some zines!

Sept. 24 - Toronto Comic Book Show http://www.torontocomicbookshow.com/

Sept 28 - Oct 1 AWA http://awa-con.com/
Gonna be doing Anime Hell and panels at this one too, obvs

Nov. 26 - Toronto Comic Book Show http://www.torontocomicbookshow.com/

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