Telling All: Anime and the Media

It’s a party! So much so that the man living in the upper west side who organized the 2017 otaku convention has already decided he is not going to do it for 2018, telling local NY press that it was a “hypocritical” decision in light of how many of his friends who attended ended up going to hospital.

Confused as to why Adam Silver organized a huge, diverse anime convention in New York? It sounds like a lot of fun, and it is — but, if you were thinking you were just going to enjoy the concept of chatting to people from all over the country in a non-smoking environment, think again. Adam Silver (pictured above at the January 2017 event) is a former captain of the New York Knicks and also happened to give us the most hilariously innocuous and yet totally self-absorbed opening statement on his hosting gig:

It’s a big global footprint — this is a global event. It’s played in 23 countries, so it’s made for friends and family. I’m kind of a bubbly guy. I’m happy to have a great time and be here.

Here, the word “bubbly” can be taken literally, as Adam claims he doesn’t sweat much. Also, if you don’t sweat much, why would you care about how hot it was in the park?

The next show promises something slightly more wholesome, though this report is probably incomplete:

Etsy will be hosting an event on Sunday. Workshops on the kinds of people who create its products will be held by illustrators, website developers, and bloggers; comedians will take part in an open mic night; and animators will show off their work, including a screening of the new animated feature “Blade Runner 2049.”

The co-founders of Etsy claim they were totally aware of the level of alcohol consumption at the other conventions and that they believe craft beer sales, not spirits, to be the real culprit. They also added that lots of people showed up on alcohol-free days.

As for their own convention, they’ve decided that the scariest event is thought to be two. The first, of course, is being interviewed by two reporters. The second is the realization that their thoughts are more newsworthy than their actions.

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