Author Archives: Tom Good

Convention Report: Sakura-Con 2013

One of the most amazing scenes I saw at Sakura-Con 2013 is shown above. On Saturday afternoon, the park outside the Seattle convention center appeared to be filled with a sea of cosplayers. Last year’s convention was also well-attended, but … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Kumoricon 2012

Photography by Tom Good. Assistant: Katie Burger Kumoricon had its tenth anniversary this year, and like last year it was held in Washington, at the Vancouver Hilton and the Vancouver Red Lion on the Quay.  I’ve noticed over the years … Continue reading

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Convention Report: AM2 2012

AM2‘s second year brought over 15,000 people to the Anaheim Convention Center to celebrate anime, manga, and music. It felt a bit like “AM3” because in addition to Anime, Movies, and Music, the convention featured another great “M”: Movies. Screenings … Continue reading

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Cosplay at AM2, Day 1

These are just a few of the cosplayers I saw at AM2 so far.

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Convention Report: Sakura-Con 2012

Sakura-Con is a three-day event that unofficially lasts four days, since so many people arrive on Thursday, the day before the convention starts. For some of us it lasted five days, because I drove from Portland to Seattle with two … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Kumoricon 2011

Kumoricon moved to Vancouver, Washington and expanded to occupy two hotels: the Vancouver Hilton and the Vancouver Red Lion on the Quay. In contrast to the previous two years in downtown Portland, where the space sometimes felt cramped and inconvenient, … Continue reading

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Convention Report: AM2

On July 1-3, the new convention AM2 (Animation, Manga, and Music) took place at the Anaheim Convention Center. The convention had an unusual model where the events had free admission, but convention-goers could optionally purchase a “Passport” that would allow … Continue reading

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VIZ Manga App for iPhone and iPod Touch

I’ve previously written about how much I like the VIZ Manga App for iPad. VIZ recently added support for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Once you have purchased the content on one device, you can download it on the other … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Sakura-Con 2011

by Tom Good, with photography by Tom Good and Sahara Sooter Sakura-Con drew 19,040 fans to the Seattle Convention Center to celebrate cosplay, anime, and Asian culture. Even though this topped last year’s total of around 18,000, the event seemed … Continue reading

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VIZ Manga App for iPad

I’ve been doing the majority of my comic reading on the iPad lately. The iPad’s form factor and crisp backlit screen makes it a natural fit for comics. My favorite general-purpose comic reader is the comiXology reader for iPad. It … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Kumoricon 2010

Text and photography by Thomas Good Model: StarryShay On Labor Day Weekend, downtown Portland came alive with colorful anime costumes, as Kumoricon occupied the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower for the second consecutive year. 4,055 people attended the convention, weekend … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Sakura-Con 2010

Sakura-Con 2010 by Tom Good This year’s Sakura-Con was the largest ever, with an attendance of just over 18,000 people at the Seattle Convention Center. The convention provides an amazing variety of things to do, combining educational and cultural events … Continue reading

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Sakuracon 2010

I’m in Seattle to cover this year’s Sakuracon. I’ll have a full convention report later, but for now enjoy some photos from the convention: Cosplay photos Friday Dance photos Cosplay Contest photos – behind the scenes Saturday Dance Photos Lolita … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Kumoricon 2009

by Tom Good Photography by Gregor Torrence and Tom Good This year Kumoricon moved to a new location in the heart of downtown Portland, at the Hilton hotel on Sixth Avenue. The packed hotel lobby on Saturday convinced me of … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Sakura-Con 2009

by Tom Good Photography by Gregor Torrence and Tom Good “I like getting to hug people.” That’s how one young woman answered the question, “what do you like best about Sakura-Con?” “What is it about an anime convention that allows … Continue reading

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VIZ Announces New Original Manga Series From Rumiko Takahashi

VIZ Media announced on Sunday that they will publish a new original manga series from Rumiko Takahashi, author of INUYASHA. The following is from the VIZ press release: This is the first new original manga series from Takahashi sensei since … Continue reading

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iPhone comics from iVerse Media

Comics ought to be a great type of content to read on a hand-held computer, but I haven’t been really excited about comics on a hand-held device until now. iVerse Media has created a great reading experience on the iPhone with their iVerse Comic Reader. This app could be a case study on how to make digital comics work well on the small screen. Continue reading

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Black Sun Silver Moon, Vol. 1

Black Sun Silver Moon by Tomo Maeda go! comi Review by Tom Good I never expected I’d have a good reason to use the phrase “cute zombie story,” but it fits Black Sun Silver Moon. Teenage boy Taki works as … Continue reading

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