Ninja Consultant is Leaving Livejournal; Seeking WordPress Designer

After many years, I've decided to stop using Livejournal and switch to WordPress. This might mean a feed change, but I'm not sure yet.

In the interim, I'm looking for someone to make a nice WordPress theme for the page.  Not for free, but I don't have a huge budget, either, so think flat fee and not an hourly rate.  Email ninjaconsultant (at) gmail if you're interested.

Things I'm hoping the migration will solve:

  1. You'll be able to see old episodes in the feed, instead of just two or three episode.
  2. A better search function.  It's freaking impossible to search through old livejournal entries.
  3. Not owned by Russians.
  4. Less comment spam…?

I'm not all that fond of WordPress either, but I know how to use it, and there's a Livejournal migration tool.

News: Ninjaconsultants at MangaNext and Genericon

We’re going to MangaNext, February 24th-26th!
MangaNext 3:30 Friday – Comiket Survival 101, Events Room B
MangaNext 6pm Saturday – Unusual Manga Genres, Events Room B
MangaNext 1pm Sunday – Culinary Manga, Panel 2

We’re also going to Genericon!

March 2nd – 4th
Genericon 9am Saturday – Recent Trends in Anthropomorphization, Panels 2 (337)
Genericon 4pm Saturday – Culinary Manga, Panels 2 (337)
Genericon 6pm Saturday – Alcohol and Manga, Panels 1 (318)
Genericon 12pm Sunday – Unusual Manga Genres, Panels 2 (337)

We are not going to AnimeNext, but Otakon and AWA for sure

Ugh, I haven’t podcast in forever! Well, you can at least expect an Otakon podcast coming up.

FYI, we are not going to AnimeNext this year. Since it moved deeper into Jersey it’s too much of a commitment.

My "Unusual Manga Genres" panel was finally accepted at Otakon!!! Hooray! I’ve been trying for five years to do this panel at Otakon:

We’ll let you know the time of the panel as soon as we know.

We also have three panels accepted for Anime Weekend Atlanta. They don’t seem to have a snappy logo yet.

MangaNext 2010 Panels! ANNCast Halloween Episode!

OMG we’re really busy this Halloween! Noah and I appeared on the ANNCast with Jason Thompson and you should go and check it out!!

And I’m an industry guest at MangaNext this weekend!! You should check out the con schedule. All my panels are on Saturday and I won’t be at the con on Friday. Looks like there’s even a MangaCast panel!

So anyway I’m also a “Success Story” in the Nov/Dec Weight Watchers magazine. I didn’t pick the clothes, they didn’t ask to straighten my hair, and the first person story wasn’t written by me at all! Instead they hobbled together interview quotes, getting the chronology of my story backwards in the process. They also mis-report my wedding dress as having “trousers underneath” which is absolutely not true.

The Great Otakon Podcast Picnic

This idea came up on Twitter some weeks back. The greater manga blogging/anime podcast community online wants to get together at Otakon for a meal. However, eating during Otakon is always a crazy juggling act of scheduling, convincing a restaurant to seat an absurdly large group, getting annoyed as they refuse to split the check, and then rushing back to the con in time to get wristbands before the hentai panels.

In the interest of accommodating as many people as possible and not spending too much money, we propose the following meet-up:

The Great Otakon Podcast Picnic (named loosely after Achewood’s Great Outdoor Fight)

When:  Friday, July 30th, from 7:45 ~ 10 PMish (they might kick us out by 9)
Where: If it isn’t raining, on the patio just off the mall food court
              If it is raining, in the cafe space by the Starbucks near Registration
Who:  Podcasters, Bloggers and listeners and readers thereof
What to Bring: Not-easily-spoiling foodstuffs to eat and share. It’s sort of a pack-your-own lunch meet-up, with the option that you can bring (non-poisonous) shareable food should you feel so generous and/or ambitious to do so.  Perhaps you might also bring something to sit on, like a tarp or a blanket, although I’m not sure if that will be allowed in either location.

I chose this time because it is after the Funimation Panel and the AMV Contest, and slightly before the concert, although it is during the Otakon Game Show. Friday night was a suggestion from the Reverse Thieves.

Ninja Consultant 5th Anniversary “Hanging Out at a Bar”

The Ninja Consultant Brunch became massively over-crowded, so in the interest of accommodating everyone, I’m arranging a late-night meet up in the same area at a bar that mostly has pinball machines and not much else, from 9:00 PM ~ 11:00 PM. It’s called the Satellite Lounge. They don’t have food, but there is food nearby.

Saturday, July 17th
9-11 PM
Satellite Lounge
143 Havemeyer St
(between 1st St & 2nd St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

This is a repeat of some of the information on Facebook, but not everyone uses facebook, so here you go!

News: Ninja Consultant 5th Anniversary Brunch

Edit: Because the 24th is during Comic Con, by popular demand I am moving the date of the celebratory brunch back to July 17th.

Who is interested in joining us for a brunch to celebrate the 5th year anniversary of the Ninja Consultant podcast?

Saturday, July 17th, Noon
Where: Somewhere in Brooklyn, New York
RSVP: Required. Email us or RSVP on Facebook or comment below. Tweeting or DMing @erinf will also work.

#ProTip: Please only friend my personal page on Facebook if I know you In Real Life, but you can fan our podcast page.

News: Ninja Consultant Panels at Anime Boston 2010

Here is the official panel schedule for this weekend, subject to change:

Panel Name: Unusual Manga Genres
Time: 4:00:00 PM
Length in minutes: 45
Room: Panel 107

Manga-Mania I — Enter Panel-dome
Host: Ed Chavez
Time: 07:00:00 PM
Length in minutes: 50??

Panel Name: Recent Trends in Anthropomorphization, Hetalia to Wikipe-tan
Time: 08:00:00 PM
Length in minutes: 50
Room: Panel 202

Panel Name: Cooking with Manga
Time: 09:00:00 PM
Length in minutes: 50
Room: Panel 206

※ Only two of these panels are listed in the program guide, the others are late editions.

※ We do NOT have a table in Artist’s Alley this year.

※ Talking to us after the panel is encouraged, however, please note the three panels in a row on Saturday, so don’t feel bad if we run away.