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7/27

melissaanelli:

- until each time I leave for LeakyCon, and the texts and excitement start flying, is that I AM SEEING SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS TOO. In the craziness of the year and all the work it’s easy to forget that. And I watch how people say “I’m going home,” and mean it. And I always feel like that guy…

IT’S HAPPENING.

7/27

jon-snow:

god bless sdcc

7/24
Hi! I'm cosplaying Intern Mauren from WTNV at LeakyCon this year and I was wondering whether I could use your John Peter's OJ design for the cover of my orange juice box? Thanks!!!

melissaanelli:

noweveryoneknowsi:

Oh my goodness, yes! Just credit me if anyone asks please and I definitely want to see a picture of the whole thing if that’s cool. Thanks for asking!

I need Intern Maureen to walk up to me and say, “Melissa, it may not be the best time to tell you this, but I can’t come to leakycon.” I will devise some sort of prize for this person.

I’LL BE WATCHING.

7/19

melissaanelli:

alsokatie:

Continuing in my quest for a lit-themed wardrobe

FANGIRL! By rainbowrowell! YAY!

I painted this today, and I’m totally going to bring it along to wear at LeakyCon this year. It’s perfect - both for its fangirl-ish-ness, and to wear for the lit track! :D

You are cosplaying a book OMG. I LOVE IT!!

THIS IS A THING THAT IS REAL.

7/19
i just saw a webcomic which also happened to be about ghosts and special police who catch those ghosts and the special police were called INSPECTRES!! i cannot help but feel like you have dropped the ball on this one MJ

DAMMIT.

7/15
tugboatsandthings:

Zelda, in a ball pit.

tugboatsandthings:

Zelda, in a ball pit.

7/11
melissaanelli:


As You Ready Your LeakyCon Schedules…So, the LeakyCon 2014 schedule came out today. It is our biggest, wildest, largest ranging, most crazymaking, most ambitious, silliest, ridiculousest thing that has ever happened. 

There are 225 sessions. There are workshops and panels and Q&As and games and improv sessions and book previews and movie screenings and Between Two Ferns parodies (Between Two Mandrakes, starring Maureen Johnson and John Green, and if you didn’t know you needed this in your life YOU DO NOW) and autograph signings and singalongs and photo booths and rock concerts and dance parties and talent contests and quiz shows and meetups and book signings and openings and closings and more. 

There are almost 100 special guests and almost as many presenters, moving through this stacked labyrinth of programming. If you want to know what it’s like to plan something like this and make it work, imagine a maze that has hundreds of possible routes and imagine that you must make thousands of people move through those routes perfectly, swiftly, with precision, and without ever running into other people along the way.

And what you don’t even know, yet, is that there is also a secret track, an extra invisible maze that you will only ever interact with by chance and which will never be trotted out in a programming book or on Sched.org for you to marvel at ahead of time, planned just for the joy of it happening.

There are many people on LeakyCon whose praises you will hear me sing, loudly, before this is all done. But tonight’s victory goes to the LeakyCon programming team, and it seemed apt to do it publicly while everyone is making spreadsheets, printing out schedules, and cursing the immutable laws of physics for confining them to being in one place at one time.

If you are ogling over Lit, you have the inimitable maureenjohnsonbooks and robinwasserman to thank, with the incredible katelinnea assisting in every way possible. That schedule is INSANITY alone. It is an incredible conference in and of itself.

And for the 200+ other programs, we have a general programming team consisting of:
Brad Ausrotas (yourcanadianoverlord)
Leah Cornish (leah617)
Kathleen Henderson (squirreljournal)
Lizzie Keiper (lizziekeiper)
Jenna Tackett (onthebigadventure)
Amudha Venugopalan (mightymudha)

That is an alphabetical list, but they are really two teams: a creative side and an administrative side, that we set up early this year. Creative and Admin met separately for half the year then recently (three months ago?) combined our efforts following the user generated content submissions.

Since that combination this team has really soared, and I have been so proud to witness this growth. The combination of left and right brain has made for a really geekily supercharged team. A team that created our first Artist Alley and our new Gaming Arena; it is captaining a pep band and started cosPLAY (our new take on the cosplay competition). It has worked with the wonderful Matt Maggiacomo to conceptualize and organize our rock shows; it has come up with brilliant ideas for guests (any and all Supernatural presence at LeakyCon comes down to this team) and initiatives. They’re responsible for the Tumblr Ask Box. 

This group of people has done more than you even know so far, more than I can tell you about yet, and so much I can’t wait for you to discover.

The programming schedule is a beast that we must slay every year. Every year certain tendrils escape death and come back to haunt us; that means changes from the book to Sched.org (and announced to you via social media). That means INEVITABLE name misspellings, outdated bios, general typos, and cross-scheduled guests. Also there’s always a wild card: this year, who would have guessed that a contestant in LeakyStars was also leading a program, and WE WOULD ACTUALLY CROSS SCHEDULE THEM? It should have, but didn’t, occur to check for that, because those odds are kinda astronomical. The programming schedule must be tamed, yearly.

Because it’s more than a schedule, and that’s something we believe: it has breath and life. It dictates your time here. It has to spread the geeky joy around in just the right manner; it has to be a proper ascension of activity; it has to strike the right balance of thrilling and educational and silly and flat-out fun. It has to have just the right feeling before it is done.


The overwhelmed, excited, happy feeling the schedule evokes isn’t an accident, it was our fervent hope. It is the product of several hours a week for almost a full year now from EACH of these people listed above. It is the product of our special guests and of our attendees, organized by this programming team. As you page through and have your freakouts and make your tentative schedules, have a thought for them - for Maureen and Robin and Kate and Lizzie and Mudha and Kathleen and Jenna and Leah and Brad - because the release of this schedule has represented a full year of work that they’ve been doing quietly (even though we spend most meetings in hysterics) ALL FOISTED ON YOU AT ONCE. To say they are super stressed about it having the desired effect is an understatement.

I hope you’re all ready for what is un-doubt-ed-ly going to be our best year ever.

-Melissa

IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING.

melissaanelli:

As You Ready Your LeakyCon Schedules…

So, the LeakyCon 2014 schedule came out today. It is our biggest, wildest, largest ranging, most crazymaking, most ambitious, silliest, ridiculousest thing that has ever happened. 
There are 225 sessions. There are workshops and panels and Q&As and games and improv sessions and book previews and movie screenings and Between Two Ferns parodies (Between Two Mandrakes, starring Maureen Johnson and John Green, and if you didn’t know you needed this in your life YOU DO NOW) and autograph signings and singalongs and photo booths and rock concerts and dance parties and talent contests and quiz shows and meetups and book signings and openings and closings and more. 
There are almost 100 special guests and almost as many presenters, moving through this stacked labyrinth of programming. If you want to know what it’s like to plan something like this and make it work, imagine a maze that has hundreds of possible routes and imagine that you must make thousands of people move through those routes perfectly, swiftly, with precision, and without ever running into other people along the way.
And what you don’t even know, yet, is that there is also a secret track, an extra invisible maze that you will only ever interact with by chance and which will never be trotted out in a programming book or on Sched.org for you to marvel at ahead of time, planned just for the joy of it happening.
There are many people on LeakyCon whose praises you will hear me sing, loudly, before this is all done. But tonight’s victory goes to the LeakyCon programming team, and it seemed apt to do it publicly while everyone is making spreadsheets, printing out schedules, and cursing the immutable laws of physics for confining them to being in one place at one time.
If you are ogling over Lit, you have the inimitable maureenjohnsonbooks and robinwasserman to thank, with the incredible katelinnea assisting in every way possible. That schedule is INSANITY alone. It is an incredible conference in and of itself.
And for the 200+ other programs, we have a general programming team consisting of:
Brad Ausrotas (yourcanadianoverlord)
Leah Cornish (leah617)
Kathleen Henderson (squirreljournal)
Lizzie Keiper (lizziekeiper)
Jenna Tackett (onthebigadventure)
Amudha Venugopalan (mightymudha)
That is an alphabetical list, but they are really two teams: a creative side and an administrative side, that we set up early this year. Creative and Admin met separately for half the year then recently (three months ago?) combined our efforts following the user generated content submissions.
Since that combination this team has really soared, and I have been so proud to witness this growth. The combination of left and right brain has made for a really geekily supercharged team. A team that created our first Artist Alley and our new Gaming Arena; it is captaining a pep band and started cosPLAY (our new take on the cosplay competition). It has worked with the wonderful Matt Maggiacomo to conceptualize and organize our rock shows; it has come up with brilliant ideas for guests (any and all Supernatural presence at LeakyCon comes down to this team) and initiatives. They’re responsible for the Tumblr Ask Box. 
This group of people has done more than you even know so far, more than I can tell you about yet, and so much I can’t wait for you to discover.
The programming schedule is a beast that we must slay every year. Every year certain tendrils escape death and come back to haunt us; that means changes from the book to Sched.org (and announced to you via social media). That means INEVITABLE name misspellings, outdated bios, general typos, and cross-scheduled guests. Also there’s always a wild card: this year, who would have guessed that a contestant in LeakyStars was also leading a program, and WE WOULD ACTUALLY CROSS SCHEDULE THEM? It should have, but didn’t, occur to check for that, because those odds are kinda astronomical. The programming schedule must be tamed, yearly.
Because it’s more than a schedule, and that’s something we believe: it has breath and life. It dictates your time here. It has to spread the geeky joy around in just the right manner; it has to be a proper ascension of activity; it has to strike the right balance of thrilling and educational and silly and flat-out fun. It has to have just the right feeling before it is done.
The overwhelmed, excited, happy feeling the schedule evokes isn’t an accident, it was our fervent hope. It is the product of several hours a week for almost a full year now from EACH of these people listed above. It is the product of our special guests and of our attendees, organized by this programming team. As you page through and have your freakouts and make your tentative schedules, have a thought for them - for Maureen and Robin and Kate and Lizzie and Mudha and Kathleen and Jenna and Leah and Brad - because the release of this schedule has represented a full year of work that they’ve been doing quietly (even though we spend most meetings in hysterics) ALL FOISTED ON YOU AT ONCE. To say they are super stressed about it having the desired effect is an understatement.
I hope you’re all ready for what is un-doubt-ed-ly going to be our best year ever.
-Melissa

IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING.

7/8
johngreenmcdonalds:

Yo Dawg, i heard you like quotes on pictures of McDonald’s  so i quoted John Green quoting Dom Pérignon, so you can read a quote on a picture of McDonald’s while you’re reading a quote on a picture of McDonald’s.

yes.

johngreenmcdonalds:

Yo Dawg, i heard you like quotes on pictures of McDonald’s  so i quoted John Green quoting Dom Pérignon, so you can read a quote on a picture of McDonald’s while you’re reading a quote on a picture of McDonald’s.

yes.

7/5
Maureen I feel like everyone inadvertently makes me feel really inferior for being a girl who doesn't want to wear makeup and I feel like I have absolutely no female role models who don't wear any makeup and it's so alienating and messing with my self esteem and it's not fair and I don't know what to do. I mostly hear other people say it's good for women to wear makeup for themselves, but when they say women don't have to it seems like an afterthought and that they don't really mean it. h..help?

I had to use an image to get the second part of the question in there.

SO, OKAY. I think I will need to break this apart because there are a few things here to grapple with. I’ll get to the easy ones and progress to the more complex part.

The first bit of good news is that there are loads of women who don’t wear make up. I can’t speak to your female role models, because they are a group that you’ve selected. I would hope you don’t dismiss a female role model because she wears makeup, in the same way that I would hope you would feel the same about her if she did not.

Second, I don’t know where you are—I know some places are more into hair and makeup than other places. (The two are often paired.) If you are, MORE GOOD NEWS! Not everywhere is like that!

Third, John saying he liked to wear makeup was just a statement of opinion on his part about a personal feeling on a matter personal to him. That’s allowed! We don’t have to be exactly like our role models in every respect. No one is alike in every respect! Also, I believe John was talking about this to subvert the assumption that men should not wear/like to wear makeup, when the wearing of makeup is one of the more arbitrary things of our culture. Anyone can wear it or not wear it. For some people, the wearing of makeup is a sign of their personal liberation. And for some, the lack of it is the same. John wasn’t suggesting that you should also wear it. He simply was saying, “I identify as male, and I wear makeup, and I am fine with it.” It’s much like saying, “I identify as female and do not wear makeup and am fine with it.” 

These are both extremely correct and pleasing statements.

All matters of personal adornment—makeup, hairstyle, hair color, tattoos, clothing choices—these are matters for each person to decide for themselves. There is nothing whatsoever wrong with not wearing makeup! There is also nothing wrong with wearing it! I certainly understand what you are saying about the pressure on women to conform to a certain behavior, and that often includes the wearing of makeup. But you have correctly assessed that you don’t have to. You never have to. Loads of people do not! I SWEAR TO YOU. 

I’m kind of a 50/50 person myself. I tend not to wear it most days, but if I am doing something, I tend to put it on. I was in theater for a long time, and I like the pleasing sensation of putting on makeup to prepare to make some kind of appearance. That I’m a woman is irrelevant. If someone told me I had to wear makeup, I’d probably throw mine out the window. If someone told me I couldn’t, I’d buy some. I don’t care. No fixed position is needed on the subject, but if you have one, that’s fine! No makeup for you! Perfect. Lovely! 

I know it is a hard feeling when you feel yourself conflicting with some preconceived notion of what men or women are like. This may sound weird, but I am going to suggest that you grab hold of that discomfort and realize it for what it is—the pressure of that message hitting you. That discomfort is you pushing back against obvious nonsense. Keep pushing. This is how we develop as people. And as society! 

We cannot control what others say or do. We can only work with how we perceive what others say or do. I am sorry you feel bad about how other people seem to react with your deliciously rad no-makeup stance. But I’ll bet you REAL HUMAN MONEY several people in that group really respect you for it.

I know I do. YOU ARE DOING YOU RIGHT!

love,

mj

 

7/5

shadesoflondons:

On a cold night, Stephen Dene went to the Eton boathouse to perform a desperate act. But someone stopped him along the way, sending his life in a new and decidedly strange direction–leading him to London, to two new friends, and to a world of shadows and mystery. (x)

SO FAN ART. WOW.