Guest Post: Why I Wrote A Book on Fandom Journalism

otakujournalistI know guest posts are a bit of a rarity on this site, but I wanted to take a quick moment to let you know about my colleague Lauren Orsini’s new book, Otaku Journalism, that just launched today on Kindle! Lauren is a skilled writer and her enthusiasm for reporting on geeky topics is absolutely infectious. I’m already a few chapters into reading her new book and love it, so I highly recommend you grab a copy today! Here’s a post from Lauren talking a bit more about the project:

Continue reading

Advertisements

Full Scale (Building the Real Millennium Falcon) Feature (@The Magazine)


Super stoked to announce my first contribution to The Magazine is now live! I wrote this fun piece about a group of seriously dedicated Star Wars enthusiasts working to build a full-scale replica of the Millennium Falcon using crowdsourcing online. There’s a touching and funny love story woven throughout the piece too. If you haven’t heard about The Magazine, it’s a very cool site/app that runs a slew of interesting articles every two weeks. ABSOLUTELY worth paying $1.99 a month to subscribe – which also gives you access to all of the back issues.

Here’s the article!

My PAX East 2011 Coverage Roundup

I love going to PAX East. Walking amongst so many fellow nerdfolk for three days is both refreshing and exhausting, but it’s always a good time. This year I covered the convention for GameSpy, and during my many travels and appointments, I was able to check out some awesome games and meet some great folks. Here’s a round-up of a bunch of my PAX East-related coverage from the past week. I’m still working on a few other pieces that’ll be published in the next week or so, but this is the bulk of it.

Mega-PAX East Roundup Feature @ GameSpy [Read it here]
I explored many facets of the convention and glob it all together in this massive feature that touches on a wide range of topics and events throughout the show.

PAX EAst 2011: Indie Gaming Extravaganza [Read it here]
There were so many awesome indie games out on display at PAX East that it was hard to catch them all. I spent a lot of time running around to check them out, and here’s a write-up highlighting some of the best I stumbled across.

Portal 2 Preview [Read it here]
The first Portal was awesome. Portal 2 is going to be 400 percent more awesome. I saw the first 6 hilarious minutes of the game at PAX East and also sat down for a lengthy interview with one of the games main writers. Here’s my impressions and rundown of the preview. My interview will be going up soon.

Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Hands-On [Read it here]
I spent some pew-pew time with GoW 3’s multiplayer beta. Good times. GameSpy Editor Will Tuttle grills me about the hot details in this Interrogation Room preview piece.

There are a few other PAX East related things still in the pipeline, so stay tunes.

Feature: PAX East 2010 – Photo Essay


“After many successful years on the West Coast, the annual Penny Arcade Expo recently made its East Coast debut in Boston, unleashing a veritable Pandora’s box of gaming nerdery into the Hynes Convention Center that spilled out into the surrounding area for several days of revelry. PAX is the only gaming focused convention of its size that’s accessible to the general public, and PAX East’s clear focus on giving players and fans a means of accessing their wildest geek fantasies over the course of a jam packed weekend assured the approximate 60,000+ attendees would have plenty to do during their stay.”

Check out the full photo feature here at MSN’s Game On.

Off to PAX East!

Heading off to PAX East for the weekend for a serious explosion of geek awesome. Equal parts work trip, book research opportunity,  and chance to totally nerd out, my trek to Boston for the East Coast debut of PAX  should be a wild time. I’ll be covering the convention for various print and online outlets as well as likely posting some other stuff here about my time. Check back next week for links to my coverage and a rundown of how things went.