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johnny dollar's vault

retro pop culture and various local observations and ramblings.

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
johnny dollar's vault resides in the basement of stately dollar maisonTM, amongst the wine cellar, tiki bar, and finicky electrical panel. from time to time i will unearth various artifacts from either there or from the random crevices of my mind.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

watch out for ninjas and catgirls - otakon 2006

starting tomorrow you may notice girls with pink hair and guys carrying 6-foot samurai swords around. no need for alarm, it's merely otakon 2006.

as for me it's not my thang, although i loved me some speed racer and ultraman in my day.

naw, we're going down to virginia for fun and frolic and getting stuck in beach traffic. anyways, back to otakon. what you might not know: the name of the convention is derived from the japanese word otaku, which in america refers to a fanboy (and increasingly, fangirl) who is obsessed with japanese manga culture. in japan, the hand can be used like a knife, oops, i mean, otaku refers mostly to basement-dwelling antisocial men who spend all day playing nintendo and worshipping fictional japanese popstars. so you see da connexion.

i have to admit that my favourite aspect of all this craziness is the cosplay that manifests itself as girls dressing up like cats. i'm sure this is the confluence of several japanese cultural things from cats being considered lucky to the japanese street fashion cult of women dressing like children. whatever. i just like catgirls.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


So, yeah, I'm a 32 year old doofus who has been counting down to this since otakon 2005.

can you say, "Dork?"

9:57 AM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

you dressing up? :D
i'm a dork too, just with slightly differing foci.

10:05 AM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

ah, i saw the post on your blog. nevermind :D. take photos!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really curious to see how the otakon people and the New York Skankee fans get along this weekend. I may just drag my roller cooler and a lawn chair over to Pratt Street and watch.

10:41 AM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

indeed, i suspect the real ultimate power of ninjas will overcome the power of baseball everytime.

11:02 AM  

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