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This throwing words at the Web, man...it's not print.

I miss seeing words reemerge on honest-to-gosh coated stock, sometimes weeks, sometimes months after rattling 'em into the PC. *sigh* Happened every month for 11 years...but I left it to come to Japan.

Lately, though, have had the urge to try to do something print-wise with what I've seen and learned here, and with industry contacts I've been lucky to meet. Have been tremendously impressed with Otaku USA (even bought a subscription, instead of just reading the advertiser copies at work), so I was hoping they might be interested...and pitched a half-dozen ideas on October 3 to the address their website lists as the one for people who want to write for the magazine, otakuusa at gmail.com (titling my e-mail "Missive to the Mighty Macias," natch).

A month passed. No answer.

A week ago, I updated the e-mail and sent it again to the same address. I also used their website's contact form to ask if the otakuusa at gmail.com address was still correct, since there'd been no answer.

No answer, and no answer.

So, I dunno if that means there's no interest, or folks are too busy, or I'm just not one of the cool kids. ('Cause it sure as hell can't be that I'm not otaku enough. ;^) )

Sit tight a while longer, 'cause this might be typical before time is found for a yea or nay? Or feel free to head elsewhere now, 'cause no news by now likely means no interest then, now, or beyond? Would really appreciate any advice...!
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From:tochiro998
Date:November 12th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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I have been bugging and bugging Patrick that he needs to get with you and get you writing for the mag. He's a good guy, but there's just some... I dunno, shy guy thing going on for such a mover and shaker. I was IMing him just the other day and he actually said "Yeah, I gotta mail her" to me.

Don't worry about seeming pushy, keep the contact going. I'm TRYING to get you two together because the whole world of the Anison singer is UTTERLY UNKNOWN to the AmeriOtaku (my name for the fans who never buy anything, download everything, came into the 'floating world' in 2003 and think that anime began in 1999 with Gundam Wing)

Don't worry about not being one of the 'cool kids'. You ARE and I think in some way that intimidates Patrick.

I mean, good lord, if *I* can get some nonsense about Macross published, you're a snap to get a regular column! :)

Please don't give up! I'm still working it at this end. OK?
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From:ii_jidai
Date:November 17th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
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Wow. Steve, I appreciate your doing that. Thanks very much!

But I don't get it... If you're shy, isn't the hard thing to contact someone out of the blue? (Which is why it took me so long to do it...!)
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From:tochiro998
Date:November 17th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
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I....I don't know. And I'm saying all this with full knowledge it might very well bite me in the bottom like so many other things. Patrick seems to sometimes...I should say, I get this IMPRESSION that he feels that he's just this jerkwater kid from the west coast and high powered fans, old school fans such as you (and, I say this blushing and with all humility, me and who the hell am I? :) ) just won't talk to him or want to have anything to do with him. Every picture I see of him, even his voice on his 'Hot Tears of Shame' podcast has this somewhat hangdog tone and look, like "what am I DOING here? this can't be happening!"

(have you checked his blog? http://patrickmacias.blogs.com/ I get namechecked about every other podcast, I think I'm a running joke now)

It could be something clinging from the days when the national C/Fo was falling apart and some king a-holes were running local clubs, I don't know.

I first told him of your Anison work months and months ago, shortly after Otaku USA started. I've bugged him about contacting you on and off since then. I've wanted to mail you to encourage you to contact HIM but I feared my mail would get lost or otherwise....um...not get to you.

I blame myself. I think he had hopes that I would be a real powerhouse of content generation and I've failed utterly, no surprise there. Maybe my prompting has no weight anymore.

But I for one would LOVE to see you write a regular Anison column. I think the strength of Otaku USA rests on showing all these kids aspects of the world they just don't even know about, something more than Naruto and whatever the current hot J-pop or Visual star is.

I'll tell you, none of the other existing anime mags in the US would be able to showcase your passion the way Otaku USA can. And they pay. :)

We just have to get you two together! Arrggh!

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From:tochiro998
Date:November 17th, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
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I keep forgetting to add, I respect and admire Patrick greatly. He's carrying what seems to be a huge load, I've referred to it as burning the candle at 3 ends, and the fact that Otaku USA hasn't fallen by the wayside is a testament to his vision for what an anime mag can be. I just wish I could do more for the mag but, it doesn't seem to be in me.

He's back and forth to Japan all the time, he really needs to attend an Anison concert. Would be a break from watching Bandai middle management guys getting drunk :)
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From:pockyman
Date:November 12th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
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I'd say be patient a little longer. Sometimes publishers and editors can get swamped. @.@

Like me, I'm trying (and failing) to get our mature geek life blog and magazine off the ground (www.spwug.com), but it's hard to find enough people to write. -.-
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From:ii_jidai
Date:November 17th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
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Mature geek? Sounds interesting! I went to the site, but the links to "subscribe" and "for the print version" aren't going through...will try again in a few days!
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From:pockyman
Date:November 19th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
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I'll let you know when the store is up again. ^_^;; We've been having issues with it. >.>
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Date:November 24th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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Ardith!

This is Patrick! I'll contact you soon about an interview! Promise! Kind of swamped here, but looking forward to speaking with you about...everything!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:November 24th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Heyyy, Patrick! Thanks very much for getting in touch! I want to write for you, chief! Will sit tight and hope things will ease up for you soon. Thanks again!
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