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Will Cowboy Samurai Walk the Streets of Texas After New Law?

11 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The state of Texas already has an open carry law that applies to firearms but after September 1st, residents of the Lone Star state will be able to carry swords as well. That’s right, you read this correctly, swords. Republican Governor Greg Abbott has signed House Bill 1935 into law, which allows the open carry of weapons with blades longer then 5.5 inches.

This new law will apply to bladed weapons such as rapiers, broadswords, Claymores, spears, machetes, katanas, and Texas’ famous bowie-knife from the Alamo.

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‘Attack on Titan’ Artistry Sends Shivers Down My Spine

7 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Being a fan of cosplay (although not a cosplayer myself), I’m an admirer of the process of costume creation. It’s the endless hours of sowing together, sometimes with nothing more than simple needle and thread, pieces of cloth that will take gradual shape before a finished outfit is worn for all to see at a an event. To me this is the side of fandom I show neither the talent nor the want to become a part of. Watching from the sidelines is my equivalency of having cake and eating it too. But among the cosplay it is, at times, easy for me to overlook the make-up. The artistry that completes the persona one will present does not always get the attention it so richly deserves.

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Tees Please: Paul Reubens and Astro Boy

1 Jul

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

This is a new segment on Otaku no Culture, one where we explore the t-shirt, that talkative piece of clothing that has (through the decades) bared powerful political statements, expressed the wearer’s feelings, and has caused fits of laughter or bouts of disgust. I’ll be posting photos sourced from different media and in those posts I will try to give proper credit not only of the photographer but of the manufacturer of that certain tee.

There are times it won’t be possible and we will be asking you, the public, to help us fill in the missing information. In my travels I will also be asking people permission to snap photos of cool tees that I spot in the street. So if I come up to you to ask for a photo, please don’t be shy and know that I won’t be asking to take a snap of your face, just the shirt you’re wearing.

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Wind up Geek’s Cool Merchandise: Handmade Harry Potter Mugs

25 Jun

By James Robert Shaw
(The Wind up Geek)

In all my travels and in all the conventions I visit (Van Isle Comic Con, Tsukino-Con, and Fan Expo Vancouver), I have been amazed at some of the cool merchandise that can be bought at the vendor tables. I don’t just speak about the mass-produced items with names like Funko, Bandai, and Hasbro, but of the finely crafted local items as well.

At the 2017 Tsukino-Con, I spent much of my money on said items and a roll full of prints from local and more internationally known artists. I even bought a My Neighbour Totoro phone charm (which I will highlight at another time). For now, I will bring to your attention merchandise I discover and to share them with you, our readers. Perhaps along the way I will help you find something new.

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