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Well, It happened. I did what I never thought I would do. I actively and knowingly attended a Anime convention for the first time ever. Specifically, Sakura Con 2022 in Seattle.

And before I go off on the stereotypical jokes about weebs, neckbeards and the random tags that are slapped onto the people who attend these events, I would like to point out my new found appreciation for the people and artists who pour time and energy into their craft. Generally, I would be in the latter cocategory. Ask my business partner Janejira. I have on multiple occasions spoke openly and judgmentally about her passion for cosplay and cons.

Even though I was a weird tourist with a camera I was still welcomed by the people. I don't think I got a "No" when I asked for a picture. They were all happy to share and always willing to strike a pose.

After taking around 400 images I came out with about 150 really good portraits of some cosplayers. I will be sharing them over the next few weeks. Make sure to check out Instagram (Mrbuttersnatch/AmericanKintsugi) for more.

Speaking of work- What about the show?!

We are off and running! Literally. Over the summer Janejira and I will be traveling from B.C. to Oregon attending conventions. Some events we will have a table and some will be just visiting. You can guarantee I will be more prepared to take more pictures!

Our next event is Chibi-Chibi Con may 21st. Creative Director Janejira will have her own personal art table. Stop by and make sure to say hi! I will be there promoting AK: the animated series and taking pictures.

The Animation itself has been running perfectly. Our 3d animator Abby Signs is currently hard at work mocking up our 3d environment and props as we build so we can start merging the 2d animation with the 3d backgrounds.

With just a little more funding from our supporters and some time and effort we can increase our pipeline add a second and third animator to help with the burden. So please spread the word!

Matt Johnson Writer/American Kintsugi C.E.O./Atomic Heat Media LLC

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