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The Full Deck: Haruzakura

From: Nathaniel C.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:43 AM

   So it's late again, but at least I'm trying. You know, it may be easier to get these publications out on time if maybe some of our members wanted to step up and ease some of the burdens of our leadership, huh? No pressure! Fortunately, you won't be subjected to any excessively long reading with this month's update. Let's get to it, shall we?


The Flop

   I said to "beware the ides of March" and many of you certainly did. In fact, there was only one less member at our March Madness Meet & Greet than there was at Mizuumi-Con 6. That's 23 & 24 members, respectively. We had tons of fun with tons of new people at last months meet & greet. I'd love to see all those faces again & some more new one's too for this month's social. So all of you who brought guests, bring more!

   So I didn't get to go to Mizuumi-Con this year, but here's what some of our members had to say:

"Mizuumi-con 6 was awesome!, I saw a lot of good cosplay!, and met a few aces members, it was very good over all :D" -Jesse

"Had fun. Saw some awesome cosplay." -Philipe

You can find the photos that our members posted either bythe event posting, or by looking at the most recent albums in the 'Photos' section of our Meetup site. You know, It's always a good idea to submit your own reviews of any meetup that you attend- that's just one more thing that helps out our leadership. We love feedback, and we're always looking for more ways to make our group more entertaining and satisfying for our members... for you.


The Turn

   Some of you may have heard that ACES planned to hold a panel at the new & upcoming convention, Anime Odyssey. If I've done my job well, then most of you didn't hear that. For those of you that did, we're not. If you didn't already know, Anime Odyssey has been created and organized by Franklin J Moormann. That's right, the very selfsame creator of Ooples and ACES! So naturally, we did have a particular interest in honoring Anime Odysseys request for us to host a panel. After much deliberation, we have decided only to make our presence at the convention with a table in the dealers room / artist alley. Our relationship with Franklin has also warranted us the opportunity to offer our members free 3 day passes for all of those who choose to spend their time regularly promoting the convention until the day of the event. Some of you have already started to fulfill that commission with your efforts at Mizuumi-Con. Though it may seem a bit unprecedented, Franklin has set no limit on the amount of our members he is willing to offer passes to. So anyone who wants to cash in on this opportunity, can. His only stipulation is that, as evidence of the work you have done, take of photograph of the location where you have done your promotional work and/or where you have left the flyers for the convention (in the instance that you have found a business that agrees to let you leave flyers there). To an extent, this is a bit dependent upon the honor system, which I don't mind at all since it's not my convention. However, I do expect all participants to indeed prove themselves to be honorable & worthy of the privilegewhich they have been given. Do not sully yourselves to be less than what you are, do not sully this society to be less than what we have made it to be, and do not sully me for the kindness that I have shown you in the procuring of this benefit. Anyway, for all of you who want to participate, send me an email at [address removed] to get started (or to pick up where you left off). You can even just reply to this message.

   Speaking of volunteers, even the ACES need some help from time to time. I don't know how many of you are aware, but we do have a Facebook and Twitter page... a disparagingly poor twitter page -__- Anyway, what we lack is one or two anime adept social network addicts to help us manage those pages, promoting our society and our events. We have a different objective for each social network, so our members will be able to benefit by following both. If you believe that you'd be up to the task, then also send me an email or reply to this message. We certainly will always be ready to welcome more artists of every kind for one of our new projects to debut next month, the ACES Artists' Alley. Just as well, we might benefit from one guy or girl (one who is well versed in tabletop games or imported video games) working under the instruction of Landon for AGES, also set to open next month.

   Later on this summer, some of our highly responsible members may see more opportunities to enter into the upper echelons of ACES's leadership. Right now, we are working on creating avenues for fundraising, and even opportunities for ACES to give back to the macro-society in which we find ourselves in. Who knows, one of you may even be given a occasionto work along side Tomoe?!? If you happen to ever have any fundraising idea, drop it into our digital Suggestion Box (find it int the message boards). You've seen Medaka Box right? Well, we're that serious about our suggestions.


The River

       ♪ Sakura, sakura, ♫ yayoi no sora wa ♪

   Ah, yes the spring is here and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Did you know, even though the sakura came early for Japan this year, Washington DC's Cherry Blossom Festival Parade & Sakura Matsuri are happening this Saturday!?! Perhaps we might be able to have the same enthusiasm and awe as we celebrate Japanese tradition and culture next weekend at our social event "Nippon Style"! If you haven't seen or heard about it, then find it on our events calendar for April 20th. For the first time as a group, we'll be dining in the Tatami Room of our routine favorite, Fujiya Japanese Garden. There Tomoe Kumashirowill demonstrate & allow us to participate in a Japanese tea ceremony, then she will regale our senses with an enchanting performance on the koto!Perhaps we might even be treated with the quintessential song of springtime, "Sakura, Sakura". If there's ever been a reason to cancel everything & come to a meetup, this is it. Don't miss it! Invite everyone! Depending on how many of us attend, seating in the tatami room may be limited, so do your best to be on time too... or you'll just have to ejoy most of the occasion from the general dining areas =/

   This time we'll still be having our regular anime night and after-meetup later on that evening, at Ooples. So come and be lavished by all of your favorite thins on April 20th!


The Showdown

   Well, it seems like noooobody pays attention to our message boards. At least nobody payed attention to my post about A-Kon. Do we really not have any members willing to make a cheap trip to Dallas? C'mon, I hate that town, but why miss the biggest anime convention in Texas? You know, there's still time to get things coordinated with each other. I know at least a handful of us want to go, so lets talk about it- find "A-Kon:1, Comic-Con:0" discussion in our 'Upcoming Events' section of our message board. Anyway, I guess it might be too close to Anime Odyssey for some of our wallets... but if I only got to choose one... Well, it may be a conflict of interest for me to finish that sentence. SOOO, who's excited about Anime Odyssey!?!?! I know I am! Promote the convention with me & get your free 3-day pass! Or just order your pass online at

   I said this month's issue of The Full Deck would be shorter than the last... I can't tell if I lied. Then again, who knows if most of our members read this anyway? You nerds need to stop acting like you don't use your computers -__- We don't do this stuff for nothing! We do it for you... even you who aren't reading this. The number one thing that I ask of all of our members, honor the hard work of our organizers. Of course, everything we have for you is optional, but that also means that everything we do for you is a gift. We know you like it, so just do the little things to show us you appreciate it too... Like reading all of my long-winded newsletters... & RSVP at least when you know you'll be there. You work on that & I'll work on actually releasing these issues on the 1st.


   P.S. I could also use a Full Deck proofreader. It would need to be some lunatic who's up somewhere around 3-5am to shuffle through my ramblings for any jokers or wild cards. Anyway, lookout for details about May's social event in our next issue of The Full Deck.

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