Brian Szabelski is Tomopop's Editor-in-Chief, stuck with an ever-growing collection of figures and toys. When he's not posting on Tomopop, he can usually be found working on any number of projects (some of which will be revealed in good time) or hunting down older figures he doesn't own but wants.
Born and raised in Detroit, he currently lives in northwest Ohio. He enjoys a number of things, including taiko drum playing, food, friends, watching movies, food, writing fiction and playing Team Fortress 2. He also longs for the day a Tomopup figure is available ... among two dozen others he'd like.
You can currently follow him on Twitter at @brianszabelski.
Thought I'd pop in here now that things are winding down after New York Comic Con and talk a bit about the show and a few other things that have been rattling around in my head as of late:
New York Comic Con Post-Mortem
First, I'll talk a bit about the convention (and not about my delayed flight home through turbulent weather ... that is another story). I personally think we did a pretty good job running around the NYCC floor and it was pretty tiring, but overall, I had a great time and we got to meet a lot of very cool people. There's also some interesting things possibly coming up in the future that I'm really excited about, and trust me when I say you guys should be very excited, too. I also managed to not get sick this time, so hooray for that! It almost makes me like NYCC better just for that reason, lol.
Tomopop Game Nights
A while back, we did a few gaming nights for the site, but we lost track of scheduling them and they disappeared. Would anyone be interested again? And what games, if so? I'm game for anything, no pun intended.
Features and Interviews
One thing I think the site has been lacking that I feel we need are more features and interviews. I've always believed that features and such are really what set us apart, yet they've been fewer and farther inbetween in the last few months. Once I get through my review queue, I'm hoping to write a few... but I'm curious as to what you might all be interested in as well. Is there anything you're interested in reading about? Let me know; sometimes the best sparks for writing come from other folks' inquiries. :) I can say there's at least one constructive criticism piece on the way and another is sort of a wishlist-type feature like we've done in the past. Don't want to spoil things too much.
Likewise, if there's anyone you're interested in seeing us interview, don't be afraid to ask! :) Can't make any promises, but it always helps me to know what or who you're all interested in.
The 2012 Tomopop Toy Awards
Yep, we're bringing them back! After forgetting last year because I wrapped myself up in too much stuff, the 2012 Tomopop Toy Awards are actually happening. They'll cover everything we cover, so expect to see categories for anime/PVC, designer toys, plush, western/Comic/action figures and more! There will be some reader-voted categories, too, that you guys will get to have a say in, along with quite a few staff-voted ones. I think we're thinking 20-25 categories here, but nothing is set in stone besides Collectible of the Year. If you have any ideas, shoot me an e-mail at brian (at) tomopop.com and we'll add it to our growing list of ideas. :) Expect to see the winners announced in late December. And we're hoping to do the roundtable round-up feature again this year, so there will be a lot going on!
As for trophies, we couldn't find enough Nendoroid Mikus to gold-plate and stick on pedestals, so we'll have to wait for the future on that, it seems. Darn.
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