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this is not a part of proper rave etiquette

Conrad came out of his room with this huge ziploc bag full of quarters, and this is more or less the conversation that transpired, transcribed here for your amusement. You'll also note Conrad's rave-appropriate attire - glowsticks and glowloopies and glowglows and glowy-glow-mcglowertons. This is largely what I know about raves, although the rave-knowledge I received in my youth has been modified somewhat by the conventions I've attended since. My friend Nick, who will go without last name, was the first entrepreneur to think to sell glowsticks at conventions ... this was at a certain convention in 1998, back when I was a young punk hanging out with 16 other young punks in one hotel room. Nick made a killing selling these things, although he had to do it on the sly. The next year, everyone was selling the damn things ... this time, Nick lost his investment. 

I am more of a rock and roll guy, maybe with a little hip-hop now and again ... raves are for people who want to dance, which is awesome, but I have no rhythm and I am tone deaf, and that will never change. I was once having a conversation with my father. "Actually," he said, leaning back in his chair, "you being tone deaf was probably hereditary. No one in my family plays any instruments ... " He paused, and then added, sympathetically, "Sorry about that." 

I am obligated to add, Yuko did some art for this years Webcomics Holiday Postcard Fundraiser. All the proceeds go straight to Child's Play, that totally ace charity. Here's the art: 

They're two characters from a JW story we have in store further down the line! Keep an eye out for it some time next year. ;)


Neither of my parents can

Comment by czarina (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 00:51

Neither of my parents can really hold a tune; my mother used to sing in a choir (but really quietly) and my father is pretty much tone deaf.

It's a miracle I'm somewhat musically talented. (and by somewhat, I can play my clarinet okay).

Ananth- you can not-dance

Comment by Megan (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 01:14

Ananth- you can not-dance with Dane! He will be very happy to have someone to not-dance with when there is potential dancing occurring... as that is usually when I go and do bad-dance and he is bored.

That is all.

Hippity hop

Comment by Reginald (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 03:06

If you ever have a random Urge to listen to Cali hip hop ( not much difference from anywhere really [except we don't have seasons]) Check out my Either OfNazareth or Can't Find A Villain, They are pretty far underground, but also well known in some circles

No music? Nooooooooooooooo...!!!

Comment by MacFluffers (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 08:45

I couldn't imagine life without playing and writing music. In fact, just the other day I named my acoustic guitar and wrote a song about her. (Her name is Tarra Robelli, by the way.)

Things like this made me wish I were a few years older, so I could appreciate that sort of stuff. Plus, the whole nineties were pretty much a blur to me, even though I'm told it wasn't a bad decade.

By the way, I NEED MOAR QUARTERS. We need quarters for the laundry machines here, and I always seem to run out really fast. And I don't do laundry often to begin with.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 10:08

Yeah my homie Xavier "known by most as "x"" gets to sell his glow legitimately and exclusively outside of the raves for katsucon and otakon. He might for others, but those are the only shows I work so I don't know how well his business does otherwise. Apparently the economy is kickin his glow-pushin ass though, SO EVERYONE BUY GLOW STICKS GROW THE BIG BLACK MAN IN A KILT.


Comment by Ashiru (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 10:15

Who needs to know how to dance at a rave? I am the most dance-challanged person on the planet and I was once dragged to a rave at Youmacon. I then realized that if I'm covered in glowsticks and flailing I fit right in. *Sorry to the actual ravers that CAN dance and take it seriously, lol*

I always tell people not to

Comment by Viga (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 12:53

I always tell people not to worry about knowing how to dance at raves. Plus, it's dark. Who can tell.

Anyway, every con I go to (except Otakon's funk rave) the rave is usually banging. Katsucon's has won in the last few years.

Double fun

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 10:40

Now if he took those socks of money to a mosh pit he'd have more use for them.

I keep a sock full of

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 11:31

I keep a sock full of quarters in my car in case the police officers want to have a rave when I get pulled over.

*insert possible suicide here*

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 11:43

Do you think we could get Yuko to pose for a topless calender if it was for charity?

*is now suddenly thankful for that ocean between him and the USA*

woopsie on the above

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 11:44

Woops pressed reply instead of add comment. Silly me


Comment by Aido Thu, 12/11/2008 - 13:00


Con or I could you lend you

Comment by Marky Mark (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 13:06

Con or I could you lend you our Green Leaf underwear :D

*thumbs up*

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 15:28

Insert some rather enthusiastic thumbs up here

Can we just get back to the

Comment by Michael (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 18:00

Can we just get back to the fact that Conrad wants to double fist Washington Cotton Knuckles?

I am not much of a "clubber"

Comment by Michael (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 17:58

I am not much of a "clubber" or "raver." I feel like you have to really commit if you go to one of those things. You don't go halfway with it.

I've only been to two clubs in my entire life - West Hartford's own Club Blu, which is one of those clubs where you run into the weird people from high school who think they're oh so cool. So they're dancing circles around you while you cling to your alcoholic beverage.

The other club was in Prague, which was more fun, because the female Czech patrons take to bearded fellows.

I also love the drawing!

I don't take anything seriously

Comment by Decad (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 18:48

I go to clubs far too often with friends (dragging me away from my computer maybe up to three times a month! ;_;) and I am proud to say I have never danced. I am the guy who sits in the corner and growls loudly at anyone who tries to sit in or around our seats. They love this aura of "Fuck off you bastard" I give out as it makes a nice refreshing bubble of space in even the most crowded club. People have actually decided to leave rather than get to close when I've put effort into it.

But I must admit that going to goth and industrial clubs (not raves oh sweet zombie jesus no) with friends is somewhat relaxing even if I don't drink.


Comment by T.I.D.U.S. (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 19:24

Dearest Conrad, WHEN DID YOU GO TO A RAVE? What with your big sacks of money with dollar signs on them. Next time you go to a rave, I better be invited or playing it!

I want to be there as well.

Comment by Yenian (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 21:28

I want to be there as well.


Comment by Decad (not verified) Fri, 12/12/2008 - 10:05

To be fair fifty dollars isn't much money in the real world. I mean when you convert it into real money like say Pound Sterling its probly barely gonna be £35.


Comment by MacFluffers (not verified) Fri, 12/12/2008 - 21:30

Well, it's true you can't buy too much with it, but 50 bucks could be ten meals, five books, three albums, or a video game. Fifty bucks isn't useless.

old inside joke

Comment by stevehill (not verified) Fri, 12/19/2008 - 11:56

"But... think of how much crack you could buy for TEN DOLLARS"

"OH... you're RIGHT..."

This the good post that i

Comment by Rolex (not verified) Tue, 01/11/2011 - 07:02

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Double strength.

Comment by MX (not verified) Thu, 12/11/2008 - 22:32

Make sure you put those socks into another pair of socks.

Don't want one of them bursting, sending a wild spray of quarters into a crowd.


Or do you?


Comment by MacFluffers (not verified) Fri, 12/12/2008 - 11:14

Money for everybody!! :D

...Just don't trample anyone, okay?

and I'd buy it

Comment by hillary (not verified) Fri, 12/12/2008 - 11:12

That technique of quarter sock nunchakus seems almost like a video game move.

I dunno why...

Comment by Hollywood Car Crash (not verified) Sat, 12/13/2008 - 17:54

I dunno why... But when I look at Conrad swinging socks full of quarters I just imagine how a show down between Leo, (from VGCats), with his rat-flail and Conrad and his nun chuck quarters would go down. Wait... I know how it would go down: Conrad gives himself a concussion, and Leo kills himself with a bad case of rat born plague.
Ahh, good times. lol Sorry I kid, I kid!
Too much time on my hands. XP


Comment by Toadster (not verified) Sun, 12/14/2008 - 18:09

I do have rhythm. I play the drums, so it's required.

But when I dance I turn into a paraplegic monkey missing his legs. It's sad, really.


Comment by Decad (not verified) Mon, 12/15/2008 - 13:55

Or fantastic depending on who you ask. Some people think dancing like a retarded monkey with no limbs is a good thing. Some even find it attractive somehow.

Laundry! :3

Comment by Ebony (not verified) Sat, 12/27/2008 - 04:05

Laundry! :3

he should have used it on

Comment by Elkian (not verified) Sat, 03/28/2009 - 20:56

he should have used it on one of those coin-pusher games instead - you know, where you drop a coin, and if you're lucky, this shelf-arm thingy pushes the coins over the edge? When I found one that used real money, I ended up cashing a tweny after my $5 in quarters ran out....-_- maybe not such a good idea after all.

Things like this made me

Comment by jin (not verified) Thu, 05/14/2009 - 11:22

Things like this made me wish I were a few years older, so I could appreciate that sort of stuff. Plus, the whole nineties were pretty much a blur to me, even though I'm told it wasn't a bad decade

Is that a

Comment by BurntToShreds (not verified) Thu, 10/08/2009 - 16:49

Wildebeest girl?


Comment by RSJ (not verified) Fri, 11/20/2009 - 12:50

What the--
Am I really the only one that looks at that many quarters and immediately wants to run away to the nearest arcade and dump them all into a SIMPSONS arcade game?

that's too funny.....keep

Comment by brazilian jiu jitsu gear (not verified) Mon, 03/28/2011 - 02:18

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nice work

Comment by best coffee maker (not verified) Wed, 04/20/2011 - 20:12

wow great art work it looks amazing man