September 9 – September 14 – XOXO fest

Before heading off to Japan I stopped in Portland for XOXO fest an experimental festival / conference celebrating independently produced art and technology.


XOXO is figuratively the coolest conference on the planet. The schedule was too jam-packed to list everything, but here were the highlights for me:

      + C. Spike Trotman’s talk about working as an independent webcomic creator (check out

Iron Circus Comics



      + Nicky Case’s

Explorable Explanations

      (you’ll probably recognize some of the simulations he has created)


      + An introduction to

Baman Piderman

      , the cutest and funniest web series I’ve seen by Lindsey and Alex



Feminist Frequency

    episode screening (Anita Sarkeesian finally putting a data-driven, experienced voice to the sexism in the gaming industry a lot of women feel)

Honestly there was so much great stuff here. I am excited to go back and to continue to explore Portland (especially the food).

Benedict Bulgogi

It was also wonderful to see my friend Eli and hang with her throughout the weekend (and Riley too of course!)


Next stop: Japan!

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