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Anime Crossroads 2022

Hi to all of our supporters. Anime Crossroads is our first back in Indiana since 2020. We had to split up since there were two shows on the same weekend. Azure did Anime Crossroads and Captain did the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

Anime Crossroads is located in Indianapolis for three days of celebration of our love for anime, manga, and Japanese culture. It is Indianapolis’ biggest anime convention. It has had many big stars over the years including Robert DeJesus, Greg Ayres, and Tony Oliver to name a few guests. Anime Crossroads inaugural year was 2009 and was canceled in 2020.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our ko-fi page! . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van. It will be needed soon since my car died on my way home from a show.

Setup for the Anime Crossroads for us was on Thursday from 8 pm to 12 am. We arrived at the convention center at 9 pm. We completed about 80% of the setup. Azure had to  finish up  the setup the next morning. On Saturday, the vendor hall ordered burritos from a local place. A decent amount of food with the burrito. It always has a good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the Anime Crossroads. Anime Crossroads continued the trend of being another good show for us.

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. 

Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube or by clicking on the following  link tree

And, once you’re there, don’t forget to “like our posts”, “retweet our tweets”, provide comments, and “share” content.

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Michigan Nordic Fire Festival 2022

Hi to all of our supporters. Our next show was in the great state of Michigan. It was our first time in the state. The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival was fun and exciting. It started off very cold on Friday but by Sunday it was muddy.

The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival was created in 2016 to celebrate winter, fire, family and fun.  As the days start to get longer and days start to warm, we created an opportunity to get outside, throw spears, and try some of the wonderful beers and meads produced in the area.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our ko-fi page! . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van. It will be needed soon since my car died on my way home from a show.

Setup for the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival for us was on Friday from 9am to 5pm. A good friend of mine, Nathan(mead maker, which we enjoyed Friday and Saturday night), was my helper this weekend since Azure had to go to Indianapolis  for Anime Crossroads. We arrived at the park at 2pm and the setup was swift.  Michigan Nordic Fire Festival started at 5pm and continued to 11pm on Friday. On Saturday, Michigan Nordic Fire Festival was held 10 am to 8pm and 10am to 6 pm on Sunday.  It always has a  good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival. The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival continued the trend of being another good show for us.

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. 

Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube or by clicking on the following  link tree

And, once you’re there, don’t forget to “like our posts”, “retweet our tweets”, provide comments, and “share” content.

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Winterfest 2021

Hi to all of our supporters. We were at Kings Island Winterfest on selected nights from November 26 to December 31, 2021. We did the first two years of Kings Island Winterfest.  If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about Kings Island Winterfest and Kings Island.

Kings Island was conceived as early as 1964 when Coney Island, a popular amusement park 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River, suffered from a major flood that submerged the area in over 14 feet (4.3 m) of water. Although occasional flooding was common at the successful park, the flood in 1964 was the fourth highest on record and caused considerable damage.  Faced with already-limited space for expansion and parking, the event triggered discussions within the organization about relocating the park. In July 1969, Taft Broadcasting Company purchased Coney Island for $6.5 million and soon after purchased 1,600 acres (650 ha) in Warren County, Ohio, for $3.2 million. Kings Island still owned 773 acres (313 ha) of that purchase as of 2005. Kings Island Winterfest operates from late-November through December and debuted in 1982. Kings Island Winterfest ran for ten years originally.  It was rebooted in 2005 and lasted a year. After a 12 year hiatus, Kings Island Winterfest returned in 2017.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our ko-fi page! . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van. It will be needed soon since my car died on my way home from a show.

Setup for the Kings Island Winterfest for us was on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We arrived at the park at 3 pm. We completed 80% of the setup. We finished the setup on Black Friday afternoon. It was a very busy day on Friday.  It always has a  good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the Kings Island Winterfest. Kings Island Winterfest continued the trend of being a good show for us that was preceded  by a very strong October. 

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube.

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Ironton Wizardfest 11/13/2021

Hi to all of our supporters. We will be at the Ironton Wizardfest on November 13 and November 14, 2021. Also, we will be at Kings Island Winterfest on select nights from November 26 to December 31, 2021.  If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about Ironton Wizardfest

 Ironton Wizardfest is a two day event held on a weekend during the fall.  It is Harry Potter themed event with actors from the movies.

We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our page! https://ko-fi.com/dragoncatleather . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van. It will be needed soon since my car died on my way home from West Virginia.

Setup for the Ironton Wizardfest was on Friday. We arrived downtown at 5 pm.  It was a decent mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the event. It was cold, rainy, and snowing all weekend. 

If you’re trying to make sure your packages arrive by Christmas, please refer to our blog for the dates that USPS and UPS estimate you need to ship by this year.

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube

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Tennessee Medieval Faire 2021 Part Two

Hi to all of our supporters. In October, we will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tsubasacon. Hi to all of our supporters. In October, we will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tsubasacon. We will be at the Ironton Wizardfest on November 13 and November 14, 2021. Also, we will be at Kings Island Winterfest on select nights from November 26 to December 31, 2021 If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about the Tennessee Medieval Faire

  Tennessee Medieval Faire is a medieval costumed outdoor festival to run the first 3 weekends in October. The Tennessee Medieval Faire is in their 6th season. The faire is owned and operated by Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, is owned and operated by Lars Paulson and Barrie Blankenship Paulson. Lars has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including being general manager of several large festivals. Barrie has a Master’s of Science in Consumer Economics, 30 years of experience in entrepreneurial businesses; and she toured professionally as a comedy/stunt performer, choreographer, and director.  There is a pirate costumed outdoor festival to run the last 2 weekends in May, plus Memorial Day.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our page! https://ko-fi.com/dragoncatleather . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van.

Setup for the Tennessee Medieval Faire was on Friday . There were about 45 plus vendors at the faire . It will be a good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the fair. We arrived Friday at 7 pm and set up half the booth. We camped out for the weekend next to the Faire. A surprise rain shower with cold temperatures happened  Friday night. We had to run out to Tractor Supply for wood chips for the wet ground.  We finished the rest of the set up Saturday morning. Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days. It was the busiest weekend on record for us. I can’t wait for next year.

If you’re trying to make sure your packages arrive by Christmas, please refer to our blog for the dates that USPS and UPS estimate you need to ship by this year.

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube.

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2021 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Ship Before The Cutoff Times To Be Safe.

In our experience, holiday shipping seasons tend to get crazier every year, with package volume only increasing as online shopping continues to gain footing. All the major shipping carriers are bracing for an enormous volume surge, and even if you ship by these deadlines, there’s a chance USPS or UPS may still not deliver your package on time. So, if you’re shipping with USPS or UPS, we suggest shipping your packages before the cutoff dates we listed above if you want to make sure your package arrives on or before December 25th. With all the carriers expecting record-breaking holiday volume like in 2020, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

USPS Holiday Deadlines

Regarding Priority Mail Express service, please note this disclaimer from USPS:

Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before Dec. 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time, and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two business days.

Continental United States

  • First Class Package: Ship by December 17th
  • Priority Mail: Ship by December 18th
  • Priority Mail Express: Ship by December 23rd
  • Media Mail & Parcel Select Ground: Ship by December 15th

Alaska

The following dates apply to mail and packages traveling to/from Alaska and the Continental United States:

  • First-Class Mail: December 18th
  • Priority Mail: December 18th
  • Priority Mail Express: December 21st
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: December 2nd

Hawaii

The following dates apply to mail and packages traveling to/from Alaska and the mainland (contiguous United States):

  • First-Class Mail: December 17th
  • Priority Mail: December 17th
  • Priority Mail Express: December 21st
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: N/A

Deadlines for Shipping to Military Addresses (APO/FPO/DPO)

The following are the deadlines for shipping to and from military addresses, listed out by military zip code. Note that Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) and Space Available Mail (SAM) are no longer available this year.

AE ZIPs 090-092

  • First Class Mail (letters and cards): December 9th
  • Priority Mail: December 9th
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: December 16th
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: November 6th

AE ZIP 093

  • First Class Mail (letters and cards): December 9th
  • Priority Mail: December 9th
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: N/A
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: November 6th

AE ZIPs 094-099

  • First Class Mail (letters and cards): December 9th
  • Priority Mail: December 9th
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: December 16th
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: November 6th

AE ZIP 340

  • First Class Mail (letters and cards): December 9th
  • Priority Mail: December 9th
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: December 16th
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: November 6th

AE ZIPs 962-966

  • First Class Mail (letters and cards): December 9th
  • Priority Mail: December 9th
  • Priority Mail Express Military Service: December 16th
  • Retail/Parcel Select Ground: November 6th

International Packages

Africa/Central & South America

  • First Class Package International: November 29th
  • Priority Mail International: November 29th
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 6th
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 20th

Asia/Pacific Rim/Australia/New Zealand/Middle East

  • First Class Package International: December 6th
  • Priority Mail International: December 6th
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 13th
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 20th

Canada/Mexico

  • First Class Package International: December 6th
  • Priority Mail International: December 6th
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 13th
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 22nd

Caribbean/Europe

  • First Class Package International: December 6th
  • Priority Mail International: December 6th
  • Priority Mail Express International: December 13th
  • Global Express Guaranteed: December 21st

UPS Holiday Deadlines (for arrival on or before December 24)

Domestic Shipments

  • 3 Day Select: December 21st
  • 2nd Day Air (including 2nd Day Air AM): December 22nd
  • Next Day Air (including Next Day Air Early & Next Day Air Saver): December 23rd
  • Ground: UPS hasn’t provided a specific cutoff date for Ground shipments

Shipments to Canada

  • Worldwide Expedited: December 21st
  • Worldwide Express: December 23rd
  • Standard: Check https://ups.com/ctc for details

Shipments to Mexico

  • Worldwide Expedited: December 21st
  • Worldwide Express: December 22nd
  • Standard: Check https://ups.com/ctc for details

Shipments to the rest of the world

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube.

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Tsubasacon 2021

Hi to all of our supporters. In October, we will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tsubasacon. We will be at the Ironton Wizardfest on November 13 and November 14, 2021. Also, we will be at Kings Island Winterfest on select nights from November 26 to December 31, 2021.  If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about Tsubasacon.

 Tsubasacon is a three-day anime convention held on a weekend during the fall. Tsubasacon is also the first anime convention to be held in West Virginia. The convention’s name is a blend of the words tsubasa (Japanese for wings) and convention.  Tsubasacon started as the brainchild of Charleston, West Virginia resident Jeffrey Mace who was originally interested in beginning a statewide anime club. The decision to abandon a state anime club in favor of an actual anime convention was made after considering that the logistics and participation of periodic club meetings would be less successful as opposed to one large annual gathering. The Charleston Anime and Manga Society, Inc. was established soon afterward in order to take care of the business aspects of the convention. On February 16, 2004, The Charleston Anime and Manga Society, Inc. made the announcement that  Tsubasacon, West Virginia’s first ever anime convention, would be taking place later that year in Charleston.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our page! https://ko-fi.com/dragoncatleather . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van. It will be needed soon since my car died on the way home.

Setup for the Tsubasacon was on Thursday. We arrived at the hotel at 5 pm then we went to the convention center. We had until 10pm to set up. We completed 80% of the setup  and headed to the hotel. We finished the setup on Friday morning. It was a very busy day on Friday.  It always has a  good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the convention. Saturday continued the trend of being a good weekend followed by a strong Sunday. We love Tsubasacon.If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube.

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Tennessee Medieval Faire 2021 Part One

Hi to all of our supporters. In October, we will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tsubasacon.  If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about the Tennessee Medieval Faire

  Tennessee Medieval Faire is a medieval costumed outdoor festival to run the first 3 weekends in October. The Tennessee Medieval Faire is in their 6th season. The faire is owned and operated by Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, is owned and operated by Lars Paulson and Barrie Blankenship Paulson. Lars has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including being general manager of several large festivals. Barrie has a Master’s of Science in Consumer Economics, 30 years of experience in entrepreneurial businesses; and she toured professionally as a comedy/stunt performer, choreographer, and director.  There is a pirate costumed outdoor festival to run the last 2 weekends in May, plus Memorial Day.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our page! https://ko-fi.com/dragoncatleather . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van.

Setup for the Tennessee Medieval Faire was on Friday . There were about 45 plus vendors at the faire . It will be a good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the fair. We arrived Friday at 5 pm and set up half the booth. We camped out for the weekend next to the Faire. We finished the rest of the set up Saturday morning. Saturday was a beautiful day. It was the busiest day on record for us. A storm rolled in Saturday night and it rained all day on Sunday. I haven’t seen this much rain in one day. We had to tear down on Sunday because we were going toTsubasacon the following weekend.

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube

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Upcoming Events

Hi to all of our supporters. In October, we will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tsubasacon.  If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about Tsubasacon

 Tsubasacon is a three-day anime convention held on a weekend during the fall.  Tsubasacon is also the first anime convention to be held in West Virginia. The convention’s name is a blend of the words tsubasa (Japanese for wings) and convention.  Tsubasacon started as the brainchild of Charleston, West Virginia resident Jeffrey Mace who was originally interested in beginning a statewide anime club. The decision to abandon a state anime club in favor of an actual anime convention was made after considering that the logistics and participation of periodic club meetings would be less successful as opposed to one large annual gathering. The Charleston Anime and Manga Society, Inc. was established soon afterward in order to take care of the business aspects of the convention. On February 16, 2004, The Charleston Anime and Manga Society, Inc. made the announcement that  Tsubasacon, West Virginia’s first ever anime convention, would be taking place later that year in Charleston.

 We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our page! https://ko-fi.com/dragoncatleather . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van.

Setup for the Tsubasacon will be on Thursday. It will be a  good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the convention. 

If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube

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Upcoming Events

Hi to all of our supporters. In October, we will be at the Tennessee Medieval Faire and Tsubasacon.  If you haven’t already read any of our blogs, here is a little background history about the Tennessee Medieval Faire. The second blog posted today will be about Tsubasacon.

 Tennessee Medieval Faire is a medieval costumed outdoor festival to run the first 3 weekends in October. The Tennessee Medieval Faire is in their 6th season. The faire is owned and operated by Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, is owned and operated by Lars Paulson and Barrie Blankenship Paulson. Lars has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including being general manager of several large festivals. Barrie has a Master’s of Science in Consumer Economics, 30 years of experience in entrepreneurial businesses; and she toured professionally as a comedy/stunt performer, choreographer, and director.  There is a pirate costumed outdoor festival to run the last 2 weekends in May, plus Memorial Day.

 We went very simple again. We decided on bringing belts, purses, wallets, cord keepers, growler carriers, wine bottle carriers, bracelets and a few journals. We got all our products into one large bin but still needed two vehicles for the setup. We’re still searching for a 15 passenger van to put everything in it.  We started a Ko-fi Page! Ko-fi helps creators get support from fans of our work. Please support or follow our page! https://ko-fi.com/dragoncatleather . We set up a goal of $5000 to buy a van.

Setup for theTennessee Medieval Faire will be on Friday . There were about 45 plus vendors at the faire . It will be a  good mix of vendors featuring some great talent at the fair.If you are one of the many folks that asked about custom orders, please fill out the form on the contact us page. Also, if you saw something in our booth not listed on the website, please fill out the form on the contact page. Thanks again for coming out and seeing us. Keep up to date on shows and festivals by visiting the events page. Also, follow  us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Tik Tok, and Youtube.