Alive.

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Nathan E. Lilly

I’m currently entertaining existential and nihilistic thoughts. Chalk it up to too many years of thinking too hard. I have a great family, great friends, great career, great coworkers. I’m a happy and optimistic nihilist. Digging up the past; looking forward. Trying not to hold myself back. 

I don’t even know if I want to share my inner thoughts. There’s a certain strangeness in the process of unblocking yourself. I feel like I’m physically dragging my creative self out into the lime light. It doesn’t want to be there. I know it needs to be. That’s a coping device to deny pain and ward off vulnerability. Not that I’m in any great pain.

I can’t say anything more than: the purpose of life is to be alive.

So, as long as I can, I’m going to wake up every day; love my family; get some exercise; paint a little; and make some jokes. I’d do some dabbling, but I just don’t think I could stick with it.

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Too Many Games

Jun 23rd-25th 2017

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Oaks, PA 19456

MILES: 8.78

TooManyGames is one of the only all-encompassing gaming events in the nation. Who should come to TooManyGames? Well... Console Gamers, Handheld Gamers, PC Gamers, Arcade Gamers, Board Gamers, Card Gamers, LARPers, Miniature Gamers, EVERYONE!

(http://www.toomanygames.com/)

East Coast Black Age of Comics Con

May 20th 2017

Friere Charter

Philadelphia, PA 19132

MILES: 26.87

America’s premiere Black comic book convention encouraging youth literacy and creativity via comic books! The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention or ECBACC is a groundbreaking comic book convention that features some of the nation’s most accomplished comic book writers, artists, and cartoonists. ECBACC explores comic books, animation, cartoons and other forms of creative expression. We honor comic book excellence by presenting the Pioneer Awards to those artists and writers who have paved the way for today’s comic book artists and writers.

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Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

Jun 9th-11th 2017

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District

Philadelphia, PA 19106

MILES: 29.44

America’s Longest Running Writers Conference: hundreds of writers in attendance, representing many disciplines.

(http://www.pwcwriters.org/)

Wizard World Comic Con

Jun 1st-4th 2017

Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 19107

MILES: 28.97

Wizard World Inc., formerly known as Wizard Press and Wizard Entertainment, is a producer of multigenre fan conventions across North America. Starting out in 1991 as the publisher of one monthly magazine (Wizard), the company evolved into a multi-title publishing company with diversified interests in branded products and related convention operations. By 2011 the company had discontinued its print division to focus exclusively on its convention business. Since then they have expanded to producing more than 20 annual conventions around North America.

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Blobfest

Jul 14th-16th 2017

Colonial Theatre

Phoenixville, PA 19460

MILES: 6.96

There will be plenty of fun stuff to do and see starting at 11AM including the Fire Extinguisher Parade, Costume Contest at 1PM, Merchant Facade Contest, music, food, and vendors ’til 5PM.

(https://thecolonialtheatre.com/programs-categories/blobfest/)