THEY HAVE THE ACE ATTORNEY OFFICIAL MANGA IN MY LAW LIBRARY I AM CRYING.
Your honor, something is amiss here!
As you are probably aware, library materials are labeled with barcodes as well as a number to determine their location on the shelf, as per the Dewey Decimal System. The books just to the left of the manga are labeled, as are the DVDs just in view on the lower shelf. Look even further behind these shelves and you’ll see that even those books are labeled!
Ladies and gentlemen of the courtroom, I invite you to take a closer look at the volumes that are, allegedly, part of this law library! Something is missing from the spines, isn’t there?
Where are the bar codes?!
This is a blatant contradiction! The OP is lying— these volumes cannot, therefore, be a part of this library at all! I propose that they simply brought these materials in for the sake of the joke!!
Only focusing on one aspect and not the whole of the issue, are we, Mr. Wright? Typical.
Your honor, if you bring your attention to the books just left of the manga, you’ll notice there’s a book (the second to the left) that also does not have a bar code.
If you examine the picture even closer—particularly the DVDs below—you’ll see that they bear bar codes, but not on the spines. No, they have them on the back and/or front of the DVDs. Of course, this method of labeling and organizing isn’t limited to products of the film industry alone.
Therefore, I’d like to propose that it is entirely possible that the manga books do, in fact, belong to the library!
Wh-WHAAAAT?! You’re kidding!!
(Shoot, he’s got me there… Better think of something fast! Something about the books that sets them apart from—
…! I’ve got it!)
While that may be true, you’ve also overlooked one critical error: the titles of the books! Whether or not your hypothesis regarding the labeling system is correct, these titles aren’t alphabetized correctly! What kind of self-respecting librarian would misplace such vital books?
While it pains me to have to point out something so obvious, I suppose I’ll make an exception for you, Wright.
Clearly, one look at the titles of the books next to the manga is a tell-all of this certain library’s less-than-stellar organization skills. None of the books are in alphabetical order, I’m afraid.
They could very well be alphabetized by author and not title, but it’s a little difficult to be able to decipher that from this single picture, wouldn’t you say?
Furthermore, the manga books themselves are in numerical order, suggesting some kind of system is in place, albeit not a very good one, if the alphabetizing is off.
At the end of the day, it seems like neither of us can draw a clear conclusion from this evidence alone. Your honor, I strongly suggest a recess in which we could investigate the library itself further.
I see the issue here very clearly.
Due to the uncertain nature of this case, we’ll have to postpone this decision until more decisive evidence can be obtained. The court will now take a 15-minute recess.
(W-wait, but I’m not—)
I’ve got some decisive evidence for you, pal!
We investigated further into the photo. Zooming in, you can see a label on the DVD case to the bottom left.
Photo Close-up added to the court record!
As you can see, pal, you can vaguely see the words “Of Toledo Law Library” on the label!
And, considering possibilities of the rest of that label, “University of Toledo" was the first to come to my mind!
A quick search on the University of Toledo’s Online Law Library Database revealed that there ARE the comics pictured in it!
Miles Edgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations volumes 1-4 and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney volumes 1-5!
And there’s more!
The section these comics are filed under is the “Law in Popular Culture" Section, which matches up with the stickers on the rest of the books on that shelf: "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes & Legal Culture”, “Prime Time Law”, “Lawyers in Your Living Room!" and "Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies”!
Not only is it in the right section, it’s also a documented part of the Law Library’s database!
How’s that for decisive evidence?
Random cosplay at FanXperience 2014. (I’m the third Lara in the Lara cubed photo.)
Friend of mine was the Malakith, 5th photo - 3rd row on the right!
FanX 2014 - Day 3 Continued
So I made it to the photo-op place, which had apparently gotten so behind that, even though I was only 10 minutes early, they hadn’t even designated a line for the Firefly Team-Up yet XD;; So I was standing there for a while, though thankfully with a friend of mine, and chatting with the lady behind us who had awesome advice about traveling around Europe. She started freaking out the closer we got, which is good, because if no one around me is panicking I tend to panic out of the conviction that someone needs to panic >w< So her excitement kept me calm enough to do what I wanted - and that was cosplay Mycroft Holmes being a blue-handed government official with Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin looking terrified. Mission. Freaking. Accomplished.
After that, I was pretty much wiped. 72 hours, and I’d only slept 10 of them. I managed to stagger around until I found a Sherlock to take a picture with, and the day was complete. I found my friends, hugged them goodbye, and off I went back home - to double my sleep hours, with very wonderful dreams x3
FanX 2014 - Day 3
So Day 3. I hadn’t slept, so getting up early wasn’t a problem this time, and I had to get my mom, brother, and cousin up there early enough that they’d be able to check in and have plenty of time for anything else. We got there half an hour before the doors opened, and were able to head in as early as possible. I made a bee-line for the Patrick Stewart line, while my mom and crew went straight for Karen Gillan’s, which was right next door, so we could see each other most of the time. This turned out to be not such a fun thing when I got to see my mom take the kids up and meet Karen and get a signature hours before my line would even move.
See, I had gotten to the line right after 10 AM, I was just a dozen or so people from the front of the general admission line, and I had pre-paid. Then the volunteer came and told us that Patrick Stewart would only be signing from 3 until 5. ”If you’ve prepaid, you’re guaranteed a signature, because they’re only selling as many tickets as he can sign by 5”. That was great, good planning them. Problem was, I had a photo-op with Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin at 4:15. If I left my place in line, I wouldn’t get a signature before then, and if I went to the photo-op, I wouldn’t be back by 5. So I sat in line, for 5 hours before they even started, and stood in line for another hour while we watched all the VIP pass people go ahead of us. All of them >.<
But! It was not in vain, I got our family copy of A Christmas Carol signed! (The choice for what to have him sign was a no-brainer, by the way. My dad collects different versions of Christmas Carol, and this one is our family favorite. Patrick Stewart seemed pretty happy about it too - he said it was always good to see one of those come around). I made it to the front of the line right at 4, and took off immediately for the photo-op…
FanX 2014 - Day 2
So I managed to get all of three hours of sleep the night after Day 1. Not that I wasn’t tired, just my body is used to staying up all night, so when it got dark, my body decided all I needed was a nap. This was on top of a gradually worsening headache as well. So Day 2 was short, but sweet. I made it to my photo-op with James Marsters, who was just as sweet and amazing as the day before. The line was long, but I didn’t even care at that point. I spent it behind a pair that were fun to talk to, though one of them kept commenting that I should have changed my costume like this or like that so I could be cosplaying Spike. I was torn between being a little offended, and regretting that I hadn’t done just that XD Though I did have a lot of fun with my fem!9 cosplay, particularly with the TARDIS. No Doctor Who cosplay is complete without a TARDIS >w<
After that, though, I went home and went straight to bed. (only to wake up two hours later and not be able to sleep a wink the entire rest of the night, so that didn’t work out as well as I had hoped…)
FanX 2014 - Day 1 continued again
Armed with my bravery and my fancy labels, I went and got in the line for James Marsters. The line was a lot longer now that he was actually at the table, and just kept getting longer behind me. I made it about 20 minutes in line before my sleep-deprived brain reminded me… they don’t take credit cards. I double checked with one of the volunteers just in case and yep, cash only. With a weary sigh, I got out of line, found an ATM (on the other side of the giant hall), and headed back to the back of the line. About another 20 minutes in, the people who had been behind me were now next to me as the line curled around itself. They gave me a big smile, took a step back, and motioned in front of them.
"We kept your spot warm for you!"
TwT I can’t even tell you how happy I was, such nice people, such wonderful luck. Not wanting to push it, I took out a spare label and my pen and wrote a cue-card for what I wanted to say when I got up there, but I was in high enough spirits I didn’t forget a single point (even after he told me I’d made a good choice in picking Ravenclaw and I nearly melted).
"I’m a little late to the Buffy party - I watched all 7 seasons for the first time earlier this year, I used it to chill out while I studied for the LSAT. Well, it worked - I love Buffy, you were awesome as Spike, and I got a 171 on the LSAT"
He looked up from signing, eyes wide, and said, “FFFFFFUUUUUUU-” I was probably blushing like a fire-hydrant at this point, and he goes on and asks me what I was planning on doing with that. I told him I wanted to study criminal law, and to be in a position where I could influence change since our laws have a lot of issues, and he totally agreed, told me I would probably love Rachel Maddow. I thanked him and, terrified that my good luck was going to run out, shook his hand and left, screaming internally XD
After that, I managed to find the group of friends that had pointed me toward the batmobile at the beginning, one of whom was actually a volunteer, along with her whole family. Her mom kept texting her locations, and we wandered vaguely toward those locations, until we ended up in front of the Ballroom, where they were having the (pay-to-enter) Star Trek Next Gen panel, moderated by William Shatner. My friend’s mom was there, and she ushered us inside as her guests, so we got to see almost the whole thing!
They are the most hilarious people. I’m in disbelief still that as much sass can live in a single person as apparently lives inside Brent Spiner XD And best of all, at the end they finally announced the super-special-secret-mystery guest: *drumroll* SIR FREAKING PATRICK STEWART!
I was already on cloud nine, the day having gone so well, when my volunteer friend told me she had three extra passes if I knew anyone who needed them. It just so happened that my mom had had to tell my little brother that she didn’t have enough money to buy him and our cousin and herself passes (both of them are twelve and couldn’t go alone, and I wouldn’t be able to take them places because I would be stuck in line most days). So day 1 was a total victory from start to finish.
FanX 2014 - Day 1 continued
I was still too intimidated to get in line for James Marsters, but I decided to start looking for Steve Gonsalves from Ghost Hunters (TAPS). This proved even harder than looking for my friends had been, until I gave up and went back outside, only to sit next to a mother. Her son walked up about a minute after I sat down with a signed photo of Steve! I asked where to go, and they were able to at least get me in the right area. So I went up (there was no line at all, unlike the next two days), asked how much, prepared to pull out my credit card, only to find out they only took cash. Feeling like a noob, and still wanting an autograph (and being a prepared little Ravenclaw), I pulled out a page of fancy address labels and asked if he’d sign one of those for free. He did (because he is awesome), and proceeded to compliment me on my costume. He told me his dog’s name is Bellatrix and his cat’s name is Fleur, and yes, they both live up to their names XD He even pulled out his phone to show me pictures of his cat to prove it!
I was too tickled to ask for a photo at the time, but I went back the next day (that’s me as fem!9th Doctor) and he was totally willing, and even remembered me!
Best of all, the good experience gave me the courage I needed to go get in line for James Marsters…
As many of you know, I work night shifts, so Day 1 didn’t start for me until about 4 pm, after I’d slept (you’re going to find that I spent most of the con sleep-deprived and hungry, this was the most sleep I got all three days, and it was about 5 hours worth). I hadn’t even been sure I was going to go at all, so I hadn’t planned a costume for that day. Rather than go in normal person clothes or drag out one of my costumes early, I got all my Ravenclaw gear on - I don’t have a picture of me dressed up from that day, but you can imagine the standard fare: navy blue slacks, white shirt with blue/silver striped tie, authentic Universal Studios merch robe that I got on a family trip back in 2011, glasses (my own, not part of a costume).
So I get to the Salt Palace, where the convention was held, and called up one of my friends to see where to meet her group. She said she had no idea how to get to them from where I was, but that they were ‘by the batmobile and the Ghost Busters’ car’. Sweet! I figured, in my naivete, that such a pair would be easy to find. Nope! I wandered through the enormous dealers’ hall, found the Tardis, found the autograph signing area, found the Barnes and Noble booth, went back out and asked at Information (they had no idea), went back in and found a different group of friends, who thankfully had found the batmobile earlier.
Having successfully found my friends, we wandered around for a while just looking at cool stuff. I found the signing booth for James Marsters and spent a while fangirling at the (empty) booth and being too nervous to dare stand in line (despite knowing that I had already bought a photo-op for the next day). After my friends went out for a smoke, I got a hot dog (the first thing I had eaten that day) and went back in to face the Con solo…
AKA: Salt Lake Comic Con (mostly)
I had a fantastic three days at SLCC, and want to write up all the fantastic-ness, if only for my own records. Soooo that means there’s going to be a bit of spam - stories, pictures, my face (ew… ). If you want to skip it, go ahead and blacklist “Emy at SLCC 2014”