Ana meets Karen

I believe one of the best things about blogging is the friendships that have been born since we started. One such good friend is Karen Mahoney – a few months ago, this Karen person started to comment on the blog and then one day she emailed us to talk about our Neil Gaiman, an author she also loves. We started exchanging emails back and forth and of course, we now read her own Livejournal as much as she reads our blog. Karen is super cool, a geek such as us and she is a writer as well, with her first story about to be published in an anthology.

This whole post is to say that luckily, Karen lives in England as I do and today I went to London to finally meet her in person! We had a splendid time, chatting over coffee for 3 HOURS about all sorts of things.

This is a picture of us, at Murder One, where she works. I am holding in my hand, the “excuse” we had for meeting up: the collection of Manga she lent me for a Manga Appreciation Week we have in the works!

It was really great and I can’t wait to see her again – which I am sure, will happen soon, right Karen?


  • Karen Mahoney
    December 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Right!! Next time I’ll come to *your* neck of the woods. 🙂

  • Thea
    December 14, 2008 at 11:40 am

    EEEE I am so jealous of you two! Of course you spent all three hours talking about me and how awesome I am, right? :p

    Next time I say you two make it out to my neck of the woods. You know you want to!

    Lovely pictures you two, really looks like you had a blast 🙂

  • Karen Mahoney
    December 14, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Thea – I wish you could’ve been there! But you really were there in spirit. In fact, we did talk about you… All good, of course! 😉

    One day, we will meet in-person. It was cool to meet your blogging-buddy. Ana is VERY cool. She may even be a bigger geek than I am. g*

  • Marg
    December 14, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    It’s always cool to get to meet someone you have have got to know online.

  • Ana
    December 14, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    “She may even be a bigger geek than I am.”


  • Katiebabs a.k.a KB
    December 15, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Great picture!!

  • Chandra Rooney
    December 15, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Isn’t Kaz lovely? I am going to have to discuss her taste in manga with her, though. No Rurouni Kenshin? No Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles? No DNAngel? ;P

    Her short story is awesome. You’re going to love it!

  • Ana
    December 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

    She is indeed lovely Chandra! She got me those Manga so that i can be prepared for a certain book I will be reading.

    I got others too: Demon Diary, Vampire Knight, and a Batman one…would you recommend others?

  • Chandra Rooney
    December 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Would you like the list, Ana? I shall give you my top 5…

    1. Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki (Viz.)

    2. Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicle by CLAMP (Del Rey.)

    3. Chrono Crusade by Daisuke Moriyama (ADV Manga.)

    4. D.N.Angel by Yukiru Sugisaki (Tokyopop.)

    While I’d tell you The Mythical Detective Loki by Sakura Kinoshita for #5, you can’t actually get it in English, so I’ll substitute MegaTokyo by Fred Gallagher, which you can get collected from Dark Horse or read online at http://www.megatokyo.com.

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