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  2. Zeeba Neighba

    Mailed Badges

    Got my badge today, and I've registered it, so now I'm good to go! Hot diggity!
  3. The Eva Monkey

    Has it been decided what (fan) panels will be included?

    Anybody know who's doing the Evangelion fan panel on Sunday?
  4. The Eva Monkey

    The 2018 schedule thread

    Anybody know who's doing the Evangelion fan panel on Sunday?
  5. Today
  6. alabaster

    The 2018 schedule thread

    Popping in briefly to say that we looked at a number of ways to run through autographs that alleviate your concerns. One challenge is the space, which is laid out differently again. So on Saturday we sat down with the folks handling the layout -- the space is different -- and are looking at other ways to make better use of the space. (I provided some input.) So while we'll have a different setup, to some extent, than we used to (and that was always going to happen, once we had a better sense of the space and possible flows through it), the info Ethan gave out the other day has almost certainly evolved. Gotta try some new stuff, but one likely change is more booths than the 3-4 we used to typically have, which should give more flexibility on timing and queue space, which have long been issues. We simply don't have the massive queues that are becoming a staple at comic-con style shows, where the sales of autographs and photo ops basically pay for the big name guests. And we're desperately trying to preserve the possibility of free autographs -- but the industry model has been shifting for some time, and the expense has grown. (Most autograph shows collect autograph/photo op money and apply it directly against the guest's guarantee; you promise guest x will make $___ and if you don't sell enough autographs/photos, the con has to pay the difference. Guest makes more money, often, but handling money becomes a tricky thing for liability and other reasons. This is why many cons are contracting that part out to third parties.) Anyway, I would expect changes, but they WILL be announced, once the layout has been confirmed, and the relevant GR staff has finalized everything.
  7. Kristin Garrett

    Mailed Badges

    Mine are out for delivery - I'm in northern VA for reference
  8. Revan

    The 2018 schedule thread

    Looks like Videos 1 and 3 are up on the schedule. I didn't see parodies, possibly replaced with 'Hentai Theater Friday / Saturday Night'. I don't think they've ever had the AMV contest that early in the con before (Noon Friday). I didn't see anything mentioning the 25th / Silver anniversary.
  9. OtakuCop

    Prop weapon question (gun)

    When you have a prop that needs to be check you get sent to a special line, where Otakon Staff (along with possibly a MPD officer) check the weapon to ensure it meets our rules (and/or laws). So when you get to bag check area, tell them you have a prop weapon that needs approval, and they should direct you down to us. We're already expecting you to pull out a prop gun or sword, etc so it won't really faze us They will give it a once over, and if approved (which it should be), they will provide a way to indicate it's been checked.
  10. bigstevegearhart

    The Annual "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos

    Msprintz, you are right about the upcharge fee, but my point is that a lot people believe that any VRE ot MARC ticket is automatically an Amtrak ticket, which it is not. And as I said before, check the links for baggage details..however, conductors for the local lines (not Amtrak) can, and have had to deny boarding during peak/rush times. People should look at the link you provided as well as the ones I provided on my YouTube channel to get more details on these issues. Which is better than listening to them from my father-in-law who was a conductor for both Amtrak and MARC...dude can goon for a looong time....
  11. ashlynx

    Prop weapon question (gun)

    Ok, thanks! I figured that outside of the con, I'd keep it hidden away. However, what about when coming INTO the convention center? They do a bag check, I don't want the poor people working the bag check to freak out about a "gun", so what do I do when coming into the con itself?
  12. Yesterday
  13. .taro.

    The 2018 Washington Area Travelers Advisory Thread

    Thanks @CocoFaerie, https://www.otakon.com/info/location/all-roads/ has been updated.
  14. CocoFaerie

    The 2018 Washington Area Travelers Advisory Thread

    One more thing, The BLUE ORANGE SILVER line will be CLOSED between Farragut West & Metro Center on Aug 11 & 12, and Aug 25 & 26 for important track work there to address that sharp turn. There will be single tracking between the McPherson Square & Smithsonian stations weekdays from Aug 13-24.
  15. .taro.

    My Event Planner feature

    Yeah..... That's a feature that was worked on many (many) years ago, but then things like Guidebook came out and did it a lot better. I would recommend you wait for the Guidebook version to come out.
  16. Daniel Perales

    So yet another anime con comes to New York City

    I've been attending NYCC since it's inception. ReedPOP, the company behind NYCC also had a con called "New York Anime Fest" that was held from 2007 to 2009. Then at 2010, it became a con within a con (NYCC), just to be completely absorbed by NYCC by 2012. It was a good financial move for them. Why have 2 cons if you can combine both into one? Anyway, anime fans always felt that ever since after they absorbed NYAF, the presence of anime programing and events has become a lot less prominence as years went by. Basically, NYCC has become the "San Diego Comic Con" of the east coast (and might probably out do it sooner or later). I still enjoy attending NYCC since I like about all the other stuff they have including anime, but I can understand how the anime fandom seems to be overwhelmed with all the other stuff that's going around. Anime fans in New York still wanted a con that they can call their own like NYAF once were. Well, there's Liberty Anime Con at Times Square in NYC, but it's kind of small. It doesn't help that it's held the weekend right after Otakon. I think by then most anime fans has already attended Otakon and already are feeling both physically and financially wiped out. This is when "Anime-NYC" start to shine. There's enough gap in time between a major anime con and them, that a fan can recuperate and give it one last shot before the end of the year or before the holiday season. Also, it's put together by people who already knows how to put an event together and are anime fans, themselves. The anime fans of NYC and the metro area has greeted Anime-NYC with open arms. With attendance of 20,000 right off the gate is astonishing for a first year con. Now, after having said all this, to answer your question: I think it's a little naïve to think that the timing to all of this is just a coincidence. What Anime-NYC showed that it was ReedPOP that made a huge mistake in completely absorbing NYAF, instead of letting it continue as a separate entity. Also, this is not AX first time to come to New York City. They tried to combine with another anime con in NYC called "Big Apple Anime Fest" back in 2002 with disastrous results. They combined but were charging people like it was separate events (sounds familiar). I don't ever want a con to fail, but if this was done just so they can cripple another con? I just hope that the anime fandom of New York has the emotional, physical, and financial stamina to be able to support both.
  17. Daniel Perales

    So yet another anime con comes to New York City

    You don't have to attend NYCC to attend this one. You can buy the badges for this event only if you want too. It would come out to $90 for all 4 days plus tax. The $210 is the price for NYCC itself.
  18. Potchari

    So yet another anime con comes to New York City

    If you're trying to insinuate that they're trying to steal Anime NYCs crowd, I highly doubt they are. NYCC is a well established convention and it's had an anime portion for quite some time. At best, maybe Anime NYC showed them that they can expand their anime content into its own separate event. Even then, I don't think this is an absolute separate event. Maybe something like... when you go to a themepark, and there's also a waterpark attached to it. You can go to the themepark, or both, or just the waterpark. My only concern is the lack of information when the event is 3 months away. For a premier event, that's probably not a good idea. But then again, NYCC and AX both provide solid events.
  19. TomDent

    So yet another anime con comes to New York City

    Did I miss something or is this con going to be really expensive to attend? I looked at the badge options and the way it looks, you can only buy badges for individual days. So if you want to go all four days, it'll cost about $210 plus tax
  20. CocoFaerie

    The 2018 Washington Area Travelers Advisory Thread

    Here's an important advice concerning Metro. The Rhode Island Ave & Brookland stations on the RED line will be closed thru Labor Day for major track work! There will be FREE shuttle buses between Fort Totten and Galludet, but do expect delays on the RED line if you're coming to/from Silver Spring or Gaithersburg. The GREEN & YELLOW section of the Fort Totten station is not affected. MORE INFORMATION
  21. Hi All! I guess you all heard the news by now: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Explore/Anime-Fest-At-NYCC-x-Anime-Expo/ But I just can't help that it's kind of suspicious that it's happening a month before Anime-NYC.....
  22. TomDent

    Bag Checks

    For my cosplay, I have a leather pouch/bag I made that'll be attached to a waist and shoulder belt. Do I need to go through bag check when entering the con if I only have this and no other bag and if so, do I need to remove it (It's a bit of a pain taking on and off, but I'll oblige regardless)? You can get a bit of a size reference in the pics. It's not very big.
  23. hedgehogey

    The 2018 schedule thread

    Thank you very much! We'll do our best.
  24. Something Clever

    The Annual "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos

    found this site that highlights places that have been mentioned on tv https://www.tvfoodmaps.com/search/?searchlocation=801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001
  25. I saw this on Digg, and thought it was kind of fun to share.
  26. Clutch

    Backpack or Messenger Bag?

    Your bag choice depends on how much you plan to carry. A fully packed messenger bag is going to be bulky, and unwieldy. A messenger bag with you essentials will be more convenient. On the flip side, a messenger bag is very secure if slung over the opposing shoulder. If you are carrying more stuff, a backpack would be the better. However, packing a backpack like you are going to be in the mountains for a Month is not a good idea. It is hot in August, and your back will sweat from carrying it. Slinging the backpack over one shoulder is okay, but you will need to keep a hand on the strap to keep it from falling off. People with big backpacks are a headache in the Dealer's Hall. Someone wearing one invariably swings their body around to look at something, and almost bashes me in the face with their pack when I'm near them. I have used both over the years, and prefer a small messenger bag, because it is easier to keep in front of me where I can see it. My advice is to take the bare minimum of what you want to carry in it, because you probably won't use most of the stuff. Irrespective of the bag you choose; you will have to go through bag checks, and they will be looking in every compartment. 12 pockets in you pack is great for carrying things, but a lot through which to search. An old 2 pocket Jansport or Eastpack would be the best backpacks for a bag check.
  27. Last week
  28. windseeker

    The Annual "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos

    I hope we get some interesting food trucks. DC has lots of them, but maybe we need to reach out to them to let them know about Otakon? Here's a good tracker for food trucks around DC: http://foodtruckfiesta.com/
  29. Dostovei Illuminas

    The 2018 schedule thread

    I'm sure it has been in the past, but Otakon does such a poor job of advertising its theme that one could easily be forgiven for missing it.
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