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  4. The HELLCATPUNKS fashion brand takes inspiration from the 1970s London fashion scene, including punk rocker styles like bondage pants, and resizes them into a more modern style. HELLCATPUNKS went international with an exhibition of their girly-punk style in London in 2008. Since then, the brand has expanded far beyond Japan, and their clothes are now available in 30 international stores. See our entire guest line up here
  5. In light of current conditions, we recognize the need for more time before making the decision to register for this year. We are extending our "early bird" rate to May 11th, to coincide with our Badge Mailing deadline. Click here to find all the current information and options for registering for Otakon 2020.
  6. This is a wise observation. So, things are proceeding in a smart way it seems.
  7. New member at this Forum! Exciting to know more about otakon.

  8. If they are like many other conventions under contract/obligations, if they make any mention of not holding the event, it opens them up to obligations directly payable for the event. They are likely awaiting judgement from an authority involved in the venue that voids their obligations outside of their control, thus allowing them to speak more about not holding a convention. Like nearly all things - it's always about the money in the end.
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  10. Metro's board have given their full approval to the new budget, which includes sweeping changes such as fewer routes & in some cases higher fares. Please look over these changes as these may affect your trip to/from the Otakon...whenever it happens. Report via WTOP Also, if taking the ORANGE or SILVER lines, there were new details given conerning that part in this year's Summer Shutdown. Report via WTOP
  11. Since the original Kamen Rider is finally available English-subbed(and streaming!)... yeah, I'd watch that. If I have enough time.
  12. I'm guessing they'll wait until the current recommendations from the CDC draw to a close (end of April) before re-evaluating whether Otakon remains a "Go". They (Otakorp) will have a much better idea of which way the pandemic is moving by then.
  13. Yeah that sucks for those that wanted to go... I didn't want to, but it still sucks.
  14. AB talked about that when they canceled. The reason they waited until the governor of Massachusetts issued his order on large events was because if they canceled before then, they’d be on the hook with the venue, vendors etc. and it could have bankrupted their organization. And it’s not just the smaller cons. The most recent 990 I could find for Otakorp was filed for the FY ending October 2018. They reported nearly $408,000 in the bank. They pulled in $2.88 million in revenue... but spent $2.72 million to run Otakon and Otakon Vegas. They had actually lost more than $800,000 over the previous two fiscals—that’s presumably why Otakon Vegas had to go. And these aren’t state secrets. You can look Otakorp up on ProPublica’s database. The point is damn near every dime goes into running the con and if they canceled at a time that would leave them holding the bag, well, that’s just not going to happen.
  15. AnimeNEXT just cancelled. http://www.animenext.org/animenext-cancellation-announcement-next-steps
  16. AnimeNEXT, a mid-to-large size convention that takes place in Atlantic City in June, just cancelled. Otakon is now the next convention on my schedule. I've lost three... Zenkaikon, Sakura-Con, and AnimeNEXT. Honestly, I'm hoping for the best, but getting prepared for the worst. There's a strong chance that Otakon is likely to be cancelled, as sad as that sounds. I would be disappointed, but understanding and not surprised. While I hope it doesn't have to be, I know that the Board is doing their best to figure out their own next steps. I just hope that this wave of necessary cancellations doesn't decimate the convention world. Many of our fan-run anime conventions are run by non-profit organizations that operate with minimal margins, and skipping a year can sometimes be devastating for them. Fingers crossed that the community comes out of this okay.
  17. To your point, Liberty University could face lawsuits after students tested positive there, a development anybody could see coming when they announced they were reopening.
  18. E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo) was cancelled and that's in June....
  19. Hi! You're right. Anime North falls under the "Major conventions" category, but it's in Canada, and I was leaning more on conventions in the US. Anyway, it seems like May is the outer fringe of dates when the cancellations or postponements of cons and events are taking place. I haven't seen or heard of any cons cancelling or postponing from June on yet.
  20. Can we get more hip hop and rap music at the rave this year!!!!! Something that everyone can dance too.. don’t nobody wanna hear boom da boom all night long lol
  21. Attendance wise, Anime North looks like a major convention, so it can be added to the list of cancelled or postponed conventions until next year. (Anime Frontier, a convention that was going to debut this year will also have to wait until next year. Both conventions would have been scheduled for May).
  22. Honestly I will be pleasantly surprised if Otakon actually happens this year. Even if the pandemic begins to subside by the summer, there is still a huge risk factor and a chance of a temporary resurgence of the illness as people begin to go back to their daily lives and interact with one another. For now I'm banking on Nekocon in November.
  23. Seems kinda odd, considering that people were disappointed but understanding when Anime Boston cancelled. Different crowd, I guess?
  24. Well, it's a good thing that there's a supermarket right across the street from me. I was just there a few minutes ago and I'm already seeing people buying whatever food and toiletries they can get their hands on (wearing latex gloves of course). It also seems like I'm the only one who in my department that lives almost at the heart of Manhattan (Chelsea), I'm getting phone calls from friends and former coworkers as far away as Florida asking me what's going on.
  25. Well..... it wasn't shelter in place for NYC, but it's close enough. If it's not an essential business, it's either close or work at home. And the order (Starting Sunday) was from the governor rather than the mayor. At least I have plenty of DVD's, Blue Rays, online streaming to watch since I've been falling behind alot or too busy. Index and Railgun series alone should keep me occupied when not working.
  26. Mary Elizabeth started as a voice director of Anime dubs with Cowboy Bebop, Digimon Tamers, Wolf’s Rain, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden and Glitter Force. She then moved on to dialogue directing for original animation and is currently voice directing She-Ra: Princesses of Power, Star Wars Resistance, Tangled: The Series and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz as well as 4 new shows that have yet to be announced. She also directed the VO on Billy Dilley’s Super Subterranean Summer and Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney. She has directed the 6 Naruto Movies and received the SPJA award for best director for her work on the series. She has also voice directed many video game titles which include Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 3, Afro Samurai and Silent Hill. Steve Blum’s unmistakable deep, raspy, yet sometimes silky smooth voice has landed him a career full of incredible, iconic characters. He’s been the Voice of T.O.M. the robotic Promo host from Toonami (on Adult Swim) since 2000, and a pro Voice Actor for over 30 years. Best known as Spike from Cowboy Bebop, Zeb from Star Wars Rebels, Wolverine from X-Men Cartoons & Games, Starscream from Transformers Prime, Tank Dempsey from Call of Duty, Grunt from Mass Effect, Subzero and others from Mortal Kombat X and 11, Amon from Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Shoe and Sparky from the Boxtrolls feature film & thousands of other beloved characters from shows, games, commercials and movies like Bumblebee, Solo, Rogue One, Incredibles 2 and Shazam. His huge vocal range has made him one of the most sought after voice actors on the planet. He even holds the current Guinness World Record for most voices in video games and has since 2012!
  27. Yup. So many butthurt people on FaceBook when the announcement dropped.. Good lord.
  28. Yup.. I saw it going down. People got so butthurt.. it was ridiculous.
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