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    By attendance numbers alone, Otakon is far, far larger; Tekko's attendance last year was 8,000, while Otakon's was 29,113. (This is actually below Otakon's attendance record of 34,211; Otakon has had slightly lower attendance since then since the announcement of the move to DC, which could very well trigger another period of growth.) In Baltimore the dealer's room spanned an entire expo hall space; I don't have the square footage off hand, but it's likely comparable to the entirety of Tekko's event space alone. Otakon registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
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    Hello! I was wondering if someone could answer these questions. I went to Tekko last year and that was the first and only anime convention I've been to. I guess I'm just wondering if I should skip Tekko and go to Otakon since its bigger and everyone seems to like it. So how big is Otakon exactly? And how many dealers are usually there. Is it better then other conventions (specifically Tekko.) Should I go to it? And if I did go and then for some reason couldn't attend could I get a refund for my tickets? -Thanks.
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    I'm coming in Wednesday since I'll be driving from Pittsburgh and I plan on being in the city EARLY. I really hope that the federal govt is giving folks a heads up not to come into town on Friday, otherwise I see a lot of very upset employees. (It's still a work day for the government so yes, let's add another 20k+ people in full cosplay at the nation's capitol...) After this year, I'll be waiting until we're back in Baltimore. I'm planning on hitting up the museums Wed and Thurs then staying at a hotel in Georgetown away from the chaos. The Spy Museum is fantastic, and there's a great conveyor belt sushi place if I remember in China Town. Apparently there's a fantastic beer and pizza place I need to find. If anyone is early in town as well with nothing to do, feel free to pm me.
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    Are you the biggest Kpop fan? Registration is open now for participants in the Kpop Battles! Run by Super ANX, the Kpop Battles is a dance-cover event in which the biggest Kpop fans compete to recreate their favorite Kpop dances from their favorite songs. A staple event at Otakon Vegas, Otakon is excited to be able to host this event on the east coast.
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    No problem! They're similar names, so I just don't want people to get confused and be disappointed come con. This year's going to be great!
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    Yeah I remembered that fact after I posted that post. haha Thanks Kim!
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    I think you are referring to Otakon Matsuri, which is different from Anisong World Matsuri. Anisong is a separate event during Otakon. Otakon Matsuri is the concert series usually on Thursday, though this year it is being integrated into our programming during con instead.
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    I am worried about something. When the tickets for the Anisong World Matsuri for AX and many paid events were on sale there numerous crashes and glitches when people try to purchase a ticket. Do you guys have a solution to fix this in case if the site crashes for ticket purchases?
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    Oh, you mean the Cosplay Coordination program. The staffers are still working on that as they lay out the floor plan. Shouldn't be long though before they annouce something.
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    This here even though it's from 2013. This is the only thing could find that Otakon had scalpers or ticket problems in the past. I remember they also had a problem like this with the l'arc en ciel all the way back from 2004??? Besides that I also got this from word of mouth from Otakon 2 attendees that have attended AX. They told me they attended Otakon and waited in line a long time to TRY and get a concert ticket. (to which concert they are referring to I don't know) and then they were told no more tickets were given out. They told me they actually SAW scalpers giving away tickets for a price. Because back then Otakon had a policy where one person can get 2 concert tickets. So... it's left a somewhat bad impression when this is coming from actual Otakon attendees I've talked to at AX. There's no arguing AX is expensive but at the same time. Maybe it's why some are able to go to concerts. They pay and as I know most people prefer not to pay if possible. But for my case. I'm more then happy to pay at least 150$ for a concert ticket. VIp even a general ticket. So long as I can GET in. That's all that matters to me.
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    This will be a bit from out of left field, but I think it's something some people may not think about until they're facing law enforcement. External drone videos of Otakon or the Matsuri with your small drone system seem like a great idea at first, but please be aware: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, Remotely Piloted vehicles, Drones, Quadcopters, whatever you want to call them... they are illegal to fly in Washington DC without express written permission from the FAA. Unlike most of the U.S., the size of the drone or whether you are using it as a hobbyist does not matter. The Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) is the inner portion of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and extends in a 15 mile radius from Reagan International Airport that prohibits any drone activity (unless you get FAA authorization, and you can imagine how many agencies are going to be looking closely at you and your drone before that happens.) From the FAA's website: DC No Drone Zone The National Capital Region is governed by a Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) within a 30-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which restricts all flights in the greater DC area. The SFRA is divided into a 15-mile radius inner ring and a 30-mile radius outer ring. Flying an unmanned aircraft within the 15-mile radius inner ring is prohibited without specific FAA authorization.
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    Not sure where you got that link, but it's not the correct one. A government registration site is never going to have a .com domain. The correct one is: https://registermyuas.faa.gov/ and the registration fee is $5. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) between .55 pounds and 55 pounds have to be registered with the FAA. Basically, if your drone weighs less than a half pound you do not need to register the drone. If you only will be flying the drone indoors (usually only those drones that fit in the palm of your hand), then you do not need to register the drone with the FAA. If your UAS weighs more than 55 pounds, then it is not "small" and must be registered under the FAA's procedures for manned aircraft. This will give it an "N" number like you see on the tail of manned aircraft. If registered, the drone has to have the registration number somewhere on the aircraft that doesn't require tools to view. Some operators put the registration number inside the battery compartment. Mine is on a weatherproof label on the top of the sUAS. Additionally, you will need the registration certificate (sent to you via email as soon as you register) available for presentation on demand from law enforcement. I keep mine in the carry case for the drone. By the way, the odds of getting FAA permission to fly inside the FRZ are pretty much non-existent unless you are flying for a news organization, a movie shoot, or the Feds. Also, permission will never be given to non-registered devices.
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    :: looks into wallet and a moth flies out :: Alas, I haven't been to Anime Central. Will definitely put it on the "to do" list. I hope you have a FANTASTIC time there!