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  1. 4 points
    As someone who works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and has worked directly with blood samples being sent to the CDC for Coronavirus testing, I dont think its fear mongering, at all. I know we're having to process samples under a biohazard hood as well as taking extra precautions to prevent aerosols from potentially spreading/contaminating. A vaccine wont be available until the end of the year at the earliest and containment of the disease is gonna be reliant on all the world's governments doing what they're supposed to. Personally, I dont think the issue is with the virus and its lethality. If you're healthy adult, most seem to be able to fight off the virus with no ill effects so far. The problem is that the virus is demonstrating to be easily transmittable and is able to survive outside the body for some time. This puts the young, elderly, and immunocompromised at a high risk. A decision on cancel public gatherings/cons is decision that obviously wont need to be made for a few months, like you said, but when cancelling Comiket and the Olympics are being talked about when those are months away, its definitely fair to discuss when Otakon will be happening during the same timeframe.
  2. 2 points
    I’ve come to terms with the fact that this announcement was a matter of when, not if. I will miss Otakon. I will miss all the cons that aren’t happening this year (which may well be all the ones that were scheduled to happen this year). Not so much because I’ll miss the concerts or the panels or the guests but because I’ll miss my friends who come from all over, the people I only see at events like these. And there are more important things going on. My heart breaks for everyone touched by this crisis. If you are able—only if you are able—consider donating some of what you would have spent on conventions this summer. Your city, county or state may have funds going. I know Baltimore County has a fund for residents facing food insecurity and other issues right now. Your local food bank and groups like World Central Kitchen are also doing important work. And with all these closures, there are less people giving blood, so hit up the Red Cross and do that, if you can. Edit: Will Otakon do as other events like AB have and publish a list of the artists who would have been there?
  3. 2 points
    If news reports are accurate, there are two major strains - one in europe & 1 in asia. The US has both at the same time. So, 1) a vaccine will likely only cover 1 strain making groups of people still suceptible to the other 2) expectations on leisure international travel should be nil for 1-2 years minimum after something like this with an expectation of a decade recovery for tourism 3) i enjoy conventions as many of us do - I do not expect them to be licensed for at least a year & even then, expect them to be capped significantly by size & with significant mandatory medical regulations in place. Of all the groups afraid of lawsuits, private entities are the largest. Can you imagine just the insurance changes that will be required? The world has been changed by this & it will remain changed unfortunately. Just need to see what becomes the new normal from here. I fear for anime as an industry, watching Hollywood crumble around us as it is.
  4. 2 points
    Even if things start to clear up, Otakon is a poster child for a coronavirus "resurgence." 30k people all packed into a confined area right as a pandemic is winding down, I can't imagine DC allowing such an event to take place. Looks like the rescheduled Miku Expo is the next thing to look forward to. It's sad. It's like 2020 never happened. Wasted spring, wasted summer.
  5. 2 points
    I feel you! Zenkaikon and AnimeNext were my next ones as well and I'm bummed they couldn't take place but completely understand its because they want to keep us safe. I'm prepared either way for whether or not Otakon happens. We just got to follow things day by day and stay positive, while taking care of ourselves and staying safe.
  6. 2 points
    I think I'm one of the few left here remember when Otakon used to go from hotel to hotel before it settled at a convention center. Honestly, I kind of miss the old days when taking a break from the con was just a simple elevator ride to the floor where my room was. The con had that intimate feel to it for both guests and attendees alike. All that changed dramatically when the con started to get stuffed to the seams when it still used only the hotels. I had my doubts when it moved to the BCC, but having all that extra elbow room was real nice, until the attendance numbers started to explode, especially from the "not so nice" new generation of attendees. Anyway, I';m going off topic here, so let me just say that the BCC haven't changed, but the rest of the Inner Harbor area did, and not exactly for the better. I also had my doubts about the WEWCC the same way I did when the con settled at the BCC, but now I'm getting used to the surrounding area. I don't know about anyone else, but I really don't think Otakon will get any better if it did move back.
  7. 2 points
    I remember some years back (2008?), there was something on the schedule that was just archive recordings of concerts playing in a video room. I wonder if something like that has been explored for a possible return to the schedule? I'd love to revisit the first JAM Projecyt show in 04, the TMR/Home Made Kazoku collab, Oreskaband etc.
  8. 2 points
    They might not get Otakon back, but maybe...just maybe...the BCC will be able to land some other anime convention. I certainly wouldn't mind having another excuse to visit Charm City again.
  9. 2 points
    I originally planned on giving up on guest requests, but part of me felt as though I should give this another chance. While I normally give a bit of a list of guests I'd like to see be invited, this time, I'm only going to limit to only 2 people for the time being. I apologize for the topic I'm about to bring up, as it was the last thing I wanted to bring up too. But please really hear me out for a moment. The only 2 guest I would like to see the staff invite for Otakon 2020 are Jamie Marchi and Monica Rial. These last 11 months have been utter hell for them. They've lost quite a bit of work because of a certain issue, which I won't go into detail, as you all know what it is. I really feel that they both could some strong supporters. People who sympathize with what they both went through. I'm not saying all of this not just because they both haven't been to Otakon for years, but it's because of how tough they've both had for this year all for doing the right thing. So please consider having them for 2020. They both said they would love to come back, and I hope there'll be people who will have hearts for them, given the hell they've both been through the last 11 months, as of this typing.
  10. 1 point
    Yes. I've already bought my badge some time ago. But I also told them if they do have to cancel, just roll it over for next year.
  11. 1 point
    New York International Auto Show Cancelled. It originally was supposed to be held around April, but then it was posponed for August. It may not be an "anime" con, but it's still a major show: https://www.autoshowny.com/
  12. 1 point
    Looking forward to getting there this year! Hoping to see Hiro's Lounge again! If it is, I have a drink for them to make at the bar (for you over 21 otaku)! And, as always, as we get closer I'll be posting my annual where to eat videos!!!
  13. 1 point
    Thanks for watching my videos! Perhaps next year we can hangout and have that drink!
  14. 1 point
    it was for the best. I will miss making "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos this year. But there is a reason for everything...and there are things to look forward to. Cancelled...but you have options!
  15. 1 point
    On the one hand, it's disappointing that it had to happen. On the other hand, it's good that this particular Sword of Damocles is no longer hanging over our collective heads. That being said, will there be any way to pick up Otakon 2020 merchandise (I'm presuming it's already been made.), or a way to kick in to support the con? Since I'm not getting hit with a hotel bill or Amtrak ticket, I have a couple hundred dollars available to spend.
  16. 1 point
    I try to take the stairs when I can. That time in Baltimore where we were on the 24th floor I had to make exceptions. 😺
  17. 1 point
    I agree that this virus will whip around in some form again as the weather gets cooler. With respect to a virtual convention, it would seem like a complete waste for me. I don't want to sit there for 8+ hours staring at my 13 inch laptop screen with headphones, and the choices of content would be much more limited. Personally, I watch the new sub-titled anime at Otakon. The licensing contracts for broadcasting things would be a legal nightmare. Alabaster has mentioned before that level of licensing is one of the reasons they can't simulcast content at the convention. Can you imagine the Dealer's Hall, and its associated line, in a COVID-19 world? The chances that the convention would still be held don't seem very high. If it was postponed to later in the year all of us would have to fight for hotel spaces again. The animation and computer simulation industries are the only ones that can continue to produce content right now. Voice actors can still do their jobs with the right equipment. Movie and Television production has shut down, so the Fall TV season will be bleak.
  18. 1 point
    This is the 2020 edition of the travelers advisory thread for those that will be commuting to the con over the heavily loaded period of July 30 thru August 1. I make this thread to help Otakon goers as much as possible to avoid potential bottlenecks, or not be caught by changes to traffic patterns & transit lines. There may be a whole slew of changes for 2020, so keep an eye on this thread as we get closer to the convention period.
  19. 1 point
    That's the problem with contracts - until someone else changes the conditions on the ground, you are still bound, no matter the situation. We have to wait on how DC rolls the viability of the venue before otacorp will make a statement.
  20. 1 point
    They can't back out until either Events DC or the DC government makes holding the convention impossible. Unlikely as it is, it's conceivable that come time for Otakon, the WEWCC could be ready. I'm not saying it's likely, I'm saying that it can't be ruled out until it is ruled out. What that means is if they cancel now, force majeure provisions will not apply. Though they can't and won't issue refunds to members (given the nature of what our memberships are), the nonprofit will be on the hook for boatloads to Events DC, hotels and other vendors and without the revenue of people who haven't yet registered or of dealers, artists, merchandise or sponsors. And as I've outlined, Otakorp is not rich.
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    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.
  23. 1 point
    Seems kinda odd, considering that people were disappointed but understanding when Anime Boston cancelled. Different crowd, I guess?
  24. 1 point
    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.
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    Go check out Somali and the Forest Spirit. It's almost finished airing on CR and the dub is on episode 5. Also... Oresuki Fate/Zero Fire Force Interviews with Monster Girls Yurucamp (just a few of the top of my head)
  27. 1 point
    Cory in the House is not on Crunchyroll, Hidive or Disney+
  28. 1 point
    Anime Boston 2020 Cancellation Announcement Glad I went last year and checked this off my bucket list of cons to attend. Still sucks though, I feel for any AB regulars.
  29. 1 point
    Well, it looks like the concert has been "postponed"
  30. 1 point
    Pish tosh, another acceptable form is from Zman Games:
  31. 1 point
    Let's hope the only Pandemic you encounter is from Accept. 😀
  32. 1 point
    If the fountain was the only bottleneck in the BCC then I wouldn't have minded the crowds. Unforunately Otakon grew so big that there was worst bottlenecks by BOTH Skybridge connections, the entrance escalator to the dealers room, panel room queues, autograph line queues, etc. I think Baltimore was a better host city than DC because all the entire Harbor area bent over backwards to accommodate the convention guests, but the BCC itself is straight trash once you get past ~25000 daily attendees.
  33. 1 point
    Hell yeh! I love your videos! I'll have a drink with you if I see you somewhere at the con!
  34. 1 point
    Way back in 2013, the lower floor was so crowded that it took me a good 10 minutes to get from Video 1 to the escalators - a distance of, what, 300 feet? It looked a little like the picture attached. That's not the first time something like that happened in Baltimore, but that was my worst experience. I've never had that issue in the 3 years in DC.
  35. 1 point
    Hey I didn't see anything about this, so I thought I'd get things started. Anyone have any plans for this year for cosplay yet? I'm going as Leon from Pokemon Sword and Shield. If anyone else is doing anything Sword/Shield related, feel free to PM me. Can't wait for this summer :)
  36. 1 point
    --not staff-- https://www.otakon.com/info/general-policies/ "Wheeled vehicles, carts, props, shoes & skates are not permitted inside the WEWCC. The only exception is for wheelchairs and other ADA compliant mobility devices." Sounds like a no.
  37. 1 point
    I wouldn't say never, but it does seem like Otakorp's fear that the BCC renovation would interfere with Otakon is proving to be even worse than imagined. "We're losing all our big convention contracts to other cities because the BCC isn't good enough!" "Okay, so how about we fix it by doing nothing?"
  38. 1 point
    They specifically didn't rule it out should BCC have the room for it. But that said, I doubt we'll see work being done there any time soon.
  39. 1 point
    As I recall you could not do public viewings of the recordings due to the convention labor contracts, but if there was a library of these archive videos that could be "requested" by Otakon members- would that skirt around the commercial broadcast rules? We need to watch the TMR concert again for RESEARCH!
  40. 1 point
    Alabaster explaining why this can't happen in 3...2... Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
  41. 1 point
    That would be pretty cool. As I recall, previous incarnations of the OtaMuseum would play past concerts & other videos there. A programming track like that could work, but my ? would be if the demand & convention space are there to try it.
  42. 1 point
    No but it's a cooling system that could be used in big cosplays where your wearing bulky thick stuff
  43. 1 point
    That would be interesting to see...
  44. 1 point
    That sounds awesome! 2008 was the year before I started coming to Otakon, so seeing stuff like this available again would be cool.
  45. 1 point
    Currently, the word is the Dulles Airport extension of the Metro is scheduled to open July 16, leaving only a week or so before Otakon. Because of "best-laid plans" and all, it's probably better to assume more delays in the opening will happen and Metro will not be running to/from IAD during Otakon. If I'm wrong, it will be a pleasantly surprised "wrong". 😊
  46. 1 point
    Please bring LiSA for a concert!! 😄😍💜
  47. 1 point
    I remember you were in a big hurry to go home. I even walked with you to Penn Station then we went our separate ways.
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    Uhhh why is there a duplicate of this thread? There's another one already posted by someone.... HERE: Mods I'd suggest you lock this thread so as to not create confusion... or maybe merge the two if you can do that? EDIT: otoxo already noticed the duplicate thread before I did... lol
  50. 1 point
    Asian Kung Fu Generation. I'm going to keep requesting and hopefully one day it can happen.
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