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  1. 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 i
    4 points
  2. I'm singling this post out as an example of something that's come up repeatedly in this thread already (and a couple times during the live con feedback session as well)- frankly, I do not understand how people think Otakon could/should have enforced any kind of social distancing in panel/screening rooms, ONCE THEY DECIDED NOT TO CAP ATTENDANCE. If they had decided to cap attendance at a certain level before the convention, okay, you can probably spread chairs out inside the rooms and try to enforce physical distancing (though I think people are still vastly underrating the logistics of this- i
    3 points
  3. No one made one of these yet so I guess I will start. Good: Otakon is back!! =] Panels - Panels were great. Liked that there was both quite a bit of diversity in the panels but there were also panels that touched on similar topics and it was good to see how differently they were approached. Art Auction has been great like always. I am glad that they moved back to in person paying instead of online. Bad: Just a couple gripes, nothing too serious Ending at midnight instead of 2am. I know that it's because of cleaning and such but I hope it goes bac
    2 points
  4. Hi, I am the department head for that side of the building. I passed your compliment on to the staffer and he is says thank you. I am glad I made the right choice putting him in charge of the main events lines.
    2 points
  5. Thank you for addressing this specific issue. It appears that Nekocon is going to try this very approach this year, going so far as to issue a no sleeping/lounging in common areas in the convention center order as well as reduced capacity/social distancing in all events according to their FB page. Conventions and convention centers by their very nature are not designed to be socially distanced and spread out and if you decide to do that it can create additional logistical headaches as you mentioned. The HRCC isn't very big and I'm curious to see if they will have line problems with peopl
    2 points
  6. Yeah, I totally forgot that there was a missing room next to Main Events and that's where it's usually held. Hopefully Otakon has access to that room next year and it can return to being aired there along with the AMV Theater screenings.
    2 points
  7. Well, whether or not the con should have been capped for attendance is a different debate. I don't think it was possible if you want the convention to survive, for simple financial reasons, but I understand why people wanted it to happen. My whole point is that people who are mad that Otakon didn't enforce physical/social distancing in programming rooms once they already decided not to cap attendance, which again isn't just coming from you but was a complaint that I heard a lot throughout the convention on Twitter/at the live feedback session/during this thread, aren't really thinking through
    2 points
  8. Hello folks! it's finally that time of year for me to upload videos on things like safety, transportation, random things and of course, where to eat for Otakon! I missed doing this last year, so am happy to be able to do it again!! As I post these videos, if you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Without further ado.... Where to Eat for Otakon 2021, Part One
    2 points
  9. I usually see this topic pop up by now but I understand there is still some uncertainty regarding many things. I thought I'd kick it off though and ask: What are your cosplay plans? What are you working on, if anything? I always look forward to hearing and seeing what everyone plans! I hope to see you all at Otakon this year! My own plans are as followed (assuming that everything works out and I get it done in time 😅) Barbara from Genshin Impact Azusa Aizawa from I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Nezuko from Demon Slayer
    2 points
  10. Do you really think anyone is going to come around and police if you’re wearing a mask in your hotel room? Being in a hotel room really is not considered being in public so no, nobody is going to enforce you wearing a mask in a hotel room.
    2 points
  11. Is there going to be a grid version of the schedule?
    2 points
  12. I have found something that I consider to be pretty interesting and would like to share it. 7-Eleven has opened what seems to be the future of US 7-Eleven stores in Washington D.C. that's open 24/7 and is within very close walking distance from the Mount Vernon Place entrance of the convention center. The newest stores that 7-Eleven is opening in the US are being referred to as "evolution stores." These stores are much larger in size than the typical US 7-Eleven store and it seems like 7-Eleven is attempting to change publicly what 7-Eleven is typically associated with selling by usi
    2 points
  13. From a merchandising standpoint, I'd buy an Otakon-branded facemask/neck gaiter in a heartbeat.
    2 points
  14. I'm just coming up with cosplays involving masks.
    2 points
  15. I would say "Mom, I need you to book me, and pay for, a hotel to stay in for 2 weeks after the convention. Love you!". If she is that adamant about it, she can pony up the expense of a hotel for 14 days.
    2 points
  16. I've been quite surprised at how many people think adapting and putting on an online event will spoil the OG event forever and ever, or worse, will replace it. We all miss it, and I can assure you none of us were giddy sitting in front of computers 8+ hours in a row (that tally is August 1 only, the total goes much higher), isolated from our friends and fellow staffers. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, as the old folks say. Otakon.Online was intended as a means for people to focus their energy on something else, even if it was for a short amount of time, and not lose sight of wh
    2 points
  17. Hi All! We just had 4 "online cons" just this past weekend. They were "Anime Expo Lite" (July 3rd - 4th), "Aniplex Fest Online" (July 4th - 5th), "FunimationCon" (July 3rd - 4th), and "KuroCon" (July 4th - 5th). FunimationCon seem to be running their con on their own page while also simucasting Aniplex Fest Online on one of their channel until the 4th. Everyone else was using Twitch and Youtube. The cons were basically streaming Panels that were live but most were prerecorded. I honestly missed most of Friday beccause my car was being worked on the entire day, and I
    2 points
  18. For heaven's sakes, what governments are doing is following the advice of doctors. You know, the people who are supposed to know what's best for our health. That overwhelming evidence will come from doctors. So unless you're one of them, I don't think you're in much of a position to claim that mass gatherings are safe.
    2 points
  19. I have an idea, you might not like it and I’m sure a lot of us won’t like it either but I believe it’ll help the longevity of our beloved convention. Cancel Otakon 2021. Yeah I know, I read the email but hear me out. I know you’re asking for donations and that’s wonderful, I’m going to donate as much as I possibly can to help. And I don’t know how long you can keep those donations considering you’re a non-profit, but if there is a way you can keep them til November/Decemberish and find a smaller venue to secure for 2022 I say do it. Go back to Baltimore? Go back to Stat
    2 points
  20. I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...
    2 points
  21. You can start fermenting your own con funk and have it ready by Saturday. Pop the sealed lid and PEW! Just like being at the real convention. 😆
    2 points
  22. While I'm glad that Otakon is doing an online event, I still miss doing the "Where to Eat for Otakon" videos I usually do around this time. So, I decided to put together some memories of the past at Otakon, notably between 2013 and 2017. Part One is all about the Pre-Reg lines and Matsuri festivals. A nice look into the past. Next week will be part two, full of the con itself. Please click the link and enjoy! Otakon: Do You Remember the Sweat? Part One: https://youtu.be/DQmv_tdaSUs
    2 points
  23. They're expecting a second wave to happen this fall, so don't get your hopes up.
    2 points
  24. Coronavirus ain't gonna stop me from doing my annual request: Asian Kung Fu Generation.
    2 points
  25. 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
    2 points
  26. 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 regula
    2 points
  27. 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.
    2 points
  28. 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.
    2 points
  29. 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
    2 points
  30. 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.
    2 points
  31. 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.
    2 points
  32. Good news everyone! Registration for Otakon 2020 is now open! Register early to lock in the special "early bird" discount rate. Learn more at our website and join us July 31 - August 2, 2020!
    2 points
  33. 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
    2 points
  34. 1. Some of the elevators (most notably the one to enter the dealer's room) do require an accessibility flag to use, so yes, your friend will need to see the member accessibility booth by registration to get one. If you go with your friend, and will be helping them at certain points, you can request a companion flag to be with them, which will allow you to join them in the elevator among other things. 2. I do know there are plans to accept at least one app, unfortunately, I do not remember which it was, so I will leave this for someone with that info. 3. As of right now, a mask will b
    1 point
  35. Not staff, but Otakon usually requires you to have an Accessibility ribbon to use the elevators. I have seen people with strollers use them but I don’t know if that is technically permitted or they just let that slide. Either way, you would not want to bring kids in today’s environment anyways. Check the Member Accessibility section on the Member Services section on the website. If she uses something to walk with that is proof enough but if not, try to get a doctor note close to the con. Finally, don’t plan on removing masks indoors unless it’s at a specific dining area.
    1 point
  36. My husband has double dipped on a couple but the only one I personally triple dipped in was Sailor Moon. I have the VHS, LDs, and DVDs and it's the only serious I still have where I've done that with. I have considered double dipping for Akira and some Ghibli movies but for now Sailor Moon remains my only one! I may consider getting the Blu-Rays for Sailor Moon but only time will tell!
    1 point
  37. I had to leave when the Q+A started at the end but I was a bit sad you guys didn't mention Devil Survivor 2 in the "Beyond Persona" panel considering that it's way more popular (or at least appears more marketed) than Devil Survivor 1 (It-meaning DevSurv2- having a pretty good anime adaptation and all). Tho I guess that's a minor personal gripe... the rest of the presentation was great *claps* Er...back on topic tho....unfortunately I didn't go to any other "panels" per say unless the Zen Garden workshop counts. I'll just say that...that was the first time I ever found time to go to a Sho
    1 point
  38. I didn't expect 26,000 people to show and, heart of hearts, staff probably didn't either. I also don't know what the costs particular to this year looked like, though I know the con was clearly without revenue streams like new merch, advertising and bag pack-ins. I also don't know how a cap would have been implemented in an era of single-day trial memberships. But there has to have been some number below 26,000 where people would have felt safer and the convention still would've wound up in the black.
    1 point
  39. The good: Most people wore their masks and wore them right. I didn't see a lot of physical contact. Grab and go concessions were neat. The torch was a great flex. It was good to have some old favorites back like MAT3K and Super Art Fight (I'm biased, since the SAF folks are friends) The bad: I've gone over this before but there was no physical distancing. I mean, we knew it going in but in light of the Delta variant it seems like more could have been done. Parties would go into rooms seated a couple seats apart and then people would come in and fill those seats. I
    1 point
  40. I’m going to repeat/paraphrase/elaborate on what I said at feedback. We have the benefit of hindsight know now things about the virus that Otakon staff didn’t know a few weeks ago, much less when they started planning for this con in earnest a few months ago. Attendance should have been capped. Seats should have been in pods. There should have been more and clearer messaging at-con (including on video boards) about the mask mandate and when, where, why you could take your mask off. Maybe the tape tricks that one guy suggested could’ve helped. This is not going away anytime soon and Otakon s
    1 point
  41. Replied to your E-mail with your credentials.
    1 point
  42. According to the news the DC Mayor announced most venues can completely reopen without capacity restrictions on May 21, and large venues and sports arenas can reopen without capacity restrictions on June 11. The Mayor also announced that the District would start dismantling the overflow hospital in the convention center since it was never utilized. Indoor mask restrictions will remain in place for the time being. Excellent news for a chance for the convention to possibly move forward.
    1 point
  43. Thinking on this today; I realized that barring another major spike that could trigger a new lock down, it's almost a certainty that Otakon will take place this summer. With no state of emergency the convention is locked into its contractual obligations and would have to pay for the convention center regardless of whether or not they use it. Hopefully the trends continue positive, the fans show up, (and Otakon pinches a few extra pennies just to be safe).
    1 point
  44. Or rather, $250,000 is what they need to pay whether there's a con or not. If you want a breakdown, their 990s are public. The $250,000 figure matches up with what their 2018 990 says for their legal, accounting, storage costs and such.
    1 point
  45. I was going to be Nana Shimura this year so I'm just saving the cosplay for 2021. But I might be tempted to go as a plague doctor too...
    1 point
  46. And Anime NYC was called off today. I mean, you could see that one from a mile off.
    1 point
  47. For more than 25 years, Otakorp, Inc. has strived to create a safe space for the diverse otaku community. Otakorp, Inc. has and will continue to stand against racial injustice and prejudice. We will continue and strengthen our commitment to support our black members, volunteers, leaders, artists, creators, and friends. Not just today, but every day. We will work harder to make sure our commitments to the community are matched by our actions. Black lives matter.
    1 point
  48. Well, it looks like the concert has been "postponed"
    1 point
  49. ANN Recently reported the release month of Kaguya-Sama: Love is War 2nd season I originally started reading the manga around the the time it first started coming out. I was hooked immediately! Probably one of my favorites in the genre to date. a super-short, pretty accurate, but non-spoilery, and oversimplified Synopsis The story follows two main protagonists, Miyuki Shirogani, the Student Council President with the #1 grade in the school, and Kaguya Shinomiya, the StCo Vice-President with the 2nd highest grades in the school. Due to their skewed and over-fantasized views on rom
    1 point
  50. 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
    1 point
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