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  1. 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. 😆
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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  4. They're expecting a second wave to happen this fall, so don't get your hopes up.
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  5. The Good: Otakon still going on in some way, even though we could not be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center together. People willing to volunteer their time to entertain us. Much appreciated! 😀 🤜🤛 🙂 The Bad: The volume levels on the presentations were all over the map. You could barely hear one person, but have your ears blown off when changing to a different channel. Would have liked to see a dedicated Anime channel, even if it was something we have seen 100s of times. Twitch has done Pokemon and Yugi Oh marathons, so it may be possible to get rights
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  6. I still have all my badges (1994 - 2019). I'm tempted to print and laminate the 2020 Otakon's Online badges and add it to the collection.
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  7. I used to just go home when Otakon was over in the early days. Once it came to Baltimore I started to stay an extra night (until Monday), just to hang around there with some friends or by myself. I would head over there to eat and do some last minute shopping right after the Con's Feedback panel, then I settle in my room for the rest of the night. Then I would head over there again the next morning to get something to eat and meet up with people from the con who were still around before I drive back home to New York.
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  8. 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...
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  9. For the record, this is the T-shirt in question: As I've said before on this forum, it's my favorite shirt I never wear.
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  10. I have all the shirts, though some are retired due to age and/or condition. (My 2017 shirt for some reason has a bunch of small holes in it, and I know I didn't get acid on it at work.) I still have the old Otakon shoulder(?) bag. Though mine is unique because the zipper on it is upside down. I also have several of the early pins (One of the earliest ones - the one w/ the bunny girl that reminds me of the Daicon IV opening, is darker than I originally recall. Whether that's 'patina', age, or just how it originally looked I can't recall.), and the 3 postcards they put out when Otakon had
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  11. I think it would be pretty fun to have "throwback shirts." Might be worth someone doing the legwork to research. *stares at self in mirror*
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  12. What a shame that such a talented actor should be such a complete failure as a human being.
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  13. He is a massive clown and got exactly what he deserved.
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  14. Gave most of my Otakon shirts away, but kept a few for sentimental value. 1994, 1995, the long sleeve black one (my all time favorite), blue denim shirt, and a few of the recent ones. Used to buy one every year, gave them to someone who would wear them.
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  15. I'm not sure if the "bigger and better claim" is necessarily accurate, and this goes for a lot of cons that were scuttled this year. Though force majeure saves them from massive payouts to the venue, contractors and such, there are still costs associated with not having an event, to say nothing of the refunds to those who ask for them and the merch they can't sell. And the people who do roll over their memberships at ANYC, Ota and other cons, they're not paying twice to go, by definition. And the big unknowns are how many people will want to go to cons next year, whether the vaccine will be ou
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  16. And Anime NYC was called off today. I mean, you could see that one from a mile off.
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  17. The Good: I was shocked that the Carole and Tuesday panel was live since it means those guys were in a studio at like midnight, so it was great that they took questions from the twitch chat. Twitch moderation was also great- the staff did their best to address issues on the stream. The Bad: The usual technical mishaps- audio issues, video drops, etc. The panel lengths were too short at 30 minutes. The Ugly: I'm not about to complain about you guys pulling an event together when the entire world is on fire. You guys turned chicken poop into chic
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  18. Hey, I'm in that video 😂
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  19. So, here's the second installment of pictures and videos from the actual con for Otakons 2013 thru 2017! Enjoy the video and enjoy Otakon Online!!!! https://youtu.be/ZAaxc-H87fI
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  20. Thanks to everyone for coming by!
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  21. I've embarked on a serious nostalgia trip this past week and am trying to find more information regarding Otakon before I started attending in 2003 - specifically I was interested in reviewing the programming/schedule line-ups (panels & workshops). I still have hard copies of the programs/schedules from 2003 on, and thought that someone must have scanned/documented this info on an ancient website... but have had no luck scouring the internet, other than being able to pull up an Internet Archive of the 2002 schedule: https://web.archive.org/web/20020802062613/http://www.otakon.com/schedule.
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  22. Online Comic Con is this week. Should be interesting.
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  23. You hit the nail on this one. Like I said before, online cons are kind of interesting, but it all depends on what they are streaming. As you can see below, I've been attending cons for a very long time. The apeal that I get from cons is that I can get the chance to finally meet some of the people that I know only online face to face. I get to meet and greet some of the "Industry" people, which wouldn't be possible in any other way (unless they're local). I go to the Dealer's Room so I can personally check all the anime merchandise (I stll buy CD's of anime soundtracks and Blu-Ray discs an
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  24. Yeah online conventions I feel work best when it's literally streamed, and the streamer pulls ppl in through Discord calls and other means of participation like that. Just showing anime eps on stream (which I'm 99% sure is illegal unless it's Funimation / Sentai / Discotek etc doing it with their own content) isn't anything special and unique to most... I mean I have a Plex server with MANY MANY anime series and movies that I can just sit at home (or anywhere really) and watch... I don't even really sit in IRL con video rooms much for that reason. I had wanted to do a panel on music rhythm gam
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  25. AMEN BROTHER. I think visibility was my biggest problem with the initial batch of online conventions. Being 4th of July weekend I had already made plans to catch up with my family on video chat, cooking way too much meat for a single household, and then marathon gaming with my friends online. By the time I remembered that these cons were going on I tuned into whichever one was running on youtube and saw they were just showing anime episodes so turned it back off. So if I as an avid con-goer bounced off of the stream then I doubt they did any traffic with the general youtube / twitch / ot
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  26. Having two conventions at the same time in real life is nbd. On the internet, it makes zero sense. And Funimation knows when AX weekend is. Why did they have to counter-program? And you also had issues where I know the AX stream on YouTube got copyright struck. They should've thought that through.
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  27. There were times when I expected a phone number to appear at the bottom of the screen: "Please call and make a pledge of support to provide a contained con space free of foreign viruses (and other type of con-funk), for all the wondering otakus out there".
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  28. I mean it was bound to happen. Miku Expo DC was in the heart of covid-19 territory in PG county. With all the turmoil this year, it's probably for the best anyway. Here's hoping Nekocon in November goes on, but I doubt that too.
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  29. We were excited to announce that the Hotel Block for Otakon 2021 out be opening on June 8th at Noon and we got a little ahead of ourselves. The previous announcement as a whole was mostly wrong. We apologize of any confusion and panic it might have caused. To clarify again the Otakon 2021 Hotel Block will open for booking on June 8th at Noon through our hotel partner Experient. To find out more information about the Hotel Block for Otakon 2021 please visit our official hotel page here.
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  30. 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.
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  31. I freaked out a bit because I saw the email late and thought I missed the Marquis, but seems like its not clear when that one will become available...how will registration be handled for a single high in demand hotel if and when it does open? Booked at Embassy for the meanwhile.
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  32. I believe I recieved the same email, too. I took advantage and reserved a room to the hotel of my choice while I still can.
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  33. 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.
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  34. 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/
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  35. It really would be news when and if a con does go on as scheduled at this point.
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  36. Hello Gaspar. I know I am sending out of the blue here but you helped me with advice way back for Anime Boston advice. I am returning to Otakon this year. Wondering if the Renaissance on 9th street is an ok hotel or its better to stay at the Marquis. Have you stayed at Renaissance? is it handy to eating places> I hear they are on 7ht street. Or is it better because of weather to stay at the Marquis? Also some controversy brewing over Funimation wanting people to pr she their Fairytale DVD in order to have a chance of one of 50 people to get a cast autograph. You think this is what they
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  37. Oh hey, I'm alive. s'uuup~
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  38. Every time I revisit forums and see you post in a thread, your username makes me laugh XD
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