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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...
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  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. They're expecting a second wave to happen this fall, so don't get your hopes up.
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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Well, Otakon can begin by limiting the number of attendees, for one (people who rolled their pre-reg from the year before should have priority). Much wider aisles in the Dealer's Room. Having chairs spread further apart in the Videos and Panel rooms. Skip the Concerts, Dance, and Cosplay shows this year (Hall cosplays can still go on). Have "Arcade-style" controllers in the Video Game room that can be wiped down with disinfectant after every use.
    1 point
  19. I did ran into Gaspar at a Hatsune Miku 2018 concert here in NYC.
    1 point
  20. I'm hoping that America gets better at vaccinating more people per day so that it's safe to go to Otakon in August. I wonder if they could push it back to Sept or Oct?
    1 point
  21. I donated, but it would be nice to know the fundraising goal.
    1 point
  22. Same here. I donated $50 a couple hours ago, and I'm willing to buy stuff to help raise additional funds for the convention.
    1 point
  23. After I'm vaccinated, sure. I'm in phase 2 so it shouldn't be that long. That being said, and I've talked about this a bit in the Discord, it's not really up to me or us otaku or even Otakorp whether these cons can all go on. It's all dependent on the facts on the ground and the restrictions the District has in place (not to mention whatever travel restrictions remain in place on a regional, national or international level). One of my cons set for June in Los Angeles punted to August 2022 because there just wasn't any other option. And it's not even that big an event. And then you ha
    1 point
  24. There is one piece of information that they are not discussing in regards to vaccinations: Are these vaccinations going to be an annual thing similar to seasonal flu? I suspect you will not be seeing international guests for 2 or more years as wise people will not leave their home country in an unknown environment - especially if they have any type of chronic medical issue. I would even move a step stronger - I would imagine you may see regulations denying admittance for those with medical conditions to conventions - restrictions in place from the government - due to their suscepitibility &
    1 point
  25. As for me, it all depends on when I'm able to get vaccinated. If it happens before June, I just might be OK with going. We'll see.
    1 point
  26. 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.
    1 point
  27. 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
    1 point
  28. 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.
    1 point
  29. Thanks to everyone for coming by!
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  30. Online Comic Con is this week. Should be interesting.
    1 point
  31. 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.
    1 point
  32. 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
  33. 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.
    1 point
  34. 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.
    1 point
  35. 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!!!
    1 point
  36. 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'
    1 point
  37. Well, it looks like the concert has been "postponed"
    1 point
  38. Pish tosh, another acceptable form is from Zman Games:
    1 point
  39. This Baltimore Business Journal article provides an update on the proposed expansion to the Baltimore Convention Center, the update is the expansion will not occur due to the current cost estimate of expansion which is estimated to be more than $1.5 billion, much more than the previously announced estimate of $600 million: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2020/02/04/baltimore-convention-center-expansion-plans-scaled.html
    1 point
  40. Let's hope the only Pandemic you encounter is from Accept. 😀
    1 point
  41. 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?"
    1 point
  42. 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!
    1 point
  43. 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.
    1 point
  44. No but it's a cooling system that could be used in big cosplays where your wearing bulky thick stuff
    1 point
  45. 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". 😊
    1 point
  46. Not too shabby for a three-year old con. I'd strongly think about going if only it didn't come right smack-dab in the middle of football season.
    1 point
  47. I still don't understand the appeal of LL, so I was kind of the opposite. Dream Solister and then JAM Project's entrance gave me life. I wish they had had a longer set, but such was the format of the event.
    1 point
  48. Asian Kung Fu Generation. I'm going to keep requesting and hopefully one day it can happen.
    1 point
  49. 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
    1 point
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