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  1. 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
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  2. 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
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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
  5. 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.
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  6. 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
  7. 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
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  8. 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
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  9. 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.
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  10. Is there going to be a grid version of the schedule?
    2 points
  11. 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
  12. From a merchandising standpoint, I'd buy an Otakon-branded facemask/neck gaiter in a heartbeat.
    2 points
  13. I'm just coming up with cosplays involving masks.
    2 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...
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  19. Coronavirus ain't gonna stop me from doing my annual request: Asian Kung Fu Generation.
    2 points
  20. I believe the theme is "Time Skipping".
    1 point
  21. Knowing how the guest invitation process works, this year was super-unique. Otakon invites guests around themes and shows. On top of that, many guest schedulings are done 6+ months in advance, even though they are not announced until closer to the events. This is pretty much standard, as contracts often specify that announcements can't be done at times that could affect attendance at other appearances. On top of this, Otakon literally had only 78 days to put a guest list together. Because conventions in some states were given the green light to proceed before others, and because act
    1 point
  22. From Shojo to Josei This panel was so much fun, and in addition to getting some great shojo recs and understanding how the genre began and developed as well as how josei came to be, I feel like I came away with a lot more info about the evolving political climate of Japan from the early 1900s to present day re: the role of women in society. The stat about the percentage of Japanese management roles occupied by women (down from 8.2% in 1996) will haunt me for weeks to come... But also GIRLS! SHOJO! JOSEI! I promise I had fun lmao. It was interesting to learn that manga was a more accessibl
    1 point
  23. I didn't get to attend this year because I am immune-compromised (and it sounds like that was the right call for me based off of some of this feedback!) However, this was definitely something I intended to bring up after my last Otakon in 2019. There definitely needs to be a few more concession options, especially for those who have special dietary needs. I unfortunately can no longer eat gluten, and it was SO difficult finding anything I could have. What made it extra difficult was that a lot of the food service workers did not seem familiar with what gluten is and would say things were
    1 point
  24. Otakon has only had attendance caps 4 times in its history. 2005 (22k, cap hit), 2006 (25k, cap not hit), 2014 (35k, cap not hit) and 2015 (35k, cap not hit). And those caps were due to mainly literally not being able to fit enough people in the con center. There has not been less than 20k people at Otakon since 2003, almost 2 decades ago/ I fully expect that if a cap is instituted, like you want, Otakon, at the bare minimum, will be asking for donations again just so survive. More likely, the con will be gone for good.
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  26. 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
  27. I disagree completely with having a cap for Otakon. If you're going to do that, you might as well not even bother holding the con. It's completely not even close to feasible to even enforce 6ft social distancing. Even with only 10k people, things would have been just as bad. Just having the mask mandate was perfectly fine, imo. Personally, I can't recall running into anyone that wasn't wearing their mask when they were supposed to, and I spent a large chunk of the con in the dealers hall, AA, and the gaming hall, where congregation is highest. Not concerned in the slightest about thi
    1 point
  28. The Good: This felt like the best-managed Otakon of the 20 or so Otakons that I've attended. I usually have a few gripes about line management, how panels are handled, video room operation, etc. This year, just... nothing. Otakon Staff and Gofers were on point, the Convention Center security and other staff, of all shirt and jacket colors, were friendly but firm, and we had fun conversations with a few of them. At least where we went and what we did, it was a nice, smooth, no gripes convention. Sitting on a end seat (left side) rather near the front of the AMV room du
    1 point
  29. 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
  30. As a person that is unable to stand in place for long periods of time, the buddy system is fine in theory, but in practice never really works out for single attendees because you just can’t keep track of someone you don’t know amongst a group of people. Have there been any considerations made to tweak this policy for single attendees? Thanks.
    1 point
  31. I don't know how you feel about plain coffee, but they do have a coffeemaker in the room, along with a couple of teabags (English Breakfast and... Chamomile?). You can always hit the Safeway and grab some bagels there. I usually end up bringing a box of cereal and getting the milk at the store. (Though yogurt and granola for breakfast does sound good. 🙂 ) Speaking of Safeway, as of 2019 if you entered the phone number 202-867-5309 (yes, the number from the song Jenny) at the register you should be able to get the club card discount. (I read an article years ago about that, and entering t
    1 point
  32. I was lucky enough to get the MM twice in DC, but they didn't have a microwave in the room in either year. (The Hampton Inn did in 2018, IIRC.) You can always ask if they can supply one, though I don't know where they would put it if I'm remembering the room configuration correctly.
    1 point
  33. To get inexpensive food and drinks from a place that's open 24/7, a 7-Eleven opened in 2020 that's a very short walking distance from the convention center, I created a thread about 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 close walking distance from the Mount Vernon Place entrance of the convention center. (otakon.com)
    1 point
  34. Hi people! Well, New York Comic Con 2021 is on. They started selling their first and second wave of badges just last week. I don't see any mention of their con within a con, AXNY@NYCC (their "anime" offshoot) so far this year. Meanwhile, Liberty City Anime Con which was going to be held around the end of August has cancelled.
    1 point
  35. God help you if you are looking for any video games. If any of the more local vendors don’t show up you will be stuck with only Video Games New York. Their prices were sky high before the pandemic. Just imagine how jacked up they will be now.
    1 point
  36. Welcome again hons to another Otakon Travelers Advisory thread. As usual this thread is made to help Otakon goers avoid traffic troubles (and the Noid) on thier way to the 26th convention. This year those taking METRO need to take note the platform reconstruction project this summer closes the GREEN/YELLOW Line from Greenbelt to West Hyattsville. FREE Shuttle buses are available from the affected stations to Fort Totten, where the Green/Yellow line will terminate. The MARC train or the METRO ORANGE Line are great alternatives. TSA still requires masks be worn on ALL public transportati
    1 point
  37. --not staff-- DC says that fully-vaccinated people don't need to wear masks. And here's the thing--because Otakon isn't requiring proof of vaccination, there's no way for staff or fellow congoers to know if you are, in fact, vaccinated. Events DC lets organizers set their own policy and that's where Otakon came down. The website doesn't say they'll copy CDC policy to the letter, but let CDC guidance inform their own guidelines, and those are what they are right now. And really, is having to wear a mask that big a deal? If Otakon hadn't established a mask policy, people from outside t
    1 point
  38. I have a question out of curiosity (purely curiosity, as I have masks out the ying-yang and plan to bring a good supply with me). Will there be a "mask station" for people who lose / forget / whatever their masks ad don't have one?
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  39. I just joined the "vaccinated club", yesterday. I will still wearing a mask out of respect for the people around me.
    1 point
  40. If I end up going, which is a big IF... I plan on bringing at least my Senbonzakura Hatsune Miku genderbend (pic of me in aforementioned cosplay is my profile pic) as my main cosplay... If I can revamp it in time I'll also bring my Street Pop Hatsune Miku (kinda genderbent?) As my Thursday/Sunday cosplay, but I don't know yet. EDIT: @Kotorijoin us on Discord if you haven't already! Even when Otakon isn't happening we're a lively bunch and we have a good time! It's free! Here's an invite link: https://discord.gg/wjrfMbH. If you end up joining and your nickname is different than what it is he
    1 point
  41. Yeah, I think there are going to be some corporate events that can go virtual and stay virtual but not an event like an anime con. Cons are about interactivity and seeing your friends, which is harder and less impactful on Zoom.
    1 point
  42. I'm not a staffer and can't speak for the con. But I think whether there's a con and whether Otakon survives are two different questions. I mean, you've seen the emails, you know what the situation is and you have a sense of what they face if there's not a con and what they face right now with bills coming due and not a lot of money to pay them. It's clear the point of no return is coming on whether to plan like there's going to be a con or planning not to have one. In each case, neither of the then-whats are very fun. And I would say, again, as an observer, it would be very hard--perhaps
    1 point
  43. I did ran into Gaspar at a Hatsune Miku 2018 concert here in NYC.
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  44. No. Because from what I hear, he's just as bad as He Who Must Not Be Named, but with more evidence.
    1 point
  45. So I gave $60. But what I want to know, and I know I'm not alone, is where that money is going. This isn't a telethon or a Kickstarter, I'm not necessarily expecting a progress bar. But I think we as members deserve to know, to the extent it wouldn't violate any contracts etc., more about what Otakorp's finances are at this point in time, what big expenses are coming due, how we got here and what the consequences of the rona could be for Otakon going forward. For example, the venue. One of the things we've divined from 990s and news clippings is that Otakon signed a five-year deal with WEWCC.
    1 point
  46. 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
  47. Please stay on topic for this thread
    1 point
  48. 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 &
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