Jump to content

Dostovei Illuminas

Members
  • Content Count

    1,245
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    4

Everything posted by Dostovei Illuminas

  1. Dostovei Illuminas

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Received mine today, huzzah. Mail lady actually made me sign for it, so I guess the people not getting signatures are just lazy mail carriers. Seems like a waste to pay for the signature requirement though if the mail carriers are going to randomly ignore it. Didn't have to sign for my ACen or AX badges. I'm glad Otakon at least included the lanyard though instead of making me pick it up on-site like the other two.
  2. Dostovei Illuminas

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Got my tracking number finally, says my badge should arrive tomorrow. Guess I won't be able to sleep in this weekend...
  3. Dostovei Illuminas

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I submitted a help desk ticket for the same issue and was basically given the polite equivalent of "I dunno lol." They did at least confirm that I am registered, but beyond that they apparently have no clue why the system is displaying like that.
  4. Dostovei Illuminas

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    No badge or tracking number here either. Kind of frustrating honestly. But as long as it gets here before Day 0, I'll be okay.
  5. Dostovei Illuminas

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Nobody has received them yet, they haven't been mailed. Just be patient.
  6. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Yeah, I'd be excited for this announcement except I'm wondering about the autograph situation too. I detest lotteries and I would absolutely loathe having one for a guest like this (or any guest really). Would rather have the 6 AM Friday morning line for passes than that. The new autograph area that was set up last year where Saori Hayami had her autograph session would be ideal for a guest like this, so I hope they use it again and just have an open autograph session. And more than one session would also be ideal. I think Jim mentioned having her for the entire weekend earlier so maybe that's possible. But until I hear more details my excitement is going to be a bit tamped down.
  7. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Stereopony was a great band, and that show in Boston did rock. I hadn't heard of them forming a new group but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing it.
  8. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well that eliminates several options... It isn't Megumi Hayashibara and it isn't Maaya Sakamoto... Hmmm...
  9. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well, got the Friday musical guest guess wrong. Oh well, there's always next time I suppose. Looks like a cool group, and their music is pretty good from what I've listened to so far. Looking forward to seeing them perform.
  10. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Curious about this as well. One of the cool things about getting artists is that sometimes they draw. Though with the crowds that Otakon typically brings it can be pretty difficult to get anything. But maybe he'll submit a piece to the charity auction?
  11. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well, I submitted my guess for the Friday music act after randomly stumbling through Wikipedia and finding a band description that fit the three main criteria. No idea if I'm actually right though, since I couldn't make any sense out of the haiku at all. Guess we'll see whether my luck from Otakon Vegas holds out.
  12. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well, seems Aniplex is leaning heavily on promoting A.Z, wonder what Funimation and Sentai are up to...
  13. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Not necessarily the case. I know there have been several instances of dub guest overlap between cons. A couple of years ago I actually had a running count of the number of repeat guests between all the cons I attended that year. Vic Mignogna in particular is basically everywhere; he clocked in as a guest at 5 out of 6 cons I attended that year, including both AX and Otakon if memory serves me correctly. I think Christina Vee is another one that has done back-to-back appearances between the two shows as well. You can look up a particular actor's appearances by doing a search for their name on AnimeCons.com. So yeah, not completely impossible. It all depends on what the companies want to promote and what the actors' particular schedules are.
  14. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Very cool to see Aoki at an east coast con. I just know Aniplex is going to pull their usual "Buy Fate/Zero at our booth for a ticket to a special autograph session" shenanigans though, and then probably not accept me saying that I already bought it elsewhere.
  15. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    I like contests. Contests are fun.
  16. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Most excellent, I eagerly await the good news.
  17. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Yeah, like I said, I understand the logistical side of the problem. And I'm fine with the artist declining me personally for any of the reasons you've cited. I'm just a fan and I can't control what they're personally willing to do, and I'm not going to throw a tantrum or act all offended if they don't want to draw for me. That's why I always bring a backup item or just have them sign a blank shikishi. My beef is more with whatever industry people accompany said artist where they completely slam the hammer down and don't allow it at all, regardless of what the artist himself/herself is personally willing to do. Aniplex in particular is extremely guilty of this, even in instances where it makes no sense for them to restrict or forbid it other than them just not wanting to allow it (I also have gripes towards them with straight autograph sessions as well, but that's a separate topic). I realize that I may not be privvy to all the particular details of what their considerations are, but in my personal opinion, if the artist is willing to do it then I don't see why the industry people should see fit to restrict them, or (in Aniplex's case) even go so far as to stipulate that they won't bring the artist to a con unless a "no sketches" restriction is put into place. If the con wants to restrict it for the logistical reasons you've cited then I understand that. I'm aware that it takes a long time and that doing it during an autograph session holds a lot of people up that might only be there for a signature, so if the line is long and time and space are restricted then okay, no sketches, not a problem. Though a nice compromise on that angle might be restricting it so that only five or ten sketches maximum are done per session and anyone else who requests one is declined. I've seen several other cons do this and it seems to work well. I do appreciate that you at least ask the artist if they're willing to do sketches, though I've never really seen the information on whether they are or not publicized anywhere prior to me getting up to the table and asking the artist and/or the staff. It would be nice to have it posted ahead of time in some form or fashion, maybe a note on the Guidebook entry for the autograph session? I also agree that having more space after the move to DC will help on the autograph front and I'm very much looking forward to it for that reason. If you can at least get charity auction sketches then I'll be happy to bid on those if direct requests aren't an option. Actually I went both ways this past year with Matsubara, since I got a personal sketch from him and then won the charity auction sketch. I was more than prepared to put up a fight for SUSHIO's sketches at Otakon Vegas this year so I'm a little disappointed that I'll have to wait until July, but I do understand your reasoning behind that decision. However, I'll point out that I personally have paid upwards of $3,500 for a sketch at a charity auction before, and I know people who were at OV in anticipation of getting something from SUSHIO who have spent as much as $4,000 or $5,000. I kind of think you shot yourself in the foot on that one since not all of those people venture out to the East Coast either, but if I don't blow my money at the other 3 cons I'm planning to attend between now and Otakon then I'll certainly bid his stuff up this July.
  18. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    What I really want are manga-ka (and other animation guests) who will actually draw for people if it's requested... And not just in a heavily controlled industry panel where only a very select few might get lucky enough to get something pre-drawn, or a charity auction piece that will get bid up to an insanely high price (though the latter are very much appreciated when I can actually afford them, lol). I was very happy when Hidenori Matsubara agreed to draw something for me after the rest of his autograph line had been cleared. I know in an event like Otakon with crowding issues and high demand for guest facetime that it can be difficult to arrange something like this, but like... Maybe give them space in the artist alley or something? I know a few artists have done that sort of thing at other cons. Maybe this is another thing that can become easier with more space in DC.
  19. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well, if this article is correct, Origa definitely won't be a guest this year, either at Otakon or anywhere else. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-01-18/ghost-in-the-shell-singer-origa-passes-away/.83416 Really saddened by this news. Part of me hopes it ends up being a hoax.
  20. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    I wouldn't mind seeing some of the older manga-ka who may not be busy working on something new and popular, personally speaking. I'm sure they stay perpetually busy with something or other but maybe somebody older who hasn't been in the limelight for a while would be an easier target. Animators and character designers are also appreciated. Was very pleased to be able to meet Hidenori Matsubara and get a sketch from him last year.
  21. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    See this response earlier in the thread (bolding is mine for emphasis): Origa appeared at Anime Boston last year, and now Youmacon this year. So given the above quote from alabaster, I'd say that makes an Otakon appearance less likely, given their general policy towards musical guests.
  22. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Kajiura has been to Anime Boston and Anime Expo in the past few years, so given the above remarks about Otakon's focus being on the new and unknown and never seen in the US before, it's probably unlikely that she'll be invited to Otakon for a musical performance. Maybe if she's promoting some new group like she did with Kalafina at Anime Boston a few years ago. As for SAO2, given the success the series has seen so far, I fully expect Aniplex to continue riding that gravy train for as long as possible. I would be very surprised if they didn't have at least some sort of promotional tie-in at Otakon next year, though what form that will specifically take can't really be accurately predicted this far out.
  23. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    I adore Megumi Hayashibara and would absolutely love to see her as a guest, but the odds of it actually happening are virtually nil. Never say never, of course... But I'm not going to hold my breath. I'd love for Jim and crew to prove me wrong though. Of course, with the crowding issues and the con having to resort to policies like random lotteries for concert tickets and possibly even autographs, somebody as big as Megumi I would almost rather not see until after the move to DC when the con hopefully has the space to meet the demand for seeing her and doesn't have to resort to things like that.
  24. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    I'll go ahead and add Aya Hisakawa to my request list. Sailor Mercury is and will forever be my favorite anime girl ever, so I'd love to meet her seiyuu someday.
  25. Dostovei Illuminas

    Guest Request: 2015

    Oh yes, I'll go ahead and add in a request for Nami Tamaki again as well. I'd really love to see her again.
×