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  1. I'm more curious if these vaccine policies are going to exist for years to come or in perpetuity.  At this point, covid is endemic and will be with us for a long time. With most places having returned to "normal" months ago, I wonder if Otakorp is going to require vaccines for Otakon 2035?  Look at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. They were mandating vaccines and then suddenly did an about face after a few weeks after the decision and no longer require them. 

    Anime conventions seem to be the outliers.

  2. 4 hours ago, kimmibeans said:

    We did continuously remind people to put on their mask if we saw them, even if they were seated in a panel room. There were also signs when you entered the room that you must keep your mask on. We actually kicked somebody out for refusing to put on their mask during the masquerade. However, we don't have eyes everywhere and may have missed some folks.

    Thanks for trying to keep everyone safe. The staffers I encountered were professional and reasonable and from what I saw, the mask enforcement was applied consistently

  3. 11 hours ago, MattTheMinion said:

    For example, social distancing. If you spaced out seats in the programming rooms to distance folks, the seating capacity of each room would be roughly 15% of what it was this year.  It's not worth having a video room with a max capacity of 23 people, or limiting main events to a couple hundred attendees. Once you do that you have thousands of people congregating in the hallways, which leads to the questions behind a cap. What is the appropriate attendance cap for a building that has 2.3 million sq. ft. of event space? Even under non-pandemic conditions this is not an easy question to answer as the safety capacity of the building changes depending on how various spaces are used. Still where do you assume everyone will be at any given time? Do you count the people who work there as part of the cap? How do you know how many people are in the building at once? 

    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 people spilling out into the hallways and being on top of one another. (And this is a con that is a fraction of the size of Otakon.)

     

    All in all, Otakon did what they said they would do in regards to their health and safety policies and the staffers were polite and professional, especially given the constantly changing nature of what's going on. 

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  4. The History of Metroid (I forgot the actual name)

    This was a great panel and the host was really knowledgeable. I had no idea there was so much additional manga and media related to the Metroid series until I attended. Hope he comes back next year.

    The Kabuki panel and demonstration

    I've always been curious about the history and purpose of kabuki and the Professor did an awesome job both explaining the history and performing some basic kabuki for us. The schedule said it was supposed to go for 2 hours but ended earlier than expected which was a shame. I would've loved to see more.

    New Anime for Older fans

    Always a good panel

    Con Horror Stories

    I'm still bitter about this one.... 😠

     

    Additionally, someone at the feedback panel suggested a history of Otakon panel in the future. 

  5. 21 hours ago, TnAdct1 said:

    THE UGLY:

    Just walking in Chinatown on Thursday gave me a bleak idea of how bad things are due to the pandemic. Seeing the U.S. Mint shop and the Lucky Strike bowling alley/bar closed while the pandemic is going on is one thing. However, to see the candy store that a lot of people go getting closed down permanently shows just how hard COVID is affecting businesses.

    It was strange to see homeless camps and boarded up restaurants amongst $500,000 mini condos and people driving around in Porsches. We walked to the Irish pub we've frequented in the past only to find it boarded up. On the way to the Irish Channel pub we were probably asked about 6 or 7 times for money or food from the local homeless. Between that and the rising homicide rate, it's sad to see the nation's capital in such a strange state. 

  6. 23 minutes ago, windseeker said:

    Hun, I did. I doubt so many expected an almost normal numbers of attendees. Why you're not concerned with this convention getting labeled a super spreader event is beyond me.

    Ok, you knew the risks of attending a non-vaccine mandated event but assumed below-normal attendance because of covid hesitancy and decided to go banking on lower numbers.  That's all on you.

    Of course I'm concerned for Otakon's reputation but there's a ton of other things that could also be labelled as "super spreaders."  Sturgis, Lollapalooza, Awesome-Con (as of right now.)  Even AnimeNYC and Station Unity with their recently updated vaccine mandate. It's going to happen with large indoor venues and people need to understand the risks. 

  7. 13 minutes ago, windseeker said:

    I second an attendance cap should have happened. I got extremely anxious when they announced how many people had been at the con at closing ceremonies. If Otakon ends up being a super spreader event that's not good for the con's image or for the attendees. 

    Otakon should have required proof of vaccination, if anything.

    If you were that anxious then you should have known the risks before you arrived.

  8. Good:

    1. The Otakon staff for putting all of this together in just a few months
    2. The attendees and masks- I didn't see any instances of attendees abusing the mask policy. People self-regulated, were considerate and respected the mask policy.
    3. The Japanese Cultural Embassy. I'm THRILLED Otakon brought them in especially since Katsucon gutted them from their con budget in 2020. The kabuki panel and demonstration was especially interesting and Capitol Area Budokai is always a welcomed guest.
    4. The staffer in access control who works the line up in Main Events. He has long hair and a beard. He's a great communicator, very professional and keeps the lines organized. He has great con stories.
    5. The concerts: Both Distant Worlds and the Sunday jazz concert were excellent. The performers really seemed to enjoy being back on stage. 

    Bad:

    1. The Saturday morning line through the Marriott tunnel. That line was horrible. It looked as if the escalator was bringing people up faster than security could check them in so they switched to the stairwell. The backup ran from the Marriott convention center entrance down the stairs, past the hotel ballrooms, up the escalators into the main lobby and out the door into the streets. It seemed as if they were re-routing attendees from the convention center entrances into the hotel.

    Ugly:

    1. The Con Horror Stories panel not showing. This rarely happens at Otakon and I'm glad to hear they will not be allowed to present again. 
  9. 4 hours ago, Aresef said:

    Attendance should have been capped. Seats should have been in pods

    Capped at what? Otakon has to make a certain amount for the convention to continue to operate even with the donations they received. Capping the attendance is going to put a dent in their operating costs. Seating in pods would have been a logistical hurdle and cost even more money.

    4 hours ago, Aresef said:

    This is not going away anytime soon and Otakon should follow Blerdcon and ANYC in imposing a mask mandate.

    Otakon did have a mask mandate. I heard your feedback at the feedback panel and I think that the mask enforcement was equally enforced.  I can't think of a single instance within the convention center where a con goer had their mask off when they weren't eating or sitting and eating. 

    The only area where that was a problem was at the Marquis Marriott bar/lounge on Saturday night where everyone was packed in tightly trying to get drinks and some were maskless. At that point, a cloth My Hero Academia mask is going to do little to stop anything.

     

    The Otakon staff handled the mask issue in a professional and reasonable way in every instance that I saw and I believe the attendees did a very good job regulating themselves given the circumstances.  

  10. 2 hours ago, Daniel Perales said:

    I just found out that the show has been cancelled because of the Covid policy that New York City has just put in effect. The show was only 16 days away.

    Just goes to show you that things could change pretty quickly here.

     

    I sure hope Otakon doesn't cancel with less than 24 hours lol.

     

    Also I'm hoping that the local DC government isn't as drastic as DeBlasio but who knows...

  11. 7 hours ago, Daniel Perales said:

    I think the con may have to ask people for proof of vaccination if the convention center start to impose it (like the "bag-check), at worst.

    Let's just hope for the best.

    That will pose some refund issues if the convention decides to enact a big policy change with less than 7 days. Booked flights, hotels etc that will suddenly have to be cancelled if unvaccinated attendees bow out at the last minute. 

  12. 1 hour ago, Wingchild said:

    Note: DC just issued a mask mandate covering all indoor settings, starting Saturday 7/31, applicable to everyone age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. 

    • Except when eating. That's when COVID mysteriously disappears only to reappear when you get up to go to the bathroom 
  13. Hello!

    I was wondering what the parking situation at the Marquis Marriott is. The hotel website states $60/day valet parking (oof) but I was wondering if the hotel has an underground lot. Otherwise, I'll have to park beneath the Renaissance across the street like I have in previous years.  I checked google maps as well and it doesn't indicate a garage underneath the Marriott. 

  14. On 7/21/2021 at 6:13 PM, DeskLaser said:

    I’ve been parking at Shady Grove and riding in on the metro for years. No driving in the city and no obnoxious parking fees. I travel alone and don’t have cosplays so I can make that happen.

    I'm honestly thinking of doing that since the Marriott's parking prices are obscene. Might take the metro in from New Carrollton. 

  15. 2 minutes ago, Revan said:

    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.

    Great thanks. I was trying to bring some breakfast food since I don't feel like paying a ton of money for overpriced bagels and coffee. Guess it's Greek yogurt and granola in the morning XD

  16. Quick question- for anyone who's stayed at the Marriott, do the rooms have microwaves? I saw under their amenities section that they have refrigerators but didn't see microwaves. I've also stayed at a few cons where the hotels don't have microwaves listed but are in the rooms.  I called and sat on hold so I figured I'd check here.

     

    Thanks 

  17. 19 hours ago, TnAdct1 said:

    as they have panels at other events the same weekend as Otakon).

    I feel as if Otakon has really lost its relevancy as an industry con over the past 5 or so years, and I don't mean just because of covid. I remember back in the late 00s when Geneon and Funimation used to set up big photoshoot displays in the Dealer's Room.  Now we usually get a kiosk with DVDs and freebie posters given away at 2pm on Sunday while everyone is on the way out.

  18. 12 hours ago, Daniel Perales said:

    Well, it's just about 18 days to Otakon as I type this, I was just talking to a group of friends these past few days. I was asking them if they changed their minds about attending Otakon (and any other cons this year). All said that they're still uncomfortable in going to Otakon (too soon), and most they're still on the fence on attending other cons at least for the rest of this year.

    Another thing I heard is that if a con requires that everyone has to wear a mask is a complete turn-off for them. Honestly, I don't mind, but that's just me.

    Anyway, I do hope to see some of you when I get to Otakon and the other cons that I'm attending later this year (New York Comic Con, and Anime-NYC).

    My group is still going. We're young and healthy and statistically the least at risk. If we have to deal with wearing stupid masks for the weekend then so be it. Otakon is trying to find a happy medium and I can understand why since they're the first big con to get back up and running again. I just hope enough attendees come to keep Otakon in the black for years to come.

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  19. On 6/8/2021 at 11:41 AM, VicBond007 said:

    Oh boy, here I go AMVing again!

    Otakon 2021 is back open for business, and so is AMV Theater.

    Went ahead and submitted my form, however when I registered on the FTP server, I didn't receive a confirmation email with a password so I'm unable to login and upload my video. 

     

    I sent an email (to you I think😁) earlier today to see if I need to try something else.

  20. On 6/5/2021 at 10:06 PM, TnAdct1 said:

    As someone that's been entering the contest since 2015 (and made the finals in 2017), I can tell you that the contest is happening.

    Right now, the information can be found here.

    Thanks for the link. My fear was that Otakon would post the submission info close to the deadline and that I would miss it. I've had my AMV finished since March and have been eagerly waiting!

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