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Everything posted by KyoKyo

  1. Consider me a submission lol. I'm just waiting for the official announcement.
  2. Hello! I am planning on submitting a video for the AMV contest this year and was wondering when the submission window was going to open up. Will it be posted on the website? Thanks
  3. EDIT: Seems Maryland has not reached the 70% threshold yet but rather according to WJZ: " Hogan announced earlier this week that he would lift all capacity restrictions at businesses around the state on Saturday, but said the indoor mask mandate would remain until 70% of the adult population received at least one dose of the vaccine. However, he changed his mind following the CDC announcement."
  4. Interesting. I had heard on WJZ that the indoor mandate would be lifted once the state reached 70%. Didn't realize it had gotten that high that quickly.
  5. Sort of. The indoor mask mandate will still be in place in MD until 70% of adults are vaccinated according to Hogan.
  6. Interesting. Good to see AwesomeCon is going as planned. I'm very interested to see how hotels will respond. We all know how attendees pack into these hotel rooms like sardines. Wonder if hotels will mandate room capacity limits. Can you imagine the elevator situation?
  7. If Otakon mandates vaccines like Blerdcon, I'm wondering if they will offer refunds for those who have already pre-registered but will not be vaccinated.
  8. As of this Friday, Maryland Governor Hogan is removing all indoor COVID requirements (minus masks) ranging from restaurants to large-scale ticketed events like sports and conventions. He said he hopes to remove the mask mandate by Memorial Day once the state hits a 70% vaccination rate of at least 1 round of vaccines per adult over 18. Maryland is currently sitting at 65%.
  9. That's good news. We'll be happy to attend regardless and I hope enough people decide to go so Otakon can recoup some of its losses.
  10. I'll still be surprised if Otakon happens. I was under the impression that DC needed to be in Phase 4 of reopening for an event the size of Otakon to happen and last I checked DC was still only in phase 2. With large-scale indoor venues being relegated to 25% capacity as of May 1st, Otakon will be a shell of its former self with a majority of members not being able to attend. There's also confusion coming out of the Mayor's office as to mask and business guidelines. Hopefully it gets cleared up. DC seems to be one of those places in the US that will be the last to resume "normal o
  11. Don't get your hopes up. I saved an image of the April Fool's page for posterity so I can wax nostalgic when I'm 60 and still wearing a mask.
  12. I'm hoping virtual cons are only a temporary thing. We're living in an age of physical isolation enough as it is. I miss the energy and fun of in-person cons and I hope some of them survive this whole mess.
  13. Governor Hogan is lifting many if not most of the COVID related capacity restrictions for restaurants and businesses in Maryland. Large venues like convention centers will be allowed back up to 50% capacity effective March 12th. I'm wondering how soon DC will follow suit. With thousands of national guardsmen and steel fences around much of the capitol, I'll be pleasantly surprised if Otakon goes off this year. Too bad it isn't in the BCC this year...
  14. Met a guy on my UPS delivery route who runs a smoke shop. Talking to him one day when I delivered he mentioned how he was worn out from a busy weekend because he had a convention to go to. I casually said "oh, like some sort of tobacco industry con?" He hesitated before saying "no....uh an anime convention." I asked him was it Otakon. "....yes...." Once I broke the ice he went full on fanboy. It was pretty funny. I still see his car every now and then with a NERV sticker on the back and a Zero Two sticker with "WAIFU" written across her face.
  15. Honestly, 2021 is going to be another bust for anime conventions and as mentioned in other posts, I'll be impressed and pleasantly surprised if many of them come back at all. This pandemic has permanently changed the fandom and not for the better. You mean Fauci, specifically....
  16. I don't plan on it unless I'm forced to in order to attend a convention and if that happens, then I might just ditch cons entirely. My job exposes me to covid hazards every day and I haven't had so much as a sniffle since this whole thing started. Both my wife and mother-in-law got it and were asymptomatic. I was tested and came back negative. Maybe I'm lucky and my cells are hard at work. Who knows. I think the entire convention industry is going to undergo a massive "reboot" after this pandemic scales down. I personally don't think large fan-run cons like Otakon will survive in their
  17. Nekocon is a great convention. It's a big small convention. Great facility and incredibly easy to access since the HRCC has a massive parking lot, free of charge.
  18. I'm sure many of you have received the email from Brooke Zerrlaut about the future of Otakon. The prognosis certainly doesn't sound positive but I'm wondering if there are any long-term plans to reboot the convention in the future if the con does in fact permanently close its doors in its current form. It seems many large fan-run conventions will not make a full recovery from this and the con industry in general is going to take a massive hit, especially those like Otakon that will potentially lose 2 years worth of attendance. (Others like Katsucon were lucky enough to squeeze in before the
  19. At this point I'm hoping for Nekocon in November 2021 and that's it. I haven't bothered to register for Otakon and I doubt I will just to be disappointed again. In regards to the vaccination "mega-site" I'm predicting a repeat of last year where the WWCC was "Desperately needed" as a field hospital then wound up sitting empty.
  20. I'll be happy if there's an Otakon at all this year...
  21. Honestly I plan on waiting until well into the New Year to try and pick one up. I've got a list of Ps4 anime titles that I've been wanting to play anyway. I went 10 months before getting a Ps4 all those years ago. However, the way Sony handled the whole pre-order launch was a total disaster. I'm not really sure what they were thinking (or not thinking).
  22. I have every badge starting from way back in Otakon 2004 and I have an old T-shirt from Otakon 2005. I have programs from the past 6 or so years. My older ones were sadly lost during a mass attic cleanout.
  23. Harborplace seems indicative of the current economic state of both malls and Baltimore in particular. Sad to see how its declined in the 30 years I've lived in MD. Send in Manny Khoshbin to fix it up!
  24. Man I feel old watching these and they only go back to 2013.....and I've been going since 2004...
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