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About sulkyselkie

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  1. sulkyselkie

    Otakon Panel Feedback 2019

    That was your first panel? I'm really impressed! I really enjoyed your explanation of how the themes of crime and justice in Persona related to the criminal justice system in Japan as a whole; I learned a lot. I hope you guys come back!
  2. sulkyselkie

    Rate your Hotels

    I'll bite! Name of Hotel: Renaissance Was it part of the official block? Yes Price: $700-ish for a Thurs-Sun stay Type of room: Double bed The Good: Close to the convention, super polite staff. We got comped wi-fi for being part of the convention block, and there were apparently themed special drinks (and maybe food) at the hotel bar, although we never got around to checking out if that was true. We were able to check in early with no difficulty, and checking out wasn't too bad of a wait (we forgot that you can check out via their app, so that's on us). Housekeepers were great. The Bad: I can only think of weird little things that I disliked, like the layout of the lobby (was a little hard to navigate, and the elevators are kind of hidden). Nothing really impacted the quality of my stay. Final thoughts: We're absolutely staying here again; it was fantastic!
  3. sulkyselkie

    Otakon Panel Feedback 2019

    We didn't go to many panels this year, but I enjoyed the ones we did go to! We actually had to do quite a bit of weighing two equally-awesome sounding panels and picking one. The Friday morning Japanese sweets panel was great way to start the con; the panelists had a great rapport and were a hoot to listen to! I finally made it to Anime's Craziest Deaths and it was just as gloriously bonkers as I'd heard. It was sooo late in the day, though, and we were wiped the next day from staying up so late to see it. We managed to catch a bit of Awesomely Bad JMVs, and I hope this is brought back again next year so we can see the whole thing! We ended up going to Region Locked completely by accident, but it was pretty entertaining! We ended with the Persona 5 and Justice panel, which was super informative, although I wish they had a moderator to shut down some of the "color commentary" that kept getting shouted out from the audience. (Still annoyed we missed the Discotek panel, since it always seems to be scheduled during our lunchtime...)
  4. sulkyselkie

    Otakon 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    I agree about separate entrance lines. I don't see why they can't have Hall B's escalator as a separate autographs-only entrance? Looking at the schedule, Inoue basically got hustled from a panel to Opening Ceremonies to the autograph session to another panel with little time between events. I have no idea why they thought that would work.
  5. sulkyselkie

    Let's See Some Swag!

    I ended up getting a lot of stuff from Artist's Alley, more than I anticipated. Lots and lots of prints, enamel pins, and stickers. The merch highlight there was finding some Yotsuba&! stickers. Also got some Persona art commissioned. It's always hard to predict what I'll get from the Dealer's Room since you never know what you're going to find. This year, I bought: Some Final Fantasy soundtracks A Todoroki Shoto "Amazing Heroes" figure A Bleach tote bag, T-shirt, poster, pin set, and keychains (amazed I could still find merch from this show!) A bunch of Yu Yu Hakusho keychains and acrylic standees (ditto!) Some pins from Flying Witch A Bungo Stray Dogs notepad A Final Fantasy keychain The highlight of the Dealer's Room was finding a dealer (towards the side with the industry booths) selling 10 manga for $40. I bought a ton of Alice in the Country of Clover manga. Really hoping they come back next year! Their selection was not wide, but when they had a particular series, they had just about every volume of said series. My friend also stood in line to get me Toru Furuya's autograph, so that's my treasure. Got Yoshibe's autograph for another friend.
  6. sulkyselkie

    Otakon 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Kept meaning to do this, and I hope it's not too late! The Good: The Bradio concert! There's always a great variety of concerts to choose from, and I'm so happy that you got them as guests this year! Lines (for the most part, see below) were handled very well. Thursday pre-reg pickup in particular went unbelievably smoothly, and we never had to wait in a line to get inside the building. Variety of programming continues to be plentiful and excellent. Almost *too* much to do, but I don't see that as a problem! Artist's Alley had so many fantastic artists this year! My wallet was crying at the end because I kept seeing yet another poster I had to have. (And thank you for not having people tabled at the very end facing the wall. Last year, we didn't realize there were people there and unknowingly skipped out on a bunch of booths. Maybe you could make both ends symmetrical with long "walls" of booths?) WEWCC is an excellent fit for Otakon. So. Much. Space! The neighborhood is great, too, lots of fabulous restaurants within easy walking distance. The Bad: There really should be a separate line for people going into the Dealer's Room for just autographs instead of one enormous line that...seemed to get split in the middle, with people getting shuttled in via the second escalator? I lined up as early as possible in the Dealer's Room line to get in for autographs and as I hustled my way towards the back, I noticed people streaming down the other escalator. What was up with that? In the future, couldn't that be an entrance for autographs only, maybe? It's incredibly hard to get answers from Otakon staff before the con...I had questions about various things and tried e-mailing and tweeting you guys. The latter was the only thing that seemed to work, and even then only half the time. Communication really needs to improve! The food/drinks situation...the website said one thing, the social media pages said another, and the convention center staff said yet another. It was really unevenly applied, too; despite what the staff said, nobody had a problem with my water bottle and protein bars at the bag check. Can you folks sit down with the con center before next year and get a straight answer for specifically what is acceptable? It's a headache not knowing what you can do. The Ugly: The Kikuko Inoue autograph session...oof. I understand that she was only in town for one day and there's not much if anything you can do about that fact...but whoever's in charge for scheduling events should give way more time between guest's events. Autographs for her started over 15 minutes late because Opening Ceremonies ran overtime. We were informed that the autograph time would not be extended because she had a panel scheduled almost immediately after the autograph signing and that there was nothing that could be done for us. To top it off, Inoue ended her session 5 minutes early; I'm assuming she did this to make sure she'd get to the next panel on time (I know there's nothing Otakon could have done about that). If there isn't anyone to make sure that a guest can get excused when an event is going overtime, then more time should be budgeted between events. You have to understand how incredibly frustrating it is to get to a line super early, do everything you're told to do, and then have the line cut off in front of you because the con didn't manage time properly. I'm trying really hard not to be rude about this, but it was heartbreaking since this might have been my only chance to see Inoue.
  7. sulkyselkie

    Autograph Prices and line wait time

    Peeking through the schedule, I see that she has autograph signings at the Autographs section of the Dealer's Room at the following times: Friday from 4-5, Saturday from 12-1, and Sunday from 12:45-1:45. Autographs are listed toward the bottom of the schedule. You should plan on getting in line about an hour before the autograph session starts. I will say from my personal experience that I had the easiest time getting autographs on Sunday, but your experience may be different.
  8. sulkyselkie

    Autograph Prices and line wait time

    A "guest panel" is more like a sit-down Q&A with the guest, a moderator, and the attendees; they don't sign autographs at those. The autograph signings happen down in the Autograph area of the Dealers' Room. Sometimes if you go to the guest's panel they will hand out tickets and such to jump to the front of the line down at the autograph sessions, but I think it depends on the guest. There's a lot of good information about the autographs process here: https://www.otakon.com/info/general-policies/ Just scroll down to where it says "Guest and Autographs" and click on it, it should tell you just about everything you'll want to know. In any case, it looks like Kari Wahlgren will have three autograph sessions and Richard Epcar will have two, so you'll have plenty of chances to get those autographs!
  9. sulkyselkie

    Autographs Information

    For the curious, I got a partial response on Otakon's Twitter account: "This year, the only paid VIP autograph tickets are being sold through the VIP concert passes for concert guests and the Fruits Basket meet-and-greet through Funimation." Although if anyone knows anything else about what the structure will be like for this year, I'd love to know! I'm kind of concerned since Kikuko Inoue's autograph session starts at 12:45, but the Dealer's Room opens at 12:00. It's going to be a mad rush to get to the Dealer's Room line, get in, and then head to the autographs area...I'm also a little concerned because I'd like to get get Toru Furuya's autograph the same day...but I think waiting in line for Inoue means I'll get to Furuya's line too late to get in...
  10. sulkyselkie

    Schedule is Out!

    Otakon's Twitter is indicating this weekend: https://twitter.com/Otakon/status/1151912674227343362 I wouldn't be surprised to see it go live next week, though.
  11. sulkyselkie

    Autographs Information

    Hi there! Last month, someone asked the Otakon Twitter account for information on the autograph sessions. The reply they received was: "Autograph session details will be announced soon, but there will be a mix of paid VIP (like the concerts), panel sessions, and first-come first-served autograph lines. Some autographs will allow brought merch, others will require a merch purchase (dependent on the contract)." It's been almost four weeks since then, with no details announced. Can anyone confirm if there will indeed be paid VIP tickets to the autograph sessions, and when these would be made available for purchase? Which autographs will require merch purchases, and which won't? (I have some blank shikishi boards that I was hoping to get autographed.) Also, how will the autographs be structured? What will the line system be like? Thanks for any answers you can provide!
  12. sulkyselkie

    Schedule is Out!

    For those interested, the autograph sessions have been added to the schedule!
  13. sulkyselkie

    Schedule is Out!

    I'm surprised that the autograph sessions haven't been added to the schedule yet! We're only two weeks away, what could be happening? I can't plan out my schedule until I know what autographs are being offered when...Otakon, please hurry!
  14. sulkyselkie

    Preferred Seating Clarification

    Matt, Kelly, thank you for answering! I think I might aim to get to the concert about 30 minutes before showtime to get closer to the front. Good to know that I can get seated at that time instead of standing in line! Also, I really like that you're offering some options for getting guaranteed seating and/or meeting the guests! The older I get, the less I hold up well waiting in line, so it's great to not have to worry. I hope you keep offering this in the future!
  15. sulkyselkie

    Most looking forward to thing at Otakon 2019?

    Definitely looking forward to the Bradio concert now! Never heard of them before, but watched some music videos and I'm liking what I hear.