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  1. Aresef

    Autograph Prices and line wait time

    The autograph sessions are in the schedule on their own. They may not necessarily be after the panels. Look at the schedule again.
  2. Aresef

    Autograph Prices and line wait time

    No, a panel is a Q&A session. There are not autographs there. Only the things at the autograph tables are autograph sessions. As noted in the rules, you should generally expect one autograph per person unless there's a specific limit posted for the guest in question. They have to keep the line moving. Again, check with a staffer in autographs to figure out if that limit or other restrictions are in force for the signing session you want to attend. Chances are you might have to do another swing through the line or go to a later autograph session. Epcar is doing two signings and Wahlgren is doing three, according to the schedule as it stands.
  3. Aresef

    Autograph Prices and line wait time

    Autographs organized by Otakon are free, governed by the rules under "Guests and Autographs" on Otakon's website. You can have guests sign your program book or any officially licensed and properly credited products. They may choose to sign handmade or other weird stuff. In terms of selfies, they forbid flash photography or photo ops during official signings unless otherwise noted. Your best bet might be to visit the autographs section when you can and ask a staffer about policies for those two sessions. Some passes may be handed out during a guest's panel, but that's no guarantee. Richard Epcar does a few cons every year and Kari Wahlgren does a bunch, so I don't foresee much of a problem. However, autograph sessions at industry booths or whatever are governed by whatever rules their management wants.
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    Weather forecast for Otakon

    So it's looking like the rain is going to be out of the way. Still pack your umbrella, though.
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    Japanese Voice Actors Autograph Session?

    --not staff-- They are literally only in town for a day.
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    Schedule is Out!

    --not staff-- Guests have their own schedules, and when signings are set--especially for Japanese guests--can be subject to everything from contracts to flight itineraries. And if somebody's morning is panel, panel, panel, they're gonna want lunch, they're gonna want to go check out the National Portrait Gallery or something. The bulk of the schedule was put online waaaay earlier than usual. I think it's fair to give them a few more days to figure out who's signing when. and where. I mean, even today, they're still announcing guests.
  7. Kind of a two-part question--and, of course, assuming supplies of preferred tickets remain available. When, if at all, will sales via Showclix cease? And regardless, will there be a way to purchase these tickets on premises?
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    Anime Convention Concept A Western One?

    That's a good question. Comiket serves the doujinshi creators, while AnimeJapan (nee TAF) is a trade show. JumpFesta is run by Shueisha. Anime conventions as we know them are more of a western concept--not just in the US, but events like Anime Friends and Japan Expo. That's perhaps a byproduct of how anime cons here were outgrowths of comic and sci-fi cons. For Japanese guests, it's something novel and, for musical acts, a feather in their cap.
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    Law Enforcement

    --not staff-- https://www.otakon.com/info/general-policies/ It's pretty clear to me you can't bring your gun, even if you have a permit to do so in DC.
  10. Aresef

    Behold, our new overlords: DENPA

    Also, Otaquest. I juuuuust missed seeing m-flo during their thing at Anime Central (it turns out they were the third act up... at midnight, after I started making my way back to the Airbnb). Gets me thinking I want to try to be at the dance at Ota, especially since Ota is going to be waaay clearer about who's playing when. (For those who don't know, m-flo's DJ Taku co-founded Otaquest to bring Japanese acts to big international audiences.)
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    Most looking forward to thing at Otakon 2019?

    Probably the concerts. I really like what Otakon is doing with those this year, though it’s a bad time for me to go in on VIP for them. If there’s anniversary merch, I’d like to get my paws on it. Really, I’m just looking forward to seeing the usual suspects, friends I see at every Otakon.
  12. She’s great. I saw her at Anime NYC.
  13. My last Otakon concert experience was Anisong World Matsuri, which was very much its own special occasion, and was never that into FF, so I didn't check the seating deal last year. What I'm wondering is how many VIP passes will be available for each concert this go around?
  14. OK. In case you can't say, that works for me as an answer.
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    Would Otakon ever try this?

    There are lots of things Anime Matsuri does that most cons or con staffers shouldn't do. I'd rather not start another fight here, so I'll leave it there. But I know having a cafe would probably run afoul of convention center contracts. Like, that's why no vendor outside of the official food vendor sells Pocky or any other candy.
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    Anime Central (ACen) 2019 Roll Call!

    Name: Tyler Cosplay: Nah Arriving: I'm getting into Chicago Thursday morning, but considering where my Airbnb is, I might not be anywhere near the con until Friday.
  17. Yeah, like I said, it feels like Groundhog Day. Ultimately, whether the state helps or not, the convention center is owned and operated by the city, and the city has other problems.
  18. This song reminds me a lot of the Bruno Mars song Runaway Baby.
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    Idea for a future Otakon

    It's way more feasible to have retired rikishi, as Otakon has had in the past.
  20. People have brought this up over and over. Many many people, including myself, don’t want him there. Inviting him would show a lack of concern for what he’s done to fans over the last 16-some years and what he’s alleged to have done to peers and others. Considering Mignogna is not in anything anymore, and likely never will be, there’s no reason to invite him anyway.
  21. So apparently Ikimonogakari’s hiatus is over. I’m a few months late to that news, but I don’t know if they’ve performed in the US before....
  22. They remind me of Scoobie Do, who they've apparently worked with. For those who think of the talking dog, I'm actually thinking of the band that did the Gungrave ED.
  23. *googles, finds music* Sounds good to me!
  24. It's always talk talk talk, planning planning planning. Even if the city is willing to pay its share of the planning and design, actually doing the work will cost a whole lot of money and Baltimore has plenty of other ways that that money could better be spent.