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Everything posted by Clutch

  1. @Daniel Perales - Thought about this yesterday. Assuming you did the same thing I did and moved the little slide which says shipping and billing addresses are the same. Try filling in both separately and see if that lets it push through. Am going on the assumption that filling in the 2nd one manually overrides any saved information. Someone else registered me in the mean time, so I haven't been able to try this myself.
  2. Funny thing about addresses. When you go to get certain documents renewed, they want to see 2 forms of ID. If the names are different (middle name, middle initial, etc.), they will reject the renewal. Go to the local government office to update one of the IDs and they say "Oh, looks like the Post Office changed the city name on your address." Depending in which database you look, the town name is one or the other. The Zip Code is 5 digits or 9 digits. Really annoying. I tried all combinations, but none of them worked. Not sure how you can reach someone to just get the information they have rem
  3. I keep getting a message "payment failed" when trying to submit it. Tried 2 separate browsers at least 4 times each. Guessing the $70 rate is gone, but it won't display the $75 rate. Disappointing.
  4. Isn't Otakon the original one for the East Coast? Where do the attendance numbers land for those other conventions compared to Otakon?
  5. I think anime/manga peaked and is on the downward side of the curve. F.Y.E., Spencer's, Hot Topic, etc. started carrying anime related material when it became hot, but the selection is going down slowly. Now it is just one genre out of other popular ones.
  6. They had Bean Bandit, Lum, and Ranma-chan, if I recall. Maybe if they made them into sign posts it would be worth it. Otherwise, those have limited novelty to today's anime crowd. You would also have to pay licensing fees for their use today. Back in 1994, Otakon was flying under the radar and could get away with using the character boards.
  7. We were the 300. 😀 Wasn't there a comic book store near the Days Inn where we were looking for a Ranma book?
  8. I tell Revan to check the guest list for any new convention. There have been a few that looked like vaporware, with no guests 4 Months before the date. Thought there was one convention which shut down the week before it was supposed to start. If you prepaid for admission, you take your chances. At some point, you saturate the market for anime/comic book/horror/sci-fi conventions.
  9. I don't hold hope for this board being up much longer, let alone new galleries being added. 😟 Been on these boards since they opened, but they seem to be abandoned.
  10. There is no Post Otakon 2023 forum so far. In the past one was made within a few weeks after the latest Otakon. Asking because I don't want to miss Registration when it opens. There was no announcement about hotels going active and I stumbled upon that by accident.
  11. I would have to look, but don't think I took any pictures that year. If I did, they were on film and I was not very good with the camera.
  12. They will have to break out the Bean Bandit, Lum, and Ranma standees again, and set up the Dealer's Closet.
  13. I was curious about the Cambria Suites. Has anyone stayed there in the past who can provide their feedback?
  14. Unless Otakon is releasing further blocks, I don't see the Hampton Inn on the list any more. Managed to get one there after the Marriott Marquis errors. As I said at work today, "Now I know how Swifties feel."
  15. Marriott Marquis kept throwing resource lock errors trying to book and then was sold out in 60 seconds. Disappointing.
  16. Not disagreeing with your statement, however, there were many attendees who did not have their bags opened and ready for inspection. The security personnel doing bag inspection in the Marriott had to keep stating to have their bags open and ready. Otakon should probably have signs posted earlier in the lines stating that fact to help the line flow, but they can't control people not being ready. One a side note, repeat instructions may be good to have on sign boards to save the staff from shouting as much. A sign with an arrow pointing left (held high enough to see further away) would be a
  17. Just found out about this. Thought someone would have posted it already in the Announcements area. https://www.otakon.com/info/hotels/
  18. I think that all the guests charge now, and it comes down to how much you are willing to pay. Bruce Campbell was the featured guest at Wizard World some time ago, and they had tiered pricing on pictures, autographs, and even a special luncheon or something. I remember one price being $80 and that was for one of the small things, like an autograph. Not sure that anyone's autograph is worth that much to me. I'm ancient though, just look at my signature. Only ever obtained 2 autographs. One was from Colin Baker [the Sixth Doctor] that was mailed to me after he had to cancel a convention appe
  19. One thing that was a little confusing was my Friday visit to the Dealer's Hall. The staff were moving everyone to the left going to the entrance. When I exited the room, I was walking on the opposite side of the hallway, because everyone was being shunted to the left when going in. A staffer with a big fan told me I was on the wrong side of the barrier. So they must have switched sides of the long hallway where people were going to enter the Dealer's Hall between the time I entered and the time I left. My intention was to exit on the opposing side of the way I was directed to enter.
  20. You can check https://www.animemusicvideos.org for some of them. You will probably have to use their super search to narrow down the results. In the early days, the same song would be used for a bunch of videos for different anime. Times have changed, and the contents which were viewed one way at the time may now be considered offensive when judged by today's standards. They are a product of their time. Same with fan parody videos.
  21. I rarely attend panels, but did go to Animation Cels at Work: The Life and Death of Cel Animation. I think the presenter's laptop went to sleep about 3/4 of the way through. It is easy to imagine presenters running on battery instead of plugging in, and laptops do funny things on battery when deciding to save power. That made me curious if there is a staff person assigned to panels to nudge the panelists along during set-up to avoid technical glitches. The presenter should be doing a connection check and microphone level check, before getting started.
  22. Clutch

    Thank you!

    Just wanted to say thank you to all the staff, gophers, and everyone whom helped put together another Otakon for us. You do great work and deserve appreciation! 😀
  23. Marriott Marquis: Good Staff is very friendly. Has an underground connector to the convention center which helped avoid the heat/rain. Requested to check in early, which helped planning some afternoon activity for the Thursday before the convention. Conditioner, shampoo, and liquid soap (body wash) are provided in pump dispensers in the shower if you care to use them. Beds were comfortable, and the hotel provided a small bottle of lavender spray to mist the pillows to help you sleep. Nice touch. Bad Wi-Fi is no longer complimentary. They want you to
  24. Looks like the Nintendo 3DS won't access the schedule page. It throws a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) error. Probably is using an older version which is no longer supported.
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