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  1. As far as I know, although I am not staff, escalators get turned off because they just can't handle the amount of foot traffic that Otakon has. That's typical of many escalators in general. They would most likely break down within hours of the con opening. I myself have a hard time with stairs but I didn't have any problems using the elevators through out the convention center.

  2. Holy carp there's a clip from my panel from 06 in the kid version! I'm famous! (see :15, I'm on the far left)

    If it weren't for the fact that I was in it, I'd like the AS one more. It's more creative. And no music (until the end for the AS one) makes it feel a little weird.

    Getting music rights in a week make everything a bit difficult. Once again, I want to thank Concrete Prophet for writing us the Adult Swim music in a weekend and letting us use it for only a credit.

    Next time we do a commercial, I'm sure we'll be putting an all call to local and independent bands who want to provide music for us. We'll also need music for other promotional items

    If anyone thinks their music would fit great with Otakon, please let me know!

  3. im not a big fan of cash, so i only have it with me when i need it. i usually carry my wachovia check card and an extra credit for emergency purposes. if i do need cash, ill find an atm somewhere.

    95% card, 5% cash

    dont forget, usually by 5pm friday, the atms are empty of cash

  4. Here's my take on why I feel Death Note has gained a bit of popularity.

    1) Scientific and paranormal type crime shows seem to be rather popular. Death Note captures a pretty good feel for that sort of thing.

    2) The quirkiness of L and Ryuuk provides for comic relief for a good bit of the series which helps balance out it's serious nature.

    3) The beginning of the series draws you in because you're trying to decide whether Light is good or evil.

    Those are at least the three main reasons that make sense to me but it's just an opinion after all. Everyone isn't going to like everything or understand why it's popular. I'm probably one of the few people that can't get into the new Battlestar Galactica or Firefly. Some thing just are what they are.

  5. Keanu Reeves?! Really? Ugh. The man has all the personality (and acting ability) of a cardboard box.

    I disagree -- he's very good at certain types of roles, but he's been SO typecast (as Neo, or Ted) and he hasn't done well with trying to branch out.

    For what OUGHT to be an action piece where the lead is a bit of a cypher, Keanu could be a good fit, and a guaranteed draw.

  6. I finally saw the Otakon TV ad, during Total Drama Island of all shows, and honestly it didn't look that professional to me. Still happy that there's an ad for the con, but for something this huge I would've liked a bit more quality.

    "That profession" compared to what? A typical 30-second TV commercial has a development budget that runs a few hundred thousand dollars; some have budgets that rival Otakon's operating budget for a year. A typical local commercial runs several grand. Ours cost us a comped membership and a fair bit of hard work by volunteers. And we got a pretty hefty discount on the ad package.

    Personally, I prefer the adult swim one.

    In a nutshell, we were hoping to be able to use footage from the animation, but it wasn't ready -- then things got very very busy and we ended up having a week to write it, put everything together, film it, edit it, find music, and prepare it for Comcast. That was for two commercials -- the adult swim one and the kiddy show one.

    I still haven't seen it on TV, but I'd also caution you that frequently ads look fine when you hand them off, and they sometimes lose something in transition to TV. Or so I've been told by someone who works in the biz.

    Whatever -- we'll learn from the experience. The main purpose of the ad is to get the word out to drive at-con attendance. This year is about getting our feet wet with the process and trying *something* -- it'll be more sophisticated next year.

  7. I moved to the DC Metro area in the spring of 2000 to marry the girl I was dating at the time. Well, without going into a ton of details, things didn't go as planned and we were on the outs by late summer. I was looking for a reason to get out of the house and get my mind off things when I read an ad for Otakon. So, I drove up early Saturday morning and I was pretty quickly hooked.

    Prior to Otakon, the only anime I knew was Sailormoon and things like Akira and Demon City. That year I was introduce to Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star and Gundam Wing which was the start of a new habit. Eight years later and I'm now married to a great lady who now is an anime fan herself. It took a while but she enjoys quite a few shows.

    After years of going to Otakon, this will be our first year in the Artists Alley. So, it kind of feels like I've come full circle.

  8. I still have quite a bit of work to do for everything that I'll have at my artists alley table. Thankfully, though, my comic book is done and at the printers. Other than that, I'm sure I'll spend a lot of time in front of all the gaming consoles I own (well over 10 now).

  9. ... Things cost money. You can't justify or even bring that up as a reason/excuse. But just for reference


    It's on sale... for 2779yen. roughly 27$. Usually about 30$. In the US I can get import cds for ROUGHLY the same price. I can get JP Overseas albums(albums for Taiwan and the such) for about 14$ US.

    I hate when people bring up price at all, because frankly it's cheap here. In Japan a DVD is around 30-60$ and the content is about half of what we get in the states. A set of 1 season of a random anime series... is about 300$. In the US... people complain when it's over a 100$.

    If you can't afford media, you don't deserve to own it. It's not rocket science.

  10. So again -- the most important thing you can do to attract musical acts is NOT write letters, but actually BUY stuff. Buy the CDs and DVDs. Buy the merchandise. Join the fan clubs. In short, the bands, like their management and labels, may very well be generally supportive of US fans, but they're only going to INVEST here if they see profit, because making money is the primary goal of any business.

    By all means, do the letter writing -- NOT emails or virtual petitions, but real letters on nice paper -- but back it up with actions that will actually matter to the decisionmakers. Buy stuff, and tell them you're buying stuff, and promise to buy more stuff if they show up in the US. That at least has a shot of working.

  11. ...and your map doesn't include the back rooms.

    I used to get crap from my D&D buddies about the over complicated maps I used.

    then I showed 'em the *real* maps of the BCC, that show closets and back corridors and whatnot.

    I still routinely take a wrong turn in one particular area of the back hallways on the 300 level (new section) and wind up going the long way round a storage room.

  12. I suppose that unlike many people that I know, I never become the stereo typical fan of anything. Sure, I'm a huge Rush fan and I own a number of their albums but I've only seen them once in concert. It's the same thing when I meet someone 'famous'. I can easily turn off that fan attitude and treat them like a normal person since that's what they are after all.

  13. Personally, I still like Dragon Ball Z and Naruto. Sure, battles can last a bazillion episodes but it comes down to what you can be entertained by. They're easy to watch and you don't have to put a lot of your brain into understanding what's going on. Sometimes that's what I'm looking for in entertainment. I don't always need a heart warming complicated story to keep my interest. At 34 years old, I have quite a variety of interests in the shows I watch and the music I listen to. I try to give everything a chance which includes watching american dubs which have gotten quite a bit better over the past several years. We've come a long way from the voice acting styles of Speed Racer.

    Sometimes I wonder if people put start putting down a show because it starts becoming popular by the masses. I often get the feeling that some fans feel like their fandom has been contaminated when something becomes main stream. When Naruto was first released, I remember quite a number of people gushing over it. Now some of those same people have switched sides and make some sort of excuse of why they liked it in the first place.

    On the other hand, some shows just warm out their welcome by going on for too long. There are many people that get bored with a premise after a few seasons. Then their are some shows like Pokemon that eventually became nothing but a vehicle to push merchandise (the first season or two was actually decent). The same can be said for Digimon. Many business models believe in sucking every last dollar or yen out of a product until people just can't stand the sight of it anymore.

    When all is said and done, though, you might as well just enjoy the things that you like. I may be well into my adult years but I refuse to give up something just because other people think it's childish or stupid. I enjoy anime and cartoons, going to Disney World and I own a number of video game systems. I also enjoy taking care of my house, writing music and cooking. What I do doesn't define who I am. I just do things that I love.

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