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Tachibana last won the day on August 21 2016

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  1. Tachibana

    The 2018 schedule thread

    Well it's not really panel rooms, is it? It's a line. You'd kind of have to force people to go get autographs from someone they don't know to alleviate the issue which is... disingenuous at best. I don't think that a guest who wouldn't normally get autograph requests will magically get a bunch more people asking for autographs with this setup. Maybe a few more, but not to any significant change. I do feel for the guests who don't have a lot of fans show up, I really do- I was extremely shocked, for instance, Tomokazu Seki had such a short autograph line a few years back. But I don't think there's any logical or monetarily possible way to alleviate the issue. I can see how the thought would arise though, that's true.
  2. Tachibana

    The 2018 schedule thread

    Sooo... with this new autograph queuing system... Do we still only officially queue at an hour before signing? Being able to queue from the moment the dealer's room opens is the only way I can see this not being a humongous injury risk. But then again, if it's meant to save room, people who want to queue up for a session after the first wouldn't have an area to. Plus, that's going to just make the Friday Dealer's Room line become ridiculously titanic, unless there's a more clearly marked "this line for autographs, this year for the rest of the Dealer's Room" than last year on Friday trying to get to the AA. So that can't be, right? So is it just going to be a huge torrent of people after the staff member says "alright guys, time to line up"? Or is there, somehow, going to be three humongous lines that still end up saving more space than if there were individual autograph lines?? Not to mention if someone wanted to meet a lesser known guest and thought they could just dart in and out, they're out of luck either way unless they show up super early just like everyone else. All I can say is, regardless, while I am willing to try this method out... I think y'all absolutely need to announce this sort of thing like any kind of News. Last year was at least semi-similar to previous years but this is just turning everything on it's head. I recognize no one is guaranteed an autograph- but you should at least prepare people as best you can so they have their best shot to try. Unless it's intentionally not going to be that publicized to cut crowds which is kinda eh. Also, noticed there seems to be two panels about Japanese history that seem to be intended to be the first, then a sequel... but the first comes second, and the second comes first. Wouldn't it make more sense to flip those two around? Dawn of the Rising Sun: Japan Before the Samurai and Dawn of the Rising Sun II: Land of the Samurai, for reference. First on Sunday, second on Friday. See, I disagree. They'd still end up not meeting anyone- they'd just also have to see other guests, you know, actually getting people to see them. And I don't think anyone besides the guests themselves really care about how long a line appears to be. Otakon will still invite guests who they think would be interesting regardless of popularity, if you're thinking, like, it's a way to gauge popularity.
  3. Tachibana

    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Oh my God I'd love Wagakki Band!! I'd totally buy a concert ticket for them!
  4. Regarding AA/fan vs original work: As a customer of artist alley tables, I actually tend to overlook those with more of an original presence unless said presence completely covers the table. Half and half just makes me feel inclined to NOT go look, even knowing the rules. So relaxing the rule a bit would be more ideal. Regarding temperatures: It WAS cool, but... as someone who "runs hot" so to speak and gets sweaty incredibly easily, I appreciate that. I understand many are requesting the temperature be turned up, but I'd actually like it better if it be kept cool. After all, you can always put on more clothing if you're cold- you can't take off more if you're hot. And uh, frankly, I don't think many people would want to see me in just shorts anyway, haha.
  5. Tachibana

    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Oh my God I can't believe I forgot- Karen Strassman and Kat Steel would be awesome too!!
  6. Tachibana

    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Hm... Mecha themed.... This is EXTREMELY pie in the sky but if you guys could get Rinko Kikuchi (of Pacific Rim fame, among other films like Babel and 47 Ronin, as well as a goodly number of Japanese films), I'd LOVE that. Edit: Or Charlie Hunam, Idris Elba, or John Boyega, but they're a bit more of a stretch for the con's overall theme of Asian culture, Kikuchi-san at least has been in a lot of Japanese movies, and in the latter two's case quite a bit more high profile than any guess y'all have gotten before save maybe Uematsu.
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    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Kind of ironic you call certain dub actors "overrated", yet mention Vic Mignogna as someone you're glad to see. He's perhaps the single most overrated dub actor ever, and every time I see him on a con's guest list I roll my eyes and just shrug, and suppose I'm thankful he'll eat up crowds, "I guess". And "as a con guest"... I mean I'm glad he behaves at Otakon but I've heard so many things from people about how he's treated staff at other cons, among other... things....
  8. I think we'll have to agree to disagree then, because frankly I barely saw any SU or Ladybug stuff myself. And that's okay, I'm not trying to invalidate your experience, you just saw stuff differently from what we did.
  9. Mmm... Not to sound rude, but, are you sure you were looking hard enough then weskai80? Or maybe you just aren't very familiar with a lot of fandoms? There were a bunch of others. Persona, Naruto, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, SMB, Metroid, Undertale, Touken Ranbu, various Ghibli films, etc. come to mind. There were at least 50 different fandoms, if not more, across the artist alley- I'd wager MUCH MUCH more. In fact I distinctly remember one table having Kubo and the Two String-inspired prints, which was a lovely surprise. Perhaps you meant only four fandoms you're in? If so, I feel you, I was disappointed to find a lack of anything Sengoku Basara related, but, fandom interest wanes and waxes as do artist alley offerings, it can't be helped.
  10. The Good - What Otakon did well SPACE - The move's primary motive, getting us more room, is completely and utterly fulfilled. At times it even felt as if the convention center was underpopulated for such a big con, which is a wonderful feeling. Even at the height of crowding, it was still very possible to make it through everywhere- whereas previously the there were nonstop bottlenecks. Panel choice - Lots of great programming to choose from this year. There were a great many I was sad to miss, and out of the panels I attended, only one was slightly disappointing- the eight others hit it out of the park. You can find further comment on them in the panel feedback topic. Guest list - Such an amazing set of guests, very lovely, talented people! I'm particularly glad you all could get Stephanie again, so happy I got to meet her again after so many years. Food choice - An entire food court devoted to Japanese food, plus another with pizza, grill, and other items, and plenty of burger joints in the show floor halls. I think I needn't say more. General layout - Everything seemed to be in a good place this year to me. However, that others have complained about proximity of video rooms to louder rooms might be an indicator of a need of slight reshuffling. Line handling - I've never been fond of how Otakon had handled lines. This year? I loved it. Staff helpfulness - All Otakon staff and gofers were friendly and helpful. Big kudos to the two gentlemen at the info desk nearest to the Dealer's Room Friday morning immediately after the con opened, so I could solve the mystery of how autograph sessions that ought to have lineup before the AA opened would be lined up. The Bad - What Otakon can fix Food price - Or, rather, drink prices. Incredibly high. For the Japanese offerings or even a burger and chips it makes some sense- restaurant price instead of fast food prices. But... Almost 4 bucks for a soda? 3 for bottled water? Ridiculous. If possible, work with the center to at least lower the drink prices. Lack of communication prior to convention - I had a lot of questions in the week or two prior to the con, and I asked a few. None were answered by staff. As a result, other questions I had, I just didn't ask as I thought they wouldn't be answered. Thankfully everything sorted itself out, and I was able to get answers at-con, but if more staff from more departments could keep eyes on the forum it'd be appreciated. The Ugly - What likely isn't fixable but worth noting General area priciness - Not something I noticed, but, others I talked to mentioned how expensive everything was immediately around the convention center, and that they'd take it into consideration on whether they'd return or not. If there's a way to broker a deal with some local businesses that'd be great, but if not, there might not be much growth in attendance or even shrinkage. Something to keep in mind. Other, Personal Notes Bad luck with cosplay sighting - This is something that is no one's fault, and if it is, it's my own. But there were many times that I saw an amazing cosplay... But I couldn't ask for a picture as I was waiting in line and they were too far away to call over. Oh well.
  11. Tachibana

    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    I think staff are still winded from this weekend. I know I am. Anyway! Basically, same list as last time, just added one more. Japanese voice acting guests: Natsuko Kuwatani Maaya Sakamoto Norio Wakamoto Japanese live acting guests: AKIRA (she's a really cool musician and her portrayal of Uesugi Kenshin in the Sengoku BASARA stage play series is amazing; even if you can't get her or her band (Disacode) as a musical guest specifically I'd love to just meet her! She seems to be popping up at several American cons lately without her band so I imagine it'd be relatively easy to bring her over) (Official blog; Solo site) Japanese musical guests: Disacode American voiceover guests: Carrie Keranen Sarah Blandy Cindy Robinson
  12. Tachibana

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Got mine today in spite of my snafu earlier! And what a lovely design!
  13. Tachibana

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Ah yeah got the zip code right. Phew. Thanks for telling me.
  14. Tachibana

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Onnnn topic (I hope!) upon checking my badge orders, it appears I made a horrible error in address! In the Badge Mailing Information, I accidentally input "Alexandria, Vi" instead of Alexandria, VA! I've already sent an e-mail to registration asking about it in the hopes of changing it officially, so I do expect an answer from them in the next few days, but for anyone in the know it would still help to know if I should expect to be able to receive my badge or if it'll have to be picked up at con.
  15. Tachibana

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I imagine if for whatever reason your badge is not received you can pick it up at con. After all we're going to have to sign for them, so if it's returned to sender, Otakorp will know the badge wasn't gotten.
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