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  1. TomDent

    Any other cons...?

    I've went to Otakon 8 years in a row now and it was my first con as it was one of the closest ones to me (still a 6 hour drive though). Now there are small cons popping up everywhere near me and I've tried out several of them. One really good one is Yama-Con in Pigeon Forge, TN. It's a fun, smaller con (about 3K-4K attendance I think) with tons to do outside the con and everything is super cheap compared to a trip to Otakon. Conapalooza in Kingsport, TN, is about the size of Yama-Con now but it's only a couple years old and it's a 3 day, 24 hour con with a good guest lineup and fun things to do. I love the rush of a big con like Otakon, but I also love hitting up small, growing cons and seeing first hand their growth and progress. It's a lot of fun!
  2. TomDent

    [Otakon News]Otakon 2019 Hotel Block Update

    I was barely able to last year and it's looking a bit worse for me this year.
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    [Otakon News]Otakon 2019 Hotel Block Update

    Dang. Would have been SO much more convenient if it were on Saturday when I'm off work. Guess I'll have to try to disappear for a bit in the middle of the work day, lol.
  4. There are so many guests I'd like to request that I can't keep them all straight in my head. So, I'll stick with one request for musical act....BRADIO!
  5. I also noticed this. I was looking forward to seeing the CR and Pony Canyon booths and I don't remember seeing a CR panel either.
  6. Been attending Otakon since 2011. I had a great time even if I wasn't super excited about most of the con. The Good -The DBZ stuff in the dealer room was really cool to see and I'm not even a big fan. -FF Distant Worlds concert was awesome! -Even though I didn't get to check it out, having the stuff going on with the Library of Congress seemed really cool and I hope it's done again. -Stayed at the Marriott Marquis for the first time and IT WAS AMAZING! -Tons of great cosplays as usual. -Stumbled upon some really good panels (I normally don't go to many panels) -Had some really great interactions with people in and out of the con. No people problems at all. -Got to see the monuments this year. The Bad -Even though it turned out not to be a big thing during the con, just worrying about the rally all weekend kind of stressed me out. -Not Otakon's fault at all but I didn't get my cosplay done in time. -Didn't get to do anything I really wanted to in the video game hall due to crowds or games not working. -Con center food is insanely expensive as always but I ate it a couple of times out of convenience and got sick twice. The Ugly -I'm getting older now and feel like an old man when I can't stay up for late night stuff and have to more carefully watch what I eat/drink to stay active. -Parked at the City Center Garage (we prepaid) and took forever to find a spot. Signs kept showing open spots but almost every one was blocked off by cones for some reason. -Even with more space, people still insist on blocking the way to take pics. -Otakon needs a megaphone company as a sponsor so staff can have more to use. We really need them.
  7. I know I've asked a couple of cosplay related questions already, but please bear with me as this is my first time with a serious cosplay at Otakon. I plan on cosplaying as Link this year and I'll have an EVA foam sword and shield. I assume that I'll have to get these checked out, right? So, how do I go about this when I arrive at con? Do I go through the bag check line (since I'll have a bag) and then to some other line for weapon checks or is there some other special line that I go through first? A few details: I will have a bag to be checked, I'll have a foam sword and shield, I'll already have my badge since I got it mailed, and I'm staying at the connected hotel (the Marquis I think is the name) for the first time and I don't know how it works entering the con from there.
  8. TomDent

    Question on prop weapon inspection

    Thank you so much!
  9. TomDent

    Bag Checks

    For my cosplay, I have a leather pouch/bag I made that'll be attached to a waist and shoulder belt. Do I need to go through bag check when entering the con if I only have this and no other bag and if so, do I need to remove it (It's a bit of a pain taking on and off, but I'll oblige regardless)? You can get a bit of a size reference in the pics. It's not very big.
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    Bag Checks

    Ok, thanks a bunch!
  11. TomDent

    Mailed Badges

    Got mine about 10 minutes ago and activated it. Ready to go!
  12. TomDent

    So yet another anime con comes to New York City

    Did I miss something or is this con going to be really expensive to attend? I looked at the badge options and the way it looks, you can only buy badges for individual days. So if you want to go all four days, it'll cost about $210 plus tax
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    Backpack or Messenger Bag?

    I used to carry a messenger bag, but switched to a backpack. Feels better carrying stuff, even if you don't have that much. I'd recommend going that route, especially this being your first con.
  14. This year I'm trying to finish up my Link cosplay from Legend of Zelda. As part of the costume, I bought three small bottles (each one roughly the size of a baseball though not round) and planned to either carry them in a leather satchel I made or tie them to the shoulder strap of my satchel so they can be seen at all times. All three bottles are glass (I'm trying to switch to plastic if I can find ones with the right look) and I planned to make a small fairy to put in one and different colored water to look like potions in the other two (they are also corked and sealed with hot glue). So what I'm asking is this: Are liquid filled bottles as I described allowed as part of a cosplay and if they are, then are glass bottles allowed or do I need to switch to something else like plastic?
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    Question about Cosplay Potion Bottles

    Will do! Thank you so much!
  16. TomDent

    Hype Thread!

    Gotta finish sewing a few odds and ends on the main outfit, finish my Master Sword, and decide how I want to do the hair and beard (don't shave and dye my hair or make a wig/beard combo). A bunch of small yet time consuming things.
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    Hype Thread!

    I'm hoping to cosplay at Otakon for the first time. Planning on going as Ramba Ral and old man Link. Still have a ways to go on the Link cosplay though.
  18. TomDent

    Where is Parking?

    I reserved a parking spot using Parking Panda (which then sent me thru Spot Hero) at City Center Garage on 870 9th Street (pretty much right in front of the convention center) for Otakon weekend Thursday thru Monday for only $72. It's indoor, monitored, and 24/7 access (no in/out though). That was about the best deal I could find this year which seems great to me. Last year we parked at the Uline Arena garage for $28 but I couldn't find that this year and it was probably just a deal for the Uline Arena mall grand opening.
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    Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    It would be awesome to have guests involved with Fooly Cooly. Especially since the new seasons are coming out. I'd really like to see Kari Wahlgren, Barbara Goodson, and have the pillows perform.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Got mine yesterday right on time (according to the tracking number) and I did have to sign for it. One friend in my group got his Friday and I think one's was delivered to his house, but no one answered the door to sign for it, so he had to reschedule the delivery. There's two more in my group who haven't gotten theirs yet. The one who got his Friday lives in NY, me and the one who had to reschedule delivery live in southwestern VA, and the two who haven't gotten anything yet live in northeast TN. Hopefully they'll get theirs soon.
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    I'll start panicking if I don't see anything (badge or tracking number) by the end of this coming week. Until then, I'll have faith.
  22. Friends on board, hotel booked, money saved up....HERE COMES MY 4TH STRAIGHT OTAKON!!!

  23. Otakon number 3, here I come!!! ......assuming I have enough money that is.