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  1. Add a big win on the GOOD SIGNS column: New York City announced that it will fully reopen (no restaurant, venue, or business restrictions) on July 1st. Given that we were the hardest hit last year, this is optimistic news for when we can expect the attendance limits to be dropped.
  2. I can't think of a single example of where the virtual convention did bigger business than the traditional con so I highly doubt that will become the new norm going forward. ... except maybe for E3 since that show was already in a bad place prior to the pandemic.
  3. GOOD SIGNS: - Blerdcon is going full speed ahead with their event in July so Otakon is no longer the COVID reopening guinea pig. As long as that event is not forced to cancel then Otakon will be able to operate. - The DC vaccine sites are switching to walk-in distribution which is a sign that vaccine supply is greater than demand so I doubt they will be still using the convention center for too much longer. - Most states are proceeding with their reopening plan because now that the vaccine supply is growing there is less concern about regional hospital system meltdowns. Government is
  4. RIP PAX East 2021. Although they still plan on going forward with PAX West in September. Otakon is looking more on the borderline now. On one hand even the conservative projections show 80% vaccination rate by July but its not like Otakorp can wait until the last 30 days to start planning an entire con in earnest.
  5. Certain states are already pushing for full capacity events right now so its really going to be DC's call again on whether Otakon can happen. I am going to be cautiously optimistic and hope that the vaccine rollout goes as planned and we can have a proper Otakon this year.
  6. The Good: I was shocked that the Carole and Tuesday panel was live since it means those guys were in a studio at like midnight, so it was great that they took questions from the twitch chat. Twitch moderation was also great- the staff did their best to address issues on the stream. The Bad: The usual technical mishaps- audio issues, video drops, etc. The panel lengths were too short at 30 minutes. The Ugly: I'm not about to complain about you guys pulling an event together when the entire world is on fire. You guys turned chicken poop into chic
  7. AMEN BROTHER. I think visibility was my biggest problem with the initial batch of online conventions. Being 4th of July weekend I had already made plans to catch up with my family on video chat, cooking way too much meat for a single household, and then marathon gaming with my friends online. By the time I remembered that these cons were going on I tuned into whichever one was running on youtube and saw they were just showing anime episodes so turned it back off. So if I as an avid con-goer bounced off of the stream then I doubt they did any traffic with the general youtube / twitch / ot
  8. You likely missed it. The room block tends to be smaller for the days before and after the con. The good news is that in general the waitlisted rooms almost always get confirmed once they clean up glitches and duplicate reservations out of their system.
  9. Coronavirus ain't gonna stop me from doing my annual request: Asian Kung Fu Generation.
  10. Here in New York, Gov Cuomo had a great counter to a reporter who was asking why we were still occupying convention centers as field hospitals even though the hospitalization rate was going down. He reminded everyone that the hospital situation stabilized because of the state mandate to shut businesses down. Until the hospital system can remain stable when businesses and travel are reopened, the state needs the additional COVID treatment capacity available. Using that logic I highly doubt that the WEWCC is only going to used as a hospital until the end of June.
  11. AND OPTION NUMBER 1 IS OUR WINNER. Hope everything behind the scenes are good given that the cancellation was forced upon by the venue. I guess we'll see when the 2020 financials get released what the impact from skipping this year is.
  12. Remember that Otakon hotels have not pulled any deposits yet and full refund cancellations are allowed up to 72 hours before check in. There is zero chance that any hotel would be willing to automatically roll over room reservations to next year.
  13. The Spring conventions really got the short end of the stick since they were too deep into regular planning to make any kind of effort to salvage their work. Otakon is still 3 months away so if they switch gears now they can have a more robust virtual event beyond just opening up a "wish you were here" discord channel. The main things you would have to lose beyond the attendee driven stuff (photo groups, parties, being around humans) is the dealers room / artist alley and the physical hangout spots like the Maid Cafe, Lolita Garden, Photo Suite, Manga Library, etc. Again I am going to str
  14. Of course, no one has a crystal ball into the future and governments are prone to make stupid decisions but if the field hospital is expected to be completed at the end of May (~1 month construction) then I have extreme doubts that it will only be used only through June and then converted back into a usable convention space by the end of July. Here are what I think the possible outcomes are given the current situation: 1) Convention gets cancelled due to the WEWCC being unavailable and COVID uncertainty. 2) Convention gets postponed to later in the year due to the WEWCC being unav
  15. Well I said if events were still getting cancelled 5 months after the initial outbreak then going to an anime convention would be the least of everyone concerns. WEWCC is going to be a field hospital for COVID patients, so this will give Otakon an exit lane to cancel the event without being fully responsible for the bills. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/dc-convention-center-to-house-500-hospital-beds-for-possible-coronavirus-surge/2277113/
  16. If the COV-ID situation gets so bad that events that are 5 months out are still getting cancelled, then getting my fix of anime will be the least of my concerns. Keep in mind that governments are taking extreme precautions now to get the situation under control quickly, especially in Japan where they very much need to be medically cleared ASAP for all that Olympics tourism revenue. I think the biggest impact is the availability of overseas guests since any kind of negotiation is going to have to wait until the virus is under control. We're definitely going to see an Dub Industry-centric O
  17. If the fountain was the only bottleneck in the BCC then I wouldn't have minded the crowds. Unforunately Otakon grew so big that there was worst bottlenecks by BOTH Skybridge connections, the entrance escalator to the dealers room, panel room queues, autograph line queues, etc. I think Baltimore was a better host city than DC because all the entire Harbor area bent over backwards to accommodate the convention guests, but the BCC itself is straight trash once you get past ~25000 daily attendees.
  18. I wouldn't say never, but it does seem like Otakorp's fear that the BCC renovation would interfere with Otakon is proving to be even worse than imagined. "We're losing all our big convention contracts to other cities because the BCC isn't good enough!" "Okay, so how about we fix it by doing nothing?"
  19. As I recall you could not do public viewings of the recordings due to the convention labor contracts, but if there was a library of these archive videos that could be "requested" by Otakon members- would that skirt around the commercial broadcast rules? We need to watch the TMR concert again for RESEARCH!
  20. Did someone change the name of the thread to Hazbin Hotel instead of 2020 Guest Requests?
  21. Unlikely as they put themselves at risk for overbooking certain types of rooms if they specify the type of room on the reservation for the Marquis. I assume they made the change to "ROH" inventory for attendees to make it easier to manage convention guest rooms and accommodate their requests first. The good news is that with all the new hotels that opened around the convention center, there are options for guaranteed two-bedded rooms if that is your priority.
  22. The value of musical guests are always going to colored by individual preferences so I hope that Otakon never runs an on-site ticketed concert again. If an opportunity like another Anisong Matsuri comes to Otakon, then the event should be held off-site. The acoustics in the convention center are not good enough to justify buying a ticket within a ticket. Even if they get a big name like RADWIMPS then only existing fans are going to pony up extra to buy the additional concert ticket instead of exposing their music to any attendee that is willing to line up. The VIP packages or preferred sea
  23. Wikipedia is never a source of primary information. It is a index and summary of information posted elsewhere. Always check the citations if you need to confirm hard facts because if it is not clearly marked where the contributor got their information then it might as well be information that came from my uncle who works at Nintendo. Even if it is not malicious, the Wikipedia 29,000 attendance figure was not properly cited and it referred the total attendance count rather than the unique memberships so it was a misleading year over year comparison.
  24. Always take Wiki information with a grain of salt unless they have a citation source. Since we're on the topic of attendance figures, Otakon "felt" more busy so I wonder if the wider adoption of single day "Trial" badges got more people into the convention center. I would rather see the convention have a steady 10% growth than the claustrophobic nightmare that was the 2013-2014 attendance explosion. Right now there is a good balance between having enough people to make a lively atmosphere and full activities without the problems that come with overcrowding.
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