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    Otakon 2019: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    The Good -line management was amazing, I never had any trouble finding the end and no line I was in or near ever appeared to impede foot traffic or anything. I guess the only slightly confusing line was the Dealer's Room on friday (but that line's always a bit iffy, so it wasn't too bad this year, definitely better over other years) -registration! That was in and out to get my badge! Glad I didn't waste the extra money to have it mailed. -old school viewings! I dragged my friend to see Twilight of the Cockroaches! -gender neutral bathrooms! If anything, PLEASE add more! For me, personally, I am trans (and so are a lot of my friends, we DO tend to flock together, tbh), and while I've undergone hormone therapy, conventions are literally one of the only places some of my trans friends not accepted by their family can dress as their own gender. -Guidebook app, worked well! My first time using it (due to only recently upgrading my phone) -awesome selection of video games, especially the weird Japanese arcade ones that Tokyo Attack brought. I also saw an epic Jenga game one evening. -DC itself was very nice! I know some people have noted some homeless people harassed them, but I also work in Baltimore some days. Do you have any idea how nice it was to only be approached by ONE homeless person the entire weekend? You can't even drive through Baltimore these days without being harassed by 3+ groups of squeegee kids and 4+ homeless people on just one brief in and out trip anywhere in that city now. Until Baltimore decides to get its act together, I'm good with sticking in DC, ungodly traffic be damned. The "Meh" -no outside food or drink policy. I put this on "meh" cus I was never once called out on it and I was eating my personal food constantly. The security staff certainly didn't care in the least. For the record, my plan was to simply lie, claim I needed a specialized diet if they asked. I might not be able to prove it, but they couldn't disprove it either, so I'm guessing it wouldn't be worth any headaches for them -manga library. Please use Carolina Manga Library, they're really awesome -I didn't find a lot of interesting stuff in the Dealer's Room this year. I wish there was just more vendors or something, I dunno. -Why is Discotek the only anime or manga licensor with an announcement panel anymore? It used to be in past years, all the industry bigs had panels with announcements, but now, they all seem to do either AX or SDCC. To be fair, Discotek's is so awesome, nothing else would be able to compare anyway. Sure, I didn't care a ton about a lot of the announcements, but the energy they keep the whole time is just so awesome and it's such a blast to attend! They were actually full up again this year, I think word has spread that they have the best industry panels! -where on earth were the damn photoshoots? I feel like they were so far removed from the rest of the con that I totally missed out! I think they were in the Marriott, right? Could other things be moved to there and rooms within the convention center be used for some photoshoots next time? The Bad -pre-convention communication. I feel like Twitter, Facebook, anywhere fell on deaf ears. I really needed to know who was going to be at artist alley, so I could plan accordingly, but that info got updated HELLA late, practically the day of. -the lack of water at the con itself. I've been to other cons where they kept water stations everywhere and kept those suckers filled. I understand this is a way bigger con, but I'd expect at least in all the panel and video rooms, and several for artist and dealer's, there'd be massive amounts of water coolers. At least all the ones I used were filled. -I really wish I had known about some of the premieres happening. I literally only found out about Promare during the GKids panel, and I had no idea on City Hunter or Uta Prince. Maybe just advertise these on facebook and twitter and such the week before the con? I mean, if you said something back in february, no chance I'd remember it come July. -gawd, the DC traffic! wtf?! The Good -line management was amazing, I never had any trouble finding the end and no line I was in or near ever appeared to impede foot traffic or anything. I guess the only slightly confusing line was the Dealer's Room on friday (but that line's always a bit iffy, so it wasn't too bad this year, definitely better over other years) -registration! That was in and out to get my badge! Glad I didn't waste the extra money to have it mailed. -old school viewings! I dragged my friend to see Twilight of the Cockroaches! -gender neutral bathrooms! If anything, PLEASE add more! For me, personally, I am trans (and so are a lot of my friends, we DO tend to flock together, tbh), and while I've undergone hormone therapy, conventions are literally one of the only places some of my trans friends not accepted by their family can dress as their own gender. -Guidebook app, worked well! My first time using it (due to only recently upgrading my phone) -awesome selection of video games, especially the weird Japanese arcade ones that Tokyo Attack brought. I also saw an epic Jenga game one evening. -DC itself was very nice! I know some people have noted some homeless people harassed them, but I also work in Baltimore some days. Do you have any idea how nice it was to only be approached by ONE homeless person the entire weekend? You can't even drive through Baltimore these days without being harassed by 3+ groups of squeegee kids and 4+ homeless people on just one brief in and out trip anywhere in that city now. Until Baltimore decides to get its act together, I'm good with sticking in DC, ungodly traffic be damned. The "Meh" -no outside food or drink policy. I put this on "meh" cus I was never once called out on it and I was eating my personal food constantly. The security staff certainly didn't care in the least. For the record, my plan was to simply lie, claim I needed a specialized diet if they asked. I might not be able to prove it, but they couldn't disprove it either, so I'm guessing it wouldn't be worth any headaches for them -manga library. Please use Carolina Manga Library, they're really awesome -I didn't find a lot of interesting stuff in the Dealer's Room this year. I wish there was just more vendors or something, I dunno. -Why is Discotek the only anime or manga licensor with an announcement panel anymore? It used to be in past years, all the industry bigs had panels with announcements, but now, they all seem to do either AX or SDCC. To be fair, Discotek's is so awesome, nothing else would be able to compare anyway. Sure, I didn't care a ton about a lot of the announcements, but the energy they keep the whole time is just so awesome and it's such a blast to attend! They were actually full up again this year, I think word has spread that they have the best industry panels! -where on earth were the damn photoshoots? I feel like they were so far removed from the rest of the con that I totally missed out! I think they were in the Marriott, right? Could other things be moved to there and rooms within the convention center be used for some photoshoots next time? The Bad -pre-convention communication. I feel like Twitter, Facebook, anywhere fell on deaf ears. I really needed to know who was going to be at artist alley, so I could plan accordingly, but that info got updated HELLA late, practically the day of. -the lack of water at the con itself. I've been to other cons where they kept water stations everywhere and kept those suckers filled. I understand this is a way bigger con, but I'd expect at least in all the panel and video rooms, and several for artist and dealer's, there'd be massive amounts of water coolers. At least all the ones I used were filled. -I really wish I had known about some of the premieres happening. I literally only found out about Promare during the GKids panel, and I had no idea on City Hunter or Uta Prince. Maybe just advertise these on facebook and twitter and such the week before the con? I mean, if you said something back in february, no chance I'd remember it come July. -gawd, the DC traffic! wtf?!
  2. ashlynx

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Whew, got mine today! Design is nice this year, I like it! Lucky my step-dad was home, he signed it for me (I told him to expect it). I had no problem getting the lanyard on
  3. ashlynx

    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Mine has not yet been shipped. Perhaps they're going for shipping out badges to locations further from the con first, to make sure they arrive with plenty of time? I live like, a 20 minute drive, so it's pretty much guaranteed to arrive the day after it's shipped (depending on the method)
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