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  1. Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Folks: Please use the existing guest request thread, which we DO follow, and don't create new threads to request specific guests. It's much easier to keep them in one place. Shifting this to the other one.
  2. Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Folks, I've moved some stray guest requests for 2018 into this thread. I've also locked up some older threads in anticipation of upcoming archiving/housekeeping. As for me, I'm taking a little break this year -- something I'd kinda planned last year, but I ended up overseeing the Anisong World Matsuri instead. This year, it's more of a proper break, so I'll pop in here occasionally and will be giving what advice I can to the new blood behind the scenes. Hopefully he'll pop in soon to take stock of things. Fact is, I've been doing this here in the forums since we launched them in ...what, 2003 or so? And I've been in various leadership roles almost since I joined staff in 2002, and have been helping since 1999. If all goes as planned, you'll see me at con (both at upcoming Otakon Vegas and at Otakon in DC), but until then I'll be keeping a much lower profile than usual. Be good!
  3. Anime NYC Nov 17-19, 2017. Anyone here going?

    Heard of, certainly. Organizers are friends. Considering attending. Always nice to hit shows I don't have to actually work. (This is where I complain about the cost of going to NYC for a convention. $150+ parking for train up, if I'm lucky crashing with a friend, and then just the cost of being in NYC for a few days.)
  4. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    It's NYC. There are 8 million people there, plus another several million within reasonable access. Publishing and Entertainment capital, and media thrives there. They're in no danger whatsoever; their sponsors cover a big chunk of their costs in exchange for access to your eyes and the media's. It's a different model entirely.
  5. Suggestion: bring back daily passes

    That's exactly it -- member contests, discounts (we've done Crunchyroll and others in the past), and the things you list are all ways we provide additional benefits beyond the main "attend Otakon" membership perk.
  6. Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Various Abridged folks have often come to Otakon as panelists, but typically not as guests -- which in Otakon terms means "guest of honor". Little Kuriboh's been a few times. .
  7. Otakon 2018 Guest Request

    Folks, please note that guest requests are best kept in a single thread here for monitoring. I've pulled in the other rogue threads and merged them here. Please note that it's fine to request a guest that's already been requested. But please also read the pinned topic on this board, which is essentially a guest request FAQ.
  8. I like the one if Yoshiki and me.
  9. .....really? Well, no accounting for taste. care to share?
  10. Incidentally, for those who attended the panels -- did I do okay as moderator?
  11. Nope, that was one of ours, just a new one (to us). He did a fantastic job so we hope he'll be back.
  12. The request was that they wanted approval of all photos taken, and that's not an unusual request. Remember we had four acts to balance and very different sensibilities at play in management. In the end we agreed on a policy that was clear and easy to enforce vs one that was more specific to a particular artist. its usually the management and we can't forget how important a carefully curated image is for the Japanese market.
  13. Pardon, I wasn't intending it as an attack. More of an observation -- that people will walk right past five warnings and never notice, and then complain they weren't warned. Happens all the time. I'm not saying you're deliberately ignoring the signs, just saying it's human nature. People miss stuff, especially when in new places and full of distractions and excitement. Past a certain point, additional warnings do little good. The 18+ policy is in the front of the program book with other policies; it is also on the website, and it should have been on easels with other policies in the line-up area at registration. You also agreed to follow the policies when you registered. Next time, you'll know, and it'll become part of the rhythm -- or you'll forget and have to go wait in a line again. Not the end of the world, just inconvenient. I use the guidebook app myself; it's especially effective with the free wifi in the WEWCC. Setting reminders can be a godsend.
  14. Except legally you can't take responsibility if you're under 18. And that leaves it with us to take reasonable precautions to prevent the wrong people seeing 18+ content -- it's a liability concern. As someone else points out above, that's why we have a third party contractor handle the age verification step. I'm sorry, but there are multiple warnings about needing 18+ wristbands and they've been standard practice for a decade now. One more reminder to ignore won't matter that much.
  15. Number of attendees?

    there are tons of ways to compare MLP to Sailor Moon, for a start. Tons of relevant panel ideas that can show the influence of anime on western cartoons like MLP, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, etc. tons of ways to address Asian culture as represented in western media, from Doctor Who to Lord of the Rings to Teen Titans.