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  1. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Glad you guys are excited; I am too! And we understand the concern about how we'll run the autographs. We're working on it and are aware of the various conflicting preferences. Autographs are always a limited commodity and assuming we got the usual 2 hour-long sessions, only a few hundred people are going to get them. There's just a limit to how much can physically be done to accommodate the demand. But hey guys, we still have a few guests to announce. Tomorrow's the Sunday act, and then some more guests next week.
  2. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Anyone who worked on both Patlabor and Cute High is worth talking to!
  3. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well, here's two more guests for you, both directors with some *really* solid credits....
  4. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    More guests tomorrow....
  5. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Meanwhile, next week is gonna be a legit CRAZY week for announcements.
  6. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Believe it or not, Otakon doesn't ONLY bring folks with ties to anime, nor ONLY giant stars -- we've long brought up-and-coming, or otherwise under-appreciated, acts as well. Draft King is *most* of Stereopony, who did what by all accounts was an amazing show in Boston a few years ago -- so we know they can rock the house. But they're relatively new as DraftKing, and the sound is a little different, so if we can help them get some deserved publicity and attention, all the better. Remember, our mission is at least partly about bringing something new or rare -- sometimes it's huge, hard-to-get, well-established stars; sometimes it's awesome bands you might otherwise miss out on. The question to ask is: have we steered you wrong before when it comes to music? I hope you'll give them a chance, because these gals ROCK.
  7. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    It's not Kappei Yamaguchi, though I hear he would like to come back at some point when schedules work out. We were his first. Look like we'll be the first US one for this seiyu too.
  8. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Oh, you guys. So here's the current COMING SOON: Friday Musical Act: Guess the guest ASAP next week. Announcement ASAP after that. US Voice Actors: 3 more. One will surprise you. One will make some people VERY happy. One is mostly known for video game work, but not for long. One contract left to sign and we're good there. Seiyuu: One. But oh my. Mwahahah. (waiting for approved bio and updated photo) Director: 2 more. One is a true veteran who's worked on everything, the other has been really, really prolific for like 10 years now. Very happy with these, now I just need updated bio/photo... ...and like 3 or so more folks.... ...and some premieres and special events... And assuming everything gets in my hands tomorrow, and the web ninjas can pull it off....we'll announce as many as we can next week. ...and then we gotta build the schedule.
  9. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well, you have Funimation to thank for them, actually. Sorry we had some technical hitches on the announcement front so it went out later than planned.
  10. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    At this point, looks like we are good, provided the itinerary works for the guest.
  11. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    The list evolves over time. We had to work around schedule conflicts and illnesses and such. Typical.
  12. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    So: Still to be announced: Friday Musical Act : Announced tomorrow Sunday Musical Act: very soon Couple more US voice actors Two more directors, probably a few producers (awaiting final confirmation but likely) One big-name seiyu (seriously, been on the wait list for a while here) I think we're at 20-odd guests, counting the musical acts as one each....
  13. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Urobuchi-san is busy, unfortunately. We actually brought Sandy primarily because of her role as Chibi-usa in Sailor Moon.
  14. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    I tend to avoid inviting guests who've been to cons in our region too recently, or who've been to Otakon within the last couple of years. Unless I have a specific reason to do so (such as an industry partner request that they're contributing toward. BTW, I think the other premier we just got may mean another guest or two....
  15. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Brace yourselves for GUEST ANNOUNCE A PALOOZA!!! I'm releasing the hounds starting today. Friday musical act guess the guest launches this week.
  16. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Our guest list is pretty much locked at this point (with a few maybes). But by all means, continue to make requests -- it all goes into the hopper, and it's fun to see who catches your attention. Toshiyuki Toyonaga is indeed the seiyu in question -- one of the leads in Durarara. (If you haven't seen it, it's a pretty good show!) And yeah, we kinda got our wires crossed there, as I thought we were postponing it until Tuesday because we had some announcements related to registration.
  17. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    At this point, I am knee deep in contracts. Friday musical act is awaiting formal signing of the contract, and I need their bio/photo stuff. I have 5 more US voice actors in various stages of completion, but they're pretty much all set. Fair number of new faces this year, or faces we haven't seen in a while. Our seiyu and another big title producer should be announced next week. I have 2-3 more directors and a manga-ka being confirmed now. 2nd musical act contract should go out next week. Looking at a possible cultural guest that needs to be followed up on...cross your fingers! May is going to be REALLY busy for my team. Some cool stuff being planned by industry
  18. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    We will do our best to clearly explain any situations like that in advance -- typically when industry brings a guest to Otakon they have an additional signing at their booth that may have purchase requirements, but the official Otakon one usually won't have those restrictions.
  19. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Guest announcement tomorrow (Thursday)......
  20. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Colleen was on our list last year, but she was busy having a baby last year and he's only a year old or so this year. Amusingly, there is a history of newborns disrupting my guest plans. It's happened with at least four guests in recent memory.
  21. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    In a word, Nope. Not unless it got adapted into an anime or something. The difference between Otakon and our sister events, and events like Awesomecon, NYCC, etc. is that our purpose is clearly defined as educational and cultural, rather than simply to have a fun event where celebrities will sign your stuff. Our guests need to be demonstrably relevant to our Asian pop-culture focus. If he wants to come and check it out on his own, however, you know he's welcome.
  22. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    WELL... looks like next Tuesday and Thursday will see some guest announcements. Tuesday will be a very popular US voice actor. Thursday will be two Japanese guests: the director and producer from a popular current show. Current lineup in various stages of readiness: - 1 seiyu tied to a hot current show. Awaiting bio and photo. - 1 pretty big name seiyu (possibly a limited appearance due to schedule) - 1 manga-ka - 1 anime director - 2 producers - 3 more US voice actors - Friday musical act With luck, these will be in the next 3-4 weeks. Still working on Sunday musical act and another US voice, another seiyu, as well as some other folks...
  23. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Heh. Well, assuming I can get the contract finalized soon, with any luck we'll be announcing that toward the end of the month. Meanwhile.... look for at least one US voice soon...
  24. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    There are two ways that we get guests. There's guests that we get directly, through connections we already have, and guests that are brought to us in collaboration with Aniplex, Funimation, Viz, Sentai, etc. Those guests are often tied to premieres and screenings and other promotional work, so they are often at least partly supported by marketing budgets. For example, you may notice "appears courtesy of ___" or "thanks to ___ for assistance with this guest" when we announce some guests. That usually indicates that our industry partner has contributed toward the cost of bringing the guest, usually in exchange for the guest doing some stuff to promote a specific show. Though sometimes it's just about putting us in contact with the right people. This year we're getting suggestions from quite a few of our industry friends, and in particular on the Japanese side, and we've had to decline a few simply because there isn't budget to support them, or an endless supply of interpreters to help out with them. (In some cases, the company decides to foot the bill and provide the interpreter help themselves.) On the US side, I have to decline direct approaches from big name guests every single year, as well as tons of offers for less well known names. My own contact list includes enough folks to comfortably stock the event for several years with no repeats, and probably a decade if you factor in just our immediate staff. (And then there's Maruyama-san, who seems to know everyone in the industry.) Getting guests isn't hte problem; getting the right mix of guests, and affording them, and not just becoming an autograph-a-palooza, is the goal. We don't have endless resources. Oooh neat, eagerly waiting! Also good question Coco. I also wonder if like whether people potentially getting offended at being snubbed in such a situation is an issue. Nope, I don't see it as snubbing. We deliberately vary the mix every year to have something for everyone, and we rarely have repeats without several years between visits. This is known, and explained every year, to our potential guests. For me, I'm flattered that so many of them want to come back. Oh, one little thing. Should I do a contest to tease the first musical guest?
  25. alabaster

    Guest Request: 2015

    Well now, I am just waiting for bio and photo on a couple of japanese guests.... one of whom is a seiyu that I think will make people pretty happy.
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