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  1. Couple more important METRO updates: Service starting July will now run until MIDNIGHT. The RED Line will also be affected this summer, with single tracking between the Dupont Circle & Van Ness stations July 17 - August 19! But on August 7 & 8, trains will NOT run between these stations, and a bus bridge will be operating to fill that gap. One more thing, Metro warns add'l shutdowns may be required next year in this part of the RED Line for safety testing. ARTICLE
  2. Welcome again hons to another Otakon Travelers Advisory thread. As usual this thread is made to help Otakon goers avoid traffic troubles (and the Noid) on thier way to the 26th convention. This year those taking METRO need to take note the platform reconstruction project this summer closes the GREEN/YELLOW Line from Greenbelt to West Hyattsville. FREE Shuttle buses are available from the affected stations to Fort Totten, where the Green/Yellow line will terminate. The MARC train or the METRO ORANGE Line are great alternatives. TSA still requires masks be worn on ALL public transportati
  3. An update regarding Metro, Because of the low ridership due to the virus, there are now plans to start this year's Summer Shutdown sooner. Details follow in the rinku below. Report via WTOP
  4. Metro's board have given their full approval to the new budget, which includes sweeping changes such as fewer routes & in some cases higher fares. Please look over these changes as these may affect your trip to/from the Otakon...whenever it happens. Report via WTOP Also, if taking the ORANGE or SILVER lines, there were new details given conerning that part in this year's Summer Shutdown. Report via WTOP
  5. That would be pretty cool. As I recall, previous incarnations of the OtaMuseum would play past concerts & other videos there. A programming track like that could work, but my ? would be if the demand & convention space are there to try it.
  6. This is the 2020 edition of the travelers advisory thread for those that will be commuting to the con over the heavily loaded period of July 30 thru August 1. I make this thread to help Otakon goers as much as possible to avoid potential bottlenecks, or not be caught by changes to traffic patterns & transit lines. There may be a whole slew of changes for 2020, so keep an eye on this thread as we get closer to the convention period.
  7. EARLY GUEST REQUESTS: Japanese: Hirokatsu Kihara, Mai Toda, Folks from WHITE FOX, SUNRISE, and/or KINEMA CITRUS English: Dani Chambers, Morgan Berry, Monica Rial, Bryn Appril, Juliet Simmons, Sarah Wiedenheft, Daman MIlls, Justin Briner, David Matranga, Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Kevin Penkin. EARLY CONCERT REQUEST: fhana, Tatsuro Yamashita.
  8. I only looked into two fan panels all Otakon, and four Industry panels. THE ANIME TRANSFORMATION APPRECIATON STATION: This was Champion JK's panel, and one of the first of the con. It nearly filled the room, which impressed me. As for content, it was berry much everything I hoped it would be, as he went thru some of the coolest of such sequences in all anime. MOON PRISM POWER MAKE-UP! A GUIDE TO TRANSGENDER REPRESENTATION IN ANIME AND OTHER MEDIA: This was the other fan panel high on my radar, and was worth it. I don't recall the presenters, but I liked how they gave a brief hi
  9. Otakon 2015 badge acquire! The art looks really nice this year. I also read the special instruction that came with it, about those who already have their badge picking up their program book. It states that those goers can get them at either the Pratt St. OR Charles St. lobbies. Is this for Thursday, and if so, what are the hours for this?
  10. Annville in PA to be exact, I looked it up. It's on the 422 between Hershey & Lebanon.
  11. Especially that last sentence, and while still anxious down here, I'm a patient faerie, and hearing what I am today seems to be making that patience pay off. All good things come to those Otakon goers who wait (but not too long). BTW, have you staffers figured out a plan for mail-in goers to get their programs, NOT via the Thursday line?
  12. To answer your concern, all Otakon goers who chose the mail-in option will get an email notifying that their badge is being sent to your location. That email will also have a tracking number so you can check to make sure it gets there. The Badge Mailing FAQ on the registration updates page has a little more.
  13. Oh my goddess, that was a fantastic announce! Romi Park is likely going to draw a big crowd yes.
  14. You got that right, and those two I wouldn't mind meeting!
  15. 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-
  16. I already have an idea of what one er two of the premieres will be, but if it's something else I'm pondering you Otakon goers are going to freak.
  17. I'm just waking up to this announce, and I'm pleasantly shocked! More, am I right that this is Sean Schemmel's FIRST appearance here at the Otakon?!?! Wows. Something tells me getting into those guest panels may require a high enough power level *joke*.
  18. Urobuchi-san is busy, unfortunately. We actually brought Sandy primarily because of her role as Chibi-usa in Sailor Moon. Oh my goddess, I'm elated you guys are bringing Sandy Fox over, and yes, mainly for the reason she voices Chibi-Usa, but also for her impressive resume. I was wondering if you guys got any of those "other" guests you teased a couple months back.
  19. I'm just as curious too. Also, glad that we will be hearing about the Friday act soon enough. May the announce-a-palooza commence!
  20. I squeed at today's announce. Now that guy wasn't exactly on my wish list for 2015 (still hoping for Colleen Clickenbeard), but I know a lot of lot of Otakon goers (and non-Otakon goers) that should be just as excited as I am about Mr. Tatum coming for a third time here.
  21. 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,
  22. I'm just as curious as many here about who this seiyuu is, but I keep going back to what Jim said last week. More guests than you guys can afford? I understand that given the circumstances, but does that present a good problem or a bad problem to have when it comes to choosing which guests eventually come to the Otakon?
  23. Great first guests for 2015! My [older] niece is going to be happy about this, and while I would want to have Colleen back here, Laura is just as big for me!
  24. Heh, that's why you are one of the good ones. All this waiting has been almost as bad as the remodeling of me LOCAL Royal Farms...which still hasn't been finished yet. Uuu, has it ever been thought of considering a guest what works in the Japanese media, and by that I mean a news agency like NHK or Fuji News Network?
  25. From what I read that's a fairly accurate explanation why manga-ka are difficult to bring over. Also, some Industry provided guests are bound by whatever they or their agent(s) agree to with the Industry people, not necessarily with the convention. It's not like a guest can do just anything while appearing at a convention no, if be sketches, autographs, etc. Personally, I'm still skeptical about what moving down the PARKWAY will do regarding autograph lines.
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