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akicafe

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  1. *I AM OTAKON STAFF, BUT THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL OTAKON RESPONSE*

    I don't know who she is, but a quick google search for sylvia shi tells me that you got involved in the amuria drama. There is a lot being said about this circle of artists on the net, and I wont go into detail about it.

    Your best bet in my opinion is to try and contact her friend amuria through her DA page at http://amuria.deviantart.com/ , since sylvia's deviantart account ( http://ryo0oki.deviantart.com/ ) has been banned. You might get some contact info out of sylvia's sheezy page at http://ryo0oki.sheezyart.com/ as well.

    Again, not coming from otakon, just someone doing research here.

  2. If these interviews were taken by our videography department (not sure if they were or not), then they are part of the otakon archives. Currently there is no distribution or display method of any part of the otakon archives, aside from some of the pictures from the photosuite. However these archives have the potential of being used in future publications or displays.

  3. Okay, weird question: anyone have pics of the 2007 pins (can badges and enamel pins, please!)? I collect them, and I couldn't find that year's pins when I reorganized my collection tonight. When I think about it, I don't know if I remember unpacking them last year, or if I got them at all! There wouldn't happen to be extras out there somewhere, would there? I know I got extras of this year's pins in my grab bag, so I doubt there are any from 2007 still in stock. Frownyface.

    There was only one pin, super girl hiroko.

    Found this :

    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/22083...101615026jWYFkj

  4. I'm just upset that the tee-shirts sold out. I've gotten one every year I went to the con, but this year ran out when I finally got to go to the dealers room. :blush:

    Usually smaller (sm/m) and larger (2x-4x) sizes sell out first in the shirts, we evaluate our numbers year to year based on our budget to try and accommodate sell-outs and such, but as always, the best solution is to make sure you get there on Friday (as far as I know, nothing sold out until more than halfway through the weekend).

    Another interesting concept would be to buy a larger sized shirt (IE XL, which we never sell out of as far as I know) and doing a "mod" to either resize it, or turn it into a fashion-mod tee. My wife did this with most of her staff shirts and had people complimenting her style all weekend. All it takes usually is a pair of scissors and 10-15 minutes. if you google tshirt mod, you'll find plenty to get started with.

  5. Umbrellas (large golf ones) were introduced as experimental merch in Otakon 2007. A very limited quantity was made and I had never heard before this topic of them being sold out. I will definately have to consider adding them again.

    They were alternating white/blue sectioned umbrellas with a cute chibi artwork of hiroko holding the umbrella with the works "OTAKON" next to it.

  6. Sounds like a cool idea, but highly doubt it would ever happen..........

    Also,

    Anime + boring Baseball, just doenst seem so fun to me. Maybe the anime would spruce it up a notche or 10

    Never seen princess nine? Anime & baseball definitely go together. More importantly Japan + baseball go together. Japanese are FANATICS over their baseball teams.

  7. I wont know our stock levels until I compare the sales sheets against our ordering numbers. I know there are usually a few things of each item left at the end of the convention, but usually the largest and smallest sizes go first.

    The reason I have not been able to operate the ota-store (being the head of merchandise) is that I live in Columbus, Ohio, and the merchandise is stored in a locker closer to Baltimore. I do not have the ability to transport all of the merchandise to my location, and we have not been able to find a staffer closer to the locker to operate it.

    Minimal requirements for the position would be at least a few years under your belt on staff, and familiarity with the merchandise through either publications or exhibitions staff.

    Thats a bummer. I do have some eBay, Amazon and eCommerce experience, but definitely not enough. I also live in the Ohio area, but if something small that I could volunteer for or help out with, I wouldn't mind doing so.

    How close to Columbus do you live? If you wanted to get together we could discuss getting you aboard next year and possibly re-opening the store even beforehand. PM me if you're interested.

  8. I know a lot of TCG's weren't happy with the TCG shirts. They didn't say Otakon or TCG on them. I hope they come back with TCG and Otakon on them next year. I grew to like them because I think it got a couple of people interested in gofering.

    Yeah, running out of time was a major factor on this piece of art. I only assisted in getting the art together so I don't know where exactly the tag line came in. But if you guys want to "mod" your shirts you can get a stencil for "TCG" and spray paint some letters onto the back.. That's if the section head for gofers is ok with it.

  9. I wont know our stock levels until I compare the sales sheets against our ordering numbers. I know there are usually a few things of each item left at the end of the convention, but usually the largest and smallest sizes go first.

    The reason I have not been able to operate the ota-store (being the head of merchandise) is that I live in Columbus, Ohio, and the merchandise is stored in a locker closer to Baltimore. I do not have the ability to transport all of the merchandise to my location, and we have not been able to find a staffer closer to the locker to operate it.

    Minimal requirements for the position would be at least a few years under your belt on staff, and familiarity with the merchandise through either publications or exhibitions staff.

  10. If you look at the schedule from otakon's side, as to how many programming and event rooms they are running each day, 6 hours (9-3) on Sunday equates to hundreds of hours of scheduled programming and open time. I believe your key to Otakon shouldn't be how much time you spend, but how well you spend your time. Especially if you are missing the longest day of Saturday.

  11. I believe the reason escalators are turned off by the BCC on purpose is that they can't handle the volume of traffic otakon throws at it. To avoid safety scenarios they are turned off at strategic locations.

    If you have trouble using the stairs, please see the special needs desk in the future where they can help your mobility throughout the con.

    Also of note, while ginormous cosplay is always awesome to look at, you practically immobilize yourself in a place like the BCC.

  12. This is why they turn off escalators

    Now I have a hugh busie on my left leg and left foot feels funny, I was was wondering for Saturday and Sunday if I would be to get an elevator access pass since right now its getting very hard to climb up the stairs etc. For those who are wondering I'll be ok. If I'm able to the elevator access pass (sticker) who can I talk to tomorrow... like some one in reg.?

    This is why we have a dedicated special needs desk (at the info desk I believe)

  13. Not all of the photos had been uploaded as we were busy with processing throughout the end of the weekend, The remaining photos should be up shortly.

    As a reminder, only prints that were purchased as 8x10's will be up in the gallery, we're not posting all 3,000+ pictures that we took during the weekend.

    I bought two 8x10 prints and just want to commend you and the rest of the staff at the photo booth for an awesome job! The line moved fast and the person who took my photo was really relaxed and professional about it. Thanks!

    Thanks for the compliment! The photosuite took photos of over 750 cosplayers (I believe, at least) throughout the 20 hours we were open. We are hoping to expand it even more as we had to turn some people away (and some didn't want to wait in the line) for next year! I think all of our photographers did a fantastic job!

  14. If you're interested get in touch with me (mike) in the photosuite this year. we'll chat for a few minutes and I'll get your contact info (business card if you have it) then I'll be in touch when staffing opens up for next year.

  15. You all should apply to be on photosuite staff next year. We spend ALL WEEKEND taking pictures of cosplayers. We usually prefer people that have portfolios and studio experience, but we're always looking for help.

    Staff pool is pretty tied up for this year, but get in touch with me if you'd be interested in the future!

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