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Alabaster's Little Update

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THING ONE: 

For those who wondered, my official replacement for Otakon is actually *three* folks -- Andy, Alex, and Alice. Andy's a former president and current comptroller; Alex is our long-serving industry liaision and overseas outreach director; Alice is our current corresponding secretary (and former president).  All three are good friends (I routinely room with Alex, and sometimes Alice), and I'm relieved it's them. There's plenty of continuity and trust, so I'm happy to report things are in good hands and going pretty well. 

For Otakon Vegas, Jen Piro (former president, current business director, etc.) took care of things, once again with a very experienced crew backing her up. Everything went pretty smoothly.  I've known some of those guests for years and they are able to speak frankly in private, so it's nice to see that from their perspective, things went well.

What am *I* doing now?  A few people have asked.  My stress levels are significantly lower, but I'm still able to be useful and help out as needed, without being fully in the loop -- though that's weird.  The last time I had this little responsibility was in 2002, and even that year I got a field promotion due to the dept head's illness.

So at OV 2016, I was just a guest handler... for Vic Mignogna. I've known Vic for about 10 years or so, having met him just after FMA hit big, but I spent more time with him that weekend than in that whole decade, and I can honestly say I enjoyed it. In the mornings, I was able to visit with Todd, Lex, Sandy, and Erica, whom I already knew, and with Jason, who was pretty cool. Again, most of these folks I've actually known for a while, but I so rarely get to see them *at con* that it's basically like a family reunion when I run into them elsewhere, without the stress of being responsible for everything. Former chair Terry Chu and I spent a lot of time playing in the casinos.

For me, it was nice to be able to just handle *one* guest, and I think I did a good job of it.  It's been a very long time since I was just a minion and I got to see a different side to the guests as well as the attendees and staff -- and some of them got to see me.  (The running joke is I am usually a unicorn you're lucky to spot at con, because I'm constantly busy behind the scenes.)  It was the first time since 2005 that I wasn't on stage for an Otakon or OV con feedback panel or opening ceremonies. Even when I took a little break in 2011 or ran Programming in 2012, I still kept my hand in pretty deep, but I'm trying to let go of some of that this time.

At the moment, the plan is to be a guest handler for our main event in August, and along the way, I'll of course help my friends out as needed (I've already been doing that). I may help out a little with other areas too, but generally I'll take it easy (it's all relative...).  I'll probably be a bit more visible here, though the overall volume seems to have shifted to FB, which is fine, but less well suited to in depth conversations.

One nice thing about Otakon staff is that the people who used to do your job are often around if needed for emergencies or advice, but are mostly happy to let new folks find their way. You don't really get to enjoy much of the convention when you're busy running it, though of course that has its own rewards.  But when you're NOT in charge, you get to see a bit and hang out with people who've become good friends -- like soldiers you've fought alongside in the trenches. :)

In 2013, we had a solid dozen former Otakon convention chairs available to us at con -- plus all those who run other events but help out as staff at ours. That's true of most years at Otakon. There's almost always someone you can find who can keep a level head in a crisis or pitch in to help right the ship if things founder a little.

Anyway, that's what's up with me.  If you guys are as supportive of the new folks as you've been of me over the years, they'll be fine.

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Let me just say (and I am sure many will agree) that I thank you for everything you have done for our convention over the years, on the front lines, in the background and here on the forum. 

Enjoy your much deserved break to see Otakon from a different angle. 

*HUG*

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[applause]  Thank you so much for all of the work & fantastic guests that you have contributed to the anime convention.  In a way, I could berry well see comparisons between you & WBAL-TV's Rob Roblin!

Anywho, you deserve a standing ovation, and I know there's many many other Otakon goers who would agree.  I hope to see you again in August, hon.

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Reviving a (somewhat) dormant topic, but...

I think Jim's signature field is a bit too long. ^_^

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Well he has been around forever and a day, and he is a moderator here. So I have't had the heart to truncate it for him.

Also since there is now an option to allow individuals to hide signatures of everyone or of various users it's not so critical to save screen space anymore.

 

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I tend to use tapatalk on my iPad for the forums, and that hides signatures.

Popped back in to visit....

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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With AX's big collab with those Japanese companies trying to push anison acts overseas, makes me think if Otakon is going to get a piece of that action or not...

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