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On the photoshoot schedule: Keep in mind that this is a fan forum event, and that it is not official AZ scheduling. However, staff also moved the Sailor Moon group from the top of the stairs and I really don't know why. I would like to know what places are considered photoshoot taboo so we can avoid events like this in the future. This is the first year I have heard of staff moving photoshoot groups when it may not be entirely necessary. It really makes things confusing when the schedule says one thing and you rush to get to a location only to find no one there because staff moved them. It makes everyone running things look bad. Hopefully someone can shed some light on this.
If this is the same staff member I think it is, she was rude to everyone, not just your group and not because of your fandom. An older female staffer grabbed my friend by his badge and told him to stop yelling or she would take it, even though it wasn't him yelling, it was people around him who were cheering for in-character cosplay reasons.
He just talked to her calmly and said that he wasn't the one yelling, and that she should talk to the people around her. She just backed away and gave a staunch apology. He didn't really want to do anything after that other than enjoy the rest of the con.
I think my feathers would have been so ruffled that I would have marched on over to con-ops. That kind of behavior from staff is ridiculous. At least it is just one main person causing problems, but people don't tend to think that way when it comes to staffing.
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I personally found no direct gripes with the convention this year, which is in and of itself a plus. I'm sorry to hear about the horror story with that one staff member though, but I found that the staff this year was in general very pleasant this year, as others have noted.
The schedules and flyers posted all over the place. I want to hug everyone involved in those.
Definitely the water stations, as others noted.
Artist Alley did indeed feel better organized / easier to navigate.
Pre-registration was handled better than last year, but could use more staffers.
Very tightly focused selection of panels with just enough variety to appease the con-going palette. Most, if not all of, of the panels also seemed to be very well run.
Almost literally none from direct experience. The only real negatives that come to mind are the times between panels that others mentioned, and the lack of retro game challenges in the game room, but that was more a result of the game room staff than Animazement itself. The game room was otherwise incredible as usual and had what felt like an even better lineup than last year.
The guests. Spike Spencer, Kara Edwards, etc. Really glad they came back to AZ and they should be invited again.
The con goers. You really make the convention. Sure, there are some negatives with any convention, it happens, but we're all friends and love to have a good time. I hope we can all agree to help Animazement keep getting better and keep growing. Animazement would be nothing without you!
My only real complaint deals with the karaoke contest. The only rules that were available online were from last year so it wasn't totally clear what one needed to do to prepare, or even when the event would be before I got to the convention.
I never came across the rules for this year's contest, though it is highly possible that they were posted somewhere and I missed it. I tried to follow the rules from last years contest, but I do wonder if I overstepped by finishing the phrase when the music cut off on the song I sang. Many of the contestants didn't seem aware that their song was going to cut off around three minutes and ended rather awkwardly because of it. It might have been nice to reiterate the rules over the mic with everyone present so that the rules would be clear for the audience and the competitors.
I would also like to know what criteria the karaoke contest was being judged under. The judges were clearly calculating some kind of score at the end, but we had no idea what is was. Since the genres of music were fairly varied,it would make sense to know whether the difficulty of the song factored as well as pitch and delivery. Heck, I'd kinda like to know what my score was. I don't know if you'd want to do that since some scores will be lower than others, but it might be cool to know.
Other than that, it was totally worth participating in the contest. It was cool to get up on stage and sing for a group of people that size all by myself and I'll probably do it again next year. The queuing of music was generally very smooth and the one mistake that happened seemed like an unpreventable technical error. Thank you for giving me a chance to feel a little like a rock star for once.
:edit: Also, my friend apparently managed to get a booth in the artist alley but was not informed of this until she got to the convention. It's lucky she lives close otherwise she wouldn't have had her merchandise. I have a feeling that this is related to someone else's complaint that many of the artist alley people weren't around Friday.
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Bruce Banner (Avengers Movie Version) (Thursday and Friday)
Marceline (Normal and Scream Queens Home Concert Version) (Saturday)
Jade Harley (Dogtier) (Saturday Night and Sunday)
Overall I had a good time this year. This was only my 4th year going but I look forward to it every year.
+ The staff was nice. Me personally I had no unpleasant interactions with them.
+ Congoers/cosplay was awesome. Took some good pics not as much as I wanted but I always feel like that. Got a lot of "I like your cosplay" from people made me feel like a celeb. (BTW I was Snake Eyes)
+ Prereg line was better this year. Whatever line was shorter staffer went down the line getting last names to fill said line. Probably cut off another hour of me waiting.
+ The panels I went to were awesome please bring back the Jacabal's and keep bringing back Spike Spencer.
+ Like the brief panel descriptions they had on the schedule. Made it easy to decide if it was something I was interested in.
- Friday was kind of a snooze. No really interesting panels going on. Looking at the schedule I told my friend, who could only go 1 day, that we should of planned for a Saturday cause that's when things kicked off. A lot more seemed to be going on that day.
- At one point during Friday night 2 bums came strolling in. Both within minutes of each other. 1 walked right up to the badge checker they had what seemed like a 10 second convo and this person let them pass. He walked to the lil balcony like section next to the escalator and then walked out. Then minutes later the second bum came by and same thing this time another yellow shit and police officer came and escorted the guy out. By this time my friend and I was outside watching the breakdancers. This should never of happened a number of things could of gone wrong if they slipped away. Maybe I had tunnel vision and the other staffer and police was watching from a distance but them coming in on the 2nd guy have me thinking otherwise. The badge checker should of called for backup or something. Point is they should be trained/told what to do when the crazies come out at night.
That's all I can think of right now. Overall enjoyed my time and like always can't wait for next year.
Good time for this year! Maybe one of the best.
+ Buffer inbetween most events for you to run back to your room, eat, whatever
+Easier system for signatures
+Two doses of HELL
+Hotel and Starbucks staff wearing tails, and other con props to join in the fun
+Overall greater presence of RPD and EVENTONESECURITY in the dealers room and other "cramped events"
+Guilty Pleasures panel, please someone tell me if these guys have a twitter, blog or youtube??
-Overall cramped spaces such as the dealers room, guys really need to open the wall up and extend the space between booths
-Unorganized or bad panels, I'm not naming who but please dont just read the Wikipedia entry for your panel and talk into the microphone not your creepy whisper voice
-Marriot/Convention connecting doors locked way before the convention ended on saturday night ( and this was well after the power was back on)
-"Rave only" attendees. The people who only buy a ticket for the rave and come in drunk or high, steal stuff (caught this on video), vomit on the floor, and generally give everyone a bad time
-I only saw one fluttershy in person, even though I have seen atleast six or seven in the pictures...I really love fluttershy
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At one point, I saw no less than FOUR Fluttershy cosplayers within 10 feet of each other in Artist's Alley. Seemed like I couldn't throw a dead cat without hitting 2 or 3. Must have been one of the most popular costumes this year, right up there with the Homestuck folks.
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I'm gonna play a little devil's advocate here, but I was in attendance at the shoot for a bit (I was Jake in the Cairo coat) and I can fully understand why the shoot was moved from that original location, even if there wasn't going to ever be a problem with a blocking of flow of traffic at the time, it was a large enough group in a confined enough space of traffic areas that it could have caused issue in an emergency situation. However, as a witness to your exchange with the staffer, that definitely was not handled well on the staffer's part at all and you handled all of the moving situations very well, especially with such a large group of people to organize.
As for my own thoughts on the con, I want to give some special thanks to Chad for doing a great job running the con and for being kind enough to let me keep my panel equipment in con ops between the short breaks between a few of my panels throughout the weekend. I also want to give kudos to Sean in Programming for doing a great job with setting up panels and helping me out especially with a scheduling issue with the tech people and MST3K on Saturday night that kept us running to finish up the second feature of the night. I also hope all of the staff enjoyed the free donuts I gave you guys, I bought waaaaaaaay too many for Chess.
Also I have to once again thank everyone who attended any and all of my six panels I had this weekend! So if you dropped by the Precon Endurance Run, Iron Chef Retrospective, Awesomely Bad JMusic Videos, MST3K, 80s Jpop Showcase, and the Jpop/rock Music You Need to Hear panels; thanks for being there and I hope you had fun! Any comments or feedback on the panels are welcomed and encouraged!
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The con itself seemed to be pretty well run this year. The pre-reg line went a lot faster than I thought it would go and I was pleasantly surprised. I did have a few suggestions that I thought I would share though.
1. Fire Elite security- I have seen this weekend more scenes that were simple things that a polite word would have fixed turn into a full on rendition of COPS because of rude, overzealous security staff. They made people I know peace bond a UMBRELLA and a PLUSHIE, not to meantion peoples Photography equipment. They were not consistent with the rules- letting some pass while going over eager rent a cop on others. It was really better when volunteers handled check points- not to mention it would probably save the con money ( which is a cheaper con ticket, which is always a win).
2) Rotate or change judges for contests every year. The same judges have been in place for the craftsmanship for this con and the year before. I know people who have given up competing at AZ because it seems that the judges pick the same people or are looking for the same kind of costume every year. Not that the judges aren't nice people but in the view of a fair contest- a little fresh perspective couldn't hurt.
Thanks for giving a place to leave feedback- I hope 2013 goes as smoothly as this year.
I want to say my piece on this. There were different judges this year than last, maybe not all three but there were new ones. New people won, heck my friend Zip and I won this year and we sure hadn't last year. The costumes do change that win each year, while I didn't see all the others costumes I know there is a huge change in what they were wearing and won in vs last year. A lot of con have the same judges yearly because they know the judges have a good eye and know something that is more well crafted than others. While yes some people may win multiple years in a row its because they're wearing more things that are elaborate or amazing and working harder on their things.
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Actually, I just remembered something. The "You Don't Know Japan" game show was missing. The Cultural game show seemed a little slapdash and there were two "Name That Tune" game shows. Can I suggest that he gets brought back in lieu of one of the "Name That Tune" game shows?
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I meant no offense to you Mina, Congrats on your win. I felt I had a right to put my thoughts out there just as everyone else is- everyone is allowed their own opinion. From the perspective of someone who has attended 4 cons this year and whom has merely observed (I've followed the contests but not entered myself) , but its been the same judges for at least three of the cons and much of the same winners- with some of the same costumes Competing. Not saying all contestants do that - but some do. All I am suggesting is that Judges be changed every year or maybe the rules need to be better defined- Such as how many previous placements put you in what category, if a costume has won a previous contest then it needs to be retired from competition to prevent sandbagging other people who are competing with a new costume. These are some of the rules that have been laid out by a lot of the large conventions in Florida and it seems to work well.
Please don't take these suggestions as a way of taking away from this years winners, one of my best friends placed too, so as I said not meant to offend. But it breaks my heart to see a lot of people I know giving up because they don't see that they stand a chance because the judges are the same every year, at every local con- and it seems the same people win with costumes you see them compete with at every con.
Overall, I thought this was the smoothest run Animazement I've been to thus far. Great job!
+ Artist Alley: Using the rooms next to AA for low-volume things really helped with traffic flow around AA. I didn't feel nearly as cramped as I did last year.
+ Water Stations: Glad these were back! Having a large trash can nearby seemed to have eliminated the litter issue.
+ Escalators: Glad RCC let y'all use a sign to warn people of escalator dangers, rather than using a dedicated person.
+ Registration: Preregistration badge pickup was quick and easy.
+ 18+ Armbands: These were really easy to get this year.
+ Spike: Good job moving Spike's Saturday 18+ panel to a ballroom. He definitely needs the space!
+ Autograph Tickets: I was skeptical, but these actually worked really well.
- Dubs: With three video rooms, why are there so few English dubs being shown? The ratio was more than 10 to 1, Subtitle to English. And the one dub showing I went to see, Saikano, wasn't even being shown in English. Nope, someone had chosen to show that one subtitled too. We invite English voice actors, yet we barely even show their work?
- Similar Panel Overlap: I come to Animazement primarily for the English voice actor panels, but there were a lot overlapped this year and I had to miss a number of them. I'd like to see more consideration for audience preference when scheduling the panels (i.e. don't overlap cosplay panels so cosplayers can go to all of them, don't overlap voice actor panels, so people who enjoy that can go to all of them, etc).
- Dedicated Signings: I'd be great to have a dedicated signing panel on Sunday to get any autographs you may have missed. Like the surprise panel last year.
- Panels: Overall I did feel like there were fewer panels that interested me this year, and I had a lot of downtime. Might just be me though.
I am guilty of using my creepy whisper voice at times during my panels lol. I don't think you're referring to either though...at least I hope not. It was most during the fan forum panel >.>
I think I used it once or twice in jest at the Alice in the Country of Hearts panel but we didn't just read from the WIkipedia entry.
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Puppet doesn't have a creepy voice. It was full of sexifiedness.
Pros: All the same as already mentioned. Good con this year. Had fun.
Con: Main one I can think of is some of the music / acts during the Masquerade. While obviously AZ is geared towards an older crowd, this is still supposed to be a family friendly Con. While innuendos are fine, some acts were less than subtle. It seemed more prevalent this year than last. I think more careful watch over keeping the Masquerade approved for all audiences would help. We have 18+ panels for a reason.
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