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Thank you for the pictures of McOwner and my machinist XIV stuff :)

You're welcome! :)

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You got a few of my Ultimecia at the gathering! Thanks! :D

You're welcome! :)

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No problem InsaneDavid!

Anyway, my Day Two shots are now up on my SmugMug!

https://stormfalcon.smugmug.com/CosplayPhotography/FanimeCon-2017-5-27/

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Guests for Fanimecon 2017
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:51:41 PM »
I'd like to suggest Neil Kaplan as a guest.  Voice actor behind Tychus Findlay, Madara Uchiha, and recently Emperor Zarkon in the Netflix version of Voltron.  On top of that, he hails from San Jose (and is a big Giants fan)!

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The thread is actually here.  It's over in the cosplay subforum, where it has been for a while.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Hype Train Spotted!
« on: June 19, 2014, 09:20:41 PM »
VTA tends to be very slow in taking down outdated signage from their light rail trains.  A few weeks ago, I saw a train with signage for the Tech's Star Wars exhibit, and that ended back in March (after being extended past February).  It'll be interesting to see how long the Fanime Train will continue rolling around until they finally take that signage down.

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Registration / Re: KUDOS TO REGISTRATION!
« on: May 27, 2014, 07:25:03 PM »
Another reason why they left the mazes up?  They just want to make sure that we fans got our exercise at the start of our con experience :D

(Never mind that we'd be running around a good-sized chunk of Downtown SJ as well as the Convention Center all weekend...)

Seriously though, let me echo the kudos for sending LineCon to the best-forgotten portions of Fanime history (of course, there's Son of LineCon at the Swap Meet now...).  From over six hours wait last year to six minutes to process this year, massive improvement and a good way to start the con on the right foot!

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A bit last minute, but I'll be reprising my Big Macintosh for this!

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Convention Center Expansion
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:48:30 PM »
I got the chance to take a bunch of shots this morning as well, and it's nice to see both the upper and lower concourses opened back up again.  Lots of nice new space that hopefully Fanime can take advantage of in 2014!  Still curious as to how things will be with the Idea Tree (the art piece out front) once they get that fully up and running on October 10 during the grand opening.

http://stormfalcon.smugmug.com/Other/San-Jose-Convention-Center/32034995_N7sqvN

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And here are my general Fanime shots for 2013!  I also took a couple of photoshoots (which have been uploaded as well if you look around my SmugMug Cosplay Gallery) as well as shots from the Cosplay Specatcular (which are still waiting to be done).

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Photos/Con Reports/Videos
« on: June 08, 2013, 08:57:00 PM »
And here are my general Fanime shots for 2013!  I also took a couple of photoshoots (which have been uploaded as well if you look around my SmugMug Cosplay Gallery) as well as shots from the Cosplay Specatcular (which are still waiting to be done).

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The thing is, conventions that stuck purely on theme have been a rarity for quite a long time now, and anime conventions themselves grew out of sci-fi/fantasy conventions long ago.  Any fellow old-timers remember TimeCon?  That was a Doctor Who convention back in the 80's, and there have been some anime-related stuff, including cosplay, back then.  Some of us old-timers might also remember picking up the seminal BayCon anime guide back in that time period, which introduced us to series that would be considered old-school today.

The point?  If the general sci-fi/fantasy and series-specific conventions of yesteryear were as intolerant then as some anime fans are towards other fandoms in their conventions today, anime fandom would be in a whole other place altogether, if at all.  For anime fandom to say that other fandoms have no place in their conventions would be to forget the very roots of anime fandom.

Another point to consider: it is indeed possible for fans to be fans of multiple genres and shows.  A fan who cosplays may decide one day to cosplay an anime or game character, and then turn around and cosplay something from a whole other genre at the same convention.  There's just so much crossover in terms of interests these days that trying to keep conventions thematically pure is just impossible at this point.  Further blurring the lines is some of that "other" stuff crossing over into anime (or at least Japanese airwaves).  There have been Marvel-based anime and manga at this point.  MLP is currently being shown in Japan.  Not sure how much of a dent Homestuck would ever make with Japanese audiences, but stranger things have happened.

The point being is that, while Fanime may be an anime/manga-themed convention, the motto has always been By Fans For Fans.  If the fans are into other stuff besides anime and manga and want to show their love for those things at the same convention, who really has the right to say otherwise?  All it comes down to is some fans indulging in nerdrage and drawing lines that really shouldn't be there, since all they do is divide fans against each other.

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As much as I would've loved to try my hand at a Fancy Pants cosplay this year, a change in employment situation (yes, I still have a job, though it doesn't pay quite as much as I previously got) is forcing it on the backburner.  Thus, I'll be reprising my Big Mac cosplay this year.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Convention Center Expansion
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:33:01 PM »
Yeah, those steps are indeed new, put in when they renovated the lobby area.  The bamboo garden decals were put in place as a temporary deal so people wouldn't have to see stuff outside all torn up and dusty during the construction.  One other thing that should be noted would be the installation of glass doorways in the lower level of the concourse, between the lobby area and the two hotels bookending the center.

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