It's been brought up already but I want to reiterate that scheduling EVERYTHING on Sunday at the same exact time (except for the J-rock whoevers concert) was ridiculous and stupid.
-a huge sign in front of the cc. such as:
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This would make Fanime look quite professional, I like this.
Most of our main programming lands on Saturday or Sunday and thus many things have to overlap. The goal is to have enough counter programming that people can enjoy something without downtime during the day and early-evenings and still get a good night's rest.
As for the sign in front of the convention center, we always have cool ideas that we try to implement, but are unable to do because of budgeting concerns. Besides, I'd rather save that money and spend it on other things that will benefit the convention.
Hello everyone. :3
I motion to have signs to indicate the differences for the different kinds of registration lines at Fanime. While the status quo may already be abundantly clear to most of you, please read the following story to illustrate my point:
This past year at Fanime Con, my girlfriend purchased a pre-registration ticket. Unable to attend the convention until Saturday, she arrived around noon to pick-up her badge. Having never been to fanime before, she saw a long line, at the front convention hallway, and asked other attendees if this line was for registration. They said it was, and upon hearing this, she then proceeded to wait in the line. For three hours. In an effort to be a good boy-friend, and because I already held my staff badge, I waited in line with her to keep her company during the long wait. I was shouted at by the registration management for taking up the unnecessary space of one-person in the line, and was forced to wait outside of the line for her. After the long wait in line, she went to the computers to pick-up her badge only to be informed that she waited in the wrong registration line. Upon request, the volunteers at the computer-purchase terminal did not provide any help in locating the pre-registration badge pickup. I had to ask other staff to find the answer.
What happened to her was rather tragic, and almost completely ruined the Fanimecon experience for her. She cried for another half hour after the line, so we couldn't enjoy Fanime until much later than anticipated. I understand that volunteers, are, volunteers-- so perhaps our experience with the volunteers can't be helped. But the entire debacle could have been avoided had official sign-age been posted.
I understand that the hotels and convention center have their own rules and policy for what Fanime Con can and cannot do. One of these policies may have been a zero-tolerance policy for signs in the long hall on the first floor of the convention center. If such a policy exists, I strongly urge those in charge of registration to find an alternative other than a sign to indicate which registration line is for which. It may very well be worth it to have a volunteer holding a sign or indicating at the end of each line what the line is precisely for.
I hope this post is received well, and I bring it up in the interest of improving future Fanime Con experiences.
The at-con side of registration is something that the Registration and Fan Services (the division that Registration is under) keep an eye on. There are way too many people there for us to put many signs, which is why we have a staffer paroling that can also give directions and answer questions. I wasn't there the entire time, so there definitely could have been other issues preventing the staffer on duty from assisting your girlfriend (I can't rule that out).
Is it possible for fanime to hold a casino night?
It is possible, but doesn't look likely for this year.
GUESTS I would truly appreciate any of these type of guests-->> artists, character designers, lead animators, magaka's etc.
I'd rather have quality over quantity and think that repeat names really shouldn't be in the line-up for many years in a row. I do appreciate Gainax's repeat guests as they contribute a lot, but not so much on other repeat guests.
I would love to go to fanime, and have guests I look forward to seeing that are anime and manga related.
Noted. Please note that although we have repeat names, this doesn't mean that our GR department is purposely giving up on other guests. There are also other related issues to this, but I can definitely see our GR department working hard to try to get the best guests that we can.
Are we ever going to use the south hall for events? Someone in staff said there were problems about holding events in it, did they ever get resolved?
We have ideas for South Hall events this year, but they are still in the works (not confirmed). Some of the issues that we have is that we would have to shut down events at a certain hour and the walk way to get there isn't convenient.
I think that the maidcafe should have their own room, I don't know if it has been suggested yet but I think that would add to the Maidcafe a lot to have its own designated room. Last year, it was at the end of the hall, separated by some (hospital?) curtains, which really turned me off to the whole thing. It would be a lot more of a magical experience to have a nice room, maybe decorated, for the maidcafe. I know that the con staff works hard to pull everything off, but I'm sure the cafe would get a lot more business if it were in its own room, and I know I would have been a lot more likely to go.
When the Fanimaid Cafe idea was brought to me, I didn't really like the location (but it's not up to me
). I thought the location was going to completely ruin the cafe experience, but after experiencing it two (three maybe?) times now, the maids do a good job of helping you ignore anything that happens beyond the curtains.
Having them in their own room would be interesting, but I don't know how much this has been looked into (note: I don't know everything that goes on during the planning stages unless I'm doing research to answer your questions