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« Reply #80 on: May 30, 2007, 04:11:16 PM »

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First off, all of the press that I personally talked to had nothing but positive things to say about the cafe. While yes, the line was long at the very beginning, I think its understandable considering that was the first year we've done things and really had to figure things out from scratch as far as how things were going to work.


Hindsight bias. You are part of the cafe. I was rather unknown person asking for honest opinions of random patrons that walked into the cafe. I was outside on the balcony smoking a lot so quite a few people walked by me during the cafe hours. My exact question was "Hey did you just come out of the fanimaid cafe thing? How was it? Like, what happened exactly?"

And I let them talk about it for however long they did, said thanks and let them leave. Most of your patrons were disappointed and unimpressed.

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As far as the whole "more to it" part of the maid cafe, after we got the kinks worked out as far as the actual serving and cleaning up and seating people, we were able to free up more time/maids for socializing more and hanging out with them. I feel bad for people who were unfortunately not able to get the same service as happened towards the end of the con as the beginning, but again, first year and we were figuring things out as fast as we could.

But that's only a minor part of it. Even if it's busy, there are small nuances that make it a maid cafe. Bowing, word choice how you carry yourself. There was no mannerisms or form in what I had witnessed, and not a single person even commented on the mannerisms or actions of the maids at all.

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Next year looks to be more promising in ALL aspects. We'll have a bigger room, more maids, as well as we can now start working out kinks of maids socializing and playing games, doing drawings with the patrons, ect. I plan on taking on a bigger part of helping with next year as I feel like I have a good finger on the pulse of how we should change and improve for the future.

Doing drawings? Huh? From what I witnessed and what I knew prior and after... you guys are trying to make it more "Japanese" over more "Authentic". The things like, not taking pictures with them and what not only works when you have long time patrons and an established center of business. It's supposed to be rewards for repeat customers over long periods of time, but that doesn't work when all you have is a weekend, and a few hours per day. There was too much focus on things that DIDN'T matter and no focus on VERY IMPORTANT aspects of what "Makes a Maid Cafe".

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On another note, we do accept constructive feedback. However, everything you've said in general about the maid cafe has been nothing but negative. Perhaps if you had not been so argumentative and negative in the past, people wouldn't have been so willing to write you off. If you are genuinely interested in helping improve for next year, key term being HELPING, I'm sure you could take it privately to someone who is willing to take your advice given that it is constructive.

Oh please... welcome to the real world. Negative comments reflect what is being done wrong. There are always pieces and places that need improvement, and without focusing on these parts, things will never get better. You can have millions of people telling you it's wonderful and ignore the flaws you have, but then it won't grow.

Think about it, someone who knows about Maid Cafes, someone who can tell you the differences between the kinds, which are real cafes, which are tourists traps, etc... is telling you "Something is wrong here and you should improve these points" and you're saying he's not being constructive?

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If someone is hurting you, destroying you costume, or not backing off when you tell them to then that's completely different than what I was refering to. The way it sounded PyronIkari was only hugged and responded by trying to kick someone's ass.

You seem to not understand the basis of what assault is? Me shoving someone to the ground is 100x better than me getting them arrested, fined, and put into prison from anywhere from a month to two years. Yes... I was hugged, unwantedly, by someone I have never seen before in my life while I was walking. If you did this on the street, you would have much more than me pushing you on the floor. Most people would break your nose, or beat the crap out of you even after the fact. I didn't chase after these guys to beat them, I did a reactionary push, compared to a reactionary punch to the face. You see "TRYING TO KICK SOMEONE'S ASS" doesn't fly with me. If I "Tried" to do so, I would. I shouldn't have to be polite to some idiot who has no social graces at all to politely ask them to stop hugging me, wait for it to register into their heads and then have them let go. For some people, they're too dense to even understand those words. One guy held up a sign to me and opened his arms to hug me. He then said "Can I hug you?" Me not being in a costume, just walking down the hall to my hotel room. I said "if he attempted to hug me, I'd punch him". He seemed to not understand this as he kept following me and saying things like "Why can't I hug you? I just want to hug you, let me hug you".

You would think after I said I'd punch him if he tried... he'd get the message. But no, he didn't.
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« Reply #81 on: May 30, 2007, 04:38:01 PM »

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Oh we finished the program guide a month in advance. The printers were scheduled to deliver the program guides on Wednesday and they just didn't come. The printers had always been on time, if not early so we had no reason to believe they would do otherwise. This just happened to be a very bad year by having their printers break down as well as ours.

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Well, maybe schedule for them to arrive a few days earlier next time? =.x Hopefully this thing won't happen often.
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« Reply #82 on: May 30, 2007, 04:51:34 PM »

Regarding the maid cafe thing, there is always room to improve as this is the first time such an idea actually took a physical form. It was a decent start and so it goes from there. Constructive criticism would be helpful rather than insults please. You ask those patrons whether they liked it or not but fail to ask what they would like to see improve. If it's going to be either a 'yes' or a 'no' answer, you have to expand upon that rather than taking a generalized answer and coming up with your own conclusions.

If you truely wanted to help make the maid cafe better and help it expand, you would take in ideas from the people and post it on the forums, even your own, PyronIkari.

As for me, I did not have the money to eat there as all of the cash went into the dealers room and swap meet. I did, however walk around inside and looked around. Considering the big cultural differences between Japan and the US, to construct an imagine of a maid cafe like Japan in Fanime is a bit too exotic as of now.
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« Reply #83 on: May 30, 2007, 05:00:11 PM »

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I realize how much having a program guide could have helped our traffic, but did the summaries in front of the rooms help at all? We do try to have full summaries for the films in front of the rooms, so I am just trying to gauge how much they make a difference.

Thanks!

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Having the summaries in front of the room was a HUGE help. And I enjoyed the music vids that were used as filler between movies/shows. Thanks!  :wink:

Glad you enjoyed the music video intermissions! The main reason we do it is because we know there is time between showings, but I'm always happy to hear about people enjoying the music (most of which is coming from my personal collection of music video DVDs). I was really quite flattered when someone came up to me on Sunday and asked about one of the artists.

If you have questions or are looking for more information on the artists, just let me know, and I'd be more than willing to share.

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I know they sure helped me. If you guys hadn't posted that my friend's and I probably wouldn't have seen any of the movies. We ended up watching 4 of them, all of which we enjoyed. Thanks. :)

By any chance do you remember which four films you and your friends watched? I'm just trying to get a better feel of what people checked out on our schedule.

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Those summaries are lifesavers btw. I was able to peak at stuff that I would have missed.(I did miss some stuff, but at least I know the names of interesting flicks to hunt down.)

Anything notable that you were able to catch? Again, just trying to gauge what our audience watches.

Overall, though, sounds like those summaries were really useful. Maybe next year we'll work on larger versions of them so that they are more visible.

Thanks!
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« Reply #84 on: May 30, 2007, 05:00:33 PM »

The maid cafe was off to a good start to this year, though next year I'd like to see a wider variety of food.

There is one particular machine at the gaming room that did irk me: Pop'n Music Animelo 2. The song selection itself is not bad, and the cabinet is prettier than SVGL's Pop'n Music 8, but I hated the lack of Hi-Speed (or if it existed on the machine, the knowledge to activate it).

Also, I barely met up with my cousin MistRCaboose at the con T_T I couldn't get my copy of SSBM back T.T
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« Reply #85 on: May 30, 2007, 05:23:27 PM »

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Those summaries are lifesavers btw. I was able to peak at stuff that I would have missed.(I did miss some stuff, but at least I know the names of interesting flicks to hunt down.)

Anything notable that you were able to catch? Again, just trying to gauge what our audience watches.
Thanks!

I was able to catch linda,linda,linda and funky forest. Both were great. I was surprised that funky forest was there since I hear from various places that's a very bizarre artsy films. I should know better than to underestimate the asian film staff. Anyway, I enjoyed that one. I like the wide variety of flicks you guys have.keep it up.

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« Reply #86 on: May 30, 2007, 06:03:25 PM »

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Oh we finished the program guide a month in advance. The printers were scheduled to deliver the program guides on Wednesday and they just didn't come. The printers had always been on time, if not early so we had no reason to believe they would do otherwise. This just happened to be a very bad year by having their printers break down as well as ours.

Oops!
Well, maybe schedule for them to arrive a few days earlier next time? =.x Hopefully this thing won't happen often.


Since the program guides didn't come until the end of con, now we know that these things need to be worked out! So after discussing it with the convention center, we'll have the program guides on site a week before con just in case. It's really too bad that you guys had to go without one year to learn about this.

And really, this shouldn't happen ever again. I hope you all didn't suffer too much for the printing company's lack of delivery. I know my department scrambled to get you guys maps and such so you would know what's going on at con. We do our best and hope that you guys are ok with what we can provide.
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« Reply #87 on: May 30, 2007, 06:18:19 PM »

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Oh we finished the program guide a month in advance. The printers were scheduled to deliver the program guides on Wednesday and they just didn't come. The printers had always been on time, if not early so we had no reason to believe they would do otherwise. This just happened to be a very bad year by having their printers break down as well as ours.

Oops!
Well, maybe schedule for them to arrive a few days earlier next time? =.x Hopefully this thing won't happen often.


Since the program guides didn't come until the end of con, now we know that these things need to be worked out! So after discussing it with the convention center, we'll have the program guides on site a week before con just in case. It's really too bad that you guys had to go without one year to learn about this.

And really, this shouldn't happen ever again. I hope you all didn't suffer too much for the printing company's lack of delivery. I know my department scrambled to get you guys maps and such so you would know what's going on at con. We do our best and hope that you guys are ok with what we can provide.

Does this mean you guys have printed programs that arrived after the con was over? ...can we buy them? ^^ they'll be great for memory sake.

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« Reply #88 on: May 30, 2007, 06:30:44 PM »

I'd like to say a few things regarding the Maid Cafe:

PyronIkari, you say that just about everybody you talked to in retrospect had nothing but negative comments about their experience--but as a maid, while serving our patrons and interacting with them directly, most feedback I recieved was positive or at the very least ambivalent. Most patrons seemed quite pleased with the service they recieved, and we had several individuals and parties who came back on the second day to be served again.

From what I've seen and heard so far, the majority of negative (or at least non-positive) reactions have been regarding the length of the line or the price of the foodstuffs, and very little regarding their actual experience at the cafe or interaction with any of the maids, butlers, or other staff involved. I know we had at least one patron who had several questions regarding authentic maid cafes and how our project at Fanime was attempting to resemble such places, but Karisma took special time out of her duties as a shift manager to sit personally with that patron and answer all of her questions to the best of her knowledge, and in the end said patron seemed completely satisfied with the information she recieved.

Now, I will acknowledge that some patrons may have been reluctant to say anything negative directly to me because I was an actual serving maid involved in the project, but I find it hard to believe that you are the only person in the world capable of speaking their mind to somebody's face if they have a problem or are confused about something; if there had been so many patrons confused or disappointed with their service, I would have expected at least one or two to say something directly.
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« Reply #89 on: May 30, 2007, 06:37:24 PM »

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I'd like to say a few things regarding the Maid Cafe:

PyronIkari, you say that just about everybody you talked to in retrospect had nothing but negative comments about their experience--but as a maid, while serving our patrons and interacting with them directly, most feedback I recieved was positive or at the very least ambivalent. Most patrons seemed quite pleased with the service they recieved, and we had several individuals and parties who came back on the second day to be served again.

From what I've seen and heard so far, the majority of negative (or at least non-positive) reactions have been regarding the length of the line or the price of the foodstuffs, and very little regarding their actual experience at the cafe or interaction with any of the maids, butlers, or other staff involved. I know we had at least one patron who had several questions regarding authentic maid cafes and how our project at Fanime was attempting to resemble such places, but Karisma took special time out of her duties as a shift manager to sit personally with that patron and answer all of her questions to the best of her knowledge, and in the end said patron seemed completely satisfied with the information she recieved.

Now, I will acknowledge that some patrons may have been reluctant to say anything negative directly to me because I was an actual serving maid involved in the project, but I find it hard to believe that you are the only person in the world capable of speaking their mind to somebody's face if they have a problem or are confused about something; if there had been so many patrons confused or disappointed with their service, I would have expected at least one or two to say something directly.


You maids did a fine job. I'll thank you again for letting me take a group picture of you guys.
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« Reply #90 on: May 30, 2007, 06:46:15 PM »

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You maids did a fine job. I'll thank you again for letting me take a group picture if you guys.

Thank you very much for saying so! Your patronage was much appreciated, and I hope you'll come back and see us again next year. ^_^
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« Reply #91 on: May 30, 2007, 06:47:38 PM »

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When I found people sleeping, I made an effort to wake them up in a reasonable manner, such as a tap on the shoulder, and remind them they are not allowed to sleep on the convention center grounds.  In general, if there are some people awake in a group, they'll be left alone, and it's only when everyone's passed out in the middle of the hallway that it's an issue.

With that in mind, different staff members will take different approaches to waking people.  Some woke up anyone that was sleeping, and some also woke up people in less then tactful ways, such as shining a flashlight in their face.  I have taken note of it and will bring it up with the rover department in the future.

But regardless, people still can't sleep on convention center grounds, because I severely doubt the SJCC is going to change their policy on that anytime soon.

Even if they did, there's no public showers inside so I'd hope people would still seek out a place to shower, shave, etc. :P

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How about next time they attempt to tackle me I just take them to con ops, call the cops, press assault charges and ruin it for everyone? Because that's all it would take and trust me, I'd be very happy to do it.


If someone is going around jumping on people without their permission, by all means please seek out a staff member, preferable one of the rovers.  If you can, note their badge number.  If we get repeat complaints about them, we'll escalate the response appropriately.

It is an issue, along with stalkers and worse incidents, so please do not feel like you are ruining it for everyone by getting in touch with staff about problems like this.  The con will continue (both ConOps and emergency response tend to be discrete) and a potential problem can be stopped early.

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...when I pressed the elevator floor I saw 5 people sitting in a circle on the ground screaming and singing show tunes. So I waited for another elevator only to see an overweight guy, reading a pornographic magazine(the magazine name escapes me right now, but it does reviews for eroge, and it's one that I pick up occasionally to see what's coming out) while eating chips on the floor on the floor.


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-People messing around in the elevators. I was displeased to enter on the second floor going up to the 24th to find that all the buttons had been pressed and that I would have to wait an inappropriate amount of time to reach my floor, especially as I had a quick change to do to get to a gathering on time. The same problem occurred on my way back down, and I assume that this was the same people. I'd like to state that the elevators are not a toy, and treating them in such a childish and inconsiderate way really detracted from my enjoyment of the convention because I was made late on several occasions due to your antics.


Again, noted and I'll bring it up to Rover staff to make sure checking the elevators is a part of their route.  Unfortunately it is hard to catch people since they usually hop off right after pressing all the buttons, but hopefully it will help at least a little bit.  At the very least we won't have people sitting on the elevator floors.

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What pissed me off was people leaving messes in the CC. There was several parts of the con that garbage was left on the floor. Come on people, please don't shit up the con by leaving garbage all over the place Sad.


I also agree with this.  Running around I saw a lot of trash lying just inches from garbage cans at times.

Unfortunately, if there's one thing people get butthurt about it's when you tell them to please pick up their shit and dispose of it properly.

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As for the maid cafe, I'm in the "I didn't get the point of it? I walked in and I was served food by a girl. And that was about it" boat, as were the other 4 people I sat with.  We ordered our items at a counter, sat down, ate the small portions, and basically were in and out in maybe...10 minutes.  It's so short I had no time to appreciate the maids or service, other than to note that she was cute.  We came to the conclusion that you were pretty much just paying for food so you could get a photograph with them, but there were a couple other people wandering the con in maid outfits later so even that seemed a bit pointless.

Remember, it's not just constructive 'feedback'.  It's constructive 'criticism'.  Sometimes feedback is negative, but that just means you have something to improve on for next year.

I'm sure an expanded menu (with more 'sit-down' food) along with a larger room (which cuts down on lines and also allows people to loiter longer) would greatly improve the experience.  At the very least, spending a longer length of time in the cafe itself would give more opportunity to actually note the service, etc.

That being said, I understand it's a new event and I appreciate the effort and work put in by everyone.  The lines were surprisingly long for it, so I definately look forward to seeing what you all put together for next year. =)

I have no idea why someone would go to the Maid Cafe for take-out either....did anyone actually go for that?  Seemed to defeat the purpose to me.

We were having problems with large crowds gathering in front of the entryway.  People having to stop and order food right at the entrance probably didn't help either, nor did having the entrance be located right in front of the Marriott...You would have to probably wait until things thinned out to talk to your friend, but that doesn't excuse a lack of tact.  We are all human and sometimes the stress gets to us.  I just want to thank you very much for not making a scene.  

Another thing I know we had a problem with was the maid cafe line.  I know one patron was upset because he lost his place in line since it kept getting reorganized and I, along with the rover who was trying to reorganize the line, apoligize for that.  We'll definately have to look into a more pre-organized plan for next year.

Okay, that's enough rambling for now.  Hope that helps.  I'll check back once in a while.

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Oh yeah,

If anyone has any comments, gripes, complaints, what we did good, what we did bad, etc. regarding the Rover staff or individual rovers please feel free to either post it here or PM me and we'll work on improving for next year.

We switched dep. heads at the last minute this year so we were kind of flying by the seat of our pants the whole time.  Hopefully things worked out, but any feedback you share for us to iron things out for next year would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #92 on: May 30, 2007, 07:03:59 PM »

I didn't get to go into the cafe. Perhaps I will go next year.

In any case, the only thing that really displeased me about fanime this year was that music fest was on at the same time as yaoi bingo and I really had a hard time choosing between the two. Those two events are very popular and would it be possible if they were not going on at the same time?

Also, as someone mentioned before, there was a lot of yaoi stuff in the dealer room. Although I like yaoi...I must say, I saw more of it this year. Of course, I like the fact that the yaoi-con booth had more space and was situated in a better place (threw me off at first, but at least there is more room for the raffle!).
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« Reply #93 on: May 30, 2007, 08:52:13 PM »

I think the dealers' room was about as good as last year's, which was kind of a disappointment. The amount of yaoi was, in my estimation, about the same as last year, which I thought was too much. I'd much rather see more people selling manga, plushies, etc., rather than all these eroge and yaoi books. You know, stuff that people of ALL ages can enjoy. Legally.

As for the maid cafe, some people get it; some people don't. That much was expected, and in fact next year some people won't go because the novelty will have worn off; others who were turned off by the long lines might go. PyronIkari, I would appreciate it if you would restrain yourself from being so self-righteously negative with regards to the cafe.
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« Reply #94 on: May 30, 2007, 09:25:42 PM »

Ah, Fanime 2007; I'm still wishing it wasn't over.

Pros:
+The location of the Yaoi-Con booth was MUCH better this year, as I remember in previous years it being nearly impossible to get around.
+More Food vendors: I actually was able to spend all of Fanime on-site this year, and while part of that was due to the fact I had a cooler in the hotel room, the extra vendors made the lines short enough that I was able to purchase lunch quickly and easily.
+The spacing of the dealers room was much better, there was more room between booths, and that made getting by cosplayers in the aisles much easier.
+The new location for the Masquerade was MUCH better. I was seated in the back for the first time in all my years of attending and was able to see everything completely. I'd even venture to say I saw everything better than when I've sat in the front due to the raked seating.
+The staff members, especially those at Con-Ops and the Rovers were excellent this year. All of those who I spoke to were courtious and well informed. They dealt with line situations superbly. (Yaoi-Bingo line anyone? X_x yay for sick attendees.) And I'd like to thank the staff members of the console gaming who helped me by testing a used game I purchased from the dealers room which I ended up having to return do to it not running correctly.

+I know they're not actually part of Fanime, but I greatly enjoy the Yaoi-Con events that are held, and find that the staff members are polite and fun to be around. The events are always well organized, and I've yet to see things get out of hand.

Negatives:
-Panels: the panels themselves I can't comment on, but this year there wasn't any interest in any of them to me. If some had been later on in the evening (read: after 6PM) I might have attended.
-Video Rooms: The issues with the technical difficulties couldn't really have been avoided, so I do understand, but it was still a let-down.
-Lack of getting a projector for the game show. -.-
-Lack of things to do after 8PM or so. I mean, sure, there's Yaoi-Con's nightly event, and usually one other big thing, but for some of my younger friends (15-16) there's nothing for them to do but go to the dance, as they aren't allowed off-site. Even small panels would have been appreciated.
-Lack of Programs. I know the whole ordeal on it, and it was out of your hands, but it was disappointing.
-Dealers room: There just wasn't much variety of items this year, and the DVDs I saw I will be purchasing for the same price or $1 or $2 higher from Best Buy.
-The game room prize game. It was the lift game, where the prizes were mostly Ufo Catchers. The issues I had with it were simple. Most, if not all of the prizes, were boot-legs. There's no KHII set of official plushes, as an example of one I saw. Being a collector I was rather up-set by this.
-I noticed that many of the big events were scheduled at the SAME TIME. ;_; I can't be in two places at once.

I know there were a few other things, but seeing as I have a head-ache I'll try and think of them later.

Glomping.
Oh dear, glomping. This year seemed to have an ESPECIALLY bad problem with it. I was the mudkip walking around during the con, and I was glomped from BEHIND without PERMISSION or warning. I was almost knocked down, and by the time I was able to recover from it, the people were gone. The Beelzeneff I attended with had the same problem. They were glomped twice from behind, and also almost knocked over. We were able to tell off the people, seeing as there were two of us, but it was rather ridiculous. We both also managed to avoid it a few times, but had there not been two of us, we wouldn't have been able to. The mudkip costume is top-heavy, and had someone knocked me down, I wouldn't be surprised if they had broken my teeth or nose, because it was a wire-frame mascot head. The beelzeneff cosplayer isn't as strong as I am, and has back-problems, glomping could have caused serious injury.
I was told after the fact when inquiring at Con-Ops that we could have taken down badge numbers and reported them to Rovers. But this shouldn't be happening in the first place. I, personally, feel that next year there should be a rule in place about glomping, and should it be broken, there be a potential for badge revokation.
I'd love to hear from staff members on why or why-not this would be something that can be put into action, and I'd think that others who have had this problem should also bring it to light.

Sorry for the long post, and thanks for your time. I hope Fanime 2008 will be the best yet.
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« Reply #95 on: May 30, 2007, 09:32:19 PM »

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Glomping.
Oh dear, glomping. This year seemed to have an ESPECIALLY bad problem with it. I was the mudkip walking around during the con, and I was glomped from BEHIND without PERMISSION or warning. I was almost knocked down, and by the time I was able to recover from it, the people were gone. The Beelzeneff I attended with had the same problem. They were glomped twice from behind, and also almost knocked over. We were able to tell off the people, seeing as there were two of us, but it was rather ridiculous. We both also managed to avoid it a few times, but had there not been two of us, we wouldn't have been able to. The mudkip costume is top-heavy, and had someone knocked me down, I wouldn't be surprised if they had broken my teeth or nose, because it was a wire-frame mascot head. The beelzeneff cosplayer isn't as strong as I am, and has back-problems, glomping could have caused serious injury.
I was told after the fact when inquiring at Con-Ops that we could have taken down badge numbers and reported them to Rovers. But this shouldn't be happening in the first place. I, personally, feel that next year there should be a rule in place about glomping, and should it be broken, there be a potential for badge revokation.
I'd love to hear from staff members on why or why-not this would be something that can be put into action, and I'd think that others who have had this problem should also bring it to light.


Uhg. This is exactly what I'm talking about. The worst of them? The ones really worth complaining about? They're the ones who take zero consideration into the persons costume. Whether it's delicate or whether it's (like in your case) huge and already difficult to just walk around in, they just don't care and launch themselves at people.

Sorry to hear about it. I saw you walking around in your costume and yeah, getting "glomped" from behind in that thing had to be scary as hell.
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« Reply #96 on: May 30, 2007, 09:33:35 PM »

I think that the fanime needs the glomping rule.  Glomping is like the anime con tradition but has its dangerous point.  I've witnessed people glomping on Death Note Cosplayer unattendly and it would of broke the cosplay and they seem to be really upset about those.  People worked so hard for their cosplay and people need to know how to respect it and give care to it by either giving them a light hug.
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« Reply #97 on: May 30, 2007, 09:39:52 PM »

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*snippysnip*


Uhg. This is exactly what I'm talking about. The worst of them? The ones really worth complaining about? They're the ones who take zero consideration into the persons costume. Whether it's delicate or whether it's (like in your case) huge and already difficult to just walk around in, they just don't care and launch themselves at people.

Sorry to hear about it. I saw you walking around in your costume and yeah, getting "glomped" from behind in that thing had to be scary as hell.

Yes, it was slightly scary, and it turned me away from wearing the costume as much as I would've liked. It happened the first time I went out with it on, and unfortunately I was alone at that point. After that I refused to go out in it without my friend with me as a handler to help stop people from doing it. I didn't mind the random people who wanted to hug me, as long as they asked. Heck, even the person who bear-hugged and lifted me from the ground without permission, was more acceptable, in my eyes, than the glompers, especially because it was from the front so I was able to brace myself.
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« Reply #98 on: May 30, 2007, 09:40:38 PM »

I forgot who was selling it (I think it was for some anime convention in Burbank), but they had little stick-on ribbons that that had something along the lines of "Yes, glomp me!"

What I'd like to see is that Fanime issue their own "Yes, glomp me!" ribbon that you can stick on the bottom of your badge. When you go and register (either online or at the con), you can request one. That way, you can look at their badges to see if you they have already consented to be glomped. If they don't have the offical ribbon given out by Fanime, you can't glomp them.

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« Reply #99 on: May 30, 2007, 09:41:27 PM »

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Negatives:
-Lack of things to do after 8PM or so. I mean, sure, there's Yaoi-Con's nightly event, and usually one other big thing, but for some of my younger friends (15-16) there's nothing for them to do but go to the dance, as they aren't allowed off-site. Even small panels would have been appreciated.


Did you check out the Asian Film Room area? We usually have themed programming from 6PM - 12AM every night, and in addition, we had some really huge screenings during the prime hours of the evening, including Memories of Matsuko (from the director of Kamikaze Girls), Honey and Clover live-action, the Death Note movies, Jackie Chan's latest film Rob-B-Hood, Dragon Tiger Gate (based on a Chinese manga of the same name), The Host (internationally-acclaimed monster movie from Korea), and a ton more.

We keep our programming fresh and are open all hours of the night, so this might be a place you look to check out next Fanime. It's just too bad that you didn't make time for us this year.
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