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Hi Everybody!

You probably don't know who I am, but that's not important. I've been to 14 FanimeCons and staffed 12 of them, and now I'm moving on. But before I go, I wanted to share my experiences. Check back here each day for stories of 12 Years in 2 Weeks!
Big Event Showcase / Igaguri Chiba
May 08, 2012, 08:48:47 AM
In reference to this thread:,17230.0.html

I'm extremely confused about who we booked for MusicFest.

As director of Guest Relations for FanimeCon 2012 and a balloon enthusiast, my understanding was that my staff booked employees from a bankrupt shipping company to discuss logistics and finances in modern-day Japan. I have now heard rumors that this is not the case, and that the keynote speaker, Chiba, is in fact a musical artist who may be related to a Japanese vocalist - and/or MPLe's cousin.

As this convention's motto is "By Fans, something something", I'm hoping one of you Fans can do my work for me and explain who Chiba is. Frankly this confusion has been devastating to our guest acquisition process, truly stressful and irritating. I wouldn't call it a nightmare, but maybe a nightmare's younger brother, or something.
Things in the Universe / Weird day.
May 21, 2011, 11:31:07 PM
Yeah, the forums aren't my livejournal, but... what a weird day.

First, today is supposed to be the end of the world. Didn't believe it, but I felt off all day.

Second, making preparations to announce the new chair. That's just weird, because I've been breathing Fanime for three years, but now it's time to step back. Totally relieved to have a replacement, though!

Third, confirming Yoshiki. Him coming is one of those good problems to have, and I'm just amazed anyone at that level even knows who we are. Given all the circumstances surrounding his stop, I'm just amazed and honored.

Fourth, mid-way through the meeting... Vic Mignogna shows up. Like, what? We wanted to bring him this year, but he had schedule conflicts. But there he is, saying hi to everyone, wishing us luck. What a nice guy! And he, like, ate a cookie that my wife and I baked!

All kinds of random events in between.

FanimeCon is just plain surreal sometimes.
General Convention Discussion / Yoshiki
May 21, 2011, 11:09:23 PM
Hi all, just want to get this out there while it's hot:

Yoshiki of X Japan will be stopping by FanimeCon on Saturday evening in support of the Yoshiki Foundation. He will be hosting a panel and autograph session.

Further details coming up soon. This happened quite spontaneously, so we're still hashing out the details - but we are thrilled to have him stop by.

I hope you are as excited as I am. Let's show him some Fanime spirit!
Hotel and Facilities / Hotels and Other Announcements!
November 08, 2010, 04:59:54 PM
Great news everyone! The hotel reservation site is still not ready!

However, I know you're all eagerly anticipating reserving a hotel room at a great rate. Fear not! Follow us on Twitter or Like our Facebook page, and you'll get the latest news as soon as it's announced. You'll also get the latest info about registration, artist alley, guests of honor, and other awesome events!

No, really! I'm not shilling! Marketing works pretty hard on this stuff, and they shed precisely one tear of joy for each follower. That's a lot of weeping, and they're doing it for you!

Of course, you can still check the forums and website for news and updates! But that's kind of 1998, isn't it?

P.S. The hotel site is coming somewhat soon. Seriously, very sorry for the delays!
Registration / $45 Membership Extension
November 06, 2009, 09:28:23 PM
Dear fans and members of FanimeCon,

In the past week, we had an internal miscommunication about our registration deadline.  It was communicated in the website that the deadline of the $45 price point was "until" November 6th.  In the forums, a message was sent out by our staff that indicated that the $45 price point was "through" November 6th.  We want to first apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this has caused anyone.

Our mistake, however, is your gain.  We are extending the deadline of the $45 price point until this Sunday, November 8th at 11:59:59 PM PST!

Anyone who registered prior to this and was charged the $50 price point will be refunded $5 via PayPal within the next 60 days.

We sincerely apologize for our miscommunication and will be of one mind in future communications with all of our fans.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!
I got news from friends at VIZ Media of the J-Pop Summit street festival in two weeks on Saturday, 8/15 in Japantown San Francisco. It's also their grand opening for the NEW PEOPLE building, which will be housing some cool Japanese stores and a theater run by VIZ.

In addition to the usual food and booths from local vendors, there are going to be concerts, video premieres, fashion shows, and a special appearance by Yoshitaka Amano (of Final Fantasy artwork fame).

Looks like they're also going to screen Kamikaze Girls the night before for free... this is going to be an interesting place for bay area fans...

Anyone going? I'm going to try to make it, depending on whether I'm working on Fanime that weekend or not.  :P
FanimeCon is hosting a kick-off BBQ to welcome back staff and welcome in anyone interested in joining our ranks! That's right, I've made the disastrous decision of opening this to the public!

The BBQ will be held on Sunday, Sept 28, from about noon to 4pm at the Ed Levin Park in Milpitas. Staff are invited to come and relax, reflect on last year's convention, and start brainstorming for 2009. And, of course, eat! We'll have the usual BBQ food and drink, but we'd love if you brought something neat to share! (The takoyaki from the Logistics department was particularly popular at our last BBQ.)

Not on staff, but interested in staffing? Come anyway! Many of Fanime's division and department heads will be there to talk about what they do, what's going on this year, and how you can get involved in one of the largest anime conventions in the country!
My head hurts. I should lurk less.
Big Event Showcase / An Cafe Reception Cancelled
May 20, 2008, 12:03:39 PM
Unfortunately, the Meet the Guests/Cafekko Reception at FanimeCon on Sunday, May 25 has been canceled. An Cafe has expressed concerns that they may be too tired, too busy, or too nervous about their USA premiere to properly meet their fans. Instead, they are concentrating on making the concert as spectacular as possible. We hope that everyone can sympathize and offer their support for their first US show!
This topic has been moved to byo/b/. Blame Ebner.
This isn't really involving the convention, and I think it might be useful as a generic fundraiser idea thread, so off it goes.

This topic has been moved to Things in the Universe.
General Convention Discussion / FanimeCon katana!
May 14, 2007, 12:07:45 AM
Pimpstress Rei is going to kill me for getting one but I can't help it. :oops:

One of our dealers (BowenDragon1) is offering a hand-forged or carbon steel katana, with the FanimeCon logo on it. Maybe it's just because I've been staffing for a while, but I'm going stupid over the shiny swordness.
Staff & Volunteers / We need a web designer!
May 10, 2007, 09:15:52 PM
Join the cushiest department in Fanime-web!-and help us make beautiful.

We don't require professional experience (though it helps); we just need someone who can make something pretty, using our direction and art, and do it in a timely and professional manner.

Aside from layouts for the webpages, this person will also need to do minor graphics work throughout the year, making buttons, banners, and so forth.

For more details or to apply, email [email protected]!
Panels and Workshops / Panel Ideas & Requests
February 16, 2006, 12:41:50 AM
Got a panel idea? Want to run a panel or workshop at FanimeCon 2006?

Then check out the Panels & Workshops page! We've even got a request form if you'd like to request your very own panel. Just fill it out, click a button, and our Panel coordinator will contact you shortly about your panel.