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Awesome photos Barnes, thank you for sharing them here!!  Sorry I've been so inactive, the end of 2023 was as crazy as most of the year for me.

For 2024...

Okay, as I'm sure many of you Forum regulars have seen, there's a bit of a mass exodus among FanimeCon Staff right now.  While I am not staff, I fully support the reasoning behind those who have announced their resignations.  It sucks all around - for the staffers leaving, for those remaining, for the convention as a whole, and for attendees - but I think it's important we support their decisions.  Especially Cosplay Gatherings Department, as they have been nothing but awesome in support of us cosplayers.

There's a lot of uncertainty right now.  In relation to this gathering, if FanimeCon Gatherings do happen for 2024, we will absolutely attempt to host the Old School Gathering as an official gathering.  The whole process may change, who knows, but we will make every attempt to host on Friday evening as is tradition.  I'll have a 2024 thread / Facebook Event Page up soon, at this time I'm going to try to remain positive and continue forward as usual in support of you, my fellow old school cosplayers.

And on the off chance that official gatherings do not happen this year, we will attempt to have an unofficial gathering on Fanime Friday at our usual time.

Out of all this, my big takeaway and hope is that staffing conditions will improve and become more balanced throughout the departments.  As always, be sure to thank the staff you work with at the con.

If you have any questions or concerns please reply here, send me a PM, message me on Facebook, etc.
Panels and Workshops / Re: Cosplay Backdrops
October 20, 2023, 04:59:47 PM
This sounds more like it would be a "fan event" rather than a panel, as in the panel rooms you can't move anything or change the room setup.  (heck, the union convention center equipment guy didn't even like that I was connecting my own computer to the projector last year - which almost ALL panelists do - but he just had a stick up his rear and it was no big deal like in every year before)

Fan events are similar to panels in that you are allotted a time slot but they are in open rooms that allow you to have a custom setup configuration.  As with panels, registration opens far closer to the convention date, usually a couple months into the year.

Also I'm not staff, but I can tell you from my convention experience that you wouldn't be able to charge money any type of event like that within Fanime.
Hi everyone!!

Thank you so much for coming out to the gathering!!  Our gallery of unofficial pictures taken by us as hosts is live right here:

Please feel free to share, tag, download, crop, use on your cosplay pages, etc. This gathering is for you, for us, who cosplay as these characters!

We were having some camera issues toward the very end so we didn't get as many shots as we would have liked. If you need a higher resolution version of a picture (because Facebook sometimes reduces resolution) - please message me and I'll send it to you directly.

If there are any images that you would like removed, please message me as well and I'll accommodate you as best I can.

Thank you to all who attended or showed interest in this gathering.

Our location wasn't ideal as I would like but given our day / time it was the best option.  And hey, we can all say we took up the biggest gathering spot at Fanime!!!  Who says old school isn't awesome?  Hopefully next year we can get back to a spot that is a little more protected so I can talk with you all more and of course I miss the terraced steps that we had inside back in 2018 and 2019!

We hope to see you all again for FanimeCon next year and the 2024 Old School Cosplay Gathering!! It will always be held the evening of Fanime Friday!
Good afternoon old schoolers!

Almost time to go!  Tomorrow will be FanimeCon 2023 Day Zero, and of course Fanime Friday will follow and with it the 2023 Old School Cosplay Gathering!

It has been a long road this year, almost longer than the road to 2022 for me in some ways.  I hope all your cosplay and convention preparations are working out, that registration goes smoothly, that if you are using on-site housing that you are staying at the hotel of your choice, and that you will join us Friday evening for this gathering that is a great FanimeCon tradition.

Last OP for this year (back to tons next time, I promise), the series your hosts will be cosplaying from (Cyber Formula Zero era anyway).

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Future GPX Cyber Formula (1991)
Quote from: teknetos on May 23, 2023, 01:45:39 AMSounds fun, I'll plan for one of my Gundam character cosplays that day!

Awesome!  We usually have at least a couple cosplayers from the many pre-2001 Gundam titles.

Quote from: AshenStarMage on May 23, 2023, 08:30:33 PMHealth permitting, I may be able to cosplay Belldandy from Oh! My Goddess at the gathering.

Yay! I hope everything works out for you!
Video Programming / Re: still no video schedule
May 22, 2023, 05:50:34 PM
I'm starting to feel that video programming is going to be pretty ad-hoc.  Maybe it was a last minute addition to the offerings for this year.
Good afternoon old schoolers!

We're less than a week away from Fanime 2023!  That seems pretty crazy to me but here we are, just around the corner.  Again, my apologies for not promoting the gathering this year as much as I usually do but it looks like things have picked up in the past few weeks and I'm sure we will have great attendance.

I haven't posted a lot of OP's this year as many of them are hard to find due to copyright crackdown but let's keep it going anyway.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
Thank you for keeping the forums active!
Good afternoon old schoolers!

I've updated the pinned post on the Facebook Event Page and the second post in the gathering thread on the Fanime Forums with the map to where the gathering will be this year - Location G6.  Be sure to check it out!

Back to old school OP's - and I'll tell you, my collection of YouTube hosted OPs has been obliterated compared to years previous.  But there's still a lot out there, including this one - a title that I remember being crazy popular in some circles, although it doesn't seem to be talked about much anymore.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Fushigi Yuugi (1995)
Good afternoon old schoolers!

I'll have some new information tomorrow including the gathering map to help you find where we will be located this year.  However for right now, how about some super robot mania from the early 70's?

Celebrating An Era - 1970's!  Mazinger Z (1972)
Good morning old schoolers!

Let's kick the week off with a series that is considered one of the beginnings of anime and manga as we know it, the franchise better known as Astro Boy outside of Japan.

Celebrating An Era - 1960's!  Tetsuwan Atom (1963)
Let's keep it going with more 90's still!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S (1994)
Good afternoon old schoolers!

Let's stick with the 90's starting off today, a much loved OVA that is probably more popular (at least in the USA) than the manga of which it was adapted from.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Gunsmith Cats (1995)
Quote from: Angelx624 on April 30, 2023, 09:09:12 PMHoping to be there as Rei Hino from Sailor Moon! :)

Unfortunately I have to scrap her for now as the uniform isn't looking how I wanted it to. :( But hopefully next year!

However, if video game cosplay is welcome, and I can convince my Laguna to go to the gathering, we might be there as Raine and Laguna from Final Fantasy 8!

Absolutely!!  Video game characters are always welcome!  Anime, manga, video games, live action, etc. and Final Fantasy VIII is most certainly old school!

Also as someone who has done Sailor Moon cosplays - my wife and I have done Makoto Kino and Motoki Furuhata (whom I can only kinda pull off), as well as Sailor Moon S Episode 106 flashback Michiru and Haruka (whom I totally can't pull off but it's a driving suit so I look decent from the back) - I know how tricky the uniforms can be!
Let's keep it going with another series that everyone seems to enjoy!

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (1990)
Good morning old schoolers!

My apologies for not promoting the gathering as much as I usually do.  2023 has been a very hectic and trying year for me so far, which prevented me from being as active around here as I generally am.  However I'm hoping that's all in the past and we're looking forward to Fanime.

Let's get right into it with an OP and a series that needs no introduction.

Celebrating An Era - 1990's!  Cowboy Bebop (1998)
We're doing it again for 2023!  Two more hours, two full sessions, two chances to compete!

Vintage Anime - Name That Year will be in Panels Room 3 on Saturday, May 27th from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Kick off your Saturday at FanimeCon the old school way!
Updated with our location for this year, G6 - Fallout Zone.  That's the large area down in the terraced steps at the front of the convention center.  It was the best option from what was available.  Over the next couple days I'll start getting this thread rolling again!
Hey everyone, I know I haven't been as active as I usually am during the run-up to Fanime and the gathering.  Just have a lot of personal stuff going on right now that has been pretty trying.

That said, I have submitted the gathering officially.  Even if I'm not as active right now, I am still hosting the gathering as usual, and I hope I can become more active here again once things calm down a bit.

Thanks everyone!  Feel free to post any questions here or on the Facebook Event Page and I hope to see you at the gathering!