I think everyone in the group should have received an email separately with their reservation info. That was the case for us.
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Quote from: Sunara Ishi on June 13, 2015, 02:28:19 AM
Copying my list from the guest thread:
Quote from: aetherltd on June 06, 2015, 12:42:10 AMQuote from: hikanteki on June 05, 2015, 09:49:36 AMI've heard the opposite complaint. There are people who want combined Fanime/Clockwork Alchemy/BayCon registration.
Also, I'm wondering if it isn't time to spin off Clockwork Alchemy to a separate organization/badge system/weekend...whether it's true or not, there's been the impression that CA is using up Fanime's resources. It's been a little disconcerting to see the CA portion of the website ready WAY before Fanime on the combined website. The AnimeCons people have disqualified Fanime from the most-attended cons list due to suspecting that Fanime shares attendance with CA. In any case, it does cut into the availability of hotels.
Clockwork Alchemy has its own resources. Everyone, including the con chair, is unpaid. All those elaborate props are built by volunteers. After four years of CA, and some previous steampunk cons, we now have a lot of props. Many steampunks are makers, after all. We have fun overdoing that. Our directional signs are antique lampposts. We have big clocks on tall posts. Our author's room has a (fake) fireplace and shelves of books. The tea room has a large Tea Engine making boiling water. I'm behind the Telegraph Office and its brass machinery. We don't get any funding from CA, just staff badges or volunteer hour credits. All this may give the impression that CA is draining Fanime's resources, but it's not. (I admit that we're trying to get the Fanime side to up their game on signs and ambiance.)
It's hard to tell about attendance. Some people registered for CA thinking that was needed for badge pickup at the Doubletree. It's not; anyone can pick up their badge at either location. Which con you register for just determines the badge artwork you get. So nobody really knows how many people went primarily to CA vs Fanime.
At CA, Friday was too empty but had full programming, Saturday was busy, and Sunday was busier. Some Fanime members complained that Fanime didn't have enough to do on Friday. Fanime members, please come over to CA on Friday. There's stuff to see and do. It's not overcrowded. We have tea. (And water. The Doubletree is really good about putting water dispensers all over the place. We had a least a dozen of them.)
Mixing Fanime and Clockwork Alchemy has its amusing moments. CA had Congress of Vienna, a very good classical quintet (harp, violin, viola, flute, and lute) playing. They're all Sword Art Online cosplayers, with Asuna on the harp, mixing classical music with anime themes.
Quote from: Glitch on May 02, 2015, 02:51:02 AMQuote from: Dracil on April 14, 2015, 02:13:28 PMIt should be pointed out that dances and concerts are two different things. A concert at a con usually invovles a guest a lot of people want to see, and therefore people will be a little be more active than when seeing a dj.
I think it's a problem with young people who just haven't been to enough concerts, especially Japanese ones, and part of that is also probably the cons' fault for not placing enough emphasis on music guests and also educating the attendees.
My group of con friends are generally older (probably 25-40s+) and they're also fairly introverted but nobody there has any issue with standing. Hell, some of us even have old injuries and we will work through the pain if possible to keep jumping and standing during the concert. But everyone in the group are veteran congoers who attend cons *specifically* for music guests, and a large number of them also make trips to Japan to attend lives there as well.
Actually since I'm on a rant, American con "dance" scenes are also pretty dismal IMO. If a dance gets described at any point in time as a "rave" they've already failed.
Here is what anime music events at music clubs are like in Japan.
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/61017139 - Club Mogra (very famous, if any of you watched the anime Saekano, the characters actually go here in one of the episodes!)
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/60731753 - Sukimono
Even outside Japan, at Anime Festival Asia, they know what's up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrBcn8w9uVM - AFA Indonesia '13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV7SE9TmCeo - AFA Singapore '14
They get it over at Mexico too:
Notice in all cases the very clear anime/vocaloid music with generally minimal amounts of remixing.
And then here's what happens in USA cons...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WOTq5-s9y8 - Fanime
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gRkuXceQPY - Otakon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgaokBV9B2Q - Anime Expo
That AX video is especially telling of why I have such a dim view of the con culture here.
There really is nothing in the cons here that really shows people this aspect of the culture. And I only got into it myself by luck from seeing people who knew this aspect, and continuing to keep in touch with them over the years.
Such as when Momoi was here at fanime. When she jumps on stage in this vid, you can see things go energetic.
I just think posting that video of the dance at Fanime and saying that people here are slouches, is misleading.
Quote from: Erik_anderson on March 18, 2015, 01:56:29 PM
Full disclosure: I am staff and I head up the Cosplay Masquerade, however I am responding a private individual and not my role.
For tax purposes Fanime, like every other convention, fair or event is organized as a corporation, so its misleading to imply that this is the same as a for profit corporation like AX, ComicCon or Wizard. What 'for fans by fans' means is that we volunteer our time and while some perks are rewarded generally we spend far more time and money then the benefit. Personally I spent around $3000 last year of my own funds to host my event.
On the tax status in general, there has long been the accusation of groups using 501c6 status, however this seems unlikely because that status is used to promote business without favoritism. You can search for the records here for yourself:
On the Fanime staff/volunteers has addressed issues around the use of guests time and it is now part of the standard training that such behavior is not allowed. Just as volunteers do not get to cut lines when not working for an event.
Personally, if you want Fanime to improve, come to the meetings and voice your concerns. Join the convention team and make things happen. We are very transparent and are always looking for passionate people to make it a better event.
Quote from: tjimmy2 on April 19, 2015, 04:11:04 PM
So, something needs to be said on the matter of clockwork. It is a seperate entity as of 2 years ago, only thing they share is relations set by the last head of con. Head of con is a 3 year position, so the idea of this con is that we want to be friends, not enemies kind of status. Clockwork isn't bad imo, I mean they got guests I have wanted to see in the past (Steam powered Giraffe was INSANE).
back to bahamut, I come for the cosplay, stay for the guests. but then again, its kinda my job in department.
Quote from: bahamutknightzero on April 19, 2015, 02:58:03 PM
Lets ask an honest question here
How many people actually come for the guests?