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I signed up for both night at Swap meet.
First night is no problem, but on friday I have to run my artist booth.  Artist Alley closes at 8pm (stays open till 9pm for artists to clean up) and Swap meet begins at 8pm.
How late could I get there for check in on Friday?
Are spots really an issue?  swap meet only seems to take up about half of the giant tent area.

Do we really need a sellers permit? The other form mentioned sounds like enough (sense it mentioned accumilated items such as in someones garage they wish to sell, basically what this is, stuff we no longer want).  Also is that a form to give to Fanime or to the BOE?

Registration / Re: Registration 2016
May 23, 2016, 01:53:16 PM
Hi guys I'm a little late to the party and confused.  What is this about new emails?  My husband and I havnt gotten anything.
Hotel and Facilities / Re: Hotels....
May 17, 2016, 03:57:18 PM
omg you guys it's true.  I too noticed marriott with "select" instead of waitlist.  I called housing and they were able to move me!  I dont know if I still have to pay for one night at my old hotel but really it's worth it as a AA Artist.  Now I dont have to shuttle.
What is the address we should put on the sellers permit?
I still dont know what AA is planning for badge process, however if they do it like last year where we have to pick it up with them will you have something in place for the swap meet sellers that want a spot on thursday?
Quote from: Mizuki on April 21, 2015, 06:14:18 PM
So I'll be speaking on 2 views, as a moderator of the forum, and as someone who has ran events in the past.

As a Moderator to this section of the forum - It is good a discussion is happening, and it's quite....calm surprisingly, but to the OP and people who have complaints, have you given Fanime itself feedback? I will assure you that MOST Fanime staff who can actually give you answers will most likely not look at this thread, as this is more of a "General Discussion" part of the forums, not exactly feedback for the convention.

As someone who has ran events in the past - It's tough, a lot of things happen, sometimes you CAN'T get what you want, Fanime works pretty hard getting good guests every year, but sometimes things fall through for various reasons. I am trying not to take sides here as there are very good points on both sides, but for the people with a lot of negative feelings about the convention, sometimes these things happen. Even with expanding staff, you have to remember, Staff rotate out, this includes the people running the convention, think of it like the President of the United States, some heads will have different ideas how to run the Convention, sometimes they are popular amongst the con goers, sometimes not so much. I do highly recommend leaving feedback here:,37.0.html, or going to one of the meetings and leave feedback either during the convention or with an individual department. If you don't do that, and just leave your feelings in this thread, I will give you a 10% chance it will be heard by staff, and like a 1% chance it'll actually reach the appropriate department.

Well I'll certainly try posting there but I'm starting to lose hope.  Every Fanime near the end I'm handed a survey form being an AA attendee.  Theres always a blank space to write comments and I sure try to cram in as much as possible.  even my helper does.  However it's been getting worse every year.

As far as the changing and rotating of staff yeah it's probably hard to pick things up but I'll fall back on my original post a page ago.  They really need to hire professionals.  Even if the new department head isnt sure what to do next professionals will know and be able to help guide the department head.

But I'll try my luck in the link too.
Quote from: Wizrad on April 05, 2015, 05:19:01 PM
Quote from: Nina Star 9 on April 02, 2015, 07:37:42 PM
The reason why I stick with Fanimecon?

It's local. It's cheap. I don't have to travel far. I have friends I see there.

That's how I feel. Though I wouldn't say cheap, I'd say reasonably priced. I'm also a bit more positive on the experience

I just love how many people it brings to San Jose. Hanging out in the hot tubs with anime/gaming fans, partying it up in the hotels, seeing friends that I rarely get to see... It's just a nice place to be.

Of course, the amenities are the hotels' deals, not Fanime. But normally you couldn't chat with random hotel guests that share so many interests!

I know people who work for the city and have heard it said multiple times, Fanime brings in more money to the city than any other event hands down. That just shows how huge it is.
I never want to see it go away, but smaller conventions with less stress are looking much more appealing.
I truly feel for the Fanime staff and the convention goers.

I think since Fanime first started I have attended almost every year but two.  I have never staffed, I don't know the details and who runs what.  However as a veteran I feel I can at least strongly say this...  Fanime needs to HIRE professionals.  All other big conventions have them.

Every year we are told they strive to make this a better convention.  I believe them.  I believe they are really trying.  It would be hard to think they sit there maliciously plotting ways to make this stressful for us.  The problem is they are volunteers.  They have always been volunteers who use their free time to get the job done.  Given how large Fanime is and that it is still growing this is not enough, it hasn't been for the past few years.

Volunteers will always been needed, don't get me wrong.  They are an important part of the convention to help it run smoothly.  However I think the higher up staff positions (The ones in charge of events and epartments) need to be replaced or at least partnered with professionals.  There are companies that do this; they are hired just to help conventions get organized.
The most often excuse I see from famine for things being delayed is...
1.   We are only volunteers.
2.   Technical difficulties.

Both of these should be solved with professionals. No more on free time but people whose responsibility it is to spend their time working only on Fanime's needs.  True there would not be as much money going back into the convention because you have to pay them, but my greatest fear is that with the way things are going in another 3-5 years Fanime will implode in on itself.  No one will want to go, the reputation will be too bad.

I love Fanime.  It was my first convention and I don't want to see it go away. It can't just be, "next year will be better".  Whatever formula being used right now isn't working and the structure needs to be seriously reevaluated. Please Fanime, do yourself and your loyal con goers a favor and get help!
Moving this comment to the other thread, feel it'll be better spent there.
I've been so focused on other things.  Has sign up already happened?
The earlier submission date is a double edge sword.
Normally I would be thrilled to see things getting done faster but this year is a little different for me as I havnt had as much free time to make new art.

The only thing I'm a little worried about is I dont have many new things to show for submission so early. 
I've been planning/attending my own wedding sense Jan.  Now that it is over I plan to start doing a lot more art work again.  Hopefully this doesnt hold me back too much or theres a place to write in some comments or something to explain.

Honestly though I still think the new early application starting date is good or a least better than applications opening up in lets say March.

I figure even though badge and payment must be done by March we will know early if you made it in or not so that gives plenty of time for once to prepare product. 
I didnt really notice an overpricing in prints from other artists. I even recieved a few tips for my work.  I feel bad I couldnt buy more prints but most were large ones and I didnt have a proper way to keep them protected going back home. I felt all the art was amazing though.

Also how were the times any different?  They opened AA up to the artist and the public the same time they do every year.  I was able to get in and get set up fairly flawlessly. My fiance was only held back because he is from canada and we messed up and didnt bring a signed copy of the agreement but thy were willing to help him out and print one which I'm greatful for.

I personally feel this was one of the best cons at the very least compared to last year.

As far as the jury system I got in, not sure if I like it though because I'll have to see what thy plan for next year.  Obviously I go in which means my art was passable but hard to tell if they will like that every year or not.The only thing I hated was waiting for AA to open up so last min. Fanime is the one con I put everything into, if I cant make AA I rather know waaaaaay in advance so I can try for other cons.  With my work I cant visit a lot of them and I'd like to know early enough if I should drop fanime for other cons. Fanime is pretty early for the start of "summer cons" yet by the time I find out if I have a table all the other AA's are already full.

I've been lucky over the years but sooner or later that is bound to run out and I need another option.
Thats great to know!  Whatever I dont sell at swap I'll drop off
I need an address still please.

Everything is so late I'm not even sure I'll be able to get my temp permit in time at this point.
What address should I put on the temp permit?
Quote from: Xeluu on May 16, 2014, 07:29:18 PM
Quote from: Oniko on May 16, 2014, 07:28:23 PM
Oops, lost track of time and forgot.
Well I got thursday at least.

Question:  Fiance wants to help me at swap meet.  Is he considered a helper status or a seller status?  In AA they dont need permits, this is why I ask.  Also I would like to add him, only found out after he can help.
Did you manage to get past Stage 5? Or are you stuck like the rest of us?

I'm waiting for verification, probably to make sure my badge is legit.
Oops, lost track of time and forgot.
Well I got thursday at least.

Question:  Fiance wants to help me at swap meet.  Is he considered a helper status or a seller status?  In AA they dont need permits, this is why I ask.  Also I would like to add him, only found out after he can help.
Quote from: Decantus on May 15, 2014, 10:09:15 AM
Quote from: Oniko on May 14, 2014, 07:46:38 PM
Got my permit for AA, do I need one for Swap meet?  Worried I wont have enough time to get it.

If you have a Seller's Permit for Artist Alley, that will apply for Swap Meet.

If you do not have a Seller's Permit, you can fill out the Occasional Seller's Permit that is provided during the reg process.

I should have been more clear, I meant I have a temp sellers permit.  AA is one event.  Swap meet would be my second event.  (More than 2 events a year you need a full permit)  Can I sill just use my AA temp permit?