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One of the reasons I wrote up such a detailed complaint regarding the Cosplay Spectacular is because I was a cosplay director myself for almost 6 years. I know first-hand that things can and do go wrong, but there's a point where you just have to step back and go "wow, we really messed this up".

I personally don't think the threads should have been locked, but rather direct/encourage people to post their issues to the feedback form, as well. That way it doesn't look bad for the con (even if the intent were good) and it doesn't shut down discussion between attendees.

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Quote from: Hakaru_chan link=topic=18572.msg463578#msg463578 date

@ bisouspapillon – Strobe lights should never have gotten through the civic doors because there are strict rules about having lights especially rotating lights on cosplay. Someone should have have caught them before they got inside. HOWEVER, I think this is where the "loop" in the ruling comes in. Lights cannot be turned on/used/working on the cosplay if its ON THE CONVENTION FLOOR and since the civic technically isn't the convention itself, I guess this is where the miscommunication comes in. I think we need to make this rule more clear but I'm sure this rule was in effect SINCE before this year. Past years, I remember being advised about lights over and over again prior to Fanime. The rules were always clear on the website. For this year, if it was part of their CS cosplay, it should have been mentioned in that group's email that lights were going to be on their cosplay and it should have been caught by staff months prior to Fanime so the group can adjust. I don’t work on staff or anything but I apologize for that experience. Again, some staffers will catch it, some won't. That's normal.

The cosplayers didn't bring them in. They were on the ceiling. I'm pretty sure they were requested from the tech crew and I was unimpressed and caught off guard by that decision because i have never seen strobes at this event as long as I have been attending Fanime

Yeah, the strobes were a part of the lighting fixtures on the actual stage and were used during one skit and apparently during the opening band. A friend of mine isn't epileptic, but strobe lights are VERY disorienting for her and she had to sit with her face covered for awhile to recover from it. Not allowing groups to use the strobing effects should have been enforced.

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Oh, I also forgot to add that one auditorium employee was being extremely rude. The guy that was closest to the right hand front of the auditorium was being very rude, yelling at us to get out now when we were trying to pick up our stuff (phones, award papers, costume pieces, etc.). There was zero attempt made to be at least somewhat polite, like 'please hurry up', just straight up rudeness and verbal escalation every time I said something. He was also getting physical with some people from what I heard and the group of people I was with thought he had actually pushed me. This is unacceptable, as the other people working there were at least polite and saying we looked great and we did a great job and asking us politely to hurry.

I know the staff of the auditorium has nothing to do with Fanime, but I figure that it's worth a complaint, at the very least, so maybe someone can tell the people that own/run that venue.

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The only really good thing I can say about participating in it was that the staff was very nice and, at the very least, tried to get us answers when we needed them. Erik, you were especially helpful and I appreciate that so much.

We had to have someone guide us to the proper entrance for our pre-judging/rehearsal and he wasn't even a staffer, he was just some very helpful attendee. There was no direction given to the participants as to what to do when we got on stage. We had to talk to someone just before we went on, since we were first in line. Our audio, like almost everyone else's, was screwed up. I had hoped that our audio being messed up would have been the one hiccup, but no, it wasn't. We weren't even announced at all, no names or anything.

That was another issue -- the MC didn't even have a script until part way through the show. There were no group names nor series names announced, which was confusing, especially when awards were announced since no one had any idea who won what at first.

I went in 2009 and participated in the Cosplay Spectacular then and it was run well and smoothly. I had hopes for the same experience this year, but that was just not to be. I can afford one out-of-state con a year and after the experience I had at Fanime this year, I won't be going back until the issues are ironed out.

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General Convention Discussion / Re: How far are you traveling?
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:56:04 AM »
Another one from Texas here, Austin-area specifically. :D

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General Convention Discussion / Re: Con Schedule
« on: May 18, 2013, 03:41:26 PM »
Thanks for doing this! This is really helpful, since there isn't an official tentative schedule up yet.

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 25, 2013, 04:55:24 PM »
Ah, you might have me confused for another poster, but I'll share the answer I got. I asked about walk-ons/display only entries being able to use their own music. If you are a walk-on/display only entry, you are allowed to use your own music.

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 25, 2013, 01:38:53 PM »
It took me sending an email to the cosplay staff to get a response. I recommend that anyone else who hasn't had their question answered yet take it directly to email or other means of contact. We shouldn't have to do this just to get simple answers, but it seems to be the only way.

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:34:37 PM »
I received my confirmation, as well. Hopefully this means answers for everyone's questions sometime soon.

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:53:49 PM »
I competed in 2009 and everything from signing up to onsite check-in to rehearsal to actually performing was fantastic. Everything ran smoothly, I knew when to expect what, and it was so much fun. I haven't had a chance to return to the con since then since I live out-of-state. I was hoping for a similar experience this year, but this is dampening those expectations. I understand logistic problems and other general mishaps, but it's been three weeks since a question has been answered -- this is unacceptable. We don't even know who's actually in the show, at this point, a little more than a month until the con.

Can we please get some answers soon?

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:47:07 PM »
Are we going to get answers to our questions soon? It's been over two weeks now since I asked a question that can be answered with a yes or no. Should I email someone instead to get a faster response?

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:36:40 PM »
Yeah, it's been nearly a week since any questions were answered. Any word?

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 03, 2013, 10:24:40 PM »
Another question: there's conflicting info about Walk-ons/display entries. It says that display entries need to provide audio, but there's also going to be a fashion show segment with all display entries lumped together with pre-selected music. If we're doing a display entry, we're allowed to submit our own music, correct?

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:33:43 AM »
So if we need to edit our entry we have to do it through email?
That is correct. Trust me, our staff doesn't like doing things manually, but there just wasn't enough time and we had to decide between delaying it more or releasing it in some form. :)

I just wanted to make sure that's how it was going to be done, is all, before I went and made an ass out of myself :P. Thank you for the quick reply!

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I have the same problem of too many JoJo's to choose from. It seems likely either Yuuya Fungami or Erina-kissing Dio if it's on Friday.

Oh, and my partner will be Disco! I forgot he doesn't have a forum account.

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Big Event Showcase / Re: Cosplay Spectacular 2013
« on: April 01, 2013, 11:05:05 PM »
looks like I snagged my spot, hopefully no one misses out because of that typo.

out of curiosity, will there be a profile system like there was last year where we can view our applications and make edits?
Not for this year. We ran out of time in order to implement something like this (and test it), so we just went with old fashion e-mail. :) It's on the todo list for FanimeCon 2014 though!

So if we need to edit our entry we have to do it through email?

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Registration / Re: FanimeCon 2013 Attendee Registration FAQ
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:19:06 PM »
Can we use a legal middle name instead of first name, so long as its on our ID?

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