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GoH and other popular Panels

Is it possible to have some panels at the main video room?
Panels with a lot of girls screaming (like the Yuya Matsushita panel) made a lot of noise and panelists in the room next door have a hard time holding a panel because of all the noise.

And the PACKED panels (I think it was the Gaia Online panels?) could perhaps use a bigger room.

GAINAX GoH has a panel in the main video room from time to time, so I think it could be arranged...

Sorry if I'm making an impossible suggestion!

Satsuki Yamashita

Thanks for your imput!

So about moving some panels to the bigger rooms, we will looking into taking over a few other rooms, there are a few issues which will take us some time to work on. Mainly because panels doesn't run the video programing room, so in order for us to take over the room, we have to get permission from them, then we have to staff it on top of the three rooms we already have, and our staff is not even HALF as big as Rovers, so we have to seriously stretch ourselves to make it work out. Again we don't mind doing the work, it's going to take us some time. So please bear with us.

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Hi friends!

The Panels Department, would like some general feedback as to what you guys thought about our panels this year! Please keep in mind that this will be moderated and read by staff members, so please keep things clean and respectful. But let us know what you think worked and what you think we can improve on in the future!Also please keep in mind that we did have some panels cancel, so we were unable to control those panels that didn't make it.

NOTE: We know about not having the printed schedules. This was beyond our control, and we are sorry for the inconvenience.

Please also follow this format:[Event Name: Description]

i.e.

Gothic Lolita/Fashion Show: Needs more lolitas (although I doubt that.)
Panels: More panels about such and such.. (fill in the blanks here)

Thank you very much!!
The Awesomeness That is Fanime Panels 2011!

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Panels and Workshops / WoW for The Non-WoWed
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:19:02 PM »
Hi there!!

This BenihimeSama! You're fellow panelist hosting a brand new panel for Fanime 2011! It's called "WoW for The Non-WoWed!" and we're going to be talking about all things WoW related and helping those who have friends and family who play the game better understand their beloved gamers!

To get ready for the convention, we are asking you our fellow friends, fans and panelsists, what do you want to know about WoW? Keep in mind that this a family friendly convention and we are going to be keeping things PGish..

Leave your questions and thoughts here!
~Benihime-Sama~

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 27, 2010, 10:51:00 PM »
Im a first time attendee and I thought maybe next time post like large signs some places that point to where the panels are held. I got lost and missed one of the panels XD. I think i remember seeing people(volunteers?) walking around with picket signs, but that was like sunday, which really didn't help.

Intern in the Manga Industry
I learned how to make my resume better, i wish they had a copy or some pictures of what they do
rather than just tell us stories on how much they love what they do
the lights went out 0_0;;; for more than like 10 mins, i commend the hosts for not stopping
but they didn't have like a drawing intern, which i was looking for

Art 101 < or was it Sequential Art 101?
very informative for people that are beginners
learned new things too, i liked the slides, wish it was downloadable

Lolita Fashion
very engaging
I liked how they had slides
have an actual runway so that everyone can see better, or an elevated place where the models could stand on

Plushie panel
again good for beginners
learned good stuffing and materials, everything else was a review for me
but i would have wished lil moon have more to say, i like her plushies very much




Concerning the lights issues that came with interning in the manga industry, we know that we were having lighting issues that were way beyond our control. As for the panels being downloaded, that's at the discretion of the panelist. Many can't afford to do that due to copyright or privacy issues. Sowwies!

Keep the reviews and advice coming! If you don't tell us guys, we can't make it better for you! Same for you panelists as well, if there is something you think we should fix, let us know!

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: FanimeCon 2010 Feedback Thread
« on: June 04, 2010, 12:54:24 AM »
I agree with anyone who thinks we should bring back an Asian drama room. We could do a Asian Drama/Movie room to make space efficient. I recently got into Asian dramas and it was rather disappointing that there was no Asian Dramas section..

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 04, 2010, 12:37:41 AM »
Hello~
A few things!

1)
I was one of the interpreters/escort for Mamoru Yokota at his 18+ panel.
I was wondering why there was no AV tech guy in that room that time?
He had a BUNCH of images he wanted to show the audience on his iPhone,
but we couldn't figure out a way to connect it to the projector.

It was too bad because they looked really nice.


2)
Also, I think the biggest panel room (Salon 3?) needs to have more microphones, if that's even possible.
For a Japanese guest, there will always be an interpreter and it's really hard to interpret when we (the guest(s) and I) have to share a microphone.

I interpreted the LMC panel on Monday and I really had to coerce the two musicians to share a microphone, and I felt bad.
I think they could have answered more questions if they each had a mic.


3)
The sharing of the lights among the panel rooms caused some problems, but it's minor.


4)
I think the panel staff sitting outside the rooms were all helpful.
They did a good job telling people to get out to make room for the next panel.
They were polite and courteous to me.


5)
I liked the panel survey!


6)
Hiroyuki Yamaga said he'd like a smaller room for his "History of GAINAX" panel for next year.
(I'm sure he's doing one again in the future)
I think he likes the fans to be closer, so he could feel closer to the audience?

That's it!
Overall, a great job and I had a lot of fun.

Satsuki

*bows* Arigato gozaimasu! All your suggestions will be forwarded and put on the list of improvements for next year! We are very happy that both you and our GOH had a great time, and we will make sure to do our best to keep our fans and guests happy!

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 04, 2010, 12:23:34 AM »
FLOW and LM.C Panels: Maybe don't put them right before the autograph sessions, because people either had to pick one or rush off after the Q&A to the autograph sessions.

Most definitely got it for that one. We are not quite sure how that came to be, but going forward, we'll be sure to allow more time for fans. Also we have to let our fans know, that sometimes we don't actually get a say due to the artist's time schedules. (FLOW had to be in and out rather quickly due to other obligations.)

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 04, 2010, 12:17:49 AM »
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Video issues too; BA2 ended up having to run the game in windowed mode because the projector had issues showing it in fullscreen at 640x480. A video tutorial would help too.

I'm beginning to think that's just a general problem with RPG Maker and multiple screens. We've had this problem since we started running the panel (I think, at least). Unfortunately, there's never time for us to troubleshoot it since setup already takes a decent chunk out of our panel time.

Panels in general: I noticed that 2 of the panelists had sound issues, primarily because they don't know how to get the system to work. My suggestion would be to have a small instruction at the panel table as to how the panelist can connect the computer and have it work.
It would be good to mention that if the person has speakers on the laptop, to turn the sound to the maximum and make sure sound is actually coming out of the laptop. After that is done, then connect it to the room's system. It would help find the issue more quickly.
Video issues too; BA2 ended up having to run the game in windowed mode because the projector had issues showing it in fullscreen at 640x480. A video tutorial would help too.

Panels in general: I noticed that 2 of the panelists had sound issues, primarily because they don't know how to get the system to work. My suggestion would be to have a small instruction at the panel table as to how the panelist can connect the computer and have it work.
It would be good to mention that if the person has speakers on the laptop, to turn the sound to the maximum and make sure sound is actually coming out of the laptop. After that is done, then connect it to the room's system. It would help find the issue more quickly.

Tip for future panelists: if you aren't able to get someone from Tech to help you with your audio, but still want a fairly decent "sound out of your computer" setup, do what I did and use a portable speaker (I like the Altec Lansing Orbit) and just point the microphone at it and put it right next to it.  Worked surprisingly well and required no special tech help to set up.


This is going to be the first of many replies.. So bear with me friends! When it comes to multiple screens and multiple applications as well as pulling pictures off IPhones, the video projectors are not able to handle special features like that. Also, many times, we don't know what projectors we will be receiving as well since the convention owns some, and the hotels can also provide them as well. At our next meeting we will definitely discuss ways to help combat that problem for panelists, including "how-to-guides" for the panelists. This will also extend for sound issues as well.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:31:00 AM »
Panels in general: I noticed that 2 of the panelists had sound issues, primarily because they don't know how to get the system to work. My suggestion would be to have a small instruction at the panel table as to how the panelist can connect the computer and have it work.
It would be good to mention that if the person has speakers on the laptop, to turn the sound to the maximum and make sure sound is actually coming out of the laptop. After that is done, then connect it to the room's system. It would help find the issue more quickly.



Wow.. That's a great idea! I'll be sure to make our fearless leader gets this idea! I know that when I was a panelist, it would have been totally awesome to have something like that for me as well. *makes mega important note*

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Your Hotel Stay- 2010
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:26:20 AM »
Where: St. Claire Hotel-4th Floor--One Bedroom
Good or bad: Very Good!
Staying again: If the price remains right, most definitely!!!

Pros:
* Quiet and absolutely beautiful!!!
* Away from the convention, even though it is a part of the convention block.
* Mini-fridge
* Within decent walking distance of EVERYTHING
* Great staff and I really mean GREAT Staff! They let us play Dominoes at 2 in the morning in the lobby and it was great!
* And can I say that $79.00 per night is a freaking AWESOME deal?

Cons:
* No pool  :-[
* The room was a little tight, since my roomie and I had a lot of stuff between us, it made things a little tough to navigate around.
* Had to walk. But maybe that's cause I'm lazy.
* It was weird to see so many cosplayers in our hotel taking pictures all over the place. I was trying to avoid that, but oh well!

Overall, I have to say, that if they keep the prices as low as they kept them this year, perhaps next year, we may upgrade to two beds and remain there!

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: FanimeCon 2010 Feedback Thread
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:56:44 AM »

Panel name in pocket guide: In the pocket guide, Mamoru Yokota's name were not in any of the schedules.  Put the guest of honors name in the front of the panel name.  Example: Yokota - Illustration...
It also took info desk a while to find Yokota's panel schedule.


Panels Staffer Response--When it comes to Pocket Guide, we are really tightened when it comes to space. Any GOH panels were labeled and colored in blue. Going forward, we'll be sure to get the GOH name somewhere in the pocket guide as well. We're sorry about the inconvenience, and thanks for letting us know about that!


You could always just put in the name as the guest as the panel name and then explain the panel on a flyer at the panel room or in the full color guide.

We do have the GOH name on the Master Panels Board which is right outside the doors of the panels room. Also since we have many GOH's doing multiple panels, it makes it hard to determine which panel is which on the schedule sometimes. Again, this is something we will work on in the future to be more efficient!

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: FanimeCon 2010 Feedback Thread
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:23:28 AM »

Panel name in pocket guide: In the pocket guide, Mamoru Yokota's name were not in any of the schedules.  Put the guest of honors name in the front of the panel name.  Example: Yokota - Illustration...
It also took info desk a while to find Yokota's panel schedule.


Panels Staffer Response--When it comes to Pocket Guide, we are really tightened when it comes to space. Any GOH panels were labeled and colored in blue. Going forward, we'll be sure to get the GOH name somewhere in the pocket guide as well. We're sorry about the inconvenience, and thanks for letting us know about that!

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:09:26 AM »
Banzai Arcade 2: Brilliant sequel to BA1. Faster rate of questions, nice hybrid of JRPG and trivia game elements. Though the game does have balancing issues and bugs to work out; at least Kajet and company were good sports about it ("ALPHA VERSION!").
What the Hell is Touhou?: Not a bad intro to TH. When the speaker went to show a replay I was afraid he was going to show Lunatic mode (and thereby confuse new players); an intermediate stage on Normal is still a bit daunting to new players but at least it was easier to follow and the speaker did a good job of explaining the gameplay mechanics. However, it could use a bigger room (like BA2's) as the audience ended up maxing out all the seats.

Banzai Arcade-- has been really a big fan favorite since it started last year! We hope to see them next year as well!

What the Heck is Touhou?---We are very happy with the turnout for both that panel, and it's companion panel, "Touhou Hijack". And most of the staff learned something new about the game as well. We'll definitely be looking forward to seeing them again in the future!

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 02, 2010, 12:01:41 AM »
The lolita panel needs a -much- bigger room.

We (the models) had to sit outside because there was no room inside for us, there were a ton of guests who were turned away because the room was filled, there were a ton of guests outside the room hoping to catch a glimpse because the room was filled...

I think this was answered in the Lolita/Fashion Show Thread, but there was a scheduling conflict which caused us to move the panel into a smaller room in order to accommodate the panelist's schedules. We are really sorry about that, and next year we will make sure to put it into a bigger room. Also, it was also a little easier for the models to "work the runway" because they were outside and not getting a whole bunch of people stopping the panel to take their pictures.

Overall we are very happy that the panel was a success in light of the overcrowded room. (I was the lady coordinating the fashion show aspect of the panel) Next year we will most definitely make sure you guys have room to have some more fun!

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Panels and Workshops / Panels 2010 Feedback and Suggestions
« on: June 01, 2010, 02:06:51 AM »
Hi friends!

As a staffer and a panelist, we would all like some general feedback as to what you guys thought about our panels this year! Please keep in mind that this will be moderated and read by staff members, so please keep things clean and respectful. But let us know what you think worked and what you think we can improve on in the future!

Also please keep in mind that we did have some panels cancel, so we were unable to control those panels that didn't make it.

Please also follow this format:[Event Name: Description]

i.e.

Gothic Lolita/Fashion Show: Needs more lolitas (although I doubt that.)
Panels: More panels about such and such.. (fill in the blanks here)

Thank you very much!!
The Awesomeness That is Fanime Panels 2010! ;D

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Ideas and Suggestions / Re: FanimeCon 2010 Feedback Thread
« on: June 01, 2010, 01:59:21 AM »
Panels: Only thing I would like to see is additional places inside the room to charge the camera or run the camera when it is low on battery and I want to record the panel. Now that I think about it, maybe I should take the responsibility of carrying a long extension.

I don't have any other issues, it has been an awesome experience so far.

As a staffer, just to let you know, the panels room in the hotel, was actually one big room, broken into three separate rooms. And many of  the electrical plugs in the panels rooms, are at the front, and are used for panels tech. We will look into it for the future for everyone, but please keep in mind that spare batteries are your friends if you do a lot of video taping and pictures.   :)

Thank you for your suggestion!

Staff Note: If there are any specific suggestions for specific panels, the Panels department has a thread available for your to share your improvements and ideas for panels as well! ----http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,14469.0.html

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Sneaking extra roomies into your room
« on: February 19, 2010, 10:55:14 PM »
Honestly, don't do it. I mean when it comes to Fanime, there are so many people that I don't think there's really anything the hotel can do about it, so long as you guys don't do anything reckless or stupid. But when you take in everyone' luggage and stuff they buy from the convention, it's better off to try and keep it to four. If you get that one person tho who is only staying a day or two, then share if you need to. I know that the economy is really tight right now, but there are just somethings you don't compromise on and that's room space.

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Hotel and Facilities / Re: Live music @ the Fairmont
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:33:15 PM »
I love the Fairmont hotel. Perhaps I'll go back next year.

Oh and that little cafe? OMG--Best breakfasts ever! Although, the St. Claire has a good one too at their hotel. So it really just depends on what you want to do.

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Panels and Workshops / Re: Come Staff for Panels!
« on: January 26, 2010, 06:58:34 PM »
Hey hey!!!

Check your emails. I have a request. But I'm going to put this question out to those who may be curious. What if you wish to be a staffer and a panelist? Can there be a happy medium of doing panels and being a staffer or a "staff time" credit where if you are a staff member and you do a panel the time running the panel counts as hourage??

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Panels and Workshops / Phoenix Wright Game/Panel Anyone?
« on: January 23, 2010, 06:57:50 PM »
I was thinking, kinda of having a kind of mock game for Phoenix Wright. I just started playing the game and I am totally addicted and would love to have a game show version of the actual game. Cosplayers would be preferred, but it's not mandatory.

Fans, what do you think? Think it would work or be worth the time?

MASSIVE EDIT: Someone has done that panel before, but I haven't seen it since 2008. It was done by Cosplay Cyborg. If CC is doing it again then let me know and I will totally delete this thread or if you are open to a collab it would be cool too.

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