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Quote from: Barnes on June 20, 2024, 06:34:00 PMMy photos for this and other gatherings are here. I set the album to "public", so I hope this works. My position was awkward, but oh well XD

I'll remove photos upon request if someone in them doesn't like them.

Thank you for photographing the gathering and for sharing your gallery here!

Everyone's position in that location is awkward. lol That big pointless info sign kiosk thing is the problem.  My wife was in front of it this year so that she wouldn't get shuffled behind someone when setting up cosplayers, but next year we think we have to pick a side (probably the side opposite from where you were, I've seen some good pictures from that side) and photograph from there.
Good evening old schoolers!

Here is the link to the album with our unofficial host pictures of the 2024 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering:

We do our best to at least a couple solid pictures of everyone in addition to running the gathering and crowd control.  I'm thinking of setting up a couple of lights next year to get more consistent focusing now that we're back at the preferred location and can get settled in like we were starting to prior to 2020.  Please feel free to share and tag (apologies if Facebook tagging is having issues as it sometimes does).  If you would like a picture removed, please message me and I'll accommodate you as best I can.

If you have pictures of the the gathering, please let us know so that we can share them with attendees.  Hopefully Fanime will be back to having official photographers at all gatherings next year.

Thank you for attending!!  This was our SEVENTH consecutive Fanime hosting since inheriting this long-running gathering nine years ago.  Next year will mark TEN YEARS since we began hosting duties and we hope to see you all again.
Thank you everyone who attended for a great Friday evening of amazing cosplay!  I'm glad we got to move back to what was always intended on being our "usual" location, G3.  We'll have the co-host pictures up in a week or so, and will post the link in the usual place.

It was NINE years ago (seven Fanime's) when I inherited the Old School Gathering.  That is just crazy to me, even more so that many who attended this year were there way back when.  I know there is a lot of uncertainty in the immediate future, and a lot of people are considering changes for 2025. 

My commitment remains to you, to us, the amazingly diverse retro / vintage / old school cosplayers.  I hope that one year from now, on the Friday of Fanime 2025, I'm there welcoming the group (even if it's not made up of the usual attendees) of Old School Cosplayers to another gathering, a decade after I first did so.

If you'll be stepping off here, I thank you - SO MUCH - for coming along with me nine years after my journey began.  For supporting the gathering.  Supporting this great tradition.  And for supporting me, helping me to build the confidence to continue to host year after year, which also lead me to hosting panels - again, year after year.  Thank you - it really is impossible for me to put into any kind of words how much your support means to me.

Generally you gotta give people a few days if you were at a gathering.  If you had an official photographer from Fanime they generally will attempt to get them together sometime after con.  If a gathering host took pictures at your gathering, it's generally best to keep an eye on their event page over the next couple weeks.

The QR codes that Fanime were giving to hosts are an upload link for people who took pictures to give them to Fanime.  Not everyone will use this, instead hosting their own host or co-host photos elsewhere (this is what we do).  Hoping that by next year they'll have official photographers again (or at least enough of them), as it's always a good secondary avenue or option for gatherings that do not have a co-host or host photographer.
Good evening old schoolers!

Sorry I haven't been as promotion heavy with the gathering as in years previous.  All systems are still go!  I've been occupied with some adjustment pains after relocating recently, and trying to get my Fanime panel (Vintage Anime - Name That Year! on Saturday at 10am) buttoned up.
We're doing it again!  This will be my FIFTH YEAR presenting Vintage Anime - Name That Year at FanimeCon.  This is a combination game show, vintage anime panel, and anime OP showcase.  2024 will run two full hours with TWO FULL GAMES, just like 2023 and 2022!

All new titles never before showcased!  (seriously, we'll have featured over 80 different Anime productions after this year - starting to get difficult to build a varied list)
There's a grid schedule here, I'd assume subject to change at this point.
Good evening old schoolers!

Formally announcing that we have been confirmed as an official gathering for 2024.  We'll be on Fanime Friday, 6pm-7pm as has become normal.

This year we're moving back to Location G3, the tiered wood platform steps just outside the panel rooms (formally the video rooms).  This is where we were in 2018 and 2019 and we've been looking forward to moving back since.  The second post has an updated map.
Good evening old schoolers!

Super busy lately, and I'll make a proper update shortly across all channels, but we've been approved for Friday at 6pm as usual!  We'll be moving back inside to the old G3 location (riser stairs just outside of where video rooms used to be, now panels).  Every location has its pros and cons, but I like G3 as it allows us to be staggered together for photos and is more convenient access for some of our regulars who find it difficult to get to the other spots we've been at recently.
Video Programming / Re: Video rooms 2024
March 25, 2024, 04:58:29 PM
Quote from: the otaku god on March 25, 2024, 08:23:17 AMsorry we are saddly back at the double tree. its going to be a bare bone program. we here in video tried everything we could to bring it back to the convention center but to no avail.

Thank you much, hopefully the shuttles are more frequent as in some past years when it wasn't as much of an issue getting over there.
Quote from: dreamingofcosplay on March 24, 2024, 10:46:10 AMHello! Here is my submission for my gathering at Fanime 2024,22146.0.html

Ideal time: Saturday at 1:00 PM
Ideal location: G4


FB event:

I am not staff but - The form isn't currently live and I do not believe this thread is monitored anymore.
Quote from: Angelx624 on March 09, 2024, 09:45:57 PMOfficial or unofficial gathering, I'll still be there! I also support the Cosplay Gatherings Department staff as well as everyone else who has resigned.

Quote from: Barnes on March 10, 2024, 08:48:41 AMI look forward to this again. I just hope I show up on time for the opening.

Thank you both!

I'm in the middle of fully packing up my apartment right now to move yet again, but I hope to get some gathering promotion going this weekend.
Hi everyone!  Things may be a little different this year due to massive changes within official Cosplay Gatherings at Fanime.  We completely, totally, 100% support and stand by the Cosplay Gatherings Department staff - they are awesome people who have done so much to support ALL cosplayers.

If cosplay gatherings happen officially at Fanime this year, we will follow the process as it is presented and register for an official spot.  If cosplay gatherings are not offered in an official capacity this year, then we will host the gathering as an UNOFFICIAL event.  Either way, we intend to run the gathering as we always have, to support the massive retro cosplay fandom, and give us all an event to show how awesome old school cosplay is.

I'm actually gearing up to move again right now (same as this time last year), but I should be easy to reach here or on Facebook if you have any questions or concerns.

And yes... I'm planning on updating the gathering banner.  I still really like the one we've used for years (I mean it spans Tetsuwan Atom to Dai-Guard... a robotic child superhero - to a group of office workers piloting a super robot) but it could use an update favoring more 80's and 90's stuff.
We will be back at Gatherings Location G3 this year, like in 2018 and 2019.  Gatherings G3 is the wooden tiered platform area along the stairs that lead down to the panel rooms on the lower level.

Greetings old school cosplayers!  Getting back to the Old School Gathering last year was a blast as always, thank you all for your amazing attendance, awesome cosplay, being genuinely considerate of your fellow cosplayers, and continued representation of the fandoms that created anime conventions!  Of course I'm back to host yet again!  Continuing the tradition of the gathering that got me into cosplay, I announce the...

Fanime 2024 Old School (Pre-2001) Cosplay Gathering!

Come celebrate the rich history of Japanese entertainment culture!

This is a hugely open gathering for those of you / us who cosplay as characters from the previous century.  Essentially if your cosplay character appears in Anime, Manga, Video Games or Live Action that began PRIOR to 2001, then this is the gathering for you!  Although I like to have a decidedly Japanese lean to this gathering, it is not completely exclusive.

Day : Friday, May 24th, 2024 (Day 1).
Time : 6PM - 7PM.
Meeting Place (MP) : Same as Location.
Location (L) : Gatherings G3, Panels Wood Stairs.

This will be our seventh year hosting! Please note we will be moving back to the location we used in 2018 and 2019 - enter the Convention Center from the front, turn right from the main Convention Center entrance, and head down the stairs to the panel rooms on the lowest level.  We will be on the downstairs wooden tiered platforms between the stairs and the escalators.

Gatherings G3 is the wooden tiered platform area along the stairs that lead down to the panel rooms on the lower level.  We weighed a lot of options for location and decided upon returning to G3 as it provides better protection for some of our younger cosplayers and better accessibility for some of the older.  We also really like the tiered platforms.

Cosplayers : If you would like, please post who your cosplay character is, what title it is from and what year you are representing!  As this gathering is a total wildcard mix of different characters, series, studios, and genres - spanning time rather than properties - a definitive list is otherwise not provided.  Part of the fun of the OSCG is seeing just who shows up.

Legal Statement : Fanime / gathering co-host will likely be taking group pictures during the Gathering/Event this year. If you do not want to be included in those pictures please step aside for those photos. By remaining with the group when the pictures are being taken you give your consent to be photographed.

Photography Order : If there is any specific setup or shot you would like, just let me know!  This gathering is to celebrate all of us as cosplayers who keep the vintage fire alive.

Group shot.
By era - 1960's (or earlier).
By era - 1970's.
By era - 1980's.
By era - 1990's (to 2000).
Characters who use swords / knives / blades / etc.
Characters known to get physical / fighters / brawlers.
Military / rank and file / soldiers.
Characters with psychic powers / spiritual powers / espers / magic / etc.
Pilots / drivers / craft operators / mech jockeys.
Teachers / students / faculty / school attendants / etc.
Characters who use firearms / laser guns / projectile weapons / etc.
Magical girls.
Animals / pets.
Spacefaring characters / those who live off-world.
Robots / androids / synthetic people / mecha.
Characters who are mysterious / shadowy.
Public servants / government organizations / secret organizations.
Characters with secret identities.
Characters in uniform of any type.
Battle teams.
Video game characters.
Characters who are on the run / fugitives / scoundrels / bounty hunters.
Monsters / demons / youma / zombies / etc.
Characters who are technically minded / deductive / intelligent / geniuses.
Great warriors / legendary masters.
Heroes vs Villains.
Cosplayers representing the manga version of their character.
Age vs Youth / old characters vs young characters.
Live Action only characters.
Pairings / couples.
Group shot for late attendees (regular / humorous).

Series groups (dependent on attendance / cosplayer request).
By studio / production team (dependent on attendance / cosplayer request).
Solo shots (cosplayer request).
Additional requests (cosplayer request).

I am always up for future ideas to add to the list!  A good portion of the photo order is built upon suggestions from previous years.  We have continued to consolidate the list to get the order cycled faster.

Facebook Event Link:

This is an excellent gathering to psyche you up for the convention weekend.  If you're an old school cosplayer, stop by and join us!  Feel free to pop in for a moment to say hi, see some incredible cosplay, pose for some pictures, and continue to prove that just because it's old doesn't mean it isn't awesome!

Thank you so very much.  Let's have another great turnout and continue this wonderful Fanime tradition!
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!