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Hotel and Facilities / Re: The Fanime 2012 Hotel Feedback Thread
« on: June 03, 2012, 03:15:29 PM »
Hotel Name: Marriott

Would You Book Next Year: No.

Pros: This hotel is connected to the primary hub of Fanime in regards to its location to the panel rooms, and viewing rooms. Comfy beds.

Cons: Checking in was a nightmare to the point I've lodged 1 complaint against the primary employee who was uncooperative and extremely rude. I'll note I also called their customer care to praise one of their Manager's Jesse, who accomplished the only thing we actually wanted when the other employee said it was impossible and went as far as to use made-up terminology for how rooms were booked (I have family who work at hotels as managers, and there were those in our room who have worked at hotels as managers).
 Had to pay for a fridge, unlike the Hilton. Not only that, but the fridge was smaller than a standard dorm Fridge. Plus I had to call for the fridge 3 times because no one ever placed it on our room. And this issues wasn't fixed until I found one of the hotel's Manager's, Jesse in the lobby and asked about it.
No microwaves allowed in the rooms.
Upon check-out there was an additional Valet charge. It was removed as it was no one from our room. The person shared a common last name with the person in our group. So I'd say their organization in handling large attendees is not up to par with other hotels I've stayed at.

Special Notes to Share: This is a note on their a comment one of their employees said. An engagement ring was lost or left in our room, and missed when we did our final run through. When a person in my group contacted the Marriott when they discovered it not in their bags (hoping that perhaps housekeeping located it), the employee said that no ring was found. That's OK. I can understand that.
But she went on to tell my roommate that one of the people that they roomed with probably stole the ring from them and sold it to a pawn shop.
If this is the mentality of how the employees at the Marriott see us as customers, guests, or attendees, I'll most certainly never room with this hotel again.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: May 19, 2011, 06:27:45 PM »
Seconded on the map request, as I would really like to know where my table is... the number brings up... potentially frustrating questions that I wish to clarify.

Another thing.. the email that was sent out regarding AA times.

Friday:   Artists: 11:00am to 8:30pm - Con Goers: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday:  Artists: 10:00 am to 7:30pm - Con Goers: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Sunday:   Artists: 10:00am to 7:30 pm - Con Goers: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Monday: Artists: 10:00am to 4:30pm - Con Goers: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Last year's hours were as follows...

    * Friday   11:00am to 8:30pm artists                           Con Goers  2:00pm - 8:00pm
    * Saturday  10:00 am to 8:30pm artists                        Con Goers  10:30am - 8:00pm
    * Sunday   10:00am to 8:30 pm artists                        Con Goers  10:30am - 8:00pm
    * Monday 10:00am to 5:00pm  artists                        Con goers  10:30am - 4:00pm

My Question... Is Artist Alley closing the same time as the Dealer's Hall? I recall last year, we stayed open an hour (I think?) later than the dealer's hall. My mind is a bit fuzzy, so I cannot recall when the dealer's hall closed last year. 7pm sounds really early.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 27, 2011, 09:02:42 AM »
That would be nice to know.. are tables going to be picked by the artists?

This, i'm not entirely sure, But I heard only the first 100 who got into AA gets to choose their Table or spot, the rest will be assign by AA Staff...

This is so confusing. D: I wonder if the first 100 are the non-lottery winners then?
It probably says it somewhere, but things are said in so many places, it is hard to find.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:25:05 PM »
That would be nice to know.. are tables going to be picked by the artists?

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 09, 2011, 08:50:14 AM »
These might have been answered already, not sure...

If I don't have my Permit right at this moment will this effect when I get the seating chart, or where I will be placed seating wise? (Not sure if we are still getting the chance to choose where we sit). I have already paid for the table.

Like a complete idiot, I neglected to put my helper down. ;-; how can I add him? Or is this something that I will have to do at convention instead? I'm hoping not, because I don't want to hold up any line stuff.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:27:33 AM »
No approval notice over here...

I can not help but worry... what if my site has too much fan art? What if they decide something of mine breaks AA rules? (though I cannot imagine how) Will I be notified my artwork does not meet the criteria, and lose my table? Or will they email me, saying that it currently does NOT meet criteria, and I have until a specified date to produce proof that what I sell WILL meet criteria? And will they state reasons why for denial?

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: March 26, 2011, 09:19:26 AM »
I have the same issue as hikari... my DA, while updated on a semi-regular basis, does not show everything that I plan to sell at AA, and shows things that I do not plan to sell at AA.

So... is showing a link to our portfolio more proof that we are an artist, and that the general content of what we sell will not violate the AA contract, or is it meant to be 'this is what we will be selling at AA, and only this'?

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: March 23, 2011, 06:15:06 PM »
Thank you so much, ewu!

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: March 20, 2011, 01:49:50 PM »
Is there a facebook for the 2011 Fanime Artist Alley? It was very helpful last year.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: February 23, 2011, 12:39:25 PM »
According to the AA FAQ thread, we are to have registration by the end of February, but we are also to get a 2-week advanced notice of when registration will open.
As there are a few days left before the end of February, is it safe to say that registration will not happen by the 28th?

And has there been any mass emails sent from the Fanime AA email address to those on the list yet?

I fear I may have missed some important information. :(

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: March 28, 2010, 11:04:46 AM »
Since AA Registration has not gone up yet, is it safe to say that it will not go up before the $55 pre-reg badge ends on the 31st of this month?

Also, do we know if AA will have any advertisement in the FanimeCon program? As in, a map of where who will be sitting where, or will this not be possible? I noticed for Panels, they have to be submitted by April 1st in order to get into the Program...

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: March 23, 2010, 12:03:45 PM »
I am in no way a staff member. Please do not take these answers as written law for Fanime AA 2010. Hopefully, they will be close to how it will operate.

How long are you allowed to have your table?
There will be set times for when the AA is open. While they normally close the AA after a period. In the past, it has run from Friday-Monday. Otherwise, you generally have your table for the entire convention.

Is there a specific checkin/checkout time?
There usually is one, and those will tables will be informed when it is. It is normally on Friday morning. If you can not make the check-in, the staff wants to know when you can check-in so that your table is not considered a give-away for artists who are on the wait list.

Is there a time frame/limit (like from 9-6) or do you get the same table the whole weekend at any point?
Once you reserve your table, you have it for the entire weekend.

Also, my group (they aren't doing AA, but I want to try it) would not get here until Saturday, which is also the day of the masquerade that we're doing. In other words, if I do get a table, at one point I'd have to leave to check us in (cause I'm the leader) and to do the masquerade. Would that influence doing the Artist alley in any way?
I have never done AA and Masquerade at the same time. From other artists whom I know have, it can get rather tough. Masquerade competition takes up a decent chunk of your day on Saturday. Keep in mind, the AA is going to be open for nearly the whole thing. The Sign in AND the performance.
It is really a choice of yours. There are ways to get around/deal with being in both, and most of the time it involves having friends watch your table, or risk not giving your artwork that exposure to the public during that time.

Like obviously i would have to leave the table, would I have to break it down and set it up all over again when I leave and get back?
I believe that by the time the Masquerade is done, the Alley would be closed. So you would need to break down  your stuff before you left. Again, I've never done the two, but had AA neighbors that did this. In the years past, the AA Staff have made it very clear that they are not liable for lost or stolen goods in the AA. While the AA will be closed, the area will not be on complete lock down. So keeping all of your stuff up is a risk you would have to decide about.

Also, this sounds really redundant and I didn't check for other replies about it but... how do you take the money? Does the AA reg people give you like this money box or something, or do you have to bring something yourself?
You have to provide your own change for the AA. I would suggest having a cash box with about $50 in change. You never know when someone is going to purchase that $2 print with a $20 bill.
You can get cheap cash boxes at thrift stores, or new ones at places like Office Max, Staples or Office Depot.

Also... I read most of the stuff about registering, but is it ok for you to register without emailing first (because I don't have the permit coming in yet) if you're not going with a group?
You will need your seller's permit number in order to register your table. If you have put in the paperwork and have been informed that you will be getting it, you should be able to contact the BOE and at least get your Permit number (Which is what you will need when the registration goes online).

As for the group and e-mailing... E-mailing who is in your group does not guarantee you a spot in the Artist Alley.
**Warning, not confirmed**
If you are unable to register for Artist Alley before tables fill up, you will not get a table, regardless if you are in a group and everyone else got a table. You still will have to register separately.

And also, I couldn't find the link on both the website and in this thread as to where or when the registration app comes in.
The link is currently not up. The staff is still working on getting everything ready for the forms is my guess. If you are interested, you can email artistalley [at] fanime [dot] com and be on the e-mail list, which will inform all artists when the dates of registration are supposed to go up.

Uh thanks in advance.  :-[

Hope that info helps.

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: March 08, 2010, 05:02:02 PM »
We are still going to be notified a week in advance as to when the registration will be going up, correct?

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:20:00 PM »
uhm... a bit of a deterrent question, but, how many tables will be available this year for the AA?

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: February 16, 2010, 12:39:27 PM »

Can a few people reserve tables for a group and still be seated together?
A lot of my friends are hoping to apply for AA tables this year, and we would probably prefer to be seated near each other. Unfortunately there are a LOT of us and it would be near impossible for one person to shoulder the bill for us just to have us seated together. Would it be ok for say two or three of us to reg for a few of us and then still be seated together?

This is a wonderful question, that I would love to know the answer to as well.

But here is another, more of a semantics, paranoia-talk question:
Is there a limit on how many tables a group will be able to reserve? After talking to other artists, it was posed, "What if, a pool of 100 artists get together, and reserve tables on one person who stays up really late and applies within the first minute of registration opening?"
Of course, that is a doomsday sort of thing, but I could still see people pooling money now to reserve up to 6 or 9 tables at once. But if there is no limit, then who is to say this will not happen?

Live Programming and Events / Re: Info For Artist Alley Reg
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:47:38 PM »
Couple of questions...

- Will tables be assigned randomly this year?

- Will we still be able to 'request' to be by people (with the understanding that we may not be placed beside them)? I have a friend who I would like to be near, but she is going to go into a group and have one of her friends be the leader, but it is someone I do not know; so I do not have too much trust in giving her all of my pertinent information.

Panels and Workshops / Re: Whose Line is it Anime, Coming Back?
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:26:41 PM »
Oh dear, you are correct. This should be in the Live Events/Programming section, not the Panels and Workshops section. :( So sorry for the inconvenience.

Panels and Workshops / Whose Line is it Anime, Coming Back?
« on: February 09, 2010, 12:09:28 PM »

I apologize if this has been talked about somewhere. I tried doing a search and did not have much luck with it.
Will this panel be brought back for 2010? If so, who would we have to get a hold of if we wanted to perform?

My boyfriend and I are long attending Fanime goers, and are also both professional Improvisational actors. We would love to be a part of this panel, but are unclear as to who would be the best to contact. Or, I am completely blind, which happens...I have a very strong eye prescription.

Hotel and Facilities / Re: FanimeCon 2010 Housing is OPEN!
« on: January 17, 2010, 01:00:46 AM »
I have a small question/concern after reading other board members posts and the time stamps on them.
I just recently reserved my rooms, but it went through with flying colors. I have two confirmations for rooms at the Hilton for Thursday check-in~Monday checkout.
So in the chance of looking like a complete idiot, did I miss something...? Or were rooms added?

Live Programming and Events / Re: First Year Making Art For Fanime
« on: May 17, 2009, 02:08:31 AM »
It might sound like the 'devil' trip.. but if you do not have the ability to get a hold of an offset printer for a decent price, I would suggest checking out a Kinko's.
An 11x17 print will be 1.78/each.

Just make sure you go in with your files on a disk and that they print it on the machines that are NOT self-serve. The paper they put on the self serve is low quality, and in my experience, they do not deal with tuning and color calibration nearly as much as their larger printers behind the counter.

Honestly, I find that heading out to a 24hr. Kinko's around midnight gets you the graveyard shift people and they are normally very awesome and unless there is a GIANT job going on, they'll take care of you right away. Though, I live in the Sacramento area, so it might just be because it is a 24hr suburb Kinko's.

Also, keep in mind,  if you are not using an offset printer, you'll have about a 1/4" white border where the printers will not be able to print... That would apply to the copy machines at Staples, Office Depot and Kinko's.

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