What Texas conventions do you plan to attend for 2015-2016. Which have you enjoyed most and why? Which conventions are you avoiding going forward? What are your Texas convention cosplay plans?
Planning to go to Anime Matsuri, Probably won't do a hotel there because I live about 40ish minutes away from the convention center, haven't thought much about other cons yet. Plans are to start working on my Gundam soon. Pep files are so confusing when not numbered..
What's wrong with it? They moved to Galveston and the convention center there is okay and there's other stuff to do and plenty of places to eat. I;m nota fan of Galvestons beach but who is?. Matsuri is nice but all the drama behind it is insane.
Musical guests this year at oni-con are people I have never heard of, Matsuri is usually pretty good with guests, nightmare was great, but I eh...
I'm finally working a job where I'm able to take days off without having a doctor's note, so what are some of the top Texas cons? I'm from Austin and I know all the small cons here are ass, but I don't care about having to drive.
oh I meant Anime Matsuri had Nightmare as a guest and it was absolutely fantastic to see them. honestly if you are an average con goer it's just fine!
The other cons I know about are Delta H con which used to be held at University of Houston and was pretty pathetic but I heard it's moved and now there is Anime overload and Ikkicon in Austin. I generally have a positive outlook on cons since I'm just there hanging with friends so none of them are super horrible imho...except Delta H con
In my opinion it doesn't affect a basic con goer at all. I would not recommend volunteering as its more stress than its worth. The drama is usually between guests/vendors/volunteers/ and old PZ members. I know some people aren't supporting the con because of moral and what the owner was accused of, which I do understand. There is an article in Houston press about it if you're interested (http://www.houstonpress.com/news/anime-matsuri-organizer-accused-of-sexual-harassment-7541555 ). As someone going in blind you're more than likely to have a good time. There's a lot of people a lot of well done cosplays, nice dealers room (I loved it).
only problem I had was lack of organization, security staff didn't know what they were doing and constantly directed people different ways, tech difficulties, and some panels pushed back . But that's honestly not much to complain about since that can happen any convention.
I'm really trying not to derail or drama monger but it is interesting for people to be aware of since it got so big.
iffy abt attending comicpalooza after the negative letter tall princess posted
>what's wrong with it
They can't plan or run anything. The year pre-reg opened 3 weeks before the con. The year one of the cosplay judges was drunk, during judging. Every year programming is a joke and nothing starts on time. They just book the same guests over and over again. They keep insisting they are still a Houston con. The last time I was there a few years ago the dealers room was only half full. AM is getting a lot of attention recently for being poorly managed but they have nothing on Onicon.
The cosplay scene has revised it self, not many "serious business"& dramas out around here, and many are so elite they no longer take part. Tec& resources are fair human resources are some what scarce.
I don't think it's pretentious to tell them that they offer less than other similar events, but charge more. If they're actually half decent at running the event they'll listen to feedback with an open mind. Unfortunately if their previous record of organizing the thing is any indication they aren't decent at all.
Going to these because I still have good times at them:
Went once, never again:
Anime North Texas
Delta H Con
The ones I've dropped:
I still haven't gone to RTX because I'm not a huge RT fan.
They get good guests but things drop and are so fucking unorganized, it's not even worth it for me anymore. If I wanted to go just to shop from all the loli brands, I'd rather just shop online and not pay for a badge for some shitty con.
Can someone tell me some stuff (positive, negative, neutral) about Ikki and San Japan? I've only ever went to Anime Matsuri and I'm really trying to branch out at the moment and I would really like to attend Ikki and San Japan.
old fan of RT here, i've only been to RTX twice (this year and last year) and while the first the first time i went i was super into it, i still had fun the second time with not even having seen RT in over 7 months. except i brought a friend the first time and it was much better (this year it was only me and my brother, kinda boring but we smoked the whole time & it was a super chill con).
with mentioning that, RTX is a good party con. i mean we have 6th street, that's already the entire weekend secured if you can't find any actual con/room parties.
good panels, plenty that aren't RT/AH related, staff has always been nice and try their best. oh, but it's super fucking smelly sometimes just because of the general fanbase and the constant 100+ degree weather lol. i mean like more than the average con funk.... i don't do this it to make a scene at all, but i have to cover my nose sometimes because it just fucking burns... usually from waiting in lines...
sorry for super long post, pic is a shot i captured @ RTX 2014. that guy was going fucking ham
San Japan is great. Never had any problems there other than the Hyatt instigating the bracelets rule, but I blame retarded weebs for that. Lots of fun panels and good cosplayers. Been to 3 so far.
Anime Matsuri steals from people, including their friends and Japanese guests. If you spend money there you are supporting this.
If you spend money on smaller cons, they will eventually be able to afford better guests. And hopefully they will do so without robbing anyone.
I love Afest but holy fuck their badges this year were stupid expensive for onsite. Still probably my favorite con because it's just super laid back and I can always have a good time seeing friends.
The owner of Omnicon is just too fucking stubborn and set in their ways. Theyve been pitched ideas for adult oriented panels and are so stuck on only offering family friendly ones. To top it off their dealers room is garbage. 60% bootlegs with almost no variety. And seriously move the fuck out of that convention center, its not doing you any favors. No outside food or drink? Just take it to a hotel so you can sell overpriced weeb snacks and kids can bring their cheap pizza. Maybe then youd have more in your budget for guests other than the same tired few.
This. Sure they have great guests, and have had bands like Nightmare and Miyavi previously. But they've never been paid by AM and your ticket helps the owners continue to exploit artists and guests.
Do you really want to support a con that's run by people who are known to exploit and steal from others? Why not support a smaller con that is run by decent people, by going there you might help them get more guests next year!
>I love Afest but holy fuck their badges this year were stupid expensive for onsite.
I love Afest, too. Haven't been to A-kon in years (not for any particular reason, tbh), but Afest always draws us back.
Pre-register to keep your badge costs down. Have your badge mailed to you over the summer to avoid any lines or complications when you get there.
>Still probably my favorite con because it's just super laid back
Preach it, brother!
>... and I can always have a good time seeing friends.
We *always* have a great time at AnimeFest.
Some 40 year old woman wrote a bitch fit on tumblr because they never paid her her prize money. She repeatedly said it wasn't about the money, but promises!!!!!
IDK, its shit they didn't pay out but if you really don't care why are you whining about it on the internet?
Just going by your own post it's clear she never said she didn't care.
>She repeatedly said it wasn't about the money, but promises
AKA she was upset that the con made some sort of promise and then didn't follow through, that's why she was complaining. Why is this a surprise for you? Conventions have gotten bitched about on here for less.
I love Onicon, but I always use that as my little weekend vacation with some weebs thrown in. I try to stay at the San Luis when I can afford it, sleep in, hang out at the pool, and then hit the dealers room or panels that I want to.
Then I get drunk, rinse, repeat.
She did, she said she never cared about the money, bit it was the principal of the thing. She went on and on about buying her kid some toy and looking at her filled her with turmoil and a bunch of crap that's totally irrelevant to the subject to emotionally manipulate people. That might not have been her intention, but she is defiantly doing it.
kek, only 4chan cares about the matsuri drama. guess what? tons of companies and events have shitty owners. have fun boycotting fucking everything.
not even going since i don't live in houston but do you really think they're gonna notice a loss in attendance? if anything it'll grow.
Psssssssssssh. What do you think they are, A-Kon? A shit show is a shit show which people will take notice. They've burn so many bridges that they can't get anyone big to come out. Word does get around on both sides of the pond.
The bullshit they've pulled is now Google searchable like http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/the-con-anime-matsuri-is-growing-and-so-is-the-list-of-people-unhappy-with-it-7764398 so anyone that they approach will want to avoid the rotting carcass that it has become. Good riddance to bad rubbish when they inevitably close shop.
And yet they just announced Reika for a third year in a row. They must treat her like total shit for her to keep coming back. Their guest list right now is better than half the other cons in TX and they still have 4 and a half months to go.
But yeah, they're dead. It's over right?
No, people on /cgl/ don't care about VAs. If nobody cares about them they wouldn't be at cons. They wouldn't fill panels and have autograph sessions run overtime.
Where? Didn't /cgl/ just incessantly harrass her on twitter until she broke down? That's the way to do it! Bully people into not wanting to be involved anymore!
but it's still better than the other texas cons.
admit it, all the other texas cons suck. it's fucking frustrating too. we're such a big state, why can't be have a handful of decent cons to choose from? now it's reduced to quality over morals.
i was actually involved in the matsuri drama too and was actively against the con until i was talking about it to some of my irl friends and they all just said "why do you care?". yeah, why do i? a lot of cons have sexual harassment claims too, and while it's definitely horrible, nothing has happened. im just saying that it's unlikely the end will be anytime soon for matsuri.
>Pre-register to keep your badge costs down. Have your badge mailed to you over the summer to avoid any lines or complications when you get there.
I usually do, but I wasn't sure if I could make it this year until last minute. I'm glad other people love Afest though, some people shit on it for being boring but I've never had a bad time.
>Haven't been to A-kon in years
You aren't missing much, tbh. This year was better than the last but the guests are meh and I find it too hectic to just chill with friends.
>it's unlikely the end will be anytime soon for matsuri.
especially if people keep giving them money and ignoring the people who were cheated, scammed, or outright robbed.
keep focusing on the easily-ignored harrassment, though. pay no mind to the fake charities, massive debt, and exploited inheritances.
Went to most of the bigger cons in Texas this year, but my favorite so far has def been RTX. No drama, a lot of fun, events, and you don't feel out of place in cosplay or out of it. It was chill. (also I got to meet a lot of my favorites, so that was a perk.)
Have plans on going to Matsuri next year because I hate myself, and I'm working on an Agent Texas cosplay for RTX next year too. Strongly considering doing an Arslan cosplay from RWBY once we get some more solid design on her, my only issue is that my stomach is scarred as fuck and I'll have to cover that up.
Lil' sister wants to go to Onicon this year tho, she just got into her weeb stage. RIP.
Oh you mean all of the stuff that can't be proved?
At least with the harassment John admitted he did nearly everything being claimed.
Matsuri has had rumors about money surrounding it since year 1. It's still going. Nothing claimed has ever been definitively proven, and a lot of the claims would flat out lead to the industry blacklisting this con, which hasn't happened.
except there is plenty of proof. what do you need to see to accept it, exactly? i am assuming you were around when everything was coming forward and we had AM generals to track all the developments, and that you read the articles written about it, and that none of that has been enough to persuade you.
as for blacklisting, lol. nobody cares enough. the people defrauded aren't powerful enough to make a difference, and most people are, like you, apathetic as long as they get what they want out of the con.
example: even during the height of criticism against it for its working conditions, Apple continued to sell iPhones. few people in American society care for more than their own convenience, and that entitlement is what has kept AM alive so far.
The articles that just make claims but don't source their information? There is 0 legitimate proof. If they legitimately didn't pay venues, or stole thousands of dollars worth of products, or didn't pay guests there would be proof. The industry is not apathetic. Industry has cut ties with cons for much less than what AM is accused of.
The only thing I find much more terrifying than AM is the lolita community. If you want to go, you should go, it shouldn't matter since it's your money. Just terrifying that the community is out for blood and would try to bully those who would even think about going.
I don't like AM because their poor organization.
The Houston Press sourced their info. Some names of people who were defrauded or had bad business dealings:
> Sarah Skrobarczyk, president of Delta H Con, who had to deal with a couple hundred people the Leighs told could get into her con for free without her permission
>Mike Udompongsuk, the friend who loaned tens of thousands of dollars but was never repaid
One venue shut them out until they paid their bills:
>"A.J. Mistretta of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed that Matsuri left behind an unpaid balance with the convention center, though he declined to state how much that balance was, citing confidentiality. After 2007, Matsuri wouldn’t be welcomed back to the George R. Brown until 2013, when the GHCVB confirmed Matsuri had finally paid what was owed."
That's just part of it. The article names a lot of names, including some guests who decline to appear there again and don't mind speaking publically about it. Reread it because copy-pasting all of the sourced info is a waste of my time.
We also had someone investigating the charity the Leighs pretended to set up, and no record of it exists, which means they never followed through on promises to give attendee donations and prize money to tsunami relief effort.
The Leighs are crooks. They are getting better at figuring out where to focus their attention to maintain their positions, but they have shown no real sign of changing.
Just one more bit about some of the litigation against them:
>R.G.G. Services, Inc. provided security for Anime Matsuri at the convention when it was hosted at the Crowne Plaza Houston Hotel near Reliant Park. By that point, Matsuri was reporting attendance numbers nearly double those of its first convention. Later that year, R.G.G. sued Matsuri for the unpaid invoice, and this time the complaint made it to trial. The judge ruled against the Leighs and they were ordered to pay.
Their pattern is to get away with as much as they can until forced to do the right thing. Because the people they tend to exploit are their own friends, foreign guests, or others without power, they get away with a lot.
I know a whole slew of the top organizers pretty well
It's a fan run con in the truest sense. They don't need paychecks from it, they have dayjobs, so as long as it breaks even, they're fine.
Once they dip under 2k attendance it might be problematic, but the venue is very cheap since no one wants to go to Galveston in October.
>Are you the Red or Pink one? Saw ya'll at Afest this year.
Neither. I'm the guy holding the camera. Those Cantis were pretty crazy, though, huh? Good times!
>Haven't been to A-kon in years
>You aren't missing much, tbh. This year was better than the last but the guests are meh and I find it too hectic to just chill with friends.
I heard A-kon was really crowded, but I've enjoyed the hell out of AnimeFest every year. Don't see any reason not to go back.
Every court case that is referenced in the article is verifiable through PACER. The rerporter did extensive research to verify the rumors that has surrounded the Leighs/AM for many years who are in the know.
You are one of the worst White Knights in Matsuri existence. Hope about just straight up say you'd like to be raped by John or at least suck his cock.
It's really not worth it. They didn't even have a Q&A this year. And good luck buying stuff if you're not at least 15th in line. I waited two hours to get in and I was 10th in line for AP. Besides when brands finally end their shitty contracts with AM, they're going to other cons.
You do realize the difference between irrefutable proof and he said she said right? He's not even being accused of having sex with anyone, just harradment. If there were photos of him with underaged girls he would be in jail.
You are a moron.
Oh, sorry. I don't think she was harrassed either I just know when Minori announced she wasn't going to be with AM anymore people were wrongly saying Midori announced it. But yeah, Minori totally did it on her own accord.
They sold out because they only had part of the stock, supposedly they couldn't access the rest.
Also AP has been missing from all John's TPs since then and won't be at Hawaii and hasn't been announced for AM 2016 yet.
No, I never said anything about publicly raging. I would never want to associate myself with someone who supports a con who has crooks for owners because they are clearly only going for selfish desires. Must be easy to ignore real life issues when you bury them in frilly clothing.
>I won't be the only one calling you out
Uh, what do you think calling you out means?
I'd also love to know who goes to a con for unselfish reasons? Everyone there is there for their own enjoyment.
A-kon is opening up panel submissions soon and I'm glad they seem to be turning things around in the programming department. I almost threw in the towel after last year's panel debacle, but it looks like they realized it was awful and have fixed things.
I'm definitely doing A-kon again this year, and thinking about trying San Japan. A-fest and Otakon are the same weekend, and I'm leaning towards Otakon right now so I may have to take a pass on A-fest this year. I usually enjoy it, but I'm not going to skip Otakon for some local con.
As long as that girl is in charge I'm not submitting anything. The way she handled people last year was abysmal, she has no business doing it again this year.
What have they changed that makes you think it will be different this time? They gave deadlines for knowing approval last year too and then they were 2 months late. They never even directly told me I was declined, I had been emailing them for weeks and they just stopped responding.
I had heard there was a new head of programming, and given that they're starting this early it seems like whoever it is knows how to properly approach programming and treat panelists. The email I got announcing the submissions for this year was much more professional. They put a lot of emphasis on a panelist's qualifications being important, and I'm glad A-kon is treating this more like "who is best to run this panel" instead of simply "who was first."
Don't get me wrong, submitting early should count (and I hope it does) but I think with all the submissions they get it shouldn't automatically be whoever submitted X concept first. At a con of their size they can be picky and I hope that in doing so, the quality of programming really rises to the top.
I don't know who is running things this year but it's not that Maegan chick. I agree she was awful and I definitely was treated like crap. I'll give the con a second chance since I can tell they've changed things around already.
Isn't this every Lolita in general?
Real life issues are people starving or dying of cancer. How about instead of wasting thousands of your dollars on clothes only worth about $50, and donate it instead since you are so selfless. Just saying.
tfw el paso having no decent cons and hardly a part of texas
I'm not a lolita actually, so you can imagine why I think it is wasteful and selfish to buy frilly clothing. That's probably because I don't enjoy the fashion like others. But even if I did, I still wouldn't go to a con to buy said clothing if the owners were this shady.
Different anon, but this isn't a "con I don't like" situation. Its a matter of principle. I don't want to support thieves. Doesn't it say more about the people willing to turn a blind eye to the issues just so they can get clothing in person that they could already buy online, than it says about the people who want to spend our money supporting cons who aren't using sleazy business-practices?
It's fine for you to personally decide not to attend a con because you don't agree with how they handle things. It's not fine to threaten to bully and shame people for not aligning with your morals. All you should do is tell people why you aren't going. If they find it as bad as you do they can choose not to go too. Your principles are worth jack if you treat anyone who doesn't share them as shit.
Going to Anime Matsuri is like voting for Donald Trump. If you like supporting morally corrupt organizers then go right ahead. Just don't be surprised by the glares you will receive for supporting them.
Ever heard of silently judging people? You can decide who you are wanting to associate yourself with in your head without telling them "I think you're selfish and narrowminded" to their face. Sometimes you just want it to without confrontation. This would be one of those times. If we don't start taking these things seriously, people will just continue to get away with it, simply because we let them. Not to mention enabling them since some are still willing to give them more money to do more wrong with.
Maegan wasn't so much a girl as an old grumpy woman who was consistantly rude to panelists who walked in her staff door. It always felt like we were a burden to her being there. It was never welcoming at all.
I'm glad to hear they have someone else in charge. I wasn't going to even bother submitting my panel but I might give A-Kon another shot.
I read the little FAQ on the submission page and I'm wondering if the new person reads cgl.
Tumblr chan has admitted to reading cgl, so I wonder if they just have gotten some younger staff in. About damn time.
I've submitted a few panels already and while the panel form is long, it is super comprehensive! I can tell they really are trying to make sure they get quality submissions. I'm very pleased with the new process already!
Hmm this happened to my group at a con forever ago,... I don't even remember the con, I think it died in its second year. Shit, was it Shirokaze?... I think it was Kamikazecon renamed. We got pissed but it's not worth having a lawsuit over, and this was before tumblr existed for people to bitch all over.
SPG confirmed. Tumblr-chan is poorly keeping things under wraps.
A-Kon says they'll change but decades of never changing leaves me heavily cynical. Until the ones on top finally listen, which they shown to never do, I won't believe it until I see it.
i'm not going, so i don't follow their announcements.
we know that a lot of lolitas are materialistic to the core and will follow brand anywhere. it's why small but ethical cons flounder. lolitas have poor moral compasses.
Agreed. I know so many of you gulls who pitched fits and acted all outraged and supported boycotting when it was popular to do so who are now making excuses for why you're going to go ahead and go anyway. And I'm honestly not surprised but still somewhat disappointed that you have such little integrity. At least ghost or something and stop giving money to such a poorly run con and shady organizers.
Comparing a small fashion con (Rufflecon) to a large anime con is apples and oranges. Maybe Rufflecon doesn't have 4537658 brands but I doubt you'll get personal kabedon requests filled, play CAH and sing karaoke with the guests at AM either.
>dropped panels and events without warning
>rude and inept staff
>one of the staffers is obsessed with an ex staffer and shit post constantly
>guest vary from decent VA to crappy musical acts to the same dj and kieren strange every year
There's more but I don't want to wake the damn baby.
all the people who participated.
if you give your money to responsible people, they will use it responsibly. AM is run by known scammers; they will direct their money where it benefits them most, so big brands will return while they screw everyone else over.
but if you support a con like RuffleCon they will get bigger and better guests. the designers have such a good time they come back, despite the con being young and small, because they are treated fairly and are given ample opportunity to interact with fans over the weekend. you are not going to get to play card games into the night with Haenuli or discuss fashion with 3F over drinks at an anime con.
and you can be sure the tea parties will actually have tea.
>the designers have such a good time they come back
Your argument is really weak when most of the brands at AM this year are returning. Guests come back because attending was beneficial to them. It's true for huge cons, it's true for small cons. While I certainly won't say AM is run well, its naive to believe small events are run for reasons other than business.
Same! I'm excited! It'll be cold during Austin right? I just got btssb bunny earmuffs and wanted to do an old school snowbunny coord but haven't really decided if I should wait until my dream dress pops up or find an old school dress that fits my fattychan bod. Either way I'm excited to see everyone!
Haenuli did not even bring real stock to sell at RuffleCon, and so had no direct profit. yet she is still overjoyed with the event and keeps in contact with attendees (and announced plans to bring stock next time, lol). my point is that the guests who get excited about returning because they had a good time (without, in Nunu's case, even vending) are a testament to how well a convention is run. there is something more personally gratifying about a convention managed by ethical and passionate members of the community you design for.
additionally, event organizers are not always business-minded. people sacrifice and sweat for what they love. even AM had its start becausd of a man the Leighs bled for cash, who wanted the con to happen so much that he accepted delays in repayment until it became clear he would never be repaid. the Leighs might live off the con but most people who support or run smaller cons are not seeing personal monetary profit from them. they do it for the love of whatever scene they organize the convention for.
supporting people with integrity will lead to a better convention, with more guests and brands. supporting people without integrity makes the world in general a shittier place.
Benefit doesn't just mean direct profit. It could be a free trip, exposure, input on the event. A guest isn't going to bother returning unless they get something out of it. Why is it worth their time if it doesn't benifit them?
If a con isn't business minded it will fail. That's it, that's how it works. You aren't successful in a highly competitive niche market just because you ~LOVE~ something a lot.
Loved afest the years I went, but holy shit the smell was awful. I made really good friends there.
I know mainly go to akon, not really into anime as much but the kpop/kdrama (which is what I'm heavily into) rooms are great. This years little kpop dance thing was cringy but not bad enough to wear you didn't like it.
I want to try anime north before I go down south.
When I am eventually down south I want to try out RTX. Not really into Roosterteeth as much as I used to, I just really want to see Gus irl. He's so beautiful
LOL. What do you think is actually gonna happen? We'd probably just post them on cgl and bitch about them, same as we do the other girls we post on cgl. No one's booted girlyhoot or that Shiri chick or that other girl from their comms, no one's splashing paint on their burando, no one's gonna write letters of complaints to their parents/employees or whatever.
No one's actually going to bully them, duh.
But I do expect any lolita that posts an AM coord is going to get discussed on here, if she made any posts on AM previously, this will be examined to ascertain if she's a hypocrite who is hungry after e-fame or was somehow living under a rock, and then whatever she posts after that will always be looked at askance because people will suspect she has no morals. That is what I interpreted "calling out" to mean.
Most of us are not going to go out of our way to harass people for not having the same moral alignment, no actual bullying is ever going to happen. But you can't expect us to coddle or support people who morals we don't respect. We're going to judge them, and because this is cgl, we're certainly going to bitch about them.
What is your point?
Are you just now realizing these people don't care about THE FANS as much as they do making sure the events they attend are useful from a business/personal gain perspective
>we'd just post them on /cgl/ and bitch about them
>no bullying is actually going to happen
Sweetheart are you confused about what talking shit behind someone's back is? /cgl/ is notorious for online stalking and stiring up trouble. Do we not remember PT?
OK. So Here is some food for thought:
If you do not support AM, and are boycotting that is fine. Also if you want to talk shit about people who attend, this is also fine.
However wouldn't it make sense to also, boycott these brands since they too are supporting AM?
They know what happened, they don't give a shit because they want to make money. So why support them online or at all? They have shit morals as well.
But anon! They just dont understand! I'm sure John is blackmailing them and threatening them to go along with everything! They are just pure innocent virgin victims!
Its not like he flies them all over the world. Takes them to Hawaii, Germany, Houston...buys them gifts and shows them around. Gives them a way to make extra profits and reach more customers. Pays them to be at his events. They would NEVER sell out like that!
this is a fair point. i wonder how brands would react to being told on social media that they are not being bought from due to their association with AM. they might not care, but it seems worth a try just to see how it turns out.
To be honest I think the brands are sort of naive. Yes they know but I don't think they know how bad it is to be associated with AM. I'm sure every time the Leigh's go to Japan for meetings they bullshit to weasel their way in.
Haven't been in years. Don't regret it.
Went this year; con was chill, but my car broke down and that killed it for me.
>Anime North Texas
Wtf is that date? Us retail weebs can't take off the weekend before Thanksgiving. Thanks, ANT.
The only con I'm looking forward to in Texas this coming year is Ushicon. 18+, no rave, plus three panels. It's in Round Rock, but I'm only in DFW so that's not too bad.
I remember seeing a staff member come into a /cgl/ thread last year to confirm parts of the shitstorm and to clarify some things. They also said they would forward the suggestions the higher-ups.
Tumblr-chan is more or less a spokesperson and public mediator between A-kon staff and people. I think they handle the shitflinging pretty well for the most part.
Last year Tumblr-chan lurked, but never posted I think. There was a staff member who came in kinda towards the end, but his info was totally wrong.
I imagine that whoever is doing programming now can't just make changes overnight. It has to be gradual, so I'm not so upset about them still having steampunk. We're getting a J-fashion track and the panels process has already improved, plus for once, there's a guest I want to see (50% off). It's a give and take I guess, but thus far I'm already pretty happy, especially with panels. It's not hard to win people over if you treat them fairly. We'll see if the promises about deadlines get upheld, but I'll stay optimistic.
But I do agree with >>8679612 about DCC being the same weekend. Both A-kon and A-fest are double booked with big cons (though A-fest is booked with Otakon, so maybe that's not a big deal for some people). I don't go to DCC but I can't see how this will help either con. Maybe A-kon will be less crowded, which isn't really a bad thing. I just wish cons wouldn't double book.
A-Kon has been the same weekend for ages. The comic con wasn't stupid and they knew what they were doing by choosing that same weekend.
In some cases cons have no choice due to whatever their hotels have open. In this case though, it was a direct attempt to compete. I always found that to be a incredibly stupid move.
I wish A-Kon would push back or forward by one week. They always fucking have it when graduations are taking place and I feel like a shitty relative for going out of town and not attending family's graduations.
Push it back. Not forward. Every single year I have a fucking Mayterm class for my grad program and I'm usually only left with a anywhere from half a week to 10 days after that class ends to A-kon. It'd end up much more in "summer" and wouldn't still be during Mayterm or school.
But I figured it's like >>8694258 says and it was DCC trying to move in. Which again, it hurts both cons to do so, since any cross-over audience they have will have to choose. Which may work to either's favor, it depends on which con people choose. I personally dislike the structure of comic cons and am much more of an anime fan than I am of anything else, so DCC has never been something I've wanted to attend.
And push it back when school hasn't ended? Full on retarded. They should just push it forward by two weeks but it won't happen.
We'll see what happens with this grudge match. I expect it to be slightly smaller but not by much.
Of course they are not going to do anything physically unless they want court cases thrown at them. They will bully them mentally. The whole anti AM side has turned into an internet mob and will shun those who go and eventually isolate them.
I already saw a lot of Facebook statuses mentioning that they would unfriend anyone on their friends lists if they were to attend or support AM.
When does school end then? I'm not a native Texan so shouldn't high school be done by then? I guess summer terms for college might have started, but I'd rather have A-kon at the start of a term than towards the end of one.
Also, not sure if maybe it was a language misunderstanding, but I mean to push it back further into June, not May.
Texas schools (at least in the Dallas area) usually end in the first week or so of June. I know when I was in high school, three of the four years ended up with me leaving my last final exam and going straight to A-Kon. Both of my younger sisters had similar experiences. A-Kon is usually the weekend of school being finished.