Might be a bit early, but is anyone going to AUSA Halloween weekend?
Yeah. Just moved from Youmacon territory back to Virginia, so this is my first AUSA in a couple years.
It's small but it's my favorite con -- really chill and just a good time to hang out with friends. The artist alley is small but I've always been impressed by the talent there.
A little bummed that apparently half the gardens and the outdoor bridge are closed off for construction, so outdoor photos are gonna be crowded.
Yeah I'm pretty sour about the gardens being blocked.. I hate staff didn't tell us because I probably wouldn't have attended tbh. The only place for photos is outside and now we will be up each other's asses trying to shoot. I do love ausa though, it's my favorite chill con.
You don't need badges to walk around but if you like rhythm games I'd recommend getting a badge because they get a lot of good Bemani stuff and there's no line because it's a small con.
We'll be there. Shame I prepared so late that I couldn't get a room at the con rate and my costume might not be done in time. The Omni ain't too far at least.
It's pretty mid scale.
It's size is a fair size smaller than Katsucon. The venue accommodates this though, so it doesn't feel super empty.
They always have nice rhythm games and variety in the game room, and dealers is a decent size for the size of the con along with artists.
Guests this year seem pretty legit (Cowboy Beebop people). If I recall last year or a few years ago they got the dub voice of Inuyasha. So guests seem to cater to the early/mid 20s crowd.
They've got the Host Club and Maid Café which was kind of their claim to fame in earlier years being one of the first cons with those. I've never gone to the Maid Café but the Host Club is typical over priced stuff with mediocre hosts... but it is an experience if you want to pre game it and THEN go.
I think that about covers it.
I wasn't going to go, then I got an opportunity to go, but now I might lose that opportunity.
I want to go, but I think the only way I could go now would be to book shoots. Where can I go to meet cosplayers who are looking for photographers? The Facebook group is pretty dry.
Most social media surrounding the con is pretty dry.
Best bet is to probably use the hashtag like #AnimeUSA2015 etc. on all social media (primarily instagram) to let people know.
Like I said, it's a mid scale con. There's not going to be too much bite for paid shoots IMO especially with the construction.
The maid cafe is better than the host club, imo. It's pretty overpriced, but most of the girls are pretty cute and the food is pretty good. The deserts last year were really cute and very yummy. I've always had fun there. Buy something cheap and then pay for a game/photo with your maid. Some maids are better at handling it than others. So you might have to wait while they take care of other tables. That's the biggest downside.
If you go to the host club later in the evening, be prepared to be ignored unless you have alcohol. And then you'll get swarmed by hosts trying to get a sip of booze, or expecting you to buy them a drink. Or maybe I've just had unusually bad experiences.
Anna Fischer isn't that good, considering the cosplayers she works with, the gear she has, and the locations she gets to work in.
There are many photographers who can do the same level of work with far less.
Like, you can't fire shots unless you're like, Steven Meisel, in my opinion.
All the good ones I know aren't booking this time. The ones who are won't shoot uggos and no sexy cosplay and the others are just point and shoots. Just have fun this con anon, you'll thank me later.
I'm a photographer, I am good (I say, without ego), and I'll shoot with whoever books me.
I have had a rocky start with the cosplay community, but when I work with cosplayers, I expect to take the best photos anyone has ever taken of them, or I feel like I've failed. I'm still booking, too.
Is it worth it to go if you just want to take pictures and not get a badge? Would there be enough cosplayers hanging around outside the con to take pictures of and stuff? What's the average cosplay quality like? I went to Awesome Con and Baltimore Comic Con this year and it was disappointing as fuck.
>rocky start with the cosplay community
Oh, you're fucking Blue Shell/Just Cosplay Photography aren't you? No, your photos are not good. Yes, you are still a creeper and your Asian fetish is gross.
It's still on his Facebook page. Also, she still shoots with him even after that?? Like, we all know she shoops herself to death but after a flub like that I'd be finding a different photographer.
I personally don't shoot with photographers if I see they shopped me to hell and back but that's just a personal thing. Especially if they upload a photo that's like "Hey look, I made your thighs way smaller".
I'm sure Yasha would still shoot with him regardless because I guess he has a kind of name for himself and she seems to be on for the fame route.
Have you seen her insta? Filters and edits abound, so yeah she'd want the photoshop. She's pretty in person but her edits make her look kind of different to me. IDK why she finds it necessary.
No, I mean I don't post bad shots on the internet.
Photographers always seem to post THE ENTIRE SHOOT on their social media.
I'm not wading through 178 blurry, badly composed, boring shots of the same Harley Quinn cosplayer just to stumble upon 2 or 3 good shots.
I post 5-8 of the BEST photos I take, and nothing more. If I post a big album, there's a unifying theme, and it's something you want to look through.
I actually know wtf I'm doing.
Ok so this is going to be my first con in Virginia, the only other one I've been to is NYCC one time. I don't know if I'm confused but, what the heck am I supposed to do at a con? I'm looking at the schedule and none of the panels seem interesting; do I just go for the dealer room and look at cosplay? Also, I'm going totally alone, I don't know anyone in Virginia as I've moved here from NJ/NY area recently. What can I do solo?
I've always wanted to cosplay, but could never decide who I should. I'm still open to the idea, if I can somehow scrounge up something simple.
I guess I'd take photographs if there's an impressive cosplay.
And I'm asian and speak Japanese (learned from mom), can I even be called a weeaboo?
Walk around. Take pictures. Sit in a quiet corner by yourself and have an existential crisis where you seriously reevaluate where it all went wrong with your life. Maybe buy some shit from the dealers room. That's pretty much my routine.
We usually have a suggestion thread for them. Making your own thread is looked down upon. If there's not a suggestion thread currently open, use the help thread, just don't make a new one.
Friday Night I don't get off of work until 7, and I really don't feel like hauling ass from Tysons to Woodley-Park (especially since metro has been acting extra special). So I'm probably gonna pass on the con itself but if be down for a meet up either night.
It's my chill con. Like the one I just go to and hang without too many worries about Coords and cosplay.
Was super excited to have twice the excuse to get drunk and dress up but then I got here and didn't feel much like...either. I had all the basic white gurl drinks planned out and everything. Even that sparkly tumblr vodka wine....thing.
I brought like four and a half costumes and wore....three? If you saw a Krieger and his waifu that was my husband and I. Also the shitty Cinderella and shitty Cheryl/Carol Tunt were also me.
Although I did get a taste of what it's like to be a "handler" for my friend in his huge, inflatable Indominus Rex costume. The tables were turned and it was weird.
In terms of other cosplay, I saw a lot of Love Live. So much Love Live.
I wasn't impressed by a lot but I think everyone considers AUSA to be a chill con so that we can all prepare ourselves mentally for the glory that is katsucon cosplay.
First ever burlesque and got pretty much exactly what I expected. I didn't understand the my little pony skit, nor why like 95% of the people used weird angsty metal songs.
>The model UN...thing
Most were fine and stayed out of everyone's business. Others seemed to think it was cool. Once you get over the whole "everyone's totally making fun of me because they're nooormies and I'm a kawaii speshul snowflake" thing, you realize most people really don't give a shit that you're a huge nerd. I heard they would get belligerently drunk though.
Whoever the fuck was on the second floor screaming "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" and literally fucking throwing candy at people on the elevator:
May you asphyxiate on vomiting back up whatever cheap nasty alcohol you were obviously drinking.
Sakuramen was pretty legit. Would recommend. Also Umi sushi was pretty good.
>Tl;dr: angry old woman yells at clouds
PS, how was the masquerade? We usually go to the AUSA masq but skipped it this year
I felt the same way about getting absolutely hammered the whole weekend.
Friday was a bust for me. Spent half the day heading home to pick up the costumes that came in at 7pm. Tried out my gachimuchi costume for a bit till realizing it's extremely niche and not a lot would understand why I would have a baby face covering my crotch. Then switched over to Yukari to finish the night off. Because I didn't eat much, the little I drank fast got me stumbling. Mostly frequently the game room. Was okay, it lost some things while gaining others.
Saturday started late because of vomiting and hangover. Enjoyed beating up folks at Tetris. Shame magfest was in dealers this year. I would have spent the whole weekend there. Didn't really drink much but did goto a party or two. Spent the rest of the night wandering till hiking back to the omni.
It's a chill con so I'm not disappointed, but my wallet sure is.
Also I heard a booth in the dealers got into some trouble because their ball machine could be considered gambling. Even hearing some folks throwing away big piles of money.
The Masquerade was embarrassing to watch, but that's pretty typical. Some of the costumes were well done, but the skits are almost always cringe worthy.
It didn't help that Karaoke was right next door, so any awkward silence was filled with strange bellowing from the room over.
Overall it was a happily chill con, everyone I ran into was nice, polite, or at least worth a smile. The Model UN people made for an extra special dash of commotion.
The hotel is nice, but the parking situation blew. They told us to park at the Zoo, but the zoo closes at 8pm, so I had to go move it and find street parking. It was an okay part of town, and Halloween didn't make me feel like a total wack-job for being out and about in a costume in the middle of DC.
Recap: Venue was good, people were chill, drinks at the bar were strong, parking was iffy.
The hotel was double/trippled booked with a professional conference and the National Model UN conference during the weekend. Most of the attendees enjoyed the costumes though.
I'm particularly shocked that Anime Parliament was canceled at the last minute.