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Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:37 PM

View PostOhki, on May 18 2010, 02:45 AM, said:

Also, this is more a thing to attendees that go to panels. Guys, enthusiasm and sharing your own knowledge of a panel topic is cool, but not when you beat it to death. I went to the World Folklore in Anime panel, which was great, except that one audience member felt the need to raise her hand and give more examples for every single topic the panel touched on. This would've been annoying regardless, but it was especially grating on my nerves since the panelists had said they may run over, and to save questions/comments, especially of that nature, to the end, yet this one person would. not. stop. One of the panelists even had to point out that she hasn't seen every anime ever. There's a line between being informative and being disruptive with things like that. Please don't cross it. It drives other audience members [and probably the panelists, too] batty.


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Ladies and gentlemen, while I understand that it's nice that you know a lot about your anime and fashions, I think it's a bit unnecessary to turn SOMEONE ELSE'S PANEL into YOUR PANEL. When panelists tell you to shut up because they may run over - DO IT.
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Posted 21 May 2010 - 12:40 AM

View Postanimefan1977, on May 20 2010, 08:59 PM, said:

Japanese band
Not my type of music.

4 Japanese VAs.
I have neither watched nor read the manga for Soul Eater, so they did not really interest me. It was kinda cool that Kobayashi sang the songs for Excel Saga. (She did not voice her however, that was Mitsuishi Kotono AKA Sailor Moon.) So I was sorta meh no biggie for me.

2 Japanese producers, a writer/character designer.
I wasn't to familiar with them either. Yes it is cool to meet those types but I have been to many panels like that at past Acens.

7 Japanese DJs
I never go to the dances and I am not into that type of music.

great american VAs/producers
I watch subs...

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Never played HALO...

Nabeshin and Yoshiki were cool, but I have seen Nabeshin a few times so again no biggie for me. I never bother to go to the masquerade because of the line and wait time. I saw the Yoshiki appearance on youtube it was cool. Yet I am not that sad that I missed it, I like X Japan but I am not an uber fan of them or anything.

None of this is Acen's fault though and I am not griping. You can't please everybody. They have had guests in the past that I have squeed over so I had my moments of fannish glee in the past.

I guess I am picky, but that is my own issue. I know Acen tries hard to get the guests they get and kudos for getting that many Japanese seiyuu this time around.


You forgot to add: P.S. Please make the con specifically for me and no one else.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 10:54 PM

The problem isn't Fred Gallagher - that guy definitely makes manga. It doesn't matter he was born here, what he makes unquestionably comes from the same "place" artistically. Robert and Emily DeJesus are another great example of this. So is Misako Rocks! So is last year's Fred Perry.

There were guests this year whose work didn't really touch that place though, and that's my personal issue.

I remember when there were a ton of different groups who brought anime and manga out here commercially some of them came to ACen. Now there are very very few of these companies and the past couple years we barely even see one or two coming out to the con.

Shows are getting to the point where they aren't even getting dubbed, just released as sub-only. It's only a matter of time before some shows get picked up online-only. So voice actors are even sadly dwindling in importance.

My point is this: comics - american comics - are healthy. There are plenty of comic cons and they are well-attended.

Imported Japanese pop culture, however, is regressing. It's kind of this con's job to promote those things primarily. When I see a guest who is famous for their work on American super hero stuff, it frustrates me, because it makes me feel like we're giving up and saying that anime and manga fandom isn't enough to stand on its own and support its own con.

I'm not attacking anybody's work, I'm not saying it's not okay to be a fan of these things at the con (hell my first cosplay ever at an anime con was definitely not a Japanese character), and I'm not saying these people can't be here. They have a place here, but that place is as an applying panelist like I would be, because if they don't work on anime, manga, eastern games... then their interest in those things is as a fan, like my own.
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 12:33 AM

View Postdaegan, on May 21 2010, 11:54 PM, said:

My point is this: comics - american comics - are healthy. There are plenty of comic cons and they are well-attended.

Imported Japanese pop culture, however, is regressing. It's kind of this con's job to promote those things primarily. When I see a guest who is famous for their work on American super hero stuff, it frustrates me, because it makes me feel like we're giving up and saying that anime and manga fandom isn't enough to stand on its own and support its own con.

I'm not attacking anybody's work, I'm not saying it's not okay to be a fan of these things at the con (hell my first cosplay ever at an anime con was definitely not a Japanese character), and I'm not saying these people can't be here. They have a place here, but that place is as an applying panelist like I would be, because if they don't work on anime, manga, eastern games... then their interest in those things is as a fan, like my own.


I wholeheartedly agree. This was my ninth Acen, and I couldn't help but muse all weekend long about the shifting interests at this con in the last few years. I'm certainly not going to knock anyone for being into fandoms apart from anime, manga, and gaming, but Acen is more or less becoming a flavor-of-the-moment convention. I've seen everything from Jack Sparrow to Jessica Rabbit to the 300 Spartans recently, and although they are cool costumes, I don't see what any of them have to do with anime or Japan in general. A Venture Bros. panel? Love the show, but again, it's not related to anime. Dr. Who photo shoot? Same thing. While con staff obviously can't police what people choose to cosplay (and I'm definitely not asking anyone to, because that Princess Leia in the metal bikini last year was hot! :thumbup: ), they do have control over what material they're promoting.
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:28 PM

Closing of autograph lines with no provisions for letting more ppl through if time permitted. This was the case on Saturday with the Soul Eater cast signing where I got there 30 minutes early after attending Kaori Nazuka's panel & the line was already closed although one Sazh cosplayer managed to get in & a bunch of Soul Eater cosplayers just snuck in from the Vic lineup. I stood around for the whole signing thinking common sense would allow me to get in if there was time left, but no with 10 minutes left after the last person they just let the Vic line into the area. An overflow line acknowledging that you might not get an autograph would've solve this. Btw scheduling a guest panel too close to their signing should be avoided because you shouldn't have to choose one or the other. Oh well this was very irritating especially since I'm a pretty big proponent of Japanese guests on here.
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 06:51 PM

People have a wide interest in many things, you cannot focus on one person's wants.
Plus you do have to realize that if ACen falls during the first week of May it is harder to get japanese guests during that time due to festivals.


Its not really a gripe but a question.
Why there were so many DJs this year. Especially with the long wait to get to the dances.
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Posted 22 June 2010 - 07:30 AM

The only gripe I had was about parking, but I don't think there is anything you guys could do about it.
We might just not stay at the Hyatt next year, parking was awwffull.


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Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:08 PM

Parking can be pretty bad no matter where you go during con. The convention reached over 19,000 people this year - just a few hundred shy of the coveted 20,000 mark. This is probably twice (maybe 2.5 or three times) the size of the entire Rosemont population. (As of ten years ago, there were a little over 4400 people residing in the village.) And this spike takes place in just the space of a few days. As a result, parking becomes a very valuable commodity for everyone during the convention, and true to what you said, there isn't much we can do as a con. We can't tell the hotels how to run their parking garages (though we do try to get discounted rates), nor can we delegate who gets parking where. It gets even harder with the knowledge that some attendees (and most staffers by default) arrive on Thursday, so a portion of the parking goes away then. The only thing we can do is recommend getting to the con as early as possible, or scout out parking in advance. ^_^

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 05:14 PM

I suggest parking at the CTA parking lot. It's just a few blocks away from the con, but it's so much easier to get a spot.
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View PostFoolish Humon, on 13 June 2010 - 07:19 PM, said:

Ladies ladies ladies, if you find a man whose only concern about a woman is her breast size, he just may be dumb enough to believe you if you say you have Ds when you have Bs. :thumbup:

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 11:00 PM

View Postyouth, on 22 May 2010 - 03:28 PM, said:

Closing of autograph lines with no provisions for letting more ppl through if time permitted. This was the case on Saturday with the Soul Eater cast signing where I got there 30 minutes early after attending Kaori Nazuka's panel & the line was already closed although one Sazh cosplayer managed to get in & a bunch of Soul Eater cosplayers just snuck in from the Vic lineup. I stood around for the whole signing thinking common sense would allow me to get in if there was time left, but no with 10 minutes left after the last person they just let the Vic line into the area. An overflow line acknowledging that you might not get an autograph would've solve this. Btw scheduling a guest panel too close to their signing should be avoided because you shouldn't have to choose one or the other. Oh well this was very irritating especially since I'm a pretty big proponent of Japanese guests on here.



Yeah the autograph lines were not the best this year. A buddy of mine came to the con specifically to get the autograph of one person, and we waited and checked everything. We missed the first session because of traffic but than when we went to the next we were told it was an error and would happen at a later time. Than the next thing we know we arrive and they say its to early to line up for it so we go to the side cafeteria thing that was next to it and 10 minutes later a line was built up for it and closed off, and the autograph session was not due to start for another half hour and already they closed the line before anyone else could arrive saying no more people.

We were like WTF!? Mind you I was slow walking because I have a bad knee and I was in an ankle brace for a short time because my ankle was swollen. I do believe I had mentioned my knee when I preregistered online, when asked about special arrangements and they made us leave and come back. If I could have stayed there and waited for the line and not asked to move with my knee problem making me walk slower. He would have gotten that autograph.

I think they needed to look at accomodations a little more. I did not mind standing or sitting around at all as it was a break from movement that causes my knee pain.
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 11:33 PM

View PostSaturn, on 13 July 2010 - 11:00 PM, said:

We were like WTF!? Mind you I was slow walking because I have a bad knee and I was in an ankle brace for a short time because my ankle was swollen. I do believe I had mentioned my knee when I preregistered online, when asked about special arrangements and they made us leave and come back. If I could have stayed there and waited for the line and not asked to move with my knee problem making me walk slower. He would have gotten that autograph.

I think they needed to look at accomodations a little more. I did not mind standing or sitting around at all as it was a break from movement that causes my knee pain.

I'm so sorry to hear that you had difficulties like that. On behalf of the convention, please accept our apologies.


Do you know who it was who told you to come back? Anything would help. Day, time, location, any details you can remember about that person? I'd like to make sure that this doesn't happen again. Unless you were asking the hotel staff, you should have been referred directly to us.

If you have a mobility problem like that, please stop off at the Special Needs desk when you arrive. We're here to make sure that lines like that won't be a problem for you. There's a location in the Hyatt right next to Customer Service, and one in the Stephens at Registration.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 12:45 AM

View PostSmokey, on 13 July 2010 - 11:33 PM, said:

I'm so sorry to hear that you had difficulties like that. On behalf of the convention, please accept our apologies.


Do you know who it was who told you to come back? Anything would help. Day, time, location, any details you can remember about that person? I'd like to make sure that this doesn't happen again. Unless you were asking the hotel staff, you should have been referred directly to us.

If you have a mobility problem like that, please stop off at the Special Needs desk when you arrive. We're here to make sure that lines like that won't be a problem for you. There's a location in the Hyatt right next to Customer Service, and one in the Stephens at Registration.

We haven't updated for 2011 yet, but here's our web page from last year.


All I remember from that day was it was some male member of the team. He was tall and I think dark hair. Well for most of the con, my buddy kept me away from the Hyatt this year so I was not really able to get to the desk at the customer service. The first day was mostly the dealer room. I could not get him near the Hyatt until Midnight Madness. Same with the rest of the con, most of it was in the dealer room this year so having the booth in the Hyatt would not have helped.

Maybe next year If I remember I will be sure to go to the booth, I plan on staying at the hotel again, last year due to funding I couldn't but I believe this year funding will not be the worst issue.

I know he was disappointed and I was in shock but next year should be better.

Anyways could the possibility of a special needs booth over by registration be possible? Anyone else who never really got to leave the dealer room would have also been able to benefit.
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Posted 22 August 2010 - 01:09 AM

View PostSaturn, on 22 August 2010 - 12:45 AM, said:

All I remember from that day was it was some male member of the team. He was tall and I think dark hair. Well for most of the con, my buddy kept me away from the Hyatt this year so I was not really able to get to the desk at the customer service. The first day was mostly the dealer room. I could not get him near the Hyatt until Midnight Madness. Same with the rest of the con, most of it was in the dealer room this year so having the booth in the Hyatt would not have helped.

Maybe next year If I remember I will be sure to go to the booth, I plan on staying at the hotel again, last year due to funding I couldn't but I believe this year funding will not be the worst issue.

I know he was disappointed and I was in shock but next year should be better.

Anyways could the possibility of a special needs booth over by registration be possible? Anyone else who never really got to leave the dealer room would have also been able to benefit.

There was one this year, like Smokey said, so I don't see why there wouldn't be one by Registration next year.
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View PostFoolish Humon, on 13 June 2010 - 07:19 PM, said:

Ladies ladies ladies, if you find a man whose only concern about a woman is her breast size, he just may be dumb enough to believe you if you say you have Ds when you have Bs. :thumbup:

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 02:55 AM

View PostSaturn, on 22 August 2010 - 12:45 AM, said:

Anyways could the possibility of a special needs booth over by registration be possible? Anyone else who never really got to leave the dealer room would have also been able to benefit.


Sorry you didn't see us. As I said before, this department has locations in both buildings. In fact, you walked right past our Stephens location as you entered the dealer's room.

Just so you know for next year, we'll be right at the entrance to Registration again. Just make a left at the bottom of the steps from the lobby (or the ramp if you're using it) and look for the kiosk with the big Special Needs sign above it. We've got an award winning staff that will make sure you don't have any accessibility problems.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:46 AM

Oh yeah...I forgot to post this until now...but....
The one panel I went to, "Your favorite anime sucks", should have been AT LEAST 16+. I have no idea what I could suggest to make the ratings of the panels easier....But this was a problem, seeing as when the panel got dirty, kids and their parents started to leave, while the panelists commented on their leavings in vulgar ways.


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Posted 09 October 2010 - 12:27 PM

View PostMystline, on 09 October 2010 - 11:46 AM, said:

Oh yeah...I forgot to post this until now...but....
The one panel I went to, "Your favorite anime sucks", should have been AT LEAST 16+. I have no idea what I could suggest to make the ratings of the panels easier....But this was a problem, seeing as when the panel got dirty, kids and their parents started to leave, while the panelists commented on their leavings in vulgar ways.



Not to mention racist too. They dropped a handful of racial slurs. I went into that panel thinking that it was going to be funny, but it was more offensive than anything. Nothing really comedic about it.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:05 PM

View PostSka, on 09 October 2010 - 12:27 PM, said:

Not to mention racist too. They dropped a handful of racial slurs. I went into that panel thinking that it was going to be funny, but it was more offensive than anything. Nothing really comedic about it.


The panel has been run the same way every year. I agree it should have a 16+ tag on it at least. Still, there was a very long warning at the beginning that anything goes in this panel and everything is fair game. And if you are offended by anything, you should leave now instead of complaining about it later.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:06 PM

View PostSka, on 09 October 2010 - 12:27 PM, said:

Not to mention racist too. They dropped a handful of racial slurs. I went into that panel thinking that it was going to be funny, but it was more offensive than anything. Nothing really comedic about it.

Funny, I don't remember the slurs. Thought the panel was pretty funny.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:08 PM

View PostIsamu, on 09 October 2010 - 04:06 PM, said:

Funny, I don't remember the slurs. Thought the panel was pretty funny.


I don't either honestly. I won't deny and flat out say there was no chance that they existed, but it certainly is the first that I have heard of it, and the first complaint I have heard of that nature. The show is rooted in insult comedy though (both of the anime and those who name them). Everyone in the audience was treated in the same way.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 07:01 PM

I want to say, that although I did not attend this panel, Ive heard many GOOD things about this panel. I hope that it comes back.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:28 PM

View PostFlyingElf, on 09 October 2010 - 04:05 PM, said:

The panel has been run the same way every year. I agree it should have a 16+ tag on it at least. Still, there was a very long warning at the beginning that anything goes in this panel and everything is fair game. And if you are offended by anything, you should leave now instead of complaining about it later.

I wasn't really offended by anything, really my only problem is that it should be for about 16+.

But don't you think it's a little insensitive to say "I guess she doesn't like tits." when the 12 year old and family was walking out after one of the panelists was telling everyone how like 50% of his cell phone pictures were of boobs, or to make fun of the 11-13 year old kid in the wheel chair, who was there with his dad? There's gotta be some limits.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:45 PM

Honestly I don't. I feel like the kid in the wheelchair was treated like everyone else in the audience and like a human being. Nobody on stage looked at that kid and saw a disability. They just saw another guy in the audience who was laughing and having a great time. And really if you looked at that kid he had a huge smile on his face and even flipped off the stage jokingly. That kid was awesome!
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:37 PM

^It was two years ago and I haven't gone back since. It isn't a recent gripe, so I wouldn't make it a valid gripe but from what I saw, it definitely needs to be 16+. To each their own I guess. I mean my friend had the microphone shoved into her face hitting her mouth...that wasn't exactly the greatest experience for her.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:45 AM

The dad didn't really look too pleased, if I remember correctly.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:54 AM

AFter reading two topics about that panel (but never even been there, b/c 2011 will be first ACEN for me), I can already say that the panel should totally be at least 16+ or even 18+ b/c of how adult some of the jokes may become in the future.. Wouldn't 18+ just be a good standard? You may have less people at your panel, but you'll have LESS ANGRY PEOPLE, because sometimes people will go into a panel not knowing wtf is going on.


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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:49 AM

But I do realize that our senses of humor are probably different, and I don't mean to offend you FlyingElf! For a lot of people the panel was really funny, the room was seriously packed from where I could see. I didn't mean to get off-topic and start bashing the panel. Sorry. But yes...16+ rating or something like that would be cool.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 05:32 PM

View PostAonele, on 11 May 2009 - 07:04 PM, said:

As for myself...I'm sorry if my gripe doesn't actually belong here, but my gripe was just how hard it was to hear things at Masquerade :C I could only make out like 3 of the skits and what they were saying. I know the tapes are pre-recorded and such, so I was wondering maybe that those tapes could be pre-screened before ACen somehow? That's really my only gripe.



The masquerade sound was as bad as it was because a/v tech has no way of controlling how hi- or lo-fi the recordings we get are. Each individual person or group would come up to the table, hand us a cd, and tell us when to play it. The audio you ripped from youtube might sound fine coming from your headphones or computer speakers, but it just doesn't cut it when you pump it through something as massive and high-quality as our main programming sound system. From what I understand this was discussed with the masquerade staff last year and hopefully we'll be able to get everything sounding much better for you all this year :)
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:36 PM

I seen Anime Central change a lot over the years. Previous the Soapbox/raves/masq/etc. were not as crowded and the smokers not as heavy. The game rooms were packed and it smelt really bad. Now it's a lot better compared to years ago.

Dunno if this is the right part or I should check out the video game link in part 10 but the only gripe I had was lack of games. I didn't even stay in the game room last year and that's a first since I loved it but there was five machines/tvs for TVC, five machines/tvs for Halo and other FPS games, and nothing for such things as Blazblue, Melty blood, Naruto, etc. and there is a new Melty blood out currently >_< A lot of gamers were selfish but some were cool and actually shared the systems, (compared to one person hogging the tvs and the STOP HAVING FUN GUYS,) but it was boring compared to the previous years.

I was at the Hetalia panel too and man was it nuts: it was really crowded and the staff was loud but it was like 200+ people in the hallways right after a photoshop on Saturday, (but I still had fun!) The only other issue is organization. I know you guys work hard and I love everything you do, (and hate to complain sorry,) but it's like the PDF map/sched was confusing as heck and the Hetalia photoshoot setting was confusing: we had to move because the FF and Kingdom hearts people were in the same area along with two other photo shoots >_< Also the rave was NUTS, like around the block. For the past two years I never went to it because of it!

I do say the IRT was good when it came to the line and being helpful at Registration on Thursday. The only problem was waiting like two+ hours for my Will Call but the lesson learnt is GET IT MAILED more than that being a gripe.

TL;DR: Only gripe is organization for a massive amount of people, new Reg. system, not enough games besides popular ones.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:45 AM

View PostThe Fujoshi, on 18 January 2011 - 08:36 PM, said:

I seen Anime Central change a lot over the years. Previous the Soapbox/raves/masq/etc. were not as crowded and the smokers not as heavy. The game rooms were packed and it smelt really bad. Now it's a lot better compared to years ago.

Dunno if this is the right part or I should check out the video game link in part 10 but the only gripe I had was lack of games. I didn't even stay in the game room last year and that's a first since I loved it but there was five machines/tvs for TVC, five machines/tvs for Halo and other FPS games, and nothing for such things as Blazblue, Melty blood, Naruto, etc. and there is a new Melty blood out currently >_< A lot of gamers were selfish but some were cool and actually shared the systems, (compared to one person hogging the tvs and the STOP HAVING FUN GUYS,) but it was boring compared to the previous years.

I was at the Hetalia panel too and man was it nuts: it was really crowded and the staff was loud but it was like 200+ people in the hallways right after a photoshop on Saturday, (but I still had fun!) The only other issue is organization. I know you guys work hard and I love everything you do, (and hate to complain sorry,) but it's like the PDF map/sched was confusing as heck and the Hetalia photoshoot setting was confusing: we had to move because the FF and Kingdom hearts people were in the same area along with two other photo shoots >_< Also the rave was NUTS, like around the block. For the past two years I never went to it because of it!

I do say the IRT was good when it came to the line and being helpful at Registration on Thursday. The only problem was waiting like two+ hours for my Will Call but the lesson learnt is GET IT MAILED more than that being a gripe.

TL;DR: Only gripe is organization for a massive amount of people, new Reg. system, not enough games besides popular ones.


The Soap Bubble line is only that long initially, and that's because it is probably the most popular event of the convention. But the line is just like that at first. Wait an hour and go. Sure you may have to wait 5 minutes or something to get in, but I think that's pretty much nothing of a wait.
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