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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:14 PM

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:04 PM

How do you sign up for the walk on? And when can we?
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 07:00 PM

View PostShiroiLolita, on 24 December 2011 - 07:04 PM, said:

How do you sign up for the walk on? And when can we?


On Jan 1st, masquerade pre-registration opens. Instructions about how to pre-register will be provided on the forums (I'll have a separate thread which has a link to the form you need to fill out).

I would suggest you sign up for a walk-on via that pre-registration; a small number of walk-on slots are typically held for at-con sign-ups, but it's a limite number.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:43 PM

how do i get in and what time to come

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:24 AM

View Postravenfinch, on 27 December 2011 - 07:43 PM, said:

how do i get in and what time to come


Assuming you want to be a participant: pre-registrations open 1/1/2012. Some walk-on slots will be reserved for at-con sign-up during masq office hours. For details about time (including a note that the schedule is still fluid/subject to change), check the rules & regs.

Assuming you want to watch the masq: there will be a line -- it often forms quite some time prior to the event itself. Note that I.R.T. will want to minimize that time due to traffic/fire safety concerns....

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:33 PM

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:04 PM

Does all of our skit group have to have our ACen badges before I submit the skit group pre-reg?

We're mostly waiting for paychecks and things, our skit is all done.
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 04:10 PM

View PostCartwight, on 06 January 2012 - 09:04 PM, said:

Does all of our skit group have to have our ACen badges before I submit the skit group pre-reg?

We're mostly waiting for paychecks and things, our skit is all done.


No.

You'll all need to have badges at the con, but you don't all need badges when you pre-reg.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:44 PM

Is Homestuck cosplay allowed in the masquerade?

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:30 AM

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:46 PM

View Postmeef, on 12 January 2012 - 12:44 PM, said:

Is Homestuck cosplay allowed in the masquerade?


No*


*My understanding is that Homestuck is a webcomic which did NOT originate in Japan/South Korea. If I'm wrong, please provide me proofs....

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:24 AM

It's true that it didn't originate in Japan, but it certainly has a lot of anime influences. There's a character named Bro that romps around in Guren Laagan glasses, even.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:33 AM

No, huh? Well, would a Homestuck be allowed in a skit with anime stuff?

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:02 AM

View Postmeef, on 20 January 2012 - 09:33 AM, said:

No, huh? Well, would a Homestuck be allowed in a skit with anime stuff?

It might be; the costumes from material of Japan/South Korean origin would need to notably exceed Homestuck materials, though.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:30 PM

Considering entering a skit for the first time and just wanted clarification on what materials are okay to put into a skit? I know that you mentioned earlier that the materials originating from Japan/South Korea would have to notably exceed materials that aren't of those origins. I'm wondering what qualifies as notably exceeding?

Example:
If we have a skit focusing on Sailor Pluto (Sailor Moon) and have Dr. Who, My Little Pony, and Scooby Doo interacting with her is there a ruling on that? (Considering that the skit would be about a character from the required origins with background characters from other media.)
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:26 PM

View PostJess Jupiter, on 01 February 2012 - 04:30 PM, said:

Considering entering a skit for the first time and just wanted clarification on what materials are okay to put into a skit? I know that you mentioned earlier that the materials originating from Japan/South Korea would have to notably exceed materials that aren't of those origins. I'm wondering what qualifies as notably exceeding?

Example:
If we have a skit focusing on Sailor Pluto (Sailor Moon) and have Dr. Who, My Little Pony, and Scooby Doo interacting with her is there a ruling on that? (Considering that the skit would be about a character from the required origins with background characters from other media.)


Hi Jess;

There actually is a ruling/guideline I'd use for the above scenario:
1) are 60+% of the costumes of the skit of Japanese/South Korean origin?
2) Is 60+% of the on-stage time by costumes on stage of Japanese/South Korean origin?

I'm looking for the answers of both questions to be "Yes".

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

Homestuck is as non-Japanese/Asian as is Danny Phantom, and although I would LOVE to compete as Ember McLain for the masquerade, rules are rules, and there's always other cons that allow different media from other nations :3

Instead I'll be entering as Blue Rose from Tiger and Bunny since I didn't get it done in time for Ohayo ^w^
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:23 PM

I don't have a question about entering, but I did have one about the Masquerade specifically, and this seem the best place to ask it. I was watching a lot of last year's ACen Masq videos, and I noticed that the MCs usually stay up on stage behind a table. I'm honestly curious, is there a reason why? My best guess was that maybe it sped things up?

I found it really distracting, especially in skits, to have people constantly in the background like that, and I can't think of any other convention that does it like this. Usually the MC (or MCs) is not on stage while the cosplayers are performing or walking.
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:00 AM

View Postpepperbots, on 20 February 2012 - 10:23 PM, said:

I don't have a question about entering, but I did have one about the Masquerade specifically, and this seem the best place to ask it. I was watching a lot of last year's ACen Masq videos, and I noticed that the MCs usually stay up on stage behind a table. I'm honestly curious, is there a reason why? My best guess was that maybe it sped things up?

I found it really distracting, especially in skits, to have people constantly in the background like that, and I can't think of any other convention that does it like this. Usually the MC (or MCs) is not on stage while the cosplayers are performing or walking.


It has always been a bit problematic as for the Emcee(s) placement near the stage. Way back when, we use to have one Emcee off in one forward corner behind a podium. After a couple skits tried to get him to interact(and SEVERAL complaints about blocked sight lines), I had to find a solution.

At this same time, with ACen getting more and more popular bands, the drummers asked for a riser up on the stage. However, when the drummers weren't using it, we were pressed as to what to do with it since moving it was more of a hassle than anything. To prevent cosplayers from breaking their ankles, I moved the Emcee(s) up there, putting them behind a table.

Also, trying to put them on the floor near the front of stage is nearly impossible with the number of press people/photographers present during the Masquerade.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:03 AM

View PostJazhed508, on 21 February 2012 - 05:00 AM, said:

It has always been a bit problematic as for the Emcee(s) placement near the stage. Way back when, we use to have one Emcee off in one forward corner behind a podium. After a couple skits tried to get him to interact(and SEVERAL complaints about blocked sight lines), I had to find a solution.

At this same time, with ACen getting more and more popular bands, the drummers asked for a riser up on the stage. However, when the drummers weren't using it, we were pressed as to what to do with it since moving it was more of a hassle than anything. To prevent cosplayers from breaking their ankles, I moved the Emcee(s) up there, putting them behind a table.

Also, trying to put them on the floor near the front of stage is nearly impossible with the number of press people/photographers present during the Masquerade.

That makes sense, I guess. It's too bad though because skits like this one at Fanime just wouldn't work at ACen because of that. The stage ninjas and the parts behind the "walls" would've stood out on such a brightly lit stage with non-participants in the background and would've absolutely ruined the effect. It makes me wonder if ACen is missing out on some good skits because of this.

Skits at a Masquerade don't have much that they can do in terms of setup and props just because of the time, space, and weight constraints. Stage ninjas are usually a big part of making a good skit a great skit. I realize that stage ninjas can still be very obvious even in ideal conditions and that some really great skits don't require any at all, but it certainly helps in the presentation and execution of some skit ideas.

Just some thoughts. I don't figure you guys will change your setup just because stage ninjas are visible, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. :)
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:48 PM

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:43 PM

View PostSexy Kankurou, on 01 March 2012 - 04:48 PM, said:

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:19 PM

Hey, I sent in a form to enter the masquerade with a skit, but now some of my people aren't sure if they want to do it. If my group decides not to do it, but if I still want to do a skit but with a different costume am I allowed to change my information for that?
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:21 PM

How will we know if our skit registration is accepted and/or when can expect to hear a reply?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:51 PM

View PostMarin Musica, on 14 March 2012 - 04:19 PM, said:

Hey, I sent in a form to enter the masquerade with a skit, but now some of my people aren't sure if they want to do it. If my group decides not to do it, but if I still want to do a skit but with a different costume am I allowed to change my information for that?


You are -- you'll want to reply to the email informing you of your skit # with the changes.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

View PostmrANyboDy, on 14 March 2012 - 09:21 PM, said:

How will we know if our skit registration is accepted and/or when can expect to hear a reply?


You should typically hear within one week. That said, someone had a slight work catastrophe and is only now digging out -- there's going to be some mass mailing today and tomorrow....

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:47 AM

Hello, It's my first time going to the masquerade so i wanted to know where do we go to get tickets to watch it. I was told we had to get tickets first and where do we stand in line.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:20 AM

View Postsabre, on 15 March 2012 - 05:51 PM, said:

You are -- you'll want to reply to the email informing you of your skit # with the changes.


Alright, thank you. I'll be eagerly checking my email for the confirmation, as I have not received one yet.

*edit* I just found it. lol.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

Just out of curiosity.

1. Would a Western character that was created by a Japenese game company be allowed?

2. What of characters from say a Chinese comic, or one from Tailand?
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:16 AM

Ok, i found and replied to the email about needing to change my entry information. No one has replied to me about it yet though, it's been two days since i sent the email. I'm just curious if I got it and if things are ok?
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