I already posted in the compliments thread and my first two complaints basically tie in with that, but figured I should post here too.
1. Signins. In the Friday Kalafina signing, photos were not allowed. As much as I would have loved to snap their picture, I'm sure this moved the line MUCH quicker and allowed more people to see them briefly. (And this is coming from the girl who was first in line and was definitely getting her stuff signed no matter what) I waited for Brad Swaile on Friday and they had told us right off the bat that there were about 80 people in line and he should easily get through everyone. I believe this started at 5. We were about halfway through the line, so around 40. We didn't get our stuff signed until about 6:15 or so. The hall closes at 6:30, so not many people behind us got their stuff signed I'm sure. That was ridiculous. I understand people want to chat with their favorite VAs and take pictures, but this holds up the line and prevents others from meeting them. I think the rule should be you can only chat quickly while they're signing, and if you allow pictures, just a picture of the VA themselves, not yourself with them cause that eats up time. And trust me, I love snapping pictures with VAs and have a huge collection of them myself, but at a big con like ACen there just isn't the time to chat and take pics while others wait and never meet them. Want more one on one time? Go to a smaller con.
2. East Outdoor Wall photoshoot area. On Saturday night the Uta no Prince Sama phootshoot was to take place at the East Outdoor Wall. My issue with this place is that it's a smoking zone. By the time we got there, the place was littered with people smoking and cigarettes and other trash everywhere. I told the people on the grassy area there where photoshoots happen that they needed to move. Half did, the other half gave me a "yeah right, who do you think you are?" look. So I warned them if they didn't move I was calling IRT. Still didn't move. Went inside, grabbed the first two IRT I could find, brought them outside. They managed to clear the grassy area, even though they couldn't really force the smokers out the area completely. I didn't catch their badge names, but THANK YOU so much to those two <3 Without you, we were kind of at a loss for what to do. The smokers were still rude and kept trying to sit back in the grass after that, but I yelled at them and they moved (3 times
/>/>/>). For next year, is it possible to like, move the smoking area further away from that grassy patch there? Or have 1 IRT stationed there to make sure photoshoots there have no issues with the smokers and that the grassy area is kept clean of cigarette butts and other trash?
3. Kalafina concert. when we arrived at the concert to pick up our tickets, we were told only 1 was ordered (we had 1 person order all 3 tickets). The lady there was giving us a really hard time and wasn't going to give us our tickets. Needless to say, that was very upsetting. Thankfully, some guy came along and gave us our three 3 tickets all together actually in a better spot than we originally were. So thankfully it all worked out in the end. I know this isn't really on you guys, but just wanted to mention it in case there's anything that can be done to prevent something like this in the future. I'd hate to think this might have happened to anyone else and what we would have done if that nice man hadn't come along!
4. Guests. Yeah, I realize we got Kalafina, which was pretty awesome. But most people didn't even know who they were. Same for Yuu Asakawa. We only had like 2 big American VAs, and some tiny guests that not much of anyone cared about. Gotta admit, it was interesting to spend more of my ACen walking around the Dealer HallArtist Alley than waiting in line for autographs, but one of ACen's main draws for me is always the guests. More and quicker announcements next year please? (But I do thank El Ken for managing what he did!)
EDIT: Been reading some gripes on ACen being too small and needing to move...I have to say I'm completely against this, at least for moving to the McCormick center. I went to C2E2 last year and it was RIDICULOUS. The traffic was terrible in the city, and they charged 20 something for parking instead of the 13 we pay at Rosemont (Main reasons I didn't go this year). I live only 30 minutes from either Chicago or Rosemont (though it takes an extra 30 minutes to get anywhere in Chicago...especially if you can't show up til a bit later in the day) so I'm not wasting money on a hotel room. PLEASE keep it in Rosemont, or at the very least out of the city. I hate the city and its traffic and crazy parking prices, and I'm sure I'm not alone. The hotels have to cost more for those coming from further away as well. And I think someone mentioned there couldn't be any night panels if we use McCormick? That'd be a huge downers, since a lot of people on here are complaining the night 18+ rooms are too small, imagine the complaints if they didn't exist.
This post has been edited by Washu Takahashi: 21 May 2013 - 08:27 AM