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About Iapetus

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    Writing, reading, costumes
  1. Go Team Venture! - 2011

    ...huh, I think the forum ate my post. Anyways, I'm happy to see someone trying for a Venture Brothers panel! My friends and I are trying to get together a huge Venture Brothers cosplay group, and I'm going to be Lady Au Pair. I would totally come to this panel.
  2. Yuu Watase

    ...ok, I don't know why, but my comment double-posted. Huh.
  3. Yuu Watase

    I need to read more of her work - she's a great artist and in my opinion she just keeps getting better. I've read Fushigi Yugi, Ayasha no Ceres and Alice the 19th (my favorite of her work so far). If she were to come as a guest, I think I would brave the long line to see her and get an autograph. (I usually avoid the huge lines.)
  4. New to the forum, not to Acen

    Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome! :) I was one of the first people at my school (Eastern Michigan University) to graduate with the degree name "Creative Writing." Before then it was called "Written Communication with an emphasis on Imaginative Writing." That's what my sister went for, and she hated writing out the name of her major on all of her forms. Where did you go to school? I'd like to go into phlebotomy. I'd be able to go into the health industry, which I've been thinking about for awhile now, and actually get started somewhere while I still think about if I want to go into nursing. The program won't take very long to do, and then I can look for a better job. I have several ideas for panels, like: Saiyuki, Venture Brothers, Vampires in Anime/Manga, "Complicated" Board Games that don't fit into the Table Top Section (by this I mean games like Arkham Horror, Small World, Settlers of Catan, etc.). I've never run a panel before but I've been to a lot (I go from anywhere from 3-10 panels during a single con, usually) so I have a good idea of how I want to run them. Thanks for the interest!
  5. Advice for a Acen first timer?

    The other option I would suggest is going to a grocery store nearby, and buying one of those Styrofoam coolers for the weekend. Where I live I can get one from $2-$5. Maybe donate it to a fellow con-goer when you leave. That way, you can still keep your perishables cold. I'm glad other people have helped point you in the right direction in terms of grocery stores. Since my friends and I drive in, we bring from home so it's never been something we'd look for. Another bit of advice, bring an empty water bottle. You're going to be away from your room for a long time and the gift shop is expensive. Also, with all the excitement and talking to people, it will make your voice rough without it. Lots of people lose their voice after a con if they're not careful.
  6. Elevators At The Hyatt

    I remember the year my friends and I got a room on the second floor. It was amazing. I think we only used the elevator once, and that was when we first brought our stuff up to our room when we checked in. Has ACen staff considered putting someone on general staff on each elevator to help regulate things? My guess is that they have, but that the people were needed in other areas.
  7. How Much Should I Save?

    I know this thread is from last year, but another good tip is to always make sure you have cash, because sometimes the credit card machines go down in the dealer's room. This happened to me on Sunday when I was trying to make some last minute purchases, and then made the horrible discovery that <i>all</i> of the ATM machines were out of cash. Ever since then I bring all my cash that I plan to take out of my account with me before I go. This is a tip from a different con, but it still applies - you may be super excited to go to the ATM to get your cash before leaving for the con, but don't drive off without your card! Because I don't think I'm the only person who sometimes gets a tiny bet forgetful when they're excited. ^^;;
  8. I would suggest being careful with the video games. Every year my friends have brought their systems with them, they barely played it at all. It isn't usually worth the hassle. Now, bringing a system to use on Thursday night and maybe some lull periods might be better. I just remember a group of my friends bringing their PS2, all the video games (in the cases, not even in a CD wallet), and their DDR pads. I also recommend a deck of regular playing cards or a good group game that is easy to transport. Also, for any cosplay, make a separate list of every item needed. This is a good list! I'll come back to it when the con gets closer. :)
  9. Chinese Roadtrip 2011

    I've recently heard from my friends who usually run the Saiyuki panel that they're not going to do it this year. I'm going to try for it, and I want to take put a different spin on things. For this panel, I'd like to discuss themes in the story that often surface, as well as speculate on where the series is heading. There will also be a tiny bit on the original legend (but by far not as much attention that the other panel gave it), the hiatuses Minekura has taken, as well as a newbie's guide to reading or watching the series. With all the spinoffs, it can get a little complicated for those not clued in. Anybody interested? If you are, is there something you'd love to see? I'm just starting on my outline now, so I have plenty of flexibility.
  10. Hi everyone! I'm from Michigan and I've been attending ACen since 2004 (minus 2 or so years). It's one of my favorite conventions, though I think I'm a bit biased because my birthday has fallen on it more than once (the 16th). I'm 25, I have a B.A. in Creative Writing, and I'm going back to school soon for something completely different. I've been thinking about trying my hand at running a panel this year as well. Some of my favorite anime/manga series are: Sorcerer Hunters, Saiyuki, Cromartie High School, Hellsing, Pretear, Rurouni Kenshin, Samurai Deeper Kyo, W-Juliet, Threads of Time, Azumanga Daioh and Last Exile. I'm always up to meeting new people. :)
  11. Advice for a Acen first timer?

    I can't stress bringing your own food enough. While ACen is one of my favorite cons, it's the worst I've been to when it comes to food options. You have to get creative when it comes to bringing your own food, especially if a cooler isn't an option. I'm a fan of several instant soup mixes where all I have to do is add hot water, and I can get that from the coffee maker. Bring at least a small cooler if you have any perishables, or simply want to keep pop cold. The ice machines on each floor are a godsend for keeping your food chilled, but won't do you much good if you fill up your bathtub when you forgot to bring a cooler (a group of my friends in another room did this one year and also didn't shower at all that weekend because of it). Nuts and sunflower seeds are good sources of protein that don't need to be refrigerated, and I always keep a bag on me when I'm wandering the con in case I get the munchies. Bring some plastic cups in the very least. The hotel will provide some cups, but it's often more hassle than its worth to request more. If you're on a higher floor, don't be afraid of going down the stairs. Going down the stairs is easier than going up, and you can avoid some of the problems with the elevators that way.
  12. Benefits of Thursday?

    The biggest benefit for arriving a day early to the con is that there's a whole lot less stress with getting where you need to go. There isn't as much of a rush to get to the hotel, you get a better parking spot (which is especially useful if you have a lot of extra stuff for cosplay), and in recent years you can get your badge that evening. This is great for avoiding some of the bigger lines, and also for getting your gear up to your hotel room when the elevator isn't crammed. I've found that the benefit of arriving the day before increases with how far you have to drive to the con. It's about a 4-5 hour drive for my friends and I, and we also want to give the drivers time to chill before the convention really gets going. My friends and I usually play games in our hotel room (Apples to Apples is fairly simple to bring along since it's only decks of cards). Good times.