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  1. To each their own. ^_^ Personally though, the first year I went to ACen I literally spent the entire day on Saturday going through the AA/Dealers Area. I didn't buy much on the dealers side, because like you said--buying those items online is often cheaper. (Plus most of those items just don't interest me) The AA was a different story though. Most people in the AA that I saw rarely had a shop online, and when they did the items were generally more expensive online than at the con. For me, spending time in the AA was more fun than waiting in line to get an autograph and see a guest for literally 1 minute. But, like I said. It's just all about personal preference and what you would rather do. ^_^
  2. Like I said earlier, longer hours at smaller cons are totally fine. Since there are less people, you're not nearly as busy. This means you have more down time to just sit and work on other projects, time to leave the con and grab food, time to talk around and see the con, etc. So longer hours at small cons are totally fine. When it comes to more time at ACen though, I don't really see how it would be possible as an artist. I already had two other people helping at my table and we were STILL too busy to ever leave the exhibitors hall. The longest I managed to get away was for quick runs through the alley. That means for 9 hours I was on my feet nonstop, only had a very small snack (I couldn't even get away long enough to get us water... I derped and forgot to bring some with us). It really does take a toll. The AA is open to congoers for 24 hours over the course of the con. That's 1/3 of the entire time. When you add in setup/teardown time every morning/evening for artists, I spent about 34 hours in the AA. That's a VERY long time. That said, I understand that people have busy days at ACen... there's a lot to do, and the fact the AA hours overlap with most of the other events does kind of suck... I would totally be up for a shift of the AA hours to open an hour earlier and close and hour earlier, but I don't think I could handle an extension of any kind without bringing more people next time. As it stands, it just comes down to prioritizing. If you really want to have time to shop in the AA, you'll probably have to skip a panel... Just like if you want an autograph, you have to choose between sitting in line for 4 hours, or going to other panels you might want to see.
  3. Warhammer 40k 2013/TTG General

    I've been toying around with a Dark Eldar Succubus costume for a while now... I think that this would be incredible. ^_^
  4. What other AAs are on your schedule?

    We're going to be at Anime Zing, which in in Iowa. From where I'm at in Bloomington, IL it's about a three hour drive, so not that bad! We also went to Anime World last year. It's obviously much smaller than ACen, but it was still a pretty good convention. Anime Midwest is always another local option that is a lot of fun. ^_^ I'm hoping we can get into the AA at both of those again this year, but we'll see how our schedule plays out.
  5. 2012 IRT compliments

    Haha, it's hard to forget you! I actually come from a mom who is about 6'3 (yet somehow ended up being 5'2) so any tall ladies who own their height I come into contact with are hard to forget, I guess. Plus, last year when we were waiting in the pre-reg line, you were the only one to make announcements to MULTIPLE SEGMENTS of the line at a time... which was so incredibly helpful! It made us feel like everything was under control, and like we actually knew what was going on. The rest of IRT I saw would only make one announcement at the front of the line which was almost impossible to hear if you were more than 30 people back. So, thanks! I hope I run into you again next year. ^_^
  6. Suggestions for ACen 2013

    I already posted this in another thread, but I think it's more appropriate here, and worth stating again: I actually think an age limit could be a good idea. 18+, or even 17+? Last year I was absolutely disgusted by a conversation I was having while in line. I was talking to a girl who looked like any other raver I've seen (bikini top, skirt too short to cover her bottom, etc) and she told me she had to *sneak* her rave outfit in her suitcase, because her parents had told her multiple times she wasn't allowed to go, and she certainly wasn't allowed to wear what she was wearing. When I asked her how old she was, she replied with "Old enough to know how to get a guy in this" Considering how young she looked, how young her friends looked, and the fact that she was clearly still living with her parents, I don't think she was much older than 14-16. I don't think that's something I'll ever forget. It just astounded me that someone so young could be so comfortable being... so... well, to put it bluntly *sl-tty*. I honestly think that the raves--while they can be fun--have turned into something much more adult-oriented. I'm not saying that the raves are bad, I'm just saying they are by no means family friendly. Now, I'm not blaming ACen for this behavior because how a person acts comes down to THEM, not anyone on ACen staff. But I do think there are a few things they could do to at least discourage this behavior. I don't mean to sound like a prude, but I really think if the raves aren't 18+, they seriously need to enforce the dress code. Simple, but I think that may help on the creepers hitting on jailbait that I've seen in years past. Sure, it's going to happen anyway but young girls wearing little more than a thong and bra probably don't help matters. Maybe putting an age limit on the rave would help. I know they check IDs for the 18+ panels, why not the raves, too? Or maybe have an age range indicated on the badges (under 13, 14-17, 18-20, 21+) to make it easier? This may also discourage older guys hitting on young girls they think are older than they are. The idea to charge for tickets to the rave also sounds like it could be a good idea (they already did something like that for the Ball). Not to deter people per se, but to help keep the average con-goers badge price a little bit cheaper. Plus, the cover charge would help pay for clean up and any incidents that may occur.
  7. Is Acen even considered an anime convention anymore?

    I actually think this could be a good idea. Maybe not 18+, but 17+? Last year I was absolutely disgusted by a conversation I was having while in line. I was talking to a girl who looked like any other raver I've seen (bikini top, skirt too short to cover her bottom, etc) and she told me she had to *sneak* her rave outfit in her suitcase, because her parents had told her multiple times she wasn't allowed to go, and she certainly wasn't allowed to wear what she was wearing. When I asked her how old she was, she replied with "Old enough to know how to get a guy in this" Considering how young she looked, how young her friends looked, and the fact that she was clearly still living with her parents, I don't think she was much older than 14-16. I don't think that's something I'll ever forget. It just astounded me that someone so young could be so comfortable being... so... well, to put it bluntly *sl-tty*. I honestly think that the raves--while they can be fun--have turned into something much more adult-oriented. I'm not saying that the raves are bad, I'm just saying they are by no means family friendly. Now, I'm not blaming ACen for this behavior because how a person acts comes down to THEM, not anyone on ACen staff. But I do think there are a few things they could do to at least discourage this behavior. I don't mean to sound like a prude, but I really think if the raves aren't 18+, they seriously need to enforce the dress code. Simple, but I think that may help on the creepers hitting on jailbait that I've seen in years past. Sure, it's going to happen anyway but young girls wearing little more than a thong and bra probably don't help matters. Maybe putting an age limit on the rave would help. I know they check IDs for the 18+ panels, why not the raves, too? Or maybe have an age range indicated on the badges (under 13, 14-17, 18-20, 21+) to make it easier? This may also discourage older guys hitting on young girls they think are older than they are. Anyways, that's just my 2 cents. Overall, I still think Anime Central is about anime. I love the variety of cosplays, and even the variety in the AA and panels. There have been only so many good shows released this year, and there's only so many times you can talk about DeathNote and Cowboy Bebop, so I appreciate a little diversity. The diversity in nerddom is actually what brought me to ACen a few years back... I came an animeskeptic, and left an anime lover. This is why the diversity can be a good thing--it introduces people who came for one thing to other nerdy/geeky/whathaveyou things they may have never seen before. I think it just adds to the whole experience. It shouldn't be the main focus, no... But it's still a very enjoyable aspect of any con--knowing that you are a geek (of any fandom) and you can come mingle with other geeks and see some new things along the way.
  8. ^ This I've been in the AA before at smaller cons that were open longer, and I didn't mind too much... but I think that was because there were a lot less people. When I first found out that we opened at 10, I was actually pretty surprised myself and I didn't quite understand why the AA would open so late. However, after that first day on Friday I was incredibly thankful that the AA closed when it did, and opened later the next day. At such a big con there are constantly people to talk to, I was constantly on my feet, and I never once had the opportunity to slip away from my table long enough to get real food (something that I had no problem with at smaller cons) so I can't complain about the hours too much. XD I think if the hours were extended, that would be great! But, I would have to bring a couple more people with me so we could rotate in and out. Every single night I would close up, go back to the hotel room and grab some food thinking I could run out to a last minute panel I wanted to see, but instead I ended up falling right to sleep. I'm actually kind of bummed that I didn't get to see more of ACen as I had in previous years, but I had a wonderful time nonetheless, and was very thankful for the 10am startup the next day. xD
  9. 2012 IRT compliments

    I unfortunately didn't get his callsign, but a big thanks to the tall, bearded, kilt-wearing IRT who helped me on Thursday afternoon. I had no idea where to pick up my AA badge, and after being tossed between a few other IRT members, he went above and beyond by kindly walking me right to where I needed to go, and even made sure I had help keeping the doors open as I walked in and out during setup. Thank you! Also, to all of the kind IRT folks(and AA staff in general)--thank you for making sure I knew who to go to if I had any issues or questions. They made set up/tear down and my overall experience in the AA a complete and total pleasure. Last year as a normal con-goer I only had one (minor) negative experience with IRT staff in the AA when I had just gotten out of the line and went into the AA/Dealers area, only to be rudely told to get out because they were closed. This year though, the IRT ushering people out were much more polite and friendly to con-goers, which I really appreciated both as a con-goer and an artist trying to make last-minute sales. Also a big thanks to Amazon(I am 99% sure that's her callsign) for being so helpful. I remember admiring her crowd/line-control skills last year during registration, as well as on Thursday this year, and I just wanted to give her a shoutout. ^_^ All in all, I think IRT did a great job this year with handling all of the issues that pooped up. I thank you all for your time, patience, and overall helpfullness/kindness. I hope I run into you all next year! ^_^
  10. Depending on the color you dyed your hair, you can also mix a small amount of dye into your conditioner every 2-3 days or so, and leave it in for about 5 minutes in the shower. I once had bright blue hair, and mixing some dye into the conditioner every couple days made sure the color stayed vibrant and didn't fade as fast. When my color finally did start to fade, it happened much more gradually. The baby powder trick is also a great option, too... but my hair is way too coarse and oily for doing that multiple days in a row. x_x There are some really great dry shampoos that are on the market now too, and most of them are only around $4 at Walmart. I got a can of one that lasted me about three months--not too shabby in my opinion. I honestly think I prefer the dry shampoo to baby powder on my rushed days just because it's easier to apply since you spray it right on your roots.
  11. Over-priced merchandise?

    I'm sorry if it was taken as a jab at the other plushie maker. I honestly thought they were adorable. All I was trying to say is that unstuffed tails/manes and unfinished edges don't take as much time to do(which may explain why they would have had a bigger selection), plus a size difference of about 50% doesn't add add up to a $25 difference in my book. I'm actually in the process of making similar sized ponies, with the same type of manes and tails and I was only planning on charging $30 for them, so I guess I was just a bit confused. Also, I see what you mean about $25 being a decent chunk of money... but if I were on a budget where $25 is a big deal, I probably would decide to skip on a plush that was so expensive and opt for one of the less expensive ones(which were only about $40 and still super cute) in the AA instead. I'm honestly really happy that there were other plushie makers doing ponies at different price points. The girl behind me also had plush ponies which were much smaller and done in a completely different style than mine, which I was really happy about. I know that I sent some customers who didn't have enough to spend on my ponies over to her, because hers were at a lower price point which was more affordable to most people. The variety of plushies gives fans the option of choosing which price/style they like most. Again, sorry if it was construed as some kind of insult as that really wasn't my intention. I think text can sometimes be read in a different tone than it was meant. xD
  12. Over-priced merchandise?

    So, bring on the hate... I'm the one with the $100 MLP plushies. I completely understand how that can be seen as unreasonable--It is a lot of money. That being said, I put a lot of time, soul, love, and effort into each and every pony I make. I've been selling them online for a while now and for much more than $100. I was just trying to bring my plushies to the con in hopes that people who may have been outbid online could buy one for cheaper at-con. If you think my prices were outrageous, I saw many people carrying around MLP plushies about half the size of mine, which were not as nicely finished as mine (unfinished edges on manes/tails, etc) and those were selling for $75--a mere $25 less than mine. Or how about a pillow I went to buy from the dealers room only to find out it was $65? While I agree $100 is a lot to drop on a plush, I also noticed some items in the dealers room that were just as expensive even though they weren't handmade. To anyone I offended with my pricing, I'm sorry. I don't blame you for passing on a plush that is $100... But considering I spend about 10 hours on each plush(plus materials), I just felt that I had to stick up for my prices. It really hurt my feelings at how many people were incredibly rude to me--even to my face--at the con just because they had already spent all of their money in the dealers room. That being said, for everyone who was rude there were even more people who (even though they couldn't/didn't want to buy one) admired my time and effort, and I appreciate the feedback. The biggest reason I love doing AAs is because of the smiles I see on people's faces when they see what I've created. I don't care if they make a purchase or not... just knowing that someone likes something I've created and it can put a smile on their face makes the hard work all worthwhile.. So when someone goes above and beyond to compliment one of my creations, it really stands out to me. A big thanks to everyone who compliments artists' works (even if they don't buy anything)! With as much as we made this past weekend, I did my best to go out into the alley and support my fellow artists. I believe in giving back to those who's work is above and beyond average, and much of my profit I actually turned around and spent on other artists who may or may not have been doing as well. I just love knowing that I can buy a piece that I love and support the artist behind the work. I was very happy to have won a piece from the art show which is now proudly hanging on my wall. Expensive? Yes. But I would rather part with a few extra bucks knowing I'm supporting an artist--someone with a face--than get a deal in the dealers room or online, with my money going to a faceless organization. I just hope people can understand why some hand-made items are more expensive than what you can find elsewhere.
  13. Masquerade 2012

    Sorry, it seems like I wasn't clear enough when I said that it takes a lot of prep... I was just talking about the attendees of the rave--not about the DJs or the people working on the setup/etc. I just meant that people in the masquerade generally put much more effort and time into it than people who wait in line at the rave, who only throw on rave attire... So I'm really sorry if what I said was misunderstood. I was strictly speaking in terms of the con-goers waiting in line for the rave, not any of the IRT/DJs/etc. I completely understand that a lot of time goes into the music behind the rave--something many people take advantage of, and the entertainers would have been just as upset as everyone else if the rave were delayed. That being said, there's a difference between simply delaying something and canceling it outright. If the rave were to be delayed it would be skimming off a couple hours, sure, but nothing would really be lost besides some patience. The masquerade on the other hand... Well, from what I can gather, many people didn't get to preform, which wouldn't have been the case had the rave just been delayed. But, that's just my opinion. ^_^
  14. Artist Alley 2012 Feedback

    All in all, I had a lovely experience this year and don't have much to complain about. IRT and AA staff were incredibly helpful, and everything was easy enough to figure out. Thanks being said, there were just a couple things that I think could be improved upon: -I have to agree that music should be banned. I was halfway across the alley and I could still hear the loud music from some table... and they seemed to play the same song over and over again. While I can appreciate wanting some background music while you work, you shouldn't be trying to use music as a way to lure people in... That just means it's too loud, and too distracting. -The announcements that came on were SO LONG and so loud! There were multiple times I was talking to a customer when we were interrupted by a loud booming voice that seemed to go on forever. It was so loud we had to stop talking, and just stand there until the announcement was over. While I understand that these announcements are necessary (and very important) I feel like they could have been cut down to a single sentence--"The Dealers Area is now closed and the artist Alley will close in 30 minutes" Instead of "Hey everyone, hope you're having a good time at ACen! The exhibit hall is closing in 10 minutes, and the artist alley closes in 40. Have fun at ACen!" I'm actually glad the speakers were as loud as they were because I remember not being able to hear them last year... just please make the announcements as simple and short as possible. -While this isn't really a complaint towards anyone in particular... I sincerely don't understand why panelist badges are free, but artists have to pay the full badge price. As an artist, I am confined to my table at all times. The only times I got to leave my booth were when I would skip out on my partner to do a quick run around the alley, and when we closed at night. And when we closed at night, I was so tired from being so busy all day we went straight back to our room and fell asleep. I guess it just bothers me that I'm paying for a full-access badge into everything ACen offers, but as an artist it is impossible for me to make full use out of it. I'm not asking for a free badge--but a discounted one would be nice. Or ever offer free badges to the head artists, and discounted ones to people under their table? Maybe even offer free "artist" badges that only allow access into the alley, but offer an upgrade for those who know they will have the time to attend panels, etc? This way people who know they're never leaving the alley don't have to pay for a full weekend badge, but people who know they'll have time will still pay for a badge. I just felt like I was wasting my badge this weekend because I never got a chance to see much else of the con, despite having two others at my table helping me. But again, my overall experience was a positive one and my thanks to everyone who made this past weekend possible. I appreciate all of the organization that went into the AA, the lines, etc. and I am thankful for the friendly and helpful staff making sure everyone knew what was going on. ^_^
  15. 2012 Con Compliment Thread

    I just have to give a big shout out to all of the IRT/staff in the artist alley. This was my first year with a table, and as such I was rather turned around on where to go. As soon as I arrived, IRT kindly showed me where I needed to go, and even went above and beyond by walking me straight to the artist checkin, and even walking back with me to hold the doors open while I carried my things in. I wish I remembered the fellow's name--he was an absolute pleasure to talk to, and incredibly helpful and friendly... Wherever you are, kilt-man, I thank you! I was also very impressed at how attentive the AA staff was in general--They made sure I knew who to talk to if I had any questions or concerns, and multiple people from IRT introduced themselves and made it clear if I had any issues I could come to them. I also just have to say that I am so very impressed with the patience of the IRT I came across... Despite being asked the same question hundreds of times, they always had a positive attitude and a smile on their face. Another compliment I have to give is how the AA closed later than the dealers room. The 6:30 flood we experienced once the dealers room closed was absolutely phenomenal. We had so many people who were coming by our table for the first time because it was the first time they were forced out of the dealers room. I thought it was a nice way to give the non-traditional artists a chance to compete with all of the licensed merch dealers. All in all, I am very happy with my experience this year. While I was limited to only small ventures from my table, everyone I encountered knew what they were doing (or could at least point me to someone who did) and were incredibly nice. Thanks to everyone who made this weekend awesome for me! ^_^
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