San Antonio’s first furry convention, Alamo City Furry Invasion, took place this past weekend. Many locals (including myself) were excited to have a furry convention in our hometown and I noticed a few things during the furry fun:
BEFORE-Sorry guys, but ‘Alamo City Furry Invasion’ as a name is too long, I’ve just been calling it ‘Furry Invasion.’
RealmsCon also happened over the same weekend, so I have another reason to not go there.
Thing we forgot to mention on the pre-game podcast: Parking around the con itself is going to be ‘fun’ especially for those of us not getting a hotel room.
There was some confusion about the availability of a projector. We were told to reserve the one projector they had, which was odd considering I checked a box that said ‘I need a projector’ when submitting my panel.
I made arrangements to have one just in case.
Day before the con and we don’t have an online map
There have been a few complaints beforehand about the potential parking costs, oh well.
Took a walk around the hotel Thursday afternoon and it was plenty warm, which doesn’t bode well for our fursuiters.
Surprised they aren’t doing a ‘print out your email’ thing for pre-registrations, hope that doesn’t slow down registration.
FRIDAY-Pleasant surprise: Free parking for hotel guests while it was available. I fed the meter.
I had to make jokes about “Don’t let your meter expire or Judy Hopps will pay you a visit!”
I see the hotel and Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’ pops in my head.
As always, the guy with the Bluetooth speaker has to have crappy taste in music. I swear it’s a physical law at this point.
Got into the reg line at 3:38 and waited for 45 minutes, pbbt
The ‘WE’RE SORRY’ guy in the reg line finally got on my nerves and I had to open a can of manager on him.
Fire alarm lights go off at 541 on Friday, oh boy.
Little Kid: “Pokémon!” Dad: “I don’t think those are Pokémon…”
Just a little sadface over not getting a personalized dog tag…does that make me weird?
The comic book was a lame substitute, and it’s not good to see staff members with tags
No furry Westerns for movie night? Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron? An American Tail: Fivel Goes West?
If I’d have realized there were going to be so many people there on Friday, I would have shaved!
SATURDAY-Up bright and early so I can shave (see above) and get a parking spot (see #3)
There were plenty of parking spots with meters around the hotel and even some $1-$2 parking a block away.
You still have to feed the meter on Saturday? LAME
Downloadable PDF format for the schedule would have been nice
Oh wait, the online schedule is different than the printed one, uh-oh.
That is, assuming you can read it, looks like they used they used 4-point font.
Nice job of giving credit where credit is due at opening ceremonies
For fuzzing sake, can we keep fetish gear out of furcons already?
Stop popping your heads and breaking the magic, people!
They definitely dropped the ball on the schedule. What is most surprising to me is either the staff didn’t notice or they chose to not do anything about it. No bueno.
How to handle major screw-ups: 1-Apologize. 2-Take no more than two sentences to say what went wrong. 3-Tell us how YOU ARE GOING TO FIX IT.
I mention the previous item because I heard the same ‘printer guy screwed up the schedule’ story way too many fuzzing times. WE DON’T CARE WHAT WENT WRONG JUST FIX IT.
Regardless, I got by with a little (okay, a lot) of help from my friends for Furry 101.
A bunch of quiet people attended Furry 101, there were no questions for me at the end!
Some parents were there too, and were very complimentary after the fact.
OMG all the Amber Alerts
Seems I forgot to turn off the Amber Alerts on my new phone, too. DERP
Guillermo’s Italian restaurant near the hotel was delicious.
Had to do karaoke to finally get Copacabana out of my head.
Forgot about the 20-bar instrumental break in the middle, should have found a dance partner.
Going to be hard to not wear my Dallas Cowboys jersey on Sunday. GET IT? COWBOYS? 😀
I wasn’t even aware of the food trucks, need to work on communication, there. Maybe a bulletin board?
Bedbugs, tire slashing and threats? It’s a party now.
I won’t lie, my eyes got a little misty when one guy did ‘Free Fallin’ during karaoke. God Bless Tom Petty.
SUNDAY-To the person who glomped another fursuiter: YOU SUCK
Apparently fursuiters weren’t happy with the fursuit lounge closing at night. Even by my cranky middle-aged standards, 10 o’clock is WAY too early.
Another furry watching football? SAY IT AIN’T SO!
If you’re still telling Tony Romo jokes now, stop talking about football. Just. Stop.
Had my panel cancelled on Sunday because I was feeling way
oo hungry that afternoon…and they scheduled it opposite closing ceremonies.
737 attendees, wow!
IMO attendance would have been higher but for RealmsCon being the same weekend in Corpus Christi and some folks in Houston are likely still recovering from the hurricane.
I should probably get a room next year so I’m not dragging my tail home in the middle of the night.
Overall, it was good but y’all really need to fix that scheduling, guys!
I’ll be wearing my smartwatch for the first time since I got laid off because I HAVE IMPORTANT ANIME CON THINGS TO DO.
I also won’t be wearing my rings. I’ve lost enough weight to where they’re starting to slip off my fingers now; a good problem to have.
PROTIP: You can read the Chili’s lunch special menu through the window if you want to be weird
Walking through the mall, WolfBoy and I decided to stop and take a seat…in front of the Victoria’s Secret. YEAH, NOT CREEPY AT ALL
It says something that I can get 12 Streetpasses in my hotel room on Thursday night
I finally remembered my Nintendo 3DS this time!
As I get the presentation together for the third panel, I’m really looking forward to putting it on!
Seems folks are taking a bit longer than usual to get set up, either that or were just really early
I asked for a bigger panel room and I got it…boy, did I get it 0_0
THURSDAY NIGHT-530pm No Japanese arcade machines set up. WolfBoy: “WORST CON EVAR!”
1000pm Initial D cabinet set up. WolfBoy: “BEST CON EVAR!”
Idiots asking “Is San Japan not happening because of Hurricane Harvey or gas shortages?” should be charged double for their badges.
Concerning: Nobody was watching the entrances Thursday night
Also concerning: The way too wide open aisles behind the artists with nothing to keep people from walking down them. Hope there aren’t any thefts.
At the risk of sounding like a shill, Verizon service has been pretty awesomesauce. A little slow at times, but ‘slow’ is better than ‘none.’
FRIDAY-First the signs weren’t big enough, and now they aren’t spelled right. This is why Dave is already grey, people!
Charger box things at the Henry B are almost a good idea, the flaw is that most folks can’t bear to be away from their phones
Dear Guidebook: If I only have one event downloaded PLEASE OPEN THE FREAKING EVENT WHEN I LAUNCH THE APP, K?
Also: TOO MANY SCHEDULE FILTER OPTIONS
Artist friends: Don’t just say “I’m in artist alley, find me.” There are over 100 artists. I NEED DETAILS!
Sure, WolfBoy, it’s only 90 degrees outside and you’re wearing a partial fursuit with a dark business suit LETS GO
Always adorable to see little girls taking pictures with Wonder Woman cosplayers
Not sure why, but they kicked up the difficulty on the Time Pilot game in the game room. I spent longer than usual getting the high score.
Got inadvertently put to work in Registration directing traffic for ten minutes. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS OUT THEY PULL ME BACK IN
Almost lost my badge before Furry 101, yipes!
As I saw people walk away from the convention center for dinner, I had a feeling attendance was going to be down for Furry 101.
Dear former coworker: If I didn’t want to talk to you at work, what makes you think I’m going to want to talk to you outside of work?
I apparently can’t give a panel if I can’t read my presentation, the rear projection screens at Furry 101 completely threw me off >.<
Just as well, I don’t like presenting while standing over people on a stage.
We had 150-200 people at the panel, I guess that justifies the biggest room at the con. 😛
Annoying thing: People that use Q&A time to make dumb jokes. Get a life.
REALLY annoying thing: People that try to answer questions during the Q&A part of my panel. GET YOUR OWN PANEL
The A/V guy was very complimentary after Furry 101, though. Thanks man!
The only time I get a ton of steps is at cons and after 20,000 today, my dogs were barking.
By ‘dogs’ I mean feet, not like actual dogs or furry costumed dogs.
SATURDAY-When you’re up at 6am on Saturday morning, you’re up, what can I say
If you aren’t willing to make your own waffle at the hotel breakfast, YOU DON’T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH.
There is another event happening at the Henry B, which answers the question of why there was a higher-than usual number of older Mexican women around downtown San Antonio in the morning.
Weirdest thing I’ve heard so far: “Dad, doesn’t she have nice boobs?”
There seem to be quite a few empty tables even in the Dealer’s room; an effect of Harvey, perhaps?
The number of people donating blood is pretty awesome
Peeked in on the panel that took my spot from the beta schedule and they had just as many people as I had the night before…maybe less.
To be fair, they’re a major sponsor and I’m just a guy with a microphone, an attitude, and weird friends.
I kinda want a Steven Universe T-shirt (think I got a little resemblance to Steven there) but I kinda don’t want to pay thirt bucks for one
To the harpy working A/V before my audio panel: If you don’t want attitude thrown back at you, don’t fire first. I’ve done tech support too, but I treated my people and customers with respect until they gave me a reason not to.
“Really Basic Auido Recording” was easily the worst panel I’ve done in a while; next time I’ll just say no…or hold another ‘hide Dave for an hour podcast’ panel.
That said, the few people that did hang around had really good questions!
Bad idea: Dragging a boom mic (and it’s heavy base) to the panel. I think I’ll use a Rock Band mic next time to make a point.
Heard an ambulance and thought ‘Oh boy, it’s a party now,’ but it didn’t stop at the con
SUNDAY-Other artist booths : Out to lunch Friend’s booth: Out Fursuiting
To the people playing Bee Gees and Michael Jackson on their Bluetooth speakers: THANK YOU FOR PLAYING GOOD MUSIC
That said, can we just ban those damn things from cons already?
Had to defend my honor by retaking the top spot on the Time Pilot game (see #26). I doubled the score that had topped mine. BEAT THAT, AAA!
Parking lot guy: “Twenty bucks”
I parked at the city lot across from the Hyatt for $11 so NEENER NEENER PARKING LOT GUY
Old hotness: Mind-reading robot cat ears
New hotness: Ballcaps with words
Thing to remember for next year: Fursuit straws!
I think I’m finally over being weirded out by crossplay…mostly.
Funniest question of the weekend: “Are you a Mawg?”
E-book panel went awesomely; lots of people with good questions and I had JUST enough handouts!
Two out of three good panels ain’t bad!
Highly disappointed in the other ‘How to publish books’ panel; I spent 25 minutes hearing the guest blab on about herself and walked out. I think I had a bigger audience, too.
I’m going to be that old guy (because I am) and mention that too many products and displays in Artist Alley/Dealer Room had swear words on them. There seemed to be less nudity than in years past, though
AFTER- Might be time to retire my digital camera, too many ‘ghost spots’ >.<
Step count: Thursday 19627, Friday 20797, Saturday 23268, Sunday 14284 I swear cons are the only place I get a lot of exercise, I should go to more!