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!
San Japan (totally not Cyborg) 009 happened last weekend. Amidst the new venue and new date, I noticed some things. If I took your picture (I was the dude with bear ears, see below) you can find it here!
THURSDAY NIGHT – Went in the old entrance of the Gonzalez Convention Center out of habit…oops
New space is YUUUGE
My fursuiter friends are already complaining about all the walking they’re going to be doing over the weekend.
Artist alley is HUMONGOUS
Dealer’s room is INSANE
They ARE going to turn on the escalators in the Dealer’s room, right?
Autograph area setup looks like what I see set up at comic-cons, hmm
Located in the back corner, milk and eggs and all that
If Labor Day does take a bite out of attendance, we’ll really see it on Friday, IMO
Me gusta bigger panel room for Furry 101! About fuzzing time!
The halls remind me of PAX South Year 1 but with the lights on
Seriously, the HBG felt like a cavern back then with all the lights turned down
Spiffy new booths for registration, ooh
Badges are less nice this year, a little more papery. Hope they hold up. Compared them to last year’s badges after the fact and they’re the same.
Press badges get the same art as volunteer ones? BOO!
The YUUUGE maps were just a bit confusing.
Didn’t help that they put teensy ‘You Are Here’ stickers that were near-impossible to find. Maybe some gold stars or Pokeball stickers next time, guys?
FRIDAY-This is my free day: No panels and my freaks aren’t showing up until late in the afternoon
Arrived at 11 and easily found parking at the Houston street lot, wonder if that’s a sign
Random person also walking to San Japan asked if the tin of Altoids rattling in my pocket were dice. OH HELL NO
Walked into the Henry B. via the main entrance this time. Is niiice!
Finally found someone pickier than Alvin Von Devious to try and help with their fursuit. Came close to (metaphorically) flipping the table.
Customer service tip: Just answer my question without the lame jokes, please.
So who gets to be the under/sideboob/cheek checker?
Escalators in the dealer’s room are shut off, no bueno.
One dealer’s display had ALL THE BOOBS.
But that’s okay because they’re just cartoons…right?
“History of Anime in the US” got the biggest panel room and about 50 people showed up. Yes, I counted.
Good panel, but come on, I had that many the first time I did Furry 101 three years ago at RealmsCon.
Do they even check to see how many people actually show up at panels? Seriously.
I kept waiting to hear one word at History of Anime but it never turned up: “Japanimation” That’s what we called it in the 80’s, kids!
Friend and I did our good deed for the day getting a friend out of a jam.
It took me a half hour but I had to claim the top spot on the Time Pilot game in the game room. EDS is on top where it belongs. *flex*
Somehow I got pegged as the guy ‘running’ the furry meetup and some folks freaked when I showed up late. THAT’S NOT HOW THIS WORKS, GUYS
SATURDAY-Easy parking on Houston St again, which has me slightly worried
Saw displays made out of free Priority Mail boxes in the dealer’s room. Classy.
Only the first 100 people get an autograph? Interesting.
“It is up to the artist whether 101+ get an autograph” There has to be a better way to say that without making the artist look like a complete tool.
The Taito Groove Coaster video game calls the Space Invaders alien a ‘crab’ IT’S AN ALIEN GUYS
I keep thinking ‘Spock ears’ whenever I see pointy ears
An anime con is one of the few places where you can lose a fursuiter
Need to mark the lanes in Artist Alley, which one is ‘Row 5’ again?
Arrived too late to the Bitforce concert to take advantage of my press badge, pbbt
Wonder if they had technical problems; we could see the lead guitarist was shredding his fingers off but could barely hear him. Otherwise, good show!
Except for the game room, the air conditioning seems to be holding up well.
Good thing too, because I was soaking after the occasional three-block walk to my car.
The paleta man is back, woo!
Nearly filled up our medium-sized panel room for Furry 101, w00t.
45 minute time limit threw me off, though, may have to reorganize things for next time.
I only have two cosplays (Professor Utonium and Soos). I didn’t wear either, and saw the perfect people to take pictures with (The Powerpuff Girls and Giffany)! ARGH
18+ maid cafe was fun!
Tipsy elevator normies were…interesting.
Tipsy normie asked: “WHY YOU WEARING MOUSE EARS?” I’m not going to debate with someone holding a drink in public, they won’t remember anyway.
SUNDAY-Less parking at the lot, but still no problem finding a spot; be interesting to see the attendance this year (It was down 12%)
Been seeing a lot of ‘robot guts’ shirts around, guess they’re a hit.
Hey panel door guy, the door opens when I say so, capisce?
Noticed a lot of Judy Hopps cosplayers, bunny ears, Nick Wildes, and even an Assistant Mayor Bellweather. YAY ZOOTOPIA!
Overwatch was also popular. I don’t even play the game, but for my friends it’s always HIIIGH NOOOON.
Left early because the show just isn’t as fun without my friends!
Mizuumi-Con is now “Otaku Fair” That’s good.
Otaku Fair decided to not make any further announcements about their new event at THE BIGGEST EVENT IN THE CITY FOR POTENTIAL ATTENDEES. That’s not good.
Observation: Labor Day weekend works great for older folks like myself. For the youngn’s, though, not so much.
San Japan is this weekend, and I’m really not sure what I’m going to do. Granted, I know what I have to do, and that’s assist with two panels for originalgamer.com as well as host my own “How To Publish E-Books” panel, but outside of ‘working’ at those panels, I don’t have anything planned.
I’ve joked in the past about how one either works at a convention or has fun, but can’t do both. Its been so long since I’ve had significant free time at San Japan that I’m not sure I remember how to have fun there. I don’t cosplay, I don’t care much about the guests (sorry) or the dances or the cosplay contest or watch many of the popular shows, which doesn’t really leave much left to do.
Thus, I’ll probably spend most of San Japan hanging out with friends. I know people that help out with the event, sell in the dealer room or artists area, wear costumes, or, much like myself, just happen to be there.
And truthfully, how much more fun do I need than that?
I have attended every single San Japan. I went to the first out of curiosity and found myself helping out with tables for First Storm Manga and original-gamer.com for the next four. As FSM is no more and I have resigned my post from original-gamer.com, I found myself with nothing to do at San Japan Sinister Six. I suppose I could have gone as an attendee and enjoyed myself, but instead I decided to help out the fine folks of RegIT with processing the 11,000+ attendees.
You either have fun or work at a convention, and I worked at this one…a LOT
That said, the people I worked with were very cool.
It was neat to experience how much work goes on behind the scenes in registration.
Think about it: about 20 people had to process over 11,000. That’s pretty nuts.
There were a few glitches, but the overwhelming majority of people were very understanding. Nerds is good people.
I was right about the customers being cooler at San Japan, there were only had a handful of genuine jerkasses to deal with.
Goof-up #1-Not having good sneakers. I put gel insoles inside my casual shoes, which hepled, but my dogs were barking by the evenings.
Holy cats, some of those cosplayers…Good Lord, I thought blood was going to shoot out of my nose!
I’m old enough to have fathered a teenager, so I guess that makes me a dirty old man now.
A friend guessed my age and was off by a decade, so I guess I’m not doing that bad.
If you are going to give something to someone at a con , be sure you have it on you AT ALL TIMES. Sorry, friend of mine…can I mail you that t-shirt?
Cardboard, if applied correctly, can be pretty awesome, as demonstrated by Tall Cardboard Robot Guy.
I found myself shifting into my ‘announcer voice’ on occasion, that hasn’t happened in awhile.
I don’t think I’ve ever done that at my regular job…which probably says something.
Goof-up #2-Not taking Monday off from work. It would have been nice to do more stuff after the show, but I had to be at work on Monday and do laundry. Stupid responsibilities!
I wore my Wreck-It Ralph cloth pin and got lots of compliments, which makes me feel bad that I don’t remember the name of the artist who MADE it. Sorry!
The artists I know seemed to be happier this year and the layout appeared to be MUCH improved this time
That is, the few times I was able to get away and see stuff…see #1
Goof-up #3-Not by me, but for those who would ask me where things were…I AM SORRY BUT I HAVE BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME. AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE ANYTHING IS 😦
I think the highlight of the whole thing was when my furiends showed up on Saturday to say hi. The fuzzies gave me the warm fuzzies.
Which is more than I can say for the jerkass who texted me ‘Are you even here?” despite knowing very well where I was the whole time. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Goof-up #4-Not getting a picture of the gal dressed up as the Ancient Aliens guy…she even had a sign that said ‘ALIENS,’ too!
I seem to be doing a lot of apologizing in this list. Sorry about that!
Now that I can scratch ‘volunteered at a convention’ off my bucket list, I simply have no choice but to have fun at next year’s San Japan Samurai Seven…maybe!